On this page, we shall keep you updated about snow and snowfall status at Rohtang pass, Solang Valley, Manali and other tourist places of Kullu-Manali in 2020.
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28 January: More snowfall in Manali
21 January: 20cm snowall at Manali
13 January: 15cm snowall at Solang
09 January: Manali freezes after snowfall
07 January: Heavy snowfall in Manali
06 January: Heavy snowfall warning
27 December: Snowfall likely on New Year eve
20 December: More snowfall
14 December: Overnight snowfall in Manali
13 December: 2.5-foot snowfall at Solang
12 December: Season's first snowfall in Manali
4 December: Tourists enjoy snow at Solang and Kothi
27 November: Solang valley gets snow
21 November: More snowfall
14 November: Snowfall at Rohtang pass
10 November: Manali-Keylong road to open on Monday
07 November: Season's first snowfall at Solang valley
03 November: Snow blocks Rohtang highway
9 October: Rohtang receives fresh snow
Update on January 09, 2020
Tourists have tough time as snow blocks roads in Manali
As heavy snowfall in Manali blocked all the roads here since Tuesday evening, thousands of tourists remained stranded in the roads for hours without meal and water.
While heavy snowfall brought joy to some tourists and farmers, it has also bought troubles with it. A large number of tourists got stuck between Kullu and Manali on Tuesday night as the road had become slippery after thick layer of snow deposited on the surface. While many tourists missed their buses, trains and flights, many had to walk on snow for hours to reach destination along with kids and elderly. Snowfall continued for the whole day on Wednesday and tourists got no relief.
The road became motorable from Kullu to Aluground, 5km from here, but vehicles could not move beyond it for the whole day. This resulted in long traffic jam and hundreds of tourist vehicles got stranded here. Many tourists parked their cars on the roadsides and searched for shelter to spend the night. Almost all the hotels, guesthouses and homestays between Kullu and Manali were fully occupied by tourists on Tuesday late night.
Nearly 40 tourist buses leaves Manali for Delhi and similar number of buses come to Manali from Delhi every day. The tourist buses could not come beyond Patlikuhal, 18km from here, and tourists were dropped in the mid-way. Similarly, thousands of tourists stuck in Manali had to reach Patlikuhal to catch their bus to Delhi.
As only four-wheel drive vehicles were able to cut through deep snow on road, most of such vehicles which included private number vehicles, took advantage of the helplessness of the tourists by charging extremely high fare. Most vehicles charged Rs five thousand to ten thousand to cover distance of just 18km. As tourists had no choice, they even travelled in jeeps that are meant for goods.
Given the worsening situation, district police came into action and deployed jawans on Kullu-Manali national highway and nearby areas. Police started challaning vehicles for overcharging tourists and vehicle movement towards Manali was stopped completely.
Kullu SP Gaurav Singh said, “Vehicular movement has been stopped beyond green tax barrier at Aluground as road is slippery and unsafe beyond this point. Volvo buses are being stopped at Patlikuhal. Tourists can move towards Manali in four-wheel drive vehicles. To ensure that tourists have no trouble, a team of police and assistant RTO has been constituted which is checking overcharging. 14 such vehicles were challaned for Rs 13,800 in the evening.”
Manali has received over 60cm snow since Tuesday evening and snow accumulation at Solang valley is over 90cm. Over 50 roads in Kullu are blocked and over 300 transformers are shut, plunging many regions into darkness. The electricity board employees were trying to restore power amid the heavy snowfall. The Manali-Solang road is also blocked and tourists mostly spent the day at their hotels. The snowfall that started on Tuesday was continuing till Wednesday late evening.
Local youth lend helping hand to tourists in distress
Update on January 07, 2020
Heavy snowfall brings both happiness and trouble in Himachal
Heavy snowfall crippled life in many districts of Himachal as traffic remained suspended on over 500 roads, extreme cold conditions forced residents to stay indoors, electricity lines crippled in many areas and traffic crippling on many national highways on Tuesday.
This is the first widespread and heavy snowfall of the season that bought both trouble and joy to the people. Solang and Kothi in Manali received over 60cm snow and Manali town received 25cm snow. State capital Shimla, Dalhousie, Kalpa and Keylong received 15cm each. Some high altitude areas have received over 90cm snow in the last 24 hours.
Over 1,000 tourists had stranded after snowfall at Solang valley of Manali on Monday night. They were rescued in the late night by police and local residents.
Vehicles had started to slip on the Kullu-Manali and Shimla-Kufri highways on Tuesday evening. A large number of tourist vehicles had stuck in the traffic as vehicles were not moving on slippery road. Many tourists were walking on foot to reach their destinations.
Given the seriousness of the matter, Manali police have restricted tourist movement beyond Bahang, 5km from here. Tourists are asked to enjoy snowfall at their hotel or near the town.
In Shimla, the administration is struggling to keep the city’s roads open by spreading sand on snow. Chopal, Theog, Rohru, Kumarsen and many other major roads of Shimla are still blocked. The Anni-Kullu highway is also blocked at Jalori pass.
The power transmission lines in many parts of the state have snapped while many transformers are shut, plunging villages into darkness. Dozens of water schemes have also damaged, resulting in water shortage in higher areas.
While snow has brought problems with it for some people, it brought happiness among tourists, hoteliers, farmers and fruit growers of the state. Thousands of tourists enjoyed snowfall in Manali, Shimla, Kinnaur, Dalhousie and many other tourist destinations.
Administrations in Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Chamba, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti have issued an advisory to residents and tourists not to venture close to avalanche and landslide-prone areas.
According to Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh, the mid and high hills of state will continue to get snow and rain till the next 24 hours. “The weather will clear up after Thursday for a couple of days and another western disturbance will hit the state that will bring more rain and snow,” he said.
Update on January 06, 2020
Coldest night of Manali at minus 5 degrees C, snowfall warning issued
, snowfall warning issued
The residents of Manali on Sunday woke up to frozen water pipes as the town witnessed the coldest night of the season at minus 5 degrees Celsius. The tourist town is on an alert as meteorological centre has predicted heavy snowfall in next 48 hours.
Surprisingly, Manali received only some traces of snow but lower parts of Kullu district have received 5 to 15cm of snow in the last 36 hours. The region experienced mild snowfall in the night time but the weather cleared up in the midnight resulting in an extremely chilly night. Water sources were frozen and all the things under open sky were found to be covered under a layer of ice and frost.
The bright sunshine in the morning provided some relief to the residents but dark clouds were hovering over the sky till the noon and the rest of the day was again very chilly. According to officials from electricity board, Manali had need of 20 megawatt of electricity until mid December which is the peak load of last year but the dip in temperature caused more demand of the power which has reached 26 megawatt.
Thousands of tourists staying in Manali are enjoying the cold climate here. The tourism event Winter Carnival is also continuing amidst bone chilling cold here. The cultural programmes and winter queen beauty pageants are being organized till 10pm every day.
Keylong recorded lowest of minus 11.6 degrees C followed by Kalpa (-7.5), Kufri (-5), Dalhousie (-1.2), Shimla (-0.7) and Dharamshala (2.2). Temperature at Kaza in Spiti is below minus 25 degrees C. The sources of Beas and Satluj have also started to freeze. The Chenab river in Lahaul-Spiti is covered with ice at some places where water flow is slow.
Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan singh said the minimum temperature has decreased by 2 to 3 degrees C in the last 24 hours. He said the mid and high hills of the state will get heavy snow in next two days.
Kullu administration has issued an advisory regarding heavy snowfall in the district till January 8. Kullu additional district magistrate Akshay Sood said the district is likely to receive heavy rain and snow. “All the government departments have been directed to be prepared with necessary equipments at identified hazard areas. General public and tourists would be prevented from venturing close to avalanche and landslide prone areas,” he said.
Update on December 20, 2019
More snowfall on Himachal hills
After few warm sunny days, the high peaks of Himachal on Friday experienced another spell of snowfall while lover parts received showers of rain.
Lahaul valley, parts of Kinnaur and upper Manali also received fresh snow. Keylong received 5cm snow and Koksar in Lahaul received about 10cm snow. Rohtang pass is also receiving heavy snow since Thursday evening. Over 10ft of snow is expected to be accumulated on the pass. Kalpa in Kinnaur and Gulaba in Manali also received some snowflakes.
After some pleasant sunny days in last few days, the day temperature in the state has again dipped sharply. The maximum day temperature in the state is 6 to 7 degrees C below the normal temperature during this time of the season. At minus 6 degrees C, Keylong was the coldest in the state.
The meteorological centre, Shimla, has predicted more rain and snowfall on mid and high hills of the state in next 24 hours.
Update on December 12, 2019
Himachal hills wear white mantle; season’s first snowfall in Manali
The tourist town of Manali on Thursday witnessed first snowfall of the season, much to the delight of tourists and hoteliers. Many other parts of Himachal are also receiving fresh snowfall since morning.
Rohtang pass has received over 60cm of fresh snow. Keylong in Lahaul (15cm), Solang in Manali (40cm), Manali (10cm), Kalpa (20cm), Kufri (10cm), Dalhousie (5cm), Jalori pass (45cm) have worn a white mantle and the snowfall is still continuing. Higher peaks of the state have received very heavy snow.
While Manali experienced first snowfall of the season, some parts are lashed by very heavy snowfall. Shimla town also witnessed some snowflakes. Entire Lahaul-Spiti district, upper parts of Kullu, Shimla, Kinnaur, Sirmour, Chamba, Kangra and Mandi district are getting snow since Thursday morning. Met Centre has predicted more snowfall in the next 24 hours. The intense cold waves have gripped the entire Himachal.
The tourists at Manali, Kufri and Dalhousie enjoyed the fresh snowfall all day. In Manali, tourists were seen screaming out of thrill at their hotels. A large number of tourists thronged Solang valley to see the fresh snowfall. But as over 40cm of snow accumulated in the valley and vehicles started to stuck, all tourist vehicles came back to Manali. Many tourists thronged Mall Road of Manali to enjoy the snowfall.
Tourists enjoy fresh snowfall in Manali
Manali deputy superintendent of police Sher Singh Thakur said tourist movement beyond Palchan had been stopped due to safety reasons. “We have warned tourists not to go to higher places,” he said.
The snowfall has blocked dozens of roads of the state. The Manali-Keylong highway which was opened to traffic on Monday after efforts of two weeks by Border Roads Organization has again blocked after heavy snowfall at Rohtang pass and the Lahaul valley. The Anni-Kullu highway has blocked after snowfall at Jalori pass. Snowfall in many parts of Chamba district including Jot and Sach pass have affected traffic on many routes. Traffic is crippled in upper Shimla, most parts of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur district.
The vehicles started slipping on the snow accumulated on the road in many parts of Manali in the evening. A Himachal Roads Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus carrying a large number of passengers from Dharamshala to Jyuri slipped on the snow at Narkanda. The passengers had a narrow escape as a bus collided with a parapet. In a similar case, nearly 20 passengers had a narrow escape as HRTC bus running on Baag-Haripurdhar route skidded on the snow. The driver managed to control the bus and prevented it from falling into a deep gorge.
Tourists enjoy fresh snowfall at Mall Road Manali
The snowfall and rain have come as a boon to the farmers and fruit growers. Snowfall and low temperature are mandatory for good crop in cold belt of the state.
The hoteliers are also happy that Himachal has enough snow in store where tourists can enjoy the snow. Snow is the backbone of tourism in Himachal Pradesh. Hoteliers expect an increase in tourist inflow in coming days.
According to meteorological centre, Shimla, mid and high hills of the state will receive more snow and rain in the next 24 hours. “The day temperature in the state is 2 to 3 degrees below the normal temperature during this time of the season,” he said.
Update on December 4, 2019
BRO takes another chance to clear snow from Rohtang pass
Manali: Entire Lahaul valley is completely disconnected by road from other parts of the state since November 25 when Rohtang tunnel was closed for vehicular movement due to continuing concrete works and Rohtang pass witnessed very heavy snowfall. Thousands of tribals are now waiting for the opening of the Rohtang pass highway.
The Border Roads Organization (BRO), which has cleared snow from Rohtang pass to connect valley at least three times in November, is again clearing snow from the highway. Every time the road is cleared of snow, another spell of snowfall blocks it. BRO jawans are taking another chance to clear snow from the highway. In three days, the organization has cleared snow till Marhi from Manali side while its machines have moved beyond Koksar in Lahaul. The highway is expected to open to chosen all-wheel-drive vehicles in two or three days.
A BRO official said they decided to clear snow from the highway for the convenience of the residents of Lahaul valley. “Our jawans and machines are working hard to clear a thick layer of snow under adverse conditions. Working in chilly weather with the possibility of avalanche and landslide is very difficult. We shall keep the highway open as soon as it will be possible,” he said.
However, tourists will not be allowed to go to Rohtang pass due to threats like blizzards, extreme cold, possibility of slipping of vehicles on the ice, avalanches and landslides. Tourists can see snow at Solang valley, Fatru, Anjani Mahadev, Kothi and Gulaba in Manali.
Update on November 21, 2019
Nine tankers dare to supply fuel to Lahaul; one stranded at Rohtang
While no vehicle is daring to ply frozen Manali-Rohtang highway and when all oil companies refused to ferry diesel for Border Road Organization (BRO), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd sent its nine oil tankers to Lahaul, of which one has stranded at Rohtang pass.
Active blizzards and continuing fresh snowfall has covered the highway with thick layer of snow. BRO was in dire need of diesel to stock at its Stingri and Udaipur stations so that its machines keep working in winter season. According to officials, they contacted all the companies to supply them fuel but all refused. Finally, Indian Oil Corp Ltd agreed to send its nine bowsers.
“Eight bowsers successfully crossed Rohtang pass over to Lahaul valley on Wednesday but one has stuck in snow near Rohtang pass,” 38 Border Road Task Force commander Col Uma Shankar said. He added that Indian Oil Corporation, despite knowning rough weather conditions at Rohtang, helped the organization in the national interest. I personally congratulated its officials and the courageous drivers,” he said.
The Manali-Keylong highway has again blocked due to fresh snowfall at Rohtang pass. BRO has cleared snow from the highway multiple times after snowfall in last few days but another spell of snowfall blocks it. A large number of vehicles, mostly trucks ferrying apple from Lahaul to Kullu, had stranded in Lahaul for a long time which were evacuated on Wednesday. Taking precautionary measures, traffic movement towards Rohtang has been stopped. BRO will try to evacuate stranded bowser after weather condition improves.
Update on November 19, 2019
Avalanche, blizzards hit Rohtang, Keylong freezes at minus 6.4 degrees C
While western disturbances are set to bring more snow to Western Himalayas in next few days, the current crystal clear sky has triggered blizzards, avalanches and intense cold at Rohtang and Lahaul valley.
At minus 6.4 degrees Celsius minimum temperature and 4.8 degrees C maximum temperature, Keylong in Lahaul has frozen completely. The temperature is even below at Koksar and Rohtang pass. The night temperature of Manali on Monday slipped to 1.4 degree C and it was 8.6 degrees C in Shimla. At 2 degrees C, Kalpa in Kinnaur also recorded a sharp fall in night temperature.
The snow covered mountains under sunny sky have resulted in high velocity winds at Rohtang pass which have activated blizzards. The power snow is flying everywhere making it difficult for Border Roads Organization to clear snow from the highway which is blocked since November 14. A few vehicles are still stuck near Rohtang pass since then.
38 Border Road Task Force commander Colonel Uma Shankar said the BRO jawans encountered a small avalanche near Rohtang on Monday. “We had cleared the snow till Rahni nullah on Monday, snow has again covered it. High velocity winds are bringing snow on the highway and undoing our efforts. Temperature is too low. We are still continuing with the work,” he said.
As Rohtang pass is closed for all for six days, a bus service was started across Rohtang tunnel to provide relief to residents in emergency. But, taking advantage of the service, a large number of people are applying for the service and many are not getting the seat. Meanwhile, tourists are not being allowed to go beyond Gulaba.
Update on November 14, 2019
Heavy snowfall warning in HP, snow blocks Rohtang again
A day after Manali-Keylong highway was opened to vehicular traffic, another spell of snowfall at Rohtang pass has blocked the highway. Some vehicles also got stuck near the pass and were sent back to lower altitude on Thursday evening.
The meteorological centre, Shimla, has issued warning of snowfall on high peaks of Himachal in the next 24 hours. Kullu, Mandi and Lahaul-Spiti district administrations have sounded alert and requested residents and tourists not to go to the higher areas. The high altitude areas including many parts of Lahaul valley are receiving snow since the afternoon on Thursday. A large number of vehicles from Manali and Lahaul traversed Rohtang but a few got stuck in the snow.
The Border Roads Organization (BRO) officials requested administration to stop movement of the vehicles for safety reasons in the afternoon when vehicles started slipping on the road. The officials said fresh snow has covered the road and driving has become extremely dangerous. The visibility on the pass too had decreased to dangerous level. Some supply trucks had also stuck near Rahni nullah. The vehicles were brought down to lower altitude after pushing them one by one.
Two rescue posts on either side of Rohtang – one at Koksar and another at Marhi – have also been established on Thursday. The posts will start functioning from Friday. Each post includes mountaineers-cum-rescue experts, police, radio operator, medical officer, cook and helper. The rescue posts will control traffic movement towards Rohtang pass and will not allow people to go towards the pass during bad weather conditions. They will also monitor the movement of the pedestrians and will carry out rescue operation in case of emergency. All the vehicles and pedestrians will have to ensure registration in the both the posts before and after traversing the pass to ensure nobody is in stuck at the pass.
Manali sub-divisional magistrate Raman Gharsangi said tourist vehicles are not being allowed to go towards areas under snowfall. “Police, BRO, PWD and all other departments are on alert. No vehicles would be allowed to go towards Rohtang on Friday,” he said.
As the Lahaul valley has again cut off from rest part of the state and people are having trouble in travelling to other districts, a delegation of Congress officials from the valley forwarded a memorandum to deputy commissioner at Keylong. They demanded bus service across the Rohtang tunnel twice in a week and asked to start heli-ambulance service for the patients.
Update on November 13, 2019
After tribals agitate for not letting enter tunnel, Rohtang pass opens to traffic
A day after hundreds of tribals shouted slogans against the government and administration after they were not allowed entry into under-construction Rohtang tunnel till midnight, 110 vehicles traversed snow covered Rohtang pass after putting lives at risk on Wednesday.
Citing risk to life, Rohtang tunnel management didn’t allow entry to over 50 vehicles on Tuesday. In the midnight, they started shouting slogans against the state government, their MLA and administration. The tribals, including many elderly and women, did not go back and kept insisting to allow them under sub-zero temperatures without meal. Finally, they were allowed to use the tunnel but tunnel management has made it clear that they will allow only emergency cases.
Border Roads Organization (BRO) had cleared snow from Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway on Monday evening. But as a thin layer of snow and ice is still covering the road, a large number of vehicles had to return back to Lahaul after failed attempt to negotiate the steep slippery road from Koksar to Rohtang pass. Just 12 all-wheel drive vehicles successfully reached Manali. On Wednesday, 110 vehicles from either side managed to traverse Rohtang pass.
Manali sub-divisional magistrate Raman Gharsangi said 78 vehicles went from Manali side to Lahaul while 32 vehicles came from opposite side. “Police and BRO personnel are helping vehicles in crossing the pass safely. We have requested people to use this route only in case of emergency. There is forecast of more snowfall in coming days. We shall again close the road in such circumstances,” he said.
Rohtang is still covered under 2 to 3ft of snow. BRO has cleared snow to accommodate one vehicle at a time. So, one way traffic arrangement has been made at the pass. The road is very slippery and vehicles are not getting enough traction to move ahead. The road is steep with dozens of hairpin bends. There is always risk of vehicles to slip into gorges. Blizzards, high velocity winds and extreme cold are other challenges.
A BRO official said the vehicles were skidding on the road due to its icing and were having trouble in getting traction. “Till last report, the vehicles had reached near Rohtang pass and were on way to Koksar,” he said.
Update on November 04, 2019
Heavy snowfall at Rohtang pass disconnects Lahaul valley
Heavy snowfall at Rohtang pass and nearby areas left the Lahaul valley disconnected from rest of the state since Sunday evening. Many people and vehicles have also stuck in the valley.
Border Roads Organization (BRO) official claimed that they have cleared snow from the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway by Monday evening but driving on the slippery road is still a big risk. As temperature too has dipped below freezing point after the snowfall, the road surface has turned ice.
The higher reaches of Himachal are getting snow since Sunday morning. Traffic movement on Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway was stopped in the Sunday afternoon. The region experienced heavy snowfall overnight. Both Baralacha pass and Rohtang pass have received over 40cm of snow.
The snow line has descended below 9,000ft. The lower regions of Gulaba and the portals of Rohtang tunnel also received some snow. While Koksar village of Lahaul received about 15cm snow, most villages of the valley woke up to a thin layer of snow.
A large number of people who were on the other side of Rohtang have stuck since Sunday. Similarly, a large number of residents of Lahaul are still in Kullu for winter shopping. Bringing relief to the people, BRO started clearing snow from Rohtang on Monday morning.
Manali sub-divisional magistrate Raman Gharsangi said traffic on Rohtang road came to standstill after around 1.5ft of snowfall. “Opening of the highway will totally depend on weather conditions and inputs from BRO officials. All vehicles including tourists are not being allowed beyond Gulaba. Public safety is our priority,” he said.
Hundreds of tourists who had left Manali for snow point to see snow on Monday had to return back from Gulaba. 400 diesel and 154 petrol engine vehicles had booked permit to go to Rohtang pass on Monday after paying Rs 500 as permit fee and Rs 50 as environment compensation. A total of Rs 3,04,700 were paid by the vehicles to be able to cross Gulaba check post. As there is no provision of refunding the amount, the taxi operators and tourists were disappointed.
BRO commander at 38 Border Road Task Force, Col Uma Shankar, said the jawans with help of machines have removed snow from Rohtang on Sunday evening. “Manali-Keylong link is open. Civil administration has been informed that vehicles can be allowed to move,” he said.