Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labtsa
Nepal, Climbing, 27 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €2,995 (land only) - from $4,115 (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 check into a local lodge and spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatising while we explore the town.
Day 3: A short and easy day of trekking off away from the busy Everest Trail as we climb the hillside behind Lukla up through thinning forest to the grazing area of Chutanga (3050m) where we make our first overnight 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: A day for acclimatisation. We trek up above camp to around 5,000 metres for views across to the Mera La and return to Tagnag. 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 follow the ridge above camp to around 5500 metres and return to Khare. Camp.
Day 11: Leaving Khare we trek up onto the glacier and traverse to the Mera La on the watershed of the Hinku and Hongu valleys (5415m). We will make a camp here or below the pass on the Hongu side at approximately 5300 metres.
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 easy ascent of Mera Peak (6476m). The summit view includes 5 of the World's 6 highest mountains. After the summit we return to our camp on or just below the Mera La.
Day 14: After our climb of Mera Peak, this is a relatively relaxing day descending to a camp in the remote Hongu Valley. This is also a contingency day in case of delays to our climbing schedule.
Day 15: We begin to climb again, following the Hongu River upstream through magnificent scenery and passing several waterfalls to reach a large frozen lake (5000m) where we make our camp.
Day 16: Passing beneath the giant west face of Chamlang we follow the Hongu Khola and finally the Hongu Glacier to the holy site of Panch Pokhri (five lakes). Camp (5400).
Day 17: A rest day. The guides and Sherpas ascend the Amphu Labtsa to establish fixed lines and prepare the pass for tomorrow's crossing. Camp.
Day 18: Scree slopes and an icefall are tackled to gain the Amphu Labtsa (5700m). We now descend fixed ropes to the Imja Glacier and trek to a camp in the Imja Valley.
Day 19: We have a relatively short trek up the other side of the Imja Clacier to reach the base camp for Island Peak. The remainder of the day is free for rest and to prepare for the climb.
Day 20: A contingency day in case of delays to our schedule do far. This may be used to split the ascent of Island Peak over two days with a high camp.
Day 21: An early start for the ascent of Island Peak at 6187m. / 20,299ft. After taking in the spectacular 360 panorama from the summit we descend to our base camp.
Day 22: Descending the Imja Khola Valley via Dingboche we reach the main Khumbu Valley and pass through the village of Pangboche to our halt at Deboche. Camp (3710m).
Day 23: Trekking via Thyangboche where we stop for a visit to the Monastery, and via the settlements of Phunki Tenga and Kangjuma, we reach Namche Bazaar. Camp (3440m).
Day 24: Our final days trekking following the Dudh Khosi mostly downhill but with a last climb up to Lukla. We say goodbye to our support crew in traditional style. Basic Lodge.
Day 25: Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, we will have plenty of time after lunch for further sightseeing or shopping. Hotel.
Day 26: 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 27: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
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.