How to Plan Your Trip to Rohtang Pass?

by Vargis.Khan

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Rohtang Pass is definitely the most known and the most visited high altitude pass in our country. A trip to Manali is incomplete unless you have taken the beautiful 50 kilometers long drive to the top of the mighty pass and have gazed upon the breathtaking views it offers, both from on the way and the summit.

A drive from Manali to Rohtang Pass will take you some of the most beautiful landscapes and vistas you have ever seen. Lush green hills, picturesque waterfalls, steep and adventurous drive, awe-inspiring views, snow even in the months of June and July; you will find it all in plenty at Rohtang. It is really no wonder that almost everyone traveling to Manali will plan to include Rohtang in their trip, irrespective of the month they are traveling in.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Manali

In this post, I will cover some important details on planning a trip to Rohtang Pass.  I will share details like the best way to reach, what to see, where to stay, how much will it cost, and some other helpful tips.

About Rohtang Pass

The literal meaning of the word Rohtang is ‘a pile of corpses’. Surprised? I was as well when I first found out about it. It really seemed rude and inappropriate to name a thing of such beauty as a symbol of death. But when I read more about it, it kind of made sense.

The pass has always been on an important trade route so it was always busy. Its name attributes to the fact that a lot of people used to die trying to cross it older times. This was before a motorable road was built over it and an opening and closing date were decided. Even now, there are instances when tourists get stranded at the pass due to unpredictable nature and tough roads. You can only imagine how it must have been about 50 years ago.

Surprisingly, the pass has never been considered that difficult to cross on foot as compared to some other passes in the Himalayas. However, it earned a reputation of being dangerous due to unpredictable weather; leading to frequent snowstorms and blizzards; causing a life-threatening risk to people trying to cross over. This is the reason why it got named as Rohtang.

Where is Rohtang Pass?

The Pass is about 51 kilometers from Manali at a height of 3,978 m (13,050 ft). It connects the Kullu valley to that of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.

How to Plan a Trip to Rohtang Pass

Before traveling to Rohtang Pass, there are a few things that you must know. The most important thing is that Rohtang Pass remains closed for tourists on Tuesdays so you will have to plan your trip accordingly. Second is that in order to reach Rohtang, you must obtain a permit. This rule was implemented a few years ago in order to limit the number of vehicles traveling to Rohtang Pass and keep the pollution levels under check. The permit needs to be acquired irrespective of whether you are traveling by your own car, motorcycle, or renting a taxi from Manali.

Also read: Rohtang Electric Bus : Fare, Schedule & How to Book?

Even if you were a local from Himachal or driving a Himachal registered vehicle, you will still need to obtain the permit. The only way you can bypass this is to travel to Rohtang by HPTDC or HRTC Bus. This is because the permit is issued on per vehicle basis and not per person.

How to Reach Rohtang Pass

In order to get to Rohtang Pass, you will first have to reach Manali. The way this trip can be planned is that you reach Manali from your hometown on Day 1, go to Rohtang Pass on Day 2 and return back to Manali by evening.

How to reach Rohtang Pass from Delhi

For the sake of this article and explaining the route, I will assume that you are starting your journey from Delhi. Even if you were coming from a different city though, only the part about reaching Manali will change. The rest of the details will still apply.

The route you will follow will be as mentioned below.

Delhi – Panipat – Karnal – Ambala – Chandigarh – Bilaspur – Sundar Nagar – Mandi – Bhuntar – Manali

This entire distance is about 540 kilometers in total, depending on where you starting from in Delhi. The travel time can easily be between 12-14 hours in total; hence I will highly recommend taking an early start so you can at least avoid the Delhi traffic.

Until Chandigarh, it is pretty much a straight drive on NH1 and the easy part of the journey. After Chandigarh, you will start encountering heavy traffic. The mountain region will start after Kiratpur Sahib and for the next 125 kilometers; you will be driving through a long line of trucks.

The journey will get a little better and more scenic once you cross Mandi. If you started by 4 AM from Delhi, you can hope to reach Manali by 6 PM the next day which will give you enough time to look for a hotel and check-in.

By Bus

If you are traveling by your own vehicle, you can easily make it a day trip after obtaining a permit from the SDM office in Manali or online.

If you are however traveling by public transport, then you should have no trouble finding a bus going towards Manali from your hometown; considering that it is one of the most visited hill stations of our country. There are buses to Manali, both the ordinary and luxury ones, from almost every city nearby. These buses are operated by both private tour operators and state transport.

From Manali, you can either book a taxi to go to Rohtang Pass or travel by Bus. Details on permits and public transport are provided further in the article.

Also Read: Manali Bus Schedule and Timings

How to reach Rohtang Pass from Manali

Now that you have arrived in Manali, let us discuss how you can plan a trip to Rohtang Pass from Manali. The first thing I will recommend is to not plan your trip the very next day. If you arrived in Manali on Day 1, Rohtang should be on your itinerary for Day 3 or later.

There are two reasons behind this.

The first one is that it will give you some time to acclimatize. Manali is at an altitude of 2050 meters whereas Rohtang top is at 3978 meters. So, in a short distance of 51 kilometers, the altitude will double and you will be highly prone to suffer from altitude sickness. In order to avoid this, spend a day in Manali, let your body get used to the high altitude, and then go to Rohtang.

The second reason is that it will also give you time to arrange for a permit if you were traveling on your own; or hire a taxi or inquire about the bus if you were traveling by public transport.

Rohtang Pass Vehicle Permit

This brings us to the next topic, the permits. In order to visit Rohtang Pass, a permit has to be acquired, either in person from SDM office Manali or online. This permit limits the number of vehicles traveling to the pass on each day basis. This was done in order to keep the pollution under check and maintain the delicate ecological system of Rohtang.

Without the permit, you will be turned back from Gulaba check post and will not be allowed to go any further. It is mandatory for both Car and motorcycles and a certain amount has to be paid in order to get it.

I have covered all the details related to the permits and how to obtain it in detail in a different article at Rohtang Permits : Details, Charges & How to Apply and How to Get Rohtang Permit Online.

In the tourist season, getting this permit can really be a cumbersome task. If Rohtang was your primary reason for the trip, I will strongly suggest that you do not finalize the plans until you have the permit confirmed.

Rohtang Pass Fees

There are two different charges that are applicable when you visit Rohtang Pass. First will be the charges of Rohtang Permits which I have detailed in articles linked above. Second is the green tax that is payable at the time when you enter Manali. For two-wheelers, this fee is Rs. 100. For LMVs, the amount is Rs. 200, for passenger vehicles it is Rs. 300 and Rs. 500 for good vehicles.

Rohtang Pass by Private Vehicle

This is probably the best and most cost-effective way of traveling to Rohtang Pass. Taxi charges in Manali are way too high during peak tourist season and going by Bus is not really much of convenience or fun.

It can be either by your own car or a motorcycle but leaving early from Manali is highly advised. If you truly want to enjoy the journey, leave by the first light of the day or even before that. The permits for the pass are checked at the Gulaba check post. In the tourist season, you will find cabs lined up at the check post as early as 5 AM. Sometimes, it can take up to 2-3 hours to even get past this check post. See the picture below for an example.

traffic jam at gulaba check post

Another benefit of leaving early is the views. As the sun rises, it presents some really magnificent vistas. If you are into photography, you would already know there is no other light like morning light for some good captures.

Depending on when you started, traffic, speed, and breaks, you will be able to reach Rohtang Top in about 3-5 hours. Spend some time at the summit, play around in the snow, enjoy some snow sports, gaze at the amazing scenery, click numerous pictures, and return to Manali the same way. The return journey is all downhill and you won’t even have to produce the permit as well.

But you will encounter traffic on the way back as well. Add to it the fact that you are driving down a tricky road so the speed will have to be kept in check. As a result, it will take you at least 2 hours to reach back to Manali so please plan accordingly.

How to reach Rohtang Pass from Manali by Bus

There are three different buses that you can board to reach Rohtang Pass. All three are government-run, two by HRTC, and the third one by HPTDC.

The HPTDC bus is more of a luxury tourist bus. It will cost about Rs. 500 per seat and is more of a day-long sightseeing package including Manali, Kothi, Rahla Falls, Marhi, Rohtang Pass, and back. The bus will take you to Rohtang top and will also stop at the tourist place en route.

The one provided by HRTC is an ordinary bus that travels from Manali to Keylong. You will board this bus and get down at Rohtang top The only catch is that you will then have to find another mode of commute for your return journey to Manali.

The third is the newly introduced Electric Bus. All of these buses start in the morning from Manali. These are ordinary buses as well but a little better than the HRTC Manali to Keylong Bus. You will buy a return ticket and return to Manali on the same bus.

For further details like timings, schedule, and fare of these buses, please read Manali to Rohtang Bus Service and Electric Bus Service to Rohtang.

Weather at Rohtang Pass

Rohtang is a high altitude pass and it remains covered in snow for all 12 months. So one thing is for certain; irrespective of when you arrive, it is always going to be cold here. Let me give a month by month breakdown of how to weather at Rohtang trends in the year.

November to March

Rohtang Pass is declared closed towards the end of October or early November. For the next 5 months, until March, the farthest you can go is the Gulaba check post. You will not be allowed to travel beyond that.

Rohtang Pass receives as much as 50 ft of snow in the winter season. The road gets buried under the snow and vanishes until it is cleared in April next year. The picture below should give you an idea. A trip to Rohtang in either of these months is not possible.

snow clearing at rohtang pass

April to June

BRO starts the snow clearing operation usually towards the end of February or early March. It still continues to snow at the top of Rohtang but the intensity and the frequency are much less in the lower areas. The snow is all cleared usually by the mid of April and Rohtang Pass is declared open for tourists towards the end of the month. After that, the work continues towards Lahaul Valley to clear Manali Leh Highway and Kunzum Pass to clear Manali Kaza Highway.

The months of May and June are the peak tourist season in Manali. This is when Rohtang receives the highest number of tourists each day. With summer vacations on in the school, a lot of families plan their vacations in Manali and visit Rohtang.

These two months are the best time to go in terms of weather. Days will be moderately warm and nights pleasantly cool. You will get amazing views with clear skies all around. But this is also when the trip will cost you the most and it will also be a little crowded.

July and August

Monsoon arrives in the region by the end of June and the next two months of July and August belong to the rain gods. This entire region receives a lot of rain each year, enough to cause landslides and wash away entire roads. In 2019, the entire Manali Chandigarh highway remained closed for weeks after it got washed away due to incessant rains.

A trip in these months is not a safe deal. You must inquire about the weather conditions and the roads before you leave home. Sometimes it can rain non-stop and keep you trapped in the hotel, ruining any plans for sightseeing. Due to safety concerns, even Rohtang Pass maybe be closed temporarily for a few days if the roads became unstable.

Plan a trip to Rohtang in these months only if you must and ready to take the risk.

September and October

September is my favorite month to visit Rohtang Pass. Monsoon will be all gone but would have left plenty of greenery to enjoy. Everything would seem as if it has been washed clean. There will be waterfalls, lush green mountains, flowers of all kinds and colors and clouds floating low over the valley. In short, it is a perfect time to be in the mountains.

waterfall at rohtang

Come October and all that was green in September will now turn golden orange, marking the arrival of the autumn season. This is another good month to visit but only in the first half. During the latter part of October, the top of the pass starts to receive snow and can be closed anytime if the weather turned extreme.

Rohtang Pass Temperature

Cold winds at Rohtang Top always keep the temperature on the lower side. While you can comfortably walk around in Manali in regular cotton clothes during summer, you really need a heavy windproof jacket while visiting Rohtang.

The presence of snow at the top is throughout the year; even in the months of June and July. So the temperature here hardly goes above single digits in Celsius. During the months of May to August, expect the temperature to be around 10° Celsius at an average. In September and October, it will be a couple of degrees below that.

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Clothes for Rohtang Pass

I do not really think you need any special kind of clothing for Rohtang Pass. Just carry a thick windproof jacket and that should do it. Manali is pleasant during the day and you can easily walk around in cottons during summers. It is just the cold winds near Rohtang top that you need to protect yourself from.

I have seen several people also rent those special dresses with huge snow boots that are available at both Manali and on the road towards Rohtang. Quite honestly, I do not believe you do not need those. Just carry a jacket, a warm cap and you are OK.

When is the Best Time to Visit Rohtang Pass

Now based on the information above, I think it is safe to say that the months of May, June, and September are the best time to go to Rohtang Pass. But it would also depend on a few other factors.

If it is snow that you are after, then traveling early in the season would be best. Go in late April or May and you will find plenty of snow at Rohtang.  The famed snow walls of Rohtang are best viewed in May or early June.

If snow is not your motive, then the best time to visit would either be in May, June, early July, or September. But you may want to avoid May and June if you do not like the crowd. This is when Manali receives the maximum number of its tourists. Hiring a taxi for Rohtang at this time will cost you about Rs. 15000. Getting a permit too will be a hassle.

Monsoon again is not an ideal time to go because the rain just will make things way too difficult with a high chance of landslides. But if you were on a shoestring budget, this time will be perfect for you. With only a handful of tourists around, you will have a better chance of finding good deals on accommodation and commute.

For photography, late August and September will be a perfect time. With family, you should plan a trip in May or June. For a bike trip, May, June, and September will be the best time. For more details on the topic, please take a look at When is the Best time to Visit Rohtang Pass.

views at rohtang

Places to visit at Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass in itself is a tourist attraction, a place that you visit while you are in Manali. The drive on a narrow road which can get quite adventurous as well will take you through some stammeringly beautiful vistas. Lush green hills, snow-capped peaks around, several waterfalls, deep blue skies, plenty of snow to play around in; this is what Rohtang Pass has to offer you.

Some noted places however that you can see en route are Nehru Kund, Rahla Falls, and Rani Nallah. I have actually covered this topic in great detail that I will urge you to read Places to visit in and around Manali. But for a brief overview, listed below are a few places that you should keep in eye out for during your day trip to Rohtang.

Nehru Kund

This cold water natural spring is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who used to drink water from this spring while visiting Manali. It is located about 5 kilometers from Manali towards Rohtang. This spring is fed by the water from Bhrigu Lake.

Kothi Village

Kothi is another peaceful village located about 15 kilometers away from Manali on the foothills of Rohtang Pass. The place is best known for the great views it offers. It can also be a good accommodation choice if you want to stay a little out of the main and crowded Manali town.

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Gulaba

A little ahead of Kothi and about 20 kilometers from Manali is the scenic village of Gulaba. It is famous for several activities like hiking, camping, trekking, and paragliding that are held here. It is the last point till where tourists can go in the winter season.

Rahala Waterfall

Rahala Falls lies on the way to Rohtang Pass, about 29 km from Manali. It is a pristine natural locale featuring cascading waterfalls, hiking trails & picnic areas. Offering great views and a perfect place to get some great pictures, it is a well-known picnic spot for locals and tourists on their way to Rohtang Pass.

Rozy Waterfall

It is another waterfall that is located on the way to Rohtang and worth a visit.

Rani Nallah

It is a water crossing on the way to Rohtang top and possibly the worst section of the road. There is always a lot of slush here due to all the water and getting across the water stream on a narrow road will surely get your heart pumping.

Natural Beauty

This by far is the greatest that Rohtang has to offer. Both the top of the pass and the drive to get there is one amazing experience. Once you are at the summit, you will get a panoramic view of the valley and the surrounding peaks; a view that you will never forget.

Solang Valley

As you drive from Manali to Rohtang Top, you will reach the town of Palchan. From Palchan, a road will bifurcate to your left and take you to the beautiful Solang Valley. It is one of the most beautiful valleys near Manali and a must-visit place. The same road after Solang continues to the Rohtang Tunnel.

Snow, Snow, and Snow

Last but not least, snow is definitely what most people come looking for to Rohtang. In the months of June and July, it is the only place that is easily accessible and remains covered with several ft of snow.

These are just a few places that I mentioned here but there is a huge list of several other places that you can enjoy. For a complete list, please read What to see in Manali.

Places to visit beyond Rohtang Pass

Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley are the two places that you can explore beyond Rohtang Pass. If you had the time, then I will highly recommend driving down on the other side and stay for a night at either Keylong or Jispa. You can also choose a different path and reach Chandratal lake while covering Kunzum Pass on the way.

What to do at Rohtang Pass

Skiing and Paragliding are the two most fun activities at Rohtang Pass. You can also indulge in a ride on a snow scooter. While most of the snow-related activities happen at snow point (where there is plenty of snow), you will find the option of paragliding at several places during the drive. You can either book your ride on the spot after you reach there or you can also do that after speaking with any tourist agency in Manali.

paragliding near Manali

Mobile Network at Rohtang Pass

No matter which network you are on, your phone will remain within the network and will work fine all the way until Rohtang top. If you however descend on the other side towards Lahaul or Spiti, your phone will be off-network unless you are on a postpaid MTNL / BSNL connection which may work till Keylong.

Rohtang Pass Road Condition

All thanks to BRO, Manali to Rohtang Pass road condition is mostly good. It is a pleasant drive except for the last few kilometers around Rohtang Top and Rani Nallah where the road usually remains badly damaged. There are a few bad stretches at several other areas as well but the road is mostly good.

Best Vehicle

I have seen people visiting Rohtang in Maruti 800 as well so you do not really need a higher CC engine or 4×4 SUV. A vehicle with higher ground clearance is better but not absolutely necessary. In fact, most of the local cab drivers actually own a Maruti Alto that they use to drive to Rohtang every day. All that you need to know is how to manage your car at steep ascents, sharp turns, and most importantly, how to take it across mud and slush.

road condition at rohtang pass

Altitude Sickness at Rohtang

As I mentioned previously as well in this article, Manali is at a height of around 2000 meters whereas Rohtang top is almost 4000. The increase in altitude happens within a matter of hours which means there is a high chance that you may start to feel symptoms of acute mountain sickness.

There is really no cure for AMS and the only way around is to get down again to a lower altitude at Manali. If your condition starts to worsen, then do not take the risk and come back. If however, the symptoms are light, then you may as well continue all the way to the top, but do not spend a lot of time there.

To be honest, I know of only one person who suffered from AMS at Rohtang. Most of the people do not feel any symptoms at all. You may feel a slight sensation in your ears but that will pretty much be it.

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Bike Trip to Rohtang Pass

A bike ride to Rohtang Pass is in fact better than going in a car. If you were on a bike, you can get through traffic jams if encountered. However, ensure that you are properly covered with a thick windproof jacket and a good pair of gloves.

You should also have a decent enough riding experience. If you have none that it’s better to be a pillion rider. Manali has several motorcycles rental shops so in case you are visiting there by bus or other means of transport, you can easily rent a bike from Manali.

I have seen a lot of couples opt for this. They arrive in Manali in their car or taxi and then rent a bike for sightseeing in and around Manali. A bike trip from Manali to Rohtang Pass surely adds a little adventure to the trip.

waterfall

Other Tips

Mentioned below are some other useful tips for visiting Rohtang Pass.

Distance Chart

Mentioned below are distances of Rohtang Pass from some of the major towns nearby.

Rohtang Pass Distance from Shimla

The best way to reach Rohtang Pass from Shimla would be via Sundernagar and Manali. To get to Sundernagar, you can either travel via Namoli and Barmana; or via Tattapani. No matter which route you chose, the distance would approximately be around 300 kilometers. It will take you about 6-8 hours to reach Manali from Shimla.

Rohtang Pass Distance from Chandigarh

The total distance between Chandigarh and Rohtang Top via Kullu and Manali is approximately 360 kilometers. Journey time will be about 6-8 hours from Chandigarh to Manali and then 4-5 hours from Manali to Rohtang top.

Rohtang Pass to Keylong Distance

Towards Lahaul Valley, Keylong is at a distance of about 65 kilometers from Rohtang Pass top. Travel time will be about 2-3 hours depending upon your speed and breaks.

Rohtang Pass to Kaza Distance

In Spiti Valley, Kaza is about 151 kilometers from Rohtang top. However, this can take an entire day to travel due to extremely bad road conditions, especially between Gramphu and Batal.

Rohtang pass Distance from Manali

The total distance between Manali and Rohtang Pass top via Vashisht, Palchhan, and Marhi is 51 kilometers. If you started early in the morning before traffic hits, this distance can easily be covered in about 2-3 hours depending upon your speed and breaks. If you however started around 10-11 AM or by afternoon, this distance can very well take 4-5 hours to complete.

Rohtang Pass Distance from Delhi

The total distance between Delhi and Rohtang Pass top is a total of 588 kilometers via Chandigarh, Mandi, Kullu, and Manali. It will take you about 12-14 hours to reach Manali from Delhi.

Rohtang Pass Route from Manali

Route from Manali to Rohtang Pass would be as below.

Manali – Chadiyari – Vashisht – Bahang – Palchhan – Kothi – Gulaba – Marhi – Rani Nallah – Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass Route from Delhi

The route from Delhi to Rohtang Pass will be as below.

Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat – Karnal – Kurukshetra – Ambala – Chandigarh – Rupnagar – Kiratpur Sahib – Bilaspur – Sundernagar – Mandi – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass Route from Shimla

If you are however traveling from Shimla, the route can be either of the two mentioned below.

Shimla – Gyana – Namoli – Barmana – Sundernagar – Mandi – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang Pass

Or

Shimla – Mashobra – Naldehra – Tattapani – Pangna – Kamru Nag – Sundernagar – Mandi – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang Pass

Minimum Time Needed

3 days is the minimum time you need to plan a trip to Rohtang Pass. However, this time frame is keeping in mind that you will take one day to reach Manali and another to reach back home. If you are however staying at a place farther than that, it will entirely depend on how much time it took for you to reach Manali. A trip to Rohtang Pass however can easily be done from Manali in a single day.

Rohtang Pass Snow Point

This is not really a specific location but more of a stretch of snow where most of the tourist activity happens. In summer, snow point shifts closer to Rohtang top while in winter, when Rohtang gets closed, this spot shifts closer to Manali.

Hotels at Rohtang Pass

There are no hotels or camping sites at Rohtang Pass. It is neither allowed nor advised to spend a night at Rohtang because of extreme cold weather and strong winds. Nearest hotels are either at Manali or you may find a few guest houses en route; near Gulaba and Kothi.

Rohtang Pass Altitude

Rohtang Pass is at an altitude of 3,978 meters (13,050 ft) above sea level. Manali is at an altitude of 2,050 meters so a trip to Rohtang top means what within 4-5 hours and 50 kilometers of the journey, you will reach almost double the altitude that you were at in Manali.

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Rohtang Pass Online Bus Booking

There is no online booking system available for this Bus. However, you must book your ticket a day in advance at the Himachal Tourism office on Mall Road. It is located near Hotel HPTDC Kunzum.

Rohtang Pass Opening Date

The opening and closing date of the pass are not set. It completely depends on the weather, snow at the pass; and how fast BRO can clear it. However, usually, the Pass is declared open by sometime around late April or Mid May. Closing time can be sometime in October or early November at most.

Snow at Rohtang Pass

Is there snow at Rohtang Pass? Yes, for all 12 months. If you are eager to see snow then you will find plenty of it at Rohtang. As the pass opens, in late April or May, there may even be huge walls of snow on both sides of the roads. This is the best time to go to Rohtang Pass if you want to catch some snow.

After June, it starts to reduce and limit itself only towards the top of the Pass. As the time progresses, snow gets even lesser and by August, there may not even be any snow at all except for some left at Rohtang Top.

After September, as the weather starts to get cold again, the amount of snow again increases.

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FAQs

Is it better to rent a taxi for Rohtang or go by Bus?

It depends really. If the budget is not a problem, then of course; renting a taxi to visit the Pass will be the best choice. It will be more fun and comfortable.

As per the taxi union rates, no taxi driver can charge you more than around Rs. 3k – 5k per day; depending on which car you chose for a taxi. The reality however is different. This year, their daily rates went up to Rs. 15000 for a Maruti Alto. This is how crazy it can get. So unless you are OK spending this amount, your best bet would be to catch the morning HPTDC bus from Manali to Rohtang.

Another option is to board the daily Manali to Keylong bus from Manali which is even cheaper. Your fare would hardly be Rs. 100 per person. The only problem with this bus is that it will drop you at Rohtang Top and continue to Keylong. You will have to either wait for a bus or a shared taxi or hitch-hike from Rohtang to Manali. Finding a vehicle to hitchhike isn’t that tough in tourist season though.

Also Read: Places to Visit in Sangla Valley and Things to Do

Do you need to Book a Hotel in Manali?

It again depends. If you are traveling with family, want to avoid the hassle of hotel hunting, are looking for a good classy hotel then yes, you can book it. However, hotels in Manali are in plenty, way too many, and finding one isn’t a big deal at all.

If you book, you will just end up paying more. Better would be to reach there, find a hotel per your taste and budget, negotiate a deal, and check-in. I once reached Manali at 3 in the night and still, I found a hotel for Rs. 400 per day, imagine that.

Conclusion

I think this pretty much covers every aspect of planning a trip to Rohtang Pass. If you however have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Suresh Purohit November 27, 2020 - 3:43 am

Dear vargish bro your blog is so informative that can help new comer very much.lot of thanks.
Suresh Purohit Rajasthan

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Vargis.Khan November 28, 2020 - 6:49 am

Thank you Suresh Bhai. I appreciate you taking the time to drop a note.

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[…] this is what makes it one of the greatest tourist attraction of India. Take a look at my post on How to Plan a Trip to Rohtang La for more […]

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Vivek kumar August 8, 2019 - 3:29 pm

November ke last mai rohtang ja skte hain

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Vargis.Khan August 9, 2019 - 2:45 pm

Nahi

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vishwas sarode 9833989246 June 27, 2019 - 8:40 am

Dear Mr. Vargis.Khan,
We are 3 Sr. citizen couples from Mumbai are reaching Chandigarh on 7th July evening & wish to proceed to Manali on 8th July & further to Keyong on 10th July via Rohtang pass & back to Manali on 11th evening Chandigarh on 13 th July night & will board train for Mumbai on 14th morning.
Pl. guide us on itenary & 6 seater non ac cab charges for covering the same with contact details of tour operator

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Henry Kunjumon June 26, 2019 - 2:26 am

HI, thanks for your advice’s, I am planning to visit in rohtang around august 15.
1. Will there be rain during that time ?
2. Can you suggest some sports activitiy which will be available during that time
3. WIll I be able to see snow during august time

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2019 - 2:31 am

1. Yes, definitely
2. Most of the activities are shut down at this time due to monsoon but you can try some skiing or snow scooter kinda thing at the top of the pass.
3. Only at the top

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Kapil June 12, 2019 - 3:13 pm

Vargis bro can uh tell me in which hotel uh stay when u go Manali where u got room at RS 400

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Mahesh April 24, 2019 - 11:43 am

Mr Vargis, I appreciate your time and patience for writing such a detailed post on rohtang pass which I could not find anywhere in the web, I definitely share this post with my friends and colleagues.
My brother is planning his honeymoon to himachal between May 9 to May 15 and after going through all the comments I assume Rohtang will be opened by that time.

I need your advice on accommodation at manali, Actually he is looking for Some budget Cottages and resorts in and around manali instead of staying in regular hotels, can you recommend any of such accommodation like cottages and resorts where they can do some camping and bon fire like that.

Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2019 - 12:25 pm

Hi Mahesh – Opening of Rohtang is a bit questionable at that time, it may or may not happen. I am sorry but I really do not have any recommendation in terms of hotels in Manali.

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Vikramjit Singh April 23, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Hi Vargis,

I was reading through previous comments and it feels like we need some kind of permission if we use private vehicle like car/bike to visit Rohtang pass. Is it tru? If yes could you please help me with the information around it.

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Urmi April 2, 2019 - 1:01 pm

I am planning to go manali from 25th April to 2nd May. Will Rohtang pass be open by then?

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2019 - 10:55 pm

Yes it should be open by then

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Kasun February 20, 2019 - 9:24 am

HI, thanks for your advice’s, if Rothang is open, how can we know about it. Is there any official site to mention that it is open?
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan February 20, 2019 - 7:25 pm

Please keep checking the following thread. I will update here once the pass is open.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rohtang-pass-status-2019/

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Anees V P February 16, 2019 - 4:17 am

Thank u for your valuable information Vargis.

I am planning to visit Manali on April second week and I do not expect Rotang pass to be open.

However, can I visit Marhi, which comes after Gulaba checkpost?

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Vargis.Khan February 16, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Hi Anees – No you won’t be allowed to go beyond Gulaba

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Anas Moideen February 7, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Sir , your blog is absolutely remarkable. i am planning a trip from April 12-22, 2019 covering parts of Himachal Pradesh. Will Rohtang Pass be open by then sir?

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Vargis.Khan February 7, 2019 - 11:41 pm

Helo Anas – Than you for your kind words. It all depends on the weather brother; hard to confirm right now really whether or not it will open

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akhil December 8, 2018 - 10:04 am

will it be open at the time dec 15-jan 15

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Vargis.Khan December 8, 2018 - 1:55 pm

No its closed already and won’t open till April at earliest.

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Priyanshu Sharma March 1, 2019 - 2:18 pm

Bus se jana ka liya bhe permit Lena pdega

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Vargis.Khan March 2, 2019 - 3:06 pm

Nahi Bus se jaane ke liye nahi chahiye

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Neeraj.rawat November 3, 2018 - 6:03 am

Hellow Vargis bro will i go in between of 12 to 15 may. please advice

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Vargis.Khan November 3, 2018 - 2:46 pm

Hi Neeraj – Yes it will be open by then definitely. You can plan.

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polamuriprasanna polamuri October 14, 2018 - 7:15 pm

Hello Sir,

I am from hyderHyderab and planning to visit Rohtang pass in November last week. It it open in November last week.

Please advise.

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Vargis.Khan October 15, 2018 - 8:38 am

No, it will be closed by November last week.

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polamuriprasanna polamuri October 14, 2018 - 7:12 pm

Hello Sir,

I am from Hyderabad and I am planning to Visit Rohtang Pass on November Last week. It remains open in Nov ending. Please advise .

Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan October 15, 2018 - 8:39 am

No, it will be closed by November last week.

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polamuriprasanna polamuri October 14, 2018 - 7:10 pm

Hi , I am from Hyderabad and I have planed tto visit Tohtang pass on December 27 . Is it possible. Please advise sir .

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Vargis.Khan October 15, 2018 - 8:39 am

No, it will be closed by November last week.

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ajmal September 26, 2018 - 5:29 am

i am planing to go rohtang pass on oct 8..is it possible…vargis khan. bhai

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Vargis.Khan September 26, 2018 - 12:12 pm

As of now it is closed Ajmal Bhai due to the recent snowfall but chances are that it will open again by 8th October.

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hazi riyaz pawar September 24, 2018 - 10:59 am

Vargis Bhai bike ka rent Kya Hy

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Vargis.Khan September 24, 2018 - 5:14 pm

Riyaz Bhai depend karta hai ke aap kaun si bike lete ho. … 1000 se 1500 ke beech padta hai …

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roshan September 2, 2018 - 2:34 am

Hello

are tempo traveller of 15 seats allowded for rohtang as a private car if i take my permit online

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Vargis.Khan September 2, 2018 - 9:03 am

Yes, Tempo Travelers are allowed

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Mili Ranhotra July 21, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Hi it is really informative and useful. I will make plan out next summer but I really dying to snow don’t know how and when my wish to b fulfill….Thanks for ur blog….

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Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Hi Mili – If you want to see snow then plan early in the season as soon as the pass opens.

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Namitha May 28, 2018 - 5:55 am

Hi, im planning to travel to Manali by mid June. But when I did some digging about the bus journey from Manali to Rohtang, I found out that buses reach 4-5hrs late and that we may reach only by afternoon. And the same applies for returning where the buses scheduled to reach by 6pm or so reaches back only by midnight. Is this true?

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Augustine May 26, 2018 - 1:23 pm

A very well explained article. Loved it. Great job man

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Jugnuu Sanyal May 15, 2018 - 9:52 am

Dear Mr. Varghis,
Pls. Help me to plan a tour with 40nos. Of students for Manali and Rohtang. Best economic place to stay in Manali for students aged 16 & 17 yrs.
Regards

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Hello Mr. Sanyal – I offer no such services. I am just a traveler and a blogger.

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Ankur Gupta May 16, 2018 - 2:53 am

Dear vargis ..
why this naraajgi…??? you didnt respont to my msg.. kindly reply sir ..

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Ankur Gupta May 8, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Hey Vargis thanks man for the details that u have provided .. kindly answer few questions
1. what if i dont get any returning vehicle from rohtang assuming i reached there by HRTC bus ..
2. will i get enough time to track to rohtang top from snow point where HTPCL bus drop.
3. is there any prob. in booking HTPCL bus i mean if it gets prefiled early or there is no such issue ?
4. the biggest prob. is getting permit … i just checked it .. no permits are awailable within next one week.. how to get one.

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Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 3:56 am

Hi Ankur Bhai – Sorry I missed responding on your message. I apologize.

1. There are buses from Keylong to Manali everyday so in all probability you will get it. If not, there are always the shared taxis and other tourists that you can hitch hike with.
2. No the HPTDC bus drops you far away from the top.
3. You have to buy the ticket a day before the journey, no other booking system available.
4. You do not need a permit if you are going by Bus. The permit is issued for per vehicle, not per person.

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Aman April 24, 2018 - 12:12 pm

How much is the distance where HPTDC bus drops and snow point and how much does it take from drop point to snow point.

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 6:36 pm

Snow point is just a short walk from where the bus drops.

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Dr.Sajid Raheem April 20, 2018 - 8:00 pm

Assalamualaikum vargis bhai, I m planning to visit Manali coming 9 may to 12 may, 2018.. my children are asking whether they will get Rohtang pass entry at this time or some snow around marhi or gulaba, as still I m not getting any confirmation from anyone about rohRoht pass opening..

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 6:11 am

Walaikum As-salam Sajid Bhai, Weather at Rohtang is playing havoc right now and it continues to snow every couple of days. BRO declared it open earlier but shut it down again after the recent spells of snow. There is no confirmed date of opening still but estimate is that it will definitely be open by 9th May.

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kishor kandpal April 17, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Great information sir,hats off to u sir

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Vargis.Khan April 17, 2018 - 3:10 pm

Thanks Kishor Bhai

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Aarti singh January 7, 2018 - 8:44 am

If I m planning tour of rohtang specialy for snowfall from lucknow…….what is the best tym to visit and how including total days if my coming by train and hire a taxi there……

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Vargis.Khan January 12, 2018 - 4:49 pm

January will be the best time to visit if you want to catch a live snowfall but you cannot go to Rohtang Pass as it will be closed. You can only travel till snow point, a few kilometers from Manali.

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abhishek pratap singh December 22, 2017 - 1:42 pm

are these permits issued on daily basis or they can b booked in advance???
if i plan to take a hired taxi from manali then who will arrange for the permit we or the travels company!!!!!
what is validity of the pass and is that time enough to explore rohtang completely?

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Vargis.Khan December 22, 2017 - 3:44 pm

Permits are issued on a per day basis but can be obtained 2 days in advance online. Read the article below to know how you can apply for it online.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rohtang-pass-permits-details-charges-apply/

Taxi drivers do not arrange the permits for anyone, they usually take visitors who already have the pass but some travel agency may be able to do it for you but will charge additional. Try calling some travel agents in Manali.

Pass is valid only for one day. Manali to Rohtang and back is a day journey but the pass is closed right now so you cannot go. It will open sometime in April next year. For now you can only go till snow point, a few kilometers from Manali.

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Tushar December 4, 2017 - 3:43 pm

can we go to rohtang pass via own car? I heard that private vehicles are not allowed there.

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Vargis.Khan December 5, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Yes you can take your car but only till snow point, where the tourist permit allows you till.

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Suresh September 15, 2017 - 9:02 am

very good article, detailed one realy helps to plan a trip. Would like to know, is there any rest rooms available in Rohtang pass or en route to Rohtag

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Vargis.Khan September 15, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Thank you Suresh. Yes, you can find the rest rooms at the Dhabas en route.

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Pratapaditya Kundu Choudhury July 26, 2017 - 2:25 pm

thanks for the information. it makes easy to plan the trip… another ques… roughly how much I have to walk if I use HPTDC as my transport??

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Vargis.Khan July 26, 2017 - 2:47 pm

It depends really. Thing is that the bus will not take you all the way to Rohtang Top, only till a spot they call as snow point. From there, you can walk in either direction to any place you like. Another thing is that the stop over there is not really fixed, it all depends on the driver. If you get stuck in traffic while on the way and a delay occurs, then he may just ask tourist to be back within an hour to make up for the lost time. Another way around this if you want to spend more time is to just let the bus come back and look for an alternate option for return journey.

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Pratapaditya Kundu Choudhury July 25, 2017 - 6:46 pm

If I use HPTDC service then how much time I can spend up there???

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Vargis.Khan July 26, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Couple of hours

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