Lahaul & Spiti Valley Road Status 2019

Discussion in 'Road Status / Maps' started by Vargis Khan, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The road to Chitkul is still closed, probably won't open till end of the month or early April.
     
  2. Mbv1234

    Mbv1234 New Member

    Varghis Ji,
    You have great skill of writing and narrating in details and in lucid language,which a traveler enjoys reading and planning.
    I want to ask which route is better to reach Spiti with SUV in the month of August end, 1) Chandigarh route or 2) Manali Route .Which one is more scenic and not rough roads.
    Even if we travel from Chandigarh , we will reach Manali from Chandratal . Awaiting your reply soon.
     
  3. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you for your kind words Bhai.

    Both routes are equally good and equally scenic. You must travel on both. The one via Chandigarh however will be tough considering the monsoon season in August but will also be more adventurous.
     
  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The BRO is gearing up to begin snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway to connect 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, gateway to remote Lahaul, with the picturesque valley. As soon as the weather improves, the BRO will start clearing snow from Gulaba towards Lahaul.

    The pass was closed to traffic in December last because of heavy snowfall, depriving the residents of Lahaul-Spiti connectivity with the rest of the state for several months. Internal link road of Lahaul Spiti are also blocked. This has paralyzed transportation badly in the district.

    Now with the weather improving, the residents of Lahaul have urged the district administration and the BRO to start snow-clearance operation on the Rohtang Pass allowing connectivity between Manali and Keylong. They have urged the Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari to ask the BRO and the PWD to begin snow-clearance operation within the valley to connect link roads within the district.
    Tenzin Gyaccho, a Zila Parishad member in Keylong, told The Tribune, “Due to heavy snowfall this winter, life in Lahaul-Spiti has been badly hit. All internal links roads are blocked, which is giving tough time to the people of the valley. Patients are the worst sufferers because they could not be airlifted out of the valley for medical treatment due to bad weather.

    “Now as the weather has improved the people want speedy restoration of roads within the district and outside. It will be of great help to us to move in and out of the district”, he added.

    The DC Lahaul-Spiti had called a meeting of BRO and PWD officials at Satingri yesterday to discuss the issue. The DC said the BRO was going to start snow clearance operation in a day or two from Satingri toward Tandi and Sissu to connect the road with the Rohtang tunnel in north portal. The tunnel can be used for transportation of tribals between Lahaul and Kullu in emergency cases. Similarly, BRO workforce and machinery is moving from Udaipur ahead toward Kolang.

    Colonel Uma Shankar, BRO Commander, 38 BRTF, Manali said, “Snow clearance work on the Manali-Leh highway will start from Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass within one week depending upon the weather conditions. There is warning of snowfall in the coming days and we will observe the situation. As soon as the weather improves we will begin snow-clearance operation”.

    Source: TribuneIndia
     
  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    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, BRO is going to start snow clearance operation in a day or two from Satingri toward Tandi and Sissu. Similarly, BRO workforce and machinery is moving from Udaipur ahead toward Kolang.

    The route from Shimla to Kaza is clear to be traveled upon.
     
  6. Arun Kumar Kannan

    Arun Kumar Kannan New Member

    Vargis ji. Morning. I am planning for a trip to spit8 via Chandigarh, Shimla, Peo to Kaza on 29th of March, starting from Chandigarh. Will the roads be open?
     
  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Yes Arun Ji. The road from Shimla to Kaza is open.
     
  8. Arun Kumar Kannan

    Arun Kumar Kannan New Member

    Cool. Will buses operate? Is there any other mode of transport i can use to reach Kaza...how much will it cost any udea?
     
  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    As of now the Bus service is operational. If not a Bus then you can always board a shared taxi that the locals use. Won't cost more than a few hundreds to reach Kaza from Shimla.
     
  10. Anjali Mishra

    Anjali Mishra New Member

    Hey! I've been following your blog for a while so thought it'd be best to directly ask you about the weather conditions and predictions for Spiti weather in April. We're a group of 6-7 people going from Shimla to Kaza and back on April 6th. Recent western disturbances and consequent avalanches has worried us a bit. Can you tell me if the road is safe? Is it advisable to go around this time?
     

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