Mera Peak (6476m) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal and lies south of Everest. Mera Peak summit would probably be the finest viewpoint in Nepal as it offers a panoramic view of five 8000m peaks – Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu. We approach the mountain through an easy paced route which gives us enough time to acclimatise. We fly to Lukla and then head south east to cross the Pangkongma La (3174m) pass to enter the forested & uninhabited Hinku valley. This region offers pure wilderness with many glacial lakes and spectacular peaks including 7000m mountains like Baruntse & Chamlang.
We stay in tea-houses till Khare & will have tents at Base Camp & High Camp. The climb is a straightforward and not technically difficult. Acclimatising to high altitude is the key to success on this trip. The itinerary is well thought out & offers enough time for acclimatization at different stages. This climb is a great option for someone who is looking at scaling a first Himalayan summit.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your Kasthamandap boutique hotel, Thamel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu. 1/2 Day guided tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out in our interesting tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,800m.
Early morning transfer from the Hotel to domestic Airport, a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our guides. In Lukla will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage to prepare for this outstanding adventure, overnight at Lukla.
Day 04: Trek to Chutanga 3,430m 3-4 hrs walks.
First day trek is an easy walk which leads eastwards, the path from here is less frequented than the other main trails from Lukla, walk follows through a number of hamlets and wood yards until it reaches thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge, on this portion follow the Sherpa or the group as there are many path leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams with numerous places for camp, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. First campsite is pitched on the meadows with time for a short walk around.
Day 05: Rest day at Chutanga.
A necessary rest day for acclimatisation, before reaching higher region and crossing of Zatrwa-la at 4,600m. A short hike can be done to stretch your leg and muscle walking up to a small peak at around 4,000m below the Zatrwa Teng Pass, which offers excellent views over the valley of Dudh Koshi, and also views of our route towards the Zatrwa-la.
Day 06: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300m. 6-7 hrs.
After a good rest day at Chutanga, adventure continues with a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep uphill climb from our camp brings us to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwa Og, from here the path traverses across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600meteres. In bad weather to find the path of our route can be quite misleading care should be taken, in fine weather, the view across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, and the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here less than hours descend will bring to a large boulder which will be our campsite for the overnight at Tuli Kharka.
Day 07: Trek to Mousum Kharka. 3,430m. 3-4 hrs.
After camp at Tuli Kharka, today will be a short trek on the downhill slope, the path descends with superb scenery of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru and then coming to a fine vantage point of the Hinku Valley, with grand views of the South Face of Mera Peak entering the forest once again, the trail drops steeply into the Hinku Valley. A pleasant walk leads through the forest full of tall Himalayan pine and rhododendron trees. We make our camp on the clearing known as Mosum Kharka by the Hinku Drangka River.
Day 08: Trek to Thagnag. 4,360m. approx. 5 hrs.
From Mousum Kharka, route follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, eventually leaving the forest, the valley widens and opens, coming to a pasture and small kharkas (barn or a shade) used for grazing goats, sheep and yaks, then the path leads to a small bridge to reach at Gondishung at 4,350m, a summer settlement of Tagnag with its huts and stone walled enclosures. Gondishung itself has a fascinating 200 year old Gompa (monastery) beneath a great rock overhang, is a small Gompa with a buddha and several buddhastava, prayer flags and number of crude mani walls. Trek continues for another hour passing beyond Lungsamba as the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kangguru 6,369m to the west and the truncated far western peak of Mera 6,255m then finishing our today’s walk here at Thagnag, a settlement made by the yak herders. Nowdays there are several tea houses here to cater the needs of the local staffs and porters who accompany Mera expeditions and beyond. Here will have two nights camping on this beautiful surrounding.
Day 09: Rest day for acclimatisation.
A well worth rest day for acclimatisation and local hike in this wonderful setting, surrounded by stunning peaks, specially Peak 43 which rises to 6,769m altitude. Just north from the camp there is a huge moraine behind which is dammed a beautiful glacial lake known as the Sabai Tsho, into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier well worth exploring with time spent will help you to acclamatise well.
Day 10: Trek to Kharka. Mera Base Camp. 5,000m 4-5 hrs.
After a great time at Thagnag, today’s destination is a short day walk of 3-4 hours but take it slowly enjoying the surrounding scenery. Route follows a relatively good trail leading up across the moraine which dams the Charpatti Tal, and then reaching a high point lined with cairns overlooking the glacial lake after more than half hour climb. From here the path descends slightly before turning the ridge and crossing a sandy bowl to the steep stream that descends from Dig Kharka, as we proceed on the right bank until after 45 minutes we reach the large pasture of Dig Kharka, here we cross the stream with the help of stepping stones towards the walls of an old shelter. After Dig Kharka, walk leads to a steep climb for few minutes, passing a large bivouac stone and then contouring around the hillside reaching the stream once again. Re-cross the stream at an obvious spots on large boulders. Following a trail for more than an hour across the boulder strewn hillside, we reach Kharka for the overnight stop.
Day 11: At Kharka. Mera Base Camp.
A rest day for acclimatisation and for the local hike, there are some interesting hikes from Kharka, above the camp it is possible to climb 5,550m on a high moraine ridge for more good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain.
Day 12: Trek to Mera High Camp. 5,800m 6 hrs.
From Kharka the route advances towards south climbing the moraine and following the crest to the foot of the black, steep scree slope, the path zig-zags its way up to the top, looking across a boulder strewn bowl to the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier after less than two hours hard walk from Khare. The route crosses the bowl and then climbs the ground to the right of the tongue to a large rock platform beside the glacier after another hour of careful walk. From here one must be on crampons for safety to climb the 30-35 degree ice for quarter of an hour to reach the plateau leading to Mera la. The trail are well marked,(unless there has been recent snowfall) the path weaves its way around and between the crevasses toward the Mera-la, from here its another hour to reach the pass, on reaching Mera-la after 3-4 hours of morning walk, continue the journey for another 3 hours to the overnight high camp beneath Mera Peak, the first hour climb offers grand view of the northern peaks of Makalu, then Everest with cloud plume peeking over the massive black wall of Nuptse. Later as we come near to our High Camp view of Cho Oyu can be seen. Arriving at High Camp if the weather is favorable, panorama of Kanchenjunga comes into view far to the east.
Day 13: Climb of Mera 6, 471m and return to lower Base Camp 5,000m.
Big day! Start early before dawn after an early morning tea and simple breakfast, for the summit of Mera, climbing first to the foot of the dome of the southern summit. To reach the main summit, then descend the opposite side of the south summit and continue along the southern rim, which is sometimes corniced until it is possible to climb up and through the slope of the main summit. After 3-4 hours of vigorous climb to the summit, enjoy the breathe taking scenery of the surrounding high snow capped peaks and feeling physically, spiritually and emotionally high being on the highest spot of this extreme adventure. After a great moment of a life time at the top, retrace back on the 2-3 hours downhill path to our camp-site on the Hongu side of the pass, which has already been set up by our trekking staffs.
Day 14: Spare day in case of delay and bad weather.
If all is well as per the itinerary, this reserve day can be used on some other days back to Lukla or before the climb, depending upon the situation.
Day 15: Trek back to Thagnag.
Retrace the journey back the same way.
Day 16: Trek to MousumKharka.
Retrace the journey back the same way.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla.
Retrace the journey back the same path. Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
Day 19: In Kathmandu.
Free day at leisure in Kathmandu please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
- International & domestic arrival/departure transfers
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary on B/B basis
- Domestic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- Makalu-Barun National Park Fee
- Mera Peak Climbing Permit Fee
- TIMS card
- Full Board meals during trekking & climbing period
- Twin share tent at base camp & high camp
- All group climbing gear
- Climbing Sherpa & a Nepali speaking guide
- Porterage of all gear & client luggage
- GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- International airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation costs
- Personal climbing gear
- Any Personal expenses like phone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, internet etc
- Tips for Sherpa, cook, porters