Rohtang Pass is at an altitude of 13,050 ft in the Himalayas and serves as the gateway for Lahaul and Spiti Valley. It will be opening for tourists from 1 June this year. Mentioning about this development, Kullu’s Deputy Commissioner – Yunus Khan said that for the vacationers travelling toward Keylong, Pangi and Leh, the pass is open from May 30. However, for those who want to solely want to visit Rohtang top, access will be permissible from June 1.
He also added that visitors keen to visit beyond Rohtang should have all their bookings in place, including homestays, camping sites, and hotels, which are duly documented with the state’s tourism department in Keylong, Leh, and Pangi.
He mentioned that after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) passed the command, permits are now limited to around 1300 vehicles for each day. The pass will, however, remain shut for maintenance every Tuesday. The NGT has also issued orders that only 850 petrol vehicles and 450 diesel vehicles will be allowed to go beyond Gulaba barrier on the Manali-Rohtang road after paying an amount of INR 550.
The District Commissioner also detailed that tourists keen to obtain permits for Gulaba barrier, can also do it online. To get permits to go beyond Rohtang, visitors will have to visit the sub-divisional magistrate’s office in Manali from 10 AM to 5 PM, where congestion charges will be charged.
The management has also issued instructions and fixed timings for the vehicles. While heavy vehicles carrying important possessions will be allowed to pass from 5 AM to 5:30 AM, those who are violating the permit conditions, will be issued a penalty of INR 5000 as environmental compensation and the said vehicle will be banned.
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Tourist vehicles planning to go till Rohtang will get permission to pass from 7:45 AM to 10 AM, while those going toward Pangi and Laul, will get permits to travel from 10 AM to 11 AM.