Snowfall in Manali ; Best time to visit Manali

Best time to visit Manali

Homeymooners All thru the year except monsoon months
Monsoon Months in Manali :
Mid - July to Mid Sept.
Best time to visit Manali
to experience snow
Snowfall : Mid Dec- Jan
Snow Activities: Jan - Early June
Details below
Bargain Hunters January to Mid March - Crowds are sparse
Manali is pretty with snow
Hotels offer discounts upto 50%

Quick Summary : Manali Snow Activities

Month Snowfall Activities
Jan. Yes Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile
Feb. Yes Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile
Mar Yes Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile
April Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile
May Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile
June Skiing
Jul - Sept
Oct. Mid Skiing
Nov. Yes Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile
Dec. Yes Skiing; Sledding ; Snow mobile

Snow and Manali are synonyms for tourists. Table below gives you summary of observations over many years, though impossible to predict Manali weather accurately.


Details of Summary Table

1. Snowfall : Possibility of fresh snowfall at Manali town, Gulaba, Solang or at Rohtang Pass. This does not mean there will be a continous snowfall in marked months!
2. Snow Activities : Marked months are those in which one could possibly indulge in amateur skiing, snowboarding, snow mobile or just to throw snow balls at one another. In short, snow activities uncommon in much of tropical India.
For snowplay one has to head to Solang valley, Gulaba or to Rohtang Pass.
By June, snow begins to thaw even at Rohtang pass, making it difficult to indulge in snow activities.
3. Rohtang Pass: Border Road Organization decides as to when Rohtang Pass will be open for tourists. Marked months are ones in which it is most likely to remain open.


Monthwise details for Snow activities at Manali

Month Snowfall Snow Activities

March

Occasional snowfall
at Solang/Snow Point
Snow play: Solang
Snow Point

April

Rare to experience snowfall Snow play: Solang
Snow Point

May

- 〃 - Snow play:
Snow Point

June

- 〃 - Limited Snow play :
Rohtang Pass

July

- 〃 -

Snow in Manali

Month Snowfall Snow Activities

Aug.

Fresh snowfall : Rare

Sept.

- 〃 - - 〃 -

Oct.

At Rohtang Pass
sometimes it can be heavy.
Snow activities
by mid October

Nov.

At Snowpoint Snow play: Solang
Snow Point

Dec.

Fresh snowfall in and around Manali - 〃 -

Jan.

Possibility of experiencing snowfall
at Manali itself
Snow play: Solang
Snow Point

Feb.

- 〃 - Winter Carnival in mid February

March

Likely to experience fresh snowfall at Snow point - 〃 -

Monthwise details for Rohtang Pass

Month Rohtang Pass

March

Rohtang Pass : Normally closed

April

Rohtang Pass : Normally closed

May

Rohtang Pass normally opens Mid May
2013 Update : To open on May 1st

June

Rohtang Pass will be open for most part of the month. Head to Leh along Manali - Leh highway

July

Monsoon is active with possibility of frequent land slides enroute Rohtang Pass

August

- 〃 -

September

Rohtang Pass: Open for most days.

October

- 〃 -

November

Rohtang Pass: Can close anytime based on climate conditions

December

Rohtang Pass: Closed

January

Rohtang Pass : Closed

March

Rohtang Pass : Normally closed

Snow Play at Manali

Manali and Snow is perfect holiday theme during winter months.
  • There are many vendors at Snow play areas (Solang valley, Snow point, Rohtang Pass) who provide "snow wear" on hire .These include, pair of snow shoes, gloves and snow suit. Please check them, especially the boots, as a damaged boot can lead to intense pain especially if your feet is exposed to the cold snow. Negotiate charges for snow wear and activities as vendors will try to fleece you. We have provided both Government mandated rate as well as average rate paid by tourists
  • Snow mobile and other adventure activities are centred at Solang Valley, 12 kms from Manali.
  • Contact Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports,Manali (ABVIMAS) for short term skiing lessons.

Finding Snow at Manali

Snowfall is not an all year phenomenon. Unfortunately, package holiday operators and hotels make false promises and set wrong expectations. To enjoy snow and to experience fresh snowfall, visit Manali in winter. Between July and September, even if you do find snow around Manali, chances are that it will be slippery, dirty, hardened and not good for children to play around.

During summers, the adventurous and young can visit tribal districts of Lahaul-Spiti. They are cut off from rest of the world for nearly six months as they are covered in snow. Manali-Leh road trip is enjoyable especially on your own bike.

Manali Snowfall in 2013

Higher reaches, including Rohtang and Baralacha passes received the season's first snowfall on Oct 1.

Manali Snowfall in 2012

  • Manali witnessed heavy snowfall in January 2012 and as well as in February 2012 much more than in previous years. Snow gave an extra nip to valentine day celebrations.
  • Dec 2011: Manali celebrated a white Christmas as there was fresh snow fall in December
  • Manali witnessed fresh snowfall in April 2011. This is not a very common and do not expect to experience fresh snowfall in April 2012.

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