Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2018

Discussion in 'Road Status / Maps' started by Vargis Khan, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Recent pic of Kaza after the snowfall on Tuesday

  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Rohtang Pass opens again

  3. AKhilraj JS

    AKhilraj JS New Member

    I wish to go to travel the complete spiti circuit shimla-kaza-manali by car starting tomorrow 13-05-18 and ending on 19-05-18. Is it possible?
  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    No. Manali Kaza route will probably not be open by 19th. You will have to return via Shimla only
  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Below is an update on the road condition in Spiti this year.

    • Delhi to Chandigarh – It is NH1 and is always in good condition. Travel time can be anywhere from 4 to 6 hours depending upon your speed and breaks.
    • Chandigarh to Shimla – Mostly this road is good but for last couple of years, there is road widening work going on this entire stretch and it will take another few years before it gets completed. Road is a mix of good and bad. Earlier it won’t take you more than 3 hours to cover this stretch but the travel time now can be up to 5 hours.
    • Shimla to Narkanda – Good smooth road. Travel time of about 2 hours.
    • Narkanda to Jeori – Road is mostly good with a few bad patches in between. Travel time of about 3 hours.
    • Jeori to Sarahan – The regular road from Jeori to Sarahan is shut down right now due to a broken bridge. This road won’t be functional at least until next year. As of now, there is a 5 kilometers long dirt road built a couple of kilometers after Jeori that you will have to take to get to Sarahan. Travel time on this dirt road is about 60 minutes because it is in extremely bad condition. Once the regular road gets functional, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Sarahan from Jeori. Please note that the entire 12 kilometers climb from Jeori to Sarahan is quite steep and on a narrow road.
    • Jeori to Karcham – The road is a mix of average and good; travel time of about 90 minutes to 2 hours.
    • Karcham to Chitkul – This road is mostly always broken bad and travel time can be anywhere between 2.5 to 3 hours. As of this year, the road from Karcham to Sangla is good but from Sangla to Chitkul is really bad.
    • Karcham to Kalpa – Road is mostly good; travel time can be anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes.
    • Kalpa to Nako – This is where the road will turn really bad for the first time in your journey. There are stretches in between where it can turn even really ugly. Distance between Kalpa to Nako is slightly over 100 kilometers but will easily take you about 5 to 6 hours to cover; can take even more.
    • Nako to Dhankar – It is a mix of good, bad and ugly. Travel time can be anywhere between 2 to 3 hours depending upon your speed and breaks.
    • Dhankar to Pin Valley – The entire section of the road from Attargo bridge to Mudh village is a badly broken road. Distance is only about 35 kilometers but will easily take you about 2 hours to complete.
    • Dhankar to Kaza – The road here is mostly average. Travel time of about an hour to 90 minutes.
    • Kaza to Kibber / Komik / Chicham – The bridge between Kibber and Chicham is now operational. This entire stretch from Kaza to Kibber, then Chicham is fresh tarmac. After Chicham, this road merges into Kaza Manali highway near Kiato. While going from Manali to Losar, it is recommended that you take this road at least until Kiato rather than traveling on the regular highway.
    • Kaza to Losar – The road is in very bad condition; terribly broken.
    • Losar to Kunzum Pass – Extremely bad
    • Chandratal Road – If you are in a car then this 14 kilometers of stretch will have your heart jumping in to your mouth. Road is extremely narrow at several places and in a terrible state with a few water crossings in between. Please practice caution while driving on it. While going to Chandratal, plan your travel in a way that you travel from Batal to Chandratal after noon. While coming from Chandratal, start early in the morning. This way, you will be able to avoid traffic coming from other direction. This road is barely wide enough for one car and if you ran into a car coming from opposite direction, it will be very tricky to cross.
    • Batal to Gramphoo –As always, it is a nightmare of a road. Severely broken and a non-stop series of water crossings. Travel time will be about 4 hours.
    • Gramphoo to Manali – The road across Rohtang is a mix of good and bad but the problem is the tourist traffic at the pass. Be prepared to be stuck in traffic jams at several places while climbing down to Manali.
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  6. rajakumar.tu

    rajakumar.tu New Member

    Hi Guys we (2 bikers) are scheduled to start our bike trip as per below schedule to Spiti and sach pass.

    But looks there are broken roads near Chhatru , please can advise on road conditions

    Day 0 21-Jul-2018 Chandigarh Shimla
    Day 1 22-Jul-2018 Shimla Kasol
    Day 2 23-Jul-2018 Kasol Chitkul
    Day 3 24-Jul-2018 Chitkul Nako
    Day 4 25-Jul-2018 Nako Kaza
    Day 5 26-Jul-2018 Kaza Kaza
    Day 6 27-Jul-2018 Kaza Chandratal
    Day 7 28-Jul-2018 Chandratal Keylong
    Day 8 29-Jul-2018 Keylong Killar
    Day 9 30-Jul-2018 Killar Bairagarh
    Day 10 31-Jul-2018 Bairagarh Dalhousie
    Day 11 1-Aug-2018 Dalhousie Dharamshala
    Day 12 2-Aug-2018 Dharamshala Mandi
    Day 13 3-Aug-2018 Mandi Chandigarh
    Day 14 4-Aug-2018 Chandigarh Chandigarh
  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, road near Chhatru and everywhere between Manali to Kaza are broken. Rest of the road condition are as I mentioned in the post above.
  8. rajakumar.tu

    rajakumar.tu New Member

    Thanks a lot Vargis, when you mean broken we cannot pass through or it will be really tough to pass .

    In that case of totally broken when will it get fixed ??? we are expecting to cross there 26/27/28 ...
  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    When I say broken, I mean a dirt trail with no tar, water crossing en route, lost stones and boulders on the road. This road never gets fixed, it remains like this always but yes, it is definitely doable.
  10. Raju P

    Raju P New Member

    Dear khan,
    Planning to visit kaza 20th July by public transport. Hope the roads are open and bus services resumed. And which route will be better this time ie, shimla to kaza or Manali to kaza? Is it possible to cover both kaza and Leh in one trip of 15 days starting from Delhi by public transport? What about the bus service to Leh from Manali? Waiting for your updation.

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