Manali Leh Highway Status 2020 – 2021

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Today 18th May 2020, Manali Leh Highway was thrown open earlier in the day after a long time in the month May. Although it is usually a good news, but then due to Covid-19 travelers will not be allowed to travel from Manali to Leh and it will continue to follow the lockdown norms of the country and local authorities as of now.

This year, the snow clearance operations on Manali Leh Highway for the season 2020-21 have not yet (as of March first week) started from Manali or Keylong’s 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 2020 will be more frequent 🙂 🙂 The Manali Leh Highway Status 2020 is still closed, but BRO is going to start the snow clearance operations from Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass on the 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 open in 2020?

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 the next couple of weeks.

This road clearance will help them connect the Rohtang tunnel with the rest of the major villages in Lahaul Valley. They are also clearing the snow on Manali Leh Highway on different sections to march towards Sarchu.

However, we shall wait for the day soon for the Manali – Leh Highway to open soon and let the adventure for 2020 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 the end of May or the first week of June. 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 the 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 higher Himalayas 🙂 🙂 …

Snow bound roads in the Himalayas - Manali Leh Highway Status 2020
Snowbound roads in the Himalayas – Manali Leh Highway Status 2020

When does Manali Leh Highway open usually?

This 474 KM long Manali Leh Highway usually opens up by the last week of May or the first week of June, and I do feel this year it may open by June first week. It has been a norm that BRO set up the targets to open the highway early only to realize that the 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 month’s 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 2020?

As per the previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Leh Highway Status 2020, 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 2020 will be posted or updated in this article only.

Will this thread have updated Manali Leh Road Status in 2020?

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 2020.

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: 18 May 2020

BRO has cleared the snow on Baralacha La Pass and opened the Manali Leh Highway way earlier than expected. And we know that, when the road open, it will time to take the bikes out, get the cars serviced and go dug dug dug on a trip to Leh Ladakh

Last year in 2019, on June 5, the snow was cleared from Baralacha La Pass, and the vehicle movement started on June 7. First, army vehicles were allowed to pass through the highway, and then small vehicles were allowed to travel from Manali to Leh. However, heavy vehicles and Manali to Leh bus service took some time to resume.

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

  • 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: 18 May 2020

    May 18 2020, Manali: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened Manali-Leh highway on Monday for vehicular movement. The BRO had started snow-clearance work on the strategically important road in February.

    The road is used to supply essential material to the Army in the border areas of Ladakh, close to China border.

    Despite acute shortage of labourers due to Covid-19 pandemic, the BRO, in comparison to the previous years, has cleared the road much earlier this year.

    According to Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul Spiti, KK Saroch, a BRO team has moved ahead from the Baralacha Pass from Lahaul side and another team of the organisation is moving towards Lahaul Spiti from the Leh side to connect the Baralacha Pass for traffic movement.

    Saroch though said, “The final confirmation of the restoration of road from the BRO is still awaited.”

    Meanwhile, IANS quoted a BRO official as saying, “Traffic between Manali and Leh was resumed. This time it was reopened much earlier.”

    The official said the snow was 30-35 feet high in some stretches close to the Baralacha Pass, posing a big challenge to those clearing the snow.

    The work to repair the entire 475-km stretch, which links the Himachal Pradesh tourist city with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, was completed.

    The Manali-Leh highway winds its way through the Rohtang Pass (13,050 feet), Baralacha Pass (16,020 feet), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 feet) and Tanglangla (17,480 feet). – With inputs from IANS

    External Source: Manali Leh Highway Reopens after 5 months

    Manali – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 15 March 2020

    MANALI, 15 March, 2020: With weather becoming favourable, the BRO today resumed its snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway.

    Inclement the weather that persisted for the last three days had hampered snow clearance operation as the area has received considerable snowfall.

    As the weather became clear in Kullu-Manali and Lahaul Spiti, the BRO pressed its machinery and workforce in the morning to clear snow on the Manali-Leh highway.

    BRO Commander, Colonel Uma Shankar, told The Tribune that the machinery and workforce were undertaking the task from Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass on Manali-Leh highway. Similarly, from the Lahaul side, one team of the BRO workforce was moving ahead from Sissu towards Rohtang.

    He said in Lahaul-Spiti, BRO workforce is engaged at different points in snow-clearance operation. One team of the BRO is engaged in snow-clearance work from the Sarchu side towards Baralacha La.

    Similarly, one team is moving ahead from the Darcha side toward Sarchu to restore the road for traffic movement as soon as possible. The state government today operated emergency flight to Lahaul to airlift three patients and other passengers to Kullu. One patient, suffering from heart-related disease, was critical.

    The residents of Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul Spiti heaved a sigh of relief as the weather remained pleasant throughout the day. The people were seen enjoying sunlight at Chauhata bazaar and Indira market premises during the day.

    External Source: Snow-clearing operation begins on Manali – Leh Road

    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 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.

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    1. Comments section gets closed in 90 days. You can follow me on Instagram and ask your travel questions in a direct message on Instagram too. I also conduct a weekly Q&A session every Saturday evening on Instagram, so see you there !!

    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. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. CONGRATULATIONS… CONGRATULATIONS….

      MANALI TO LEH IS OFFICIALLY OPEN NOW..

      YES. YOU HEARD RIGHT..

      PACK YOUR BAGS..!

      ADVENTURE AWAITS…

    7. Shray mehra on

      Hi dheeraj
      my 2 friends and me have planned to go to leh via sringar it is as follow, below-
      24June2019
      Day1 Chandigarh to srinagar -570km 14hrs
      3am-5pm
      •25 june
      Day2 Srinagar sighting

      •26june
      Day3 Srinagar-Leh -430km12hrs
      5am-5pm
      Gurduwara pathar sahib , magnetic hill
      •27june
      Day4 Leh-Pangong tso -230km 6hrs
      8am-2pm
      Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
      •28june
      Day5 Pangong tso-leh 230km6hrs
      6am-12pm
      Shanti stupa , leh palace
      • 29june
      Day-6 Leh-Manali 480km14hrs
      4am-6pm
      •30june
      Day-7 Manali-Shimla -250km7hrs
      8am-3pm
      •1July
      Day8 Shimla-Jaipur 630km12hrs
      9am-9pm

      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?

    8. 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.

    9. 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?

    10. 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.

    11. 4×4 MANALI to LEH LADHAK

      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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    12. 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

    13. 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.

      Regards,
      Suraj

      • 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.

    14. 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.

      Thanks
      Abhinav

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

      Thank you
      Sunil

    16. 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?
      Thanks
      Ajit

    17. 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?

    18. 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

    19. 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.

    20. 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?

    21. 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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