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Kunzum La

Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.590 m (15,059 ft) above the sea level, located on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas, in India. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain pass. It's the highest point in the Spiti Valley Road.

The road over the pass is not a road. Just a dirt track leading upto the top of the hill. It links the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! The top of the pass offers spectacular views of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the world. Also visible from the top of the pass are the Chandra-Bhaga Mountain and Spiti Valley. Besides the panoramic view of the region, Kunzum Pass has got a temple of Goddess Durga at its top most point.
Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. It is the only motorable route connecting Lahaul Valley on the western side of the pass with Spiti Valley on the eastern side.
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