Permit for Rohtang Pass – Updates 2017

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A couple of years back, the permit for Rohtang Pass was enforced by NGT for any vehicles traveling on Manali to Rohtang Pass road. Ever since there has been so much confusion on the application of this permit and to add to the misery, rules changes almost every year. In this article today, I will try to brief about the new updates and caveats related to the permit for Rohtang Pass in 2017. This will help you be updated on the new process and make your journey to Rohtang pass or beyond, a bit hassle free 🙂 🙂

Have you applied permit for Rohtang Pass?

Have you applied permit for Rohtang Pass?

Recent Updates on Permit for Rohtang Pass

  • This season, about 25 electric buses will ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. This will certainly help those tourists who cannot drive their own vehicles due to restricted number of vehicles allowed by NGT on a per day basis.
  • A permit for Rohtang Pass is required to travel on the road from Manali to Rohtang Pass. On a daily basis, the permit for Rohtang Pass is restricted to only 800 petrol and 400 diesel vehicles to travel to Rohtang Pass.
  • The permit for Rohtang Pass is available on first come, first serve basis.
  • In order to apply for the permit, you need to show a valid photo ID proof, Valid Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate and Vehicle Registration Date (Age of vehicle not to be more than 10 yrs).
  • This year as well permit for Rohtang Pass will be available online as per the last couple of years. You can apply them from 12:00 PM to 24:00 AM on the official website of Kullu administration. This permit will not be available for Tuesdays as Rohtang Pass is closed for maintenance on Tuesdays for tourism activities. Permit for Rohtang Pass can only be applied for two days from the current date. You can read more at: How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online.
  • There is a congestion charge of Rs 50 and permit fee of Rs 500 applicable for any vehicle passing Gulaba check post. Heavy vehicles and buses have to pay Rs 100 as congestion charges.
  • The permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass to Ladakh or Spiti – Lahaul Valley will also be available online this year for the convenience of such tourists. This is a good news for all those adventure junkies who suffer the pain in planning each year.
  • There are no restrictions or limitations of vehicles on the permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass.. Update 4th May 2017: This year onward, a daily upper cap of 800 vehicles will be enforced for all the vehicles crossing beyond Rohtang Pass to travel to Ladakh and Lahaul & Spiti Valley. More on this at the link here. Please note that there is no split of the ratio between petrol or diesel vehicles in permit type. This permit will also be available online and congestion charges of Rs 50 need to be paid for it. Earlier, there was no limit on the permit for vehicles going beyond Rohtang Pass to Ladakh & Lahaul – Spiti Valley.
  • The permit for Rohtang Pass is only required in case you are traveling from Manali to Rohtang Pass direction. It is not required if you travel from other direction, that is, from Khoksar to Manali over Rohtang Pass.
  • Please note that this year, a more mature technology based barrier system will be set up at the checkpoints of Gulaba & Khoksar. Those of you who may not know, Gulaba is about 20 KMs from Manali and 31 KMs before Rohtang Pass. Khoksar is a small settlement on the northern side of Rohtang Pass in Lahaul Valley. The distance between Khoksar – Gramphu – Rohtang pass is about 19 KMs. Gramphu is about 4 KMs from Khoksar. It is the point where road to Spiti valley bifurcates on right from Manali – Leh Highway
  • The new system will stop the misuse of the permit for Rohtang Pass. It will ensure that in case you have applied the permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass, the permit gets automatically verified at the Khoksar checkpoint. Data between the two checkpoints will be in sync to catch the misuse of the permit for Rohtang Pass. Hence, if you applied permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass and want to return from Rohtang Pass, then you will be caught at Gulaba checkpoint as there is no exit recorded at Khoksar for such a permit. Hence, you will have to apply the permit for Rohtang Pass only in such a case, capped to vehicle restrictions every day.
  • Vehicles which will not comply with the guidelines of Rohtang Pass permit and found misusing it will be blacklisted.
  • Taxi union is working out to appeal that the barrier should be shifted to Marhi from Gulaba due to congestion at Gulaba while Marhi provides more space to park the vehicles.
  • Please note, in case you could not get the permit for Rohtang Pass online, you can always apply them at SDM office in Manali. Rohtang Pass permits are also available on Sunday as well. This will helps 1000s of tourists who reaches Manali on Saturday or Sunday morning but then used to wait for an extra day to get the permit on Monday to travel to Leh – Ladakh or Spiti Valley.
  • Commercial activities are already banned in this area by the NGT order. An eco-friendly market of 20 shops has been set up at Marhi out of which five will be open this year.

Conclusion

I am sure that the above article will help you answer many questions about the permit for Rohtang Pass. In case you have any further doubts or questions about traveling to Rohtang pass, feel free to share it under the comments section of this article or as a travel question in our Travel Q & A section. We can discuss more on your upcoming travel plans for Rohtang Pass and beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh – Ladakh, Lahaul or Spiti Valley 🙂

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66 Comments

  1. Kasol Drive on

    I think NGT has reduced no. of vehicles limit to 600 (200 Deisal and 400 Petrol) from 24th May onwards. As today it is not accepting permit for more than 600 vehicles on Rohtang booking sites.

    • Ohh, I did not hear or read in any sources. The official website still says the same, that’s a bummer. Let’s keep an eye may be it is just some software issue.

  2. Arsh sandhu on

    We are planning to go rohtang pass on bikes on 25th may .. is there will be permit available on this date …?? As i am getting very confused, folustrated em not gettin the point that how to apply for permit ..! Can u get me the whole procedure …!?

    • Hi Arsh,

      Please visit the official website to get the Online Permit for Rohtang Pass: http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu/

      The process is simple and you can apply for permits in 2 days in advance starting from 12 PM. But, please not the permits get filled in like 12-15 minutes for the whole day. So, have a good Internet connection and make sure you know how to use the website before.

  3. Rajiv Verma on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we are planning to visit rohnag pass on 20th may 2017 , if we hire byke from manali to visit rohtang pass, so are we need to take byke permit for rohtang pass ?

  4. Sudhir Kumar on

    Hi Dheeraj, thank you for sharing the information, I have also read some articles related to Spiti/Kaza trip, and will refer to them again to finalise my itinerary (really helpful) . We 2 guys are planning to do a complete Delhi-Shimla-Sangla-Kaza-Kunzum-Manali-Delhi circuit road trip.
    I am planning this in last week of June’17 (starting 24th june from delhi and back on 2nd july). It is clear that rohtang pass would be open but I have doubt regarding Kunzum la.
    Here is some key info i seek ,
    > I will visit Kunzum, Rohang from Kaza side, Will I require to obtain a pass for this, If yes then will it be only for rohtang or also for some route in between kaza – rohtang.
    > Looks like Rohtang is already accessible & will be accessible in June end too, What about Kunzum pass, Will it be opened for tourists by last week of June.
    > I think June end is not a peak season for this route(Del-shimla-kaza-manali), do i need to book rooms at some places in advance or It wont be necessary?
    > Considering the long drive, road conditions and specially beyond Batal, I am planning to get a self drive SUV, But can this trip be taken with my i-10 (which will save 25k of self drive suv)?

    I know that 9 days for this trip will be quite hectic as I wish to visit all key places. Also, it will start raining by that time, which can cause some trouble in Reckong peo area i guess.
    I look forward to get your valuable inputs.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hello Sudhir,

      Manali – Kunzum Pass – Kaza road will also be open by end of June. Since, you will be coming from Kaza side down to Rohtang Pass, you do not need any permit for it. Actually, Kunzum Pass is almost open I believe but it is the route between Kunzum Pass and Gramphu which always has glaciers that take time. Hence, I refer to it as Manali – Kaza route instead of Kunzum Pass. Peak or not but that is the only season bro. However, if you are OK with basic stays and not choosy of your stay, then it is OK to book on the spot. Homestays will be easily available.

      It can be done, yes as I have done all these circuits in my sedan and other hatches. But, it will take a good toll on the car for sure. You have to love adventure more than your car in such a case. Also, it reduces the speed as well.

      • Sudhir Kumar on

        Yes you are right its the route which we all refer to, and also it is the summer peak. Thanks a lot Dheeraj, you are doing a great work. 🙂

  5. SAIKAT DATTA on

    Hi
    I am reaching Manali on 21st May. My plan is to travel till Rothang Pass on 23rd May with my family. How you will predict the percentage that Rothang Pass will be opened for tourist by this dates?

    Regards

  6. KumarNilesh on

    Hi,
    I will be in Manali during 16May2017 to 16May2017. Will I get Rohtang Pass?
    Request to clarify.

  7. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi,

    Can you give me the website link, where I can apply for the Rohtang Pass Permit online?

    I need to cross Rohtang on 5th Sept’17.

    Regards,

    • Bhaskar Roy on

      Hi,

      Further to my previous query, please note that I am going to hire a taxi from Leh for manali to Leh journey. In this case, who is needed to collect the permit – me or the driver.

      Regards,

  8. Siddharth on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Would like to know if I can look at 1st of June as a possible date to start my journey on a bike from Manali to Spiti? Can you throw some light on the weather conditions around that time? How long would it take to reach Kaza if i say start at around 8 in the morning from Manali?

  9. Hi! I’m planning to start to ladakh from manali on june 11th on a rented bike. Would it be fine if i book my bike on june 11th? , would rohtang pass be opened and in working condition by then ?

  10. Somnath banerjee on

    Hi dheeraj
    I am planning for rohtang on 31st may or 1st june. Will there be any permit issue? We will hv diesel car. When i need to book online? Is it 29 or 28th may 12 noon?

    • You need to apply for Rohtang Pass permit two day in advance after 12 PM, that is 29th and 30th May. Be as quick as possible because in season time it is very hard to get Rohtang Pass permit especially for diesel vehicles as all the local taxis are in line too.

  11. Manju Bansal on

    Sorry, not trying to be funny, but do people travelling by bicycle also need to get a Rohtang permit or is it only for motorized vehicular traffic? Pls let me know. Many thanks.

  12. SHUVAJIT GANGULY on

    CAN ME AND MY WIFE DO SPITI VALLEY IN END SEPTEMBER I DRIVE A WAGON R WITH ALLOY WHEELS AND IMPORTED TYRES GROUND CLEARANCE IS 185 MM .WE HAVE ALREADY DONE UK (MUNSIYARI),BHUTAN,DARJEELING,SIKKIM,AP(TAWANG)

  13. In 2016, rohtang pass open for light vehicles on 15 May 2016 and for tourists of 21 may 2016
    In 2017 rohtang open for light vehicles on 26 april, So…….will be open for tourists Around 1 week later i.e 3 may 2017 or 2 week later 10 may 2017

  14. Sweta Mohanty on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    would like to know the current status of rohtang pass opening date as i am planning for a trip to Leh on 28th May. Should i postpone in case its not viable on the said date?
    Kindly reply and thanks in advance.

  15. Dheeraj sharma
    Which date open route of manali to rohtang pass for tourists this 2017 year
    Please reply thanks in advance

    • Ajay, Rohtang Pass was opened yesterday but road widening work is going on right now. First emergency / local vehicles will ply on Rohtang Pass and once administration feels that everything is OK and safe for travel, they will allow tourists to travel to Rohtang Pass. Looks like if weather favours, it should be open by mid of May.

    • Ajay, Rohtang Pass was opened yesterday but road widening work is going on right now. First emergency / local vehicles will ply on Rohtang Pass and once administration feels that everything is OK and safe for travel, they will allow tourists to travel to Rohtang Pass. Looks like if weather favours, it should be open by mid of May.

  16. Will 20 May be a safe bet to start from Delhi for a ride to Leh via Manali? Will the high mountain passes open by then?

  17. HI dheeraj,

    Will rohtang pass be open on 17th may. Is the news of electric bus for tourist going from manali to rohtang pass confirmed. From where and how can we get this bus to travel to rohtang pass? what are the timings for onward and return journey from manali to rohtang & vice versa?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Manvender,

      Currently, as well buses run on route to Rohtang Pass. Many things will be made clear when Rohtang Pass will be thrown open, till then everything is uncertain. HPTDC runs the services for tourists.

      By 17th May, Rohtang Pass will be open but mostly they do not allow tourist for first few weeks. Stay tuned here on DoW to get the updates.

  18. Dr Hemant Datye on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all, I am amazed at the information available on this site. I hope there are many more Dheeraj replicated, for other tourist destinations!

    I am reaching Manali on 13 June 2017, A Tuesday, where I will be picked up by a driver with Leh registration Innova from Leh. As per your information place here , no Rohtang permits are issued on Tuesday. If I get a permit on previous day, can I pass Rohtang on 13 June , on my way to Jispa? All my bookings of LAdakh are based on my reaching Jispa on 13 June night. Please let me know the solution to this problem if Rohtang is completely closed for LEh traffic on Tuesday?

    • Thank you, Dr. Hemant wish I could travel to other parts of the country too till the time clones are in movies 😉

      The permit for Rohtang Pass not issued on Tuesday is the permit where people want to travel just to Rohtang Pass for tourism purpose. The permit you will need is to go beyond Rohtang Pass not just to Rohtang Pass. On the permit beyond Rohtang Pass, this Tuesday restriction is is not applicable.

      Short answer is: Don’t worry about it in case you going beyond Rohtang Pass.

  19. So Dheeraj, what i collect from here is that if I have to visit Rohtang Pass by my private diesel SUV which I am doing on 19th May this year, I can try my luck online and try to get the permit 2 days in advance and not before that. Is that correct. If it is already sold out, I can get it issued from SDM office Manali. Does the SDM office have spare passes to be issued. Do they issue all 400 passes online or keep some permits for SDM office to issue. Does SDM office have a separate lot of permits over and above the 400 numbers.
    Thanks for your answer.

    • Hi Sunil,

      1. Yes, you are right. You have to try your luck two days before at 12 PM. With taxi union guys fighting for diesel quota, I really doubt you may get it.
      2. If the permit is sold out, you will not get the permit in SDM office as well. SDM office issue permit in case quota is not filled up and if someone is not aware of online facility.

  20. Gulaba is about about 20 kms from Manali and not 32 KMs as mentioned in the above post. It must be Marhi that you are referring to. Marhi is about 35 KMs from Manali and 16 KMs before Rohtang Pass. Thanks for all the info and updates. You guys are the best.

  21. Thanks Dheeraj sir for sharing useful information.
    I am reaching Manali on 18 June night and planning to leave Manali on 19 June early morning (6am) on bike so how many days before I need apply for rohtang pass permit online for my Travel, and if I fail to get online permit what is the official timings to get it offline

    • Permit are only available two days in advance. Time to get the permit in person is at 10 AM when office of SDM opens up in Manali. There will be long queue in June for sure.

  22. manir hossain on

    how can I get permission from Bangladesh to visit Srinagar kargil leh Manali shimla?I also want to visit nurbra valley pangong turtuk. tell me details about procedure

    • Manir, you need to get permits from DC office in Leh. As per some of the folks of your countries, since last couple of years you do not need permits from MHA rather you guys can also apply now permit in LEh DC office.

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