TOP 5 Reasons to Avoid Manali Leh Highway in October

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Are you planning a trip to Manali Leh Highway in October and confused about the status of it? Is it open or closed in October?  Is it risky to travel on Manali Leh Highway in October? Or How are the road conditions on Manali Leh Highway in October?

Q104. Why avoid traveling on Manali Leh Highway in October for Ladakh trip? [5 Safety Reasons]

These are some of the common questions I get on this blog about Manali Leh Highway as soon as the Ladakh seasons starts to come to an end in October. I am going to address these questions in the article and help you plan a trip to Manali Leh Highway in October.

Planning a trip to Manali Leh Highway in October?

Everyone loves traveling on Manali Leh Highway and why not, it offers you the most mesmerizing views. It is the shortest path to travel to Ladakh by road and, of course, offers the adventure of its extreme adventure.

However, as the Ladakh season comes to an end in October, you should think at least once before venturing the journey on Manali Leh Highway in October. It could easily get very risky and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere for a couple of days.

I enlist my thoughts or risks in this article which you must consider before starting any journey on Manali Leh Highway in October.

Reasons to avoid Manali Leh Highway in October
Reasons to avoid Manali Leh Highway in October

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1. Being Stranded & Likely Snowfall

Firstly, by late September winter season starts to set in Trans Himalayas and all high passes in the Himalayas start receiving snowfall at frequent intervals. The chances of road closure due to the snowfall in October starts increasing.

Although the BRO tries to maintain and keep the Manali Leh road open up to the end of October, you can surely get stuck or delayed for a day or two or maybe more due snowfall. So, it depends upon the weather altogether and if lucky you may get through without any single blockage.

The point is there is a risk of 2-3 days delay which must be kept in mind before planning any journey to Manali Leh Highway in late September or October.

Planning a trip on Manali Leh Highway in October?
Planning a trip on Manali Leh Highway in October?

2. Lack of Accommodation or Stay options

Secondly, the tented accommodation options or food joints and dhabhas start to pack up from late September onward at places like Zingzing Bar, Sarchu, Pang, Bharatpur City, etc..

This leaves you with a very limited choice of bargaining as well as the options to stay on Manali Leh Highway in October. These are some strategic places where you may be required to stop in case there is a sudden snowfall on some adjoining mountain passes or other reasons for the road closure.

The point here is that there is a risk of running out of the limited accommodation options on Manali Leh Highway in case you get stuck at some unplanned place.

Hence, it is advisable that you prepare yourself for it and you should better carry your tent and camping kit. Mental preparation will help you in case you are stranded in the middle of nowhere without a place to stay on Manali Leh Highway in October.

You should always carry your water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

The Legends of Gata Loop
The Legends of Gata Loop

3. Buses on Manali Leh Highway Stops in October

Thirdly, the public transport on Manali Leh Highway in October gets limited to local shared taxis or jeeps only. Both HRTC and HPTDC stops the bus services on Manali Leh Highway by the third week of September. 

The HPTDC Manali Leh luxury bus service stops running by 15th September, refer to the Manali Leh bus schedule is published by HPTDC every year. HRTC buses running between Manali to Leh directly and Manali – Keylong, Keylong to Leh also stops as soon as HRTC departments feel that the road conditions are risky due to ice/frost on the roads, especially early morning.

Sometimes HRTC may run or resume the bus services till the roads are open and safe as suggested by Vistet here. But, again although they are definite options for travel but not as comfortable as HPTDC buses which are for tourists and also do sightseeing on the way too. HRTC buses do not stop for sightseeing on Manali Leh Highway.

Even Delhi to Leh HRTC bus running daily is also stopped to travel over Manali Leh Highway in October, in fact along with other bus services.

Hence, if you are looking for public transport then only shared taxis comes as the other option which does the cannonball run from Manali to Leh in one day.

On any day I will avoid going in a shared taxi which does cannonball run of about 16-18 Hrs from Manali to Leh trip

4. Motor Rallies

Fourthly, October (generally first or second week) is when the Raid De Himalayas Rally is carried out in the Himalayas. Mostly, Manali  Leh Highway is one of the sections, due to which you may find various road sections to be closed for their smooth run.

Moreover, finding an accommodation among the limited open options on Manali Leh Highway in October also becomes a challenge at times. Most of the hotels/stay options on Manali Leh are pre-booked for the participants. This further means trouble, hassles, and delays in your travel plans.

5. Cold Conditions

Finally, you will need to bear some icy conditions when traveling on Manali Leh Highway in October. At nights and mornings, the temperatures will be sub-zero temperatures as almost 250+ km (beyond the Darcha) section of Manali Leh Highway runs above 4000 Mtrs in altitude. Rohtang Pass can be tricky.

In the daytime, it could feel a bit warmer than expected but cold winds will always leave you numb especially when biking and if there are overcast conditions.

So, travel to Ladakh with proper clothing and be prepared with proper biking or travel gears to beat the cold conditions when traveling Manali Leh in October.

Don't have a bike but planning to use Manali to Leh Bus Service?
Don’t have a bike but planning to use Manali to Leh Bus Service?

Manali Leh in October – FAQs

Let’s look at some of the most common questions about planning a trip to Ladakh or Manali Leh Highway in October.

1. Can I travel to Manali Leh Highway in October?

The short answer is, yes, Manali Leh Highway is open in the month of October. However, you must consider the risks or factors defined in this article before planning such a trip to Ladakh in October.

2. Is Manali Leh Highway open in October?

In general, in October, Manali Leh Highway remains open nowadays (2018) but there are certain caveats as discussed in this article before planning your trip to travel.

3. Is it safe to travel on Manali Leh Highway in October?

I will say that there is a risk associated to travel in October on Manali Leh road. There is a reason that HRTC and HPTDC buses stop plying on this route in mid-September. It is better to keep an eye on the weather and only plan a trip to Ladakh in October by road if you understand these risks.

4. How are the road conditions on Manali Leh Highway in October?

The road conditions on Manali Leh Highway are OK with morning having some black ice/frost on the roads that create slippery conditions. Especially these are common once you travel beyond Baralacha La pass.

Nature's architecture near Pang
Nature’s architecture near Pang


Finally, I will suggest that you should only consider traveling to Manali Leh Highway in October or late September if:

  1. You are OK with getting stuck for a day or two in case of snowfall or road closure in on Manali Leh October
  2. You can manage the cold conditions and carrying proper clothing/gear on your trip to fight with cold.

Friendly warning

Personally speaking, I will STRONGLY suggest NOT TO attempt any travel on Manali Leh Highway after the mid of October or be ready to either get stuck for a much longer time or sell/leave your vehicle then & there itself to bear a huge loss.

I would like to update: The Safe Date thing as stated by Vistet here

“Weather changes both gradually and suddenly and September can mean real problems as well. In 2009 the road was out two or three times before mid -September and mid-September 2008 meant among other things eight people killed in an avalanche on the road. More examples could be mentioned. The practical approach: keep track of updates on the road conditions, always plan at least a buffer day before mid-September, and two later in the season”

I completely understand it has not happened since 2015, but as I update this in 2020, there are already a couple of snow spells that happened 2019 September (17th). HRTC/HPTDC buses have already stopped plying on Manali Leh due to ice/frost on roads. So, the quote above from Vistet is ten years old. The weather condition has changed a bit now, and hence, I am not warning you to travel in September but changed this article to call out the similar things for October. Sane suggestions are still the same.

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I hope you will take these considerations, rather risks, seriously before planning your journey on Manali Leh Highway in October. There is a thin line between Adventure and Insanity, you must always know when not to cross that line.

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  2. hi , we are 8 friends planning a road trip on bikes from manali to leh around 18 spet and will be back within 8-10 days…i want to know is it ok to go at that time? will we get bikes on rent easily?

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for ur valuable time.We are planning for a trip shimla-Kullu manali in the last week of September 2015.Can you please help us in knowing the right month to visit these places in Sep or Oct or Nov 2015.


    • Ravi all three months are good to travel to Manali. Chances of snow will be quite less in September almost nil and more in Novemebr in case it snows up there at Rohtang Pass. So, you will not get wrong with any of the month. But for snow, November is more likely.

  4. hello dheeraj,

    we are planning to visit Ladakh this October 2015 . so we will take manali to leh highway oct 12 [manali – sarchu] and oct 13[sarchu – leh] . should we change it ? because our all tickets are booked.. car reserved from manali. please let me know what should we do..


  5. yogesh gupta on

    hi dheeraj,first of all thanks for such a valuable blog, most of my quires are resolved by your blog
    ,still there are few doubts pls share your valuable info…on it .I am planning to do the entire circuit of delhi-kalpa-kaza-batal-manali-delhi. in mid sep. from 12-sep to 22/23-sep .is it possible to do by hacthback(ford figo)
    how many big water crossing are there from kaza to manali., where to break/stay in between kaza and manali .

    • Yogesh there will be 3-4 water crossings and at least 2 bigger ones near Dorni and Chota Dhara. Though water is less during that time and early mornign it is much lesser still car will take some beating for sure and need to carefully do it.

  6. Hi Dheeray, can I easily hire a private car or taxi to travel between Shimla and Manali with some sightseeing along the way, in last week of September – first week of October and approximately how much would I pay for this service.
    Regards, Terence.

    • You can get connected directly to some drivers in Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3000-3500 per day depending upon the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price.

      Otherwise, taxis in general are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands

  7. Hello Sirji,

    We are a group of 7-8 members and our travel dates are Sep 23 – Oct 4th. Route being: Srinagar-Leh-Manali. We are also planning to hire a taxi there for the entire trip. So could you please let us know if these dates are ok and how can we go ahead about travelling on taxi there?

    Thanks 🙂

  8. hi Manu
    we are planning to go manali between 17 september 2015 to 21 september 2015 . is the weather suitable and can we are able to do all the activities there like paragliding and all.

  9. Hi Dheeraj

    Nice to see your comments, I want to visit Leh from Manali on 06.10.2015.Can we face any problem at that time.If you have any hotel person at Manali pls share also share any driver name & number who can drive from Chandigar to Manali.Also Manali to Leh.


  10. I want to start early september with my bicycle the Leh-Manali-Highway.
    What are the coldest temperature in september? Could it be more than 10 under zero (in the night?)

    • Hey, are you gonna cycle alone? I am starting from manali in the first week of September myself. Tell me if you need company.

  11. Hi Deeraj,
    I am planning a leh drive from july 16th to july 30th.. [Five people including my parents]
    I am taking an XUV500 from zoom car [booked]. I am taking the below route
    Delhi – Udhampur – Srinagar – Kargil- Leh – Nubra valley – Pangong- Leh- tso moriri- surchu-manali-delhi
    I have gone through all your articles and decided on this trip..
    Do you for see any issues?? related to zoom cars in leh , climate ???
    Is it good time to stay in pangong , tsomoriri in tents??
    I have already done the same on bullet in 2008 june. [but it was manali – leh – srinagar]
    thanks – Praveen

    • Praveen, 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.

      As per the rule, only yellow number plate is banned for sightseeing and both white and black plates are allowed. This is the basic rule, in case Ladakh taxi union has started creating nuisance about black number plate as well recently I am not aware but by the rule book upto last year black number plates were allowed and I did not read any bad instance for such matter though there could be but not in my knowledge.

      It is good time to travel Ladakh

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am a college student from Delhi. Me and my friends are planning to travel to manali in august 1st week.
    I have heard from a lot of people that its not the best time to travel to manali.
    What do you say?

    We are 5 guys and we have a budget of 6,000_7,000 each.
    If not manali, what would be the best place to travel in august first week with this much budget.
    All we want is enjoyment, having drinks, roaming and enjoying the weather.

    Please let me know what you think?



    • Yes, it is not the best time to travel to Manali. Monsoons mania mostly creates havoc there every year. So, plan to hills only in non-monsoon months.

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    A group of us are planning for a trip by the end of September till 1st week of Oct to Mcleod ganj and go for trekking at Triund. If you have been to this place can you please confirm if its ideal to go trekking during the said period?
    and will there be a public transport from Mcleod Ganj to Manali directly?
    We have limited time but we are planning to make a good use of the few days. so can you suggest any good spot to visit en-route Mcleod Ganj – Manali?

    Thank you.

    • Asing, yeah, Triund shall be good to go in the month of October. You can extend the trek up to laka snowline in case you have time. Yes, there are buses that run between Manali / Kullu and Dharamshala.

      • Thank you so much. Btw, how long is the laka snowline from Triund? we have few female companions with us. Just wanted to know if they’ll be able to keep up. 😛
        And will you be able to give us info about the average expenditure from delhi to manali (including Triund). I’m talking about basic requirement stuff (basic transport/stay). but good food. 😀 Non-veg.

        Thank you in advance.

        • Asing, laka will take about 1.5 Hrs from Triund at max. In case you exhausted to triund then better avoid it and attempt may be next day.

  14. Rajesh jain on

    Hii..I am planing to visit Manali-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar on 1st week of August…. is it OK to travel ?

    • Yes, rajesh it shall be fine to travel but you will need to face some monsoon hassles upto Baralacha La from Manali side and then up to Kargil from Srinagar side. Also, it is better to do the ladakh cicruit in the opposite direction, coming from Srinagar and exiting from Manali.

  15. Hai Dheeraj,
    Your information is very useful. I have a plan to cycling Srinagar-Leh-Manali on second week of September, 8-28 September this year. What do you think about the weather and condition of the road at that time? Do I need to have special permit to enter Srinagar with bicycle on my baggage. I will go to Srinagar by plane from Delhi. What do I need to attent along that way, do you have any practical information?.. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Max,

      Are you just planning to ride Srinagar – Leh – Manali? If yes, then you do not need any permits. In case you planning to visit Inner Line Areas too in the Ladakh region, then you will need permits in case you are not Indian National.

      If you go through the article: How to plan a journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway, you will get all the required info. on the route. A similar article is also present for Manali – Leh Highway: How to plan a journey on Manali Leh Highway

      Road conditions and weather in September is one of best t travel to Ladakh.


      • Dheeraj , do you have any suggested time if I want to ride in a good enough weather and get the first snowfall in the Srinagar-Leh-Manali area?

        • Max, in case you are lucky you might get snowfall on high passes in the month of September towards the end. But, that is something that cannot be predicted 🙂

  16. Hey dheeraj we are planning first week of may from rohtang to leh .how was the road condition .can route will be open . plzz tell me the condition.heartly thanks for ur support

  17. Helo sir
    We, the group of 6 boys planning to go from shimla to reckong peo and then to kaza khas on 03 Mar 2015 by scorpio. Please give ur valuable comments and is it possible to go futher towards leh

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    Hope you are doing good.. Some really informative articles by DoW and have found it very useful in my pursuit of the Himalayas.
    Few questions,
    I know in general the answer would be a No but i have been closely acquainted with the mountains so would want your insight on this.

    I plan a trip from the 10th of October to the 1st of November.
    My plan is to travel to kumzumla and then trek it down to Chandratal. Camp there for a day and then trek it to Surajtal.
    I would be prepared with camping and trekking gears, but would like to know if.
    1st – Would i be able to get public transport to Kumzum -la at that time.
    2nd – Will i be able to get transport from Baralachala to return to Keylong or to Manali at that time.

    Your expertise would be helpful.

    • Thank you Reuben.

      It is actually not an ideal time to attempt that trek after second week of October. There are chances of snow up there so before attempting up there, you must be aware of the weather conditions and rely on it before attempting.

      1st – Yes, HRTC buses from Manali to Kaza will be running, so you need to get down at the diversion of Chandratal not exactly at Kunzum Pass. Then you can either walk or hitch hike to Chandratal from that diversion point. The diversion point comes about 2-3 KMs after Batal. You can camp at Chandratal and then attempt the Baralacha La trek.

      2nd – There is no reliable or fixed time transport that will be available from Baralacha La but trucks / some shared taxis will be running on Manali – Leh towards then third week of October but beyond that place starts to be abandoned. So, beyond third week, things will be dicey.

      If you can prepone the trip by a 20 odd days then it will be fantastic for you.


      • Cool.. thanks for the information..
        as per your advise i would try to prepone it by 15-20 days.

        Sounds fun…
        just wanted to know the difficulty levels as well as you would be experienced on it.
        Is it similar to Mantalai or would be more challenging.

        Thanks in Advance!

        • Reuben, it is high altitude terrain and hence a bit difficult if you are not acclimatized. But, if you will travel from Leh side or from Shimla side to Spiti, then you will be acclimatized before you hit the Chandratal. Then, it should be fine. The trek will not be more challenging than Mantalai and should be less or may be equal as per my friends who have done both but the only thing is getting acclimatized first which is the key.

          Yes, please prepone if by 15-20 days to enjoy it to the fullest than risking the dangers of being stuck under snow over that trek. After October third week, people abandon that place for next 6 months.

  19. hello dheeraj bhai..
    We have plans of completing the circuit Manali-Leh-Srinagar-Manali from October 10 to 25 next year. We are a group of 8 bikers travelling on four Bullets with every possible equipment such as tents, rucksacks full of foods and proper clothings, sleeping bag etc. Tool kits, spare parts and fuel cans are always with us. Time and money is no concern for us. We have planned this trip at this time because we want it to be highly adventurous.
    Obliged to your responses and guidance to other people, we only seek some advice from your side or some points which we may have missed during our plannings so as to ease our trip.

  20. Hii Dheeraj,
    we are planning a trip to Manali on 2nd week of December, kindly suggest.. is the planning correct and also if we can travel to Leh from Manali at same time.

    • Abhijit, Manali – Leh Highway is already closed or abandoned for travel for next 6 months. Rohtang Pass will be closed in a week or so too. However, you can enjoy snow points below Rohtang PAss from Manali during that time of the year.

  21. Hi dheeraj,
    We r planing to go kaza khas from 24 oct by my sedan car. Wats about the road and weather conditions

    • Vijay, if you are planning to go to Kaza from Kinnaur side and can beat the cold conditions there will be in Kaza and Spiti during this period, it is fine. However, from Manali side it is a big NO and if you cannot bear cold and are not OK with basic facilities, then I will suggest to avoid it.

        • Vijay, route beyond Kaza towards Kunzum Pass is an abandoned place by now and it is not really safe to travel beyond Kaza at this time of the year. I will not suggest you to travel beyond Kaza. Hence, you should go from Shimla side and come back from Shimla side only.

  22. Yogi Rock's on

    Hello dheeraj Bro Me & My friend are planning bike riding for manali in the 1st week of december 2014 soo can we able to visit manali from bike & soo how will be the weather & roads in december please guide & inform me thank you…. 🙂

    • Yoogi, first week of December will be good time to travel to Manali. There will be snow ahead of Manali towards Rohtang Pass on the snow points of Marhi or Gulaba whereever you will be allowed to travel. Weather will be chilly, so go with proper warm riding gear.

  23. Yogi Rock's on

    Hey Dheeraj,
    Dude guide me please…
    I’m from Hubli,
    I & my friend planed for manali & leh & some places nearby, we r Travelling from hubli on 06-10-2014, from bike we planned journey for 15 days (2 weeks). & we r coming from hubli to manali from bike overall 2500 kms trip from bike soo. So how will be the weather & Roads conditions over there at the time of december 05 2014 soo
    Its a long trip on bike should doo it & ride manali soo
    Please Guide me on this.

    • Yogi, I guess it is too late for me to reply now. I am not sure your whereabouts now and where exactly you will be posting almost 10 days when you started this trip.

      • Yogi Rock's on

        Its ok Dude still its not late i have some time till december….
        Can u inform me that in december how the manali climate and roads will we are planning to go manali from bike in december 1st week sooo can u say me how the weather & roads will be in manali

  24. Hi,
    I am planning a trip to Leh from Delhi on 9th-16th October. Is there in any possibility that road to Pangong/ Nubra will be closed then?

    • Souvik, if you are flying to Leh then these should not be much of an issue. Regarding roads within Ladakh, they remain open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall. Hence, if it does not snow much around there then the roads will be open on those days.

    • hi dheeraj
      i m planning to go to leh manali circuit in 3rd week of nov. What is ur advice for this. I m going in car.

      • Abhishek, Manali – Leh Highway as well as Srinagar – Leh Highway are going to close soon and by the time you are planning to visit, road trip to Ladakh is not possible. Please make a road trip to Ladakh next year now.

  25. Dinesh Sehgal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for this valuable info.
    I am planning to visit Leh from 14-20 Sep. I have high Cholestrol and High B.P. problem. would it be safe to go thete?

  26. hi Mr dheeraj,
    first of all thanks for above given information. I m planning to visit Simla n manali in the month of DEC 26 to 4th enjoy our first anniversary but we r quite anxious regarding the climate of manali n traveling a long distance in such atmosphere. n suggest me is it advisable to book any package.n I feel nausea n vomitng sometime by traveling long distance so plz help me……….

    • Pallavi, in that case you can actually plan to visit anyone of the regions, either Manali OR Shimla. This will cut down travel at least once you reach the place. You can consult a doctor for motion sickness medicine.

  27. Harman Sodhi on

    Hi Dheeraj
    I am planning to visit leh starting 26th Sept’14 to 5th Oct’14 on scorpio car from chandigarh ……as per the present conditions of flood in kashmir… you suggest return journey via kargil srinagar to chandigarh …..plz advise

  28. Shivinder Singh Saini on

    Hi dheeraj, i am planning to go for a bike trip to leh at end of October 2014, as the roads are opened till Nov. And come back via srinagar. Keeping in mind all the chilly conditions, from where we can get latest weather updates.i had done srinagar-leh highway earlier this year. Should i go again with srinagar-leh or go ahead via manali.i know you will deny for same but still what are the chances of reaching leh alive. Or we should go and be back from srinagar-leh highway.
    Can we go to chandartal avoid leh during this period.

  29. we 7-friends are planning for a ladakh trip from delhi via manali in two wheeler. And we are driving down from delhi on 12th oct and we have to be back on 18th oc t anyhow as we have 19th morning flight.
    So,please suggest whether we should stick to our plan for this trip,and please let us know the itinerary we should plan…

  30. Hi Dheeraj
    some my frnds planning for leh in 26th October, 3 days in leh and return to manli by leh manli highway on 29th october,
    after reading ur article i came to know that it is very risky to come by road.What good places we can see in this sort period ?Is it safe to go to pangong lake ? Is it a better option to return by flight

    • Pradosh, after landing in Ladakh by flight you need minimum 2 days of complete rest in Leh for acclimatization before moving around anywhere. It will be very cold up there in Ladakh during that time and Manali – Leh Highway is a BIG NO right from start. Better have more days in plan and come back in next season.

  31. hi dheeraj
    v r five ppl from bangalore have planned for ladhak travel via road in bikes starting from 1st oct.. i have read th article of five reasons to avoid manali leh highway.. wat would u suggest us as v already prepared everything n ready to go on these days.. v hardly left with any options but v really wanted to travel in bikes.. kindly suggest..
    thanks bro

    • Tejus, I will stick with the risks mentioned in the article above. If it seems OK to you, you can travel else I do not suggest to travel on Manali – Leh Highway in October.

  32. Hi, Dheeraj,
    I was nicely described by you about your trips:-)

    We three couples planning to go on 1st Oct night – 5th Oct Sunday night from delhi . Can it be possible to visit Delhi-Manali- RohtangPass-ChardraTall Lake – Delhi.

    Can this route be possible in 4days of leave? Please suggest if any better travel plan.


    • Amit, I will suggest minimum of 5 days for Chandratal and spending a night at Chandratal at this time of the year will be quite cold. Also, snow starts falling too during this time and hence, there are some risks associated that late in the season.

  33. I m planning to go there in sept last week or Oct 1 week on motorcycle. I will be going via manali-leh-srinagar. Watcdo u suggest.. Is it good to travel ?

    • Apart from cold conditions in September last week, it should be OK to travel but DO read the risks mentioned in the article and take a calculative risk. Also, prepare for cold riding conditions.

  34. vijay sehrawat on

    Hi dheeraj,
    We are 4 friends planning a tour to delhi- manali-leh-srinagar-delhi from delhi in audi q3 from 1st october 2014. Is this safe…
    Plz advise us your best knowledge

    • Vijay, should be OK but read the above risks that are defined in the article. Unless you are not OK with them, please do not go over Manali – Leh Highway that late in the season.

  35. maneeshmaharana on

    I’m planning a trip to keylong late in october. I’ll be travelling to manali via HTDC bus and plan to rent a bike for the remaining journey. Should I put off my plan or use public transport. And is the road till keylong accessible late in october. Thanks in advance:)

    • Hello Maneesh,

      In late October, it is not adviced to travel to Keylong as chances of risk of getting stuck post Rohtang and traveling on slippery roads increase. Hence, you should not try it. After 15th October, snowfall starts and mostly local travel on that route. Though the route will remain upon but will have risks associated while traveling on it. Hence, you should analyze the risk and then take a call.


  36. I am planning to fly from Delhi to Leh on 12th Sept and travel by road back to Manali before 18th Sept, is it possible? Is the public transport still available?

    • Greg, yes the HRTC buses will be available during that time as they close their services in general by end of September. Also, there will be shared taxis available too.

        • Hmmm… For sure the HPTDC ones will stop running by that time. However, there are chances that HRTC Buses will still be running however they cannot be booked online and they are not direct ones. So, you need to take Leh to Keylong, Keylong to Manali and Manali to Delhi. I will call up the HRTC counter and confirm from them

        • Thanks so much for your help. My plan is to go from Leh to Manali (an overnight stop at Keylong), then from Manali to Chandratal Lake (stay over-night at Nomad) and back to Manali before heading to Dharamsala… is it ok to visit Chandratal on 3rd week of September?

        • Greg, the real beauty of Chandratal is the reflections that you see early in the morning. Hence, if you will miss that by not staying at Chandratal (as you want to stay at Losar) then you will miss the main charm without which it is incomplete.

          Also, I do not think it is wise to first go to Manali and then come back the same route to do Chandratal. From Leh, you will reach Keylong. From Keylong there is a direct bus to Kaza as well. You can take that bus and get down to the point of diversion to Chandratal and stay there overnight at camps. You should read couple of links below:

          1. Comments by Rimzim who just did it:
          2. Chandratal Lake | Cheapest Ways To Travel There

          So, in the second article you will be just taking the bus from Keylong to Kaza not Manali to Kaza. While return, same process can be followed to reach back Manali detailed out in second article.

  37. Hi Dheeraj, you are a knowledge park dude, we are planning for Manali and Rohtang pass from 1-5oct, is it ok to plan as dussehra festival is on 3rd oct and can we enjoy snow activities.

    • Sagar, apart from rush over there, it should be fine. Book your hotels and also there will not e any snow present during that time at Rohtang Pass.

  38. Hai Dheeraj
    Its pleasure to see how nicely you are assisting people. I am amazed wish you all the best too.
    My query is that i am planing to travel leh circuit in the last week of October starting from 25th Oct to 1st November but unable to book tickets so far due to conflicting information about whether on net.
    Your knowledge about this sector is paramount and i would abide by your suggestions.I am going along with my wife and two teenager sons, all young and perfect health condition.
    Please guide me and also suggest best itinerary.
    Thanks n Regards

    • Jay, if you are talking about Srinagar to Leh to Manali circuit, then straight away NO. I am sure you must have read the risks above in the article.

      Secondly, if you are just flying in and out of Leh, then in that case if you are OK with basic food and stay as most hotels and restaurant will be closed and can brave the cold temperatures of Ladakh, you can go ahead and make a trip. But, keep in mind Ladakh cold is quite cold with real feel and dryness around. Lack of Oxygen makes things much more worse.

  39. Ishu Dahiya on

    Hello Friends,

    We 3 friends are planning to visit Leh-Ladakh between 24 SEPT – 6 OCT on Bullet from Delhi.
    So friend plz share best of your knowledge.

    We will start on 24 SEPT morning.
    Day 1(24 sept) :- We will try to reach Manali on day1.
    Day 2-3 (25-26 sept):- we will take 2 days from Manali to Leh which is around 500 Km. Please consult where to stay on Day2 between Manali-leh. Cost effective accommodation will be preferable.
    Day4 (27 sept): Permit and local site visit. On Saturday permit office is open or closed.
    Day 5-10(28 sept- 3 oct) : Almost 5-6 day.Please let us know the best places which we can visit.
    Day 11-13 (4-6 oct) Back to Delhi.

    Please suggest best of your knowledge
    Approx cost for trip. Our estimate is around 30k including petrol expense.

    • Hi Ishu,

      You must have gone through the risks of traveling late in September or October in the article above. On Manali – Leh Highway, you can stay at Jispa and then next day leave at 6 AM to move to Leh the same day. 5 AM will be very cold during that time, so go prepared with heavy woolens. Being INdians, you do not need any permits for most tourist places in Ladakh through normal routes. So, rest on Day 4. In the remaining 6 days, you can make 2 days each trip to Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso MOriri respectively. Make sure you are carrying heavy woolens and at Tso MOriri you may need to stay at some local home stay as camps will be packed up by then.


  40. Ishu Dahiya on

    We 3 people are planning Leh-Ladakh trip from 24 SEPT to 6 OCT on bikes from Delhi. Please let us know the road and weather conditions during this period. If anybody suggest the whole Plan will be really helpful.

    • Ishu, you must have read the article above already, if not do it and take risk accordingly. It is a dicey window and you have to brave the cold too. Plan some buffer days as well.

    • Hello Ishu,
      Even I am planning my trip during the same duration, but I am unable to find some company, and now I am skeptical about my ride since the road conditions are deteriorating. I’d really appreciate some company, if I could get.

  41. Hi, we are planning leh-manali trip on sept 30. pl. let us know whether the roads will be open or not and also the best mode of transport to manali we are group of 6 members

  42. Ajit Kumar on

    We are planing for kullu & Manali in first week of Oct. Can u tell us that it is good time to go at rohtang pass ????????

    • Ajit, if you are looking for snow then there will not be any snow present at Rohtang Pass during that time else you can go over there. Also, it will be dusherra festival in Kullu and that place will be flocked by locals and tourists to core, so do the bookings.

  43. Hi, we are planning for the Manali to Leh trip during first week of September. How will be the conditions for road and terrain during that time? Can I find any snow on my way till Leh during that time? I mean the snow walls on the sides of the road and snow covered mountains. (We have a shoot also planned for our track). Please guide me. I had a similar trip few years ago during the third week of August but it was horrible, as there were many cloudbursts and rolling stones all over. We survived many times on the edge.

    • Generally by this time, the rains settle and is considered fine time to Travel to Ladakh. You will see very vivid colors of Ladakh during this period. No Snow !!

  44. Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all thank you so much for all this great stuff “GREAT Help”.

    We are planing to travel during first week of September, Is that OK and least chances of road blockage?

    Also, do you mind to share some more details around HPTDC luxury busses from Manali to leh ?

    • Ankur, september is the best time to visit Trans Himalayan region, as per my knowledge. HPTDC bus halts at Keylong while travel between Manali and Leh. Charges about 2500 which includes stay at Keylong along with dinner + breakfast.

      • Raj patel on

        Hii… I m planning to visit leh on 27 th october.. Is it ok to travel ..?

        • Raj, if you are flying to Leh directly and are OK with cold conditions, then it should be OK to travel to Ladakh at this time of the year. However, road journey to Ladakh can be made only next year especially on Manali – Leh route.

  45. Hellow sir it safe travelling by a bike from manali-lehladakh in october first week??

  46. jatin dhankhar on

    We are planning to go manali in last week of September. Then we will go to rohtang pass. Is there any snowfall or snow at that time.

    • Jatin, in case snowfall happens and you lucky to be that day there only at Rohtang Pass then you might see it. Else there is no chances of snow on Rohtang Pass in September.

  47. dheeraj,,, we making plan to visit leh in end of may with 5 frnd in own vertigo m.sadan car …from ahmedabad gujarat so pls can u tell us which is best way to enter in leh at that time from manali or jammu? give some guideline we all going first time ..we drive well here and abroad in mountain track like heavy snow road too…driving skill is good all of us..but unknown with road. so pls suggest us

    • Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

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


  48. Hello Deeraj,
    we are group of 9 people,3 couples and 3 stags.We are planning to stay in manali for 4 night(if you suggest)will reach chandigarh on 26th nov 11.30 am and from there we will reach manali by our pvt vehicle, the basic idea behind the travel is snow and some adventure(if you can suggest some place that we should vist). As planned we will leave from manali on 30th morning as we have a flight at 8 pm on the same day.. kindly suggest.. is the planning correct and also if you can suggest some hotel and cottages.
    Kindly reply if possible.
    Ravi Singh.

  49. Hi Dheeraj
    Thanks for your information.well i planned to make shimla-manali trip in last week of november after my weeding keeping 6 days in hand. as we dont have enough info regarding the place so we went for packages, can you please help me out regarding the weather (is it manageable or difficult to make over)and places which we can visit at that time.any info or advice appreciated! 😀 to make my trip more memorable.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Manu,

      You really do not need any packages to plan you trip to these place. You have 6 days in hand and can follow something like below:

      Day 1 | Reach Shimla from by overnight Volvo from previous night. Check-in and rest at hotel. In the second half explore local Shimla including Shimla Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Back to Hotel By Evening.
      Day 2 | Shimla – Narkanda – Hatu Peak – Narkanda – Shimla or you can do Shimla – Kufri – Chail – Shimla (Little les hectic :))
      Day 3 | Shimla – Manali
      Day 4 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 5 | Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass or Rphtang Pass if safe to reach there. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali and on the way do paragliding at Solang Valley, if required.
      Day 6 | Manali – Delhi.

      I will suggest you skip Shimla and go over to rest at Matiana to make it more peaceful and enjoyable.

      Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks a lot for your valuable info dheeraj..:) we will plan accordingly my doubt is like at the end of nov weather will be chill and snow fall even can we manage the trip ?

        • Manu, you can very easily manage the trip if you are OK with some cold conditions. Definitely cold will be there but roads will remain open.

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