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Mera Peak Climbing 21 Days (Low Trail)

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We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. is offering a classic Mera Peak Climbing, as one of the best sightseeing trekking peaks and one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalaya. The Mera Peak climbing Offer is valid till mid-November 2023.

Introduction
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-hour 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 you 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, you start trekking through Paiya, Pangkongma and enter Hinku valley and achieve the summit of Mera Peak. Mera Peak, with a height of 6,476 metres above 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 peaks 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 breathtaking 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 the 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 Himalayas, 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. Kathmandu - Lukla (Flight) & Trek to Paiya 2,730m. A 4-hours trek.

Day 04. Trek to Pangkongma 2,805m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 05. Trek to Ngingsow 2,600. A-5 hours’ trek.

Day 06. Trek to Chhatrawa Tenga 3,400m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 07. Trek to Kothey 3,580m. A 5-hours’ trek

Day 08: Kothey to Tagnak 4,350m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 09: Tagnak. A rest/acclimatising day.

Day 10: Tagnak to Khare 5,045m. A 4-hours’ trek.

Day 11: An acclimatising day

Day 12: Trek to Mera La 5,415m. and to Mera Basecamp 5,350m. A 2-hours’ trek.

Day 13: Climb to Mera High Camp 5,780m A 3-hours’ climb.

Day 14: Summit day and return to Khare. 8-9 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Kothey 3,600m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 16. Trek to Chhatrawa. A 5-hours’ trek.

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

Day 18: Reserve day

Day 19: Fly to Manthali and drive to Kathmandu. A 15-minutes’ flight and 4-hours’ drive.

Day 20: Kathmandu – A free day

Day 21: 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. Kathmandu - Lukla (Flight) & Trek to Paiya 2,730m. A 4-hours trek.

Early in the morning, at 07:30 hour, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 40 minutes. During the journey, we can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalayas and most of the villages and valleys. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff to help you with your gears and escort you ahead. After a short tour of Lukla village, you'll set out on a trek of about 4 hours to Paiyu.

The trail heads south from the Airport and descends about 600 metres to Surke. As we descend from the airport ridge, the views toward the Paiya and Dudh Kunda valley are fantastic and small planes and helicopters land and take off from our heads. 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 (Dudh Kunda Himal), Khumbi La (the sacred mountain above the Khumbu village) and the Dudh Kosi valley extending up to Phakding village. The trail from Surke 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 Base Camp and around. 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).

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

Day 04. 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 05. 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 colours 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 are engraved with letters “Om-Mani-Padme-Hum”, the Tibetan Buddhist prayer of compassion).

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

Day 06. 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 07. 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 08: 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 09: 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 10: 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 climbing 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 11: 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 12: 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 over a false summit ridge, attempting the central summit from its northeast face. The view from the Mera Peak summit is one of the best in the entire Himalayas. 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 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 peaks 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 breathtaking 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 13: 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 14: Summit day and return to Khare. 8-9 hours.

The trip begins around 4 a.m. We approach the summit over a false summit ridge, attempting the central summit from its northeast face. The view from the summit is one of the best in the entire Himalayas. 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 15: 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 16. 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 17. Trek to Lukla. A 5-hours’ trek.

The last day of our trek. A long and pleasant day trekking. A short climbing brings us to the ridge of Chhatrawa La 4,600 metres, which divides the Lukla (Dudh Koshi) and Hinku valley. Just after the pass, the trail traverses Chhatra Hill, and the views across Lukla get open with a beautiful view of the Kongde and Dudhkunda Mountain range. We hear the sounds of an 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 18: Reserve day

This day is a reserve day 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 for each member (if one requires)
  • A pair of a trekking pole for each member (if one requires).
  • A trekking map in group and a trekking duffel bag to each (if one requires)
  • A 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

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 the above cost includes section.

Seasons

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

General Weather:
Nepal has the most extensive altitude range of any country on Earth, from 65 meters in the Terai to 8848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude and vast valley have its weather problems. The weather is often stable in the spring and fall, and even the high passes may be free of snow. We can trek up to Everest Basecamp with simple running shoes with good weather. But one needs to be sufficiently prepared for any sudden weather changes. On a sunny and calm day, the temperature remains normal, 8 to 23 degrees, but if cloudy and windy, the temperature may drop to freezing in no time.

The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or mid-February to May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its affluence. The jungles will be lush to the rain forest, the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these months, Japanese tourists and tourists from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, come to vista 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 rainy months the parts of Terai may experience floods and travel is hot, and temperature may, at times, reach around 38 degrees. Still, Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands during this season. During the winter months, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for flora and fauna in the mountains and Terai. During this season, one may find ample rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather predominantly 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 under snow cover. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During the day, the temperature rises around 5 to 11 degrees and more if sundrenched. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature is much better than in some European countries, America and Canada, even during the full winter. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

Weather in Autumn:
September to November is generally the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. The Autumn season is the best time to travel to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal clear mountain sceneries. Autumn is also a prosperous time; the country collects all its crops and falls several important national festivals such as Dhasain and Tihar, and several Buddhist mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu mask dance festival in Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Weather in Winter:
December to February is generally the coldest month, temperature ranging minimum 0 to 22 degrees in Kathmandu to – 17 degrees at Everest Base Camp with a short daylight period. Above 2000 metres, the day remains sunny, and the night sky remains crystal clear, enabling to count stars. The country's southern belt, known as Terai, and the deep valley remain under a misty cloud until mid-day. From the end of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 3,400 metres and deep mountain valleys. It is still an ideal time to visit Nepal because the mountain sceneries are wider. The famous destinations such as Everest and Annapurnas have fewer tourists, and the temperature is still much more favourable than many western countries. The temperature remains -17 (Everest BC) to 22 degrees.

Weather in Spring:
Spring – March to May is Nepal's second-best trekking season, with a long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 2000 to 3000 metres is generally beautiful with many 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 Everest BC targeting Everest's summit. Clear days remain hazy, and may expect some thunders and light rains in the low land and light hailing above 1,300 metres above sea level. The temperature remains 11 to 21 degrees.

Weather in Summer:
June to August is the monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomenon to recharge the mountains, hills and terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and water. The preceding rainy months are July and August, and we may expect daily rains after the late afternoon with heavy rains at night. In the summer season, the forest turns to lush rain forests, and rivers get swelled to their full destructive strength. The country's southern belt, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces will be attractive with crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, people travelling to Tibet, including Mount Kailash, from Nepal, flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourists and others living in the hot lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive these months to see rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. The summer. is also the best time to trek in Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions and falls several festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Indra Jatra etc. The temperature remains 13 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

FAQ

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

While on the 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 a 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 schemes so it is required 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 detailed meals with lots of energy-filled quantity food for the 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 euros or dollars or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accept US Dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you have 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 included 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 a 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 have 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 gear, and there are some 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 consulting 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 commencing 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 for 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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