Please note that we stay in a lodge each night up to Khare

Group was good. Guides were excellent. High camp was set up excellently as well. Accommodations as good as can be in the area. Appreciated the “extra’s” like salami and oysters! Attention to safety/health by staff was outstanding. – Mera Peak Climber

Day 1

Depart USA.

Day 2

Arrive KTM (hotel and airport transfer).

Day 3

Kathmandu. From the centrally located Yak and Yeti, we’ll begin our exploration of Kathmandu. While modern by Nepalese standards, Kathmandu is a sacred city to Hindus and Buddhists. Our tour is an important introduction to understanding the cultures that lay ahead. Kathmandu is prominently featured in Buddhist scriptures and Hindu texts such as the Ramayana. Our tour includes 3,000-year-old Swamayabhu (monkey temple), the great Stupa of Bodnath, and a local school.

Day 4

Early morning flight­ to Lukla. Acclimatization day in Lukla as we tour the town and surround areas in what will prove to the last vestige of restaurants and shopping; overnight in Lukla (9,300 feet).

Day 5

Helicopter to Kote (11,700 feet)

Day 6

Acclimatization hike Kote – Overnight Kote

Day 7

Acclimatization Trek Kote – (Trek toward  Thangnak)

Day 8

Trek to Thangnak (14,297). After about a 5 hour trek from Khote, we reach Thangnak, a pretty village, as we are blessed with big Himalayan views.

Day 9

Acclimatization in Thangnak. We hope to have the opportunity for hikes to the nearby cave monastery and climb above the village to view the glacial lake.

Day 10

Trek to Khare (16,404). Khare is the last town in the valley with guest house (and well-appointed public room!) Here we will acclimate for 2days and finish any skills review.

Day 11

Khare – Skills review and day hike.

Day 12

Climb to Mera Peak High Camp.

After several days of acclimatization and skills review in Khare, we will move to High Camp at 18,700 feet.   The trail climbs an old lateral moraine above Khare and in about three hours we reach the Mera glacier and change into our mountaineering gear. For the next four hours we ascend beyond the Mera La and climb gentle slopes to our well-situated high camp.

Days 13 – 14

Weather days for summit bid.

Day 15

Return to Khare.

Days 16 – 19

Return hike to Lukla. (Early departure via heli for extra cost may be possible from Khare)

Day 20

Fly Lukla to KTM (evening departure may be possible).

Day 21

Free day in KTM – evening departure possible.

Day 22

Fly to home country.

Day 23

Arrive home country.

The logistics of the trip were well-organized. The Sherpa support was fantastic – food was clean, tents/equipment carried and assembled, friendly. The route selected is the classic Everest trek, and you will see all the big peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam etc. Itinerary built in enough time to acclimate well.


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