Kanamo peak stands at a height of 19,600 feet in Spiti Valley. A trek to Kanamo peak then is no doubt a thrilling adventure. The name 'Kanamo' is composed of two words, Ka and Namo which means "a white lady". The trek is for those who consider themselves super fit & have experience of at least one high altitude trek. Also if you are looking for a high altitude trek in a short duration and low budget, Kanamo Peak is for you. This is one of the few peaks which do not require any technical skills of mountaineering. However an altitude like should not be taken lightly. You should get proper acclimatization done to avoid chances of AMS which are very high particularly on a trek like this. It can be considered as a good alternative to Stok Kangri & Friendship Peak which are other trekking peaks in India. From the summit, one gets grand views of Ladakh, Spiti, Pin Parvati Pass, Parang La and peaks of kinnaur side.
|2||Difficulty Level||Moderate to Difficult|
|3||Maximum Altitude||5960 metres/19553 feet|
|5||What is included in the fee||Camping during the trek
2 Nights Guest House Stay in Kaza (Day 2 & Day 8)
2 Nights Home Stay in Kibber (Day 3 & Day 4)
Meals while on trek(Breakfast,Lunch,Evening Snacks & Dinner)
Trek Permit Fee, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
Transport from Kaza to Road head and return
|6||What is not included in the fee||Meals in Kaza
Meals during road Journeys
Any kind of personal expenses
Any kind of Insurance
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
|7||Mobile Connectivity||The BSNL networks are available till Kaza and further from Kaza it depends on the weather and your luck. Usually, weak signals are available.|
|8||ATM Points||The last ATM you will find is at Kaza.|
|9||Best Time To Visit||April to September|
|10||How To Reach Manali By Air?||The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, which is 10 km from the Manali. Flights are available from all the major cities of India. Chandigarh Airport is the next close option to reach Manali. Chandigarh is 310 km far from Manali that takes around 8 hours to reach. Manali can be reached through bus and taxi both.|
|11||How To Reach Manali By Rail?||Chandigarh and Ambala are the two major railway stations. From there, either one can opt for bus or taxi to reach Manali.|
|12||How To Reach Manali By Road?||Manali can be reached via road. It is 540 km from Delhi and is an overnight journey. There are several options of bus and taxi to reach Manali.|
|13||How To Reach Kaza from Manali?||Kaza can be reached by taking a bus or by hiring a taxi from Manali. The Himachal road transport bus leaves Manali at 5 AM and reaches Kaza in the evening. You can also take a shared cab which costs less than hiring a private taxi.|
|14||How To Reach Manali From Kaza?||From Kaza, private as well as shared cabs are available which will drop you at Manali.|
The route to Kaza is a bit dicey and the same route may not be available through the year During the month of May, we would take the Shimla route and from June onwards, the Manali route.
Take an overnight Volvo bus from Delhi and Arrive in Manali on the morning of this day. This day is important from the perspective of acclimatization as we will be going to Kaza the very next day which is at quite high altitude of 11980 Feet. It is recommended that you pre book your hotel in Manali online. Explore the town of Manali during the day. There is Hidimba temple which is quite popular. Spending some evening time on the mall road of Manali is also not a bad idea. Keep your away from alcohol on this day & for all coming days of the trek.
Take overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh to reach Shimla early in the morning. Leave from Shimla by around 0700 to 0800 hrs for Reckong Peo that is 227 Kms away from Shimla. Shared taxi or buses are available from Shimla to Reckong Peo. Stay in any of the local hotels here. Enjoy the serene beauty of the place and get a glimpse of Spiti culture here.
Drive to Kaza is gruelling already. Not to make it more difficult we should leave quite early to avoid traffic before Rohtang Pass. Road condition after Rohtang Pass is very bad so brace yourself for it. To compensate for the bad roads there will be beautiful vistas of Spiti to accompany you all the way to Kaza. They look straight out of a postcard. After a long drive of approx. 10 hours we arrive in Kaza. Stay will be on twin or triple sharing basis in Hotel/Guest house.
Drive from Reckong Peo to Kaza is quite picturesque. You will pass through some of the famous Spiti destinations like Tabo or Nako which host some of most sacred Buddhist monasteries. You can again use shared taxi from here to reach Kaza by evening. Stay will be on twin or triple sharing basis in Hotel/Guest house.
Post breakfast, we will take a short road drive to Kibber, which is the last road head for this trek. Kibber is a considerably large village in Spiti Valley. Key monastery is the main attraction of Kibber. We will visit the monastery. You get to interact with the monks who are very welcoming & read the manuscripts if you like as well. Acclimatization walk is very important at this altitude. We will gain some altitude and back to our guest house. In the evening experience the peaceful & harsh surroundings of this wonderful land. Sleep early as from tomorrow the trek begins. The day is ear marked for rest. Remove all the stress accumulated over long road journeys and get refreshed before we start preparing for actual trek.
We have already reached high altitude area and acclimatization process is extremely necessary here. From past experiences, we have realized that the biggest challenge for Kanamo peak trek is it’s altitude and acclimatization would be critical for your success chances here. We will go for an acclimatization walk today that would be around 2-3 hours long. Acclimatization walk is very important at this altitude. We will gain some altitude and back to our guest house. In the evening experience the peaceful & harsh surroundings of this wonderful land. Sleep early as from tomorrow the trek begins.
Post breakfast & briefing the trek begins. We walk through rocky retain, grass lands & dessert valley. The trail is a gradual ascent in the first half of the trek, then it becomes flatter with gradual ascent in the last leg again. There are two lakes on the way. One of these supplies water to Kaza village. We are expected to reach the base camp by the afternoon. In the late afternoon. we will go for an acclimatization walk. Do not sleep. Staying awake helps your body to acclimatize but don’t exert either. Rest is important for your body to acclimatize. We will have a very early dinner (around 1900 Hrs) and allow our body to digest the food easily by staying awake and taking small walks for the next 2-3 hours. Post dinner retire to bed in camps.
As we wake up in the morning, we shall do Pranayams. The day would be critical to assess the readiness of our team for the summit attempt. We will start our trek to the summit camp in late afternoon. The summit camp would basically be the base of second shoulder from base camp towards the summit of Kanamo Peak. We cross the first shoulder in 3-4 hours and walk on flatter terrain for 1-2 hours more before we occupy the summit camp by around 1900 Hrs. Exact location of the summit camp is not pre-determined and would be decided as per the water and other resource availability. However the idea is to gain around 2300 to 2500 ft. altitude today so that the summit attempt next morning is more feasible. The walk over the scree/snow is very steep. The scree (more visible in the June batches) keep sliding down as you move on them which makes it even more difficult. If you haven’t been to such altitude before you will realize how difficult it is to even take a single step. Do not hesitate in asking for help to avoid chances of slipping down. The dinner tonight would be very light because we have to start the summit climb by around 0400 - 0500 Hrs next morning.
We wake up at 0300 Hrs and the summit attempt begins at 0400 Hrs. There are two steep inclines that we need to climb today. The first one is extremely steep and should take almost 3 hours to complete. The view opens up immensely after we climb this section. Once can see multiple peaks on the eastern side include Shila peak.
It should take another 3 hours to climb the last ridge of the Kanamo Peak. All the pain turns worth as you reach the top. The view is rare! Pin Parwati Pass & Parang La can be seen from here. The complete range of Kinnaur region is visible. Also notice the twin sister of Kanamo Peak; Shila peak which is mostly covered in snow. Absorb the view for a while and start descending back to the base camp.
We trek back to Kibber by the same route. From Kibber we drive to Kaza on the same road.
Start early morning drive from Kaza to Manali. Expect to arrive in the Manali by the evening. Trip ends here.
*Please note that some changes might be done to the itinerary during the trek depending upon weather or team acclimatization situation. So, either Day 7 & 8 may be merged or Day 4 rest may be cancelled, in order to allow for an extra day before summit attempt that may be used either for load ferry to the Summit camp