Snowfall Status at Rohtang Pass and Manali
Snow clearance near Rohtang pass

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.

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2019

4 December: Tourists enjoy snow at Solang and Kothi

These days tourists are enjoying snow at Solang, Anjani Mahadev, Fatru, Kothi and Gulaba. The road to Rohtang pass is still blocked. Rohtang has over 150cm of snow. Being dangerous due to blizzards, extreme cold, high-velocity wind and possibility of landslides and avalanches, tourists will not be allowed to go to Rohtang.
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27 November: Solang valley gets snow

This time not just Rohtang pass witnessed heavy snowfall but Solang valley near Manali has also received over 15cm (6 inches) of snow. Kothi, Gulaba and many tourist places near Manali are covered with fresh snow.
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21 November: More snowfall

Heavy snowfall warning for Rohtang pass in next 24 hours. The Rohtang top is receiving fresh snow. One oil tanker supplying diesel to BRO has stranded near Rohtang.
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14 November: Snowfall at Rohtang pass

Rohtang pass and adjoining areas are getting more snow. Snow has blocked Rohtang highway.
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10 November: Manali-Keylong road to open on Monday

The Border Roads Organization official on Sunday said they will clear snow from Rohtang pass by Monday evening. This way, traffic movement on Manali-Rohtang-Keylong road can be restored on Tuesday. However, the tourist movement is restricted to Gulaba.
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07 November: Season's first snowfall at Solang valley

While Rohtang has received over 90cm more snow, Solang valley and Kothi in Manali and Jalori pass in Kullu have witnessed season’s first snowfall. Manali-Rohtang road is blocked.
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03 November: Snow blocks Rohtang highway

Another spell of snowfall has blocked Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway. A large number of vehicles had stuck at Rohtang which were evacuated later.
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9 October: Rohtang receives fresh snow

Rohtang pass has experienced fresh snowfall. The administration has decided to allow traffic movement only in the daytime due to the icing of the road in the night time.

 

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.

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