road conditions in spiti ????
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#1
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road conditions in spiti ????

we were planning to drive to spiti (in an indica) via shimla and come back via manali. leaving on 13/08.

have heard the kinnaur side roads are completely damaged. so might have to go via manail.

has any one just come back from spiti via kinnaur (shimla > kalpa > sumdo > tabo > kaza). please let me know the road conditions.

and also road conditions from manali side (manali > kumzun la > kaza > tabo).

thanks

sanjay
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#2
| Infidel in Chief
Hi there,

You can get through from Kinnaur to Manali through Spiti by bus, but the roads are pretty nasty at the moment - see my thread on horror bus journeys. The one problem that you will have in a car as that as of a few days ago, the bridge just to the north of Tabo was down. We had to cross a footbridge and connect with another bus on the otherside. They were making rapid progress in building a new bridge though - it may even be completed by now.
So, I should suppose that if you want to visit the places north of Tabo, go via Manali, but if you want to go to Tabo and Nako then go via Rekong Peo.

The Malling Slide is open as of a few days ago, but when we crossed it we had to leave the bus three times to clear rocks from the road.

The roads either side of the Rohtang La were particularly awful as well.

You must also bear in mind that water is washing over the roads in many places; this might create significant problems for a normal saloon car - I came across one set of domestic tourists who turned back at Malling. A jeep would be fine though, as would a motorbike (I believe).

I hope that is of some use, but I must stress that things were changing daily while I was in the valley.

Enjoy your trip and stay safe on some very nasty roads!

Rob
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#3
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any idea on what's the current road condition from narkhanda to kalpa? i heard that the roads on this part is normally closed due to regular landslides. a group of my office colleagues are planning a trip this 18th august to visit spiti and will be going via narkanda, sangla, nako, kaza and then ahead to chndertal, manali, naggar and back to delhi. they have a 10 day trip and want to make the most of it.
if anyone has the latest info, please do advise..
many thanks, in advance.
js.
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#4
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i heard there is alot of rain in kullu and manali also snow in rotang...is the road to spiti still open...
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#5
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i went to spiti from Manali, but via shimla, jalori pass, Kangra valley, Malling Nala etc, in a self driven Innova. Road conditions were really horrible once you entered the Spiti valley; however, they opened up a new road over the Malling Nala. Some 25 kms extra journey, but better roads.

Spiti road is one of the most dangerous in the whole country. Personally, I didn't like Spiti much. Its beauty is too stark, no trees - and there's a lot of breathing issues which drains your energy.

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