||Gear checks and sightseeing in Kathmandu
||Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft), trek to Paiyu (2,750m/9,020ft)
||Trek to Panggom (2,800m/9,815ft)
||Trek to Najing Dingma (2,820m/9,250ft)
||Cross the Surke La (3,030m/9,940ft) and continue to Cholem Kharka (3,550m/11,645ft)
||Rest Day/Acclimatisation hike
||Trek to Khola Kharka (4,200m/13,800ft)
||To Khote (3,700m/12,140ft)
||Trek to Tangnag (4,250m/13,940ft)
||Rest day/Acclimatisation hike
||To Mera Base Camp / Khare (4,800m/15,750ft)
||Acclimatisation and fixed ropes training day
||Climb to High Camp (5,800m/19,030ft)
||Summit bid (6,476m/21,246ft), return to Base Camp (4,800m/15,750ft)
||Trek to Khote (3,700m/12,140ft)
||Trek to Thaktor (4,200m/13,800ft)
||Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,450m/14,600ft)
||Trek to Chutanga via Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m/15,100ft)
||Trek to Lukla
||Contingency day in Lukla
||Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
||Depart Kathmandu - Trip ends
You will be met from your flight into Kathmandu by our staff then we all congregate at our hotel for a comprehensive briefing for the trip. This also provides an opportunity to check personal equipment. There are plentiful stores with trekking equipment available for purchase so any forgotten item is easily replaced.
On the day following your arrival and after our preparations are finalised, we make the best of our opportunity to visit some of the incredible sites in the Kathmandu valley when we visit monasteries and sacred sites. A quick walk up the steps to the Monkey Temple always gets the blood flowing!
Our flight to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft) comes very early in the morning to make the best of the stable morning weather patterns and before long we are enjoying the scenic wonders of the Himalaya as we begin our trek to Paiyu (2,750m/9,020ft). Initially, we head down the valley, away from the popular and often busy Khumbu Valley and Everest region to Paiyu and Panggom. Now we can we enjoy the isolated, rarely visited villages before crossing the Panggom La (3,174m/10,413ft) and down through the rhododendron forest.
Over the next few days, we trek up through the phenomenal virgin forest, climbing above the treeline to a series of alpine lakes, before descending once more to the valley which opens up give us amazing views of the surrounding mountains, including our objective, Mera Peak. Although strenuous at times, our acclimatisation is greatly aided by this foray above 4,000m/13,000ft.
Tangnag is a great place for a rest day and an opportunity to take in the surroundings. From here we head off for an acclimatisation hike up towards the Base Camp of one of Nepal’s most challenging trekking peaks, Kusum Kanguru (6,367m/20,889ft).
We depart Tangnag (4,250m/13,940ft) to climb up the valley and through lateral moraine and grassy meadows to Mera Base Camp which is a small village called Khare (4,800m/15,750ft). As we ascend, some of our climbing route will come into view, looking much easier than the south face we’ve been walking around.
We utilise some time at base camp for further preparations including revisions and instruction in the use of climbing harness, crampons and axe. We’ll practice travelling roped up and prepare our mountain equipment. The route we take is reasonably straightforward, but it is preferable to learn the techniques in a comfortable environment. There is sometimes one small portion of fixed rope near the summit, so instruction will be given in this technique also.
Making the final approach to the summit reveals an amazing panorama of the highest mountains on earth: Makalu (8,481m/27,825ft) and Everest (8,850m/29,035ft), looming over peaks like Baruntse (7,129m/23,389ft), Chamlang (7,319m/24,012ft) and Nau Lekh (6,360m/20,866ft).
We aim to make the summit early to mid-morning and return to base camp that afternoon/evening.
After the climb, we descend to Base Camp, before continuing on to the small village of Khote (3,700m/12,140ft) the following day. After overnighting in Khote we trek through to Thaktor (4,200m/13,800ft) and climb up to Thuli Kharka (4,450m/14,600ft) the following day. We then have an early start for our crossing of the Zatrwa La (4,600m/15,100ft). Depending on conditions we may fix a rope on the steeper section and care is required if there has been recent snowfall. We descend to Chutanga (3,430m/11,250ft) and then the next day have an easy walk into Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu and a celebratory meal back in the lively city. The following day the trip finishes and your guide will coordinate airport drop offs for your flight home.