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

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 Swaymbhunath (Monkey Temple), the Great Stupa of Boudhanath, and a local school.

Day 4

Early morning ¬ to Lukla. Overnight Lukla (9,300 ft.). Acclimatization day in Lukla as we tour the town and surrounding areas in what will prove to be the last vestige of restaurants and shopping.

Day 5

Trek to Paiya (8,950 ft.). Paiya is a small village and the descent to lower altitude will help us acclimatize. Overnight will be in a tent or simple lodge.

Day 6

Trek to Panggom (9,200 ft.). Trek to Panggom where will have time to visit a small monastery.

Day 7

Trek to Ningsow/Ramailo Danda (9,393 ft.). Here we will get our first good views of Mera Peak up the valley.

Day 8

Trek to Chetra Kola (10,242 ft.).

Day 9

Trek to Khote (11,745 ft.). Here we will spend two days acclimatizing and will spend time walking around this small village. Khote is one of the last year-round villages as the villages further up the valley have summer and part-time inhabitants.

Day 10

Acclimatization in Khote. Day hike.

Day 11

Trek to Thangnak (14,297 ft.). About a five-hour trek from Khote, Thagnag is a pretty village and we will be blessed with big Himalayan views.

Day 12

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

Day 13

Trek to Khare (16,404 ft.). Khare is the last town in the valley with guest houses (and a well-appointed public room!) Here we will acclimate for three days and then take two full days for skills review.

Day 14

Skills review and day hike in Khare.

Day 15

Skills review and day hikes in Khare.

Day 16

Climb to Mera Peak High Camp. Possible summit bid.

After several days of acclimatization and skills review in Khare, we will move to High Camp at 18,700 ft. 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.

Day 17

Weather day for summit bid.

Day 18

Weather day for summit bid.

Day 19

Return to Khare.

Day 20

Helicopter to Lukla.

Day 21

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

Day 22

Free day in KTM (evening departure possible).

Day 23

Fly to home country.

Day 24

Arrive home country.

Superb logistics. Very Professional. Food and all cooking, water, juice, table setting – luxury standard. Entire experience 5 stars pus one. My guide was patient, strong, knowledgeable, and performed an incredibly difficult job with energy good grace and panache.


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