Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2021 – 2022

by Vargis.Khan

Like previous years, starting this Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2021 post to share the latest updates on Srinagar Leh Highway in terms of the condition of the road, traffic timings, opening and closing dates, and the overall Kashmir situation. As the winter season progresses and ends, I will continue updating this article with estimated Srinagar Leh Highway Opening Date 2021, Srinagar Leh road condition, any news on unrest in the valley, and when you can travel from Srinagar to Leh or vice versa.

Srinagar Leh Highway Current Status Today = OPEN

The present status of Srinagar Leh Highway is 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. Zoji La Pass and the entire Srinagar 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 Srinagar 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.

Update – January 2021

The 434-km long Srinagar-Leh Highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with the rest of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to open ending March. It was closed for traffic in December last year following heavy Snowfall in Sonamarg, Zojila Pass, Zero Point, and Meenmarg areas of the road.

The snow-clearing work is expected to be completed by April after which BRO will assess the condition of the road. If it was deemed safe for the general public, civilian traffic will be allowed.

The historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in the Jammu region, remained closed due to the accumulation of huge snow on the highway, particularly Pir-ki-Gali. There are also threats of avalanches on the road, which is seen as an alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The Anantnag to Kishtwar road also remained closed due to snow accumulation.

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway is open for one-way traffic. Traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu and no vehicle will be allowed from opposite directions. Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will have to cross Qazigund before 1300 hrs and Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will be allowed in the afternoon.

Srinagar to Leh Road Status Today = OPEN
Mughal Road Status = OPEN
Anantnag Kishtwar Road Status = OPEN

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.

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2020 Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2020

Zoji La Pass Road Status = CLOSED

Current status of Zojila pass is closed. It is the opening of Zoji La pass that determines and finalizes the opening of the entire Srinagar Leh Highway.

Zojila Pass Timings

  • Srinagar – Sonamarg – Gumari Road: Vehicular movement shall be allowed both ways from Kargil towards Srinagar and vice versa.
  • LMVs from 0500 hrs. to 0700 hrs and HMVs from 0700 hrs to 1000 hrs shall be allowed from Minimarg towards Srinagar
  • LMVs from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs. & HMVs from 1200 hrs. to 1500 hrs. shall be allowed from Sonamarg towards Kargil

Planning a Trip from Srinagar to Leh

It is not only about 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 Latest News

One of the most important factors that will determine the Srinagar to Leh highway status next year is how the whole Kashmir situation will develop. The removal of Article 370 has not only changed the geographical map of India but also the lives of people living in Kashmir and Ladakh.

So far in the year, there have not been any major incidents but it does not mean that the situation has settled. So before you plan the trip, please keep a close check on the news before deciding whether to include Srinagar to Leh road in your itinerary or not.

Other than posting updates on the current status of Srinagar Leh highway, I will also post the word related to the Kashmir situation and whether or not it is safe to travel on the route. You can bookmark this page and keep checking back to stay updated on Srinagar Leh road status in 2021.

Srinagar Leh highway condition

Most of the highway was in good condition in the previous year. There were some bad stretches as well in between. But on an overall basis, the road was mostly a mix of good and average.

The heavy snowfall and extreme weather in winters do a lot of damage to the road. How it will be in 2021 is something that we will only know after the road opens. I will post the most recent images of the highway in our Community Forum Thread which I will urge you to check.

I cannot post too many images on this page because it will then turn too heavy so for images, please take a look at the forum thread. There is really no way to tell Srinagar-Leh road condition today until it is completely open. The stretch between Leh and Kargil, however, remains open throughout the year and is a completely smooth one.

Srinagar Leh Highway in October

The status of Srinagar Leh highway in October remains to be open but a trip in later part of the month is never a good idea. It can snow anytime at Zoji La in October and 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 May first week will be a much better idea than 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 current status in June is completely open and is 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 a normal occurrence in both these months. Before you embark upon your journey; please make sure you search for Srinagar to Leh road update 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 in 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 15th of April each year.

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2021

I hope the information above on Srinagar Leh highway status 2021 was of help. If you have any questions or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer. If you have recently completed your trip; and have a more recent update or pictures on Srinagar to Leh road current status; I will request you to please share to help others.

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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


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