Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at over 6,400m. The view from the summit is one of the finest in the Himalaya with five 8,000m peaks visible: Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga.
Our itinerary has been carefully designed to allow for gradual acclimatization. We believe that by using this itinerary you will have a higher chance of safely summiting Mera Peak and enjoying the experience. As a safety precaution, we will bring a portable altitude chamber and a satellite phone.
This expedition would be suitable for a climber visiting the Himalayas for the first time or keen hill walkers with some previous experience of using crampons and ice axe.
You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick up and transfer. A full expedition briefing will be given in the afternoon.
Today your leader will brief you on the expedition and check your gear for the trip.
You will be driven to Kathmandu domestic airport for the early morning flight to mountain airstrip at Lukla. This is a truly spectacular beginning to the trek as you fly over the rolling foothills of Nepal with the huge Himalayan peaks visible to the north. The flight takes about thirty five minutes flying in small Twin Otter planes.
On arrival to Lukla we meet our trek crew and porters and then begin the trek heading south in the opposite direction to the busy trail to Everest Base Camp. Our kitchen crew will walk ahead and prepare lunch for us at Surke an hour or so from Lukla. Our first night is in the village of Puiyan where we camp in the garden of a teahouse lodge and use their dining room for our meals. Overnight camping
After forty five minutes we turn off the main Jiri to Namche trade route and then ascend on a quieter trail to Khari La. From this pass there are good views up the Dudh Khosi valley towards Namche Bazaar and Sherpa holy mountain called Mount Kumbila at 5,761m.
We descend through rhododendron forest to the scattered village of Kharte where we have lunch. The morning walk normally takes around three hours and in the afternoon we have a further three and a half hours walking to camp. After lunch we start contouring through oak forest towards the east before climbing steadily up to the Sherpa village of Pangom. Overnight camping
From Pangom village we walk through rhododendron forest and bamboo up to Pangom La at 3,173m where we get our first view of the impressive Mera Peak. After the pass we descend for ½ hour to Shibuche village and then drop steeply on
a loose trail to a suspension bridge crossing the Hinku river. It takes about four hours to reach our lunch place located beyond the bridge. After lunch we have a sustained climb to our campsite at Nashing Dingma normally taking a further two to three hours. Overnight camping
From Nashing Dingma it takes about one and a half hours to climb over Surke La then only another hour until lunch as there is no water available further along ridge. After lunch the trail follows Surkhe Danda ridge covered in bamboo and
rhododendrons with beautiful views looking out to the hills east of the Hongu valley. There is a further two to three hours walking to reach Chalem Kharka, this campsite has a number of terraces cut out by Rai people from Bung village who own the land. Overnight camping
To aid our acclimatisation we spend two nights at Chalem Kharka. In the morning we will organise a walk to the pass heading towards Chunbu Kharka, on the way up to the pass you can see the trail we will take after climbing Mera Peak that goes out over Zatra La back to Lukla. At the top of the pass there are superb views of Mount Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world. This walk takes about four hours and is highly recommended as helps your acclimatisation by climbing to 4,200m at the pass before descending to Chalem Kharka at 3,600m (“climb high sleep low”). Overnight camping
Today we retrace yesterday’s trail to the first pass at 4,200m taking two hours then carry on for a further hour and a half to the second pass at 4,450m. It is a short descent taking twenty minutes to the stunning Panch Pokhari lakes where we usually eat our pack lunches while enjoying the view of this magnificent place. These lakes are considered to be holy by Hundus and each summer many pilgrims visit during their religious festivals. Look out for the numerous tridents left behind in this area, these symbolise the Hindu God Lord Shiva. From the lakes it takes a further thirty minutes to walk to our camp at Chunbu Kharka. Overnight camping
There is a steep climb out of our camp to gain a ridge at 4,400m then from here the trail contours high above the Hinku river. Trekking poles are essential for today’s walk as the trail is steep in places and can be icy due to its northern aspect. After four hours walking we descend steeply through rhododendron forest finally get to our lunch place after another hour. Look out for the huge erosion scar in the valley above Hinku river. This was happened on September 3rd 1998 when a glacial lake called Sabai Tsho further up the valley above Tagnag breached its moraine dam producing a devastating Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (“GLOF”) that surged down the Hinku valley.
After lunch there is a further two to three hours walking, we cross Hinku river on a bridge to reach Kothe where there are a number of lodges. We camp in a grassy area next to one of these lodges. Overnight camping
Today it feels like you are entering into the high mountains of the Himalaya for the first time rather than seeing them from distance as on the trek so far. There are superb views of Kyashar (6,769m) and Kusum Karguru (6,367m).
The walk is a steady and gradual climb up the valley, for the first section we walk near the river on a rocky trail then later on climb up to grassy yak pastures (kharka) above river level. It takes three hours to read our lunch place and then a further two hours to Tagnag. It is worth visiting the cave monastery reached an hour or so after lunch. Overnight camping
To aid our acclimatisation we spend two nights at Tagnag. In the morning we will organise a walk up the ridge behind Tagnag where there are superb views of Mera Peak, Kyashar and Kusum Kanguru. If continue to top of the ridge one can get to an altitude of 5,100m, this walk takes three and half hours up and one and a half back to Tagnag. Overnight camping
On leaving Tagnag we cross the boulders left behind when Sabai Tsho glacial lake burst in 1998 during GLOF. After about one hour walk from Tagnag, it is worth walking over to see Sabai Tsho as this is only a short detour from the main trail.
It takes two and a half hours to walk to the grassy area at Dig Kharka then the trail climbs up a hill and takes a further hour to Khare. There are several lodges in Khare with good camping grounds. In the afternoon you can go for a walk up the moraine ridge above camp where there is a good view of our route to the summit of Mera Peak. Overnight camping
To aid our acclimatisation we spend two nights at Khare. For those who would like to practice skills needed for glacial travel we will organise a session on the glacier above Khare. Alternatively, you can go for a day walk and explore the area to the north of camp towards Kangtega. Overnight camping
Leaving Khare we ascend a moraine ridge then followed by a scree slope to arrive at a small tea shop, this normally takes one and a half hours walking. It is a further half hour to reach the snout of the glacier where we gear up putting on crampons and harness. Once on the glacier there is a short climb on ice to reach the glacial plateau that can then be followed all the way to the Mera La. Once at the Mera La there is a short descent to the east side of the pass to get to the rocky tent platforms. Overnight camping
From our camp we ascend back to Mera La taking half an hour or so then our route turns left and following easy angled snow slopes. As you climb higher the Himalaya vista opens up, the first 8,000m peak seen is Mount Makalu to the east then a little higher you see Mount Everest and finally shortly before arriving to High Camp Mount Kanchenjunga. High Camp is located on a rocky outcrop at 5,800m and from here you can also see most of tomorrow’s route to the summit of Mera Peak. Overnight camping
Today we have an early morning start normally around 3am walking in the dark using head torches to light the way, in November the first glow from sun appears at 5.15am and it is light by 6.15am. Of course it will be very cold so it is essential that you are fully kitted out for these conditions.
We will rope together in groups of three to four climbers with a western guide or Sherpa on each rope. Shortly out of High Camp the route passes through an area with several crevasses then after an hour or so the trail turns to right and starts to steepen as we approach the summit. It normally takes between five and six hours to reach the summit from High Camp whereas the descent back down take two hours and then another two hours down to Khare. Overnight camping
Today we retrace our route back to Kothe. It takes two hours to walk to Tagnag then a further two hours to lunch then afterwards it takes a further then two and half hours to Kothe. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).
Coming out of Kothe we follow Hinku river downstream for a while before ascending to our lunch place at Tattor. After lunch we climb through blue pine forest then rhododendron followed by a long undulating traverse to reach our camping place at Thuli Kharka. Overnight camping.
There is a steep ascent from Thuli Kharka to the first pass Zatra Og normally taking an hour and half followed by a traverse to the second pass Zatra La taking a further forty five minutes. The descent from Zatra La can be icy so depending on conditions you might have to use your crampons and ice axe and we might also fix rope to help secure your passage.
Once we get to the tea shop the trail will be clear of snow and ice, from here we continue our descent for an hour or so until we reach the lunch place. After this we continue through forest and then cultivated farmland to reach Lukla. Overnight camping. Overnight camping.
If the weather is fine in Lukla then hopefully we will get an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day you are free to relax in Kathmandu or to go shopping, normally groups will meet up in the evening for a farewell meal. Overnight at Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Meals: B.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home. End of trip
All ground transportation
All Domestic Flights
All Govt. Permits
Guide & Porters
All Meals During Trek ( B.L.D )
Twin Sharing / 3 Star Cotegory Hotel (B.B Plan)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Insurance for Nepalese Guide & Porters
Basic Trekking Equipment: Climbing Ropes, Radio Phone, Hyper Bar Bag, Yak Expedition Duffel Bags (If required)
Trekking Map, Medical Kit
Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Kitchen & Dining Tents, 2 Men Tents, Tents for Nepalese Team Members
Kitchen Equipment, Toiletries
We also provide Ice Axe, Harnes, Crumb Punch, Walking Sticks and Helmets (if requested)
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Gears, Equipments
Personal Expenses and Tips
All Alcoholic / Non Alcoholic Beverages
Emergency Rescue Evacuation
Battery Charge for Electronic Devices
- Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 15 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
- Altitude: up to 6,500m.
- Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes.
- Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.
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