Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 is still closed but BRO has started the snow clearance operations on it. Couple of days back BRO begin the snow clearance from Gagangair village about 18 KMs from Sonamarg and in the first leg will clear the snow up to Sonamarg. This year there had been record amount of snowfall in all over Himalayas and BRO will surely be facing tough challenges to clear the snow especially from the deadly Zojila Pass.
The 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway is the lifeline for connectivity to Kargil and further Leh – Ladakh. The only other route to Leh – Ladakh is the 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway whose status for the year can tracked on the thread here. Srinagar – Leh Highway generally opens and gets stabilized by second week of May and last year in 2016 the highway opened on 30th April itself. However, this year it seems unlikely and I feel that the Srinagar – Leh Highway will open and gets stabilized by second or third week of May only. Please keep in mind that even when this road to Ladakh gets open early, 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, please do not rush to Ladakh by road soon as the highway is thrown open rather wait for couple of weeks to let it stabilize 😉 … This will ensure safe passage for you and avoid any unforeseen mishaps.
As per the past years, I will be starting this sticky post for the Srinagar 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 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 status 2017, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2017 | 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 2017 after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2017 | DoW Community Thread
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 = OPEN | Updated: 5th May, 2017
- Srinagar to Sonamarg is OPEN
- Sonamarg to Zojila Pass to Kargil is OPEN
- Kargil to Leh is OPEN
Timings of Zojila Pass in 2016: 1st Mar, 2016
- Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): up to 1 PM (will update for 2017)
- Sonamarg to Drass (light vehicles): after 1 PM (will update for 2017)
Srinagar Leh Highway | Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Update Date: 5th May, 2017
Srinagar, 5th March, 2017:Finally, the good news has come. Leh – Srinagar Highway is to be opened on 5th May 2017. It was expected to be opened on 15th May but it appears BRO did a great job in opening the Srinagar – Leh road much sooner despite inclement weather recently. It is suggested to allow a couple of weeks for the road to settle with initial snow sliding and landslides to have a safe passage. Read more at: Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 5th March, 2017
Srinagar, 5th March, 2017: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has started snow clearance to resume traffic on Srinagar-Sonamarg road on Friday.
The Border Roads Organisation, which is looking after the Srinagar -Leh highway has pressed its men and machinery into service from Gaganigar onwards to make the road traffic worthy.
Officials said the snow clearance “TEAM 122” led by Captain Sumit Das under the supervision of OC (Officer Commanding) Subodh Kumar started the snow clearance from km 75 Gagangir towards Sonamarg.
External Source: BRO starts snow clearance from Gagangair onwards