Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019

by Vargis.Khan

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.

Read: How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide

Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019
  • Shimla to Kaza Road Status – OPEN
  • Manali to Kaza Road Status – OPEN
  • Chandratal Status – OPEN
  • Rohtang Pass Status – OPEN
  • Kunzum Pass Status – OPEN

Update – June 30th

Manali Kaza road and Kunzum Pass is now officially open but in extremely bad condition. You would probably need a 4×4 vehicle to successfully travel on the road for next couple of weeks at least. There is a lot of slush and snow on the road and it is getting difficult for even bikers to cross. I am headed to Chandratal this week and will share updates after I return.


Update – June 17th

Kaza to Chandratal road was opened today but tourists aren’t allowed yet. There is a lot of snow at Kunzum top, en route and even at Chandratal which makes the journey a little dangerous right now. The snowfall is Spiti last week as delayed the opening of both Chandratal and Kaza-Manali route. As of now, estimate is that it will take another 7 to 10 days before Manali route is cleared and tourists are allowed. For now, you can only travel from Kaza to Kunzum top but will have to return to Kaza from there.

Another important thing to remember is that a quota has been allotted to Beyond Rohtang Permit as well for now. The exact number of the permit is not yet known but it is close to around 500. Will this remain applicable for the entire year will get decided later in the season but for now, you will have to struggle to get Beyond Rohtang permit as well. These are booked for several days in advance and average wait time is of 3 to 4 days.

Beyond Rohtang Permit is also available in Black for Rs. 2500 per permit. 


Update – June 12th

Weather is closing in and more snow is expected in next couple of days. There will also be plenty of rains around Manali. Rohtang, Baralacha La, Sach Pass and Kunzum Pass will definitely get some snow this week. Kunzum Pass is open from Kaza side but there is still not confirmed date on when will it open from Manali end. Snow clearing is still under progress on Chandratal road. For now, it will be a few more days before either Chandratal or Manali Kaza stretch is restored.

From Shimla side, below is an update on road conditions.

  • Few patches after Jeori which are broken
  • A water slushy around 10 kms before tapri ( This sends mud and slush post afternoon )
  • Road broken in patches between Peo, Akpa, Spillow and Puh ( 20% of the entire distance )
  • After Khab bridge the road to Nako is under constructions ( 5-7 kms of bad roads )
  • After Sumdo, the road is rough in patches till Shichling ( 10-15% )
  • Last 26 kms till Kaza would 40% rough and rest all OK
  • Hikkim, komic, langza roads are in really bad shape.
  • Kaza to Chicham and then to Kiato is a smooth stretch.
  • Kaza to Losar is a horrible and badly broken road.

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.

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 – June 9th

Received these images in a Whatsapp group today. You can see the amount of vehicles traveling to Rohtang Pass. Traffic Jams are lasting up to 4 hours and even the Beyond Rohtang is not available anymore because thousands have already bought it. And this is the situation when Manali Leh and Manali Kaza routes are not yet open. Once that happens, there will even be a greater number of people traveling causing much worse traffic situation.

Please see the forum thread Lahaul – Spiti Road Status 2019 for more recent updates and pictures of Spiti Valley as of now.


Update- May 30TH

From Manali side, Rohtang Pass was declared open today. Kunzum Pass should be open by 15th June after which Chandratal and Manali Kaza road will become accessible for tourists.


Update- May 18th

Opening of Rohtang Pass continues to get delayed this year due to heavy snow and resulting landslides. It is still raining and snowing at the pass. Earlier this month, the road was opened until Marhi but a landslide now has blocked that road too. There were 2000 tourists stranded on the road yesterday after a landslide blocked their way back to Manali. For now, assume that Rohtang Pass will probably open only either towards the end of May or early June. Kunzum Pass will not open at least until June 10th. Even if BRO is able to clear the snow, this landslide will raise questions on the stability of the road. Authorities will not open it unless they are completely sure of its safety. For now, the road is completely blocked.


Update: May 5th

From Manali side, the road till Marhi has been freed of snow and tourists are being allowed. The Rohtang permit window too has been opened online as of today. Please note though that you will still not be able to reach the top; and definitely cannot cross Rohtang over to the other side at this time. You will only get allowed till Marhi and Rohtang top is another 16 odd kilometers from there. The entire road is expected to get opened in the week of May 14th at latest.

Meanwhile, snow clearing work from Kaza has reached about 10 kilometers from Losar and is approaching Kunzum Pass. Please see for FORUM POST for pictures of snow clearing between Kaza and Kunzum.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019Update: April 28th

Huge amount of snow is causing delay in opening of Manali Kaza road. Rohtang Pass it would seem may not open before June 10th which would push opening of Kunzum Pass and Chandratal to around June 10th. Below is an image of snow clearing operation between Kaza and Kunzum Pass.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019Update: April 7th

Snow clearing work is in progress at Rohtang Pass as of now. Expected date of opening of the pass right now is May 1st week. Kunzum Pass is expected to open no sooner than late May or June 1st week. Chandratal will not be open at least until June 10th. You may be able to visit the lake sooner but accommodation will not be available until June 10th.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019Update: March 17th

Road clearing work that started last week came to a complete standstill due to heavy snowfall and rain in several parts of Himachal Pradesh. The valleys of Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, and Pangi all received a fresh spell of snow. Rain dropped the temperature drastically in lower areas of Mandi, Bilaspur, and Solan. Rohtang Pass received about 30 centimeters of fresh snow. It snowed even in Manali for about 3 cm. Kaza too received fresh snow last week. There is about 15ft of Snow at the passes of Rohtang, Baralacha La, Sach, and Kunzum. There is no word right now on by when BRO will be able to resume snow clearing operation.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019Update: March 10th

As per the latest update, there are still warnings of snowfall in coming days but BRO is hopeful to have the snow clearing work started on Manali Rohtang stretch by next week. From Lahaul side, work is going to start in a day or two from Satingri toward Tandi and Sissu. Similarly, workforce and machinery is moving from Udaipur ahead toward Kolang.

The route from Shimla to Kaza is clear to be traveled upon. There was  a massive avalanche at Nako in February that blocked the road entirely. A boulder prior to that had fallen on Kinnaur Gateway destroying it completely. Roads however has been cleared as of now so if you are planning to travel from Shimla to Kaza, you can do that.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019 – Update: March 3rd

The road connectivity from Shimla to Kaza that was closed last week has been restored. There was  a massive avalanche at Nako that blocked the road entirely. A boulder prior to that had fallen on Kinnaur Gateway destroying it completely. Roads however has been cleared as of now so if you are planning to travel from Shimla to Kaza, you can do that.

Please expect a lot of snow and prepare accordingly. The entire region is experiencing heavy snowfall and avalanches have already caused some damage in Lahaul & Spiti valleys. Practice extreme caution for a winter trip.

The stretch from Manali to Kaza will definitely not open before late May.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019 – Update February 18th

The snowfall continues across the entire Himalayan region triggering avalanches at several places, specially in the snow-covered valley of Lahaul. The petrol pump at Tandi along with a hot mix plant of a road construction company were destroyed due to avalanches last week. Picture of the petrol pump after avalanche is posted below.

Widespread and heavy snowfall is causing roads to get blocked and restricting public movement in the area. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started clearing snow from the highways. So far avalanches in Spiti have destroyed two motorable bridges, four dhabas, a Mahila Mandal building, a liquor shop and some machinery. More snowfall is expected in the valley in coming few days. Please see the Forum Thread where I have posted a picture of the petrol pump after it was hit by the avalanche.


Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019 – Update February 4th

Snowfall this year has been greater than expected. The entire region is buried under several feet of snow. For now, do not expect the Manali Kaza road and Chandratal to open any sooner than early June. For people planning a winter ride to Spiti, please ensure that you pack and prepare well. Be ready for some very harsh and cold weather ahead.

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

spiti valley road status 2019

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

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.

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.

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Komal patel November 15, 2019 - 5:04 am

Hi vargis Khan..
We are planning to go on 11th to 22nd December 2019 to spiti via Shimla. Is it possible to go in December this year? And what are the current condition of the roads? Thank you.

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Vargis.Khan November 15, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Yes you can go. Roads are OK as of now, won’t be a problem.

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rahul August 26, 2019 - 7:25 am

Hi,
We are planning Delhi to Sangla Valley from 29th Aug to 3rd Sept 2019.
Can you please confirm the current road status and also suggest the itinerary for self drive.

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Amit August 25, 2019 - 6:29 am

Dear Vargis Bhai,

We are planning to travel to Spiti from 30th September to 8th October from Shimla side. Understanding will be cold but have a few questions.

1. We are travelling by own vehicle from Shimla side. Would we be able to cover Chandratal or would it get closed by then? Or would you recommend from the other side?
2. By when does Spiti start to shut down in October?
3. Any other general precautions ?

Regards,
Amit

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Divya August 19, 2019 - 4:07 am

I am planning to go on September second week.Will kunzum pass be open by then too.we were thinking of entering spiti through kunzum pass.is the path accessible and are buses available.

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Vargis.Khan August 20, 2019 - 12:08 am

Yes to all your questions

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Mohit August 18, 2019 - 2:11 am

Vargis Bro we started yesterday from delhi and now we are at shimla. There is a warning going on for heavy rains. What should we do?

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Vargis.Khan August 18, 2019 - 2:21 am

Mohit Bhai you have three choices

1. Return
2. Wait it out in Shimla for next 2-3 days
3. If you still want to continue the trip, cross Kinnaur and reach Nako.

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Vipin V Kartha August 6, 2019 - 5:53 am

Hi. How is the road condition between Shimla and Spiti Valley now? We are travelling on August 2nd week.

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2019 - 1:56 am

Shimla to Spiti is mostly a mix of good and average.

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Vipulkumar July 8, 2019 - 6:43 am

Dear Anil,
I was at Chandartal on 3rd July 2019 & travel to Manali on 5th through Kunjum pass. Road is open but in very bad condition.

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Rohit July 8, 2019 - 6:17 am

Hello, Is it possible to travel Spiti using public transport from Delhi. Also, if possible, Can you please suggest the route. Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan July 8, 2019 - 6:24 am

No. You will first have to reach Shimla, Reckong Peo or Manali from Delhi and then go to Spiti from there.

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Rohit July 9, 2019 - 6:03 am

Which route would you recommend Shimla or Manali considering if I want to travel using public transport.

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Vargis.Khan July 9, 2019 - 6:03 pm

Both are OK. You should cover both actually if you have the time

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anil kumar June 29, 2019 - 10:02 am

Dear Vargis Bhai,

Please update the status of Kaza-to-Manali road. Is it accessible or not ? Please update.

Regard,
Anil Choudhary

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2019 - 5:52 pm

It opened today Anil Bhai

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Mallikarjuna N S June 26, 2019 - 1:23 pm

Hey guys, my friend were at Chandratal lake on June 25th and it is accessible Chandratal from Kaza side, as mentioned earlier by Vargis in trailing comments However, the road to Chandratal via Gramphu is still closed.

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2019 - 11:58 pm

Thanks Mallikarjuna

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Ankush June 25, 2019 - 10:59 am

Hello,
I am travelling to manali on 30th june and want to travel to kaza on 1st july from manali. Will the route from manali to kaza open by that time ?

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Honestly, no guarantee. They have been saying “will open soon” for last one month now.

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vipul shah June 25, 2019 - 7:07 am

Hi Vargis, I will going to Spitti from Shimla side on 28th June-2019 and will be in Kaza on 1st & 2nd July-2019. Please let me know, road to Chandarttal from Kaza will be open on 3rd july-2019 or not.

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2019 - 6:05 pm

Hi Vipul,

Kaza – Chandratal road is already open. But the Manali road is closed still.

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Adarsh Pandey June 24, 2019 - 7:07 am

chandrataal road is accessible for bikes and 4X4 vehicles as on 22 June from kaza side… if you are on bikes, make sure other bikes are with you. you may need to push your bike through mud patches. water crossings are as expected… better cross them as early as they becomes more difficult as the day passes.

please take kaza-kibber-chicham-losar route. the road is awesome.. with stunning views.

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Vargis.Khan June 24, 2019 - 5:51 pm

Thanks Adarsh Bhai

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Sahib June 23, 2019 - 5:26 pm

Hello sir,planning for candartaal lake will be reaching on 29th June are roads accessible and safe..and what about road towards manali?

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2019 - 6:42 pm

Chandratal road is open but in very bad condition
Manali Kaza road is closed but may open by 29th

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Anshul June 24, 2019 - 6:04 am

Visited Kunzum top two days back i.e 22 June 19, Chandrataal is accessible from Kaza side with muddy and slippery road due to ice (Gum boots must if planning to go by bike). After Kunzum, route is full of ice. Main route from Kaza to Kunzum is in very very bad condition, however route via Kibber is better (thanks to pradhanmantri gram sadak yojna )

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Vargis.Khan June 24, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Thanks Anshul

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Pratyush June 28, 2019 - 6:19 pm

NH and SH ka ka bura haal hai and thanks to Pradhan Mantri. Waah

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2019 - 6:52 pm

Pradhan Mantri abhi “Swachh Bharat” mein busy hain na bhai … Pehle saaf kar lein poora desh, phir sadak baneyenge 🙂

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Pratyush June 29, 2019 - 7:44 pm

😉

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Rakesh Aggarwal June 21, 2019 - 4:14 am

Thanks for updated information which is helping in planning our trips. Do we need permit if we are planning to go the Spiti valley through Shimla – Sangla and coming back from Rohtang side?

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2019 - 12:41 pm

No you do not Rakesh

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Kaustav Mukherjee June 19, 2019 - 1:44 pm

We shall reach kaza on 21st June. On 23rd we are planning to visit Chandratal.Is there any probability to go there… Also is there any probability of opening chandratal to Manali road on 24th June?

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Vargis.Khan June 19, 2019 - 5:06 pm

You can probably reach Chandratal from Kaza side but Manali road will not be open.

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Akanksha June 23, 2019 - 8:11 am

Is chandratal open now and the route to Manali from kunzum pass to Manali ? We will be visiting by 4 th jul is there any possibility of route open till that time ?

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2019 - 3:27 pm

It is not yet open but should be by 4th of July. I will myself be traveling to Chandratal and Kaza on the same date so keeping fingers crossed.

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Roopa June 18, 2019 - 9:46 am

Hi Vargis
We will be in Kaza on 21 june coming from chandigarh Narkanda sangla chitkul and seems like kunzum pass might not open. We are not keen on going back on the same route, Do you think we have any other options to take different route and visit other places?

Thanks
Roopa

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2019 - 6:06 pm

Hi Roopa – There is no other route except for Shimla and Manali.

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Saverita Fernandes June 15, 2019 - 1:22 pm

Hi Vargis,
We are expected to arrive at Chandrataal on the 28TH of June.
Would appreciate if you could please advise if the road to Chandrataal would be open then as this is the highlight of our trip ?

Regards,
Saverita

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2019 - 6:46 pm

It opened today from Kaza side Saverita.

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Roopa June 13, 2019 - 6:11 pm

Hi Vargis
Thank you for updating so frequently this page, it is really helping many of us.
The trouble is we have already planned this tour
We planned to visit Chandratal on 23 from Kaza and Jispa on 24th and move towards manali. Sounds like roads might still be closed. Even if it opens, camps might not be set.
What do you suggest now.

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2019 - 7:38 pm

It is expected to open around 20th Roopa but even that is not certain.

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Munish Sharma June 15, 2019 - 8:59 am

Hello Vargis, how are you doing? Any further updates on Kunzum La as we are planned to cross by 20th June.

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2019 - 6:52 pm

Kaza to Chandratal opened today Munish but Kunzum to Manali will probably be closed for another 10 days.

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Gaurav June 16, 2019 - 8:46 am

Can u tell me why another clsoed for 10 days? Reason?

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Rubina June 11, 2019 - 3:38 pm

Hi Vargis, Good Day! Last time you have given the inputs for my Ladakh trip and it was really amazing experience. I would like to thank you very much for your help. This time we are planning to visit Shimla to Kaza and to Manali via Chandertal, we are starting on June15th from Shimla and reaching Kaza by 19th June. by 21st June Kunzum Pass will be open? Since I have to reach Delhi by sunday to catch the flight. Thanks in advance!!

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Akshay Tiwari June 11, 2019 - 4:10 am

Could you please tell me is there any possibility of kunzum chandratal and rohtang opening around 18th of this month.

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Amit chaudhary June 9, 2019 - 10:42 am

Hii vargis , i visited kinzum pass on 4 th june. And there was totally snow , u cant see ground surface anywhere and same time we got snowfall for half hour… Superb experience, really nice… I can share pics for kaza , konic , langza and kunzum…Thanks for all of your information …

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Prasad June 9, 2019 - 11:07 am

Are tourists vehicles allowed to go upto kunzum pass?

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 1:37 pm

Not yet

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Sahil Gogia June 10, 2019 - 5:28 am

Yes we visited on 8th June from Kaza side

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Prasad June 10, 2019 - 7:37 am

Thank you for your reply. Any idea about the road accessibility to Chandratal lake?

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Vargis.Khan June 10, 2019 - 8:34 am

Should be open sometime next week

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 1:37 pm

Hi Amit, Yes that would be great if you can share a few pics of your trip please. Can you post at the forum and I can take it from there.

http://roadragas.com/index.php?forums/travelogues.4/

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Ritu June 9, 2019 - 9:23 am

Hi Vargis,

We are planning to travel to Spiti. Will Chandrataal lake would be open by 20 or 21st June 2019
Is there is a website we can check regularly

Regards,
Ritu

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Hi Ritu – Yes it will be open

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Caroline June 8, 2019 - 6:51 am

Hello Sir! We have planned to visit kunzum pass and chandratal lake on 21st June. As per the latest update from the tour operator, there’s a possibility that the road may not be accessible by then and they are planning on ruling out the places from our itinerary. Can you please let me know by when will it open approximately and whether the accommodation tents will be set up by then?

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Vargis.Khan June 8, 2019 - 8:21 pm

Hi Carline – Yes it will probably be open by 20th

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Caroline June 9, 2019 - 7:14 am

Thank you for the reply sir! Is kaza to kunzum pass road accessible sir?

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 7:35 am

Not yet. It is expected to open by 15th June

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Caroline June 10, 2019 - 7:42 am

I have a small doubt sir. Many people have already visited kunzum pass and the pictures are floating on various social media sites. How exactly does this work? Is there any restriction on visiting kunzum pass before the official opening announcement?

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Vargis.Khan June 10, 2019 - 8:34 am

It can be reached from Kaza side but not from Manali

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Jayan June 7, 2019 - 5:02 pm

Hello Sir, We are planning to go to Kaza via Kunzum and Rohtang pass and stay at Losar or Kaza as per price.The alternative is reach Keylong and ride till Baracha-la Top (Not crossing the pass). Our aim is 15th June but we can shift it to maximum of 20th June. But I am confused as to go where. Our main motive is to get a snowier experience. Is Barachala or Kunzum more snowier?

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Komal MANVAR June 7, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Hi..
Want to know chandratal will be open by 15 june

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Sahil Gogia June 10, 2019 - 5:35 am

May be . Till date it is closed

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Gurinder June 6, 2019 - 9:10 am

Sir we are planning to visit kaza by 16june via manali. Is this possible .road will open till date?????

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2019 - 4:46 pm

yes it will be open by then

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Neelmani June 7, 2019 - 5:27 am

Vargis Bhai eid ki shub kamnaye Bhai hum 20 June so kaza Mai hai to Kya hum vahan see Manali jasveer sakte hai ya Shimla vapas aana hogo

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Vargis.Khan June 7, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Eid Mubarak Neelmani Bhai. 20th June tak toh khul jaayega rasta

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Amit Shaw June 4, 2019 - 3:41 pm

Hi Vargis,
I am currently enroute Spiti Valley from Kalpa.
My initial plan was to end trip using Kaza-Manali route on 9th June. Any chances of it being operational by then or Shimla route is the only option?

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Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 7:36 pm

Hi Amit – It is not expected to open before 15th as of now.

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Rahul June 2, 2019 - 9:32 am

Hi Vargis, Thanks a lot for your efforts to put together such a great source. I am planning a solo bike trip from Delhi and will be in Kaza around 20th June and I plan to cross Kunzum pass and camp at chandartal post 20th June. Can I expect the pass to be operational by 20th or you would suggest I postpone by one week. Thanks in advance!

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Vargis.Khan June 2, 2019 - 3:24 pm

Yes it will be open by then Rahul

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Imran May 30, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for providing timely updates on status of roads.
I am re-iterating but can resist out of curiosity.
I will be starting from Delhi on 13 June and will be entering Spiti valley from Shimla side and will be reaching Kaza on 17/18 June. Just wanted to know weather I will be able to complete the circuit.

What will be the status of kunzum pass and chandrataal during these dates ?

Thanks,
Imran

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Vargis.Khan May 31, 2019 - 7:51 pm

Hi Imran – Yes you will be able to complete the circuit on the mentioned dates.

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Imran June 1, 2019 - 9:53 am

Thanks for your response.

Will I get accommodation in chandrataal camps during my dates ?

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Vargis.Khan June 1, 2019 - 7:59 pm

Yes. a few camp sites will be operational by then

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Ransa May 28, 2019 - 10:31 am

hello sir,
We are planning for spiti circuit starting from chandigarh via shimla on 6th of june and return via manali on 13th of june.. Will kumzum pass and road to chandratal be open at that time?
Can we expect snowfall anywhere during entire circuit?
and plz help us with our seven day itinerary..
thnks

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Vargis.Khan May 28, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Hard to say right now. It may or may not be open on 13th but if it is, you can travel like this

Shimla to Chitkul
Chitkul to Kalpa
Kalpa to Nako
Nako to Kaza
Kaza Sightseeing
Kaza to Chandratal
Chandratal to Manali

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Ashish Rana May 29, 2019 - 3:33 pm

Thanku Sir

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2019 - 2:18 am

You are welcome !!!

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Adarsh Pandey May 27, 2019 - 12:59 pm

Hello Vargis,

I am starting from delhi on 15th june, will reach kaza on 20th via shimla side.
can we be 100% sure that chandartal and kaza-manali route will be open by then?

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Adarsh Pandey May 27, 2019 - 1:01 pm

by 100% i meant considering current pace of snow clearance. landslide or weather disturbance is something no one can predict.

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Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:43 pm

Hello Adarsh – Yes it will definitely be all open by 20th.

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Aditya Salunke May 28, 2019 - 12:44 pm

Hello Adarsh, I am to starting exactly on same dates with 1 fellow rider. If you are not with any touring company then we can team up.

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Amit chaudhary May 24, 2019 - 5:28 pm

Till which point we can go if kaza to manali highway is close… Nearly 5th june… Please help vargis… I am your big big fan… Following this thread over mail also…

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Neelmani May 27, 2019 - 5:50 am

Sir kaza to Manali road kab Tak open house sakta hai

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Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 6:16 am

10th June tak ummeed hai Bhai

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Gagan Gupta May 24, 2019 - 10:16 am

Thanks for replying everyone! You’re doing a great job!

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Himanshu Gupta May 22, 2019 - 7:42 am

Please suggest to take the trip or not?

June 3: Delhi to Shimla
June 4: Shimla to Chitkul
June 5: Chitkul to Pooh
June 6: Pooh to Kaza
June 7: Kaza to Chandratal
June 8: Chandratal Lake
June 9: Chandratal to Manali

Currently roads are open upto Losar so should I plan this trip or opt for something else?

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Himanshu Gupta May 22, 2019 - 7:44 am

I am planning to do the full circuit

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2019 - 2:25 pm

When are you planning to go?

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Himanshu Gupta May 22, 2019 - 2:35 pm

3rd June probably

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Himanshu Gupta May 22, 2019 - 2:36 pm

will the route be open by then?

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Yes it will be all open by then. Nothing at Pooh though. Do Chitkul – Kalpa – Kaza or Chitkul – Nako – Kaza

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Himanshu Gupta May 22, 2019 - 2:52 pm

Thanks Vargis, will the trek to chandratal open by 7th June?

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Oh I am sorry .. I misread it as 3rd week of June.

3rd June is highly doubtful. You may have to return from Kaza to Shimla. Better would be to delay your plan by a week or 10 days.

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Himanshu Gupta May 22, 2019 - 3:08 pm

Okk thanks a lot Vargis, will search for alternate options it would be great if you can suggest any

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Amit Shaw May 20, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Hi Vargis,
Your site is brilliant, great job. I am planning for a Spiti circuit starting from Shimla on June 2nd & return to Manali on June 10 via Rohtang Pass. Will the route from Kaza to Manali be open by then?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2019 - 7:54 pm

Hi Amit -Yes it should open by then

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Nawauz Khan May 18, 2019 - 3:41 pm

Hello. I want to go to Hampta pass trek and Chandra taal on 1st June. Will it be possible?

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2019 - 4:37 pm

Not before June 10th

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Nawauz khan May 18, 2019 - 5:42 pm

Can you suggest some alternate treks with moderate difficulty and very good view? Thank you in advance

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Dr Mohammed Azharudheen May 18, 2019 - 5:37 am

Varghis bhai. Am azhar. Will reach losar on june 5 th 2019. Waht about kunzum pass . Can go to manali via kunzum rohtang with a bike

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2019 - 5:39 am

It will not open before June 10th at least Azhar Bhai

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Dr Mohammed Azharudheen May 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Thanks a loot varghis bhai.up to chandrathal i can reach on 5 th juneb2019, right. Tell me an alternate nroute to manali after chandrathal. Thanks bhai

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Vargis.Khan May 19, 2019 - 4:18 pm

There is no alternate route Azhar Bhai. Just the one Kunzum Pass- Batal – Gramphoo – Rohtang road

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Swasti May 15, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Hey Vargis,

Will it be possible to travel from kaza to manali on 30th May? And Chandratal?

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Vargis.Khan May 16, 2019 - 3:11 pm

Hi Swasti – No it won’t open by then

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kiran May 15, 2019 - 1:29 am

hello vergis,
i am planning to spiti on 1st june through manali. is it possible to to go truh tht way

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2019 - 1:06 pm

Hi Kiran, Yes it is

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Akshay Tiwari May 14, 2019 - 12:25 pm

What are the possibilities of Chandratal and Rohtang La opening if I were to reach there around 20th of June?

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Vargis.Khan May 14, 2019 - 1:59 pm

It will definitely be open

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Akshay Tiwari May 14, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Thank you so much for a such quick response and helping all the travelers.

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Aditya Salunke May 13, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Hello Vargis, Super awesome Job of guiding all the travelers.

I am planning bike ride on Spiti Circuit in 3rd week of June. would i be able to see snow by sides of the road or anywhere on the circuit? near Kunzum or Chandratal. I have been to Spiti twice but both times snow was absent or very less. as posted on 10th Feb that there has been good snowfall. I was wondering where can i see good amount of snow?

Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan May 14, 2019 - 2:16 pm

Hi Aditya – Yes you will find snow at Kunzum Pass this time definitely.

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Aditya Salunke May 15, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Thanks a lot for information 🙂

Best Wishes

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Tapan kumar Chakraborty May 28, 2019 - 5:16 am

we will be at kaza on 13th June and started for keylong via chandratal on 15th june.And proceed to manali from keylong on 16th june via rotang. sir please tell me wheather kunjum la and rotang will open by that time. Thanks to you and waiting for your valuable reply.

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Vargis.Khan May 28, 2019 - 12:14 pm

Yes it should be open by then

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Tapan kumar Chakraborty May 29, 2019 - 3:51 am

Many thanks for your reply.

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Vargis.Khan May 29, 2019 - 2:18 pm

You are welcome !!!

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JAYANTA BARUA June 3, 2019 - 9:41 am

I am driving from Delhi-Shimla(8th-9th)-kalpa (10th) –Tabo(11th)-kaza(12th to 15th )-Chandratal(16th)-Manali(17th) i.e. from 8th to 17 Jun 19. I will be driving with my family that include 2 kids age 14 and 10. I have read all the comments, still want to confirm, will there be a problem to travel with the mentioned kid and is it safe to drive Creta on mentioned day specially drive from Kaja to Manali via Chandratal. During these days, if any self driven car is being touring the mentioned place, pl. contact or whatsapp 9013853713

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JAYANTA BARUA June 3, 2019 - 9:47 am

And yes, Vargis Bhai, salute to your hard work, really very well articulated and important info for trip to Lahul and Spiti.

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Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 12:09 am

Thanks Bhai

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Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 12:09 am

It is safe as long as you know how to handle your car Jayanta Bhai and that you have some experience of driving on challenging terrains.

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Ransa May 13, 2019 - 8:39 am

Hello Sir,
we are planning for Chandigarh to Chitkul in 2nd week of june.. Can we expect snow there? Nd what about road conditions?

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2019 - 1:17 pm

Road conditions are OK but there will be no snow in Chitkul.

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Amit chaudhary May 12, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Great job man…. Really unique help for spitti lovers… Salute you

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2019 - 2:36 am

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note Amit, I appreciate it.

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Gajendra May 12, 2019 - 9:26 am

Sir,
We are planning Spiti trip via Shimla @ 11 June and returning via Manali route @ 22 June. (Total 11 to 12 Days tour). Sir is this the right time to visit and also Kunzum pass / Rohatang pass, Chandratal will be open by this time. Pl. advise.

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Vargis.Khan May 12, 2019 - 4:34 pm

Yes, the timings are fine and routes will be open as well.

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Vishal May 12, 2019 - 8:08 am

Sir upto 5 june manali kaza route will be open or not???

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Vargis.Khan May 12, 2019 - 4:37 pm

Hard to say Bhai but chances are that yes it will be open

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Geetan May 11, 2019 - 10:33 am

Sir we are planning spirit trip via Shimla in 2 june and return though manali route.
So I wanna ask manali route kunzum pass chandratal will be open or not?? ?

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Vargis.Khan May 11, 2019 - 5:39 pm

Chandratal is highly doubtful but Manali to Kaza route may open around that time

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Ratna Dutta May 7, 2019 - 7:38 am

Hi Vargis. I will start for spiti valley on 10th may.and I will reach shimla by 12th may.can I see snow during my kaza trip through sarhan kalpa and so on…..

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2019 - 1:01 pm

No there is no more snow left at these places

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Neelmani May 8, 2019 - 6:30 am

Sir hum 6 June so kaza Mai hai 7 ko chandratal 8 ko Manali 9 ko hamari flight hai bhuntar se sir 7 June ko kunzum to Manali open hoga road

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2019 - 3:06 pm

Ummeed toh hai ke ho jaayega

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Ramya May 6, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Hi,
I will be traveling to spiti probably during may13-21st. Is there any possibility to visit chandratal lake?

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2019 - 11:12 pm

No there isn’t

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Manisha vadajiya May 5, 2019 - 2:10 am

When does kunzum pass open sir ?

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2019 - 4:32 am

June 1st week Manisha ji

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Manisha vadajiya May 5, 2019 - 10:49 am

Thank you sir but koi confirm date mil sakti he kya? bcz i start my ride from vadodara gujrat 31st may so approximately 3rd or 4th June I stay at kaza than next day I will go for kunzum pass so it’s possible or not?

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Koi confirmed date nahi hai filhal

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Manisha vadajiya May 5, 2019 - 2:37 pm

It’s ok sir ji thank you for information

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2019 - 5:28 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Adarsh Pandey May 4, 2019 - 1:22 pm

hello vargis. i am following your posts for 2 years now. did sach pass on your feedback. it was a great help.

Now, i am planning a road trip to spiti from delhi on 8th june. will reach kaza 12th june.
1)what are the chances of reaching and staying at chandratal on 13 june ? then We will be be going to manali via rohtang pass from chandratal
2)is it advisable to postpone my trip by one week?
3) will camp accommodation be available on 13 june in chandratal ? If not, will it be available on 20 june?

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Hi Adarsh,

1. Yes you can
2. If you can then yes you should.
3. It will be available on both the dates but options will be more on the 20th

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Sunil Singh Rawat May 2, 2019 - 5:38 am

Bhai. Thanks. For the info … I m from Delhi and planning. A road trip with some from … From Shimla to kaza to Manali to Delhi ..

And plan was to leave Delhi on 29May .. but as per weather and ur report … I have to postpone..the trip …

Any possibilityf early opening

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Vargis.Khan May 2, 2019 - 5:38 pm

There is a chance that it may open Bhai but to be on a safe side, it would be best to delay by a couple of weeks.

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Prashant April 28, 2019 - 8:33 am

Hi, Vargis your page is very good source of information… You are doing a great job for travellers…
We are planning to complete Spiti circuit like:
Chandigarh-narknda – kaza- chandratal – manali – Chandigarh

In first week of June (2-9th). Is it possible that kunzum and Rohtang will get open on that time?

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2019 - 4:07 pm

Hi Prashant – Yes, both the passes should be open by 9th June. Rohtang Pass will definitely be. It is just Kunzum pass that is a little dicey right now.

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dipak prajapati April 29, 2019 - 4:15 am

when we know perfectly about manali kaza road and chndratal lake opening. Any date declare by government.

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Vargis.Khan April 29, 2019 - 4:35 pm

June 1st week

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SRIVANTH April 27, 2019 - 7:28 pm

Manali – leh when it opens ?

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SRIVANTH April 27, 2019 - 5:13 pm

We are planning to take morning bus from kaza to manali ( get down at gramphoo) and take leh bus next morning [ May 17th ] is this possible ? Will the road be active ?

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2019 - 7:25 pm

Not before June 10th

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parth shah April 27, 2019 - 11:58 am

Hello, my friends and I have booked tickets from
Ahmedabad to Delhi on 28th May and returning from delhi on 9th June, we are staying in tosh for two days and planning to catch the bus to kaza from manali On 1st june, will the hrtc buses be in operational mode? We are also planning to camp at chandratal lake for a day, we have tents so we’re not worried about accomodation, but how do we reach there? Can you please help us figure out our trip?

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2019 - 7:18 pm

There will be no Bus available from Manali to Kaza on June 1st. You can try renting a cab if the road is open.

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Bipul roy April 22, 2019 - 8:59 pm

Hello sir. My journey date starts is 21 May 2019 from simla. To kaza to manali . Sir plz tell me.is this right time to go

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2019 - 11:11 pm

It will be better to delay it by a couple of weeks if you want to include Manali route as well

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Rahul April 21, 2019 - 8:36 am

Sir we are planning to kaza from manali on 26th of may will all roads drom manali to kaza spiti will be openend by then or v should postponed it to june frst week

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Vargis.Khan April 21, 2019 - 5:51 pm

Postpone it around June 10th Rahul Bhai. Manali Kaza route is expected to open in June 1st week sometime so plan your trip in a way that you are traveling on this road around June 10th

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Amit Mehndiratta April 20, 2019 - 8:50 am

Hi,
Love your blog and your tips and posts are going to be super useful for our upcoming trip. I had 2 questions that may have been asked before but double checking for planning of our trip.

1. We are planning a Spiti trip in the first week of June from Shimla side. So we should be reaching Kunzum and Chandrataal around 9th June. Do you think given the current conditions, would Kunzum and Chandrataal be open by then?

2. Is Rohtang open on Tuesdays for traffic coming from Spiti to Manali.

Thanking in advance for your replies.

Regards,
Amit

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Vargis.Khan April 20, 2019 - 4:12 pm

Hello Amit,

Thank you for your kind words.

1. Yes it will be
2. Yes it is

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akash April 19, 2019 - 2:39 am

today on 19 April im in shimla can we came directly via kalpa to kaza…

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Vargis.Khan April 19, 2019 - 1:15 pm

Yes you can

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Jayveer Vora April 8, 2019 - 11:58 am

Hello Vargisbhai, you are amazing ..

Can i know the earliest possible dates of road opening for Kaza to manali road. because 31st may 2019 we will chechk out from kaza & travel to manali. so what do you suggest?

Thanks a ton.

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2019 - 12:54 pm

Jayveer Bhai the estimate right now is of June 1st week so there is a high chance that it may be open by 31st as well. No way to be sure as of now though. Will depend entirely on how fast BRO is able to clear snow

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Jjayveer Vora April 22, 2019 - 12:48 pm

Thank you very much vargisbhai. it was of great help to us. now we have changed our route. from mumbai to amritsar to narkanda to sangla to nako to kaza to kalpa to naldhera to chandigarh to mumbai.

hope this is the perfect route.

your suggestion was of great help _/\_
Thank you once again Vargisbhai

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2019 - 1:01 pm

Thanks Jayveer Bhai. Have a safe trip. Do let me know how it went once you return

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Jayveer Vora April 8, 2019 - 6:00 am

Hello Vargisbhai, you are amazing .. 🙂

Can i know the earliest possible dates of road opening for Kaza to manali road.

Thanks a ton. 🙂

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2019 - 12:56 pm

Thanks Jayveer Bhai. June 1st week is the estimate right now.

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Akshat Gupta April 7, 2019 - 12:39 pm

Hello sir, we are planning a bike trip starting next week to Spiti. I wanted to know if there would be snow patches on the roads. Also, what is the current situation?

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Vargis.Khan April 7, 2019 - 5:04 pm

There could be some black ice on the road early in the morning Askshat so do not start with first light of the day. Wait for the sun to come up first.

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Sudip Chakraborty April 6, 2019 - 9:43 am

Dear Vargis,

I am Planning for a trip to Spiti Valley via Chandigarh-Simla-Sarahan.Sangla-Kalpa-Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Manali-Chandigarh.

Reach Chandigarh on 15th October and back to Chandigarh on 25th October’19.

Can it be possible to complete this trip on that time.

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Vargis.Khan April 6, 2019 - 2:01 pm

Hello Sudip – As of now I can say that yes you can but it will largely depend on how the weather turns out to be in Oct 19

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Ashutosh April 5, 2019 - 7:52 am

Hey Varghis, I am planning a trip to Spiti via Manali around April end. Will the roads be open by then ?

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Vargis.Khan April 5, 2019 - 12:10 pm

Hi Ashustoh – No that will not open until June 1st week

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Soubhagya saha March 25, 2019 - 11:45 am

Hello
We are travelling to spiti valley from 22nd may to 3rd june.
It would be a matter of great help if you could kindly tell me if the whole spiti circuit routes would be open by that time.
Thank you.

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Vargis.Khan March 25, 2019 - 6:27 pm

Yes it is usually open by then

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Kushal agrawal March 23, 2019 - 11:46 am

Planning for lahaul n spiti valley for may 22 from Manali???
Please tell me possibilities of opening route that time ???

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Vargis.Khan March 23, 2019 - 2:13 pm

It should be open by then

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Dipak prajapati April 4, 2019 - 6:33 am

How i know Manali to kaza road status and kunzum pass opening date and regular update.

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Vargis.Khan April 4, 2019 - 6:59 pm

Keep following this thread

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Pratimaan March 17, 2019 - 5:23 am

Hello Sir , We are planning a trip with my friends
from Shimla to Spiti valley , Kibber , etc via Reckong peo on 21st of March to 24th of March ,2019.
Please Suggest us about roads are open or not ??
And which sites can we explore ? and are the buses available for the near places ??

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Vargis.Khan March 17, 2019 - 5:32 pm

Hi Pratimaan,

1. Roads Open? Shimla to Kaza is open by Manali to Kaza is not.
2. Buses – Bus is available from Shimla to Kaza
3. What to see – Please see the post below. Should answer your questions.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/spiti-valley-in-march/

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Pratimaan March 18, 2019 - 5:52 pm

Thank You very much sir for this detail .
I want some other details that :
Home stay is better or taking hotel ?? and what are the fares in spiti valley??
is it possible to cover up Komik and kibber in one day ??

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Vargis.Khan March 19, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Home Stay is better Pratimaan. Keep an average of Rs. 1000 per day for cost calculation. And yes, you can do Kibber / Komik in a day.

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Suraj Jamdade March 16, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Hello Sir,

Your blogs are teally helpful. I have been looking for updates here very frequently while planning for Leh.
We are planning four people to go to spiti valley from Shimla from 29th Apr 2019. Can it be completed in 6-7 days. What should be itineary? We are ok to miss some places but want to go for key attractions and it should be much hectic. Also what will be toad condition we are planning to hire self driven car from Shimla. But sedan will be ok or need togo for higher ground scale car?

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Vargis.Khan March 16, 2019 - 6:04 pm

Hello Suraj – Please see the posts below. Should be able to answer your questions. Please opt for an SUV if you can. Sedan is not a good car for Spiti.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/spiti-valley-in-6-days/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/spiti-valley-in-7-days/

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Nabaneeta n majumdar March 1, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Hi, i have planned a trip to kinnaur and spiti along with lahoul.My itineary as follows
7th june reach chandigarh and head towards kalka and stay.
8th june reach shimla and stay
9th junestay at shimla
10th june head towards sarahan and stay
11th june head towards rakcham and stay
12th june stay at rakcham(roam around sangla and chitkul within this two days)
13th june head towards kalpa and stay
14th june stay at kalpa
15th june head towards tabo via nako and gue village and stay ay tabo
16th june head towards kaza via dhankar,and stay at kaza
17th june stay at kaza visit nearby places including komic,langza hikkim etc.
18th june head tiwards chandratal and stay
19th june head towards keylong and stay
20th june head towards manali and stay
21st june head towards rewalsar via manikaran and stay at rewalsar
22nd june from rewalsar to kalka via parashar lake.
All accomodations and tickets have been booked.
What is your opinion about my plan?is the time perfect for the trip?

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Vargis.Khan March 2, 2019 - 3:05 pm

Your plan seems OK except for 2 things.

1. Stay at either Sangla or Chitkul, not Rakcham.
2. Rewalsar to Prashar to Kalka is a bit of a stretch if you are traveling by public transport. I don’t think you will be able to do it. Better would have been if you stayed at Prashar for the night

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Nabaneeta n majumdar March 2, 2019 - 3:29 pm

Hi,thank you for your reply.first of all i will not travel by public transport, i have allready booked a high ground clearence four wheel drive vehicle for the entire tour.if i proceed very early morning from rewalsar then i think i would be able to do it.i thoroughly go through your blog and it gives me a lot of information about what to do and what not to do. Thank you again.

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Vargis.Khan March 3, 2019 - 6:19 am

Yes than the itinerary is definitely doable. Do let me know how your trip went after you return.

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Nabaneeta n majumdar March 3, 2019 - 12:51 pm

Absolutely, i will definitely do that.

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Vargis.Khan March 3, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Have a safe trip 🙂 !!!

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Aditya May 20, 2019 - 9:10 am

Hello Vargis, i just stumbled upon your blogs and they are really amazing. We have a trip planned from 23rd May. It is a 7 day tour to spiti. I am really desperate to go to Chandratal but my tour manager has told me that we are too early for that. Any chances to go to the lake by the last day or something like that? We start from shimla and end at shimla. And also things to do in spiti as a bagpacker? Any suggestions?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2019 - 5:36 pm

Hi Aditya – Chandratal may not be possible before 10th June. You will have to come back to Shimla if you go now. Delay your plan by at least 10 days if you want to cover Chandratal and Manali Kaza route as well.

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Vargis.Khan February 16, 2019 - 11:08 pm

The snowfall continues across the entire Himalayan region triggering avalanches at several places, specially in the snow-covered valley of Lahaul. The petrol pump at Tandi along with a hot mix plant of a road construction company were destroyed due to avalanches last week. Picture of the petrol pump after avalanche is posted below.

Widespread and heavy snowfall is causing roads to get blocked and restricting public movement in the area. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started clearing snow from the highways. So far avalanches in Spiti have destroyed two motorable bridges, four dhabas, a Mahila Mandal building, a liquor shop and some machinery. More snowfall is expected in the valley in coming few days.

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Jagat Kumar Das February 14, 2019 - 11:52 am

Hi, We are planning Spiti Valley Circuit From Delhi – Shimla – Spiti – Manal- Delhi from 1 June . Is that possible at that time ?

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Vargis.Khan February 14, 2019 - 6:59 pm

Yes it is

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Vargis.Khan February 10, 2019 - 11:33 pm

See the forum post for recent updates and pictures of Spiti Valley

http://roadragas.com/index.php?threads/lahaul-spiti-valley-road-status-2019.4255/

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Vargis.Khan February 10, 2019 - 11:32 pm

Snow this year has been far greater than in last few ones. The recent snowstorm in early Feb has seen massive amount of snow all across Himalayas. There is also a lot of rainfall near the foot hills which is making the matters worse. If you are planning a winter ride to Spiti this month or next, make sure you are riding solo and not with a pillion. If you were planning to drive to Spiti, then it would be better to do so in a 4×4 vehicle. Snow Bringing snow chains for both a motorcycle and a car would be wise.

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Mandeep February 6, 2019 - 3:37 am

Hello Sir , We are planning a trip to spiti via manali and back to manali on 10th june 2019.on bike with pilon
Plz guide.

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Arindam Roy January 27, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Hi Vargis, your blogs about ladakh & lahul spiti is really helpful. I did the kinnaur district tour in 2008 and shimla kullu manali tour back in school days. The beauty of himachal still thrills me.
We will be reaching Kalka/ chandigarh on 27th may, 2019. As per your past experience can you suggest whether manali to spiti route is open at that time? Or it is safe to take the kinnaur route? Also can you advise what is the best travel option/mode to reach shimla from Amritsar.

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Vargis.Khan January 28, 2019 - 12:49 am

Hi Arindam – Yes, the Manali Kaza route will be open by May 27th and the Kinnaur one as well. You could board a Bus from Shimla from Amritsar.

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TUHIN KANTI DAS March 10, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Dear Vargis,
Can you guide me regarding a tour of lahul spiti, kinnar from Chandigarh? I am reaching at Chandigarh on 7th October, 2019 and leaving from the same on 19th.
Is it possible to cross the kulzum pass if I start from chandigarh-sarahan? or if I start from Chandigarh-manali? Please guide.

Regards,
Tuhin Kanti Das

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2019 - 2:55 pm

Hi Tuhin – It all depends on the weather but yes, you should be able to cross Kunzum Pass around that time. It usually remains open until then.

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Somsubhra Sikdar January 21, 2019 - 8:53 am

Hi Vargis, your posts and updates are really helpful. Completed Spiti road trip in 2017 and your posts have been really helpful.
This year planning from a Leh-Ladhak road trip; from Srinagar to Chandigarh via Kargil, Leh, Pangong, Manali. Was planning my trip around 3rd or 4th week of June. With the amount of snowfall this year, do you think these dates are safe to go ahead with and the roads will open by that time?

Thanks for your help and suggestion.
Som

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Vargis.Khan January 21, 2019 - 10:04 am

Hi Som – Yes June end will be a good time for the trip. Roads will all be open by that time.

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Mahipal December 23, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Hello Sir , We are planning a trip to kaza via shimla sangla chitkul chandrtal and back to shimla via manali on 22th-30th of April.
Plz guide.

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Vargis.Khan December 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm

You cannot do Chandratal and Manali route in April, it remains closed. For rest of the details please see the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/spiti-valley-in-april/

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Pratimaan December 6, 2018 - 10:18 pm

Hello Sir , We are planning a trip to Spiti via shimla via peo on 10-11th of december 2018 , 3 days from now .
But I always took an eye on weather forecast and There was snowfall on 6th dec (last day) and showing snowfall on 10th and 11th of dec .
So, please guide us that should we go there or not ? Roads will be closed or remain open ??
We are planning to get back from there on 13th dec .
plz reply as soon as possible !!

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Vargis.Khan December 6, 2018 - 10:36 pm

No one can guarantee whether or not the road will remain open but it is highly unlike that it will remain closed for long so early in the season. My advice would be that you proceed as planned

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Pratimaan December 6, 2018 - 10:05 pm

Hello Sir , We are planning a trip to Spiti via shimla via peo on 10-11th of december , 3 days from now .
But I always took an eye on weather forecast and There was snowfall on 6th dec (last day) and showing snowfall on 10th and 11th of dec .
So, please guide us that should we go there or not ? Roads will be closed or remain open ??
We are planning to get back from there on 13th dec .
plz reply as soon as possible !!

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Vargis.Khan December 6, 2018 - 10:37 pm

No one can guarantee whether or not the road will remain open but it is highly unlike that it will remain closed for long so early in the season. My advice would be that you proceed as planned

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