We receive our valuable guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. One of our company staffs will be waiting to welcome our guest(s) with a small display board that reads Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Also there will be display board with the guests’ name. The guests are dropped at the hotel and taken to the city for a short sightseeing. Then in the evening the guests are served Welcome Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A tour guide according to the need of our guests will be provided. The guide takes the guests for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing includes Pashupati area, Boudhanath, Patan and Swoyambhunath area. The time for sightseeing begins after breakfast; it goes generally 9.00am to 5.00pm. On the same day the company makes the permit and does other paper works for the trekking. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Day 03: Kathmandu –Jiri Bazar (1995m) 7-8 hours drive
It is 215km from Kathmandu to Jiri. Hence we will drive almost for the whole day today i,e for about 8 hours. The road is metalized and comfortable. But it has a number of bends in the several places. The bus runs smoothly. We catch the road to Khasa (Tibet) in the beginning. After driving for 3 and half hour, at the place called Khadichaur, the road splits. One leads to Khasa and the other, definitely, to Jiri. We cross the bridge over Bhotikoshi at Khadichaur. Then the road goes through the small and beautiful villages where the people of various tribes live together in peace and harmony. The view we can see through the window of the bus is spectacular: green hills, white Himalayas, beautiful villages. We cross Charikot, the head quarter of Dolakha Districts on the way. It’s a small city in the hilly region of Nepal. The earthquake that took place on May 12 has devastated this city recently. The path goes down from Charikot. Then we cross Tamakoshi and the path goes uphill for sometimes, then flat for sometimes and then finally again downhill to Jiri Bazar. Jiri is small town in the Everest Region. We have camp here for the night. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Jiri Bazar- Shivalaya (1790 m) 3-4hours
The path goes flat in the beginning. Then we go uphill through the villages upto Mali, a Sherpa village. I t is a small pass (2334m). Then the path goes down through the light forest and small villages again. We can witness the Himalayas of the Everest region from Mali Danda. We cross a couple big Rivers: Yalung Khola and Khimti Khola. We camp at the bank of Khimti Khola beside the bridge. Lodges and tea houses are found here. We cannot have communication facility in this point of trekking. There is a check post for the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area.
Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2190m) 4-5hours
Today we start climbing in the beginning then the path goes slightly flat and again uphill to Deurali. We cross a pass at Deurali that is of about 2600m. The view from the pass is, of course, beautiful since we are walking in the Everest Region. The stupas everywhere on the way prove that the Buddhist people the Sherpa community reside in this area. From Deurali we go downhill up to Bhandar where we camp for the night. Bhandari is a beautiful village of Sherpas. Telephone facility is available in this point. Stupas and the school building are the views other than the small houses of Sherpas. Jiri to Bhandari has a rough road where Jeep service is available in dry season.
Day 06: Bhandar- Dakachu (2985m) 5-6 hours
The path goes downhill in the beginning upto Likhu Khola. Then we reach Kinja, a junction of 3 dirstricts pof hilly region of Nepal: Solu, Ramechhap and Okhaldhunga. It is big market place. The locals gather here every Sunday for shopping. After Kinja we walk uphill to Dakachu.
Day 07: Dakachu-Junbesi (2700m) 4-5 hours
We climb the uphill through the light forest from Dakachu. No villages but tea houses (lodges) on the way. We cross a pass called Lamjura La (3530m). Then the path goes downhill through the light forest for about 2 hours. Then the path is flat up to Junbesi, a Sherpa village. In Junbesi, we camp in a lodge for the night. Internet, telephone facility is available here. We can visit to the beautiful gompas overhere.
Day 08: Junbesi- Nuntala (2194m) 4-5 hours
We cross Junbesi Khola, a small stream in the beginning then in about one hour’s uphill walk we can get the first view of Mt. Everest, Thamserku and Mera. So today is the special day.Then we walk slightly flat path. We cross Dudhkunda Khola, a river, through a suspension bridge. After the bridge the path goes uphill to a pass called Taksindu La (3870m). We can visit a beautiful gompa here. The stupas, chyortens in the several points are the usual view in this section of trekking. After the pass the path goes downhill to Nuntala, again a Sherpa village which is called Manidingma also. A paper factory lies here that produces Local Nepali paper. Telephone facility is available here.
Day 09: Nuntala – Kharikhola (2370 m) 4-5 hours
In the beginning we walk down towards a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Then we start to walk uphill. Just above the bridge we see the picturesque Rai village of Jubing with some tea houses. We camp just before Kharikola on a plateau with a few tea houses. Khari Khola is a big Sherpa village in the Himalayan region. Hence, we can see the gompa, mani walls and prayer wheels in the village as the Sherpas are Buddhist.
Day 10: Kharikhola – Panggoma (3000 m) 3-4 hours
We now leave the path to Everest and go through the fields and forests following the narrow and sometimes slippery trails up. We pass the gompa (monastery) of Kharikola and if someone is present we take the time to take a look. We can look back far from the monastery on the route of the previous days. Panggoma is 2900 meters and it is night already colder. Slightly above Panggoma lies a beautiful monastery where we can attend a Buddhist ceremony. We offer some money to the Lamas (the priests in the monastery) and they bless for the good luck for our expedition.
Day 11: Panggoma – Forest Camp /Hill side (3750m) 3-4 hours
We start today with the short but steep climb to the Panggoma La (3286m) walking through the fantastic forest. The only one path continues straight to the areas at the foot of Makalu (Tumlingtar). Then we climb over the wooded ridge that lies northwards until we get above the tree line and we see the barren and rocky landscape. Usually after the noon, it is often bad weather here, but if the weather is good, the view around looks fantastic.
Day 12: Forest Camp- Thuli Kharka (4150 m) 3-4hours
We continue walking heading north along the ridge towards Thuli-Kharka. We walk through the route with a pass Zatrwa La (4610m), the highest point, after which we head to the alpine meadows of Thuli-Kharka where we have a camp. Here we will likely encounter other groups which have come up from Lukla or can we hear the experiences of people who come back of Mera Peak.
Day 13: Thuli Kharka Rest and acclimatization
Since we are at 4250 meters, acclimatization is required for us to the higher altitude. Now and onwards everything we do leads to wheezing and everything feels heavy. We therefore take rest for the body to adjust to the altitude. It is an essential step to later have better chances to reach the summit of Mera Peak. Also we can check all the climbing equipments once again in the leadership of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition climbing guide or do the laundry and dry all the wet stuff.
Day 14: Thuli Kharka – Kote (3640 m) 4-5 hours
Today we walk down to the Inkhu Khola. In the beginning we follow a stretch of the ridge of the mountain, a bit up and down. After crossing a pass we have a good view of the southwest wall of Mera Peak and Sannu Himal. Now we walk above the tree line in the beginning, but during the day we vanish into the jungle with rhododendrons and blue Himalayan pine. The descent is steep and slippery. We reach the rough river along which we walk now. After sometime we set up our camp at a spacious place near Kote.
Day 15: Kote – Tangnag (4358 m) 3-4 hours
Now we walk through the wreckage along Inkhu Khola and continue to the north into the valley. A few years ago Sabai-Tsho, a glacial lake broke and the resulting tsunami caused huge damage in the Hunkhu valley. Just before Tangnag lies a small Gompa where we bring a final sacrifice to pray for the success of climbing. During the quiet climb up we will have a view of the Kyashar (6770 meters). The valley becomes narrower and is stuck between the Kusum Kang Guru and Mera West. The big and spacious meadows at Tangnag offer a great camp to stay for two days.
Day 16: Rest in Tangnag (day off with acclimatization)
Again we have a rest day today to prepare for the ascent. For those who feel energetic, there is then the possibility for a stretch along the eastern flank of the Kusum Kang Guru (6369 meter) climb up. This edge is at over 5000 meters a plateau overlooking the valley. Who wants to keep it slightly lower can take a look towards the Dig Kharka, Sabai –Tsho, Sabai Glacier Lake, and admire that opens on the north side of the lake. In the afternoon we will make extensive equipments and exercise for climbing by walking on the rope in the instruction of climbing guide of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 17: Tangnag- Khare (5000 m) 2-3 hours
The environment is getting rougher around us now. We walk along the side of moraine of the glacier Dig. We walk heading to Khare that furnish the base camp. Now, the weather, snow conditions and the physical condition of the individual climbers play a vital role ahead. Here we need to take an ultimate decision on the logistical and technical approach of the next three days. One thing is definite; the nights will be severe cold and the height and tension of the climb we probably will not let us sleep well too.
Day 18: Rest in Khare for acclimatization and practice of climbing
One more acclimatization and climb practice before we climb the peak. Khare is the starting point for the climb of Mera Peak. This is the last place with lodges, mainly for carriers, and tent pitches on terraces next to the cabins. We can eat indoors and carriers are well protected. When we are higher up on the mountain to climb, they will be here every day to return to. In the morning we will continue with extensive exercises with the equipment, with the rope and prusiken to go to a fixed rope up and down. Those who wish can still make a trip to the higher ground in the afternoon.
Day 19: Khare – Mera La Camp (5415 m) 3-4 hours
Today we cross the Mera Glacier and walk to the Mera La camp. This is located on the eastern side of the pass at 5344 meters. The first part is slightly steep so we may have to put a fixed rope here. The main part of the journey on the glacier, however, is slightly sloping. The campsite is situated near a small lake and is rocky and small. The porters carry only the necessary food supplies and materials for the climb up and go back to Khare BC.
Day 20: Mera La Camp – High Camp (5780 m) 2-3 hours
Our porters come up again and bring all our equipments to High Camp. There is not too much space for camping so we need to measure and set our tents. The view from here is a fair of seven and eight-thousand high peaks such as Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Lothse, Cho Oyu and Everest course. This site is considered for one of the most beautiful viewpoint of Nepal. We make camp on the glacier, which means dig and chop, which is very laborious at this altitude and again a very cold night.
Day 21: Climbing Mera (Central) Peak (6461m) and descent to base camp Khare 7-8 hours
Today is the day of goal, or let’s say, the day of truth; the day of those who come out on the top. Far before the dawn, in the darkness of the night, we get up and get ready for the climb.
It will be a long journey across the icy landscape. The slope is not very steep and there are not many gaps. Despite highly facilitated technically, the difficulty takes great effort in every meter in this height. A little wind can thereby already provide very low temperatures so we must be alert to frostbite. All these inconveniences, however, are quickly forgotten when we reach the top and certainly if we wish; we can report the base camp regarding our success. We don’t remain for longer than 30 minutes on the top. The weather won’t allow us to remain longer. We climb down slowly and to the base camp of Khare.
Day 22: Khare – Kote (3640 m) 4-5 hours
From Khare we directly go back to Khote since it will not be difficult for us to go down and we don’t need acclimatization. We need acclimatization while going up only. Hence, going down is done almost constantly. We can share our experiences, tell our stories of climbing, to the expeditors who are going up and they, for sure, will listen enthusiastically to our findings and recommendations. We head to Kote for the night.
Day 23: Kote – Thuli Kharka (4320 m) 5-6 hours
We are slowly going to the known steep track through the forest until we reach the meadows of Thuli Kharka. We must be ready for tomorrow since a steep climb and a steep descent are waiting for us. We spend the night in Thuli Kharka.
Day 24: Thuli Kharka – Chutanga (3440m) 3-4 hours
Today, the trek becomes violent once more. First the steep climb to the La Zatrwa, then up and down to a second pass for the descent to Chutanga. The first part after the second pass is steep and is almost always in the shade. If there is a lot of snow then it can be quite risky. Probably the rope can be helpful again. We experience that descend can be stressful, but the prospect of the delicacies, cola and apple pie make up for it tomorrow in Lukla.
Day 25: Chutanga – Lukla (2840m) 3-4 hours
We walk for few hours down through the forest to Lukla. A nice hike to round off our trip. The rest of the day can lie in the sun or sit on a terrace. We will have to get used to the crowds, the shops and the many tourists at Lukla.
Day 26: Lukla – Kathmandu (1350 m)
Today we wait for the plane to fly Kathmandu. Who knows, we will come back to this region again or not in our life. So we may have look around for the last view of the Everest region. The flight depends on the weather condition. Flight delay or cancellation is common phenomenon in this region. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.
Day 27: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.
Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition representative will manage vehicle and a staff to drop our valuable guests at the airport and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye to you but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.