Rohtang Pass Closed for 2014 – 2015

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The brave efforts of BRO to keep Rohtang Pass, about 51 KMs from Manali, OPEN, will have to rest for next 5-6 months as inclement weather and heavy snow up there at Rohtang Pass is not favoring the conditions to traverse more on Rohtang Pass for this season of 2014-2015. Earlier, BRO braved that they will be fighting the weather up there at Rohtang Pass to keep the lifeline road to Lahaul Valley open at least up to December. However, it does not seems feasible due to amount of snow and inclement weather.

Rohtang Pass closed due to snow for 2014 – 2015
Rohtang Pass closed due to snow for 2014 - 2015

Rohtang Pass has been officially closed but rescue posts at Marhi and Khoksar will still be present for some time as locals of Lahaul Valley will still be risking their lives to cross by it over foot or in vehicles in order to fulfill their important daily needs. But, it is not recommended for the tourists to venture up there at Rohtang Pass under these risky conditions even if some taxi guys assures you to take you up there. I will request you all to take up a calculative risk in such situations and avoid traveling to Rohtang Pass from Manali just for the sake of fun now as it stands officially closed. In the past as well there have been major casualties where tourists have ignored the meaning of official closure of Rohtang Pass and still went up using one or the other false means. Some of them have even led to deaths of tourists. Hence, respect the nature and respect the decision of BRO in the name of your safety only. If something is closed officially, let is be closed until next season when it is safe to travel.

Snowfall at Manali or Snowfall at Rohtang Pass??

You will any how find ample of snow stock up there on the snow points of Marhi / Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass. It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… For snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says rain/snow in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible). If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

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  1. I am planing manali and rohtang pass in second week of November is way will open for rohtang pass

    • Mohit, officialy Rohtang Pass closes between last week of October to mid of November depending on the snowfall of the season. Snowfall has started and yesterday Lahaul – Spiti region received the snowfall. So, all will depend upon the weather in the coming days. Official closure means, no permits will be issues to cross Rohtang Pass and no rescue operations will be undertaken in case you get stuck up there.

  2. I am planning to visit manali on 4st Dec. 2016, raohtang pass will be open or not?? Please let me know

  3. i m planning to visit manali on 20 th july ,may i knw the weather conditions of rohtang pass in those days ,

  4. I am planning to go to manali & rohtang pas at the end of march 2016.
    please some body let me know that will the rohtang pass will open at that time

  5. Krishnendu Ganguly on

    I’m planning for a visit from Kaza to Manali in this October (2016). It’ll be extremely helpful if you can share what’ll be the condition of the roads during that time..

    • Roads will be fine during that time, best among the season with tamed water crossings BUT dont imagine it will be tarred road just that water will be less in water crossing rest it is just a river bed on which you drive always between Kunzum Pass to Rohtang Pass

  6. I am planning to visit manali on 1st Jan 2016, raohtang pass will be open or not?? Please let me know

    • Harry, Rohtang Pass is already closed for the season, however, you will be able to see lot of snow towards snow points of Marhi and Gulaba during this time of the year

    • As of now Rohtang Pass is open and will remain open up to 15th November as there is no offcial closure declaration too. In case it snows, then it might close for safety of the tourists.

  7. Naresh P. on

    Hi,

    Do you think it would be possible to travel from Kullu to Kaza on the 12th of this October and return on the 18th?
    I plan to travel by state bus or shared taxi if available.

    Does the Manali-Kaza road generally get closed at this time?

    Thanks for your help

    • Naresh, as of now the road to Kaza from Manali is open. But, risk is higher to travel on that road during that time of the year. Bus is running but as I sadi risk is higher. Do ensure weather updates to make a decision as in case of snowfall you can be trapped in no man’s land.

  8. Harry Singh on

    Hello,

    Me and my wife are planning to visit Manali on 9 Oct to 12 Oct and want to go to Rohtang pass as you said only govt buses are allowed. My queries are:

    1. Is it easy to get ticket of buses to Rohtang pass and are these buses take us to snow action point or not if not then how to reach and how much it cost us, what is the best time to take bus and best time to leave Rohtang Pass.
    2. Please tell any other places near Manali and specially how to reach that places if we have low budget. Do we have to hire bike or any other transport available
    3. Please tell the best places to cover in 2 days including Rohtang Pass and what we can do best.
    4. Please tell me where we can drink best Lughri in Manali and best dhabbas / restaurants to taste local food.

  9. thapasya pankaj on

    Hi. I am a student from coimbatore, tamilnadu.our department have planned a trip to shimla, kullu,manali during dussehra holidays. But I have heard some news regarding the closing of rohtang pass for tourists ,recently. Is it true ? And also will there be snow fall in October? Because everyone is in great excitement just to experience snow.

    • Pankaj, the Rohtang Pass is closed for tourist in personal vehicles. You can travel to Rohtang Pass in HRTC or HPTDC tourist buses however. Snowfall might depend upon your luck though unlikely.

  10. Hello. I am from delhi and planing Manali and rohtang pass trip on 1oct 2015 to 4 oct 2015. Will we be able to see any snow anywhere.

    • Shweta, only in case the snow fall happens during that time or around that time of your visit, then only possible else there wont be any snow at Rohtang Pass.

        • Shweta, in case you just want to visit Rohtang Pass then you are not allowed to take your car and can only travel in GOVT. buses. There was a upper cap of 1000 vehicles permitted but that has now been expired and no tourist vehicle is allowed to go to Rohtang Pass from Manali.

        • Thanks for ur instant reply

          I have already booked taxi for rohtang from the hotel which we will stay in manali.

  11. T.K. Surya Prakash on

    So, is Apr or May the right time to visit ? Which places do you suggest. Thanks for the help.

  12. T.K. Surya Prakash on

    I am from Bangalore, planning to visit Shimla or Manali with family in last week of Oct since the schools are closed due to Dasara holidays in Karnataka. Will we be able to see any snow anywhere since the purpose of this trip is to spend some time on a snow mountain ? The kids want to enjoy the snow. Kindly advise. Thanks for the help.

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