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Manali – Leh Highway Status 2011

 

GOOD NEWS… Against All Odds ManaliLeh Highway Reopens atleast for light vehicles ….

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 2nd June, 2011

As per the current status,
Manali – Keylong –> OPEN
Keylong – Sarchu –> OPEN
Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 1st June, 2011

As per the current status,
Manali – Keylong –> Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists (Read More:Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists for 2011)
Keylong – Sarchu –> Clearance work under progress at Baralacha La, expected to Open by second week of June
Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

So, its the Baralacha La that is the only hurdle left and its hopeful that by the end of second week of June the Manali – Leh Highway will be OPEN, if weather god remains with all fellow travelers :)

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 30th May, 2011

As per the current status,
Manali – Keylong –> Road is cleared but not thrown open to tourists.
Keylong – Sarchu –> Clearance work under progress at Baralacha La, expected to complete by coming weekend if weather remains good.
Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

So, its the Baralacha La that is the only hurdle left and its hopeful that by the end of second week of June the Manali – Leh Highway will be OPEN, if weather god remains with all fellow travelers :)


Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 24th May, 2011

Well, finally the good news is here that the Rohtang Pass will be declared OPEN from tomorrow for 2011 onwards. The vehicles could be allowed til Zingzing Bar I guess as Baralacha La is still closed. Now, the BRO can focus more on towards opening of Baralacha La and finally the Manali-Leh Highway. Let’s hope that BRO opens the Manali-Leh Highway by first week of June itself. Read more at: Manali-Keylong highway ready for traffic

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 23rd May, 2011

Rohtang may open withing next two – three days or highly likely within this week for public. Hence, the road to Lahaul valley will also open upto Darcha or may ahead till Zingzing Bar. But, the Manali – Leh highway depends very much on the opening of Baralacha La, which is assumed to be open by second week of June, keeping fingers crossed.

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 16th May, 2011

Well, I just called up the driver at manali taxi stand. He told me that by next week they will start dropping people till Rohtang Pass if weather remains clear and there is no snowfall in coming days. However, this may not be official opening of Rohtang Pass but he said the route is being cleared and currently BRO is managing the parking space up at Rohtang Pass. He was hopeful that at least unofficially Manali – Leh highway may open in the second week of June or may be even first week. I will call him again next week and confirm if it will open or not.

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 12th May, 2011

Well guys, snowfall is predicted next weekend in the higher hills of Himalayas including Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Darcha etc. So, those who are planning to travel Manali – Leh Highway in the first week of June, must plan the travel from Srinagar – Leh Highway as it is not expected that Manali – Leh Highway will open in the first week of June.

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 4th May, 2011

I just had a word with a friend at Manali and he told me that Rohtang Pass is expected to open in the third week of May i.e. after 21st May upto Keylong and Manali – Leh Highway may get open by first week of June, possibly.

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 27th April, 2011

BRO is currently working on the stretch of Rani Nalla – Rohtang Pass – Khoksar on Manali – Leh Highway. Khoksar – Keylong – Darcha road is open and vehicles are plying on it. However, Srinagar – Leh Highway will be opening next week i.e. from first week of May 2011 you will be able to go to Ladakh from Srinagar – Leh Highway.

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 17th April, 2011

On South side of Rohtang pass road till Marhi from Manali has been cleared by BRO but inclement weather had put an halt to the progress. However, vehicles are allowed only upto Gulaba for the time being. Work is in progress towards Rani Nalla but at Rani Nala there is huge amount of snow that is present this year. It is expected that progress will be go down slow once BRO reaches that part of the stretch near Rani Nalla.

On the North side of Rohtang pass the stretch from Sissu – Keylong – Darcha has been cleared and vehicles are doing it on daily basis. Currently, work is in progress on Sissu – Khoksar stretch.

This year snow stock is huge and experts predict opening of Manali – Leh highway could be delayed due to huge amount of snow present at the passes. Last two days even it has snowed in the higher hills of Himalayas including all the passes.

Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 20th March, 2011

Well, the time has come for another annual pilgrimage (for adventure lover’s only ;)) to kick off… Snow clearance operations have started on 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway. Time for all Ladakh lovers to cheer for and start planning their annual visit, although I will be missing out on the trip this year but 2012 I am coming to Leh again…

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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has launched a snow-clearing operation to clear snow from the 475-km-long Manali-Leh highway, on of the highest motorable road in the world, near Gulaba, about 21 km from here today.

The Manali-Leh highway played a key role during the Kargil conflict and played a crucial role in carrying arms, ammunition and food for the Army in the border district of Leh. The Manali-Leh highway winds its way through the Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass (4,883 m), Lachlungla Pass (5,065 m) and Tanglangla (5,328 m).

The Officiating Commander, 38, BRTF, (GREF), Vinay Kr Singh, said efforts were being made to open the 13,050 ft high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, by the second week of April, if weather conditions in the region remained dry. He further said massive efforts were also being made to open the Manali-Leh road from other side of the Rohtang Pass in the Lahaul valley.

He further added that three independent snow-clearing teams were deployed for the opening of the 222-km long Manali-Sarchu section of the highway with the help of snow-cutter.

The first team from Manali was clearing snow on the road from the Gulaba camp today, while the second team is clearing snow between Stingri-Tandi-Kokhsar and the Rohtang Pass. The third team is moving from Stingri-Jespa towards the 4883-m high Baralacha Pass, he added.

He said this year the snow-clearing operation was delayed due to bad weather conditions in the region.

He further said till last year in the winter season, Manali- Rohtang road was kept open for vehicular traffic up to Palchan village, 9 km from here. But for the first time during the winter months, the snow-clearing operation was continued from the road up to Gulaba, about 21-km from here on the Manali-Rohtang Pass road, he added.

The road up to Kothi, 13 km from here, has been opened to vehicular traffic. Hundreds of tourists from all over the country have started moving to Kothi to have a glimpse of the snow-covered peaks.

Source:Snow clearance operation starts on Manali – Leh road

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247 Comments

  1. garry says:

    hi dheeraj, first of all thanks a lot for your support and replies, you did for tourist….

    May i know that is there any option to go to rohtang pass by helicopter before opening the road…

    may i get the chance to see and feel the snow fall on my head…

    i want to come there for honeymoon in end of feb…

    Is there any other way to go to rohtang from jammu side in february…

    • Hello Garry,

      I am afraid there is no such service that can take you to Rohtang Pass. It is already closed from all sides now, so there is no way you can reach either from Keylong side or from Manali side. So, I guess you need to emit out Rohtang Pass from the current plan. I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • garry says:

        thanks for such a fast reply… and also for your suggestions..

        Can u tell me that if we are coming from "leh to manali" than 3-night halt will be the same as for the "manali to leh". if not than wat will be the best place to stay for 3 night halts…

        • Hello Garry,

          It is always better to do the journey from Leh to Manali after spending time in Ladakh. This way you body is acclimatized to better level and do not face much AMS issues when you travel on Manali – Leh Highway. So, it is good that you are planning for Leh – Manali. Now, since your body will be acclimatized better while coming from Leh, hence you can make night halts at Sarchu, Jispa/Keylong and then third night again at Jispa/Keylong/Khoksar/Sissu etc.

          Actually, there in between Leh and Jispa the only major options of stay or accommodation are at Sarchu. You will find basic dormitory tents dhabha at Pang, Darcha, Bharatpur but it is advisable to stay at Sarchu which has wide variety of tents and many more options too. Then, stay at Jispa if you want to feel close to nature. After Jispa till Manali there are lots of places where you can spend night like Keylong, Sissu, Khoksar etc but you can easily cover Jispa to Manali in one day without any halt. My advice if you want to cover it in 3 nights, then better do 1 night at Sarchu and 2 nights at Jispa where you can also explore Lahaul valley keeping Jispa as your base.

          If interested in knowing all details about Manali – Leh Highway and how to plan a journey on it including the details of all places, accommodation options, sightseeing, basic amenities etc. check my Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway linked here. It will be really helpful for you if you go through atleast the article on How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway, referred in that link.

          I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me for any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • garry says:

          thanks a lot for doing so great for me. i don't find these thanks for ur support to ur blog visitors…

          i don't know, what is ur profession/business, that you find so much time for seekers like me, but always Will be desperate to know… great thanks for reply and suggestions…

        • Garry, i have posted it in the About page :) … I work as a software developer/architect in an IT organization in Gurgaon :) … It is just a sheer passion that I am living, Travel. My wife and kiddo are very much thankful for providing me enough balance so that all three parts Passion (Travel), Work and Family get equal attention or may be more when anyone of them requires :D

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    • garry says:

      Hi dheeraj.. how r u..???

      Compliments for having such a nice family..

      My thanks are also for those..

      cause they are also a great factor of the help given by you to the visitors…

      • Hey Garry, Thanks buddy. I am doing great and hope you are doing the same. They truly are and without them nothing is beautiful, my whole life owes everything to my lovely and caring wife, little camp and my parents :) … God bless each and everyone of them and may keep them with me forever :)… Well, I got your mail and I will reply soon, since my outlook is not working properly, so havn't been able to reply. Please excuse me for the delay. In a day or two I will be able to reply you. And yes, heartiest congratulations to you :) :)

        Thanks!!

        Regards
        Dheeraj

        • kamesh says:

          Hi Dheeraj

          Is it possible to travel Srinagar to Leh on December 12th, also please let me know route details

          Thanks,

          Kamesh

        • Hi Kamesh,

          The roads to Leh are already closed including the Srinagar – Leh Highway. So, you will not be able to travel to Leh by road neither from Manali nor from Srinagar. But, in any case for more information on Srinagar – Leh Highway check the link here.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  3. Karthick says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    Thanks. These options would be really useful to us. Would be great if you can get us the distance and route map of these places in Leh , so we could interlink it as per our need.

    1) Do you have any idea about the Distance(kms) and Travel time of the below places ?

    a) Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder / Diskit

    b) Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh

    c) Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso

    d) Pangong Tso – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

    e) Leh – Upshi – Chumathang – Tso Moriri

    2) Also do we have any route to travel directly from Diskit to Pangons Tso ? Just to avoid coming back to Leh.

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Hello Karthick,

    I have tweaked the plan according to your needs and you can check the required plan at the below link:

    Replies on Leh – Ladakh Sample Itinerary for 15 Days

    I hope the above options will suit your requirements now. Feel free to discuss it via comments on the same link.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  5. Karthick says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    Thanks for the effort you had put in to draft the plan. We were able to take several information from the itinerary but we may not be able to execute it exactly for the below reasons.

    1) We don't have direct trains to Jammu or Srinagar or Chandigarh from Bangalore , so we had no option but to choose Delhi as the starting point.And also we do not want to risk by sending bikes in connecting trains at least for the onward journey.

    2) We are flying to Delhi and have booked tickets, so we can't start from Jammu.

    3) We are people from south, so wanted to make the most of the trip, we are planning to visit wagah border and Golden temple in Amritsar as well.

    Considering this can you tweak the plan a little bit to start from Delhi and suggest which is the best way to reach Leh and cover all places?

    Thanks in advance

  6. Karthick says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    We are 4 people from Bangalore planning to do biking to Leh starting from Delhi.Bring own bikes to Delhi thro train.We have planned for 15 days excluding the days spent in Delhi.We wanted to cover the route Delhi-Manali-Leh-nubra valley-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Jammu-Amritsar-Delhi.Can you please suggest us the important spots to visit on the listed place? How much time can be spent on each place to cover the above ? Would be great if you can customize the itenerary to suite us.

    Regards

    Karthick

    • Hello Karthick,

      Firstly, I will advice that you guys transport your bikes directly to Jammu and then go via Srinagar side. It will help you gradually increase the altitude and help you better enjoy the Manali – Leh Highway journey and other high altitudes on the tour. Going from Srinagar side helps eradicate the chances of acute mountains sickness which is most likely to occur if you go via Manali – Leh Highway. In addition to this fact you can also adjust Tso Moriri – Tso Kar lakes in the itinerary without going back to Leh, if you are OK with carrying extra fuels with you. I have pen down a customized itinerary for you on the below link: Leh – Ladakh Sample Itinerary for 15 Days

      Feel free to discuss your customized itinerary on the link above, so as to keep things at the right place. I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  7. Uday Gupta says:

    I plan to ride my motorcyle with my wife in tow, from Chandigarh to Leh. We leave on Aug 10.

    Anyone want to join us

  8. Hello Neelesh,

    The highway is OPEN but Marh to Rohtang Pass stretch of about 17 KMs is in worse shape with lots of slush. Expect alot of jam and delay there. Rest apart from minor bad patches here and there, road is ok to drive/ride.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  9. Neelesh says:

    Hi,

    What is the current status of the highway I mean for 20 july….

  10. Hello Venkat,

    Many people are doing Manali – Leh, Srinagar – Leh everyday and thousands have kissed Khardung La so far buddy and they do it everyday. Let me know incase you have some queries regarding the same.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  11. venkat says:

    Whats the current status? anyone kissed Khardungla for this year yet?

  12. swapnareddy says:

    hi i want to know my scorpio car as runned 100000kms and i want to clear my doubt it will gud aaa and till how many kms wee can drive i mean its life for engine

    • I am not sure about the life but i guess with proper service done one or two weeks before, you wil be able to do the route. Make sure your cqar car is not troublesome.

  13. Hi Nilavra,
    Road from Manali to Kaza HAS been opened couple of days back which means now both Kunzam Pass as well as Rohtang Pass are open for the season 2011 from both Kaza as well as Manali sides.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  14. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Do you have updat of the status from Manali to Kaza road ?

  15. rajesh chauhan says:

    hello Dheeraj ,

    pls suggest all necessary items I sld take along with me to cover leh manali car trip .

    Do u hv any feedback from people coming back from leh regarding crossing nallas in car .

    tks,

    chauhan

  16. Hello Pushpender,
    Well, I ain't a biker nor a bike expert but I have seen my friends do the Delhi – Manali – Leh – Ladakh trip on these bikes. So, I guess the bikes will be fine. Let me know incase you need some more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  17. Pushpender says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    We 3 friends are planning to travel delhi-manali-leh on bikes.

    We would be having a pulsar 200cc & Yamaha R15 150cc bike.

    Plz advice whether these bikes would be able to sustain the terrian.

    We are planning to leave on 23rd June evening from delhi.

    Regards

    Pushpender

  18. Hi Rajesh,
    In 7 days you just want to cover Manali – Leh Highway and then return? If that is the case then do it like this
    Delhi – Solang Valley
    Solang Valley – Jispa
    Jispa – Leh
    Leh
    Leh – Pang – Sarchu
    Sarchu – Manali
    Manali – Delhi
    With one day in Leh you can relax and do some local sighseeing around Leh including Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Main Bazaar etc.
    Let me know incase you have some doubts.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  19. rajesh chauhan says:

    addational to this I am planning manali leh road trip between june20th to june 27th .

  20. rajesh chauhan says:

    pls suggest how to plan 07 days vacation between manali and leh .

  21. Hello Nilavra,
    Not too sure about the same but I heard that the traffic jam is causing great issues for tourists up at Rohtang Pass having them stuck for long hours. I am not sure if yesterday's news you heard point in the same direction or not. Although state administration has stopped the entries of heavy vehicles from 6 AM to 6 PM and regulated the traffic even for small vehicles between Bhang and Rohtang Pass by allowing one way traffic at a time…
    The roads are too narrow and there are many idiots on the roads (infact increasing day by day) who breaks the queues up there and causes deadlocks. Sometimes such deadlocks takes more than 5-6 hours to get cleared up in such narrow roads at such high altitudes. That is why I hate going to Rohtang Pass especially in May and June. I have been there so many time but I never liked that place :(
    Earlier it was reported that a particular area ahead of Gulaba was sinking and diversion was being planned for heavy vehicles from that section while allowing light vehicles through it. It could be another reason too, but I am guessing.
    I will post the news as soon as I get one.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  22. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    I heard yesterday the tourists got stuck in Rohtang.. don't know why… do you have this information ?

  23. Ankit says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    You are right.. :D

    Regards

    Ankit

  24. Hi Ankit,
    By that time many of fellow travellers will be back from Leh – Ladakh darshan :) … You will have much better updates by that time.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  25. Ankit says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    Thnx alot for the reply.

    We are planning around 15th of June, lets see what are the conditions at that time.

    Regards

    Ankit

  26. Hello Ankit,
    Roads remain more or less the same, the early the season the bad they are with an exception of monsoon season in which you will find bad roads upto Keylong at max because monsoon do not reach higher himalayas. Hence, the terrain behind Keylong/Baralacha La remains more or less unaffected by the monsoons. Certainly, early season throws more challenges than at any other time. Just make sure you leave early on each day to avoid deep water crossings.
    Scorpio will do just great buddy but anyways do drive it carefully and sensibly.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  27. Ankit says:

    Hi! I want to know whether the roads are good enough for bikes or not.

    I also want to know that can we take Scorpio there?

    Regards,

    Ankit

  28. Hello Rajesh,
    I will suggest you to take your car in June and July ONLY if you have experience in driving on tough roads or have done greater Himalayan roads before not on the foothills of himalayas where roads are properly built. If you do not have the experience then better hire a taxi from Manali and carry on with the trip otherwise be ready from some scratches at the underbelley while crossing water nallas and slush stretches. You need to be extremely careful in that sense.  Do keep in mind that this Manali-Leh Highway is one of the most adventurous and tough roads, if not the top most, in India, so driving in Hatch/ Sedan skills and experience does matter here.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  29. rajesh chauhan says:

    hi dheeraj ,

    tks for yr reply ,

    In short , sld I take my Swift car after june 25th on this route or not . I think u r the right person to decide .

    tks,

    chauhan

  30. Hi Rajesh,
    For the intial days of opening of road there is bound to be extremely bad road conditions, once monsson will come the manali-Rohtang will be worse even. Generally the road conditions only improve at the season last i.e. late August and September. So, yo need to make a call if you want better road conditions or snow. You will need to take extreme care while driving through the river crossings, slush stretches etc. for more details on Ladakh Trip you can refer the below links.

    You can check the following link on "How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway" including the selection of night stops/accommodation, selecting the mode of travel —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

    You can check the below link for AMS and its related medicines and tips to minimize the symptoms —
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

    Here is the link explaining the details of Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh —
    Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

    A sample itinerary for Leh – Ladakh which will help you plan yours too. We can discuss and fine tune it according to your needs at the same linke below —
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2

    You can check the below link to get an idea of a comprehensive list of things to carry while you travel to Ladakh or any other place including basic first aid —
    List of things to carry when you go on trip

    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  31. rajesh chauhan says:

    Hi dheeraj , thk for giving this good news . I am waiting for this day . Pls advise what the the road condition as of now . I hv to plan Manali – leh Trip with my children's in my swift diesel car .

  32. Hi Nilvara,
    Yes, perhaps it seems that BRO put everything into Baralacha La (may be startegic reasons who knows, we all are happy that its open now :)) and let by their promise of opening Manali – Leh Highway by first week of June. I never though they will open this soon since Rohtang open just yesterday.
    BTW there has been snowfall in Lahaul Spiti Valley and even at Baralacha, so this may delay it by one or two days more. Yes, I suggest you hire a Sumo as its better what I felt on my trip. But, its just a personal view. In any of these you will be able to reach Leh via Manali.
    Regards
    dheeraj Sharma

  33. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    Surprising .. against all predictions and huge stock of snow the road has opened suddenly so early ? If I hire a car like Sumo or Mahindra MAx or Qualis id it possible to reach leh ?

  34. Hi Deba, you are most welcome anytime. Well, the whole Manali – Leh Highway has been reopened for traffic, for the now atleast light vehicles. And yes for me as well Jispa is better place to stay than Keylong.

  35. Deba says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Let me thank you first for the updates. I am planning to start from Pune on 4th June and planning to stay in Jispa rather than Keylong. I had a nice experience in Jispa last year. I am hoping that Keylong to Jispa will be open.

    Cheers,

    Deba.

  36. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj,

    I find a very little chance of Manali leh road being open by 8th June and in fact it will take till end of second week ?

    • Yes, Nilavra. That is why I suggest to make any plan only after 15th of June. The late the better but atleast now we can sense that it may open soon as lots of work have already gone up at Baralacha La. Unless there is any kind of snow sliding, which usually occurs in early days of season at Rohtang Pass,, it may open up by 15th June. BRO even cannot help as they are facing huge stocks of snow to get cleared.

      Now, to say Manali – Kaza may not even open in June as the Progress there will be more slow as compared to main highways. Although from Kaza side Kunzum Pass has been opened upto Battal from Kaza side but now the real stuff to cut the glacier snow starts for them. From Gramphu side PWD is facing nightmares cutting through them. They still have to cut about more than 25KMs of snow, most of them glaciers till Chota Dhara and the other PWD team from Kaza needs to clear about 17 KMs from Battal side. So, almost 40 KMs of heavy snow is still pending to be cleared at Gramphu to Battal stretch.

  37. Hello Abhishek,
    Well, it is expected that Manali-Leh Highway will open by second week of June. Rohtang Pass has been declared open for tourists today but vehicles will be allowed from June 2, 2011 onwards. Sarchu to Leh is open and BRO is currently working on Baralacha La Pass. So, it will not be open by that time. So, you go via Srinagar – Leh Highway and come back via Manali – Leh highway after confirming its status from Leh taxi stand.
    Well, except in Kargil (or may be Lamayaru too, not sure though) you will not have any fight for the Veg. food. So, while stopping for the night at Kargil do not forget to take your meal at Drass and then move ahead to Kargil where you can sleep for the night.
    About SX4 and DZire, it depends how you are going to drive these machines. They are capable enough to do the circuit but extremely careful driving is required especially at Manali – Leh highway. do not rush through the things, if in doubt park aside and see how other are doing it. Morover, inspect the section by your foot, make a palnned route in you mind and follow it in one go without getting stuck or stop in between.
    I guess you are missing something, I have an update on Manali – Leh Status for 30th May as well. I am not sure why you cannot see all the comments after Mid-May because there are comments almost everyday and status too. Even the Post has the current updated status at the top. I hope you are able to figure out and if not please let me know which browser you are using, I will fix the issue.
    I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  38. Abhishek Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We r planning to go to Leh via Manali on 4th of June. Hope it will open by that time. Otherwise we will proceed through Kargil / Shrinagar. Please let us know the Veg food availability in both the routes. Also we are traveling by an SX4 and Dezire. Will it work. Most of the comments in the blog were updated in mid May. Please let us know the whether conditions now ( for Manali Leh route ).

    Regards,

    Abhishek.

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 1st June, 2011

      As per the current status,
      Manali – Keylong –> Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists (Read More:Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists for 2011)
      Keylong – Sarchu –> Clearance work under progress at Baralacha La, expected to Open by second week of June
      Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

      So, its the Baralacha La that is the only hurdle left and its hopeful that by the end of second week of June the Manali – Leh Highway will be OPEN, if weather god remains with all fellow travelers :)

  39. Hello Jatin,
    Yes, if you want to avoid road travel to Leh you can go there by flight. Do take care of the fact once you land in Leh, you cannot over exert your body and you have to drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated. This will keep away the mountain sickness which can be caused due to suddenly getting to such altitude. You have to utilize first two days for acclimatization and you just have to relax, chill and enjoy the local sightseeing around Leh in that period but it will be worth every penny.
    When you plan to return after complete sightseeing, you can reach Manali by hiring a taxi from Leh taxis stand or if going in July, then by HPTDC deluxe bus. From Manali you can book the overnight HPTDC Volvo from Manali to Delhi and get down at chandigarh from that. I guess there could be Manali-Chandigarh Vovlo service available as well but I am not aware of it though.
    Let me know incase you have any doubts.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  40. Jatin says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    Alternately if I want to avoid 6 days of travel by road and go to Leh by Air; are their options available in Leh to come back to Chandigarh by road.. as in private taxi's.This way I can take advantage of spending more time in Leh and can enjoy the road travel in return journey .

    If yes, How much do they typically charge?

    Regards,

    Jatin

  41. Hello Tanishth,
    Thanks alot buddy. It's just few words of warm appreciation like these along with my immense passion for Travel, which keeps the morale and enthu required, rolling. Thanks again :)
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  42. Hello Prasanna,
    I guess June 20th shall be fine for the trip, its just that it will be full of adventures owing to the fact that its early season and roads are yet to be stabilized. You will have lots of fun if you are a sport. For more details on how to plan journey on Leh – Manali Highway, Ladakh Itinerary, Inner Line Permits for sightseeing in Ladak etc please go through the links below –
    You can check the following link on "How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway" including the selection of night stops/accommodation, selecting the mode of travel —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

    You can check the below link for AMS and its related medicines and tips to minimize the symptoms —
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

    Here is the link explaining the details of Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh —
    Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

    A sample itinerary for Leh – Ladakh which will help you plan yours too. We can discuss and fine tune it according to your needs at the same linke below —
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2

    You can check the below link to get an idea of a comprehensive list of things to carry while you travel to Ladakh or any other place including basic first aid —
    List of things to carry when you go on trip

    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  43. Tanishth says:

    Thanks a lot for the update on the Leh-Manali highway. Your efforts have proven to be of immense help to aspiring Leh tourists like me. Keep up the good work.

  44. Prasanna says:

    Hi Dheeraj, We are planning to start our Manali – Leh trip on June 20th. Please let us know your views on this date?

    We are a group of 8 people and planning to do this on bikes.

  45. Hi Jatinder,
    Kindly make sure when investigated you make the concerned person sure that it is your own vehicle not the one that you have hired. In the whole group stick to one answer only as locals and even policemen will drag to investigate for sure separately. Never disclose to anyone that you are running a hired taxi and always ensure that you give same answer to everyones regarding their queries. However, it can be very limited interventions depending on your luck. I hope it is not yellow number plate.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  46. Kapil, well currently the Manali – Leh road status is closed buddy. You cannot go via that route. Yes, swift can do it provided you have experience of driving in the hills and rough patches of roads in addition to carful and patient driving. If you are going tomorrow then go via Srinagar side and chek in Leh regarding the status of Manali – Leh on your return. Let me know incase you have any queries.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  47. Jatinder says:

    Thanks Dheeraj, I will be hiring this private car. I hope that should not create a problem

  48. Kapil says:

    hi, i need your help, we are planning to go to Leh by tommorrow in our swift car. Please let me know can we go from manali leh highway. Is it open. Or please let me know Will swift be fine for driving in that area. Please reply

  49. Jatinder says:

    Thanks Dheeraj

    One last question; I will be travelling by a private toyota qualis; I hope this vehicle is fine for the terrain; do I need to take an inner line permit for entering Leh or sight seeing with in Leh..?

    If yes what is the procedure

    Regards,

    Jatinder

    • Hello Jatin, yes the vehicle will be OK to travel to Ladakh. I hope it is your own vehicle not a private taxi that you have hired. Cars with yellow number plate or all India tourist permit outside Ladakh number are not be allowed to roam inside Ladakh although you can reach Leh – Ladakh in that vehicle. You do not need any permit to enter Leh and local sightseeing around Leh but you will need permit for Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Tso Kar Lake and other restricted areas of Ladakh region outside Leh.

      For details on Inner Line Permits for these places you can go through the process and details at the following link:
      Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  50. Hello Jatinder,
    Well, yes you can cover the distance but make sure to leave Sonamarg at max by 5 AM and I guess you will manage to reach Leh by 6-7 PM, if you do not take long breaks. If you feel tired then try to halt at either Alchi or even before at Lamayaru depending upon the time on hands.
    For Zoji La Pass Traffic Regulation read the news below:

    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">One-way traffic will be allowed on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway from tomorrow for one week after the road has been cleared for traffic at the Zojila Pass early last week.An official spokesman said today that the traffic would be allowed from Kargil on May 12, while from Sonamarg the traffic would ply for Kargil and Leh from May 13. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Minister for Transport and CA&PD Qamar Ali Akhoon. </span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">Chairman, Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil, Kachoo Ahmad Ali and Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil, Aga Syed Abas Rizvi were also present in the meeting.</span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">The meeting also fixed the timing for the up and down convoys during summer. The vehicles from Kargil for down convoy will be allowed at 4 am, Drass 6 am and Gumri 10 am and will have to clear Sonamarg by 11 am. The vehicles from Sonamarg will be allowed to move towards Kargil from 11 am onwards. According to the schedule, light vehicles will be allowed, followed by passenger buses and trucks, and thereafter, Army convoy.</span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">It was also decided that the existing weighbridge would function at Sonamarg from 8 am to 6 pm and trucks carrying goods for Kargil and Leh districts would be allowed carriage up to 8 tonnes and 7 quintal. The meeting also decided to set up a joint control-room at Sonamarag under the Chief Executive officer, Sonamarag; SHO, Sonamarag; and representatives of the MVD, traffic, police and Beacon for the facilities of the passengers as well as general people. </span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today inspected the upgrading work of the Srinagar-Leh National Highway at Gumri.</span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">The upgrading work is being executed by the Border Roads Organisation under the Prime Minister's Reconstruction Programme. The Chief Minister also received brief on the proposed 13-km long tunnel on the Zojila Pass.</span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">External Source: Srinagar-Leh highway to open today for 2011
    </span>

    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">Regards,</span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">Dheeraj Sharma</span>

  51. Jatinder says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    Thanks for your earlier response to my query

    If I plan to take the Srinagar- Sonamarg – Zojila Pass- Kargil – Leh route; and I start around 5 AM in the morning from Sonamarg to Leh do you think I can cover this distance and reach Leh by 5-6 PM the same day with no halt in between

    Also as I understand there are specific timeframes when vehicular movement is allowed for onward and return journey at Zojila pass and Kargil. Do you have any idea what time does the window open at these places to allow vehicles to go to Leh side because I guess I will have to plan it that way to cross these places when traffic is allowed to move towards Leh else I may not be able to make it from Sonamarg to Leh on same day

    Appreciate your quick response on this.

    Regards,

    Jatinder

  52. Hello Ashish,
    Thanks a lot brother but I wear my clothes as a normal man ;) … He he… Well yes Manali – Leh is ofcourse better in terms of scenic beauty as well as safety too and does offer lots of challenges as well. But, for people doing the circuit it always sensible (with few exceptions like people riding hired bikes) to go via Srinagar and come via Manali due to acclimatization reason as well as you can fit in Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes better in the itinerary.AMS shall never be overlooked at any stage in Himalayan travels as it may cause some serious consequences. In my journey to Leh, out of four of us two of my friends were not able to come out of the car even to see what natural beauty was at our exposal… But, yes its true the highway is unreliable as well and it all depends how the weather gods play the game. Its always good to have the lady luck in such cases, very much self tested with my wife at many such situations :)
    BTW, if you are concerned about the monsoon then better go in the first week of July as MAY BE by then unpredictable weather of June would have settled and monsoon may still have few weeks to hit the region else go with your usual plan of 25th June. Check the IMD sites for predictions and keep the plan one week flexible. If predictions are decent without heavy rains for the next one week go ahead, else postpone it for one week.
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have some queries.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  53. Ashish Guglani says:

    hey buddy,

    You are a superman. thanks a ton for the lightning fast response. I think going via srinagar makes total sense, just that why i wanted to go from manali – leh road as i have heard it is very unreliable and can close any time so i wanted to cover it first but i guess that all depends upon lady luck.

    Last question brother…. 25th june is my date for leaving to the roof of the world and i definitely would prefer manali-leh to srinagar- leh (given a choice to pick one,otherwise a full circuit any day) …monsoons also arrive around these days in north. so should i postpone (not more than a week/10 D) or continue ( i know it all depends upon weather gods but considering previous data). Thanks again

  54. Hello Ashish,
    Its my pleasure dost. In my personal opinion you shall start from Srinagar and come back via Manali. This way you will be able to properly acclimatize yuorself while hitting the high altitudes of Manali – Leh highway. This will let you enjoy the journey on Manali – Leh Highway. Otherwise, you or your mates may end up being struck with mountain sickness at one point or the other which can cause hurdle in your enjoyment for sure. So, if you want to do the complete circuit and want to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh highway then go via Srinagar and come back via Manali – Leh Highway. Lancer would do fine, but guess you need to be extra careful while driving. You can go through the below links for more details on self drive as well as other factors that will help you plan the trip —
    You can check the below link for AMS and its related medicines and tips to minimize the symptoms —
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization
    You can check the below link to get an idea of a comprehensive list of things to carry while you travel to ladakh or anyother place including basic first aid —
    List of things to carry when you go on trip
    You can check the following link on How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway including the night stops and accommodation —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Here is the link explaining the details of Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh —
    Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
    A sample itinerary for Leh – Ladakh which will help you plan yours too. We can discuss and fine tune it according to your needs at the same linke below-
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2
    Let me know incase you have some doubts.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj sharma

  55. Ashish Guglani says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all big thanks for the way you are helping travelers like us. I am planning ludhiana – leh trip in my lancer petrol on june 25th. Plz suggest should i start the journey from srinagar or manali? i want to do the full circuit. Also we are four persons, would the lancer do fine? i would personally like to start from manali as i have heard it is more prettier than sri-leh route.

  56. Hey Amol, All the very best for the trip… Have super fun and click lots of photos and do share them on Facebook page wall with us too. Call me anytime, most welcome. Again best wishes for the trip.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  57. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am leaving tomorrow for Leh. Thanks for your contact no. may be i will call you to take your guidance.

    Many Thanks & Regards

    Amol Shivarkar

  58. Hello Harsh,
    It is highly likely that the Manali-Leh will be open by then although subject to the weather conditions in coming weeks hold out good. I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  59. harsh says:

    Plz lemme knw whther manal leh route wl be open by 15th of june??

  60. Hi Karthick,
    1. Start from Chandigarh / Ambala whereever you can transport your bike to avoid journey and energy loss in plains. It will require atleast 11 days to complete the circuit but I will suggest plan for atleast 12 and more if you can. Sometimes, 11 days gets a little tight asking you to just ride and ride. Check the below link for planning it. We can discuss there if you like to fine tune it accordingly by lettin me know the number of days you have in hand.
    http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/leh-ladakh-sample-itinerary-2/
    2. I guess you can do it either in July or in August. But, do keep in mind that you may have to overcome monsoons in the plains though. Once you are higher reaches, monsoon does not impact much. Either plan early July or Late August when monsoon are at minimal furry.
    3. Well you can get the accomodation eventually but may need to explore a bit more. I guess tents will put more on your luggage part, I guess you will find tents wherever you need them unless you like to pitch them all alone :)
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  61. Karthick says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks a lot for the info.

    We are friends from Bangalore,planning to bring our bikes and start from Delhi or Chandigarh.I have few more queries.

    1) Planning to cover Manali – Leh onward and Srinagar-Kargil return way.Starting from Chandigarh ,How many does it require to bike to implement this plan, including sight seeing Leh, nubra valley etc.?

    2) Trying to plan this trip for July last week or Aug mid . Which is the best time to cover this plan?

    3)How is the accomodation facilities during this period ? Do we need to book in advance ? Is it wise to bring our own tents ? Can we get tents for rent to stay ?

    Please advise.

  62. Hi Sachin,
    The time window is fine. Well, I will say nothing beats transporting your own bikes and getting them ahead as its gonna cost in similar terms I guess (I guess) but gives you enough reliability. The bikes rented are OK types and you need to understand the mechanics of bike in order to select one, ride it for trial for a day, get necessary fixes done at Manali or Delhi weherever and then move on. So, your knowledge of bike mechanics are required while renting a bike from either Manali or Delhi otherwise it may land you stranded in the middle of nowhere. I will say transport your bikes and rely on them else be ready to throughly test the bike you hire for a day and then go ahead. I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  63. Sachin Sonkusare says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your quick response. Brother we thinking of going by bike from Manali to leh and I have find out some information regarding taking bikes on rent. I want to know is that safe to go by bike during the time frame of July 1st and 2nd week. Also can we get good bikes there which can carry us from Manali to leh without any problem.

    Please suggest what will be good for us as we can not bring our bikes there.

    Thanks once again for you help

    Thanks & Regards

    Sachin

  64. Hello Abhijit,
    Yes, the route from Srinagar – Leh is fine and you can go ahead with your plan. Just stick to the highway and do not follow any of the trails atleast upto Kargil. If you listen the sound of some whistle immediately stop as it may be some ITBP or Army guys asking you to stop. Look around and see if it was blown for you. The only stretch at Zozila will be troublesome and will be in bad shape rest I guess not much issue. Well, although chances of opening Manali-Leh highway are in first week of June but I doubt that prediction. Once, you reach Leh and plan to return, just visit the Leh taxi stand where you will be able to get the first hand updates. After inquiring about the status there, plan your return accordingly.
    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  65. Hello Karthick,
    You are most welcome any time :) … I was in August last year and we didn't face such issue although if you plan to travel by Srinagar – Leh Highway in that period, of course that could be an issue. Thousands of tourists will be there with you in August and Ladakhis are pleasant to welcome anybody with a smile and what help they can let even in the bad times such as last year disaster. I was right there but people are so amazing that they were welcoming you with smile while their hearts were in tear. So, its different and I strongly feel that the above news which you got has no substance or elment of truth to it. And of course Leh is major town where there iw wide range of hotels as well as restaurants offering variety of cuisines. In the worst case scenario, your hotel will surely serve you food even if you somewhere on Srinagar – Leh highway in that period. So, leave the rumours and enjoy the land of heaven called Ladakh in August… :)
    Let me know incase you need further info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  66. Hello Sachin,
    Thanks for appreciating it and such warm words. Well, in July you will see the snow enroute- mainly at Baralacha La and Rohtang Pass. For playing and adeventure activities in Snow I will suggest a compete day stay at Manali or Solang Valley from where you can have one complete day excursion to Rohtang Pass and enjoy the activities there. In Leh – Ladakh you will only find some snow at the Passes but again adventure activities are not carried on such high passes, so complete all your desires at Rohtang Pass and move ahead with the journey towards Leh – Ladakh. Baralacha La pass will have snow but no adventure activities are carried out there. Traffic at Rohtang Pass will be less as compared to May – June reson being summer holidays will be over by then.
    Let me know incase you need further info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  67. Sachin Sonkusare says:

    HI Dheeraj,

    I am really happy that you are sharing important information of Manali-Leh highway. Bro me and my some friends, we are planning a tour to ladakh on 1st of July. I have some questions for you like where we can see the snow on the route and how much snow will be there during 1st week of July, how much traffic will be there during 1st and 2nd week of July and can we get to see snowfall. Bro we are very fond of snow and like to play some adventure sports in snow so please suggest any place where we can acomplish our desire.

    Thanks & Regards

    Sachin

  68. Karthick says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I have gathered lot of information from you.Thanks. We are group of friends planning to visit Leh during August. We got some news that since Ramdan fasting would be performed strictly in areas around Leh, availability of

    food during day time would be issue.I am not sure how far this is true.Do you have any idea regarding this? Please advise.

    Regards

    Karthick.

  69. Abhijit Singh says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am leaving Delhi on 29th May and planning to reach Leh on 2nd June. Taking route Amritsar-Srinagar-Sonmarg-Kargil-Leh. Please let me know this route is fine now and what kind of hurdles I may face during travelling. I am planning to come back to Delhi via Leh-Manali route. Is there any chances that Leh-Manali will open around 7th June?

    Thanks-

    Abhijit

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 30th May, 2011

      As per the current status,
      Manali – Keylong –> Road is cleared but not thrown open to tourists.
      Keylong – Sarchu –> Clearance work under progress at Baralacha La, expected to complete by coming weekend if weather remains good.
      Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

      So, its the Baralacha La that is the only hurdle left and its hopeful that by the end of second week of June the Manali – Leh Highway will be OPEN, if weather god remains with all fellow travelers :)

  70. Hello Mr. Misra,
    I am not aware of any family going to Ladakh in this time window, but if I come across any such family I will surely carry share your intent with them. I guess its always better to travel in group.
    Regards
    dheeraj Sharma

  71. G P Misra says:

    Hi Dheeraj Thanks for the much needed advise. As i have already mention that I will be travelling along with my family from Srinagar to Leh on 8th June and then from Leh to Manali on 16th June (by own car) could you please suggest any other family which can join us on these dates as its always better to move in group.

  72. Hello Mr. Misra,
    For inner line permits you can go through the link below and download the application form. Completely fill the form and attach the photo copies of the photo ID proofs with it for all members in the group.. Write a request application addressing Leh – Ldakh DC showing your intent to visit places and request the issuing of inner line permits to you. If you are in group you can write the names of all the members on the group and attach copies of their photo ids proofs. Staple the bundle including inner line permit application form, request application you will write and photo copies of photo id proofs from here only. Then, go to Leh DC office once you reach Leh and submit the bundle along with the required fees. Get the permit signed from the ADC office and you are done. On the way back to hotel or sightseeing ahead, get 8-10 photocopies of the permits issued to you. You need to submit these photo copies of the permits at the check posts while going to Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri. This will save alot of time for you up in Leh as there you will need to keep runing up and down to photo copy shop for one thing or the other. Check the sample application form on the same link which we filled and you will get similar permit stamped and attested from DC office once all formalities are done. Here is the link explaining the details of Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh – Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
    Well, Leh sight seeing depends on the number of days you have in hand. Even one month is too less to explore a place or shall I call it heaven called Ladakh. It totally depends on the number of places you want to visit and number of days you have in hand. To get an idea of some famous places check below itineraries covering leh Local, nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Tso Kar Lakes, Lamayaru – Alchi monasteries etc…
    Leh & Ladakh Sample Itinerary | Nubra Valley – Local Leh – Uley Topko
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 1
    I forgot, do check the tips on acclimatization on the link below to avoid any mountain sickness troubles:
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization
    Let me know incase you need any clarifications on the same.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  73. G P Misra says:

    Thanks a lot Dheeraj for your advise. Can you through some light on inner line pass for Leh. I am covering Nubra valley and Pangong Tso also. Is any thing more I can see. I will be travelling with family including two kids below 10 yrs of age. Will it be comfortable.

  74. Hello G P Misra,
    Well, I guess you will be able to do it on your return from Manali – Leh Highway in the second week of June. But, for double check please confirm with the guys at Leh taxi stand who will have the first hand updates on the current status. If any vehicle / taxi will have reached Leh from Manali side, they will let you know and then you can go return from Manali-Leh Highway as well. As far as dZire is concerned, I guess you may find some stretches difficult to cross on Manali-Leh highway and little stretch near Zozila on Srinagar – Leh Highway. In that case, its always advisable to park aside and see how others are doing it. Inspect the stretch on your foot, plan the route in your mind and follow it. If you cannot avoid underbelly hit then please take care of the engine sump such that section where engine sump is placed is not rubbed. Otherwise, it will be OK to have few scratches at the underbelly. For more information on how to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway check the following articles (especially the Self Drive Section in first one)
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    (In the link above, DO refer section: Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh)
    Details of all the places on Manali – Leh Highway
    List of things to carry while going to Ladakh or any trip
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  75. G P Misra says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit Leh in the first wk of june by our own car (Dzire)via Srinagar and want to return from Leh Manali Highway. What are the possibilities.

    Is Dzire car is suitable for these roads??

  76. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    I just talked with Ravi,driver in Manali. he told he has the latest news as of 21st May that BRO has given a date of 1st June for Manali Leh highway.

    • Then that is something great. I hope they will be able to meet the deadline this time. Considering this and to be on safer side, I guess second week of June seems probable candidate for opening of Manali – Leh Highway.

  77. Hi Nilvara,
    Rohtang may open withing next two – three days or highly likely within this week for public. Hence, the road to Lahaul valley will also open upto Darcha or may ahead till Zingzing Bar. But, the Manali – Leh highway depends very much on the opening of Baralacha La, which is assumed  to be open by second week of June, keeping fingers crossed.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  78. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    How was the weekend in terms of Manali Leh highway in terms of rain or snow ? Has Rohtang opened as expected ?

  79. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    Nice to see your reply there is no snowfall in the coming weekend. Earlier you told there is a prediction of snowfall this weekend. Has it changed ? Also you suggest to do manali Leh highway atleast first week of July but I think if we do the journey as soon as it opens then it will be a lifetime journey as far as the view and snow are concerned. The late you are the less you see.. I think so.

    What's your opinion in this regard ?

    Also do you have any further update for Manali to Kaza via Kunzam la ?

  80. Hi Jotish,
    I am sorry but I am not sure of the terk route from Manali to Rohtang Pass. I guess you might need to check with some local guide. However, here is the distance split up which I know  and aware of the fact that there are some shortcuts too.
    Kothi to Marhi by road = 22 KMs but short cut via Rahla = 9 Marhi to Rohtang by road = 14 Kms. But short cut = 8
    Roads are guessed to be open by next week upto Darcha and complete Manali – Leh highway in the first or second week of June, if weather remains clear. Currently, weather is holding up and there is no snowfall coming this weekend just mild rainfall or mild snowfall. Well, as soon as the roads are open the taxis will start plying on it but road conditions will stabilize as the time passes by. Safe, we mere mortals cannot predict this fact for Himalayas but yes traffic will start plying onit as soon as it opens. You can give about 2 weeks of time i.e. second week of June if you plan to travel to Keylong. If you plan to travel to leh then better go in first week of July atleast.
    Let me know incase you have any queries.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj

  81. JOTHISH says:

    hye dheeraj.

    i am jothish here. we are a group of 10 guys who wants to do trekking from manali to rohtang pass.

    so i need to know which is the best route for the same.

    secondly, when will be the roads be opened?? i need the roads to move my administrative vehs, which are all mountain vehs.

    thirdly, once the roads are open, how many days will it take to be completely safe??

    i saw ur previous responses, and found to be really helpfull. hope u respond the same with me too.

    regards,

    jothish

  82. Nilavra, yes the predictions have changed and now the weather forecasting sites shows minor rainfall or snowfall which should be OK. Yes, in terms of road stabilization later you go better it will be. End season almost have the best road conditions. Anyways, July – August is a better bet. June is always unpredictable which leads to more challenges as well as adeventure. It could be possible that roads shut down for 2-3 days or even weeks in June when you are in the middle of the journey, so one shall always expect delays in the June. The people who have tight schedule shall not attempt journey in June doe to unpredicatable weather and road conditions. You might be lucky enough to make the whole trip without much issues but on the other hand if luck does not favour you, you might need to abandon the entire trip. Last year it happened to many people because the road opened for 5 days, if I remeber correctly and then for about next two weeks it remained open/close types. The lateyou go ofcourse you will snow less amount of snow but challenges does not change much in degrees. :) ..

    Manali – Kaza again is expected to open atleast in the second week of June. It all depends upon how the PWD makes the progress once they start from Gramphu side. Most of the stretch from Gramphu to Kunzam la is glacier region and it will really be difficult to cut through the snow this year as BRO has faced issues on the Rani Nala on Rohtang Pass, which has taken weeks of work to cut through it.

  83. Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 16th May, 2011

    Well, I just called up the driver at manali taxi stand. He told me that by next week they will start dropping people till Rohtang Pass if weather remains clear and there is no snowfall in coming days. However, this may not be official opening of Rohtang Pass but he said the route is being cleared and currently BRO is managing the parking space up at Rohtang Pass. He was hopeful that at least unofficially Manali – Leh highway may open in the second week of June or may be even first week. I will call him again next week and confirm if it will open or not.

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 23rd May, 2011

      Rohtang may open withing next two – three days or highly likely within this week for public. Hence, the road to Lahaul valley will also open upto Darcha or may ahead till Zingzing Bar. But, the Manali – Leh highway depends very much on the opening of Baralacha La, which is assumed to be open by second week of June, keeping fingers crossed.

      • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 24th May, 2011

        Well, finally the good news is here that the Rohtang Pass will be declared OPEN from tomorrow for 2011 onwards. The vehicles could be allowed til Zingzing Bar I guess as Baralacha La is still closed. Now, the BRO can focus more on towards opening of Baralacha La and finally the Manali-Leh Highway. Let's hope that BRO opens the Manali-Leh Highway by first week of June itself. Read more at: Manali-Keylong highway ready for traffic

  84. m.rashid says:

    hi dheeraj finaly we decide to go leh on 28 may we reach manali on 30th if leh highway open or not at that time other we chose srinagar site pl suggest

  85. Amol, frankly speaking 20 days are not even enough for Ladakh ;) as there is so much to cover. It depends on what exactly you want to see in Ladakh. If you want to cover all three Tso Moriri, Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley along with culture of Ladakh in Leh, you need atleast 14 days. Then there is so much more which people explore in Ladakh who goes for subsequent trips every year. Now, you are left with 6 days if you want to cover Char Dham then you will atleast need 10 days more. Let me know what you think. Perhaps I will suggest you to include Kashmir with those remaining days or explore some non-tourist places in Ladakh only.

  86. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Hi Dheeraj, i took 20 days leaves and want to see Leh as well 4 dham (bari, kedarnath, yemo and gangotri) and m leaving from Nagpur on 29th May. Do you think that in 20 days i will see all these places? plz let me know.

  87. partha says:

    At last i've reached leh on my bike. Everything was o.k. except the stretch near zojila.its just horrible. it took 1 hr to cross 11 km. Weather Is good.But one important thing is that through zojila traffic is one way. i.e. one day you can come from sonmarg to leh, while on the next day you can go from leh to sonmarg that is due to the survey of the tunnel that is going to construct near zojila.

    • Great Partha, thanks for your update. I am sure this will be helpful for many eyeing up that route. All the very best for your journey ahead in Ladakh. I miss the heaven from the core of my heart this year :) ….

  88. Hi Hairsh, Well there are chances that the will be snowfall next weekend which will certainly delay the opening of Manali – Leh Highway atleast by a week. Second week of June for me is doubtful if the highway will open. Hence, even if it gets open the roads will be in worst form. As far as Innova is concerned, we witnessed it as the worst performer on our journey to Leh. At Zingzing Bar nallah especially, every Innova got stuck in it and had to be pulled when WagonR, Indica, Sumos, Xylos, Qualis etc all passed it. Can't say if it was the driver of every Innova or what but we saw most Innovas struggling on Manali – Leh highway and in Ladakh too.

  89. harish chander says:

    Hi Dheeraj, we are planning srinagar leh manali by innova starting 5 june and back from leh on 10 june .Is it safe to travel on innova on 10 june from leh to manali . how will be the road for innova at that time ?

  90. Nilavra, the snowfall is predicted on the next Friday (20th May, 2011). A western disturbance is about to hit the region starting Friday which will inccur snowfall at the high passes for sure. It may last couple of days i.e. may be till Sunday (22nd May, 2011). It even snowed yesterday post noon at Rohtang Pass, that is why you can feel a bit cooler breeze today and yesterday night in Delhi as well. If all these weather predictions comes out true, it should definitely delay the opening of Manali – Leh Highway.

  91. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj,

    When you say snowfall is predicted Friday and Saturday do you mean this Friday which is today ? or you meant next Friday 20th May ?

  92. Prateek, good to know that atleast you are waiting to get it open :) … As I guess we can just roughly say and only weather god knows when it shall open. June second week is what it looks like currently.
    1. Vehicular traffic would certainly be there but not too much. Yes, you will always have an Oil Camper infront of you every now and then emmitting all soughts of fumes into your lungs and making breathing more difficult when you surpass the vegetation belt ;) …  This is almost the most adventurous roads in India, so risk factor is always there and just remember that there is thin line between adventure and craziness. So, keep your options open and drive with care. Since, you have high GC vehicle you may not worry about small water crossings but in slush skills are definitely required to control the vehicle, else you will get stuck. If that's the case then ask your freinds to step out and push the vehicle from behind. No one can predict any landslide, it depends on the luck for sure.
    2. The tents may be up when the highway opens up but keep in mind they could be limited. Hence, better to schedule it a week later when the highway opens.
    3. As I said, it is one of the top challenging roads in India and you need to be extra careful most of the time.
    Take care
    Regards,
    Dheeraj

  93. Prateek Singh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the continued and timely updates! Much appreciated.

    So basically me and my friends are just waiting for the Manali – Leh highway to open up and then a group of 5 of us will hit the road from Delhi in our Mahindra Xylo.

    My questions:

    1. I understand from this forum that the roads are going to be bad. But how RISKY is it going to be? What are the chances of us having to stop mid way because of landslide/snowfall? When the highway opens, can we expect a decent amount of vehicular traffic to make us feel not all alone? Are the tents along the way on Sarchu/Keylong etc set up as soon as the highway opens?

    2. How challenging is this stretch for a driver who has done hill driving before but not done this stretch? I've already mentioned that car will be a Mahindra Xylo.

    My questions are quite a few and detailed but I am sure this will help many others on this forum. Look forward to having these answered.

    Regards,

    Prateek

  94. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    If there is no snow fall next weekend though it is predicted then we can expect the highway to open in first week of June ?

    • Hi Nilavra, the predictions are not wrong now a days :) … There are high chances that it will snow that too for atleast 2 days, starting Friday or Saturday. Take that as at the very least 1 week delay or may be more, if the snowfall is too heavy. It is frustrating I know :( … First week of June is too optimistic in that case and second week is being optimistic :)

  95. Harshavardhan says:

    hey dheeraj

    Vardhan here.had talked abt my leh bike trip w u

    We r 8 people w 5 bikes.

    Planing to go on 2 july to 17 july.

    Is bajaj avenger 150 ok to take

    We have 3 bullets,1 pulsar and my avenger

    Please advice

    • Hello Vardhan, I can only comment as far as dates are concerned, which seems OK to me. I am not a biker, so really sorry won't be able to provide my inputs. I guess riding with pillion could be tiresome and problematic too. I advice to visit BCMT Forum and have your bikes query answered there.

      • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 12th May, 2011

        Well guys, snowfall is predicted next weekend in the higher hills of Himalayas including Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Darcha etc. So, those who are planning to travel Manali – Leh Highway in the first week of June, must plan the travel from Srinagar – Leh Highway as it is not expected that Manali – Leh Highway will open in the first week of June.

  96. Pushkar, both the dates are fine but guess August 16 holds the upper hand because in September the off season and winter chill starts to set in the region. Also, some tents start to wind up as well in the end September, however your is 13th Sep. But, again both dates are good and you can opt anyone you like. The road conditions are far better that what they are at the start of the season, so with careful driving you will be able to cover Manali – Leh Highway in any of the two cars. But, just be cautious anyhow. I guess, you can read the article below which will provide you the comprehensive details on Manali – Leh Highway —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  97. Pushkar says:

    we are 3 people travelling in SX4 or Indica xeta with. Can anyone tell me the best time to travel on manali leh road. I have options to start on 16th August 2011 or 13 september 2011. Which would be a better start or should i do it on some other dates? I wish to return via srinagar. Also help with any other tips or guidance,Please.

  98. Shubham, if weather holds up buddy then you will be able to do that Manali – Leh circuit as road is expected to open in first week of June subject to weather conditions.

  99. shubham says:

    hi everybody!

    I m planning to go manali-leh-jammu via taxi in mid june.Can i hope the road be open till then..?

    Regards,

    Shubham

  100. Hello Abhijit,
    If the weather remain clear BRO plans to open the Manali Leh Highway in the first week of June but many people doubt, which means you could be among the first lot going on that stretch. Roads will be at their worse owing to season start and for you I will say season kick-start :)… A hatch can do the circuit but there will be alot of challenges with so early season and you will certainly need skills. I hope you have done the hill driving earlier as well. You can read the below article as well to get more idea on what is on offer…
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    I will share my contact details over email. Just be sure that you have aplan to go via Srinagar as well at the back of your mind and come back via Manali only after confirming with Leh taxi stand.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj
     

  101. Abhijit Singh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go Leh via Manali road in June first week(1st June). I am planning to go there by my own car, Maruti swift. I would like to know by that time Manali-Leh highway is going to open or not and is it a good idea to drive swift car on these roads?

    dheeraj please share your contact no. and mail Id with me.

    -Thanks

    Abhijit

  102. m.rashid says:

    hi dheeraj u r doing great job .i want to know about (ams)where i saw this article pl give some clue for this

  103. Nilavra, AMS is Acute Mountain Sickness and it should be taken extremely seriously while going to high altitdues more than (10000 Feet). On Manali – Leh highway you go even more than 16000 Feet which is highly dangerous if the body is not properly acclimmatized. Hence, it is extremely important to acclimmatize your body before going to high altitudes. You will be able to check the article on the Home Page of the blog tomorrow onwards at the following link
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

    The other two articles in this series will be published on 15th May and 20th May respectively. Last one is dedicated to AMS only, which will give you the better understanding how it affects the body and what you can do to minimize AMS on Manali – Leh Highway.

  104. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    What is AMS issue ?

    Where I can get your article published ?

  105. Nilavra, Shared Taxis that you will find will take you in a single day only (Leave 2 AM from Manali and reach Leh 6 PM) and charge about 1100 per person. But, HIGHLY NOT RECOMMMENDED due to AMS issues that may spoil the whole trip. Wait for another day, the article on "How to plan a journey on Manali Leh highway" will come up tomorrow and you will better understand what I mean. My article covers virtually everything I know about that place and I wish it will be extremely useful in planning a trip to Leh via Manali – Leh Highway for many who wish.

  106. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Many thanks Dheeraj.. one more thing.. is it possible to reach Leh from manali on a single day ?

  107. Hi Nilavra, I have these numbers with me who may be some help to you. Both of them run taxi in Manali and you may contact them for further details. Biru – 09459518549 and Ravi – 09816508774. You can tell my name to Ravi, he knows me. You can even ask their names at Manali Taxi stand and I hope you will be able to find them too. Yes, you will be able to get the taxi back for Manali. Tie up with these guys for the return as well, they will let you know the underdesk procedure as they are not allowed to pick passengers from Leh to Manali. But, following their suggestions for return and tying with them will save you many more bucks. :) as they are bound to come alone, so they will be happy in whatever they get from such deals.

  108. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Do you have any reference of Leh taxi stand Dheeraj ?

  109. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    If you can give any reference in manali for the taxi I will speak to him.Also I believe I can get shared taxi or private from Leh taxi stand to come to manali.

  110. Nilavra, yes I guess JK buses are plying on Srinagar highway but I am not sure how to book them as I have never been to it. You will need to check them with JK tourism office for the same.
    As far as taxis from Manali are concered they just wait to get it open even unofficially. As soon as BRO will let pass the vehicles on Manali – Leh highway in first week of June even without announcement by BRO, taxis will start plying immediately. You can get the private taxi as well as shared taxi in Manali for a drop to Leh taxi stand. Let me know incase you need any reference in Manali for the taxi but it will depend if the roads get open, which seems that they will in first week of June.

  111. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    If I go lo Leh from Srinagar will the buses ply in that highway in June ? I think the road has already open now.

  112. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    Understood the HPTDC buses will ply in July in Manali Leh highway but if I go there in 1st/2nd week of June can I get private car from Manali to Leh that time from manalki taxi stand ? I want to know if the cars will run that time.

  113. Harmit, condition of the road after Rohtang Pass, specifically when you enter Gramphu and go towards Kunzam Pass will mostly be non-existent. It is one those exceptionally bad roads of India, more of a pebbled path or dirt trail. Then, Kunzam Pass to Loasar and Kaza Kibber, road will improve. I may be going next week to Spiti Valley from Shimla side and will update you if at all Kunzam will open by that time. Let me know if you need more information. Regards, Dheeraj

  114. Harmit says:

    Hi guys, howz the condition of road from Manali to Kaza & Kibber. I have planned my trip with family,friends n kids to Kibber this mid june, and was wondering if it is advisable to take a cab or self drive my Safari from Manali. Any piece of advise would be of great help.

  115. Nopes, Nilavra. The HPTDC bus service generally starts when the road condition stabilizes i.e. mostly probably in July.

  116. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    If manali leh opens by June first week when is the bus expected to ply on the road ? Is it from 1st week of June or may be a little after ?

  117. Rashid, BRO is making efforts to open the road by the end of May and if weather allows they may open it atleast unofficially. However, I will suggest that you postpone the trip either by a week or go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side.

  118. m.rashid says:

    i plan for leh to manali on last week of may what is whether condition and road is open or not if road is closed than when it open .

  119. Amol Shivarkar says:

    oh yes by mistake i typed your name. But i need your contact no.

  120. Sanjay says:

    Dear Dheeraj we have 5 clear nights in Manali area if we could not go to Keylong then suggest an alternate trip whereby we spend 2-3 noghts in Manali & rest as per your suggestion.

    Regards,

    Sanjay

    • Sanjay, well I guess you will sneak through Rohtang Pass to Keylong if weather holds up. In any case, you have the option of Tirthan Valley or Kasol, Parvati Valley around Manali. Do check the Travel Guide of Manali and Tirthan Valley in the Travel Guides section to get the better idea on deciding the place. Both are extremely good to spend a night or two. Of course, you have Naggar option too for a day.

  121. Sanjay says:

    Great Dheeraj Thanks for your immediate response. Kindly keep on updating on the Rohtang pass opening status

  122. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Dinesh, my plan is fixed i am leaving from pune on 30th May. please provide you contact no. my email id amolshivarkar@yahoo.com.

    also please let me know how much days required dont want to miss any place. :P

    • Amol, I guess you are referencing Sanjay U (Refer Post 24). He has shared his itinerary link (Refer Post 41). Check the link and contact him there for quicker response.

  123. Sanjay, BRO is expected to open up the Rohtang Pass and the Manali Leh highway upto Keylong / Darcha in fourth week of May i.e. post 20th May. So, it is highly likely that you will be able to visit Lahaul Valley or Keylong in the first week of June. Ofcourse, all these expected dates are subject to the matter of clear weather :D

  124. Nilavra, usually the Rohtang Pass also open up by May first week but this time Snow stock is "HUGE". It has been tremendous year of snowfall reducing the snow point to Kothi or even Nehru Kund in Manali in winters. Generally, the road remains open upto Gulaba but snow god had been grateful this year. Now, since the snow is huge BRO is better equipped in terms on equipment as well as efficiency and they have missed the deadline to open Rohtang Pass by 45 days, usually they miss by 20 days :) … Now, you can consider what PWD will be able to do as Kunzam Pass and the stretch from Gramphu to Kaza via Kunzam Pass is under PWD. Also, the snow clearance operation on this stretch about the time Rohtang Pass gets open by PWD and Manali – Leh Highway gets open when Baralacha La is open but this time it seems that all passes on Manali Leh Highway will open up at the same time. Just be ready to enjoy the snow, buddy :)

  125. Sanjay says:

    We are reaching Manali in first week of June and would like to go to Keylong. Any latest update when the roads will be cleared.

    Regards

    Sanjay

  126. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the update. Usually every year Kunzum la opens before manali Leh highway opens but this time it seems different that manali leh highway is expected to be opened in 1st or 2nd week or June but Kunzam in 3rd week or may be more. This is something unusual. isn't it ?

  127. Hello Nilavra,

    I just had a word with a person in Kaza and he told me that Kunzam Pass will take at the very least one month to open i.e. it may take third week of June and easily be more. He told me that snow is in tonnes and the work will start from Gramphu side only after BRO will open Rohtang Pass. Let me know incase you need more info.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  128. Hi Rajesh,

    I hope that you have prior experience of driving in the hills because the circuit you are planning comes into the top most category of adventurous driving, especially the Manali – Leh highway. Apart from the basic toolkit you should carry m-seal, feviquick, towing rope, 2 ltrs packs of cold drink bottles to carry extra fuel if required, funnel, small hammer, jump start cables etc. Since, its early season, the roads will be in bad shape. So, if in doubt for some road section, park aside, inspect the route, see how others are crossing and plan the passage for yourself. At some point there may be case that you cannot protect the underbelly of your car from being scratched, in such case opt which parts of the underbelly you want those scratches… Let me know incase you need more details. I will share my contact details over email.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  129. RAJESH says:

    HI DHEERAJ

    i am planning to drive down to leh from manali in my swift dezire petrol on 14 june onwards with my wife and kids aged 7 and 12 years.pl suggest whether the time and kind of vehicle selected will do ok with various factors.also send your contact no for further contact.regards.

  130. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    As we came to know Rohtang is expected to be opened by 21st May and Manali Leh highway by 1st week of June can you please gather some update when Manali to Kaza highway via Kunzam la is expected to be opened ?

  131. Hello Anto,
    Well you need not worry as you guys are going till Rohtang Pass or snow point not further ahead. You will find ample amount of snow at the snow point of Marhi or even Rani Nalla if that is open. Also, you may be lucky and Rohtang may open by the time you visit, if weather holds up. All the queries for Rohtang Pass status is meant for the ones who want to venture ahead of Rohtang Pass towards Lahaul Valley and further to Leh – Ladakh. Rohtang Pass acts as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley and major reason of closure of Manali – Leh Highway along with Baralacha La pass.
    You guys can have loads of fun at the snow point and need not worry about Rohtang Pass. If it gets open officially or unofficially both, you will get to see some amazing vistas from the top which will be missing at the current snow points :) … Let me know incase you need more details and I hope it clears any confusion for you.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  132. Anto sherline says:

    Hi, myself with family are having a vacation in manali between 16th May to 20th May. We are plainning to go to snow point and see snow and have fun there. I am a little confused seeing the blog, of so many people asking whether rohtang pass is opened or not. will we be able to see snow and what is the impact if rohtang pass is closed.will we be still able to go the snow point? Please advice. We are first time travellers to manali from chennai

    • Oh thanks deeraj…that's so nice of you to reply to my post immediately.
      One more advice i would need, do i need to carry woollen clothing from chennai. My kids are 10 year and 5 year old and i do not want them to fall sick if the climate is very cold. In that case what are the essential things i need to buy.
      Sherline.

      Hello Sherline,

      Well, I guess it won't be too cold with sun out but there is good enough cold in the shades. However, since you guys are traveling for the first time you may feel more. So, I guess you should carry atleast light woolens for sure including a light jacket and a pair or two of Inner Thermals or Thermo-cots (like Neva or Rupa thermocot). When you will be going to snow point, you need to rent or hire the full -sized snow dress to protect your clothes and get warmth at snow point. You can rent it on the way towards snow point from numerous shops present on the road side.

      For more information on Manali, you can also check my Travel Guide for Manali at the below link –
      Travel Guide for Manali

      All the very best for the trip :)

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  133. Abhishek, are you planning to stay in Manali from June end to August? Or is it the period you want to visit Manali. Well, in either case you may be able to experience snowfall in June at Rohtang Pass, only if you are lucky enough. Later than that chances are almost NIL. However, you may be able to see alot of snow at Rohtang Pass from June to mid-July.

  134. abhishek says:

    Dear dheeraj,

    i want to visit manali in june end to august.i want to see snow and snow fall

    will i get to see it in manali

  135. Hello Kalyan,
    Rohtang Pass is expected to open after the third week of May i.e. after 21st May upto Keylong and Manali – Leh Highway may get open by first week of June, possibly. If possible, you shall postpone your trip by two weeks to enjoy the journey on Manali – Leh highway. Otherwise, go via Srinagar – Leh highway and on your return come back via Manali – Leh highway only after confirmation of its status from Leh taxi stand. Let me know incase you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  136. kalyan saini says:

    Dear dheeraj,

    please let me know when is opened the road via rohtang as we are planing to go leh on 23rd may 2011 by inova

    best regards

    kalyan

  137. Hello Sanjive,Thanks for such warms words of appreciation. Well, as you have already ready its good option that you are going by Srinagar side and will try to come back via Manali if confirmed so. Ford Fiesta, would do fine but its just that you need to be very careful while driving as Sedans does have the forward and backward lag when compared to hatch with low GC being common to both. Secondly, I hope that you have prior experience of driving in the hills because the circuit you are planning comes into the top most category of adventurous driving, especially the Manali – Leh highway. Apart from the basic toolkit you should carry m-seal, feviquick, towing rope, 2 ltrs packs of cold drink bottles to carry extra fuel if required, funnel, small hammer, jump start cables etc. Since, its early season, the roads will be in bad shape. So, if in doubt for some road section, park aside, inspect the route, see how others are crossing and plan the passage for yourself. At some point there may be case that you cannot protect the underbelly of your car from being scratched, in such case opt which parts of the underbelly you want those scratches… Let me know incase you need more details.Regards,Dheeraj sharma

  138. Sanjive says:

    Dear Dheeraj

    Good job being done by u in helping out guys heading to Leh.ty

    Me n a friend plan to undertake the trip with our families wef 23 May 11 in a Ford Fiesta Deisel

    Do u foresee any problems???Likely route Delhi-Srinagar-Leh onwards and via Manali return on 03 Jun 11 if confirmed by taxi stand Leh as suggested by u

    Ur views r requested please

    ty n god bless

    Sanjive

  139. Hello Sakil,
    The highway may or may not open in the last week of May. My friend in Manali told that if any plans need to be made they have to be in atleast first week of June to give better chances, later the better. The Srinagar – Leh Highway is open, hence you can also go via Srinagar side and omce back via Manali – Leh Highway. I will email the contact number. Let me know incase you need more details. BTW, I ain't "SIR" just "Dheeraj" :) …  You too have a great day ahead.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  140. Sakil Dadu says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for your reply and guidance, Yesterday I called at leh in one hotel and asked about the status of the highway he infomed me road will be open in last week of may, so could you please confim he is right or not, because we friends are planning to go leh only manalo-leh highway, please mail me your mobile no also.

    Good Day.

    With Best Regards,

    Sakil.

  141. Hello Gaurav,
    Nice to hear that you are also being the part of adventure pilgrimage to heaven :) … Well, yes many people do it on bike every year and there is some serious adventure that is offered on Manali – Leh Highway. The highway does offer alot of challenges and it will require skills to cross some slush stretches and water crossings. I hope you and your friends have experience of riding in the hills before. It will be much better if you guys are aware of basic bike maintenance tasks which <span style="text-decoration: underline;">may be</span> required at some point of time on Manali – Leh highway. Since, the road is expected to open up in June only and if it is open then the road conditions will be bad as well owing to early season. I will mail you my contact info.You may also check the following video to get the glimpse of the adventure on offer on Manali – Leh Highway.
    Bikes Crossing Zingzing Bar Nalla
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

    • <p align="justify">Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 4th May, 2011

      I just had a word with a friend at Manali and he told me that Rohtang Pass is expected to open in the third week of May i.e. after 21st May upto Keylong and Manali – Leh Highway may get open by first week of June, possibly.

  142. Nilavra, Thats good option to take taxi from Manali only. Do go directly to Manali taxi stand and bargain hard there and also restrain yourself from any travel agents or hotel staff for taxi booking. As per the current progress the Kunzam Pass may take one more month to open i.e. perhaps the second week of June is the expected time for Kunzam Pass to open. If the work is pushed then it might open early but it seem unlikely. Regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  143. Gaurav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I and few of my friends are planning to visit the heaven in 1st week of june i.e. 9th we'll start from manali. My friends are reluctant on bike but i'm looking forward for some adventure. Is it safe to plan our trip on bike or would jeep/taxi will be a better option. And will the road be open by that time.

    Plz share your contact details so that I could get some live details from you about your experience.

  144. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    Many thanks for the update. I will hire a car from Manali… it may be sumo or qualis or scorpio or any other big car… when it is expected to get the road from manali to kaza via Kunzam pass open this year ?

  145. Nilavra, Kunzam Pass generally opens up after Rohtang Pass because the road clearance is under PWD who are less equipped and far less efficient too as compared to BRO. The snow is also in tons at Kunzam Pass and currently the road to Losar has only been cleared. Once BRO clears up the road from Khoksar Gramphu then Keylong PWD will start the clearance from Gramphu to Chattru. Kaza PWD will clear Kunzam Pass and the road to Chattru from otherside which is under progress. Let me know incase you need more info. BTW, which car will it be?

  146. Nilavra Ghosh says:

    Dheeraj ,

    Do you have any idea on when Kunzum Pass will be opened this year ?

    I am planning to start journey from manali to kaza by car on 11th June.

  147. Hello Sakil,
    I doubt if the Manali – Leh Highway will be open by that time or not. I suggest that you go to Ladakh via Srinagar – Leh highway which is now open for traffic today onwards and come back via Manali side only after confirming the status of the road from Leh taxi stand on the day you plan to return. Since, anyhow you will be going in the early season it will be best if you can take the MUV (XYLO) because i10 being hatch may suffer early in the season due to low ground clearance, especially in the deep water crossings. I hope you have prior experience of driving in the hills. I will email you my contact details. Let me know incase you need further details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  148. Sakil Dadu says:

    Dear Sir we are planning to travel manali to ladakh by road with Mahendra xylo car and I10 car, we will start travel from manali on 27th may 2011, so guide me road will be open on that date or not, give me your mobile no also so I can contact you and confirm road status easily.

    Thanks for your time,

    With Regards,

    Sakil.

  149. ruhail says:

    Thnxs dheeraj,for t information.

  150. Hello Jasbir, its highly unlikely that you will find the Manali – Leh highway open by that time. So, plan to come back via same route. I will share my contact over email. Let me know incase you need more details. Regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  151. jasbir says:

    hi Dheeraj,

    i am planning to travel to leh via the srinagar route on 5th may and coming back through the manali route by mid may. do you think the roads will be open on the way back.

    also would request your phone number in case i need more details

    thanks

  152. ruhail says:

    Hii,dheeraj,t s ruhail,im gng to leh as u no.earlier i planned gng by manali,bt now ill be gng by srinagar.ill start by 25thmay frm delhi.wll there would be snow enroute at tat time.

    • Ruhail, personally I have never been to Srinagar – Leh route but since you are going in May only so I strongly feel you will find snow at Zozila Pass. On rest of the route I doubt. Again in Leh as well you will find snow capped mountain ranges and snow at mountains passes like Khardung La, Chang La, Wari La.

  153. Anas says:

    @ Dheeraj & Sanjay…

    thanks both… yeah dat really is a gr8 news….

    @nancy

    yeah Rohtang is closed… u can jus visit Solang

  154. Nancy, Rohtang Pass is closed as off now for vehicular traffic but locales from both side (Lahaul and Kullu) are crossing it on foot sometimes.

  155. Nancy says:

    Hello..

    I am planning to go to Rohtang Pass tomorrow ..

    Can I go ..Is It already open ..

    Can anybody tell me …

  156. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    Wow @Anas,

    Thanks for the info. Its so much heart warming news :)

    It would be great to hear/see pictures. Probably some one who goes now will be post.

  157. Anas says:

    @Dheeraj

    A friend of mine is posten in BRO ( Border Road Organisation) near Leh. I told him some days back k i m planning to be there thid summer . so he called me yesterday to tell me that d Srinagar Leh highway has been thrown open for light private vehicles n u can now plan ur visit.

    • @Anas, thanks a million for confirming the news :) … All the best for your journey buddy. The information will be helpful for many people I guess. Thanks again.

  158. Hello Anas,
    From where did you get this info. Did you call some taxi driver over Srinagar? I just read on one of the forums stating it is expected to open well into second week of May :confused: ? Do let us know the source, so that others also plan keeping in mind the information provided.
    Thanks.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  159. Anas says:

    Hey all…

    Gud news for all…. Srinagar-Leh har been opened for light vehicles…. light four wheelers can do it now but the condition right now is not very gud…

  160. Anas says:

    @ dheeraj

    Thanks a lot for the valuable info…. i'll surely let u knw as soon as i start planning for it….. n regarding jeeps, i do have some contact nos. of the person concerned as i asked for the same last year too… so i'll surely confirm before planning….

  161. Hi Sanjay,I have provided my feedback on the updated one. Also, thanks for the offer, I would have loved to join but I guess I will have to skip my annual adventure pilgrimage to Ladakh this year owing to family commitments :) … But, next year a long trip in the heaven (Ladakh) is a certainty :) …Regards,Dheeraj Sharma

  162. Hello Ruhail,
    Much thanks for such appreciating and warm words. I am more than happy that the information on the blog has helped you. Well, surely I will keep updating the status and let you guys know about the opening or current status of Manali – Leh highway. As far as Srinagar – Leh highway is concerned, that will open in the next week. So, the annual pilgrimage to Ladakh for adventure lovers begins next week :)
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  163. Hello Meghna,
    Well, staying in Leh you have many options. We stayed at Shanti Guest House which is economic as well as decent and close to Changspa road  (which is lively in Leh) and Shanti Stupa. We had to shell about 800 Rs for four person room there. You can even get more economic around Fort Road as well, give me some time I will ask my friends and provide you the refernces, if you want. We wanted to stay as close to Changspa road and Shanti Stupa as possible as there is no local transport in Leh, not even rickshaws. Only hired taxis run in Leh or you are at your own. I am not sure if there are any dharamshala, however you may try some local monastery if they can provide some shelter at cheaper rates. Hiring of jeep? Do you mean by self-drive hire or hire a taxi with a driver?
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  164. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    Dheeraj,

    thanks and thanks, no words how I appreciate your help. Moreover if you think you can make it I am still on a lookout for a a co-pilot :)

    updated the route plans from your inputs http://saneax.blogspot.com/2011/04/trip-to-leh-pl

    do look at it finally and let me know.

    Amol,

    let me know if you want to join with me from Pune. we would like to ammend the start date, if you want to start earlier. But suggest you to start later to let the roads open up.

    regards

  165. ruhail says:

    Hi,dheeraj ths s ruhail.thanxs all for ur inputs.

    ill take all precaution which u hve told me while driving.i would like to appreciate ur knowledge and passionate to travelling.im really impressed and hope others who r gttng various information frm ur blog will be too impress.thats awesome.keep it up! i request u to update me and others also abt the opening of the highway.thnxs dheeraj.if i hve any doubts ill sure cnt u directly.bye.tc.

  166. Meghna says:

    hey dheeraj ,thanx for giving such a usefull info….i m looking hotels to stay at leh…..Leh will b ur base camp n frm ther will roam around places….so plz help me out with that.. i m looking for economic one…..r their any dharmshals wher v can stay? n one more thing can u tell us abt the rates to hire jeeps over their….actually i m setting our budget thts why asking u…….

  167. Hello Krishna,

    Thanks for liking the info on the blog. I am happy that it was useful for you. Well, mid-may even if the Rohtang Pass will not be open you will certainly be allowed till snow point of Marhi or Rani Nalla, the glacier point where snow can be seen any day of the year. So, I am sure you will have good time enjoying snow there. Also, Manali Sanctuary can also be covered as it is just about 2-3 KMs from Manali town and there is trail which starts from Manali Log Huts or Dhungri temple that leads you into the woods. Ask the locals there and for more information on Manali you may go through the Manali Travel Guide at the following link: <a title="Manali Travel Guide" href="http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/delhi-to-manali-himachal-pradesh-travel-guide/&quot; target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Delhi to Manali, A Travel Guide

    Please let me know incase you have further queries.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj sharma

  168. Krishna Vasudevan says:

    Hello, it was quite informative and nice to read your blogs. We are planning to visit Manali in mid-may. We planned three days stay there, with one of those days for Rohtang pass and back. Could you tell us whether a visit to Manali sanctuary would be possible if Rohtang is not opened yet? We have planned for one day local sights and one day for Kullu-Manikaran as well.

  169. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    Updated the plan
    http://saneax.blogspot.com/2011/04/trip-to-leh-pl

    Dheeraj, please comment on anything you see unfeasible. I weary of diesel availability/quality – any recomendations which bunkers I can fill safely.

    On a tank full I can go 700Kms. However hill driving may reduce that to 3/4th is my assumption so is it safe to think 500 Kms on 45 litre diesel. On a hill like ooty I can strike 17Kms/litre.

    need your wishes and thanks in advance.

    I have actually tried to advance the dates as much as possible after your blog.

    /sanjay

    • Hey Sanjay,

      I have placed my comments for the route I have been i.e. mostly in the Northern India. Availability will not be an issue but yes quality can be an issue though, but you need to overlook it. The Ladakh region has few options so you have to avail them no matter how they are :) … Just to be on safer side keep the extra fuel for Pangong – Tso Moirri – Manali circuit and if not carrying much then refill again at Upshi/Karu on your return. Leh – Pangong Tso – Tso Moirri – Pang – Sarchu – Tandi (only petrol pump at Manali – Leh Highway) stretch will be about 750 KMs and if you are going back to Upshi for a refuel then Leh – Pangong Tso – Chusul – Tso Moirri – Upshi will be about 560-580 KMs. Now, I guess you can calculate within safe limits how much petrol will be required to be carried :)

      regards.
      Dheeraj sharma

  170. Hello Meghna,
    You shall confirm your return via Manali (not Shimla) side first from Leh taxi stand and then only decide if you want to come back via Manali highway or not as roads may not have either been opened or stabilized at that time. Manali – Leh highway is itself a place to see throughout and the journey is perhaps the most adventurous one in India, so you will b missing the entire 474 KM long Manali – Leh highway, if the road is closed :) … But, have faith in weather gods and BRO ;) … For more details on places on Manali – Leh highway, I will share a detailed document by next week perhaps which you may check to get an idea. Well ,going from Shimla side road is closed at Rohtang Pass, once it opens the other major hurdle is Baralacha pass. This time the snow is too much on the passes (5 passes comes in manali – Leh highway) as much as 50 feets.
    Regarding the information on Hotels or accomodation are you looking on the journey en-route i.e. highway or in Leh – Ladakh.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  171. Hey Anas,
    You are welcome anytime. Yes, indeed last year Rohtang was in worst shape ever, keeping the fingers crossed that this time it comes out stable. Well, I guess by then Manali – Leh highway would surely be in working condition atleast, so not much worries regarding time window. However, the HPTDC bus service to Leh generally starts in July when the roads are stabilized and I think so as Keylong – Leh bus service of HRTC. In any case, you will have the option of shared taxi too that runs from Manali as well as Leh but be ready for some hard fun in that roller coaster ride of 16 Hrs :) … I guess if Keylong – Leh will not start then you will have to hire the shared taxi only.
    Let me know incase you need more information.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  172. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    Yes we can sync up anywhere in the route, I will take Pune -> Ahmedabad, as the roads are good. Good roads help more than shorter routes (experience) :)

    you can ping me on saneax on twitter.

    regards

    /sanjay

  173. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    Hi Harsh,

    I am posponing by a week (starting on 4th June) from bangalore. The itenary changed, as the Kargil Pudum might get cleared by them (fingers crossed). I want to go to Pudum, have heard a lot from friends on this.

    I am a family guy, however I am going with friends, so far just 1 of em have signed up :) and I am asking others who are still thinking. My kids are too small below 3 years for them to accompany me.

    I am also planning to visit Ajmer Sharief/Vrindavan/Katra(Vaishno Devi) as we go along. the route plans are here :

    Day 1 – Bangalore->Bhiwandi (NH4 bangalore->tumkur->dharwad->kolhapur->pune->thane->Bhiwandi – 989Kms – http://goo.gl/maps/hTwi)
    Day 2 – Bhiwandi->Ajmer (NH8 bhiwandi->surat->vadodara->udaipur->Ajmer – 1002 Kms – http://goo.gl/maps/1t6z)
    Day 3 – Visit Dargāh Sharīf of Khwāja Mu'īnuddīn Chishtī and Pushkar

    Day 4 – Ajmer->Vrindavan (NH8,NH11,NH2 Ajmer->Jaipur->Mathura->Vrindavan – 366 Kms – http://goo.gl/maps/JjM2)
    Day 5 – Vrindavan->Katra (Vrindavan->Noida->Ghazaiabad->Meerut->Karnal->Patiala->Ludhiana->Jalandhar->Katra – 826 Kms – http://goo.gl/maps/cvfC)
    Day 6 – Vaishno Devi Visit and rest.

    Day 7 – Katra->Srinagar (Katra->Anantnag->Srinagar – 279 Kms 1730 mts (5676 ft) – http://goo.gl/maps/xB8a)

    the later part is still in a flux, since I am not sure if Khardungla pass will open up or not will depend on that.

    • Hey Sanjay, you are in for journey of the lifetime. Padum, Zanskar Valley is on my TODO list as well but may be will do it next year, as I am a family guy too ;)… All the very best for your this journey of your lifetime :)

  174. Meghna says:

    also i need sum hotels cum dormitories ka contacts so that i can do advanced booking or will i get accommodation easily over ther on the spot? can send me info on my id meghnabhandari75@yahoo.co.in

  175. Meghna says:

    hello guys,

    we r a grp of 12 ppl planing to visit leh ladakh in 1st week of june….wil go by srinagar-kargil-leh highway bt want to do return journey by 9th-11th june via shimla highway…how many r the chances to keep tht road open? wt will b the places to be seen on leh-shimla highway which might b getting missed by us if road will nt b opened?

    on leh-shimla highway frm leh side upto which pass the raod is closed jounrelly? Any news will be appreciated..

  176. Anas says:

    Hey all…..

    Thanks 4 all da info Dheeraj….

    I planned Manali- Leh last year on bike but was stuck at manali due to snowslides near Rohtang and had to return back…

    I m again planning for the same dis year but i've to join my clg by 1st july so i wish to b back home by 28th of june . So is it possible to do it via Manali by then?? N i dont plan it by bike dis tym due to some reasons, wil it be gud doin it by bus alone?? n how can i plan it best by bus??

  177. Hello Vardhan,Good to know that you guys are going to Leh – Ladakh and glad that you find the info present here, useful enough. Well in between Marismik La and Tso Moirri / Tso Kar, I will suggest you do Tso Moirri and Tso Kar. You will be surprised to know that majority of people prefer Tso Moirri even over Pangong Tso and the locals people also prefer Tso Moirri due to their holy beliefs. Marismik La can be left for another trip to Ladakh in future along with other rough tracks including Dha – Hanle – Changthang etc there are plenty of them. Let me know if you have any more queries.Regards,Dheeraj Sharma

  178. Harshavardhan says:

    Hey dheeraj, vardhan here. my group is going to leh on 2 july via manali -darcha-pang-leh. we have chalked out the plan. cant do both tso moirri and marismik la.which 1 should we do. good to read so much in details about manali-leh highway.

  179. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Hi Sanjay, Just now i see the way from Bengaluru to Leh its going through Nagpur, if you go from Pune then its will be long way; are you going to pickup any one from Pune?

  180. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Hi Sanjay, I think you will going through Mumbai-B'lor Highway and my flat is on Mumbai-B'lor Highway. If possible i will join on 29th May.

    Are you going with friends or Family ?

    Hi Dheeraj, How are you doing. Thanks for your help. Please don't say that Leh-Manali Highway will open in mid June I have leaves up to 20th June :( … I know you can not do anything its under BRO but still hope for best.

    • Hey Amol, I am too hoping for the best and really wish they (BRO) could open the highway by June for sure. They are working really hard with more than one shift to cut through the snow. Hence, if the weather holds up they might be able to open it all the way to Leh. There are high chances that highway will be open upto Darcha by May end. So, let hope the other end and yes Baralacha La pass also gets open at the same time. I guess you will be able to at least return via Manali – Leh highway if the weather holds up.

      The only thing that is in my hand is to update the latest status of Manali – Leh highway here :) … My best wishes to all of you :)

      BTW, I am doing great and I hope that your doing good too… Thanks :)

  181. Hello Sathya, I guess it is better choice to move from Srinagar side and come back via Manali side ONLY after confirming the status of the Manali – Leh highway. The Srinagar – Leh highway is expected to open by that time and if you can postpone it to June 2nd then it will give you slightly better chances to sneak through Manali – Leh while coming back. It is expected that Manali – Leh highway will open in mid-June types due to huge snow stocks, so if BRO had made quick progress, you are in for a chance. They are still working in the stretch of Khoksar to Rani Nalla which is expected to take most amount of time. Hence, to give you better chance leave on 2nd via Srinagar side and try your luck while coming back from Manali side but do confirm from Leh taxi stand. Secondly, this will also help you get better acclimatized to the high altitudes of Ladakh region and also Manali-Leh highway.

  182. Sathya Kanth PV says:

    Dear Dheeraj, After reading all the posts we have now decided to ride from Chandigarh via Jammu, Srinagar, Khargil and Leh. Then based on the leh-manali status head towards Manali.

    Do you think we can do it as per our orginal schedule to start from Chandigarh on May 27th or do you think we need to postpone it to June 2nd. I do not think we can postpone it any further than this.

    Regards,

    Sathya

  183. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    Amol, I am on Ritz, it will be good if we join, I can join you from Pune on 29th, can you advance a day?

    regards

    /sanjay

  184. Sanjay Upadhyay says:

    I am planning to visit Leh on road in my car (Ritz diesel)

    starting 28th May and returning by 16th June. Dates are nearly fixed, If I have to go I need to time it during the window I have. Earnestly thanks for this blog. I was searching frantically for this info.

    thanks again.

    Note: Folks who could join me from Bangalore on road are welcome. Even if you want you can join from Delhi etc. but by road is what I am coming. I am look out for a driving co-mate. let me know if you guys are interested. you need to send me a twitter pm on http://twitter.com/#!/saneax

  185. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Hi Planning to go leh on 30 May from Pune anybody want to join ?

    m going by Ford Fusion.

  186. Hello Ruhail,
    Glad to know that you will be doing Manali Leh circuit. Well, yes last year the roads were in worse conditions and when the cloudburst happened we were right in Leh :), it is good luck for you that you couldn't reach leh that time because it was not the place anyone wanted to be, at that particular time. Coming back to taking your alto to Leh, I can say that I have seen or know quite a few people who have done it but do keep in mind that you need to be extra careful while tackling the water crossings and landslides. Some skills will definitely be required to negotiate slush, if present and as well as deep water crossings. Do inspect the section on your foot by getting down from the car and feeling it. Sometimes, it is always  better to park aside and see others crossing the section and then make a plan from what you see.
    Now, June? I think since the amount of snow is huge this time, the predicted time of opening of Manali – Leh highway will be around June mid only. And in June the roads never get stabilized due to the recent opening of passes and the snow present. There will be certainly more and more challenges at that time to tackle in an Alto. The snow starts to melt as the sun comes up either creating slush on the roads after few hours or deep water crossing by the late noon which will be impossible to cross in an Alto.
    If you are ready for the challenge then go well prepared with towing ropes, in case you get stuck it will help. Also, have Mseal, feviquicks to fix minor leakages. Ask your friends to be out of car and keep behind the vehicle in slush stretches, so that they can push the vehicles if it is struggling to pass through. Thirdly, never use half clutch measures while crossing the water crossings and try to clear them in one go without use of the clutch. Last but not the least, be smooth and steady in slush stretches and keep your flow with the steering, do not force the issue.
    There may (I am sayin just 'may' ;) ) be sections in which the scratches to the underbelly of your car will be unavoidable. In that case, just make sure on which parts you want those scratches and do safeguard the engine sump at that time and always. Let me know incase you need more details. :)
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  187. ruhail says:

    Hii,dheeraj t s ruhail.actually i was going leh last time itself but due cloudburst i couldn't.i reach manali with my alto but couldn't go further. This time i am quiet passionate to complete manali – leh circuit in my alto which is n good condition also with my friends.we r total 3guys and little bit of luggage.

    I request u to give me fair advise regarding taking alto to leh and that too in the month june when there will be good amount of snow. I will be starting delhi by 14june and reaching manali 15june. according to the amount of snow this year i have planed my date of starting from manali.i hope by that time it will open. what u say?

  188. Hello Abhishek,

    Well, as I have suggested above keep your decision at the end time only. If the route is opened then head with your plan on 10th June otherwise go via Srinagar side which is expected to be stable by then and come back via Manali side only after confirmation on the status from Leh taxi stand. Do not believe what other have to say in Leh rather go yourself to the taxi stand and confirm. The snow is too much, about 50 feets :shock: and BRO has not opened even Rohtang Pass so far whose expected date was 15th April. As per current conditions, Manali – Leh highway is expected to be opened about mid-Jun. I will surely update everyone here as soon as I have the next major update.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  189. love abhishek singh says:

    Dheeraj and Ankur,

    Thanks for the update on the status of highway conditions.Me and my friends were planning the journey on bikes starting 03 june this year .. I guess we would have to wait atleast till 10th June.. Do u guys think 10June as a feasible date (starting from delhi ).

  190. Hello Venkat,
    I guess season wise there will be no issues as that time weather is also good in Leh. Then yes it is approximately 37-39 KMs of ride and about 20-22 KMs till South Pullu checkpost you will find road in good conditions. But, after that as you have figured it out that it will be sought of dirt and rocks on the road. The climb also gets tougher as you apporach India Gate, an indication point. But, to be very frank if do cycling I guess with little more efforts and stamina you will make it through. The toughest part will be negotiating and climbing the rocks, which will demand muscle power from your legs.
    BTW, there was man staying in our hotel, with one leg who reached Khardung La next morning on his bicycle. We were amazed by his spirit and everyone there on the top was just praising him. It all needs some rock solid determination. I have his picture as well in my log of Ladakh journey on this blog :). Let me know if you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  191. Venkat says:

    Dheeraj, thanks a lot for all ur inputs..actually im having a pen and paper while im reading this place.

    How do you view a bicycle ride from Leh-Khardung la? Im planning by late July or early August. How steep is the climb?

    Till now i could only gather this much that it would be a 37 km ride of which last 15 kms would be dirt road after the check post.

  192. @Amol, you are most welcome anytime. Also, as far as Ford Fusion is concerned, just take a bit extra care while going through landslides and water crossings. First inspect the path and then only cross it. If required, wait aside and see how others are crossing the rough patch to plan a route in mind. Make sure you do not hit the under belly where the engine sump is installed. Do not use half-clutch while in the middle of water crossing or slush stretch, try to keep up the revs and complete the stretch in one go. Also, do carry M-seal and towing rope with you. Let me know if you need more inputs.Regards,Dheeraj Sharma

  193. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Thanks a lot Dheeraj you are helping a lot :)

  194. Hi Deepak,Well, infact snow does melt in both June – July but mostly people do it in July and August and some even in September. as a matter of facts, melting of snow does not create much problems apart from water crossings (nallas) that flows on the roads. It is mostly the rains that trigger landslides and close the roads. Actually, snow starts to melt when the sun gets out and hence if you cannot cross those nallas after late in afternoon when they are at max violence. It is always better to have an idea of nallas on the route upfront and cross them as early in the morning as possible. In June, weather is unpredictable and chances of rains are also high as seen in last few years except 2010 which was an exceptional year in terms of rough weather. It might rain and some parts of the Manali – Leh highway can close due to landslides or you might get clear blue skies to cruise on the highway but nothing is certain in June. The good thing is that rain is mostly dominant on the southern side (Manali side) of Rohtang Pass not on northern side (except year 2010). Hence, once you pass through Rohtang Pass and Keylong then rain should not be much of a problem, AFAIK. In June, the best part is that you will find huge amount of snow enroute which I am sure you will love and remember for a long time :) …Also, as you might have read in the above posts the chances of opening of Manali – Leh highway in June is thin due to the presence of large stocks of snow this year. In second week of June, I guess you might get lucky if weather stays calm from now on, so just pray ;) … Also, do prepare an itinerary from Srinagar side as an alternate plan and decide depending on the Manali – Leh highway status in June. You even have an option to come back via Manali – Leh highway but do confirm the status from Leh taxi stand on return.Let me know incase you need more inputs. Best wishes for your trip, buddy.RegardsDheeraj Sharma

  195. Deepak Masti says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Deepak from Bangalore.. I am planning to ride out from Delhi on the 7th of June. U think its a viable option and the roads might have been opened? I had actually planned to ride in July. However, I had to advance my plans to June coz I was told by a lot of people that July is not the best time to be riding coz of he melting snow. In fact I re-booked my air tickets too.. Pls lemme know the best time to be riding…

  196. Amol, I do not stay in Manali but I have some friends there and few other travel forums from where I keep getting the updated status. Well, I have seen most of the cars completing this circuits but for Sedan and Hatchbacks it’s a bit tough and one needs to be extra cautious though. If you have an SUV or MUV you have at least no worries for under belly issues and power. Also, whenever in doubt do inspect the road or water crossing by walking the path on your feet, finalize a chosen path to cross it and while driving stick to that path only. I think rest should be fine.

    Currently, I am preparing an article on how to plan a journey on Manali – Leh highway (coming next week), I hope that could be of some help to you as well. Let me know in case you need more information.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  197. Amol Shivarkar says:

    Thanks Dheeraj are you stay at Manali ?

    i am going by my own car is it ok

  198. Sathya Kanth says:

    Thanks a lot Dheeraj. I did read yesterday's update.

  199. Hello Amol and Sathya,Although, BRO is making great efforts to open up the Manali – Leh highway on schedule but as per the experts chances are that opening it might be delayed due to the presence of huge amount of snow at the passes enroute. This year it has snowed more than usual in all parts of Himalayas, so it will take much more efforts and weather has to hold on to increase the tempo. I will suggest that you keep your options open and instead of doing it from Manali side, work an alternate itinerary from Srinagar side as well because Srinagar – Leh highway opens much early than Manali – Leh highway. End of May seems too optimistic for Manali – Leh highway, at least to me :)If the Manali – Leh highway gets open by the time of your departure (May End), go with your current plan else go from Srinagar side and exit via Manali side, again only after checking its status from Leh taxi stand. Even on your return, if the route is not open then come back via the same route i.e. Srinagar – Leh.I will keep on updating the status of Manali – Leh highway on the blog and to your mails ids too :) … I hope you have read the status as per yesterday.Regards,Dheeraj Sharma

  200. Amol Shivarkar says:

    I am going to Leh on 30th May plz email me the status of leh road thanks a lot amolshivarkar@yahoo.com

  201. Sathya Kanth says:

    Hi Guys,

    We are a motorcycling group from Bangalore. We are planning to do a round trip from Chandigarh to Chandigarh via Manali-Leh-Khargil-Srinagar-Amritsir-Ludhiana.

    We are planning to reach Chandigarh on the 26th of May and start our ride on the 27th or 28th from there. We will be leaving Manali and get on to the Manali-Leh Highway by 29th or 30th. What are the chances that the road will be open by that time. Any news will be appreciated.

  202. Hello Prateek,
    It is very difficult in mid-May even Srinagar – Leh highway have risk with opening in mid – may. It will definitely be better to hit Manali – Leh highway in July as even in June some sections may get close due to landslides triggered by rains. I guess July-August-September is safe bet for Manali-Leh highway except the last exception year in which weather caused havoc in Himalayas. I will keep you updated regarding the status of Manali – Leh highway.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  203. Prateek Singh says:

    Hi Ankur & Dheeraj,

    I am actually planning to undertake trip to Leh via Manali during mid-may, but from what I read it seems that it is unlikely to be open by that time.

    What time is it safe to assume that the entire stretch would be open, and I can plan / apply for leave accordingly.

    Regards,

    PS

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status Update: 17th April, 2011

      On South side of Rohtang pass road till Marhi from Manali has been cleared by BRO but inclement weather had put an halt to the progress. However, vehicles are allowed only upto Gulaba for the time being. Work is in progress towards Rani Nalla but at Rani Nala there is huge amount of snow that is present this year. It is expected that progress will be go down slow once BRO reaches that part of the stretch near Rani Nalla.

      On the North side of Rohtang pass the strecth from Sissu – Keylong – Darcha has been cleared and vehicles are doing it on daily basis. Currently, work is in progress on Sissu – Khoksar stretch.

      This year snow stock is huge and experts predict opening of Manali – Leh highway could be delayed due to huge amount of snow present at the passes. Last two days even it has snowed in the higher hills of Himalayas including all the passes.

  204. Hello Ankur,
    Thanks alot for the first hadn information on Manali – Leh Highway Status. Well, it is usually the case that the Rohtang pass would open by mid-May or starting June. Although this time the clearance operations were started with lots of optimism but inclement weather did not help to last it long. BRO has cleared up the road upto Beas Nalla, 32 KMs further away from Manali towards Rohtang Pass, however the snowfall lasting for last few days and more predicted on this weekend will not help much with this progress. We can only wish that Manali – Leh highway atleast open by its usual time i.e. June unlike last year in which this Manali – Rohtang Pass road was in turmoil even in July end.
    I will keep on updating the status as soon as some further progress is made :) … Thanks for yor update again.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  205. Ankur says:

    Manali-leh Highway is still closed. there is snow upto 15 ft. you can go upto gulaba (21 kms frm manali) road will probably open in may end. Road is cleared 8 kms ahead gulaba, but traffic is not allowed, mountain bikers can take you 3-4 kms (they bribe B.R.O people). I tried to travel further on 11.04.2011 and 13.04.2011 but snow is sliding on the road, it is still not safe to travel.

 
 

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