High Roads News StickyJuly 24, 2011
By request : this will be a sticky with condensed news, continously re-edited .
Weather Update , October 16th : cyclone Phailin hitting central Himalayas . : 86 tourists evacuated from Everest Base Camp North ( Tibet ) , one Australian and three yak herders killed by avalanche.
September 24th : Khardung La closed for road work daily between 10.30 to 3 p.m. until further notice.
August 3rd : Srinagar-Leh road re-opened after the cloudburst in Kargil area.
Kinnaur/Spiti : Manami-Kaza road now also out , Aug 18th : hundreds of people and dozens of trucks stuck after Gramphu /Hindustan-Tibet road open between Shimla and Rekong Peo , July 2nd.The Malling-Chango stretch will not open in July , according to Border Roads – only way to Spiti for now is via Manali 17th June : The NH22/Hindustan-Tibet road out in many places between Tapri and Sumdo , heavy snowfall above Chitkul. Also snowfall over the Rohtang La on Manali-Leh road , and the Pin Bhaba pass ( alt. 4865 ) and other high trails in Kinnaur. Srinagar-Leh Open 2013 : officially open on April 9th, light vehicles coming in to Leh the preceding two days. UPDATE , MARCH 30th : FRESH VEGGIES IN LEH – meaning open trail over the Zoji La , not open road , and a few fresh provisions taken in by donkeys.See the comment below. Manali-Leh Officially Open May May 30th, 2013 Rohtang La cleared April 26th. Open road up to Keylong , May 17th. . TIBET : Closed over March , same as last five years . Mixed nationalities groups now getting in , mid-May. KARAKORAM HIGHWAY opened in April this year , first time ever. Still no visa on arrival in Sost – which means it becomes very hard to enter Pakistan this way without a visa arranged in your home country. The road closed as usual from December. See the relevant sections ( Manali-Leh , Srinagar-Leh etc ) for more details.