Keylong is the overnight halt during the 2 day trip between Leh and Manali. This is an extraordinary journey on the second highest motorable road in the world, usually open only from early June to mid October, climbing as high as 5328 metres at the Taglang La pass. Its surfaces vary wildly, from bumpy asphalt to dirt tracks sliced by glacial streams, running through a starkly beautiful lunar wilderness, inhabited only by nomadic shepherds, tar-covered road coolies, and the gloomy soldiers that man the isolated military checkpoints. Depending on the road condition, the 485-kilometre journey can take anything from twenty to thirty hours. Be prepared for landslides and vehicular breakdowns travelling on the Manali/Leh highway; they are part of the adventure.