Mera to the Rolwaling

A real mountaineering challenge through Nepal beneath 8000m peaks

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Highlights

  • Trek seven high altitude passes in the shadow of Everest
  • Climb Mera, highest of the Trekking Peaks of Nepal
  • Sensational traverse of the Nepal Himalaya through remote valleys
  • All inclusive holiday includes all meals and airport transfers

Traverse the Nepal Himalaya from Mera Peak to Gauri Shanker in this excellent and challenging trekking and climbing holiday. Making a complete high level circuit of the Everest region before crossing into the Rolwaling Valley, this long and sustained expedition ranks amongst our toughest trips. Trekking through the Hinku Valley, we acclimatise carefully before climbing Mera Peak (6476m). We then trek through the wild Hongu Valley and cross the challenging Amphu Labtsa to reach the highest part of the Khumbu region of Everest. We cross the Kongmaru La to reach Gorak Shep, from which high camping place we can hike up to Everest Basecamp. The mountain views on this unique trekking holiday are simply spectacular, as we continue our traverse westwards across the Cho La into the Gokyo Valley with its picturesque five lakes. Crossing the Renjo La into the quiet and little-visited valley above Thame, the second ‘city' of the Sherpas. we begin climbing again, trekking to the summit of the technical Tesi Lapcha pass. Descending to the beautiful and unspoiled Rolwaling Valley, we complete the trek to by passing beneath the incredible Gauri Shankar. This radical trekking and climbing holiday, unique to KE, is only suitable for fit and accomplished trekkers with previous altitude experience. This 5-week trekking holiday ranks as one of the finest mountain journeys on earth.

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Is this holiday for you?

This 5-week trekking and climbing holiday in Nepal offers just about every kind of walking you can expect to find in the Himalaya. During the first few days there are delightful forests of rhododendron and pine and at the end of our journey we find ourselves tracing a way through the terraced fields and villages, of rural Nepal . In between, we will be trekking through high alpine valleys some of which are remote uninhabited wilderness involving strenuous trekking over rough glacial moraine, while others are the abode of the hardy Sherpa people of the Everest region. and criss-crossed with well worn trails. Our route treks between the valleys of the Khumbu by a series of high (5000 metre plus) passes. While some of these passes are regularly used by locals and trekkers, both the Amphu Labsa and Tesi Lapcha present significant mountaineering challenges requiring the negotiation of steep slopes of snow and ice and sometimes loose rock where we use fixed lines for protection. The ascent of Mera Peak although technically straightforward will also offer a high level of challenge on account of its altitude. This trekking and climbing holiday is given our highest grade and is only suitable for those with previous experience of trekking at altitude and familiar with walking on snow slopes using crampons. The trip involves many continuous nights at over 5000 metres, remote locations, challenging pass crossings, and an optional climb of a near 6500 metre peak.

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary, joining in Kathmandu. 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', in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.


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Itinerary

Holiday Information

  • A professional KE Western leader and Sherpa mountain guides
  • Guide to client ratio of 1:3 on summit day and technical pass crossings
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks 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. This is a long trek and re-supply is only feasible in a few places so there will also be more reliance on dried and canned food on this trek.

All meals are included in the trip price from day dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 34.
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 a total of 2 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. Whilst on trek there are 32 nights spent camping and 1 night in a basic but comfortable lodge in Lukla. 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. For the 2 hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementry cost. Single accommodation cannot be guaranteed for the night spent in the lodge. 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. 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 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.

Internal Flights

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 a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. 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 the flights to Lukla. If flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night in Kathmandu and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. There is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or even 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if your Lukla flights are cancelled for a third day. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter to fly up to Lukla, the cost will be shared between group members if the group as a whole chooses to take this option.

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 - 300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £100 (or equivalent) changed into Nepal rupees, for porter and trek crew tips. 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 ssome 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.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. 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. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will 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 guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £100 (or equivalent) in rupees to these tips. 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. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. 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 they are required. 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 this flight. 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. 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:

  • Hiking boots

  • Mountaineering boots - see ‘Mountaineering Equipment’

  • Gaiters

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • T-shirts or similar

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves or mittens

  • Warm and waterproof 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 dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -15°C)*

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Towel

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Mountaineering double boots - see below

  • Ice axe *

  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*

  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*

  • Karabiners (4 x screwgate)*

  • Descender (rappelling device) *

  • Climbing helmet*

  • Sling (120cm)*

  • Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)*

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes

  • Trekking poles

  • Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Spare laces

  • Pee bottle

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Insect repellant

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)

Notes

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 / rented through KE Adventure Travel. 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 (note that on trek your mountaineering equipment and plastic boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags).

Mountaineering boots required for this trip: 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. Plastic boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT) and also the new generation of synthetic double boots (eg. 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! These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. This combination of a plastic or double synthetic boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a trekking peak climb. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

PHD 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. >> Go to the PHD Gear Advisor for Mera Peak and the Amphu Labsta

 

 

 

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 one of our toughest treks and you will need a very good level of fitness and should be comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day at high altitude on varied terrain including snow slopes and over boulders. 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, it is important that you fit in a number of long walks in hilly country where you can test and assess your stamina. For this trip it is also essential that you have previous experience of walking on moderately angled snow slopes wearing crampons, and are comfortable with a degree of exposure while secured on fixed lines. No previous technical mountaineering experience is required although this is useful if you intend to climb any of the optional peaks. Clients will be instructed in the basic techniques of glacier walking and use of fixed ropes prior to the ascent of Mera Peak.

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. The post-monsoon months of October / November 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 / 77ºF in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC / 57ºF at 3000 metres / 10,000 feet., and approximately 3ºC / 37ºF at 5000m. / 16,000ft. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200m. / 14,000ft., and at the highest camps on Mera Peak, in the Upper Hongu basin and on the Tesi Lapcha Pass, the night time temperatures may drop as low as –25ºC. 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.

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal.

  • Rough Guide to Nepal

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti.

  • Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering.

Mera Peak. 1:40,000 Nepa Maps (Himalayan Maphouse).

A detailed trekking map at a good scale. The contour interval is a useful 20 metres, with numerous spot heights and relief shading. The map is indexed and shows settlements, tracks, airfields etc.

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

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