Heavy snows in the rest of Himachal has turned in to snow over the Rothang La and Lahaul , making the road impassable.
Tribune today talks of “hundreds “of vehicles stranded on both sides of the Rothang , and at Baralacha La on Thursday. BRO has set upp barriers in four places : Marhi ( before the Rothang at around 3300) , Koksar ( at the northern base of the Rothang , around 3100) , Darcha ( 3360 , the crossroads for the routes to Leh & Padum ) and Sarchu ( “The Vomit Hilton”, at 4253 ) .
HRTC also confirmed that all buses and taxis had to turn back at Marhi today.
The route to Spiti from Manali has also been taken out by heavy snowfall over the Kunzum La pass.
UPDATE : By Friday afternoon Manali-Leh road was open again for light traffic , and the Kunzum La was cleared again according to the Deputy Commissioner in Keylong. 282 travellers , including sixty foreigners , was evaced from Baralacha La on Thursday.
UPDATE , SATURDAY : Baralacha La cleared, forty vehicles moving towards Keylong from Bharatpur.