Rohtang Pass or Rohtang La is situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Perched at an elevation of 3980mts above sea level Rohtang Pass connects Leh and Manali with National Highway 21. The highway connecting Rohtang Pass with Leh is open from May to November as the region receives heavy snowfall during winters, making it unable to travel. However, one can visit Rohtang Pass to enjoy adventure sports like skiing, paragliding and White water rafting. The weather of Rohtang Pass is unpredictable and you can see snow here even in summers. Rohtang Pass offers serene beauteousness of nature where your eyes will be at peace with captivating views of massive glaciers, snow laden mountains, deodar forests, crystal clear water in front of it.
Rohtang Pass itself doesn’t facilitate with good accommodation but you can enjoy a comfortable stay in Solang or Manali. Rohtang Pass is situated just 51kms from Manali. Rohtang Pass offers ample trekking destinations like Bhrigu Lake, Lahaul, Chandra Tal, Jalori Pass etc. You can even take a short course at Manali Mountaineering Institute.
Location of Rohtang Pass
Rohtang La (Pass) is situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 3,980mts above sea level. Rohtang Pass is the highest Jeep Able road of the world connecting Manali in Himachal Pradesh with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. Rohtang Pass is well connected by major cities of northern India with NH21. Rohtang Pass connects Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti valley.
What to do in Rohtang Pass
Visit the nearby excursions of Rohtang Pass and take pleasure in the picturesque views of the valley. Go to the highest jeep able road of the world. Visit early in the month of May and June to encounter 8 to 10fts of snow. If you are on a long holiday then opt for trekking excursions to Bhrigu Lake, Lahaul, Chandra Tal, Jalori Pass etc. You can even take a short course at Manali Mountaineering Institute, Go for paragliding in Solang Valley. White water rafting is also done on the Beas River from Phirdi to Jhiri. For anglers some of the best places for fishing are Katrain, Raisan, Kasol, Larji and Nagar.
Excursions from Rohtang Pass
Solang Valley: The beautiful Solang Valley lies 14kms from Manali at an elevation of 8500ft above sea level. It is a wonderful valley between the Solang village and the Beas Kund. Solang houses Manali’s ski school, and several paragliding schools. There is heavy traffic of tourists during the winter months because of skiing options.
Kothi : Below the Rohtang Pass is a charming spot Kothi. It is an idyllic village which lends a great view of the gorge and the Beas River. Kothi is situated at an elevation of 13400ft offering enchanting views of the snow laden peaks and glaciers of the almighty Himalayas.
Manali: Manali is a small town with numerous hotels and stupendous views. Manali is located at the confluence of the Beas and Manalsu rivers in the northern Kullu Valley. It stands at an altitude of 1950mts above sea level and is situated at the end of the Kulu Valley on the National Highway 21 leading to Leh. Manali's scenic beauty is breathtaking with majestic snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. On one side of Manali, one can notice the crystal clear Beas running through the town while on the other there are deodar and pine trees and fruit orchards adding to beauty of this little hill town. Manali is picturesque hamlet with sights and sounds of birds, trees and flowers.
Rahala waterfalls: About 16 km from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m.
Arjun Gufa : It is situated 4km from Manali, near Prini Village. Arjun Gufa or Cave of Arjun is the place where Arjun, one of the five brothers in Mahabharata had meditated and practiced austerities to acquire the powerful ‘Pashupati Astra’.
Rohla Falls: Rohla Falls is situated near Rohtang pass. The route to Rohla Falls goes from Kothi to Marhi on foot by the old road. The sight of the Rohla Falls is mesmerizing and it is also a popular picnic spot as well.
Marhi: Marhi is a mountain plateau bounded with lush green meadows and wild flowers situated 15kms before Rohtang Pass. Marhi affords widespread views of the enchanting valley and the impressive snow capped peaks. Marhi is a stopover place while a visit to Rohtang Pass.
Accomodations Hotels in Rohtang Pass
Accommodation facilities are not available at Rohtang Pass but you can enjoy a comfortable stay with splendor views at Manali and Solang.
Luxury Hotels in Manali: Hotel Apple Country, Hotel Beas View, Hotel Ever Green, Royal Park Resorts, Ambassador Resorts, Holiday Inn, Honeymoon Inn, Hotel Snowline, The Orchard Green, Span Resorts and many more. These hotels provide unparalleled luxury, service and comfort.
Standard Hotels in Manali: Hotel Devlok, Hotel British, Akashdeep Hotels, Dream View Resort, Hotel Himalayan Inn, Heritage Resorts, Hotel Manali View, Hotel Mountain Top, Sitara International, Hotel New Shivalik, Snow View Hotel, Hotel Park Residency, Hotel River View, Hotel River Inn, Hotel Him Parbat etc. There is a wide variety of Standard Hotels in Manali with affordable prices.
Budget Hotels in Manali: Hotel River Inn, Monalisa Hotel, Hotel Hamta View, Hotel Deep, Anupam Hotel, Amber Hotel, Hotel Karma, Meadows Hotel, Everest Hotel, Hotel Chelsea, Marble Hotel, Hotel Woodland, Peak Resorts etc. There are numerous budget hotels in Manali with tariff starting from Rs.200 to 800.
Hotels in Solang: Solang also hosts numerous hotels with varied prices. You can enjoy a comfortable stay at Solang with magnificent vistas of Solang Valley. Solang Ski Resort, Solang Vlley Resort, Hotel Dove Nest, Solang Chalet are good options to stay at Solang while a visit to Rohtang Pass.
Best time to visit Rohtang Pass
The best time to visit Rohtang Pass is from May to November as the weather remains cold and pleasant during these months. Rest of the months receives heavy snowfall and snowstorms with the temperature falling below the freezing point. Tourists visit Rohtang Pass during winter months to enjoy adventure sports like paragliding, skiing and white water rafting. Carry light woolens while planning a visit to Rohtang Pass during summers and heavy woolens while a visiting in winter months. The road from Rohtang Pass to Leh closes in November and opens in May.
How to reach Rohtang Pass
By Air: Bhuntar Airport in Kullu is the nearest airport to Rohtang Pass. Jagson Airways provides daily flights from Delhi to Kullu. Taxis are easily available from Bhuntar Airport to Rohtang Pass. Bhuntar Airport is located nearly 100kms from Rohtang Pass.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railway station of Rohtang Pass is Chandigarh. Taxis and buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali and Rohtang Pass. The nearest narrow gauge railway station is Jogindernagar. Chandigarh Railway station is situated 350kms from Manali.
By Road: Rohtang Pass is well connected by motorable roads with major cities of Himachal Pradesh and with the neighboring states. Rohtang Pass is situated 51kms from Manali and 589kms from Delhi on Leh Manali Highway. Buses and taxis are available from Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali from where you can hire a taxi to Rohtang Pass.