It is March and all the adventure junkies or Ladakh lovers know what it means – BRO starts the snow clearance operation over 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway for the season 2014 – 15. This time snow stock is again huge, thanks to snow in last couple of months, with almost up to 30 feet of snow walls up there, even 60 feet 😯 😯 , much more than last few years. We need to see when the roads to Leh – Ladakh will open in 2014 so that we, adventure lovers will start our annual adventure pilgrimage to the heaven. BRO has started the snow clearance last day after offering prayers at Gulaba, about 23 KMs from Manali.
BRO plans or claims to open the Manali – Leh Highway by 30th April 2014 if weather condtions hold up. However, like previous years, only weather gods will have the last say in it. I expect no less than mid of May and even when the highway gets open it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding that happens due to quick melting of snow.
As per the earlier years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2014 which so many adventure lovers await every year. However, instead of updating the main article here at DoW Blog, I will keep the updated progress in the DoW Community thread for the same for better tracking of updates. A Forum Topic always helps in better updates tracking as well as collation in organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Manali – Leh Highway after this initial post please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2014 | DoW Community Thread
Once the Manali Leh road opens, I may not be that active in frequently updating the status because these roads close and open on frequent basis. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information on daily basis once the road gets open, so please request you to excuse me on that front and accept my apologies :)… However, if there is some major blockade of 3 – 4 days, I will try to surely update such information about Manali Leh Highway status. That is another reason to keep updated to DoW Community Thread for the same.
I hope as per the last year, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Manali – Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh.
UPDATE from 9th June 2014
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is now being issued at an official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi, from green tax barrier at Chauri-Bihal and Shuru, SDM Office Manali, Tourist information center Manali and in the office of HPTDC. This year the congestion charges of Rs. 50/- per vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars… The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night, after which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 3 AM from Manali to avoid long traffic jams, especially in June, to Rohtang Pass. For Manali to Rohtang Pass, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis (HP Registered) are allowed in the batches per day beyond Gulaba to snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass.
Again, for all latest updates on Manali – Leh Highway Status after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2014 | DoW Community Thread
Current Manali Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 8th June, 2014
- Manali to Rohtang Pass is Open
- Rohtang Pass to Keylong is Open
- Keylong to Sarchu is Open
- Sarchu to Leh Open
Manali Leh Highway Status 2014 | Important Articles
Manali – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 8th June, 2014
MANALI, 8th June 2014: Manali – Leh Highway opens for 2014 – 2015
Manali – Leh is open for tourists now and vehicles have started plying on it. The permits for both motor bikes and cars are issued at the camp setup at Gulaba for on day at the cost of Rs 50. The timings of traffic is from 4 AM to 11 PM. Read more at:
Manali – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 4th June, 2014
MANALI, 4th June 2014: Manali – Leh Highway has been reopened today for the season 2014-15, however, traffic is still not allowed on it. Read more at: Manali – Leh Highway opens for 2014 – 2015
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 3rd May, 2014
MANALI, 3rd May 2014:Rohtang Pass has been opened fr vehicular traffic for the season 2014. BRO will not move towards other passes on Manali – Leh Highway to clear snow and we can expect it to open in next couple of weeks from now as a fair probability. Read more at: Rohtang Pass opens for 2014 – 2015
Manali Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 4th March, 2014
MANALI, 4th March 2014: Cutting through the 10 to 30 feet thick sheet of hard snow, Border Roads Organization (BRO) on Monday started its snow clearing operation on the daunting Manali-Leh highway after offering prayers for the safety of its jawans at Gulaba, 23km from here.
Project Deepak of 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) stationed in Manali has responsibility to maintain the 222km Manali-Sarchu road, which, according to officials, has received more snow than previous few years. The strategically important highway, which further meets with Ladakh, is used by the Indian Army to ferry logistics and arms to border areas. This year BRO has set its target to re-open the highway by April 30.
“Rohtang and Baralacha passes have experienced very heavy snowfall. If weather permits, we shall open the highway by the end of April,” BRO commander Colonel Yogesh Nair said. He said the highway has witnessed many avalanches and thickness of snow could be more than 60 feet at some places.
Searching for the road below thick sheet of snow is similar to searching for needle in haystack. An inch of unnecessary cutting in snow may result in fatal consequences on the hilly terrain. Dozens of jawans are clearing snow simultaneously from Satingri towards Baralacha pass, Sissu to Rohtang pass, Udaipur to Kilaar and Gulaba to Rohtang pass. Each group of jawans has four dozers and two snow cutters.
The 474km-long Manali-Leh highway gets blocked after heavy winter snow in November and December and is thrown open for vehicular traffic only after April. BRO jawans work in freezing cold and face blizzards to reopen the highway every year. Opening of the highway will also provide relief to thousands of residents of Lahaul valley who have been locked in snow since December.
External Source: Snow clearing starts on Manali Leh Highway