Day 1 – Kathmandu Arrival
On your arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan Airport, you will be met by a representative of Sacred Himalaya and taken to your hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.
Day 2 – Swayambhunath Temple - Kathmandu Durbar Square
This will be the first of your sightseeing days in Kathmandu. In the morning we will head for Swayambhunath (Monkey) Temple. Swayambhunath is a UNESCO, World Heritage and one of the must see sights of the Valley. We will walk the 365 steps up to the Stupa. There is much to see, not least the three large Buddha statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche. in the park to the rear. In the afternoon we visit the Durbar square in Kathmandu
Day 3 - Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
We set off early morning from our hotel to domestic airport for Lukla flights. After a 35 minute scenic mountain flight by a small aircraft, we land in Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport). Today we stay in Lukla and prepare for Mera Peak expedition.
Day 4 - Lukla to Chutanga (3,050m/10,007ft)
From Lukla we will then commence the first part of our trek to Chutanga. This trek takes us through pine and rhododendron forests. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 5 - Chutanga to Tuli Kharka (4,320m/14,173ft)
crossing over Zatrwa la pass (4,855m/15,929ft).
Today we trek through a landscape which is wild, rocky and impressive passing through the Zatrwa la pass with its cairns and prayer flags on top. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
Day 6 - Trek Tuli Kharka to Tashing Dingma (3,650m/11,975ft).
From Tuli Kharka the path traverses the hillside first south eastwards crossing several spurs. Our trek will take us through blue Himalayan pine, rhododendron, hemlock and birch there is also a variety of alpine scrub plants which decorate the hillside and include the unusual “Snowball flower” (Saussurea Gossypiphora). Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 7 - Trek Tashing Dingma to Kothe (4,095m/13,435ft).
We trek the path which follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, gradually climb and reach Kothe. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 8 - Trek Kothe to Thangnak/Tangnag (4,350m/14,272ft).
Today we trek via the Kharkas of Gondishung. Not far from Gondishung beneath a great rock overhang is a small gompa and prayer flags. The Buddha statue is especially impressive in such a remote setting. Beyond Gondishung the valley narrows between the flanks of the Kusum Kangaru (6,367m/20,889ft) to the west and the truncated far western peak of Mera (6,225m/20,424ft) to the east. This peak has a magnificent 1800 meters (5,905ft) rock face first climbed by the Japanese in 1985. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 9 - Trek Tangnag to Khare (5,100m/16,733ft).
From Tangnag the valley steepens and bends to the east where the path follows the moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka. The setting is spectacular with the view dominated by the crest of the Charpati Himal. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 10 - Rest day at Khare for acclimatization. Basic training for climbing.
Today we will aid acclimatisation by ascending the moraine above Khare to the start of the Mera Glacier (5,300m/17,389ft). It is demanding climb as it is quite steep apart from a short flat section approximately halfway to the glacier. Once we have reached the first ridge we will have first-rate views of our route via the Mera la (5,415m/17,766ft) to high camp and the summit. We will also take the opportunity to get familiar with our equipment; using crampons and ice axe, walking in plastic boots, fixed ropes will be set by our guide so that we can put into practice ascending using a “jumar” and descending using a “figure-of-8” or belay device. We will then descend for a late lunch.
Day 11 - Trek through Mera la Pass (5,415m/17,766ft) to Mera Peak High Camp (5,800m/19,029ft).
Climbing day: This morning we will leave Khare and follow the trail for 1-2 hours to the top of the moraine above Khare, before continuing the climb up a rough scree slope to the area just below the lower region of the Mera Glacier. We will then crossover and climb to the right of the glacier. Crampons will be required for the short climb to reach the plateau of Mera la where we will see the route to High Camp and the summit of Mt. Mera. We climb further for the High Camp where we will rest for the night. It is a steep ascent for around 5-7 hours with wonderful views of five of the world’s highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Kanchenjunga. We will camp overnight in this spectacular Himalayan location.
Day 12 - Climb Mera Peak High Camp to Summit (6,476m/21,831ft), trek back to Base Camp.
Summit day: The climb begins at around 2am so that we can make it during the best part of the day. Crampons, ice axe and ropes are required for the summit approach. We will climb a number of easy slopes before reaching the central summit (6,476m/21,198ft) and from here we will use a fixed rope for the last steep part of the climb. Whilst ascending we will have the breathtaking sun rise view of Kanchenjunga to the east and the peaks of Makalu and Everest as we climb. At the summit there are fantastic views across the Himalaya; Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyo and of course Everest an opportunity for a great photo shoot. We then make a careful descent back to the Base Camp for overnight halt. Total climbing/trekking time 8-10 hours.
Day 13 - Spare day for weather.
The spare day is for smooth journey. We can use this day if the weather gets worse and we are unable to complete the summit on the planned day. This day can be useful if someone gets problems in acclimatising well enough to make the ascent.
Day 14 - Trek Base Camp to Hinku/Honku Valley (5,220m/17,126ft).
Today we continue into the upper yak pastures of this incredible remote valley. We have a great view of Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) on our left while the Baruntse (7,129m/23,390ft) comes beyond. Overnight in camp. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 15 - Trek Honku Valley to Panch Pokhari (4,500m/14,764ft).
We continue along this lonely trail with the great views of the majestic mountains. We camp overnight in Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes). Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 16 - Trek Panch Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha (South) Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft).
Today we trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp. Amphu Lapcha is one of the challenging high passes in the Khumbu valley. We climb steadily experiencing the wilderness of the Honku Valley. This is one of the remotest trekking regions in Nepal. We see Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) with hanging glaciers on its South-West and North-West faces on the right. We camp overnight in Amphu Lapcha Base Camp. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
Day 17 - Trek through Amphu Lapcha pass (5,800m/19,029ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,519ft).
Today we start our early climb on the steep sections of rock and ice. Rope climbing is required for today's trek. It is better to start the climb before the snow melts. The last sections of the Amphu Lapcha pass winds up through snow shelves. We still have a steep descent to cover on ropes leading down to the moraine. We are now at the Amphu Lapcha (North) Base Camp; we camp and spend the night there. We continue our trek downhill and arrive at Chukkung. We are again back into the civilization after the wilderness of the Honku valley. We stay overnight at Chhukung. Trekking time 8-9 hours.
Day 18 - Trek Chhukung to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft).
Chhukung is the starting point of the Island Peak. We continue our trek to Dingboche and deviate towards Lobuche. This is a busy place with trekkers camping in various spots on the far side of the stream and around the lodges. We stay overnight at Lobuche. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 19 - Dingboche - Lobuche
We leave Dingboche trekking with the stunning peaks of Taboche and Cholatse to our left. We head through Dughla and up over the demanding Thokla pass. Here we get our first views of Pumo Ri, Lingtren and Khumbutse with Kala Pataar below and stay at Lobuche (4910m) for the night.
Day 20 - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep
We leave Lobuche and following the glacier up to Gorak Shep. After ascending the Lobuche pass we start to see Everest again and the tents at base camp. After a break at Gorak Shep we head on up to Base camp where we will see all the expeditions. We will spend the evening at Gorak Shep (5140m)
Day 21 / 22 / 23 / 24/ 25 -
Its a six o’clock start as we set out to ascend Kala Pataar to see the sun rise over Everest. At the summit (5545m) we will see a stunning 360-degree panorama of some of the highest peaks on the planet. After taking in the breathtaking scenery we will head back to Gorak Shep for breakfast before starting our steady descent back to Lukla to make the return journey to Kathmandu.
Day 26 – Kopan Monastery - Bouddhanath Stupa - Pashupatinath Temple
Our second sightseeing day in Kathmandu starts at Kopan Monastery perched majestically overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Kopan is a little haven of serenity amongst the chaos of the Valley. We will then head for Bouddhanath, the Tibetan area of Kathmandu where the mightily impressive Bouddhanath Stupa is situated. The Stupa is the second largest Stupa in the world. In the afternoon we will make our way to Pashupatinath Hindu Temple. In the evening we will take you for a farewell Dinner, to an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Day 27 - Depart Kathmandu
Depending on the time of your flight departure, you may have time for a lttle more sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu. We will then take you to Tibhuvan airport 3 hours before the departure time of your flight home and see you to your departure terminal where we will say goodbye and hope very much, that you will have enjoyed your time with Sacred Himalaya.