Spiti – Manali – Kaza Road Status 2019 – 2020

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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

You might also be interested in tracking the road status for Srinagar Leh Highway and road status of Manali Leh Highway.

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 🙂 🙂

Frozen Key Monastery Route in Spiti Valley
Frozen Key Monastery Route in Spiti Valley

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.

If you are traveling to Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur then refer the road conditions post about Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley | Road Status & Conditions 2019

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 to Rohtang Pass is OPEN
  • Rohtang Pass to Keylong is OPEN
  • Rohtang Pass to Kunzum Pass is OPEN
  • Keylong to Kaza is CLOSED
  • Kaza to Kunzum Pass is OPEN

    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.

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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.

    Road to Spiti Valley via Manali Altitude & Distance Graph
    Road to Spiti Valley via Manali – (Right click and save image as)

    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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    2. Hi Dheeraj,
      i am planning my trip from delhi to spiti from 4 – 12 October on Bike. Will Manali to Kaaza road will opens at that time.
      And what will be the conditions at that time. Is it safe to ride via Manali to kaaza?

    3. HI deeraj,

      Thanks for keep updating the road status, i have question regarding the permit to go thru the passes, do we need to pay or provide the permit or our private driver will do it for us, and what do u think the road status will be by the last week of September? Tq

    4. Hi, After the rains, how is the condition of the route from Rmapur to Gramphu?

    5. Hi – One of my friends got stuck on the Kaza-Manali route(most likely before Kunzum) on Sunday(18Aug2019) due to the untimely snowfall. We haven’t heard back anything from him yet. Any updates on the route? If someone can help

    6. Hi Dheeraj,

      As per the above road status, how is keylong to Kaza closed but rohtang to kunzum open?

    7. Jenish pithadiya on

      Hello Dheeraj,

      We are planing to explore spiti valley in first time. we will decide to go in 16 aug to 26 aug to cover chandigarh to chandigarh with self drive. is it best root we are covering Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza. or go with tour agency ?

    8. Hi Dheeraj,

      I’m doing the Spiti Circuit starting 13th July. Is the Kaza – Manali route open?
      Also, I’m riding solo and I’ve been hearing a lot of cases of Land Slides and accident cases this year. Is it advisable to ride solo? Anything else that I should keep in mind?
      Thanks!

    9. Vivek Vijyarao Patil on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      Thank your for and update.
      We are planning to travel kaza from manali on July 02 and we are coming back from same route to reach Jispa on July 05. Accordingly we have booked everything but now I got know the road is still closed. If you have any information then please share.

    10. Sir I am plannong to visit kaza from the manali side on 1st of july. Is it open

    11. Thank you the Dheeraj !! Appreciate your help. Just update this article once the road is open. Our whole itinerary and the status of road we get from your articles.

      • Yes Ashir, I will surely update once the road is thrown open. As of now the road is cleared of snow but they have not yet allowed vehicles to pass through.

    12. Hi Dheeraj,

      Thanks a lot for your help as always. Can you please confirm the Status of Kaza–Manali Road. We are group of Bikers coming from Kolkata to complete the SPITI Circuit. We will be probably crossing the KAZA –Manali road on 5th July.

      • By that time road shall open. In fact the road from Kaza to Manali shall open anyday in this week and you should be able to rode from Manali to Kaza

    13. Please let me know the route for kaza -chandratal – Manali it will be open by 4 the July ?

    14. Nishant Kumar on

      Please let me know the current status of road from chandratal to Rohtang. Currently enroute sangla. Wud be reaching kunzum on 26/06 and plan to go to Manali on 27th of june


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