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Kunzum Pass
About Kunzum Pass

Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass which is located at an elevation of 4,590 m on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas about 122 km from Manali. It connects the Lahul Valley and Kullu Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is on the route to kaza which is the subdivisional headquarters of spiti valley. There is also a 14 km trek to the moon lake of the Chandratal from the kunzum pass. Rohtang pass is a gateway to Lahaul. After crossing Rohtang pass and driving 20 kms, one has to turn right from Gramphoo. While going to this pass, the panoramic view of Bara-Sigri glacier (second longest glacier in the world) is enchanting and exciting.

Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) resides in a temple on the Kunzum top and keeps guard over the pass. Visitors normaly take a round around the temples to seek blessings of Goddess. Chandratal Lake is 7 km from Kunzum Pass. While traveling to the Kunzum Pass one can view the Bara-Sigri Glacier which is the second largest Glacier in the world. The top of the valley offers a amazing landscape with majestic Chandra Bhaga ranges surrounding it on the north sides with snow clapped peaks and huge glaciers threatening to block the valley any moment. The other side is the Spiti valley with its dessert like terrain.

There is a temple at the top of this pass which is dedicated to goddess Durga. After seeing this pass one can drive to Batal for a night stay in the Rest House. The view from the top is wonderful. On one side is the Spiti valley and to the other are numerous Chandra Bhaga range peaks. On way back from Gramphoo one can either return to Manali or can go to Leh via Keylong , Darcha, Tanglang la, Sarchu, Baralacha la by road. The best time to visit Kunzum Pass is from June end to September end. Rest of the year, the Pass remains cut off from rest of the world due to heavy snow fall.

Kunzum Pass is popular among tourists visiting Lahaul, Spiti and Manali. It offers amazing views of Bara-Sigri glacier which is the second longest glacier in the world. Chandra-Bhaga Mountain and Spiti Valley. Are also visible from the top of the pass. Signs of Buddhist influence in and around Kunzum Pass, is visible in the form of chortens and prayer flags.

Kunzum Devi Temple is also popular for those passing through Kunzum Pass. As per a local tradition, all vehicles stop at the temple to pay obeisance to the deity. Kunzum is also popular with trekkers and adventure seekers. The 12 km trek to Chandratal is very popular.

 
Travel from Manali to Kunzum Pass

This Pass can be reached from the city of Manali from its southern side. Mostly, the place is easily reached by either the tourist buses or the hired cars. To drive to the Kunzum Pass from Manali, one need to drive of the N. H. or the National Highway - 21 since the Manali city is located on that National Highway. On the way, one would pass through the Vashisht Temple, the Anu Motor Works and Enfield Dealer.

From Post crossing Bahang drive on the Leh - Manali Highway and follow the twists and turns of the highway as you move forward. While doing so, one will pass through the following places before finally reaching the Kunzum Pass:
Whispering Rocks
Chhatru
Jilang
Karcha
Batal

 

 


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