10 days of March have been passed and snow clearance operation over 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway are announced for the season 2015 – 16. This time snow stock is about 22 feet at Zojila and about 12 feet at Sonamarg as per the reports. The recent snowfall in March has resulted in delays in the snow clearance operations but BRO / BEACON will be trying best to resume the road connectivity from Srinagar to Leh – Ladakh and Kargil by mid-April. Srinagar – Leh Highway acts as lifeline of Kargil and Leh which remains snow bound for more than 6 months due to the snow accumulation on Zojila Pass that connects them (Kashmir – Ladakh) together. Good news is that, the snow clearance operations though delayed will be kick start soon as the weather settles and as per BEACON, it will take about 40 odd days to open the Srinagar – Leh Highway if the weather god permits 🙂 🙂 …
However, claims are made almost every year but the opening of the Zojila Pass and in turn Srinagar – Leh Highway depends upon the snowfall in the coming weeks and stabilization of highway with snowslides after cutting through the snow. But, keeping fingers crossed let’s hope that we get to connect Leh – Ladakh as soon as possible or as the BRO claims, if not by mid of April then at least by starting of May 🙂 🙂 … 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. So, do not rush into the highway as soon as the road is thrown open 😉 …
As per the past 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 of such updates in time 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 2015 | DoW Community Thread
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 2015 after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2015 | DoW Community Thread
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Updated: 7th May, 2015
- Srinagar to Sonamarg is Open
- Sonamarg to Zojila Pass to Kargil is Open
- Kargil to Leh is Open
Timings of Zojila Pass 2015: 20th May 2015
- Drass to Sonamarg (civil vehicles): 4 AM – 8:30 AM
- Drass to Sonamarg (army vehicles): 8:30 AM – 11 AM
- Maintenance, Road Closed: 11 AM – 1 PM
- Sonamarg to Drass(light vehicles): 1 PM – 3 PM
- Sonamarg to Drass(heavy vehicles): 3:30 PM Onwards
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Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 7th May 2015
Srinagar – Leh Highway opens for light motor vehicles on 7th May 2015. The vehicles from Minamarg side moved today to Sonamarg. Currently only light vehicles are allowed and traffic is one way due to narrow roads at Zojila Pass with huge snow walls as per the reports. Read more details in the community thread here.
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 20th March, 2015
Snow clearance begins on Srinagar – Leh Highway, expected to open by mid April as per BRO though weather will have the last say as seen in past years. Read more details in the community thread here.
Srinagar, March 8 2015: The Srinagar – Sonamarg –Zojila – Leh Highway connecting Leh Ladakh with rest of the country would be thrown open for vehicular traffic by mid April, Chief Engineer Beacon Brig A K Das said on Sunday. “About twenty two feet snow has got accumulated on Zojila top and Sonamrg is under around twelve feet snow. The snow clearance operation in both these roads would start soon once the weather permits,” he added.
The Brigadier said the road connecting Ladakh with rest of the country would be thrown open by mid April. “All the measures would be put in place to clear the snow. We need 40 days for the operation to make the road through for traffic,” the Chief Engineer said.
External Source: Srinagar-Leh highway to reopen in April: Beacon