When we reached Dir we checked with relevant persons and they told us that Lowari tunnel is closed for routine works and you have to go over the top. Well that was not the plan. We decided to move on further and when reached the check point FC told us that tunnel is definitely closed and you can't go though we have prior arrangements for approval etc .... long story.
So then we decided to go over the top. Tunnel is not yet fully operational the main shaft is done, but road, lighting, sewerage and ventilation ducts are not yet built or operational. Once completed Chitral will be accessable in all seasons and overall journey will be atleast 3 hours shorter.