Kunzum Pass

One of the most mysterious places is Kunzum Pass in the Spiti Valley. Kunzum Pass is the gateway to the most beautiful spirit via Kullu and Lahaul. It is the most beautiful range of the Himalayas. Kunzum Pass is located at 15060 ft above sea level. The roads are so amazing here. This place is like a testing ground for travellers who say they have amazing driving skills. Kunzum Pass is so adventurous for bikers.

Kumzum Pass is the major motorable pass in India which works as a connection between the Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley. It is located at a distance of 122 km from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, and leads to Kaza town.

It is also one of the most travelled mountain passes, with plenty of thrills and excitement.There is a temple devoted to Goddess Kunzum Devi, who protects travellers from evil energy. So many travellers come every year to the Kunzum Pass and make a stop at this temple to seek the blessing of the journey.

The Kunzum Pass is a route the most beautiful people take at a halt to capture this view of the magnificent Bara-Shigri Glacier, the second largest glacier in the world. For travellers, there is no option to stay in the village, but tourists can easily find homestays that are run by locals, in case they want to take a halt here.

Things to Do: 

  • Chandratal Lake: One of the most stunning lakes, Chandratal Lake, is situated in the great Himalayas at a height of about 4300 metres. The magnificent lake is the source of the Chandra River and is located on the Samudra Tapu plateau in the Lahaul region of the Lahaul and Spiti district. The crescent-shaped lake earned the name “Chandra Taal” (Lake of the Moon). Additionally, this lake is one of the two high-altitude wetlands in India that have received the Ramsar designation. It used to be a temporary home for Tibetan traders who came to Spiti and the Kullu region to do business. Now, it draws tens of thousands of people who want to try new things.

  • Batal:  For travellers headed to the Chandratal, the Chacha-Chachi Dhaba in Batal is a well-known location. This Dhaba is ideal for a rough stay in Spiti’s utter wilderness because it has a satellite phone on site. The Dhaba with Chandra Aunty’s name is owned by the elderly couple known as Dorje Uncle and Chandra Auntie. The only place to stay for 50 kilometres on either side is the stone Dhaba, which offers basic lodging. People can hardly stand straight because of the height of the ramshackle construction, which is made of stones stacked on top of one another. On a bed of stones, mattresses are spread out, and guests are expected to share the space. Approximately 150 rupees is spent on each person. Experience what it’s like to live when the wind howls through the cracks in the stone wall! It would undoubtedly produce a priceless memory.

  • Chotta Dara: On the Manali-Kaza Route, Chota Dara is located 17 kilometres ahead of Chhatru and features one of the most treacherous water crossings.

  • Chhatru: The trail starts from Chhatru, which is on the Manali-Kaza Highway in Himachal Pradesh. Chhatru, located at an altitude of 3312m in the Lahaul Valley, is a nice place to visit in Himachal Pradesh. It’s extremely offbeat.

  • Gramphu: At a height of 3,313 metres, the Gramphu pass is located in Lahaul and Spiti. Northeast of Rohtang Pass is where Gramphu is located. It only takes a day to thoroughly see the small Indian city of Gramphu.

  • Rohtang La Pass: Rohtang Pass, located in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul and Spiti valleys, is 13,054 feet above sea level. It connects Kullu Valley with Lahaul and Spiti, which in turn provide access to Leh, about 53 kilometres from Manali. The Rohtang Pass also serves as the entrance to Pangi and the Leh valley, in addition to Lahaul and Spiti. The Rohtang Pass serves as the entrance to Ladakh, similarly to the Zojila Pass.

  • Koksar: Koksar is one of the villages in the Himachal Pradesh state of northern India’s Lahaul Mandal in Lahaulspiti District. Alpine, Big, Colossal, Gigantic, Highland, Huge, Mammoth, Tall and Towering are some of the meanings of the word “Koksar.” Rohtang Pass is roughly Koksar is 19 km away from Koksar, while the North Portal of the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, is around 7 km away.

  • Atal Tunnel: A highway tunnel built under the Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway in Himachal Pradesh, India, and named after the former prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is known as the Atal Tunnel (also known as the Rohtang Tunnel).

  • Losar: Losar is serene, calming, and utterly delightful. If you haven’t been to this idyllic location, which is close to where the Losar and Peeno streams meet, then your trip to the Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh isn’t complete. At a height of 4,085 metres above sea level in the Spiti Valley, Losar hamlet is close to the Indo-Chinese border. It is situated at the farthest point of the Spiti Valley, which resembles Ladakh greatly in look. Losar is home to spectacular mountains, breathtaking rivers, and breathtaking landscapes that are unrivalled in beauty and may enchant any traveller.

  • Key Monastery: The Spiti Valley, often known as the middle land, is where the Ki Monastery is situated. The Spiti Valley is a region of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. “Spiti” refers to the region that is between Tibet and India and means”The Middle Land.” where the description of the terrain includes the terms “cold desert mountain valley.”

  • Kibber Village: The highest motorable settlement in the world is Kibber, located in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The hamlet is well-known for its picturesque mountains, desolate beauty, and monasteries. Near Kibber is Key Monastery, the biggest in Spiti Valley. Ladakh and Tibet’s landscapes may be seen in Kibber and throughout the entire Spiti Valley. Tibetan Buddhism is the main religion, and the culture is comparable to that of Tibet. Therefore, it makes sense why Spiti is also known as Little Tibet. At 14,200 feet above sea level and 16 kilometres from Kaza, is the village of Kibber, which consists of 80 dwellings. The Himachal Pradesh district of Lahaul-Spiti includes Kibber.

  • Chicham Village: Chicham Village is a charming spot to visit in Himachal Pradesh and is a very small, isolated hamlet in the Spiti valley, at an elevation of 4124 metres. Due to its isolation, getting to the village requires an exciting cable car journey over a gorge that is 110 metres deep. One outstanding illustration of the tenacity of the Spiti people is the Chicham Ropeway.

  • Kaza: On the left bank of the Spiti River, in the magnificent Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, at an elevation of roughly 12,500 feet, sits the lovely town of Kaza. The Lahaul and Spiti Valley, one of Himachal Pradesh’s most picturesque regions, is home to the major township and the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti.

  • Langza: In the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Langza is one of the most isolated settlements. The high-altitude settlement of Langza, which is close to the Spiti Valley’s administrative centre in Kaza, is well-known for its enormous Buddha statue that looks out over the Spiti Valley and is also good for viewing endangered animals. Anyone can be fascinated by the scenery in Langza village. In fact, we consider Langza to be the most picturesque settlement we have ever seen in the Spiti Valley.

  • Hikkim: In the era of email and texting, post offices aren’t often mentioned. Even in the furthest reaches of the earth, they are nevertheless of utmost significance. Hikkim, which is situated in the mountainous area of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh at a height of around 14567 feet, is regarded to be the highest post office in India (4440 metres). 

  • Komic: One of the most recognisable features of Komic hamlet in Spiti valley is the distinguishing sign board from the public works department, recognising Komic as the “highest settlement in the world connected by motorable road.” There is a small town in the Spiti Valley called Komic, which means “eye of a snow cock” (Ko – snowcock, mic – eye).

  • Dankar: The village of Dhankar is situated 34 kilometres away from Kaza. It is a tiny community with only a few hundred homes. At 3,894 metres (12,774 feet) above sea level, it is presently most known for the monastery that is situated nearby, but Dhankar used to be the capital of Spiti before it was moved to Kaza due to the demands of the contemporary era.

  • – It is essential to pack lots of woollens to avoid the cold and getting sick from the freezing environment.

  • – It is essential to carry medicine for altitude sickness.

  • – For travellers who decide to hire a car to visit Kunzum Pass, it would be better to hire an SUV.

  • – It is recommended to carry food supplies as there are no eateries & hotels in Kunzum Pass.

  • – For travellers looking for bus services, it is recommended to confirm the bus running status a day earlier.

  • – Take precautions to avoid acute mountain sickness (AMS).

  • – Start early in the morning to avoid higher water levels near the brooks or nallas. 

You will not find any hotels at Kunzum Pass, so you do have the option to stay either at Batal, Chandratal, or Losar. The few best properties are as below:

  • Parasol Camps, Chandra Tal

  • Rohtang Holidays Camp Chandratal

  • Moonlake Camps Chandratal

  • Chandratal Camp

  • Samsong Camp Chandratal

  • The Nomad’s Cottage-Losar

  • The Nomad’s Cottage – Chicham

By Air

If you are coming by road, you have to reach Manali. After that, you can take any HRTC bus, and you can also hire a cab. It takes 6 to 7 hours to reach the Kumzum Pass from Manali.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Kumzum Pass is Joginder Nagar railway station. It is 50 km away from the Kumzum Pass, and after reaching the railway station, you have to hire a cab.

By Road

The nearest airport to Kunzum Pass is located in Bhuntar town. It is located 170 km from Kumzum Pass and 50 km from Manali. After that, you can easily arrange a cab from the airport.

Places to Visit

Distances from Kunzum Pass

Kunzum Pass to Chandratal Lake

21.3 Kms

Kunzum Pass to Batal

12.6 Kms

Chotta Dara

27 Kms


44.3 Kms


61.3 Kms

Rohtang La Pass

76.1 Kms


66.3 Kms

Atal Tunnel

80.8 Kms

Manali to Kunzum Pass

107.4 Kms


16 Kms

Chicham Village

54 Kms

Key Monastery

62.4 Kms

Kibber Village

75.6 Kms

Kaza to Kunzum Pass

75.1 Kms

Shimla to Kunzum Pass

355 Kms

Chandigarh to Kunzum Pass (Via Manali)

414 Kms

Delhi to Kunzum Pass (Via Manali)

645 Kms

The best time to visit Nako is:

The best time to visit Nako is from April to October due to the weather conditions being pleasant and favorable. During this time, the beauty of the village is at its peak and the temperatures are moderate. Prevent visiting Nako during peak winters and monsoons because the roads to Nako get blocked during heavy snowfall and rainfall.


Nako Village is considered to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places that you can visit at any time throughout the year. So, if you want to enjoy a touch of natural beauty, then you must visit this village.

F&Q’s Kunzum Pass

Kunzum La, also known as Kunzum Pass, is one of the entrances to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys and is located at 4,551 metres above mean sea level. Himachal Pradesh is home to one of the highest motorable mountain passes in all of India.
The second highest motorable mountain pass in India is the Kunzum Pass, located in Himachal Pradesh. The Umlingla is the first now.
You should at the very least plan an 8-day journey to the Spiti Valley because it takes 5 days to go from Manali to the Spiti Valley via the Kinnaur side and back. You may therefore better explore the nearby villages of Komic, Ki, Kibber, Langza, Hikkim, and Pin Valley if you have three extra days.
According to Real Himachal's experience, April to June is the best season to visit the Spiti Valley because there are fewer chances of landslides and no fatigue problems during that time.
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