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Mera Peak Expedition – 22 days (Low Trail)

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Mera Peak Climbing Offer for 2021 and 2022

Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. is offering a classic Mera Peak Expedition, as one of the best sightseeing trekking peaks and one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalaya.

Our most treks are based on arrival and departure from Kathmandu International Airport. Usually, one full day gets spent in Kathmandu, both at the beginning and at the end of the trek. This free day allows time for jet lag rest, orientation, sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Between Kathmandu and the start of the trekking, the Lukla Airport, is by a four-hours’ drive to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, and then a 15 minutes flight, both ways. The trek then follows a well-established daily routine based upon an early start, moderate daily distances and steady, easy-paced walk.

Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. is offering a classic Mera Peak Expedition, as one of the best sightseeing trekking peaks and one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalaya. This trekking expedition enables us to experience the indigenous way of life and sample of Sherpa hospitality in the many teahouses along the way. The itinerary also includes two full days of rest for explorations and acclimatisation in the main points of the itinerary.

After a night stop at Lukla, we start the trekking through Paiya, Pangkongma and enter to Hinku valley and achieve the summit of Mera Peak. Mera Peak, with a height of 6,476 metres above the sea level, is one of the most beautiful trekking peaks due to its exposure, elevation and route. But it is not situated along the classic Everest Trekking Trail. It needs a minimum of 16 days from Lukla and back and this period involves more trekking than climbing, well most of the peak in the Himalaya.

Mera Peak rises to the southeast of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu. The view from the high camp of Mera Peak takes us to Chamlang, Kanchanjunga, Makalu, and the mount Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Kangthega and Charpate Himal to the west.

The view from the summit is indescribable, and with a clear morning, the panoramas take us to Kangthega 6,783m, Charpate Himal, Cho-Oyu 8,201m, Ngozummpa Kong II 7,743m. Lobuje West 6145m, Gyachung Kang 7,952m, Pumori 7,161m, Ama Dablam 6,812m., Nuptse 7,861, Everest 8,848, Lhotse 8,516m, Lhotse Shar 8,382m, Shartse 7,457m, Peak-41 6,623m, Baruntse 7,152m, Kangsungtse 7,678m, Makalu 8,481m, Chamlang 7,312m, Peak-5 6,388m, Tutse or Peak-6 6,758m and Kanchenjunga 8,586 metres. The glimpse of Mount Everest over the crumpled sedimentary rock bands that make up the massive south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge is gloriously in the north. It is also possible to ski to the summit ridge, enjoy the breath-taking views and return the same day. Mera is indeed a “sightseeing peak”, like Pisang Peak in the Annapurna region.

If we take this itinerary during spring season rhododendron and magnolia flowers are in bloom and the mornings are generally clear and sunny. Clouds can gather during the late afternoon with the occasional thunderstorm, but our itineraries are planned to ensure we arrive at our teahouses before the threat of any rain!

The return route follows the Chhetrawa La. The shortest path to or from Lukla. After having returned to Kathmandu, at the end of the itinerary, we enjoy another day of free day and do whatever we maybe want to experience on this trip. We optionally recommend taking a short early morning flight to see Everest, an appropriate way of rounding off this quintessential Himalayan trekking expedition.

Trip Highlights

  • One of the off the beaten trekking path in the Everest Region.
  • Climb one of the highest peaks, 6476 metres, amongst the permitted trekking peaks.
  • Enjoy one of the most beautiful mountain sceneries of easter Nepal including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and uncountable other peaks.
  • Experience the indigenous way of life and sample of Sherpa hospitality.
  • Enjoy a mountaineering experience in the Himalaya, combining with beautiful trekking.
  • Enjoy the contrast of Snowy Himalayas and a beautiful landscape full of rhododendrons, Himalayan pine, magnolia and wild orchids.
  • Experience the culture, life and religion of multi-ethnic groups within the shortest of the period.
  • Visit the medieval towns of Kathmandu valley full of ancient monuments ever built.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 22 days from arrival to the day of departure.
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / optionally visit UNESCO sites.
  • Trek starting point: Lukla Airport.
  • Trek ending point: Lukla Airport.
  • Daily Walk: 2 to 6 hours.
  • Domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
  • Highest elevation: 6,476 metres, the summit of Mera Peak.
  • People/Culture: Everest region is the home of Sherpa people practising Tibetan Buddhism. The lower region is inhabited by Tamang, Rai, Chhetri, Brahmins of Hindu belief. Both groups have their own ancient traditional living culture.
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Tea-house lodge on full board basis during trekking, and tented camps on full board basis during Mera Peak Expedition.
  • Meals: A open menu in each meal and in each tea-house lodge to choose by clients during trekking in the Tea-house lodge. And a complete meal will be prepared and served by our mobile cook and kitchen staff during the Mera Peak expedition.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Best season to trek: from the second week of March to Mid-June and from the first week of October to November.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 02: Kathmandu – A free day

Day 03: Drive to Manthali and fly to Lukla 2,866m. A 4 hours’ drive and 15 minutes’ flight

Day 04. Trek to Paiya 2,730m. A 4-hours’ trek.

Day 05. Trek to Pangkongma 2,805m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 06. Trek to Ngingsow 2,600. A-5 hours’ trek.

Day 07. Trek to Chhatrawa Tenga 3,400m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 08. Trek to Kothey 3,580m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 09: Kothey to Tagnak 4,350m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 10: Tagnak. A rest/acclimatising day.

Day 11: Tagnak to Khare 5,045m. A 4-hours’ trek.

Day 12: An acclimatising day

Day 13: Trek to Mera La 5,415m. and to Mera Basecamp 5,350m. A 2-hours’ trek.

Day 14: Climb to Mera High Camp 5,780m A 3-hours’ climb.

Day 15: Summit day and return to Khare. 8-9 hours.

Day 16: Trek to Kothey 3,600m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 17. Trek to Chhatrawa. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 18. Trek to Lukla. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 19: Reserve day

Day 20: Fly to Manthali and drive to Kathmandu. A 15-minutes’ flight and 4-hours’ drive.

Day 21: Kathmandu – A free day

Day 22: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about the necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

• Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu – A free day

This day is free in Kathmandu for resting or take a guided tour of Pharping, Kirtipur, or any other medieval towns in Kathmandu valley.

• Breakfast.
• Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Manthali and fly to Lukla 2,866m. A 4 hours’ drive and 15 minutes’ flight

Early in the morning, at 03:00 a.m., we take a drive of 132 kilometres in 4-hours to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, to board the domestic flight to Lukla. The Airport, at an altitude of 474m, is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is the district headquarters of Ramechhap district. From where it is a 15-minute short flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porter and Sherpa guide. We will stay for the rest of the day in Lukla.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 04. Trek to Paiya 2,730m. A 4-hours’ trek.

The trail heads south from the Airport and descends about 600 metres to Surke. As we descend from the airport nose the views toward the Paiya and Dudh Kunda valley are fantastic and small planes and helicopters landing and taking off from our head. The first day of the trek is hard with uneven steps taking us deep into the river and high above the hill ridge exposing the Lukla, Karyilung (Dudhkunda Himal), Khumbila (the sacred mountain above the Khumbu village), and the Dudh Koshi valley extending up to Phakdingma village. We stop for lunch at Pakhepani village and continue the rest of the day further southeast to Paiyu, a small village, locally known as Chhutak (Means water mill in Sherpa language).

Being the first day of the trek one may find it a difficult day. Still, this itinerary keeps you around 3000 metres for several days and provides you with better acclimatization and a great contrast of mountain, forest, and lively Sherpa villages.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 05. Trek to Pangkongma 2,805m. A 5-hours’ trek.

The trail follows the classic Everest Expedition and trekking trail, which was the busiest and only trail until the Airport at Lukla was built. Hillary and other first adventurers and explorers walked the path to Everest Basecamp and around. We leave the classic Everest trail and take a northeaster sub trail that leads to Pangkongma, a beautiful trek. The trail climb to an altitude of 3,100 metres and traverse to Pangkongma, a lovely Sherpa village above Kharkhola village facing south-west. From Pangkongma we can view the Dudh Kunda Mountain range, Taksindu Monastery, and villages, and the vast valley of Dudh Koshi river. Time permitting visit the monastery at Pangkongma, which is just above the village into a lovely vegetation area. It will be interesting if coincided one of the religious festivals to see a bit of local culture and villagers.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 06. Trek to Ngingsow 2,600. A-5 hours’ trek.

We slowly climb up to Pangkongma La at an altitude of 3,100 metres through a rhododendron forest, during spring the forest get bloomed in all colors with the flowers of rhododendron, magnolia, and several wild orchids. Following the ridge, we take a long, and slow decreasing descend of 1,000 metres altitude until beside the Hunku river and climb up to Ngingsow, with a steady gain in altitude, our overnight stoppage. Today we get to pass through several mani-walls (sacred stone walls in which tons of stone slabs engraved with letters “Om-Mani-Padme-Hum”, the Tibetan Buddhist prayer of compassion).

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 07. Trek to Chhatrawa Tenga 3,400m. A 5-hours’ trek.

The trail initiates with a steep up, a bit difficult but with beautiful views, to Ramailo Danda. After Ramailo Danda we walk through one of the most beautiful Himalayan rhododendron and pine forests of our entire trek and if we are lucky can spot red Pandas.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 08. Trek to Kothey 3,580m. A 5-hours’ trek.

The landscape today is through rocky and barren hill slopes, forest, and river valley. Weather permitting we get to enjoy excellent views of the mountain and a couple of lakes. For lunch, we stop at Changbu Kharka (Means cow shade in riverside) in a serene mountain valley.

After lunch and a short hike offer great views toward Panch Pokhari. The trail then contours the hill steeply down, staying high above the Hinku valley and then further down to the river edge. After an hour of pleasant walking, we arrive at Kothey, a beautiful site.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 09: Kothey to Tagnak 4,350m. A 5-hours’ trek.

After breakfast, we initiate our trek with a series of fine panoramas, as we head up the Hinku valley. There are stunning views of Peak-43 and Charpate Himal. The trial today mostly follows the left bank of Hinku rive and walks through several Yak pasturelands till Tragnag. Tragnag sits in a broad U-shaped valley and is dwarfed by the surrounding mountains. It is a simple settlement with a few lodges. For centuries it has been an ideal spot for animal herders. It is believed that in ancient times there use to be permanent settlement here. Just before Kothey, there is a small cave in which there are several statues of Buddhist deities and believed abandoned here due to its massive size to move down to their village while migrating.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 10: Tagnak. A rest/acclimatising day.

A rest day is essential for acclimatization. One can use the day for a walk to the beautiful moraine-dammed lake behind Sabai Glacier or for climbing up onto a spur of Kusum Kanguru mountain ridge, to an altitude of nearly 5,000 metres. The view toward Mera Peak is its sheer western blackface.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 11: Tagnak to Khare 5,045m. A 4-hours’ trek.

After breakfast, we start the trek to Khare. The trail, offering pleasant views, wanders through the broad basin of Dig-Kharka. This day we gain altitude rapidly. Today we enjoy views of some small lakes and beautiful mountain views including the Sheer black face of Mera Peak and the western face of Mera Peak high camp.

For lunch, we arrive at Khare, the main base for climb Mera Peak and to cross the Mera La pass for the mountaineering expedition to Mount Baruntse, and to cross the Amphu Lampcha, Mingbo La, and Sherpa col. At Khare, there are several campsites, but most of them are not very comfortable. From Khare, one can enjoy a panorama of the huge north face of Mera and the peaks of the Hinku Shar Glacier. From just above our lodge, we can see Mera La.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 12: An acclimatising day

We take another rest day for further acclimatization and to do some exploring. The valley to the north leads temptingly to Hinku Nup Glacier and excellent views of Kang Thega and other stunning peaks.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Mera La 5,415m. and to Mera Basecamp 5,350m. A 2-hours’ trek.

The trip begins around 4 a.m. We approach the summit through over a false summit ridge, attempting the central summit from its north-east face. The view from the Mera Peak summit is one of the best in the entire Himalaya. No less than five of the world's fourteen 8,000-metre peaks can get seen from it. We descend to high camp for lunch and continue descending to Khare.

Mera Peak
Mera Peak, with a height of 6,476 metres above the sea level, is one of the most beautiful trekking peaks due to its exposure, elevation and route. But it is not situated along the classic Everest Trekking Trail. It needs a minimum of 16 days from Lukla and back and this period involves more trekking than climbing, well most of the peak in the Himalaya.

Mera Peak rises to the southeast of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu. The view from the high camp of Mera Peak takes us to Chamlang, Kanchanjunga, Makalu, and the mount Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Kangthega and Charpate Himal to the west.

The view from the summit is indescribable, and with a clear morning, the panoramas take us to Kangthega 6,783m, Charpate Himal, Cho-Oyu 8,201m, Ngozummpa Kong II 7,743m. Lobuje West 6145m, Gyachung Kang 7,952m, Pumori 7,161m, Ama Dablam 6,812m., Nuptse 7,861, Everest 8,848, Lhotse 8,516m, Lhotse Shar 8,382m, Shartse 7,457m, Peak-41 6,623m, Baruntse 7,152m, Kangsungtse 7,678m, Makalu 8,481m, Chamlang 7,312m, Peak-5 6,388m, Tutse or Peak-6 6,758m and Kanchenjunga 8,586 metres. The glimpse of Mount Everest over the crumpled sedimentary rock bands that make up the massive south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge is gloriously in the north. It is also possible to ski to the summit ridge, enjoy the breath-taking views and return the same day. Mera is indeed a "sightseeing peak", like Pisang Peak in the Annapurna region.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 14: Climb to Mera High Camp 5,780m A 3-hours’ climb.

From Mera-La those in good physical condition can climb directly to the summit. But it is more practical to make high camp to decrease the distance to the summit and to get acclimatized and to enjoy the summit without a headache. The high camp route is truly panoramic, over a flat ridge beneath a wide swath of giant summits.

If we are in luck, we can set up the high camp under an overhanging black rock, which provides ideal shelter from the cold wind and possibly hazardous snowfall. From Mera La or Mera Base Camp, we only take a well-equipped crew to the high camp. Some porters will accompany us up to the high camp, but they will return to the base camp before sundown.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 15: Summit day and return to Khare. 8-9 hours.

The trip begins around 4 a.m. We approach the summit through over a false summit ridge, attempting the central summit from its north-east face. The view from the summit is one of the best in the entire Himalaya. No less than five of the world's fourteen 8,000-metre peaks can get seen from it. We return to high camp for lunch and continue descending to Khare.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Kothey 3,600m. A 5-hours’ trek.

We retrace the trail down to Kothey. The going down is very pleasant, and the views are equally beautiful and easing, and most will say "it is my favourite day”. Khare to Tagnag is two hours and another 3 hours to Kothey.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 17. Trek to Chhatrawa. A 5-hours’ trek.

We leave the main trail that we took to approach to Kothey via Pangkongma and fork northwest trail to Lukla via Chhatrawa La. From Kothey the trail climbs gradually through a pleasant forest of rhododendron, pine, and bamboo to Chhatrawa. The views to the east toward Mera and southeast are impressive.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 18. Trek to Lukla. A 5-hours’ trek.

The last day of our trek. A long and pleasant day trekking. A short climbing brings us on the ridge of Chhatrawa La 4,600 metres, which divides the Lukla (Dudh Koshi) and Hinku valley. Just after the pass, the trail traverses the Chhatra Hill, and the views across Lukla get open with a beautiful view of Kongde and Dudhkunda Mountain range. We hear the sounds of aeroplane and helicopter landing and taking off at Lukla. We take a hearty lunch at Chhutenga and continue the trek down to Lukla, a lovely last day walk and amazing Mera Peak expedition trek get over here.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 19: Reserve day

This day is a reserve day for to cover the weather problem or other unforeseen factors. If not required during our trek and climbing then a free day in Kathmandu, which provides a lovely time to visit some of its medieval towns and sites of interest.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Tea-house Lodge.

Day 20: Fly to Manthali and drive to Kathmandu. A 15-minutes’ flight and 4-hours’ drive.

We'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive in Kathmandu at around 14:00 hours. The rest of the day is free.

• Breakfast.
• Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 21: Kathmandu – A free day

A free day / optionally take a guided city tour. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants in Kathmandu.

• Breakfast.
• Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 22: Departure

Breakfast and free time till the time limit for departure to the Airport. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the Airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.

• Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Person 3373$ 3444$ 3531$
2 - 3 Persons 2713$ 2784$ 2871$
4 - 5 Persons 2427$ 2498$ 2585$
6 - 7 Persons 2321$ 2392$ 2479$
8- 9 Persons 2283$ 2354$ 2441$
10- 11 Persons 2225$ 2296$ 2383$
12- 15 Persons 2134$ 2205$ 2292$
Single room supplement 155$ 166$ 253$

What is included

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport transport as per itinerary
  • 4-nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
  • Kathmandu to Manthali transportation in a comfortable tourist vehicle
  • Flight Manthali - Lukla - Manthali, tax included
  • Makalu Barun National park entry permit
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
  • Trekking period on full board basis (Tea-house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if required)
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member
  • A trekking map in group and a trekking duffel bag to each (if one required)
  • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • Mera Peak climbing permit and garbage management charges
  • Camping equipment such as two-men dome tent and mattresses and food during the expedition
  • Ropes and other technical material to climb Mera Peak.
  • Climbing guide during Mera Peak expedition and all his expenses.
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)

What is not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Tips and those, not mentioned in above cost includes

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
Best months to take this itinerary is from the second week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to the mid of November. However, this itinerary could be also taken in summer season and find the region in a beautiful setting of nature.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Mera Peak Basecamp and High Camp, we sleep in two-men-domed -tents on sharing basis. You get a single tent if you have signed for a single occupancy basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of climbing equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there is a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during trekking and climbing?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue, and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 6000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket.

The main kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at Mera Basecamp and Highcamp?
Our mobile cook and kitchen boys prepare a rich set of a detailed meal with lots of energy-filled quantity food for climbing period + unlimited tea/coffee, hot chocolates, hot milk, and other supplementary drinks. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy climbing gears or other items in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Manthali, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Manthali and Lukla, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. We use the guides trained and recognised by Nepal mountaineerings Association and having climbed the peak several times before. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution.

The document required after your arrival is a copy of your insurance, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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