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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we get into the vehicle and drive to Manali. TRIP ENDS HERE.
For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport
Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on towww.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Season for this trek is from mid-June to mid-October. In the early days of the season we will catch a lot of snow on the high passes which reduces considerably by August. As the season proceeds we might catch rain towards Kullu-Manali valley but on the other side, Spiti we will have sunny days. Days are generally going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the latter part of the season (Sep – mid-Oct) there is very little snow on the trail and good weather throughout but with possibility of snowfall. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-18 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 6 to 4 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required..
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Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
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8 Days | Mid-Jun to Sep| Mod+ | Max Alt: 6000 mts (Kanamo Peak)
Day 01: Manali (2000m) Batal (3907m) Drive/5-6 Hrs & Acclimatisation Hike
Day 02: Batal (3907m) Chandratal (4300m) Trek/6 Hrs
Day 03: Chandratal (4300m) Kunzum La (4600m) Kibber (4250m) Trek/3-4 Hrs & Drive/5-6 Hrs
Day 04: Kibber (4250m) Kanamo Basecamp (4800m) Trek/5-6 Hrs
Day 05: Kanamo Basecamp (4800m) Kanamo Peak Summit (6000m) Kanamo Basecamp (4800m) Trek/8-9 Hrs
Day 06: Kanamo Basecamp (4800m) Kibber (4250m) Kaza Trek/4 Hrs & Drive/30 Mins
Day 07: Kaza
Day 08: Kaza Manali Drive/8 Hrs
The Kanamo Peak Trekisfabulous and probably the best way for one to experience a climb to 6000m in India. It is of a relatively short duration, non-technical in nature and the economics also work out well due to easy access, so overall a great opportunity for one to climb a peak. Having said this one should keep in mind that this trip goes beyond just the altitude and offers one great chances to experience the many wonders of our mountains.
In the first stage we drive from Manali over the Rohtang pass into the Lahaul valley to reach Batal from where we start our trek the next day. This halt is planned to help one get acclimatised to lower levels of oxygen. Next day we trek from Batal and hike up to Chandratal (Moon Lake), a high altitude lake at 4300m. This glacial lake gets its name from its half-moon shape and is a fantastic sight to see with high mountains all around - No wonder that several gaddis (shepherds) camp around it. Camping near the lake is nothing short of bliss!
Having acclimatised we set our eyes on our goal The summit of Kanamo peak and start moving towards it in the next stage. We do this climb using only one base camp from where we summit the next day and get back to the same camp. The climb is non-technical but demanding so be ready to sweat it out. All the exhaustion is sure to vanish when you get to the top. The sense of achievement coupled with the 360 views is super!! Far off ranges towards Kullu, Kinnaur, Ladakh make it quite a spectacle. Having finished the task we head back to Kaza the next day and have a grand celebratory dinner to round off a fantastic trip.
|Region||Himachal Pradesh - Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh , Himachal Pradesh - Spiti|