Kanamo Peak Trek

Kanamo Peak Trek

Himachal Pradesh 9 Days

Moderate

25 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

5974 mts.


13950 + 5% GST

Kaza to Kaza

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Brief Description

If you are looking for a high altitude trek in a short duration and low budget, Kanamo Peak is for you. The name 'Kanamo' is composed of two words, Ka and Namo which means "a white lady". Kanamo peak standing at a height of 19,600 feet in Spiti Valley is no doubt a thrilling adventure but meant for those who consider themselves super fit & have experience of at least one high altitude trek. 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. Kanamo 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. The best time to climb Kanamo Peak is May to July. Find all essential information on this page like Kanamo peak detailed itinerary, route map, temperature chart, and photos.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Manali (6700 ft) and stay there

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 a 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 yourself away from alcohol on this day & for all coming days of the trek.


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Day 2

Drive from Manali to Kaza (12000 Feet) (200 km approx.)

Drive to Kaza is grueling 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/Guesthouse.


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Day 3

Drive from Kaza to Kibber (14050 Feet) – 19 Kms on road

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. The 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 earmarked for rest. Remove all the stress accumulated over long road journeys and get refreshed before we start preparing for actual trek.


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Day 4

Rest and acclimatization

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 its 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.


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Day 5

Trek from Kibber Village to Kanamo Base Camp (6-7 hours) (15700 Feet) – 7.5 Kms of trekking

Post breakfast & briefing the trek begins. We walk through rocky retain, grasslands & dessert valley. The trail is a gradual ascent in the first half of the trek, then it becomes flat 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.


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Day 6

Kanamo Base Camp to Summit Camp – around 2.5 Kms of trekking

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.


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Day 7

Kanamo Summit Camp to Kanamo Peak (19500 Feet) and back to base camp (6-7 hours) – 4.5 Kms of trekking

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. One 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 Parvati 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.


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Day 8

Trek from Kanamo Base Camp to Kaza (3-4 hours) – 7.5 Kms of trekking & 19 Kms on road

We trek back to Kibber by the same route. From Kibber we drive to Kaza on the same road.


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Day 9

Drive from Kaza to Manali (10 Hours)

Start early morning drive from Kaza to Manali. Expect to arrive in the Manali by the evening. The 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



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Kanamo Peak Trek is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 5974 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 4500 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Kanamo Peak Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 meters, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Packing List: What to pack



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Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Kanamo Peak Trek

The Kanamo peak trek is meant for those who are looking to push their limits. The altitude gain during the trek must not be taken lightly. Trekkers who opt for Kanamo Peak trek must have some prior experience of a high altitude Himalayan trek. The name 'Kanamo' is composed of two words, Ka and Namo which means "a white lady" and the trail of the trek does justice to the beautiful name of the peak. From the summit, one gets grand views of Ladakh, Spiti, Pin Parvati Pass, Parang La and peaks of Kinnaur side.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best season to do this trek is the summer season. The months of July - August are the best months to do this trek.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base of the trek is Kibber. We will drive from Kaza to Kibber. The distance of around 19 km is covered. From the Kanamo Basecamp, we trek halfway and then take a cab ride to Kibber.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base of the trek is Kibber. We will drive from Kaza to Kibber. The distance of around 19 km is covered. From the Kanamo Basecamp, we trek halfway and then take a cab ride to Kibber.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

The only cellular network is only available till Kaza that of BSNL.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

The small town of Kaza is famous for its monasteries and local markets.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four-season tents and the sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

We dig dry pit toilets and set up one toilet tent for a batch of seven people.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A trek leader will be assigned to lead you on the trek.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

We will stay at a guesthouse in Manali and will camp during the rest of the trek.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperatures vary between 19 - 8 degree Celsius during the summer seasons.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We will drive from Kaza to Kibber which is the base village and back to Kaza at the end of the trip.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

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Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Meals during the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Transportation from Kaza to Kaza
  • Guest house stay on triple sharing basis on Day 2, 3, 4 & 8

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during road journeys, if any
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Carriage of personal rucksack
  • Meals during Hotel / Guest house Stays, if any

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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