Mera Peak

A trek and climb holiday to Mera, Nepal`s highest `walk-up` peak

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Views of five 8000 metre peaks from high camp and summit of Mera
  • Proven programme of acclimatisation trekking over the Zatwra La
  • Guide to client ratio of 1:3 on Mera Peak summit day
  • Excellent success rate in reaching summit of Mera

Mera Peak at 6476 metres,  is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal and its summit panorama takes in five of the world's 8000 metre peaks - Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu. This ultimate Himalayan trekking and climbing holiday begins with a short and exciting flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla and continues through the high and lovely Hinku Valley. Our tried and tested program of acclimatisation crossing the Zatwra La, contributes to an unrivalled success rate on climbing Mera peak. Although physically very demanding on account of the altitude, the climbing on Mera Peak is not technically difficult, ascending snow slopes that rarely exceed 30 degrees. Viewed from the mountain's upper slopes, the sunrise on Everest and Kangchenjunga is truly unforgettable. Mera Peak is the perfect choice for fit and keen hillwalkers looking to take part in a real Himalayan climbing expedition.

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Is this holiday for you?

This Nepal trekking and climbing holiday offers a great variety of trekking conditions. During the first few days of the trek there are forests leading to a wild, alpine environment, with a number of small summer grazing camps. The paths are relatively good for most of the route up to our basecamp at Khare, and offer relatively easy underfoot conditions although with some steep ascents and descents. The climb of Mera Peak does not involve any technical climbing and for the most part we will be walking on snow slopes of less than 30 degrees. For much of the ascent we will be using crampons and moving as a roped party since we will be traversing a glacier, but previous experience is not a prerequisite as instruction in the simple techniques required will be given by your guides. However, previous use of carmpons is recommended. On summit day we will have a guide to client ratio of 1:3. The main difficulties of the climb of Mera Peak are those associated with trekking at high altitude and this climbing holiday will be suitable to fit and prepared trekkers as well as mountaineers wishing to reach new heights. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Lukla (2840m). Acclimatisation.
  • Trek above Lukla to the grazing area of Chutanga (3050m).
  • Acclimatisation trek to 4000 metres and return to Chutanga.
  • Trek across the Zatrwa La (4600m) and descend to Tuli Kharka (4320m).
  • Trek steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Gotay (3600m).
  • Trek beside the Hinku River to the Yak herders' settlement of Tagnag (4350m).
  • Acclimatisation day.
  • Trek beside the Dig Glacier to Kare (5000m), base camp for Mera Peak.
  • Acclimatisation day and skills training.
  • Climb to the Mera La (5415m), the watershed of the Hinku and Hongu valleys.
  • Climb easy snow slopes on Mera Peak to a high camp (5800m).
  • Climb easy-angled snow slopes and short steeper section to summit (6476m). Descend to Kare (5000m).
  • Contingency day for possible delays. Descend to Tagnag (4350m).
  • Return trek following the Hinku River downstream as far as Gotay (3600m).
  • Trek out of the Hinku Valley to Tuli Kharka (4320m) below the Zatwra La.
  • Trek across the Zatrwa La (4600m) and descend to Lukla (2840m).
  • Fly to Kathmandu. Rest of the day free for sightseeing or relaxing.
  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.
2016
Mon 11 Apr - Sat 30 Apr Code MER /02/16/ Adult$3,860 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • This tour begins on Mon 11 Apr and departs on Sat 30 Apr
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  • Single Supplement $220 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $245
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MER /06/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 07 Nov and departs on Sat 26 Nov
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  • Single Tent $245
2017
Wed 12 Apr - Mon 01 May Code MER /01/17/ Adult$3,940 Status Provisional dates Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MER /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 12 Apr and departs on Mon 01 May
  • The dates and prices for this departure are provisional. Please call our office for more information prior to confirming your booking.
  • Single Supplement $220 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $245
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu on the dates shown above. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. After check in and depending on your flight schedule, there may be an opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city, or you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Fly to Lukla (2840m). Acclimatisation.

    After breakfast in the hotel we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 35 minute flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. We spend the rest of the day at this busy airstrip village, and we overnight in a basic lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek above Lukla to the grazing area of Chutanga (3050m).

    An easy day through the woodland above Lukla. A good trail leads through pasture to the edge of a diminishing forest of rhododendron and pine which clothes the steep hillsides above Lukla. We make steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to a clearing or ‘kharka’ used for grazing yaks. This is Chutanga where we camp for 2 nights at an altitude of 3450 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 880m

    • Distance 880km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 240m

    • Time 4 - 6 hours walking

  • Acclimatisation trek to 4000 metres and return to Chutanga.

    We spend the day walking up to a small grassy peak below the Zatra Teng Pass reaching an altitude of around 4000 metres. There are excellent views out over the valley of the Dudh (milk) Kosi (river), and also views of our route towards the Zatrwa La. We return to our camp at Chutanga.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 720m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 720m

    • Time 4 - 6 hours walking

  • Trek across the Zatrwa La (4600m) and descend to Tuli Kharka (4320m).

    A long day of 7 to 8 hours. The first objective of the trek is to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge that separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. The easier of the two passes that lead across this ridge is the Zatrwa La (4600m). An early start is essential here. We follow the trail ever upward at first through thick rhododendron forest until we emerge at a clearing on a high ridge. From here the Zatwra Og, the first of the day’s objectives, can be seen some 500 metres above. If there is no snow, the route is very straightforward following a good trail which zig zags up the steep hillside to a classic col. Early or late in the season the route can hold considerable snow and we may put on crampons at this point. In some conditions, a rope may be used to safeguard our porters on this next section. It's 3 to 4 hours from Chutanga to the col (which is known as the Zatwra Og and is not the pass itself) and perhaps longer than this in poor snow conditions. From the Zatwra Og the path descends over rock and scree to pass a buttress and then climbs again for c.100 metres to the pass proper, marked by many cairns. We should reach the top of the Zatwra La in 40 minutes or so from the Zatwra Og. In good weather, the views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, as is the view across the rolling foothills east of the Hinku Valley. From here our route drops down a prominent ridge before traversing to the right and finally descending steeply to Thule Kharka (which means 'big pasture') where there are several basic lodges. We make camp beside the lodges at 4250 metres. This is quite a high camp at this early stage of the trek and it is possible you may feel some discomfort from the altitude here. However, the crossing of the Zatwra La coupled with the night spent at this high pasture, is very good for our acclimatisation and will pay dividends later when we come to climb Mera Peak. We will be descending the following morning and it will be a couple of days before we reach this altitude again.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1210m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 8 - 10 hours walking

  • Trek steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Gotay (3600m).

    Having gained valuable acclimatisation from our night at the high pasture it will, nevertheless, be a relief to go down again. But, before we can descend, we must first make a traverse of three ridges to reach easier slopes. Leaving Thule Kharka, we cross the normally dry gulley to the north and climb up to the first ridge on a good, clear trail, passing the remains of several huts. The trail continues, first dropping and then climbing as it turns two more ridges high above the Hinku River. As we gain the last ridge the very impressive south face of Mera comes into view. From here we begin a long descent on a trail which drops steeply through the rhododendrons to a gulley containing a stream and a huge bivouac boulder, where our kitchen crew will have prepared lunch. After lunch, we continue on a good trail through forests of moss-covered pines to the edge of the huge scar left by the devastating breach of a natural dam above Tagnag in 1998. The trail climbs gradually following the river and crossing a broad, ridge of mixed forest we reach a sandy boulder-choked area known as Gotay at an altitude of 3600 metres. This is a good place for camp and there are several lodges here.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 540m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1180m

    • Time 6 - 8 hours walking

  • Trek beside the Hinku River to the Yak herders' settlement of Tagnag (4350m).

    Following the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, the forest eventually disappears and the valley widens and becomes much more open. There are no villages in the Upper Hinku, only small kharkas used for grazing goats, sheep and yaks. The twin summits of Kusum Kanguru appear on the left while the valley is bounded on the right by the steep rock face of Mera's satellite peak. Ahead framed in the sharp "V" of the valley is the imaginatively named Peak 43. We will take lunch at Gondishung, a summer herders’ settlement consisting of a few roofless huts and stone-walled enclosures, as well as a long ancient ‘mani’ wall of intricately carved prayer stones. Beyond Gondishung we pass nearby a fascinating 200 year-old gompa built beneath a massive boulder, and a number of crude mani walls. It is well worth visiting this gompa to burn some juniper at the shrine, an offering that just might ensure a successful ascent of Mera Peak. From the gompa it is an hour’s walk over moraines to the Yak herders settlement of Tagnag. Once similar in appearance to Gondishung, nowadays there are several teahouses here. The group will spend at least two nights at Tagnag (4350m) before moving up to Mera Basecamp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Acclimatisation day.

    A day for acclimatisation. One option for an acclimatisation walk is to trek up the nearby ridge coming down from Kusum Kanguru, where we can reach an altitude of nearly 5000 metres and gain a spectacular view of our route onto the Mera La. At the leader’s discretion, part of today may also be used to run through various techniques and safety procedures to be used during the climbs.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek beside the Dig Glacier to Kare (5000m), base camp for Mera Peak.

    Heading up from Tagnag towards the Mera Basecamp at Khare, a good trail leads up and across the moraine which dams Charpatti Tal, and reaches a high point lined with cairns overlooking this glacial lake in about 30 minutes. From here the trail descends slightly to cross a sandy bowl and then climbs alongside a khola or stream to the large pasture of Dig Kharka. Here we cross the khola on stepping stones and then climb for a further hour and a half to Khare, the basecamp for Mera Peak at an altitude of approximately 5000 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 740m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 90m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Acclimatisation day and skills training.

    Another day for acclimatisation. At the leader’s discretion, part of today may also be used to practice techniques and safety procedures to be used on our climbs. There are some interesting day hikes from Khare. Above camp it is possible to climb to a high moraine ridge, from where there are good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain. This will also be a time for final preparation of our equipment and packing of our mountain bags.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Climb to the Mera La (5415m), the watershed of the Hinku and Hongu valleys.

    Leaving basecamp we first climb to the crest of the moraine above Khare and then up a steep slope of scree or snow to reach a boulder strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. We should reach this point in one and a half hours from Khare. The route crosses the bowl and climbs the ground to the right of the tongue to a large rock platform beside the glacier. Here we will put on our crampons and climb 30 – 35 degree snow or ice for 10 or 15 minutes to reach the plateau leading to the Mera La. Unless there has been recent snowfall, there will be a good trail which weaves its way around and between the crevasses toward the Mera La. It is about an hour’s walk across the plateau to reach the pass itself. It is possible to camp in many places on the wide expanse of the Mera La or the trek leader may opt to drop down a short way on the Hongu side to a good, sheltered site that enjoys the early morning sun. Altitude at the Mera La is 5415 metres. Once the camp is established, our porters will descend back to Khare with instructions to return the following day to help carry to high camp. The climbing group will spend the afternoon drinking as much tea and soup as possible to help with acclimatisation.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 560m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 120m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours walking

  • Climb easy snow slopes on Mera Peak to a high camp (5800m).

    There are several options for a high camp on the mountain but the best by far is behind the pinnacles at approximately 5800 metres. Here there is shelter from the wind, usually no snow, and well constructed platforms for several tents. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach this site from the Mera La. After the first half an hour’s climb, the view north into the main Himalaya opens out. First of the 8000 metre giants in view is the red pyramid of Makalu, then Everest with its cloud plume peeking over the impressive black wall of Lhotse. Later you can see to the north-west the large white girth of Cho Oyu. Arriving at high camp, if the weather has been kind, the beautiful massif of Kangchenjunga comes into view, far to the East. Five of the World's six highest mountains.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 580m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 120m

    • Time 4 - 7 hours walking

  • Climb easy-angled snow slopes and short steeper section to summit (6476m). Descend to Kare (5000m).

    A 2.00 am wake up and after bed tea and a breakfast, the group will put on crampons and rope up before setting out for the summit. One of the great advantages of using our high camp, as well as making for a shorter summit day, is that we will have only around an hour of walking with head torches before dawn breaks. Climbing mostly easy angled snow slopes to the foot of the dome of the central summit, we will place a fixed rope for the last 30 – 40m. which steepens to an angle of 45 - 50 degrees. Note that in certain snow conditions an ascent of the Central summit may be beyond the technical grade for this trek and in this case the group will make an ascent of the easier and slightly lower South summit. The trip leader will make this decision. From either top, the panorama of the Himalaya including five of the world’s highest peaks is unforgettable. From our high camp a well acclimatised party will take 3 - 4 hours to the summit. From the summit we will descend first to our high camp for some tea or soup and from here down to the Mera La and all the way back down to our advance base camp at Kare. A long but inspirational day!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1570m

    • Time 12 - 14 hours walking

  • Contingency day for possible delays. Descend to Tagnag (4350m).

    A spare day in case of any delays to our schedule. This will be used at the leaders discretion and if not required at this point will be used to split the walk out into shorter sections.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 90m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 740m

    • Time 2 - 3 hours walking

  • Return trek following the Hinku River downstream as far as Gotay (3600m).

    We retrace our route, descending the Hinku Valley as far as the forest camp at Gotay.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 140m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours walking

  • Trek out of the Hinku Valley to Tuli Kharka (4320m) below the Zatwra La.

    Today we climb up through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Tule Kharka below the Zatwra La.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1290m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 640m

    • Time 7 - 9 hours walking

  • Trek across the Zatrwa La (4600m) and descend to Lukla (2840m).

    The last 300 - 400 metres to the Zatrwa La will be our last climb of the trip. From the top its downhill for almost 2000 metres to the welcoming lodges of Lukla.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 680m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2070m

    • Time 7 - 9

  • Fly to Kathmandu. Rest of the day free for sightseeing or relaxing.

    We take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, check in to our hotel, and have the afternoon free for sightseeing. On this first night after our trek we will certainly have a party at one of Kathmadu’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.

    This is a contingency day in case of delays to the Lukla flight. There is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions. Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines of both the Buddhist and Hindu religions.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional KE Western leader and Sherpa mountain guides
  • Guide to client ratio of 1:3 on summit day
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international cuisine, cooked by our highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. All meals while on trek and in Kathmandu are included in the trip price.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 20.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel and 2 nights at a basic lodge in Lukla. Whilst on trek there are 14 nights camping. Two people share a 3-person Ozark dome tent which should provide reasonably spacious mountain camp accommodation. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels and will not be available for the nights spent above base camp. For the 3 hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Shortly after first light one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the porters given their loads. We will generally reach our lunch stop after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch usually takes an hour or even two and is normally a cooked meal. This is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the Sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp which we hope to establish by 3 or 4 p.m., well before dusk. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2015. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your holiday internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. For trips that end with an internal flight out of the mountains with no alternative road access, we have included 2 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up from or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced professional Western leader throughout the trip, and on trek will have the services of a full Nepalese trek crew, including a local guide or sirdar and several Sherpas. During the climb the KE leader will be assisted by experienced climbing Sherpas and on summit day we have a guide to client ratio of 1:3.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, snacks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on mostl days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Most people will want to tip their local crews and normally tips are given at the end of the trek. This is best done as a group rather than individually. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Groups quite often give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a rough guide, we recommend that a contribution of around £75 - £80 by each group member should create a good tipping pool. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trek leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. Your personal mountaineering equipment (boots, axe, crampons etc) will be carried separately. On arrival at Lukla you will hand these items of equipment to your trek leader who will pack them in communal bags until you reach base camp. For all STOL flights in Nepal, the normal allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined is 15kg. We do recognise that it is difficult on a climbing holiday to keep your total baggage below 15kg and we have arranged a special allowance for these trips of 15kg hold baggage and 5kg cabin baggage. You may also wish to consider wearing your heavy mountaineering boots and any heavier clothing on these flights. Please be aware that you will have to pay any charges for excess personal baggage above this allowance at check-in, and that excess baggage may have to be flown separately. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. Use your own experience and judgement to determine what to bring with you but please ensure you have all of the mandatory items. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please make sure you have read the section on baggage allowance in the trip notes. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Mountaineering boots - see ‘Mountaineering Equipment’
  • Snow gaiters
  • Windproof and waterproof overtrousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
  • Warm jacket (e.g. down)*
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat and thermal balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Thin gloves
  • Warm and insulating gloves or mittens
  • Daypack minimum 40 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Selection of plastic bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Sleeping bag comfort rated down to minus 20 C*
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Mountaineering double boots - see below
  • Ice axe *
  • Crampons (that fit your boots!)*
  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*
  • Karabiners (screwgate)**
  • Ascender or Jumar (provided)
  • Descender (rappelling device) **
  • Prussik loop **
  • Climbing helmet*

Packing checklist:

  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Underwear
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts or similar
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Scarf or buff
  • Trainers for camp use
  • Thermal underwear
  • Pee bottle
  • Nail brush
  • Spare laces
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera
  • Penknife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Basic repair kit (gaffer tape, sewing thread and needle etc)

Notes

Cultural sensitivity: The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

Equipment hire: Items marked* can be hired through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Items marked ** are provided with hire of a harness but are not available for individual hire. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. All equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items during travel to the start of your trek. During the trek your mountaineering equipment including double-boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags.

Mountaineering boots: Climbing at altitudes of up to 6500 metres, the temperatures can be very cold (as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade). Standard leather mountaineering boots are really not suitable for these cold, high altitude conditions. Double boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT, La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude in these extremely low temperatures. Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

Gear Advisor

  • PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.
  • Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is a demanding trek and you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day, and possibly for 12 hours or more on the summit day. The best preparation for this trip is regular hiking in mountain or hill country. If this is not possible, we suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime and gradually increase your work rate as you get nearer to departure. Jogging, squash and swimming are all good for developing better stamina. Whatever your preparation, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. For this trip it is also essential that you gain some experience walking on moderately angled snow slopes wearing crampons. No technical mountaineering experience is required and clients will be instructed in the basic techniques of glacier walking prior to the ascent.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres and approximately 3ºC at 5000m. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. On the December trips the typical temperatures will be around 5 degrees lower than the above. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200m. (anywhere above 3000 metres in December), and at the highest camps on Mera Peak the night time temperatures may drop as low as –25ºC or below -30ºC in December. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur. It is very important that you are equipped and prepared for these extremely low temperatures.

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti.

  • Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal. Prakash Raj.

  • Adventure Treks Nepal. Bill O’Connor.

Mera Peak. 1:50,000 Himalayan Maphouse.

A detailed trekking map at a good scale. The contour interval is a useful 40 metres, with numerous spot heights. The map is indexed and shows settlements, tracks, airfields etc. Margin ticks show latitude and longitude in steps of 5'. A separate detachable map shows Mera Peak at 1:33,898, indicating the main climbing routes.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.



Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Chitwan

From $1000 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Nagarkot and Bhaktaphur Tour

From $135 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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