Bali - Bal Bahadur Lopchan, star guide and organizer


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Jamie McGuinness

Summit day on Mera Peak, climbing up the ramp; the summit is unseen however the short difficult section is similar to the top right hand corner - Jamie

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Detailed itinerary

I will expand this over time.

Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu - 1350m

Our staff meet you at the airport, Jamie will meet you at the hotel and introduce you to Thamel, if you are not already familiar with the place. We have a trip briefing starting 6pm this evening and head out to dinner together.

2 - Kathmandu

We have a gear check and use this day for additional gear shopping as needed. For the well prepared, you could arrive today instead.

3 - drive Phaplu 2475m, drive/trek Chiwang 2490m

We take a private bus or jeep with our crew to Phaplu, a 8-9 hour drive, then drive or trek a short distance to get beyond the road head to a set of quiet lodges.

4 - drive/trek Taksindu, trek Nunthala 2250m

Depending on the state of the road, we either drive to Taksindu, or trek there. The road is a rough track, OK if dry but muddy and impossible to drive if wet, and instead will mean a three to four hour walk.

5 - trek Kharikhola 2050m via Dudh Kosi 1600m

Looking from Nunthala across the valley, Kharikhola is relatively close, however there is a large valley in-between.

6 - trek Shubuche 2820m via Pangum La 3173m

7 - trek Ramailo Danda 3275m

8 - trek Chetra Khola 3220m

9 - trek Kote 3590m

The tightly clustered lodges of Kote - Jamie

10 - trek Thangnak 4350m

Welcome! - Jamie

11 - rest Thangnak 4350m

12 - trek Khare 4900m

Khare, and the route up out of Khare on the right - Jamie

13 - rest-prepare Khare 4900m

14 - trek-climb Mera La 5400m

The best climbing itinerary is to break up the altitude gains, however it is also possible to go straight to high camp, which many expeditions do. So this is a day we can cut if needed.

15 - climb Mera High Camp 5800m

Mera Peak high camp at 5800m on a snowy morning, the rocky part is behind me - Jamie

16 - summit, return to Khare 4900m

17 - trek Thangnak 4350m / Kote 3590m

18 - trek Thuli Kharka 4300m

19 - trek Lukla 2850m

20 - fly Lukla-Kathmandu

21 - depart

We recommend either a flight time in the afternoon or evening, or allowing an extra day just in case the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is delayed. It is a fine weather flight only.