It is March 2015 and all the adventure junkies or lovers of Leh – Ladakh lovers know what this means… BRO starts the snow clearance operation over 474 KM long Manali Leh Highway for the season 2015 – 16. This time again the snow stock is huge and some sections of Manali – Leh Highway have broken records of snow for last 36 years 😯 😯 Rohtang and Baralacha Pass have recieved almost about 40 feet of snow this year, much much more than last few years. We need to see when the roads to Leh – Ladakh will open in 2015 so that we, the adventure lovers, will start our annual adventure pilgrimage to the heaven called Ladakh. BRO will start the snow clearance operations on Manali – Leh Highway by mid of March, a delayed start as compared to last few years due to bad/inclement weather in last week or so over entire Northern region of India. The snow clearance operation will start after offering prayers at Gulaba, about 23 KMs from Manali and BRO will brave again the tougest of conditions to open the Manali – Leh Highway.
Since, there will be already a delayed start to snow clearance operations by couple of weeks, this year Manali – Leh Highway is expected to open late in the season, consider may be June first week type as per the last few years pattern. However, BRO plans or claims to open the Manali – Leh Highway in May but like previous years, only weather gods will have the last say in it. I personally expect no less than last week of May and even when the highway gets open it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding / avalanches that happens due to quick melting of snow and disturbed balance due to snow cutting operations.
As per the earlier years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2015 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 status for better tracking of updates. A Forum Topic always helps in better updates tracking as well as collation of info in time organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Manali – Leh Highway status 2015 after this initial post, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2015 | DoW Community Thread
Once the Manali 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 Manali Leh Highway status 2015. That is another reason to keep updated and subscribed to the DoW Community Thread for bettwe tracking.
I hope as per the last year, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Manali – Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh.
UPDATE from 9th June 2014
The Rohtang Pass Permit for Manali to Leh, Keylong (Lahaul) and Kaza (Spiti) is now being issued at an official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi, from green tax barrier at Chauri-Bihal and Shuru, SDM Office Manali, Tourist information center Manali and in the office of HPTDC. This year the congestion charges of Rs. 50/- per vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars… The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night, after which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 3 AM from Manali to avoid long traffic jams, especially in June, to Rohtang Pass. For Manali to Rohtang Pass, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis (HP Registered) are allowed in the batches per day beyond Gulaba to snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass.
Again, for all latest updates on Manali – Leh Highway Status after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2015 | DoW Community Thread
Current Manali Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 13th JUNE, 2015
- Manali to Rohtang Pass is OPEN
- Rohtang Pass to Keylong is OPEN
- Keylong to Sarchu is OPEN
- Sarchu to Leh OPEN
Manali Leh Highway Status 2015 | Some Important Articles for Reference
Manali – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 13th JUNE, 2015
Manali – Leh Highway is OPEN, as the Good news strikes the papers. Read more details in the community thread here.
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 29th March, 2015
BRO begins snow clearance operations on Manali – Leh Highway, expects it to open in June. Read more details in the community thread here.
Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 5th March, 2015
MANALI, 5th March 2015: Border Roads Organization (BRO) is all set to start its snow clearing operation on strategically important Manali-Leh highway, one of the highest and dangerous highways of the world. The operation, which is already delayed due to inclement weather conditions, is expected to start in mid-March. Generally Manali-Leh road is thrown open for vehicular traffic in late April or early May, but this year opening of the road may take little more time.
Heavy winter snowfall blocks Manali-Leh highway every year in November and BRO starts removing snow from the highway from Gulaba, near 23km north of Manal, every year on March 1. But conditions are not similar this year. Some parts of Manali-Leh highway received highest snow in last 36 years while more snow is likely in next two months. Some parts along the highway, particularly near Rohtang and Baralacha Pass, have received over 40 feet of snow. Sources said that cutting through the thick sheet of snow is not easy this year and can delay opening of Manali-Leh highway.
“Bad weather conditions, heavy snowfall and avalanche warnings have forced us to delay the snow clearing operation,” BRO commander Colonel K P Rajendera Kumar said, who looks after operations of 38 Border Road Task Force. “There is prediction for more snowfall and threat of avalanches. We are expecting to start clearing snow towards Rohtang Pass in second or third week of March.”
Manali-Leh highway has completely disappeared below thick a sheet of snow beyond Kothi, 12km from Manali. Clearing snow from the road is not the only challenge but finding the exact trail on the highway with nearly hundred hair-pin bends without falling into any gorge is the main challenge. Cutting dozens of avalanches, escaping fresh avalanches, facing blizzards and working under temperature 20 degrees or more below freezing point are some of the major challenges before BRO.
“We will first concentrate on Rohtang Pass and then put all efforts on Baralacha Pass. Meanwhile, we are trying to open Keylong-Sissu and Keylong-Darch highways. As soon as weather will turn favourable, we shall start the operation,” Colonel Rajendra said.
External Source: Heavy snow may delay opening of Manali-Leh highway