Mera Peak Climbing

  • Trip Cost:US$ 2390 (P/P)
  • Duration:18 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Very Strenuous

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Accommodation: Lodge and Tented Camp

Mera Peak climbing is a high country adventure and Mera peak is officially the highest trekking peak in Nepal; Mera peak climb is a breathtaking challenge & provides climbers with the most exciting adventures among most other climbing peaks in Nepal. It is a tough climb but has often been visited by many adventure seekers, The Mera summit offers amazing views on your clambering to the top, Geographically, Mera peak juts out from the south of Everest & totally captures the isolated valleys of Hinku & Hongku; the ascent is done from the Mera La pass at {5415m/17,766 ft} on the northern face which is a link to the less inhabited valleys of Hongku & Hinku. This is a formidable mountain but one doesn’t need to be a veteran climber to attempt this peak…it’s a straight forward peak technically but the snow & a whole lot of crevasses tend to consume time as you head up the peak. This peak beckons all seasoned & amateur climbers who dare to dream & love taking up a challenge for that special sense of something achieved.

Escape Nepal have designed 18day itinerary for the Mera Peak expedition including your arrival and departure dates plus a cultural day tour in Kathmandu, Mera Peak expedition begins with a scenic flight to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla wonderfully placed right in the heart of the Khumbu region and as we have to cross the Charpate Himal and Zatrwa La Pass, we get enough time for acclimatization around Chutanga at (3,050m). Once, we are ready then we cross Zatrwa La which lies near Hinku valley. Subsequently, we pass through many unspoiled forests of rhododendron and descend down to the Hinku Khola and follow the river to the north towards upper Hinku.

We then finally reach Tangnag, the river valley that offers impressive views of the west face of Mera peak and Peak 43 and we will have some days for necessary acclimatization and once we are ready, we head up to the moraine of the Dig Glacier, and do a steep hike down to Khare at (5,045m); we then set lower base camp at around 5,300m near the 'Mera La' Pass at (5,415m) on the 'Hongku' and again we get some days for acclimatization and explore some of the areas around and move to a high camp on the edge of the Mera Glacier, where we again have time for further acclimatization. From this place we get lovely panoramic views of the east Kangchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse, to the north Everest and Lhotse, & towards the north east of Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega.

Consequently, if weather conditions are good, we make our summit of Mera and once we finish ascending the summit, we then return to the base camp and subsequently the airport to hop our flight back to Kathmandu.

Mera Peak Climbing is a high-altitude trek and climb and trekkers will need to be physically fit and familiar with the use of an ice-axe, crampons and other climbing equipment. Our expert guide will provide instructions to those who need guidance in the use of certain trek equipment for which a program of instruction will be given at Kathmandu or at base camp near Khare which is a part of our Mera peak climbing venture. These training are a useful instructional process only for team members who need it to be familiar with climbing techniques before heading for the exciting summit to Mera Peak. The overall focus is to avoid glitches & ensure that the summit is a wonderful success…

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and transfer to hotel: You will be met by our airport representative at Kathmandu Airport on your arrival and transferred to your hotel. Get familiar with your surroundings, refresh & go for a stroll down the road to get a feel of the area you live in (if time permits), your evening is free, overnight at hotel, (A).

Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley: After Breakfast at your hotel, we take you for a cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley around 9:00 am which includes visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Your tour will include visits of UNESCO declared world heritage sites as you get to see thrilling historic monuments where the echoes of royal conspiracies & tragedy still ring in the corridors of these ancient symbols of a once-upon-a-time thrilling history that still lives on till this day and will return to hotel then, your senior Sherpa guide & our trek manager will visit your hotel to brief you about the trek and climb and overnight at Hotel, (A, B).

Day 03.Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m.) and Trek to Chutanga (3050m) - 4 hours: After an early morning b/fast at your hotel in Kathmandu, we take the short but spectacular flight to Lukla where we meet up with our other crews. We then begin walking for 3 to 4 hours due east from Lukla, passing through a number of tiny hamlets before entering thick forest on the hillside below the Kalo Himal Ridge. Be careful to stay with the group & avoid straying in this section as there are many trails leading away from the main path. There are many streams with numerous places for the first camp, all of which are loosely referred to as Chutanga, overnight at basic guest house ot tented camp (A, B, L, and D).

Day 04.Trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka via Zatrawala Pass (4610m.) - 6 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trek and the trek up a steep ascended path to cross Zatrawala Pass. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Numbur Himal, Kongdi Ri, Karyolang peak and many other mountains and peaks. Now, you walk along the leveled trail for almost one and half hours and then the trail turns downhill and you trek through this descending path all the way to Thuli Kharka, Overninight at basic lodge or Tented Camp ( A, B, L, D).

Day 05.Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe (4110m.)- 5-6 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trek and to reach Kothe we trek up a steep descending path all the way. En route, we pass forests of juniper, rhododendron and other local vegetation that is common at this altitude. The views you can enjoy hereabouts are of Mera peak, Nauleku peak and many other mountains and peaks, overnight at basic lodge or Tented Camp. ( A, B, L, D).

Day 06.Trek from Kothe to Tangnang (4356m) - 6 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trek and the trek goes along the banks of a river and find bush on both sides of the banks. The path is a gradual ascent and you can enjoy the views of Kusum Kanguru peak and many more famous mountains, overnight at basic lodge or Tented Camp. (A, B, L, D)

Day 07.Trek from Tangnang Khare- 5 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trek and we now trek towards the mountain as the trail swings to the east. Our hike up to Khare (5,100m, 16,728ft) lead eastward out of Tangnag and we will pause to climb up the moraine for a view of the unspoiled Sabai Tso glacial lake. A drop in lake level, caused by a recent rupture of the natural dam that held the lake, is clearly visible. From Khare, the beautiful north face of Mera Peak is in plain view and Mera glacier spills steeply down into the valley, overnight at basic lodge or Tented Camp. (A, B, L, D).

Day 08.Rest day at Khare: This is an acclimatization day as you can prepare yourself for the actual climb of Mera Peak now. This day has been a part of our initial plan to set aside for giving us enough time to acclimatize completely and to enjoy a well earned rest that’s mighty good for our bodies. After we have relaxed truly well, we get more energised to lift up what one would call ‘the true spirit of adventure’, overnight basic lodge or Tented Camp, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 09.Trek from Khare to Mera La (Pass) (5350m.) and camp: After having breakfast, we will travel a short distance, slowly ascending up onto Mera glacier. The climb is initially steep, but flattens out as you reach the crest of the glacier. You will negotiate a long flat path on top of the glacier as you make your way to the pass, called Mera La (5,400m, 17,710ft). From here, the views are truly awesome. Crevasse fields gently stretch out in front of the pass and you are literally enclosed by a ring of jagged peaks and blue-green glaciers. The remaining route up to the summit of Mera Peak is clearly visible, overnight at Tented Camp. (A, B, L, D).

Day 10.Trek from Mera La (Pass) to Mera High Camp: Today, you trek a gradual ascending path all the way up to the high camp. The area is almost covered by an ice glacier. The views leave you breathless as you get to enjoy the Everest, Makalu, Baruntse, Kusum Kanguru and many other mountains and peaks all arrayed in an amazing panorama that delights the soul. Moreover, you feel ecstatic by the magnificent views of Mera Glacier, overnight at Tented Camp. (A, B, L, D).

Day 11. Summit the Mera Peak and return to Khare: The climb to the summit of Mera starts gradually and much will depend on snow and general weather conditions. The central summit will soon appear above the head of a wide glacier flanked by two ridges. We climb the center of this over open snowfields and avoid crevasses. The route then swings south-east, eluding below and to the east of the left-hand ridge before turning back right towards the main summit ridge of Mera peak. We reach this by following a classic snow-ridge to just below the final wall that guards the top. This short steep snow slope is easily climbed but a big push is required to climb the last 50 meters. Your reward, however, is a feeling of rapturous triumph as you survey the brilliant panorama from the summit. After putting our video cameras on overdrive & getting the best pictures on offer besides enjoying the lovely views, we descend by the same route back to our campsite below the Mera La and return to Khara, overnight at basic lodge or tented camp, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 12.Spare day in case of bad weather: There is no guarantee of weather conditions as the weather in mountain is always uncertain , if the weather favor us then we will summit the peak on planned date and we can again rest this extra day in Khare or we can complete our trek in less than one day or if the weather does not favor us then we will use this extra day and wait for next day to make our climb to the peak, overnight at tented camp, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 13.Trek from Khare to Kothe – 7-8 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trekking back and today, you hike along a gradual descending path passing through Tangnang. This is a small village and you find yak settlements hereabouts. To reach Kothe you follow the same familiar route. On the way, you pass forests covered with fir, rhododendron and local vegetation. This tells us we are now getting down to lower altitudes, overnight at basic lodge or Tented Camp, ( A, B, L, D),

Day 14.Trek from Kothe to Thuli Kharka – 6 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trek and today, The trail goes steep up all the way to Zatrabok. On the way you pass through forests and green hills with a lot of greenery all around, overnight at basic lodge or Tented Camp. ( A, B, L, D).

Day 15.Trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla – 5 hours: After having breakfast, we start our trek and the trek goes through forests of fir, rhododendron, oak, junipers and local vegetation of different kinds. The trail you walk along moves downhill all the way to the little airstrip of Lukla. You get to enjoy the views of Numbur Himal, Kongdi Ri, Karyolang peak and many other known mountains and peaks as we pick up steam on the way, reach Lukla and overnight at lodge, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 16.Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu: After an early morning b/fast, we hop an early flight back to Kathmandu; its now Free time, you can do some shopping or write a few post cards home by sharing your wonderful experiences , overnight at hotel, ( A, B).

Day 17. Leisure day in Kathmandu: It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla and needed to wait another day for the return flight to Kathmandu and if  we have flight on scheduled date then you can have free and shopping in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel, ( A, B).

Day 18.Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure: Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to drop you to the airport. Escape Nepal cherishes the relationship developed between us & we thank you for visiting our beautiful country…we know its beauty will bring you back again…some day!! Bon Voyage! ( B).

Note- A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • Four night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu tour as per the itinerary with guide and private vehicle.
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking and climbing.
  • Accommodation in tea house/lodge during the trekking and tented camp during the climbing.
  • National park permit, climbing permit, TIMS permit and monument entrance fees.
  • Collective climbing equipments such as a climbing rope, Ice screws, snow bars, tent, Snow Sawel etc...
  • Trekking guide during the trekking and climbing guide during the climbing and porters (1 porter for each 2 people).
  • Food, Accommodation, transport and Insurance for all the staff.
  • Flight fare From Kathmandu to Lukla and return with domestic airport tax.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu- visit our Nepal visa page for detail info for the visa process.
  • Your Travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • Food (Lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Climbing equipments.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and bars.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected But it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Trip Note

Flight detail to and from Lukla: In some circumstances, we could face problems of internal flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or more because of bad weather. This happens very rarely, but it could happen anyways, even in the best trekking season. You may also know how climate change is affecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, or shopping as you wish in the additional days that may come about. However, if you want a heli- rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we organize it. A helicopter charge can range from USD 3000 to 3500 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of holidays is best described as Alpine, and suitable for those people, who have an excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The holidays cover very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trekking should be undertaken without medical clearance, these types of trek includes some high base camp trek like Makalu Base Camp, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Dhoulagiri Base Camp, Upper Dolpo trek and those peak climbing holidays as well.

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