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    Hi all,
    Does anyone has any idea when does the Leh-Manali route opens this summer. Any place from where one can get concrete information.
    Also I was thinking of going from Shimla towards sarahan then tabo, spiti etc and join the Leh-Manali route at gramphoo.
    Any information on this route?

    Cheers
    vishwas

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    Query Approved.
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    I think this will be a bit helpful.
    Ladakh travel guide: Leh ? Khardung La ? Nubra Valley Travel Guide | BCMTouring

    more information awaited from others also.

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    @ mike autherton - Thanks for the link but I dont need information about the route or the guide to prepration for the tour.
    What I want is concrete information about when is the earliest this route opens up this year. Anyone has any idea or some contact at Hp tourism who can provide this information.

    @ Aryan - Finally found this thread. Was looking for it in the touring section and wondering where it disappeared. I think it will be more appropriate there as we can discuss the scenario for doing manali-leh this year. Others can pitch in also ask querries as well.

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    Topic Moved to Tourer section.
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    Manali-Leh opens up mid/late may. The status of this route as well as the leh-srinagar highway 1A can be tracked here: www.leh.nic.in

    Since you are keen on doing spiti as well, i would suggest late may or early june as the time to start. By then, the kunzum pass(gateway to lahaul from spiti) would also be clear of snow.

    For any other info, feel free to ask.
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    @ Aryan - Thanks a ton for the prompt action.

    @Kurtrules - I intend to go through Shimla via narkanda, sarahan, tabo, kaza etc and come out right after Rohtang at Gramphoo??. I would like to know about probable areas where I can get stuck on this route. As for beyond here to Leh I'm pretty clear been done this a few times earlier as well.
    I think a major concern would be maling nala. Can anyone throw light on this stretch?

    cheers
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    Vishwas, kaza is 412 kms from shimla. For sarahan u wud get off he NH at jeori and turn right. Otherwise The road is pretty decent except for a few bad patches enroute till kaza. Another route bypassing malling has been built so the road til kaza is now almost all weather. The major concern is the 80 odd km stretch from losar(~50 km ahead of kaza) to grampoo which is pretty bad in shape. Ride carefully here, carry all spares and tools in case of a breakdown...Other precautions u must be knowing, as u ve done leh many times

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    @kurtrules - Done leh few times not many times :-).
    The link for leh site that you provided puts the status for both the road routes manali-leh and manali-srinagar as closed. Is there no way to find by when it will be opened.
    Now since I am unfortunately stuck in a job don't have the liberty of getting up and leaving anytime anymore. Have to manage work commitments et al.
    Now option is there to play safe and plan for late june but I want to do this route as soon as it opens and when it has those fantastic ice walls on both sides and that too white. Later the diesel fumes of trucks turn them into repulsive grey/black that one dont even feel like touching.
    We did try spiti last year but got stuck on the third big glacier point from gramphoo. The car we had with us just sat on its belly over the boulders with all four tires in the air. We managed to push it through but the people there suggested not to carry on as the maling nala they said is the big daddy of these glaciers and our car will never be able to cross it. So we backtracked and spiti got left.
    Now if you are saying that maling nala is now open all year that means one can do spiti as soon as rohtang opens up. I wont mind skipping leh and just do round trip from shimla to manali if it can be done early. Where does one finds status of rohtang?

    cheers
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    Yeh lo bhai

    Normally it's closed on Mon for civilians. The traffic controller will come with new schedule by April. Their no. is 0194-2455164. Call them up to confirm. The check post is at Baltal just after sonmarg.

    Cheers
    PS: All thanks to guruji ashwani khanna.
    PPS: If you come near gurgaon sometime, let's meet up - have read too many reports of yours
    PPPS: Rohtang is simple - call the relevant B&R division.
    PPPPS: Even better to finally read of someone who likes snow walls as much as I do - I find it hilarious that people want to try safer trips, that mean that they capture snow only from afar - how boring - Real men do it in May (tm)
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