Manali Leh Highway Status 2020 – 2021 | Latest Updates

by Vargis.Khan

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.

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

Manali Leh Highway Status Now = CLOSED

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. 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.

Manali Leh Highway Open Date 2020 = May 15th

Update – March 7th

BRO is targeting to open the entire Manali Leh stretch by early April. As per a BRO official, “We are likely to open the road up to Sarchu by March 25 which is almost a month earlier than the previous year’s date of opening. It will be for the first time that the project Himank will open the road ahead of the schedule. Additional teams have been pressed into snow clearance operations on the highway”.

He said the snow clearance operation is being carried from three points — from Upshi side to Tanglang La Top (T-Top), from Debring side to Tanglang La Top and from Debring towards Pang and Sarchu.

This is however highly doubtful because it heavily depends on the weather. The latest spell of snow in the last few days is sure to halt the snow-clearing work all across and will set the progress behind by several days. More snow is expected in the coming days.

For now, I will keep the expected date of the opening of Rohtang as April 15th and Manali Leh road by April end or early May.

Update – February 26th

BRO has now started snow clearing operation on the Manali Leh National Highway. The work has already started between Darcha and Baralacha La, after a puja being performed for the safety of BRO personnel engaged in the task.

The work to clear snow from Gulaba to Rohtang Pass was also launched on Friday; Feb 21st. Snow removal from Sissu to Rohtang would be commenced within next week. BRO and the General Reserve Engineering Force deployed with men and machines to clear the snow from the highway to restore traffic by April this year.

The snow-clearance operation is launched by the BRO in March every year but this year, it is being done in advance from February. Officials are hopeful that they will be able to open the road before May 15th

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.

Helpful Reads

Below is some other information that can be of help while planning to travel on Manali Leh Highway.

Accommodation on Manali Leh Highway

Manali to Leh – Minimum Days Required

Manali to Leh – Available Modes of Transport

How to Deal With Acute Mountain Sickness In Ladakh

Manali Leh Highway Status 2020

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?

Current Manali Leh Highway Status Today

The current status of Manali Leh Highway today is closed.

When will Manali Leh highway open?

The estimated date of opening of Manali Leh Highway is June 1st.

 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.

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Nilavra Ghosh September 30, 2020 - 3:46 pm

Hi Vargis ,

Lahaul and Pangi valley is open or will be open in October for tourists this year ? Do you have information on this ?

kapil morte August 21, 2020 - 4:25 am

Bro kya ab leh Ladakh tour banaya ja sakta h… china border tension ya Chinese virus se koi problem to nahi hogi…ya kahi barish issue na bana de…me agle 15 dino me plan kar raha h bike tour…

Amrit June 11, 2020 - 11:56 am

Bro can we go leh via Manali now?

Vaibhav singh June 3, 2020 - 11:05 pm

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for the page. I am thinking on travelling on 25 June on a bike trip from Delhi – Leh is there any chance that things open up for tourists. Do reply. Thanks

Vargis.Khan June 5, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Hello Vaibhav – It is not going to happen in June bro. Best do not plan at least until September.

Nilavra Ghosh March 20, 2020 - 4:05 am

Hi Vargis
What is the estimated time Manali leh will open this year considering the latest progress of road clear work ? Also when rohtang is likely to open up to Keylong ? I have a plan to keylong May mid..will that be possible ? Also manali leh possible around May 20 ?

Nilavra Ghosh March 23, 2020 - 7:58 am

Hi Vargis ,
Any update ?

Vargis.Khan March 23, 2020 - 8:38 pm

It is a lockdown right now Bhai. No one has any idea when the work will resume or when will it all get back to normal.

Nilavra Ghosh March 24, 2020 - 2:02 am

Ok, the snow clearance is also locked down ? I thought the work is going on at high altitudes where there is no human being except BRO so chances of covid 19 is very remote.

Vargis.Khan March 24, 2020 - 2:18 am

Ladakh is among the hardest hit areas by the virus, over 10 cases have been found. Even a few soldiers are under quarantine there right now.

Nilavra Ghosh March 25, 2020 - 10:48 am

I know that…I am talking about Rohtang..that is himachal

Anitha March 9, 2020 - 12:54 pm

Hi, we are planing to visit Leh through Manali in June 1st week. Is snow available in Rohtang Pass.

Vargis.Khan March 9, 2020 - 4:39 pm

Yes there will be snow

aakash February 27, 2020 - 6:54 am

last year in 2019, at what time the road was cleared for Manali to Leh Highway, and it would be great to plan the trip for Manali to leh route thought bike in the month of june during 10 to 25?

Vargis.Khan February 27, 2020 - 12:17 pm

It opens by May end only. And yes, you can plan by bike in June

Ronak February 24, 2020 - 11:59 am

Hi, we are planning to visit from 16th May to 25th May 2020. Delhi- Srinagar- Leh- Manali- Delhi route. Will it be a good time to do it?

Vargis.Khan February 25, 2020 - 1:33 am

Not really. If you want to cover Manali route as well then i will recommend postponing your journey until June 1st week.


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