25 days from £1799 pp Exc Int'l flight
Mera Peak (6,476m/21,247ft) is high enough to be seriously challenging but does not require serious mountaineering skills. This peak rises to the South of Everest and dominates the beautiful and remote valleys of Hinku and Hunku.
Day 01 : Arrival day in Kathmandu - Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft). You may relax at the hotel, and briefing about next day trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : Expedition Preparation and official formalities - (You can use this day for rock climbing course or sightseeing) After breakfast, You will be taken to 3 Km drive to the place called Balaju, a natural rock climbing spot for your climbing course before departure to Lukla, the one day course will provide excellent opportunities to learn how to use rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although there is no snow
you can have a free day on your own or you can join for sightseeing in Kathmandu. If sightseeing we take to visit the highlights of Kathmandu valley as Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After day sightseeing evening prepare and check the equipments for the expedition and introduce with fellows members, Guide and chances to ask remaining question you may have and briefing about the trip and overnight at hotel. (Breakfast included)
Day 03 : Kathmandu- Lukla:35 min flight; 3-4 hour trek – (Trekking times only; stops not included) Take an early morning flight to Lukla, and get your first real peak of the Himalayas on the flight, arriving at the Lukla airstrip deep in the Khumbu region. The remaining day will be spent preparing for the expedition and becoming acclimatized to this altitude. Overnight in Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 04 : Lukla – Chutok: 4-5 hours - Experience your first breakfasts in the mountains whilst the Himalayan Glacier team organizes the porters to carry the luggage and gear and then you commence your adventure through Surke village where local legend says that this area was once a lake; hence the soil is really fertile. You reach your destination to Chutok (2,780m/9,121ft) for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 05 : Chutok – Pangkongma: 6-7 hours - After short smooth walking path ascending, on the way you will cross over Chutok La (2,945m/9,662ft) and take a steep decent of 300m (984ft) to reach your campsite. Overnight in Pangkongma (2,850m/9,350ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 06 : Pangkongma: Rest - This is the first of the two specific acclimatization days. You can spend the day taking a day hike to view point or by relaxing and exploring around Pangkongma. Stay overnight in Pangkongma (2,850m/9,350ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 07 : Pangkongma – Khure (Ningswa): 5-7 hours - Today your trek north along the ridge of the river Hinku Khola. It takes the whole day to reach Khure but you are rewarded with fantastic views of 6,500m (21,325ft) peaks, Sanu Himal, Mojang Himal and Mera Himal. Overnight in Khure(Ningswa). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 08 : Khure (Ningswa)- Chhatra Khola: 7-8 hours - An early start is required for you to reach your campsite at Chhatra Khola. The path fallow ascends and descent to Chhatra Khola but you will see incredible view of Mera Range, Mojang Himal etc. Overnight in Chhatra Khola (3,500m/11,483ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 09-10 : Chhatra Khola – Kote – Tangnag: 4-7 hours - The trail ascends from Chhatra Khola to Kote through forests. The following day is another short day as you trek in the shadow of Mera Himal along the ridge of the Hinku Khola. Tangnag is a summer grazing area with the simplest of lodges and shops starting to develop. Overnight in Tangnag (4,350m/14,272ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 11 : Tangnag: Rest - Another an acclimatization day is essential here; it is in a superb setting surrounded by stunning peaks. There is a huge moraine in the north of Tangnag where a beautiful glacial lake, Sabal Tsho is dammed which is definitely worth a visit. A cairn (5,270m/17,290ft) on the flanks of Kusum Kangguru can also be rewarding and beneficial for acclimatization. Our climbing Sherpa provide you training course. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 12 : Tangnag – Khare: 3-4 hours - You follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to your camping spot, Khare (5025m/16,486ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 13 : Ice climbing practice near Khare - This morning after a breakfast, we prepare our gear for ice climbing just above the Khare and need to walk couple of hrs from where there are good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain. This will also be a time for practicing few hrs Ice climbing and our leader will teach you and instruct about the climbing. After few hrs practicing at glacier, stroll back to camp and final preparation of our equipment and packing of our mountain bags and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 14 : Khare – Mera Base Camp: 3-4 hours - A very short trek allowing for as much acclimatization time and a day walk as you make your way to Mera Base Camp. Reaching the pass Mera La (5,415m/17,766ft) allows us to see spectacular views; we then descend 100m (328ft) towards the Hongu side and set up base camp in the moraine below the ice. Overnight in Mera Base Camp (5,350m/17,552ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 15 : Mera Base Camp- Mera High Camp: 4-5 hour - Making your way to Mera High Camp can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. You make your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. You set up a high camp and from here the views are outstanding, with Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and more piercing the skyline. Overnight in Mera High Camp (5,750m/18,865ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 16 : Mera High Camp-Summit (6,476m/21,247ft) – Mera Base Camp: 7-9 hours - You commence your summit day in the early light and end up with a 100m (328ft) ascent with rope and ice climbing to reach the summit. The magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,766ft), Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft), Nuptse (7,855m/25,770ft), Lubuche (6,145m/20,160ft), Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) are spectacular from the summit. You then retrace your steps to Mera Base Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 17 : Mera Base Camp – Hunku valley: 5-7 hours - From the Mera La you descend into the Hunku valley. After about few hours you stop for lunch by a lake and then continue to the Hunku river, which you follow for another few hours to yet another spectacular campsite by the ‘White Lake’/Lampokhari near Chamlang Himal. Overnight in Hunku valley (4,900m/16,076ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 18-20 : Hunku valley – Mingbo La B.C – Mingbo La pass – Pangboche: - You will start demanding trek from Hunku Valley and spent first night at Mingbo La B.C (5,400m/17,717ft), second day you will have experience crossing Mingbo La (5,815m/19,078ft) through the two sides. To reach Pangboche after a long few days of hard mountaineering and trekking is a delight! The comfort of the lodges in this occupied village is a warm welcome, which you feel, is well deserved. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 21 : Pangboche- Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours - A steep descent of around 1500ft/500m leads through bird filled rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Kosi River. Crossing this on yet another suspension bridge, we climb up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the perfect place to enjoy some well-deserved celebrations. Overnight in Namche bazaar (3,400m/11,286ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 22 : Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6-7 hours - Descending path brings you to Lukla where you started your trek three weeks ago, on arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and you spend your last evening amongst the mountains. Overnight in Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Day 23 : Lukla – Kathmandu - Early morning fly to Kathmandu, giving you a last glimpse of the Himalayas and a reminder of your achievements. Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast & farewell dinner included)
Day 24 : Kathmandu free day of your own - This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
Day 25 : Final Departure - All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.
The accommodation in cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Bandipur in this itinerary includes in good 3 star category hotels. The accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur includes bed & breakfast whereas in Chitwan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, jungle activities and other cultural programmes.
The accommodation during trekking in this itinerary includes in tea houses/lodges. The accommodation in tea houses/lodges in the trekking region is very basic and it is not possible to book an accommodation in advance. Although, in some tea houses/lodges you will be able to have your own room, in many others you will be sharing a dormitory with other fellow trekkers. All amenities such as bathrooms, corridors but not limited are shared. The hot water and hot showers may be available but subject to extra charges so you will have to borne costs for these services. Your guide will arrange a place for your stay when you arrive in each place. Please note that, there may be no or very little choice as it all depends on what times of the year you are trekking, how full the lodges are and how late in the day you arrive at that destination. Normally, during peak season such as September, October, November, Feb, March and April lodges operate in extremely full occupancy
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