Manali Leh Highway Status 2021 – 2022 | Latest Updates

by Vargis.Khan

Like previous years, I am starting this Manali Leh highway Status 2021 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 the Manali Leh highway and the 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 = OPEN

This winter saw a very less amount of snow throughout the entire Himalayan region. As a result, all the passes were declared way ahead of their schedule. Rohtang Pass and the entire Manali Leh stretch are now open for vehicular traffic. BRO is still working on making the road stable but that is something that happens for the entire season.

For now, if you want to travel to Ladakh from Manali by road, you can continue with your plans. The hotels in Manali, Ladakh, and Srinagar have started to accept tourists as well.

A lot of the situation will also depend on how the COVID situation will unfold this year. So far, things are still far from being under control and you should practice utmost caution to ensure that you do not catch the infection anywhere. But only the coming months will tell how the rest of the year is going to be.

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 the 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.

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 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 the Manali Leh Highway.

Manali Leh Highway Status 2020

When will Manali Leh Highway Open in 2021?

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 end 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 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 a heavy amount of snow throughout the month of October and was closed several times for both the tourists and the 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 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 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 2021 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 2021.

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 2021

I hope the information above on Manali Leh Highway Status 2021 was of help. To stay appraised and get the 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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Arindam Lahiri September 18, 2021 - 1:53 pm

Hi Vargis

Planned below itinerary

9th Oct Kolkata Delhi
10th Oct Reach Manali
11th Oct Manali to Jispa
12th Oct Jispa to Leh
13th Oct Leh Local
14th Oct Leh to Hunder Diskit
15th Oct Visit Turtuk and stay at Panamik
16th Oct Panamik to Pangong via Shyok
17th Oct Pangong to Hanle
18th Oct Hanle to Tso Moriri
19th Oct Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar and Tanglang La
20th Oct Buffer day
21st Oct fly out

Please suggest if any changes are required. We are going ahead with bookings



Ritesh Samdani August 10, 2021 - 10:55 am

Hi Vargis, hope u fine, We am planning for Leh visit by road from Manali -Leh- Manali or Srinagar after 25 August 2021 or first week of September 2021.
Please guide us this is OK time to this trip or not. also tell us for weather condition.
if it is not OK then tell us what was the good time to travel in 2021 for the same


Bijay August 26, 2021 - 6:21 pm

Yes even we are a group of 7-8 friends and planning to visit Ladakh by self driven cars via Manali around 12th September 21. Little confused as some of tour planner says Manali Leh road would close from 2nd Sept. Pls suggest.

Shailendra vasita July 28, 2021 - 4:26 am

Vergis bhai today 28th july manali to leh roads are closed yes or not?

Vargis.Khan July 28, 2021 - 6:18 am

Bhai it is open but there is news of landslides and heavy rains. The road was blocked last week for a couple of days because of landslides. Better to not take the risk and wait for the rains to subside

Raj July 2, 2021 - 5:19 pm

Vargis bhai, I am planning for Leh visit by road.
Manali -Leh- Kargil-Srinagar in August 2021.

I read somewhere that August is not spt due to monsoon. Please say if it is ok yo travel in August to Leh by road.


Vargis.Khan July 2, 2021 - 7:25 pm

Raj Bhai August is not really the best time to go due to the monsoon season. If possible, delay the plans to September mid. If you cannot, then find out about weather conditions ahead before you leave home

Naveen May 24, 2021 - 9:09 am

Hi Vargis khan,
Thanks alot for providing continuous information about many places, there is a great stuff in this website.
we are planning a trip from Manali to Leh in the month of August (2nd week). Can you please confirm whether it is a good time for Leh trip from manali side?
we have total 9 days for this trip and itinerary will be like this Hyd-Delhi – Manali – Sarchu – Leh – Pangongtso – Leh – Sarchu – manali- Delhi-Hyd.
Thanks in Advance.

Roshi May 19, 2021 - 1:43 pm

I am Planning a Trip from Manali to Leh, starting on June 06 2021
Just wanted to ask certain thing:
1. do we ned any covid negative report or a vaccination certificate is good enough?
2. Are hotels or places to stay open?
3. any further suggestion/guideline to follow keeping in mind the current pandemic situation?

Sagar April 15, 2021 - 6:33 am

Hi Varghis bhai,

Im planning a ride to leh this year, please find below itinerary and let me know if you feel there is any risk or road closure

24 Oct – chandigarh to srinagar
25 – srinagar to leh
26 – leh
27 – leh to nubra
28 – nubra to pangong
29 – pangong to hanle
30 – hanle to tsom moriri
31 – moriri to rumtse
1 Nov – rumtse to jispa
2 – jispa to manali/mandi
3 – manali/mandi to chandigarh
4, 5 and 6 buffer days

I have always followed your info and instructions before riding to leh or spiti and it has always helped me alot. So kindly request your opinion on this.

Vargis.Khan April 17, 2021 - 9:34 pm

Sagar Bhai it is a little too late in the season. Baralacha La and Manali Leh route may get closed by then

Sagar April 19, 2021 - 12:49 pm

Thank you so much for your input bhai. Just one last help help kardo yeh review karke if this works out or not. Keeping your above pointers in mind.

3rd oct – Chandigarh to Srinagar (is it doable or shall i have to break in Jammu ?)
4th oct Srinagar to leh
5th oct leh
6 leh to nubra
7 nubra to pangong
8 pangong to hanle
9 hanle to moriri
10 moriri to rumtse/debring (villages nears tangla la pass on manali-leh highway) (is moriri to jispa in one-go a good idea ?)
11 rumste to keylong (if it snows alot, else will cont till manali)
12 keylong to manali
13th oct manali to chandigarh

Please let me know if Oct 1st and 2nd week will be fine ? I have been to ladakh twice so intensionally im planning during closing time so that i can experience snow. I cant plan during June-Aug for some reason thats why it has to be oct) If you feel confident enough

Vargis.Khan April 19, 2021 - 2:06 pm

Itinerary looks good Sagar Bhai, doable hai in Oct 1st and 2nd week

Sagar April 19, 2021 - 3:24 pm

Arey super then, thank you so much for your time and patience 🙂

As usual, aapka approval ke baad hi ride chalu hota hai 😀 so thanks a ton for the assistance Vargis bhai!

Vinoth April 8, 2021 - 4:46 pm

Hi ,
Is Manali to Leh roads open for riding?

Vargis.Khan April 9, 2021 - 7:36 am

Yes it is

Aditya Anand April 7, 2021 - 10:27 am

Hi Vargis
can we travel to leh via srinagar and return from manali in april….is it open…

Vargis.Khan April 8, 2021 - 6:23 am

Hi Aditya – Yes, it is open.

Sanjeev April 21, 2021 - 2:22 pm

Hi ..sir Srinagar leh ladakh Rod’s is open

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.

Jasmin mani February 9, 2021 - 8:09 am

Hi Vargis,
I plan to fly to leh on may 22nd 2021 and then rent a bike for internal travel around leh. Will there be any issues travelling on a bike? can you please guide me? thanks in advance.

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

Rakesh August 18, 2021 - 12:23 am

Hi Bhai, I am planning to travel in 2nd week of November 2021 and that’s the only time of the year I got enough time to get it done. Can you please advise what all permits I need to get and if this is feasible?

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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