Mera Peak Climbing

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  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 6495 m.
  • Season: Spring & Autumn
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Trip Name Mera Peak Climbing
Duration 17 Days
Max Altitude 6,461m / 21,190 ft
Difficulty Difficult
Best Time April - May / October - November
Accommodation Hotel / Lodge / Tent
Location Khumbu Region, Nepal

Mera peak sits at an altitude of 6,461m in the Khumbu Region which is the highest trekking point of Nepal. This summit offers fantastic views of the Himalayas, namely, Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. This summit is a technically challenging one because of its high elevation but requires only basic mountaineering skills.

This Mera peak climbing is best for people who have some basic climbing knowledge and a hunger for adventure. You need to have the right amount of physical endurance and stamina for the trip. Along this summit, you will find yourself immersed within the beauty of the natural landscapes, the magnificent views of the mountains, and the rare and undisturbed villages of Nepal.

As usual, the trek commences from Lukla, and instead of the usual route north to Namche Baazar, you head east to Zatrwa La Pass and into the Hinku Valley. The trail you takes along the untouched valleys of Hinku and Hongu Valley which are mostly uninhabited although you can find some Sherpas from Pangkongma grazing their cattle. Along the way, you pass through some lush forests, glacial lakes, and the unforgettable sights of the mountains.

When you finally reach the summit of Mera peak, the highest trekking point of Nepal, the views are heavenly. When you face down, you can find some of nature’s marvelous creations looking up to you. The incredible view of the Himalayas and the natural landscapes of the Hinku and Hongu valley, under the clear blue skies, is, all in all, an unforgettable experience! You also get to witness the fantastic view of the sun rising through the mountains in the morning! Words are an understatement to the beauty that this place offers you.

Since it is a moderately challenging trek, Mera peak climbing is not the best option for novice climbers. You often have to walk through high altitudes and pass through some steep and challenging passes which need some basic mountaineering experience to overcome. Expert Sherpas will guide you throughout the trek. The Mera peak climbing provides an authentic mountaineering experience for adventure freaks!

Highlights Of The Trek

  • One of the highest treks in Nepal standing at 6,461m.
  • Crossing two significant passes, Mera La Pass and Zatrwa La Pass.
  • Stunning panoramic views of major peaks.
  • Trekking along the untouched villages and wilderness.
  • Passing along lush rhododendron forests and sparkly glacial lakes.

About The Route

The trek starts from Kathmandu from where we will be taking a short 35 min to Lukla in a hair-raising flight. Like most treks, this trek commences from Lukla, but instead of taking the conventional route towards Namche, we follow the path into Paiya.

The route takes you south around the mountains of Paiya and Pangom. Some people prefer going directly over Zatrwa La Pass, but this can cause altitude sickness to most individuals, so we don’t prefer this route.

The trails are quieter, and you can view lush rhododendron and bamboo forests as you head towards Mera. As we walk on, we move towards Arun valley to Khote via Chhatra La Pass. We continue walking through the rugged terrains finally reaching Khare where we will have a rest day to acclimatize to the local climate.

Passing above Khare, we start using harnesses, crampons, and ice axes to make our way to the high camp. The high camp is on top of a rock beside the glacier. The view of the Mahalangur Himalayan range from here is outstanding!

Making our way to the summit from the high camp is one of the most overwhelming tasks of this trek. We will be using the support of ropes due to the crevasse hazard along the trail. We leave early in the morning to view the sunrise from the peak.

After summiting, we return to Khare and further to Kothe, eventually into Lukla via the Zatrwa La Pass. We will catch an early flight from Lukla the next day back to Kathmandu.

Note

We also organize packages from Lobuche to Mera peak climbing from Khare for independent trekkers. The route commences from Lobuche towards Khare and finally onto the Mera Peak. It is a quarter climbing package. The trek will take you from Lobuche to Khare via Thuli Kharka and Kothe. From Khare, we trek to Mera base camp and eventually summit to the peak.

Best Time For Mera Peak Climbing

Mera peak climbing is in itself a quite big challenge, and bad weather can add further complications. For climbing Mera Peak, stable weather is a must! Even in warm weather, strong winds can make it extremely difficult to climb Mera peak. Also, snowfall can add further complexity to the trek.

So, it is better to opt for the trek during the favorable seasons. The most favorable seasons are between October and November or March and May. During these months, the weather is much more stable, and even though the temperatures are freezing, it is still tolerable.

Difficulty Of The Mera Peak Climbing

The Mera Peak is quite a challenging trek, and novice trekkers might have difficulties with it. But, if you are physically sound and stable with good physical endurance and stamina, you can opt for this trek.

If you have completed the Everest Base Camp or similar treks, then this can be the next adventurous challenge for you! The Nepal Mountaineering Association has designated it as a trekking peak, and thus the Mera Peak is the highest trekking point of Nepal.

The criteria needed for the trek is basic mountaineering techniques. You must be able to use ice axes, harnesses and crampons to reach the summit.

Also, the high elevation of 6000m adds extra difficulty. The air is thinner here, and fatigue occurs faster, not to mention the possibility of weather changes, and snowfall may add more complexities during the trek.

Some people even fall prey to altitude sickness. So, unless you’ve been to altitudes above 4000m without any problems then don’t sign up for the trek just yet! In the Mera peak climb, you will be above 5000 m for about four days, and this can cause altitude sickness if you’re not used to high elevations.

Despite the challenges, the views from the summit are incredible. So if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas, then a little effort is worth it, isn’t it?

Day to day itinerary:

  • Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2:Preparation Day In Kathmandu
  • Day 3:Early Morning Flight To Lukla, Trek To Paiya (2,730m)
  • Day 4:Trek From Paiya to Panggom (2,846m) [5-6 hrs]
  • Day 5:Trek From Panggom To Ningsow (2,863m) [4-5 hrs]
  • Day 6:Trek From Ningsow To Chhatra Khola (2,800m) [7-8 hrs]
  • Day 7:Trek From Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3691m) via Chhatra La (4,500m) [6-7 hrs]
  • Day 8:Trek From Kothe To Thaknak (4,358m) [3-4 hrs]
  • Day 9:Trek From Thaknak To Khare (5,045m) [2-3 hrs]
  • Day 10:Acclimatization Day At Khare (5,045m) [2-3 hrs]
  • Day 11:Trek From Khare To Mera High Camp (5,780m) [6-7 hrs]
  • Day 12:Summit Mera Peak (6,461m) And Back To Khare (5,045m) [8-9 hrs]
  • Day 13:Trek From Khare To Kothe (3,691m) [7-8 hrs]
  • Day 14:Trek From Kothe To Thuli Kharka (4,300m) [6-7 hrs]
  • Day 15:Trek From Thuli Kharka To Lukla (2,840 m) Via Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m) [6-7 hrs]
  • Day 16:Early Morning Flight Back To Kathmandu
  • Day 17:Departure

Cost Include

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guides
  • Porter service
  • Down jacket
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Mera Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering pieces of equipment.
  • Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Hard and soft table drinks such as, Coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Hot shower, desert
  • Rescue operation charge etc.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu
    Our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After checking in, you can explore the city or rest cozily in your room.
  • Day 2Preparation Day In Kathmandu
    You will meet the guide for a briefing of the trek. The guide will explain all the necessary details for the summit.
  • Day 3Early Morning Flight To Lukla, Trek To Paiya (2,730m)
    An early morning flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla. Passing through some beautiful landscapes and a broad view of the mountains, the trip takes about 35 mins. After landing in Lukla’s airstrip, we meet the rest of the team and head south towards Paiya.

    The way to Paiya is flat with some steep rise and descents. We stay the night at Paiya.
  • Day 4Trek From Paiya to Panggom (2,846m) [5-6 hrs]
    The trek begins with a gentle descent to a wooden bridge from where we will be crossing the Piya Khola River. Then a steep climb up the valley onto Kari La. Finally walking along the flat terrain, we reach the village of Panggom where we will be staying the night.
  • Day 5Trek From Panggom To Ningsow (2,863m) [4-5 hrs]
    On the fifth day of the trek, we walk along a curved path with plenty of short and steep climbs into rugged terrain, finally reaching to Ningsow. Overnight stay at Ningsow.
  • Day 6Trek From Ningsow To Chhatra Khola (2,800m) [7-8 hrs]
    This day we start in the morning and carry a packed lunch with us. The trail begins to become off beaten and challenging. We start with a steep ascent to Ramailo Dada and follow a zig-zag path to descend to the Tama Khola river. We continue our trail through rhododendron forests and past the Bamboo camp. Finally, we reach Chhatra Khola and stay the night.
  • Day 7Trek From Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3691m) via Chhatra La (4,500m) [6-7 hrs]
    We follow along the trail of the jungle over some steep uphill and downhill terrain. We pass through a small village named Tashing Ongma and continue downhill to Mosom Kharka and the Inkhu Khola river.

    Along the trail, we also pass through Chhatra La, which is at an elevation of 4,500m. Then we follow the river that leads to the village of Kothe where we will be spending the night. The trail provides excellent views of Mera peak.
  • Day 8Trek From Kothe To Thaknak (4,358m) [3-4 hrs]
    On the eight day of the trek, we finally leave the shadows of the forest reaching an open valley where we will stop for lunch. We will arrive at Thanknak by afternoon.

    Along this path, we can find the route we will be taking for the Mera summit. We can also observe the collapse of the famous Sabai Tsho, a glacier lake. We spend the night at Thaknak.
  • Day 9Trek From Thaknak To Khare (5,045m) [2-3 hrs]
    The hike from Thaknak to Khare is light, and we can take our time to complete it. We start by crossing the river of Thaknak and ascending the Dig Tsho glacier. The view of Hinku Nup Glacier is also visible along this trail.

    When we get to the final steps reaching Khare, the path becomes quite steep. You can rest for a bit in the village if you get exhausted from the continuous climbing. We spend the night at Khare.
  • Day 10Acclimatization Day At Khare (5,045m) [2-3 hrs]
    We take a rest day at Khare to let our body get acclimatized to the climate for our high peak climbing for the next few days, and to prevent altitude sickness. The views of the Mera peak from Khare are magnificent.

    We stroll the whole day observing the natural beauty around Khare and perform some pre-climbing training before our ascent to Mera peak.
  • Day 11Trek From Khare To Mera High Camp (5,780m) [6-7 hrs]
    We start the trek by making our way upto the Hinku Nup Glacier and then turn north. The ascent up the glacier requires crampons. But, the glacier is flat and easy to pass through.

    We finally reach Mera La and head up the glacier that leads us to the high camp. From here, the summit gets thrilling and challenging. Using the crampons, we push through the glacier reaching high camp.

    If all goes well and the weather is clear, the panoramic views of the Mahalangur range that are observable from here is magnificent.
  • Day 12Summit Mera Peak (6,461m) And Back To Khare (5,045m) [8-9 hrs]
    We wake up around 2 am early in the morning, have our light breakfast and start our summit to view the sunrise through the mountains. The path travels along the main glacier and at a 30-degree climbing slope.

    The 30-degree slope is quite challenging but not too complicated. The final ascent is very steep with a 55-degree climb. Thus we will be using a fixed rope for the final rise, and we will be using ice axes, crampons and jumars for the final ascent.

    We will also be using necessary ropes for most of this trail due to the crevasse hazard along the route. The views from the peak are everything that you’d hoped for and worth every penny! We can view fantastic views of 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.

    After a successful summit, we descend back to Khare where the celebrations are in order!
  • Day 13Trek From Khare To Kothe (3,691m) [7-8 hrs]
    We follow the path along Hinku valley, making our way back to Kothe. The track is rocky and rough, so we need to watch our steps throughout the descent. We descent first to Thaknak continuing our way to Kothe. Overnight stay at Kothe.
  • Day 14Trek From Kothe To Thuli Kharka (4,300m) [6-7 hrs]
    We follow a new route from Kothe to Thuli Kharka that stays high up the hillside. The trail passes through some rhododendron forests and lush vegetation.

    This new path is faster and provides spectacular views of Mera peak. We finally reach Thuli Kharka, where we will spend the night.
  • Day 15Trek From Thuli Kharka To Lukla (2,840 m) Via Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m) [6-7 hrs]
    On our last day of the trek, we cross the thrilling Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m) before descending steeply into Dudh Koshi Valley and continuing the path into the farmlands of Lukla.

    We climb through many ridges on our way to Zatrwa La Pass. The terrain here is quite rocky and rugged. Since it is the last night, be sure to enjoy every moment under the lap of Himalayas.
  • Day 16Early Morning Flight Back To Kathmandu
    We will be catching an early flight back to Kathmandu. The 30 minutes flight is an adrenaline experience in itself.

    Leaving the Himalayas in the backdrop, you can reminiscence every moment you spent on the Mera Peak Summit. After landing and checking into the hotel, you can take some time to explore Kathmandu.
  • Day 17Departure
    Our representatives will you drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home, wishing you a safe journey with the hope of seeing you again!

Cost Include

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guides
  • Porter service
  • Down jacket
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Mera Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering pieces of equipment.
  • Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Hard and soft table drinks such as, Coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Hot shower, desert
  • Rescue operation charge etc.
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What Equipments Do You Need?

The Mera peak climbing trek is a little different from the regular ones. Here you will be summiting a peak, so you need some extra mountaineering equipment from a regular trek. These pieces of equipment help you to tackle the high angled slopes and icy barriers.

The following list contains some of the mountaineering equipment you need for this trek.

  • Climbing Helmet: It protects you against some falling debris and keeps you warm.
  • Climbing Boots: You will need some high altitude and insulated sole-stiff climbing boots for the climb.
  • Crampons: These crampons fit under your climbing boots and help you to keep balance on the icy covered trails.
  • Climbing Harness: You will need some standard climbing harnesses for the climb which secure you to a rope or anchor point.
  • Ascending and Descending Devices: These mechanical objects help you to ascend or descend through ropes.
  • Ice Axe: These help in breaking ice barriers you might encounter in your path or you can use them as anchors or trekking poles.
  • Carabiners: You will need about two lockable carabiners and two non-lockable carabiners for the climb.
  • Gloves: You will need fingered gloves built with a combination of silk liner glove or similar and warm insulation with safety straps. These prevent any chance of frostbitten fingers and provide warmth and wind protection.
  • Prussik Loop and Tape Sling: Good quality Prussik loop and tape slings for tying hard knots around ropes.

Accommodation During The Mera Peak Climbing

During most of Mera peak climbing, the accommodation will be basic teahouses while trekking, and tents while climbing. Most teahouses will have shared toilet facilities and contain cozy and neat rooms with warm blankets and mattresses. In the tent, foam mattresses are available, and during climbing, toilet facilities are available along with nature preservation. All the tea houses are available on a twin-sharing basis, whereas a single tent will be available to each individual during climbing.

The meal provided during the trek is mainly Nepali, Tibetian and Indian cuisine. All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are available both during trekking and climbing.