Mera Peak Climb
Nepal, Climbing, 20 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,495 (land only) - from $3,490 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla (2840m). We spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatising. We overnight in a basic lodge.
Day 3: A short and easy day of trekking off the beaten track, up through thinning forest to the grazing area of Chutanga (3050m). Camp.
Day 4: Acclimatisation day. We make a trek up to around 4000 metres giving views over the Dudh Khosi Valley and across to the Atwra La pass. We return to Chutanga. Camp.
Day 5: A long day mostly uphill to cross the Zatrwa La (4600m) and descend to Tuli Kharka a high pasture above the Hinku valley. Camp (4320m).
Day 6: We follow a delightful descending trail across three ridges, before dropping steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Gotay (3600m). Camp.
Day 7: Following the west side of the Hinku River, we trek via the Yak herders' summer settlement of Gondishung and its Buddhist shrine to Tagnag (4350m). Camp.
Day 8: Acclimatisation day. In the morning there is the option to trek up above camp for views of the Mera La. Afternoon to relax. Camp.
Day 9: We ascend an ablation valley beside the Dig Glacier to Kare, the basecamp area for Mera Peak. Camp (5000m).
Day 10: A day for further acclimatisation. We will have a skills training session and get ready for our ascent of Mera Peak. Camp.
Day 11: Leaving our base camp we trek up onto the glacier and traverse to the Mera La on the watershed of the Hinku and Hongu valleys. Camp (5415m).
Day 12: We continue our ascent of the North flank of Mera Peak to a spectacular eyrie nestled below a rocky outcropping on the ridge. Camp (5800m).
Day 13: We make the technically straightforward ascent of Mera Peak (6476m). The summit view includes 5 of the World's 6 highest mountains. From the summit we return to our camp at Kare.
Day 14: We descend to Tagnag. This is a short and relatively easy day of descent which can also be used as a contingency day in case of delay to the climbing scedule.
Day 15: We continue our return trek following the Hinku River downstream as far as Gotay. Camp (3600m).
Day 16: Uphill again to reach Tuli Kharka below the Zatwra La. Camp (4320m).
Day 17: A final short climb to the Zatrwa La and then a long descent to Lukla. Overnight in a basic lodge.
Day 18: Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, we will have plenty of time after lunch for further sightseeing or shopping. Hotel.
Day 19: A free day in Kathmandu. Optional guided sightseeing tour of the city's main attractions, which include colourful Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples. Hotel.
Day 20: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.