Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley | Road Conditions


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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26007

    So, I am back in town and civilization and of course signals :D :D … Well, following is the road fresh road status for Spiti Valley from Kinnaur – Shimla side:

    • Delhi – Ambala – Zirakpur – Solan – Shimla – Kufri – Narkanda – Rampur – Jeori: Excellent, smooth sailing.
    • Jeori – Tranda – Bhawanagar: Mostly good roads with some patches of poor ones.
    • Bhawanagar – Wangtoo – Karcham – Shongtong – Powari: Poor roads at most places with deep slush stretches and bumpy rides.
    • Powari – Pangi Nalla – Ribba – Akpa: Horrible roads, almost like a death way with many landslide and shooting stones points. Near Ribba road was sinking at couple of places. Pangi Nall, just ahead of Powari was extremely horrible.
    • Akpa – Jangi – Tinku Nalla – Spillow – Puh – Khab: Mix of Average and Poor roads with few landslide points.
    • Khab – Ka Loops – Nako: Good roads mostly.
    • Nako – Malling – Chango – Shialkhar – Sumdo: Nako – Malling was bad with a landslide point just before malling. After Malling to Shialkhar it is mix of good and average. After Shialkhar to Sumdo, mix of poor and very poor with a good KM stretch of Shooting Stones when nearing Sumdo.
    • Sumdo – Hurling – Tabo: Mix of average and good roads.
    • Tabo – Shichiling – Lingti – Atargoo – Kaza: Tabo to Shichiling was very scary and horrible with about 6-7 KMs of a stretch where we had constant Shooting Stones. In later half of day, this part if very dangerous and especially when it is snow melting season. From Lingti to Atargoo to Kaza is a mix of average and bad roads.
    • Kaza – Ki – Kibber: Mostly good roads barring only few stretches. Very scenic too.
    • Lingti – Rama – Lallung: Lingti to Lallung is a dirt track and presence of snow at many places made some stretches bad otherwise average road conditions much like any other dirt track.
    • Shichiling – Dhangkar Monastery: Good roads mostly being well tarred.

    In case, you intesrested to know about the Itinerary we followed on this adventurous trip to White Spiti Valley, you can check the DoW Blog article: White Spiti Valley in March | Itinerary, Road Conditions & Updates

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26008

    An update on Kinnaur Valley road conditions as posted by Dev on the DoW Blog here

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I returned on Sunday night from my trip to Chitkul. Your posts were really helpful.

    Visit the following link for some travel pictures:

    http://1drv.ms/1h7l1ok

    Following is my trip report:

    Day 1, 21st May, Wed: Exit from Delhi at 1 AM. ** Sarahan **
    Route: Delhi > Ambala > Zirakpur (Took right from under the flyover, towards Shimla-Kalka bypass) > Parwanoo > Shimla > Narkanda > Rampur > Jeori > Sarahan. Reached Sarahan at 2 PM (afternoon). Took many breaks. Stayed overnight at Hotel Kasang. Very cheap but decent and clean. Rs 400 (Room only). There are other options as well.

    Day 2, 22nd May, Thu: Exit from Sarahan at 8 AM. ** Rakcham **
    Route: Sarahan > Jeori > Wangtoo > Tapri (Had to take a uphill diversion to Urni village as the Tapri-Choling route was closed due to landslide. This diversion was 23 kms and it got us back to Choling Bridge) > Rakcham Dam (Take right from this Dam.) > Sangla > Rakcham. Stayed overnight at Hotel Apple Pie. Got a double bedroom for Rs 1800 (Room only). Very spacious. Good cordial staff. Visited River Baspa, few kms from this hotel.
    Apart from Banjara and Igloo Nature Camp, there is one Apple Camping in batseri village.

    Day 3, 23rd May, Fri: ** Rakcham and Chitkul **
    Visited Chitkul village (10 kms from our hotel). Thrilling ride. Excellent view. Saw snowfall at Chitkul. Rakcham to Chitjkul roads are very picturesque. Although it was broken but still it gave a great feeling. Cam back to Rakcham. Stayed overnight at Hotel Apple Pie.

    Day 4, 24th May, Sat: ** Kalpa **
    Route: Go back to Rakcham dam and then go staright this time towards Reckong Peo. It took me 4 hrs to reach Kalpa from Rakcham (3-4 breaks and slow driving due to broken roads). Reckong Peo to Kalpa roads are excellent. Stayed overnight at Hotel Apple Pie. Same owner as was in Rakcham. Room was smaller in size. Got it for Rs 1540 (Room only). Visited Suicide Point. Went for trekking to Roghi Village.

    Day 5, 25th May, Sun: Kalpa to Delhi. Started from Kalpa at 7:15 AM and reached Rohini, Delhi at 1:45 AM. Thats approx 18 hrs of non stop driving. Uff.

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26009

    Vinay reports that “Sedans and Hatches can make it but the Road from wangtu to tapri is blocked for last 2 days due to landslide. Also there is diversion from tapri to choking via urni due to landslide. It adds 20 km of detour and traffic is released in batches one way. Hence plan an extra 2 hrs of travel”

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26010

    More updates on Kinnaur Valley road conditions as posted on DoW Blog by inder mohan singh here

    hey dheeraj i am really grateful to your blog, it was really helpful in planning the trip to Sangla Valley. we visited chitkul from 2nd june to 7th june. during the trip, we stayed at Rampur on 2nd and 6th and three nights at Rakcham. Rakcham is better place to stay than Sangla or Chitkul as it is more serene and beautiful and their are beautiful riverside camps, i.e., Kailash View Camps, just beside the Baspa River, galcier was at walking distance. There are only two hotels at Rakcham and hence, less commercialized vis a vis Sangla. There were number of streams and meadows around Rakcham within radius of 1 km. One can venture for walks and people with lesser experience can also venture for smaller treks. There is a new petrol pump now at Sangla also. The detour from Karcham was also blessing in disguise as the views and driving through the new route was marvelous. Yes we were lucky as there were no rains during said period that made our trip little easy on travelling time.

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    urmiuday1 on #26011

    Hi Dheeraj

    Would like to travel to Lahul and Spiti valley from Shimla region to Manali through Hindustan Tibet highway from 5 July onwards . What is the current status of the roads ? Are they opened ? if yes , Are they in good condition ?

    Uday.

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26012

    Kinnaur Valley Road Updates: Landslides, sinking villages and a threat of Flash floods from Urni to Tattapani due to artificial lake formed up there. Those who traveling must take care guys.

    An alternate route from Tapri via Cholling – Kulvi village has been opened and light vehicles are passing through the road. Efforts are being made to revive the old Hindustan-Tibet route to provide an alternate route.

    Traffic is release one way only on this alternate route from Cholling Village, so plan your travel accordingly. There are big jams up there.

    Read more below:

    Reckong Peo, June 14 2014: People in several villages of tribal Kinnaur, downstream Urni, 25 km from district headquarters Reckong Peo, are on tenterhooks as an artificial lake has been formed in the Sutlej following a massive landslide yesterday.

    DD Sharma, Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner, said the landslide had blocked the river and a lake was formed, which could cause flash floods if the lake breached. People along the banks of the Sutlej, from Urni to Tattapani, have been alerted.

    “About 20 to 30 per cent of water is seeping from the blockage and there is no immediate threat, but the situation can be dangerous in case the lake bursts,” he added.

    Sharma said it was for the second time in the past six days that a lake had been formed due to the landslide. The river was blocked on June 10 in a similar landslide of lesser magnitude and it blocked again yesterday.

    He said the road was also blocked and the administration put all its workforce to clear the road, which took about 10 hours.

    An alternate route via Kulvi village had been opened and light vehicles were passing through the road. Efforts were being made to revive the old Hindustan-Tibet route to provide an alternate route, he added.

    The DC said there were reports of some villages sinking and the villagers apprehended that it might be due to the construction of underground tunnels for hydel projects. The administration had urged the state government to request the Union Government to send a team of geological experts to ascertain the cause of frequent massive landslides and sinking of villages.
    External Source: Landslide triggers another artificial lake on the Sutlej

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26013

    @urmiuday1 wrote:

    Hi Dheeraj

    Would like to travel to Lahul and Spiti valley from Shimla region to Manali through Hindustan Tibet highway from 5 July onwards . What is the current status of the roads ? Are they opened ? if yes , Are they in good condition ?

    Uday.

    Uday ([tag:5016xsgb]urmiuday1[/tag:5016xsgb]), welcome to DoW Community !! :) :)

    Please check the updates in the previous post of this thread. There has been another major landslide and traffic is diverted through it. There has been an alert for flashflood too that can happen if the artificial lake burst up there 😯 😯

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    saurabhsabikhi on #26014

    I saw almost the live version of it on my recent trip.
    The mountain is unstable. Constantly coming down. Been days and it shows no signs of stopping. Villages are immersing in water. Tried to see whatever I can. Couldn’t stop much as it affected the traffic movement.

    There are timings for traffic to cross from either sides

    Tapri – Chooling – 5-5:30am, 8-8:30am, 11-11:30am, 2-2:30pm, 5-5:30p, 8-8:30 pm

    Chooling to Tapri – 6:30-7am, 9:30-10am, 12:30-1pm, 3:30-4pm, 6:30-7pm.

    But no hard and fast rule that these timings are followed.

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26015

    Thanks for the update Saurabh on timings. But, the lake thing is scary, I hope administration is looking into the solution as soon as possible.

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    saurabhsabikhi on #26016

    It indeed is scary.
    But a talk with the locals, especially the people managing it revealed the harsh truth.
    As per them, it will collapse. No measure so far has been able to stop it. Authorities are taking actions, but …. :(
    As per them, the entire region may collapse. And this will affect surrounding regions too.

    Am surprised the effect will go as far as Tattapani!!

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26017

    OMG, I hope it does not bring mass destruction and harm to lives of people. Everyone should be alerted those traveling to these places.

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    saurabhsabikhi on #26018

    @dheerajsharma14 wrote:

    OMG, I hope it does not bring mass destruction and harm to lives of people. Everyone should be alerted those traveling to these places.

    Recent view of the collapsed mountain

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26019

    😮 😮 😮 😯 😯 😮 😮

    This looks quite a major one. Not sure what will happen in Kinnaur in time to come, guess these mountains might just remain as remains… Similar situation is there ahead of Powari as well at Pangi Nalla, almost for the past few months. How was that when you passed? Have they created the road which sunken in March-April

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    saurabhsabikhi on #26020

    @dheerajsharma14 wrote:

    😮 😮 😮 😯 😯 😮 😮

    This looks quite a major one. Not sure what will happen in Kinnaur in time to come, guess these mountains might just remain as remains… Similar situation is there ahead of Powari as well at Pangi Nalla, almost for the past few months. How was that when you passed? Have they created the road which sunken in March-April

    You are right. Given the mess…and the human interference, these areas have become a lot sensitive. Really hope it survives. I wonder what purpose a hydro electric project serve if there’s no home to power up.

    Yes, a lotta places posed some issues. Powari. Pangi like uve mentioned. The road has been cleared / constructed and a new bridge has been created regarding the same.

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    Dheeraj Sharma on #26021

    An update on Kinnaur Valley road conditions by Amit at the DoW Blog linked here:

    Just came back from sangla rakcham . we left from narkanda on 17th morning. THe roads till are in decent conditions till about 5 kms before wangtu.after that they are almost non existant. Gravel with no tar top. but are quite broad hence not risky to drive on . Also we were in a santro and had no issues. The diversion from tapri to choling is still there. About 21 kms which is quite narrow. We did not get rains for entire week except 2 shorts showers but if it rains this stretch could be tricky to drive on. The diversion takes about an hour. But some one we met at batseri(sangla) had to wait for 4 hours as a bus had broken down. there are fixed timings for gate to open each side but they vary a bit. From there till sangla the roads are more or less bad though relaying is happening at a few places. but they are motorable and we faced no issues and had a great trip.

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