HIGH ROADS STICKY , 2021
( NOT ) UPCOMING EVENTS , SEPTEMBER : Ladakh Marathon 2021 cancelled
LAHAUL ( HP ) UPDATE , AUGUST 2 : 194 persons evacuated from Udaipur surroundings to Keylong , using ladders for river crossings , zip lines etc.
MANALI-KAZA ROAD RESTORED , AUGUST 30
LADAKH & HIMACHAL RAIN, FLOODINGS JULY 28 :
Srinagar-Leh : heavy rain taking out dam after Kargil.
Kargil-Padum road out , BRO Heping to restore within day(s).
Manali-Leh : high water levels , Darcha villagers evacuating.
Manali-Kaza road out between Gramphu and the Kunzum La pass.
Leh district official site issues weather alert : continued rain may trigger flash floods.
Weather forecast : continued rain over the weekend in Kashmir , Ladakh & Himachal Pradesh.
HIMACHAL , JULY 27 : nine tourists killed in recent rockslides enroute to Sangla, sixty waiting for evacuation. Continued rain in coming days weather forecast.
HIMACHAL WEATHER UPDATE , JULY 13 : massive floodings over the last days in Dharamsala , Shimla etc . Manali-Kaza road out in landslide after Gramphu. Continued rain in the coming days weather forecast.
MANALI-LEH , MAY 10 : traffic thrown open over the Baralacha La for light vehicles ..and closed in renewed snowfall next day.
LEH , April 6 : extended COVID curfew . No public transport except for key personnel.
LEH(PHEY) April 5 : SECMOL campus in quarantine.
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 23 : sixty centimetres of snow down in Keylong…
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 21 , whiteout caravan : Border Roads brings back 147 persons down to Darcha in continued heavy snowfall. Twenty more in six vehicles remaining near the Baralacha La pass. Day and night temperatures still subzero even below 4000 meters ( i.e. nearly all of Manali-Leh after Darcha , and around Fotu La on Srinagar-Leh ) . Frequent heavy snowfalls recently , temperatures shifting above/below zero at lower altitude… excellent conditions for more avalanches.
The Tribune , April 21
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 18 : one meter plus of snowfall at the Baralacha La , traffic to be disrupted “at least for a week “ according to Lahaul traffic police.
LADAKH COVID UPDATE , APRIL 18 : all Leh districts schools closed until April 30.
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 17 : light vehicle traffic starting Darcha—Leh , ending (?) the block since April 4th.
WEATHER UPDATE , SRINAGAR-LEH/MANALI-LEH/KAZA-KEYLONG , APRIL 16 : continued snowfall over the weekend , pause Monday-Tuesday, resuming Wednesday.
COVID-19 update Ladakh , April 17 : 1363 active cases , highest number since the start of the pandemic.
COVID-19 update Ladakh , April 14 : active cases spiking from mid-March , doubling over the last week to 851 active cases. First confirmed death since end-January on April 10.
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 14 : avalanche at Baralacha La
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 13 : Baralacha La out for more than a week , Lahaul admin organizes langar and shelter for hundreds truck of drivers in Darcha.
WEATHER UPDATE , APRIL 6 : heavy snowfall projected in the coming week over the Manali-Leh , Srinagar-Leh & Kaza-Keylong roads.
SRINAGAR-LEH , March 31st : avalanche hits BRO vehicle near the Zoji La , killing one road worker. Weather forecast : more snowfall during the weekend and next week. Night and day temperatures still below zero.
MANALI-LEH , March 28th : first oil tankers reported being sent off from Sarchu , road open up to Leh according to media.
Continued snowfall in weather forecasts for Sunday & Monday.
WEATHER UPDATE , March 22 : continued snowfall the coming days at the Zoji La ( Srinagar-Leh ) , Baralacha La etc ( Manali-Leh ) and Kunzum La ( Manali-Kaza ) . Subzero temperatures day and nightime even down at the Zoji La @ 3529 meters , excellent avalanche conditions at lower altitude and when it gets warmer.
COVID-19 update Ladakh March 22 : 130 confirmed deaths , one third of that in November. Three confirmed deaths in January , zero in February & March.
Manali-Kaza , March 21th : Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La pass cleared , closing in on Batal @ 4000 meters. BRO aiming for a April opening. Weather forecast : continued snowfall the coming days, Kunzum La subzero day and nighttime .
Srinagar-Leh , March 13th: Indian Air Force airlifts 387 stranded Ladakhis in to Leh , March 14th. Continued heavy heavy snowfall until the 15th.
Srinagar-Leh , 7-10 March : continued heavy snowfall , 52 cm total @ Gulmarg
Srinagar-Leh , March 6th : Indian Air Force airlifts forty from Kargil to Jammu.
SRINAGAR-LEH OPENS , February 27th …. and closes next day in heavy snowfall.
February 7 : Chaddar trek ends
January 10th : Pangong Tso reopened for tourism
(2020 sticky below , to be archived )
ALL INDIAN VISAS STOPPED , MARCH 18TH
SIKKIM , MARCH 17 : no more Inner Line Permits issued , all domestic tourists barred .
SIKKIM , MARCH 5 : no more PAPs issued , all international tourists denied entry to prevent COVID transmission .
Ice stupas @ Gangles , 4000-ish meters , above Leh, January 4th. Khardung La road to Nubra in the background.
SRINAGAR , FEB 2 : four civilian , two CRPF wounded in grenade attack at Lal Chowk.
LADAKH & KASHMIR , JAN 15TH : light snowfall here in Leh last night. Army & Air Force evacing 27 Chaddar trekkers over the last days , one with frostbite to Leh hospital. Avalanches in Kashmir , multiple civilian and soldiers dead.
SRINAGAR , JAN 8 : two civilian , zero CRPF wounded in grenade attack near Kashmir University.
CORONAVIRUS IN TIBET : one known case in Lhasa on February 24 . All tourist groups cancelled – and massive restrictions for pilgrims as well . Count on this lasting over the annual closure in to minimum mid-March.
( image via High Peaks Pure Earth
MANALI-LEH , OCTOBER 3 : Atal tunnel formally opens , ending the winter isolation of Lahaul. See upcoming post below.
MANALI-LEH , OCTOBER 31 : second snowfall of the year closes Manali-Leh beyond Darcha , and Manali-Kaza beyond Gramphu . Thirty centimeters of snow in Jispa , fortyfive at the Baralacha La pass. Temperatures now solidly subzero day and night from 4000-ish meters , i.e. everything from Patseo to Lato on Manali- Leh , the Kunzum La to Kaza , and Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh route.