Manali Leh Highway Status 2017

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The record amount of snowfall that has poured in the hills this year is expected to delay the opening of Manali – Leh Highway by its usual opening time. As per the authorities, this year hills have received heaviest of snowfalls in the last 5 years or so. This directly means that opening of Manali – Leh Highway for vehicular traffic is ought to be delayed in this year 2017. On the contrary there have been reports of summers arriving early as well this year but these predictions are only the means of interest & hope to us, mere mortals. It is weather and mountains gods which always have the last say when it comes to weather especially in Himalayas 🙂 🙂 …

BRO will commence the snow clearance operations on Manali – Leh Highway on March 1st 2017 despite the record snowfall. Some stretches around Rani Nalla, Beas Nalla, Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La pass have recorded about 20+ feet of snowfall this year and is expect to give tough time to brave BRO workers in the snow clearance operations. BRO has already started working on snow clearance in Lahaul Valley and some parts of Manali – Leh Highway. The stretches of Manali – Kothi, Sissu – Tandi, Tandi – Darcha, Thirot – Killar -Sansari, Thirot – Lot have been cleared of snow already on Manali – Leh Highway and Lahaul Valley. BRO is currently working to connect Udaipur to Keylong in Lahaul Valley. On the other side, due to warm temperatures in all over Himalayas, even high altitude lakes like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri have not frozen in all glory and so does the famous Chadar trek over Zanskar river which also has cracks or gaps here and there. Just sums up craziness in weather 😥 😥 …

Manali Leh Highway Status 2017

Manali Leh Highway Status 2017

The 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway usually opens up by last week of May or first week of June. This year due to heavy amount of snowfall, I feel still the first week of June should be an optimistic time for at least unofficial opening of Manali – Leh Highway. I know that all the adventure junkies or lovers of Leh – Ladakh know what this means 😉 😉 … Though BRO set targets every year to open the Manali – Leh Highway early but only weather gods always have the last say in it. Eventually, it will all depends upon the weather and snow conditions in the months March / April when snow clearance operations are at peak. Please keep in mind that, when these snow highway gets opens, they need at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized. In the initial days, there are lot of snow slides / avalanches that happens because of faster melting of snow and disturbed balance/stability due to snow cutting operations. So, keep a hold on to your travel plans unless the Manali – Leh Highway stabilizes. Last thing you will want on your much awaited Ladakh trip is to get stranded on lonely stretches of freezing Manali – Leh Highway in early June.

As per the previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2017 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 2017 after this initial post, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2017 | 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 frequently on daily 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 2017. That is another reason to keep yourself subscribed to the DoW Community thread for better tracking and lives updates by other 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 June 2016:
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is no longer being issued online. Now, online Rohtang Permit is available only to visit Rohtang Pass from Manali not to go beyond it. To go beyond Rohtang Pass, you can apply permit in SDM Office Manali which is also open half day on weekends now to issue permits to tourists. 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 2017 | DoW Community Thread

Current Manali Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 25th February, 2017
  • Manali to Rohtang Pass is CLOSED
  • Rohtang Pass to Keylong is CLOSED
  • Keylong to Sarchu is CLOSED
  • Sarchu to Leh CLOSED
Manali Leh Highway Status 2017 | Some Important Articles for Reference
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 25th Feb, 2017

MANALI, 25th Feb 2017: With the hills witnessing the heaviest snowfall in the past five years, opening of the Manali-Leh highway for vehicular traffic is expected to take more time than usual this season.
The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has meanwhile planned to start the snow clearing operation on the highway from Manali from March 1.
Many stretches, especially near Rohtang and Baralacha pass, received over 20ft of snow. The organization had airlifted its personnel including technicians from Manali and dropped them in Lahaul valley in three sorties. These days, the organization is working to clear snow from about 80km stretch of the highway in Lahaul valley.
“Though it depends on weather conditions, we target to officially start the snow clearing operation from Manali-Leh highway till Sarchu from March 1,” said BRO commander Colonel Arvind Awasthi.
Awasthi said snowfall was still continuing along the highway and many stretches were completely covered in a thick blanket of snow. “We are in regular contact with snow and avalanche study establishment (SASE) to get weather updates. If it’s snowing continuously, we won’t spend time on clearing roads unnecessarily.”
Importantly, BRO has kept many stretches of the highway in populated areas open despite heavy snowfall. Awasthi said snow from Manali-Kothi, Sissu-Tandi, Tandi-Darcha, Thirot-Killar-Sansari, Thirot-Lot stretches has been removed and now work is on to connect Udaipur with Keylong.
Of the 474km stretch of Manali-Leh highway, 222km stretch till Sarchu received more snow, posing a challenge to BRO to resume traffic. “Our task is to clear snow till Sarchu. We carried out five sorties by chopper and lifted our personnel at Stingri and Udaipur helipads to speed up snow clearance work in Lahaul valley. We airlifted and brought back Lahaul residents, who were in emergency, to Manali in our return flights.”
Manali-Leh highway opens for traffic in May end or first week of June every year. According to sources, it would be very difficult to clear snow from Rahni Nullah, Beas Nullah, Chumbak Mor, Rakshi Dhank and Baralacha areas.
BRO personnel will have to work hard to open the highway within time this season. Though many BRO personnel have lost their lives during opening of the road in the past, the organization is still working even during snowfall to keep Lahaul roads open for public, sources said.

External Source: Record snowfall to delay opening of Manali-Leh highway

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73 Comments

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        We plan to visit Kullu-Manali & Rohtang La during April 08-11, 2017 from Chandigarh. Please tell if only Rohtang tourist permit will be available for any of these dates.

        • Monika, in case you are planning to take your own vehicle, well, Rohtang Pass will be closed for anyone and will not open by the time you are planning to visit Manali. So, no issue pf permit. Also, you can always travel to snow point in taxi as well which does not require any permit.

        • Yes we will be going in our XUV 500. I just need to know that even if Rohtang La will be closed at that time but still which is the last place enroute that we can visit before Rohtang​ La. We just want to explore that region.

          Thanks in advance.

  1. Shruti somaiya on

    Hi, I m Shruti Here from Mumbai I m planing to go to Leh Ladakh this year in June my tickets are already booked I m reaching Manali on 3rd June n planning to leave for Leh on 4th june I checked on devils on wheels about the last year opening of roads n all so I booked in early week of June and I have my return flight from leh on 13th June. I wanna ask that are there possibility That the road would open by 4th June ?

    • Hey Shruti,

      There is a 70:30 chances of Manali – Leh open in first week of June this year due to huge amount of snowfall and BRO hasn’t make much progress on snow clearance in comparison to last year.

      • Shruti somaiya on

        Thank you for for reply. I really appreciate the help and advise for all of us it’s of a great help indeed. So should I wait for the positive news or change my route to Srinagar -leh?

        • I will recommend to keep it this way, keep a track of updates on this thread for up to mid of May and then you can take a call. Srinagar – Leh route will always be there for the taking even a week before.

  2. HI Dheeraj,

    We are planning for a bike ride to leh Ladakh from Manali with my 3 other friends. Here is my literary which we are planning to follow.Can you just verify this? Do we need to modify our plan here?

    (June 22nd – Thursday)Day 1: Delhi -> Manali (Overnight journey)
    Day 2: Stay at Manali – Rent an RE bike.
    Day 3: Go to Sarchu(Through Keylong) and tent stay at Sarchu – fill up petrol from Thandi
    (June 25th Sunday)Day 4: Sarchu -> Leh (Fill up petrol from Karu)
    Day 5: Roam around Leh
    Day 6: Leh -> Nubra valley and stay at Diskit (Fill up petrol from Diskit)
    Day 7: Peaceful day
    Day 8: Nubra to Pangong (Fill up petrol from Diskit)
    Day 9: Pangong to Sakti village
    Day 10: Sakti to Jispa (Fill up petrol from Karu)
    (July 2nd)Day 11: Jispa to Manali
    Day 12: Manali to Delhi (Overnight journey)

    I’m not sure about staying in Sakti village, but I don’t want to go to Leh back just for staying there.
    Also, Since we are planning to rent a bike, how can we store extra petrol that we should tag along for the journey?

    We can not add one more day in this day as this is the best considering the leaves that needs to be approved for the journey..

    Thanks in advance.

    • Sree, in that case you should stay at Upshi or any homestay in Rumtse village. Extra fuel you need to store in ladakh carriers but thing is that outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. So, on Manali bike you will not be able to do Nubra and Pangong Tso. Also, I Will highly recommend that you make Manali – Jispa and Jispa – Leh as the trip and avoid stay at Sarchu

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        >>> outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh.

        I don’t have a good bike that can be used to climb mountains in Manali. How can we do this trip then? Do we need to rent a bike from Leh for sightseeing again ?

        Thanks,
        Sreeraj

        • Sree, well, yeah in that case you will need to pay twice, one for Ladakh bike one for Manali bike. Better will be travel to Leh b other means and have rented bike in Ladakh

  3. MANISH KUMAWAT on

    HI DHEERAJ
    I am Manish from Delhi. I am planning to go to Spiti Valley, actually I want to complete this circuit(Delhi-Shimla- Kinnaur- Spiti-Rohtang-Manali-Chandigarh-Delhi), and I am planning to go in the month of April, after 15th April may be, so will you please help me out in planning my trip. It will be my first bike trip and I need your help in planning my road trip. I need help on which route should I go first, i.e. either Shimla route or Manali route, local accommodation, road status at Rohtang Pass during that time, and basic day by day itinerary. Planning this Road Trip with my wife. So tell me accordingly.

    Thank you

    • Manish, in April the road from Manali to Kaza will not be open as it opens in mid of June. How many days do you have in hand? And well, first trip to Spiti Valley in April is not recommended bro in off season time. It is a harsh place not a leisure vacation place and in off season you may not even get toilets with water.

      • kumawatmanish on

        Dheeraj, I cant wait for June. Is there any possibility of going there in mid of May?
        I have 10 days in my hand.

        • Manish, in mid May you can travel to Ladakh from Srinagar – Leh Highway and either fly out of Leh from there or come back the same route from Srinagar. It takes 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side.

  4. SUBHRA PRAKASH DAS on

    Hi, Dheeraj –
    It’s Subhro from kolkata. I am reaching Jammu on 22nd May. Have plans to cover Srinagar leh Manali route. We are 5 passengers.
    Please inform me if
    It would be better to hire car on reaching Jammu / Srinagar or pre book it online?
    Will i get accommodation on reaching Kargil, Leh, pangong homestay, keylong or should I make advance booking?
    Will it be wise to return via Manali? {We have plan to reach keylong on 29/5}

    • Shubro,

      1. It is a matter of convenience over searching a bit after landing there.
      2. You will get the places to stay at all these places but with some searching only.
      3. Manali – Leh Highway will be touch and go at that momement. I ahve a feeling that it will not be open by that time.

  5. Mrinmoy Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj..!!

    Planning to visit ladakh on 17th June via Manali – Leh highway ..will stay one night at manali and the next day will stay at JIspa and the next day early morning from Jispa to Leh wat do you think this plan ll help me acclimatize myself
    Thanks

  6. Sumit bedi on

    Thank you Dheeraj can u please let me know if I travel 2nd week of may from Srinagar to Leh ..

  7. Hey buddy,

    I am planning a trip to ladakh from chandigarh(Own Bike),so it will be Manali to Leh.As it will be my first solo trip to leh I need tips reagrding do’s/don’ts .Also can you give me any idea about budget.

    Also returning, is it best to go by leh-shrinagar ?

    I will apreaciate if I can get some info reagrding all.

    Thanks

    • Hi Harpreet,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

      For solo trip: Top 10 Tips for a Solo Trip to Ladakh or Spiti Valley

      I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

  8. Sumit bedi on

    Sir we are 4 couples we have almost decided to go to Leh from Manali by road on 21st April 2017 is it possible to go by road will the route be open .. please let me know where should I go from j&k or Manali ..

  9. Hello Dheeraj..I am Sharath from Bangalore. My family and I will be visiting Manali from 16th April 2017 to 19th April 2017. We are just wondering if if will be possible to visit Rohtang pass during that period. If not possible, what are the alternative places that we can visit to get a glimpse of snow covered mountains from close range. Grateful if you could also share me any links on places to visit in manali & the best mode of local transport. My jopurny will be Bangalore-Chandigarh-Manali-Chandigarh-Bangalore. Thanks in advance for the information.

  10. We are 17peopele in group and are going to keylong and want to go to baralacha la can we go there and return to keylong same day. Pls reply sir.

  11. senthil kumar on

    hey buddy,

    senthil kumar here from chennai. I’m already on the job on planning my route. i have couple of queries to be answered from your end if tat would be possible so tat ill be thank full to u >>>>

    my plan

    chennai to delhi – manali – rothang – keylong – sarchu – pang – leh – pangong – leh – khardhungla – nubra valley – lek & exit in kargil.

    i have 9 days in my hand.

    my dought

    1. from Chennai im planning to bring my bike in train. Will rajdhani accept luggage or parcel
    2. any permits to be taken on the above said route.
    3. quickest way to reach delhi from kargil.
    4. were al the places i get a tented or normal rooms for accommodation. since im a regular trekker accommodation is not a major thing for me but for my friends & colegues requried for a general info.
    5. out of your experience how many days will it take to cover the above said route,.

    awaiting your reply.

    Regards
    Senthil kumar G

  12. Mohan Jagdale on

    Dear Dhiraj,
    We are 15 persons from 5 families and planning a Shrinagar Leh Manali road journey and our basic plan is to reach Shrinagar on the after noon of 25th May. It will take around three days to reach Leh and 4 more days there for local sightseeing including Nubra and Pangong Tso. Will it be ok to start for Manali thereafter from Leh. I must admit that your update on highway which I read just now is very valuable.

    Our tentative programme is 25th Shrinagar; 28th evening Leh upto 02nd June including Pangaon and Nubra; 03.06 Leh to Sarchu; 04.06 Sarchu-Jispa-Keylong; 05.06 Reach Manali; 06.06 and 07.06 at Manali; 07th June evening for Delhi and then next day for Nagpur. Please suggest a place to stay between Kargil and Leh if want to visit, as per some net suggestions, Mulbek, Rock mountain, Lamayuru, Moon land scape, Alchi, Likir, Magnetic hill , Patthat sahib gurudwara and Hall of fame museum en route.

    We can postpone this programme by 2 days, if you suggest. However we have to be in Nagpur by 10th Night as colleges are opening from 13th June.
    Regards

    • Yes Mohan, by that time of the year, I feel that Manali – Leh Highway should be open. Please stay tuned to this thread for updates. Avoid stay at Sarchu during that time of the year and that too with families. The late you go the better it will be and 2 days could also make that difference 🙂

      • Mohan Jagdale on

        Thanks a lot Dhiraj for your update. If we are not supposed to halt at Sarchu, where should we take halt? Leh to Keylong will be too far a distance to travel, I suppose. Please suggest the place for first halt if its not Sarchu. It seems journey will be very exciting and breath taking. I will try for bike next year for this route if I could get company for the same.

        • Mohan Jagdale on

          Your suggestion regarding delay of two days will be discussed with my friends on Sunday morning during “Chai pe charcha.”

        • Mohan, starting early and doing Keylong – Leh is much better than sleeping at Sarchu in freezing cold with AMS risk too. Many people manage Leh – Keylong including the HRTC buses for public transport. You can opt for Jispa too to cut about an hour.

  13. smita kariwadekar on

    Hi Dhiraj,

    Can’t thank you enough for your tireless efforts to enrich our lives with so much of meaningful information.
    I am yet again back with my nagging queries. I have 4 days on hand and want to plan a quick gateway upnorth. Will be in delhi on 12th april late evening and have to be back to delhi on 16th april by evening to catch a flight.
    Given this scenario what would be your suggestion on a good place to visit where there would be snow. (I have this unavoidable and persisting craving for snow always).

    I am thinking of visiting Manali. solang valley, bir, etc. Not sure if Rohtang pass will be open. Your valuable input will be of great help for the itinerary and any other suggestion.

    If not Manali, if you could suggest some other place, it will be great. Looking forward to your reply and thanks in advance.

    • Thank you so much Smita for the warm words of appreciation 🙂

      Rohtang Pass will not be open but yeah snow point towards Rohtang Pass will be open. Otherwise, you can also plan a visit towards Chopta – Tunaganth trek in Uttarakhand.

        • Smita Kariwadekar on

          Thanks Dheeraj..One last question..:)

          Can you please help me with the optimum itinerary for tungnath, chandrashila, deoriataal considering my below mentioned travel dates?
          – Arriving in Delhi on 12th April at 7pm.
          – need to reach back to Delhi by 16th Apr noontime

          Also, how to travel by public transport throughout the itinerary.. Availability of shared taxis/buses etc.

          And lastly, what r the chances of getting snow at tungnath chandrashila during that week. Thanks in advance..:)

        • Hi Smita,

          You can read the article: Tungnath – Chandrashilla – Chopta – Deoriatal – Most Common Itinerary and make little adjustments to the plan defined in this article.

          Public transport should be available from Haridwar to Ukimath or Guptkashi. In case of Guptkashi, you can ask conductor to get down on the bridge/diversion point that takes you to Ukimath where you will get the shared taxi.

          There is too much snow as of now in Tunganath, so fair chances of getting snow up there during April too.

        • Smita Kariwadekar on

          Thanks Dheeraj for all ​the help..:) I am unable to reply on the last reply from you if hence replying here.. Happy holi 🙂

        • That’s totally fine. Best wishes for your trip Smita, feel free to post any questions you may have further for your trip. Happy Holi 🙂

  14. hi dheeraj
    I am from pune. i am planning to visit leh ladakh via kargil and spiti valley also in june first week
    Will the highway open up at that time

  15. Hitesh Kumar on

    Dear,
    I have two queries;
    1) By when the Srinagar-Leh highway will get opened.
    2) Will Leh-Manali open by May 22, 2017? I have spoken to Himachal tourism, and they informed that Leh-Manali highway would be opened by First or second week May’2017.

    Regards

    • Hi Hitesh,

      1. Srinagar – Leh Highway should be open and stabilized by mid of May in general
      2. As you read in the article, Leh – Manali Highway would not open by first week of June.

  16. Mohammad Shafiulla Shaik on

    Dear : Please let me here. I’m planning for Lah and the travel date is on 8th July, 2017 from Bangalore. Please help me with my travel plan.
    First thing : Is this the appropriate time to travel ?.
    Second : Should i need to travel from Manali or Srinagar ? what is the best way to go and come back other way round. We are travelling on bike and Car.
    Third : How i should parcel my bike from Bangalore? Which service is more reliable. How many days before i need to parcel and also the cost plz.
    Forth : Please guide me with a plan from Start to End. What are my stops with KM’s and also any accomodations.
    Five : What all i need to get prepared in terms of what i need to carry and be aware of.
    Six : Incase my bike gets broke. Do i get nay helping hand on my trip.
    PLease help me with my questions and also please let me know if i missed any. Thank you. I will be more than happy to talk to you, if you can share your contact details. Thanks in advance.

    Shafi

  17. Dear Dhiraj,
    I am from Mumbai. I intend to visit Leh-Ladakh via road route in June. We are planning to start our trip from Srinagar somewhere between 4th to 6th June & return via Manali-Leh highway ,starting back from Leh around 15 th June. Will this schedule be doable. Will the highway open up at that time

    • Hello Mayoor, I just replied to your other updated comment. Please stay tuned to this thread and I am hopeful that Manali – Leh Highway shall be open by the time you are planning to come down this road.

      • Dear Dhiraj,

        Thanks for your reply. I went thru the other comment. will continue to tune into this post for updates

  18. Plz correct ur information m coming Fron chadar trek on 12 Feb 2017 and it’s totally freeze just some few point it’s not and the leh Citi got higest snowfall since 2002

    • Dear Raju, I meant to say “full glory”, it has not been in full glory. Regarding snowfall, yeah, indeed all over in Himalayas it is high amount of snowfall.

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