Many people, they want to see Everest head straight up the main Everest trail to EBC. However, there is an alternative route, less travelled but more challenging. As with most of the Everest trails this trek starts from Lukla.
Initially, the trail heads towards Mera Peak 6461m, the highest trekking peak in Nepal before crossing the Mera La 5414m and then descending into the Hunku valley. This valley is long, remote and starkly beautiful, the trail follows the Honggu Khola to eventually arrive on the opposite side of the valley to Barunse Base Camp. From this point the trek takes on a more serious nature threading its way up the glacial moraine towards the Amphulapcha La 5845m. The steep descent down onto the Amplapcha Glacier requires the use of fixed ropes and extreme caution. Once below the initial steepness the trail drops more gently into the Amphulapcha Tsho (lake) 5010m. Passing Island Peak Base camp the first habitation comes into view, Chhukhung. At this point there are two options, cross the Kongma La 5535m and head to EBC or to head back towards Periche and eventually Lukla, Of course there are always the options to include Mera Peak and / or Island peak as part of the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Puiyan 2800m.
Day 04: Puiyan to Pangkongma 2850m.
Day 05: Pangkongma to Nigmsa 2745m
Day 06: Nigmsa to Chhatra Khola 3150m.
Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe 3600m.
Day 08: Kothe to Tangnang 4350m.
Day 09: Rest in Tangnang
Day 10: Tangnang to Khare 5045m.
Day 11: Khare to Mera Base Camp 5300m.
Day 12: Base camp to High camp
Day 13: Summit Mera peak and trek to Kongma Dingma 4850m.
Day 14: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari
Day 15: Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha south Base Camp 5650m
Day 16: Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (South) to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (North) 5300m.
Day 17: Trek to Pangboche 3930m.
Day 18: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 3440m
Day 19: Namche to Lukla 2840m.
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu
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