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Pokhalde Peak Climbing

This relatively moderate peak climbing trek passing through the landmarks of Khumbu region reaches to the top of Pokhalde Peak (5,806m). Pokhalde Peak standing south of Mt. Everest is also recognized as Dolmi Ri. The trail to Pokhalde Peak while following through the usual route to Everest Base Camp deviates from Dingboche in its course. While trekking forth from Dingboche, the trail reaches at the base camp of Pokhalde Peak and then crosses Kongma La pass (5,535 meters) to reach at High camp of the peak. The base camp of Pokalde Peak is situated near a large circular lake in the middle below the Kongma La pass. The continuous trek from the High Camp through the rocky trail eventually rewards you the top of the climax of the trip from where you will have views of really extraordinary mountain spectacle: it includes Mt Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and a vast mountain vista of Khumbu region.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m) and Trek Preparation

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in you need to visit the office for preparation of the trip and to meet your crew. In the evening, we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

Day 02 Kathmandu – Lukla (2,800m) – Phakding (2,652m): 35 min flight; 3/4 hrs trek

Early morning after breakfast, we get transferred to domestic airport and fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minutes flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, take a side trip to a nearby monastery.

Day 03 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5/6 hrs

Trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Bengkar village. Cross some more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains are viewed closer, we stop at the Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region.

Day 04 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m): 5/6 hrs walk

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. We visit the monastery the same day at around 3 p.m. to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region.

Day 05 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360m): 5/6 hrs

Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We snap pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Day 06 Dingboche – Pokhalde Peak Base Camp (4,300m): 4/5 hrs

This section of the peak climbing trip reaches to the base camp of Pokhalde peak. In its course to the base camp, the steeply climbing trail around 4 to 5 hours brings us at the base camp of Pokhalde Peak. Though the trek today is short it will be useful for acclimatizing purposes. After reaching the base camp we can introduce ourselves with some ice climbing skills. The base camp of Pokhalde Peak is situated near a large circular lake in the middle below the Kongma La pass. Besides, the base camp of the peak receives you with captivating views of Mt. Makalu, Amadablam, the southern face of the Nuptse and many other remarkable mountain peaks in the Everest region.

Day 07 Pokhalde Peak Base Camp – High Camp (5,000m): 4/5 hrs

Today the climbing trail at first brings us at Kongma La Pass from where we can enjoy the views of the wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. The majestic view of Pokhalde Peak from the high pass is unavoidable. The forthcoming climbing trail also rewards us arresting views of Cholatse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and several other peaks in the Khumbu region. While enjoying the company of captivating views of the tallest mountain range in the Everest region, the trail today eventually stops at High Camp of Pokhalde Peak.

Day 08 High Camp – Summit Pokhalde Peak – Back to Dingboche (4,200m): 8/9 hrs

This will be the climax of the whole trip in the Everest region. Hence today, we will wake up early in the morning and move forth towards our destination. This section of the trip is demanding as the trip follows slightly difficult climbing trail through stones. The climbing trail ultimately reaches to the narrow rocky summit, Pokhalde Peak. Upon conquering the apex of Pokhalde Peak, we can observe the most breathtaking and panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains which include the views of Mt Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and a number of other tallest peaks in the Khumbu region. After celebrating the captivating vistas from the top of the peak, we retrace back passing through Kongma La Pass to the base camp. The next section of the trail from the base camp brings us at Dingboche.

Day 09 Dingboche – Tengboche: 5/6 hrs

Day 10 Tengboche – Namche Bazzar: 5/6 hrs

Day 11 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,800m): 6/8 hrs

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on faces!

Day 12  Lukla – Kathmandu

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. If we get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, we can visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Himalayan Glacier’s guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At the evening we will be at a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing our trek to Everest Base Camp hosted by Himalayan Glacier!

Day 13  Farewell Friend

The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport. On our way to home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)

Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing is an excellent opportunity to reach the top of the highest trekking peak in Nepal. The scenically stunning and increasing popular mountain peak is situated on the edge of famous Khumbu Region which is also dominated by Mt. Everest. The one of the most popular adventure climbing commences following an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and then the adventure trek passes through the trails of beautiful valleys of the Everest region for days. Along with enjoying the incredible taste of trekking in the virgin forest of the Hinku Valley, the outstanding trip ultimately reaches to its climax – the summit of Mera Peak (6,461m). Your days’ endeavor, the top of Mera Peak, rewards you with the spectacular fresco of eight thousandars – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and many other peaks. Besides, Himalayan Glacier’s unbeatable services, trekking staffs with experienced leader ensure that your Mera Peak adventure will be a lifetime experience.

Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak Climbing

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1,300m)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After the completion of custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, either we visit at Himalayan Glacier’s office site where we meet with our trekking guide or hang around the city. At the evening upon our reception, Himalayan Glacier will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

Day 02: Sightseeing and Preparation Day

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2730m): 3-4 hrs

After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of TIA for a flight to Lukla (2,800m), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek down from Lukla. We walk through the jungle down to Surke then a bit ahead we have lunch at Pakhapani or ahead nearby. Continuing ahead through many traditional villages, jungles, and hills, we gradually reach the vicinity of Paiya for the first night’s camp. We see number of peaks from here such as Knogde Ri, Khatang, Tang Ragi Tu and other peaks above 7 thousand meters high.

Day 04: Paiya to Pangkoma (2,850m): 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we march a little down until we reach wooden bridge and then carefully we have to go ahead through the slippery trail to cross Kari La Hill (pass). We have our lunch in the village ahead and start up walking through the rhododendron and bamboo forest through the narrow mountain trail. We capture the outstanding views of Dudhkoshi River valley and Dudh Kund Himal before reaching the farming and trading village of Pangkongama for night`s rest.

Day 05: Pangkoma to Nashing Dingma (2,600m): 6-7 hrs

With fine views westwards towards Takshindu monastery and Lamjura, we climb through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to the Pangkongma La. From here, we have good views of the south face of Mera with its twin peaks and of its neighbor Naulekh. We then make a scenic descent with beautiful views looking south across the endless foothills rising each side of the Hinku valley. This steep descent leads down to the wire rope bridge that spans the Hinku Khola. A steep, strenuous climb on the opposite side leads to Nashing Dingma (2,600m).

Day 06: Nashing Dingma to Chalem Kharka (3,600m): 6-7 hrs

Gaining height gradually through pasture and lush greenery, the trail steepens as we climb up to the Surke La. It is possible to take a nice, welcome cup of tea in a lodge just over the pass. Walking on, eventually, we reach an attractive campsite at a col 1km beyond Chalem Kharka (3,600m), set among fir trees and rhododendron bushes.

Day 07: Chalem Kharka to Khola Kharka (3,173 m): 5-6 hrs

Climbing the side of a ridge, we emerge from the last traces of rhododendron and the terrain becomes more rugged. Passing through high grazing country and crossing a small pass, we will have some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu to the east. While continuing climbing we pass Danda Kharka to reach at Khola Kharka.

Day 08: Khola Kharka to Kothe (3600m): 6-7 hrs

After crossing Panch Pokari, we set off from Khola Kharka and contour around the main Hinku valley before making a series of steep descents through scree and then rhododendron. We eventually arrive on the valley floor and where we cross to the west bank of the Hinku River by a wooden bridge at Khote (3,550m). Khote is a large settlement with lodges.

Day 09: Kothe to Tangnang (4,350m): 3-4 hrs

Today is another short-trek day in which we trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung – the summer herders’ settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung we pass a 200 year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. We pray for our successful ascent of Mera Peak in the boulder of the Gompa offering incense. A short walk takes us to Thagnag – a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day: Hiking to Charpate Himal Glacier

It is not recommended staying idle although it is a rest day. Instead we have to stay active to be ready for next day’s adventure. Thangnag offers close view of Charpate Himal – a sacred mountain for Sherpas community. So after breakfast, we hike for about 3 hours up to Charpate Himal Glacier. After reaching at the glacier, we can observe outstanding view of Mera North very closely. Next, an hour’s pleasant hike downwards gets back you at the camp at Thangnang.

Day 11: Tangnang to Khare (5,045m): 2-3 hrs

We head towards Mera Base Camp at Khare. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to our camping spot at Khare. The camping experience at Khare is something that would cherish us throughout our life. It is pleasure to view beautiful North face of Mera Peak from our campsite at Khare.

Day 12: Khare to Mera Base Camp (5,300m): 3-4 hrs

Today after breakfast, we walk through boulder strewn course to reach Base Camp of Mera Peak. We have to march through steep route (about 260 meters) and it takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach Base Camp. Upon reaching there after a short rest accompanied with our lunch, we start ice climbing training with our climbing guide. Inexperienced climbers need to learn much more today. After about 2-3 hours training, we might choose to go to Mera La. However, as we will be taking the route to High Camp through Mera La the next day, we might opt to rest at our camp at Base camp today admiring the eye-catching views the area offers.

Day 13: Mera Base Camp to High Camp (5,780m): 4-5 hrs

We take the route through Mera La to reach the Mera High Camp today. We need to walk through rock-strewn area for about two hours while making our way to Mera High Camp and this can be a bit hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp and enjoy rest of the day the sunrise and sunset view from here. Along with the views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse are outstanding from this site.

Day 14: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m) and back to Khare (5,045m): 8-9 hrs

It will be a tremendous day. After very early breakfast, our group will put on crampons and rope and set up for special journey to the summit. If we are a well-acclimatized group, it takes around 4-6 hours to reach the summit of Mera central. From the summit can be seen the magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) Ama Dablam (6,812m) Kangtega (6,779m) and many other peaks over six thousand. After achieving the summit, we retrace down to high camp and then the trail links us to Khare. Today’s adventure will be once in a life time!

Day 15: Khare to Kothe (3,600m): 4-5 hrs

After a great success of the expedition to Mt. Mera we descend to Hinku valley to Kothe for our overnight stop at camp. Leaving behind the outstanding Himalayan background, you arrive at Kothe.

Day 16: Kothe to Thuli Kharka: 5-6 hrs

Today, we again climb up about two hours through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to reach at Thuli Kharka. It is nice walk through the red Rhododendron forest with beaten trail of Himalaya of Nepal. We observe the wide range of Mera peaks, Mera North, Mera Central, Mera South from Thuli Kharka.

Day 17: Thuli Kharka to Lukla: 6-7 hrs

Around two hour’s trek connects us to Zatrwa La pass. After crossing the pass we see beautiful view of Lukla valley, Cho yu, Kongde peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru and so many others. From Zatrwa La we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward trail takes us to Lukla village where we conclude the trekking.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

The flight time to Kathmandu are scheduled in the morning normally because Lukla suffers a lot of wind in afternoon. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day in our hotel or if interested to take some Nepalese souvenir for friends and relatives, we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides too if you like. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, Himalayan Glacier Trekking hosts a fantastic celebration dinner tonight in the occasion of successfully completing your trip!!

Day 19: Final Departure

The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport. On our way to home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal.