Rohtang Pass Gets First Snowfall of Season 2012 – 13

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Good news for the snow and chill lovers as higher hills of Himachal Pradesh receives season’s first snowfall including Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass which caused the temperatures to dip drastically. Though it might be good news but some might feel little concerned here who are planning their trips over Manali – Leh Highway and Lahaul, Spiti regions.

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MANALI, 19-09-2012: Temperatures plummeted in parts of Himachal Pradesh as the upper reaches experienced moderate snowfall since Monday. Rohtang pass near Manali, which connects the Kullu valley with Lahaul, received the season’s first spell of snow. Kunzum pass on Manali-Spiti highway received 25 cm of fresh snow. The state road transport corporation suspended services on the Manali-Leh highway.

Kalpa in Kinnaur recorded a minimum temperature of 9.4 degrees Celsius. Manali witnessed a low of 10 degrees Celsius, Keylong recorded a low of 11 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature in Dharamshala plummeted to 18 degrees Celsius. Shimla, lashed by intermittent rainfall throughout the day, recorded a low of 14.6 degrees Celsius. The Manali-Leh highway remained blocked for several hours after traffic was impaired across the Rohtang Pass.

“The southwest monsoon remained vigorous over the state in the last 24 hours causing very heavy rain and moderate snowfall in isolated parts of the state,” said Shimla Met department director Manmohan Singh, adding the change in weather is attributed to western disturbances over J&K and neighbouring states interacting with easterly winds over Western Himalayas. “The conditions are likely to prevail over the next five days,” he said.

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  1. airparks parking gatwick on

    Thanks a ton for this particular piece of writing. I will talk about it with people I know.

  2. deepak shrivastav on

    plz…suggest to me,i m planning to visit solang valley 19 dec.to 21 dec…..so plz tell me, its chances of snowfall or not at that time

    • Deepak, regarding snowfall it depends upon the lucky day you have and weather which we mere mortal souls cannot predict that far. However, you should find plenty of snow stock during that time up there at Solang Valley or towards snowpoints of Rohtang Pass that is Gulaba or Marhi.

  3. deepak kumar on

    hello! Dheeraj.
    i hv a question. please tell me how much the possibilties of snowfall or snow in rohtang pass in b/w 3rd oct to 8th oct 2014.
    i already booked train tickets delhi to kalka on 2nd oct .
    please suggest me .

      • Dheeraj, By 31st October 2014 or 1st November 2014, is it possible to get snow at Rohtang pass? Will some snow games like ski etc begin?

        • Sushil, very unlikely but all depends upon the luck. It snowed at Rohtang Pass in the last week but that would have melted by now. So, if it snows again, you might be lucky 🙂

  4. Hi dheeraj
    I m planning a 5 day trip of manali n dhalhousie..plZ Tell me whr I cam get snow m which is better dharmshala or dalhousie.I want to leave for manali in btwn 10 th to 15 th oct

    • Kunal, at this time of the year you will only find snow in case it snows around those days. Otherwise at both places you will not find any snow.

      I am traveling Ladakh for next 14 odd days, please spare me for delayed replies.

    • I m planning a 4 day trip of manali and rohtang pass in oct1 to oct4 I am planning a tour of kullu manali Rohtang Pass on 1 oct. 2014 to 4 oct 2014.In durga pooja Please tell me about what is the possibilities to snow in the rotang pass in 1 to 4 oct 2014

  5. Satyendra sharma on

    Hi Deeraj
    I am planning a tour of kullu manali Rohtang Pass on 5 Nov. 2013 to 12 Nov 2013. Please tell me about what is the possibilities to open the rotang pass in 6 to 7 Nov 2013….

    • Satyendra, Rohtang Pass will be closed officially but might be open unofficially. The difference is that there will be no road clearance operations carried out by BRO in case there happens a snowfall as maintenance is stopped by them during this period. DO NOT fall under the trap of local travel agents or taxis who will promise you to take there early morning because in November water on road becomes ice and the vehicle skids and last year there were reports of accident due to this very reason in this unofficial period. I am not scaring you rather suggesting when one should draw the line and obey the call of respect towards nature and mountains.

      • Satyendra sharma on

        Hi Dheeraj
        Finaly i decide to tour of kullu, manali and Shimala. i want to start tour 25 october 2013 from kalaka. please help to plan me my tour day by day and toy train ride also include in this tour. regards Satyendra Sharma

        • You can do something like:

          Day 1 | Reach Shimla from by overnight Volvo from previous night. Check-in and rest at hotel. In the second half explore local Shimla including Shimla Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Back to Hotel By Evening.
          Day 2 | Shimla – Narkanda – Hatu Peak – Narkanda – Shimla or you can do Shimla – Kufri – Chail – Shimla (Little les hectic :))
          Day 3 | Shimla – Manali
          Day 4 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
          Day 5 | Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass or Rphtang Pass if safe to reach there. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali and on the way do paragliding at Solang Valley, if required.
          Day 6 | Manali – Delhi.

          Regards
          dheeraj

  6. SUBHAGATA DEY on

    Hi Dheeraj, Planning to visit the tribal circuit of Himachal in Oct 2013. Whether Kunzum Pass is accessible during 08/10/2013-15/10/2013 based on your earlier experiences.

    • SUBHAGATA, guess I replied you somewhere may be FB or email. In case it helps anyone else, yes Kunzum Pass will be accessible during that period but do check the weather before venturing into to cross it. If it says heavy snow then try to refrain yourself because by September end all high passes starts receiving snowfall. But mostly it shall be OK to travel during that period and also keep an eye on Raid De Himalayas rally too as that happens in the same period and may cause some delays if dates are clashing.

  7. Tarun Goel on

    80 feet khudai ho gayi hai is saal Lahaul waali side se.

    Imagine Lahaul in Winters!!

    Main January me jaa raha hun Paidal fir se, Across the Great Rohtang!!

  8. PLANNING A TRIP TO SHIMLA FROM 31ST TILL 2 JAN 2013 WHERE CAN I GET SNOW NEARBY SHIMLA…I KNOW CHANCES OF SNOW FALL IS DIM BUT WANT TO EXPERIENCE SNOW…

    • You might get snow near Shimla at Kufri or further towards Narkanda – Hatu Peak. And, who knows, right at Shimla as well if lucky 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  9. Hi dheeraj…
    Information which u hv shared is pretty useful…

    Please help me with some more information about manali in Dec 1st week

    We are planning our visit to manali from 2nd Dec to6th Dec…

    We hered this is off season for snow n snow fall….

    We got confused by the reviews…please suggest me which is the best hotel in manali for a peaceful stay…how is hotel rock manali and honeymoon inn???

    How much would be the cab charges for local site seeing , solang valley n rohtang pass???

    Tell me about paragliding…skiing , zorbing and river rafting in Dec 1st wk….

    Please reply as soon as possible….:)

    Regards
    Shilpa

    • Hello Shilpa,

      Well, it is off-season in Manali and you will get good discounts too. Not sure about snowfall as you cannot predict it but yeah, you will find plenty of snow at the snow points of Marhi/Gulaba or Solang Valley by that time of the year. I really like Johnson’s and Jimmy Johnson’s hotel just near to circuit house Manali. Not far from Mall road and nice location. Even if you do not stay do not miss a meal or two over there.

      Most of these activities will be running over at Snow Points and paragliding depends mainly upon weather conditions, check at Solang Valley if it is under way or not.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  10. Sharath Chandra on

    Hi Dheeraj, am planning a trip to Manali during the first week of December. I realize that its way too early to expect snow at Manali, but how about Solang? Would you know when does it start snowing in Solang?

    • Hello Sharath,

      Well, yes at that time you will be able to see snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley (may be) whichever is open. 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 raining 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).

      Johnson's, Jimmy Johnson's, Manali Heights are some good options of stay in Manali. For cheap and economic options you can explore hotels around Manali – Naggar Road, Old Manali and Vashisht.

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sharath Chandra on

        Thank you for your instant response Dheeraj. Snow fall isn’t the priority; it’s just snow – to let the kids enjoy and play with 🙂 So i guess Dec first week is good bet to just experience snow (not at Manali of course, but further up).

        • O yes, you and kids are really gonna enjoy it. Plus it will be officially off season in Manali and Himachal, so do vouch for handsome discounts too with all hotels 🙂 … HPTDC standard discount is 30%

          Regards
          Dheeraj

      • hi dheeraj,
        i am planning to go to manali and dharamshala in last week of december i.e. 22 to 28. Is good to go during this period, obvious it will b so cold but the way to rohatang pass will be opened at that time? will be snow fall over there in manali?

        • Hi Sanjay,

          It will be good time to visit Manali and Dharamshala. Rohtang Pass is already closed but yes at that time you will be able to see snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley whichever is open. 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 raining 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).

          Johnson's, Jimmy Johnson's, Manali Heights are some good options of stay in Manali. For cheap and economic options you can explore hotels around Manali – Naggar Road, Old Manali and Vashisht.

          I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

          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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

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