Peaks and Passes of Nepal - Mera to the Rolwaling
Nepal, Climbing, 36 days - from £3,295 (land only) - from €4,450 (land only) - from $5,300 (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: A free day in Kathmandu while we complete the formalities to obtain the various permits we need for this long mountain journey.
Day 3: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla (2840m). We spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatising. Basic Lodge.
Day 4: A short and easy day of trekking off the beaten track, up through thinning forest to the grazing area of Chutanga (3050m). Camp.
Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: We ascend an ablation valley beside the Dig Glacier to Kare, the basecamp area for Mera Peak. Camp (5000m).
Day 11: A day for further acclimatisation. We follow the ridge above camp to around 5500 metres and return to Khare. Camp.
Day 12: Leaving our base camp we trek up onto the glacier and traverse to the Mera La. We make camp 100 metres below the pass on the Hongu side. Camp (c.5300m).
Day 13: 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 14: We make the technically easy ascent of Mera Peak (6476m). The summit view includes 5 of the World's 6 highest mountains. Descend to the Hongu Valley. Camp (5200m).
Day 15: After descending to the Hongu River we trek up valley to a camp beside a large frozen lake. (5000m).
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 (6187m). After taking in the spectacular 360 panorama from the summit we descend to our base camp and then trek down valley to the lodges at Chukung. Camp.
Day 22: After crossing the stream and negotiating a couple of side gullys, we make a steady climb to the Kongma La (5400m) where we have more spectacular views including Makalu and an unusual perspective on Ama Dablam. We then descend to Lobuche (4910m. / 16,110ft.) on the main Everest trail. Camp
Day 23: Today we trek to Everest Basecamp following first the moraine to the tea houses of Gorak Shep, then the Khumbu Glacier itself all the way to the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. Afterwards we return to Lobuche. Camp.
Day 24: Turning away from the Everest trail we follow a less-used path which contours around the hillside and then climbs to the Yak pastures of Dzongla (4830m) below the stupendous face of Cholatse. Camp.
Day 25: Crossing the Cho La (5420m) we have excellent views of nearby Lobuche Peak East and of Ama Dablam. We descend to the Ngozumpa Glacier and cross this to reach the lakeside settlement of Gokyo (4790m. / 15,715ft.). Camp
Day 26: A contingency day against delays to our schedule. If not used at this point it can be taken as a rest day or for a day hikle to the 'fifth lake' or a climb of Gokyo Ri.
Day 27: An early start for a long but spectacular day, crossing the Renjo La (5340m) to reach Marulung (4210m) in the Thame Valley. Camp.
Day 28: Something of a rest day today starting with an easy descent for 2 - 3 hours beside the Bhote Khosi following an ancient trade route with Tibet o the important Sherpa town of Thame (3820m). We have the afternoon to rest and recouperate or maybe do some laundry.
Day 29: Leaving Thame we begin climbing again, following a trail high on the valley side above the Thame Khola to reach summer Yak pastures at (4350m). Camp.
Day 30: We climb over boulders and beside a small glacier to reach a steep gully leading up to the permanent snows of the Tesi Lapsa. We make a camp just below the crest of the pass at 5700 metres.
Day 31: We make the short and direct climb to Parchemo's summit, where the views include Mount Everest. Returning to the Tesi Lapcha we descend beside the Drolambu icefall to a camp at Tesi Lapcha Phedi. (4800m).
Day 32: Trekking accross the glacier to the other side we have to make a steep climb and descent to negotiate a cliff before some easier trakking beside the morraine of a glacial lake to reach our camp at Tso Rolpa.
Day 33: We trek down the valley on an increasingly good trail, passing the summer settlement of Na Goan before reaching Beding, the main village in the Rolwalling Valley. We camp by the school above the village. (3694m).
Day 34: Moving down the Rolwalling everything becomes greener as we trek through the villages of Ramding and Nyimare and then through dense forest to the village of Simigaon (1996m) where we camp near the monastery.
Day 35: We start the day with an hour's steep descent to a bridge over the Bhote Kosi. We meet our vehicles and start the 9 - 10 hour drive back to Kathmandu where we check into our hotel and take a welcome shower. This evening we will go out to celebrate in one of Kathmandu's famous restaurants. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 36: 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.