Spiti Road Trip | Ep.5 | Kaza to Manali via Kunzum – Roaming Hawks

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Road is turning to left again another water crossing I guess Hello Friends, and welcome to the fifth episode in the Spiti series This was also the day, I was most excited about We start from Kaza and pass through Rangrik, Hal, Kyoto before reaching Losar Just beyond Losar is the place where Spiti river forms due to the confluence of 3 smaller streams Technically speaking, Spiti Valley ends here After crossing Kunzum La, you will travel in the Chandra river’s valley, which is under Lahaul You will reach Batal after descending Kunzum There are no roads beyond this and you travel on a river bed till Chhatru Gramphu is the place where Kaza Manali road merges with the Leh Manali road Just after the left turn at Gramphu, climb to Rohtang starts After coming down from Rohtang, you travel along the Beas river till Manali Since we are still in Spiti, the views just keep getting better and better One moment you are travelling along a valley, the next, you are entering a deep gorge and in the next, driving on a plateau You will get to see everything On such plains, it is better to take these dirt tracks as they are less bumpy and often, faster This is the limestone area near Kyoto That bright red bridge will carry us over to the left bank of Spiti This is a new bridge. The older one, I guess, you can still see standing right beside it Many drivers refer this stretch as “Khooni Rasta” (Killer Road) Why? I don’t know exactly This road towards the right, will take you to Chicham and Kibber Even though the (limestone) mining is now stopped the name Kyoto is still synonymous with quality limestone This is the Kyoto Village Just outsite the Kyoto village, you will see this stupa or chorten, whatever you want to call it. Built atop a single rock it would be quite interesting to know, how they built it On the left, Ganmo peak is obscured by the clouds otherwise we would have gotten a great view from here We are about to reach Losar Those few houses on the left comprise the village of Chichong Here, we will cross the Spiti river for the last time We have reached Losar Since we started early from Kaza it’s just about the right time for a breakfast break While leaving Losar, remember to enter your details at the checkpost This is the Welcome gate of Losar or the exit gate, in our case Like I showed you earlier on the map, 3 different streams converge here Pangnu, Kibji and Taktsi Technically, we are now leaving the Spiti Valley Till Kunzum, we will travel along Taktsi The gradual ascent to Kunzum pass starts after Losar Kunzum is approximately 20 kms from here Look at the river, down on the left, we were at the same level a few minutes back You will occassionally encounter such streams which flow down into the Taktsi and eventually into Spiti Look at that island right in the middle of the river, or rather, a stream Just before Kunzum, you will come across this Chorten or Stupa As per my research, this place is called Shitkar but, I haven’t been able to find any info about this Chorten or Stupa Please share in the comments, if you know more Straight ahead, you can see the prayer flags on Kunzum and beyond it, obscured by the clouds, are the CB 12, 13 and 14, all 6000m plus peaks Kunzum Pass connects the Spiti and Lahaul valleys While Buddhism is the major religion in Spiti, it is Hinduism in Lahaul You will see both faiths sort of merging here Just of the main road, there is a temple dedicated to the presiding deity of this pass – Kunzum Mata And some Chortens As per local legends, there was a magic stone here coins used to stick to it automatically It was stolen many times, but, surprisingly, was always back here the next morning It now remains locked somewhere in this complex away from prying eyes People believe, before moving ahead, one should circle around the temple for blessings And the odds you face while travelling on this stretch, you can’t really blame them You need every ounce of blessing you can get Faith and beliefs aside, the panoramic views from this place are incredible Glaciers between the various Chandrabhaga CB peaks appear just at an arm’s length away Due to the clouds, we are not able to get a clear view But hey, I am not complaining, This place was still Magic! Just ahead of the Pass, this stream is a good place to taste some real Himalayan water Weather has deteriorated and it’s raining now Nice view of the CB-16 peak, slightly on the right As we descend Kunzum, we come across the second river for today, Chandra It merges with Bhaga and forms Chandrabhaga and enters Kashmir where its called Chenab The road towards right is going to Chandertaal The bridge you see in the distance is Batal Here we cross over to the right bank of Chandra river Do take a break at Batal, Chandra Dhaba It is run by an extremely compassionate and generous couple affectionately referred as Chacha Chachi by everyone travelling on this stretch They are running this Dhaba for the last 44 years They have helped out numerous people in distress They have also been awarded Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award Spend sometime here, interact with them and you will see a new side of life! If there is so much snow by the side of the road in July you can imagine the conditions here in peak winters Right infront of us is the Bara Shigri Glacier After Gangotri, it is the longest glacier in the Himalayas From here, we can only see the snout of the glacier but it extends till almost 30kms back Clouds are obscuring the clear view of Devachan and Lalana peaks, but still, This is an amazing view! From here, starts a adventure water crossings, rocks and what not At times, it feels like we are driving in a river, not on road Apart from water crossings, you will also have to negotiate a few landslides Since we are new to the terrain, and the vehicle was fully loaded, we got down to move a few rocks for smooth passage This is the Chhatru PWD rest house There are a few dhabas near the bridge you can take a break here Interesting tiriva about this place Opening scene of Irfan Khan starrer “A Road To Ladakh” was shot here, on the bridge and the dhabas You can watch it on Amazon Prime The older bridge is not in use anymore and there is a new one just beside it We are now moving to the left bank of Chandra river and the road is gaining altitude Between Chhatru and Gramphu keep an eye on your right You will get to see innumerable water falls This must be a lesser known pass, as the road was rising till this point, and seems to be going down after this point There is a small dhaba if you want to take a break Road is turning to left again another water crossing I guess This is going to be the biggest water crossing till now What should we do? There is a huge stone on that side Nothing, it’s just the side step, go on As the day progresses, snow starts to melt on the peaks And all this water then starts coming down to the lower reaches by afternoon So, the water level in these crossings increases post noon and continues to increase till midnight Try to cross these stretches when the water level is low Plan you departures from Kaza or Manali in that way Now we have taken a left at Gramphu and joined the Leh Manali highway Bidding good bye to Chandra river The weather on Rohtang is also pretty bad By the time we reached Manali, it had been almost 12 hours since we started from Kaza 12 hours to cover 200 odd kms you can do the math! So, this ends the Spiti series Do let me know how did you like it and any suggestions you might have Thanks for watching keep rocking and keep roaming!


jatin chaudhary · December 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Awesome series bro

Sunil Manocha · December 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Boys,as usual your photography and commentary is excellent.I appreciate your spirit of adventure and risk taking capacity.Keep it up.

prafull sharma · December 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Exceptional it was… fabulous work… mesmerizing moments for lifetime.. incredible beauty of nature …scenic… breathtaking waterfall views and depth of potholes 😜ride was like roller coaster ride…thrilling adventure! Accomplished with joyful experience!
Hats-off to your art work and in-depth knowledge.
Keep it up, excellent work!

Vansh Deep · December 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Bro Gramphu to Manali ka part was too less 🙁

Abhinav Sharma · December 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Hey is your car AWD?

ghoom dhoom · December 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Shandaar jabardast, words can't define it, amazing video of Spiti

FOODIE RIDER · December 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Good work with good explanations keep going such adventures trip I did too in August 2017

Abhijitkumar Bhattacharya · December 28, 2017 at 6:33 am

Very nice ur all videos pls can u tell me this trip shall be any govt permission tell me details kindly.

Abhijitkumar Bhattacharya · December 28, 2017 at 6:41 am

Eai tri me gari kon lena chaihe shimla to spiti fare .

Narendra Pathak · March 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm


yogesh chavan · March 26, 2018 at 2:25 am

Nice video! what time you go August 2017?

neeraj kalantri · April 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

This is one of the best vlog I have seen on YouTube for Spiti …. Very very informative and useful… Planning a trip to the same circuit this June … 5-13th June… It will very helpful if you make one more video describing the do's and don'ts and your itenery…

Abdullah Al Mahmud · April 21, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Beautiful landscape.

Shreya Jha · April 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

you were travelling on this route at what time of the year?

Raju Kotecha · April 29, 2018 at 11:53 am


sandeep meelu · May 3, 2018 at 5:27 am

sir mere pass amaze car hai kis month mai jaye ghumne spiti valley mai roads dekhkar to nahi lagta car ja sakti hai spiti mai

Gaurav Sharma · May 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Can i take my polo or i20 to kazza ?
And what about fuel carriage ?

rohit chandel · May 9, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Stone kunzum mai he hai rakha hua

vishnu anil · May 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

These places are😍😍

Devashish SonkaR · May 12, 2018 at 6:44 am

when I firstly travelled in 2013 this batal road till end of rohtang was full of big bolders and memories recalls….. #spiti is simply heaven🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Shobhit Saini · May 17, 2018 at 11:41 am

via shimla or manali.. which route is better

parampreet bawa · May 22, 2018 at 4:26 am

its baaatl not bataal

suraj chauhan · May 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

bhai sedan car lee ja sakte hai kya ,?

Gaurav Suryan · May 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Will Maruti Breeza would be powerful enough for this tour

Prashant Chakravarty · June 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm

We left Kaza at morning 5 AM, and we crossed only the first water crossing which comes prior to Chatroo, it was already 4 PM, and we knew what awaits us, so we took a tent at Chatroo, and crossed rest of the crossings next day morning. Nice video graphy and commentary. Good job!

Sharry Sharry · June 13, 2018 at 3:35 am

Kon se month me jna good rhe ga bro.. And je way google map pe mil jye ge…?

Praveen Jayant · June 13, 2018 at 4:16 am

Use must hindi bro

Dushyant Sharma · June 14, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Any permit required foe spiti

Anushree Khutel · June 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

Safe to travel with family as you all are enjoying alone

Anushree Khutel · June 14, 2018 at 8:07 pm

Nice video but add stays and eating places as they are not much options

Rabbani Khan · June 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm

waters of these valleys make a river namely Chenab, which eventually comes to our fields in Pakistan…………(from Pakistan)

saumita2010 · June 15, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Which time in July you travelled

saumita2010 · June 15, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Can we go to this place post 17th July or it will be monsoon

vijay kumar · June 16, 2018 at 8:21 am


Prabhat · June 18, 2018 at 5:34 am

Bro plz ek qna rakho aapki kaam aap k baare m b share karo

raja ramesh · June 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

hi bro, i have viewed every episode,, just awesome, how u got this knowledge of very remote places with accurate information…. i have become a huge fan of you,,,,,,,,,,,,, i am a travel lover,, your videos are very tempting,,,,,,,, how u gained the knowledge..
please share your secret,,,,,,,,

priyanka kothari · July 10, 2018 at 10:17 am

You should have gone in june as soon as rohtang1 opens. Then you would have found thick high glacier walls. Spiti and people there and monk's specially are unforgettable. Just loved being to langza kaza and these places.

yugal71 · July 22, 2018 at 6:28 am

We have also gone

saloni pawar · August 4, 2018 at 3:59 am

these roads are too dangerous i dnt knw hw u guys dare to cross that road where u almost got stuck.Thanks to God nothing happened but nw i m scared bec my hubby in on bike ride to the same rode today.May God protect each one

samir kittur · August 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Hi brothers. I have seen all the videos in ur series and all i can say is that these are the best videos on spiti. Absolutely to the point and very informative. I stay in Hubli ( karnataka). Pls do feel free to ping me in case ur on a road nearby.

Razz Tamang · August 22, 2018 at 7:00 am


GHUMANTU AKASH · September 7, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Start jo map se kia aapne.. Wo bta dijiye bs.. Its too good

hades unseen · September 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm

I have watched so many videos of road trips but your commentary is much better than others. loved it

RAVI BABU CHAPARALA · November 20, 2018 at 1:39 am

fantastic video bro, but u should have given a little more lengthy video, . I feel incompleted trip. hahahha

vinod oza · December 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm

Good bro love you too much

javaid dar · December 23, 2018 at 5:03 pm

khubsurat tareen vadee.

Travel More · January 7, 2019 at 3:57 am

Nice dear

Sangye Palden · January 15, 2019 at 6:13 pm

bro i think kinnaur wali side se bike ka road aasan hai????

one India · February 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

What about the road in June?

amrita basu mallick · February 13, 2019 at 11:12 am

One of the best series of video for Spiti. I have relived those Spiti moment after watching these videos. Can you mention which time of the year you had this road trip?

Kiran Makhija · February 27, 2019 at 9:10 am

Simply amazing. Hats off to you guys.

Ansari Suleman · April 23, 2019 at 4:28 pm

plz nest time no music only talking

Ansari Suleman · April 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

because i doint understand what u say about road

Techno-Geek Siddharth · May 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Watching your vedios one by one please improve voice quality

Soul Travel · May 26, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Awesome video series. enjoyed it 🙂 .. Nice naration with some history behind the places.
All the best for next serieses .
Few info needed – when you went there ( month -dates) ?
how was the temperature there in kaza ?
is it raining all days in kaza during your stay there?

Vipul Yadav · May 29, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Hii bro one of the best video
I am going to spiti on 15 th june
I am travelling by ford freestyle. Is this car safe to travel specially after batal.

Saad Salam · June 8, 2019 at 11:05 pm

This is just what I needed , tysm guys 🤩❤

Devika Aggarwal · June 18, 2019 at 8:55 am

Really satisfying videos! The beauty of the Himalayas are unparalleled but require a commitment adventure to explore! Please keep posting

Bapi Ghosh · June 22, 2019 at 9:18 am

Are you a geography student?

Harshit Jaiswal · June 23, 2019 at 10:42 am

It's safe to travel in July end 2019
And when kunzum pass is open

7rm Songs · July 3, 2019 at 11:19 am

I need to see little snow & green beauty . When will be the suitable time ?

Supratim Bhowmick · August 13, 2019 at 11:52 am

Very informative. Like your commentary.

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