Are you looking for the road status of Manali to Kaza road? This article will help you track the opening and closing of this adventurous road. Manali to Kaza road connects Spiti Valley with Lahaul Valley and Kullu Valley.
Last year in 2020 snow clearance operations on Manali – Kaza road did not last long even though there was heavy snowfall in the winter months. The road opened in record time by mid of May which is the first-ever since I started blogging 11 years ago and it looks like in 2021 there will be a historic opening of this road by April end.
There was snowfall going on in the second week of June hampering the snow clearance operations at Kunzum Pass to Rohtang Pass route.
In 2021, the snow clearance operations have started in the middle of March even though it snowed in Spiti Valley as of the first week of March. 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 2021 🙂 🙂 …
The Manali Kaza Highway Status 2021 is still OPEN as of 31st May 2021. BRO has toiled hard to clear the snow from Kaza to Manali road since the middle of April, mainly from Kunzum Pass to Gramphu, and even though they were trying a historic opening in April, the weather gods had the last laugh. Still, the opening of Manali to Kaza road in the last week of May is a big feat and hasn’t happened many times. It is also a record time of the opening of Kaza Manali road in 2021.
As of March 20, 2021, the road up to Kunzum Pass was opened. Authorities have started the snow clearance operations soon from both sides and will continue to move towards Manali ahead of Batal towards Gramphu. This year they do have one less pass to worry about which is Rohtang Pass because of the opening of the Atal Tunnel in 2020. The time to travel from Manali to Kaza via Atal Tunnel will be reduced by 2-3 hrs easily now.
Let's quickly dive into the details:
This year due to the very less amount of snow in Spiti Valley and other parts of the high Himalayas, the roads from Manali to Kaza over Kunzum Pass will open in record time. It looks like it may take the middle to end of April to open the roads.
However, we shall wait for the day for the road to Gramphu to Kunzum Pass to open soon and let the adventure for 2021 begin.
There hasn’t been much snowfall this year in the entire Himalayas. So unlike last year, the snow may be just enough to let the Kunzum Pass open by the mid of March. As per the authorities, there are about 5-10 feet of snow stretches that have to be cut around Rohtang Pass, and about 5-10 feet is around Beas Nalla only. However, BRO does not need to open Rohtang Pass t connect Kaza with Manali because of the opening of the Atal Tunnel route.
There aren’t any higher snow walls from Batal to Gramphu route which is usually full of glaciers. Even the roads to Chandratal from Manali side may not take time to open as compared to the last couple of years.
It will be interesting to watch for the weather in the coming days of March end or April starting 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 🙂 🙂
This 202 km long Manali to Kaza Highway usually opens up by the first week of June, and as per the updates so far, this year in 2021 it may open by the third week of April to the first week of May 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 the weather has the last laugh. However, due to less snow and no Rohtang Pass in the picture, this year will be historic.
I have been watching it for the last 12 years now, but this year, I expect major changes. Eventually, it will all get down upon the weather and snow conditions in the months of April and May when snow clearance operations are at their peak in many parts of the Himalayas including this belt of Himachal Pradesh too.
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, 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 May.
As per the previous years, I will be starting this sticky post for Manali Kaza Road Status 2021, 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 a lack of team. Hence, all updates on Manali to Spiti Valley Road Status 2021 will be posted or updated in this article only.
If you are traveling to Spiti Valley from Shimla – Kinnaur then you can refer to the road conditions post about Delhi – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley | Road Status & Conditions 2021.
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 2021.
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. However starting 2021, you are not required to travel to Spiti via Rohtang Pass because of the opening of the Atal Tunnel. This route via Sissu will reduce the time to reach Kaza from Manali by 2-3 hrs easily.
The road from Manali to Kaza is open as of the last week of May. BRO worked hard on the snow clearance operations from both Manali and Kaza sides to open this road connecting Spiti Valley from Lahaul Valley in record time this year.
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 the 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 up to the middle of April for Batal to Gramphu road to open up. Hence, wait for a month and a half before planning your trip to Spiti Valley from the Manali side.
In any case, the Rohtang Pass is has been put out of the question after the opening of the Atal Tunnel and it usually faced a tremendous amount of traffic jams along with Manali town during springtime with all the tourist rush.
Manali 21 March 20201: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has hastened the process to reopen the Sumdho-Kaza-Gramphu road in Lahaul-Spiti much earlier than the usual time.
The road is crucial from the defence point of view as it leads to the border Spiti shares with China. Sources say the Union Government has asked the BRO to clear this road earlier in view of the ongoing tensions along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
The BRO has set April 15 deadline to clear the road, which will also connect Spiti to Manali and Lahaul valley via Kunzum pass. The BRO machinery has reached near Batal from Kaza side via Kunzum pass (Gramphu). The Sumdho-Kaza-Gramphu road is 209-km-long. Nearly 100-km stretch of this road is snowbound from Kaza up to Gramphu. The road is usually restored for traffic movement in mid-June since the BRO first works on the Manali-Leh highway for giving military vehicles access to the Leh and Ladakh region.
Sources in the BRO said from Kaza and Gramphu, the workforce and machinery was moving steadily towards Chhota Dara. There are two avalanche-prone sites between Batal and Chhota Dara, which might pose a challenge to the BRO.
BRO officials will soon inspect these sites on foot. One of its teams has already started clearing snow from Gramphu towards Kaza.
Brig MS Baghi, Chief Engineer of Project Dipak, said: “We are working relentlessly in freezing temperatures to restore the Sumdho-Kaza-Gramphu road by April 15.”
External Link: Strategic Spiti road to reopen 2 months earlier
The places that fall on this route along with approximate distances between them go like Manali – Marhi – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Chattru – Chota Dhara – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza. The approximate distances along with the altitude of these places are shown in the chart below. This chart will help you judge over the acclimatization schedule too.
Here is the route from Manali to Kaza over Rohtang Pass and 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)
With the open of the Atal Tunnel, you can now bypass Rohtang Pass, the places that fall on this route go like Manali – Atal Tunnel – Khoksar – Gramphu – Chattru – Chota Dhara – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza. The approximate distances along with the altitude of these places are shown in the chart below. This chart will help you judge over the acclimatization schedule too.
And the route details with distances between the places from Manali – Atal Tunnel – Kunzum Pass as it goes like below:
Manali – Atal Tunnel – Khoksar (41 KMs) – Gramphu (46 KMs) – Chattru (61 KMs) – Chota Dhara (78 KMs) – Battal (93 KMs) – Kunzum Pass (111 KMs) – Losar (131 KMs) – Kaza (182 KMs)
So, this route to Spiti Valley via Atal Tunnel is much faster and 20 km shorter than the one going via Rohtang Pass.
Please note that with the opening of Atal Tunnel, Rohtang Pass Permit is not required for Spiti valley. You can travel from Manali to Kaza via Atal Tunnel without needing any permit for your vehicle.
Since 2010, all vehicles going to Rohtang Pass from Manali side need permits which can be obtained free of cost by showing the 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 the 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 the 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. You need Rohtang Pass Permit only if you are going from Manali side towards Rohtang Pass.
Once the Manali to Kaza road is open in 2021, you guys can plan the trip to Spiti from Manali side. This itinerary I created will help you plan a perfect trip to this middle land in the Himalayas.
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I hope this article will help you keep a check on Manali to Kaza road status in 2021. It will help you plan your trip to Spiti Valley successfully. If you have any updates for this route, then please feel free to share it with everyone on this thread.
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This post was last modified on May 31, 2021 20:56
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