Rohtang Pass is found in Himachal Pradesh in north India and it is one of the popular spots to visits and include in trekking plan when visiting Manali. Manali is well known hill station, very popular among tourists who come to enjoy beauties of Himalayas. Its altitude is almost 4,000 meters and it is open and accessible only few months of the year. Rohtang Pass creates natural boundary between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley and it is a part of National Highway 21 connecting Manali and Leh and during summer months when road is open, it can get very crowded and stuck by vehicles. It is also told to be highest jeep able road in the world.
Pass is usually open from June to October for cars, but trekkers may pass it earlier, usually from May to November. When you plan to cross Rohatang Pass, always get fresh information about conditions and weather. Rohatang Pass is well known for unpredictable weather and even its name can be translated as “pile of corpses” – name was derived from the rough conditions causing many deaths when people tried to pass it. Pass was once a part of ancient trading route dividing Hindu part of India and northern Buddhist one.
How to reach Rohtang Pass
Remember that Rohatang Pass is open only in summer months usually from June to October. It is reachable from Manali, hilly station 50 km away. There are often many vehicles and movement can be very slow, that is why it is recommended to start from Manali very early in the morning. You can get to the pass by taxi or bus of Himachal Pradesh Tourist Development Center. Bus is cheaper than taxi, but it doest take you directly to the action zone so in that case you will need to hire another transportation. Taxi will cost around 2000 rupees a car, depends on type and capacity. Bus costs around 300 rupees per person.
What to see on the way from Manali to Rohatang Pass
You can plan to stop by at Nehru Kund, 5 km from Manali or at Gulaba, commonly known as “Snow Point”, 20 km from Manali. This place is where snow holds on the way to Rohatang Pass and there are many stalls and shops with their products. Snow point actually moves during the year as it is dependent on level of snow. Visitors may enjoy snow activities in summer that is why this spot became very popular. There are also Rahla Falls in scenic environment or Kothi where people can enjoy amazing views as River Beas flow through gorge.
Rohatang Pass – things to do and popular treks
Rohatang Pass is famous for trekking opportunities and skiing conditions. Panoramic views full of gorgeous mountains, glaciers and thick snow layer are just stunning. There are possibilities to rent equipment and all the necessary facilities including winter clothes.
Basically during the whole year Rohatang Pass has a layer of snow and skiing is possible also during summer months. Many people come here especially for skiing and other adventurous sports. Sonapani glacier is well known for best skiing around the pass.
There are few treks there are considered to be the best in the area. Try Manali – Lahaul trek 117 km long with many attractions on the way – sulphur hot springs, lakes and amazing views. Shorter one from Manali through Rpohatang Pass reaching in Batal is suitable if you don’t plan long trek. Superb experience you can get if you plan to trek from Shimla trough mesmerizing Jalori pass and getting to rewarding Rohtang Pass.