Sarchu is a popular resting base for tourists travelling from Manali to Leh, placed 475 km from each other. Tourists making a stop at Sarchu are provided with food and basic accommodation facilities like tents. The camping site, however, remains closed during winter due to heavy snow.
Tourists are advised to visit this place during summers, between June and October as the weather remains favourable for travel. Sarchu also serves as a trekking base for the travellers wishing to trek across the Zanskar region of Ladakh.
Tsarap Chu river is one of the prime attractions of Sarchu. The river, flowing along the Manali-Leh highway, is fed by the melting glaciers of the Rupshu Plateau. The Tsarap Chu joins the Doda river, flowing into the Padum Valley, and forms the mighty Zanskar river. This place also serves as a trekking base for the tourists who wish to explore the Zanskar region of Ladakh.
The best time to visit the area is during the summer season, June to October, as the average temperature of the place remains at about 25°C. Winters, October to May, are unfavourable for a trip to the region as temperatures during this time can fall to as low as 38Ëš C. Besides, this region also receives heavy snowfall causing the closing down of the highway.