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Mera Peak and Iceland Peak Climbing| Cost| Itinerary | Tent Trekking in the Khumbu Valley | Nepal Trekking

09 July Post by: Yubraj

Mera Peak and Iceland Peak Climbing: Tent Trekking in the Khumbu Valley

• Sophisticated, high -altitude tour - five in 8,000 views
• From the green foothills to the eternal ice
• the ascent of Mera Peak ( 6,461 m) and Iceland Peak ( 6,189 m)
• Mera Pass ( 5,415 m) and Amphu Labtsa ( 5,845 m)
• Lonely Hinku Valley and Honku Himal
• Visit of the monastery and Namche Bazar Tengboche
• Khumbu project: "One day - a tree": they promote reforestation

You climb two of the best views in the entire Himalayan peaks overlooking a total of five 8,000 m: Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Kanchenjunga something away. In the green foothills you a relaxing start your trekking and get used to the altitude slowly. About the 3,000 passes Tragsindo and Pangom La you traverse the rarely committed Hinku Valley. The landscape is barren, rock and ice dominate. At the Mera La ( La = Pass), you will pass the first time 5,000-point threshold. On the summit of Mera Peak is the Khumbu Valley; you at your feet! With the exceeding of Amphu Labtsa(laptsa) follows the next big challenge - even the Yeti to stay here.

Final highlight: the Iceland peak.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our homes - tour guide to the hotel in Kathmandu. Depending on the arrival time is still an opportunity for a first stroll through the old town of Kathmandu.
Day 2: Flight to Paphlu
In the morning we transfer to the airport and fly in about 30 minutes after Paphlu ( 2,190 m). Here we are for the first time set up our tent. In the afternoon we can walk around or visit 1975 built by the Himalayan Trust hospital. Meanwhile, it is a government hospital, which is still supported by the Himalayan Trust with medical equipment. The salaries are paid by the Foundation. The mother-to-child campaigns ( eg vaccinations, Camps of Obstetrics and dental care ) were expanded in recent years and now three doctors are working there. The main part of the donations of Edmund Hillary Foundation in Germany, based in Bad Wiessee flows in this project (see on environmental and social). Alternatively, we can visit the monastery Chiwang (optional).
Day 3: Ringmo - Traksindo La - Traksindo
On a splendid way, it goes first until after Ringmo where we meet on the old highway from Jiri to Lukla. Passing a number of Chorten it goes up to Traksindo La ( La = Pass) , from where, on 3,071 m, we have a fantastic panoramic view. After a short descent we reach our destination for today Traksindo ( 2,930 m). Especially now, at the beginning of the tour, it is very important to go slowly and evenly to gradually adapt our bodies to the altitude.
Walking time: about 5 hours

Day 4: Nuntala - Khari Khola
During the descent after Nuntala ( 2,100 m) we pass a Gompa ( monastery = ) and hike through a dense forest . We stay on the historic Everest route and continue walking down to the Dudh Khosi ( 1,560 m) , which we cross . About Jubing ( 1,670 m) the trail leads up to the village of Khari Khola ( 2,100 m). Here we set up our camp. In the afternoon is still a visit to the Monastery Pemanamding possible.
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 5: Pangom
Today's shorter stage takes us along beautiful terraces fields and mixed forest with many rhododendrons up to the pretty Sherpa village Pangom ( 2,850 m).
Walking time : about 4 hours
Day 6 : La Pangom - Subuje - Kharka
The trail first leads to the Pangom La ( 3.150m ) - our transition into Hinku valley. On a promising Hangweg we initially increase from the village Subuje . North along narrow paths mostly in slight ups and downs we reach our next camp at a Kharka ( 2.850m ) .
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 7: Zatrwa Khola - Jungle Camp
Today we have a real " jungle day ." - Throughout the day we hike through beautiful mountain jungle , overcoming many a ridge out of nowhere then appeared at our camp in the woods on ( 3.150m ) .
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 8: Tashing Dingma - Kote
Our route takes first again by the lights gradually becoming jungle uphill . Around noon we reach Tashing Dingma and thus the main route that comes from Lukla . The path now leads down to Hinku River and on to the hamlet Kote ( 3600m ) .
Walking time: about 5 hours

Day 9: Tagnang
We now follow more or less uphill the river. Just before we reach the place Tagnang ( 4,350 m) , we can still make a short stop at a very old and interesting monastery.
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 10: Khare
We approach the glacier world of Mera Peak. Passing the Sabai lake and the Dig glacier leads our present stage through moraine to Khare ( 4,950 m), where we set up camp just below the 5,000 point mark.

Walking time : about 4 hours
Day 11: Acclimatization day
Depending on what happens to the participants/inside is made in Tagnag or (better) in Khare an acclimatization. Only slight acclimatization hike or rest in the camp.
Day 12: Mera La - Mera Peak Base Camp
From Khare it goes steeply over boulders and large blocks , and later over the glacier to 5,415 m high Mera Pass. We set up our high camp just below the pass at 5,300 m.
Walking time: about 5 hours

Day 13: Mera Peak - Kongma Dingma
Today's summit is long and exhausting. In the early hours of the morning, we set off for the summit day on Mera Peak. Depending on conditions, a fixed rope optionally set for the last short stretch before the summit. The climb will take eight to nine hours. At the summit awaits us - weather permitting - an impressive panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other giants high Hills Himalayan. The three - to four-hour descent back to the Mera Pass calls once more concentration. After a short break we continue to rise from the valley to Hunkhu congeners Dingma ( 4,800 m).
Walking time: approx 11 hours

Day 14: Rest day
Depending on what happens to the participants / inside, in Kongma Dingma a day of rest is inserted. Only slight acclimatization hike or rest in the camp.
Day 15: Kongme Dingma - Hunku Drangka - Seti Pokhari
Flanked by the majestic peaks of the Chamlang we go further increase the particularly remote and therefore very lonely Hunku valley upwards. Today, few rises in altitude are on the program, this is to cover more distance. With every step, we approach our next challenge: the Amphu Laptsa(labtsa). In the afternoon we reach the small, secluded Almhochfläche Hunku Drangka and build our camp there, or we go for another hour to a small pasture Seti Pokhari ( 5,050 m).
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 16: Base Camp Amphu Labtsa
About barren, devoid of vegetation moraine and past the lonely lakes of Panch Pokhari the Amphu Laptsa base camp is reached in approximately 5.300m today. In the afternoon we can relax and prepare for the strenuous pass crossing the next day, while the Sherpas already embarrassed the importantly fixed ropes.
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 17: Amphu Labtsa Base Camp - Amphu Laptsa - camp Imja Tso
Today, every person is required to give his best. Once at the top at the pass, we have a stunning view of the huge, over 3000m high Lhotse south wall and on our next 6,000 points, the Iceland peak . Especially the difficult descent from the pass requires of us the highest concentration and teamwork! In particular, the assistance and support for the carriers are essential. If all goes well, we descend to a beautiful campsite near the Imja Tso on about 4.900m.
Walking time: about 8 hours
Day 18: Rest day
For the pass crossing, we have scheduled a Puffertag, because for exceeding the Amphu Labtsa la(pass) has to fit the weather. Let's get straight over the amphu labtsa base Camp, we can use this day as a day of rest to have reserves for the Iceland peak ascent.
Day 19: Iceland Peak base camp
We walk in the moraine to the east. On the way to Iceland Peak base camp, which is also known as Pareshaya Gyab, we come across a dried up lake. Our warehouse is located in approximately 5,100 meters above sea level near the huge Lhotse Shar Imja Glacier.
Walking time: about 2 hours
Day 20: Iceland Peak
From the base camp, we still pull up in the dark to the shoulder in the peak from Iceland southward down the continuous rib. We continue to grow on - cross a small glacier demolition (about 5,750 m) and then reach a small glacial cirque (about 5,900 m). Over the following firn or ice face (up to 45 degrees inclination), we reach the summit ridge, and through him to the summit of 6,189 m high peak Iceland. In good conditions, the climb takes about seven to eight hours. A magnificent view opens up to us to Makalu ( 8.475m), the 8.516m high Lhotse wall and the numerous over 7,000 m high icebergs of the Imja boiler. Around noon, we want to be back at the base camp. After a snack by the kitchen team, we put our descent to continue after Chukhung.
Walking time: approx 10 hours
Day 21: Deboche
About Dingpoche, the 4,350 m with the highest permanently inhabited place in Nepal we descend to Pangpoche ( 3,985 m). Surrounded by ancient juniper trees, we can visit the oldest monastery with over 350 years in the Khumbu area in the village. After a lunch break, we climb in the afternoon from further to Deboche where we again set up our tents.
Walking time: about 5 hours
Day 22: Namche Bazar
Continue to Tengpoche ( 3,867 m). Here rises in a beautiful location, surrounded by radiant summits, which was once the largest and most beautiful monastery of the Sherpa region. We have enough time to visit the Gompa. Around noon, we make our way towards Imja Gorge and come across Phunki ( 3,250 m) to Namche Bazaar.
Walking time: about 6 hours
Lodge (BLD)

Day 23: Lukla
A last, long trekking day is upon us. We need about eight hours over the so-called Highway Dudh Kosi valley in the downhill, the only accessible route between Namche Bazar and Lukla to Lukla we ( 2,800 m) reach our lodge. In the evening we can celebrate with our escort farewell here.
Walking time: about 7 hours
Lodge (BLD)

Day 24: Lukla - Kathmandu
During the morning we fly with the propeller plane to Kathmandu. After transfer to the hotel is us the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel (F)

Day 25: the Historic old town of Kathmandu and Swayambhunath
In the morning we visit with our guide the historic city of Kathmandu. We stroll through the shopping district of Thamel and through busy bazaar streets to the largest and oldest temple in the city, the Taleju Pagoda. Around the Royal Palace Hanuman Dhoka are numerous Hindu temples to be seen; harmonious effect of the warm rusty red bricks and the richly decorated with carving bar from brown-black Salbaumholz.
In the afternoon we walk up after Swayambhunath Stupa Also known as "Monkey Temple". The local Stupa is the biggest sanctuary of the Newar Buddhists and stands on a panoramic hill over the Kathmandu Valley. 365 pilgrims steps lead from the foot of the " monkey temple " to be really steep for gilded stupa with the numerous surrounding memorial shrines and temples. Many monkeys jumping in the trees, between the statues and the temples around.
Hotel (F)
Day 26: Return
The morning is still at leisure. We recommend the visit Pilgrimages Sites of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa( Gumba).

In the morning we visit Pashupatinath first pilgrimage. For Hindus, it is the holiest place in Nepal. Believers even a pilgrimage from India coming here to worship Lord Shiva, who is worshiped here in his incarnation as Lord of the animal world. The built-in pagoda -style main temple is accessible only Hindus, but from the outside is to look at the huge gilded Nandi bull possible. From a viewing terrace, we survey the entire area with its temples, shrines, burning places, and hostels on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River, where pilgrims perform their rituals.

Now it goes to Boudhanath, the religious center of the living Tibetans in Nepal. Here case raises the largest stupa plant in the country, on whose terrace we pilgrimage "clockwise". The entire area around the 40 -meter-high stupa with many Buddha statues, niches with prayer wheels and handsome new monasteries gives a lot of atmospheres. Possible, we take a look at the richly decorated older Gompa west of the stupa in which perched a larger than life statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

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