Rohtang Pass In Summer is a beautiful and highest motorable pass near Manali. Rohtang literally means ‘ground of corpses.

And is located at an altitude of more than 13, 000 feet on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. In Old days, Bad weather, unpredictable snowstorms, and blizzards cause the deaths of many people. This is why this was a dangerous pass to cross in past.

On a normal day, driving to Rohtang is too tedious. As it may take up to 6hrs to cover 52kms to Rohtang from Manali. The Rohtang Trip rewards you with breathtaking beauty. And tests your patience, and makes you realize the godly beauty of mountains.

Rohtang connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Get Up Early

There is always a huge rush of tourists for Rohtang Pass. Hence you need to leave early at 2:30 AM to leave for Rohtang Pass to jump the queue. Also, last Taxi ride allowed for Rohtang is 11:30 AM. Hence you must get up early if want to visit Rohtang Pass.

Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 13,050 feet. Rohtang Pass in summer is mostly covered under 30 to 50 feet of snow and the temperature is always below zero.

It is ecologically very sensitive. And  Himachal government has taken strict steps to preserve the fragile Rohtang pass ecosystem. From ever-increasing tourist inflow and exhaust fumes of vehicles.

Respect the Ecological Sensitivity of Rohtang pass

When you travel to Rohtang pass in summer. Always keep in mind that you are traveling to the most sensitive eco-systems. Hence be cautious so as not to leave behind any garbage or Rubbish.

Stay away from Intoxicants like tobacco & liquors as mountain sickness can catch you. Just enjoys the cool vistas of the beautiful sight of glaciers, and peaks. And Chandra river view which flows down in the Lahaul valley. Also, enjoy the Geypan. Be Proud that you are on Rohtang Pass the world’s highest pass.

Go always in Himachal Registered taxi

Tourists traveling in a Taxi or vehicle not bearing Himachal Pradesh registration. Also, It should hire a local Manali taxi beyond Kothi located 13 km from Manali towards Rohtang.

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Keep in Mind the Limit for vehicles for Rohtang pass

For Rohtang Pass in summer, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis are allowed in the batches per day. Beyond Gulaba to the snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass in summer. And remaining vehicles are not allowed to go beyond Kothi.

The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night. After which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 2:00 AM from Manali to beat the long traffic jams.

Or come back empty-handed. Vehicles will only be allowed to come back from Rohtang Pass to Manali after 11 AM to 6 PM only.

Be Ready for the Long Traffic jams and wait

In peak seasons, It takes around five to eight hours to reach Rohtang in summer. It will become painful especially if you have kids.  Problem compounds when both sides of traffic get stuck on hair bend curves.

Govt has regulated the same by allowing only one-way traffic. Vehicles from Manali can go to Rohtang between 4 am and 11 AM. And come back to Manali only after 11 pm.

No Night Travel to Rohtang Pass

Time between 10 pm and 6 am is the zero traffic hours. And no vehicles are allowed on the Rohtang Highway. Also, you are not allowed to stay at the night on Rohtang pass in summer.

Also if you reach Manali afternoon. You will need to postpone your Rohtang visit to the next day early morning.

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Never Fell into the Trap of Local Taxi Operators, Stick to your Travel Agency

In Manali, Many taxi operators take tourists to Rohtang early morning and even at midnight. So as to make multiple trips to Rohtang on the same day.

These operators are always in a rush and don’t allow tourists to enjoy much time at Rohtang pass. Because saying that they will get stuck in a traffic jam.

Issue of Passes/Permits for Rohtang

Rohtang Pass in summer Permit is issued by HP govt official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi and in HP tourism Office. There are additional charges ( Congestion Charges ) of Rs. 50/- per vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars.

Acclimatization & Dark Shades are a Must

It is suggested you get acclimatize in the Manali hotel by staying at least one night. As you may encounter Acute Mountain Sickness.

It is also suggested to put your darkest sunglasses on to prevent snow blindness. So experience here is just joyful.

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