In a good news received today, the snow clearance operations for Srinagar Leh Highway has begun from today and all the adventure enthusiasts should be excited for their upcoming trip to Leh – Ladakh. The Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2018 is still closed but BRO has started the snow clearance operations from Gagangeer village about 18 KMs from Sonamarg where snow is less this year and it is expected to clean up the snow on 12 KM stretch in next week or so, of course, weather permitting. However, the 30 KM of the stretch from Sonamarg to Zojila Pass zero point will take some time and effort before clearing up Srinagar Leh Highway. This year there hasn’t been a significant amount of snowfall in all over the Himalayas but still, I assume that BRO will surely be facing 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 track on the thread here. Srinagar – Leh Highway generally opens and gets stabilized by the second week of May and last year in 2017 the highway opened on the first week of May. However, this year it seems that the Srinagar – Leh Highway will open a bit early and gets stabilized by the first week or May or late April, of course, weather permitting. 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 as soon as the highway is thrown open rather wait for a 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 2018 which so many adventure enthusiasts 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 2018, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2018 | DoW Community Thread
Once the Srinagar – 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 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 2018 after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2018 | DoW Community Thread
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2018 = OPEN | Updated: 7th April, 2018
- Srinagar to Sonamarg is OPEN
- Sonamarg to Zojila Pass to Kargil is OPEN
- Kargil to Leh is OPEN
Timings of Zojila Pass in 2018: 1st March, 2018
- Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): up to 1 PM (will update for 2018)
- Sonamarg to Drass (light vehicles): after 1 PM (will update for 2018)
Srinagar Leh Highway – Some Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 7th April, 2018
Srinagar, 28th March 2018: Srinagar – Leh Highway has been thrown open for light vehicles and movement of tourist/local vehicles has started. Please note that highway is a bit narrow around Zojila Pass and takes few days to stabilize. So, plan your journey safely.
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = SNOW CLEARED | Update Date: 28th March, 2018
Srinagar, 28th March 2018: Srinagar – Leh Highway has been cleared of snow and soon the vehicles will be allowed for movement once road widening work completes in a next few days. BRO may allow vehicles movement over Zojila Pass connecting Srinagar to Leh in next few days.
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 1st March, 2018
Srinagar, 1st March 2018: Border Roads Organisation began snow clearance operation on Wednesday on the 12-km Gagangeer-Sonamrag stretch of Srinagar-Leh highway, the only road linking Ladakh with rest of Jammu and Kashmir. The road was closed in December last year after heavy snowfall.
BRO officials said if weather permits, the snow clearance work will be completed in the next few days.
“Several snow cutter machines, dozers have been pressed into work,” said captain Kushal Sharma of BRO.
He said this year snow was less compared to last year from Gagangeer side. Snow clearance will be tougher on the 30-km road stretch up to Zero Point of Zojilla from Sonamarg as more snow had accumulated along the stretch.
External Source: BRO starts snow clearance from Gagangeer onwards