Kanamo Peak Trek
Kanamo peak better known as the ‘White Hostess’ at 5964M towers above kibber and Ki gompa in Spiti valley of West Himachal Pradesh. ‘White hostess’ is considered a good omen.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
Trek to the white hostess of Spiti valley
Himachal Pradesh also called the lands of Gods is known for mysterious mountains and deep valleys which are dream for adventure buffs and nature lovers. Spending time in the lap of lush green meadows amidst the snow-white mountains is what one can think of as a perfectly ideal vacation to unwind from the hustle and bustle of city-life.
Treks in Himachal have always been on the top of search lists of mountaineer and adventure junkies looking for a kick. One such trek in Himachal which is sure to give you a rush of adrenaline is the Kanamo Peak trek. The peak stands tall at a height of 19,550 ft above sea level. The Kanamo peak trek takes you through the Kibber village. The landscape of Kibber is similar to that of Ladakh and Tibet and it gives a glance of Tibet through its monasteries and predominant Buddhist culture. The region of Kibber falls in the Spiti valley which is known to behold a lot of secrets which are still unexplored.
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. In addition to this whole experience is the trekking experience to fascinating Chandratal and camping by the lake. You will be walking through Spiti Valley, fleeting by monasteries and strolling through high hamlets.
Once you reach the summit you will get a 360-degree view of the whole region which is very fascinating.
While on descend, this trek may also allow you to have a close encounter with The Himalayan Fauna of Tibetan wolves, Ibex, Blue Sheep and elusive Snow Leopard most of which are seen in abundance in summers. The people here are often seen with herds of sheep grazing around the lush green meadows.
Come join with us on this wonderful and adventurous experience.
Grade – Challenging
Duration – 7 days
Max. Altitude – 19553ft
Total trekking – 30-32 kms approx.
Region – Manali & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek (Veg)
- Transport from kaza to kaza
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Travelling insurance
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Manali to Kaza(12470ft)
We drive for 8-9 hrs over Rohtang La and Kunzum La to Kaza. The road zig zags through the mountains and is full of curves and bends. We will gain attitude along with the constant turns, hence motion sickness solutions are advisable if you are prone to the sickness. En route, one can easily notice the drastic change in scenery within a matter of hours. The backdrop of your journey will change quickly from lush green mountains, hills and meadows to barren white deserts of Spithi. As you are awe at your surroundings, we will arrive at our destination.
Kaza to Kibber (14,010ft)
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. In fact, Kibber is a small village located in a valley and is considered as one of the highest inhabited villages in the world! Post lunch, you need to start your walk up the desert mountain. It is a rocky climb and you may take close to two hours to finish it. This is mostly called as the acclimatization walk as the next few days are going to be similar. Once you are back, you can explore Kibber.
Kibber Acclimatization Walk
The rest of the day could be spent exploring cultural sites in and around. The ancient Key Gompa is situated in Kaza. This is a beautiful ancient sight and looks absolutely stunning and is one of the most treasured moments of the Kanamo Peak trek. The Key Monastery is a medieval place of worship which sits on top of a hill in the Spiti region surrounded by a river. You can also speak to old monks, read ancient manuscripts and visit the prayer room. On some days, they also serve a delicious herbal tea made here. Return to homestay by evening.
Kibber to Kanamo base camp(15750ft)
On this day, we will begin the trek to the Kanamo Peak base camp. It is a constant ascent for about 7 hours which is mostly windy, has a lot of rocky slopes, desert mountains and lush green grasslands. This walk has it all! We will go higher by 1650 feet today. You will see many fields of green peas here and if it is the season of harvest the locals will also offer them to you. You will also come across two beautiful lakes which are a water resource for the residents of Kaza village. In the final two hours of your trek, you will see a unique variety of the flower ‘Bhrama Kamal’ and some other pretty flowers as well.
This day starts by 3 am and one needs to climb to the top of a 19000ft peak crossing 2 shoulders in the mountain. This is followed by an ascending trek to the ridge that will take you to the top. Based on the season, you might encounter little snow at the top which will require you to be extra careful.
When at the summit, delight in the great sights that include Parang La Pass that leads to Ladakh, Pin Parvati Pass that leads to Kullu Valley, Kinnaur ranges, Lahaul and Spiti and the stunning valleys. As per the weather, you can enjoy some moments taking in the beauty of its sights and environs after which you can start the back journey cautiously. When at the camp, celebrate your climb and set down your camps for the night.
Kanamo Base to Kaza via Kibber
Awaken to splendid views from the summit and after an appetizing breakfast, make your way back towards Kibber from where you will be driven for a short time to your Kaza hotel. Freshen up and the remaining part of the day can be spent in unravelling the place. After indulging in lunch, if you wish, you can engage in rafting along the Spiti River. Delight in the turbulent rapids as well as appreciate the gorgeous landscapes. The activity can be undertaken by beginner and also those who cannot swim. Wrap up your day with a celebratory dinner at the hotel and retire for the night.
Kaza – Manali
With the completion of the day’s breakfast, pack your bags and wish adieu to the enchanting village of Kaza. Depart from the hotel and drive off to Manali after which you can continue onward journey. Mt Kanamo Peak trek ends.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group