If you haven’t managed to make the road trip up to Leh via Manali this year, you are going to have to wait it out until next year. The Manali-Leh highway is officially closed for this season.
Too late, folks! But there's always next year. Meanwhile, checkout the awesome stories of all the people who've already made the epic trip.
An Ode to the legendary Manali-Leh Highway
The road to Leh cuts through some of the highest mountain passes in the world including Tanglang La and Rohtang La on the route via Manali. Every year, the roads to Leh close when temperatures plummet in the Himalayas and several stretches of high-altitude roads get covered with frost.
The Deputy commissioner of Lahaul–Spiti said, "It is freezing cold on high mountain passes. Those planning to go by the Manali-Leh highway should take precaution. Its better if travel could be avoided. Water sources along the highway are freezing. A layer of frost is covering the road at Baralacha, Taglang-la, Pang and other high altitude areas round the clock in shady areas, increasing possibility of skidding of the vehicles.”
Police posts in Sarchu, at the border between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, have also been removed until next year. In case of a sudden snowfall between Rohtang La and Tanglang La, which is not uncommon and often unpredictable, there is a very high chance of getting stranded without any recourse. Communication is tricky in the high Himalayas and connectivity is limited to non-existent. The administration has strongly advised to travel to Leh only in case of extreme emergency
Ladakh can also be accessed via the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh route. But chances are, that the route will be closed soon as well. You can also chose to fly to Leh in the winter. There are limited but regular flights from Srinagar all year round.
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