The Himalayan Challenge
21 September - 11 October 2018
SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
Manali - Rest Day
News of the torrential rains and flooding in Himachal Pradesh is probably well known to all those following the Himalayan Challenge.
As reported in the Hindustan Times, Hundreds of roads including several national highways have been blocked due to landslides across the state. The tourist town of Manali has been cut off from district headquarters Kullu and rest of the state after an overflowing Beas river submerged roads on either side of the river after torrential rain during the last 24 hours.
This news is confirmed by the few text messages received from Rally HQ in Manali. The ERA Organising team are working with the local agents to assess the situation and formulate plans for a safe onward journey for all the rally competitors and officials. They do confirm that all the roads in and out of Manali are currently impassable and likely to remain so for 36 to 48 hours. The original rally route to the north over the Rohtang Pass is currently blocked by unprecedented snow falls and looks very unlikely to be cleared in the near future as the army and local authorities concentrate on the major routes to the south.
There are plans being made to survey the options more thoroughly on Tuesday. Once those plans are in place for a safe onward journey we're assured they will let us know so that we can publish further updates here.
We'll publish more news as soon as it becomes available.