Mount Kanamo, Life-changing Exhilarating Hike

Kibber village is a beautiful small village with a few uniquely built Tibetian-style buildings. The place is known for Snow leopards, Himalayan Yak, Himalayan Ibex, and many more. The place is known for some of the deepest canyons (on the way to Chicham village). Also, Mount Kanamo is almost 70 percent the height of Mt Everest. The villagers are mainly into agriculture and livestock.

In this region, you’ll also come across a number of homestays. Kaza is the closest town. You may stay in hostels or hotels in Kaza and visit additional attractions such as the high-altitude post office and Key Monastery. You might want to consider staying in one of Kibber’s homestays.

Hiker @ravindra at Kibber - ready to trek Mount Kanamo
Ravindra at Kibber village, Spiti Valley, Himachal, India

Hiking to the Mount Kanamo basecamp

The Mount Kanamo trekking plan comprises staying at Kibber guesthouse for a day to acclimatize, hiking to Kanamo basecamp for a day, remaining at this campground for another day due to the high altitude, and beginning the summit ascent to the Kanamo peak early in the morning. If everything goes well and you don’t get altitude sickness, you can return to Kibber the same day because it’s all downhill.

You pass through vast fields of green peas and wheat shortly after leaving Kibber. The course begins with a hard incline and gradually levels out over the next three hours. The first view of Mount Kanamo, which stands at approximately 19,600 feet above sea level, can be seen here.

There is a flat stroll followed by a steady incline. You pass by a pond along the route, where we ate our packed lunch. The last two hours of the journey are the most exhausting, but they are also the most beautiful, with some breathtaking scenery. The first signs of altitude sickness appear here for hikers.

Glacier as viewed from Mount Kanamo basecamp
View from Mount Kanamo basecamp, the extreme terrain.

About Mount Kanamo Basecamp

Kanamo Basecamp (KBC) is located at a height of approximately 16000 feet. Spend another day or two after arriving at the campground to acclimate to the increased altitude. Later that day, it was raining outside with severe lighting and thunderstorms, so we stayed inside the tent. This is the final location you’ll come across a water supply. Even animals in the wild visit this location to drink water. The view of the surrounding area is spectacular. The perspective demonstrates how rough, wild, and severe the environment is. Many other Himalayan hikes are also popular in the area.

Camping at Mount Kanamo basecamp
Mount Kanamo basecamp

Wildlife at Mount Kanamo basecamp

We were fortunate enough to observe a rainbow and a few rare Himalayan wild creatures, which I documented on Instagram. Because the area is part of the Kibber wildlife sanctuary, any type of campfire or hunting is prohibited. Himalayan Yaks and Himalayan Ibex are among the animals. Snow leopards are more likely to be seen if you travel farther away from this location, towards the glacier or the other side of Mount Kanamo. These creatures are afraid of humans, and we must be careful not to disturb them in any manner.

The walk from Kibber to Mount Kanamo basecamp was that long. Because this area is a wildlife protection zone, don’t be shocked if trekking is prohibited after you arrive. Consult the locals. It’s important to note that this is a summit climb, not an ordinary trek. We attempted to summit Kanamo Peak after spending a day at Kanamo base camp. You may get a sense of the path by watching my YouTube video below. I hope you enjoyed seeing the film, and in the next video, I’ll tell you about my effort at Kanamo Peak. Thank you for watching, and please consider subscribing.

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