Day 1: Sofia – Kathmandu
Flight to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Short transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Today we will spend our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu valley. Most importantly we will complete all the necessary paper works and make other preparations required for Mera Peak (and Island Peak) climbing with Amphu Lapcha La Pass.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Chhuthang
After having breakfast, we will be transferred to the domestic airlines terminal for a scenic mountain flight to Lukla which airport is also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Lukla is the gateway to Khumbu and entire Everest region. After landing at the airstrip of Lukla, we will start our trek heading east and pass along several hamlets and wooden yards before entering into a thick forested area filled with rhododendron, pines, oaks and birch trees. Our trek goes on the hillside below Kalo Himal ridge as we head towards the summer pasture grounds of Chhuthang. D D 220 + / 0 - / Highest altitude: 3020m / Duration: 5h.
Day 4: Chhuthang - Zatrawa La Pass - Tuli Kharka
From Chhuthang our trail is gradually ascending and then becomes much steeper for the crossing of Zatrawala Pass (4600m). After arriving at the top of the pass we are rewarded with breath taking views of Numbur Himal, Kongdi Ri, Karyolang Peak and other surrounding high peaks. From there we continue our trek with a rather easy descend as we approach towards Tuli Kharka (3900m) for our overnight stay. D 1600 + / 800 - / Highest altitude: 4610 / Duration: 7h.
Day 5: Tuli Kharka to Kothe
Today, the trail descends the rock-strewn path leading to a fine vantage point of the Hinku valley with mesmerizing views to the south face of Mera Peak. The trail zigzags through forested areas and then descends steeply into the Hinku valley. Enchanting panorama of Peak 43 and Kusum Kangguru unfolds as we bask in the splendor of nature surrounding us from the Hinku Valley. We experience the most exotic and delightful feelings as we walk through forests of pine and rhododendron. Finally, we reach Kothe (4095m), which is our base for tonight. D 400 + / 200 - / Highest altitude: 4095 / Duration: 5h.
Day 6: Kothe to Thangnak
Leaving Kothe we will follow the trail that goes along the ridge of Hinku river and heads towards Gondishung which is a summer herders’ settlement. Continuing our trek from there, we will pass through Lungsumgba Gompa – a monastery built around 200 years ago. At this point, we will get to see Mera Peak along with its route scripted in a rock, which is a masterpiece of rock carving. From here a rather easy and short trek will lead us towards the summer grazing settlement of Thangnak (4350m). D 350 + / 0 - / Highest altitude: 4350 / Duration: 6h.
Day 7: Tangnang to Khare
Today is mostly uphill trekking. Leaving Thangnak we will follow the trail that goes above the glacier of Kharka with great views towards surrounding peaks. Further ascend is through moraines and will lead us to the snout of Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers. From this point, we will climb steeply to reach Khare for our overnight stay. From Khare (5045m), in good weather we can enjoy a magnificent view of Northern Face of Mera Peak. D 700 + / 0 - / Highest altitude: 5045 / Duration: 6h.
Day 8: rest day in Thangnak or Khare
Day 9: Khare - Mera base camp
After spending a full day rest, we will follow the trail that is gradual ascending over Mera Glacier. Our trail path climbs steeply as we head towards to the top of the glacier. We will have to traverse along the glacier to arrive at Mera Peak Base Camp (5300m). Time to put the tents. D 400 + / 150 - / Highest altitude: 5300 / Duration: 6h.
Day 10: Mera base camp – Mera high camp
From the Base Camp, we will follow the trial that is often snowy and slippery. Gradually ascending on top of the rock band we head towards Mera Peak High Camp. From the high camp we will have magnificent views of world's towering mountains including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse and other snow-capped mountains. D 500 + / 0 - / Highest altitude: 5800 / Duration: 7h.
Day 11: Mera peak – Kongma
Today is the big day. Fully equipped and properly acclimatized we start early. We aim to reach the summit before midday as the strong winds in the afternoon can create obstacles to reach the summit. We climb up the glacier slowly. From there the climb gets steeper as we head towards Mera Peak summit. Once at the top we are rewarded with up-close views towards Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Chamlang, Baruntse and numerous snowcapped mountains. After a short break Mera Peak summit we are going to retrace our steps back to Kongma Dingma (4850m) following the same route. D 700 + / 1700 - / Highest altitude: 6476 / Duration: 12h.
Day 12: Kongma Dingma - Seto Pokhari
Leaving Kongma Dingma we will follow the trail that leads higher into yak pasture grounds of a beautiful and remote valley. We trek with magnificent views of surrounding mountains and high alpine valleys in the backgound. Our trek continues until we arrive at Seto Pokhari (4825m) for our overnight camping. Seto Pokhari literally means 'White Lake' in Nepali language and is the first of a series of lakes in the upper Honku basin. Duration: 6h
Day 13: Seto Pokhari - Amphu Lapcha Base Camp south
After Seto Pokhari we continue our trekking passing through one of the most remote part of the Himalayas. Our trail is a gradual ascend journey over the Honku valley which offers true mountain wilderness. We will continue along the beautiful Honku valley and in a short time we will arrive at Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (South) (5650m) for our overnight camping. Duration: 6h.
Day: 14 Amphu Lapcha pass - North Base Camp
Today we start early for crossing technically difficult and challenging alpine pass - Amphu Lapcha at 5845 meters. The pass is often covered with snow and ice, so moving one step at a time we head towards to the top of the pass. Once at the pass’s top we are rewarded with magnificent views of surrounding high mountains. From the top we will descend vigorously to reach Amphu Lapcha North Base Camp (5300) for our overnight camping. Duration: 7h.
Day 15: North Base Camp – Pangboche (or Chukhung in case we do Island peak)
We will follow the trail that is mostly downhill trekking along the moraine as we arrive at Chhukung. From here our trek passes through several villages inhabited by Sherpa ethnic communities. After few hours trekking, we will arrive at Pangboche (3930m). There is a famous monastery at Pangboche that is believed to be the oldest monastery in whole Khumbu region. We will spend our overnight at Pangboche. Duration: 7h.
Day 16: Pangboche - Namche Bazaar
From Pangboche we will follow the trail that descends for a while before climbing up towards Tyangboche. We are going to visit Tyangboche Monastery before going down through densely forested area towards the village of Trashinga. A rather easy trail from there will lead us to Namche Bazaar (3440m) - The Sherpa’s Capital. Duration: 4h.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla
The last day of this adventurous trip is an easy and pleasant trek except for a few short uphill climbs following the Bhote- Koshi River valley. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us back to Lukla. Duration: 4h.
Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu
From Lukla we will take an early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu. After arriving at Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. Free time in Kathmandu.
Day 19: reserve day in the mountain or a rest day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure
Transfer to the airport and home trip.
*Optional, in case we do Island peak
Locally known as Imja Tse, the summit is spectacular amid the giants of the Himalaya in the background. Tucked away from the Chukkung valley this beautiful mountain does indeed look like an island witch is dwarfed on both sides by the stupendous Lhotse South wall and Baruntse. The views from the top are really wonderful.
Day 21: Chukhung - Island peak Baese Camp (4,750 m)
Duration - 8h.
Day 22: Summit Island Peak (6189 m) and back to Chhukung
Duration - 10h.
Day 23: spare day in case of bad weather