( 2016 sticky archived , see the sticky category)
( Ice stupa project at Phey , January 30th – follow the project at icestupa.org and #icestupa at instagram )
JANUARY 1st , 2017 : Historic second , Srinagar-Leh still open in January . First time was last year.
January 4th : Srinagar-Leh closes .
Srinagar-Leh , Manali-Leh Staus March 31st :
Manali-Leh : BRO working their way up towards the 3000 meter level from Manali , beyond Gulaba. Open road between Keylong and Darcha .
Srinagar-Leh , April 12th : open road up to Sonmarg.
Night and day temperatures above the four thousand meter level dancing just above/below zero : interesting times ( read : high avalanche risk ) ahead.
Manali-Leh , April 16th ( source : The Tribune ) , south side : road cleared up to Rani Nullah , a few kilometers from Rohtang top.
North side : open road Gramphu-Keylong-Darcha , team two working their way to Rohtang top.
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 20TH : Temperature now above zero day night at Rohtang top , tourists warned as Beas river water levels raising rapidly , snow rapidly disappearing below three thousand meters.
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 23RD : the first crossings over the Rohatang La has been made -on foot . One kilometer of remains to be cleared , BRO confident on opening the pass for traffic within the next days. Temperatures dipping below zero again at night , so snow melting will slow down.
MANALI-LEH , LADAKH APRIL 25TH : big landslide takes out Manali-Leh below Marhi , at the three thousand meter level . Snowfall in Leh again.
MANALI-KEYLONG OPEN FOR LIGHT TRAFFIC , APRIL 27TH : confirmed by Keylong admin.
First cars to Keylong , 2017 , near Gramphu ( north side of the Rohtang La ) , April 27th The Tribune
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 30TH : snowfall in Marhi ( 15 cm ) , Rohtang ( 30 cm ) and Keylong ( 5 cm )
MANALI-LEH , MAY 4TH : south side of the Rohtang La blocked after avalanche at Rani Nullah and landslide near Beas Nullah.
SRINAGAR-LEH , MAY 7TH : ZOJI LA CLEARED , BRO hopes to have the road fullt open by end of the week. Weather forecast coming days talks of à mix of sunny and cloudy days , no rain or snow. Nights at the Zoji and Fotu La just at the freezing point.
SRINAGAR-LEH , MAY 8TH : FIRST HAND CONFIRMATION FROM LEH , FIRST FRESH VEGGIES ARRIVE ( see comments section) . Road still shown as closed at official Leh site .
SRINAGAR-LEH , MAY 11TH : road now officially open at leh.nic.in
MANALI-LEH , MAY 21TH : fresh refills of snow over the Rohtang and Baralacha La last two days . BRO now sceptical on their earlier prediction to open the road on the 25th.
ROHTANG LA OPEN FOR DAY TRIPS , MAY 24TH
MANALI-LEH OPENS , JUNE 7TH : first HRTC buses sent off from Keylong.
KUNZUM LA OPENS , JUNE 12TH: HRTC buses now running to/from Kaza to Manali & Keylong
J&K SECURITY UPDATE , JULY : seven dead and nineteen wounded in attack on pilgrim bus on the Srinagar-Jammu road , July 10th
HIMACHAL MONSOON , AUGUST 13TH : landslide takes out 200 meters of Manali-Mando road , two buses and houses. Around forty dead.
J&K SECURITY , AUGUST 15TH : Indepence day in the Vale under the usual curfew conditions , limited traffic and internet. Four wounded in grenade attack fifteen kilometers from Srinagar.
J&K SECURITY , SEPTEMBER 7TH : one dead , fifteen wounded in grenade attack at Jehangir Chowk , Srinagar.
J&K SECURITY , OCTOBER 3RD : Srinagar airport in lockdown mode for five hours while the adjoining BSF base is under attack. All three militants killed after ten hours.
MANALI-LEH UPDATE , OCTOBER 22ND : Rohtang La now subzero at night. Daytime below +10 .
LADAKH/J&K/HIMACHAL WEATHER UPDATE , DECEMBER 10-13TH :
Heavy snowfall closes Jammu-Srinagar-Leh road , half of Srinagar flights cancelled.
Thirty centimeters of snow in Keylong etc in Lahaul , BRO put clearing of the Rohtang La on hold in anticipation of the coming heavy snowfall.
SRINAGAR-LEH UPDATE , DECEMBER 14TH : road officially closed at leh.nic.in
NEPAL-TIBET/CHINA : Kathmandu-Lhasa road still not open for foreigners.
PAKISTAN-XINJIANG/CHINA : road expected to open (earliest) April 1st.