Kanamo Peak Trek Called Off Until Further Notice

We have some bad news for you. We are cancelling all Kanamo trek batches in July and August.

The village above Kibber, which is the base camp for the Kanamo trek, has banned all trekking activities through their region. The village leaders issued the following notice on July 20, 2019.

The notice sent by the Kibber Kanamo Stakeholder Committee.

This is a blanket restriction that is being imposed on all trekking groups.

The restriction was brought about by the village leaders after they witnessed contamination of water sources by a group of trekkers, a few days ago. The trekkers left litter around their campsite close to the river, thus polluting the region and water body. This prompted the villagers to impose a ban on camping and trekking the route to the summit.

We understand that you had been preparing and looking forward to summiting the Kanamo Peak.  We have been doing our best to resolve this issue over the past few days. We had a meeting with the local leaders, speaking to them about our Green Trails initiative through which we implement proper waste management in the mountains. But the villagers are adamant about their restriction.

We are left with no option but to cancel all Kanamo Peak treks for the season.

Here’s what you can do

If you had signed up for the Kanamo trek with Indiahikes, we have three options for you.

– You can cancel your trek and get a full refund.
– We can shift you to the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek. (Given the scenario, we would highly recommend this.)
– You can opt for any other Indiahikes trek over the next one year.

We’ll elaborate on each option in detail.


Option 1: Cancel and get a full refund

If you had your mind set on doing the Kanamo peak trek, and do not wish to do any other trek, you can cancel your trek. We will refund your trek fee in full. Kindly get in touch with your Trek Co-ordinator, Manisha – manisha@indiahikes.com

Option 2: Shift to do the Pin Bhaba Pass trek

If you’re wondering why we’ve chosen the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek as an alternative, there are many reasons:

  • This option creates the least disturbance to your itinerary. The duration of the trek is the same.
  • The Pin Bhaba Pass trek is as equally challenging and adventurous as Kanamo. The trek reaches an altitude of 16,000 feet and crosses over from Kinnaur to Spiti.
  • The only change that you have to make is that you will have to get to Shimla at the start of the trek, and not Manali.

The Pin Bhaba Pass trek is perhaps more beautiful in comparison. It is the grandest crossover trek in our country. You walk through the dark forests of Mulling for a whole day. Then you find Kashmir-like grasslands of Karah. There is a beautiful river delta campsite at Phutsirang, and then there are the colourful deserts of Spiti. Each day feels like an independent trek. Also, the Pin Bhaba pass trek gives you a lot of time to explore the remote Spiti region as well. Read this article for more about what to see in Spiti.

A view of Spiti upon crossing the Pin Bhaba Pass. Picture by Jagadeesh DM.

This will be your alternate itinerary:

You have to reach Shimla on your own a day before the trek. We will pick you up from Shimla on Day 1.

Day 1: Reach Kafnu; 6 -7 hours from Shimla

Day 2: Trek from Kafnu (7,878 ft) to Mulling (10,637 ft); 8 hours, 11.3 km

Day 3: Trek from Mulling (10,637 ft) to Karah (11,653 ft); 5 hours, 6.03 km

Day 4: Trek from Karah (11,653 ft) to Phutsirang (13,474 ft); 4 hours, 4.9 km

Day 5: Acclimatisation and rest day at Phutsirang

Day 6: Trek from Phutsirang (13,474 ft) to Mangrungse (13,674 ft) via Pin Bhaba Pass (16,105 ft); 9 hours, 10.9 km

Day 7: Trek from Mangrungse (13,674 ft) to Mudh (12,283 ft); 7 hours, 16.29 km.

Day 8: Drive from Mudh to Manali.

Day 9: Buffer day. It is mandatory to have this extra day as any bad weather or rain may affect your pass crossing. If the buffer day is utilised, you will need to pay us Rs. 2,500 + 5% GST. This amount is to be handed over to your Trek Leader.

This trek’s itinerary will match the Kanamo trek’s itinerary date to date. You do not have to change any flight plans.

Important note:
1. There is no cloakroom facility available on this trek because of the different start and end points.
2. The difference in cost will be absorbed by us. (The Pin Bhaba Pass trek costs Rs. 14,450)

Option 3: Choose to shift to any other Indiahikes trek

In case you do not wish to do the Pin Bhaba Pass trek, then you can choose to do any other trek of Indiahikes. We will try to accommodate you in our groups. We’ll give you a trek voucher that you can avail any time in the next year.


We understand that this is quite a sudden turn of events.

Our team is following up closely with the village leaders, and we will inform you if there are any updates.

But do choose one of the above options. We would recommend the Pin Bhaba Pass trek.

If you need any help, drop in a comment below or get in touch with your Trek Co-ordinator. We’ll help you out!

Abinaya Kalyanasundaram

Abinaya Kalyanasundaram

Abinaya Kalyanasundaram is Content Manager at Indiahikes. Before working with Indiahikes, she was a reporter, sub-editor and photojournalist with The New Indian Express. She grew up in Zambia, Africa, and thus nature and wildlife are an intricate part of her life. She loves to explore new geographies, all the while documenting her experience with words and photographs. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and is trained in sustainable architecture and practices.

2 thoughts on “Kanamo Peak Trek Called Off Until Further Notice

  1. This is a very good step by the village committee. They need to be strict, they should have filled a complaint with the local forest office right there against those trekkers. Not all the trekkers litter but we “the serious trekking community” should support them in this. Those who litter should not have a place in trekking community.

  2. If You want another alternative then you can go for a trek of 2 ranges, ping range which starts from Kibber 1 day trek and then you can go another range which covers Dhumachang peak… and you can get the highest altitude of 16959 fts and the range ends with kanamo lake and then back to kibber. It’s also a 3 day trek. We have opted this alternative and successfully summited this 2 ranges. We have started our trek on 21st july to 23rd july. On 23rd we reached kibber and on 24 we left kibber for New delhi via cab. We where there in kibber when they banned this kanamo peak. We have Covered 45 kms in 3 days. And We have Also saw Wild Animals (Blue sheep i.e. Bharal, Golden eagle,Yaks During the Trek.

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