You arrive in Kathmandu. Flights are generally overnight, perhaps via Dubai or another Gulf state.
On day two you meet the team, who labour to ready your venture. This gives you a day to kill, with countless options for sightseeing or plain shopping.
You fly to Tenzing-Hillary, the infamous landing strip at Lukla, taking 40 minutes, and then it is time to walk.
You cross the Poyan Khola pass, with Khara Khola in the distance. You make it to Pangkongma.
You ascend to Pangkongma La pass, granting you your first good views of Mera Peak. You then trek down into the Hinku Valley, cross a river using a wire bridge and ascend to Nashing Dingma.
You climb to Chalen Kharka through the Surke La pass. Despite being 11,800 feet above sea level, there is still vegetation including rhododendrons and fir trees.
Today you climb over rough ground. Jannu and Kanchenjunga can be seen. Jannu, 25,295 feet high, is the 32nd highest mountain in the world. Kangchenjunga is rather more impressive: the third highest at 28,169 feet. When you get to Chunbu Kharka, you camp.
This day is for acclimatisation. If you are of an energetic disposition – many nearby walks are possible.
Today you trek back to the Hinku Valley once more. You pass the site of flooding in 1998 that resulted from a dam giving way after an unusually strong earthquake. The resultant wall of water stripped the landscape, leaving it unrecognisable. Three yaks died…
You cross a river and, passing grazing yaks, ascend to Tangnag. There are some wonderful tea houses here, however, you will probably sleep in a tent.
You rise above the tree line and ascend Dig Kharka-wards (15,520 feet). This is near the Hinku Nup glacier, beside which you camp.
By day, you walk onto the glacier to be instructed in the use of crampons and axes, which will be indispensable when you tackle Mera La and Mera Peak.
Today you arrive at Mera Peak Base Camp.
Ice school continues on the Mera glacier.
Several crevasses must be crossed to reach the high camp.
After fixing ropes, you reach the summit of Mera Peak and then descend to Base Camp again.
This is a spare day in case of foul weather.
You return to Lukla, which could conceivably take as little as three days. From Base Camp, you cross the Zanwa La pass (15,090 feet) and then drop – this is steep – to the Dudh Kosi Valley on the way. You might avail yourself of Lukla’s bars.
You fly to Kathmandu.