Like last year, this will be a dedicated post for Lahaul & Spiti valley road status 2018. I will continue updating the status on opening and closing of the road; along with the road conditions as the year progresses. Apart from the blog post here, I will also start a sticky thread at our Community Forum; where other members of the forum can also shared their updates. If you have a more recent update than the one provided here, please do share it either in the comments section below or at the forum post; Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status for the year 2018.
Current Spiti Valley Road Status 2018:
- Shimla to Kaza: OPEN
- Manali to Kaza: CLOSED
- Manali to Keylong: CLOSED
- Keylong to Kaza: CLOSED
- Keylong to Leh: CLOSED
Update: February 14th
It continues to snow all across in Spiti and Lahaul valleys. Looks like weather has finally decided to change. Sharing a few pictures of Kaza after the snowfall yesterday. Road from Shimla to Kaza is open all the way so if you were planning a winter trip to Spiti, now is the time to go.
Update: February 10th
It finally snowed a little at Kaza earlier this week. Sharing a picture that was sent over by a friend who lives in Kaza. Amount of snow wasn’t that great though, it was more of a light snowfall as compared to the usual amount of snow that this regions gets.
Update: February 2nd
Adding an update provided by Shyam Bhai who just returned from Spiti trip.
“Just an update from my side. Went to Spiti on Jan 27th and just came back. Shimla to Kaza road is completely fine with no snow anywhere except a little after Shimla. Spiti is dry. No snow so far.
No major bad stretches. A very small stretch of road between Nako and Chango is in bad shape but nothing to worry.
1. Accommodation is easily available in home stays. You can ask anyone in the main market near bus stand and they will help you out.
2. You might face some problems in the morning with your vehicle because of extreme cold. In that case as well, locals can help you out. In Diesel vehicles, you might need to heat the diesel in the morning.
3. After Powari (near Reckong Peo), there’s no fuel station till Kaza. So carry extra fuel.
4. Get a BSNL sim card. No other network providers are there after Pooh town.
5. Carry enough winter wear. Sometimes temperature might go as low as -27 degrees.
Rest everything is fine. Nothing to worry. Do not expect white Spiti. It’s completely dry as of now, a little bit of snow in the higher areas.”
Update: January 26th
The long dry spell this winter finally broke this week with entire Himachal receiving snow all around. Keylong was coldest in the region with minimum temperature settling at -5.8 degrees C, Kalpa -3 degrees and Manali -0.6 degrees. The thick sheet of snow however is mostly limited in the valleys around Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda and Manali. Spiti valley continues to remain dry still as Kaza did not receive much snow still.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2018 update: January 14th
If you were planning a winter ride to Spiti anytime soon, it would be best to delay it for now. By winter ride I am assuming you would be wanting to chase snow which really is not there in Spiti right now. This year has not seen much snow and Spiti is pretty much all dry. There is no snow in Kaza too right now, though you may find some towards Kibber and Kaumik villages; or towards Kunzum Pass. Shimla to Kaza road is completely open while Manali to Kaza remains closed.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2018 update: January 1st
There has not been much snow so far in the season. While the temperature dipped close to zero degrees in Shimla and Manali, Kaza recorded a temperature of -25 degrees at night at -10 degrees at noon on 1st January. Both Shimla and Manali have so far not seen any snow at all while Kaza has seen very little snow. There was a snowfall on 1st January but it mostly remained limited to hill tops and upper areas. Lower areas experienced almost next to none snow so far this year. It has snowed very little even atop Rohtang and Kunzum.
The road from Shimla to Kaza remains open but if you are chasing snow, you will not find any for now. Manali to Kaza will remains closed at least until May.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2018 update: December 19th
Spells of snow continue all across the Himalayan region. Both Rohtang and Kunzum pass have already been buried deep under snow; rending the entire stretch from Manali to Kaza as closed for vehicles. From Manali side, farthest you can reach is the snow point, not even Rohtang top.
From Shimla side however, road continues to remain open until Kaza; which it does throughout the year except for occasional temporary roadblocks due to snow. It has already snowed heavily at Nako and Kaza and temperature in the valley dips several degrees below zero at night.
If you are planning a trip to Spiti, until late May next year you can only do it from Shimla side. You will reach Kaza and take the same route back to return home. Chandratal too is off the limits.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2018
While the road from Shimla to Kaza remains open throughout the year; the stretch from Manali to Kaza closes sometime by mid October after it starts to snow at Kunzum Pass. Come November and Rohtang Pass too get declared closed. This year however; much to everyone’s surprise, all the passes and roads remains open still with half of the November gone. There have been light spells of snow at both Rohtang and Kunzum; but for now the entire stretch between Manali and Kaza; including the road to Chandratal remains open.
With that being said; it is however only a matter of days before this entire stretch gets blocked and declared closed. There may not be a lot of snow but there will still be some along with frost and black ice; which makes journeying on this stretch quite dangerous. If you are planning a trip to Spiti valley anytime soon; better do it from Shimla side and return via the same route. Keep the Manali route out of your itineraries for this year.
I hope the information above on was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.