Zojila Pass Road Status and Condition 2020

by Vargis.Khan

This will remain to be a dedicated post to track Zojila Pass Road Status and updates on Srinagar to Sonamarg road status. As the winter season progresses and ends, I will continue sharing updates and pictures on the current status of the highway.

Zojila Pass Current Status = CLOSED

The current status of the Zojila Pass is closed. The road was declared open in November 2019 after it started to snow heavily. As of now, the pass cannot be reached by road and will only be declared open in April.

Srinagar to Sonamarg Road Status = CLOSED

The road between Srinagar to Sonamarg is currently closed and will only open by late March to early April. For now, you can only travel as far as Gagangir from Srinagar.

Updated: February 27th

The snow clearance operation on Srinagar-Leh national highway from the Sonamarg side has finally begun but it is yet to be commenced from Drass side in the Ladakh region. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has pressed into service sophisticated snow cutters and other machines besides men to clear the snow on the road.

Snow clearance operation from Gagangeer to Sonamarg has almost been completed and authorities are hopeful that Sonamarg will be declared open shortly. The next task will be to clear the snow from Sonamarg to Zero Point (Zojila top).

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.

Zojila Pass Road Status

When will Zojila Pass Open?

The opening of Zojila Pass entirely depends on the weather and how fast BRO is able to clear the snow. But historically, it is the month of April when the pass is freed of snow and declared open for civilian traffic. There have been instances when the pass was opened in March as well but chances of that happening are extremely rare.

To be on a safer side, do not plan a trip to Zoji La pass any before than April 15th. If the weather did not favor, the opening of the pass can sometimes even get delayed to May 1st week.

When will Srinagar to Sonamarg road open?

The road between Srinagar and Sonamarg remains closed during the peak winter season. In the months from December to March, the road is only open till Gagangir. The stretch between Gagangir to Sonamarg remains completely snowed out.

Historically, Sonamarg is declared open for tourists sometimes towards late March to early April. First, the Sonamarg road is freed of snow and then Zojila Pass is declared open. To be on a safer side, do not plan a trip to Sonamarg any earlier than late March.

Zoji La

The name Zoji La literally means the “mountain pass of blizzards” and quite rightly so. It is the most difficult stretch on the entire Srinagar Leh highway and it is because of Zoji La that the Leh route remains closed during the winter season.

The pass sits at an altitude of 3,528 meters (11,575 ft) and is a popular tourist attraction. You can find snow at the top of the pass even during the months of summer due to which a lot of people visiting Sonamarg also take a trip to Zoji La Pass.

Best time to visit Zoji La

The best time to visit Zoji La will be anytime between May to October. However, even in these months, you should avoid visiting between late June to August because of the monsoon season and Amarnath Yatra time.

Zojila Pass Permit

There is no permit required to visit Zojila Pass.

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When does Zojila Pass Open?

Below is a month by month breakdown listing months when the pass is open or closed.

  • Zojila Pass in January = CLOSED; cannot be reached by road.
  • Zojila Pass in February = CLOSED; cannot be reached by road.
  • Zojila Pass in March = CLOSED; cannot be reached by road.
  • Zojila Pass in April = Closed in the first half of the month but open in the latter half.
  • Zojila Pass in May = Open but terrible road conditions. It will also be crowded because of people traveling to Leh Ladakh.
  • Zojila Pass in June = Open but the region starts to experience pre-monsoon showers by end of the month. It will also start to get crowded due to the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage.
  • Zojila Pass in July = Open but bad time to visit because of monsoon. Extremely bad road conditions at the top of the pass.
  • Zojila Pass in August = Open but bad time to visit because of monsoon. Extremely bad road conditions at the top of the pass.
  • Zojila Pass in September = Open; and a good time to visit
  • Zojila Pass in October = Open but the pass starts to receive snow towards the end of the month.
  • Zojila Pass in November = Open but bad time to visit. It can snow anytime causing the roads to get blocked.
  • Zojila Pass in December = CLOSED

Zojila Pass Road Status – Conclusion

I hope the information above on Zojila Pass Road Status 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.

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