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, al
ong 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.
Price per person
sharing $2350.00 Travel Dates: 13 April to
4 May 2019
Day-1: Arrival: Arrive Kathmandu
Day-2: Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
/ 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 Mera La and the afternoon spent relaxing and staying
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.
Over the course of the next 3 days, retrace our steps and
drive back down to Lukla, camping overnight.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person sharing and are subject to change until paid in full.
per person sharing for 2 people : $2350.00*
Min of three people
Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
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
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek
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.
Tour must be paid in full at time of booking
Price excludes single supplements where they may apply.
Price applies to a set
tour starting 13 April to
4 May 2019