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Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. An orientation of the trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour and Trip Preparation.
After breakfast we will take you for a guided cultural tour and visit some of the historical and cultural sites which most of them are illustrated on the world heritage sites. You will visit historic Kathmandu Durbar Square clustered with old royal palaces and distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments. Swayambhunath, the Buddhist stupa believed to be 2500 years old towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal and possibly in the world.  Afternoon will be used for orientation and the preparation for the trip.

Day 03:  Kathmandu - Lukla - Chutanga ( 3050m. ): 4 - 5 hrs.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway for Everest. After an adventurous 35 minute flight with spectacular views of breathtaking Himalalays, we land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, the trekking guide will arrange the loads for the porters to carry and commence the trek. We ascend slowly for 3 hours and steep up for one hour and arrive Chutanga for the camping. The views of Numbur (6957m), Karyolung (6511m), Kwangde (6011m ) are magnificent from here.

Day 04: Acclimatization Day
Our experience has proved that acclimation before confronting Zetrwa la           ( 4450m. ) is crucial. We hike up towards the pass for a and return to the camp and relax the rest of the day for acclimatization.

Day 05: Chutanga – Thulikharka ( 4300m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
We steeply climb up passing yak pasturelands and bushes. The trail crosses the Kalo Himal Ridge which marks the boundary of Khumbu and Hinku Valley. Once we arrive at the pass, the views of Karyolung and  Lumding Himal are magnificent. We further hike and descend to Thulikharka.

Day 06: Thulikharka – Mousamkharka ( 3700m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
The trail descends the rock-strewn path passing through rhododendron and pine forest. We find virtually, no human settlement on the trail. Kusum Kangaru, Peak 43 and Hinku Valley appear impressive as we descend. We arrive at Mausamkharka for the camping.

Day 07: Mausamkharka – Thagnak ( 4350m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
We walk all day through the side of the mountain and the trail is narrow. We pass through the pasture lands and the patches of the jungle on the trail become thinner as we ascend near the snow line. We arrive at Thagnak.

Day 08: Rest day at Thagnak
Rest day in Thagnak. It is worth spending an extra day at Thagnak, which is in a superb setting surrounded by stunning peaks including Peak 43 (6,769m). There is a huge moraine in the north of Thagnak where  a beautiful glacial lake, Sabai Tsho is dammed. It is worth exploring around for acclimatization purpose. Thagnak is also a base for climbing east and north-east side of Kushum Kanguru.

Day 09:  Thagnak – Khare ( 5099m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Khraka which offers the spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and  to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers  and then climbs more steeply to Khare (5,099m).

Day 10: Khare – Base Camp ( 5300m. ); 4 – 5 hrs.
We ascend for three hours and arrive at Mera La (5,415m). Normally, the pass will be covered with snow  from Nov.- April. Again the views from the pass are spectacular.  We descend about 100m towards the Hongu side and set up the base camp (5,300m) in the moraine below the ice. We embrace the spectacular scenery of snow-slope and the panorama of Himalayan peaks.

Day 11: Base Camp – High camp (  5700m. ); 4 – 5 hrs.
We walk up through rocky trail for about 4 hours to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp and make preparation for the next day to get to the summit.

Day 12: Summit (6476m.)– Base Camp (5300m.)
We start early morning after breakfast around 3:00am. Initially, we hike on the flat land on snow and gradually ascend with the help of main rope. There will be steep climbing near the summit but it would be rather non technical. After we reach the summit we embrace the spectacular panorama of the Himalayas including the 8000m. giants; Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchanjunga. We descend to base camp and enjoy the hot meal.

Day 13: Spare Day for Summit
We use the spare day as contingency if case of bad weather or for other reasons.

Day 14: Base Camp – Thagnak ( 4350m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
We ascend to Mera la and then descend through moraines and further descend more steeply to Khare. We further follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier and arrive at Thagnak.

Day 15: Thagnak – Thasingdingma ( 3500m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
We pass through the pasture lands and the patches of the jungle along the hill side and further below beautiful pine and rhododendron forest and arrive at Thasingdingma.

Day 16: Thasingdingma – Chutanga ( 3050m. ); 7 – 8 hrs.
Today we cross Zetrwa la. We gradually ascend to Thulikharka and then to the pass. We steeply descend to Chutanga.

Day 17: Chutanga – Lukla ( 2800m. ); 3 – 4 hrs.
We gradually ascend to arrive Lukla.

Day 18:  Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel after a long mountain journey. We take you for a farewell dinner at one of the finest typical Nepali restaurant with traditional Nepali culture program.

Day 19: Airport transfer for your onward journeys.
We will transfer you to the airport and bid good bye.

Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu -  Lukla or vice versa.  It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Ang Rita Trek & Expedition can arrange you cultural / adventure tours (such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost  if  the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back.

If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions and Ang Rita Trek & Expedition will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.

Climbing Group Size

We organize climbing on Mera peak for any number of people above two pax. The maximum number of members in the climbing group will be 8 pax. If the group consists of more than 8 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, and necessary number of climbing guides for the group. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member’s illness on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Mera Peak is not a technical peak rather a popular trekking peak for trekkers to test their climbing ability in high Himalayas. No previous climbing experience is required to climb it, however,   mountaineering skills will be an asset to climb the peak. What is required is the good physical fitness, strong will power, ability to tolerate harsh conditions. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking and preparing for the climbing.  It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in hiking on the high altitude and reaching to the summit of the peak.

The climbing guide of Ang Rita Trek will have a demonstration of using gears as well as the basic skills required for climbing such as ascending and descending on ropes safely at the base camp. The climbing guide makes the fixed line on the difficult sections and assists the climbers in every aspects while climbing.  It is highly recommended for the climbers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trip. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution on this trip.

Travel Insurance

Members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The members will have to share washing and toilet facilities. Ang Rita Trek can arrange rooms with attached bathroom in some places in the trekking with extra cost for the separate groups. For this kind of arrangement, the request should be made at least four months prior to the trip date. We make camping arrangement at Island peak base camp and two members of the same sex will have to share a tent.

Meals

Members are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food and continental cuisine prepared by our professional cook at the camp sites. The members will be provided high food at the high camp and on the climbing day for the good energy required for climbing.

Acclimatization

Anyone can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekking and preparing for the climbing Mera peak . Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS.
 

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for trekking as well as climbing Mera peak. While choosing the equipment one needs give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Weight limit ( 15 kg including the hand carry ) for the flight to Lukla is another aspect to consider

Personal Climbing Gears:

-    Plastic boots
-    Crampons
-    Harness
-    Tape Slings / prussic  ( two )
-    Karabiners ( 2 unlock, 2 lock )
-    Joomer (  Ascender / decender )
-    Gaiters
-    Ice axe
-    Helmet

Group Climbing Gears ( Ang Rita Trek provides group climbing gears )

-    Climbing ropes
-    Snow bars
-    Ice screws
-    Ice hammer

Clothing:

-    T – shirts
-    Hiking shorts
-    Undergarments
-    Full sleeves shirts
-    Long light weight cotton pants
-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-    Fleece jacket or pullover
-    Waterproof shell jacket
-    Down jacket
-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
-    Sun hat
-    Lightweight gloves.
-    Heavyweight gloves for climbing

Foot Wear

-    Hiking boots
-    Light and comfortable camp shoes
-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories:

-    Down Sleeping bag
-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
-    Water bottle
-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
-    Trekking poles
-    Personal medicine box
-    Sunglasses with UV protection.
-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:

-    Quick drying small towel
-    Toothbrush / paste
-    Soap
-    Face and body moisturizer
-    Sun block for lips
-    Tissues / toilet rolls
-    Wet wipes
-    Feminine hygiene products
-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All the climbing guides who lead Mera Peak trekking and climbing through Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region.Their in-depth knowledge about Sherpa culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream to stand on the foot of the Everest a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our Sherpa Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate climbing trips in the Himalalayas. Most of our climbing guides have successfully climbed Everest and other peaks and trained by legendary climber Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa, the chairman of this company.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trips smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for Mera Peak trekking and climbing are Spring (April – May) and Autumn ( mid Sept. – mid Nov.).  Trekking and climbing in Autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of November Flights to Lukla will be frequently disturbed during the monsoon season (June – mid Sept.). However, for those who can afford extra spare days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking and climbing for the flight to Lukla and back can plan their trip in beginning of September as well as the trail will not be so crowded.

Departures Cost
April 10, 2016-April 28, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 22, 2016-May 10, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
September 18, 2016-October 6, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 4, 2016-October 22, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 9, 2016-October 27, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 22, 2016-November 9, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 28, 2016-November 16, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 6, 2016-November 24, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 12, 2016-November 30, 2016 US $ 2990. For one pax US $ 2280. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 2200. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
Cost Includes
  1.  International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
  2. Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
  3. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare including airport tax
  4. All necessary paperwork for permit ( Peak permit, national park entrance ).
  5. Climbing guide’s equipment allowance and wages
  6.  Group climbing gears ( ropes, snow bars, ice screws etc. )
  7.  High food
  8. Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail and camping arrangement at base camp ( cook. Kitchen boy, tents, mattresses, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment )
  9. All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
  10. An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
  11. First aid medical kit
  12. All government and local taxes
  13.  Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes
  1.  International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  2.  Members personal climbing gears
  3.  Nepal visa fee
  4. Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
  5. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  6. Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
  7. Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
  8. Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
  9. Gratuity for the trekking staffs

Trip Price

USD 2280 Per Person*

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Trip facts

  • Trip Area:: Everest Region
  • Maximum Altitude:: 6476m.
  • Trip Duration:: 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level:: Easy & Moderate
  • Best Time:: March – May, Mid Sept. – December
  • Trip Mode:: Lodge Trek & Camping
  • Trip Highlights:: Trekking in remote areas of Khumbu region crossing several high passes and climbing of the highest trekking peak with minimal objective danger and less technical difficulty. Great panoramic views of Chamlang, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, makalu and more from the summit.

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