Manali-Leh Highway Closed for Winter - Travel News
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22 Nov

Manali-Leh Highway Closed for Winter

Attention to all road trippers: The Manali-Leh national highway has officially closed for the current year. The closure, effective from November 20, comes in response to the harsh cold weather conditions and associated driving hazards. The Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh authorities have issued this directive, specifically shutting down key routes such as Gramphu-Kaza, Darcha-Sarchu, and Darcha-Shinku La.

This precautionary measure aims to address the risks posed by icy roads and prioritize the safety of travelers. The closure is expected to last approximately six months, extending until around May of the following year, allowing for the natural melting of snow on the highway.

Manali-Leh Highway Anticipated Reopening in May

Manali-Leh Highway Closed for Winter, Anticipated Reopening in May

An official from the Lahaul administration emphasized that strict action will be taken against individuals violating the closure orders and attempting to traverse the route during this period. Despite the closure, officials clarify that vehicle movement from Manali to Darcha will be permitted, contingent on favorable weather conditions.

The decision to close the Leh-Manali road is prompted by challenges such as vehicles getting stranded in severe cold weather and reports of icy roads, particularly at elevated mountain passes. The Ladakh administration’s order, in effect from November 20, strictly prohibits vehicular movement from the Upshi police check post in Leh towards Darcha. The administration urges the local police department to enforce these orders rigorously and advises tourists to refrain from traveling during this period to avoid inconvenience.

Notably, the Manali- Leh Highway route witnesses numerous rescues each year as travelers often find themselves stranded. The Lahaul-Spiti police and the Border Roads Organization (BRO) play a crucial role in these rescue operations. Two instances of snowfall have already been reported in October and November this year, prompting the closure of the highway to prioritize public safety in challenging weather conditions.