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The Kaza - Manali highway is in extreme conditions , so it takes around 4 hours to reach Kunzum Pass. From Kunzum Pass its a 8 km downhill trek to Chandrataal, but its not so downhill. There are places where you need climb steep slopes too,trails are extremely rocky , there are narrow trails through the edges of cliff and there are patches with no trails. It will take around 3-4 hrs with rests in between. There are beautiful green meadows , small streams which add enigma to this small trek.
Visit Chandratal via Kunzum Pass and enjoy the day there.Camps are about 2.5 KMs from the lake, either stay there or back to Battal where there is a PWD rest house now though without electricity. But, no point going back a painful ride to Losar over Kunzum Pass unless you want to stay in guest house with electricity. Better stay at Battal and save time as well as energy for next day.About 4 – 5 Hrs drive minimumOvernight at Battal or Chandratal Camps
The Kunzum Pass connects the Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley and is a gateway to Spiti Valley for tourists coming from Manali. Visit the Kunzum temple and seek blessings before commencing the remainder of your journey. The pass is also a trekkers' paradise and leads to Chandratal Lake along a nine-kilometer-long route.
Kunzum La! One of the highest mountain passes in the Himalayas, situated at a breathtaking altitude of 15000 ft. The pass got its name after "Kunzum" Devi, there is a temple dedicated to her at the location. Due to its high altitude, this pass remains closed for many months owing to heavy snowfall. In fact, the snowfall is so massive that the whole temple gets buried inside the snow.
4551 Mts. above sea level, it is one of the highest motorable passes across the Kunzum range. The pass welcomes you with a temple right in the centre, which you are supposed to take an entire round of in your vehicle to prevent mishaps. If a believer of atheism, it is best to follow the culture to avoid disrespect to the locals. The pass offers a view of snow capped mountains surrounding you in a sort of envelope. Nothing beyond the view exists and you are somewhere on the top of the world!
Its the kind of place that you can just keep your camera anywhere and click randomly and still each picture will look like a postcard.