Mera Peak Expedition - 19 Days - Ace the Himalaya
Mera Peak Expedition – 19 Days

Mera Peak Expedition – 19 Days

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It is situated on the edge of the famous Khumbu Region, which is dominated by Mount Everest.
  • Trip Code: ATH15369
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Advanced Beginners
    Climbers should have basic snow and ice-climbing skills and should be comfortable with glacier travel, which includes moving in a rope team, self-arrest, and basic crevasse rescue. Climbers who have the prior climbing experiences like our beginner or similar peaks can have the maximum chances of success in this category. Our Island Peak, Mera Peak, Pisang Peak, Lobuche peak etc lie in this class.
  • Max Altitude: 6,654 m/21,825 ft
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Lukla - Khothey - Mera La - High Camp - Mera Peak - Thuli Kharka - Lukla - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, September, October, November

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Historical cities; Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla.
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live in the heart of Himalayas.
  • Remarkable views of Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and many other mountains.
  • Wonderful staying Experience in remote region.
  • Summit to highest trekking peak, Mera peak at elevation of 6,654 meters.

Trip Information

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It is situated on the edge of the famous Khumbu Region, which is dominated by Mount Everest. Although very high, Mera Peak is a straight forward climb and is frequently ascended by groups and an individual whose only climbing qualifications are that they are fit and have an out-going sense of adventure.

The trek takes us south from the airstrip at Lukla, trekking through beautiful forested hillsides and over several passes before climbing up to the Mera La. After the climb, we descend directly to Lukla.

The Mera Peak Expedition is a high-altitude trek and climb. Participants need to be fit and conversant with the use of an ice-axe and crampons. Instruction in the use of these will be given at our base camp near the Mera La if required. In good conditions, it is possible for a fit party to reach the summit and return to Khare in one day. This is a rewarding experience as it provides glorious views of Nepal and a vista that takes in Kangchenjunga and Makalu to the east and Everest appearing over the massive southern aspect of Nuptse and Lhotse to the north. To the west stands the spires of Ama Dablam and Kang Taiga and in the distance is the mighty bastion of Cho Oyu. This is a fine panorama of many of the world’s highest peaks.

The climb itself takes the north face glacier in a steady rise to the summit ridge which leads, in an exposed and exciting situation, to the top. After the mountain has been climbed, we return by a direct route across a dramatic ridge to Lukla and the flight to Kathmandu.

This Mera Peak expedition can be organized both as a trip with tented accommodation in camps as well as tea house/guesthouse accommodation. In this itinerary we have only included the accommodation in tea houses as it is relatively much cheaper than camping (staying in tent and cooking meals in kitchen tent). But the accommodation at high/base camp (1/2 days) will be in a tent as there are no guesthouses/teahouses up there. This is included in the itinerary. In case of one to two trekkers, the guide himself will prepare the food whereas in case of more number of trekkers, separate cook will be sent along to prepare food at tented camps.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. It can change within few hours which is why a spare day has been added keeping the fact in mind. In case of bad weather on the day of summit, you can walk up the summit the following day. Otherwise, if the weather remains sane and works in the favour then the spare day can be utilized any other day within the day of flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. Since the flights are pre-booked, the cancellation and rescheduling might not be possible especially during the peak seasons. Thus, this one day can be spent on relaxation or rest wherever required.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03 – Morning Flight to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Chutok (2,800 m) – 3 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Pangkongma (2,950 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Kurke (3,800 m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Khothey (3,600 m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Tangnag (4,350 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Acclimatization and Rest Day at Tangnag. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Trek to Khare (4,900 m) – 4 Hour. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Trek to High Camp (5,800 m) – 7 Hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.
  • Day 12 – Summit Mera Peak (6,654 m) and return to Khare (4,900 m) – 10 to 15 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Spare day for the climb in case of a bad weather. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 14 – Trek to Khothey (3,600 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 17 – Morning Flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 18 – Leisure Day in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 19 – Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an “Ace the Himalaya” signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be received and transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. 

Note: Either on Day 01 or 02 depending upon you arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:30 am in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We take you to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you will be able to observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will be able to see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) Trek to Chutok (2,800 m) - 3 Hours

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minutes scenic flight to Tenzing – Hillary Airport at Lukla situated at 2804 meters. On arrival at the airport, our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek up to the Chutok La pass at 2,945 m. The walk for the day will be about 3 hours.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Trek - Col Khari La (3,081 m) to Pangkongma (2,950 m) - 6 hours

The trail makes a series of ups and downs mostly through forested area till Col Khari La at 3081m then descends till Bupsa at 2300m. From here, it climbs on the old trail to the large white house at the top of Kharte, then climbs over a fence and turns south-east up the broad Khari Khola Valley. There are some ups and downs as the trail gradually gains elevation up the forested valley, passing isolated Sherpa houses and small streams, to the village of Pangkongma.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Kurke (3,800 m) - 5 hours

We trek through magnificent route via mountain crests through rocky and wild landscapes passing through and enjoying the splendid panorama of wooded regions below us. After walking for 5 hours, we reach our destination for the day which is Kurke located at the elevation of 3800 m.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) - 6 hours

From the Kurke pass the trail climbs steeply on the ridge. We climb up to a pass at 4,400 m and descend towards Thuli Karkha, which means “vast pasture”. The trek will take around 6 hours.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Khothey (3,600 m) - 5 hours

We descend on hillsides, by pleasant meadows and lower down through forests of blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons with beautiful views of the south side of Mera Peak.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Tangnag (4,350 m) - 6 hours

We climb up the Hinku valley through summer pastures, near Lungsamba the valleys’ narrow wedges between the Kusum Kangru 6,369 m and the west summit of Mera Peak 6,255 m.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Acclimatization and Rest day at Tangnag

We spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. After proper rest, we can explore other adventure possibilities like strolling by Sabal Tsho, beautiful moraine-dammed lake which is hidden behind the Sabal Glacier and climbing a peak up to an altitude of nearly 5000m. We can also explore Hinku Nup Glacier which leads north toward Kangtaiga. The upper Hinku valley turns to the east at Tangnag, crossing the moraine of the Dig Glaciers.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek to Khare (4,900 m) - 4 hours

The trail goes through the Thangnak meadow amidst blocks brought by the break of the moraine of the south side of the lake in 1999. Then it climbs steeply to the stream bed coming out on the wide grassy basin of Dig Kharka. From the camp superb views of the northern face of the Mera Peak can be seen.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek to High Camp (5,800 m) – 7 hours

As we progress along the snowy glacier, we approach the pass and the slope becomes steep. This is one of the best parts of the trek. Stunning panoramas of giant mountains rising above 7,000 m, among the highest on earth: Chamlang (7,290 m), Makalu (8,475 m) and Baruntse (7,220 m) to the east, Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m) and Nuptse to the north cannot be ignored. Continuing westward, peaks of Ama Dablam, Cho Oyo (8,153 m) and Kantega doesn’t fail to fill our view.

Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Summit Mera peak (6,654 m) and then return to Khare (4,900 m) – 10-15 hours

We start early in the morning depending on the weather condition. From the high camp the route follows SW entering a broad comb on the left of the steep slopes. Then it reaches a pass at the bottom of a final steep slope (450). From the summit, we can embrace the most spectacular view of at least five of the world’s fourteen 8000m peaks. Then we descend down and return to Khare. The total duration for the trek will be around 10-11 hours.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Spare day for the climb in case of a bad weather.

This day in the itinerary is separated as a spare day. The weather at mountains cannot be predicted as it might change in every other day. In case of extremely bad weather on day 12, you can summit the peak on this day. However, the weather might work in our favour most of the times. In such cases, you can continue to trek and utilize this day to rest or to relax yourself anywhere in the trail until you reach Lukla. Since the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu is pre-booked, the immediate changes may not be possible especially during the peak seasons.

Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 14 - Trek to Khothey (3,600 m) - 6 hours

Leaving the mountains behind us, our descend takes us through Tangnag before continuing back to Khothey which will take almost 6 hours.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 - Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) - 6 hours

Our trek descends back the same way. Today, we will be spending the night over at Thuli Kharka. The total duration of the trek will be around 6 hours.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 7 hours

Finally, we return back to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like ages ago. It will give you the time to reflect on the trek also giving you time to explore the town.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 - Thirty five minutes Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla Early in the Morning.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited on the 35 minutes scenic flight, you go back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to the same hotel.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 18 - Leisure day in Kathmandu

It’s a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla or if you are interested in continuing to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 19 - Transfer to International Airport for your Final Flight Departure

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Mera Peak. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 25 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:

    See Group Booking Discount

    No. of people Price per person
    1-1 USD 2,900
    2-2 USD 2,230
    3-6 USD 2,200
    7-12 USD 2,150
    13-18 USD 2,100
    19-24 USD 2,050
    25-30 USD 1,870
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 11 minus 6 =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • 9 plus five =

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast (4 nights) included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms per itinerary.

  • Tented camp accommodation and all meals at High Camp. (We will provide fully water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc. (1 or 2 nights only).

  • Climbing Sherpa from Mera High camp or Khare or Lukla to the summit and back.

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and equipment during the trek.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Mera Peak Climbing Permit.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which needs to be returned after the trek).

  • Airfare from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

The following gives you a general idea of the trekking and climbing equipment and clothing needed for this adventure.

This is a porter-supported trip. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc. And, as for the camping equipment, tents, kitchen accessories and group climbing equipment (i.e. climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, and ice hammer) are provided by the company.

The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking and non-climbing stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

Climbing Gear

The climbing equipment is more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipment at the additional cost of USD 200 per person. The following are essential for climbing the Mera Peak.

  • 1 pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum)
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness
  • 1 Mountaineering an axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide is a good option)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Climbing helmet

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel bag(We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Mera Peak is not a technical peak but you need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb Mera peak without any previous climbing experience or skills of using climbing equipment.  But knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory, because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skilful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

To prepare for such trips you should begin training at least three to four months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfort you will be able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

We use double or twin styled rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included.

Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide twin-share rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

At Mera Peak High Camp, the accommodation will be in a tented camp.

Substituting the accommodation or swapping from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. We only provide four nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package.

In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.

There are whole lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu where you can find any delight of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu, please note that this package doesn’t include any meals.

During guesthouse stay dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Your guide will help you stop by at best possible places to eat.

During the camping, our expert camping cook/guide can prepare normal and special meals upon request. There is a wider variety of food available, including western-style food, and you may request to eat at any point of the day. The camping price includes an all-you-can-eat food service.

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning. Eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD jeep, more manoeuvrable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Summit Air, Sita Air; all popular domestic airlines.

In case of emergency cancellation of flights due to weather condition at Lukla or in Kathmandu we recommend our clients to wait for some time for the weather to clear out. In case the weather fails to clear out and the flights are not likely to take place then in such cases we recommend to go for a helicopter charter. This facility can be provided if our clients are agreeing to pay the extra charges applicable for the heli ride. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance.  The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually the helicopter takes only 4 to 6 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)

Most of the tea houses in lower altitudes do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

During the camping at the base camp/high camp tented toilet will be provided.

At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

The guest houses up to Khare sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there. The toilet papers will not be provided by us thus you are requested to purchase enough of them required for yourself upon leaving the guesthouse at Khare.  You must bring Hand sanitizer and a towel on your own.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 6 at higher elevation per liter. More higher you go it would be expensive.

If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must.

One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu.

During camping our guide/cook will provide boiled drinking water.

Our trekking season extends from mid-September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to mid December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November are the best time to do Mera Peak Adventure.

One of the most unpredictable elements of this region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in this region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Mera region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many trekkers during this season. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Monsoon – July / August Through Mid-September
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid-December till mid-February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).  Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Yes, all our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6,000 to 7,000 meter peaks and also been to 8,000 meter peaks few times.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk.

Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell and satellite phones in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

These facilities will be available only in few towns by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! Please bring the spare batteries.

During the camping at the base camp or high camp the charging facilities are not available as there is no facility of electricity. But you can book the special arrangement with us such as solar power etc. on extra payment. You can confirm during the bookings.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile and satellite phones. The satellite phones can be used upon no cellular network in the higher altitudes. In case of emergency, our guides will update us regarding any difficult situation through either of their phones. In case you want to make an international call, you can do so from the guide’s satellite phone upon payment of 5 USD per minute directly to the guide.

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habit. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner.

During the trekking, all the meals are included. However, USD 8 to USD 12 per person a day will be enough to buy chocolates, few drinks during the trekking.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters is appreciable. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs. The ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

The hot shower is available only at guesthouses at lower elevation but bucket water for bathing can be arranged on request. It can cost you USD 2-5 per shower depending upon villages and altitudes.

In the tented accommodation at base/high camp, shower is not possible. However, your guide can warm a bucket of water for bathing if necessary.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa’s and porters. Please browse through Company’s Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. One porter will be assigned for every two clients. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

No vaccinations are compulsory for travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.

Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. They also carry satellite phones with them. If you want to make International calls, you can do so with their mobile phones or satellite phones and pay the money directly to the guide themselves. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.

If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.

If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

Yes, we do have PAC if necessary during the trek. If someone requires oxygen cylinder then it can be hired from the guesthouses as we use the guesthouse that has facilities of oxygen cylinder.

If one needs PAC we will surely provide one if required and extra charge would be applicable for it.

Please note: Using oxygen in the mountain can be very expensive so please make sure you are covered with good travel insurance policies so that you can claim your emergency medical expenses.

For Lukla flights you are given only 15kgs as weight limit, which is equal to 33 Pounds; this includes both your duffel bag and daypack. So please pack and prepare wisely. If you exceed your limit additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 Per Kgs would be applicable in the airport and this amount should be paid at the airport in airlines counter itself.

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)

You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.

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The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$1000 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org

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