Like last year, this will be a dedicated thread for Manali Leh highway status 2018. I will continue updating the status on opening and closing of the road; along with the road conditions as the year progresses. Apart from the blog post here, I will also start a sticky thread at our Community Forum where other members of the forum can also shared their updates. If you have a more recent update than the one provided here, please do share it either in the comments section below or at the forum post; link of which I have provided below.
Current Manali Leh Highway Status 2018 – CLOSED
Update: November 26th
Manali to Leh highway was declared closed by authorities last week. With recent snowfall in entire region; and with the temperatures dropping, frost and black ice has started to form on the roads. Locals however will continue to use the road for some time but that too will soon stop after Rohtang and other passes en route get completely snowed out. For now, if you are planning to visit Ladakh in near future; catch a flight or plan for next year if a road trip is on your mind.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2018
Much to everyone’s surprise, the road from Manali to Leh still remains open. The normal closing time of the highway is sometime in October; towards the end of the month. This year however, with half of the November gone; the highway has not see much of snow and still remains functional. You must however know that traversing on this road as of now is extremely risky.
The check post at Sarchu has been withdrawn by the authorities already. An advisory has also been issues to travelers to avoid using the road. There is a high chance of snowfall, frost and black ice which makes the journey dangerous as of now. There are 5 high altitude passes between Manali and Leh and almost all of them have started to experience light spells of snow. The closing of the road is only a matter of days now and can happen anytime. All the tented accommodation facilities en route have wrapped up for the season; so once you cross Keylong, chances of finding another place to stay until Leh are almost next to none.
I hope the information above on was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.