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. There are many approaches to Mera Peak; some are 'easier' and some require crossing 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 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: Acclimatization

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

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

Day-15 - 18: Hike to Lukla

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

Day-20: Free at leisure

Day-21: Final departure.

Frequent Questions

It is 6160m on Imja Tse or 20,305 ft above sea level.
The shortest duration required is 21, including pre and post tour but extra time can be added on.
You need to be in good physical shape and able to sustain extended periods of hard climbing, as the summit climb can be up to 12 hours long. You should start training a good 4-6 months prior to the trip with extended periods of cardio workouts and hill walking. Although you will receive training at the peak on using mountaineering equipment, you should also take a course in basic climbing skills so that you are familiar with the rope work before you arrive.
The routes are not clearly marked given that most of the ascent takes place above the snow line. Below the snow many sections are rocky and steep and can be very slippery at times. Some places are more like a scramble. Once above the snow line you will encounter ice and snow and rock.

Before setting out we will provide you with a full equipment list. However there are certain basics for all peaks over 6000m. Plastic boots are essential and should be the double boot (with a soft inner and hard plastic shell), as temperatures can drop to below -20C. If you plan on buying these before you leave then make sure you can wear a double layer sock in them with plenty of room for your toes to move. Otherwise you can rent them in Nepal as they are an expensive item to buy.

Crampons are worn with the plastic boot as either a strap on or clip on depending on the type. You will use these for the majority of the time you spend on the glacier and summit climb. Again, these can be rented.

A climbing harness is the next essential item which you will wear over your trekking pants.

The climb to base camp plus the climb up is roughly 135km return trip, Lukla to Lukla. If you add on Everest base it is about 170km
The climb can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the sunlight hours tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful rhododendron flowers.
There are three summits on Mera Peak, It contains three main summits: Mera North, (6,476m), Mera Central (6,461m) and Mera South (6,065m). Mera Central 6461m is just a stone's throw away the true summit, 6476m, yet Mera North, is hardly ever climbed. We climb Mera Central.
Our grade: Trek Grade: 3c (FP)

The government of Nepal has designated the term 'Trekking Peak' to 18 Peaks, which can now be climbed once you have a permit via the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The category was created by the Nepal Mountaineering association as an intermediate stage between hiking and mountaineering. The climbs are of an intermediate level yet despite their names, are certainly not just an extension of a walking trek. Tackling a 'trekking peak' should not be undertaken lightly as they require physical stamina, mental focus and require basic mountain climbing skills. On these treks, you will be trekking and climbing above the snow line using ice axe, crampons, ropes and other climbing equipment. Prior experience though not essential, is certainly an advantage.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude over 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover.

Mera Peak Itinerary

Day-1: Arrival: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided sightseeing around 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 staff and porters and set off straight away for our first night at Puyan (2,800m).

Day-4: Pangkongma (2,846m)

After crossing Poyan Khola, we turn off the main trade route and join an older route, which climbs steeply to the ridge-line overlooking Khare Khola. Descending the opposite side to the ridge, we then contour along the hillside before climbing up to the attractive farming 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.

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

With fine views towards Takshindu monastery and Lamjura, we climb through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to 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 across the endless foothills rising from Hinku valley. This steep descent leads down to the wire rope bridge that spans 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.

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).

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 longest trek, 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.

Day-9:Trek to Thangnak (4350m)

We see 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.

Day-10:Trek to Khare (5100m)

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.

Day-11

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

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 Mera La and the afternoon spent relaxing and staying warm.

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.

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

We climb 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:Contingencies

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 at leisure 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. 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 $50
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 accommodation 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

Trek via Amphu Lapcha Pass
Extend your trek be climbing on the return though the technically difficult Amphu Lapcha Pass and possible adding Island peak or Everest Base Camp.
Return via Mingo Bo La Pass
Not as difficult as Amphu Lapcha pass the Mingbo La brings you dong the Hinku valley and onto the Everest base camp trail near Pangboche.
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Trekking Peaks in Nepal
Island Peak is lower than Mera Peak but in terms of technical work, is more difficult to climb. However, the trek TO Island Peak is easier than the Mera Peak trek.

Island Peak is 6160m.
Island Peak Itinerary
Mera Peak is higher than Island Peak but in terms of technical work, easier to climb. However, the trek TO Mera Peak is tougher than the trek to Island Peak.

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6654m.
Mera Peak Itinerary
If you are looking at something tougher than a standard Mera Peak Trek or Island Peak trek then there are two options, one is to do Mera Peak and return via the Mingoba La (Pass) and the other is to combine Mera Peak with a crossing via Amphu Lapcha Pass.

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