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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  1. Rohtang Pass has been thrown open for tourists from today onward.

    1. The first batch of vehicles (400 diesel & 200 petrol) is allowed to cross Gulaba checkpoint from 6.00 AM to 9.00 AM. The second batch of the same number of vehicles is allowed from 9.30 AM to 12.00 PM.
    2. Permit fee of Rs 550 need to be paid online and permit can be obtained online 2 days in advance of the trip.
    3. However, please note that the permits disappear in a matter of 12-15 minutes once it opens at 12.00 PM every day for next two days. So, make sure you have a fast internet and already know how to use the website.
    4. No permit is issued for any vehicles going to Rohtang Pass on Tuesday as Rohtang Pass will be closed for maintenance.

    http://devilonwheels.com/india/road-status-conditions/manali-leh-highway-status-2017-2018-t5233-80.html#p41017

  2. Dheeraj what is the opening date of manali leh highway we are planning on 4 june from manali is it a proper date for ride ????

  3. Saddam Hodsain on

    Dheeraj we want to make a trip to simla – manali – leh – srinagar through leh-manali highway then leh – srinagar highway by car. Is it possible. If possible then what will be the perfect time to implement our plan.

    • Well, it is possible but mostly Srinagar – Ladakh – Manali is much better to do. Also, by Shimla, you mean you want to cover Kinnaur – Spiti Valley too?

    • Saddam Hodsain on

      Thanks for your suggestion Dheeraj. Yes we want to visit Kinnaur – Spiti Valley too. What will be the perfect time to visit. And how much day and money our 5 group people’s will need. For Srinagar-leh-manali-simla how much day we will need.

      • Below plan is what I see as minimum and then you can add more days as you may have in Spiti and Kinnaur Valley

        Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
        — Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

        Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
        — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
        — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
        — Overnight at Srinagar

        Day 3 | Srinagar – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
        — Enjoy the vistas enroute
        — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
        — Overnight at Kargil

        Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
        — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
        — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
        — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
        — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
        — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder
        — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La

        Day 7 | Hunder – Sumur/Kyagar – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
        — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 8 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
        — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 9 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
        — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
        — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik)

        Day 10 | Pangong Tso Lake – Shey – Thicksey – Leh
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 11 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
        — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
        — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 12 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
        — Cover Karzok Monastery
        — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

        Day 13 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
        — Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
        — Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

        Day 14 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
        — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
        — Overnight at Jispa

        Day 15 | Jispa – Chandratal
        Day 16 | Chandratal – Kaza on the way (Ki, Kibber, Gette)
        Day 17 | Kaza/Langza Homestay (Hikkim, Koumik, Langza)
        Day 18 | Kaza – Pin Valley – Dhankar – Tabo
        Day 19 | Tabo – Kalpa
        Day 20 | Kalpa – Narkanda
        Day 21 | Narkanda – Chail / Shimla – Delhi

  4. Hi Dheeraj,

    I & my friend are planning for a Two weeks ride from Delhi – Srinagar – Leh – Manali – Delhi.
    How to carry the luggage of two in a bike (Classic 350) ? What bags to use?
    Should we go for two bikes instead of one?

  5. Kuldeep Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    First I appreciate your guidance to each one with great knowledge and patience.
    I vl reach Manali on 5th June along with a friend. My friend is apprehending a little as we have planned early on the season. Whether we vl get companions on the way to Leh during that time.

  6. NagaRaj Arcot on

    Hi Mr. Dheeraj Sharma,
    Firstly, appreciate you for wonderful help you are doing to the himalayan lovers and thank you.
    My query is, a permit is required to trek from Manali to Leah as well? Since, i’m attempting a world record and planning to trek from Manali to Leh in 25days.
    Thank you in advance.

  7. Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip from Manali to Srinagar via Leh from 11 June. Is there any bike rental service which has outlets in both the cities? So when I leave the bike in Srinagar they wont charge extra for bringing it back.

    • No Aman, you will have to pay for one way pickup about 10-12K one bike. Also, you will have to hire Leh based bike once in Ladakh for all days you stay in Ladakh to do sightseeing as outside rented bikes are not allowed. So, that means you will pay twice.

  8. Manali – Leh Road Status Update 21st May 2017

    Manali – Leh Highway expects delayed opening due to inclement weather. Earlier Manali – Leh Highway was expected to open by 25th May, but now due to inclement weather in past couple of days when it is snowing in the higher hills, BRO expects at least one more week from now to clear the road up to Sarchu beyond Baralacha La pass.

    Read more at:
    http://devilonwheels.com/india/road-status-conditions/manali-leh-highway-status-2017-2018-t5233-70.html#p40935

  9. Aditya Nigam on

    Hey vipin… I am from Lucknow. I am going Leh-Ladakh on 18 june… I am solo rider…. if u r planning from kanpur and don’t have any problem… can we go together? if you are interested…call me or whatsapp 9026383755.

  10. HARISH chander on

    Is it adviceable to take a kid of 8-9 year old She had asthma problem till last year. She used to take inhaler till last year. Now she is quite O K but sensitive. We plan to go from Chandigarh to Leh via Srinagar and come back via manali To visit Nubra , pangong, tso moriri

    • Hi Harish,

      I will suggest you consult a doctor and be 100% sure. My brother in law also have asthma problems but he is OK when he travel to Ladakh. However, all human beings are different so please don’t take it as there will be no issue in case we did not have an issue. Please consult your doctor, talk to him about high and very high altitude places. These places are harsh especially the lakes and Manali – Leh Highway and medical facilities are not readily available.

  11. Hello sir, Do we need inner line or protected area permit to visit nubra valley , pangyong lake & other places in Ladakh. Also is it required for Leh to Manali by road. Is seperate permit is required for the places or single permit suffices. Also please help by advising how to get the permits if they are required. Is it available online.

    • If you are Indian, you will need Inner Line permit for Ladakh and if you are foreigner then you need Protected Area Permit. Single permit will have a list of all names of places you want to visit. It is not available online and can be obtained from DC office in Leh. For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. Fill in Page 2, 3 for Inner Line Permit applicable for Indians, got to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the required fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.

      • Thank you a ton for the information. Couple of further queries
        1. How much time does it take to get this permit once I reach Leh . Planned to reach Leh on 7th June and travel to Nubra on 9th June.
        2. Is there any agent for handling this prior to my reaching Leh OR may be the hotel does this .
        Once again thanks for this support

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    Greetings !

    As per your advice, we are planing to visit Leh via Srinagar in June first week ( Better acclimatization and predictable road conditions) and come back via Manali. Will we need permits for the same?

    Regards
    Madhav

    • Hi Madhav,

      You do not need any permit to travel on Manali – Rohtang Pass road, however, you will need inner line permits in Ladakh. The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you for your elaborate reply. A couple of questions for you, if you may-

        1. Do I still need the inner line permit if I am entering Ladhak through Kargil?
        2. I do not intent to visit places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar. I will just be in Ladhak. Do I still need an inner line permit?
        3. If the answer is yes, where can I apply for the permit?
        3. Where can I pay the environment fees of Rs.400?

        Thanks in advance
        Regards
        Madhav

        • Hello Madhav,

          All the answers are YES.

          Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
          The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
          For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. Fill in Page 2, 3 for Inner Line Permit applicable for Indians, got to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the required fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.

    • Hi Madhav

      I am akhil from kerala.
      We (3 members – family) are also planning for the same road trip. if possible can we group together and share the taxi fares??

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    Would it be possible for us to reach Leh from manali by road if we start our journey on 11th of June from Manali? I mean – will the roads be opened at that time?

    Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks!

  14. Hi sir how are you.We are from kanpur u.p.
    we are planing a leh tour by our new royal enfield bike on 3rd june.
    Sir my question is that i bought new bike,on date of journey we will not get RCof vehicle but we will get the number of bike.without RC we will get pass from ASDM manali to cross the roatang pass.or not.

      • bijoysahoo on

        Its is possible to get permission from SDM office.
        @Vipin, you need to contact Royal Enfield to issue a copy of Temporary RC of that Temp number. Cary all your original purchase document. Dont forget POC certificate. Get it done on the same Temp number.

        Last year, we went to Ladakh with one new bike in this way and no problem occurred.

        • Thank you Bijoy for sharing these details. The only thing that will change this year is that I see is the permit this year may be available only online not from SDM Office. But, still it does not necessarily say RC of the vehicle but says document to prove the age of the vehicle.

    • Kuldeep Singh on

      Hi. Vipin,
      M in Lko and planning on 6th June from Manali towards Leh.
      WhatsApp no. 9590566136

        • KumarNilesh on

          I visited to Manali during May17 to May19 -2017.
          Rohtang pass still closed. 80% tourist are returning with disappointed
          Permit is only available for Marhi (ie 15KM before Rohtang).
          Local taxi operator are looting tourist as taking Rs 5000 for Marhi. Snow available only in Marhi. There is traffic gam on road.

        • KumarNilesh on

          Local taxi operator is taking 5000 Rs for Marhi tour. If u have taken tour package then ask them to arrange pass or less 5000 Rs from package tour. I was in Manali during 16.May2017 to 19.May2017 I had prebooked taxi but unabel to get permit for Marhi.

        • VINAY SINGHAL on

          if road opens by 25-5-2017 then how much time it will take for a taxi permit vehicle to get official permit to travel Rohtang pass route? So it will help in taking decision for prior booking of taxi.

        • Well, Vinay, if the road gets opened on 25th May and tourists are allowed by the administration, the permit will be available online from that very day.

  15. SAIKAT DATTA on

    Dear sir
    Any Update about opening of Rothang Pass. I have plan to hit the pass on 23rd May withmy family.
    Regards

  16. Hrishikesh Chakraborty on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Driving through Manali – Leh highway – do we need to carry any hotel booking confirmation paper for Leh, to get the permit? As we are planning to visit Leh from Manali with HP number taxi.

  17. hi ,i have a plan tarvelling to leh from south india in my bike when will the roads be open and do i need any document for the travell.i tought of departing on 20 may 2017. will that be the good time for the travel at ladakh,plz let me know the details.

    • Vinkat, if you will start on 20th, by the time you reach Manali – Leh Highway on return from Leh, it will be open. Srinagar – Leh Highway is already open and I am assuming that you wil start from Srinagar side and end at Manali.

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

  18. Sanjay Kumar Sahgal on

    Sir we r reaching manali on 16th may 17 night & r there till 19th do u think shall be able to visit rohtang ,or else,pl. suggest some point where we may have some close encounter with snow.

    • Sanjay, Rohtang Pass should be open now any day for tourists. I hope once you are there you are able to visit the pass. You will be allowed up to snow point of Marhi, at least.

  19. I am planing from Srinagar to Let to Manali starting 20th May and trip is of 10 Days.
    Last two days will be of Leh to Manali. Wondering if Leh-Manali highway will be open?

  20. Hi Dheeraj
    We are going to Manali today. Is rohtang pass open for visitors ?
    We would like to visit rohtang tom, incase they allow us ? Wat say any chances ?

    P.S: you are doing amazing job by helping all travelers, all the very best for ur goal

  21. Hello friends..
    We are planning to go to leh from manali on 29 may 2017.

    Kindly tell whether the pass will open or not as ther is snow fall in recent days..

    Please update

    Nitish

  22. SAIKAT DATTA on

    Hi,
    I am Planning to travel to Rothang Pass with family on 23rd May, this year. What is the possibility of the pass will open before that?

    Regards

  23. Hallo, we have plan to manali on 18 to 21 of may 17.in that time rohtung pass will open?.what is the weather in now a days

  24. shivangmehta2020 on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I have been planning a 10 day trip, from 15th to 24rd Sept with friends to Leh, itenary would be like this –
    Day 1 – Delhi to Manali – Jispa (we’ll start at night and head straight to Jispa)
    Day 2 – Jispa to Karzok
    Day 3 – Karzok to Hanle
    Day 4 – Hanle to Pangong
    Day 5 – Pangong to Leh
    Day 6 – Local sight seeing
    Day 7 – Leh to Nubra and back
    Day 8 – Leh to Keylong
    Day 9 – Keylong to Delhi
    Day 10 – Buffer

    Now, my questions are –
    a. how can we get permits for Karzok and Hanle ?
    b. How are road conditions from Jispa to Karzok and Karzok to Hanle ?
    c. How good are our chances if we go to Pangong from Hanle in our Ritz ?

    Have already been to Leh earlier in the year 2015 in Dzire with my wife, but didn’t touch Karzok and Hanle. Earlier I had gone through Srinagar and came back via Manali.
    Shall look forward for inputs from fellow members as well.

    • Sorry, Shivang, it does not work that ways. You need to give your body a chance to acclimatize and you cannot go directly to Tso Moriri or Hanle from the altitude of Jispa. Worst that may happen is you will fall very sick and there won’t be any nearby hospital to rescue from the condition. Please read: 5 reasons not to visit Tso Moriri from Manali side

      Moreover, the permits are back for Indians too which will be arranged from Leh DC office only.

      • shivangmehta2020 on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Noted, then does this mean, we’ll have to got to Leh first and then we shall come back from Hanle / Karzok side ?

        • Yes Shivang, that should be the way to go. Rest in Leh, acclimatize a bit and then move to other place. If you do a day visit to Khardung La and come back, it will help in acclimatization as well for a night sleep at Korzok.

        • shivangmehta2020 on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          Thanks for all the information, guess we’ll have to change our itinerary.
          But now there is one hiccup, as per our new schedule, we’ll reach Leh Saturday evening, which means DC office will remain closed on Sunday.

          Apart from this, another question, I’m planning that instead of coming back from Nubra (to Leh) same day, can we stay there next day we go directly to Pangong via Shyok. What will be our chances with 3 + luggage on board in Ritz ?

        • Hey Shivang,

          The permit will cost a couple of 100 bucks in addition to the permit fee if you get them in advance through some travel agents. So, to save time and day, go for that option.

          Ritz might very well struggle on this route, so it is better to avoid taking that route unless you are very confident in driving bad roads and tricky sections in the high Himalayas. Since the route is also desolated, it will be bad to be stuck in no man’s land.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          Noted, shall not ply on this route, it already sounds dangerous, as I can remember my horrible experience at Sach Pass (it chills down my spine).

          Reg permits, do you have any references of any of the agents ?

          thanks
          Shivang Mehta

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          First of all thank you for replying all my questions so patiently, and some more will be coming your way as I want no stone to be unturned.

          I was also thinking of doing Marisimik La, as on Day 5, I can see, we’ll make it to Pangong even if we make slow progress from Leh and after checking in to any homestay we can go to nearby pass to have a look, what say, is it possible to do in my humble hatch, because I’ve heard in past that this pass is a little difficult to tackle.
          Thanks !

        • Sure, feel free to keep posting the questions.

          I will suggest to take a call only after reach Pangong Tso. If I were you, I would rather enjoy the nature around the lake than struggling to reach Marsimik La and in case of an issue cursing myself why did I do it. In case it is your second or third trip, it should be OK 🙂

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Indeed this would be my second trip, which is why I would like to go some more places. Seems like Marisimik La can be conquered in a humble hatch, so I would like to try that place as well.
          Will keep a slow and steady pace to avoid any issue. Thanks ! 🙂

        • Cool, but please return from the point where you feel the car is struggling. A lot also depend on how you drive. So, getting stuck up at MArsimik La will not be a good thing as you may know from your first trip. So, try to stick to the limits of your car 🙂

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          Noted, shall not test my car’s abilities there.
          One more thing – I’ve got Ritz registered on my name and Dzire on my wife’s, on a second thought can I take Dzire there ? Reason being, it can swallow more luggage.

          Thanks
          Shivang Mehta

        • If you ask me, you will surely find tons of pictures of me and my dzire all over the Himalayas 🙂 … So, though I have taken it almost all over but I always felt that hatches performed better than sedans 🙂

    • Shivang Mehta on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      Yes, I’ve seen many photos of yours with your ride and trust me, I’ve taken Dzire to places where it could shy away the SUVs.
      But what if I drive in Dzire, will it problematic while getting permits ? Is taxi Union going to bother me as my wife would not accompany me on this trip ?

      Thanks
      Shivang Mehta

      • Not really Shivang, you guys must be having some document like a marriage certificate or passports or adhar cards where you can prove the relationship of a family member. As long as it is there, you should be totally fine. Also, the sedans and hatches mostly go away unnoticed being mostly used as private vehicles in hills 🙂

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Thanks Dheeraj for all the queries you answered patiently. Though the schedule has quite some time but me and brother are thrilled already.
          Thank you once again 🙂

    • Manmeet, Manali – Leh is expected to open by 25th May as per the last reports, I am hoping that tourists will be allowed to travel on Manali – Leh Highway by first week of June.

  25. Hello sir, we’re planning to make a trip from manali to leh in diwal vacations (october 17′) by that time will the roads will be convenient to travel on bikes?

    please let me know

    thanks

  26. Anuj Panwar on

    Hi,
    I am planning to travel on bike to Leh via Manali-Leh highway. Is there any way to take permit online if yes, please share link. I am thinking of leaving from Delhi between 5th June to 10th June, is it fine? I hope roads are clear till that time.

    • Anuj, Rohtang Pass permit will be available online this year but it has not yet made available. I am sure by the time you are planning the trip, the permit software will be in place. Please stay tuned to this thread and I will be able to post it.

  27. Hey Dheeraj,
    Its very helpful block to plan our trips. Please keep updated us on the routes.

    If possible can you give information how should we plan for Leh-Ladhakh in 1st week and 2 week of June.

  28. Hi dhiraj, our plan is to leave for leh via srinagar on the 18th of may and then return via rohtang pass. Would we be able to do that given the condition of the highway?

    • Navneet, both the highways will be like touch and go as per opening and allowing tourists to travel over it is concerned. Please have some buffer days in plan to cater to unforeseen blockades.

  29. Dear Pls help on this we are alrdey plan 10 members go to manli by coming 12 to 16 th may 2017 pls tell me rohtang pass is open or not these days and if rohtang is not open than how we can see snow ……. in manali………. which plance…………………………….

    • Shakil, Rohtang Pass road is open but it is not yet opened for tourists. Not sure if it will be thrown open by 12th. I am expecting it to open by 15th May for tourists in case weather remains good.

  30. Hello Sir,

    We are planning for Leh on 2nd june via Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar-Leh and returning 12th June (10 days trip) via Leh-Manali-Delhi. Is it possible that road will be open from Leh to Manali around 9th of June ?

    Thanks

  31. Hello,

    We are planning our trip from Manali to Leh on 28th may. Is it fine?
    It won’t be possible for us to make it after 2nd of June. What can be the possibilities.

    • Hey Rohit,

      It will be touch and go. Looking at all the opening this year, though BRO is able to meet the expected target date of opening Rohtang Pass as well as Srinagar – Leh road, they have not yet allowed tourists to travel on these roads. I suspect that same will happen with Manali – Leh road as well and tourists may be allowed to travel on it only around first week of June even if road gets cleared by 25th may as per expected date.

  32. Dr Jaideep on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Let me first appreciate & thank you for your painstaking online guidance. ……..
    Can you please guide me
    *When will Rohtang Pass (for Tourists) open this year ?
    *Will one need warm sweaters in Manali.( Planning to visit around 17th of May )

  33. Dr Jaideep on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Let me first appreciate & thank you for your painstaking online guidance. ..
    Can you please guide me
    *When will Rohtang Pass (for Tourists) open this year
    *Will one need warm sweaters in Manali.( Planning to visit around 17th of May )

  34. Sir , how will be the weather in spiti in june end because we are going to pack according to that only

  35. karan patel on

    we are planning going on 3 june from manali to leh .is there possibilities that it will sure opened on that days and what is the current status of BRO for manali leh highway cleaning the snow , and what is the road conditions is it good ??and the weather condition in june first week????

  36. karan patel on

    my going on 3 june from manali to leh .is there possibilities that it will sure opened on that days and what is the current status of BRO for manali leh highway cleaning the snow , and what is the road conditions is it good ??and the weather condition in june first week????

  37. Heaviest snowfall in 5 years. Does this have any implication on the rainfall to expect?
    I was planning a drive to Leh 2nd week of July. Is it a time when people drive across? Is it dangerous?

    • Joe, it cannot be really predicted. However, 2nd week of July is still OK to make a trip to Ladakh. Once you cross Keylong anyhow you enter rain shadow region.

  38. Sir i am planing a family trip to leh ladakh in mid of june by my own car ,do i need a permit,and from where can i get this ,how much it cost.

    • Kamal, if you are taking Manali to Leh route, then you have to get the permit from SDM office or online to cross Rohtang Pass. It costs Rs50 per vehicle. Then once you reach Leh, you will need inner line permit for Ladakh and pay environment fee of Rs 400 per person. Permit in Ladakh cost Rs 20 per day per person.

  39. The sdm office doesnt take online bookings as a proof to visit ladakh via Manali. So how come I can get a hard receipt of the hotel without visiting leh ?

    • Don’t worry Ankit, soon the permit to Rohtang Pass will become online for this season in next couple of weeks. You do not have to go through the hassle. Also, there will only be 800 permits issued this year to go beyond Rohtang Pass.

      • Amit Chauhan on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Its very disheartening that only 800 permits will issues this year, It seems all the taxi owners and travel agents book all these and there is nothing left for other guys.
        I am totally against it, Why there is a rationing on the number of travelers.
        Please update if you have any other information.

        Regards

        • HI Amit,

          It is 800 vehicles per day brother, not so disheartening 🙂 … As per reports, last year max number of permits issued in a day was not even 700 and hence, they have kept buffer as well.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  40. For permit to visit leh sdm office doesnt take online bookings as proof. How come I get a receipt for the booking of the hotel of leh without a visit ?

    • Don’t worry Ankit, soon the permit to Rohtang Pass will become online for this season in next couple of weeks. You do not have to go through the hassle. Also, there will only be 800 permits issued this year to go beyond Rohtang Pass.

  41. Thanks for providing this kind of valuables information
    Can I go upto Marhi by taking bikes on rent without permit?
    My planning to visit marhi is on 15 of may 17.

  42. Hi sir once again disturbing you , sir my group is going to keylong on may 25, sir where do we get permit for keylong from . is it online or at sdm office at manali , as per our enquiry we got 2 answers one said online and other said ine day prior of visiting keylong so we are at confusion. Sir do reply .

    • Right now the permit to cross Rohtang Pass is not made available online, soon it should be available online in this year. You can get the permit from DC office in Leh. Only permit for going to Rohtang Pass (not beyond it) is available online right now.

      • I heard that there will be a possiblilty of opening Manali-Leh highway by 25th May. It means travelling on Manali-Leh highway is possible by 4th June.

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