Manali Leh Highway Status 2019

by Vargis.Khan

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 – OPEN


Update: June 30th

Sharing updates sent by travelers about road conditions on Manali Leh route and in Ladakh as well.

“Hi Folks,
Just got to Keylong last night (Thursday),Vibhor nailed the current conditions, but we will add a couple of extra points. Trip took longer than expected, we did Leh-Pang (good cheap acccommodation) and then onto Keylong next day. There was some ice on lachulung-la but it was easily possible by bike. Road from Pang to Sarchu was rough generally, but Baralacha la was the hard point. No ice, but deep holes/very rough and a river down the road at one point . We had a clear run through, but talked to one group that had to wait an hour when a snow wall collapsed. Re small cars we saw a few, but they must have really struggled, on the rough road and taken a battering. We also had one deep- ish stream crossing on the run down into Keylong.
In summary. Full on, but good fun and best split up into 2 shorter days, stopping in either Pang or Sarchu.”

Another Update:

Phase 1: Road Conditions in Ladakh

Started from Leh on 14th June around 10 AM and reached Hunder at 4 PM. There was bit of a jam at Khardung La due to 1 bottleneck [Post Khardung La] which delayed us by almost 1 hour.
Visited Turtuk village on 15th and last village [Thang – no visit, only saw it from last army checkpost]. Started return journey from Hunder to Leh 6.30 AM. Weather started turning cloudy while we were heading to Khardung La top. At Khardung La top, it had started to snow (not very heavy though).
Reached Leh at 11.30 PM without any trouble.

Rested in Leh on 17th June as second phase of my travel was going to be a long one [Leh -> Tso Moriri -> Jispa -> Manali].

Phase 2: Road Conditions from Leh to Manali

Started from Leh around 9 AM on 18th June. Weather was bad and it was raining in Leh. It kept raining till we reached Upshi checkpost. Post that, till Chumathang, weather was cloudy and rainy (mixed with light snowfall). At Chumathang, there was a bit heavier snowfall with strong winds. However, weather started clearing up as we headed for Karzok [Tso Moriri].
Reached Karzok around 3.30 PM.

Started from Karzok for Jispa at 8 AM [got a bit late as I had cold start trouble with my vehicle]. Will come straight to Baralacha La condition as it looks like most people want to know how is this pass.

On 10th when I had crossed Baralacha La from Jispa, there was plenty of snow/ice on road itself. This time, there was no snow/ice on the road itself. However, the snow walls were still huge and there were plenty of stretches where two small cars can barely pass each-other. As this road has been thrown open for all kind of vehicles now, there were plenty of trucks coming in both directions which makes this stretch bad. To make matters worse, there is no presence of BRO/Policy/Army on the entire stretch. We got stuck at 3 choke points due to trucks in opposite directions.

Had to manage the traffic ourselves with couple of truck drivers. I have found truck drivers very understanding compared to private vehicles and they understand better when they need to move back and let other vehicles pass. Finally, we were able to reach Jispa at 8.30 PM after being at Baralcha La stretch for more than 2 hours.

Took a night halt at Padma Lodge and started for Manali at 7 AM. This time Rohtang traffic was very well managed and number of vehicles had also dropped considerably. We reached Manali at 12.15 PM while last time we took 6 hours just to reach Rohtang top from Solang valley.


Update: June 17th

Manali Leh route was declared open again but there is a lot of snow at passes which is making it extremely difficult for people to travel. Below are a few updated I received from 3 different people who traveled on the road last week. Another important thing to remember is that a quota has been allotted to Beyond Rohtang Permit as well for now. The exact number of the permit is not yet known but it is close to around 500. Will this remain applicable for the entire year will get decided later in the season but for now, you will have to struggle to get Beyond Rohtang permit as well. These are booked for several days in advance and average wait time is of 3 to 4 days.

Beyond Rohtang Permit is also available in Black for Rs. 2500 per permit. 

“Hi Vargis! I’m in leh today. It’s been a very distressing journey. I would not recommend anyone to come from manali side yet! As I was stuck at Baralacha for 12hr and their is very heavy snow fall from last few days and road is frozen with ice. We managed to get to sarchu at night around 11pm but all the cars were stuck and people were rescued next day by BRO ambulance. Road situation is very bad and road is anyway declared open but BRO recommends not to travel as weather is very bad. Snow fall starts at zing zing bar, Baralacha, sarchu and pang. We had to put our bikes on truck from sarchu to leh cause of the weather. “

“I reached at zing zing bar around 11am yesterday from there we were asked to wait since there’s was a military convoy suppose to pass, it did pass but one commercial truck carrying steel bars got stuck at baralacha and clearing of it took around 12hrs. Some bikers were allowed to go ahead from zing zing bar but they got stuck at baralacha around 7pm and then snowfall started so everyone had to return back to Zing zing bar. Though the route was cleared the truck again got stuck ahead and the route got jamed again. Hopefully it must be fully cleared today. Snow at baralacha is around 30-40feet and very risky after sunset.”

“Yes stranded at Baralacha La for more than 10hr and literally frozen to death. BRO didn’t open the road initially yet as the weather is worse on the top hill. It might have improved now, I’m not sure about that. Nubra valley had a avalanche slides day on Friday due to which more than 150 tourist were stuck and BRO recovered them. If planning to go from Srinagar keep in mind that from sonmarg till zozzila pass its very cold and huge traffic. Manali to Rohtang is same too. “


Update: June 12th

Baralacha La has again been closed temporarily. Everyone on their way to Ladakh is stuck in Manali or Jispa right now. On top of it, weather is closing in and more snow is expected in next couple of days. There will also be plenty of rains around Manali. Rohtang, Baralacha La, Sach Pass and Kunzum Pass will definitely get some snow this week. Please postpone any plans you had of traveling on Manali Leh route for this week at least and wait for the weather to clear. Below are a few pictures of Baralacha La right now. See the amount of snow and ice on the road and it will probably get worse this week. Even cars like 2WD Scorpio and 1 Mercedes GLA 250 were stuck at the pass.


Update: June 10th

After what can truly be called as an agonizing wait, Manali Leh Highway was declared open today for the year 2019. The opening of the pass comes a good 3 weeks late this year in comparison to its opening in previous years. The heavy snowfall that came along with the winter season delayed the opening of almost every road and pass across the Himalayas and Manali Leh route was no exception either. Both the locals and people planning a trip to Ladakh have been patiently waiting for BRO to give a green signal and it finally happened today.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide

As per the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) Commander Colonel Uma Shankar, BRO has completed snow-clearing operation of the road which remains block due to the accumulation of snow during winter at various passes en route. The route was freed of snow a few days ago actually but the local authorities were assessing the situation and determining whether or not the road was safe for civilian traffic to be allowed.

Tourist season in Ladakh is actually already on and a lot of people have already traveled there from the Srinagar side. But it is usually the Manali route that brings the full flow of tourists in the region each year. With the road now being open, thousands of people will be traveling to Ladakh by either their motorcycles, cars or public transport. It is not just the tourists actually. This road also serves as a lifeline for the people of Ladakh region ensuring essential supplies as well as a stocking for winters when the region remains cut off from the rest of the country.

With that being said, the situation at Rohtang is a bit out of hands right now. There is a daily and massive traffic jam at the pass which results in a wait time of 3 to 4 hours for vehicles (see images below). With the opening of Manali Leh route, things are bound to get a lot worse. Manali Kaza road will be opening this week as well which will result in even more traffic. Getting a permit to visit and cross Rohtang Pass too is a task in itself right now.

In the end, however, if a trip to Ladakh was on your plans for this year and Manali route was a part of your itinerary then now is the time for you to make the dream come true. My advice would be to give it at least 2 to 3 weeks more before you travel on the road though. BRO is still working on stabilizing the road which means that temporary closures can still happen. Condition of the road too remains to be a bit bad in the first few weeks. Hopefully, if you waited, things with Rohtang permit too will get better.


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.


Update: June 9th

Received these images in a Whatsapp group today. You can see the amount of vehicles traveling to Rohtang Pass. Traffic Jams are lasting up to 4 hours and even the Beyond Rohtang is not available anymore because thousands have already bought it. And this is the situation when Manali Leh and Manali Kaza routes are not yet open. Once that happens, there will even be a greater number of people traveling causing much worse traffic situation.

For more recent updates and pictures, please view the forum thread Manali Leh Highway Status and Condition 2019.


Update: May 30th

Rohtang Pass opens today. Manali Leh highway expected to open around 10th to 15th June.


Update: May 26th

Rohtang Pass was declared open last week but only for locals. There is a lot of snow at the pass and road widening is still required. It will be a wile before tourist movement is allowed.


Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 –  Update: May 18th

Opening of Rohtang Pass continues to get delayed this year due to heavy snow and resulting landslides. It is still raining and snowing at the pass. Earlier this month, the road was opened until Marhi but a landslide now has blocked that road too. There were 2000 tourists stranded on the road yesterday after a landslide blocked their way back to Manali. For now, assume that Rohtang Pass will probably open only either towards the end of May or early June. Manali Leh Highway this year may not open before June 15th. Even if BRO is able to clear the snow, this landslide will raise questions on the stability of the road. Authorities will not open it unless they are completely sure of its safety. For now, the road is completely blocked.


Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 –  Update: May 5th

From Manali side, the road till Marhi has been freed of snow and tourists are being allowed. The Rohtang permit window too has been opened online as of today. Please note though that you will still not be able to reach the top; and definitely cannot cross Rohtang over to the other side at this time. You will only get allowed till Marhi and Rohtang top is another 16 odd kilometers from there. The entire road from Manali to Keylong is expected to get opened in the week of May 14th at latest. Manali Leh highway as of now is expected to open in June 1st week.


Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 –  Update: April 28th

The heavy amount of snow at Rohtang Pass is causing delay in its opening. It would seem that Rohtang may not get open before May 10th this year which would further push the opening of Leh highway to around June 10th. Please see the FORUM POST for some pictures of snow clearing operation at Rohtang pass and you will see the huge walls of snow on both side of the road.

Srinagar Leh highway however was declared open today. There is a lot of snow on that route as well with high chances of avalanches at Zojila.


Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – 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.


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.

Further Updates

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.

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shyam November 18, 2019 - 4:49 pm

sir i have planned bike trip to ladakh via manali leh route on Nov 25th, is it open or closed?

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Vargis.Khan November 19, 2019 - 6:14 pm

It is closed already Shyam. You will have to plan next year.

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Anup September 23, 2019 - 1:25 am

Will the highway be safe in this year’s October, during the first week ? We’ve to travel from leh to Manali on the 7th..

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Vargis.Khan September 23, 2019 - 3:00 am

October first week is fine.

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Sufiyan June 28, 2019 - 1:06 pm

Vargis Bhai, update karo, aap hi ke dum pe ruke hai . Last update was 11 days ago. Has anything changed since?

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2019 - 1:41 pm

Bhai sadak toh khul gayi hai par kaafi kharab halat mein hai … ek do jagah landslides bhi hue hain. Vaise ja sakte ho aap is waqt and baarish shuru hone se pehle hi ho aao.

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Manish June 21, 2019 - 8:35 am

And bhai u r google of leh,ladakh trip. Read all of ur articles. They defined each and every bit of info. God bless u bro!

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words Manish Bhai. God Bless you and your family brother !!!

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Manish June 4, 2019 - 5:06 am

Hlo sir,
Planning manali to leh on 10th june. Will the road be cleared? Can we have online beyond rohtang permit online? Plz reply
Regards,
Manish

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Vargis.Khan June 7, 2019 - 8:59 pm

It will probably not open by 10th Manish Bhai

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Vargis.Khan June 10, 2019 - 6:40 am

It opened today

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Manish garg June 18, 2019 - 5:58 am

Thnx for reply bhai. Came back via leh manali highway. Baralacha pass is a nightmare. Stuck in Traffic jam. Vehicles were skidding. Saw many vehicles going back towards manali. Such an horrible experience.

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2019 - 6:12 pm

Manish Bhai baad mein ye horrible experience hi yaad aayega …. This is what you will be telling stories about after a year. 🙂

How was your trip overall though?

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Manish June 21, 2019 - 8:32 am

Haha. u r ryt bhai. A year!!! Its just four days and m missing those days. Kam se kam ek baar sbhi ko is trip pe jarur jana chahiye. Overall trip was fabulous. Loved and lived each and every moment. Planning to go by bike next year

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yogendra rajput June 3, 2019 - 7:37 am

Hello vargis g
We r planning to going to leh via manali, rohtang pass on 9 june by car. Road will bi open at this time and i want to know we need any other permit for leh. Only rohtang pass permit is enough for leh

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yogendra rajput June 3, 2019 - 8:12 am

Is bar beyond rohtang pass permit offline milega kiya or iske lye pahle hotel bi book karni padegi pls give me full information

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yogendra rajput June 3, 2019 - 2:53 pm

Keylong tak jane k lye bi beyond rohtang pass lena padega kiya

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Vargis.Khan June 3, 2019 - 11:54 pm

Haan

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Aswin m s June 6, 2019 - 2:47 am

Is the issues between rental association of manali and leh over?Can the rented bike from manali taken to ladakh?

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2019 - 3:14 am

Not yet resolved.

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Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 12:13 am

Yogendra Ji Manali Leh route will not open by 9th June. And beyond Rohtang Permit is the only one you need to get.

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Jatin June 2, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Hi Vargis,
greetings of the day,
we are planning a trip to leh via Manali on 18th june i want to know will roads be open at that time, and is it safe ??
need your guidance.

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Vargis.Khan June 2, 2019 - 7:23 pm

Hi Jatin – Yes the roads will be open by that time. Expected date of opening is around June 10th this year.

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Mukesh sharma June 6, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Sir pl update present status of leh manali highway.. We are planning to visit on 13 th and we have to arrange permit also.. Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2019 - 4:21 pm

It is expected to open sometime next week Mukesh Bhai

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Jatin June 2, 2019 - 10:08 am

We are planning to go on a road trip from manali to leh on 19th May 2019 would the highways be open at that point of time?

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Vargis.Khan June 2, 2019 - 3:23 pm

Yes

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Tarun Sharma June 2, 2019 - 8:51 am

Hi,
We are planning to return from leh via manali starting 15th june onwards from leh to manali.So till then any idea if the way will be cleared.?

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Vargis.Khan June 2, 2019 - 3:24 pm

It will be cleared by then

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Saurabh Verma May 24, 2019 - 6:47 am

Hi
I am planning for a bike trip from New Delhi – Manali – Leh – Pangong lake – Sri Nagar – New Delhi

So what would you suggest, how to pack my bag and how do I prepare my RE Classic 500 Bullet

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Vargis.Khan May 26, 2019 - 7:46 am Reply
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Dhananjay May 23, 2019 - 10:54 am

Hello Vargis bhai,

My friend is looking for some contact for taxi from Delhi to Leh to Delhi in June .
can you help with any taxi operator who runs on this route .

Thanks,
DJ

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2019 - 3:11 pm

Sorry Dhananjay Bhai – I do not have any taxi contacts in Delhi

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Joginder Kumar May 22, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Hi vargis will the roads from leh to manali open till 27May ?Please tell.

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2019 - 2:21 pm

No it will not Joginder

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Anil May 20, 2019 - 4:55 am

Hi Vargis,
greetings of the day,
we are planning a trip to leh via srinagar on 2nd june and want to return thru manlai on around 9 or 10th june.
will it be ok to return via manali at that time. i mean i want to know will roads be open at that time, and is it safe ??
need your guidance.

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2019 - 5:34 pm

Hi Anil – It is expected that the road should open by then, otherwise you will have to go back to Srinagar only. And yes it would be safe.

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Anil May 21, 2019 - 5:05 am

thank you dear, good to hear from you. need one more suggestion, after opening the roads how many days we should take precaution to not to travel by that road. i mean waht is the road stablization time in days.

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Sudhanshu Saini May 15, 2019 - 7:20 pm

Hi vargis we are group of 3 people riding from chandigarh to leh and then from leh to manali starting on 23 may. will the roads from leh to manali open at that time to come from that side. Please tell.

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2019 - 5:26 am

Hi Sudhanshu – No it will not open by then

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Parag Kulkarni May 13, 2019 - 4:39 pm

We are group of 6 peoples planning to ride Leh from Chandigarh on 17th May 19, is it possible to go through Pathankot- Dalhousie- Keylong – Sarchu – Leh route??
Is this route is opened for Bike ride??

Please reply soon as we are in confusion, need your guidance.

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Vargis.Khan May 14, 2019 - 2:14 pm

No, the route you are referring to will not open until June mid.

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Vishnu May 8, 2019 - 10:54 am

Road Status from Manali to Keylong. Read that it is open. I would like to get the bus details to keylong from Manali.
Any contact or details please
Thanks!

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Vargis.Khan May 12, 2019 - 5:47 am

No it is not open yet. Rohtang will not open at least until May 15th

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Sudharson May 4, 2019 - 6:52 am

Will the road connecting Sumur from Leh via Khardungla pass be open by May 27th?

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2019 - 6:59 am

It is open already

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Sudharson May 4, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Thank you. What about Sumur to Turtuk road?

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2019 - 3:54 pm

That is open as well

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SUMON SARKAR April 30, 2019 - 8:57 am

Dear Mr. Vargis,
myself Sumon Sikder, planned to tour at leh ladak with my family & friends. we will reach 29th May at Srinagar. can u guide us ? from 1st eek of Jun’19 leh manali National highway will open ? can u provide some Hotels name & contact No. as economical rate along with some car owners details? expected car rent. we have 8 to 10 heads.
awaiting your reply.

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Ajay Malhar April 27, 2019 - 8:41 pm

Hello bhaiya,
We are planning for Leh to Manali on23may2019 by XUV500 is this good time and will road open on this date and we are going by XUV500 is this Vehical good for this place or we should change to another one

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2019 - 9:33 am

Hello Ajay,

Leh Manali road will not open until June 1st week, that is the expected date as of now. XUV is a good car for the trip.

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Ajay Malhar May 10, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Thanks bhaiya..

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2019 - 11:34 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Dinesh Jangid April 17, 2019 - 5:06 am

Hi Vargis, we 4 adukts are planning to complete leh manali circuit starting from 23 may from Srinagar. Its a 15 itinerary covering Hanle, Pangong and Hunder. According to you, will roads be open at that time?

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Vargis.Khan April 17, 2019 - 11:55 am

Hi Dinesh – I can tell you that Srinagar route will definitely be open. Cannot confirm anything about Manali route right now.

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Nilesh kadam April 18, 2019 - 12:29 am

Will the Manali- Kaza road will be opened till 4-5th May?

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Vargis.Khan April 18, 2019 - 1:53 am

Not before June first week

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Prahlad April 29, 2019 - 3:47 pm

Dear vargis what is current status of leh manali highway as srinagar road opens…..Is there any chances to open manali route by 15-20 may. I already packed my beg and just waiting to open this route. Plz confirm…And I have wolkswgn ameo car . Is it ok.

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Kavyashree April 16, 2019 - 7:18 am

Hi, we 4 adults are going to leh on 1st May and on 5th May we are planning to go to Manali, will the roads be open? If not, can you suggest a better option for the same please? Kindly revert at the earliest, Thanks in advance.

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sandeep April 9, 2019 - 6:35 am

Dear Bro,
Thank you much for sharing your articles. This meant a lot and helped me in my earlier SPITI trip in 2018.
I am planning for Leh this year. My plan is like shipping my bike from chennai to Jammu via train and from from Jammu I will start my road trip via srinagar – kargil – leh – nubra valley- TSO- Manali -Chandigarh.. Is this good option ?? and advice How many Km i can travel on a average in these areas.
Plan date is end of june or starting of july.

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yogendra rajput April 4, 2019 - 7:35 am

We are planning to go leh by srinagar on 20 may and return via manali on 30 may . It is possible Leh manali road open at this time

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Vargis.Khan April 4, 2019 - 6:55 pm

There is a change that it will open by late May

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Sudharson March 24, 2019 - 3:52 am

BRO has told that Leh Manali highest will be open by 2nd week of April.
Source: https://m.greaterkashmir.com/news/ladakh/400km-leh-manali-road-likely-to-re-open-by-april-10/317279.html

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Vargis.Khan March 24, 2019 - 5:36 pm

I highly doubt that it will happen. They may be able to reopen Rohtang by April 2nd week but all of Manali Leh stretch will definitely not happen

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Sudharson March 25, 2019 - 1:12 pm

If everything goes well, will the entire Leh Manali highway bi open by May 2nd or third week?

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Vargis.Khan March 25, 2019 - 6:27 pm

Yes it will be.

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Supriya March 19, 2019 - 5:29 am

Thanks so much for reply

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Vargis.Khan March 19, 2019 - 12:02 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Vargis.Khan March 17, 2019 - 4:06 am

Road clearing work that started last week came to a complete standstill due to heavy snowfall and rain in several parts of Himachal Pradesh. The valleys of Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, and Pangi all received a fresh spell of snow. Rain dropped the temperature drastically in lower areas of Mandi, Bilaspur, and Solan. Rohtang Pass received about 30 centimeters of fresh snow. It snowed even in Manali for about 3 cm. There is about 15ft of Snow at the passes of Rohtang, Baralacha La, Sach, and Kunzum. There is no word right now on by when BRO will be able to resume snow clearing operation.

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Tarasish Mohanty March 14, 2019 - 11:22 am

1st June we are leaving from delhi towards leh.so will leh manali opened that time ?

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Vargis.Khan March 14, 2019 - 11:57 am

Chances are that yes it will be open

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2019 - 10:28 pm

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.

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Gremat Fernandes March 4, 2019 - 5:36 am

This year when can you expect roads to be open from manali to leh

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Vargis.Khan March 4, 2019 - 5:43 pm

Only around Mid-May. Not before that.

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Vargis.Khan March 3, 2019 - 3:41 pm

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.

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MILESH Thacker February 24, 2019 - 7:31 pm

We plan a trip by road in 21 march Srinagar to leh so we will plan that yes or no

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Vargis.Khan February 24, 2019 - 11:36 pm

No it will not be open by then

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Priyank Kotak February 24, 2019 - 7:12 am

We are planning to go on a road trip from manali to leh after 10 May 2019 would the highways be open at that point of time?

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Vargis.Khan February 24, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Srinagar Leh Highway – Yes
Manali Leh Highway – No

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Chirag mehta February 22, 2019 - 10:34 am

Is there possibility to open road in last week of March 2019

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Vargis.Khan February 22, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Not at all

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Supriya February 16, 2019 - 7:47 pm

We areare group of 8 peoples. planning from sringar on 30 may towards leh and while return we are coming on 7 june through rohtang pass so will that be correct time for our travel

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Vargis.Khan February 16, 2019 - 11:13 pm

Yes it will be open by then

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Tarasish Mohanty February 12, 2019 - 8:52 am

Dear Sir ,
We are 13 persons planning trip from Srinagar to Manali from 1st June We will be crossing Rohtang pass on 10th June. Can we get snow ?
And is there any problem of road closure ! leh-manali highway !
please help us as it a proper time or not so we can re schedule our trip little bit late.

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Vargis.Khan February 12, 2019 - 1:06 pm

Yes you will find some snow at Rohtang top.

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Vargis.Khan February 10, 2019 - 11:52 pm

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.

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Vargis.Khan February 4, 2019 - 12:27 am

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.

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Sudharsan January 17, 2019 - 2:30 pm

We are planning bike trip from Srinagar to Manali from 25 May. We will be crossing Rohtang pass on 3rd June. Your advice please. Can we take a 7 year old kid with us?

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Kishor January 30, 2019 - 4:50 am

You will be not travelling with your kid due to high attitude passes

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Vargis.Khan January 30, 2019 - 11:17 pm

Did you mean Srinagar to Manali via Ladakh or any other route?

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Sudharsan T February 2, 2019 - 9:28 am

Srinagar to Manali via Ladakh only

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Sudharsan February 2, 2019 - 10:01 pm

Via ladakh

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Vargis.Khan February 2, 2019 - 11:40 pm

Yes you can go with your kid as well. Take a look at the article below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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azeemuddin January 5, 2019 - 7:15 am

Hi , I am plannung the leh trip from hyderabad from mid april , this is my first long trip what do you prefer , should i take srinagar highway rather than manali highway ?

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Vargis.Khan January 5, 2019 - 5:20 pm

In April you will have to the Srinagar Leh highway only. And that too will depend on whether or not its open by Mid-April.

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Vikram January 4, 2019 - 5:15 pm

Thanks Vargis. Useful info. I am planning my trip around mid-April. Any idea which places will have snow around that time frame?

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Vargis.Khan January 5, 2019 - 1:54 am

Depends on how many days you have. You can try Spiti and Ladakh, there will definitely be snow there. Or you could take a chance with Manali and see if Rohtang is open.

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vibin.d December 3, 2018 - 7:36 am

could you share your number it would be a great help

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Vargis.Khan November 25, 2018 - 9:20 pm

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 several days now 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.

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Vargis.Khan November 14, 2018 - 3:10 pm

First snowfall of the season at Manali. Only a matter of days now before Rohtang Pass is closed.

http://roadragas.com/index.php?threads/manali-leh-road-status-2019.4259/

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