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
Expected Manali Leh Highway Opening Date in 2019 – May 3rd Week
Update: April 21st
Rohtang La, Kunzum La and Baralacha La all received fresh snow last week which brought the snow clearing operation to a standstill. It has now however been resumed and Rohtang Pass is expected to open in May 1st week. The entire route from Manali to Leh will be open for civilian traffic by May end or June 1st week.
For more recent updates and pictures, please view the forum thread Manali Leh Highway Status and Condition 2019.
How to Plan your trip from Manali to Leh
If you are thinking of a trip to Ladakh next year then I would suggest 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 Status 2019 – Update: April 7th
As I updated last week, the reports of Manali Leh highway getting declared open in April 2nd week were not correct. It is April 7th already and the work hasn’t even reached halfway to Rohtang Pass. Meanwhile, in the wake of oncoming elections, Election Commission of India has requested BRO to allow them to use Rohtang tunnel on short term basis to help facilitate the movement of manpower and machinery on the other side of the pass.
As of now, Rohtang is expected to open in May 1st week and Manali Leh route will get open sometime around May 3rd week. This is however only an estimate right now and there is a high chance that the opening dates may get pushed even further. There have been times when Manali Leh Highway did not open before June 1st week.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: March 24th
There were a couple of news updates last week by GreaterKashmir and TribuneIndia claiming that BRO is planning to declare Manali Leh route open by April 2nd week. I am not sure about the authenticity of these reports but if it turns true, then it would be an all time record. Manali Leh highway has never been declared open so early. Even last year, when there was hardly any snow anywhere, the road was opened only in the month of May. This year, there is several feet of snow accumulated at top of both Rohtang and Baralacha La. As a matter of fact, the entire stretch is still experiencing light spells of snowfalls.
For now, my advice would be to not plan traveling this way before Mid-May. Srinagar Leh route may get opened in April but Manali to Leh will most certainly not. Even if it does, it would be far from being safe to travel upon by tourists.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: March 10th
As the winter season starts to recede, BRO is now getting ready to begin snow clearing work on Manali Leh highway. The first step would be to clear the snow from Rohtang Pass and connect Lahaul Valley with Manali. BRO is expecting that they should be able to start the operation from Gulaba within a week but that can only happen if the weather holds. There is still a warning of more snowfall to occur in the coming days which can very well delay the work and opening of the pass.
Meanwhile, from the Lahaul Valley side, work will start in a day or two from Satingri toward Tandi and Sissu to connect the road with the Rohtang tunnel in the north portal. The tunnel can be used in emergency cases to transport locals from Lahaul to Kullu Valley. Similarly, BRO workforce and machinery is moving from Udaipur ahead toward Kolang to start clearing the snow towards Sach Pass.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: March 3rd
Last year at this time, on Manali Leh route, the snow clearing operation started in early March itself and by April 1st week, the road was open for traffic.
Situation this year however is entirely different. It continues to snow heavily all over Himalayas and more snow is expected. Opening of all roads and passes this year will definitely get delayed. As of now, in terms of Srinagar Leh route, do not expected it to open any earlier than late April. Rohtang Pass will probably not open by Mid May and Manali Leh highway in early June. Manali Kaza road will not be open before late May. This however is just an estimate for now and can get changed as the weather progresses.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update February 18th
There have been heavy snowfall in last couple of weeks all across the hill. Avalanches were reported last week at several places in Lahaul valley triggered by the widespread snowfall. The petrol pump at Tandi was hit and damaged by the snowfall. Please see Forum Thread for a picture of the petrol pump after it was hit by the avalanche. It is not extremely bad though and I am sure the petrol station will again be up and running by the time the road opens.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update February 11th
The recent spell of snow in early Feb followed by incessant rains near the foothills have seen far too great snow in entire Himalayan region as compared to previous years. More snowfall is expected in this week and throughout the month of Feb. Definitely expected a delayed opening of the highway this year.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update February 4th
Snowfall this year has been way more than expected. An avalanche in Ladakh was reported in January that killed 10 local workers. In all possibility, there will be a delay in opening of roads and passes all across. For now, the opening date of Manali Leh Highway in 2019 is not expected to be any sooner than early June.
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.
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.
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.