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Situated on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, the Rohtang Pass acts as the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. It also connects them to the Kullu Valley thus making the access of the districts easier with Leh. The meaning of 'Rohtang' is the 'Land of Corpses'. This is because, in this place died a number of people who has tried to cross this place and move ahead towards more difficult places like Zanskar. The Rohtang Pass also serves as the gateway to Zojila and Leh on other sides of it. The natural beauty and serenity of this place makes it a favourite of photographers and nature lovers. The sight of lovely glaciers, twin peaks of Geypan, the Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River make this place even more beautiful. The Rohtang Pass is also situated on the watershed basin of the Chenab and the Beas Rivers and the main activities to be enjoyed here are skiing and sledge rides.
I loved the maggi here:D
To be honest, what we saw was pretty unexpected. Rohtang could not have been better behaved. As people at Marhi had told us, the pass had seen a bout of dry weather over the past week, drying out most of the slush, barring a few stretches. With overnight rains, it had deteriorated a bit, but it had no resemblance to the monster we had all seen at almost the same time last year.
Caution! It is not particularly high or difficult to cross on foot by Himalayan standards, but it has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. During summer(mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh. Rohtang Pass is best visitable between May/June to October/November. In May, Rohtang becomes a place for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The snow-covered mountains provide the perfect opportunity to go skiing and snow scooter riding. Take your family to this wonderful place and enjoy some quality time together.
The ascent upwards to Rohtang(13,497 ft); a pass no driver dares to cross in the night due to frequent mudslides-unfolded before us a lot of surprises. The streams gently flow down the mountains amidst the greens clinging onto the slopes creating numerous waterfalls, the clouds gently seem to caress the snow capped peaks, glaciers melting down into the Beas river.
Next day , we headed towards Rohtang pass from Manali. We stopped at Rohtang pass to relax our butts and backbone after few ours of continuous riding. It was not such a big spot but just like a pass where you could get some food and see some more adventure lovers like yourself. After Rohtang while we were heading towards Key long and Jispa, we took a nap at a small place called Kuksar, and this was the place where an undiscovered beauty, a magic of nature was witnessed by us. An unnamed Waterfall- too big yet too tranquil .
Rohatang La: 13051 Ft The pass provides a natural divide between the Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The pass is open from May to November. It is not particularly high or difficult to cross by Himalayan standards, but it has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards. Mostly crowded with visitors from Manali to whom it’s the most beautiful spots in the vicinity. The spot promises an exquisite view of the surrounding mountain ranges, glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley. At 13051 feet above sea level it’s the gateway to Lahul Spiti & it tests the endurance of riders for the very first time. It also gives you a heads up for the Passes to come after Keylong. Leave before 5am to avoid the tourist traffic.
Rohtang Pass, is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. the valley is the main attraction and key destination to visit during your stay at Manali. the main attraction in the valley is its multitude of adventure sports available. one can try out skiing, paragliding which is a must as i feel. if you reach there early can enjoy the adventure sports and also play in the snow with family and friends. its a must destination an ideal romantic place and a adventure area for groups. one can enjoy special maggi made in that area which is a delight.
Rohtaaaaaang ! My by far the best encounter with SNOW ! This pass is like a getaway to heaven, all you see is snow, snow and snow. I've visited Rohtang Pass twice and both my experiences have been amazing. This place never disappoints me. Snow clad mountains all around, with low oxygen level and it brings chills. The temperature drops quickly. People with altitude sickness have to be cautious. Lots of snow sport activities goes on here. Maggie and Tea are a must for everyone here, it provides relief to the body.
That's my crazy moment. High altitude 15000ft'!!! Icing cold and i was about to Freeze. But still manage to get a picture clicked. I should say it was a Breathtaking moment. The place was too crowded with lots of tourists. People used to hire warm cloths and come to this place. But i was none of them.
Next day, we headed towards Rohtang la pass. We stopped at Rohtang pass to relax our body after a few hours of continuous driving. It is the first pass that comes between Manali and Lahaul & Spiti at the height of 14050 feet. After Rohtang we headed towards our destination.
This is another high mountain pass in the Himalayas, located at an altitude of more than 13000 ft. Rohtang pass is at a distance of about 50 kms from Manali towards Ladakh on the Leh-Manali highway. One can get some heavenly views of the Pir-Panjal range of the Himalayas here.
The Rohtang Pass connects the Kullu valley with the Lahaul and Spiti district. This pass is open to public only from May till mid November. Coming from Manali side, crossing the pass and descending into the Lahaul-Spiti region, you'd witness a change that knows no bounds - from all hues of green in the Kullu Valley to the barren and brutal browns of Lahaul.
After a heavy breakfast we started around 11 AM. We were informed by our driver that we would need to cover about 140 km on taht day to reach Jispa and must therefore control our emotions and resist the growing temptation to stop at every other nook and corner of this scenic journey. We crossed Solang Valley to reach Rohtang Pass which is about 50 km away from the town of Manali and is at an elevation of 13,060 ft. I have read accounts of people getting stuck in crazy traffic jams (lasting days) and sleeping in their cars while crossing Rohtang Pass in June or July. We crossed Rohtang Pass without any trouble and that is precisely why I love off-season. This was the first of five high mountain passes that we crossed on the Manali-Leh highway
Pretty good roads with a superb view of the valley and one can enjoy this to the utmost level with his cycle!! La aka pass are snowy passes through mountain ranges,but this one is highly influenced by tourists and by lots of them, with dirty snow, traffic.. :(
The unforgettable scenic beauty of snow, with a well-deserved reputation. The heartbeat of travelers, your journey to Manali can never be complete if you miss Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass, the place you can’t feel without experience it. Have the courage to follow the traveler in your heart.
At 13,050 ft Rohtang Pass stood silent and somewhat dull. I was taken aback due to complete absence of snow. I remembered this place for its out sized vastness of snow, tea stalls, horses, rabbits, yaks and over enthusiastic tourists (read Me and my younger sister) ten years back. For a second I was not ready to believe I am at Rohtang top till I saw the sign board above.
Leh- Manali has the Most beautiful terrain with lush green peaks and snow clad mountains. The lush green mountains with pits of grass and soil mixed in raw form. The best part about this journey is you start from leh drive through the soil desert and go towards the lush green mountains with beas stream flowing on the other side. You drive further go low then rise above towards manali where you side lush green mountains snow clad. The freshly settled creamy white snow clad mountains over lush green meadows is a treat for the eye of the beholder. Once you cross Rohtang Pass, You would have then seen true bliss. The mist settled over these mountains is one view my eyes can never forget. Truly thankful to the creator and his creations and giving me the opportunity to enjoy the nature in its true form. Lush and beautiful.
Rohtang Pass in Himachal PradeshIt is a high mountain pass providing a natural divide between the valley of Kullu and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The word ‘Rohtang’ means ‘a pile of corpses’ due to a large number of people dying while crossing the pass due to bad weather. This pass has also been featured on the famous TV show Top Gear: India Special.
Next day morning we got ready and left our hotel by 6. Hotel staff was very courteous and packed few sandwiches for our lunch. Make sure you leave early else you can get stuck in the famous Rohtang pass traffic. I have been to Manali/Rohtang pass at least 4-5 times before but this was the first time I saw Rohtang pass 'green' and not 'white'. There was no snow at all, infact all the plants and tress were glowing in the sun, giving it a very different nice look. After crossing Rohtang pass around 20 km further there is a small right turn which goes to Lahaul Spiti valley. Please note its very easy to miss that turn, so make sure you are attentive. Once you manage to take that right then the only thing is you have to go straight. The road till this point was fantastic, we enjoyed it. But now was the time when the real journey started. So gradually the charcoal road turned into a kacha road and after some time it was just stones/boulders on our way with water flowing at many points. Ashok was brilliant behind the wheels but there was not much he could do at that stretch. Kudos to his patience. From Rohtang pass to Chandratal: there were at least 4-5 times when all of us had to get out of the vehicle and put/remove big stones in front of the tyres and then push the car (as the tyres were just slipping on pebles/stones). Delhi to Manali is around 550 km which took us around 13 hours and Rohtang paas to Chandratal is around 80 km which we covered in around 10 hours so you can imagine what a "smooth" ride it was. :-) It was kind of an off-roading experience. This was the journey which made me realize the true difference between a MUV & a SUV. Having said that, the journey was amazing and beautiful. You would see different colors of hills : green, red, brown, black . The beautiful terrain and colorful plants around you would definitely make you stop and click pictures at many places. We did manage to reach Batal.
We reached Manali early in the morning by 8am.. What a wonderful and breathtaking view along side river Vyas. And the cold winds just making us feel like it's already December. It's was 9.30am bus to Keylong from manali, same bus will continue to Ladakh next morning. But we have a stay at guest house in Keylong.. Nearby place jispa is also wonderful for stay and camping. Enroute came Rohtang paas(13058 feets) , it was so cold and windy on top. Also this was the first time we were on such an altitude in our lives... We started feeling low oxygen, And from rohtangLa started our real view. By evening at 7pm we reached Keylong.
Manali-Solang-Rothang LaThe ascent upwards to Rohtang(13,497 ft); a pass no driver dares to cross in the night due to frequent mudslides-unfolded before us a lot of surprises. The streams gently flow down the mountains amidst the greens clinging onto the slopes creating numerous waterfalls, the clouds gently seem to caress the snow capped peaks, glaciers melting down into the Beas river. Covered in fog the valley climbs up the Pir Panjal range- a visual treat to extremes. The only sound that prevails is the air rushing against the mountains, tip-tap of the melting snow, screech of the tyres on the road and ‘Thumping Sound’ of the ‘Bullet ride’.Rothang La - Keylong – Jispa - Darcha - Zingzing Bar- BaralachLa
Day 2 (10th July): Manali - Jam - Rohtang - Jispa (140 kms, 14 hrs)We re-evaluated our plan, and decided to stay the night at Jispa. The plan was to reach Leh in 3 days from Manali and somethings would have to go off our itinerary in order to make up for the lost 8 hours. Well, that’s the Manali-Leh highway for you, even the best laid plans have to be changed at the last moment. And I guess that’s the beauty of it all. We somehow made it to the top by 2:30 pm, after having crossed the final slushy stretch in one go, all thanks to the 4L mode that Safari offers. What was surprising though was that even with a 205 mm GC, some stones did hit the underbelly of our car. After a quick stop at the pass to check for leakages beneath the vehicle, we proceeded towards Jispa. Rohtang’s descent was much better than its ascent. The road was not good, and was ridden with potholes, but at least it was not slushy. A fabulous lunch of meat curry and rice happened at Koksar, the lovely, windy village after Gramphoo, known to be the coldest place in Lahaul. Thereafter, the road was like a runway, and even the fifth gear saw light of day! A few kilometers after Koksar, just before Sissu, we saw the mouth of the Rohtang tunnel on the other side of the Chandra river, the sight of which, after the 8 hour ordeal we’d been through earlier in the day, was very pleasing. Aarti promised God that she would distribute sweets and also come to Manali the very day the tunnel opens. For the first time, I agreed that Rohtang was not worth all that pain. After ogling at the tunnel for a bit, we went on. After a quick refuelling stop at Tandi, we moved on towards Keylong. We tried to log on to the net and also call a few people to update them about our freedom from the horrible jam, but the network was patchy, and we couldn’t. We finally reached Jispa around 6:30 pm, and headed straight for the Padma Lodge, where we’d stayed way back in 2008 when it was still under construction. After checking in, we went down till the river, and were totally floored by its beauty. The way the beautiful Bhaga spreads out at Jispa is stunning. The icing on the cake was the early moonrise, which captured the attention of our cameras for quite sometime. The Padma Lodge is a lovely place with nice and clean rooms, and a charming dining room on the first floor. And guess what, it does serve beer for those who are interested . The Lodge has two buildings, and both are almost equally priced. We got to know later that Rahul Gandhi had done the Manali - Leh highway last year, and stayed at the same lodge.
At Rohtang the traffic came to a standstill, and we witnessed something the other four had never before – snowfall. It was bliss. It soon changed into misery when the gentle snowfall changed into a rather hailstorm. We were stuck with no shelter. We tried to hide behind cars which didn’t help much as the temperature was freezing. We saw our feet getting covered with snow every now and then. Our feet and hands were frozen and we could barely move them. It was so fierce that we couldn’t even remove our helmets. It was quite an effort to unpack stuff from one bike to take out a Rum bottle which seemed like our best friend then and our only saving grace. Traffic started moving rather crawling again after almost 3 hours, luckily for us, army trucks were on our side and it was made to move first. Riding had gotten even tougher. We couldn’t see the road with visors down and couldn’t remove them due to the storm. Almost 2 feet snow had accumulated on the roads by then. The only way we could ride was by riding behind a heavy vehicle and moving along its tyre impressions. We covered the next 7-8 kms in over an hour and that’s when the road condition got a little better, but it was raining there and the roads, especially the curves were really slippery. Slowly we made it to Gramphoo and had the first meal of the day there.
Rohtang Pass can be counted as one of the most accessible skiing spots in India, making it the perfect spot for a family getaway. You can get skiing gear on the spot and ski slowly down the slopes covered with snow.
Speaking about Rohtang, I wasn't ever been to Rohtang but I always had wanted to. So this was my chance. We took all the required approvals and five of us left for Rohtang. Man! the view and the drive was beyond words. There was complete shed and then there was complete sunny. It continued as we kept on crossing each mountain. On the way to Rohtang
I had no plans for trekking this time as few others weren't interested, but, after reaching Rohtang pass, of the road, water streams, lakes, mountains, valleys, horses, birds and so on, all I could see were the mountain peaks. What a view I could get after reaching the summit!
I could not ever have imagined how it actually felt like sitting on my bike and smiling for the picture with the board that says 'Rohtang Pass'. And it was more than I thought it would feel like to be there in that moment- being 'in' the clouds, shivering from cold all over, that feeling of immense satisfaction, thrill, excitement and happiness I will never be able to forget. There, I wanted to shout my heart out, I wanted to laugh, I wanted to be silent and just let that feeling sink in, and you know what I did everything I wanted to. I really felt alive that day and this feeling was what I crave for all the time.
But finally, we made it to Rohtang Pass and the clouds didn't make it easy on us, we were completely drenched and the hot cup of tea and maggi on the roadside eatery was a saviour. We then reached Manali, returned our bike and the smiles on our faces even after the toughest ride of the whole trip made up for the body aches we were then starting to realise. Also, the next day was my B'day and the sound sleep i got that night almost made up as the perfect gift one could have wished for after 10 days of pillion riding.
The Rohtang pass is a high mountain pass and is elevated to approx 4000 metres above the sea level, situated in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas which connects two valleys i.e Kullu & Lahaul and Spiti. The pass watersheds the basins of Chenab (Chandra river is a tributary of Chenab) and Beas river. It offers beautiful sights of Lahaul valley and different glaciers and peaks.
The day is at leisure to explore this picturesque town. Or you can opt for Rohtang Pass (Closed on Tuesday's). Rohtang Pass offers magnificent views of the himalayan mountain ranges. It was the medieval trading route to Lahaul and Spiti. If roads to Rohtang Pass are closed, then visit Snow Point where ponies / horses can be hired (On direct payment). Note: (Only local vehicles are allowed for Rohtang Pass / Snow point visit). Overnight in Manali (B, D)You can stay at-
The day is at leisure to explore this picturesque town. Or you can opt for Rohtang Pass (Closed on Tuesday's). Rohtang Pass offers magnificent views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. It was the medieval trading route to Lahaul and Spiti. If roads to Rohtang Pass are closed, then visit Snow Point where ponies / horses can be hired (On direct payment). Request A Call BackNote: (Only local vehicles are allowed for Rohtang Pass / Snow point visit). Overnight in Manali (B, D)You can stay at-
The high mountain pass of Rohtang lies at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level and located in the eastern hills of the Pir Panjal Range. If you can overlook the chaotic traffic on the way, the pass itself is beautiful with views of mountains all round and a feeling of being on top of the world. It’s usually crowded at all times and as there is a permit that is required to be taken in advance. Roads are not great but the pass is worth the drive. Whole area is just surrounded by the snow clad Great Himalayas and beautiful breathtaking views. Closed for half of the year and gets open at the mid/end of May. It's better to travel in the beginning (Opening days) as the day passes on, it will be full of crowd and there won't be much peace & fun. Try to leave in early morning by 06.00 AM to avoid long queue at Gulaba check post as sometimes it takes hours to get rid of it. Be there once in your lifetime at least. Wind, Snow and Serenity...Awesomeness of life.
Exhilarating activities such as skiing and mountain biking are synonymous with the Rohtang Pass. A trip to this celestial passage is therefore imperative before you proceed with your Ladakh Bike Trip.
One can spend an hour or two sitting in peace here. There's a Maggie point also. Many people visit Rohtang to enjoy the snow in winters. I had also played with snow when I had visited Rohtang years ago with my parents.I left Rohtang Pass for my trip to Spiti. This time the sound of river travelled with me.
Then we moved forward in our journey to Rohtang Pass. We faced a lot of traffic jams on the way but it also helped us to get down in every road corner and click the serene landscapes from every possible angle. The so called Suicide point is a treat to the eyes. We also found the Rahala Falls on the way. After a 5 hour journey (actually takes 2.5 hours), we reached a small village with a few shops which is the last place to have some refreshments. We had our lunch and quickly moved upwards to our destination. With roads covered with snow on one side and receding greenery on the other, we careened forward to our destination. Remember to click selfies in the slab marked 13058 ft, Rohtang Pass. WE are lucky enough to have snowfall at that very moment but it also made it very cold (close to 0 degress) and I have to rent a fur coat for INR 200. We trekked upwards for around 2 hours and we reached almost the top of it where I found some nice clicks. I would suggest to keep track of the road you are moving forward because the clouds can challenge your visibility there. You can also hear the fluttering of flags around. As soon it started getting a bit dark, our driver asked us to move away as he claim it would soon become unbearable cold there.
Rohtang Pass, its name is enough to define its beauty. One of the famous tourist attractions near Manali. It is Located at a height of 3979 metres and at a distance of 51 km from Manali.Rohtang Pass is on the highway to Keylong/Leh. In winters, the pass remains closed but is open from June to October for motor vehicles.
August 23,2014Next day early morning we moved for Manali. We crossed Darcha (police checkpoint), Jispa , Keylog, Rohtanga pass.Near Rohtanga, Marhi location we have done paragliding. It was amazing experience of my life. We finally reached Manali before 4 PM. We booked our returning tickets in valvo same day. Around 5 pm we left Manali.
Bike Rent : 500cc can range upto 1200 – 1500 INR/day with a security deposit of 10k-12k (refundable) . Don’t compromise on bike conditions . As your bike would be your GOD for your entire trip . You need road permit to cross Rohtang Pass which is only valid for a day . You can arrange the same from http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu or you can ask the bike renter to arrange the same for you .
Day 3 : We started around 10 am which was quite late to reach Kaza keeping the time frame in head . So we took a pleasant ride to Rohtang Pass which is like 51 kms from Manali . It was bone shivering so dont forget to put on warm clothes and gloves to avoid cramps .Spending couple of hours in Rohtang Pass we headed down and reached Koskar , a small and beautiful village which comes on the way to Keylong and Leh Ladakh . This is a diversion of around 5 Kms from the road you need to take for Chatru .
A road trip to the picturesque Rotang pass can be a sight if you travel in the correct time of the year. snow walls and plenty of white snow all around shall set your mood into a playful one. The beautiful landscape that accompanies you during the trip is something one should look forward to. As you drive by one can play the most soothing songs or any beat and enjoy the trip as you climb towards the snow capped mountains and feel the rains of snow and the crystal clear sky. As you pass by, the mesmerizing view has the healing power to relax all the worries of ones life and retreat your senses with the touch of nature.The high mountain pass of Rohtang lies at a high altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level and located in the eastern hills of the Pir Panjal Range. The pass lies at a picturesque location with the rivers Beas and Chenab that lies to the southern and northern side of Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is famous for its picturesque views of the valley and various hidden waterfalls. Rohtang Pass is a must visit on your trip Kullu-Manali.Best time to visit the pass is in the month of May once the pass is open by the government for visits.
We were back to our rooms with much excitement for the actual expedition. We started off next day(14th Aug) by 9:00a.m(Plan was 7:00a.m but certain bikes required mechanic's blessings and hug!) Through Rohtang through Tandi(where we filled the petrol tanks because the next petrol bunk was 365kms away!! - yes that's right!), we reached Jispa that was our first camp site. This site couldn't hold all of us, so some of us were moved to another site even closer to the river - It was a fairytale location and loved every bit of it. This was my first camp experience too!
Day 3Manali - Rohtang - Keylong - Jispa (140 kms)The real fun, excitement and adventure starts today.It was raining heavily, but I had to keep going to reach my destination (Jispa) on time.
This is just a beginning to your freezing experience , you will see a beautiful Glacier with small Ice Caves(try not no enter in one of those, you may get bruises), but you can try to walk on it for a while...
This is just a beginning to your freezing experience , you will see a beautiful Glacier with small Ice Caves(try not no enter in one of those, you may get bruises), but you can try to walk on it for a while...
The last point of the Triund Trek.
-INDRAHAR PASS - situated at Himachal Pradesh on Dhauladar range this pass is close to Dharmashala. This trek trail shows the Himalayan ranges, gives panaromic view of Dhauladhar, and other astounding Himalayan peaks. The Lahesh cave is a famous place of exploration for Trekkers. A four day trek is arranged starting from McLeod Ganj via Dhauladar range. It shows panaromic views, scenic marvels and opulent beauty of Himalayas. The best trekking season if from April to October. ESSENTIALS TO CARRY -warm clothes-sleeping bags-water proof tent.
We started our day around 7am after having breakfast. As I started my trek after 15 minutes, I started feeling dizzy and I thought maybe I was trying harder. I rested a bit and fortunately it was getting better but the route was getting much difficult. I literally have to crawl my way even though one can find distorted steps made of rocks by the Gaddi shepherds. (A local tribe who travels each day across Indrahar pass over the snow and reach Chamba district on the other side). Halway through the trek, we have to cross a frozen waterfall which was very difficult because it is very steep and we have to made our way with axes to fir our shoes. One have to very careful because one wrong step and you can slide down almost 500m through the broken and slippery snow. Once we cross the snow, the rocky terrain continued. You can spot different species of ferns and flora (beautiful small yellow flowers surrounded our way). After bruising my elbow, slipping a lot more times than I expected I reached the top and the breathtakingly stunning from the top just worth every pain. Soon I traversed a bit sideways and reached the small mountain goddess placed at the top. It had taken 3.5 hours for me to reach the top from Lhasa caves. The other side was full of snow and there are no traces of any human as far as my eyes could see. I cherished the moment for some time and imbibed the fresh Himalayan air. One will literally feel above cloud nine here. The scenic view engulfed me and made me speechless. After some clicks I started descending downwards and it was not that easy as I expected. You need to have strong knees because it gets very strenuous to control your descent.