When to go there – Anytime between June to August is good.
Specialty: High-altitude trek able peak around approximate 6000m
The Kanamo Peak Trek is amazing and probably the best way for one to experience a climb to approximate 6,000 m in India. It is of a relatively short duration, non-technical in nature and the economics also work out well due to easy access, so overall a great opportunity for one to climb a peak. Having said this one should keep in mind that this trip goes beyond just the altitude and offers one great chances to experience the many wonders of our mountains.
Day 1: Manali to Kaza ( 8-9 Hrs Drive)
You will take you by the road to Spiti from Manali. Our advice reach one day early in Manali and start off at dawn to enjoy the scenic route devoid of traffic. On reaching Gramphu, you would be directed towards Kaza road leading to our first stop.
Crossing Batal, you will be ushered into Spiti Valley. Picturesque villages surrounded by green patches of agricultural fields are a treat to the eyes and this view will remain with you till Kaza at the height of around 12,000 feet. Here we will stop for the night at a guest house.
Day 2: Kaza to Kibber (1hr drive)
It will take an hour’s drive from Kaza to Kibber situated at an altitude of 14,108 feet. Boarding here will be provided at a guest house in the village neighborhood. Zigzagging through the cold deserts you will reach the village by lunchtime. The rest of the day could be spent exploring cultural sites in and around. The ancient Key Gompa is situated in Kaza.
Day 3: Acclimatization Day: Around Kibber
To prepare you for the heights, this day will be kept for acclimatization in Kibber situated at an altitude of 14,100 ft.
Day 4: Kibber to Kanamo Base Camp (6 Km/ 7 hrs)
The dry grass and desert valley of Kibber offers a challenging trek on this day. Continuous ascent for the first 3 hours will be followed by a slow descent on a total 6-7 hour trek. The trail goes through harvest fields and a couple of mountain lakes which are the main source of water in Kaza town.
Pay attention to your water supply on this day, making sure to carry at least 2 liters. The lakes on passage are the only drinkable water source that you could find.
At the height of 15,748 feet in the Kanamo Peak base camp. It will take around 1 hr from Kanamo Lake to the camp site. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 5: Kanamo Base Camp to Kanamo Peak and back to Base Camp (15 Km /9 hrs)
The summit attempt starts as early as 5:00 am. You cross the first shoulder in the mountain at dawn. Look out for the far off mountain ranges, divine in the sky’s changing colors. Soon you will be heading towards the second shoulder in the mountain. It gets increasingly cold and the wind bites. This walk of about 4 to 5 hours is the last leg of the climb – a steep ascent of about 80 degrees on the scree slopes. The entire ascent is on scree from here. It is easy to slip down each time you take a step up. Small steps would be difficult to maintain.
The view from the top is magnificent. An astounding 360 degree view of the greater Himalayas is the best reward for the tough climb. One can see the Prang La pass leading to Ladakh, Pin Parvati pass leading to Kullu valley, ranges of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti from the summit. At the back side of the peak is a huge glacier. Kanamo is actually a twin peak with its sister peak, Shila, next to it
Day 6: Base Camp to Kaza via Kibber (6 Km/3 hrs)
This day, after breakfast you will be trekking your way back to Kibber, stopping for lunch here followed by a drive back to Kaza. The path is full of scenic brilliance with a magnetic backdrop of the mountains left behind.
Day 7: Kaza to Manali
The way back to Manali will be by the well-known road, the drive starting at 4 am in the morning. Transportation will be exclusive of our charges.
Here are the fitness criteria for conquering Kanamo Peak:
If you are beginner kindly offload your backpack, because trekking with heavy backpack in mountains is not an easy task especially when you are carrying around 8-10 kg uphill.
If you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter.
Charges of offloading backpack 300 per Day. Inform us in advance so
that we can arrange.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover.
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air.Kindly check online for other informations.
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will
reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or
Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 6 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 and 10 am. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
Backpack (50-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.