Rohtang Pass is 23 kms from Manali on the road to Leh. It offers panoramic views and spectacular mountain views. The pass is open from June to October each year, although hikers can cross earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh Valley as passes Zojila is a gatway to Ladakh. There is a beautiful view of the glaciers, peaks and the Chandra River that flows into the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of Geypan. During the summer (mid-June to October) regular buses run between Manali-Keylong / Darcha, Spiti and Leh.
If you don't mind a howling wind, often bitterly cold, take a bus or taxi ride to the 13,000 feet high snow-bound Rohtang Pass and return to Manali. The Rohtang Pass opens into Lahaul Valley- the only access to this valley. The road then meanders through Ladakh into Central Asia. Lahaul is marked by a central mass of uniformly high mountains and massive glaciers. The Chandra and the Bhaga rivers rise on either side of the Baralacha Pass and flow into the narrow valleys. They merge at the village Taro and thereafter known as the Chandrabhaga and in Jammu region, the Chenab.