You can go for the Kanamo Peak trek to make a short holiday in Himachal Pradesh extremely exciting and eventful. At about 5974 metres above sea level, Kanamo is the highest mountain in the Spiti Valley. Still, it is one of those peaks that can be climbed without hardcore mountaineering knowledge or experience. The trip begins from Kaza – the administrative centre of the valley – and it will first take you to the famous Ki Monastery. See the incredible wall paintings here, and later drive towards the village of Kibber. Located at an altitude of approximately 14200 feet, Kibber is one of the highest permanently inhabited human settlements on earth.
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DAY 01: MANALI (2000M) – BATAL (3907M) DRIVE/5-6 HRS & ACCLIMATISATION HIKE
After breakfast we set out on the drive to Batal. This is an interesting drive which crosses over from the lush green valleys of Kullu & Manali into the stark dune-like landscape of Lahaul & Spiti valley via the famous Rohtang pass. We will spend some time at the pass and then start descending into the Lahaul valley. We will stay at Batal today to get acclimatised to the lower levels of oxygen. Upon reaching Batal we will set up our campsite and towards early evening head out on an acclimatisation hike. Overnight in tents.
DAY 02: BATAL (3907M) – CHANDRATAL (4300M) TREK/6 HRS
After breakfast we set out on the trek. We cross over the Chandra river and start moving up from Batal. It is a reasonably long walk all the way up to Chandratal and will take around 6 hours. We get very fine views of the Bara Shigri glacier and some high Himalayan peaks. Chandratal is a jewel in the mountains and the minute you set your eyes on it the exhaustion of the day’s hike will vanish. The scenery at the lake is quite remarkable with the lake surrounded by high mountains. The lake also called Moon Lake gets its name from its half-moon shape. There are several gaddi shepherds scattered around the lake giving it a beautiful character. Overnight in tents.
Note: We might also decide to camp at Batal on day 2. This we might do just in case people in the group are not properly acclimatize. We come back to Batal from Chandratal and stay here overnight.
DAY 03: CHANDRATAL (4300M) – KUNZUM LA (4600M) – KIBBER (4250M) TREK/3-4 HRS & DRIVE/5-6 HRS
After breakfast we start on our hike from the lake to the top of the Kunzum pass at 4600m. This is an easy and enjoyable hike and one moves along the landscape getting a very good feel of this semi-arid terrain. We finish at Kunzum pass where we board the waiting vehicle and from here drive to Kibber. In the evening we will visit the monastery here and take a stroll to enjoy this beautiful Spitian landscape. This high village has beautiful agricultural fields and stone houses to be appreciated. Overnight in tents/guesthouse.
DAY 04: KIBBER (4250M) – KANAMO BASECAMP (4800M) TREK/5-6 HRS
We are sure to have acclimatised completely by now and it is time to get cracking on the Kanamo peak summit. Today we will hike up to the basecamp. The hike starts immediately above Kibber village and is steep in the first phase which will last for a couple of hours after that the trail kind of eases out. We cross a small lake which supplies water to Kaza town on our way to the base camp. From the base camp we can see our destination for tomorrow, summit of Kanamo peak. Overnight in tents.
DAY 05: KANAMO BASECAMP (4800M) – KANAMO PEAK SUMMIT (6000M) – KANAMO BASECAMP (4800M) TREK/8-9 HRS
Today is the day we reach the top of a 6000 m peak. We get up early have breakfast and start climbing up. The trail is not too difficult, we cross 2 shoulders in the mountain and then climb up scree slopes towards the ridge leading to the summit. Depending on the month we will catch some snow at the top. One will need to walk a bit carefully towards the top and should be in close proximity to the guides. The climb is rewarded with astounding 360° views. From the summit we see the Parang La pass leading to Ladakh, Pin Parvati pass leading to Kullu valley, ranges of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and the underlying valleys. Depending upon the weather we spend some time at the top and then start retracing our steps carefully. Once at the camp we celebrate our climb and give our body much required rest. Overnight in tents.
DAY 06: KANAMO BASECAMP (4800M) – KIBBER (4250M) – KAZA TREK/4 HRS & DRIVE/30 MINS
We retrace our steps towards Kibber and from there drive a short distance to our hotel in Kaza. Enjoy a hot shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Kaza. If your quest for adventure is not over yet post lunch you will have the option of rafting on the Spiti river. It is a great experience where you not only enjoy the excitement of negotiating rapids but also get to appreciate the landscape from a totally different perspective. This stretch of rafting is suitable for beginners and non-swimmers. Evening we will have a celebratory dinner at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 07: KAZA
On this day we can do a sightseeing trip in the beautiful Spiti valley. There is an option of river rafting on beautiful river Spiti. In the evening visit local market of Kaza, Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 08: KAZA – MANALI DRIVE/8 HRS
After breakfast we get into the vehicle and drive to Manali.
- Veg Meals on Trekking days
- 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.
- First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
- Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
- Transportation from Manali to Kibber and Return
- Meals during road journeys
- Any kind of Insurance
- Any expense of personal nature
- Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
- Carriage of personal rucksack
- Meals during Hotel Stay, if any
- Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Daypack (20 litres): As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.
- Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
- Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, preferably quick-dry, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
- Suncap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
- Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
- Balaclava: You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
- Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each or 2 litre water bladder.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Domperidone – 6 tablets (vomitting)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)