Pass for the Rohtang Pass

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  1. kj37075

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    Just a pointer in a good direction for those trying to get valid permits to go up and beyond Rohtang (Rohtang, Jispa, and all the mountain tops until Leh Ladakh where you get the next permit needed for Kardung La). If you are planning a Himalaya trip anytime soon you may find yourself saving quite a bit of hassle. There's a shop just outside of Manali which sells helmets, gloves and such run by a nice guy named Vickey who, if the permit site is online, is able to diligently go through your paper work and double check with you the bits of info and print out your paper (yes it must be printed) for only 100 rupees per bike. Very reasonable and since he made 5 minutes work where previous hours of headache had not worked, I owe it to him and others needing the service to at least give a heads up. It is just uphill a few meters from New Smile Dental seen below with Bronson and Trek-n-ride brands.

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    Further notes and story ...

    The permits are ONLY done online now. So anyone telling to to go to this office or find official so-n-so is giving old advice. Not sure how long it's been the case but in July 2017 it is online only.

    20170718_102529_rohtangPermits.jpg http://himachal.nic.in/index1.php
    If you have a phone or computer with internet access you can try the site yourself, click on tourism. But you will need it PRINTED. On my phone the option for motorcycles didn't even appear, such is the state and their web tools. No Vehicles are allowed on TUESDAY as the day is marked for maintenance of Rohtang Pass. And you can only apply for two permits in a week for any vehicle. Currently all this can only be done a couple of days ahead of time.

    We had a good agent in Manali try for hours, got one pass and then the website crapped out a minute later ... ONE MINUTE LATER! And it was offline even late into the night. Regardless we woke early and headed up, got to the gate right at 05:00 and soon found the keeper. He didn't like that a letter was missing from the middle of the bike's tag. NO PASS!

    The road was not opening for hours and after some time about 60 or more bikes had accumulated. Stories swapped, food eaten, discussions, etc. Somewhere in all this a couple who teaches english informed me that they got a pass from "the helmet shop with two big white windows just past the wide spot in the highway outside Manali." Well that isn't much to go on but there's really only a couple of strips between the switchbacks and Manali so I slow rolled then doubled back when I caught a glimpse of this place, then New Smile Dental popped in my head, yes she had mentioned that too.

    We stepped inside and Vickey said he could help, he thoroughly got the bits of info needed. I think he used our drivers license instead of passport number but probably either will work. 100 rupees each (about 65 cents) included the state's fee and printing. The next morning we checked in at the gate and were immediately stamped through! Bingo, not even a second glance.

    I've searched everywhere but can't find Vickey's business card with phone and email address but I'll post below if it turns up. For now just look for the trekking and helmet shop two doors up from New Smile in Vashist on the Leh-Manali Highway. Ask for Vickey and tell him I said thanks.

    We had a killer trip for the next 600 miles :D
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  2. MichaelJ

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    I have no plans of going there, but your info is pure gold! Thanks for passing it along.
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  3. kj37075

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    An official document listing a few more details. Developing parts of the world seem to be littered up, note that they are trying to raise anti-litter awareness up in the rural mountains before it's too late. I assume this is why they don't want outside food brought in. However there are frequent rock slides so I'd suggest having a couple of power bars in addition to extra water in case you are stuck for hours - just don't litter.
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  4. kj37075

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    And the permit you get from any vendor or your own computer should look like this when printed, minus of course the inked time in and later "used" stamp from the Gulaba checkpoint on the other side of the mountain. Presumably if you went missing they'd eventually figure out if you came through one checkpoint but didn't get to the other and maybe they'd go looking for you. :p3rry

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    Info: Permit number, application date, permit date, vehicle tag, driver name, cell phone, fuel type (diesel/petrol), driver license number.
    The rest is official mumbo jumbo.
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  5. kj37075

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    found the card:
    Trek n Ride
    NH-21
    Vicky phone 098166-54321

    Not really much more than above for directions since they don't seem to have street numbers in the area. It is on the right side of the road if you are going north from Manali on the highway to Leh (29). Maybe a quarter mile past the bridge into Manali.

    cheers
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