Many of the stranded passengers were affected by mountain sickness, official sources said, adding that there were no casualties. Police launched a massive road-clearing operation in the evening to make way for the stranded vehicles. Senior administrative officials and police personnel were on the spot supervising the rescue operation.
Khardung La in Ladakh is known to be one of the highest motorable passes in the world. It is also a popular tourist destination visited by adventure-lovers every year.