Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated post to share Lahaul and Spiti Valley road Status 2020. As the winter progresses and ends, I will continue posting updates on the opening and closing of the routes; as well as the road conditions. Other than this thread, I will also be simultaneously running a thread on the Community Forum where I will be sharing the most recent pictures of the route. I cannot post too many pictures here on this page otherwise it will just get too heavy. If you just want to know Spiti valley current road status, then scroll down this page and you will get the desired information. If you would like to get some pictures of Spiti valley road conditions, then I would urge you to check out the Forum Thread.
Spiti Valley Current Road Status = CLOSED
The present status of the road to Spiti valley is open from Shimla side and closed from Manali side. If you want to travel to Spiti in the near future, and until June next year, you will have to reach Kaza from Shimla side and return the same way. It is currently not possible to take the Manali route as it gets snowed out completely during the winter season.
- Shimla to Kaza Road Status – OPEN
- Manali to Kaza Road Status – CLOSED
- Chandratal Road Status – CLOSED
- Rohtang Pass Status – CLOSED
- Kunzum Pass Status – CLOSED
- Chitkul & Sangla Valley Road Status – CLOSED
Kunzum Pass and Rohtang are both on the Manali Kaza route; and both these passes are known to receive heavy amount of snow each year. Due to this, the entire Manali – Spiti Valley stretch remains buried under snow in winter season. Chandratal too is located on this stretch and get closed from late October to early June. From Shimla side however, only the road from Karchham to Chitkul via Sangla Valley remains closed until March; rest of the route remains open throughout the year.
Update February 27th
The work to clear snow from Gulaba to Rohtang Pass was launched on Friday; Feb 21st. Snow removal from Sissu to Rohtang would be commenced within next week. BRO and the General Reserve Engineering Force deployed with men and machines to clear the snow from the highway to restore traffic by April this year.
The work to clear snow from Kunzum Pass will commence in early March. The expected date of opening of the Manali Kaza stretch as of now remains to be early May.
From Shimla side, the road is open and you are free to travel. There have been no major road blocks in winter this year.
Sharing a recent picture of Kunzum Pass clicked last week. A friend managed to trek all the way to the top and got this shot. You can see the amount of snow accumulated and how the Kunzum Stupa is buried deep under.
How to Plan for your Trip to Spiti?
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.
Update January 27th
Sharing a recent a recent picture I received from a friend of the road between Kaza and Dhankar. Take a look at the forum thread, Spiti Valley Road Status where I have posted most recent pictures of Spiti valley.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2020 – Update January 21st
It continues to snow heavily all across the Himalayas. Kaza is buried under a thick sheet of snow and so are Kunzum and Rohtang Passes. More snow is expected in the coming few weeks. The road from the Shimla side, however, is still open but if you are planning to go, then proceed with caution. The Manali Kaza route will continue to remain blocked at least until late May.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2020 – Update November 17th
It is currently snowing all across the Himalayas. Manali to Kaza road is buried under snow already. Several people were rescued from Rohtang Pass after a blizzard and heavy snow. The town of Kaza too has received a light shower of snow. The weather will continue to deteriorate and bury the valley further in the snow as winter progresses. Sharing a couple of pictures of Kaza from last week after light snowfall.
Sharing a recent picture of Kye Monastery.
Shimla to Spiti Valley Road Status
Contrary to common belief, the road from Shimla to Spiti Valley actually remains open throughout the year. There could be temporary closure in the winter season if it snowed heavily anywhere on the route. But the authorities clear the snow just as soon as they are able to and restore the connectivity. So starting from Shimla, you can actually visit Spiti valley at any time of the year. The only catch is that between November to May, you will have to keep Chandratal and the entire Manali Kaza stretch off your itinerary.
Chitkul Road Status
The road to Chitkul bifurcates from Spiti Valley highway near Karcham and passes through the beautiful Sangla Valley. This entire stretch as well receives quite a bit of snow each year due to which, it gets cut off from the main highway between November to March. There have been instances when tourists got stuck in Chitkul and Sangla Valley for several days and had to be airlifted out (there have been casualties as well). So if you wanted to include Chitkul in your itinerary, I will suggest planning a trip after April only.
Manali to Spiti Valley Road Status
As a tourist, consider the road from Manali to Kaza as closed for this year. I would strongly advise against risking a journey on this stretch now. Blizzards and sudden heavy snowfall in this area are way too common. Do not forget that you will also be crossing two high altitude passes to get out and if that did not happen, you will be stuck for good. There have been instances when tourists were caught in blizzards at places like Batal and Chhota Dhara and had to be airlifted out. And yes, there have been casualties as well so do not take the risk.
Kunzum Pass Road Status
The status of Kunzum Pass as of today is closed and the road. The estimated date of the opening of the road will be late May to early June in the year 2020.
Chandratal Lake Status
The road to Chandratal from both Manali and Kaza side is closed as of now. It will open around May 10th from Kaza side and after 20th from Manali side. The campsites at the lake however will not be operational until June 10th.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2020 – Conclusion
I hope the information above on Spiti Valley Road Status 2020 was of help. If you have any other questions, or need any other details, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.