Manali Standoff , take two ( July 9th ) : NGT new hearing set to July 16th.
July 6th : National Green Tribunal shut down all tourist activities at the Rohtang after previous court orders have been flaunted ( five thousand vehicles yesterday vs the permitted one thousand etc ) – and dock the pay of a number of Manali officials until changes are made.
SAACH PASS OPENS , JULY 4th : this means finally all four routes to Leh are open.
SPITI UPDATE , JUNE 25TH : Manali-Kaza still officially closed ( i.e. no buses yet ) , despite all contrary rumors. Bad , bad conditions from Gramphu and eastwards with snow and slush. Heavy rain predicted , also on the Shimla/Kinnaur route.
J&K and Himachal weather update , June 23rd : monsoon kickoff , heavy to very heavy rain predicted coming days.
Manali , May 26th : Supreme Court upholds the ruling of the National Green Tribunal : max 1000 vehicles per day to the Rohtang La , and a two tier tax on regular vs diesel vehicles.
LADAKHI INROADS :
JUNE 13TH : MANALI-LEH OPENS , 2015 : confirmed on official Leh site , all vehicles , June 16th
Light traffic only , still not confirmed from Le. Weather coming days : thunder , rain and some clouds. Interesting days.
June 6th : Border Roads reaches the Baralacha La . Remaining road to be cleared Baralacha La to Sarchu , Leh-Sarchu already open.
June 3rd : Rohtang weather coming days : snow and rain. + 4 degrees lowest nights in Keylong , still just under zero at the Rohtang.
May 28th : Manali Taxi Union strike ends : same traffic limitations to the Rohtang , taxes on hold until June 8th.
May 26 : Snowfall over the Rohtang and in Keylong (!) takes out the road again.
Manali , May 22nd : Supreme Court rejects Manali Taxi Unions plea for a stop to the traffic limitations to the Rohtang La & diesel tax. Full hearing May 26th. Manali , May 20th : very calm days on the road below the snowline , with the NGT cap and taxi union strike. See separate post below. When the traffic over the Rohtang resumes : 1) no traffic on Tuesdays , same procedure as every year , only Border Roads maintenance 2) second priority HRTC buses for Lahaul , and eventually Leh . 3) third priority Rohtang day trippers , only 1000 vehicles per day , and the new diesel tax. Manali-Leh , May 15th : Rothang La open for cars , not buses . Open road from Keylong to Darcha. Temperatures still dancing just above/below the freezing point at the Rohtang La : still time for more avalanches. May 11h : HRTC buses now running from Koksar ( north side of the Rohtang ) up to Key long . May 4th : Rohtang cleared from Manali beyond Marhi up to Rani Nullah , i.e. six kilometers from Rohtang top. On the north side the bulldozers have grinded to a halt , after using up all the stockpiled fuel. Fuel to be airlifted in.
Srinagar-Leh fully open , May 25th
Srinagar-Leh OPEN , May 8th : Light vehicles only first , buses and trucks to follow after more work by the BRO. Fresh veggies for all – congrats ! May 2nd : first crossings of the Zoji La – on foot. April 18th : Zoji La cleared almost cleared now , from both sides. Borders Roads new goal to open within a week .Weather forecast coming days : mix of clouds , some more snow at the high end of the road, and later sunny .
ZANSKAR : Kargil-Padum road open
SPITI UPDATE June 23rd : some second and third hand reports of the Kunzum La now opened , no details. June 7th : open road Shimla-Kaza-Losar , BRO has ( one report so far ) reached the Kunzum La. . Manali-Kaza still closed after Batal .
NEPAL , MAY 12th : NEW 7+ EARTHQUAKE, epicenter 68 klicks west of Namche Bazaar. Friendship Highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa out already after the first earthquake – massive destruction in Kodari