View of Everest from below Mera Peak's summit

Mera Peak Climb Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Nepal
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TNB
Activity level 9: Tough+
Tough +

You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday. Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.

22 Days Flight Inclusive
21 Days Land only
Min age: 18

Trip Overview

A tough but rewarding expedition, which takes us away from the trails leading to Everest Base Camp to the sparsely-inhabited Hinku Valley. We walk through a beautiful high alpine environment, where Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6461m, towers over the valley. The ascent is a non-technical climb, which anyone with ice-axe and crampon experience can attempt. With good acclimatisation and plenty of willpower, you can reach the summit of this beautiful Himalayan peak. At the summit we are rewarded with amazing views of five of the six highest mountains in the world - Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu: which makes all the hard work worthwhile.

At a Glance

  • 4 nights standard hotels, 14 nights lodges and 2 nights camping
  • 16 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader, climbing guides and local staff. Min. age 18 yrs.
  • Altitude maximum 6461m, average 3660m
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights
  • Experience of walking roped-up, using ice axe, crampons, jumar and abseil device required

Trip Highlights

  • Summit the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak at 6461m
  • Attempt the climb from a high camp to give the best chance of summiting
  • Circular trek to remote off the beaten track valleys
  • Lush rhododendron forests and wild barren mountains
  • Great views of five 8000m peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga

Is This Trip for You?

The trekking part of this trip is graded at 'Tough' (Activity Level 7) and the climb is graded as 'Tough+' (Activity Level 9), with full porterage throughout involving 16 days point-to-point walking; maximum altitude 6461m, average altitude 3660m. Please read a description of our Activity Levels, found on our website.

The altitude can have a significant effect on your physical state - please refer to the 'altitude warning' within the Trip Notes. It is important that you always take heed of the leader's advice and decisions. We attempt the climb from a high camp at 5,800m to give the best chance of summiting. 

This is a strenuous trip requiring stamina; you should be physically fit and active and take regular exercise. You may find our Walking & Trekking Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

This is not a beginner's trek. We require that you have previous experience of walking at altitude, using an ice axe and crampons and we also recommend that you have experience of walking roped-up and using jumar and abseil devices. The trek visits remote mountain regions and many of the trails are rocky. There are some very steep ascents, descents, some narrow trails, and the occasional bridge crossing. We do not recommend this for anyone who suffers from a fear of heights or vertigo.

Mera Peak has three ‘summits'; Mera North (6,476m), Mera Central (6,461m) and Mera South. Like most tour operators, we climb Mera Central (6,461m), which is the safest. Mera Peak has been designated a 'trekking peak' by the Nepalese Government. For many years the climb was Alpine Grade F (Facile/Easy) but due to recent changes to the summit the final 30-40 metres is now Alpine Grade PD (Peux Difficile/Slightly Difficult). You will be roped up from high camp due to crevasses and climbing Sherpa's will fix a rope for the last 50-metre section. Conditions on the summit are continuously changing as crevasses open. Currently, the final 50 metres are very steep and a jumar is required. On descending you will need to abseil down a short distance from the summit. We leave for the summit in the night and it can be very cold on summit day with temperatures down to minus 30˚C and there can sometimes be high winds and snow. You must be fully equipped for the cold conditions and have all the gear we list as essential in the kit list.

There will be compulsory equipment checks and practice sessions for climbing equipment. Anyone who does not participate in all these sessions may not be allowed to attempt the climb - this is at the leader’s discretion.

Walking times stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• ‘Ask an expert’ – talk to Exodus staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Small group size (max. 12 clients).
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients. For the climb, we use qualified climbing guides.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen, first aid kit, and a Sat-phone.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.
• Established protocol for Lukla flight delays – see below.

Internal Flight Delays

Please note that adverse weather conditions at Lukla airport occasionally mean that flights to/from Kathmandu cannot operate. We include an additional day at the end of the itinerary to allow for this, but on occasion, persistent bad weather may delay the start of your trek or your return to Kathmandu.

Should there be a lengthy delay at the start of a trip we will aim to provide a shortened Everest trek, but if adverse weather conditions continue and the main objective of the trek become impossible to reach, an alternative trek to another region of Nepal will be offered. When fixed-wing planes are unable to fly, but helicopters to Lukla are available, clients may choose to travel by helicopter; in this event, the price per person will be approximately US$500-600 per person, of which Exodus will cover half.

Should there be a significant delay at the end of your trek, we will endeavour to get you on the first fixed-wing flights to Kathmandu available. Should helicopters be able to fly, we will consider paying for these on a case by case basis to enable clients to meet their international flights. In the case of persistent adverse weather, Exodus will re-book international flights for Flight Inclusive clients, but please be aware that clients booking on a Land Only basis will be responsible for re-booking their onward travel and for any associated costs.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The group will generally be between 4 and 12 people.

We have representatives in Kathmandu who will look after your transfers to and from the airport and will be around to answer other questions you may have about your trek. There is an Exodus desk and noticeboard in the Royal Singi Hotel in Kathmandu. The desk is manned morning and evening.

There will be an English-speaking Nepali Tour Leader throughout the trip. All Exodus leaders are highly experienced and as well as Exodus leader training courses they are all trained in wilderness first aid. There will be one member of trek staff for every four clients - this ratio may change if for any reason a guide has to stay behind with a member of the group. The leaders are assisted by additional guides who are licensed by the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and receive additional training through Exodus.

For the summit climb there will be a minimum of one qualified climbing Sherpa to every four clients. The climbing Sherpa's are qualified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA); many have summited Everest and other 8000m peaks and have usually worked with Exodus for many years.

All your main gear is carried for you and you only must carry whatever you require for that day's trek. You climbing gear is carried by a separate set of porters who will meet us before the summit climb - please see the Packing section for further details. Porters are given porter clothing for treks above 4,500m (windproof jacket and trousers, boots, socks, gloves, hats, sunglasses). All the trekking staff are insured by our local partner in Nepal.

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
12

Itinerary

TNB Trip Map

Land Only

Start City:
Kathmandu
End City:
Kathmandu

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. Those on land only arrangements will join us at the hotel in the afternoon. On arrival at the hotel, you will need to give your leader 2 passport size photographs for your trek and climbing permits.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Free in Kathmandu.

    There will be a full trek briefing this morning. You will be required to bring all your climbing gear to the briefing and there will be a full gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The iconic sights in and around Kathmandu are the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Boudhanath, and the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. Sightseeing tours can be booked locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla; trek to Piuyan.

    We take the spectacular flight to the small airstrip at Lukla, (2,800m) the gateway to the Khumbu region and the start point for the popular trail towards Everest. It is a busy little village with many lodges, equipment and supply shops as well as the airport. We start our trek heading south from Lukla with a steep descent to Surkye. From here we have a steep climb up to the Chutok La from where we contour into a side valley to Piuyan (2,800m).

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4.5
  • Day 4

    Leave the main trail and climb through lush farmland to Pangkongma.

    This morning we leave the main trade route which goes south to Phaphlu. Instead, we climb, steeply at first, eastwards on a quieter trail which winds steadily upwards, over the Khari La (3,048m) and through lush terraced farmland towards the small trading centre of Pangkongma (2,900m). Looking back, we get good views of Numbur and Karyolung Mountains.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,900m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 5

    Cross the Pangkongma La. Descend to the Hinku Khola and ascend the valley to Nashing Dingma.

    We climb steeply through a lush forest of bamboo and rhododendron with views looking back to Numbur and Kongde peaks, to the Pangkongma La (3,170m). From the top we can see Naulekh and five minutes below the pass we catch our first views of Mera's impressive South Face. It’s a long, steep descent to the bottom of the valley, with views south over the hills of the lower Himalaya. We have lunch in a small lodge just above the river and after lunch we cross the Hinku River using a suspension bridge and have a 2-hour climb up the east side of the valley to Nashing Dingma (2,963m).

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,963m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5.5
  • Day 6

    A steep climb to the Surkye La; on to Chholem.

    We continue the roller coaster of ups and downs which characterise this first part of the trek. The trail becomes steeper as we climb to the Surkye La (3,060m), a pass that gives us a taste of the altitude yet to come. We'll need a cup of tea to catch our breath in one of the teahouses just over the pass, before continuing our climb up to the summer grazing land of Chholem Kharka (3,600m). We should arrive for a late lunch and in the afternoon the energetic can walk up onto the ridges surrounding Chholem.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 7 km / 4.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4.5
  • Day 7

    Cross the Pangkongma La and Sukye La into the Hinku Valley.

    This morning we leave the treeline behind and approach wilder country, where the Sherpa's only herd their animals in the summer months. It’s a shortish but quite hard day today with steep climbs and several ridges to cross. We ascend on stone steps all the way to the first col at 4,300m and then further up to a second col at 4,470m. On a clear day, we get a stunning view of Kanchenjunga and its pointed neighbour Jannu far away to the east in India. From the second col we descend to the beautiful holy lakes at Panch Pokhari. Khola Kharka is a short way past the lakes.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,270m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 6 km / 4 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 8

    Follow the Hinku Valley to Kote.

    There are no lodges en route today, so we have a long morning and late lunch so take some snacks and plenty of water. From Khola Kharka we have a short steep climb up stone steps for 30minutes to some prayer flags. Just around the corner, we get great views across to Numbur, Pike Peak and the Lamjura Pass. The route contours around the hillside and then descends very steeply all the way down to the Mojang Khola. We cross the river and descend even further to the Hinku Khola. An undulating trail brings us to a bridge across the roaring Hinku Khola and into Kote village. We have a late lunch at the lodge and there is time in the afternoon to wash or explore the village.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 9

    Ascend the Hinku Valley to Tangnag.

    A wonderful walk today following the Hinku Kola. The trail follows the river on a rocky trail upstream crossing several landslide areas. Just after leaving Kote we can see the three peaks of Mera. As we ascend the valley Kyashar peak appears ahead followed by Kusum Kanguru and East Peak. We stop for a cup of tea at Saure and reach Tangnag for a late lunch. We stay in Tangnag, for the next two nights (4,300m). We are now in a deep valley created by the towering walls of Kyashar Peak, Kusum Kanguru and East Peak.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,300m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 10

    Acclimatisation day at Tangnag.

    We spend the day acclimatising to the altitude. There will be a walk this morning to the top of a ridge south of Tangnag. We walk to approximately 5,000m and should have great views of Kusum Kanguru, Kyeshar and East peaks and the Mera La. We return to camp for lunch and rest in the afternoon.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,300m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Half day walk to the last lodges at Khare, our Base Camp.

    A short day with approximately three to four hours of ascent past Dig Kharka to Khare, the Mera Peak Base Camp at 4,900m. The trail climbs steeply out of Tangnag to some prayer flags overlooking the glacier tumbling down from Kyeshar peak. The trail gets easier as we climb up the valley past Dig Kharka and then there is a last steeper climb to the lodges at Khare. We have lunch in Khare and a free afternoon. From Khare we get great views of Mera, Charpati Himal, Kyeshar Peak and other Himalayan giants.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,900m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 5 km / 3.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 12

    Acclimatisation, ice axe and crampon practice.

    We have an acclimatisation day at Khare and there will be the chance to walk up on to the glacier towards the Mera La, where we will practice our ice axe, crampon and rope technique and use of jumar. There will be a full gear check at Khare and it is possible to hire gear here. Please note that equipment checks, and all practice sessions are compulsory before the climb. There will be a group summit briefing in Khare as in High Camp we have no dining tent and briefings are done on a tent by tent basis.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,900m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Trek to the Mera La.

    A short but steep and hard walk up to the Mera La. The trail climbs steeply out of Khare on a rocky trail with great views looking ahead to the peaks of Mera and back down to Khare. Continuing up the trail gets steeper and there may well be snow and we will need crampons and helmets as we climb the very steep rocky gully onto the glacier. Once on the glacier, the gradient eases off and we follow the glacier up to the Mera La where we stay tonight. Camp is just below the pass on the Honku side, a very cold and windy spot but the sunset from this campsite is truly spectacular with the peaks of the Honku Himal glowing red in the setting sun.

    Camping (sleeping altitude 5,400m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 4 km / 2 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3
  • Day 14

    Trek to High Camp (5800m).

    Another very short day as we ascend the Mera glacier up to a rocky outcrop to establish High Camp at 5,800m. The trail is not so steep, and we can see our route for tomorrow. From camp it is possible to see five out of the six highest mountains on earth, stretching from Kanchenjunga in the east through Makalu, Lhotse and Everest to Cho Oyu in the west. This afternoon there will be a final gear check and we will prepare our clothes ready for tomorrow. After sunset (look out for the last orange glow on the summit of Makalu) we retire to the warmth of our sleeping bags to rest before the summit attempt tomorrow. Please note that High Camp is extremely cold and high and camping space is very limited. There is no dining or toilet tent. Our guides will bring food and drinks to your tents and briefings will be done by the guides on a tent to tent basis.

    Camping (sleeping altitude 5,800m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 1.5 km / 1 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3
  • Day 15

    Climb Mera Central Peak (6461m).

    An extremely long day with a very early (and usually extremely cold) start at around 2 am or earlier. We will set off roped up in teams. You will need to carry your ice axe and wear crampons as we ascend the wide, open glacier, avoiding the few crevasses. The terrain here is not very steep, but the going is very slow due to the altitude and it can be very cold and windy. As dawn approaches the trail starts to ascend steeply to the east of the left-hand ridge before swinging right on easier ground to approach the summit. As we approach the summit we will rest at a col whilst the Sherpa's fix a safety rope to the bottom of the last part of the summit climb. The last 50m to the summit is the steepest part of the climb. We will need the jumar for this last section - it is steep and makes the climb more challenging. Please note crevasses here change from year to year.

    Once at the top the views from the sun rising over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the plumed Everest Himal in the centre and Cho Oyu further west, make every step well worthwhile. Descending this steep section will involve abseiling from the summit and we will use the fixed rope back to the col. From here the descent is usually quicker although we will still be roped up. We descend back down to High Camp where we have some hot soup and drinks. We then descend all the way to our Base Camp at Khare, usually arriving very late afternoon. After a long but rewarding day, returning to a lower altitude (4,900m) means that we should all sleep soundly.

    Summit day can be extremely cold and sometimes windy. You must be able to get ready quickly and move as fast as you can to keep warm. Should a situation develop on summit day where members of your roped group are not suitable to continue then all people roped together may be expected to descend, this decision will be made by the guide. Your leader and climbing guides will set certain turnaround times for safety and these must be adhered to.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,900m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13.5 km / 8.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    12-13
  • Day 16

    An easier walk as we retrace our steps through Tangnag to Kote.

    A long but beautiful walk as we retrace our steps down the valley past Tangnag, where we have lunch and further down the valley to Kote.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 14 km / 9 miles
    Activity (hours):
    7
  • Day 17

    A steep climb out of the valley towards the Zatrwa La to Chetrabu.

    A hard day today as we begin our ascent of the Zatrwa La, the pass that brings us back to Lula. Leaving Kote a small rocky trail takes us down the Hinku Valley for a couple of hours. There are some very steep rocky steps both up and down. We finally leave the Hinku Kola and begin a very steep climb through the forest. We have an early lunch at Toktar, a small cluster of teahouses in the forest. Through the trees, we can just spot the summit of Mera Peak now far away. After lunch we continue climbing up through forest. The rhododendron trees give way to smaller bushes and the mountains begin to appear across the valley. Looking back on a clear day we can see all three summits of Mera, Peak 41 and Naulekh. The higher we climb the better the views and we can trace much of the route we have trekked the past couple of weeks. Finally, we reach a few prayer flags and from here the trail eases as we approach the lodge at Chetrabu. We enjoy views of Mera's vertical west face.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,225m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 8.5 km / 5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 18

    Return to Lukla over the Zatrwa La.

    A long day today as we return to Lukla. We need to carry crampons or microspikes today for the descent of the pass. From the lodge it’s a steep climb to the top of the first (and highest) part of the Zatrwa La at 4,640m. There is a small tea shop near the summit. From the top we get fantastic views of many of the peaks of Khumbu. There is a short steep descent which can be icy and then the trail contours precariously around the hillside for an hour or so to the second Zatrwa La at 4,540m. From here we have a very steep descent to Kharka Tseng. This section of the trail can be snow or ice covered, and we may need crampons, ice axes, and ropes for this section. After a snack lunch we continue our descent on a rocky trail to Chutenga, then it's a further couple of hours or so back to Lukla.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    8.5
  • Day 19

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    We fly to Kathmandu in the morning, transfer to our hotel and head straight for a hot shower or a beer, depending on priorities!

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 20

    Free in Kathmandu for individual sightseeing.

    A free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 21

    End Kathmandu.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flight will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
Altitude charts
TNB Altitude Chart

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Please note: it is possible that the order of the itinerary listed above will be changed to ensure the best possible conditions for each activity during the trip. All listed activities and services will be included. Your leader will inform you of any changes locally after assessing conditions.

Accommodation

Hotels, Lodges & Camping

This tour spends four nights in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, fourteen nights on trek in lodges (teahouses) and two nights camping.

In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available from reception for the rooms. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings.

On the trek we will stay in teahouses for the most part. Some days there may be no teahouse at lunchtimes – on these days we carry a packed lunch. The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities. 

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

We book twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag. 

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it in the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to do it for you.

Some lodges now have hot 'showers' (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks, meal times and handling money.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

For the Mera Peak summit climb, we spend two nights camping. Camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook and do all camp chores for you. We provide two-person tents, cooking and kitchen gear and support staff. Please note that at the camps there is limited space. There are no dining tents and toilet tents. Food and drinks will be served by your guides to the tent and briefings will be done on a tent by tent basis. The conditions are basic due to the nature of the mountain. 

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

Single Accommodation

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the four nights in Kathmandu only (subject to availability). While in the tea-houses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis. Single tents are not available for the two nights camping due to safety considerations.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from 127,00 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping.

In the teahouses, breakfast will be a fixed set menu usually consisting of porridge or muesli, with either toast, chapatti or pancake, plus an egg or omelette and a cup of tea/coffee. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat. Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group’s order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it).

The menus in the lodges are almost identical to one another but offer a varied choice, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are from powder/packets and contain gluten.

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle (or two) and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions).

Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are widely available to purchase from online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay – they’re very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices.

There is also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market, such as ‘The Grayl’ or ‘Water-to-Go’ but please note that these tend to have a small capacity and the filter systems will be less effective if they freeze so are less practical for high altitude treks such as this.

While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

Transportation

For airport transfers we use a private minibus. Flights to and from Lukla are in a Twin Otter or Dornier plane.

Flying in Nepal

Many of our treks in Nepal use domestic flights to reach the trekking areas. The mountainous terrain is often subject to changeable weather which makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations. The EU has recently chosen to highlight the relatively poor safety record in Nepal, and as of December 2013 all Nepalese registered airlines have been included on the EU ‘Banned list’ preventing them from flying in EU airspace. While no Nepalese-registered airlines currently fly within the EU, the EU have instigated this ban to encourage the CAA of Nepal to tighten its systems governing Nepalese aviation. Flying within Nepal is therefore a known risk and the current travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides an overview which we encourage you to read.

In response to general concerns over this safety record, Exodus asked independent air safety experts to visit Nepal on our behalf to assess the suitability of the available carriers. Following these comprehensive audits, Exodus decided to restrict our use of airlines to only those approved as part of the most recent audit. It remains our firm policy to only use these approved carriers for our customers and further audits will take place regularly. For emergency situations, we also have an approved list of helicopter companies for our use.

Exodus is supportive of the EU’s move to put pressure on the CAA of Nepal in this way. We are hopeful that, alongside our own risk control measures, this will make a difference to all who fly in Nepal. Please consider the information above when deciding to book this holiday.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and below Khare days on trek are usually sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Higher up there can be snow and above Khare it will be cold as you are on a glacier. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 30ºC at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring. There can be rain or snow on trek.

There will always be snow above Khare at the Mera La and High Camp. Summit day will be a very early start and will be very cold. There may also be high winds on Mera La and on summit day. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 30ºC plus wind chill on summit day. You must heed the advice of your guides on summit day about keeping moving and keeping warm. There can also be snow and ice on the Zatrwa La.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 22 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Jet Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Internal flights during the trip are with a local airline.

Travelling land only: 21 days starting and ending in Kathmandu

Your trip normally starts at our hotel in Kathmandu in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Please pay attention to the Internal Flight Delays section of the Trip Notes.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £6/US$10 should you decide to make your way independently.

Location start:
Kathmandu
Location end:
Kathmandu

What to Take

Essential Equipment

You can download a full trip specific Kit List HERE. (If for any reason you are unable to download the kit list please contact us to request a copy as it is essential that you have all of the necessary equipment for the climb).

If you are taking battery or power banks with you, these must be stored in your hand luggage on international flights via Delhi as these are combustible items and if detected in your hold baggage they may be confiscated or destroyed.

Please note that many Nepalis are still traditional in the way they dress so we suggest you dress conservatively whilst in the mountains. T-shirts are preferable to sleeveless tops and although shorts should be knee-length. For women a skirt or trousers are preferable.

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in whilst on trek as porters cannot carry hard cases or cases with wheels. If you book via an agent, it is at the agent’s discretion and you should speak directly to them to arrange delivery. Please note that if you book less than three weeks before the departure date we cannot guarantee that your kitbag will arrive before your trip starts, so if this is the case please contact us on [email protected] to let us know. For full T&Cs see www.exodus.co.uk/kitbags.

Any baggage not needed on trek can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu free of charge. Many people find it easiest to pack the Exodus kitbag inside a wheelie case which can be left in Kathmandu with anything not needed for the trek, whilst the kitbag will be carried by your porter on trek.

Internal Flights Weight Limit

The luggage allowance on the Lukla flight is 10kg checked baggage +5kg hand luggage; this should include everything you need for the duration of the trek and ascent. It is possible to take more than 15kg (10kg checked baggage and 5kg hand luggage) on the Lukla flights but the excess luggage will incur a charge of approx. £1 per kg, which you will need to pay for locally once your luggage has been weighed. On arrival in Lukla, the climbing gear will be separated out and will be taken via a shorter route to Khare (on the way back to Lukla all porters will walk with you so that if you need crampons, boots or ice axes for the Zatrwa La they will be with you at that point). Your kitbag with your remaining gear for the trek will be carried along the same route as you by a porter and should weigh no more than 15kg. These luggage restrictions and charges apply for both flights to and from Lukla (e.g. the beginning and end of the trek).

Equipment Hire

Down jackets and 4-season sleeping bags can be hired through Exodus - these must be pre-booked and paid for in advance of travel through the Exodus office but will be provided locally by your leader in Kathmandu. Approximate hire prices are: down jacket from £53, 4-season sleeping bag from £53, or a package including a down jacket and a 4-season sleeping bag from £74. Please call for details.

Alternatively, duvet jackets and sleeping bags are available for hire from Trek Hire UK. Trek Hire UK can also provide a range of trekking essentials and accessories, from rucksacks to trekking poles. Please note that supplies are limited, and it is advisable to reserve any equipment as early as possible. For more technical equipment, you may like to try Expedition Kit Hire who offer Exodus clients a 10% discount off individual items.

There are two opportunities to hire equipment locally – in Kathmandu or Khare. There are many equipment shops in Kathmandu where you can buy much of the required clothing, but the quality does vary and cannot be guaranteed so you should choose carefully. If you choose to hire items from Khare you will need to bring your own helmet (as they cannot be hired in Khare) and we recommend bringing crampons or half crampons for the Zatrwa La. This is because you will have returned any gear hire from Khare and you will be passing the Zatrwa La on the return leg of the trek back to Lukla. Hiring items in Khare will also help you reduce the weight carried on the Lukla flight and the amount of gear either you or the porters are carrying on the trek.

Plastic boots, ice axe, crampons, harness, jumar, figure of eight, karabiners and prussic loops needed for the climb as well as down mitts can all be hired in Khare for around NR12000 (approx. US$100). Each item is available for individual hire if you already have some items yourself. If you have particularly small or large feet, then you may also like to bring your own plastic/double boots and crampons for the climb in case your size is not available in Khare.

For specific advice on individual items, we recommend that you contact our Customer Operations department on [email protected] or talk to a specialist outdoor retailer prior to your trip.

Cotswold Outdoor and Nomad Travel Stores offer Exodus clients a 15% discount and Ellis Brigham offers Exodus clients a 10% discount off purchases; please present your booking confirmation to redeem this.

Donations for porters and schools

If while packing, you find a spare bit of space in your bag please note we have a Porter Clothing Bank in Kathmandu. If you have any old walking gear you no longer need bring it with you and give to your leader or leave at the Exodus desk in Kathmandu.

We also support children in schools in Kathmandu and in villages. If you have room for any of the following items they would be appreciated: children’s books for 5-18-year olds, magazines such as Wanderlust, National Geographic, Science magazines, notebooks, pens, crayons, boys and girls socks or underwear, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, children’s hats and gloves, baby clothes, lightweight wooden games such as chess, solitaire. The above items can be taken to the Ambassador Garden Home in Thamel and given to Prakash Lammichanne. Contact No: +977 1 4700724.

Environmental Considerations

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

Mera Peak's summit, Nepal

Practical Information

Passport

Nepal

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you. If you use the machine you will not need a passport photo). You must first join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp.  If you use the paper form to obtain a visa on arrival then you will also need one passport photo (a photo is not required if you use the electronic registration machines but we recommend you bring one with you anyway in case, for any reason, the machines cannot read your passport). There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Altitude warning

This trip includes one or more nights over 3500m above sea level, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We expect most clients to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches and shortness of breath while walking or sleeplessness. Our leaders are trained to identify symptoms of severe AMS and if a client requires extra care, arrangements such as rapid descent will be made immediately.

On some days this trip climbs faster than commonly published ascent rate recommendations. Based upon an assessment by our external safety and medical advisors and our risk assessment process, we consider the ascent rate is acceptable due to the additional safety measures that are in place for our customers. All our trips operating at high altitude meet our internal altitude safety standards that minimise the risk of serious incidents occurring whilst travelling at altitude.

A number of medical conditions or medications can reduce your body's ability to acclimatise. This may affect your performance and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing conditions, such as heart conditions, or your overall physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. The drug Diamox (also known as acetazolamide and normally only available on prescription) has been shown to aid acclimatisation in some individuals, and therefore may reduce the risk of AMS. Clients considering using Diamox should speak to their doctor about the drug, its side-effects and a prescription. Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

Please note: that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

If you are not taking out Exodus Travel Insurance, make sure that your policy covers you up to the maximum altitude on this trip (if trekking in the Himalaya your policy should also cover the use of a helicopter for emergency medical evacuation).

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Nepal's Timezone:
Asia/Kathmandu +0545 (GMT +05:45)

Electricity

Nepal's Electricity:

230V, 50Hz. Mains electric 'load shedding' (planned temporary power‐cuts) occurs regularly throughout towns and cities in Nepal. On teahouse treks the majority of lodges now have electricity and charging facilities in the communal areas for batteries, for a fee (around Rs150-350 per hour). Battery life can be affected by cold - lithium batteries are best.

Money

Nepal's Currency

The national currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 153 to the UK£ and 115 to the US$.

It is illegal to import or export rupees, but foreign currency is not limited, provided it is declared on arrival.

Keep your change receipts, as you will need them if you want to change rupees back into hard currency at Kathmandu airport.

ATM Availability

There are ATM machines in Kathmandu only. Please note that sometimes ATM machines are broken or do not have enough money and there is a limit you can take out each time. Please do not rely totally on using ATM machines and we recommend you bring some cash with you. Credit cards are accepted in many of the larger shops and restaurants in Kathmandu and are now accepted at the teahouses in Namche Bazaar.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

It is illegal to import or export rupees, but foreign currency is not limited, provided it is declared on arrival. We recommend taking your personal spending money in cash (Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros can all be changed easily). Please note £50 notes or any Scottish or Irish Currency cannot be changed in Nepal. Cash can be changed easily at the airport on arrival or at money changers in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Hotels in Nepal can also change up to US$300 per person. Please note that travellers' cheques can NOT be exchanged in Nepal. Our staff will advise you about how much money to take with you on the trek. Keep your change receipts, as you will need them if you want to change Rupees back into hard currency at Kathmandu airport.

Please allow Rs3500-4500 (£25-35) per day for lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, showers and charging on trek, and for meals not included in Kathmandu. This amount is given as a rough guideline only. If you plan to treat non-boiled water on trek you will spend less than this, whilst if you buy imported snacks and drinks you may spend a few pounds extra each day. There are teahouses selling drinks and snacks along much of the trekking route.

Optional Excursions

A few optional tours and activities are available from Kathmandu.

Prices for a half day sightseeing tour start from £25 (approx. US$40) per person, based on a group of 6 and above. For all trips, return transport and a qualified sightseeing guide are included. The price does not include lunch or entry fees. Please enquire with your leader in Kathmandu, who will be able to provide further information.

An optional Everest sightseeing flight is available (again, please book this locally through your leader or the Exodus desk in the Royal Singi Hotel in Kathmandu). Anyone taking an internal sightseeing flight in Nepal should pay particular attention to the statement entitled 'Flying in Nepal.

Tipping

Tipping is of course entirely at your discretion but is part of the culture in Nepal and is usually expected. Tipping can be an awkward affair especially when you are not familiar with the country. Your leader will help with tipping and will provide a list of suggested tips. This will include tips for drivers, hotel porters and other hotel staff, local sightseeing guides, and if trekking or biking will include staff such as the trek guide, assistants, Sherpas, porters/yak men etc.

Sometimes your leader will collect a kitty during the trip and sometimes they will collect the tips towards the end of the trip (occasionally for very small groups the leader may need to collect a little more than the suggested amount). We suggest you allow approx. NRs 13,500 £90/US$115) for this trip.

Tipping of the leader is not included in the above and is at your discretion. We suggest you send an envelope around the group at the end of the trip and you can put in what you like and give to the leader on the last evening.

Please try to give all tips in local currency.

 

Between Low and High Camp, Nepal

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has a longstanding relationship with our local partner in Nepal, having worked with the family business, passed from father to son, for over 30 years. We employ local leaders, guides and staff throughout and work with family-run hotels, such as the Hotel Royal Singi wherever possible.

Exodus has set up and supported many projects in Nepal over the decades, from installing solar cookers and donating smokeless stoves (a safer means of cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems), to supporting a tree nursery in Braga (in the Annapurnas) and helping supply water and hydro-electric power to several villages.

Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Exodus’ emergency fundraising appeal raised over a quarter of a million pounds thanks to our loyal customers and friends. This enabled us to provide emergency relief (shelters, food and medical supplies), to rebuild homes and schools, and to run a medical camp in spring 2016 in the remote village of Thulopatel in partnership with volunteers from Nepal Medical College. Over 1,500 patients from rural communities were treated for a variety of ailments, to whom medical facilities are not normally readily available. Many of our previous projects (both water pipes and stoves) were damaged in the earthquake - in 2017 we replaced many of these.

Exodus also worked with Health Partnership Nepal and sponsored their medical camp in Charikot in 2017 as well as sponsoring 1000 Freedom Kits (providing sanitary wear) for women in Nepal – a project which we continue to support.

To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.