The cold desert of Spiti Valley is one of the most fascinating and mesmerizing places in India. The mammoth mountains that make the valley, are home to several small and trekkable peaks as well. The high-altitude villages in Spiti provide a closer proximity to these peaks, meaning you can climb them in a rather short time. A brilliant example of this is Mount Kanamo (19,600 ft), the trek for which starts from the world's third highest village, Kibber (14,100 ft).
'Kanamo' in local language breaks down to ka meaning white and namo meaning lady or hostess, giving it the name, 'White Hostess'. The trail, entirely made of scree and boulder moraine, gains an altitude of over 5,500 ft over a period of two days.
How to reach Kibber
Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali. And from Manali, take a shared taxi or bus to Kaza, a journey, which will take the entire day. From Kaza, Kibber is an hour away and is easily reachable via HRTC buses or private taxis. If you are doing this trek guided or with a company, then you can ask them about arranging transportation from Manali to Kaza for you.
The Kanamo Peak trek definitely requires prior experience of high-altitude trekking and even experienced trekkers rate Kanamo as challenging. The high-altitude combined with the extremely dry weather in the area can be a dangerous combination, which can only be tackled with proper acclimatisation and physical fitness.
Consider doing Kanamo Peak trek only if you have done high-altitude treks before and know how you fare in them. If you have done any one of the following then you should definitely add Kanamo Peak to your list: Pin Bhaba Pass, Rupin Pass, Warwan Valley, Goechala or Everest Base Camp. The trek to Kanamo Peak requires not just physical but mental strength as well, since the high-altitude of 19,553 ft puts an array of challenges before the climber.
If you have done shorter Himalayan treks before and want to take a step further, then here's a chart that will help you increase your fitness level. Click here to read more about preparing for a difficult grade trek.
Even though the trek to Kanamo Peak includes only two days of ascent and one day of descent, the entire trip can easily take over 9 to 10 days.