Kunzum Pass is a beautiful mountain pass in the Spiti Valley of Lahaul and Spiti. The height of the Pass is 4,551 meters. Kunzum Pass is 122 km from Manali. This pass connects Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley. It is on the route from Gramphu to Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti in Lahaul, and is a high mountain pass in the eastern Kunzum range of the Himalayas. And it is 79 km away from Kaza. NH505 at Pass connects Kaza to Manali in the southwest and Kaurik, Sumdo, Pooh, and Tabo in the east. Kunzum Pass is one of the highest motorable passes in India and one of the most beautiful passes in Himachal.
Kunzum Pass Lahaul and Spiti
The Kaza-Pooh-Tabo-Shimla road is open throughout the year and serves as a link between Spiti Valley. The Manali-Kaza road remains closed for 7,7 months every year in winter. NHAI is preparing to build a tunnel under Kunzum Pass to provide all-weather connectivity between Manali and Spiti Valley. Kunzum is 122 km from Manali city. The snow-capped peaks and the valley beyond make for a great spot for photography. Kunzum Pass is open from June to November.
It is one of the most visited mountains passes and its exhilarating turns attract many people. The pass also has a temple dedicated to the goddess Kunjum Devi, who guards the pass. Tourists traveling to Pass stop near the temple to seek blessings for the journey and Mata Rani protects the travelers from evil forces. The NH505 from Manali-Gramphu in the west to Battal at an altitude of 4,000 m has 15 sharp hairpin turns towards Kaza on the Chandra River in the east to the small town of Losar at an altitude of 4,076 m. And there is also a 15 km trek from Kunzum La to Chandratal, Moon Lake.
How to Reach
HRTC buses can be taken from Manali and taxis can be hired to reach Kunzum Pass. It is a 6-7 hour drive from Manali. And you can go by private car. Kunzum Pass is one of the second-highest glaciers in the Himalayas. Mobile connectivity is very weak here. Beyond the Pass comes the town of Kaza, which is the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. Can’t forget the beautiful view of Spiti, after the opening of the road there is a crowd of Protco. It is very cold here, the temperature during the day in summer is just right and keep medicines for mountain sickness with you. Here you can stay in hotels and homestays and make sure to book in advance.