The current Manali Leh highway status is closed. The road was officially declared closed in the first week of November due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions. Baralacha La Pass has already received several feet of snow and can no longer be crossed.
Starting from Manali, the farthest you can go is Jispa by the tunnel as Rohtang Pass is closed as well. From Leh, you can only travel as far as Upshi but not beyond that.
For other details on visiting Ladakh, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide. This post contains each and every piece of information that you will need to know before traveling to Ladakh.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2023 = CLOSED
|Delhi to Manali||Open|
|Manali to Keylong||Open (By Rohtang Tunnel)|
|Baralacha La Road||Closed|
|Leh to Tanglang La||Closed|
|Leh to Nubra Valley||Open|
|Leh to Pangong Lake||Open|
|Leh to Tso Moriri Lake||Open|
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 to pack, itinerary planning, what to see, and where to stay.
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 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.
One 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 them in Tourist Places on Manali Leh Highway.
Below is some other information that can be of help while planning to travel on the 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
When will Manali Leh Highway Open in 2023?
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 little throughout the region, the entire road was freed of snow by April but the chances of that happening are a bit less.
To be on the 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 that, they start working toward Baralacha La.
The snow is cleared by May end. 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 a heavy amount of snow throughout the month of October and was closed several times for both tourists and locals.
Baralacha La Road Status
Baralacha La pass status as of now is closed. It is the first pass to receive snow on the Manali Leh route and the last one to get open. The pass gets buried under snow by October’s 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. I will strongly advise against that for two reasons.
First is that immediately after the Manali Leh highway opening, the road remains very unstable. It can be closed again temporarily for maintenance; which will result in you getting stranded on the route.
The second reason is Manali to Leh road condition. It will be bad and broken in the 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?
The chances of the route remaining in the month of May are very few. 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 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 the 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 2023 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.
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 the Manali Leh highway open?
The estimated date of opening of Manali Leh Highway is May 15th to June 1st.
Manali Leh Highway Status 2023
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