Mera & Island Peak via Amphu Laptsa

(TripID #NV-00 134)

Trip Details

Trip Length 27 days Activities Sightseeing, Climbing & Expedition
Difficulty Strenuous Max Elevation 6,476m/21,247ft at Mera Peak Summit
Trek/Tour Style Camping & teahouse Meal Full board on trek
Accommodation Camping & teahouse Transportation Private vehicle & airplane
Best Month March-May & Sep- Dec Group Size 2 pax min, 10 pax max
Trip includes 4 star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, best available hotel/lodge while in trip.
* Land costs only - international airfare not included.

Trip Overview

Mera Peak (6,476m/21,247ft) & Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) are two of the most popular trekking peaks in the Himalaya of Nepal. This extraordinary mountain expedition facilitates attempting two individual ascents at a time.

The ascent of Mera Peak is made from the Mera-La pass (5,415m/17,766ft) on the Northern Face. The trail is technically straightforward; however, the heavy snow and the maze of crevasses can extend the time for ascent. From the summit,one can enjoy spectacular vistas of Kangchenjunga in the east and Langtang in the west.

The highest pass of Amphu Laptsa (5,845m/19,176ft) must be crossed on the trek from the Island Peak to Mera Peak.

On the other hand, Island Peak includes glacier travel, moderate snow and ice climbing. It is situated right in the heart of the Khumbu area. Although, it is dwarfed by the enormous Lhotse Face to the north, the views from the summit are truly exceptional.

Anyone with sound health and previous high-altitude trekking experience can attempt this overwhelming trek. One can have spare days to properly acclimatize with the varying altitude and weather. Attempting both Mera and Island peak can prove to be an opportunity for those daring to take adventure and exploration to the next level.

Sample day on "Mera & Island Peak via Amphu Laptsa"

The trek is managed by a team of professionally trained guide responsible for all aspects of the running of the trek. Our special departure trek is well versed in the culture and natural history of the Himalayas. Your day start with a cup of hot tea served in your room. A member of Mera Peak climbing staff followed by a bowl of hot washing water, after which you will be required to pack your luggage and the porters loaded whilst you  are having breakfast. After breakfast we set off on the trail, enjoying the pleasant cool morning. Your day's trek involves navigating numerous picturesque forests, hills, mountains and the local villages for the next three hours. Around mid-day we usually stop for a pleasant spot along the way for lunch. Your midday lunch break usually lasts around an hour and is a time to relax, pop the boots off and air those feet! Plenty of time is allowed for photograph in the route. After lunch you'll walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the night. You have enough time to change, freshen up, before exploring an area .

Each evening is spent as per your interest for reading or chatting with the fellow trekkers and crew members or a pack of cards is an advantage; the crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Our porters and Sherpa's also like to have singing and dancing in which they love you to join in! Finally, it's off to bed for a well deserved night's rest before you start it all again.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:
Arrival day in Kathmandu
Day 02:
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & trip preparation day
Day 03:
Fly to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) & commence trekking to Puiyan (2800m/9184ft)
Day 04:
Trek to Pangkongma (2,850m/9348ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 05:
Trek to Nashing Dingma (2600m/8528ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06:
Trek to Chalem Kharka (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 07:
Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 08:
Rest day at Chunbu Kharka
Day 09:
Trek to Hinku valley camp (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10 & 11:
Trek to Tagnag (4400m/14432ft), 5-7 hrs walk
Day 12:
Trek to Khare (4,940m/16203ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 13:
Trek to Mera Base Camp (5000m/16400ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 14, 15 & 16:
Summit attempt on Mera (6,476m/21,247ft), 5-9 hrs walk
Day 17 & 18:
Commence trek into the Hunku Valley, 5-7 hrs walk
Day 19:
Rest day at Amphu Laptsa base camp
Day 20 & 21:
Cross Amphu Laptsa (5845m/19171ft) to Island Base Camp (5100m/16728ft), 8-9 hrs walk
Day 22:
Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), 8-9 hrs walk
Day 23, 24 & 25:
Trek to Lukla, 4-7 hrs walk
Day 26:
Fly to Kathmandu
Day 27:
Departure

Note: Because of bad weather we could face problem of domestic flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or more. Very rarely, but it could happen even in best trekking season also as you know how climate changes effecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just for incase). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish in those additional day. However, if you want heli rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we can organize it as per your request.

Detail Itinerary for Mera & Island Peak via Amphu Laptsa

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
At the airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. Your kitbag containing sleeping bag, down jacket will be issued upon arrival and individual equipment/gear checks will be held during the afternoon. A pre-trek briefing will be held at evening and is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & trip preparation day
This morning final gear checks will be held and afterwards we will depart for sightseeing tour. You will take to the key attractions in Kathmandu at the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa and visit Swyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) & commence trekking to Puiyan (2800m/9184ft)
We will be taken to the airport for one of the great flights of the Himalaya. If the sky is clear during our flight, we will get our first views of Everest and the region in which we will be climbing. The Twin Otter aircraft will take us to the hillside village of Lukla, which is the start of our trek to Mera. Here we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first camp at Puiyan.
Day 04: Trek to Pangkongma (2,850m/9348ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast cross the Poyan Khola, then we turn off the main trade route coming up from the south and join an older route, which climbs steeply to the ridge-line overlooking the Khare Khola. Descending the other side of the ridge, we then contour along the hillside before climbing steadily up to the attractive farming and trading village of Pangkongma. Many expedition members have been made welcome by the villagers here, spending several pleasant hours warming themselves in front of an open fire in the enveloping and welcoming atmosphere of the local's traditional Sherpa homes.
Day 05: Trek to Nashing Dingma (2600m/8528ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today we climb the half hour or so to the Pangum La (3175m/10410ft) and our gateway toward the Hinku Valley, and now start to head eastward and then in a northerly direction. Today is a solid descent to the Hinku River of at least 900 meters depending on which path we take, and then a climb up to our camp high on the other side near the Surke La. We are once again traveling through a mix of terraced slopes containing grain crops interspersed by undisturbed forests of the upper temperate zone; maples, rhododendrons and fir.
Day 06: Trek to Chalem Kharka (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we climb up to the Source La (3085m/10118ft) we now follow the spine of the Surkie Danda ridge northwards towards Mera and the Hinku and camp part way along at a yak herders clearing or kharka. These next few days are far from teahouse and trekkers trails and should be some of the finest Himalayan wilderness trekking of the trip.
Day 07: Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Continuing along the ridge, we climb higher and higher over knolls (lumps in the ridge) of 4000 meters and then 4500 meters. The terrain has now elevated well above the tree line and is grassy slopes and rocky outcrops and cliffs, where birds of prey may be seen flying overhead such as Griffon vulture, lammergeyer or eagles. We then descend to a camp set near a series of five lakes, Panch Pokhari, set beside the river of the Chunbu Kharka.
Day 08: Rest day at Chunbu Kharka
Today is a rest day and a lovely natural setting to explore further.
Day 09: Trek to Hinku valley camp (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Our route now contours around many ridges on the eastern side of the Hinku, descending lower into forests of rhododendron. Near the valley floor we encounter the devastation caused by a natural damn at the head of the valley bursting in 1998. The valley has been destroyed, leaving boulders, dead trees and silt where once there were old growth forests and meadows. Our campsite is on a pleasant grassy patch, on the now much higher bank of the rocky riverbed.
Day 10 & 11: Trek to Tagnag (4400m/14432ft), 5-7 hrs walk
Today we are now in the Hinku Valley proper, and cross over by way of a yak herder's bridge and join the main trail. The first settlement we stay at the busy village of Kote, primarily servicing the trekking groups that come through for Mera. As a result of the tremendous washout of boulders and debris, the trail follows the riverbed mostly, a good trail among rounded stones and silt. We gain our first views of dramatic peaks of the valley; Kusum Kanguru to our left that stands directly before us. The path then weaves up on to the pastures on the left hand side and pleasant easy trails through to Tagnag. Today we also enjoy our first views of Mera, initially at the confluence of the Sanu Drangka above Kote, if the weather is clear we see the dramatic south face, and then on our final approach into Tagnag. We are now among mountains and starting to prepare for our climb.
Day 12: Trek to Khare (4,940m/16203ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Today we can experience an excellent valley opening out views to the north of the Hinku Nup glacier and the line of peaks beyond. Behind us is the dramatic spire of the less than romantically named 'Peak 35', which has yet to be climbed. Only the last section up to our base camp at Khare is steep and reminds us that we are gaining altitude. It's a short climb and we are there in good time for lunch.
Day 13: Trek to Mera Base Camp (5000m/16400ft), 3-4 hrs walk
A steady climb out of the valley and up through lateral moraine and grassy culverts to our last camp below the snowline. The route itself is fairly straightforward, there are objective hazards and good basic technique and awareness of changing conditions is vital for every individual.
Day 14,15 & 16: Summit attempt on Mera (6,476m/21,247ft), 5-9 hrs walk
These three days going to plan and the weather on our side, we would move up to a rock and glaciated camp just off the Mera La saddle at approx 5400m/17712ft. Plastic mountaineering boots are usually worn from base through to the summit bid and return. Whilst they feel clumsy they are perfect for the job, providing warmth, protection and stability for the variable terrain including loose rocks, snow and ice. Another camp is set half way up the long North Slope of the mountain, at about 5700m/18696ft near a rock knob. Although it is a shorter distance here, it can be difficult in poor conditions and you are at altitude and are harder and further than it first appears. The summit bid will be made early in the morning (anywhere from 2am to 5am) from this high camp, and take around 4 to 6 hours to make the summit. Whilst the distance doesn't look far, we can assure you it will be hard work, and all the preparations and a positive, tempered attitude will pay off here. It is usually necessary to rope up for much of the summit approach due to crevasse hazards along the route. The route can vary depending on the conditions of the season but usually skirts around a major shoulder in front of us to the back side of the mountain and then traverse in a fairly straightforward approach to the summit knob. As the light comes, we enjoy incredible views across to Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m) and Nau Lekh (6360m) with Makalu (8481m) looming behind. Further to our left is Everest, peaking over several unnamed peaks of the Hinku. To the south we can see for miles down to the terrain. We aim to make the summit early/mid-morning and return to base camp after summit. The exact schedule will depend on many factors, including the weather, condition of the route and condition of the members. Our contingency of equipment and experienced staff and a time buffer, gives us a fair amount of flexibility to achieve success for all who have worked hard and consistently from the beginning of the expedition. The day will be long, and this is where all the training beforehand, the trek approach, and the right attitude will combine to give you stamina and confidence to be part of a sound team, with optimum chances for the summit.
Day 17 & 18: Commence trek into the Hunku Valley, 5-7 hrs walk
We will need to make a relatively early start today. Once our porters are organized we will commence our most remote stages of the expedition. We descend into the Honku valley near to five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes). The Amphu Laptsa pass is situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is basically the low point on the ridge between the Hunku and the Imja valleys. For this day or so we are in the Hunku. A new vista of peaks span out before us including Ama Dablam to the distant westward, and many unnamed peaks. Camp is set close to the rocks that lead up to the pass. On these stages we ask that members be flexible and co-operative. Camps will be set where conditions allow, and your leader will keep you advised as to each days plan.
Day 19: Rest day at Amphu Laptsa base camp
Final preparations and gear checks for our pass crossing Amphu Laptsa.
Day 20 & 21: Cross Amphu Laptsa (5845m/19171ft) to Island Peak Base Camp (5100m/16728ft), 8-9 hrs walk
After early breakfast an alpine start for our pass crossing. Once again, ferrying across all our loads together with all party members, crew, porters and members takes time. The approach to the pass from the Hunku is deceptive. Facing east and southward there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of rocks that gradually lead up to the gap we travel through. On the north facing side we find steep slopes of snow that we must take care to descend by fixed ropes to the snow basins below and subsequent moraine and alpine valley beyond. The views from this pass crossing to the peaks of Khumbu are unmatched. Any spare moment one may have whilst we are climbing and descending will allow one to appreciate the spectacle of the peaks of the region.
Day 22: Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), 8-9 hrs walk
An alpine start sees us climbing steeply up the lower flanks of the south-east face. The track is well used as this is a popular peak. At times there is a bit of rock scrambling and the rocky spur takes us to a snow ramp that leads to the upper snow fields. The peaks of Makalu and Lhotse come into view as we climb higher. Upon crossing the upper nave, it is necessary to fix ropes up a short but steep ice face that leads on to the summit ridge. The summit ridge is a classic alpine ridge and quite exposed, (we fix ropes here also) and traverse our way to the summit. Although Island Peak appears dwarfed by the seven and eight thousanders surrounding it, it provides a magnificent vantage point to all the peaks south of the stupendous Lhotse face. After some exhilarating moments on the summit we descend by the same route to our base.
Day 23, 24 & 25: Trek to Lukla, 4-7 hrs walk
We begin our exit trek descending through the famous Khumbu Valley to Tangboche Monastery and Namche Bazaar. Namche is known as the Sherpa capital and it is a great place to wonder around, visit the Tibetan stalls or enjoy the Swiss bakeries. We descend the slopes of Namche to the Dudh Kosi joining the main trail to follow at riverside through numerous villages to Phakding. On crossing the bridge, we trek a short distance up and around, to the broad flat spur that Lukla lies upon. The last night is always memorable for an end of trip celebration with all the crew and porters.
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax or explore and shop in the town.
Day 27: Departure
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!



Price

US $3550 per person
US $ 0 Single Room Supplement

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • » Pick Up » : Welcomes you with garland of flower in Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to your hotel by our representative
  • » Domestic Drop/Pick Up » : Kathmandu Domestic Airport drop & pick up as flight indicated in itinerary
  • » Drop to Airport » : By means of appropriate private vehicle, with our airport representative, last minute transfer to airport after trip for onward journey
Trip Briefing & Information:
  • » We provide you Eco-friendly Trekking file consisting broad trip information and  introduce with your trekking guide at the time of remaining payment of the trip price after your arrival
Sight Seeing:
  • » Sightseeing Places » : Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square by private vehicle
  • » Guide » : Experienced English speaking city tour guide
  • » Entrance Fees » : All entrance of sites & monuments fees
Accommodations & Meals:
(All twin sharing basis) 
(Single room also served with extra charge) :
  • » Kathmandu » Four Star deluxe twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary
  • » Trekking » Comfortable, neat and clean accommodation on teahouse/Mt. lodge during trekking
  • » Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner » : Full board of meals are included while on trek and only breakfast are included in Kathmandu
  • » Seasonal fruits during the trek are provided
  • » Hot Drinks » : High altitude friendly different soups hot lemon or tea is served as cup basis in food time
  • »Welcome &  Farewell dinner » : We will take you to one finest restaurants of Nepal (Alcoholic beverages are excluded )
Flight / Transportation:
  • » All domestic airfares as per the Itinerary
Climbing/Trekking permit :
  • » All necessary Trekking permit & TIMS card
National Park Fare:
  • » All necessary National Park entrance fee
First Aid:
  • » Medical kit box during the trip
Climbing/Trekking Cr :
  • » Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English Speaking mountain experience, First Aid and eco trained local guide escorts during your Climbing
  • » Assistant Guides » : We provide assistant guide walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
  • » Porters » : We provide two of you a porter to support you to carry Climbing stuffs (Luggage per porter carries 25kg)
Porter Equipment :
  • »  boots and Jacket in Climbing 
Insurance:
  • » Guide /Porters » : Company provide insurance for our guide and porters as per state law
Climbing/Trekking Equipment :
  • » Nepal Vision Duffel Bag and a t-shirt
  • » Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bags (which needs to be returned after the trek)
  • » Altitude Chamber » : Portable Altitude Chamber on request
Certificate:
  • » Nepal Vision adventure certificate 
Others:
  • » All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

Cost Excluded:

Visa:
  • » Nepal » You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.

- Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

- Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

- Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Airfare:
  • » International Airfares
Meals:
  • » Lunch & Dinner in KTM » : Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu is excluded (Except welcome & fare well dinner)
Drinks:
  • » All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price
  • » Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price
Insurance:
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel
Optional Excursion:
  • » Provide such service with extra charge on your request
  • » Optional Excursions » Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest
Trekking Equipment:
  • » You have to arrange your personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles, water bottle etc… by yourself (see our equipment list)
Tipping:
  • » Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost
Others:
  • » Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • » Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included
  • » Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control
  • » Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

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We provide a series of fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. If you are single and wishing to be with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not convenient for you, contact us & let us know; we are more than happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can operate as per your wish and requirement. We are ground operator of these Himalayan destination and able to arrange your trip as per your interested date and choice.

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Useful information before joining this trip

Our Effort
Our effort will be made to keep to this Mera Pera Peak Climbing itinerary , however as this mera peak climbing is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region, we cannot guarantee it. The health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Please note that the flights to and from Lukla are dependent on the weather and delays can happen. If you have to wait in Kathmandu at the beginning of the trip your overnight accommodation is included and you will not have to pay extra for this.

In our itinerary one extra day in Kathmandu is included at the end of the trip in case of delays flying from Lukla. If you are delayed longer than this we can help reschedule your international flights however there is likely to be a fee charged by the airline for this. You will also have to pay for all additional costs incurred in Kathmandu such as accommodation and meals.

Climbing/Trekking Group
Nepal has abundance of offers to establish it as a round the year travel destination. Based on this fact, many international tourists are indeed incorporating Nepal in their wishful travel itinerary. For this Mera peak climbing trek, in our climbing group there will be one Climbing leader, one assistant trek leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. Generally in our group the minimum number of tourist will be two and the maximum group size is ten. For single also we organize the trip with single supplement and you may join with our group in Kathmandu but make sure before you book the trip. It doesn't mean we are not operating more than 11 persons, we do on request. To keep the limit group size which means we can provide a best services and personal take care to our valuable clients.

Physical and Mental Requirements
Trekkers who are making their plan to travel in the Himalaya like Mera Peak Climbing, most require three basic components of preparation - aerobic, strength, and mental. Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will trekking in thin air, up to 50% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning you will be able to minimizing the potential effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). Hiking for at least two hours per day with some weight on your back is the best way to prepare yourself for trekking. Running, cycling (outdoor or stationary), Nordic track, hill climbing, or any exercise that gets your heart rate into the aerobic range for sustained periods of time.

Every day you will walk in the Himalaya around 4 to 7 hrs and reaches at highest place to 6,476m/21,247 feet. So, health is a most essential part for your adventure travel. Nepal Vision treks most require your medical fitness certificate prior to your booking. Before the trip booking with us, we suggest to consult with your Medical Doctor and in his/her references go for your trip booking process.

Trekking in the Himalayas is a relatively safe activity and mishaps or problems are usually minor. However, unpleasant things can occur on a long trek. You might have a bout of mild illness, not enough sleep as well as usual, find the trek pace too fast or slow - any number of things might be annoying or stressful during some part of your trek. Before you leave for Nepal, or for any foreign destination for that matter, think about the journey as more than just a quest to reach a destination. Try to imagine your trip as an opportunity to experience whatever happens as an essential part of the journey. It doesn't matter so much whether you actually reach Mera & Island peak climbing. You should be prepared to find joy and fulfillment in all the moments of your trip, including the less pleasant ones that you hadn't expected. Preparing to keep a very positive frame of mind throughout your trip, along with good physical conditioning, will insure that you are ready to experience all the wonders of Nepal.

Our Trek Leaders and Staffs
Your Trek Leader's role to Mera Peak Climbing is to ensure all aspects of the trip run smoothly. He will share their local knowledge, advice on how to fill your free time and co-ordinate the day to day running of the tour - although occasionally he may need your understanding if things do not go according to plan. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your Trek Leader know so that steps can be taken to put it right.

We are a well stabilized adventure company and we employed professional trek leader (who are based on English speaking and few are multi-lingual's) and required crew member (they have basic knowledge of communication) & well trained. We also provide the training to our staff increasing their work efficiency. And our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have good chance to learn Nepali phrases, cultural things and more on your Trekking.

Our Experience
Nepal Vision has been operating in the Himalaya for over 15 years and specializes in responsible travel. We offer small group adventure expeditions to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and the Indian Himalaya. Our unrivalled itineraries reflect our long experience in the region. All our treks are accompanied by a highly experienced local leader ensuring safe acclimatization at every stage. You can hike, mountaineer and climb your way through the homeland of the adventure holiday.

Nepal Vision is one of the worlds leading adventure travel company offering hundred of itineraries on this continent for small group active adventures and expeditions, walking tours and cultural journeys. The company has been operating trekking and adventure travel holidays and vacations since 1992. Each itinerary has several scheduled departure dates throughout the whole year.

Our all-inclusive, no hidden extras pricing policy combined with longer, creative itineraries and the use of quality ground services attracts people who have high expectations of their travel experiences.

Acclimatization
Our itinerary specially tailored considering with a high degree of minimization of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, altitude sickness stars from 3,600 meters/11808 feet and there is no problem below this standard. During your trip this is a best solution go slowly with body acclimatization. Consider in the higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air. Suppose, crossing high passes more than 5,000 meters/ 16,400 feet, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to acclimatization during the travel in high Himalaya.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Diamox (Acetazolamide) allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. This is especially helpful at night when respiratory drive is decreased. Since it takes a while for Diamox to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days at higher altitude. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night). (The standard dose was 250 mg., but their research showed no difference for most people with the lower dose, although some individuals may need 250 mg.) Possible side effects include tingling of the lips and finger tips, blurring of vision, and alteration of taste. These side effects may be reduced with the 125 mg. dose. Side effects subside when the drug is stopped. Contact your physician for a prescription. Since Diamox is a sulfonamide drug, people who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not take Diamox. Diamox has also been known to cause severe allergic reactions to people with no previous history of Diamox or sulfa allergies. Frank Hubbell of SOLO recommends a trial course of the drug before going to a remote location where a severe allergic reaction could prove difficult to treat.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in the hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors' fees and repatriation costs are the client's responsibility.

If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Nepal Vision Treks have an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Mera & Island peak climbing is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5°C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25°C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20°C to -15°C.

Passport and Visa Requirements
All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. You can get from a Nepalese embassy overseas or on arrival in Nepal. Most people will obtain their visa on arrival to Kathmandu airport.

You will need one passport photo and the following fees dependent upon the duration of the multiple entry visa:

In Nepal you will require a visa which can be obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy from your country or you can get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency.

You will require visa fee in cash (this is payable in any major currency but NOT travellers cheques) and 2 passport photos to purchase a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal entry point.

If you plan to obtain your visa in your country, you can download the application form from the website at: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Please note regulations and costs do change frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate.

Permits and fees
In Nepal, you most require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. Incase of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

Health and Fitness for trekker
We strongly recommend our clients for consulting the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We strictly maintain hygiene foods on the trek. We carry extensive medical kits and, if the need should ever arise, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

Meals and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charge.

While on the trek, the lodges provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For breakfast you are likely to get porridge, cereal, toast or chapattis, omelet and a range of hot drinks. We will provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking/climbing period. Whilst trekking on the Mera & Island peak, the accommodation is in guesthouses & Tented camp which are basic structures, generally with shared facilities. In some guesthouses, showers are available; where there are no showers; there are private facilities in which you can sponge bath.

Ethical and Environmental considerations
The Nepal Vision Treks is committed to adopting a responsible attitude to the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities visited and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience. We have developed a Responsible Tourism policy which aims to ensure that The Nepal Vision treks and its clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound.

  • On this trip: Our policy of staying in locally owned accommodation, having local group members and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible is continued in Nepal. Our small groups (maximum of 10 people) have a minimal impact on the Himalayas' fragile environment as we explore predominantly on foot. All trek guides are responsible for ensuring that the guests understand the nature of the environment that they are in and minimize the impact that they may have. Our porters in Nepal are equipped with suitable clothing and footwear for the type of trek they are about to work on, and this is recorded at the start of the trek.
  • Our Travel Code: Clients who travel with us will automatically receive a copy of our Travel leaflet. This contains details and advice on how you can make a positive difference when you travel. If you would like a copy in advance of travel please contact us.
  • Charity: We work in partnership with rural village communities. We work with some of the world's poorest communities where three out of four children die before the age of five. We also support local people to develop a balance between their needs and the wildlife with which they share the natural habitat and ecosystems.

Clothing and Equipment
Correct Clothing & Equipments are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. As part of the booking process, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothing and equipment list for the Mera & Island peak. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel with us.

  • Foot wear: Walking boots, Wool and liner socks, sandals
  • Clothing: Waterproof jacket and trousers, Trekking trousers, Long sleeve shirts, Micro fleece, Mid to heavyweight fleece, Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece, Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic), Fleece pants, Medium weight down jacket.
  • Hand wear: Fleece gloves, Warms mittens and/or gloves .
  • Head wear: Wool or fleece hat, Sun hat, Scarf, Head torch and extra batteries, Sunglasses.
  • Personal Equipment: Sleeping bag, Backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing, Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized, two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best), Sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF, Insect repellent, Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira), Favourite snack food, Books, ipod and cards etc, Trekking poles, Camera with spare batteries and memory cards, Insurance certificate.
  • Travelling: Duffle bag or large backpack for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter), Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag, Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu, Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
  • Personal first aid kit: Any personal medications, Diamox (optional) helps with acclimatization.

We supply down jackets and down sleeping bags for all our trips. The abave list is one 'rough guide' of kit which you'll need to consider before leaving home. Each trekker should carry one backpack for items required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, and personal first aid kit and day snacks. The rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel bag or backpack will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance is 15kgs/33 pounds that we strongly care of porters rights and solely against any exploitation on its operation.

How to Book
To join a Trekking adventure, please contact us and advise which adventure you'd like to book.

We'll send you the relevant booking form (along with our terms & conditions) which you'll need to complete and return to us.

A completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.

Please don't hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our booking process.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

Clothing and Equipment

Correct Clothing & Equipments are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel with us.

FOR CLIMBING
» CLIMBING EQUIPMENTS » : Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, 2 x Tape slings, 2 x Screw gate Karabiners, Descender/ Abseil Device, Prussic Loops & Plastic Mountaineering Boots

FOOTWEAR
» RUNNING SHOES » : 1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days.
» LIGHT HIKING BOOTS » : 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.
» HIKING GAITERS (Optional) » : 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.
» WOOL SOCKS » : 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.
» LINER SOCKS » : 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

CLOTHING
» LIGHTWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR » : 2 pair, tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
» LIGHT TREKKING PANTS » : Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.
» T-SHIRTS » : Lightweight crew style t-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.
» BANDANA » : Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.
» SYNTHETIC/SOFT SHELL JACKET » : A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
» INSULATED DOWN-JACKET » : Medium to heavy weight with hood.
» HARD SHELL JACKET WITH HOOD » : We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
» HARD SHALL PANTS » : Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.

HANDWEAR
» FLEECE/SOFT SHELL GLOVES » : 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.
» SHELL GLOVES WITH INSULATION » : 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.

HEADWEAR
» HEADLAMP & SPARE BATTRIES » : A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries!
» SUN HAT » : The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.
» NECK GAITER OR BUFF » : Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.
» GLACIER GLASSES » : 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
» SLEEPING BAG » : High quality with hood to at least - 10 Degree, Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics. (Company provide you sleeping bag for this trek)
» BACKPACK » : A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000cu.in. max
» ADJUSTABLE 3 SECTION TREKKING POLES » Optional
» WATER TREATMENT TABLETS » : Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water
» WATER BOTTLES » 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.
» PEE BOTTLE (Optional) » : but very useful.
» PEE FUNNEL FOR WOMEN (Optional) » : Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)
» SUNSCREEN » : SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.
» HAND/FOOT WARMERS (Optional) » : Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
» LIP SCREEN » : SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.
» MP3 PLAYER (Optional) » : Flash memory only players since hard drive players do not work at high altitude (above 13,000ft). Chargers can be used at several lodges along the way.

TRAVELING
» LARGE DUFFLE BAG WITH TRAVEL LOCKS » 1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing.
» PLASTIC BAGS (5) » : For lining stuff sacks & pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.
» TRAVEL CLOTHES » : You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
» TOILETRY BAG » : Include toilet paper, soap, towel, and toothbrush, Wet wipes 1-2 per day and hand sanitizer: Hand moisturizer.

FIRST AID
» PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT (small and simple) » : Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.
» DRUGS/MEDICATIONS/PRESCRIPTIONS » Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

This above list is only a guideline for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please give us a call (977 1 4423297). Or you can email at: info@nepalvisiontreks.com  

Trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. So your health and physical fitness plays the vital role for completing this trek. If your level of fitness is good and your health is excellent, you can join this trek even you never done trekking in the high Himalayan region.
Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Return flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage policy
  • Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
  • Bring a pen and a diary
The teahouse accepts Nepalese currency so you must have enough Nepalese currency with you.
You can get money exchange at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu consult with your dealing manager for money exchange.
Nepal Immigration accepts US dollars only for visa. Please bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs
In the tea house trekking arrangement, they will provide private rooms. And most of the places, the bathrooms are shared and running water facility.
Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.
No there is not any extra fees charges during the trek.
If you need to purchase some gear or supplies you can get it in Thamel area in Kathmandu. In Thamel you can get different international brand as well as local brand.
Our airport representative will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport holding your name so find your name at the arrival gate of the airport.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although; at night it is generally more cool and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)

Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26  7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12  -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9  -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
In Tea House trek you will served a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal- bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, and pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
It is difficult to wash your clothes in during your trekking period.
Bring Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) and your personal medication with you.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trekking we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if you inform us prior enough time to manage extra day/s trekking.
The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33 pounds (LBS) per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended.

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