|Trip Name||Mera Peak Climbing|
|Max Altitude||6,461m / 21,190 ft|
|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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.