This year snow clearance operations on Manali – Kaza road is taking forever owing to heavy snowfall in the winter months. The road has not been opened yet and as I write it, there was snowfall still going on in the second week of June hampering the snow clearance operations at Kunzum Pass to Rohtang Pass route.
It means that the butterflies in the stomach of many adventure enthusiasts who are planning their upcoming trip to Spiti Valley from Manali to Kaza road in 2019 🙂 🙂 … The Manali Kaza Highway Status 2019 is still closed but BRO is toiling hard clear the snow from Kaza to Manali road, mainly from Kunzum Pass to Gramphu.
As of June 12, 2019, the road up to Kunzum Pass has been opened and authorities will continue to move towards Manali ahead of Batal towards Gramphu
When will Manali Kaza Road open in 2019?
This year due to heavy amount of snow in Spiti Valley and other parts of the high Himalayas, it is very difficult to say when the roads from Manali to Kaza over Kunzum Pass will open. It looks like it may take the middle of June to open the roads.
However, we shall wait for the day for the Kunzum Pass to open soon and let the adventure for 2019 begin 😀
When will Kunzum Pass open in 2019?
There has been a huge amount of snowfall this year in the entire Himalayas, but the snow seems just enough to let the Kunzum Pass open by the first week of June. As per the authorities, there are about 30 feet of snow stretches that have to be cut around Rohtang Pass and about 10-15 feet is around Beas Nalla only.
There have been equally higher snow walls from Batal to Gramphu route which is full of glaciers. Even the roads to Chandratal from Manali side will take time to open as compared to the last couple of years.
It will be interesting to watch for the weather in coming days and as we all understand that these predictions are only the means of interest & hope to us, the mere mortals. It is weather and mountains gods which always have the last say when it comes to weather, especially in the Himalayas 🙂 🙂
When does Manali Kaza Road open usually?
This 202 km long Manali to Kaza Highway usually opens up by the first week of June, and I do feel that current year it may open by the second week of June or the middle of June provided the weather holds up. It has been a norm that we set up the targets to open the highway early only to realize that weather has the last laugh.
I have been watching it for the last ten years now, and this year as well I don’t expect major changes. Eventually, it will all get down upon the weather and snow conditions in the months April and May when snow clearance operations are at peak in many parts of the Himalayas including this belt of Himachal Pradesh too.
Should I travel on Manali to Kaza Road immediately after road opening?
When making a road trip to Spiti Valley from Manali Kaza road, you must keep in mind that even when the road from Manali to Kaza opens, it takes some time to get them stabilized. Due to snow sliding and loose gravel, the roadblocks are very common in the initial days.
Hence, it is recommended that you wait for a couple of weeks before planning the trip on Manali to Spiti Valley after its official opening. The last thing you will want on your much awaited Spiti Valley trip is to get stranded on the lonely stretch from Batal to Gramphu in early June.
Where can I track Kaza Manali Road Status 2019?
As per the previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Kaza Road Status 2019 which so many adventure lovers await every year. Unlike the last few years, I will keep updating this article with the latest updates. Up until the last year, I used to update the progress in the DoW Community forums thread for better tracking of updates.
I understand that a forum topic always helps in better tracking as well as collation of info over time in an organized manner. However, forum management has become a pain due to lack of team. Hence, all updates on Manali to Spiti Valley Road Status 2019 will be posted or updated in this article only.
Will this thread have updated Manali Kaza Road Status in 2019?
Once the Kunzum Pass road opens from Manali to Kaza, I may not be that active in updating the minor road closures or status because of these roads in the high Himalayas which close and open frequently. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information daily once the road gets open, so please request you to excuse me on that front and accept my apologies :)…
However, if there is some major blockade of 3 – 4 days, I will try to surely update such information about Manali Kaza Highway status 2019.
I hope as per the last years, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey from Manali to Spiti Valley via Kunzum Pass.
If you are traveling from Manali to Spiti over Rohtang Pass, you will need to get the permit for Rohtang Pass which can be applied online.
Current Manali Kaza Road Status = Open | Update Date: 29 June 2019
As per recent updates from BRO and locals, the Manali to Kaza road has been thrown open for small vehicles. The small cars, including taxis and bikes, will be allowed to run between Gramphu and Batal.
In few days the bus service from Manali to Kaza will also be allowed to run on this route. Other heavy vehicles will also be allowed once the road is stable.
However, please expect some delays and intermittent closures for the first few days until the freshly cut snow glaciers stabilize further.
Manali Kaza Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 15 June 2019
As per recent updates from BRO and locals, the road from Kaza to Kunzum Pass and a bit further has been opened. That means Kunzum Pass has been opened from Kaza side.
However, the last few days have been snowfall all over the Himalayas which undoubtedly would have hampered the progress of snow clearance further towards Manali.
As of now, it looks like it will take at least 10-12 days for Batal to Gramphu road to open up. Hence, wait for a couple of weeks before planning your trip to Spiti Valley from Manali side.
In any case, the Rohtang Pass is facing a tremendous amount of traffic jams along with Manali town.
Some Important Articles for Reference & Regular Updates
- List of taxi drivers for Kinnaur and Spiti Valley
- 5 reasons to choose Manali to Spiti road over Shimla to Spiti
- List of good accommodation options in Spiti Valley
- Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization
- 7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Spiti Valley
- 40 Must-Have Things to Carry on Spiti Valley Self Drive Trip
- List of things to carry for your Spiti Valley Trip
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Places on Road to Spiti Valley via Manali
The places that falls on this route along with approximate distances between them goes like Manali – Marhi – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Chattru – Chota Dhara – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza. The approximate distances along with altitude of these places is shown in the chart below. This will help you judge over acclimatization schedule too.
Route Details from Manali to Spiti Valley via Kunzum Pass
Here is the route from Manali to Kaza over Kunzum Pass.
Manali – Marhi (37 KMs) – Rohtang Pass (51 KMs) – Gramphu (66 KMs) – Chattru (81 KMs) – Chota Dhara (98 KMs) – Battal (113 KMs) – Kunzum Pass (131 KMs) – Losar (151 KMs) – Kaza (202 KMs)
Permits for Manali – Rohtang Pass Road for Spiti Valley
Since 2010, all vehicles going to Rohtang Pass from Manali side needs permits which can be obtained free of cost by showing vehicle’s RC and DL copy. You can use the Kullu Administration official website or you can also use the recently launched mobile app for Rohtang Pass permit in 2018.
Please note that all bikes, as well as cars, need to get this Rohtang Pass permit if you travel from Manali to Kaza route. However, if you are traveling from Kaza to Manali or Keylong to Manali direction, these permits are not required. Hence, another reason to start your Spiti road trip from Shimla side and end the trip at Manali.
If you are coming from Keylong side or Kaza side, then you do not need any permit to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road even if you have a non-HP registered vehicle. Rohtang Pass Permit is required only if you are going from Manali side towards Rohtang Pass.
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