Rohtang Pass has been declared open for year 2018. BRO was able to clear snow all the way and restore traffic on the route on Thursday. For now, only light motor vehicles will be allowed to ply between Manali and Keylong from Friday, April 6th. An official announcement of the opening however will only be made on 9th April. Please note though that for initial days, only the local vehicles are allowed to cross over. Tourists do not get the permit to cross over for initial few days. You must give it at least 7 to 10 days before planning a trip. To be on a safer side, do not plan to cross the pass before 15th April.
Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Rohtang Pass
Update May 3rd
Tourists as of now are only allowed till Marhi. The entire stretch of Rohtang is not yet open. It continues to snow at Rohtang top and it actually snowed even yesterday. The expected date of opening of the entire Rohtang Pass right now is 16th May.
Sharing some pics below sent by a friend from Manali. It rained all day in Manali yesterday and snowed at Rohtang Pass. See the fresh snow at top of the peaks. Click on the pic to view in full size.
This pic below is from the Gulaba check post this morning. Estimated wait time is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hours. A long line of vehicles before you finally get to cross the barrier.
BRO is hopeful that if the weather remained the way it is right now; they will be able to restore connectivity on entire Manali Leh highway by 20th April. The road from Manali to Kaza will also be restored by April end; or May first week at latest.
For now, one-way traffic will be allowed towards the pass on a daily basis. This is because the road is not really in best of the condition and is quite narrow at some places. On Friday, traffic will be allowed to ply from Manali side and then on Saturday, vehicles from Lahaul side will be allowed to cross over. BRO will continue to work on the road and stabilize it. Once they have widened it enough for vehicles to cross each other, two way traffic will be allowed.
Rohtang Pass Declared Open for 2018
This is the earliest that the mighty Rohtang has opened in last 10 years. It was declared closed on 11th December after the snow blocked the road towards the top. However due to low amount of snow this winter, BRO was able to allow traffic earlier than usual this year. This definitely is good news for people planning a trip towards Spiti Valley or Ladakh. The early opening of Rohtang is an indication and also a confirmation that roads towards Leh and Kaza will also open earlier than expected.
I hope the information above was of help. If you have any further questions; or need any help planning your trip; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.