Like last year, this will be a dedicated post for Srinagar 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; Srinagar to Leh Road Status 2018
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2018: CLOSED
Srinagar to Sonamarg: Open
Sonamarg to Kargil: Closed
Kargil to Leh: Closed
Update: January 26th
The long dry spell this winter finally broke this week in Himachal and Uttarakhand with several areas receiving high amount of snow. Keylong was coldest in the region with minimum temperature settling at -5.8 degrees C, Kalpa -3 degrees and Manali -0.6 degrees and and Dalhousie at -0.8 degrees. The state of J&K was no exception with fresh snowfalls around Sonamarg and Gulmarg. The city of Srinagar however remains deprived of snow still.
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. Srinagar has seen no snowfall at all this year so far. Road between Srinagar and Sonamarg continues to remain open and so do the roads towards Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Jammu as well. You will definitely however find some snow at Sonamarg and Gulmarg but a little less than usual.
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
Srinagar still continues to run dry. There is not much snow in Srinagar though there is plenty in nearby areas like Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pehalgam. Road however is open for all these areas so if you were planning a winter trip to Kashmir, you will find plenty of snow in all these places.
Srinagar Leh highway is open until Sonamarg but closed beyond that as Zojila is all snowed out.
Update: January 1st
Temperature continues to dip all across Jammu and Kashmir state; with the town of Leh recording as the coldest city. Nights are recording a temperature of -19 to -20 degrees Celsius with temperature remaining close to -10 degrees Celsius at noon. Temperature at Srinagar goes down to close to -10 degrees during night and 10 degrees at noon.
The region has not seen much snow this year, including Ladakh. There has been no snowfall so far in Srinagar and very less in Leh town. There was a fresh spell of snow on 1st Jan however it was limited only to the peaks and higher areas. What this necessarily means is that if it continues this way, we are looking at an early Summer and early opening of the road. For now however, to be on a safer side, plan your trip only after late April.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2018 – Update: December 10th
Srinagar to Leh road is now officially closed until next year. Temperature has been dipping all across the Kashmir and Ladakh region. Srinagar city recorded minus 3.0 degrees Celsius; Pahalgam minus 4.5; and Gulmarg minus 2.2 as the night’s lowest temperatures of this season so far. Ladakh region recorded minus 12.3 degrees Celsius; and Kargil minus 7.2 degrees Celsius as the night’s lowest temperature. The entire stretch connecting Kashmir to Leh will remain closed until further notice next year.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2018
Srinagar Leh highway usually remains open until mid to end November. Last year, the road was operational in December as well. This year too, right now the route is open and used by both Indian Army and locals here. Several stretches however, specially the pass en route, have already seen light spells of snow.
Traffic across Zoji La was temporarily suspended earlier this week as snow at Zoji La turned the entire stretch extremely slipper and dangerous to be travelling upon. It is now only a matter of days before the pass gets completely blocked; owing to heavy snowfall and leading to closure of the highway for this year.
If you were planning to traverse on the route anytime soon, I would strongly advise against it. Do not take the unnecessary risk and better plan your trip to Ladakh next year.
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.