The present Spiti Valley road status is open from Shimla but closed from Manali. For now, if you want to visit Spiti, you will have to travel from the Shimla side and come back the same way. The Kaza-Manali route is currently not accessible and will remain closed until May 2023.
To get more information like itinerary planning, places to visit, and budget planning, take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide.
Spiti Valley Current Road Status
|Shimla to Kaza||Open|
|Manali to Kaza||Closed|
|Manali to Keylong||Open|
|Keylong to Kaza||Closed|
Kunzum Pass and Rohtang are both on the Manali Kaza route. Both these passes are known to receive a heavy amount of snow each year. Due to this, the entire Manali – Spiti Valley stretch remains buried under snow in the winter season.
Chandratal is also located on this stretch and gets closed from late October to early June.
How to Plan for your Trip to Spiti?
If you are planning a trip on the 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 a 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
The list above is a few which I believe are must-knows for anyone heading toward Spiti.
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 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. The estimated date of the opening of the road will be late May to early June in the year 2023.
Chandratal Lake Status
The road to Chandratal from both Manali and Kaza sides is closed as of now. It will open around May 10th from the Kaza side and after 20th from the Manali side. The campsites at the lake however will not be operational until June 10th.
Spiti Valley Road Status 2023 – Conclusion
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