Trip Duration : 19N / 20D
Peak Climbing Code: STE/PC/02
Trek Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Climbing period: It’s a compelling 15 days of trekking and climbing on a wonderful mix of trails…
Grade: Arduous - Alpine grade: F
Meals: Highly nutritious and hygienic meals are provided on the trail
Accommodation: Hotel, lodges (tea house) and camping at some areas when making the climb
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: A cultural tour and a trekking climb…
Transportation: Flights and private car or tourist coach
Maximum Altitude: 6476m…at Mera Peak…and this is where your emotions begin to brew into blissful imaginations!
Price per Person [Min. 2 PAX required]
This is a trekking climb venture that’s not all hunky dory for an enjoyable vacation that goes far above the timberline to Mera at 6476m, well known throughout the world as Nepal’s highest `walk-up` peak, but then, despite the physical demands which is even relevant for treks across passes above 5000m, Mera peak is popular because the technical factors are not risky and the snow slopes don’t really exceed 30 – 40 degrees…it’s an expedition you want to do at any cost – because your ‘walk up – to climb Mera Peak’’ takes you to a summit where the ‘Earth kisses the sky’’, its an unimaginable bliss…till you are there!
Mera Peak at 6476m is not only one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal, it’s a peak that attracts all dare-devil climbers and even the most discerning trekkers who’ve walked the length and breadth of the mountains but have not gone the mile beyond 6000m – Mera is that magnetic attraction for adventure lovers with guts for glory; and peaking at its summit opens out an avenue to some breath-stopping landscapes of five of the world's 8000 metre peaks - Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu…its an emotion you never want to forget. This action packed Himalayan climbing odysseytakes off with an exciting flight to a high elevation airstrip at Lukla.The walk in the beginning wades through lush virgin forest of the Hinku Valley where the amazing scenery makes you simply ecstatic and breathless; it also gives you some natural acclimatization for the peak itself. Our program is designed to ensure that you have more than enough acclimatisation to ease the strain on your body so that you experience some comfort levels when doing the actual climb. On culminating at the mountain's upper slopes, the early morning sunrise that splashes across Everest and Kangchenjunga is a most memorable experience for a whole lifetime. Climbing Mera Peak and reaching its summit is a fulfilling journey that makes our holidays a personal achievement for the bigger things to come. If you are physically fit and active to make it where eagles dare, then this is one climb you want to do before you pass out from this universe we call ‘Planet Earth’’…because this is where the ‘Earth attempts to kiss the Sky’’.
Arrive in Kathmandu at tribhuwan International Airport
Free at your own leisure
Flight to Lukla [2850m]
Trek to Chutanga [3050m]
Trek to Tuli kharka [4300m]
Trek to Mosum kharka [3700m]
Trek to Tragnag [4350m]
Trek to Khare [5000m]
Khare upper end [5500m]
Trek up to campsite by lower part of Hinku Nup glacier
The ascent [6654m]
Trek to Gotay
Trek to Tuli Kharka
Trek to Lukla
Flight to Kathmandu
Flight to Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street, don’t make it too late, get back to your nest for supper and then get ready for a good night’s sleep because the morrow is going to be busy. The first overnight at your hotel in the valley of temples and cows – probably the most in the world
Day 2: Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m] hiking time approx 3 hrs
A flight to the late Sir Edmund Hilary’s Lukla airport and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we go in for some handshakes and sort out our equipment before we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Chutanga [3050m] – 3-4 hrs
Today its our real first day on the trail with a comfy hike that heads eastwards. The trail crisscrosses through immaculate hamlets and lush forest along Kalo Himal Ridge. We must stay associated with our planned route. Otherwise, we may lose track of our actual destinations. During the winter period, snow makes us use slanting tracks through steep terrain. But during good climatic conditions, the trail is usually upfront and straightup. After several hours of walking, we enter the summer pastures of Chutanga. This is where we bunk out for the night
Day 5: Acclimatisation at Chutanga
We while away two excellent nights at Chutanga. This gives us ample time for acclimatization before we take on the Zatrwa La. We can do an easy going trek to a small 4000m peak below the Zatrwa Teng Pass. Superb views reveal by it as we glimpse over the valley of the Dudh Kosi and the striking trail zigzagging towards Zatrwa La. After some exciting discoveries, we descend back to our camp at Chutanga and yield to some complete relaxation. Overnight in our tented camps
Day 6: Trek to Tuli kharka [4300m] – 5-6 hrs
Our route cuts across the Kalo Himal Ridge which divides the Khumbu from Hinku Valley. Further up, we transverse an easy route displaying a cairned notch on a crest with a collection of prayer flags remembering the dead at an elevation of 4450m. En route we may encounter yak herders. The views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are simply awesome and so is the view across the rolling foothills east of the Hinku Valley. Almost an hour below the pass is a massive boulder which marks our campsite, Tuli Kharka. This is where we crash out for the night.
PLEASE NOTE: If environmental conditions are not favorable, there’s the option of crossing a lower pass to the south of the Zatrwa La, an alternative which makes for 2 additional days of trekking.
Day 7: Trek to Mosum Kharka [3700m] – 5 hrs
Our route descends a stony graveled path leading to a lovely vantage point of the Hinku valley where thrilling views of the south face of Mera Peak come into view. The trail meanders through dense forested areas and then descends sharply into the Hinku valley. Captivating scenes of Peak 43 and Kusum Kangguru opens up as we enjoy the magnificence of Mother Nature which envelops us from the Hinku Valley. We experience the most emotional feelings as we walk past forests of pine and rhododendron, stirring our souls to the core. Soon after reaching Mosum Kharka, we make our camps by the banks of Hinku Drangka [river].
Day 8: Trek to Tragnak [4350m] – 3-4 hrs
As we trundle down to the west bank of the Hinku Khola northwards, forests become more evident as we lose trace of the valleys. We come across rolling grazing meadows for goats, sheep and yaks in the Upper Hinku. After several ascents for 4-6 hours, we approach the summer settlement of Tragnak as we cross a single-plank bridge at Gondishung and this is where we haul up for lunch. Within this area is a 200 year-old gompa resting beneath a massive boulder and a number of crude mani walls. The trail gives us great views of Peak 43. We set up camp here for the night.
Day 9: At Tragnak
These are two blessed days for complete acclimatisation. After some good rest, we can explore other adventure outlets that include strolling by Sabal Tsho, a wonderful moraine-dam lake which is hidden behind the Sabal Glacier and climbing a peak up to an altitude of nearly 5000m. We can also explore Hinku Nup Glacier which leads north toward Kangtega. The upper Hinku valley turns to the east at Tragnak, crossing the moraine of the Dig Glaciers. Overnight at Tragnak
Day 10: Trek to Khare [5000m] – 2-3 hrs
As we say goodbye to Tragnak, the trail ascends to a broad grassy basin, popularly called Dig Kharka. We continue hiking for some time. After a while, we arrive at Khare. Khare has a range of camping spots and the most favored one is at the upper end of Khare lying beneath a group of boulders. We camp at this site which protects us from the windy cold somewhat. This campsite also gives us fantastic vistas of the huge north face of Mera, Hinku Shar Glacier and Mera La.
Day 11: Khare upper end [5500m] – at our pace
This is another day for acclimatization because the body has to get used to the thin air as we prepare to go higher. After some needful rest, we go for a stroll up to a small peak on the west side of the Hinku Nup Glacier, where we can reach a height of around 5500m. At this good location, we get to relish some lovely views of Mera La and Mera Peak. This is where we haul up for the night
Day 12: Trek up to campsite through the lower section of Hinku Nup glacier
We cling to the path leading to Mera La and continue a transverse as far as the lowest part of the Hinku Nup Glacier. At this area, we get enthralled by the breathtaking beauty of snow-slopes and the lovely chain of Himalayan peaks.
Day 13: A day for Rest
This day is planned out as a ‘contingency’ in case we are unable to summit Mera on the next day due to bad weather conditions or any other unpredictable reasons. None the less, if the trip is a smooth sail, we do not need this spare day, so we can hike back to Lukla at a complete relaxed pace. This also gives us time to acclimatize completely and to have some good rest. With well rested bodies, we are energized to a point that increases the spirit of adventure for the big day which is not far off. Overnight at our camps
Day 14: The ascent [6476m] – 8-9 hrs
This is D-DAY! AS WE MAKE A BEELINE FOR SUMMITING MERA PEAK.
Early in the morning at the break of dawn - around 2am after breakfast, we advance slowly towards the summit. Just before sunrise, we reach up to 6000m. With continual attempts, we finally scale the summit. From the summit, we behold and glorify the most fabulous views of at least five of the world's fourteen 8000m peaks. Most of this grand panorama can be seen from the site of the high camp and all of it is visible from 6000m.
We take out as many pictures as we can before we descend to our campsite on the Hongu side of the pass for the night and some special celebrations of our summiting success.
Day 15: this is a contingency day
This day is just yours, a day to enjoy and rest and do what pleases you most. You can do some washing and cleaning or just relax with your favorite book – you can also thank God for all the beauty you just witnessed and for the success of your climb. We then have supper and go to bed
Day 16: Trek to Gotay  4-5 hours
We hike down to Gotay along the same trail used previously. After reaching Gotay, we celebrate our achievements by trying out local delicacies and wines. Overnight in Gotay
Day 17: Trek to Thuli Kharka - 6-7 hours
We do an uphill trek through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we simply enjoy the charming hills dotted with rhododendrons. After reaching Thuli Kharka, we savor some lovely views of Mera North, Mera Central and the South face of Mera. We crash out in our tented camps
Day 18: We fly to Lukla
We set of today by ascending to the Zatrwa La Pass. As we get across the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is bounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Kanggaru and other Himalayan peaks. From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight up to Lukla village. at eventide, we prepare for a sumptuous celebratory dinner on the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew; because this is our last day on these amazing mountains that have been our home all of these weeks; we’ve now learnt to love these lovely mountains. We dance to some sherpa jigs and enjoy ‘chhang’’ [mountain beer made from fermented rice] and reminisce on a successful climb that will remain in our memories for a long time to come. We then hit the sack for a blissful sleep
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
We hop an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our lengthy mountain journey. After touching down at Kathmandu, we can simply chill out or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. In the evening, we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the climbers’ mega trip of a successful summit of the Mera Peak. While savoring your supper, you will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure for home sweet home
Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Incentive Holidays will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Adios Amigos! till we meet again one day…
Critical issues relevant to this trip:
Please note: flying to Lukla [one of the highest altitude level domestic airports in the world] can be an operation as smooth as silk but can also be delayed by a few hours or even canceled for several days due to inclement weather patterns. Conditions of this kind may even occur in the best climatic seasons. Should this happen, trekkers must be prepared for lengthy waits at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, since this may happen either at the beginning or at the conclusion of the trek or even at both airports! We go out of our way to avoid these delays, and book you on the next possible flight. We advise that you be prepared for such situations, and plan your trekking holidays with extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to adjust with such occurrences. We also arrange heli-rescues in such conditions, if it's available and deemed necessary by our guests. Helicopter flights charge around USD 5000 and can carry 4-5 persons per flight. In the event all goes well, you can use the extra days for other activities with a range of choices: sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, mountain biking or even shopping, etc.
In a worst case scenario, of there is a flight delay/cancellation before the trip and it gets lengthy so as to disturb your onward travel agenda, you are at liberty to choose an alternative trip: fantastic treks are also available in the Annapurna, Langtang and other famous regions of Nepal. If this doesn’t suit your plans and you opt to wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait it out in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla. However, you must accept and realise that there will be no refunds if you choose to while away your time and not take any optional program due to the time limitations you have. Should the cancellation occur before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu.
In case of the flight delay/cancellation after completion of the trek, you will be responsible for all the expenses incurred. Please bear in mind further that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flights, etc) included in the package that you will not use later. A lot of treks in Nepal occur in high altitude mountainous territory where weather patterns can be superb in the early parts of the day and suddenly change course within several hours due to climate changes affected by global warming…and nature can be a beast when least expected – however, the scenarios mentioned above don’t happen all the time; 97.6% of all treks and climbs are successful as per data available through government sources. So be optimistic and look out for the lovely sunshine as you walk the ropes while summiting Island Peak.
Please Note: that although we will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.
A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes.
To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.
- 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM
- Normal hotel or lodge / Tented camp during trekking and climbing
- One English speaking climbing guide
- Porter (1 Porter for 2 Pax)
- Climbing Permit for Island Peak
- All meals during the trek that includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner
- Climbing tents at base camp
- Climbing food
- Climbing rope
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets with 15kg baggage allowance
- Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural program
- National park fees
- Airport pick up and drop
- All ground transfers as per itinerary
- Personal equipment’s for climbing
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Air Fare
- Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while staying in Kathmandu
- Tips to Guide & Driver
- Bar Expenses
- Telephone, Laundry and Internet
- Personal Expenses
- Nepal visa fees
- Entrance Fees
Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].
Please feel free to call us or write to us if you require any further assistance.
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Stupa
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.