Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu Altitude:1400m
Our representative will meet, greet and transfer you to your booked hotel. Our
representative will give you briefing for your respected tour. You can rest and
relax for the remaining time. Overnight
Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
After having Breakfast you will have sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. You
will be taken to the pilgrimage sites of Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the world's
biggest Bouddhanath Stupa and visit Swayambhunath Stupa which is the habitat
for lots of monkeys. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical
Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living
Day 3: Fly to Lukla & commence trekking to Puiyan
Altitude: 2860m/ 2800m
After having Breakfast in the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for
flight to Lukla. If the weather is clear, you can see the view of Everest and
the region where you are going to trek. In Lukla, you will meet your camping
staffs and porters. You will commence your trekking to Puiyan from Lukla. Overnight Camp.
Day 4: Trek to Pangkongma
Altitude: 2,850m, Hiking duration: 4/5 hours
After Breakfast, you will commence today's trek. You will cross the Poyan Khola
and start to climb steeply to the ridge-line overlooking the Khare Khola. From
Khare Khola, you will descend from the other side of the ridge to reach
Pangkongma. Overnight Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Nashing Dingma
Altitude: 2600m, Hiking duration: 5/6 hours
From Pangkongma, you will start climbing to reach Pangum La (3175m) which is your
gateway towards Hinku Valley. From here you will descend down to the Hinku
River. From Hinku River, you again climb up to the Surke La. Here you will walk
through a mix of terraced slopes containing grain crops intersperse by
undisturbed forests of the upper temperate zone; maples, rhododendrons and
fir. Overnigh Camp.
Day 6: Trek to Chalem Kharka
Altitude: 3600m, Hiking duratuon: 5/6 hours
After having Breakfast, you will climb up to the Source La (3085m/10118ft) and
from here you follow the back of the Surkie Danda ridge northwards towards Mera
and the Hinku. Our staffs will setup the tents here. Overnight Camp.
Day 7: Trek to Chunbu Kharka
Altitude: 4200m, Hiking duration: 5/6 hours
Continuing the trek, you will climb higher and higher over hillock of 4000
meters and then 4500 meters. Now, you will be walking above the tree line and grassy
slopes and rocky outcrops and cliffs. Then, you descend to a camp set near a
series of five lakes, Panch Pokhari, set beside the river of the Chunbu
Day 8: Rest day at Chunbu Kharka.
Today is your acclimatization day. You can enjoy the nature and roam around the
surrounding with our staffs.
Day 9: Trek to Honku valley camp
Altitude: 3600m, Hiking duration: 5-6 hours
Today, you travel through the trekking route which contours around many ridges
on the eastern side of the Honku, and then you will be descending lower into
forests of rhododendron. Near the valley, you will see the devastation caused
in 1998 when the wall of Sabai Tsho, a glacial lake, broke and flooded the
valley. We will also catch our first glimpses of Mera from the south, with all
3 peaks visible. You will walk for some minutes to a pleasant grassy field,
which is your today's camp side. Overnight
10: Trek to Kote
Altitude: 3600m, Hiking duration: 3/4 hours
are now in the Hinku Valley camp. After having breakfast, you will cross over
the river by a yak herder's bridge and join the main trail. The trail leads you
to the days ultimate destination; beautiful village of Kote. The village primarily
serves the trekking groups that come for Mera peak climbing. Overnight Camp.
11: Trek to Tagnag
Altitude: 4400m, Hiking duration: 3/4 hours
wake up in the village Kote, you will see view of dramatic peaks of the valley;
Kusum Kanguru. The path then leads up on to the pastures on the left hand side
and pleasant easy trails to Tagnag. Today you will also enjoy the view of Mera
Peak, initially at the confluence of the Sanu Drangka above Kote. If the
weather is clear, you can see the beautiful south face of Mera peak. Now this
is time for your final approach into Tagnag. You are now among mountains and
starting to prepare for your climb. Overnight
Day 12: Trek to Khare
Altitude: 4940m, Hiking duration: 3/4 hours
From khare, you can experience the excellent view of the valley to the north of
the Hinku Nup glacier and the line of peaks beyond it. You will walk through
the easy trail until you reach to the last section. The last part up to the
base camp at Khare is steep and you have to go to higher altitude. The climb is
short and you will reach there during the lunch time. Overnight Camp.
13: Trek to Mera Base Camp
Altitude: 5000m, Hiking duration: 3/4 hours
Today, you have to climb steadily out of the valley and up to lateral moraine
and grassy culverts to the last camp below the snowline. The route is fairly straight
forward. You will take rest and prepare yourself for the next day's climbing
attempt. Overnight Camp.
14,15 & 16: Summit attempt on Mera
Altitude: 6476m, Hiking duration: 5/9 hour
These three days going to plan and the weather on our side, we would move up to
a rock and glaciated camp just off the Mera La saddle at approx 5400m/17712ft.
Plastic mountaineering boots are usually worn from base through to the summit
bid and return. Whilst they feel clumsy they are perfect for the job, providing
warmth, protection and stability for the variable terrain including loose
rocks, snow and ice. Another camp is set half way up the long North Slope of
the mountain, at about 5700m/18696ft near a rock knob.Although
it is a shorter distance here, it can be difficult in poor conditions and you
are at altitude and are harder and further than it first appears. The summit
bid will be made early in the morning (anywhere from 2am to 5am) from this high
camp, and take around 4 to 6 hours to make the summit. Whilst the distance
doesn't look far, we can assure you it will be hard work, and all the
preparations and a positive, tempered attitude will pay off here. It is usually
necessary to rope up for much of the summit approach due to crevasse hazards
along the route. The route can vary depending on the conditions of the season
but usually skirts around a major shoulder in front of us to the back side of
the mountain and then traverse in a fairly straightforward approach to the
summit knob.As the
light comes, we enjoy incredible views across to Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang
(7319m) and Nau Lekh (6360m) with Makalu (8481m) looming behind. Further to our
left is Everest, peaking over several unnamed peaks of the Hinku. To the south
we can see for miles down to the terrain. We aim to make the summit
early/mid-morning and return to base camp after summit. The exact schedule will
depend on many factors, including the weather, condition of the route and
condition of the members. Our contingency of equipment and experienced staff
and a time buffer, gives us a fair amount of flexibility to achieve success for
all who have worked hard and consistently from the beginning of the expedition.
The day will be long, and this is where all the training beforehand, the trek
approach, and the right attitude will combine to give you stamina and
confidence to be part of a sound team, with optimum chances for the
Day 17 & 18: Commence trek into the Honku Valley
Altitude: 4900m, Hiking duration: 5/7 hours
We will need to make a relatively early start today. Once our porters are
organized we will commence our most remote stages of the expedition. We descend
into the Honku valley near to five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before
us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes). The Amphu Laptsa pass is
situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is basically
the low point on the ridge between the Hunku and the Imja valleys. For this day
or so we are in the Hunku. A new vista of peaks span out before us including
Ama Dablam to the distant westward, and many unnamed peaks. Camp is set close
to the rocks that lead up to the pass. On these stages we ask the members to be
flexible and co-operative. Camps will be set where conditions allow, and your
leader will keep you advised as to each days plan.
Day 19: Rest day at Amphu Laptsa base camp.
Final preparations and gear checks for our pass crossing Amphu Laptsa.
Day 20 & 21: Cross Amphu Laptsa to Island Peak Base Camp
Altitude: 5100m/ 5845m, Hiking duration: 8/9 hours
After early breakfast an alpine start for our pass crossing. Once again,
ferrying across all our loads together with all party members, crew, porters
and members takes time. The approach to the pass from the Hunku is deceptive. Facing
east and southward there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of
rocks that gradually lead up to the gap we travel through. On the north facing
side we find steep slopes of snow that we must take care to descend by fixed
ropes to the snow basins below and subsequent moraine and alpine valley beyond.
The views from this pass crossing to the peaks of Khumbu are unmatched. Any
spare moment one may have whilst we are climbing and descending will allow one
to appreciate the spectacle of the peaks of the region.
Day 22, 23 & 24: Trek to Lukla
Altitude:2860m, Hiking duration: 4/7 hours
Our trek starts descending through the famous Khumbu Valley to Tengboche
Monastery and Namche Bazaar. Namche is known as the Sherpa capital and it is a
great place to wonder around, visit the Tibetan stalls or enjoy the Swiss
bakeries. We descend the slopes of Namche to the Dudh Kosi joining the main
trail to follow at riverside through numerous villages to Phakding. On crossing
the bridge, we trek a short distance up and around, to the broad flat spur that
Lukla lies upon. The last night is always memorable for an end of trip
celebration with all the crew and porters.
Day 25: Fly to Kathmandu
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfers you to your
hotel then spend the day yourself.
Day 26: Departure
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family,
friends or relatives for you until your departure flight.