Rohtang Pass is a charismatic snow clad bliss near Manali and a popular layover en-route to Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Situated at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level at the Manali – Keylong road, it offers a spectacular scenery and plethora of snow activities to indulge in such as skiing, sledging, paragliding etc.
It is an ideal spot for trekkers. Though challenging, it is an absolute magnificent trail speckled with enchanting glaciers, majestic waterfalls, imposing mountain peaks and a magnificent view. Some of the popular trek routes are the Manali – Lahaul pass which is 117 km long with Bhrigu lake and sulphur springs in your path, Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake and Batal to Rohtang and Jalori pass.
Indulge in an unforgettable exhilarating experience of snow adventures such as sledge rides on wooden toboggan, skiing, mountain biking, snow scooter, river rafting, paragliding, zorbing etc.
A Rohtang Pass permit at the cost of Rs. 550 is a mandatory requirement to travel to Rohtang and beyond by every visitor. In 2016, the Himachal state government introduced online permits to limit the number of vehicles to 1,200 (800 petrol cars+400 diesel cars) to curb pollution in the area. The drive up to the Rohtang Pass is of immense pleasure as you pass by the picturesque sprawling landscapes draped in white blanket of snow, leaving you spellbound by the mesmerizing natural beauty of nature.
Along with Rohtang Pass, one can also visit the Sonapani Glacier and the peaks of Gaypan, known for its beautiful views and peaceful ambience, Rahala waterfall which is 32 km by road, breathtaking Bhaga and Chandra glacial rivers and the famous holy site - Beas Kund, the source of the Beas River.
There is no staying option at the Rohtang Pass but tourists can stay in Manali which is 50 kms away.
The pass is open from May to November and closed during winters due to snowfall, extreme weather conditions and landslides.
Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts
How to get to Rohtang Pass
Train: The closest station is Joginder Nagar at a distance of 104 km from Manali. From Manali, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus.
Road: Private taxi and state buses run frequently from Manali to Rohtang Pass, which is almost a 2-hour ride. It is recommended to take a cab as the drive is difficult due to slippery roads and narrow curves.