As of March 16, 2023, BRO has thrown Srinagar Leh Highway open in a record time of just 68 days. Generally, this Srinagar Leh Highway remains closed for 4-5 months in the winter season due to heavy snowfall. But hats off to the arduous efforts of BRO who toiled hard to keep this highway open for a record time in the year.
This winter season Srinagar to Leh road was closed on January 6, 2023, and within 68 days, BRO opened it up. Last year on March 20, 2022, BRO had thrown Srinagar Leh Highway open, so they broke last year’s record again this year.
Even though the current status of Srinagar Leh Highway is OPEN but only essential goods vehicles and army vehicles will be allowed for some time till the road becomes stable and safe for the general public or tourists.
Last year on May 3, 2022, the Srinagar Leh Highway was declared open to tourists and the general public. Only one-way traffic on Zojila Pass was allowed earlier with odd dates of the month allowing traffic towards Ladakh from Srinagar and for the even dates, the traffic is allowed towards Srinagar from Leh.
This year, 2023, the snow clearance operations on Srinagar Leh Highway for the season 2023-24 started in January from Srinagar and Drass sides. Last year as well it began pretty early in February due to less amount of snow. And as expected the snow clearance got completed in March as the weather held up in these months.
Last to last year, on 19th February 2021, BRO made a groundbreaking 61-year record of clearing the snow from Srinagar Leh Highway. With snow cleared from Zojila Pass, everybody expected Srinagar Leh Highway to open by end of February, which was supposed to be a record in the history of the opening of Srinagar Leh Highway that early in the season ever.
As of now, BRO expects to open Srinagar Leh Highway in 2023 at the same pace as it did last year. However, only time and weather in the coming weeks will have the final say in it.
It means that the butterflies in the stomach of all the adventure enthusiasts planning their upcoming trip to Leh Ladakh in 2023 will be more frequent 🙂 🙂
The Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2023 OPENED on 16th March, as BRO worked hard to clear the heavy amount of snow from Sonamarg towards Zojila Pass on the Srinagar side and from Drass towards Zojila on the Kargil side.
You might also be interested in tracking the road status of Manali Leh Highway.
Let's quickly dive into the details:
After offering prayers, BRO commenced the snow clearance operations earlier in January from both Srinagar – Sonamarg side as well as Dras – Kargil’s side. They are targeting to open Srinagar – Zojila Pass – Kargil – Leh route as soon as possible in early March to support the locals and tourists traveling over Srinagar Leh Highway.
According to the sources, BRO is working hard to clear the decent amount of snow accumulated this year on Srinagar Leh Highway. The reports say that about 6 feet of snow are present on Sonamarg – Baltal road, and about 12 feet of snow is accumulated at Zojila Pass. It is not an easy task to cut through such a huge amount of snow in that difficult avalanche-prone terrain.
However, we shall wait for the day soon for the Srinagar – Leh Highway to open soon in early March and let the adventure for 2023 begin 😀 …
There has not been a heavy snowfall this year in the entire Himalayas, and hence, this year’s opening of Srinagar Leh Highway will be at a record-breaking time in March similar to last year as it opened by end of February. As per the authorities, there are fewer feet of snow stretches that have to be cut around Zojila Pass and about 4-6 feet between Sonamarg to Zojila Pass.
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 mountain gods which always have the last say when it comes to weather especially in the Himalayas 🙂 🙂 …
This 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway was closed in January first week this year and usually opens up by the first week of April or March end looking at only the last few years. I do feel that this year it may open early owing to less amount of snow in the Himalayas. It has been a norm that we 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 14 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 of March / April when snow may happen in many parts of the Himalayas including this belt of Kashmir too.
When making a road trip to Leh Ladakh over Srinagar Leh Highway, you must keep in mind that even when the road from Srinagar to Leh opens, it takes some time to get them stabilized. Due to snow sliding and loose gravel, roadblocks are very common in the initial days, especially around Zojila Pass.
Even there is one-way traffic with time restrictions of traffic flow in the initial days because the road is not wide enough due to snow walls and one-way traffic is only allowed at Zojila Pass.
Hence, it is recommended that you wait for a couple of weeks before planning the trip on Srinagar 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 Srinagar – Leh Highway in early April.
Please keep in mind that even when the Srinagar to Leh road to Ladakh opens early in 2023, it needs at least a couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from the initial snow sliding that happens due to the 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 previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2023, 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 Youtube Channel community posts for better tracking of updates.
Hence, all updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2023 will be posted or updated in this article as well as on my Youtube Channel threads. Please subscribe to it and stay tuned.
Once the Srinagar Leh road opens, I may not be that active in updating the minor road closures or status because these roads are in the high Himalayas, and 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 the Srinagar Leh Highway status 2023.
I hope as per the last year, and this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Srinagar Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh region.
Please note that if you are traveling from Manali to Leh over Rohtang Pass and coming back from Leh to Srinagar highway, you will need to get the permit for Rohtang Pass which can be applied for online. But, if you plan to use Atal Tunnel which opened in 2020, you do not need a Rohtang Pass permit.
As of this date, the road from Srinagar to Leh is open and snow has been cleared. Tourists and civilians are not yet allowed to travel and once it is considered safe, authorities will allow traffic on this route.
As of this date, the road from Srinagar to Leh is open for tourists. Traffic is allowed one way only on Zojila Pass where odd dates of the month allow movement of traffic from Srinagar to Leh while even dates the traffic is allowed from Kargil / Leh to Srinagar.
On March 19, 2022, the status of Srinagar Leh Highway is open but tourists are not yet allowed and only army vehicles or essential vehicles will be using it in the coming days. Taking advantage of the late closure of Srinagar Leh Highway last year, BRO has created history yet again by opening the Srinagar Leh Highway in a record 73 days. The earlier average of the opening of Srinagar Leh Highway used to be 135 days.
Tourists will be allowed to travel on Srinagar Leh Highway as soon as the road is deemed safe for passage. Initially, it may be possible that one-way traffic is only allowed. Then later in the season, BRO will allow two-way traffic as the road at Zojila Pass gets widened.
Snow clearance operation on Srinagar Leh Highway is at the last stage where only 2-3 km of stretch is left at Zojila Pass from the Srinagar side where snow clearance is remaining. If the weather holds up in the coming weeks, we should surely see the opening of Srinagar Leh Highway as soon as possible.
The snow clearance operation from both sides of Srinagar Leh Highway is in full swing and BRO expects this road to open in 2022 by early March much as it opened the last year in February end.
In fact, the Srinagar Leh Highway was open as late as 4 January 2022 and was declared officially closed on 5 January 2022. This is the record time for which Srinagar Leh Highway remains open in a year, almost 10 months. So, you can imagine how climate change is affecting the snow levels in the Himalayas.
Please note that even though the road got cleared in February end and was declared open, tourist vehicles were only allowed a couple of times before the Ladakh season time of June to September. As late as May end, the Srinagar Leh Highway was operational only one-way for traffic.
After heavy snowfall in winter, Srinagar – Leh highway continues to remain closed in 2022 as of mid-February. Snow clearance operations may have begun already and BRO will soon project the dates of its opening.
The road from Srinagar to Leh is still open for one-way traffic only. However, now the traffic is allowed from Srinagar to Leh as well as Leh to Srinagar side as well.
The tourist or passenger traffic or vehicles were not allowed to pass from Sonamarg to Kargil – Leh due to the weekend Corona curfew in the Ladakh region.
The one-way traffic from Srinagar to Leh is allowed for vehicles carrying essential commodities on the weekend. The traffic from Leh to Srinagar is not allowed yet.
Finally, after a couple of spells of fresh snowfall in April, Srinagar Leh Highway has opened again but only for one-way traffic from Srinagar to Leh for all types of vehicles. There will be timings imposed on the traffic movement according to which the traffic from Sonamarg will be allowed after 10:30 am and 11:00 am from Meenamarg to Kargil.
Road conditions are still very snowy and icy up there, so please take precautions when traveling.
The traffic from Kargil to Srinagar is not yet allowed and only one-way traffic is allowed from Srinagar to Leh from 7 AM to 1 PM only. Vehicles crossing before or after this time range will not be allowed.
After opening for a day or two, Srinagar Leh Highway closed again due to fresh snowfall again at Zojila Pass. Authorities suggest that if the weather remains clear, Srinagar to Leh road will be thrown open again soon.
Well, inclement weather and snow over Zojila Pass continue to remain closed for the last 1.5 months. However, BRO is toiling hard to clear the snow again from Zojila Pass and expects that they will complete the snow clearance in the next couple of days. It means that if the weather stays favorable, BRO may open Srinagar Leh Highway in the coming week.
Authorities are setting up Covid-19 screening checkpoints at Meenamarg and setting up facilities for conducting RT-PCR tests for all inbound passengers to Leh Ladakh and Kargil.
Read more here: Snow-clearing operations at Srinagar-Leh NH in full swing
Due to snow slides, avalanches, and inclement weather, BRO is still not allowing tourists and locals to travel beyond Zojila Pass on Srinagar – Leh Highway. So, even though the road was cleared of snow on 28th February, still, no general public traffic is allowed on the highway after an initial couple of days.
It has been almost three weeks since the Srinagar Leh Highway has been declared open. However, tourists have not been allowed to travel beyond Sonamarg to cross Zojila Pass. There is the constant spell of snowfall, avalanches, and snow slides that remains the road closed or not suitable to travel for the general public including tourists and locals. More snow is predicted in the coming days in Jammu & Kashmir as per weather forecasts.
After declaring the road open last week in record time, there is still no sign of tourists or civilians being allowed to cross Zojila Pass on Srinagar Leh Highway to travel to Ladakh from Srinagar. The avalanches and snow slides are causing the road to remain closed.
The road from Srinagar to Leh has been opened after remaining closed for 2 months of heavy snowfall. It has been the record opening of Srinagar Leh Highway ever and it just remained closed for only 58 days this winter. You can read the full report here at Srinagar-Leh road reopens after 2 months.
The road from Srinagar to Kargil to Leh has been cleared of snow in record time this year by BRO. In the past 61 years, it has never happened that BRO cleared the snow such early in the season that too in February. It means that now the Srinagar to Leh road shall be thrown open by the end of February.
The snow clearance operations have been almost completed starting in February this year on Srinagar Leh Highway. It is expected that snow will be cleared from Srinagar to Leh road by the end of February if the weather stays favorable.
If you are traveling to Leh only by flight, you can plan to make a day trip to Kargil covering Lamayuru and Sham Valley on the way to Kargil from Leh.
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Zojila, 18 Feb 2022: The strategic 434 kilometre Srinagar-Leh Highway, the only road connecting the Ladakh region with rest of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to open early this year mostly because of the less snowfall as compared to previous years.
Beacon Officials told Greater Kashmir that the snow clearance work on the highway was going on in full swing.
The official added that snow clearance work was likely to be completed by the end of this month subject to favourable weather conditions. He said only after assessing the road conditions the decision to allow traffic on the road will be taken.
However, this year due to the less snowfall during winters the road clearance operation is likely to take less time as compared to earlier. Reports said that nearly 8-10 feet of snow has accumulated along Zojila pass while 4-6 feet of snow has accumulated along Sonamarg-Baltal road.
Full Report: Srinagar Leh Highway to open soon.
This post was last modified on Nov 13, 2023 19:22
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