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
Srinagar Sonamarg Road Status: CLOSED
Leh to Kargil Road: Open
Update: March 10th
Snow clearing work on Srinagar Leh highway was officially started last week. BRO is now working to first clear the snow on 12 kilometers long Gagangeer Sonamarg stretch and is hopeful to have it completed by the end of March. After reaching Sonamarg, work will then continue towards the Zojila pass to free its 30 kilometers long stretch of snow. The amount of snow this year is much greater as compared to previous ones. Around 6 to 7 feet of snow is accumulated on the ground between Gagangeer and Sonamarg.
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 Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: March 3rd
Last year at this time, the snow clearing operation on Srinagar Leh highway was in full swing and by 15th, the entire stretch was declared open for civilian traffic. On Manali Leh route too, the 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. This however is just an estimate for now and can get changed as the weather progresses.
Even the opening of Sonamarg this year will not be before early April. Snow clearing operation on this stretch has not even started yet as the region is still experiencing snowfall.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: February 18th
The recent blast that killed 42 CRPF man has the entire valley and the country on edge right now. How it is going to affect the opening of the road and the tourist season is something that only time will tell. A curfew has been imposed in several places. If you were planning to visit Kashmir anytime soon, then I would strongly recommend that you put your plans on hold for a while; and wait for the tension to ease down.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: February 11th
The snow this year has been far too great than last few ones. The snowstorm in early Feb followed by incessant rains have made the matters worse. More snowfall is expected in coming week and throughout the month of February. There is already about 4 to 5 feet of snow in several places in Kashmir and Ladakh. Posting below a recent picture of Srinagar Leh highway at Fotula Top; shared by a friend of mine traveled from Leh to Kargil last week.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: February 4th
The road right now is only open till Gagangir. Snow this year has been way more than expected; and the snowfall still continues. Even Sonamarg was declared closed for tourists several weeks earlier than usual. The way the weather is trending right now, do not expect Srinagar Leh Highway to reopen any sooner than early May. Even Sonamarg right now is expected to remain closed well into April.
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2019 – Update: December 9th
Sharing a recent picture of the highway near Sonamarg that I recently received from a friend.
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
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.
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.