how to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali – 2023 Updated

With spectacular views of Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley, Kunzum Pass is a high altitude mountain pass which divides these both valleys.  In this blog, we will share complete knowledge of how to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali through different modes.  

Where is Kunzum Pass located?

Kunzum Pass is located in Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, It is a high altitude mountain pass dividing Lahaul & Spiti valleys. Spiti river originates from here.

Name of the PlaceKunzum Pass (कुंजम दर्रा ) 
State Himachal Pradesh
District Lahaul & Spiti
Elevation 4500  m, 14800 ft
AccessibilityBy road
Best time to visitJune  – September

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali

Kunzum Pass is connected by road and accessible during summers majorly.  The shortest  distance between Kunzum Pass from Manali is around 75 Km . There are different modes by which one can reach Kunzum Pass.

how to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali by Road

Manali to Kunzum Pass Via Atal Tunnel   opens for 4 months only) 

If you are an adventure lover, this route will be the best thing to explore. You can refer to the below table to plan your journey. This route is open from mid-June to September end.

Sr. No.Location Distance (Km)Elevation (ft)Elevation (m)Time  (Hr)
2Atal Tunnel3510200310001:00
3Kunzum Pass11014800450007:00
how to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali
how to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali on a Bus

 Manali to Kunzum Pass


 For online booking of buses on the HRTC website kindly Click here

Note: If you are planning to take an offline HRTC bus, kindly confirm the timings from the HRTC Depot office before finalization. Click here to know the phone numbers.

 How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali on your own Vehicle 

Reaching Kunzum Pass is a task 

  1. The route after a few kilometers from the Atal tunnel is totally bad in shape and opens for only 4 months a year. So please make sure you are well prepared for that terrain.
  2. The travel time is more than 6 hrs Kunzum Pass so please make sure you start early in the day as during the rest of the day the water level in the crossing is high.
  3. There is no network/support on this route. Make sure you are having cold prevention set up in case you get stuck somewhere. 
  4. If you are having a 4X4 vehicle then this is a good option.
  5. Cancel or postpone your travel if there is bad weather.
  6. In Manali – Kunzum Pass route petrol pump is only at Manali.

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali on a bike

Lots of bikers every year travel to Spiti via this route. Kunzum Pass is also on their destination list.

Kindly consider the below points before planning a trip to Kunzum Pass on a bike.

  1. Every bike can reach Kunzum Pass but prefer a bike with > 150 cc engine.
  2. Road from Manali to Kunzum Pass is in very bad shape. Kindly plan well before traveling. 
  3. Make your bike fully serviced. 
  4. Ride carefully as the road is considered dangerous road
  5. Carry rain covers along with as there might be rain at higher reaches.
  6. There are many landslide-prone areas that are treacherous during the rainy season.
  7. Petrol pumps on this route are at Manali,

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali on a Taxi

Taxis can easily be hired for Kunzum Pass and there are many options available on online platforms. Following key things to be considered while taxing taxis to Kunzum Pass.

  1. Drivers should be experienced in traveling in these areas.
  2. You can add the Spiti circuit while visiting Kunzum pass. 
  3. Ground clearance of the Vehicle to be good.
  4. Negotiate well before finalization.

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali by Train

Kunzum Pass and Manali are not connected by train.

How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali by air

Since Kunzum Pass is located deep  in the Himalayas, there is no major airport nearby.

The Last airport is at Buntar Near Kullu and the other at Shimla.

Summary – “How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali”

Let’s summarize what we have understood in this blog  “How to reach Kunzum Pass from Delhi ”

  • Kunzum Pass is a travel destination located in the Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • You can reach Kunzum Pass from Manali.
  • Kunzum Pass can be reached only 4 months a year
  • Kunzum Pass can be reached by self-driven car, bike, taxi, and by Bus.
  • Cheapest way to reach Kunzum Pass is by the HRTC bus and one option is  available.

We hope you have got a good understanding of “How to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali ”. If you want to give suggestions on this blog ” please comment.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions:

Question – Manali to Kunzum Pass bus

Answer – There is a direct bus from Manali to Kunzum Pass. Read this blog to know the bus details.

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