Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. This is acting as gate way to Lahaul and Spiti Valley. In Himachal Pradesh it is one of the highest motorable mountain pass. It is located at a higher altitude than Rohtang Pass.
What to see in Kunzum Pass: This is well known to the tourists of Manali, Lahaul and Spiti. It is the second longest glacier in the world. This pass offers the best view of Bara Sigri Glacier. In and around this pass, Buddhist influence is more. While Visitors passing through this pass, they can see Kunzum Devi Temple. All the vehicles travelling through this pass will stop at this temple and pay obeisance to the deity. Other major attraction of this place is Trekking. Popular trekking trail from this place is 12kms trek to Chandratal.
What to see around Kunzum Pass:
Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. This is situated 16kms away from Kibber.
Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Kibber Attractions are Ki Monastery, Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary.
Manali: Manali is popular honeymoon spot. Visitors can enjoy the place by seeing slopes and snow covered peaks. Manali is famous for its culture, history, scenic beauty, snow covered by mountains. This valley is known as Valley of Gods. Manali Attractions are Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Paragliding, Trekking and Adventures sports, Solang Valley.
Spiti: Other name of this place is Little Tibet. It is located in Himalayan Mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh. This place is famous for rare wild animals such as ibex, snow leopard etc. It is accessible only during the summer season.
Lossar: It is situated between Spiti and Manali. This is the first inhabitant village. Some of the trekking trails start from this place. Other attractions of this place are animals, vegetation, quaint houses in the village. Trekking to Chandrataal and other trekking places start from Lossar.
Dhankar: This place is famous for its fort. It was built to have the hidden views of Spiti Valley and too keep an eye on enemies. Other attraction of this place is Lha-O-pa Gompa. It was in the shape of fortess.
Key Monastery: In Spiti Valley, this monastery is the largest monastery. This is known for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thankas, and murals.
Koumik Village: This is the highest villages in the Himalayas.
Getting to Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass is well connected with road. This place can be reached from Chandigarh and Delhi via Manali. Nearest railway station is located at Joginder Nagar. This station is 50kms away from Manali. It is the narrow gauge railway station. This station is well connected with Ambala and Chandigarh. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar town which is 170kms from Kunzum Pass and 50kms from Manali. Jeeps and buses are available to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali.
Getting around Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass can be explored on foot. Jeeps and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kunzum Pass.
Best time to visit Kunzum Pass: Best time to visit this place is between June to September.
Where to stay in Kunzum Pass: Hotels, Resorts and lodges are not available to stay in Kunzum Pass. Only way to stay in Kunzum Pass is Home stay providing by the local people.
Where to eat in Kunzum Pass: Very limited options at this place.