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Finally after a delay of about a week or so, the snow clearance operations on Manali Leh Highway has begun from today for the season 2018-19. It means that the butterflies in the stomach of all the adventure enthusiasts planning their upcoming trip to Leh – Ladakh in 2018 will be more frequent 🙂 🙂 … The Manali Leh Highway Status 2018 is still closed but BRO has started the snow clearance operations from Beas Nalla towards Rohtang Pass. After offering prayers today, BRO commenced the snow clearance operations and they are targetting to open Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong route as soon as possible. According to the sources, three separate BRO teams have started clearing snow between Beas Nalla – Rohtang Pass, Khoksar – Rohtang Pass and Darcha – Baralacha La pass respectively. It will surely take some effort and hard work to clear almost about 30 feet of snow stretches near Rohtang Pass top. However, we shall wait for the day soon for the Manali – Leh Highway to open soon and let the adventure for 2018 begin 😀 …

There hasn’t been too much of snowfall this year in the entire Himalayas but snow seems just enough to let the Manali Leh Highway open by mid to end of May. As per the authorities, there are about 30 feet of snow stretches that have to be cut around Rohtang Pass and about 10-15 feet is around Beas Nalla only. It will be interesting to watch for the weather in coming days and as we all understand that these predictions are only the means of interest & hope to us, the mere mortals. It is weather and mountains gods which always have the last say when it comes to weather especially in the Himalayas 🙂 🙂 …

Manali Leh Highway Status 2018

Manali Leh Highway Status 2018 (Photo Credit)

This 474 KM long Manali Leh Highway usually opens up by last week of May or first week of June and I strongly feel that this year it may open my mid-May or third week of May. It has been a norm that we set up the targets to open the highway early only to realize that weather has the last laugh. I have been watching it for last 8-9 years now and this year as well I don’t expect major changes. Eventually, it will all get down upon the weather and snow conditions in the months March / April when snow clearance operations are at peak. When making a trip over Manali Leh Highway, you must keep in mind that even when the road from Manali to Leh opens, it takes some time to get stabilized. Due to snow sliding and loose gravel, the roadblocks are very common in the initial days. Hence, it is recommended that you wait for a couple of weeks before planning the trip on Manali Leh Highway after its official opening. The last thing you will want on your much awaited Leh – Ladakh trip is to get stranded on some lonely yet feezing stretches of Manali – Leh Highway in early June or late May.

As per the previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2018 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 2018 after this initial post, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2018 | DoW Community Thread

Once the Manali Leh road opens, I may not be that active in updating the status because of these roads close and open on a frequent basis. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information on a 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 2018. 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.

If you are traveling from Manali to Leh over Rohtang Pass, you will need to get permit for Rohtang Pass which can be applied 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 2018 | DoW Community Thread

Current Manali Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 13th May, 2018
  • 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 2018 | Some Important Articles for Reference
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 5th April, 2018

MANALI, 12th May 2018: Manali – Leh Highway has been opened for vehicular traffic ahead of schedule by BRO. Hats off the work done despite bad weather and recent snowfall. More bad weather is predicted all across Northern India and it is wise to plan your trip to Manali – Leh Highway in a week’s time as the highway stabilize so as the weather in next few days. But, in any case, a very welcoming news, so let the adventure begins.

Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 5th April, 2018

MANALI, 5th April 2018: Rohtang Pass has been thrown open for small vehicular traffic and now Manali is connected for Keylong for the season. BRO is claiming that if weather holds good then the entire Manali – Leh Highway will be thrown open by 20th April 😯

Manali - Leh Highway Status 2018

Manali – Leh Highway Status 2018

Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 2nd April, 2018

MANALI, 2nd April 2018: Rohtang Pass is expected to open within a week’s time as BRO has almost reached near the Rohtang Pass top from Marhi as well as Khoksar sides. As the weather was favorable and less snow was present this year, BRO was able to make good progress and have reached within a touching distance to open Rohtang Pass for vehicular traffic in a week or so.

Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 12th March, 2018

MANALI, 12th March, 2018: Equipped with modern machinery and technically skilled officers and jawans, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today started snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway after organizing a puja near Beas Nullah, about 32 km from here.
Colonel Arvind Kumar Awasthi, Commander, 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF), said massive efforts were being made to open the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, as early as possible provided the weather conditions remain favourable. Efforts were also being made to open the Manali- Leh highway from the other side of Rohtang Pass in the Lahaul valley, he added. Read more at the link below.

External Source: Op to clear snow on Manali-Leh highway begins

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133 Comments

  1. Raj Sihani on

    Hello Mr Dheeraj.
    How are you.??

    This is Raj Sihani from Bhopal “MP”
    I M PLANNING TO COME TO LADAKH VIA MANALI ON 30TH OF MAY
    IS THIS THE RIGHT TIME TO VISIT LADAKH
    IF YES WILL IT BE POSSIBLE TO GET A ROHTANGH PERMITT AT THE SAME TIME FROM MANALI BECAUAE GETTING ONLINE PERMITT IS HAVING SOME ISSUE..

    • Yes, Raj, the roads to Ladakh are open and people are traveling every day. Even HRTC bus has started. You need to get Beyond Rohtang Pass permit for Rs 50 to travel to Leh from Manali side. Do not apply the other permit which says Rohtang Pass permit.

  2. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    I called at manali taxi union and as per them authorities have not yet allowed tourists for Leh as of today …you can go up to Keylong as Rohtang has just opened not beyond that so they have not started plying even small vehicles for Leh…Do you have any update on this ?

    • Nilavra Ghosh on

      Sorry Dheeraj for posting the same query multiple times…there was some technical issues that I was not able to see my post in this site even after I sent the message…I thought the post is not delivered for some reason so did it multiple times..Apologies…

      But talking to the taxi union, they said it would take another 10/15 days to open the Manali Leh route for tourists. so I am worried a bit.

  3. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Considering weather pattern this year it seems that it may rain heavily late june when i go manali to leh….i have 3 days buffer….have u heard in last 8 years that the highway is blocked for a week ? i am trying to understand how fast BRO works to clear the landslide…both hrtc and hptdc runs buses in monsoon only so authorities are likely to give much importance to the highway….

      • Nilavra Ghosh on

        Hi Dheeraj ,
        I called at manali taxi union and as per them authorities have not yet allowed tourists for Leh as of today …you can go up to Keylong as Rohtang has just opened not beyond that so they have not started plying even small vehicles for Leh…Do you have any update on this ?

    • Nilavra Ghosh on

      Hi Dheeraj ,
      As per manali taxi union the authorities have not yet allowed tourists for Leh so they have not yet started plying private vehicles… DO you have any update ?

  4. Akshay Chikhale on

    Hi. Thank you for all the information! I would like to know what is the status of the Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit as the Tourism Development Council Manali (HP) Website shows the status as Coming Soon. So even though the Roads are cleared, tourists are not yet allowed to enter? Is it so? I was planning to Travel to Khardung La on my bike after 20th May. Kindly give your suggestion.

    Thank you
    Akshay Chikhale

      • Akshay Chikhale on

        Ooh. Thank you. And does this mean that the permits are available offline too? And what can be done in case the permits are available online later but the quota is over? Can a person end up stranded there for not having a permit to travel?

        • Akshay, the quota problems are only for just Rohtang Pass permit. Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit is generally available without much issue at all.

        • Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App & Other Updates 2018-19

          In a very welcoming news from Kullu administration today, “Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit” has been enabled for season 2018-19 on the main website of Kullu Administration. Now, everyone including tourists can apply for Rohtang Pass permit online at either official website of Kullu administration or using the newly launched Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App by Kullu administration. If you are new to it, you can read more about the process on how to apply for Rohtang Pass permit online. Hence, finally today, the Manali – Leh Highway has been officially open for 2018-19 to travel beyond Rohtang Pass for all type of vehicles including private tourist vehicles.

          Read more at http://devilonwheels.com/rohtang-pass-permit-mobile-app-updates-2018-19/

    • Bharat Teotia on

      Actually the snow has been cleared but the road is still not safe for tourist that’s why BRO has not opened for tourists till now. It will be opened by the coming week and you can get the permit.
      Thank you

      • Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App & Other Updates 2018-19

        In a very welcoming news from Kullu administration today, “Beyond Rohtang Pass Permit” has been enabled for season 2018-19 on the main website of Kullu Administration. Now, everyone including tourists can apply for Rohtang Pass permit online at either official website of Kullu administration or using the newly launched Rohtang Pass Permit Mobile App by Kullu administration. If you are new to it, you can read more about the process on how to apply for Rohtang Pass permit online. Hence, finally today, the Manali – Leh Highway has been officially open for 2018-19 to travel beyond Rohtang Pass for all type of vehicles including private tourist vehicles.

        Read more at http://devilonwheels.com/rohtang-pass-permit-mobile-app-updates-2018-19/

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj ,
          I called at manali taxi union and as per them authorities have not yet allowed tourists for Leh as of today …you can go up to Keylong as Rohtang has just opened not beyond that so they have not started plying even small vehicles for Leh…Do you have any update on this ?

  5. Hello Dheeraj,

    The information and the updates are really helpful and probably you have heard it a lot already 🙂

    We are planning to travel form Manali to Leh on road via Rohtang, Baralacha pass in August (4th-13th). As you have mentioned the place seeing less snow this year, are there any chances of getting snow in any of the passes or in Leh Ladakh?

    • Thank you Smitha 🙂 ,

      it is very difficult to get snow during that time unless it was crazy weather as it happened few years back. It has only happened once in last 9 years I have been traveling to these places. It is monsoon time in general up there in North and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains. Landslides or slush or road blocks are pretty common in the month of monsoons but these landslides are cleared in a day or two unless there is a very major one. Having said that, rains does reach Ladakh nowadays but in general, it is overcast days or in form of light drizzles. I will suggest you also read my article on 10 Tips for a Trip to Ladakh in Monsoons.

  6. sunil khairnar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am Sunil, you helped a lot for my previous trips so thank you for that, this year again traveling Manali to Ladakh from 3rd June, this is my 3rd time and this time I want to visit Umling la, is there any problem to get inner line permit for this place / is it easily available or I have to take permission from someone high authority? Please suggest.

    Thanks,
    Sunil khairnar

  7. Thanks! for the full information about Manali. in which season it’s better to visit Manali? Because we are planning on Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Manali on May 1st week. I need to know its good time to go there or not?

  8. Manali – Leh Highway Status Update:

    Manali – Leh Highway has been opened for vehicular traffic ahead of schedule by BRO. Hats off the work done despite bad weather and recent snowfall. More bad weather is predicted all across Northern India and it is wise to plan your trip to Manali – Leh Highway in a week’s time as the highway stabilize so as the weather in next few days. But, in any case, a very welcoming news, so let the adventure begins.

  9. Manali – Leh Highway Road Status Update:

    Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong road has been opened for vehicular traffic but tourists are still not allowed to go beyond Marhi to Rohtang Pass. Tourists will only be allowed to go beyond Marhi to Rohtang Pass when enough parking space and toilets are available at Rohtang Pass.

    As of now until road widening work completes at Rohtang Pass, in the early hours of the day vehicles will move from Manali to Keylong and in evening/late hours vehicles from Lahaul Valley to Manali will be allowed. HRTC bus between Kullu – Lahaul valley is also resumed now.

    BRO is working to clear the stretch between Sarchu – Baralacha La after which whole of Manali – Leh Highway will be opened too.

  10. Abhishek Mishra on

    Hey Dheeraj I’m planning a bike trip from 18 or 19 from manali to leh. A bit confused with the road status. I’ll begin my journey from Chandigarh.
    Any advice regarding the trip and how may i plan, requirements and all will be really helpful.

    • Abhishek, with recent heavy snowfall in high himalayas, it looks a bit difficult that Manali – Leh Highway will open before 20th May. 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.

      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.

      • Nilavra Ghosh on

        Hi Dheeraj ,
        Keeping in mind the political unrest in Srinagar do you advise Srinagar route ? How about the places of Srinagar bus stand, taxi stand and adjoining areas ? Have you heard of criminal activity there putting tourists in trouble ?

        • Well, there has been one incidence I read in the recent news and probably you might have also heard/read about it. Kashmir is not safe at the moment but you still have 40 more days, if things settle better to immediately move from Srinagar to Sonamarg as soon as you reach or stay locked in rooms of Srinagar hotel and travel in the night to Sonamarg. I, personally, would have avoided stay there.

        • Manali – Leh Highway Status Update:

          Manali – Leh Highway has been opened for vehicular traffic ahead of schedule by BRO. Hats off the work done despite bad weather and recent snowfall. More bad weather is predicted all across Northern India and it is wise to plan your trip to Manali – Leh Highway in a week’s time as the highway stabilize so as the weather in next few days. But, in any case, a very welcoming news, so let the adventure begins.

  11. Manali – Leh Highway Road Status Update:

    BRO has cleared snow from Baralacha La pass and has started moving towards Sarchu to clear snow from rest of the Manali – Leh Highway and open it for vehicular movement. Inclement weather continues in the high Himalayas this spring which is delaying the opening of Manali – Leh Highway despite less snow this year. It appears that as Manali – Leh Highway opened last year on 25th May, this year with more snow predicted in coming days and few days of stabilization, Manali – Leh Highway is expected to open somewhere between 15th May to 20th May.

      • Nilavra Ghosh on

        Hi Dheeraj ,
        Is it possible to get a private taxi hired from Keylong taxi stand for Leh not from Manali ? If so, what would be the cost ? I was thinking if Keylong Leh taxis are available at all ?

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Thanks Dheeraj. Heard that both chushul route and Hanle are suspended right now and vehicles are allowed upto merak village not beyond that.
          Yes BRO thought of opening manali leh by mid May but this week we see couple of Western disturbances affecting western himalayas upto May 7. So next week we should get another update from BRO regarding the revised timeline after snowfall in coming days due to WD.

          could u please check mid of next week and keep us updated ? it would be of great help.

        • Sure, will keep everyone posted on the Manali – Leh updates. Regarding Hanle permits, they are suspended but I do have a copy of Chusul permit from couple of weeks back where they were being issued. As per report from few days back as well they were being issued. You need an extra stamp on the permit for Chusul now.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj ,
          Regarding chushul permit I understand we need an additional stamp but, are they giving the permit to anybody who wishes to do Chushul route or they have some criteria or restrictions that they will give the additional permit to only handful of people ?

        • The permits are being given to people who want to do Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri via Chusul. No such restriction I have heard apart from that week when that chaos started.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj ,
          Another thing …do you know any budget hotel very near to Leh Bus stand ? I see in DOW site contact of several hotels but I am trying to find a hotel very near to the bus terminus.

        • Sorry, I just do not remember any one particular very near to bus stand. There was one Paul Guest House that was very near to main market and taxi stand.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj ,
          I will reach Leh from Manali by HRTC bus late June. I enquired at HRTC Keylong and they said once the road opens the bus will start plying one week after that. If I book a hotel in Leh 2/3 kms away from Leh bus stand, can I get private taxi near Leh bus stand to drop me at the hotel ? I am first timer in Leh so I don’t have an idea about the availability of local vehicles inside Leh city to drop me at the hotel.

          Marsimik la permit is given these days or Off limit now ?

        • No Nilavra, the taxis or public transport are not readily available in Leh town. So, either you can pre-book the taxi for your tour which can come to pick up and drop you on the day you arrive OR work with your guest house guys to provide you a pickup once you reach there.

          Marsimik La permit was on hold too but once you reach there, try applying it.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Thanks Dheeraj. Is there a taxi stand at Keylong where i can get private taxi for leh or I have to wait for empty taxis coming from manali ? in that case it will depend on luck.

          I am keeping different options open like taxi or bus etc.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi dheeraj
          when you say leh based taxi you mean the taxis of Leh that comes from leh to keylong and wait for return ?

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj
          Do these vehicles come from Leh to keylong to drop passengers and i can get hold of them at keylong taxi stand to drop me at leh ftom keylong ?

        • nilavra ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj
          Thanks much.i understand leh taxis are not that frequent at keylong but i will get any privatr taxi at keylong taxi stand for leh drop .Right ?

        • Yes, that you will be able to get but if you are looking for taxis from Leh that drop people in Keylong, it will be less. The frequency of Leh taxis going to Leh is more.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Thanks Dheeraj. One final thing…

          I have postponed my travel to 20th June from Manali to Leh looking at the weather condition and on/off of the highway very frequently. Earlier it was 10th June. I know landslides due to rain are quite common late June. But have you ever heard in last few years of snowfall on Rohtang and Barlacha la in late June causing highway blockage as it is happening now in May ?

          I am solo traveler and I have booked a Scorpio…I have got the driver from DOW forum…Do you advise Nidar, Kyul Tso, Chillig Tso route or you do not recommend because our car may be the single vehicle on the road ? How is the road condition now ? Is this very bad and completely isolated like kaksang la ?

        • Well, nothing can be certain though the highway did close in June but it was not of snowfall if I remember correctly.

          Secondly, I will not recommend you taking the Nigar – Kyon Tso Twin lake routes alone. Roads are extremely bad and yes no one takes that route.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj
          Thanks for the reply. If the highway close in june due to rain how soon bro restores the connection ? have you heard of highway close on june for 2/3 days in past ?

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          and also what about the route via tso kar debring tanglang la from tso moriri…is this as bad as nigar kyul tso route and not recommended ?

        • Nopes, the Tso Kar route is all fine, just that there is no paved route rest is completely fine and with SUV taxi it hardly feels in comparison to what you would have already seen.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj ,
          Glad to know Manali LEh has opened up…by the time I would cross on 19th June hopefully all will stabilize…in the meantime do you have any update on Hanle permit ?

        • Hanle permit has been issued to few people but Loma checkpost did not allow them to pass by. I got this info from Sonam Dorjay who runs Sonam Guest House at Hanle. According to him, tourists will only be allowed to Hanle once BRO establishes the checkpost on the route to Umling La so that people are not allowed beyond that point and travel to Umling La

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Got it…thanks…any idea when BRO will establish checkpost for Umling la so as not to allow people beyond ? Any plan to set up the checkpost near future or there is no chance this year at all ?

  12. Sonu Singh on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Thank you sharing such a valuable information. After reading all your articles, I still have a question ticking in my mind again and again so I decided to ask it anyway.

    We are 8 people ( including 2 Couples and only two being experienced drivers including me :D) and we are planning a trip to Leh Ladakh in first week of June 2018. I have VW polo petrol car and I strongly want to take it there but, after getting many reviews from friends and acquaintances I came to know that only the ground clearance is the matter of worry otherwise Polo is a great car to take. So, here I need your personal advice regarding this ( though I know it all depends upon my confidence to drive) 😉

    Please also let me know that, which route is better Leh Via Srinagar and return Manali or vice a versa in a hatch back as we are planning to cover both the routes.

    • For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway, Spiti Valley and Ladakh, I will say Possible = Yes, Difficult = Yes, at quite a few place:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  13. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Just came to know that Permit for Hanle, Chusul, Umling La is suspended this year due to growing tension with China. Do you have any update on this ?

    Umling La is not my concern but I am very keen to visit Hanle this year in June.

    • Ladakh Update: As per updates from Gurmat bhai,

      “Nothing is banned officially till now , my clients were still traveling in mention routes but Yes Umlingla la is not open for tourist till now as recently me and my team being to recce tour to Umlingla la pass to know the ground situation exactly and Yes we were stop by FUKTSAY check post and says no one is allowed beyond that post towards Umlingla la pass being a sensitive area close to LOC and we ask how come few pics running on internet if you are not allowing anyone to cross beyond that point as there are lot of pics and videos circulating on internet by few riders conquering Umlingla la, and army people says they make lot of request and insists the army much for allowing them for Umlingla la and troops out of pity, allow those guys but they never expect that those guys make videos and take pictures which later on resulted into a big enquiry on army post.”

      • Nilavra Ghosh on

        Hi Dheeraj ,
        How about the Aryan villages Dah and Hanu ? Is it worth visiting keeping landscape in mind ? I do not see much people intend to visit these places.

        • They are more famous to get the portraits of Aryan sect people than of views. So, if you are short on time then you can skip it or else have seen other routes few times, then no harm in taking this route in Ladakh

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheeraj
          Any update from BRO on manali leh opening date after very recent snowfall on April 20-21. Earlier they were pushing hard to open the road by May 5th but now it seems it can get delayed particularly after snowfall in last two days.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Hi Dheetaj
          I plan to cross manali leh on june 10. do u think in all probabiliyy its possible ?

        • Yes, of course, Manali – Leh Highway should in all likelihood be open by mid-late May and should be stable by June 10. It is a different thing that it can close due to fresh landslide at that time.

        • No update on Hanle permit but for Chusul permit you will need to have an additional stamp on your permit from dC office which will say permit for Chusul – Tsaga.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          That means, with that additional stamp we can go chushul tsaga la up to loma bend…Is that true ? What about shyok road ?

          Can I get that additional stamp on my permit or there will be some limitations that everybody who wishes that route won’t be given that stamp ?

        • Yes, that is true. The additional stamp will allow you to go up to Loma bend where you might be sent back unless Hanle permit is sorted out. If you mean by separately applying permits for your group online, I Will recommend you apply one permit using updated form then and there at the DC office. It is a trivial process.

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Moreover, earlier also people needed to get permit for Chushul Tsaga la route…so what’s the change in now ? Permit was required earlier and is also needed now.

        • Earlier there was no additional stamp that DC office used to put on the permit. Just names we write and single sign/stamp would work out. Now apart from the official stamp of the permit, you also get an additional stamp. I will soon upload the copy of permit that I received to make things clear.

  14. Manali – Leh Highway Status Update: 6th April 2018

    Rohtang Pass has been thrown open for small vehicular traffic and now Manali is connected for Keylong for the season. BRO is claiming that if the weather holds good then the entire Manali – Leh Highway will be thrown open by 20th April 😯 😮

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am Planning a road trip from Delhi in Month of May around 15th. by that time Manali-Leh by that time?

    could you help me to know which will be the best route for me to consider from Delhi as this will be my first time.

    • Arun, I will suggest starting from Srinagar side and by the time you come to Manali side, this year there are very high chances that Manai – Leh Highway will open by late May. 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.

  16. Gulshan Wadhwani on

    Hey Dhiraj,

    Just wanted to confirm, can we plan Manali Leh highway around 4 June 2018?

    • It takes 16 hrs ride, if doing by local shared taxis, I will still say to go with it but then doing a bike ride of 16 hrs in one day is not at all recommended.

  17. Manali – Leh Highway Status Update: 2nd April 2018

    Rohtang Pass is expected to open within a week’s time as BRO has almost reached near the Rohtang Pass top from Marhi as well as Khoksar sides. As the weather was favorable and less snow was present this year, BRO was able to make good progress and have reached within a touching distance to open Rohtang Pass for vehicular traffic in a week or so.

    • Nilavra Ghosh on

      Hi Dheeraj ,
      I am planning to travel Manali to Leh by HRTC bus around 20th of June. HRTC starts its service one or two weeks after the road is open. Heard that Rohtang is closed on Tuesday.

      On Day 1 I will reach Keylong by HRTC and will have a night stay there. Tuesday is closed for the govt bus as well or just for private vehicle ?

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Thanks Dheeraj. That means I can travel from Manali to Keylong on Tuesday. That’s really good for me.

  18. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Heard that Kargil to Padum road declared open on Sunday. Is this true ? This is unbelievable indeed.

      • Manali – Leh Highway will not open at the very least by the middle of May to the third week of May. So, in first week of May, I do not think you will be able to travel from Manali to Leh

        • Oh! Does Srinagar to Leh Highway usually opens before Manlai-Leh highway? Which one offers better experience? Thank you in advance

        • Yes Srinagar – Leh Highway usually opens much earlier than Manali – Leh Highway. Both have their own charm and I will suggest you include both in your trip when both roads are open 🙂 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.

        • By Mid may, if the whole manali-leh highway is not open, is it possible that Manali-Keylong gets opened?

        • By Mid may, if the whole manali to leh highway is not open, is it possible that Manali-Keylong gets opened?

        • Seeing the way other roads are opening and Srinagar – Leh almost about to open, it feel possible that Manali – Leh will be open by mid of May

  19. Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my friends are planning tour to Ladakh via car in the last of may , 25th to be precise. Is it the right time to plan or we should shift the dates to 1st june and what should we include in our tour. it will be 9 dayand 8 night tour .

    • Hi Anchal,

      I will recommend that you shift it to first week of June and let Manali – Leh Highway stabilize a bit after opening. It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 9 days. Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days.

  20. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are reaching Leh from delhi via Flight on 25th May and after the local itinerary there we get done on 2nd June and we wanted to do Leh to Manali by road. I just wanted to know
    1. Is it safe for us to travel by road on those dates. (we are 5 couples)
    2. Can we hire a bike from leh and drop it at Manali?
    3. Can we take one car and 2 bikes?
    4. How much time will it take to reach Manali?
    5. What are the costs involved?
    6. Will we get places to stay on the way?
    7. What other ways are there to reach Manali if not bikes?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hey Rishab,

      1. Manali – Leh road would have just opened, it will be cold and expect some surprise road closures.
      2. You can do so, but will cost about 12K for a bike drop
      3. 10 people will need a tempo or two cars or one car and three bikes.
      4. Leh to Manali is a two day drive with night halt at Sarchu or Jispa/Keylong
      5. Depends, taxi costs around 18-19K and bike per day starts from 1200
      6. Yes Sarchu, Jispa and Keylong you will be able to stay

  21. Durgesh Jaiswal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my brother are planning a trip to Leh in the second week of June, 9th to be precise. Is it a good or rather I should say a safe time to plan our ride. Some one told me that there are some legal issues in Leh if we take a rented bike initially once the roads are open.

    Thanks,
    Durgesh Jaiswal

    • Yes, by June second week Manali – Leh Highway road settles. Well, Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      • Durgesh Jaiswal on

        Thanks a Lot for sharing the information !! But is it like we can’t go to Leh before 15th June as it’s not open before that. Please confirm as there is a lot of confusion because of that.

  22. Namrata Katira on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning a bike trip from Manali to Leh -Srinagar and than back to Manali.

    We plan as follow:

    Day 1-Manali to Jispa-
    Day 2-Jispa to Sarchu-
    Day 3-Sarchu to Leh- and local sight seeing on that day-
    Day 4-Leh to Nubra-
    Day 5-Nubra to Pangong-
    Day 6-Pangong to Tso Moriri Lake-
    Day 7-Tso-Moriri to kargil-
    Day 8-Kargil to Srinagar and than back to Manali

    Is this itenary possible ??
    Can i just rent a bike from Manali and leave it at Srinagar ?
    I also plan to do river rafting at Nemu? Will it take extra day ?
    I m planning to go on 31 st May ? So should i book the hotels or should bargain at the hotels there ?
    Can you please tell me the time (hours ) for the above itenary?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Namrata,

      I will suggest that you do not sleep at Sarchu as you will not be acclimatized for it. Go directly to Leh from Jispa, easily doable now a days with better roads. Day 3 will be your rest and acclimatization day, you can get the permits done though. Then you have to drop Tso Moriri and do 3 day trip to Nubra Valley and PAngong Tso and come to Leh. Pn Day 7 go to Kargil from Leh. If you do not have any particular hotel in mind, you can land up there and bargain on the spot.

      • Namrata Katira on

        Thanks Dheeraj..

        If I want to include Tso Moriri, how can i include it ??
        And will i need a extra day for river rafting at Nemu ?

        Is there any scope for leaving bike hired from manali at Leh ?

  23. Santhosh Kumar Gaikwad on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we are planning on Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Manali on May 1st week. Should we consider the rescheduling or wait until mid-April?
    Please suggest.

  24. Hrishikesh on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Hrishikesh again. We 4 friends again visit Leh in June 2018 through Manali – Leh highway. We are starting from Manali on 11th June 2018 (Monday) and will be planning for night halt in Jispa. As this year snowfall is less, so what will be the possibilities of getting snow filled roads (mainly in Passes) on June 2018.

    Your response is much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Hrishikesh

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