MERA PEAK CLIMB NEPAL

Mera Peak is located at the head of the quiet and remote Hinku valley, an area of the Mount Everest region rarely frequented by trekkers or visitors. There are many approaches to Mera; some are 'easier' and some require the crossing of high and difficult passes.

Mera Peak, along with some other peaks in Nepal, is defined by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) as a Trekking Peak. Unfortunately, this has led many to believe that there is no difficulty involved. This is not the case. Anything involving the use of ropes, crampons, climbing gear, climbing skill, snow gullies etc can cause difficulty, even for just for one day.

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, and can be climbed by people without any prior technical or mountaineering experience. Most groups can reach the summit and return to base camp in one day, though we can set up a high camp at around 5,800m to make the summit day shorter.

 

Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m) - Trek to Puyan (2,800m)

Day-4: Pangkongma (2,846m)

Day-5: Nashing Dingma (2,600m)

Day-6: Chalem Kharka (3,600m)

Day-7: Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)

Day-8: Trek to Hinku Valley. Trek to Thaksingdingma (3600m)

Day-9: Trek to Thangnak (4350m)

Day-10: Trek to Khare (5100m)

Day-11: Trek to Mera La (5400m)

Day-12: Day for Acclimatization

Day-13: Continue to High Camp (5800m)

Day-14: Summit the Mera Peak (6,654 m)

Day-15 - 18: Trek back to Lukla

Day-19: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-20: Free day in Kathmandu

Day-21: Final departure.

Fast Facts

Altitude: 6654m

All year

Best: Spring/Autumn

Tour: 22 days

Hotels and Tents

Trek Grade: 3c (FP)


Very long days with steep paths, boulders , rock and ice. Glaciers and snow will be encountered at high altitude. Increased presence of rocky glacial moraines and ice ridges. climb entails some technical sections where ropes, crampons and ice picks may be needed. No prior Technical experience is helpful but not required. Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes up to 6000m. High risk of altitude sickness. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running and hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrival: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

Day-3 Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Puyan (2,800m)

We are off this morning to the airport for a great flight of the Himalaya. If the sky is clear during our flight, we get our first views of Everest and the region in which we'll be trekking. The Twin Otter aircraft will take us to the hillside village of Lukla, the start of our trek to Mera. Here we meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first camp at Puyan (2,800m). Camp

Day-4: Pangkongma (2,846m)

After crossing the Poyan Khola, we turn off the main trade route coming up from the south and join an older route, which climbs steeply to the ridge-line overlooking the Khare Khola. Descending the opposite side to the ridge, we then contour along the hillside before climbing steadily up to the attractive farming and trading village of Pangkongma (2,846m). Many expedition members have been welcomed by the villagers here, spending several pleasant hours warming themselves in front of an open fire in the enveloping and welcoming atmosphere of the local's traditional Sherpa homes. Camp 

Day-5: Nashing Dingma (2,600m)

With fine views westwards towards Takshindu monastery and Lamjura, we climb through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to the Pangkongma La. From here, we have good views of the south face of Mera with its twin peaks and of its neighbour Naulekh. We then make a scenic descent with beautiful views looking south across the endless foothills rising from Hinku valley. This steep descent leads down to the wire rope bridge that spans the Hinku Khola. A steep, strenuous climb on the opposite side leads to Nashing Dingma (2,600m). We stay here the night at the excellent campsite established by the Makalu National Park.

Day-6: Chalem Kharka (3,600m)

Gaining height gradually through pasture and lush greenery, the trail steepens as its ascends to Surke La. It is possible to take a nice, welcome cup of tea in a lodge just over the pass. Walking on, we eventually reach an attractive campsite  about 1km beyond Chalem Kharka (3,600m), set among fir trees and rhododendron bushes. Camp.

Day-7: Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)

Climbing the ridge, we emerge from the last traces of rhododendron and the terrain becomes more rugged. Passing through high grazing country and crossing a small pass, we are treated to some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu to the east. We climb to Panch Pokari and then on to camp at Chunbu Kharka (4,200m). Camp

Day-8: Trek to Hinku Valley and then Khote 3600m)

We ascend slowly passing through the jungle. We find virtually no human settlement on the trail. This will be our our longest walking day, mostly downhill. We traverse several flats and spurs until we gain our first view of Mera Peak. From here the paths drop down to the isolated Hinku Valley. Aside from mountaineers, the Hinku Valley is sparsely populated and very pristine. We ascend a steep section of trail until we enter the forest, where a lunch break is taken. Eventually we descend into humid, bamboo forests, before turning north up along the west of Hinku River towards Mera Peak. We slowly climb to Khote. Camp

Day-9:Trek to Thangnak (4350m)

Today should bring amazing mountain views when we head north into the Hinku Valley. The trail gently climbs along the west bank of the Hinku River. Spectacular mountains, such as Kusum Kangari to the west and east is Mera Peak, will be in view throughout the morning. Trekking onto the meadows on the western side of the Hinku Valley, we eventually climb above the tree line. Here we stop for lunch. Throughout the afternoon, we traverse meadows and hill slopes, dotted with grazing yaks, until the settlement of Tangnak (4,350m, 14,268ft). If it's been a snowy season, the sound of avalanches will soon be familiar. We are approaching the heart of the high Himalaya. Camp 

Day-10:Trek to Khare (5100m)

Today the climb takes us above 5,000 m (16,400ft). Our hike up to Khare (5,100m, 16,728ft) is short, if slowly, with frequent stops gives us time to soak up incredible surroundings. The trail heads eastward out of Tangnag, along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier. We climb the moraine for a view of the pristine Sabai Tso glacial Lake.  We arrive at Khare in the early afternoon and have lunch. From Khare, the beautiful north face of Mera Peak appears in plain view and Mera glacier spills steeply down the valley. Camp.   

Day-11

Rest / Exploration Day for acclimatisation Rest day for acclimatisation. You can explore around or climb up for a few hours and come back to the Base Camp. 

Day-12: Trek to Mera La (5400m)

Today is a short trekking distance, slowly ascending up onto Mera glacier. The climb is initially steep, but flattens out when we reach the crest of the glacier. We then traverse a long flat on top of the glacier making our way to the pass, called Mera La (5,400m, 17,710ft). From here, the views are stunning. Crevasse fields gently stretch out in front of the pass and we are literally enclosed by a ring of jagged peaks and blue-green glaciers. The remaining route up to the summit of Mera Peak is clearly visible. Lunch will be at at Mera La and the afternoon spent relaxing and staying warm. Camp

Day-13: Continue to High Camp (5800m)

A short, steep climb takes us to High camp, but we take it very slowly so that we allow for altitude gains. At 5,800 m (19,025ft), high camp is nestled behind a large rock outcrop. We arrive here by lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and further acclimatizing and making preparations for the next day to get to the summit. Camp.

Day-14: Summit Mera Peak (6,654 m)

Today we go to the summit at 21,830 ft from where the views of Pumori (7,161 m) Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Lobuche (6,145 m) Cho Oyu (8,201 m) are spectacular. We depart high camp before dawn. The climb up to the higher northern summit is straight forward, but will take 6-7 hours. The reward is  the world's most spectacular mountain views, including Everest and Lhotse just to the north, Cho Oyu to the northwest, and Kanchenjunga and Makalu on the eastern side. We then make our way down to Mera La for lunch and to Khare to camp.

Day-15-16:Contingency days

Day-17-19:

Over the course of the next 3 days, retrace our steps and drive back down to Lukla, camping overnight.

Day-20: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-21:

Free day to explore, and enjoy

Day-22: Final Departure.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Island peak permit
Climbing Sherpa guide
Main ropes
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek
 

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Climbing gear
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up  (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

Route Profile Map

Mera Peak Trekking Profile Map

Trip Extension Ideas

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 Return via Mingobo La Pass
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