Kanamo Peak Trek

One of the highest trekkable summits in India

  • One of the few treks in India where you can go up to 19,553 ft without technical expertise.
  • The Kanamo summit offers a grand panoramic view of Ladakh, Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur side peaks.
  • Includes a bonus visit to Chandratal Lake
  • Passes through Kibber, which is considered one of the highest inhabited villages in the world, at 14,107 ft.

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The view from the Kanamo Summit

Why This Trek ?

REGION / DIFFICULTY / HIGHEST ALTITUDE:

Himachal Pradesh/ Difficult/ 19,600ft

DURATION / AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

8 days / Day time temperature: 16-20°C Night time temperature: can go to -4°C

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Trek Fee Per Person
Rs. 13,450

(Includes all costs of the trek from Kaza to Kaza) Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee

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A high summit climb in the heart of Spiti

Looming in the background of Kibber and Tashi Gang Village is the Kanamo Peak. This snow bound mountain ridge also known as “White Hostess” is a 19,600 feet summit which can be attempted from Kibber. The White Lady peak does not require any mountaineering skills and is one of the few trekkable peaks which are easy to climb once properly acclimatized.
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Kibber Village -Day 3
The Kanamo peak requires establishing a Base Camp near Kanamo Lake and the summit approach is from South East side of the ridge going via an incline climb of scree and boulder moraine. Expect snow in the early month of summer at the summit. From the summit one gets a 360 panoramic view of Ladakh, Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur side peaks!
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Trekkers approaching the summit.

 

 Whom is this trek meant for?

Are you super fit? Have you done high-altitude treks before? Then you can add Kanamo Peak Camp trek onto your bucket list! This is one of the few treks in India where you can go up to 19,553 ft without technical expertise. This trek requires not only physical but mental strength since you will be gaining an altitude of 3,805 feet during the summit ascent on Day 6. Anyone above 15 years with prior high altitude trek experience is good to go!

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View from Kanamo Peak

How difficult is the trek?

Any high-altitude trek is both physically and mentally strenuous. Trekking upto an altitude of 19,600 feet trek can tire even the strongest trekker. You have to take a break after you gain 20 to 30 steps during the summit ascent.  This trek requires proper acclimatization and that’s the reason behind the acclimatization walks before the summit ascent. This is a trek that can be done only after you have a couple of high-altitude treks ticked off in your bucket list.

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Climb to Kanamo PC-Sanjhi Khanna

What are the risks involved?

Acute Mountain Sickness is a very big risk on this trek. You climb quickly and sleep in altitudes of over 15,700 feet.

In preparation, it’s highly recommended that you use Acetazolamide (Diamox) to assist acclimatization and prevent high altitude sickness.

Diamox dosage:

Start on a dosage of 125 mg every 12 hours 2 days prior to your trek (or when you arrive at Delhi). Increase it to 250 mg every 12 hours from the day you get to the base camp and continue until you complete the trek. Watch this video to learn how AMS can be prevented.

Side effects of Diamox:

While Diamox is harmless for most people, please check with your doctor whether you are allergic to sulphides. Also check with your doctor if you have high/low blood pressure or diabetes.

At Indiahikes, earlier, we used Diamox only in emergencies – however, now we have reviewed our stand and we suggest participants start on Diamox two days before they start the trek. The chances of a successful and stress free trek is much higher if participants start on a course of Diamox on arrival at Delhi.

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View of Kanamo peak on day 7 of the trek PC-Gurdit Singh

How to prepare for this trek?

This trek requires high levels of fitness-cardiovascular and core strength. Apart from covering 10 km in 60 minutes, do exercises that strengthen your core. Consider HIIT training regime for a trek like this one.

ATM points and Mobile connectivity

Kaza has the last ATM point before your trek begins. There is an SBI branch from where you can make bank transactions. BSNL users get mobile connectivity at Kaza. If you are lucky you might get mobile signal at Kibber as well but the signal strength is usually weak.

Places to see

After the trek you can spend time exploring the popular hill station of Manali. Please note that these are suggestions and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.

 

Here’s a short itinerary for the Kanamo Peak trek:

Day 1 Arrive at Manali at any time and rest.
Day 2 Drive from Manali to Kaza. Pick up will be arranged at Manali for 5 am; Cost of cab is
Rs.13,000 for a Tempo Traveller (12 Seater)
Day 3 Short drive from Kaza to Kibber
Day 4 Acclimatisation day at Kibber
Day 5 Kibber to Kanamo Base camp; 6-7 hr trek
Day 6 Acclimatization day at Kanamo base camp;
Day 7 Kanamo base camp to Kanamo peak and back to base camp; 12 hours of trekking – 7 hour ascent, 5 hour descent
Day 8 Kanamo base camp to Kaza; trek back to Kibber and drive down to Kaza
Day 9 Kaza to Manali. You are expected to reach Manali around 6 pm.

Detailed Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from New Delhi to Manali

  • Altitude gained: 709 feet to 6725 feet
  • Distance covered: 554 km
  • Average time taken: 14 hours

Manali is the closest major township en route to our base camp, Kaza. It is a beautiful hill station tucked away in the northern cusp of the Kullu Valley, which literally translates to ‘end of the habitable world’. The landscape is dominated by apple orchards and snow. Manali is also considered one of the most preferred destinations for skiing.

The road from New Delhi to Manali is well-connected by private cabs and public transportation. Chandigarh is the first major check-point en route to Manali. The Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation has buses plying between these cities. The bus schedules and the availability of tickets can be checked from their official website.

Alternatively, you can hire a cab if you prefer to travel independently. It is important to note that this road has many bad stretches. Especially after Swarghat, brace yourself for a bumpy ride since this section is littered with potholes. Ideally, you should reach Manali by 4.00 to 4.30 pm to settle down and make the necessary arrangements for the trek, which will start the following morning.

Manali has a wide range of hotels that you can choose from, according to your budgets and preferences. Finding a room to spend the night is not an issue. It is important that you get enough rest today, in preparation for the grueling road journey to Kaza tomorrow.

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New Delhi to Manali – Map

Day 2: Drive from Manali to Kaza

  • Altitude gained: 6725 feet to 11980 feet
  • Distance covered: 202 km
  • Average time taken: 10 hours
  • Temperature: About 18 – 20 degrees and 5 degrees at night
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Manali to Kaza – Map

Pick up will be arranged at Manali at 6 am. The Rohtang and Kunzum passes are known for their notoriously bad traffic jams, making it all the more necessary to leave by 6 am. Drive out of Manali, and towards Batal via Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway. The road is not too good and is bumpy all through. From Gramphu, take a diversion towards the Gramphu – Batal – Kaza road.

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On Manali-Leh Highway. PC – Vishi Bansal

From Batal the route winds through the real Spiti Valley. Quaint little villages, tucked away in the mountains and arid mountains dotted with green and yellow patches of peas and barley fields. The route from here is straight out of a picture postcard.  A hotel or homestay will be arranged for you at Kibber. The acclimatization process starts today.

Day 3: Kaza to Kibber 

  • Altitude: 12,818 feet to 14,108 feet
  • Distance covered: 19 km
  • Average time taken: 1 hour
  • Temperature: About 18-20 degrees and 3 degrees at night
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Kibber Village from a distance
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Kibber Homestay

The day starts with a short one-hour drive to Kibber. This small village located in the midst of a narrow valley is touted as one of the highest inhabited villages in the world at an altitude of 14,108 feet. After dropping off your backpacks in the homestay at Kibber, you will visit the much revered Key Monastery. You will get a feeling that you have crawled back into the pages of history. This medieval monastery sits atop a hill while the Spiti river trickles past the desert mountain valleys that stretch as far as your eyes can see.

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Key Monastery

During your tour of the Key Monastery, you will be able to interact with the monks, visit the prayer room and read old manuscripts. If it’s your lucky day, you will be served some herbal tea. Post your visit, you will head back to the homestay for lunch.

Post lunch, your first acclimatization walk will get underway at around 4 pm. It’s a gradual ascend up the desert mountain valley in the region. The route is rocky and will take 1.5 hours to complete the climb and half-an-hour to descend. This will give you a sense of what to expect in the days to come, thereby preparing you both mentally and physically for the challenges ahead.

After your acclimatization walk, you can explore the Kibber village to get a sense of their culture and habitat. It is one of the larger villages in Spiti valley with about 80 houses. All the houses in Spiti valley follow the same design and a set of colours and are built using stones. The village looks exactly like a postcard picture and at night the bulbs in the houses compete with the stars above.

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View from Key Monestary

Day 4: Kibber to Kanamo Base camp 

  • Altitude: 14,108 ft to 15,748
  • Distance covered: 5 km 
  • Average time taken: 6.5 hours

The day starts with a trek to the Kanamo base camp. The trek from Kibber to Kanamo base camp is a continuous ascent for about 6 – 7 hours, as the trail winds through rocky slopes, grass and desert mountain valleys. You gain an altitude of more than 1640 feet today. Starting with a steep ascent for the first 3-4 hours, the trail evens out a little thereafter. There is some level walk and then a gradual ascent again. Initially, soon after leaving the village, you cross numerous fields growing green peas. If it is the harvest season, you will even be offered with delicious green peas by the locals. On the way, you pass two lakes, one of which supplies water to Kaza town. The last 2 hours of the trek are particularly picturesque with smaller varieties of Brahma Kamal and multiple types of flowers strewn all across.

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Lake en route to KBC
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The scenery on the way to Kanamo base camp. PC – Vishi Bansal
Fossils en route to Kanamo base camp
Fossils enroute the Kanamo basecamp. PC – Vishi Bansal

Look out for interesting stones in this stretch as many of them are likely to be plant or animal fossils. The trek guides know to identify these, if you have not seen one earlier. The region in a radius of about 1 km from the Kanamo base camp you will spot repository of fossils of all types.

 

Day 5: Acclimatization day at Kanamo base camp

Day 6: Kanamo base camp to Kanamo peak and back to base camp

  • Altitude: 15,748 ft to 19,553 ft and back to 15,748 ft 

The summit attempt starts as early as 3 am. You cross the first shoulder in the mountain when it is breaking into dawn. Look out for the far off mountain ranges that start to look divine as the sky changes colours.  Soon you will be heading towards the second shoulder in the mountain. It gets increasingly cold and the wind bites. The bacalavas is a must at this altitude, since early morning breeze is ice cold. 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, so make sure to take large strides to navigate the scree. If you find the last leg of the hike a lot difficult, be sure to take help from a guide, to avoid a fall.  A four hour  climb, leads to the summit.

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Stunning View from Kanamo Top

The view from the top is breathtaking. An astounding 360 degree view  of the greater Himalayas is all you can ask for as a reward for the tough stretch climb. One can see the Parang 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 was a huge glacier. Kanamo is actually a twin peak with its sister peak, Shila, next to it. Surprisingly, Shila is generally covered with snow, whereas you see only a small patch of snow on the Kanamo summit.

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Shila peak covered in snow. PC – Vishi Bansal
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Clear blue skies over Kanamo Peak at 19,000 feet. PC – Vishi Bansal

The descent takes about 2.5- 3 hours.

Day 7: Kanamo base camp to Kaza via Kibber 

  • Altitude: 15,748 ft to 12,818 ft

Next day, is the trek back to Kibber. This trek particularly is picturesque. The inviting Spiti valley ahead and the majestic mountains beckoning from behind is truly an amazing experience. Have lunch at the local restaurant at Kibber and drive to Kaza. Head towards Key monastery – one of the large monasteries in this region. On the way, you will see the lovely village of Spiti valley – Chicham, which is connected to the road by a pulley-operated trolley.

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Pulley-operated trolley to Chicham. PC – Vishi Bansal

The drive further leads to to Hikkim, which has the world’s highest post office.The post office is nothing but a small box with stamps and files in a mud house – the house of the post master of the village.

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World’s highest post office in Hikkim. PC – Vishi Bansal

The drive to Kaza was one of the most beautiful drives, with deep gorges and the silver Spiti river on one side and sharp, rugged mountains on the other. Across the Spiti river, beautiful villages like Rangrik – with a huge Buddha statue atop a mountain, Pagmo etc come into the view. The roads are quite narrow but the local drivers and buses deftly navigated these. Reach Kaza at about 6 pm and halt at the guest house next to the beautiful monastery. Do not miss out on the delicious local Spitian dishes.

Day 8: Kaza to Manali 

Altitude: 12,818 ft to 6,677 ft 

  • Next morning is the journey back to Manali at 4 am, so you can reach on time to take your bus to Delhi. The return journey is quite nostalgic as you drive through familiar terrain.

Details in this documentation have been contributed by Vishi Bansal.

 

How to get fit for the Kanamo trek

The Kanamo Trek is a difficult one. There’s no two ways about it. You start the trek at Kibber at 14,100 ft and get to the Kanamo Peak within 48 hours, to 19,560 ft! That’s an incredible amount of altitude gain. Consequently, there will be a lot of steep climbing to do on this trek.

The summit climb to Kanamo is challenging in the presence and in the absence of snow. When there is snow, you’ll have to carve your way to the top using an ice axe, and when there is no snow, you’ll have to walk for hours on moraine sections. Either way, the trek is demanding and requires high levels of fitness.

Cardiovascular endurance
You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 10 km in 60 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Practice jogging 10 km twice a week for 4 weeks prior to the trek. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. 

Strength
This is another area you should work on. You will need to build strength in your muscles and in your core body. You can do some squats to strengthen your leg muscles. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set. Apart from this, you can add planks and crunches to your work out.

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,
here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Kanamo Peak trek

The Kanamo Peak trek is especially difficult on the day of the summit climb. There are long sections where you have to climb on boulders. Carrying a trekking pole will be extremely helpful. 

Bare necessities

  1. 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. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes. You can get Forclaz 600 from .
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Clothes

  1. Three 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 woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. 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. 
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms.
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
  2. Suncap
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
  8. PonchoWhen it rains, a poncho will cover you from head to your knees and also cover your backpack.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  3. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  4. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  5. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Dexamethasone – one strip
  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets
  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  8. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  9. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  10. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  11. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  12. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  13. Gauze – 1 small roll
  14. Band aid – 10 strips
  15. Cotton – 1 small roll
  16. ORS – 10 packets
  17. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  18. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

 

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Trek fee: Rs. 13,450/-*

*Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation during the trek (camping)
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Transport cost from Kaza to Kibber and return from Kibber to Kaza
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of an expert trek team  (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
Exclusions:
  • Food during transit, and food/stay at Manali on the first and last day
  • Backpack offloading charges – Rs.1200 for 4 days (Rs.300 per day)
  • Transport charges from Manali to Kaza and Kaza to Manali. It costs Rs.13,000 one way, for a Tempo Traveller (12+1 seater) and is borne by the trekkers. For a Sumo vehicle its Rs.9000, one way, shared by the trekkers.
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything apart from the inclusions

Terms & Conditions

1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at cancel@indiahikes.in. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under.

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. 

2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Kaza base camp to the end at Kaza.

3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Manali at 5 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group.

4. Transport: Transport from Manali to Kaza and return from Kaza to Manali can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (cost of cab -Rs. 13000 (for a Tempo Traveller 12+1 seater). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

5. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 1200/- plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 9%. Partial offloading is not allowed.Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

7. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

8. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.

10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

11. Safety Protocol: 
      a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.

Kanamo is a 4-day trek that is difficult. The 4,000 ft climb on the fourth day will be tiring. You need to take micro steps in this portion.

Trekkers have to be careful in snowy sections, where they could slip. This is taken care of by Indiahikes as we provide you with microspikes for better traction on snow. If there is deep snow, you will also be provided with gaiters such that no snow enters your shoes.

Also, considering you’re gaining a lot of altitude very quickly, and not allowing your body to acclimatise, you could be prone to Acute Mountain Sickness. We strongly advice you to go on a preventive course of Diamox.

About Diamox:

Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.

Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.

If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.

Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

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How to get to the basecamp: Kaza

Delhi/Chandigarh → Manali → Kaza

The Kanamo trek starts at Kaza, a beautiful town along the Spiti River river. Snow capped ranges and clear streams surround the town.

To get to Kaza, take an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh to Manali. You will reach Manali early the next morning (travel time from Delhi is 12-14 hours). Tickets can be booked online on www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. HRTC or HPTDC buses are usually on schedule.

From Manali to Kaza, Indiahikes can arrange transport upon request. It takes about 10 hours to reach Kaza. The transport charges are not included in the trek fee. For a Tempo Traveller (12+1 seater) it costs Rs.13,000 one way. A Sumo vehicle costs Rs.9,000 one way. Trekkers are advised to travel together and share this cost.

Map from Manali to Kaza

Getting back

Kaza → Manali → Delhi/Chandigarh

The trek ends at Kaza. The drive from Kaza to Manali can be arranged by Indiahikes. The transport charges of Rs.15,000 one way will be shared by 6 trekkers taking one shared cab. It’s a 10-12 hour drive from Kaza to Manali. Buses from Manali to Delhi leave between 4 and 5 pm and you can book in advance online on www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. You will reach Delhi the next morning (travel time is 12-14 hours).

Please note: If you are choosing to stay in Manali before or after the trek, please make your hotel booking in advance. Manali is a tourist city and it is extremely difficult to find stay options in the last minute.

 

Here is what our trekkers have to say about the trek!

“Indiahikes offers the best of all I have seen in other groups! I must admit it that for the first time in my life I did something which took me out of my comfort zone. Not only this trek helped me to learn a lot of things but also helped me to inculcate discipline in my life.” –Abhishek Jain, batch of May 2016

“The trek was really awesome. I personally learnt a lot from the trek. Indiahikes provided us with good services, even at the time of emergencies. Also, the entire team is a group of concerned nature lovers!” –Aishwarya, batch of May 2016 

“Indiahikes is by far the most organized and caring trek company I know, if safety is the point then Indiahikes is the best, also you have routes throughout the country.”-Paramahamsa Kolagani, batch of May 2016

“Considering, I was longing for Kashmir and Warwan getting cancelled twice was a big blow. I wasn’t too sure of Kanamo at first however, it turned out to be a trip of my life time. It was challenging, tough and taught me great deal of things.” – Sanjhi Khanna, batch of July 2016

 

 

Available Dates

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Manali at any time and rest.
Day 2: Drive from Manali to Kaza. Pick up will be arranged at Manali for 5 am; cost of cab – Rs 13000 (for a Tempo Traveller 12 seater)
Day 3: Short drive from Kaza to Kibber
Day 4: Acclimatisation day at Kibber
Day 5: Trek from Kibber to Kanamo Base camp; 5 km, 6-7 hr trek
Day 6: Acclimatisation day at Kanamo base camp
Day 7: Kanamo base camp to Kanamo peak and back to base camp; 12 hr trek; 7 hr ascent, 5 hr descent
Day 8: Trek from Kanamo base camp to Kibber. Drive to Kaza
Day 9: Drive from Kaza to Manali. You are expected to reach Manali around 6 pm.

Please note that you will be staying at guest houses or home stays in Manali, Kaza and Kibber. The stay at Kanamo Base Camp is in tents (3 per tent).

What Other Trekkers Are Saying About Kanamo Peak Trek

 

“Starting from day one of my trek till the last day everything was perfect and in place. The arrangements by Indiahikes, The Indiahikes team that was with us was extremely good, supportive and cooperative in every aspect of the trek. The kitchen staff was amazing so was the ground support team who kept us informed well in advance about the details of the trek. Thanks for everything..looking forward for another trek with Indiahikes.”

– Jatinder Singh

 

 

“Indiahikes has always been a trendsetter. It is the Eco-friendly trekking company. The team really makes some honest and conscious efforts in maintaining balance with nature be it the green trail concept, the eco bags or the wood ash or the coco-peat toilets and every trekker returns home more aware and wiser. The team at field is very efficient. The quality of food is just too good and its only getting better.”

– Rashna Brahma

 

 

“From the beginning till the end, Indiahikes has proper modernized set up for an amazing trekking experience. They have proper leaders and guides and technical team to encourage and support you on tough trails. You don’t have to worry about any logistics. One of the most memorable experiences i have ever had.”

– Saee Rohankar

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