Spiti Valley Road Status 2023 – 2024

by Vargis.Khan

The present Spiti Valley road status is open from both Shimla and Manali sides. You can plan a trip covering the entire Spiti Circuit, including Chandratal. All internal roads with Spiti are also open.

If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram to chat with me 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 organize your trip to Spiti Valley, book a taxi, rent a bike, or get the best hotel rates, you can contact Kunal @ 9910402252. From luxurious hotels to budget stays, he can help get you the best rates possible.

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

Route Status
Shimla to Kaza Open
Manali to Kaza Open
Rohtang Pass Closed
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-knows for anyone heading toward 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. 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

I hope the information above on Spiti Valley Road Status 2023 was of help.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below. You can also contact me on Instagram to talk to me live or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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P Mukherjee May 26, 2023 - 10:12 am

Hi Vargis,
We will be travelling from Kaza – Chandratal – Sissu on 8th/9th of May. Will the road be opened during that time.

P Mukherjee May 26, 2023 - 10:14 am

It will be 8th/9th June instead of May. Thanks

Vargis.Khan May 27, 2023 - 6:49 am

Hi – Yes it should open in next 4-5 days

Prasad May 27, 2023 - 6:09 pm

Hello Mr. Vargis,
First of all thank you so much for writing such extensive blogs on your webpage. It has helped me extremely to plan my spiti circuit.

I am in Kaza as i am writing this to you. The reason to bother you was I needed your wisdom and advise.

I am staying in Kaza till 29th and the plan was to spend the night of 30th in Chandratal and then leave for Manali on 31st and spend 2 nights there as we have return flight on 3rd from Chandigarh.

Now i have been told that Chandratal is still inaccessible annoying with the route to Manali from kaza.

What do you suggest should we do pls We are group on 10 pax with two 7 y/o.

Your help is highly needed. Thank You.

(I tried messaging you on gram but was not allowed)

Vargis.Khan May 28, 2023 - 8:01 am

Hello Prasad – Unfortunately you will have to go back to Shimla. There is no other way. That road may not open for the next 4-5 days

Samuel Virk May 24, 2023 - 2:24 pm

Hi, Samuel,

We are planning to visit Spiti from Shimla side and come back from Manali side . We will start our trip on June 1st .
Will we be able to come back from Manali side around 4th or 5th June ?

Vargis.Khan May 25, 2023 - 6:58 am

Cannot confirm yet …. the estimate is that it will take another 7 to 10 days

Agniv Mandal May 24, 2023 - 2:07 am

Hello Vargis, we are 4 friends currently at Tabo on 24th May, 2023 and planning to visit kaza, chandratal lake and Manali. As locals are saying that th roads are closed to these places as on date. Can you confirm us whether the road towards chandratal lake and Manali will be open by 28th May 2023?

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2023 - 7:46 am

Hi Agniv – It will most probably not open until early June now

Shadab May 13, 2023 - 4:16 am

Hi Vargis,
I have already planned to reach manali by 27th of may, and then to head for Kaza on 28, will the roads be opened by that time?
Planned for a bike trip to kaza from manali.

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2023 - 4:28 am

Hi Shadab – Unless the weather turns bad again, it should be open by then

Nawazish May 22, 2023 - 7:27 am

We wish to complete the Spiti circut i.e. Delhi – Shimla – Kaza – Manali – Delhi. Whether the road from Kaza to Manali & Chandratal opened today on 22/05/2023.
Thanks in advance!

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2023 - 7:46 am

No it is not yet open

Diksha Jain May 11, 2023 - 11:32 am

Hi Vargis,
we are planning road trip for entire Spiti circuit. we will reach Kaza on 31st May. Will roads be open by that time time ?

Thanks in advance.

Vargis.Khan May 12, 2023 - 5:31 am

Hopefully yes. Start from Shimla and exit in Manali

Subhranil May 4, 2023 - 5:03 am

Hi Vargis vai , Can i go Kaza to chandratal on 3rd of june and kaza to manali on 4th of june (by HRTC bus) ?

Vargis.Khan May 4, 2023 - 6:49 am

Not by Bus Bhai. Plan after 15th June

Rajat Subhra Mukherjee May 1, 2023 - 10:02 am

Hi Vargis,
Thanks for this excellent imformative blog. I along with my family is planning for kaza and tabo via Manali route. Will start for kaza on 10th of june 23 , from manali. Can we avail this route during that time. Can we visit chandratal at that time? What would expected tourist rush during this period? If you can guide us out by giving these information it would be great help. Thanks Rajat Mukherjee from Kolkata

Vargis.Khan May 4, 2023 - 6:57 am

Hi Rajat – Yes you can travel to these places on 10th June. The road should be open but yes, there could be tourist crowd in Kaza.

LEONARD SELVA April 20, 2023 - 3:55 pm

Hi Vargis Khan,

Thanx for this great blog.
We are planing to make a Sptiti circuit from Shimla Kinnaur Spiti and exit at Manali. By using this circuit chances of AMS is low right ? even though we r exiting at Manali. Or must we completely avoid Kaza to Manali exit to be safe. We are planinng to make the trip in 2024 late June.
We are a group of friends from Malaysia aged ranging from 50-60. We have a year ahead to prepare . Any advice for us to be get physically prepared for the Spiti Circuit? Thank You God Bless

Vargis.Khan April 21, 2023 - 8:14 am

Hello Leonard – You are right. If you are starting from Shimla and completing the journey slow with sufficient breaks, chances of AMS are very low.

Pooja May 9, 2023 - 3:37 pm

We are planning for a trip to Spiti by May 20th, I want to visit Chandratal lake, what are the chances of road to be open, would it be open by then?

Vargis.Khan May 11, 2023 - 5:56 am

It is expected to open by May end

Virag Sontakke April 17, 2023 - 9:32 pm

Hi, Vargis
Thanks for the very informative blog. I have understand a lot of things. I m planning to travel Spiti valley from 26/04/2023 to 4/05/2023 by car. I was planning the route from Shimla to kaza and Manali. But as per your information the Kaza -Manali road is closed. In this case, what will be the options for me?
1. Driveing the same route?
2. Any chance to opening the Manali road?
3. Status of Chandratal lake road?
Thanks in Advance

Vargis.Khan April 18, 2023 - 7:24 am

Hi Virag – You will have to drive back to Shimla from Kaza. Manali-Kaza route and Chandratal would have to be kept out of the itinerary. Manali-Kaza is expected to open after May 15th and Chandratal by May end.

Samir Bhuva March 19, 2023 - 2:29 pm

Hi Vargis,

I am planning to travel to Spiti from Shimla side on 20th May. based on your past experiecne do you think the road from Kaza to Chandratal and down from manali will open by 30th May?

Vargis.Khan March 19, 2023 - 3:14 pm

Hi Samir – Yes it will be

Snehal April 8, 2023 - 5:12 am

Hello Vargis. Really informative blog due to which I learnt about Kunzum pass opening late. We have also planned the same route Shimla – Kaza – manali and according to our itinerary we will have to pass the kunzum pass on 27th May. Do you think it’ll open by then? If not, then what’s the alternative from Kaza. We have to catch a flight from Chandigarh on 30th May.

Vargis.Khan April 9, 2023 - 12:47 pm

Hi Snehal – Yes it should be all open by May 27th

Tarun November 15, 2022 - 8:34 am

Planning to visit Spiti valley in the first week of December,is it safe enjoy at that time period??

Kashyap June 16, 2022 - 11:56 am

Hi VK sir,
Could you please confirm if the circle route for spiti valley is now open. We are two friends who will be travelling in XUV300 for the round trip. How are the road conditions? Fuel pumps on the whole circuit or do you suggest to carry jerry cans still.
Best fuel pump to top up
are there mechanic on the route?
good places to stay?

Kashyap June 16, 2022 - 11:57 am

9th July till 22nd July 2022 is the trip plan

Saikat June 16, 2022 - 10:46 am

Hi Vargis
Am planning to visit Kalpa early October this year. 2 People only . Want to visit NAko by starting in the morning and coming back by nite. Cannot spare a day bcoz of our tight schedule . Is it possible ? Or not worth the hassle ?

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?

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.

Samir Mukherjee May 8, 2023 - 5:39 pm

Hi Vargis,its very informative blog.planning to go Kunzum pass on 13.6.23.hope the riad condition will be ok by then.what about chandrataal during that periid.waiting fir your reply.

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2023 - 6:50 am

Hi Samir – If you are talking about the road from Manali to Chandratal then it is always bad, never better.

ARINDAM RANA April 16, 2022 - 3:30 pm


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

Yes you can

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.

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

Yes it will definitely be open by then

Sunil jain March 7, 2023 - 4:48 pm

I’m traveling to spiti valley in march15 is it safe to travel

Kamalika Ray July 8, 2021 - 7:39 am

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

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

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

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..

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.

sapan July 10, 2022 - 6:49 am

Hi Vargis,
We are planning Chandigarh – Manali – Chandratal – kaza – Manali starting 18th July.
I am hearing some news about cloud burst.
How is condition of the road now ?

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

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

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

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.

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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