( 2015 sticky archived , see the sticky category)
MANALI-LEH UPDATE , NOVEMBER 2 : Manali-Leh now show as closed on the official Leh site , leh.nic.in , after first heavy snowfall traps Manali day tourists at the Rohtang La. Temperatures at top still dancing just above/below zero , permanent snow build up uncertain. See also this post on the October 15th rumor.
Manali-Leh , Manali-Kaza update , October 12th : first snow over the Rohtang & Kunzum La , night temperatures just below zero at four thousand meters.
J&K security update ( see also post below ) , October 2 : Baramulla army base under attack , two attackers and one soldier dead at first reports.
October 1st : all curfews lifted .
September 30th : partial curfew in Srinagar to prevent the announced protests at Lal Chowk. Protest schedule prolonged to October 6th.
September 17th : massive protests in Srinagar after eleven year old found shot dead.
September 16th : Reinforcements : Two more batallions arrive in Kashmir.
September 13th : two dead ( Shopian & Bandipor ) , one hundred plus wounded as Eid starts. Widespread curfews.
September 7th : Kulgam school on fire as CRPF breaks up protest rally , ninety wounded.
September 3rd : one dead , seventy wounded .
September 2 : 18 year old drowns in Jhelum river , Srinagar, while being chased by CRPF .
August 31st : one dead , 150 wounded and a parliament members house torched as remaining curfews ( but not downtown Srinagar ) are lifted . Strike extended to September 8th.
August 30 : seventy wounded in clashes over J&K.
August 29th/day 52 : curfews lifted in most of Kashmir, separatists calls for continued strike until September 1st. Ninety wounded in clashes at the end of the day.
August 21st / day 44 : sixtyseventh fatality : teargas shell kills protester in Srinagar.
August 20th : partial restoration of phone services , mobile internet still out . Oil tankers on new strike , citing numerous attacks against vehicles and drivers , cutting fuel deliveries – including to security forces.
August 15th : CRPF battalion commander killed , eight soldiers wounded in Srinagar on Indepedence Day .
August 10th , reinforcements : CRPF sends in 85 more companies to J&K
August 6th : three dead , 360 wounded in clashes on Friday and Saturday.
Telluride , August 4th : World Conference on Wilderness & Mountain Medicine ( joint conference of International Society for Mountain Medicine and Wilderness Medical Society ) ends – stand by for exciting news ..
J&K security update , August 4th : partial curfew in Srinagar, and Anantnag , Baramullah etc.
July 29th : 100+ wounded in J&K clashes.
July 27th : renewed curfew in Srinagar.
July 26th : curfew lifted all over Kashmir , except Anatnag in the south. Fourteen wounded , one dead . Protesters and police in Srinagar exchange teargas and stones.
July 20th : twelfth day of curfew . Printed newspapers re-appearing tomorrow. Oil tankers on eight day of strike , refusing to supply the Vale and Ladakh after attacks on vehicles & drivers.
July 17th : Delhi sends reinforcements , twenty CRPF companies , i.e. 2500+ men.
July 15th : curfew extended over the weekend , now in all ten Kashmiri districts . Total casualties now 40 dead , 1500+ wounded.
July 11th : Amarnath yantra resumes under heavy security measures. Fifteen police wounded in Srinagar grenade attack.
July 10th : major unrest after the killing of militant leader. Civilians attacking police stations ( and tossing one police car in to Jhelum river , one drowned ) , police attacking ambulances , and more. Twenty dead , and a lot more wounded.Partial curfew in Srinagar.
June 25th : second attack in a month on police/Army convoy on Jammu-Srinagar road in Pampore : eight CRPF police killed , twentytwo wounded. Armored personell carriers transfered from Chattisgarh region.
Himachal weather , June 9th : fourth day of rain , more to come the next days . Max temperatures between 31 degrees ( Dharamsala ) 25 ( Shimla & Kalpa) , twenty-ish in Keylong.
Srinagar-Leh , June 8th : landslide near Sonmarg takes out the road , BRO at work clearing it.
May 23rd : Manali-Leh OPEN
May 23rd : Supreme Court decides on appeal against the NGT regulations at the Rohtang La : no changes , new hearing in two weeks . Taxi union demanded a fivefold increase in allowed traffic , with the ..odd argument that hydro electric power plants generates far more pollution (!).
Rohtang La open for day tours , May 21th
Rohtang La daytours , May 18th : traffic now allowed up to Marhi – with sad ,isolated patches of snow.
May 3rd : really , really official – leh.nic.in roadmarker now shows Srinagar-Leh as open.
May 1st : mangoes in Leh , in a mail from Phey school : “..trucks came too on 1 May and we’re eating mangoes in Ladakh! Hooray!”
( The Tribune , May 1st – Amin War )
SRINAGAR-LEH OPENS ON APRIL 30 : it’s official in todays ( April 28th ) news , and the weather forecast looks good.
SRINAGAR-LEH UPDATE , APRIL 25th : Zoji La cleared , BRO expects to have the road fully open ” within a few days ” .
( Zoji La inspection , April 25th – from Ladakh News Service group , Facebook )
MANALI-LEH UPDATE , APRIL 24th : snowfall over the Rohtang , both sides : five centimeters of snow down in Keylong. 350 persons trapped for eight hours near the pass on Sunday , until BRO managed to clear it agagain.
Srinagar , April 15th : fifth civilian death on Friday in the widepread protests in the Vale. Srinagar under partial curfew , including shutdown of internet .
April 10th : 6.8 earthquake in Afghanistan rocks Srinagar, Shimla , Kullu… no word on casualties yet.
MANALI-LEH UPDATE , APRIL 7th : Rohtang La cleared but not open for traffic yet ,according to BRO. Mixed clouds and snowfall in the weekend in the weather forecast.
SRINAGAR-LEH UPDATE , APRIL 1st : BRO has cleared the road up to ten kilometers from the Zoji La pass. Nights still ( barely) subzero at the pass & in Leh.
KASHMIR WEATHER UPDATE , MARCH 17th : heavy rains over the Pir Panjal , roads blocked. Thirty centimeters of snow in Sonmarg . More snow over the Zoji la on the Srinagar-Leh road.
HIMACHAL WEATHER UPDATE , MARCH 17th : 45 centimeters of snow in Pangi Valley. More snow over the Rohtang . Daytime temperatures barely above zero daytime in Keylong , below zero both night and daytime above four thousand ( i.e. The Rohtang La before Keylong , and nearly all the way between Keylong and Leh ) . More snow coming in this weekends weather forecast .
HIMACHAL WEATHER UPDATE , MARCH 7th : heavy snowfalls and avalanche warnings in the high passes : 90 cm at the Rohtang La , 35 cm down in Keylong . Snow turning in to sleet and rain in the lower reaches.
HIMACHAL WEATHER UPDATE , MARCH 7th : heavy snowfall over the Rohtang & Kunzum La , 30 cm in Keylong .
Srinagar-Leh update , March 1st : BRO at work from Sonmarg towards the Zoji La , snow levels between one and three meters. First guess from BRO : work completed up to Leh by the end of the month – this would be nearly two weeks earlier than the record in 2013 . NB : they have been wrong before , many times .
Himachal weather update, February 20th : heavy snowfall above 3000 meters , half meter over the Rohtang La , Kunzum La and Saach pass . Twentyfive cm in Keylong.
Himachal weather update , February : moderate to heavy snowfall in Shimla and over the Rohtang La on the 8 & 14th.
Himachal weather update , January 7th : 30 centimeters of snow at the Rohtang La , 15 centimeters in Keylong , also breaking the long warm spell in Shimla.
January 30th : BRO starts clearing the road from Manali towards the Rohtang , earliest ever.
January 4th :
LADAKH : SNOWLOCKED since December 21st , 2015 : Srinagar-Leh closed , and from the Manali end BRO retreats from Marhi ( south side of the Rohtang La ) and Koksar (north) . No fresh veggies in Leh for a couple of months..
NEPAL FUEL CRISIS/EMBARGO : you can get in by land , the usual route via Gorakhpur and Sunauli. Flights run with the airlines that can refuel before landing in Ktm . Little drama for tourists , apart from some price raises.
NEPAL-TIBET : Friendship Highway between Kathmandu and Lhasa still not open after the 2015 earthquakes.
PAKISTAN-XINJIANG/CHINA : Karakoram Highway closed as usual , opening ( earliest ) 1st week April.
SIKKIM-CHINA : Nathu La closed for the winter , and still not an option either for Indian nationals or angrezis.