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
Arrive KTM (hotel and airport transfer).
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.
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.
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.
Trek to Panggom (9,200 ft.). Trek to Panggom where will have time to visit a small monastery.
Trek to Ningsow/Ramailo Danda (9,393 ft.). Here we will get our first good views of Mera Peak up the valley.
Trek to Chetra Kola (10,242 ft.).
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.
Acclimatization in Khote. Day hike.
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.
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.
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.
Skills review and day hike in Khare.
Skills review and day hikes in Khare.
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.
Weather day for summit bid.
Weather day for summit bid.
Return to Khare.
Helicopter to Lukla.
Fly Lukla to KTM (evening departure may be possible).
Free day in KTM (evening departure possible).
Fly to home country.
Arrive home country.
Vern and Carol were exceptional guides. Vern Tejas’ decades of experience provided valuable insights and best practices for acclimatization, climbing skills, and self-care. Practice sessions using ascenders and goat-tail device for rappelling with gloves and mitts helped build confidence in critical skills necessary for the climb. – 2017 Climber