Manali – Leh Highway is going to open in end of April 2016 this year ?? WTF 😯 😯 … Well, reading this first line you must be saying I have gone insane 😉 😉 …. Hmmm, I will say, “kind of” and so much I wish that it was in dreams only 🙁 🙁 … However, the unfortunate part is that with El Nino affecting most parts of the globe this year by its warmth, even the Himalayas this year have experienced very less snowfall and slopes in most parts of trans-Himalayas are deserted of snow. The lakes like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri have not frozen well and so as famous Chadar trek over Zanskar river which also is partially frozen only 😥 😥 … It is January end and the road from Manali to Marhi, about 34 KMs from Manali towards Rohtang Pass, is all clear of snow which in general opens up in mid of March only with the help of BRO snow clearance operations. The snow situation is quite sad this year to be straight all over the Himalayas.
However, the other side of the coin is that BRO snow clearance operations have begun for the first time in January which usually begin from 1st of March every year. I know that all the adventure junkies or lovers of Leh – Ladakh know what this means… BRO starts the snow clearance operation over 474 KM long Manali Leh Highway for the season 2016 – 17 and expects to open Manali to Rohtang Pass road in the month of Feb for the first time in history. Even the passes on Manali – Leh highway do not have much snow including Baralacha La, Namki La, Lachulung La and Taglang La. The snow clearance operation have started after offering prayers at Marhi, about 34 KMs from Manali and BRO will brave again the toughest of conditions to open the Manali – Leh Highway in April 2016, a record time in itself 🙂 🙂 …
Though BRO target to open the Manali – Leh Highway in April but only weather gods will have the last say in it and all will depend upon the snow conditions in March. Please keep in mind that, when the highway gets open it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding / avalanches that happens due to quick melting of snow and disturbed balance due to snow cutting operations.
As per the earlier years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2016 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 better tracking of updates. A forum topic always helps in better tracking as well as collation of info over time in an organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Manali – Leh Highway status 2016 after this initial post, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2016 | 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 2016. That is another reason to keep yourself subscribed to the DoW Community thread for better tracking and lives updates by community members.
I hope as per the last years, 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 November 2015
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is now being issued online. You can read the complete detailed process at the link: How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online
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 2016 | DoW Community Thread
Current Manali Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 15th October, 2016
- Manali to Rohtang Pass is OPEN
- Rohtang Pass to Keylong is OPEN
- Keylong to Sarchu is CLOSED
- Sarchu to Leh CLOSED
Manali Leh Highway Status 2016 | Some Important Articles for Reference
Manali – Leh Highway Status = UNOFFICIALLY OPEN | Update Date: 22nd May, 2016
Manali – Leh is unofficially open now and Rented bikes are banned to travel to Leh Ladakh and Spiti valley. Details: http://devilonwheels.com/india/road-status-conditions/manali-leh-highway-status-2016-2017-t3627-100.html#p32835
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 20th May, 2016
Manali – Leh Highway is through and cleared of snow but not yet opened for tourists… There are camp sites at Sarchu who have left to pitch camps. So, soon the opening of Manali – Leh is expected, assuming formalities do not take much time to complete especially to abide the guidelines for Rohtang Pass.
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 31st Jan, 2016
MANALI, 31 Jan 2016: With the hills experiencing mild snowfall and Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway remaining blocked for vehicular traffic since December due to snow, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has started snow clearance operation to resume traffic on this route.
Before this, BRO has never attempted to clear snow on Rohtang in January. According to officials, the pass has very less snowfall and the road is clear till Marhi. Snow clearing machines have been engaged at Marhi. “We started to remove snow in January due to less snowfall and favourable weather conditions,” 38 Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) commander Colonel K P Rajendra Kumar said on Friday. He added that the 34km stretch between Manali and Marhi was clear of snow but driving was dangerous due to ice on the road. “Moisture turns into ice due to extreme cold conditions. The work will completely depend on the weather conditions,” he said.
Mountain passes along Manali-Leh highway have so far received light snowfall since December. Col Rajendra said that summer snow clearance operation to throw open Manali-Leh highway for traffic will start officially from March 1. “We are hoping to open the Manali-Leh highway by the last week of April,” he said.
38 BRTF is responsible for maintenance of Manali-Leh highway till Sarchu. This 222km long stretch is very difficult to maintain and experiences very heavy snowfall. Heavy snowfall blocks Manali-Leh highway in December and the highway is resumed for vehicular traffic in May end or early June. The highway that passes through Rohtang pass is cleared upto Keylong in tribal Lahaul-Spiti district in May. If BRO succeeds in connecting Keylong with Manali in February, it would be for the first time.
Meanwhile, a fresh spell of mild snowfall on hills of Himachal has brought cheer among farmers, fruit growers and tourism fraternity of the state.
Kalpa in Kinnaur received 10cm fresh snow. Keylong and Udaipur in Lahaul-Spiti witnessed 8cm and 5cm snow respectively. Solang near Manali also recorded 5cm fresh snow while Manali town witnessed only some snowflakes late evening. Most parts of the state experienced rainfall while high hills are getting heavy snow.
According to meteorological centre Shimla, a fresh western disturbance is active in the state and will bring more snowfall and rain in next 48 hours. People of the state are praying for good snowfall in two days, otherwise dry weather is predicted Monday onwards.
External Source: BRO starts clearing snow on Rohtang