Rohtang Pass known for its scenic beauty, but why it is called Valley of Death?

16:47 10/08/2022

In addition to serving as the gateway to the Himalayas and Lahaul Valley, Rohtang Pass is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving along Rohtang Pass provides unmatched views of India’s mountainside and beautiful wilderness.

Rohtang Pass (or Rohtam Pass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.979m (13,054ft) above the sea level, located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

The pass is traversed by the Leh-Manali Highway. Every new season, the road crew has to struggle with their GPS to dig out the road buried under the layers of snow. However, massive and deadly landslides continue, giving the pass its name, which translates to ‘ground of corpses’.

Situated about 53 km from Manali, the pass connects Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti which in turn provide access to Leh.

It’s only open from May to November for motor vehicles and it’s so dangerous the Government of India is building an 8.8km tunnel as an alternative.

What is Rohtang Pass famous for?

Known for its scenic beauty, Rohtang Pass holds strategic importance for India. It’s the gateway to Keylong in the landlocked Lahaul Valley from Manali in the state’s Kullu district.

The surface of the road is asphalted. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and should not be attempted by novice drivers.

The Pass offers beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks, Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River. The twin peaks of Geypan are also visible from Rohtang. The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River.

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