Reports from multiple sources are pouring in that Manali – Leh Highway is poised to reopen unofficially in the next few days, with all of the highway already been cleared and only Baralacha La remaining the last obstacle.
Something which has been confirmed by Top Singh Bodh, “juley..The Baralacha Pass is likely to open for taxis within 3 or 6 days. The other passes in manali-leh are already open. Juley”.
Of course initially only the local taxis will be allowed to cross Baralacha La and since SDM Office in Manali isn’t yet issuing permit for vehicles from outside Himachal Pradesh, majority of the travelers cannot even reach Keylong on their own right now, let alone attempt Baralacha La as soon as it opens up.
Of course this is something which is expected to change in the coming days and hopefully once the Manali SDM Office starts issuing permit, BRO would have stabilized the route enough for travelers to attempt it without excessive risk.
Though the thing to keep in mind is, initially roads are quite bad, narrow and full of snow, making it difficult for even vehicles with good ground clearance to cross the Baralacha La, with the pass itself shutting down multiple times in the first couple of weeks due to snow slides and weather disturbances.
So if you too are planning to head to Ladakh anytime soon, my suggestion would be to take the Srinagar – Leh Highway for now and allow the BRO to stabilize the route somewhat, before attempting it.