- Duration:18 Days
- Primary Activity:Peak Climbing
- Group Size:1 - 25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Challenging
- Meals:All meals included during the trek
- Accomodation:Hotel / Teahouses / Camping
- Max-Altitude:6,461 m.
- Transportation:Private Vehicle/ By Air
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Mera Peak Climbing: 18 Days
Mera Peak climbing is one of the most popular of Nepal’s 2018 ‘Trekking Peaks’. The walk from Lukla through the remote Hinkhu valley is an unforgettable experience, offering superb scenery, and abundant wildlife -including rumoured sightings of the legendary yeti.
About 700 climbers take on the 6654m. Mera Peak every year, an achievement which requires mountaineering skills and a special permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Mera peak is situated in the Everest region in a remote valley, and is suitable for anyone of average or above average fitness wishing to fulfil the dream of climbing a high Himalayan summit. When you stand upon the summit, before you will see an unbelievable panorama of peaks such as Mt. Everest, Makalu & hundreds of other beautiful mountains.
We follow the original Everest expedition route at the trail head from Jiri, cross spectacular gorges and visit the Peak before entering Sherpa regions of Solu Khumbu, the wilderness of Hinku Valley. This is a fascinating trek in itself. Ample time for acclimation is allowed en route to our base camp on the Mera La (Pass).
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300 m /4,264 ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation(1,300 m /4,264 ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (40 mins) / Trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m/8,956ft) – 5-6 hours trek
We catch an early morning flight to Lukla and begin our trek to Paiya after landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. We walk on a jungle trail, cross a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach Surke Village. After much here, we continue moving south and cross the Chutok La pass before reaching the small settlement of Paiyan, also known as Chutok. Stay overnight in Paiya. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Paiya to Pangkongma (2,846m/9,337ft) – 5-6 hours
We start today descending until we reach a small bridge. From here the trail is slippery until we cross the Kari La pass. We walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests on a narrow mountain trail to Dudhkoshi Valley. After lunch, we continue our trek to Pangkongma Village whose settlers are dependent on farming and trading and stay overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Pangkongma to Nashing Dingma (2,591m/8,500ft) – 4-5 hours
We begin our trek out of Pangkongma after breakfast. We cross the Pangkongma La pass before ascending to Shibuche. We have lunch here before continuing our trek on a downhill path before crossing a bridge over the Hinku Khola. We pass through Gai and reach Nashing Dinga where we stay overnight in Nashing Dingma. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Nashing Dingma to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft) – 7-8 hours
We descend to Surkie La pass and cross it before continuing our descent downhill for a while. Then we begin ascending. Our trail passes through Phokte Village, Chalem Kharka and Danda Kharka. We also pass through bamboo forests. After Danda Kharka, it is an uphill walk until we reach Panch Pokhari. From here, we walk a little longer and finally reach Chhatra Khola. Stay overnight in Chhatra Khola.(B, L, D)
Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft) – 6-7 hours
Today, we walk towards the north on the main trail to Mera Peak. After walking on a trail next to the Majang Khola, we merge with another trail which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. Our trail moves straight ahead towards Tashing Ongma which has seasonal tea shops. We continue our trek and cross the bridge over the Sanu Khola before reaching Kothe. Stay overnight in Kothe. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft) – 3-4 hours
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders’ settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung, we pass 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find ‘Mera Peak’ scripted in rock along the route that reaches Mera. A short walk takes us to Thaknak, which is a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops. Stay overnight in Thaknak. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft) – 2-3 hours
Leaving Thaknak, we follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers, and then climbs more steeply to Khare. From here, we can see the northern face of Mera Peak which will be an amazing experience. After lunch, the rest of your day is free as we acclimatize to the altitude. Either rest or hike in and around Khare. Stay overnight at Khare. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization Day and pre-climb training
Today is set aside solely for acclimatization and basic training to prepare ourselves for the Mera Peak climb. Our climbing leader will help us polish our basic climbing techniques and demonstrate the best ways to use our climbing gears like the ice axe, harness, ascender climbing boots and crampons. The training will also include learning the best climbing techniques with rope. Stay overnight in Khare. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft) – 6-7 hours
We walk through a boulder-strewn course on a steep trail to reach Mera Peak Base Camp. From here, we continue further through the Mera La pass to reach the Mera High Camp. Our path is along a rocky trail, which can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. Then we set up a high camp while enjoying excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, the south face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, and Baruntse. Camp overnight at Mera High Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft) – 8-9 hours
This is the day we’ve been waiting for. Today, we climb to the summit. We wake up around 2am for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning, but we will soon warm up as we continue up the glacier and onto a ridge. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and you will see the summit in your view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we will use a fixed rope if the climbing leader believes it’s required. The summit is only a few meters away from here. From the summit, we take in spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) and others. We’ll spend some time at the top taking pictures and soaking our achievement as we celebrate! Later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp where we rest for a while before descending to Khare. Camp overnight in Khare. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
There is no guarantee that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. Therefore, this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Mera on the desired day due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day will not be required. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m/11808ft) – 4-5 hours
We retrace our steps as we trek from Khare back to Kothe along the same trail used previously. After reaching Kothe, we celebrate our success by trying out local delicacies and wines. Stay overnight in Kothe. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Kothe to Zatrwa La pass (4600 m/14720 ft) – 5-6 hours
We walk on a trail next to the Inkhu Khola (river) before crossing a bridge over it. Shortly, we cross another bridge over Sanu Khola. We pass through Tashing Dingma and Thuli Kharka before reaching Zatrwa La pass. We spend the night near the pass. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Zatrwa La pass to Lukla (6-7 hours)
We cross the Zatrwa-La pass at 4,600. As soon as we cross the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru and other Himalayan peaks. From Zatrwa La pass, we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village. In the evening, we enjoy our last dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew. Stay overnight in Lukla. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, and checking in to your hotel, the rest of your day is free. You will be invited for a delicious farewell dinner of the original Nepalese cuisine to celebrate your achievement. As you enjoy your meal, you will also be entertained with an exciting cultural dance performed by the local women. Stay overnight at hotel (B. L. D)
Day 18: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
Note: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Cost of Mera Peak Climbing(18 Days) – Contact Us
- Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
- All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire) and trekking map.
- All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
- First aid kit.
- All taxes, be it local or government
- Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All conservation area and cultural heritage sites entrance fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters