Manali Leh Highway Status 2018

Discussion in 'Road Status / Maps' started by Vargis Khan, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    This will be a dedicated thread for Manali Leh highway status 2018. I will continue sharing the updates on status and condition of the road here as the year progresses. If you have traveled on the road recently, please do share any updates that you have in order to help others.

    Manali Leh Highway Status 2018: CLOSED
     
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  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Manali Leh highway has been declared closed for the year 2017
     
  3. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    There has been very less all across Himachal this season. It snowed at the hill tops on January 1st and the temperature dipped to 2 to 3 degrees in lower region but there is still no forecast of snowfall in cities like Shimla and Manali. Rohtang Pass experienced a light snowfall on 1st Jan. If it continues this way, it can be expected that Manali to Leh highway may get open a bit early this year. For now however, make your plans to travel only towards or after late May.
     
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  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The long dry spell this winter finally broke this week with entire Himachal receiving snow all around. Keylong was coldest in the region with minimum temperature settling at -5.8 degrees C, Kalpa -3 degrees and Manali -0.6 degrees. Snowfall is likely to continue for next several days. Temperature has dipped several degrees across both Himachal and Kashmir.

    Leh continues to remain the coldest city in entire J&K with temperature several degrees below 0. Other areas of Ladakh like Nubra valley and Pangong too are under a grip of cold wave. If you are planning a winter trip to Ladakh, be prepared for some extremely cold weather.
     
  5. Vargis Khan

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  6. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Rohtang Pass will definitely open early this year. All the passed on Manali Leh route have received less than half of the usual snow. As of now it is expected that the road may even open in April itself
     
  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Snow clearing on Manali Leh highway has now officially begun. Efforts are now underway to first open Rohtang Pass and restore connectivity with Lahaul Valley. Teams of BRO are working from both sides of Rohtang Pass to reach the top as early as they can. At Beas Nallah, thickness of snow is about 10 to 15 feet and is expected to be about 30 feet near Rohtang top. First team of BRO from Manali is clearing snow near Beas Nallah towards Rohtang Pass; while the second team is clearing snow between Koksar and Rohtang Pass. The third team is moving from Darcha towards Baralacha Pass.

    Meanwhile, locals from both sides of Rohtang have already started to cross the mighty pass on foot. Like each year, two rescue posts have been established on either side of the pass in case someone gets stuck or faces any trouble. Pedestrians are required to register themselves at both the posts before and after crossing Rohtang Pass.

    In all probability, an early opening of both Rohtang Pass and entire Manali Leh stretch is expected. Even the connectivity with Spiti valley will be restored early this year. On the Srinagar side, officials have almost cleared the entire stretch across Zoji La and it is only a mater of couple of weeks before Srinagar Leh highway is declared open.
     
  8. Vargis Khan

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  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Rohtang Pass will open next week sometime. Only less than a kilometer at the top remains. Locals however have already started traveling on the route using LMVs. Estimate for Manali Leh highway as of now is early May.
     
  10. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Rohtang Pass has been declared open for year 2018. BRO was able to clear snow all the way and restore traffic on the route on Thursday. For now, only light motor vehicles will be allowed to ply between Manali and Keylong from Friday, April 6th. An official announcement of the opening however will only be made on 9th April. Please note though that for initial days, only the local vehicles are allowed to cross over. Tourists do not get the permit to cross over for initial few days. You must give it at least 7 to 10 days before planning a trip. To be on a safer side, do not plan to cross the pass before 15th April.

    BRO is hopeful that if the weather remained the way it is right now; they will be able to restore connectivity on entire Manali Leh highway by 20th April. The road from Manali to Kaza will also be restored by April end; or May first week at latest.

    For now, one-way traffic will be allowed towards the pass on a daily basis. This is because the road is not really in best of the condition and is quite narrow at some places. On Friday, traffic will be allowed to ply from Manali side and then on Saturday, vehicles from Lahaul side will be allowed to cross over. BRO will continue to work on the road and stabilize it. Once they have widened it enough for vehicles to cross each other, two way traffic will be allowed.

    This is the earliest that the mighty Rohtang has opened in last 10 years. It was declared closed on 11th December after the snow blocked the road towards the top. However due to low amount of snow this winter, BRO was able to allow traffic earlier than usual this year. This definitely is good news for people planning a trip towards Spiti Valley or Ladakh. The early opening of Rohtang is an indication and also a confirmation that roads towards Leh and Kaza will also open earlier than expected.
     

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