Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2023 – 2024

by Vargis.Khan

The current Srinagar Leh Highway Status is closed. The road was declared closed in late November due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions at Zojila Pass. 

The highway will no longer be accessible for civilian traffic at least until April of 2023. Depending on the weather conditions, it may get declared open either toward the end of April or early May.

If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram to chat with me or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there to get the latest status on the road.

For more details on the route, you can take a look at How to Plan a Journey on Srinagar to Leh road.

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2023

Route Status
Srinagar to Sonamarg Open
Sonamarg to Zojila Pass Closed
Dras to Kargil Open
Leh to Kargil Closed
Kargil to Padum Closed

How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in 2023

Other than knowing whether the road is open or not, there are several other things about the highway that you should be aware of in order to ensure that your trip remains to be safe and hassle-free.

Some of these details will include knowledge about the route, your accommodation choices, places on the way, and challenges that you may face. Please read How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide for more details.

Planning a Trip from Srinagar to Leh

It is not only about the Srinagar Leh highway opening time and the closing date but you should also be aware of the best time to be on the road. Travel too early or late in the season and you are risking ruining your entire trip.

If caught unaware of the situation ahead, you may get stuck somewhere or even turned back. I have covered some of these important aspects in the articles below and would encourage you to take a look at them.

Srinagar Leh highway condition

Below is the most latest update on the road conditions on the Srinagar Leh highway.

  • Srinagar to Sonamarg – Good
  • Sonamarg to Zojila Pass – Bad
  • Zojila Pass to Dras – Average
  • Dras to Kargil – Excellent
  • Kargil to Leh – Excellent

Srinagar Leh Highway in October

The status of the Srinagar Leh highway in October remains to be open. But a trip in the latter part of the month is never a good idea. It can snow anytime at Zoji La in October.

Though the road may remain open, it can temporarily be closed for a few days. The risk of driving on slippery stretches, of course, will remain in October.

Srinagar Leh Highway in April

Srinagar to Leh road status in April will entirely depend on how much it snowed and how fast BRO was able to clear the snow. Historically though, the road remains closed in the first part of the month and is only open after the 20th.

My advice would be to wait for the weather updates before finalizing your itinerary. Traveling in the first or second week of May will be a much better idea than in April.

Srinagar Leh Highway in May

Srinagar to Leh road condition in May is much better and stabilized as compared to April. It is among the best months to be traveling on the Srinagar to Leh road route. The weather will be pleasant and you will also get to see plenty of snow as well which is mostly all gone by May end.

Srinagar Leh highway in June

Srinagar Leh road’s current status in June is completely open and safe to travel on. This is the peak tourist season in Kashmir and Ladakh and another good month to be on the route.

Srinagar Leh highway in July and August

Both these months are the time of the monsoon season. Though it does not rain in Ladakh so much, it surely does in the Kashmir area. Floods, landslides, and incessant rains are normal occurrences in both these months.

Before you start your journey, please make sure you search for Srinagar to Leh road updates in terms of the weather ahead. Or you can just return to this page and look for updates.

Srinagar Leh highway in September

September is an awesome month for a trip to both Kashmir and Ladakh. The rains would be all gone but would have left plenty of greenery behind in Kashmir for you to enjoy. The barren landscape of Ladakh presents an amazing contrast of colors this month. The road will remain completely open and you are free to travel.

Is Srinagar Leh road open?

No, Srinagar Leh Highway is closed at the moment.

When will Zojila Pass Open?

Zojila Pass is declared open by around the 15th of April each year.

srinagar leh highway status

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2023

I hope the information above on Srinagar Leh highway status 2023 was of help.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below. You can also contact me on Instagram to chat with me live or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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Mukund Narvenkar January 26, 2023 - 1:49 pm

Hello Vargis
First thank you for sharing your experience and expertise.
I am planning to start my ride from Goa to Leh on 11th May to 11th June 2023 with my Bullet. Following is my plan. Please do let me know whether roads and passes will be opened or not.
11th may to 15th may – Goa to Sonmarg
16th May – Sonmarg to Drass
17th May – Drass to Dah (Aryan Village)
20th May – Dah to Mulbekh
21stMay – Mulbekh to Lamayuru
22nd May – Lamayuru to Leh
23rd to 25th May – wari la pass, Kela pass & local sights
26th to 28th May – Leh to Nubra valley & Panamik
29th May – Panamik to Pangong lake
30th May – local sight – Rezangla war memorial
31st May – pangong lake to Upshi
1st June – Upshi to Hanley
2nd June – Hanle to Umling la pass
3rd to 4th June – Hanley to Tso moriri
5th June – Tso moriri to Upshi
6th June – Pang to Jispa
7th June – Jispa to Spiti valley
8th to 10 June – Local sights at Spiti
11th June – Spiti to Manali
And then back home Goa.
Pls update me about opening of roads and passes to these places on these dates.
Thank you
Eagerly waiting for your updates.

With regards

TAPAN SARKAR December 28, 2022 - 4:11 pm

we are a group of 12 people, comprising of 6 families, intend to visit leh-ladakh in next year. Probably 1st week of September. We will go by road from srinagar to leh. We will try to cover ladakh region as much as possible. Kindly suggest us a good, trusted travel agent who can take care us. One thing you remember we are 60+ people though we are physically too fit. Also mention it is possible to visit Hanley, Tsomoriri, Siachen etc. at that time. Regards

Vargis.Khan January 2, 2023 - 7:56 am

You can contact Kunal @ 9910402252

Krishnapriya Basak November 29, 2022 - 11:47 am

I am Krishnapriya from Hyderabad. Will the following plan feasible at the first weeks of May, 2023?
Kindly help.
Day 1 Hyderabad to Srinagar; Stay
Day 2 Srinagar to Sonmarg; Thajiwas glacire
Day 3: Lamayuru via Mulbekh
Day 4: Lamayoru to Domkar (Want to see the petroglyph park)
Day 5: Lamayoru to Alchi (Want to see the fabulous paintings)
Day 6: Leh
Day 7 Leh
Day 8: Sumur/Panamik
Day 9 Panamik
Day 10: Pangong Tso
Day 11: Pangong Tso
Day 12 Tso Morari
Day 13 Tso Morari
Day 14 Leh
Day 15 Leh
Day 16 : Hyderabad.
Will the road from Pangong Tso to Tso Morari be opened in first or second week of May?

Thanks in advance.
with best wishes,

Vargis.Khan December 1, 2022 - 5:45 am

How will you be traveling? Private taxi?

Krishnapriya Basak January 7, 2023 - 2:28 am

I will take private taxi for nubra – pangong tso -hanle- tso morari stretch. Srinagar to Lamayuru , alchi, leh sightseeing will be done by share cab or local transport. Will the road connecting Pangong Tso and Tso Morari remain open at first week of June? We are planning to start at 23 Rd May.
Thanks for your wonderful write up. My whole tour planning is solely based on this.

Vargis.Khan January 17, 2023 - 10:47 am

Yes, the road will be open. Share cabs and buses will be tough for Alchi, Domkar etc. You will just get a direct bus from Srinagar to Kargil and Kargil to Leh. This trip can be planned better if you rent a private taxi or bike. Can you do that?

Arun November 2, 2022 - 12:02 pm

Hi all, Planned a trip in Innova: Any one willing to join me ?
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) -to- Srinagar (18 -to- 24 dec 2022)
Srinagar -to- Leh (25 -to- 27 dec 2022)
Leh -to- Coimbatore (28 -to- 3 jan 2023)
Mr. Vargis , Srinagar – Leh – Manali – Ambala, What is the procedure to cover
this stretch at the mentioned dates.
What obstacles can i expect to do this route.

Deepti Singh November 24, 2022 - 5:15 am

Hi Arun I am interested . Even I have planned to travel kashmir during mid Dec. Let me know if I can join in.

Saisha January 9, 2023 - 4:13 pm

Hi Arun. Please let me know if you have done this trip and share your feedback. We are also planning to take the trip from coimbatore

Rithik Reddy October 11, 2022 - 9:25 am

I want to travel to leh during Diwali oct 22 – oct 28 2022 from Manali to Leh or from Srinagar to Leh. Could you suggest me the feasible way through which I can travel ? Also what is the status of these two roads is it closed for now or is it open ?

amit September 20, 2022 - 11:22 am

hi i am plannin to road trip with my parents leh to srinagar, is that road trip ok for elders.

Vargis.Khan September 29, 2022 - 3:51 pm

When are you planning to go?

Babu Lal B September 1, 2022 - 2:20 pm

Hi Sir,

Big fan of you.
Please find below our plan for Sep 2022 trip:
–Day1: Sep 28th reach Delhi from Hyderabad
-Day2: Sep 29th Local Visit/Shopping Delhi
-Day 3: Sep 30th reach Leh by flight and acclimatize to climate
Day 4: Oct 1st Local visit Leh (monasteries)
Day 5: Oct 2nd Visit to Kardungla and Nubra
Day 6: Oct 3rd Visit to Pangong Lake
Day 7: Oct 4th Move to Sri Nagar (by flight or Road, Please suggest me)
Day 8: Oct 5th Sri Nagar Local Visit
Day 9: Oct 6th Srinagar nearby Visits
Day 10: Oct 7th Move to Hyderabad from Srinagar By flight

Could you provide your opinion on this plan. Is it feasible? We are hoping that we can acclimatize during our trip. Will that work?

Looking forward to your comments and suggestions

Thank you in advance

Vargis.Khan September 2, 2022 - 10:52 am

Bhai you cannot do Pangong to Srinagar on the same day. The fastest can be that you travel from Pangong to Leh on Day 7 and then find a Leh to Srinagar flight on Day 8. The rest of the plan is Ok

Yogesh Durge June 8, 2022 - 7:15 am

Want to travel Pangong Lake, Mirak, Chushal, Hanle, Tso Morrri & Tso Kar Area, Can i Do this Direct from Manali or I have to go first Leh for Acetalization and then i can visit here. pls tell me best Itinerary & Budget option for 4 person Stay & Travel

RAMADAS MENON June 5, 2022 - 5:06 pm

Iam planning to take a bus or share taxi from Kargil to Srinagar on 28 th of June.Is the route in good condition ? Is it safe to travel by Public transport. ? What are the precautions to be taken as a tourist from the plains as iam from south Indian plains ? How much time it takes for the journey from Kargil to Srinagar by public transport ?

Ashu May 26, 2022 - 6:00 pm

I am travelling from Jammu to Leh via public transport (Shared Cab) on 31st may.
In recent news there are partial curfew mentioned in Srinagar and some unrest in other place.
Is it safe to travel?

NIKUNJ Shah May 17, 2022 - 12:49 am

I am traveling to sonamarg on 12th June and intend to spend a day in sonamarg and on 13th June would want to visit till drass or kargil and come back the same day. Is it possible does.the army convoy affect our travel time? Are there any events date rule ? Will June see relaxation?

Vargis.Khan May 18, 2022 - 7:25 am

Going to Kargil and coming back will be a very long journey, but it is doable. Just make sure you do not plan it on a Friday and get an early start from Sonamarg. There will be relaxation in the rules by June.

Matt M. April 30, 2022 - 12:48 am

I’m interested in traveling from Srinagar to Leh in August. I would probably want to do the trip over 2-3 days, stopping overnight in Kargil and possibly Sonamarg. What is the best way for me to book this transport, my preference would probably be for a private vehicle with driver. Is it easy to just book a taxi from Srinagar even in the monsoon season? Thank you.

Vargis.Khan May 5, 2022 - 8:03 am

You can talk to Faisal @ 9596410670 to book a cab

PRAKASH CHANDRA SAHA April 21, 2022 - 11:19 am

Sir, I shall go to leh on 02.06.22. My question is can I go to leh on first week of June by JKTDC bus because I am budget traveller. Please advice.

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2022 - 4:48 am

Yes, you can Prakash. If not the bus, you will easily be able to find a shared cab

Ramchandra Dharap June 11, 2022 - 3:27 pm

Whether it is safe travel by own two wheller single or group . Road condition from srinagar to leh is safe. How much time will take unexperiance driver. Is there home stay or hotel Between srinagar leh.

Digvijay April 12, 2022 - 5:30 pm

Vargis Bhai, First of big thanks for all the information you provide for Ladakh trips. I am planning to travel from Srinagar to Leh around April 18/19, 2022. Any idea if the highway would be open and from where I get to know the odd even days schedule?

Vargis.Khan April 13, 2022 - 4:50 am

Bhai as of now, it is open on alternate days from Kargil and Sonamarg sides.

Nilavra Ghosh April 9, 2022 - 5:16 am

Hi Vargis
When is the road kargil to padum expected to open this year ?

Vargis.Khan April 10, 2022 - 4:03 am

Hi Nilavra – It should in coming weeks, in April only

Arindam Mitra April 9, 2022 - 4:44 am

Sir, kindly advise me what to do, I had booked all the booking in 3 months advance.My check out date from Srinagar to Leh on 24 th april night stay at kargil, but I have great problem due to odd, even date in srinagar kargil rout. Thanking you

Vargis.Khan April 10, 2022 - 4:05 am

There is nothing you can do right now Bhai except to hope that the dates of the pass will match your travel dates

Prashant October 27, 2021 - 3:13 am

Hi Vargas hai,
I intend for a Leh trip by road on Srinager Leh NH1 route via Zoopla, kargil in tgec1st week of November 2021,… with road trip on NH1 to commence on 1st or max 2nd November 2021 from Srinagar to Leh… .
Will this route / road, NH1(via (ZojiLa) be open then ?
Also is tourist sightseeing in Ladakh allowed now in the 1st week of November from 1st till 7th November all famous spots Nubra Via Khardungla, Nubra-Pangong(via Shyok), Pangong to Tomorrowland or Leh-Tso Moriri-Leh

Stanzin November 17, 2021 - 7:12 pm

Hi vargis
I have a question that Srinagar leh highway will remain open till nov 25 ,26 , 2021. I am heading towards leh on 20th nov

Vineeta February 26, 2022 - 6:39 am

Hi Vargis, your updates are very helpful.

We are planning to drive from Srinagar to Leh on 4th march 2022, it will be helpful if you can share the latest update on Srinagar to Leh highway

Vargis.Khan February 26, 2022 - 11:43 am

Hi Vineeta – Srinagar Leh road will not open in March. The earliest estimate of the opening date is around Mid-April.

Divaker September 22, 2021 - 9:22 am

Hi Mr Khan,
Me and my friends are planning a trip to leh in October 1st week by road, is it good idea?

Aditya Tamhankar July 28, 2021 - 5:33 am

Hi Mr. KHAN, we are planning to go to leh via Srinagar highway late august 2021. Can we go in that time??

Vargis.Khan July 28, 2021 - 6:17 am

Yes, you can Mr. Tamhankar

AG S June 10, 2021 - 3:29 pm

Vargis Bhai, is Ladakh travel allowed now, v 5 friends planning for 26th June 2021 from Srinagar – Leh – Manali? Any restrictions on vehicle movement? RT PCR not more than 96 hours seems to be mandatory?

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2021 - 11:41 pm

Abdul Bhai I will not recommend planning Ladakh right now, better to wait for a couple of months more and plan in September

Kaavya April 20, 2021 - 3:25 pm

Hi Sir,

Big fan of your blog
Please find below our plan for Sep 2021 trip:
– Sep 11th Day 1 reach Leh by flight at 7.45 am. Rent a car and leave to Kargil. Night stay at Kargil
– Day 2 Kargil to Leh visit magnetic hill, hall of fame and confluence point on the way back
– Day 3 Leh-Kardungla-Nubra valley. Stay at Hunder
– Day 4 Nubra Valley to Pangong via Shyok village. Stay at Pangong
– Day 5 Pangong to Leh. Stay at Leh
– Day 6 Leh to Tso moriri. Stay at Tso moriri
– Sep 17th Day 7 Tso moriri to Leh
– Day 8 – Flight back to Delhi

Could you provide your opinion on this plan. Is it feasible? We are hoping that we can acclimatize during our trip to Kargil. Will that work?

Looking forward to your comments and suggestions

Thank you in advance

Shoaib May 15, 2021 - 9:13 am

Currently as per covid situations the Government has taken steps to restrict the tourists and Migrant workers.So I hope as timr pass the situation will be under control and then lets hope you can visit in later seasons.

Prachi sanghvi (mumbai) March 19, 2021 - 7:11 pm

Hi, we want to travel leh from the Srinagar in 1st week of April, Srinagar to leh roads will open by then ? Zojila paas will be open till then? Any update on opening dates of road ?

Prachi sanghvi (mumbai) March 21, 2021 - 6:35 pm

Please revert back

Amit Vengurlekar February 14, 2021 - 4:17 am

Hi… Vargis. Me n my frndz are planning a trip to ladakh in may 2021. We have planned to go from Srinagar ladakh highway & from there ladakh Manali highway. So can you please tell me when will be ladakh Manali highway open….

Amir Iman February 3, 2021 - 6:58 pm

Assalamualaikum Vargis Bhai. Me and my two friends are planning to travel to Leh via Srinagar in last week of May 2021 by i20 and return from Manali Side.
Is is okay to travel via Srinagar in last May ? And is it safe these days ? In case of any emergency what are the thing that can be done to avoid the mess or what are the things i must do &not do ?
Please guide as i feel bit nervous to travel from Srinagar route.

Bharti February 3, 2021 - 3:27 am

Hello Vargis, Thank you for the details! We (3 ppl) are planning to visit Srinagar by mid Feb- and the taxi rates that have been communicated to me seem a bit high- from Airport to cricket stadium as ₹2500. Can you pls guide and let me know any contact of reasonable taxi operators. Thanks!

Ashiq hussain October 27, 2020 - 9:23 am

Sgr Leh road is open now

Sheetal Sharma August 30, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Please help im planning to travel from srinagar to leh by road

Vargis.Khan August 30, 2020 - 7:12 pm

Ladakh is closed for tourism this year. You will have to plan for next year

Mr Indranil Jana August 22, 2020 - 3:00 am

I want to travel Leh from Srinagar or Manali. Can I go with my Alto K10?

Vargis.Khan August 25, 2020 - 8:58 pm

Yes you can

Aditya Anand June 5, 2020 - 3:58 pm

Hello vargis…can you please tell is leh pangong nubra open for tourist now…As lockdown has ended..

Vargis.Khan June 5, 2020 - 5:48 pm

Traveling to Ladakh is still not allowed Aditya

Aditya Anand June 7, 2020 - 7:04 am

Thank you vargis…any update for dates…?

Aditya Anand August 3, 2020 - 12:17 pm

Hello vargis…is it allowed to visit ladakh now…? Or in sep..?

Vargis.Khan August 3, 2020 - 7:50 pm

Hi Adtiya – No, Ladakh is still close for tourism.

Aditya anand August 5, 2020 - 5:20 am

So should we drop this year plan..?

Vargis.Khan August 6, 2020 - 4:04 pm

Yes, you should.

jatin dhingra April 18, 2020 - 4:16 am

HI Vargis.. Could please tell me when does this Srinagar – Leh Highyway opens.. I need to apply Leave in Advance.. Thank you. I will Riding a bike from Srinagar to Leh.. Thanks

Amit March 22, 2020 - 10:43 am

I am planing to travel from Delhi to Leh Via Srinagar in Second week of June 2020 and all journey will be covered by my baleno car. Is Baleno car good for this trip specially in Zozila pass, Nubra to Pangong road

Could you please also confirm timing to enter in Zozila pass in June (For personal four wheeler )

Amit March 23, 2020 - 6:39 pm

Hi Vargis, Please help here

Vargis.Khan March 23, 2020 - 8:36 pm

It is a lockdown right now Amit, no one knows what the timings will be once it is all open.
Baleno is good, you can plan the journey. Just be careful around water crossings due to low GC.

Farha March 12, 2020 - 6:04 pm

Asslawalekum bhai
Srinagar to leh highway road will open 25 March any chance

Vargis.Khan March 12, 2020 - 7:26 pm

Walaikum As Salam Farha – It will open by April 1st week only.

Sagun March 9, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Hi Varghis, will the road from Srinagar to Sonamarg be open by end of March?

Vargis.Khan March 9, 2020 - 4:38 pm

Hi Sagun – Yes, chances are that it will be

mustaq Ahmad March 9, 2020 - 5:25 am

Srinagar to Leh reopen shortly within 6 days I. E 15 April 2020

Vargis.Khan March 9, 2020 - 6:05 am

Thanks Mustaq

Sai Prasad Heerekar March 6, 2020 - 11:57 am

Srinagar – Sonamarg – Leh – Ladakh – pangong lake – srinagar – I want to travel from April 25th till may 3, 2020. Is that possible to do and will the roads be open during that time period?
9247788982 is my number, requesting for the information.

Vargis.Khan March 6, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Yes the roads will be open by then

JOSEPH ALBERT March 3, 2020 - 4:43 pm

hi, we have planned LEH&LADAKH trip with family between 20 may and 30 may. Is it good time. can we see all the tourist spots in LEH

Vargis.Khan March 4, 2020 - 1:06 am

Yes to both your questions

Rameez February 29, 2020 - 5:43 am

Asalamu alaikum vargis Bhai..
Talking you after very long time.
I hope you are fine..
Is any chance to reopen road on 25 March 2020

Vargis.Khan March 1, 2020 - 1:07 am

Walaikum As Salam Rameez Bhai – Chances are that it will not open at least until April 15th.

Rupashree Roy February 23, 2020 - 5:53 am

Is Jammu Srinagar highway is safe on May end?can we travel on that time?

Vargis.Khan February 24, 2020 - 10:33 pm

Yes it will be but depends on the weather

Rajveer Yadav February 14, 2020 - 1:37 pm

Hi sir…….In middle of march 2020 is srinagar leh highway is open or not???

Vargis.Khan February 14, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Not it is not Bhai. It will open by April only

Sushima February 5, 2020 - 8:45 am

Hi Can we book srinagar after 1st week of May 2020. Will Zozilla be open at that time.

Vargis.Khan February 8, 2020 - 2:45 am

It depends on the weather but in all probability, yes it will be open by then

Sheetal January 24, 2020 - 4:47 am

We booked our flight uptil leh

Vargis.Khan January 24, 2020 - 3:48 pm

You are fine then. Internal roads in Ladakh remain open all 12 months, even now they are open.

Sheetal December 9, 2019 - 2:02 pm

We booked our flights frm mumbai on 17 april 2020 we r in leh n departure on 23 aprl2020….
So plz let us kw about d roads to go to pangong and nubra and srinagar leh highwy…..plzzzz

Vargis.Khan January 24, 2020 - 1:47 am

You booked your flight to Srinagar or Leh?

yogendra rajput October 28, 2019 - 6:33 am

And can i add spiti valley in ladakh trip i travelling from agra to jammu to leh to manali. By bike

Vargis.Khan October 30, 2019 - 10:03 pm

Yes you can but then rather than exiting at Manali, you will exit at Shimla

yogendra rajput October 28, 2019 - 4:30 am

How to add zanskar valley in ladakh trip start from jammu to leh to manali

Vargis.Khan October 30, 2019 - 10:02 pm

Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Zanskar (Padum)

This will be the route

Jofis John May 28, 2022 - 7:02 pm

Hi Vargis, myself Jofis from Kerala.
I plan to visit Kashmir n Leh on August 1st week.
From August 5 to 16 as per current plan.
Places wish to visit in Kashmir:
Arrive at Srinagar, Dal Lake, Pahalgam, Sonamarg.
Travel to Leh via Kargil.
After Reaching Leh, Shanti stupa, Leh Palace, Pangong lake, Nubra Valley.
I read some news regarding the recent rule passed by ladakh council to stay first 2 days in leh after the arrival.
Can u pls help me to know if all this destinations are open at that time? Roads are open or not? Pass too.


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