Like last year, starting this sticky thread where we all can update the road status and conditions for Manali – Leh Highway for 2015 -16. We are sure this will help a lot of people making Ladakh trip in coming days over Manali – Leh Highway.
Read the complete guide for Manali – Leh Highway at the link: Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway
Permits for Manali – Rohtang Pass Road
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is now being issued at an official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi, from green tax barrier at Chauri-Bihal and Shuru, SDM Office Manali, Tourist information center Manali and in the office of HPTDC. This year the congestion charges of Rs. 50/- per light vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars and Rs 100/- per heavy vehicle. The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night, after which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 3 AM from Manali to avoid long traffic jams, especially in June, to Rohtang Pass. For Manali to Rohtang Pass, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis (HP Registered) are allowed in the batches per day beyond Gulaba to snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass.
Bikers also need these permits or pay these congestion charges.
If you are coming from Keylong side or Kaza side, then you do not need any permit to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road even if you have a non-HP registered vehicle. Permit is required only if you are going from Manali side towards Rohtang Pass.
Timings of Manali – Rohtang Pass Road
Traffic on Manali – Rohtang Pass Road has been regulated with timings and traffic will be allowed from 4 AM to 11 PM officially across Rohtang Pass. Tourists vehicles (only HP registered) will only be allowed in 2 batches of 200 each from Kothi. 1st batch can leave from 5 AM to 7 AM and must report back at Kothi at 12 PM. The second batch from 1 PM to 3 PM and must report back by 6-7 PM.
Current Manali – Leh Road Status: 5th March 2015
Due to the presence of very heavy snow this year, highest in last 36 years, snow clearance operations over Manali – Leh has been delayed and will start from second or third week of March. So, expect a delayed opening of Manali – Leh Highway this year.
Read the kick-off article on DoW Blog for more details at the link: Manali Leh Highway Status 2015
Rest of the updates on status of Manali – Leh Highway 2015 – 2016 will be published in posts under this thread here in our DoW Community only.