Ever since Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s, this tiny mountain nation has had an irresistible mystical allure for travellers. Today, legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cosy lodge and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day. Nepal is a nirvana for mountain lovers.
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Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu:
Depart UK and arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu:
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. Scour the streets of bustling Thamel in search of any last-minute gear you want to take with you, or simply visit one of the many ancient Buddhist temples in the city.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla:
Early morning transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla (2880m) Flight- 45 minutes. This 45 minutes flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport which is said to be one of the most spectacular flight in the world.
Upon arrival, meet your guide and trekking staffs. As we are already above 2500 meters in altitude we will spend the night in Lukla to get better acclimatized. We will spend the hiking in different areas of Lukla.
Day 4: Trek to Chutanga (3050m):
As we are on our first day of trekking we will be doing half days hike today. This helps us not only with acclimatization but we get the first feel of the trail as well as the surrounding landscapes.
We start the day by hiking eastwards, crosiing a number of hamlets and wood yards until we reach a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron. A short hike from here brings us to NauLekh also known as KaloHimal Ridge. We will be crossing many small streams and small villages to arrive at Chutanga, which is a summer pasture.
Upon arrival check into the lodge and have lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore the surroundings of Chutanga.
Day 5: Chutanga to Kharkitang (3200m):
Today the hike, though short, is mostly uphill. As we slowly start to gain altitude, the vegetation changes and we start we get better views of the Himalayas. We cross through several forested are and few small villages to arrive at our lodge at Kharitang.
Upon arrival we check into the lodge. Rest of the day is free to rest and relax or go for short hike nearby.
Day 6: Trek to Chetrabuk (3800 m) via Zatrwa-La pass (4600m):
We begin today’s trek on a steep, narrow trail that passes through rhododendron and bamboo forests. We continue crossing the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley.
A steep uphill climb brings us to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwala, from here the path traverses across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600m.
From the pass we slowly head towards our lodge at Chetrabuk which is mostly downhill hike and takes about an hour to an hour and a half.
Day 7: Chetrabuk to Khote (3550m):
The route contours around the main Hinku Valley, then descends steeply through the different climate zones; from montage grassland, through juniper and rhododendron thickets to hemlock and silver fir forests.
We will have amazing mountain views as we continue north up the Hinku Valley. The trail gently climbs along the west bank of the Hinku River. Spectacular mountains, such as KusumKangari to the west and Mera Peak to the east, will be in view throughout the morning.
In the afternoon we continue descending through the atmospheric Mojang Forest and drop into the main Hinku Valley to our camp in the small settlement of Kote (3550m).
Day 8: Khote to Tangnag (4300 m):
We follow the rocky riverbed upstream, a reminder of the destruction caused by the glacial lake bursting, to join the main Mera trail.
Further walking through meadows dotted with dwarf junipers brings us to the village of Tangnag, where we camp (4300m). We are now in a deep valley created by the towering walls of KusumKanguru and the western peak of Mera.
Day 9: Acclimatization day in Tangnag:
We spend the day acclimatizing to the altitude. There will be a walk this morning to the top of a ridge south of Tangnak. We walk to approx. 5000 m and should have great views of Kusum Kanguru, Chamlang and the Mera La.
We return to camp for lunch and in the afternoon there will be a gear check and compulsory abseil training. Your leader will also demonstrate how a PAC bag is used.
Day 10: Tangnag to Khare (5045m):
We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of CharpateHimal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the HinkuNup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to our camping spot at Khare.
The camping experience at Khare is something that would cherish us throughout our life. It is pleasure to view beautiful North face of Mera Peak from our campsite at Khare. Many of the porters will return to the more hospitable climate of Tangnag and await our return from the peak.
Day 11: Acclimatization and training at Khare:
Here we use the moraine and scree slopes of the base of the Mera Glacier to familiarize ourselves with high altitude gear, with safety practices, with climbing techniques.
And so we climb – towards the Mera La, our route winding its way between the crevasses on the glacier’s lower eastern flank.
After half an hour, the gradient eases and we emerge onto the wide plateau that leads up to the Pass.
Day 12: Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp (5350m):
We now take supplies up to the Mera La (5400m) and set up our camp just below the pass on the Honku side. We have to march through steep route (about 260 meters) and it takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach Base Camp.
Upon reaching there after a short rest accompanied with our lunch, we start ice climbing training with our climbing guide. Inexperienced climbers need to learn much more today.
The sunset from this campsite is truly spectacular with the peaks of the HonkuHimal glowing red in the setting sun.
Day 13: Climb to High Camp (5780m):
We ascend the Mera Glacier up to a rocky outcrop to establish High Camp at 5800m. Even those who are not climbing may well come up to the Mera La, to see how things are progressing.
From this point it is possible to see five out of the six highest mountains on earth, stretching from Kanchenjunga in the east through Makalu, Lhotse and Everest to Cho Oyu in the west.
This afternoon there will be a final gear check and we will prepare our clothes ready for tomorrow. After sunset we retire to the warmth of our sleeping bags to rest before the summit attempt tomorrow.
Please note camping space is extremely limited at high camp and occasionally three people will need to share a tent. A dining tent will not be erected and meals will be served in your tent.
Day 14: Summit and back to Khare :
It’s an extremely long day as we have a very cold start at around 2 – 2:30 am. We will set off roped up in teams. You will need to carry your ice axe and wear crampons as we ascend the wide, open glacier, avoiding the few crevasses. The terrain here is not very steep but the going is very slow going due to the altitude.
As dawn approaches the trail starts to ascend steeply to the east of the left-hand ridge before swinging right on easier ground to approach the summit.
As we approach the summit we will rest at a col whilst the sherpas fix a safety rope to the bottom of the last part of the summit climb.
The last 50m to the summit is the steepest part of the climb. We will need the jammer for this last section – it is steep and makes the climb more challenging. The sherpas will fix the rope accordingly and help you up this section. (Please note crevasses here change from year to year and rotes do change slightly each year). Once at the top the views from the sun rising over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the plumed Everest Himal in the center and Cho Oyu further west, make every painful step well worthwhile.
Descending this steep section will involve abseiling from the summit and we will use the fixed rope back to the col. From here the descent is usually quicker although we will still be roped as care must be taken because of crevasses. We descend back down to our base camp and further down to Khare.
After a long but rewarding day, returning to a lower altitude (5000m) means that we should all sleep soundly.
Day 15: Walk back to Khote:
A beautiful walk as we retrace our steps down the valley to Khote, and our first beer (chilled, of course) after the exertions of yesterday.
Day 16: Khote to Chatrabuk:
It is an uphill trek through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to ThuliKharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons.
After reaching Chatrabuk , we enjoy remarkable views of Mera North, Mera Central and South face.
Day 17: Chatrabuk to Lukla:
We begin today’s trek by ascending to Zatrwa La Pass. As soon as we cross the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, NumburHimal, KusumKhangru and other Himalayan peaks.
From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village.
In the evening we enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu:
Today we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Exploring Kathmandu:
Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Fly to UK:
Return back to UK
Whilst the Mera Peak (6476m) poses little technical difficulty it is a strenuous climb in places with some short, steeper sections of 35° snow. You will need to have previous experience in the use of ice axes and crampons. You carry a day pack for most days, except on the move to Mera High Camp when you also need to carry your sleeping bag/mat and down jacket/mitts.
Once you have booked your place on the trip, you will receive a kit list from us containing all the kit/equipment you will need to complete the trek successfully. This will ensure you have everything you could possibly need for the big adventure.
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Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
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