Kunzum

The motorbiking enthusiasts are very much familiar with this majestic gateway that leads to Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

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The motorbiking enthusiasts are very much familiar with this majestic gateway that leads to Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Situated at a height of 4551 meters above sea level, the Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La is one of India's highest motorable mountain passes, and is located in Himachal Pradesh in North India. A large number of bikers visit this spot to experience the most thrilling ride through the spectacular gateway of Kunzum Pass. The place is also known for the Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) temple, which is located on the top of Kunzum and keeps guard over the pass and wards of the evil power.

The visitors often take a round of this temple to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga and visit Chandratal Lake, which is only 7 km from Kunzum Pass. This route is so beautiful that people take a halt here to indulge in photography and to view the magnificent Bara-Sigri Glacier, the second largest Glacier in the world. While biking, one can enjoy views of the majestic Chandra Bhaga ranges covered with snow clad peaks and massive glaciers and the Spiti valley that has desserts like terrain. There are no tourist facilities available here; however, the visitors can go to the nearest village 'Losar,' which is only 16 kms from Kunzum Pass, to seek accommodation or eatery facilities.

The Kunzum Pass separates Spiti and Lahaul Valley and is situated at a higher altitude than Rohtang Pass. It is one of the most popular and widely used passes by tourists visiting Lahaul, Spiti, and Manali. One can easily notice signs of Buddhist influence in and around Kunzum Pass in the form of prayer flags. Other than bikers, this place is also popular with trekkers and adventure seekers, who take the 12 km trek to Chandratal, which is another popular spot in Lahaul and Spiti Valley.

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