Archive for the ‘Manali-Leh road’ Category

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Opening The Roads To Leh , 2013

April 5, 2013

Srinagar-Leh will open tomorrow , according to The Tribune.  This may  actually happen, since the BRO road crew was a few klicks from the Zoji  La pass a week ago. There is still a conspicuous  lack of details though. Weather forecast says says rain five out of six coming days in Srinagar , thinning out towards to Kargil and Leh , night temperature just under zero , so more snow is definitely possible . 

No mentions of the the earlier bold BRO claim that the road would be thrown open  on March 31 – but still good chances of  this becoming the earliest opening of the road in more than a decade , the former record was April 15th in 2008 . That turned out mildly chaotic

 

The timeline for clearing the roads to Leh : 

 

Srinagar-Leh : first the road will be cleared up to Sonmarg ( this year March 16th  ) , then the Zoji La will be almost cleared and the first loads of fresh supplies will come in to Leh …with donkeys ( last days in March , this year ) .A few cabs will get in before the road is officially thrown open. Lastly the roadmarker at  the LAHDC  site will show open when the road is deemed fit for all vehicles , i.e. busworthy. 

 

Manali-Leh : first there will be rumors , like this years classic when some Indian media claimed that the whole road would be cleared by April 15th. Clearing the road starts in March , with three BRO groups working at the same time : two crews working from south ( Manali ) and north ( Koksar ) end towards the Rohtang La , and the third crew working going past Darcha towards Baralacha La and the 5000+ passes beyond that . Once the Rohtang has been cleared ( BRO´s goal at present : mid-April ) all groups will unite  in the push towards Leh. There may or may not be a period ( like in 2011) when the road is declared officially open , but not for buses : ” Open For LMV” , i.e. Light Motor Vehicles , including minibuses. Last of all the Rohtang will open for the daytrippers from Manali. This year the plan is introduce one way traffic , up only in the morning hours , down in the afternoon. 

 

Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh are military priorities , and get a lot of resources. The NH 22 route , Shimla-Spiti over the Kunzum La will open later than Manali-Leh , and the road over Saach Pass even later.

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Manali-Leh Out After Clodburst

August 4, 2012

Tribune photo : MC Thakur

Cloudburst in epic proportions taking out bailey bridges , a school , the life of a Manali resident and tossing boulders and vehicles downstream Beas river yesterday.The road the southern  port of the Solang tunnel work beyond repair for the coming weeks. Manali-Leh out in five different places . Heavy rainfall for the coming two days in forecasts.

UPDATE , August 8th . That was fast :Traffic now running ( despite BRO´s first comment it would take “at least a week” to get it back in full order) to Keylong & Kaza. Moderate rain four out of five coming days.

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Manali-Leh Highway Officially Open , 2012

June 1, 2012

…and a farewell to the old familiar roadmarker at leh.nic.in : five hours later the old version of  the site still not updated. Get used to the new minimalist look. 

 

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See the recent photo posts and the Inroads 2012 post for details up to now.

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Over the Rohtang , 2012

May 29, 2012

Bikers do faster runs …

Thanx , raftinkiwi , one of the first to ride from Leh to Manali this year.

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First Comers

May 26, 2012

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Photo from Gregor, one of the first to ride down to Manali from Leh this year. Keep ém coming , raftinkiwi !

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Ladakh Inroads Opening , 2012

April 25, 2012

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Veggie bonanza : Srinagar-Leh road  declared open April 25th, meaning  fresh food coming in to Leh now.

Manali-Leh status
June 1st : Officially open at leh.nic.in
May 24th : first bikers and cabs make it down to Manali – see separate photo posts below
May 1st : from Keylong admin : open road over the Rohtang to Manali.Some taxis have started to cross , the daytrippers are being held back … and one very solid report , May 12th, of the first taxi reaching Darcha from Leh : official opening should come very soon.Light snowfall over the Rohtang & Baralacha La May 13th.

April 29th : snowfall closes  Leh airport and Khardung La over the day.

April 26th : taxis made their first try to cross the Rohtang La  , which was aborted due to an avalanche clipping the road at Rani Nallah. Bulldozers from both the Marhi (south) and Koksar (north) end  have met on the top of the pass. Confirmed  by the BRO April 26th.Road still closed at Marhi.

Kargil-Padum road open , confirmed by Kargil admin. Private buses to start on the 25th according to The Tribune.

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Manali-Leh Highway Closes , 2011

November 23, 2011

Official on leh.nic.in today : the road is closed.

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Snow Cutters & Rumor Mills : Ladakh Winding Down For The Winter

November 1, 2011

Last supplies for the winter are being stocked up in Ladakh , and the first rumors of closed roads : Manali-Leh is not  closed , and HRTC buses are running. 

 

“Maintenance of the highway shall go on in winters, and we shall get the stretch cleaned in case of mild snow.” – to quote BRO. The  road may not be cleared in case of heavy snowfall.

Rohtang weather forecast coming six days : 18 mm snow on Friday , 0 to five mm next five days.

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False Beards to Khardung La

September 18, 2011

Packing list for Ladakh :

* Fleece jackets (check )

* Diamox ( check )

* False beards ( che… whaaat ?! )

Loads of fun with  these guys , starting with  the discussion threads in the planning stage. I was glad to see them take on this in their distinctly own style , and even more to see them succeed. Read more at Rickshaw 5000

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Heavy Rains Coming on Leh Inroads

August 12, 2011

India Met Department has issued a severe weather warning today , August 12th , for the coming two days in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Weather forecast says rain five out five coming days in Manali, Srinagar and Leh , and yr.no projects the peak rain in Manali at 54 mm on the 16th.
UPDATE , AUGUST 14th :Roads and railways in HP have been heavily hit in the weekend with the heaviest rainfall in Una for more than twenty years: railway bridge at Jogindernagar out , Beas river flooding over long stretches of the road ..
UPDATE , AUGUST15th : Traffic running again on Chandigarh-Manali and Pathankot-Mandi stretches.

Rohtang La on the Manali-Leh highway is out after heavy snowfall , snowfall in Keylong as well.More heavy rain to be expected on Tuesday according to Met Department, yr.no predicts moderate rainfall. Weather forecast looks good for Srinagar-Leh.

UPDATE , AUGUST 19th : Sunny weather forecast for the coming week, roads still affected.

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