Rohtang Pass to close for 2015-16 season

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Rohtang Pass will close on 15th November 2015 officially, owing to snowfall predictions in coming days and to respect the nature while keeping safety of tourists as well as locals in mind. The administration has decided not to allow any vehicle to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road after 15th November considering safety for people. So, all state buses will stop running between Kullu – Manali – Keylong and Kullu – Manali – Kaza This will eventually stamp the official closure of Manali – Leh Highway as well for next 6 -7 Months (which is already in closed like state) and all adventurers need to wait until the road opens up for next season in May – June 🙂 …

Manali – Leh Highway is already declared officially closed now by BRO as there have been few spells of snow already at the passes like Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La and other passes that fall on Manali – Leh Highway. BRO will try to keep the road to Rohtang Pass and further to Keylong unless heavy snowfall blocks it. This will help residents of Lahaul Valley to be kept connected a little more before the hibernation starts for them.

Rohtang Pass to close for 2015-16 season
Rohtang Pass to close for 2015-16 season

Read more from the article below from the external source: Manali-Leh highway closed officially

MANALI: Given the possibility of heavy snowfall, the strategically important Manali-Leh highway has been closed officially for all type of vehicles. Now, vehicles can ply this route only at their own risk. Rohtang Pass will be officially closed for vehicular movement after November 15.

In October, it snowed on Rohtang Pass and Baralacha thrice and more is predicted in the coming days. Water sources along Manali-Leh highway have already started freezing. With frost covering the road at many places, driving on the highway has become risky business.

Border Roads Organization (BRO) has also begun to bring back to the base all its machinery engaged in works between Darcha and Sarchu. However, it has decided to keep working on Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway until very heavy snowfall blocks the road. BRO officials said they will be clearing light snow on Manali-Keylong highway as long as it is possible for them. BRO commander at 38 Border Roads Task Force Colonel KP Rajendra Kumar confirmed, “Machinery beyond Darcha is being drawn back to Sarchu.”

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  1. I want to go for a leh ladak trip along with an all India trip. I dnt wanna go on RE for all India trip. But I wish to take a RE for leh ladak trip. So I am planing to park my bike at any place where I can get a rented bine for leh ladak trip. So please suggest me best place to take rented bike. Or else can I arrange any bike riding packeges starting from Delhi. So I think they will look after all the passes and bike maintainens.please give a suggestions

  2. Avdhesh Patel on

    Hey Dheeraj,
    I and my friends are planning to visit leh-ladakh in end of JUNE 2016 by EECO car from Vadodara, Gujarat.

    SO please give me some ideas and your experience and suggestions too.

    Thank You.

    • For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  3. Wanted to go up till the Himalayas and visit some places in Himachal such as Kaza, Tosh etc. As coming from Mumbai my tickets are booked for Delhi but as I see Rohtang Pass is closed…wondering what to do?

    Can any one suggest off beat safe snow destinations in Himachal?

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