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Manali – Leh Highway to close on October 31, 2010


The 479 Km Manali – Leh Highway will close on October 31, 2010 for this season. Tourists are advised not to use the road as the snowfall has already taken place on mighty passes of Baralacha La and Rohtang La. BRO has stated that they will not be responsible for any evacuation or relief incase soomeone gets stranded and advised not to ply Manali – Leh Highway after the official closure. This would certainly mean that Rohtang La would also be officially closed on October 31, 2010 for this season. Here is the complete story

The Manali-Leh highway will be closed for all vehicular traffic from October 31. A spokesperson of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway, said here today that the Rohtang Pass and the Baralacha Pass were blocked due to snow during winter as a result of which the movement of vehicles was not possible.

In case, any vehicle got stranded due to bad weather or any other eventuality, the BRO would not be responsible for any loss to human life or property. Further, if an accident or any other mishappening occurred, it would not be in a position to carry out snow clearance operation for evacuation, he said.

The spokesperson advised all to avoid taking any chances by using the road after the closure

Source: Manali-Leh road closed from October 31, 2010

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  2. Hi Nishant,

    It depends upon the weather gods but generally till October mid Manali-Leh Highway remains open. We mortals cannot predict the weather so that subject to weather conditions hold good here. But, I feel you can make it. Also, until BRO does not declare the Highway to be closed officially they will clear the blockages as and when required. However, do keep in mind that the winter will start to set in, go prepared with heavy woolens.

    It will require two days to complete Manali-Leh journey. So, you will end up with three days in Leh before flying back to delhi from Leh. You will be able to get a private taxi for about Rs 8K -10 K in the month of October for a drop to Leh from Manali.

    Let me know incase you have any further queries.

    Dheeraj Sharma

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    3 of us are travelling to Manali on 2nd Oct(Will be in Manali)

    Can we travel to Leh on 3rd and return to delhi on 8th by taking a flight from Leh

    Can u advice on this ?

    also what are the prices for private vehicles from Manali ?

  4. Hi KDM,
    Well October is a dicey window to do Manali – Leh Highway and I guess alot depends upon the Baralacha La pass being open or not due to snowfall. In September the chill starts to increase and tents at Pang and Sarchu begin to unmount. People settled there begin to move back to their homes as heavy snowfall could mean closure of route at any day. I am not saying that you cannot do it, you can but risk factor will always be there. Moreover, Raid De Himalayas expedition is also planned in that very month which may mean some discomfort for you if the dates clash with them. So, basically the risk is you may face sub zero temperatures, accommodation option will be less or limited, need to have buffer days incase of road blocks or heavy snowfall and you always have to keep an eye on weather conditions. You will need minimum two day to cover the Manali – Leh Highway. On Day 1, do Manali – Jispa/Keylong and check weather for next day. If the forecast is bad then come back. Both Rohtang Pass and Kunzam Pass are open upto November, so this is feasible.
    But, on Day2 you need to cover Keylong/Jispa – Leh which will demand early morning departure about 5 AM, that in turn means freezing temperature. Now, depending upon the weather conditions you will be able to cross Baralacha La, Lachulung La, Naki La, Tanglang La (second highest motorable pass)… Army also conduct rescue operations upto the point they do not declare highway being closed themselves but be ready for limited accommodation once you leave Jispa/Keylong and wish that weather remains calm and there are landslides enroute …
    There will be very limited stocks of snow around Khardung La and Baralacha La… We went there in August first week last year and we saw snow or touch snow only at Baralacha La and Khardung La… There was no snow at any other place.
    Dheeraj Sharma

  5. can we do manali-leh-manali road trip from 15 oct to 31 oct 2011 with professional travell agency in innova/scorpio with driver?

    wt is the risk ?

    another quetion: will be ther snow en route manali- leh – manali or around leh like khardugla, numbra valley ecct during 1 august to 14 august generally?

  6. can we do manali-leh-manali road trip from 15 oct to 31 oct 2011 with professional travell agency in innova/scorpio with driver?
    wt is the risk ?

    another quetion: will be ther snow en route manali- leh – manali or around leh like khardugla, numbra valley ecct during 1 august to 14 august generally?

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