Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
As you land in the TIA airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by representative from Osho Vision Treks and Expedition. You will complete your custom formalities and then meet with our representative who will take you to the luxurious hotel. You will be briefly explained about the 36days Baruntse Expedition with Mera Peak Climbing and then enjoy the welcome dinner in the evening.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
We will take half day tour of Kathmandu and visit UNESCO enlisted sites of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can go shopping in Thamel for the other half of the day and buy necessary personal gears required for expedition. You will return back to hotel where you will be explained about the nature of trek and you will also be introduced with your team leader and other crew members.
Day03: Kathmandu Lukla Flight Trek to Paiya (Chutok) 2730m 4hrs walk
It takes about 40 minutes of Kathmandu Lukla flight to arrive at Tenzing Hilary Airport in Lukla. The air route from Kathmandu to Lukla is taken to be one of the best air routes in the world as you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy sights of several mountains and valleys. Remember to take the seat at right side of aeroplane for the better views. We will lower down from Lukla through forest to reach Shurke from where the trail proceeds through dispersed settlement of Pakhapani to Paiya.
Day04: Trek to Pangkoma (2850m) 2850m 6hrs
We will enjoy the sight of Kwangde Ri, Khatang and other peaks that are over seven thousand meters from Paiya and cross the wooden bridge to reach the foothill of Karila Pass. We will climb further up through the narrow mountainous trail that offers scenic view of Dudhkoshi Valley and reach Pangkoma village.
Day05: Trek to Nigmsa or Shibuche 2745m 4-5hrs
We will follow the rocky trail down to forest of blooming rhododendron that leads us through the street decorated with prayer flags to the local teahouses. The trail offers spectacular views of Mera Peak and Naulekh peak. Lowering further down through pine forest, we will Nigmsa or Sibuche where we will stay overnight.
Day06: Trek to Chetrakhola (3150m) 8hrs
The trail contours up through the tapered mountainous trail. We will pass through rocks and boulders and reach forest. We will traverse the forest of blooming rhododendrons and arrive at small river which we will cross to reach bamboo forest. Continuing further, we will reach Chetrakhola.
Day07: Trek to Kothe (3600m) 7hrs
We will proceed through the Hinku Valley and cross the forest supporting wildlife to reach the top of ridge that offers pretty views of Hinku Valley and Mera peak. Crossing Tashing Dingma, we will walk past the local teahouses and take steep ascend to Kothe where we will stay overnight.
Day08: Trek to Tangnang (4350m) 3-4hrs
Proceeding through the forested ridge of Hinku Khola, we will take the short trek to Gondishung which is the summer settlement of locals. We will pay our respect in Lungsungba Gompa and follow the raising path to Thagnag. Vast expanses of green fields in Thagnag are used by locals for grazing their cattle.
Day09: Acclimatizan Day at Tangnang
This is a rest day. We will utilize this opportunity to explore around Thagnag. Upon your interest, side trip can be arranged to Charpate Mountain glacier. Along with the religious significance, Charpate Mountain is also famous for its natural views. We can observe the closeup view of the North face of Mera peak from the glacier.
Day10: Trek to Khare (5045m) 2-3hrs
Base Camp of Mera Peak is prepared at Khare. We will proceed through the slippery trail of Dig glacier to Dig Kharka where local cattle can be seen grazing in the area. We will get the closeup view of Charpate Mountain from DigKharaka and proceed through Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers to Khare.
Day11: Rest Day in Khare
Taking rest helps in acclimatization. It is a necessary step. We will enjoy the panoramic view of north face of Mera peak from Khare. We will prepare ourselves for the difficult climb of Mera peak.
Day12: Trek to High Camp (5780m) 5hrs
We will take the difficult ascend through the rocky path that is made slippery by the snow. The trail continues through crevasses to the top of ridge that offers mesmerizing sights of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Cho Oyu, Chamlang and Makalu Mountains. Baruntse High Camp is also popular for the sunriuse and sunset views.
Day13: Trek to Mera Peak summit and to Kongmna Dingma (4850m) 10hrs
It is going to be the challenging day. Long and tiring ascend of Mera peak through help of crampons and axe will take us to the summit of Central Mera Peak. We will begin our trek early in the morning. Although we will be drained out of energy, the climb will be rewarding as the summit of Central Mera Peak offers striking views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other mountains and peaks that are over 6000m high. Descending to High Camp, we will walk ahead to Konbgma Dingma.
Day14: Free Day
This is the contingency day included in Island peak climbing itinerary so that our schedule will not get affected even if we are delayed in climbing Mera Peak due to unforeseen circumstances like unfavorable weather or bad health condition of our members of our team.
Day15: Trek to Seto Pokhari (5035m) 6hrs
Seto Pokhari is the first lake that we will encounter as we enter the Upper Hongu Valley. We will take the difficult climb to Seto Pokhari Lake and enjoy the view of Chamlang Mountain. We will set our camp and stay overnight at the bank of Seto Pokhari.
Day16: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp (5300m) 6hrs
Walking through the vast expanse of green Hongu Valley, we will take the escalating trail to Peak41. Walking further, we will walk along Hunku peak to the foothill of Baruntse which is used as Baruntse Base Camp. We will pitch our camp at the clear area and stay overnight.
Day17-27: Climb Baruntse peak and return to Base Camp
We will practice climbing the Baruntse Mountain and listen carefully to the instructions provided by the team leader. We will take the steep climb through crevasses to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) that is located at 6000m altitude. From ABC, we will proceed further up to High Camp I that is located on south east ridge at 6450m. Trail from High CampI onwards become extremely tough. We will pass through the ridge below West Col to High CampII from where we will reach summit of Baruntse. After enjoying the scenic view from the summit, we will lower down to base camp of Baruntse and celebrate the successful ascend of Baruntse peak.
Day28: Rest Day at Baruntse Base Camp
A day of rest is required for recovering from the exhaustion that we feel after long and tiring ascend and descend of Baruntse peak. It helps us to accumulate the energy that is required for the trekking to be done in upcoming days. We will clear the mess that we create in Base Camp, collect the garbage and dispose them in a proper manner.
Day29: Trek to Amphu Labtsa Base Camp (South) (5650m) 5hrs
The trail continues through arid valley of moraines and boulders that offers panoramic views of Everest and Lhotse Mountains. We will reach Base Camp of Amphu Labsa in about 5hrs. Amphu Labsa acts as the bridge that links Hongu Valley with Imja Valley. We will stay overnight at Amphulabsa Base Camp.
Day30: Trek to Amphu Labtsa Base Camp (North) (5300m) 6hrs
With 5845m towering height, Amphu Labtsa Pass is included among one of the highest passes in Nepal. We will take the difficult ascend of Amphu Labtsa Pass and lower down to North Base Camp of Amphu Labtsa Pass.
Day31: Trek to Pangboche (3930m) 7hrs
The trail lowers down all the way to reach Chhukung which is the entry point for Island peak. We will step into Khumbu region and follow the scenic rock strewn trail to Pangboche Village which holds the oldest mnonastery in the entire Khumbu region.
Day32: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6hrs
Lowering down to Imja Khola, we will traverse the woods of blooming rhododendron and other alpine flowers at Tengboche and cross Dudhkoshi River over bridge to reach Sansa village. Passing through the street lined with mani walls and chortens, we will arrive at Army Camp in Namche Bazaar.
Day33: Trek to Lukla (2800m) 6-7hrs
We will follow the downward trail for most of the day. We will cross Dudhkoshi River at few points and pass through Sherpa villages to Lukla where we will stay overnight.
Day34: Lukla Kathmandu Flight
Early in the morning, we will catch the Lukla Kathmandu flight. The representative will take us to hotel in Kathmandu where we will stay overnight.
Day35: Free Day in Kathmandu
It is the leisure day. Spend the day according to your wish. Shopping in Thamel is recommended. You can buy gift items like handicrafts and curio goods from shops in Thamel.
Finally an undeniable time to bid goodbye arrives. You will be assisted with your last moment preparation and dropped at TIA, Kathmandu from where you will board the flight to your next destination.