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*Booking Deadline May 1, 2018

 

 

Ski Mera Peak, Nepal

October 1-23, 2019

Price: $9,895 per person

(minimum 8 participants)

This amazing trip starts with 2 weeks of breathtaking trekking through the Everest Region (Khumbu) of Nepal and culminates with an epic ski descent of 21,247ft (6476m) Mera Peak.



The Expedition begins in Kathmandu with visits to famous Hindu and Buddhist sites.  From Kathmandu, a flight on a twin-engine Otter takes us to the village of Lukla at 9,318ft (2840m) where the trekking begins.  We will then spend a few days in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing and taking in Sherpa culture.  Then over several days we make our way over to and up the Hinku Valley leading to Mera La Base Camp at 17,766ft (5415m).

From Base camp it is 3480ft (1061m) of mostly ski touring to reach the summit of Mera peak.  The view from the summit of Mera peak is one of the best in the world; staring at you are Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Cho Oyu.  The ski descent from the summit is an incredible 4,200 vertical feet (1,280m) staring at the world’s highest peaks.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu 4,600ft (1402m)
• You will be picked up at the Tribhuvan International Airport and driven to the 5-
star Yak & Yeti Hotel.
• 6:30 pm – We will meet at the hotel bar for a welcome drink and dinner to follow.

 

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
• You will have a casual day with the opportunity to go on a guided tour of some of
Kathmandu’s most famous sights. These include the Monkey Temple,
Buddhanath Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, and Durbar Square. You can also
venture out to explore the market areas of Thamel.
• We will have another group dinner in Kathmandu before heading off to the
mountains the following day.

 

Day 3: Fly to Lukla 9,318ft (2840m) and Trek to Monjo 9,318ft (2840m)
• We will take an early morning twin otter flight through the Himalayan foothills
to the village of Lukla. We will leave most of our mountain equipment here and
take small daypacks with us for the next 4 days. From Lukla, we have a half-day
hike to the village of Monjo where we will stay in a local teahouse.

 

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 11,286ft (3440m)
• We will continue along the Dudh Kosi river crossing many spectacular suspension
bridges covered with prayer flags before ascending the steep trail to Namche
Bazaar. We will spend two nights in lodge accommodations in this picturesque
village at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.

 

Day 5: Trek to Khumjung and Everest View Hotel 12,467ft (3800m);
Overnight in Namche Bazaar 11,286ft (3440m)

• We will hike up to Khumjung and the stunning Everest View Hotel to get a
glimpse of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam before returning to Namche
Bazaar for a relaxing afternoon. You will have ample time to take in the colorful
shops, markets and flavorful food of the region.

 

Day 6: Trek to Phakding 8563ft (2610m)
• We will have an easy hike back down the valley to the small village of Phakding.
This is our last opportunity to stay in a teahouse and breathe thick air before
heading high into the mountains.

 

Day 7: Trek through Lukla and up to Chutanga 12,000ft (3658m)
• We will continue the walk down to Lukla, where we will meet our mountain staff
and porters. The porters will carry most of our equipment for the rest of the trek.
We will only need to carry a light daypack of essentials. We will hike up to
Chutanga, where we will spend our first night in tents.

 

Day 8 :Trek over Zatra La Pass 15000ft (4572m) to Tuli Kharka 13,500ft (4115m)
• We will have a big day ascending the rocky trail to the Zatra La Pass. We will
then drop down to the rugged and remote valley of Hinku Dranka and camp at
Tuli Kharka.

 

Day 9: Trek to Khote 11,500ft (3505m)
• We will traverse down the valley through lush forests of rhododendrons, bamboo,
birch and pine trees. This part of the walk provides stunning views of the south
face of Mera Peak. We will set up camp by the river in Khote.

 

Day 10: Trek to Tangnag 14,291ft (4356m)
• We will pass a small Buddhist monastery and take in amazing views of Kusum
Kanguru (20,896ft) as we hike up to Tangnag.

 

Day 11: Rest day Tangnag 14,291ft (4356m)
• We will have a day to rest or go for a short acclimatization hike in the tiny village
of Tangnag.

 

Day 12: Trek to Khare 15,285ft (4659m)
• Today, the landscape changes dramatically as we leave the tree line behind and
hike towards the glaciers taking in awesome views of Mera Peak and its summit.

 

Day 13: Rest day Khare 15285ft (4659m)
• You can either rest or have the opportunity to get on the snow and ice and do
some crampon practice and possibly a bit of skiing.

 

Day 14: Trek to Mera La Base Camp 17,766ft (5415m)
• We will leave the rocky hiking trails and skin or crampon up through the icefall of
the Mera Glacier to the Mera La base camp.

 

Day 15: Skin to High Camp 19,029ft (5800m)
• We will start early and ascend the snowy glacier to a rock outcropping that will
become our high camp. From here we will soak in the fantastic views of
Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Everest.

 

Day 16: Summit Day! Skin and Climb to the summit of Mera Peak 21,247ft (6476m) and Ski Descent
• We will skin up the glacier to the dramatic snow ridge leading to the summit of
Mera Peak at 21,247ft. We will then have an epic ski descent down 4,200 vertical
feet (1280m) staring at the world’s highest peaks. This will be an unforgettable
experience!

 

Day 17 and Day 18: Extra weather days
 

Day 19: Trek down to Khote 11,500ft (3505m)
• A nice walk down to the thick air of Khote.

 

Day 20: Trek to Tuli Kharka 13,500ft (4115m)
• Hike back up to Tuli Kharka.

 

Day 21: Trek over Zatra La Pass 15,000ft (4572m) to Lukla 9,318ft (2840m)
• This last big day takes us back up to the Zatra La Pass. From there, we descend
down to Lukla were hot showers and beds await.

 

Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
• We will check back into the 5-star Yak & Yeti Hotel.

• Celebration dinner in Kathmandu.
 

Day 23: Depart Kathmandu
• You will have a private transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport to make
your flight home unless you plan to stay on in Nepal.



*This is a tentative itinerary, and plans may change along the way due to changes in weather, mountain conditions and any other unforeseen circumstances.