Situated at a height of nearly 4,000 meters above sea level, Rohtang Pass is a beautiful and very popular mountain pass ensconced in the Himalayas. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Rohtang Pass is nearly 51 km away from the hill station of Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley. From the top of Rohtang Pass one can see the Kullu Valley as well as the Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Thousands of travellers cross this high-altitude pass in Himachal via Manali-Leh Highway to reach Ladakh and Spiti Valley. The best time to visit Rohtang Pass is from late May through early November. During these months, the Rohtang Pass is open for traffic via Leh-Manali Highway. The Rohtang Pass snowpoint is a popular spot for honeymooners and families alike. Couples and kids can rent skiwear to enjoy sledding and skiing here.
As soon as Rohtang Pass in May clears up, tourists flock to Manali to visit this pass. Wondering how to get permit for Rohtang Pass in advance? Rohtang Pass permit is available both online and offline (at Manali SDM Office). The Rohtang Pass permit is available in two categories: one for Rohtang Pass visit only and the other for Rohtang Pass and beyond. The Rohtang permit is issued from 12 pm to 12 am. Maximum of two permits are allowed to book from one system/IP. Travellers must remember that Rohtang Pass is closed on Tuesday for maintenance and therefore no vehicles (including bikes and cars) are allowed.
To maintain traffic and protect the environment, only 800 petrol and 400 diesel vehicles are allowed for one day to visit Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass permit charges for cars, trucks, and buses is INR 500, while there is no permit fee for bikes. However, all vehicles must have a permit to visit the mountain pass. There is also a congestion charge (for crossing Gulaba Bridge) of INR 50 for bikes & cars and INR 100 for buses & trucks.
The Rohtang Pass temperature in winter is below zero degree Celsius. The pass receives abundant snowfall each winter, from November to early March. The road to Leh passes through Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass in June is the busiest as bikers, honeymooners, solo adventurers, and families visit this scenic place in the summer season. To visit Rohtang Pass in October is a popular route for travellers from Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The weather of Rohtang Pass is unpredictable as there are frequent thunderstorms and blizzards during the monsoon season, especially in July and August.
Visit this place to enjoy pristine white snow till as far as the eyes can see and amazing views to die for. The roads leading up to Rohtang Pass is quite easy to navigate, although the regular occurrence of blizzards and snowstorms can sometimes prove to be the reason behind accidents.