Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 – 2020

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This year the snow clearance operations on Manali Leh Highway for the season 2019-20 has not yet started from Manali or Keylong side. But it looks like the snow clearance will begin in a week if the weather holds up.

It means that the butterflies in the stomach of all the adventure enthusiasts planning their upcoming trip to Leh – Ladakh in 2019 will be more frequent 🙂 🙂 … The Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 is still closed but BRO is going to start the snow clearance operations from Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass on Manali side and from Satingri towards Tandi – Sissu on Keylong side.

You might also be interested in tracking the road status for Srinagar Leh Highway.

When will Manali Leh Highway opens in 2019?

After offering prayers, BRO will commence the snow clearance operations and they will target to open Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong route as soon as possible to support the locals. According to the sources, BRO will start the operations to clear snow in Lahaul Valley first in next couple of days. This will help them connect the Rohtang tunnel with the rest of the major villages in Lahaul Valley. After a week or so they will start clearing the snow on Manali Leh Highway if weather holds up.

However, we shall wait for the day soon for the Manali – Leh Highway to open soon and let the adventure for 2019 begin 😀 …

There has been a decent snowfall this year in the entire Himalayas, but the snow seems just enough to let the Manali Leh Highway open by mid to end of May. As per the authorities, there are about 30 feet of snow stretches that have to be cut around Rohtang Pass and about 10-15 feet is around Beas Nalla only.

It will be interesting to watch for the weather in coming days and as we all understand that these predictions are only the means of interest & hope to us, the mere mortals. It is weather and mountains gods which always have the last say when it comes to weather especially in the Himalayas 🙂 🙂 …

Snow bound roads in the Himalayas - Manali Leh Highway Status 2019
Snow bound roads in the Himalayas – Manali Leh Highway Status 2019

When does Manali Leh Highway opens usually?

This 474 KM long Manali Leh Highway usually opens up by last week of May or first week of June, and I do feel that this year it may open my mid-May or third week of May. It has been a norm that we set up the targets to open the highway early only to realize that weather has the last laugh.

I have been watching it for the last ten years now, and this year as well I don’t expect major changes. Eventually, it will all get down upon the weather and snow conditions in the months March / April when snow clearance operations are at peak in many parts of the Himalayas including this belt of Himachal Pradesh too.

Should I travel on Manali Leh immediately after road opening?

When making a road trip to Leh Ladakh over Manali Leh Highway, you must keep in mind that even when the road from Manali to Leh opens, it takes some time to get them stabilized. Due to snow sliding and loose gravel, the roadblocks are very common in the initial days.

Hence, it is recommended that you wait for a couple of weeks before planning the trip on Manali Leh Highway after its official opening. The last thing you will want on your much awaited Leh Ladakh road trip is to get stranded on some lonely yet feezing stretches of Manali – Leh Highway in early June or late May.

Where can I track Leh Manali Road Status 2019?

As per the previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2019 which so many adventure lovers await every year. Unlike the last few years, I will keep updating this article with the latest updates. Up until the last year, I used to update the progress in the DoW Community forums thread for better tracking of updates.

I understand that a forum topic always helps in better tracking as well as collation of info over time in an organized manner. However, forum management has become a pain due to lack of team. Hence, for all updates on Manali – Leh Highway Status 2019 will be posted or updated in this article only.

Will this thread have updated Manali Leh Road Status in 2019?

Once the Manali Leh road opens, I may not be that active in updating the minor road closures or status because of these roads in the high Himalayas which close and open frequently. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information daily 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 2019.

I hope as per the last years, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Manali – Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh.

If you are traveling from Manali to Leh over Rohtang Pass, you will need to get the permit for Rohtang Pass which can be applied online.

Current Manali Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 10 June 2019

On June 10, BRO has finally decided to open the Manali Leh Highway for tourists. Finally, after a long wait for six months, Manali Leh Highway is open for the season 2019-2020.

Hurray !! It is time to take the bikes out, get the cars serviced and go dug dug dug on a trip to Leh Ladakh

On June 5, as per the latest updates, the snow has been cleared from Baralacha La Pass and they will start the vehicle movement from 7th June. First army vehicles will be allowed to pass through the highway and then small vehicles will be allowed to travel from Manali to Leh. However, heavy vehicles and Manali to Leh bus service will take some time to resume.

Hence, it may take about than 2-4 days more for Manali Leh to be declared open for the passage for small vehicles and probably tourists as well.

Although BRO had set the target of clearing the 12 km remaining snow at Baralacha La by 31st May so that Manali Leh Highway can be opened by June 1, 2019. However, the snow could not be cleared due to bad weather and more snow sliding as per the report shared by travelers who inquired with BRO folks.

Once the snow is cleared from Baralacha La and it is safe, the road from Jispa to Sarchu will get open. The road from Sarchu to Leh is already opened and cleared of snow.

Hence, Manali Leh Highway is now expected to be open by the second week of June. I will recommend that you plan your trips only after 10th June and allow the road to settle a bit from initial snow slides. Expect delays and disruptions in an initial couple of weeks of the opening of Manali Leh Road.

Rohtang Pass has been opened for vehicular traffic and HRTC buses from Manali to Keylong and Keylong to Manali have begun its operations. There are two buses running between Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong route. Starting from June 1, 2019, tourists have also been allowed to travel towards Rohtang Pass.

The roads from Manali to Rohtang Pass is open now for tourists as well and so as the road from Rohtang Pass to Keylong. However, the road to Leh Ladakh ahead of Keylong via Baralacha La is closed as of now.

BRO cleared the Rohtang Pass from both sides couple of days back and after a successful trial run of HRTC buses today, the road is thrown open. However, still, it does not look like that Manali – Leh Highway will open before the first week of June.

  • Manali to Rohtang Pass is OPEN
  • Rohtang Pass to Keylong is OPEN
  • Keylong to Sarchu is OPEN
  • Sarchu to Leh OPEN

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    Manali – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 10 June 2019

    Manali Leh Highway has been declared open for vehicular movement for tourists by BRO today. This year it took more than expected time to open the Leh Manali road owing to heavy snowfall in winters and inclement weather plus snowfall in the month of May and June as well.

    However, finally, the road from Leh to Manali has been declared open and now you can make your road trip to Ladakh from Manali.

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 5 June 2019

    Snow has been cleared from last bottleneck point, Baralacha La Pass and Manali Leh Highway have been opened. However, the army will allow vehicles movement after June 7, 2019. First army vehicles will pass through Manali Leh Highway and afterward small vehicles will be allowed to pass from Manali to Leh Road. Hence, in the next 2-3 days, Manali Leh road will get opened for tourists.

    You can read the full update on the news article: Manali Leh Highway restored

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 29 May 2019

    Only 12 km of snow is left to be cleared on Manali Leh Highway near Baralacha La pass. The road from Leh to Sarchu has been cleared of snow. BRO has set up a target date of opening Manali Leh Highway as of June 1, 2019.

    You can read the full update on the news article: Manali Leh to open after 9 months

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 22 May 2019

    BRO has cleared the snow from Rohtang Pass and HRTC has conducted the successful trial run of buses from Manali to Keylong and Keylong to Manali via Rohtang Pass today. Two buses were run between Manali and Keylong today and frequency will be increased in the coming days.

    However, it looks like complete Manali Leh Highway from Keylong to Leh will only get open up the first week of June only.

    You can read the full update on the news article: Keylong-Manali bus begins today

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 18th May 2019

    BRO is coming close to clear the snow from the last 5 km on Manali to Rohtang Pass to Keylong route. In the next couple of days, if the weather remains good, the roads from Manali to Rohtang Pass to Keylong will be opened.

    However, complete Manali Leh Highway from Keylong to Leh will only get open up by end of May or first week of June only.

    You can read the full update on the news article: Rohtang Pass to open up in next 2 days

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 27th March 2019

    Snow clearance operations have begun in full swing on Rohtang Pass starting 25th March 2019. BRO has put teams from both sides of Rohtang Pass to clear the snow as quickly as possible. Another team is working in the restoration of the Satingri – Darcha road towards the Baralacha Pass as well.

    BRO is trying best to open Rohtang Pass by the first week of May so that Lok Sabha polls can be taken care without many hassles for locals. However, it does not look like the snow clearance on Manali Leh Highway will complete before May end as per them. So, Manali Leh Highway is expected to open by end of May or starting June first week.

    You can read the full update on the news article: Snow-clearing ops begin in Rohtang

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 8th March 2019

    MANALI, 8 March, 2019: The BRO is gearing up to begin snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway to connect 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, gateway to remote Lahaul, with the picturesque valley. As soon as the weather improves, the BRO will start clearing snow from Gulaba towards Lahaul. The pass was closed to traffic in December last because of heavy snowfall, depriving the residents of Lahaul-Spiti connectivity with the rest of the state for several months. Internal link road of Lahaul Spiti are also blocked. This has paralyzed transportation badly in the district.
    Now with the weather improving, the residents of Lahaul have urged the district administration and the BRO to start snow-clearance operation on the Rohtang Pass allowing connectivity between Manali and Keylong. They have urged the Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari to ask the BRO and the PWD to begin snow-clearance operation within the valley to connect link roads within the district.
    Tenzin Gyaccho, a Zila Parishad member in Keylong, told The Tribune, “Due to heavy snowfall this winter, life in Lahaul-Spiti has been badly hit. All internal links roads are blocked, which is giving tough time to the people of the valley. Patients are the worst sufferers because they could not be airlifted out of the valley for medical treatment due to bad weather.
    “Now as the weather has improved the people want speedy restoration of roads within the district and outside. It will be of great help to us to move in and out of the district”, he added.
    The DC Lahaul-Spiti had called a meeting of BRO and PWD officials at Satingri yesterday to discuss the issue. The DC said the BRO was going to start snow clearance operation in a day or two from Satingri toward Tandi and Sissu to connect the road with the Rohtang tunnel in north portal. The tunnel can be used for transportation of tribals between Lahaul and Kullu in emergency cases. Similarly, BRO workforce and machinery is moving from Udaipur ahead toward Kolang.
    Colonel Uma Shankar, BRO Commander, 38 BRTF, Manali said, “Snow clearance work on the Manali-Leh highway will start from Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass within one week depending upon the weather conditions. There is warning of snowfall in the coming days and we will observe the situation. As soon as the weather improves we will begin snow-clearance operation”..

    External Source: Snow-clearing operation on Leh NH soon


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    2. Hello dheeraj,

      We are planning a trip from 01 Sep. Is it right time during this UT issue.
      What you suggest are the roads are open for tourists now
      Personlayu can i have your pH number so that I can take some updates.

    3. Is it Safe/Permitted to Travel to Leh via Manali on Aug 15th 2019? Considering the current situation.

    4. Is rohtang pass open now? I heard that it is closed again due to heavy snow fall.

    5. Its not yet open as I was waiting at Upshi check post till afternoon on june 10 however local police didnt allow to move further. Better to call JK or HP tourism and get the confirmation.

      • Today they have opened up the Beyond Rohtang Pass permit as well. I believe that was the wait probably. I will call up Manali taxi stand and confirm if any vehicles moved or not.

    6. Mayank Kapoor on

      I was in Leh, route still not open. Had to return from Upshi check post. BRO has advised it will take another 3 4 days to open route for public. Now returning via Srinagar

      • Thanks, Mayank for the update and sad to hear that. There are few taxis that made it to Manali, as per some locals and news. Hope it normalizes soon for safe travels.






    8. Rahul Vashisht on

      Any latest update regarding road opening (after 5th June post) ?

      • Rahul, there is more snowfall that is happening for the last few days. Next date BRO shared is 9th June again provided weather holds good.

    9. Shray mehra on

      Hi dheeraj
      my 2 friends and me have planned to go to leh via sringar it is as follow, below-
      Day1 Chandigarh to srinagar -570km 14hrs
      •25 june
      Day2 Srinagar sighting

      Day3 Srinagar-Leh -430km12hrs
      Gurduwara pathar sahib , magnetic hill
      Day4 Leh-Pangong tso -230km 6hrs
      Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
      Day5 Pangong tso-leh 230km6hrs
      Shanti stupa , leh palace
      • 29june
      Day-6 Leh-Manali 480km14hrs
      Day-7 Manali-Shimla -250km7hrs
      Day8 Shimla-Jaipur 630km12hrs

      Is it all fine?
      An we have rented self drive car from zoomcar
      Maruti swift it is
      Can we use it to roam around in leh to visit local sightseeing
      And i want to know if we need any permit to visit Pangong-Tso and we will be self camping there at night, can we?

    10. Amit Kumar Chauhan on

      Any hope…. Can we have any prediction on the snow clearance. We are planning for 10th June. We also have to book accommodation. Apart from that I had a query regarding the campsites at Pangong. Some travel agent told me that we can not stay at Pangong.

    11. Nitin Khurana on

      Hi Dheeraj, I am an IT professional, and I am planning to take a car that is not on my name, but on my company’s name. It is a private number car (white number plate), and the company has given this car to me as a perquisite. I do have my company’s ID, Do you think there would be an issue, is there anything else that I need to take?

    12. Dhruv Sharma on

      Hello Dheeraj!

      Is there any new update on Manali to Leh road. As what i have confirmed from Some Army Official , that the road has been opened. Even in HINIDUSTAN TIMES (4 dAYS BACK) , it has been mentioned that Deputy Commissioner mentioned the road is opened soon between 1~2 June.

      So Kindly let me know the current status of Manali to Leh Road

      • Dhruv, there are few more snow slides to clear up and the weather is not supporting. The road is not yet open and BRO expects Baralachala to be cleared in next 3-5 days at least.

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      We have a bolero 4×4 going to Leh once the road is open, in the first days of june 2019

      We are looking for 2 to 3 passengers. Cost 3.500 R each. First day we go to Darcha, last village in Lahoul. The next day we reach Leh. We have a safe driver who travels slowly and we can stop whenever.

      We plan to stay a few days in Leh and then return to Manali. Return ticket only costs 1500 R. So 5000 R for both ways if you choose to return with us.

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    14. hy sir
      we r plng tour leh ladk via jammu srinagar to leh to manali on 30 may is it psble if we r cmng ..plz tll sir

    15. Hi,
      First of all thank you so much for the thread and frequent updates over highway status. I planned Manali-Leh-Manali Tour from 01-06-2019 to 10-06-2019 via Manali Leh Highway by keeping dates of opening highway of year 2018 in mind but it seems weather has not been so kind this year so highway is not yet opened. I have all my bookings be it train reservation or hotel/sightseeing done from 04-06-2019 to 09-06-2019. Please tell what should i do now because manali leh highway is still closed and there are not any chances of opening it soon. Please suggest me any alternate rout/way to reach Leh via Himachal.


      • Suraj, I do not think there is any chance of Manali Leh being open before 5th of June at least. From ground level, it is more like 8-15 June what local are now suggesting especially after recent snowfall last week.

    16. Abhinav Sharma on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      Thanks for giving the latest statuses. Really appreciable.

      Do you have any idea of Kargil Padum route, i was planning there by mid of June.


    17. Is Hampta pass trek is possible now? If not, will it be possible in about 30 May?

    18. Hello DOW.
      Is there an App on your blog. If no, develop one. It will be a real help to travelers.

      Thank you

    19. Hi
      Is there any update on the road opening status? We are planning a bike trip to Leh via manali on 1st June.
      Do you think roads would be open by then?

    20. Nitin Khurana on

      We have a trip planned in the 1st week of June, but we are starting off from Srinagar side, and returning back via Manali, so we will be hitting the Leh to Manali highway on 11th and 12th June, are we safe? Do you think the highway would be open properly by then?

    21. GURJEET SINGH on

      Hii dheeraj
      Im planning my ladakh trip likely on 20th—22nd of may via manali. Will the highway opened at that time?? And tell me one thing more. What about the procedure to visit umlingla pass?? Will it now open for civilians this year? Last year 2018 i spend almost a day in DC office to seek permission for it. They give me permission till noma lyoma

    22. Hi ,
      we planned leh trip from jun 1st to 10th. Without knowing the highway opening status. Home town to Delhi flight tickets are booked. Is any hope for opening the highway at the right time.

      • BRO is making progress, they are about to reach Rohtang Pass but still, a lot is pending to be done. Till now, May end or June first week seems to be the time Manali Leh Highway may open.

    23. Hi Dheeraj,

      I got plans to ride from manali to kaza through rohtang pass in the last week of may, mostly the 26th. Is it a good time for my plan to workout?

    24. Tarasish Mohanty on

      Hi Dheeraj, I will be driving along with my friends of 10 members to Leh via Manali route. We will start our journey on 2nd June from Delhi and reach Manali on 3rd June .We Have a plan of Bhrigu lake trek for 2 days and on 5th june we are heading towards leh.Please suggest leh-manali highway will be opened or not at that time..

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