FOOT AND SHADOWS WALKING HOLIDAY TOURS

MERA PEAK CLIMB

“adventure around hidden Khumbu / Everest areas at Hinku valley”

Highlights:

“trekking around world highest mountains in the shade of Mt. Everest and Sherpa culture,
scenic flight in and out of Lukla with panorama views of snowcapped peaks,
visiting traditional Sherpa villages with lovely forest surrounding,
a classic climb of highest trekking peaks of Khumbu and Everest area”

Trip Outlook:

Trip Mode:                              Lodge and camping on trek / climb.
Trek Grade:                             Adventurous
Highest elevation:                   6,470 meters on top of Mera summit.
Climbing Grade:                      PD (as per French / Swiss Alpine system)
Trek & climb:                          13 nights & 14 days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip:                               17 nights and 18 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season:                                    March to June and September to November

Introduction:

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours Mera Peak climb, where you can witness world highest peaks within rich Sherpa culture of Buddhist religion and heritage.

This is once in a lifetime holiday to experience awesome high altitude walking on this adventure to Mera Peak climb leading you to the hidden areas of Khumbu and Everest region, seldom trekked by other adventurer and trekkers.

Mera Peak Climb an adventurous journey around high country with picturesque scenery of mountains and landscapes.

Mera Peak located south east of Khumbu and Everest area in absolute wilderness around hidden Hinku valley close to Baruntse and on route to Makalu also.

Mera Peak summit stands at 6,470 meters / 21, 1907 ft high, a less technical with straightforward climb of PD grade means “Peu-Difficile / a little technical difficult and walking on glaciers” graded as Swiss / French Alpine System.

This adventure to Mera Peak Trek & Climb starts with short flight to Lukla and away from main town and villages in complete wilderness around Hinku valley, crossing high passes of Naulekh Himal ridges, as the trek progress leading to isolated area with fabulous views of surrounding mountains with Everest, walk continues reaching the base of Mera peak, our expert guides makes necessary preparation for safe and successful climb to Mera Peak summit.

After a great climb feeling on top of the world standing at 6,470 m high with awesome views, heading back to Lukla for sweeping short flight to Kathmandu after great Mera Peak climb.

Expert guidance of Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours will make your trip to Mera Peak Climb, memorable and enjoyable with exciting times.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:            Sightseeing tour and Mera Peak Climb preparation.
Day 03:            Fly to Lukla 2,800m flight and trek to Chutanga 3,430m -04 hrs.
Day 04:            Trek to Tuli-Kharka 4,300m – 06 hrs.
Day 05:            Trek to Mousum-Kharka 3,430m- 04 hrs.
Day 06:            Trek to Tagnag 4,360m -05 hrs.
Day 07:            Rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 08:            Trek to Khare 5,000m- 05 hrs.
Day 09:            Trek to Mera Base Camp 5, 300m – 04 hrs

Day 10:            Trek and climb to High Camp 5,780 m – 04 hrs

Day 11:            Climb Mera Summit 6,461 m / 21, 1907 ft – 08 hrs

Day 12:            Reserve as contingency day in case of bad weather condition.

Day 13:            Trek to Khothey 3,600 – 06 hrs.

Day 14:            Trek to ThuliKharka 4,200 m- 05 hrs.

Day 15:            Trek back to Lukla – 07 hrs.

Day 16:            Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels,

Day 17:            In Kathmanduwith sightseeing tour.
Day 18:            International departure for home ward bound.

Trip detail:

Day 01:            Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines and countries, received by Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday staff and transfer to hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide will brief with information on hotel, culture, do’s and don’ts and Mera Peak climb with welcome dinner.

Day 02:            Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
After breakfast our city guide will take you on sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites with temples, monasteries, stupa’s and old king’s palace after an enjoyable interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Mera Peak climb.

Day 03:            Fly to Lukla 2,800m begin trek to Chutanga 3,430m -04 hrs.
Morning transfer to domestic airport for 30 mins flight to Lukla at Tenzing – Hillary Airport, at Lukla meet our trekking / camping staff and begin first day walk of this adventure to Chutanga, away from town and villages with scenery of hills and valleys, overnight camp on grazing area surrounded with dense pine and rhododendron tree lines, rest of the afternoon at leisure and for acclimatization.

Day 04:            Trek to Tuli-Kharka 4,300 m – 06 hrs.
After Chutanga, adventure continues with morning climb crossing over Kalo Himal Ridge of Nau-Lekh mountain range, separating Khumbu and Hinku Valley and towards west of Makalu region.

Trek over first pass with steep climb to reach a ridge festooned with Buddhist prayer flags at the height of 4,450meters, the pass called ZatrwaOg, from here walk over boulder slope, then around a corner and climb again to Zatrwa-La at 4,600meters, with stunning views of Dudh Kosi river valley and peaks of Karyolung and Lumding Himal, an hour downhill to Tuli-Kharka for overnight stop.

Day 05:            Trek to Mousum-Kharka 3,430m – 04 hrs.
From Tuli-Kharka, a short morning walk with downhill and excellent view of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks, reaching a scenic Hinku valley, with South Face views of Mera Peak and back into rhododendron and pine forest, with gradual walk through forest to reach a summer pasture at Mosum-Kharka for overnight stop.

Day 06:            Trek to Tagnag 4,360m – 05 hrs.
After Mousum-Kharka morning walk follows north on leaving forested area after a pleasant walk reaching a wide open valley with pasture land, walk continues to a small bridge to reach Gondishung near Tagnag area, this place with small wooden huts and shelters of stone wall enclosures.

Gondishung with an interesting 200 year old small Gompa (monastery / shrine), from here continue walk for another hour to overnight stop at Tagnag, a small yak herder’s temporary settlement, at present there are few small lodges.

Day 07:            Rest day at Tagnag for acclimatization.
At this altitude of 4,360 meters a necessary rest day for acclimatization, before reaching higher elevation and climb of Mera Peak, a short hike to best views of Peak 43 at 6,769meters.

Day 08:            Trek to Khare 5,000m- 05 hrs.
From Tagnag with nice rest day, starting with moderate walk with scenery that surrounds this Hinku valley, walk follows on moderate path over moraine dam of Charpatti Tal (lake), leading to a high area, lined with cairns with glacial lake, climbing for short while as the path leads downhill to a large pasture land at Dig Kharka, walking for an hour across boulder strewn hillside to reach Khare for set overnight camp.

Day09:             Trek to Mera Base Camp 5, 300m/17,384 ft – 04 hrs.

Today, journey leads to our main destination for Mera peak climb, walk over Mera Glacier, leading straight on ice sections for short while, then gentle descent reaching at Mera Base Camp for the overnight camp, with time for relaxation and preparation for Mera peak climb.

Day 10:            Trek and climb to High camp 5,780 m / 18,958 ft – 04 hrs

After a day at Mera base camp, walk further up to set High Camp to make approachable to the summit of Mera peak, normally climbers make it from the base camp to Mera peak, but it is always safe and best adding more camp before the summit bid.

Morning leaving Mera base camp, trek heads across Mera La to reach Mera High Camp, after few hours of hard walk on high altitude with few stops in between reaching at Mera High Camp, for last camp before the climb, afternoon our expert guide will scout area of the route of climb and fix ropes where necessary, rest of the day preparation for Mera Peak climb this high camp offers outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks.

Day 11:            Climb Mera Peak summit at 6,461 m / 21, 1907 ft – 08 hrs

A Big Day! Start early before dawn for the summit, route leads with steep climb; after a hard strenuous climb without less technical difficulty reaching at top summit of Mera peak, feeling on top of the world at this extreme height with view of panorama that surrounds this top with Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho- Oyu all the way in the eastern horizon
Mt. Kanchenjunga including series of other snow capped peaks.

After a hard climb, descend with care to base camp.

Day 12:            Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition

We have reserved an extra day as contingency, in case of unfavorable weather conditions some times in high Himalaya, weather can be unpredictable an extra day necessary, if all goes well can be used on the way back to Lukla with short day walk enjoying with the views along the way.

Day 13:            Trek to Khothey 3,600 m -06 hrs.

After a grand moment and experience of a life time adventure, return back to Lukla a pleasant trek leads to Kothey through Tagnag for overnight stop.

Day 14:            Trek to Thuli -Kharka 4,200 m- 06 hrs.

From Khothey morning walk leads back to tree lines of blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons, passing grazing areas with gentle climb with views of Mera Peak and other high mountains, at Thuli– Kharka for last camp before Lukla.

Day 15:            Trek to Lukla – 07 hrs.

A long last day walk, starting earlier to reach Lukla, retracing with a climb over Kalo Himal ridges then Zatrwa-Og and Zatrwa-La after hard climb with downhill to Lukla for last overnight stop in  a nice, cozy lodge with farewell dinner among guides, staff and porters.

Day 16:            Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, on reaching Kathmandu airport, FSHT staff transfers you back to hotel around Thamel area with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 17:            In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
We reserve this day as contingency (spare day), in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to bad weather which might happen sometimes, as the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable, if all goes well have a free day or one can book for short sightseeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 18:            Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal, after a wonderful time at Mera Peak Climb with grand services of Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday Tours, as per your international flight departure and reporting time, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your onward flight homeward bound or to next respective countries.


Price Includes

  1. All airport/hotel transfers as per the itinerary.
  2. Guided sightseeing tour around world heritage sites in Kathmandu includes all entrance fees.
  3. Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax.
  4. Hotel in Kathmandu accommodation twin sharing basis.
  5. Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  6. Three meals a day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while on trekking and Climbing with ( tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  7. All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  8. All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader, Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 climber 1 porter), other helpers as per requirement.
  9. Staff salary, potter, kitchen staff, insurance, equipment, flight and transport food and accommodation.
  10. Climbing Guide his all wages, insurance and all arrangements.
  11.  All necessary Government of Nepal paper works.
  12.  Duffel bag.
  13.  Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment Satellite phone, for climbing part -very high quality tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment’s.
  14. Emergency Oxygen and Mask regulator.
  15.  Suitable food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  16.  Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  17.  Climbing Permit.
  18.  Travel and rescue arrangements.
  19.  Welcome and farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show program ( Complementary)
  20.  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  21.  All government and local taxes.
  22. Temple & Monasteries Entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.

Price Excludes

  1. International airfare.
  2. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. ( you can eat verity Food in your choice).
  3. Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  4. Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators. will provide the same, usage of Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators will be extra charged.
  5. Tips for guides and porters.
  6. Personal Climbing  guide if requested.
  7. Single supplement fee USD 350.
  8. Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations or any event out of our control anything not included in service includes column.
  9. Personal Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking and climbing equipment Gears.
  10. Personal expenses (phone calls, internet expenses walkie-takies or satellite phones, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  11. All alcoholic and cold drinks, bottle of water, packing item etc.
  12. Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.
  13. Personal medical and travel insurance which covers Emergency rescue and Evacuation.
  14. Helicopter Rescue & Evacuation – Trekking and climbing time if needed.
  15. Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $2 per kg).
  16. Any others your personal expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Please Note:

 

Aditional Information

Typical trekking day

While we are in trekking our day starts with warm wake up tea/coffee. After refreshing ourselves, we pack our luggage and proceed for the breakfast. As day sets off, considering the altitude and acclimatization, we walk slowly towards our next destination. The group will be guided and accompanied by our trained government licensed guide. Throughout the day, we will take frequent rest breaks to take photographs, treasure the landscape, confront the culture and admire the fascinating mountains and sceneries. A 1 to 2 hour relaxing lunch break is usually taken except when crossing the passes. After the lunch break, we will at least spend 2 to 3 hours more on the trail before reaching the next lodge. Before the dinner, we might enjoy a short walk through the local village, photographing etc. After the dinner, you will be briefed for the next day program.

Accommodation and Meal Accommodation in Kathmandu:  you will stay at a high standard or equivalent standard hotel, including breakfast, on a sharing basis. During the arrival and departure periods in Kathmandu, you can go for dinners to the best restaurants of the city with the different authentic cuisine.

Accommodation during Trekking : you will stay in the stander mountain lodges as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. In most of the lodges, you can enjoy continental, Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines except while crossing the passes. Our day will start with warm wake up tea or coffee and followed by breakfast, lunch and dinner. Upon arrival in the lodges at the end of the day, some tea. The entire beverages during trekking likewise wine, juices, beer, Coca, mineral water etc is paid by the client her/himself.

Accommodation During Peak Climbing:  You will stay in tented camp. All your food, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and other hot drinks will be prepared by our cook.

Helicopter Rescue

While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make sure that the policy of the insurance company should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

About weather Problem :-

Please note:-  Too often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be cancelled for one, two, or more days due to unfavourable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delay/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer existence (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in alternative a performance which can be arranged by Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.


Climbing Equipments 

  1. Climbing boots
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice axe
  4. Harness
  5. Karabiners
  6. Ice screws
  7. Snow bars
  8. Deadmen
  9. Tapes/slings
  10. Rock pegs
  11. Helmet (crash hat)
  12. Warm climbing trousers
  13. Long cotton hiking shirts
  14. Waterproof climbing
  15. jacket
  16. Gaiters
  17. Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves
  18. Sun hat
  19. Light cotton athletic
  20. socks and wool
  21. climbing socks
  22. Long sleeved
  23. cotton/woolen shirts
  24. T-shirts
  25. Wool long underwear
  26. Down high altitude
  27. sleeping bag
  28. Sleeping pad
  29. Down jacket/ trousers/vest
  30. Climbing sunglasses
  31. Sunscreen
  32. Lip salve
  33. Lightweight fleece
  34. Fleece/wool for climbing
  35. Descenders
  36. Ascenders
  37. Head torch /batteries/bulbs