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
Rohtang Pass Status – Closed
Manali to Keylong – Closed
Manali to Kaza – Closed
Keylong to Leh – Closed
Update: January 26th
The long dry spell this winter finally broke this week with entire Himachal receiving snow all around. Keylong was coldest in the region with minimum temperature settling at -5.8 degrees C, Kalpa -3 degrees and Manali -0.6 degrees. Snowfall is likely to continue for next several days. Temperature has dipped several degrees across both Himachal and Kashmir.
Leh continues to remain the coldest city in entire J&K with temperature several degrees below 0. Other areas of Ladakh like Nubra valley and Pangong too are under a grip of cold wave. If you are planning a winter trip to Ladakh, be prepared for some extremely cold weather.
Update: January 22nd
The dry season across the entire Himalayan region continues. Most of the areas have either see little or no snow at all. There has not been any snowfall in towns like Manali or Shimla. The valleys of Lahaul and Spiti too remain deprived of snow. Internal roads in Ladakh are all open. If you reached Leh by air, you will easily be able to journey towards Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. Even the road across Tanglang La is currently open and you can even take the route through Pang to reach Karzok.
Update: January 14th
There is not much snow in Lahaul valley so far this year except for Baralacha La. From Leh side, the road is open until Upshi and closed at Tanglang La. For now, the estimated time of opening of the highway will be only towards Mid to Late May.
Update: January 1st
Snow continues to elude the lower areas of Himachal and even towns of Manali and Shimla this season. this however is expected to change with arrival of new year. It started to snow again at the hill tops all across Himachal on 1st January and the temperature dipper in lower areas. Both Shimla and Manali recorded a temperature of 2 to 3 degrees on Monday, 1st January. There was snowfall at Rohtang top but a light one. Per the weather reports, it will probably not snow in lower areas for another week or so.
What this means is that if it continues this way, Manali Leh highway may open a bit early this year. This may sound like a good news for people planning a trip this year but will also be bad news for rest of the country because this will also mean arrival of an early summer.
Update: December 19th
Fresh spells continue all across the Himalayan region. The entire stretch between Manali to Leh, including Rohtang Pass and Manali Kaza stretch continue to remain off limits. For now, if you were planning a winter trip to Manali, there is no way that you can reach the top and will only be allowed till snow point.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2018 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.
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.