Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2014

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April has come and snow clearance operation over 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway are in full swing for the season 2014 – 15. This time snow stock is huge again, about 30 feet and recent snowfall in March has resulted in delays in Snow Clearance operations but BRO is trying their best to resume the road connectivity from Srinagar to Leh – Ladakh and Kargil. Srinagar – Leh acts as lifeline of Kargil and Leh which remains snow bound for more than 6 months. Good news is that, the snow clearance operations have been resumed in full swing and BRO has reached at Machoyi which is about 26 KMs from Drass or 3 KMs before Gumri so as to clear huge snow stock from Srinagar – Leh Highway …

The opening of the Zojila Pass and in turn Srinagar – Leh Highway depends upon the snowfall in the coming weeks and the amount of accumulated snow. But, keeping fingers crossed let’s hope that we get to connect Leh – Ladakh as soon as possible or as the BRO claims by end of April. Please keep in mind that even when the highway gets open it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding that happens due to quick melting of snow.

As per the earlier years, I will be starting this sticky post for status of the 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2014 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 the same for better tracking of updates. A Forum Topic always helps in better updates tracking as well as collation in organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway after this initial post please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2014 | DoW Community Thread

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2014
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2014

Once the Srinagar – Leh road opens, I may not be that active in frequently updating the status because these roads close and open on frequent basis. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information on daily basis once the road gets open, so please request you to excuse me on that front and accept my apologies :)… However, if there is some major blockade of 3 – 4 days, I will try to surely update such information about Srinagar – Leh highway status. That is another reason to keep updated to DoW Community Thread for the same.

I hope as per the last year, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh.

Again, for all latest updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway Status after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2014 | DoW Community Thread

Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Updated: 17th May, 2014
  • Srinagar to Sonamarg is Open
  • Sonamarg to Zozila Pass to Kargil is Open
  • Kargil to Leh is Open
Srinagar Leh Highway | Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 17th May, 2014

Road as been opened again for traffic to ply on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 13th May, 2014

Road is again closed due to inclement weather up there in North with rains and snow lashing the higher hills in entire Northern India

Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 11th May, 2014

Srinagar, 11th May 2014:Srinagar – Leh Highway has been opened for light vehicles only, starting 11th May. Traffic will be allowed till 7 AM in the morning and one side only until the condition of the highway stabilizes. Read more at: Srinagar – Leh Highway opens for 2014 – 2015

Kargil, April 4 2014: – The Srinagar-Leh Highway is likely to open for vehicular Traffic in the last week of April.

The road is currently under 30 feet or more of snow accumulated due to avalanches in the area.
According to a local news agency, Border Roads Organization has cleared upto Machoyi 26 km from Drass town.
Col P Kumar Commanding officer VIJAYAK project said that his team has started the Snow Clearance work on time on 10th of March 2014 but heavy snowfall on March 11, created a lot of the problem.
He said that his team has to restart the clearance work from Matayen and this time the snow accumulation is more than last year which even creates problem in locating the road.

He appreciated the efforts of the VIJAYAK Personal working on the road particularly the Locals as according to him without them the task was not successful.

Col P Kumar termed the Zojjila pass as an important link (Lifeline for Ladakh Particularly Kargil) and his team was doing their best to reach the target before time but he added that due to the heavy snowfall in the second week of March this year there will remain possibilities of Avalanches after the snow clearance which is the biggest challenge to face.

External Source: Srinagar-Leh Highway likely to open by April end

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221 Comments

  1. Charan sehgal on

    On our trip to leh this year we met a gem of a person, Noor Mohammed. He was with us for 12 days and was definitely more like family than a driver to us. Everyone kept falling sick due to the altitude and Noor was always there for us (even at 1am) to take us to the hospital and get medications. A purely genuine soul who treated everyone of us with respect, what more can you ask for. Even came to wish us a happy journey on the last day at Srinagar after our tour was over. Would definately recommend Noor to everyone visiting Ladakh. He has a permit for sightseeing in leh as well so you can plan your entire tour with him. (+919419890787) is his contact number.

  2. Chetan Salian on

    On the onset I would like to thank Mr. Dhiraj Sharma and DoW team. Based on the suggestions and posts on this page i have chalked out our 10 days tour to Ladhak. The tour to commence on 19 June 2016 from Srinagar. The directions provided in this page are of great help. Keep up the good work team. Will keep posting the experiences.

  3. Rohit Satish Thakur on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning a trip from srinagar-leh-manali for 10 days. i.e.- 18th aug- 27th aug
    We have a limited budget for 4 people.
    What we had planed was srinagar-kargil-leh-nubra(via khardungla)-leh-sarchu-manali. But the stay at Kargil and sarchu are very expensive.
    Can you please suggest a cheap accommodation near Kargil and Sarchu?If possible can you help us with their phone numbers.
    If you want you can make some changes.. Can you also suggest an Itinerary for Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Manali.

    • Rohit Satish Thakur on

      Following is the detailed Itinerary for your reference.

      Day-1 Stay at Srinagar
      Day-2 Srinagar – Kargil via Sonamarg
      Day-3 Kargil – Leh via Lamayuru
      Day-4 Leh to Pangong. Visit Shey – Thiksey – Hemis Monasteries enroute.
      Day-5 Pangong – Leh. Leh market visit for shopping
      Day-6 Leh – Nubra Valley. Visit Sumur and Hunder village and Diskit Monastery.
      Day-7 Visit Sand Dunes. Bactrian Camel ride. Back to Leh.
      Day-8 Leh – Sarchu via high motorable passes
      Day-9 Sarchu – Manali Via Barachala Pass and Rohtang Pass

  4. Dheeraj Sir,
    Our family consists of 4 members above 18 yrs OF age will land on Srinagar Airport on 05/06/2016 at 12.30p.m. Our return journey flight is on 12/6/2016 at 10.00.am.from Srinagar Airport. We want to visit LEH & surounding all tourist places without wasting our time.We want to go to Leh from Srinagar by Road.

    Please guide/ plan us about our tour successfully.
    How much it will costs by taxi from Srinagar to Leh & vice versa.
    What is the approx. temperature at Leh in june2016?We are having only six days between sunday to sunday. Is it possible to enjoy the trip? I expect your planning and advise. WITH REGARDS……………

    • Hello anuradha,

      Wishing you and your family a very very Happy and Prosperous Diwali !!

      Unfortunately you have very little time to explore Ladakh. It takes two days to reach Leh from Srinagar and two days to come back. Even if you are ready to do a Cannon ball run of about 18 Hrs from Leh to Srinagar on 11 June, it leaves you with just three days in Leh. This is what at max can be done:

      5th June: Rest in Srinagar
      6th June: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil
      7th June: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      8th June: Rest day in Leh for acclimatization
      9th June: Day trip to Pangong Tso, there will be a risk of AMS and I usually do not suggest Pangong Tso that early but then it will be very tough for you to do Pangong Tso day trip on 10th and then do 16+ Hr journey to Srinagar from Leh on 11th. So, take the risk of AMS ONLY if you feeling well on this day else keep in mind that AMS can be fatal too. DO NOT go to Pangong Tso in case you guys are not feeling well.
      10th June: Day trip to Khardung La and rest in Leh
      11th June: Make a cannon ball run to Srinagar from Leh

      My sincere advice will be to either add few days in the plan OR fly out of Leh instead of Srinagar at minimum.

    • Dheeraj Sir, my friend’s and I planning to travel to Leh starting from 5th May to 13th May 2016. When will Srinagar to Leh Highway open this year?

      • Wai, it all depends on the amount of snow it gets this year. It has been tamed snow year this one and hence, it could open by the time you are planning to visit Ladakh.Keep a tab on our site and subscribe to the thread updates.

  5. Anuraj Arude on

    Sir we are visit to Leh 15 April 2015. by Srinagar to Leh Highway by Road. Srinagar to Leh Highway open in 15 April 2015.?

        • Avijit Das on

          Dear Dheeraj,

          I am planning to reach Leh from Kolkata on 31st May 2015 by road driving own hatchback vehicle – Renault Pulse with 170 mm GC. I choosing Srinagar – Leh highway.
          Now, my humble question is that whether I could drive my Pulse or Dzire on Srinagar – Leh Highway and further more upto Nubra Valley.
          Please suggest, whether hatchback like Pulse or Swift Dzire can be driven on the highway till Nubra Valley via Leh with the underbody protection plate installed.
          I am thrilled to drive on such higways, please do suggest me.
          Thanks.

        • Avijit, For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

          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

  6. Tarak Nath Das on

    We are planning to visit Leh in the month of October, 2015 (Tentative 21.10.2015 to 26.10.2015). Kindly advise from Manali to Leh route would be available at that season.

  7. hai dheeraj,we are a couple booked our flyt tickets to srinagar during 14th to 22nd march 2015, wihtout knowing the road closing situation at all.what to do? no hotel bookings done.Yet.we planned to visit LEH and Ladakh on our first priority of this trip.

    • Chintu, you cannot do Ladakh from srinagar unless you plan to fly from Srinagar / Jammu to Leh. So, I will suggest either do Kashmir or do Ladakh from flying to Leh directly.

      • Thankyou dheeraj, and what about the dates? will the temperature and weather conditions are ok during those days.any partial or full close of routes will happen?
        can you susggest us? things to do n not to do?

        • Chintu, what exactly have you decided to explore Ladakh or Kashmir? Ladakh will be quite cold during that period and will need some good woolens to sustain the cold. However, Kashmir will be good time to explore.

  8. rinchen sangrup on

    iam gonna do solo bike expedition from jammu to leh via srinagar nonstop in mid of december on ladakh first ktm duke….so im looking forward to sponsor…..

    • Don’t know how good and safe that idea is to cover 24+ Hrs of ride in extreme cold conditions nonstop driving day and night. Be safe in your endeavors. Personally speaking, I will never recommend to do something like this. Also, it will be more or less likely that Zojila Pass will be closed.

  9. Hi,

    We are a group of 10 riders, planning a leh-ladhak trip somewhere in June’15. We are planning to commence our journey from Shrinagar. We would like to know:
    * which is the best season to plan the trip
    * can you help us in renting bikes from Shrinagar
    * Is a tour planner available to customize our tour.
    * is there any other group who would like to join us?

    Thanks,

    Gaurav

    • Hello Gaurav,

      1. Since, you are planning in June, is there any possibility to shift?? Anyways, you can read: Best Time to Travel Ladakh & Zanskar Valley which will help you decide on best choice as per your needs.

      2. I cannot help brother but can only direct to information we have in DoW Community. 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

      Since, this is the first time rule is getting implemented no one is sure what will happen or what will not. I personally feel larger groups will be targetted more than smaller groups or individuals.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      For Srinagar bike rental you can refer the link: http://devilonwheels.com/india/ladakh-zanskar-travel-guides/outside-rented-bikes-banned-ladakh-t1009-50.html#p12858

      3. Check with info@offbeatescapes.com as based on various feedback of many readers/members, they have proven to be the economic and helpful in arranging tours. Guys name is Gaurav, you can refer DoW to him.

      4. You can post into the Travel Partners forum in DoW Community may be in
      March when such collaboration begins.

      Regards
      Dheeraj
      PS: Sorry for the delayed reply.

  10. Hi dheeraj,
    What is the current status of Srinagar leh highway? pls tell me is it ok to plan 4 leh in dis scenario? Please, reply in detail because my ticket is booked from srinagar on 4th oct.

      • Thank you so much for reply Dheeraj,
        Is it ok to go leh with my 3 yrs old daughter in dis scenario.
        I am very much confused and need ur help , my ticket is book from Delhi to leh on 28th Sep and our return flight is from srinagar on 4th oct. Please suggest

        • It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 2+ year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

          Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  11. Hi Dheeraj, whats d current status of Srinagar Kargil Highway…i have planned a trip from srinagar to leh-ladkah coming october’14/ Please help!

  12. Hi Dheeraj,
    Firstly you are doing a great job by helping us all. I really respect and appreciate for the pains you are taking.

    We are a group of travelers planning a Srinagar-Leh-Srinagar trip on 24th September, 2014. Would you be kind enough to let us know the status of the Srinagar Leh Highway as the beautiful valley currently is destroyed by floods.

    Thank You,

    Devaaa

    • Devaa, yes, it is Srinagar and surrounding areas that have been affected by the floods. The roads ahead towards Sonamarg and beyond are not affected much apart from some landslides at Zojila Pass. So, nothing much to worry about.

      • Thank you so much for the prompt reply Dheeraj. We really have planned from a long time and your reply only gives us hope. Apologies I replied late. Couple of questions if you could be kind enough to advice by your experience:
        1. Would you support to go on bikes or hire a tempo traveler since we will be accompanied by female companions?
        2. Pangong lake or Tso miri? Your personal preference?
        3. Does it make sense canceling return flight from Srinagar and taking it from Leh to back home in Mumbai?
        Thank you in advance.
        🙂

        • Hello Deva,

          Sorry for the delayed reply but I was away on DoW Mega Meet in Spiti Valley for last 10 days

          1. If they are comfortable on bikes then go with bikes else car is always a convenient option.
          2. My take now goes with Tso Moriri but if you are first timer better go and see Pangong Tso.
          3. Makes very much sense to fly out of Leh if you can.

          Regards
          dheeraj

  13. David Carlier on

    Hello, thanks so much for this grat blog and usefull information.
    We are about to visit Srinagar and plan to go to Leh from there. We are travelling with a 5 yr old boy and wanted to know moree about the safety / political situation in Kashmir / Srinagar now. Our country’s official foreign affair department does not recommend to go there, but what is the “real” situation in the field? Thanks. David

    • David Carlier on

      Adn maybe one more question…. Who would you recommend for a safe care and driver to make the trip fm Srinagar to Leh? We are poanning to be in Srinagar on July 2nd.

    • David, a lot of people are traveling over Srinagar – Leh Highway and even Amarnath Yatra has begun. So, it is complete tourist season as of now, can be considered safe. But, situation there is always volatile one and hard to predict for any day but those thousands of people traveling there every day have not reported anything here on the blog or community I am aware about. You can get in touch with any of the drivers listed here

      • David Carlier on

        Thanks so much for your kind answer and help! Looking fwd to visiting this great country!

        • David Carlier on

          We did the road a few days ago (july 3 – parents + 5 yrs old boy) and it was perfect. Had to wait a bit at the pass as heavy rains were hitting the region that day, but a great trip with amazing sceneries it was. Thanks again for all the valuable advises from this website!

        • hi David,
          I am planning to visit soon with my son (Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh) and had the same questions as you.. worried about safety situation in Srinagar and around. Did you stay in a houseboat in Srinagar – can you recommend any? Also where did you stay – Dal or Nigeen? am confused.. Nigeen houseboats look better but i don’t want to stay in isolated area. Also any tips on where you stayed in kargil and recommend it or on the road trip in general since you just traveled, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the driver info. how did you find him – from hotel/houseboat ? Thanks Dheeraj for pointing to this thread and for all you do!

      • Hello dheeraj, firstly I really want to thank you for your valuable suggestions and updates.

        I’m planning to leave from delhi to leh on my own (polo diesel).
        I have some questions before to start.
        1: Is it safe to travel by my own and is polo a good option to go with.
        2: I’m planning to hangout every possible destination come on my way.(Days wouldn’t be a problem for us).So can you list me the possible destinations.
        3: as almost monsoon hits, do we expect land sliding.
        4: would you recommend me the best trip planner.

        • Hello Andy,

          1: For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway Or Spiti Valley via Manali Or Ladakh, please refer the link: FAQ | Can I do Leh – Ladakh / Spiti / Manali – Leh trip in Hatchback or Sedan? for more details.

          2: 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.

          3: It is monsoon time 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, though rains does reach Ladakh now but to minimum and mostly it might remains overcast conditions. There is no thumb rule of certainty about weather conditions but above is generally common pictures seen over last few years except ugly 2010 …

          4: Do you mean Travel agent? You still need one despite all the info present on DoW ?? 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj

    • David Carlier on

      Here is the contact details of our great great driver… Super helpful, speaks english and drives safely
      Noor Mohd mob: 9419890787

  14. Hi,
    Thank you Dheeraj for such a great blog… you’re doing a great job.

    I am planning to visit leh via srinagar in mid September … we arrive on 14th and leave on 22nd both flights from srinagar….

    1. Can you suggest a general itinerary for us?
    2. Will it better to take taxi from Srinagar to leh or use State govt buses…?
    3. Do we need to pre book for buses…
    Hoping to hear from you soon…

    • Neer, you can follow the below itinerary and regarding queries:

      2. It depends upon your budget and number of people
      3. Srinagar to Leh bus can be booked only one day prior, so you need to reach bus stand the day you land and book the ticket for you.

      Regarding Itinerary:

      Day 15 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – 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 16 | 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 17 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 18 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 19 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 20 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 21 | Leh – Srinagar in one day cannon ball run since you do not have much number of days in hand to take flight back on 22nd

      You should add more days to enjoy the journey a bit.

  15. Hi DoW Friends,
    It’s good to hear about such help of information is given by DoW.
    I was really nervous while planning for tour from srinagar to leh via son-marg and kargil in month of july from 14 onwards, due to land slide.
    Please can you suggest me whether it is advisable to travel to leh from srinagar in mid of July 14.

    Thanks & Regard,
    Pankaj K

    • Pankaj, the time to visit Ladakh is very limited as you know. Hence, you will have to take that risk if you are traveling by road to Leh. Srinagar – Leh is quite manageable mostly except few KMs of Zojila Pass

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