Snowfall statistics at Rohtang in past 20 years

Since neither the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE a unit of DRDO), nor any other organizations have instruments installed at 13,050 feet high Rohtang pass to measure the amount of snowfall, officials of 70RCC wing of Border Roads Organization (BRO) are the only to record the activities on this mighty pass.

Marhi market buried in snow

According to BRO Second-in-Command A Vikram Singh, who looks after the activities across Rohtang on Manali-Leh highway, the pass has received record snowfall in past two decades. He said some regions of Rohtang have received more than 50 feet of snow. However they kept the snow clearance operation continue throughout the year, that’s too with very modern machinery, they were unable to cut the mountains of 40 to 50 feet snow with more snow showering frequently. He said that there are full chances that snow at Rohtang would not melt till the next winter season. And if this happens, it would be another record in two decades. According to rough data maintained by Singh, the thickness of snow at Rohtang pass was as follows:


           Snowfall chart for past 20 years

                        Year       Snowfall (in feet)
1991       35
1992       28
1993       39
1994       24
1995       35
1996       14
1997       15
1998       34
1999       12
2000       21
2001       37
2002       28
2003       23
2004       21
2005       9.5
2006       16
   2007      12.5
2008       21
2009       25
2010       24
                         2011     More than 50 feet

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