Spiti Valley Road Status 2022 – 2023

by Vargis.Khan

The present Spiti Valley road status is open from both Shimla and Manali sides. Manali Kaza road was declared open on May 1st. Rohtang Pass has also been declared open as well as the road to Chandratal road. The campsites at Chandratal however are not yet operational and it will be another week to 10 days before you can find accommodation at the lake.

You can also follow me on Instagram and chat with me live there or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there to get the latest status of the road at the time of your travel.

To get more information like itinerary, places to visit, and budget planning, take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide.

Here is a brief update on the road conditions I have received so far.

There are very mild rough patches around Rampur. But other than that, the road till Kalpa and then Nako is smooth. The descent from Nako to Sumdo is rough.

Sumdo to Kaza is moderately smooth with occasional rough patches. Kaza to Losar is super smooth. Losar to Kunzum is bad and Kunzum to Gramphu is a nightmare with several water crossings in between.

Spiti Valley Current Road Status

Route Status
Shimla to Kaza Open
Manali to Kaza Open
Rohtang Pass Open
Manali to Keylong Open
Kunzum Pass Open
Keylong to Kaza Open
Chandratal Road Open
Chitkul Road Open

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.

From Shimla’s side, only the road from Karchham to Chitkul via Sangla Valley remains closed until March. The rest of the route remains open throughout the year.

Spiti Valley Road Status

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.

The list above is a few which I believe are must-know for anyone heading towards Spiti. 

Spiti Valley Road Status 2020

 

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 and the road. The estimated date of the opening of the road will be late May to early June in the year 2022.

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 2022 – Conclusion

I hope the information above on Spiti Valley Road Status 2022 was of help. You can also follow me on Instagram and chat with me live there or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there to get the latest status of the road.

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14 comments

Aravind G May 2, 2022 - 12:17 pm

Hi Vargis,we planned for trip from Kaza to Manali by visiting Chandratal on 13th-May ,2022,can you advise on this is possible to visit?

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2022 - 7:57 am

Hi Aravind – Chandratal will be open by 14th but you may not find a campsite up and running yet.

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ARINDAM RANA April 16, 2022 - 3:30 pm

I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT KAZA TO KEYLONG THEN MANALI VIA CHANDRATAL LAKE AFTER 22/5/2022 ONWARDS. CAN I SEE CHANDRATAL LAKE AT THAT TIME OR STAY THERE.KINDLY GUIDE US.

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2022 - 5:00 am

Yes you can

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Amit Banik April 9, 2022 - 4:25 am

I want to visit Manali via kaza on 15-17 May 2022 with my family, is it possible depending on current situation.

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2022 - 4:09 am

Yes it will definitely be open by then

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Kamalika Ray July 8, 2021 - 7:39 am

We want to take a route from kaza to manali in mid October . Is it possible ??

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Vargis.Khan July 8, 2021 - 7:58 am

It depends on the weather but the road is usually open at that time

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Viresh Jindal June 29, 2021 - 6:37 pm

Hi Vargis !!
Planning a Trip To Manali to Leh Next Week July 7-14th
Is There Any Pass Which Needs to be applied for Crossing Atul Tunnel.. Also Help Me with The Road Conditions after Crossing Atul Tunnel Till Leh..

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2021 - 7:34 pm

Hi Viresh – No permit needed for the Atal tunnel. The road between Manali and Leh is a mix of good and bad but mostly driveable right now.

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Dr Alka Gupta March 3, 2021 - 7:08 pm

Kaza is open from Shimla site or not from 10 29th March 2012

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Dr Alka Gupta March 3, 2021 - 7:07 pm

Please advise we are planning a trip to lahaul Spiti from 29th March to 3rd April please plan

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Biplabaditya Basu October 30, 2020 - 3:02 am

Fantastic info. I wish to visit HP upper areas where I can go for viewing snowfall. What will be your suggestion.

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Kaivan J. D March 15, 2020 - 11:18 am

please advise : ‘am planning a trip on bike from Jammu – Kashmir – Dras – Kargil -Leh Ladhak -Sarchu -Kelong -Kaza -Manali. 25 May onwards. Is the circuit possible on these days. If no pls suggest me an alternative. Thank you.

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