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#1981 Oct 7th, 2018, 15:39
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Plan is doable assuming roads are open, but you aren't spending time at any place, it'd be hectic.

The road doesn't usually close by Oct end - although Chandratal camps do pack up and leave any time in early to mid Oct depending on weather.

Don't keep hopes up for Chandratal. Even if weather seems ok, but you come to know at Batal that camps have left, don't take your vehicle on that road. Any landslide, and your car will stay there for the winter - there will be no-one for repair. It's not maintained by BRO or any organization, only camp leaders do it for their business. Can walk from Batal/ Kunzum Pass though.

This year, winter has arrived early and more snowfall is expected in next 3-4 days. No-one can say if Kunzum Pass would be passable when you're there. I'm pretty sure that the pass won't close down for winter already, but closure for a few days can't be ruled out.

Alternatively, can enter through Manali, and explore possibility of using the long Keylong - Killar - Kishtwar - Jammu as back-up in-case Kunzum is snowed out when you have to leave Lahaul. Killar - Kishtwar is less prone to early closure due to snow, but is a tougher drive. Read about it. In my opinion, better to stick to your plan but have a back-up plan of returning from Losar in-case you find Kunzum snowed out. If Kunzum is passable, Rohtang would usually be open as well - do not waste much time between the two if weather seems tricky.

Oct mid to end (especially this year) is a tricky time to plan a trip in that part of the Himalaya in your own vehicle. You should also have spare days.

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Originally Posted by Touringlawyer View Post Hello Experts,

I have planned the Spiti Valley Circuit between 13th - 26th October (this month) and my brief Itinerary is as follows:

Noida to Shimla
Shimla to Sangla
Sangla to Kalpa
Kalpa to Tabo
Tabo to Kaza
Kaza to Losar (Visit to Chandrataal Lake)
Losar via Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass to Manali
Manali to Shimla
Shimla to Noida

Do you think I will be able to do the trip given the weather and road conditions in Himachal?

Many thanks in advance.
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Thank you so so much Blue bharal for your so valuable advice. Now we shall be mentally prepared to return from Losar in case Kunzum / Rohtang is closed.

We are doing the entire trip in 14 days, and can extend a day or two, if situation demands. Hotel bookings all made and mostly paid for in advance.

As for Chandrataal, we are staying 2 nights in Losar and one day has been kept specifically to visit Chandrataal (Do not intend to stay at Chandrataal at the camps; aware that the camps would have packed up by then). We are traveling in a Duster AWD, and I'm told that AWD is sufficient and one does not need a proper 4x4 for this region. There is only one way to find out

As for the risky part, where is the thrill without the risk. And btw, we are 2 humans with our 2 dogs, so the thrill would be even more. I am looking forward to a very very exciting trip.

P.S. We humans have screwed up so much with nature, if nature gives it back on occasions and ruins our plans, I think its fair game. Will just take it in the stride.Thank you again. Will keep all that you mentioned in mind and plan accordingly.
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Originally Posted by Touringlawyer View Post Hello Experts,

I have planned the Spiti Valley Circuit between 13th - 26th October (this month) and my brief Itinerary is as follows:

Noida to Shimla
Shimla to Sangla
Sangla to Kalpa
Kalpa to Tabo
Tabo to Kaza
Kaza to Losar (Visit to Chandrataal Lake)
Losar via Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass to Manali
Manali to Shimla
Shimla to Noida

Do you think I will be able to do the trip given the weather and road conditions in Himachal?

Many thanks in advance.
Not sure whether you will be able to go beyond Kaza towards Losar due to heavy snowfall in the region
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Cold wave sweeps tribal areas
Shimla, October 7
With the winter setting in much earlier, the tribal belt and other high-altitude areas are reeling under severe cold wave conditions. Natural sources of water such as springs, lakes, rivulets and tributaries of snow-fed rivers have started freezing.
The Kaza Met department in the Spiti tribal valley has been closed and the bus service on the Manali-Leh National Highway has been suspended due to slippery conditions caused by the freezing of water.
The Batal research centre of the MeT office below Kunzam Pass had already been closed due to snowfall. The entire staff had been recalled and asked to report in Manali, said Director, state MeT station, Manmohan Singh said. Usually, this centre is closed towards the end of October or early November or after snow - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...as/664639.html
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Rohtang opens for tourists

KULLU, OCTOBER 8
The 13,050 foot high Rohtang Pass has been thrown open for tourists after the BRO cleared the road blocked due to recent snowfall. The Pass had been clocked for the past two weeks.
Manali SDM Raman Garsanghi said that tourist vehicles were allowed to go up to the Rohtang Pass. Hundreds of tourists thronged Rohtang after online booking for permits was allowed on Monday. The SDM said that around 20 manual permits were also provided as procuring these through website were possible only at 10 am.
The SDM said that in the wake of recent snowfall in the Lahaul valley the tourists were not being permitted to go towards Lahaul. Only the vehicles carrying essential supplies and those which had been left stranded in Lahaul in the wake of the recent snowfall were being allowed to pass. The SDM advised the commuters to cross the Pass after analyzing the weather - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ts/665165.html
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A Hotel owner in Losar today informed me that Losar - Manali route has been open. This is just what I have heard. Please verify independently from authentic / official sources before traveling.
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https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ss/665845.html

10 Oct: Fresh snow at the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass on Tuesday brought cheer on the faces of Kullu and Manali hoteliers. It was opened for tourists on Monday.

With fresh snow at Rohtang and mild rain in Manali town and its vicinity, Kullu district has come under the grip of cold wave. Freeing temperature has forced people to wear jackets even in the day.

In view of public safety, the Manali administration stopped traffic movement towards Lahaul from the Manali side for more than one hour. However, traffic was allowed again for the residents of Lahaul-Spiti.
Manali SDM Raman Garsangi said the movement of tourist vehicles towards the Rohtang Pass would depend upon weather conditions in the coming days as the security of people was their top priority. He said they had stopped the movement of vehicles from the Gulaba barrier to Lahaul for more than one hour in the day.
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Lahaul-Spiti district witnesses snow

Keylong sees snow. Tribune photo
Mandi, October 11
The tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti received fresh snow on Thursday.
The Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul, has been closed for vehicular activity since morning from the Gulaba barrier as the area received fresh snow - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ow/666605.html

Kullu-Manali highway partially shut for repairs
KULLU, OCTOBER 10
The Kullu-Manali right bank road will remain closed for traffic for two days due to maintenance at Kalath area near Manali. The vehicular traffic to Manali would be diverted via the left bank road.
Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus said that he visited Dobhi, Patlikul, 17 Mile, Rangri and various other villages en route Kullu and Manali to assess the relief work after the damages caused by the recent rains and flood... - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...rs/666162.html
The DC said in the wake of recent floods the road had been damaged near Kalath. The NHAI authorities had been instructed to broaden the road to ensure smooth passage of heavy vehicles. The NHAI had also been instructed to raise the level of the road which was adjacent to the Beas
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My Ladakh trip through Srinagar is coming up in a couple of days. Will fly out of Leh around 25th.Weather tips from the veterans here ? TIA
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Fresh snowfall blocks Manali-Leh highway
MANALI: With accumulation of 15-30cm sheet of snow, another spell of snowfall on Thursday morning has again blocked the Manali-Leh highway for vehicular traffic.
The entire Lahaul valley has also been covered with white blanket, plunging the temperature below freezing point. Lahaul-Spiti district headquarters Keylong received 6cm of fresh snow. Koksar, just below Rohtang, received nearly 15cm of snow. Rohtang Pass, too, has received more than 15cm of snow. Darcha, Jispa and Baralacha Pass also received more snow. While road till Keylong is expected to be open on Friday, the remaining stretch of Keylong-Leh highway may take few more days to open. However, tourists will not be allowed to go beyond Rohtang Pass - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66171638.cms
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Cold tightens grip in state

Shimla, October 14
With the early setting of winter and cold wave tightening its grip, the tribal belt and high-altitude mountainous areas are reeling under severe cold.
The minimum temperature has ranged between minus five and minus eight in the high-altitude areas and all natural sources of water like springs, lakes, rivulets and tributaries of rivers have started freezing.
There is a gradual fall in the discharge of water in rivers, affecting the hydropower generation which has dropped by 20 per cent for the past one month. The MeT office has predicted rain or snow at isolated places for five days from October 16 to 20 and rain and thundershowers at a few places in mid hills from October 17 to 20 - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...te/668119.html

More rain, snowfall likely in Himachal Pradesh this week
MANALI: The high hills of Himachal Pradesh will experience more snowfall while mid and low hills will receive rain from Wednesday, which is expected to bring down the mercury in most parts of the state.
According to meteorological centre, Shimla, there will be rain and thundershowers in parts of Himachal Pradesh and snowfall at the higher reaches this week.
The lowest minimum temperature in the state was recorded at Keylong in Lahaul, at minus 0.1 degree Celsius while Manali recorded lowest temperature of the season at 3 degrees Celsius. Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Bharmaur, Manali and parts of upper Shimla and Mandi are witnessing cold nights - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66209836.cms
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Manali-Leh, Kaza roads closed

Tribune News Service
Mandi, October 16

The administration of Lahaul Spiti has closed the Manali-Leh and Gramfu-Kaza roads for winter in view of public safety.

Due to freezing temperature and recent snow in Lahaul Spiti, the frost has started depositing on the road, making it slippery for vehicles.

Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari, DC, said, “The Border Roads Organisation had informed us to stop vehicles on these routes in view of public safety. Due to high altitude, the Kunzum Pass and Bara-lacha La may receive heavy snow anytime which may put lives of commuters at risk.”

He said due to sudden snowfall on September 22, a large number of vehicles had been stuck on the Manali-Leh and Gramfu-Kaza road. It took weeks for the district administration to get them out.

The DC asked the police to stop visitors leaving for Leh or Kaza. He also urged the people to follow the instruction.

“However, the traffic between the Manali-Keylong road via Rohtang is normal,” said the DC.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/manali-leh-kaza-roads-closed/669125.html

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Manali-Leh, Kaza roads closed

Here is the link to the news as detailed above- https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ed/669125.html
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Steam engine chugs on Shimla-Kalka rail track

The heritage engine KC520, built by North British Locomotive Company for Rs 30,000, was commissioned in 1906 and was used to drive trains till 1970 before it was replaced by diesel engines
Shimla, October 17
It was an unusual morning at the Shimla railway station on Wednesday. The 113-year-old history was revived in the Queen of Hills as the heritage KC 520 steam locomotive engine ran on the Shimla-Kalka heritage track.
The engine, attached with two coaches, took 28 foreigners from Shimla till Kaithlighat and returned, covering 44 km. Not only the foreigners, but locals too were excited about the run. The heritage engine KC520, built by North British Locomotive Company for Rs 30,000, was commissioned in 1906 and was used to drive trains till 1970 before it was replaced by diesel engines - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ck/669613.html
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Dal Lake dries up, locals worried

A view of Dal Lake near McLeodganj.
Dharamsala, October 18
The famous Dal Lake of Dharamsala, which was full to its brims a fortnight ago following heavy rains, has now completely dried up.
Rakesh, a resident of the Naddi area, said fish in the lake had perished. We dont know the reason behind it, but it is being considered inauspicious for the area by the locals, he said.
District tourism officer Madhu Chaudhary said it was a matter of great concern. She said the Centre had sanctioned a project of Rs 4 crore for the beautification of the lake. The tourism department had already received a sum of Rs 1.15 crore. However, we will have to look into this serious issue before starting the beautification project, said Madhu.
Sources said the lake started losing water after it was de-silted using JCB machines during a joint project carried out by the Tourism and Forest Departments - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ed/670240.html
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