Kanamo Peak Expedition
Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
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Kanamo Peak Expedition
Clearly one of the most underrated trekkable peaks of the Himalayas is Kanamo peak hidden in the arid desert mountains of Spiti valley. Kanamo peak doesn’t require any mountaineering skills to climb as it is a trekkable peak but in no ways can be considered as an easy trek. Anyone who wishes to attempt such a feat must have prior experience in trekking so that if acclimatization is done then the peak can be scaled with a higher success rate. Not many people know about the marvels of this peak as they flock towards the more known peaks which are Stok Kangri, Kang Yatse II and Yunam. Making the Kanamo Peak expedition a more unique experience. While attempting such a feat of climbing to an altitude of 19,600 feet above sea level you get experience exotic yet rich cultural heritage of the people of Spiti valley who are said to be the descendents of the Mongolians, the great nomadic tribe led by the Ghengis Khan whose kingdom stretched from China in the east and reaching Europe in the west. The natives of Spiti valley follow Buddhism which is reflected richly in their culture.
Since this arduous and challenging trek requires prior trekking experience to be attempted successfully, we also advise that participants to prepare themselves physically and both mentally before coming for the expedition. For the most part of the expedition we will cross loose rocks and moraine with very little snow near to the summit. The toughest day is ofcourse the summit push because of a height gain of about 4500 feet which takes 12 hours from Base camp to the summit and then back to the base camp. From the summit you can witness the greater Himalayas and also get a view of the Karakoram towards the North west.
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Itinerary of Expedition
We will embark on our scenic drive from Manali to Kaza early in the morning. It is advised to do so as it is very common to get caught up in traffic. Enroute to Kaza we will cross the Atal tunnel and enter Lahaul valley at Sissu from there we will turn towards Spiti valley. The highlight of this day is Kunzum La which is a high altitude motorable pass at an altitude of 14,900 feet. From there you can get the view of the immense Batal Glacier. After reaching Kaza we will check into our Guest House/Homestay where we will rest for the night.
We will be traveling by car today as well to Kibber village. We will start after having breakfast at our Guest House/Homestay at Kaza. The road to Kibber is through the picturesque cold desert. You can get to see a multitude of colors in the rocks and sand. You will even get to see the famous Key monastery uniquely making a spiral shape on top of a mountain. We will reach and check into our Guest House/Homestay. The evening is reserved for acclimatization where we will spend time exploring the village and get accustomed to terrain and high altitude.
Acclimatization is a process through which we make our body accustomed to a change in environment. Here, in Spiti valley the altitude is the major obstacle on the route to the summit of Kanamo Peak. On a trekkable peak such as Kanamo acclimatization is a must and this will become an aiding factor for the success of the expedition. After getting a taste of the rocky desert terrain of Spiti valley, we will return to our Guest house/Homestay where we will spend the night. Take ample rest as the gruesome test starts the next day.
Our day will begin with an early wake up call after which we will proceed for breakfast to energize ourselves for the trek ahead. Today we will have to go through with a moderately difficult climb with steep rocky ascents.We step forward in the alien-like terrain of Spiti valley with its many colors of golden, gray and white and also some dry grass growing on the sand. At the initial part of the trail we will encounter a steep ascent for at least 4 hours. We will zig zag through rock and boulders while passing through many small villages with flourishing green fields laden with sweet green peas. The last bit to the campsite is a slow descent after which we will reach Kanamo Base Camp. Here, we will pitch our tents and set up our campsite. In the evening we will go for an acclimatization walk as it will help us get our body accustomed to the rising altitude. We will have an early dinner and take rest as the summit push will start right at the break of dawn.
The day of reckoning for which we have been eagerly waiting has finally arrived and this day is going to be the toughest day out of all the days so far. You will be told to wake up early so that you can depart on time for the summit. Apart from the altitude another obstacle that we are going to face while moving for the summit is bone chilling cold winds of the cold desert. Make sure that you put layers of clothing which will give you better insulation and keep you warm during the summit attempt rather than just wearing one thick layer. A quick meal of oats and maggie along with black coffee will be served before the start of today’s journey to give us quick energy. While packing for the summit, keep some energy bars and snacks to give you instant energy, on top of that you will be provided with packed breakfast and lunch to eat at a favorable time of the day. The Expedition leader will have a last few words of motivation to give to the team before embarking for the day’s adventure. The whole route to the top of the summit is going to be a steep climb which will require a lot of energy and motivation to reach. Since this is a trekkable peak you will not require any kind of technical climbing equipment. The terrain is full of loose rocks and pebbles as we will cross moraine and scree areas. The only point we will encounter snow is going to be at the top of the summit. From the summit the view is simply magnificent with a panoramic view of Ladakh on one side and Himachal on the other. From the summit, it is a long way down back to the base camp but you will be energized after a successful summit. Be careful while descending as it requires the most amount of technique to climb down. After reaching the Base camp we will have a celebration for our expedition.
After having breakfast at the campsite we will wind up our Base camp and set forth for Kibber. We will take the familiar route that we took to reach the base back to Kibber. After reaching Kibber we will find our vehicle waiting for us to take us back to Kaza. At Kaza, we will check into our Guest House/Homestay. The evening is left for leisure to enjoy and celebrate for the completion of the trek.
We will depart from Kaza for Manali early in the morning to avoid any kind of unwanted traffic that we might find on our way back. We will reach Manali at around 1800 hrs or 1900 hrs so book your accommodation or travel accordingly. On reaching Manali we will say goodbye to our helpful staff and we will hope to see you next time again with Himalayan Adventure Trips.
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➽ Preparation for Expedition
As you well know, the great Himalayan expedition is one that requires careful preparation, a strategy that allows for enough flexibility to adapt to whatever challenges may arise.
Therefore, here are some things to consider before setting out on your Manirang Expedition:
⦿ Physically – You should start working out at least a month before signing up for a program if you want to be physically prepared for the rigours of a journey. Strengthen your legs by jogging and working out regularly to increase your stamina. To better acclimatise to the environment and increase your resilience on the walk, you should give up smoking and undertake breathing exercises twice a day. Engage in vigorous physical activity, such as playing sports, doing Yoga, or running.
⦿ Mentally –
Getting in shape physically is essential, but mental preparation is just as crucial for a successful walk. Take time to enjoy your regular activities, maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule, and unwind before embarking on a hike. Predictions regarding the journey should not cause mental worry. Spend time with your closest pals to recharge your batteries and renew your spirit. Pre-trek preconceptions are unwarranted since the first contact with the other trekkers is certain to be a source of inspiration and energy. Conditions during the walk will contribute to the increase in mental readiness. The mental repercussions of physical disadvantages will not be ignored. So, when you hike, pay attention to different regions of your body and purposefully relax them. If you want to enjoy your hike, you should learn to loosen up a little, particularly in the hips. Think about your descent as a simple dance, and enjoy the natural rhythms that the path and your body can discover together gradually, whether you're on a flowing downhill route or a frightening slope. Try out a few new walking techniques to add some fun to your commute without worrying about getting somewhere in particular. Maintaining mental fitness mostly requires a willingness to relax and take in the journey, rather than subjecting oneself to undue stress.
➽ Things to Carry
- Good Trekking Boots: You need sturdy trekking boots with supportive high ankles. Don't bring your running shoes. U can carry extra floaters/flip flops also.
- Wear warm clothing, such three-layer coats, fleece upper, hollow fill or down-filled jackets. Carry full-sleeved T-shirt. Carry cotton hiking trek pants and warm pant for your lower body. Never bring shorts or jeans on a hike.
- Take top and bottom thermals with you.
- Quick dry towel with light weight and Personal toiletries. Suns cream lotion, sanitizer, tooth brush ad toothpaste, lip balm and antibacterial powder.
- Socks: Bring two pairs of regular socks and two pair of wool socks for wearing at night.
- A head torch is required.
- Sunglasses/ Goggle: UV-protected sunglasses are necessary to protect against sunlight and Snow Mountain.
- There should also be a woolen cap / balaclava, cap, neck gaiter cum face mask and warm fleece and waterproof summit gloves since it will be chilly. Keep waterproof gloves on hand since they become wet in the snow.
- Everyone taking part in the activity should have their own lunchbox, spoon, mug and water bottle/ hydration pack of 2 ltr.
- Raincoats/ponchos: Since snowfall and rain are frequent at high elevations, it is important to have one on hand so as to avoid getting wet.
- Trekking bag of 75 ltr with rain cover.
- Walking stick.
- Personal first aid box. Emergency ration, energy bars, dry fruit, electoral/Ors
- Personal technical gears list of mountaineering (on rent basis available)
- Climbing boot, Crampon, Sleeping bag (optional), Ice axe, seat harness, Rope and tape sling, helmet, Summit gloves, Gaiters, Carabineers 2 no (screw), figure of eight/descendor, Zumar (Ascendor),
- Required Documents:
a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a licensed MBBS physician)
c) NOC form (completed by the trekker)
d) 2 passport-size photos
e) ID Proof photo (not PAN)
f) Basic Mountaineering Course certificate.
g) Insurance upto 5 lac..
➽ How to Reach
How to reach Manali:
Delhi and Manali are linked nicely. You may travel from Delhi to Manali in 12 to 14 hours via overnight bus (approx 540 KMS). Online ticket reservations are available at www.redbus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in Tip: Given the distance between Delhi and Manali, the majority of Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. At 8.30 p.m., the final government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 1,800 are charged by Volvo buses each sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Delhi to Manali: Buses depart from Manali for Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m., same like the return trip. You should expect to arrive in Delhi any time between six and ten in the morning. Plan your subsequent trips just after midday, leaving ample time for bus delays.
How to reach Naggar:
Naggar is 18 kilometres from Manali, and there are several buses that operate every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one may get out at Patlikuhal, which is 5 kilometres from Naggar on the right bank highway. Between Kullu and Manali is Patlikuhal. To get to Naggar, you may take a cab or a local bus from Manali or Patlikuhal.
The closest train station is:
Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations (310 kms). Advice: From Chandigarh to Manali, regular buses and Volvos run in the evening. Volvo buses from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa charge between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200 every sector.
The closest airport:
The closest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is 52 kilometres distant. From Bhuntar to Manali, taxi services are available and cost between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2,500. Air travel between Bhuntar and Delhi is convenient. Airlines providing flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu include Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.
➽ Trip Cost Includes
- Mountaineering (Instructor/guide) services provided by a highly trained, professional, and qualified Himalayan Adventure Trips staff.
- Certified local guide with extensive familiarity of the area.
- Climbing provides only vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
- Staff include chefs, cooks, and helpers.
- High Altitude Force, Low Altitude Force, Porters, Mules for Common Equipment (Rations, Tents, Utensils, Central Climbing Equipment, etc.)
- Tents (to be shared), sleeping bags, air mattresses, and air pads are included. Inner
- We offer twin-share accommodations in dome, alpine, and high-altitude tents on all of our treks and expeditions. All necessary camping equipment, including air mattresses, a shelter for cooking and eating, a table and chairs, a stool, and more, would be supplied.
- Someone who can carry heavy items, set up high camps, repair ropes, etc. at high altitudes.
- Assistance from Guide All the Way to the Top
- High-altitude butane gas cooker
- The only meal offered at the hotel will be breakfast. All meals while on the walk will be supplied for you. Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, all freshly cooked, will be on the menu.
- Tin-packaged food is what we'll eat at high altitude.
- A standard first aid kit with oxygen masks for the patient.
- Camping fees, wildlife fees, and forest permits.
- Taxes imposed by the state.
➽ Trip cost Excludes
- Climbers may hire individual porters to carry their gear.
- Airport transportation costs
- Expenses for carrying still/video cameras etc.
- Irregular/Personal costs, such as laundry, phone calls, and gratuities.
- Climbing equipment such as ropes, pitons, snow bars, crabs, etc.
- Your own personal mountaineering equipment and clothes, as well as any specialised foods you may need
- Inner Line Permit.
- Health coverage or the price of a rescue mission
- Expenditures of a more personal character (such as booze, soda, bottled water, mineral water, canned or bottled drinks, candy, canned or packaged dried fruits, etc.)
- Provisions/food to or from the starting point of the trek.
- Any expenses that are incurred as a result of natural disasters, human error, or other unforeseeable occurrences.
- Protect your trip with a travel insurance policy.
- Authorization, licensing, and enlistment with the IMF.
- Payment for Liaison Officer (included for foreign expedition only)
- GST of 5%.
➽ Special Casual Leaves
Government employee can avail the benefit of special casual leave when u join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rule of the pay commission, special casual leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar years for trekking and mountaineering expeditions through a register organization. Himalayan adventure trips are a register adventure tour operator register with Indian mountaineering foundation and Himachal Pradesh tourism. Candidates have to apply for leave at least 30 days before the trek/expedition start.
➽ Provided By The Customers
Everything about our visit to Prashar lake was better than we could have imagined. From our initial contact with Himalayan Adventure Trips, we felt their genuine interest in learning about our group's goals and expectations, and our travels with them reinforced at every turn that they not only understood our requirements but also have the acute skill and expertise to achieve them. Having already had such a wonderful experience with this firm, I will be promoting a trek to Prashar lake to all my friends who share my passion for hiking and will specifically recommend that they work with this outfit. Absolutely fantastic; I have nothing but praise for it.