Like previous years, I am starting this Manali Leh highway Status 2020 thread to share the most current status of Manali to Leh road in the coming year. I will continue posting recent updates on the route along with some pictures. If you were planning a trip to Ladakh this year and traveling from Manali to Leh or vice versa was a part of your itinerary, then please bookmark this page and continue checking back to know the current status of Manali Leh highway and condition of the road.
Other than this post, I will also share the updates on the Community Forum Thread. To keep this page light, I will not be able to post too many pictures here and will recommend you to check the Forum Thread for that purpose. If you just want to know whether Manali to Leh road is open or not, please scroll down on this page and you will get the required information.
Manali Leh Highway Status Now
Manali to Leh Highway continues to remain closed for the season. All the passes have received a heavy amount of snow. Rohtang Pass officially stands closed. From the Leh side, Tanglang La is closed and vehicles cannot go beyond Upshi. It is only the start of the winter season now and snowfall has only just started. The highway will now remain closed until May. If it snowed heavily, the opening can even get pushed to the first half of June. Until then, a trip to Leh is only possible by air.
Current Manali Leh Highway Status Today – CLOSED
Manali Leh Highway Open Date 2020 – Late May to Early June
A recent picture of a truck stuck between Manali and Rohtang Pass. 21 people were rescued from the pass this week after heavy snow and blizzard left them stranded.
Manali Leh Highway Status – Update October 26th
Manali to Leh road status today is CLOSED after it started to snow heavily at Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La. Authorities have removed police check posts from Sarchu, Darcha and Koksar. Snow has started to accumulate on top of the passes and black ice has already started to form on the roads in lower areas making the highway slippery and unsafe to travel on.
Unofficially, the road is still open and some locals are managing to travel on it. BRO has said that they will try to keep the road open for as long as they can but the weather will soon force them to start removing their machines from the higher areas. From a tourist point of view, the road is no longer safe to be on. Temperatures have started to drop to sub-zero during the night and accommodation too is scarce. If the weather turned extreme, the passes can receive over 40cm of snow within an hour. In case of a mishap or emergency, there will not be anybody around to help and the situation can develop into a life threatening one. For now, assume the highway to be closed for the season and plan your trip for the next year.
Planning a Trip to Leh Ladakh
If you are planning a trip to Ladakh this year, then I would strongly recommend you to take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide. In this post, I have covered in detail each and every aspect of how you can manage your entire trip in a safe and hassle-free manner. 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.
If you want to know the complete present status of Manali Leh highway then it cannot just be restricted to the question of when does Manali to Leh road open. You will also have to apprise yourself with other information like the condition of the road, your accommodation choices, mode of transport, the best way to travel, etc. If you were traveling by your own vehicle, either a car or motorcycle, then please do take a look at Manali to Leh Road Route Map to familiarize yourself with the region. If you want to read a more detailed version of the map, then please take a look at Manali Leh Highway Guide : Map and route explanation.
On of the most frequent questions I get asked is what are some of the must visit places as you travel from Manali to Leh. Well, the answer is that there are plenty of tourist attractions on the way and I have provided complete information on it in Tourist Places on Manali Leh Highway.
Below is some other information that can be of help while planning to travel on Manali Leh Highway.
When will Manali Leh Highway Open in 2020?
There is really no set or definite Manali Leh highway opening date as it all depends on the weather and how fast BRO is able to clear the snow. Historically, the road is declared open sometime towards the end of May or early June. There have been instances when it was declared open even sooner. Like in 2018, when it snowed very less throughout the region, the entire road was freed of snow by April end but the chances of that happening are a bit less.
To be on a safer side, assume the first week of June as Manali to Leh road open date. BRO starts working on clearing the snow from Rohtang Pass in April, after which, they start working towards Baralacha La. The snow is cleared by May end and authorities take another week or two for maintenance before the road gets open for civilian movement.
Rohtang Pass Status
The current status of Rohtang Pass as of now is closed. The pass received heavy amount of snow in throughout the month of October; and was closed several times for both the tourists and the locals. Some vehicles are currently being allowed like HRTC Buses and Trucks carrying groceries; but it is only a matter of days before the road is completely shut down. As a tourists, just assume that the pass is closed as of now; and plan your journey next year after winter has passed.
Baralacha La Road Status
Baralacha La pass status status as of now is closed. It is the first pass to receive snow on Manali Leh route and the last one to get open. The pass gets buried under snow by October end and becomes impossible to cross.
Best time to Travel on Manali Leh Highway?
A lot of people rush to complete the journey as soon as the road is declared open; but I will strongly advise against that for two reasons. First is that immediately after the Manali Leh highway opening, the road remains very unstable; and can be closed again temporarily for maintenance; which will result in you getting stranded on the route. The second reason is of Manali to Leh road condition; which will be bad and broken in initial days. You should give at least 2-3 weeks after the official Manali Leh highway opening time before you plan your own journey. For a more detailed version of the information above, I will recommend reading When is the Best Time to Travel from Manali to Leh.
Is Manali Leh highway open in May?
Chances of the route remaining in the month of May are very less. I think it is safe to assume that it will definitely not be open before the 20th of May. So if you must travel in May, then keep your plans towards the end of the Month.
Is Manali Leh Highway Open in October?
Yes, Manali Leh Highway remains open in October; but it is safe to travel on only before the 10th of the month. There are 5 high altitude passes on the route and all of them start to receive snow in October. So after 10th and until the Manali Leh highway closing date; a journey on this road is both risky and dangerous.
Road Status from Manali to Leh
Last year, the road was a mix of good, bad and ugly. Majorly it was just average with some very bad stretches in between. How it will be in 2020 is something that we will know after it opens. I will continue posting updates on the condition of the road in this thread as the season progresses.
Manali Leh Highway Closing Time
The road will remain open until the month of October; and will get closed towards the end of the month in 2020.
Is Manali Leh Highway Open Now?
No, the road is not open right now.
Manali Leh Highway Permit Online
The only permit that you need for traveling from Manali to Leh is for Rohtang Pass. To know how you can get this permit either in person or online, please read How to Obtain a Permit for Rohtang Pass?
Manali Leh Highway Status 2020
I hope the information above on Manali Leh Highway Status 2020 was of help. To stay appraised and get latest updates on when will Manali to Leh road open; please bookmark this article and keep checking back. You can either follow this post or the Community Forum Thread. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at the Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.