Mera Peak 17 Days

Mera Peak is a great option if you are looking to summit one of Nepal's many trekking peaks. The summit offers one of the finest views in the Himalayas and one can see 5 of the 6 tallest mountains in the world from the summit (Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Makalu and Kanchenjunga). It's a challenging trekking peak due to the elevation but technically only requires basic mountaineering skills to tackle the high altitude glacier crossings. It's often referred to as Nepal's highest trekking peak and is given an elevation of 6654m but this elevation was mistakenly copied to the official trekking peak list and the actual elevation is 6476m (21,247 feet). The typical approach and the one described in this itinerary is to fly to Lukla and instead of heading north to Namche Bazaar you head east over Zatra La Pass and into the Hinku Valley. Another approach you can ask us about which is longer is to head south from Lukla and hike up the beautiful Hinku Valley.

Your guides will be the ultra-experienced Sherpas, many of whom have scaled other peaks including Everest. We run our climbs with a 2 climbers to 1 guide ratio to ensure that everyone makes it to the summit or has a chance to try even if members of the group have different pacing. Our climbing packages include boots and all the the gear you will need for the climb.

    What's Included?

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure
  • 17 day adventure, 14 of which include 3 meals a day
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Ramecchap and Lukla
    *
  • All Climbing Gear (Including boots, harness and helmet)
  • 20kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
  • Porter service
  • Airport transfers
  • English-speaking, government-licensed Trekking Guide
  • English-speaking, government-licensed Climbing Guide
  • Climbing permit for Mera peak.
  • All applicable trekking and climbing permits
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B plan
  • Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
  • First aid kit
  • Trip certificate
  • Farewell dinner
  • Himalayan Wonders t-shirt
 
* Lukla Flight Delays (read more)
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

Day 1: Kathmandu (1350m) - Arrival Day

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We'll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Take a rest after the long flight and explore Thamel the hub of Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu (1350m) - Preparation

Today our team will meet with you in the early afternoon to review the gear you have brought and to take you to the gear rental shop. We will make sure you have quality climbing boots that fit well before you head off to the mountain. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.

Day 3: Lukla (2800m) - Rest Day

We take morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2800m) and spend the rest of the day in Lukla for acclimatization. Lodge accommodation.

Note: Lukla Flights may depart and return to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. Ramechhap airport is a 4 hour drive from Kathmandu so we will get started for the airport around 3 or 4 am.

Day 4: Chutanga (3450m) - 4 hour trek

A leisurely trek from Lukla to Chutanga through pine and rhododendron forests.

Day 5: Cross Zatrwa La (4600m) to Khartitang at (3900m) - 6 to 8 hours trek

This is a challenging day as you hike up nearly 1200m (4000 feet) to cross over the Zatrwa La Pass and then descend to Khartitang at 3900m.

Day 6: Kothe (4095m) - 5 hours trek

Trek from Tuli Kharka up the beautiful Hinku Valley to Kothe or Gotay (4095m) this takes about five hours.

Day 7: Tangnang (4350m) - 4 hours

We continue up the Hinku Valley as the forest gives way and the vegetation becomes more sparse. We will enjoy fantastic view of south face of Mera Peak throughout the day.

Day 8: Tangnang (4350m) - Rest Day

Rest and acclimatization day at Thangnak. We will take a day hike for acclimatization to Sabal Tsho Lake and hike to the cairn (5271m) on the flank of Kusum Kangguru (6367m).

Day 9: Khare (5,045m) - 3 hours trek

Trek from Tangnang to Khare where you will have excellent views of Kyashar, Mera and Kusum Kangru.

Day 10: Mera Base Camp (5300m) - 5 hours trek

Trek and climb from Khare to Mera Base Camp. Your guide will give you some training on the basic use of crampons, rope and ice axe.

Day 11: High Camp (5780m) - 5 hours trek

Trek and climb from Mera Base Camp to High camp. High camp lies on rock ledge perched just above the glacier with fantastic views of the surrounding summits.

Day 12: Mera Summit (6476m) and Descend to Khare (5045m) - 12 to 15 hours trek

Today is the big day. We start around 1am so as to reach the summit by sunrise and descend all the way to Khare by afternoon. The quick decent means a long day of trekking but fewer problems with acclimatization.

Day 13: Kothe (3600m) - 5 hours trek

We retrace our route down the Hinku Valley to Kothe.

Day 14: Thuli Kharka - 6 hours trek

Continue hiking down the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka.

Day 15: Lukla - 8 hours trek

This is the last big day as we climb over Zatrwa La (4600m) once again on the way back to Lukla. This is last evening in the mountains.

Day 16: Kathmandu (1350m)

Early in the morning fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, which takes about 35 minutes, transfer to hotel. Relax in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu (1350m)

Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities.
Our latest terms and conditions can be found here - "Terms and Conditions."

For details on the following please check:
Travel Insurance - (click here)
Extra Costs - (click here)
Schedule Delays - (click here)
Cancellations - (click here)

Please review the "Terms and Conditions" carefully before booking and don't hesitate to ask us if any questions.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

    Climbing

  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Screw gate
  • Descended abseil device
  • Prussic Loops
  • Plastic Mountaineering Boot


    Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch


    Upper Body

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket


    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Water Proof Pants


    Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots


    Hands

  • Gloves


    Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Trekking Poles (Optional)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
Start your adventure here with us!

Faq

What is trekking peak?
Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.
Who can climb a peak?
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
What is climbing permit?
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Do I need climbing permit?
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
Who will lead me during climbing?
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
Which is the best season for peak climbing?
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
Do I need to join in a climbing group?
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
What will be the food and accommodation?
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
How much time is generally required for trekking peak?
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
How difficult are the trekking peaks?
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
What is the cost of Peak Climbing?
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.