Current Rohtang Pass Status 2019 is Closed. Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated post where I will continue update the status of Rohtang Pass; estimated opening date and condition of the road between Manali and the mighty pass. Along with the blog post, I will also continue to update the Forum Post which I will request you to check.
Rohtang Pass Status 2019 – CLOSED
If you are planning a trip to Rohtang Pass in next few days, then please read through How to Plan a Trip to Rohtang Pass. This should give you an idea on some of the important things to keep in mind while planning the trip. Another important aspect of the trip will be the permit for which, I will recommend taking a look at How to Apply for Rohtang Pass Permit?
The weather this year has definitely surprised everyone. The winter of 2017 – 18 saw very less snow across the entire Himalayan region. Even passes like Rohtang did not receive half of the snow they usually do. However, the trend this year is entirely different. Winter seems to have arrived early and caught everyone off guard. An early and heavy snowfall in September saw tourists getting stuck across the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti and at Rohtang Pass as well. The weather closed in suddenly and it turned so bad that people had to be rescued and airlifted to safety.
The same trend still continues. It has been raining in Manali all day for last 2 days and Rohtang Pass has already received quite a bit of snow. If the weather remains the same way, snow may even reach Manali in next couple of days; which would again mean an early snowfall in the town. The pass hence has been closed for all kind of traffic and even motorcycles are no longer being allowed. It is highly unlikely that it will again be opened this year but even if it does, I will not recommend traveling anymore.
Rohtang Pass Status 2019 – Update November 26th
BRO has been clearing snow for local movement between Manali and Lahaul valley but even that operations has stopped now. The road has now turned very slippery at several places. Strong freezing cold winds have been dumping snow on the highway; due to which it has become very difficult to keep it open any longer. Authorities have been keeping it out of bounds for tourists for weeks; but even the local traffic movement will cease now. Some locals have been crossing the pass on foot but that option too will be gone soon.
Rohtang Pass Opening Date
Historically, Rohtang Pass opens sometime in the month of April. It however entirely depends on the weather. There have been times when it was opened in March itself because of very less snow. And sometimes the pass was not opened until early May because it continued to snow at the top. Keeping the trend in mind though, Mid-April is a safe time to assume as the opening time for Rohtang Pass.
Is Rohtang Pass Open Today?
Yes Rohtang Pass is open today but it is only a matter of days before it gets closed out. Manali has already experienced its first snow of the season near Gulaba check post. I just shared a few recent images of Manali at the Community Post.
I hope the information above was of help. Keep to check back at the Forum Thread for latest updates on Rohtang Pass. If you have any questions, or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.