MERA PEAK…A straight forward king of all trekking peaks in Nepal…
This is a well thought of planned route that makes way for some important acclimatization so that you could move at your pace & enjoy stunning Himalayan scenery…A scenically astonishing mountain that throws up a daring challenge for the very fit & bold trekker who goes for all or nothing…this is MERA PEAK, a trekking peak that reigns supreme among all of Nepal’s trekking peaks…
Mera Peak at (6,461 m/ 21,190 ft) is an awesome, beautiful mountain with all the challenges of real adventure; this peak has turned itself into one of the most sought after peaks for die-hard climbers & is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal within the Khumbu (Everest) Valley. This is a culturally stimulating climbing hike through remote charming villages and forests. Physically based at the edge of the celebrated Khumbu region, its summit panorama takes in five of the world’s 8000 m peaks – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and many other famous peaks.
Our climb begins after a scintillating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Although physically very arduous due to the altitude, the climbing on Mera Peak is not technically complicated, ascending snow slopes that rarely exceed 30 degrees. From Lukla the trail leads us to Chutang and across the rolling foothills of the Hinku valley we reach Thuli Kharka via Zwatra la, then to Kothe, Thaknak and Khare. As we plod down the trails, we pass through forest of silver fir, birch, pines and crests dotted with colorful rhododendron. After a day of acclimatization at Khare, we move up along a rocky trail towards Mera Base Camp where we achieve submitting Mera Peak. From the summit we are enthralled by the magnificent views of the mighty Himalayas – Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, and many others which leave heart warming memories etched in our lives for a long time to come. After a superb journey we retrace our steps back to Kothe via Khare and then to Thuli Kharka and finally back to Lukla. For our tea breaks, we find tea houses all the way to base camp. The famous ethnic Sherpa welcome you warmly hereabouts…trek this peak & write yourself down in the history of Nepal’s famous trekking peaks for all time to come…
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and explore around Lukla (2730m/8954ft)
Day 04: Trek to Chutanga (3,430 m/11,250 ft): 3-4 hours
Day 05: Trek to Thuli Kharka (4320m/13200ft) via Zwatra la (4600 m/14720 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Trek to Kothe (3600 m, /11808ft): 5-6 hours
Day 07: Kothe to Thaknak (4,350m/14,270ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours
Day 09: Acclimatization at Khare
Day 10: Khare to Mera Base Camp (5300m/17,384ft): 3-4 hours
Day 11: Mera Base Camp to High camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 4-5 hours
Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft): 8-9 hours
Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Kothe to Thuli Kharka: 5-6 hours
Day 16: Thuli Kharka to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18:Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath house of a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.. Overnight stay at hotel
After breakfast, we will move to the domestic terminal of TIA for an early morning flight to Lukla. After flying above the astounding greenary and mountains we will reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world climax in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. We will spend the day resting and acclimatizing in Lukla . We explore the nearby villages in small town of Lukla. Overnight in Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Today, the 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 we reach a 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 en route, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. We will explore the surroundings of Chutanga. Overnight at Chutanga.
Today the adventure begins with a ascending to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. After ascending to a while it brings us to 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 4,600 m. The views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, as well as the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here less than an hour we reach Thuli Karkha. Overnight at Thuli Kharka.
After early morning breakfast we follow a delightful descending trail across three ridges, before dropping steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Kothe through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley . Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our trail we get to wonder the beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons. Overnight at Kothe.
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung. Beyond Gondishung, we pass a 200 year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera Peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. A short walk takes us to Thaknak, which is a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops. Overnight in Thaknak.
Leaving Thaknak, we follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers, and then climbs more steeply to Khare. From here, we can view the Northern face of Mera Peak which will be an amazing experience. After lunch one can engage in hikes in the surroundings of Khare. Overnight at Khare.
Today the guides will carry out the last minute checking of the gears for the climb, and then arrange if any equipment becomes necessary to rent. Thereafter, we shall provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Mera Peak Base Camp, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and your climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Overnight at Khare.
Today after breakfast, we walk through a boulder-strewn courseon a steep trail to reach Mera Peak Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp, we rest for a while. If anyone feels the previous training was not sufficient and wants to train more to build confidence to succeed the climb, there can be an additional training on climb provided. Rest of the day would be to rest and prepare for the next day. Overnight at Mera Peak Base Camp.
We take the route through Mera La pass to reach the Mera High Camp today. Our path is along a rocky trail, which can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp while enjoying excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, south face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. Overnight at Mera High Camp.
This is a really big day for us as we will be summiting Mera Peak today. We wake up around 2 in the morning for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning but soon we warm up as we continue up the glacier and onto a peculiar ridge. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on the conditions. The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, we take in amazing views of the mighty Himalayas including 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. Later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp where we rest for a while before descending to Khare. Overnight in Khare.
There is no guarantee that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 12). Therefore, this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Mera on day 12 due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day, we can use this day to walk back to Lukla at a leisurely pace.
We trek from Khare to Kothe along the same trail used previously. After reaching Kothe, we celebrate our success by trying out local delicacies and wines. Overnight in Kothe.
It is an uphill trek through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons. After reaching Thuli Kharka, we enjoy remarkable views of Mera North, Mera Central and South face.
We begin today’s trek by ascending to Zatrwa La Pass. As soon as we cross the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru and other Himalayan peaks. From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village. In the evening we enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew. Overnight in Lukla.
The trek ends hence we fly to kathmandu from Lukla. We give a farewell dinner to the clients for the trek completion and discussion onto your arrival for next time.
Nearly 2 hours before your scheduled flight, our company representative will take you to the airport. We are sure; you will back to your home taking amazing experience of Nepal. We hope you enjoyed trekking and want to be somewhere in the Himalayas again.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 18 Days
Price : USD 1900
Difficulty Level : Tough
Minimum Altitude : 1300m
Maximum Altitude : 6480m
Group Size : 2-15 People
Permits : sagarmatha national park permit, Tims card
Activities : Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing & climbing
Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep
Best Season : March, April, may, September, October & November
Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal hotel in Trekking