Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2019 as of now is closed. Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated post for updating the status of Srinagar to Leh road and it’s condition in 2019. Along with this blog post, I will also be running a thread on the Community Forum Srinagar to Leh Road Status 2019 which I will recommend that you follow to receive the latest word on opening of the highway.
Srinagar to Leh Highway Status 2019: CLOSED
An official announcement is yet to be made; but Srinagar Leh highway has remained closed for last 4 days after heavy snowfall at Sonamarg, Zoji La and Drass. It is highly unlikely that the road will now open for vehicular movement; but even if it does, it is too risky to be traveling on it now. Chances of weather closing in any minute and road getting blocked are high right now. Authorities may open the road for a few more days for locals or they may not; but as a tourist, you can safely assume that the road currently is off limits. It is only a matter of days before it is declared closed officially.
For recent updates on the opening of the road, please follow the forum thread Srinagar to Leh Road Status 2019.
How to Plan a Journey on Srinagar Leh Highway
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; and what you should keep in mind while traveling with children and elders.
A few articles that will provide you information on Srinagar Leh highway are listed below. Go through these posts and prepare yourself for the trip as you wait for the road to open.
- Is Srinagar Leh Highway Safe for Tourists?
- Srinagar to Leh Route Guide and Road Map
- Why you should travel to Ladakh via Srinagar Leh Highway
- How to Travel from Srinagar to Leh
- Best Time to Travel from Srinagar to Leh by Road
- How to rent a motorcycle in Srinagar
- Srinagar to Leh Bus Service
- Srinagar to Leh Travel Time
- Guest Houses & Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway
- ATMs, Mechanics & Petrol Pumps on Srinagar Leh Highway
- Tourist Attractions on Srinagar Leh Highway
Srinagar to Leh Opening Date 2019
The opening of the road entirely depends on the weather and how fast BRO is able to clear the snow after winter ends. Historically, mid April is a safe time to assume as the opening date of Srinagar Leh Highway. There have been instances though when it was opened early.
2018 is a great example when the entire stretch was free of snow and open for traffic in as early as March. But as a tourist, I will not recommend planning a journey on the road any sooner than late April or early May. Even if the road was declared open before this, it will be in terrible condition. Allowing a few weeks after opening will give time for BRO to stabilize the road. You must keep in mind that in early days of opening, a temporary closure that can sometimes last a couple of days is common as BRO continues repair work on the road.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: December 9th
Sharing a recent picture of the highway near Sonamarg that I recently received from a friend.
I hope the information above was of help. For latest updates on the highway, please look through the comments section on this page; or follow the community thread Srinagar to Leh Road Status 2019. If you have any questions; please feel free to comment and ask; and I will be glad to answer.