Chandratal Status 2020 | Chandratal Lake Road Status

by Vargis.Khan

Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated post to update Chandratal status in the year 2020. As the winter progresses and ends, I will share updates on Chandratal Lake road status including the estimated opening dates and conditions of the road from both Manali and Kaza side. Other than this post, I will also be sharing the most recent pictures of Chandratal Lake current status in another thread in our Community Forum. I cannot post too many pictures here on this page because then it will just get too heavy. If you just want to know about the Chandratal road status, then scroll through this page and you will get the desired information. If you want a more visual presentation of the same, then I will urge you to take a look at the Forum Thread.

Chandratal Road Status = CLOSED

The status of the road to Chandratal as of now is CLOSED. The lake is declared open sometime in the first week of June and then is closed in October. The campsites are available until the 10th of the month and after that, there is no accommodation available anymore. Though the road remains open a little longer after that and you can still make a day visit to the lake, you will not be able to stay there overnight.

Kaza to Chandratal Road Status = CLOSED

Manali to Chandratal Road Status = CLOSED

A few other articles that I would recommend reading and can be helpful in visiting Chandratal are listed below.

Updated 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.

After the snow has been cleared from Kunzum Pass, BRO will then start clearing the 14 kilometers long Chandratal road.

I am sharing below a recent picture of Kunzum Pass clicked last week. A friend of mine was able to trek all the way to the top and took the picture. You can see the amount of snow accumulated at Kunzum top and how the Kunzum Stupa is buried under it. From the looks of it, it is highly unlikely that Chandratal will open before late May.

Chandratal Road Status – January 22nd

It continues to snow heavily throughout Spiti Valley and more snow is expected in the coming months. The road beyond Losar is not motorable at all. Considering the weather, it is highly unlikely that Chandratal will become accessible any sooner than early June.

If you are planning a trip in May, keep the plans flexible for now. If the weather favored and the route was opened, you can visit. But if it wasn’t, then keep a buffer of about 2-3 weeks to push the plans forward.

Below is a picture of Chandratal lake completely frozen and buried under snow.

chandratal status 2020

Kaza to Chandratal Road Status

The road from Kaza to Chandratal gets open sometime in the month of May, around 10th of it. The date is actually a little sooner than the entire Manali Kaza stretch gets open. The route from the Kaza side becomes accessible and a day trip can easily be made. There will however be no campsites available and you will have to return to Kaza by evening. On the plus side, there is a high chance that you will find the lake half-frozen, like in the picture above.

Manali to Chandratal Road Status

The road from Manali to Chandratal only gets open only after the snow from Rohtang and Kunzum Pass has been removed completely. This only happens towards the end of May historically. To be on a safer side, assume the date of opening of the road as of 20th May and not sooner than that.

Kunzum Pass Status

The status of Kunzum Pass is closed right now and it will only open after May 15th. There is a chance that it may even open sooner if it did not snow too much but we will only find that out next year after the winter season has passed.

Rohtang Pass Status

The status of Rohtang Pass right now is closed and it will open sometime in the month of May, after BRO is able to clear the snow completely from both Manali and Koksar side.

When does Chandratal Lake Open?

Chandratal lake is declared open in first week of June, after the snow from Kunzum Pass and Chandratal road is cleared. If there was not too much snow and BRO was able to complete the work faster, Chandratal may open by late May as well.


I hope the information above on Chandratal status was of help. If you have any 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.

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