Manali Leh Highway status 2019 as of now is closed. The road was shut down for all kind of vehicular traffic in mid October after it started to snow at all passes en route. Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated post where I will update the status of the highway and it’s condition the next season. For recent updates and pictures, I will request you to please check the Forum Thread, Manali Leh Road Status 2019. You can also scroll towards the bottom of this page for latest news on Manali Leh road opening date.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – CLOSED
If you are thinking of a trip to Ladakh next year then I would request you to read through How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – Complete Travel Guide. In this article, I have covered in details almost every aspect of traveling to Ladakh. Reading this, you will have information on things you must carry; clothes you should pack; planning your itinerary; things you must see and where you can stay. Some of the other things that you must know and covered in the article above are on how to prepare your vehicle for the trip; how to handle acute mountain sickness in Ladakh; what you should keep in mind while traveling with children and elders.
A few articles that will provide you information on Manali Leh highway are listed below. Go through these posts and prepare yourself for the trip as you wait for the road to open.
- Manali to Leh Road Map With Distance
- Manali Leh Highway Guide : Map and route explanation
- Tourist Places on Manali Leh Highway
- Accommodation on Manali Leh Highway
- Best Time to Travel from Manali to Leh
- Manali to Leh – Minimum Days Required
- Manali to Leh – Available Modes of Transport
- How to Deal With Acute Mountain Sickness In Ladakh
Manali Leh Highway Opening Date 2019
There is really no set opening date because it entirely depends on the weather; and how fast BRO is able to clear the snow after winter ends. There have been instances when the road remained closed well into the month of June. On the other hand, in the year 2018, there was not much of snow anywhere on the route. Passes like Rohtang and Baralacha did not even receive half of the snow they usually do. Due to this, vehicles started to ply on Manali Leh road in the month of April itself.
Historically though, it is late May or early June; which can be called as a safe time to assume for opening of the highway. To be on a safer side, plan your trip only after June 10th. The road may open earlier than this but will be in terrible state. There could be temporary closures as well in earlier days of opening; that can last from a few hours to couple of days. Giving a few weeks after opening before you planned your trip will ensure that the road is at least stable; and comparatively safer to travel.
Is Manali Leh Highway Open Now?
No. Manali Leh highway has already been declared closed; and will not reopen until at least May next year. Manali has already experienced it’s first snowfall near Gulaba and it is only a matter of days before Rohtang Pass is closed as well.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update November 26th
BRO has been clearing snow for local movement between Manali and Lahaul valley but even that operations has stopped now. The road has now turned very slippery at several places. Strong freezing cold winds have been dumping snow on the highway; due to which it has become very difficult to keep it open any longer. Authorities have been keeping it out of bounds for tourists for weeks; but even the local traffic movement will cease now. Some locals have been crossing the pass on foot but that option too will be gone soon.
Please stay tuned to the forum thread Manali to Leh Road Status 2019 for latest updates on the highway. If you have any questions, or need my help in planning your trip to Ladakh; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.