Like previous year, this will remain to be a dedicated thread for Spiti valley road status 2019; and condition of the road en route. As the winter season progresses and ends in 2019; I will continue posting the estimated opening dates of the road and its condition here. Apart from this blog post, I will also be running a Forum Thread simultaneously which I will encourage you to check for more recent updates and pictures of the area. For checking the updates here, please scroll towards the bottom of this page in the comments section; where you may ask for status on any particular date.
Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019
There was not a lot of snowfall last year anywhere in the Himalayan region. Spiti valley remained deprived of snow until January and then again until March. Even places like Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La did not receive even half of the snow they do each year. The trend this year is entirely different though. Winter arrived early in Spiti and a heavy snowfall in September all across the region forced an early closure of Chandratal and Kunzum Pass. Even other high altitude places in the Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand have started to receive as well.
- Shimla to Kaza Road Status – OPEN
- Manali to Kaza Road Status – CLOSED
- Chandratal Status – CLOSED
- Rohtang Pass Status – CLOSED
- Kunzum Pass Status – CLOSED
Shimla to Kaza Road Status
The road from Shimla to Kaza is still open and will remain so throughout the year. This part of the road only gets blocked in peak winters but that too temporarily. Extreme weather can sometimes block the road but authorities usually clear it and restore connectivity as soon as possible.
Manali to Kaza Road Status
The stretch from Manali to Kaza however has been closed for good this year. Kunzum Pass is already snowed out completely and Rohtang too has started to receive light snow. It had been raining in Manali all day today and there is a high chance that it may snow there tomorrow; which means an early snowfall in Manali as well. Historically, this road usually opens towards late May or early June.
How to Plan for your Trip?
If you are planning a trip on Spiti circuit anytime soon in near future, then continue checking this blog post or the Forum Thread for recent updates. Meanwhile, take a look at the articles below that I am sure will be of help in planning your trip to Spiti Valley.
- Clothes for Spiti Trip – What to Pack?
- How to Prepare your Car for Spiti Valley Trip
- How to Prepare your Motorcycle for Spiti Trip
- Mobile Network in Spiti Valley – Coverage and Data Connectivity
- Tourist Attractions In Spiti Valley & Its Vicinity
- Lahaul Spiti Road Map With Distances
- Lahaul Spiti Route Guide
- Shimla to Spiti Itinerary : A Detailed Travel Plan
- How to Calculate Minimum Budget or Cost of Spiti Valley Trip?
- Spiti Valley Bus Service : Frequency, Fare & Time Table
- How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness In Spiti
- Top 10 Things NOT to do in Spiti Valley
List above are a few which I believe are must know for anyone heading towards Spiti. To get more information like itinerary and budget planning, take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide
Current Road Condition
As of now, below is how the road looks on Spiti Circuit, starting from Delhi.
- Delhi to Ambala – Good road. There are a few diversions in between because of road widening but nothing that can cause inconvenience or traffic jams
- Panipat to Parwanoo – Good road, smooth journey
- Parwanoo to Shimla – Road widening work at several place causing slow traffic, bad roads, dust and even landslides. Try to cross this stretch early in the morning to avoid traffic
- Shimla to Jeori – Good road with a few bad patches in between but smooth mostly
- Jeori to Spillow – Good road, smooth journey
- Spillow to Khab – Very bad roads, specially around Pooh
- Khab to Nako – Good Roads
- Nako to Sumdo – Good Roads with a few bat patches in between
- Sumdo to Kaza – Average at best. Narrow road with lose tarmac and a few bad patches in between.
- Attargo to Mudh – Bad dirt trail all the way with only first 2 or 3 kilometers of Tarmac
- Kaza to Kibber – Good Road
I hope the information above was of help. Please follow the Forum Thread or keep checking back for recent updates on Spiti Valley Road Status in the year 2019. 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.