Situated at 4,551 m above mean sea level, Kunzum La or Kunzum Pass is one of the gateways to Lahaul and Spiti valleys. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain passes and is located in Himachal Pradesh. Separating Spiti and Lahaul valleys, it is situated at a higher altitude than Rohtang Pass, which is at an elevation of 13,054 ft and also serves as another gateway to Lahaul and Spiti.
Popular with tourists visiting Lahaul, Spiti and Manali, Kunzum Pass offers spectacular views of Bara-Sigri, the second longest glacier in the world. Also visible from the top of the pass are the Chandra-Bhaga mountain and Spiti valley. The presence of chortens and prayer flags signify a strong Buddhist influence in the area.
Also popular, is the Kunzum Devi Temple where all vehicles must stop to pay respects to the goddess.
You won’t find hotels, lodges or resorts along Kunzum Pass. However, several locals run homestays.
Like options to stay, there is also dearth of good eating options at Kunzum.
BEST TIME TO VISIT LAHAUL
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Lahaul is as given below. The best time to visit Lahaul is also specified.