How's Snow on Rohtang Pass this Year ?

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#181 May 8th, 2009, 17:37
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Originally Posted by bhromonbhut View Post Needed an update on the snowfall situation at Rohtang and Baralacha la this year in May09 . Will anyone be able to update on whether a tempo traveller be able to cross rohtang around 20th May this year and be able to reach Suraj Tal the next day? This is very important for us who are travelling to that area during that time. iTs urgent!!!!!!!
Hi every body, Yes, it did not really snow in Dec. Jan and Feb. After mid March, we had loads of Snow over the Rohtang Pass and the Baralacha la - not Manali. It also snowed 3 days ago. That does not mean that the Manali to Keylong to Baralach la to Leh road is delayed or not opening !! Like the past 5 years, the Rohtangpass road would surely open from the May 15th morning which means the road to Keylong would also open on the same day and the road to Leh would open by the morning of the May 20th. Your idea about driving in a Tempotraveler over this route is great and very much possible, its a powerful vehicle BUT most uncomfortable. Try and hire one locally at Manali, we have quite a few brand new ones and the local drivers would be able to do this route better.

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Originally Posted by Antrek View Post Like the past 5 years, the Rohtangpass road would surely open from the May 15th morning which means the road to Keylong would also open on the same day and the road to Leh would open by the morning of the May 20th.
Last year the Rothang was open for bus traffic from May 10th(with light traffic starting a week earlier) , and Manali-Leh opened officially the 17th.

In 2005 the Rothang opened in June

In 2004 ,Rothang opened April 10th (!) .
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Hi members,if i remember correctly it was just about ok in july 1973, some deep drifts but if your on foot its passable!

Does anyone has info on snowfall on Rohtang Pass this Year. Last year it was
quite heavy, but this year there are news that snowfall in Himachal is very low.

Info pls.[/QUOTE]
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One foot of snow yesterday , sending fifty vehicles back to Manali..
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What's the status now? Going to Shimla/Manali in October first week. Do i need to carry a lot of woolens? Can anyone in that area update me? Thanks,
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Day temperatures are still around twenty degrees even in Leh. Night temperature : 16 degrees in Manali.
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@ Vistet: Thanks dude.
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Hi,

Does anyone know if it is possible to cross the Rohtang La pass now and get from Manali twords Darcha?
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Snow over the 3978 meters high Rohtang Pass

Again it snowed havily over the Rohtang Pass, Baralacha and more around Kunzam Pass near Spiti Valley from the 9th till the 11th September this year. Totally out of time and took many a travelers by surprise and caused difficulties. After that the weather has been good. At the moment all these passes are open. After discounting the worst possible road conditions they are safe to travel over. If the weather Gods remain cool traveling to Shimla and Manali in October should be better than the rest of the 11 months as it feels now. One could not expect better weather - blue skies, clear sunny days and pleasant temperatures.


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yes, you could go as far as you would like from Manali - Rohtang Pass - Keylong - Jispa - Dharcaha and from here on you could continue to Leh, Khardung La, or Kargil and Srinagar. All pases and the roads are open. The last jeep I sent last year over the Baralacha and the Tanglangla was on the November 23,

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Does anyone know if it is possible to cross the Rohtang La pass now and get from Manali twords Darcha?
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Last word I got from a friend doing Leh-Manali arriving the 19th with heavy snow under the way. Until then Manali-Kaza also had been out for more than a week. ( See my update section for details.)

After that warm and clear in both in Manali & Leh : 21 degrees now in Leh , night temperatures now exactly at the freezing point .

Snows along the Manali-Leh road at this time hardly surprises me : three turns of snowing this month, and first snows around mid-September in 2004 , 2005 and the massive event in 2008.
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Thanks a lot this is really good news!
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Antrek, how does one hire a jeep Manli-Leh?

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Originally Posted by Antrek View Post yes, you could go as far as you would like from Manali - Rohtang Pass - Keylong - Jispa - Dharcaha and from here on you could continue to Leh, Khardung La, or Kargil and Srinagar. All pases and the roads are open. The last jeep I sent last year over the Baralacha and the Tanglangla was on the November 23,
My group is arriving in Manali around 1 October. If weather is good we want to hire a car to Leh from Manali around 3 or 4 October. We are unsure how to actually do that the best way. We would rather pay more and get a top car and experienced driver.
Do we just request a recommendation of drivers and car from our hotel?
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Originally Posted by jimthompsonmd View Post My group is arriving in Manali around 1 October. If weather is good we want to hire a car to Leh from Manali around 3 or 4 October. We are unsure how to actually do that the best way. We would rather pay more and get a top car and experienced driver.
Do we just request a recommendation of drivers and car from our hotel?
Thanks for asking the same question I had. I'm hoping to be able to follow that exact route, just a few days later than you.
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Originally Posted by jimthompsonmd View Post Do we just request a recommendation of drivers and car from our hotel?
There are tons of outfits that run jeeps to Leh , youŽll easily find some of them around walking down the Mall or the small square near the bus station. The standard run for shared jeeps is the cannonball run , nonstop for Leh , which makes it hard to discern any more responsible oufit.

The most important positive factor here is controlling the itinerary , making sure that your driver doesnŽt drive to the brink of exhaustion. This also locks in with preventing altitude sickness : make sure you get one night around three thousand before hitting the high section of the road : after Darcha something like 80 % is between 4000 to 5300 meters.

After Darcha you also never can tell where youŽll spend the next night : last time I did this in late June I ended up in Pang at 4500 meters , again.. IŽve been snagged twice around 5000 , and of course the odds are not getting better at the moment. The tent camps in Sarchu and Pang will also go down soon , they have been down when IŽve exited in mid-October.

Positive choices : for the first night you can stay in Keylong , a small town , or in Jispa , very small village in a nice setting. The new Padme lodge there seems to get positive reviews. Both are around 3100-3200 meters. A little further youŽll find some very basic (read : walk down to the river toilets ) tent dhabas around the police checkpost at Darcha , probably still open.

Some acclimatization tweaks here , road updates here
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