Spiti Valley

Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley | Road Status & Conditions 2022

Let me start this article to capture the road conditions from Delhi to Spiti valley via Shimla – Kinnaur Valley. A lot of people travel to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur route every year. Some who travel from Kinnaur Valley exit via Kaza to Manali route. But, for this article, I will focus on the road status and conditions from Delhi to Shimla to Kinnaur to Spiti Valley.

Road Conditions of Spiti Valley via Shimla – Kinnaur Route

The article will help you get updated road conditions and status before planning a trip to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

Delhi – Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti Road Status

When you travel from Shimla to Kaza or Spiti via Kinnaur, you traverse the route along Hindustan – Tibet Highway or commonly known NH-05 (previously known as NH-22). The Hindustan Tibet Road is also known as the world’s most treacherous road and when you travel on it, you will get to understand the reason why.

This road to Spiti Valley runs through some of the beautiful places well known as Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kinnaur, Tabo, etc. Well, the words are short to explain the entire experience. But in this article, I can share the road conditions for everyone who is planning a trip to Spiti Valley. For everyone else, this article may also act as a reference for the entire route between Delhi to Shimla to Kaza, Spiti Valley via Kinnaur.

The Land of Landslides – Kinnaur Valley

Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Road Status | Updated February 2022

Here is the general breakdown of major sections of Hindustan – Tibet Road or road to Spiti Valley. Delhi to Shimla remains open all around the year. Then further as you move from Shimla towards Narkanda, the road might close at Kurfi and Narkanda in winters due to heavy snowfall.

However, after Narkanda to Reckong Peo in Kinnaur, the route remains open mostly as regions in between do not receive heavy snowfall. Although on some days, the road to Reckong Peo from the diversion point of Hindustan – Tibet road might close for a day or two.

Beyond Reckong Peo, the next bottleneck point of road closure can be multiple, starting from Akpa – Jangi – Spillow. The major one, of course, is Nako – Maling Nala – Chango road which may close due to furious Maling or landslide at Maling Nalla.

Finally, if you are able to reach Tabo, you are already in Spiti Valley. The main extreme winter zone starts after Tabo at Schichiling, just below Dhankar. From here onward, in winters, the rod to Kaza may remain closed for some days to weeks due to the presence of heavy snow.

Current road status as mentioned below:

  • Delhi – Shimla: Open
  • Shimla – Narkanda: Open
  • Narkanda – Rampur – Jeori – Reckong Peo: Open
  • Reckong Peo – Nako: Open
  • Nako – Maling Nalla – Tabo: Open – Intermittent closures due to snowfall/landslides
  • Tabo – Kaza: Open – Intermittent closures due to snowfall/landslides
  • Kaza – Kunzum Pass: Open
  • Kaza – Pin Valley: Open
  • Kaza – Manali: Closed
The hardships of Kinnaur Valley

Kinnaur Valley Road Status | Updated 12 Feb 2022

I think it makes sense to keep the road status within Kinnaur Valley updated as well. Most people traveling to Spiti Valley, also visit Kinnaur and explore places like Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, and Sarahan.

Hence, knowing the road status of these routes will also help you plan the visit to these places in Kinnaur Valley as well.

  • Reckong Peo – Kalpa: Open
  • Reckong Peo – Sangla: Open
  • Sangla Valley – Chitkul: Closed
  • Rampur – Jeori – Sarahan: Open
  • Shimla to Kalpa: Open
  • Shimla to Sangla: Open
  • Shimla to Chitkul: Open

I hope these road statuses for Kinnaur Valley and Spiti Valley will help you in your upcoming trip. In case, you have an update on it. please share with me in the comments section or DM me on Instagram.

Related Post

You can also refer Manali to Kaza Road Status post in case you are traveling to Spiti Valley from Manali side.

Road Conditions between Delhi – Kinnaur Valley – Spiti Valley 2022

The road conditions on this route running along NH-05 or Hindustan – Tibet Road from Delhi to Spiti Valley remain a similar majority of the year. It does not change much in the year except in monsoon and winter.

Monsoon is not a good time to be in Kinnaur Valley due to fragile mountains. Landslides are pretty common, and mud makes it equally difficult to drive in such a terrain. And in winter months, you should be careful as some parts on this route around Narkanda, Kufri, Nako, Reckong Peo, Tabo receive a heavy amount of snowfall closing the roads for some days to weeks.

In March – April, the snow melts, and that’s when shooting stones and snow slides are also a common phenomenon. I will try my best to keep this thread with updated road conditions from Shimla to Kinnaur to Kaza, Spiti Valley. You should also read about the best time to visit Kinnaur and Spiti Valley.

Here is the jest of road conditions of Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti route in 2022. In case, you have an update, please feel free to post it and I will be happy to update the status.

  • Delhi – Kalka = Good + Excellent
  • Kalka – Shogi = Good
  • Shogi – Shimla = Good
  • Shimla – Theog = Good
  • Theog – Narkanda = Good
  • Narkanda – Rampur = Good
  • Rampur – Jeori – Bhawanagar = Good + Average
  • Bhawanagar – Powari = Good + Average
  • Powari – Jangi = Good + Average
  • Jangi – Spillow = Good + Average
  • Spillow – Dubling = Good + Average
  • Dubling – Khab diversion = Good + Average
  • Khab diversion – Nako – Geyu diversion = Good + Average
  • Geyu Diversion – Tabo = Good + Average
  • Tabo – Attargoo = Good + Average
  • Attargoo – Kaza = Good
  • Kaza = Good
  • Kaza – Kioto – Losar = Good + Average
  • Kaza – Langza – Komic – Hikkim – Kaza = Average
  • Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Gete – Tashigang – Kaza = Average + Good
  • Within Pin Valley = Average
Snowy roads of Kinnaur Valley in Winters

Is road to Spiti Valley open in Winters?

Yes, the road to Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur side remains open all around the year, including the winter months because there is no high mountain pass that gets closed. However, a road closure is common for a few days to weeks in case of heavy snowfall days.

The snowfall gets so heavy in a few days of winter that it takes time to open the road between Reckong Peo and Kaza especially between Nako – Tabo – Kaza.

Hence, when you plan a trip to Spiti Valley in winter, please keep the buffer days in hand.

Spiti Trip from Kinnaur Side – Perfect Itinerary

Let me share a perfect day-by-day travel itinerary for traveling from Shimla – Kinnaur to Spiti Valley.

Trip to Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur in 10 days

Download your FREE high-resolution version pdf copy of this day-by-day plan infographic guide for the Spiti Valley trip from Shimla – Kinnaur side in 10 days. If, you liked it and found it helpful, please feel free to share it with your family and friends to help them too.

Conclusion

I hope this article will be useful for someone who is planning a trip to Spiti or Kinnaur soon. Please feel free to ask any questions/doubts you have, and I would be happy to revert. If you happen to know the more updated road conditions, do let me know and I will update the required section.

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This post was last modified on Jun 27, 2022 18:54

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  • Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning to Visit Spiti Via Shimla We have Audi q3 4x4 will this car be gud for travel, And I have Infant with us so do you suggest to travel with Infant in this route. Age of Infant is 15 months

  • Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the article.
    We are planing to go to Kaza via Narkanda in the coming week of July from 17 to 23. please suggest if this is the right time to visit Spiti ??

  • Hi Dheeraj please advise me for car trip to Kinnaur and Spiti. Please mention and route days .we are traveling through hatchback petrol car.

  • Hello,
    Can Any one please guide me For Spiti Valley Trip, Just want to ask about which mobile network will work and how about internet working speed there ?

    Thanks In advance

    • Thanks, Anuj for reminding me of this thread. I have updated the post with Update Date June 2019 now.

  • Dear Dheeraj,

    First of all thanks for the information you provided on Tirthan which helped us have one of our most memorable vacations in 2016. This website is my go to guide for Himachal:)

    This year I want to do Delhi - Shimla (1N stopover)- Sangla (incl. Rakcham + Chitkul)- Kaza (Kunzum/ Chandertal if open)- Kalpa- stop over at a suitable location (pl recommend)- Delhi

    Dates are between 30th May ( Delhi) to 8th June (back in Delhi). Pl recommend if this is a good circuit to do with a 9 year old ( due to high altitudes at Kaza) or should we stop at Kinnaur valley locations. Also are the no of days sufficient.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Dheeraj..!
    Thanx a lot for this article and trip specific articles similar to this. It came as a huge relief to me as I am planning a delhi-shimla-kaza-manali-delhi this month end.
    A few quick questions
    1. Is shimla-Kaza-nako-tabo open now?
    2. What tentative costing shall I put aside if I hire a taxi from shimla or chandigarh itself for the entire trip.will that be preferable to take bus or may be train.

  • Dear Dheerajj,

    Thanks for the article on spiti Valley. Can you please advise if we can get the pure veg and jain food for the entire trip from Chandigarh to Spiti Valley and back to chandigarh. Your early reply will be appreciated. If you feel no can we plan our trip to only Kinnaur valley. Pl guide us.

    Thanks

  • Hi Dheeraj,
    We have planned to run the Sangla half marathon from Batseri this year and have to be in Sangla by 30th April 2019. Thinking of making a road trip out of this because we have not yet visited Sangla / Chitkul and beyond. (Have done Spiti road trips etc 6-7 times before from both Shimla/ Manali sides). Will obviously be doing the Shimla route now.
    1. Would be grateful if we could get some idea about the road conditions till Chitkul as of now because we have about 2 weeks to go before we start from Pune. I have a Fortuner AT vehicle (It is not a 4x4).
    2. Does one need a permit to drive beyond Chitkul to the ITBP post (subject to the roads being opened up till then) ?

    Thanks very much.
    Sanjay

  • Hi Dheeraj!
    I am planning to visit Kaza via Shimla with my friends around 20th March 2019. We’ll be travelling in a Santro xing and a Ritz. Is it safe to go there? And do you think we should carry chains?

  • Hi Dheeraj
    I am planning to travel Kinnaur valley between 21st March to 24th March 2019 on road (car) from delhi and will cover places such as Kalpa, Chitkul, Sangla valley and other nearby places. Few Questions :
    1) first, whether March is a good season to travel by road ?
    2) based on the latest updates and your network, whether we will reach Kinnaur valley ? What are the chances of road blockage ?
    3) what are the chances of snow melt affecting road trip after 20th March based on previous year experiences ?

    I look forward for your expert advise.

  • How are conditions now on the Hindustan-Tibet Highway? I am planning a solo motorcycle trip starting 7th Sep. Hopefully conditions should be better by then?

  • Hello Mr Dheeraj,

    My husband and I (both in late fifties) are planning a Spiti trip starting from Shimla on the 1st of September. We plan to travel in an Innova. Can you help me with any update about the road conditions? The erratic rains seem to have made it unsafe this year. Should we continue or postpone our trip.

    thanking you
    Mrs V Jain

    • Hello Mrs Jain,

      As there is heavy rainfall predictions in coming days and alert has been issued in Himachal and Uttarakhand, I will recommend that you go postpone it by a week or so.

  • I am planning a visit to spiti valley from Shimla side and exit from Manali covering all major landmarks including chandrataal. Is it safe now to go and are the bus routes also open?

    • Rishu, as of now Himachal is not safe to travel with all the rains going on. I will suggest that you postpone the trip by a week or two.

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