The Kanamo Peak Trek is fabulous and probably the best way for one to experience a climb to 6000m 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.
FIXED DEPARTURE TREK SCHEDULE – 2019
The cold desert of Spiti Valley is one of the most fascinating and mesmerizing places in India. Kanamo peak is known as the white lady peak this trek is considered as a difficult trek by some as you need to get acclimatized to the weather. Although it is short, it is one of the best ways to enjoy a 6,000m experience of trekking in India. The Kanamo Peak trek trek opens up much majesty of the mighty Himalayas. You will be walking through Spiti Valley, fleeting by monasteries and strolling through high hamlets.
Another highlight of this trek is the mixed ground of snow and boulder moraine or scree. This makes for a loose base and a precarious trek. You can overcome the risks with a little support from your trek guide and by learning the trick of walking with big and bold steps. Though you are not likely to find deep snow in Kanamo in August until the summit climbing stretch, strong advice goes for carrying crampons and other snow trekking essentials.
The Kanamo Peak Trek demands a good level of fitness and a few high-altitude treks to the trekker’s credits. We have made this trip agreeable with an entire day for acclimatization and rest at the base camp, but nothing can make up for faltering fitness.
Season for this trek is from mid-June to mid-October. In the early days of the season we will catch a lot of snow on the high passes which reduces considerably by August. As the season proceeds we might catch rain towards Kullu-Manali valley but on the other side, Spiti we will have sunny days. Days are generally going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the latter part of the season (Sep – mid-Oct) there is very little snow on the trail and good weather throughout but with possibility of snowfall. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-18 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 6 to 4 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Day 1:- Manali (6700ft) to Kaza (12,470ft)
- Altitude: 12, 470 ft
- Drive: 10 hours, 204 km. Transport from Manali at 6:00 AM(Self paid transportation)
- Time taken: Reach Kaza by 2-3 pm.
- Stay:Check in Hotel
Early morning drive (6 am) Self paid transportation it will take approximate 8-9Hrs. 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 (14,100ft)
- Altitude:14, 010 ft.
- Drive: 1 hour, 19 km
- Stay:Check in Hotel. (Visit Key monastery.)
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 at Kibber (14,100ft)
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 (14,100ft) to Kanamo Base Camp (15,750ft)
- Altitude: 15,748 ft
- Trek: 6-7 hr trek with packed lunch on the way
- Trek gradient: Easy to moderate.
- Water sources:Carry 2 litres of water from Kibber. You can refill your water bottles at a lake, about an hour before reaching Kanamo base camp.
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
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:- Base Camp (15,750 to Kanamo Peak (19,550ft).
- Altitude: 19, 553 ft
- Trek: 12 -13 hours to climb and return
- Trek gradient: Difficult. Continuous ascent to the peak, with the last 4 hours of climbing on a steep incline completely on scree. 2.5-3 hours of descent to return.
- Water sources:None. Carry at least 2-3 litres of water from the base camp.
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
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:- Kanamo Base camp (15,750ft) to Kaza (12,470ft) via Kibber (14,100)
- Altitude: 12, 470 ft
- Trek: Moderate. Descending trail to Kaza.
- Time taken: 5 hours
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water. Your only water source will be a lake which you will reach about 1 hour after starting from Kanamo base camp
- Stay:Check in Hotel
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:- Drive to Manali
- Drive: You’ll reach Manali between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
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 your charges.
The Trip Cost Includes
- All accommodation during trek. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping).
- Two night accommodation in Kaza on Day 1 and Day 6 (As per itinerary) twin/triple sharing.
- Transport Kaza to Kibber and return.
- All meals during trek. (Kaza to Kaza (Veg.).
- Necessary Permits and first aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced mountain guide, and support staff.
- Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher for emergency case.
- High altitude rescue expert trek leader.
- Necessary equipments for climbing, ropes, ice axe and other technical gear for climbing.
- Mules to carry the central luggage.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Any type of personal expenses
- Transport Manali to Kaza and return.
- Hotel accommodation in Manali.
- Extra snacks and meals during trek from shop.
- Insurance of the trip
- Things not mentioned under Inclusions.
- Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
- Personal gear, and equipment
- A rucksack with rain cover
- A water bottle or a hydration pack
- A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
- UV Protection Sunglasses
- A trekking pole
Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended
- Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
- Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
- Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
- Fleece Jacket - 1
- Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
- Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
- Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
- Thick woolen socks - 1 pair
- Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
- Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
- Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
- Woolen cap - 1
- Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
- Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.
- Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
- Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
- For women:
- Tampons or sanitary napkins,
- 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
- Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
- Water bottle
- Camera (optional)
- Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
- Dry fruits, energy bars
Fitness Required for Kanamo Peak Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Kanamo Peak Trek is an challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.
Who Can Go:-
Here are the fitness criteria for conquering Kanamo Peak:
- Experience of any high altitude trek at least 1 trek
- The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes.
- Trekker should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg bag pack
- Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. Trekker must not have these conditions mentioned above
If you’re trekking to Kanamo Peak Trek , note that the temperature drops to around -8 to 10 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.
- Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
- Hold your breath for 40 seconds
- 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
- Push Ups – 10
- Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
The Kanamo Peak trek is a difficult one. You start trekking after you’ve already reached a very hight altitude (Kibber – 14,108 ft). Starting from Kaza, you are constantly traveling, staying and sleeping at high altitudes. Thus, everyone on this trek has a high risk of getting AMS despite this being a short trek. If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At SYTH, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.
Monitoring health on a trek
Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.
On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone . Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.
Acclimatisation in high altitude
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.
By Air :-
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
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 www.hrtc.gov.in . Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Manali to Delhi
Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
SYTH will arrange guest house in Kaza on reporting day. Transportation from Manali to Kaza and return is not inclusive.