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1. Trip Itinerary: Mera Peak: 19 daysHighlights All 2012 and 2013 climbs guided by an EverestAfter summiting you descend back to Khare for the nightsummiteerbefore tracking back down the Arun valley finally heading over Highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6674mthe Zatwa pass now fully acclimatised and dropping back into A challenging trek with magnificent views of Everest Lukla.from the summit. Approaches through traditional Sherpa villages along Detailed itinerarythe Arun Valley. Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Accommodation in teahouses and camping Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your activities and your kit checked Day 2: Fly to Lukla then trek to Paiya (2730m) The flight is less than an hour but takes you into the heart of rural Nepal and ends with the breath-taking landing at Lukla. From Lukla you descend first to Surke where you cross the river before climbing steeply to Chutok La. From there it is about another hour of undulating flat to Paiya and your first lodge on this trek. Day 3: Paiya to Panggom La (2846m) The day starts with a sharp descent through mainly cultivated hillsides till you reach the wooden bridge where you cross the Piya Khola river. Another tough climb brings you back up to Kari La from where you traverse on typical Nepali flat for most of the afternoon before you reach the Sherpa village of Summary Panggom La. Mera Peak combines summiting the highest trekking peak in Nepal with a beautiful walk in up the relatively quiet Arun Day 4: Panggom La to the Bamboo camp (3145m) Valley. The views from the summit are genuinely breath-taking:Today starts relatively easily moving around the mountain Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam can all be seen clearly andagain until you reach Sibuje where you will stop for lunch. From watching the sun rise across the heads of these mountains isthere you take a turn North off the main track on a route that never to be forgotten takes you into the rhododendron jungle and well away from the main trading paths. Overnight is at a small campsite known You start your Mera Peak adventure with the exhilaratingonly as Bamboo camp. Your first night under canvas and your Kathmandu to Lukla flight with great views all the way and thefirst evening meal cooked by our own chef. hair-raising landing at Luklas short runway. Having assembled your crew your route takes you south around the mountain to Day 5: Bamboo Camp to Kite (3480m) Paiya and Pangom avoiding the Zatwa La crossing which atFrom Bamboo camp you continue trekking through the jungle 4250m nearly always causes problems with altitude sickness. always going up or down and quite steeply passing through the village of Tashing Ongma before finally dropping down to meet This part of the route is quiet but heavily farmed. From Sibuje the Inku Khola at Mosom Kharka. From here you continue to you branch north heading into pristine bamboo and trek along the river before reaching the larger village of Khote rhododendron jungle before reaching your first tented camp. and your next lodge. Already you are starting to get impressive The trek then moves on up the Arun valley with plenty of time views of Mera Peak at the head of the valley. to acclimatise before reaching Khare where you will spend a couple of days acclimatising. Day 6: Kite to Tagnak (4140m) The forest gives way to open valley again by mid-morning, The first day of the push to the summit of Mera Peak takes yourevealing the peaks which line either side. The valley swings to the camp at Mera La and from there you move higher to theeastward into a new array of peaks and as you approach spectacular High camp clinging onto a rocky outcrop on theTagnak the route up toward the Mera glacier comes into view. edge of the glacier. Sunset at high camp is amazing withDamage caused to the valley by the collapse of the glacial lake Himalayas 8000m giants glowing orange as the light fades.Sabai Tsho is all too apparent at you head up the river. You reach Tagnak mid-afternoon where you will stay overnight. Summit day is a long hard slog up the glacier before a short sharp scramble up an ice-wall to the summit of Mera Peak. Take as much time as the cold will allow to enjoy the view, probably the best view of the Everest range in 2. Day 7: Tagnak glacier acclimatisation (5000m)This is a really important day for acclimatisation and we will try approach the snow hump-back ridge. This part of the route isto gain as much height as you can during the day climbing thenot technical but 30 degree slopes are still tough. The slopeslopes behind Tagnak up to the Tibetan Prayer stones beforesteepens for a section behind the ridge and then you swingreturning to Tagnak for lunch. In the afternoon you can head diagonally westward. The summit comes back into view andup the slopes to the north to look at what is left of the glacialyou are on the level summit ridge. At the foot of the final steeplake, Sabai Tsho. You can still see a distinct line, far above,ascent you will attach to a fixed rope laid by your guide and usemarking where the water had once reached.your ice axe and a jumar to climb the final 30 metre 55 degree pitch to reach Mera Peaks summit. A spectacular panoramaDay 8: Tagnak - Khare (5260m)greets you with clear views over to Everest. Once youve hadThis mornings walk up alongside the Dig glacier is easy and chance to take this all in and congratulate yourself on anrelaxed. This is an excellent valley opening out views to theamazing achievement, you will head back down to Khare for anorth of the Hinku Nup glacier and the line of peaks beyond. celebration.Only the last section up to your base camp at Khare (4940m) issteep. If time and energy allows you should take anDay 14: Khare to Tagnak (4252m)acclimatisation walk up the grassy ridge immediately behindA short descent today back to Tagnak.the village. This gives great views of the flattened ridge acrossthe glacier which you will ascend tomorrow and south to Mera Day 15: Tagnak to Khote (3480m)itself.A long walk back down the Arun valley finally brings you to Khote againDay 9: Ridge ascent from Hinku Nup (5500m)Today you gain more valuable acclimatisation and pick up someDay 16: Khote to Chetera La (4150m)stunning views as well. Following the lateral moraine of the A new route has now been completed which stays high on theHinku Nup glacier into an arena of peaks and glacial lakes, youopen hillsides west of the Hinku river, rather than windingturn to ascend a grassy ridge that rises back to the south. At through the forests down below. This makes for a quickerthe top you eat your lunch surrounded by a stunning panorama return with some fantastic views back to Mera.of peaks including Mera itself and the whole of Hinku Himaland the south face of Ama Dablam. In the afternoon you willDay 17: Chetera La to Lukla (2850m)learn the principles of roping up for glacier travel.The trail goes over a series of rises and high plateaux before you finally reach the craggy Zatrawa La Pass at 4580m, whereDay 10: Khare - Mera La (5554m)you look back on the Hinku wilderness for the last time and theYou return to the glacier today, and this time follow it round insouth face of the peak you have just climbed. A graduala wide arc, keeping close under the northern flank where there descent traverses toward the rocky outcrop of the Zatr Og. Youare no crevasses. The Mera La is a rounded snow col that descend now steeply from the Kalo Himal, the blackbridges south to the main sweep of the Mera glacier coming mountains, into the rocky slopes and cascading streams of thedown from the Mera Peak. Our camp for the night is just over Sherpa populated Dudh Kosi valley. The high crags give way tothe Mera La pass.forest, then to farmland as you approach the tourist bustle of Lukla at 2850m. You spend the night here before flying back toDay11: Spare day for bad weather Kathmandu.Day 12: Mera La to High camp ((5800m)Day 18: Flight from Lukla to KathmanduCrampons on again for the start of the push to the summit. You From Lukla, you take an early morning flight to Kathmandu.climb back up to the pass at Mera La then head up the glaciertowards a rocky outcrop where we will set the most Day 19: Depart Kathmanduspectacular high camp. Clinging onto the edge of the mountainOur representative will take you to the airport for your flightthe views from here are incredible. Kangchenjunga is visible tohome.the east above the ridge of Chamlang; the ice spire of Barentsis left of Makalu. Between it and the beautiful twin peaks ofAma Dablam, you will see Nuptse, Lhotses south face andLhotse Shar. Over the ridge stands the summit of Everest, thefinal stages of the traditional route up the south-east ridge andover the south summit to the summit ridge.Day 13: High Camp to Mera summit - Khare (6674m)Visit Private Expeditions for More InformationPhone No: +44 (0)121 288 0388You will be woken at about 2am with hot tea and a highEmail Id: info@privexn.comenergy meal to start your summit ascent of Mera Peak. You www.privateexpeditions.costart up the main glacier, crossing to the south side as you