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Yogesh Sarkar

This is a dedicated thread for information related to opening, closing and road condition of roads leading to Lahaul, Spiti, and Pangi Valley via Sach Pass, Rohtang Jot and Kunzum La in 2018.

Shimla - Kaza (Spiti Valley) Road Status: Open.

Manali - Kaza (Lahaul and Spiti Valleys) Road Status : Officially closed for traffic on 17-10-18.

Manali - Keylong (Lahaul Valley) Road Status: Closed.

Sach Pass (Pangi Valley) Road Status: Officially closed for traffic.

Chandertal Road Status: Officially closed for traffic.

Permit for Rohtang Pass: Online permit registration for going beyond Rohtang Pass is now open and can be done from the following link, Tourism Development Council Manali (H.P.)-InformatoryScreen. The permit would only be issued to vehicles which are less than 10 years old and this permit isn’t for people who are just going to up to Rohtang Pass (if you return from Rohtang, your vehicle will be blacklisted.)
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Thanks for this thread Yogesh, yet again a new season coming up, and you've this thread up and running.

I am planning a backpack trip to Spiti in mid April where I plan to take 5 days off which means including both weekends there is a good 9 days available.

I think Delhi-Spiti-Delhi via NH22 should be possible within 9 days, not sure though.

I have done Ladakh on bike in Sep 2014 where I was lucky to experience all sorts of vagaries from clear Rohtang, windy Barlacha La, almost closed Chang La, bone chilling Pangong Tso, snow fall in Khardhung and not the least a completely different Srinagar due to floods. We were one of the very first people to cross Srinagar from Leh side after the roads were publicly declared open.

But now, this time, I am relying on public transport/hitching etc. in order to have a different experience. Will the HRTC busses be available till Kaza during April 15 or thereabouts

If not when will the HRTC start their daily bus service till Kaza. Because i can get leaves in April or May, so that is flexible.

Also if we still proceed in 2nd or 3rd week of April, though not till Kaza, till where can we expect to reach by HRTC

I asaume homestays or hotels would be starting to open by then and with less crowd, it ahould not be a problem to find overnight stay

Your thoughts will be very helpful

Thanks much in advance,
Baskar V

Yogesh Sarkar

As long as the road is clear, HRTC would be running its service to Kaza. Of course, getting there is half the battle, for rest of the sightseeing you will have to depend on taxis.

Accommodation is available, though a little costly.


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Yes its very sad for travellers going for white spiti ths year in terms of snowfall........i too was planning for white spiti in jan came to knw that there has been only two instances where spiti valley got snowfall that too very little...........but now there is a good news coming from IMD...............A heavy snowfall is been preticted from 9 to 12 of feb 2018.............can be check on IMD website......finger crossed..........

An intense Western Disturbance in mid-upper tropospheric levels along with an induced cyclonic circulation at lower levels would affect Western Himalayan Region & adjoining plains from 7th onwards. It would cause scattered to fairly widespread precipitation over Western Himalayan region during 9th to 12th and may cause heavy precipitation over Western Himalayan region on 9th & 10th

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