Kunzum Pass

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Time Required: 2-3 hrs


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Kunzum Pass, Spiti Valley Overview

Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La, as it is called by locals, is one of the highest motorable mountain passes of India, located at an altitude of 4,551m above mean sea level. It serves as a gateway to the beautiful Spiti valley Via Kullu and Lahaul. It lies on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas and is at a distance of 122 km from Manali. Kunzum La offers an incredible 360-degree view of Bara- Shigri Glacier (the second longest glacier in the world), a jaw-dropping vista of Chandrabhaga Range and a spectacular view of the Spiti valley. This enthralling view makes Kunzum Pass a photographer's dream.

There is a 15km trek to the famous Chandratal Lake (moon lake) from Kunzum Pass. It is believed that the visitors have to stop at the temple of Goddess Kunzum Devi, on their way to the pass, to pay their respect and seek the blessing to travel safely through the rugged terrain safely. The tradition is to take a complete circle of the temple in your vehicle. 

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Kunzum Pass is one of the highest passes across the Kunzum range situated at an altitude of 4551 m. From Lahaul to the Spiti valley, it serves as an entrance pass. The valley top offers a picturesque landscape with a stunning view of the Chandra Bhaga ranges that surround it on the north sides with snow-capped peaks. On the other side, the Spiti valley is there accompanied by its dessert-like terrain. The view from the top is breathtaking.

Goddess Kunjum dwells in a temple that is located on the Kunzum pass, and it is believed that she keeps a look over the pass and protects it from the evil powers. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The visitors who pass Kunzum, they stop at the temple to pay respects to the goddess.

The Kunzum Pass is ordinarily open from June to September. During the rest of the year, it is frozen.

Kunzum Pass does not have any hotels or lodges to stay. However, homestay is arranged by locals. Other than that you can go to Kaza (75 km away) to stay at a hotel.

1. If travelling by bus, reconfirm the running status a day before. Also, reach the station early to grab a good seat as there is no provision for bookings.
2. If you are hiring a private taxi, it's better to hire an SUV.
3. You might experience altitude sickness. Take applicable precautions.
4. Don't miss the spectacular view of Bara-Shigri glacier on the way to the Pass.
5. The Pass has no eateries, so it is recommended to stock up on food supplies before the journey.

The best option to reach the Kunzum pass is to take the local HRTC bus from Manali to Kaza in Spiti Valley. The bus leaves Spiti at 5:00 AM and ordinarily reaches the pass at 2:00 PM. Apart from that, you can hire a private taxi from Manali (costlier but more comfortable). It takes around 5-7 hrs to reach the pass via taxi.

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