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High Roads News Sticky

July 24, 2011

By request : this will be a sticky with condensed news, continously re-edited .
WEATHER UPDATES, HIMACHAL & KASHMIR 2014 , APRIL 8TH :

Himachal : light snowfall continues on Manali-Leh road from 3000 meters and up : Marhi , Rohtang , Keylong and Darcha. Also snow over Kalpa in Kinnaur , and in Chamba region. Rain and fog around 2000 meters in Manali , Shimla ( 39 mm ) , McLeod/Dharamsala.
Kashmir : rain continues in a waterlogged Srinagar .

Ladakh Inroads Updates 2014 : April 9th. :
Manali-Leh CLOSED , snowfall over the Rohtang La & Keylong April 2nd , light snowfall predicted the 6th. Ideal conditions for more avalanches btween 3000-4000 meters : temperatures dancing just above and below zero , more snowfall at the higher end turning in to rain towards Manali. Heavy snowfall over the Rohtang La and along the Manali-Leh road over the last in mid-March : half meter in Keylong , one meter in Sissu . Two avalanches West of the road , coming days of sunshine should trigger more.
Srinagar-Leh road clearance have started after massive snowfall in March , open road up to Sonmarg. Two Ladakhis dies in attempt to cross the Zoji La on foot the 8th. Border Roads Organisation now aims for a opening at the end of April , or at least before elections on May 7th. Slush and massive amounts of water on the roads in Srinagar. Heavy snowfall over the Zoji La in mid-March.

First step in opening up the roads by the BRO will be clearing Zoji La pass on the Srinagar-Leh road , and the Rohtang La on the Manali-Leh road.

Thaw zone in Himachal : Shimla , Manali , Kalpa all above freezing point at night , and a lot warmer daytime.

Karakoram Highway closed , opening earliest April ( as in this happening for the first time last year.

Nathu La closed , expected opening in May.

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11 comments

  1. This year there has been a lot of snow in Ladakh so you can expect the road opening date 2012 to be on the later end of the possible spectrum.

    It’s been cloudy most of the time from Dec 2011 through Feb 2012, which often means snow on the high passes. And it has actually snowed down here in Leh area several times this winter, which is unusual.


  2. hey……i am planning to go backpacking to leh and walk it off mostly can you help me a bit by providing your route map and any other necessary advice and all plz


    • Click around on IndiaMike.com because vistet doesn’t provide a guidebook or route map.


  3. Hey Vistet, please add “September” to your security update for Kashmir strikes about the Innocence of Muslims video protests.


  4. Hey, surprising and good news on 30 March 2013! Vegetables arrived in Leh over Zoji-La from Kashmir a couple of days ago! It’s only ponies so far, but vehicles usually come through a week or two later.

    But then today the sky was dark all day, and there was actually thunder in the afternoon, so maybe it snowed on the passes again…


  5. Vistet, I need quick advice.

    Tomorrow AM I’m flying Delhi Leh for 2 days.

    I’m 63 and travelling with 2 fourty year olds.

    Should we take Diamox to avoid being wiped out on our 2 days in Leh?

    I flew Lima to Cusco a few years ago and had the most ripping headache for around 8 hours.

    Please share your advice.

    Regards,

    Govinda Swami


    • My advice would be to

      (1) always decide on medication with a doc , preferably a travel doc
      (2) follow the advice from the specialist docs in the field : medicate for any flyins to 3000+ meters , esp. when you’ve had symptoms before.

      Statistically your two friends are also at slightly higher risk for altitude sickness , being under fifty.


      • Thank you for your advice, we all took Diamox.

        Regards … Govinda


  6. Hi Vistet, im planning a trip to Leh July 2014 with 2 friends. We are all in our mid-40s. My friends are pretty healthy people but im slightly asthmatic, underweight, with low blood pressure n high pulse rate ( abt 85/min at rest). My chief concern is AMS so i plan to take Diamox n drink sufficient water ( will try not to over-drink) but i am wondering if there are other ways i can prevent headaches n AMS when i get to Leh since i still have about 8 months to prepare. Would flying via Srinagar help with the acclimatization? Im not totally comfortable with road trips in India, cos of hazardous conditions and motion sickness on bumpy roads so would appreciate any other options you suggest..

    Thanks very much!!! Doris


    • Sorry for not answering earlier , the first reason being that I was behind The Great Firewall in the tibetan regions Kham and Amdo ( China ) when this came in.

      Staying in Srinagar or anywhere else below 2000 meters won’t help in acclimatization ( Sherpas based in Kathmandu also get AMS , I saw one striking example at Gosaikhund ) , but one or two nights in Gulmarg will be a positive factor , even more so if you include a ride up to Affarwat with the gondola , two hundred meters higher than Leh.
      Another positive factor is spending the first night(s) lower than Leh , in Ule Tokpo or Alchi – see my “vertical maps ” post.

      Re asthma ( background info only , discuss this with your doc ) : asthmatics generally do well , sometimes even better at altitude. There were asthmatics working on the construction of the railway to Lhasa , and they had a lot less problems than the overweight category. You will have to deal with very dry air , and a lot of dust esp. on road trips , a face mask or even just breathing thru a scarf might help a bit with this. Hotels/guesthouses with a nice garden is always a plus ( also tend to have better food ) , obviously they will have better air than a hotel facing a busy road – and all of central Leh will have a lot of traffic nowadays with the season in full swing.


      • Thank you very much Vistet for the reply!! Definitely makes me feel better abt the upcoming trip :) All the best in yr trips!!!



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