Mera Peak Climbing - 18 Days

Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing, a thrilling, scenically stunning and exciting venture is terrifically popular among adventure trekking and climbing lovers. Mera Peak (6461 meter high) is one of the fascinating trekking peaks in Everest region of Nepal as it involves a culturally stimulating journey through remote picturesque villages and forests - followed by a gentle climb to the summit. It is perhaps best known because it is Nepal’s highest trekking peak. Mera Peak Situated on the edge of famous Khumbu Region and dominated by Mt. Everest, Mera Peak Expedition is an opportunity to all the adventure seekers who are physically fit. Lifting the eyes from Mera and keep on lifting them until, above the clouds, its summit panorama takes in five of the world's eight thousanders peak Mountains; Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and many other peaks is an unforgettable experience.

Mera Peak Expedition starts in Kathmandu where we make preparations and enjoy the diversity of this ancient town before boarding on our exciting mountain flight into the town of Lukla in the Khumbu Valley with a short and exciting flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and after continuous trek for days through the high and lovely valleys you will get to the area of Mera. Although physically very challenging on account of the altitude, the climb on Mera Peak is not technically difficult as ascending snow slopes rarely exceed 40 degrees. The only requirement you should have is ascend Mera peak is your excellent physical fitness and an extrovert sense of adventure. Our sensibly designed Mera Peak Climbing itinerary has been to allow gradual acclimatization for the climbers. The walk in initially through the virgin forest of the Hinku Valley is extraordinarily beautiful and provides excellent acclimatization for the peak itself. Our unrivalled service, quality equipment, food, trekking staff and an experienced leader ensure that your Mera Peak Expedition will be a lifetime adventure experience in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft), meet and greet, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Obtain Mera Peak Climbing Permit, preparation, visit ancient old temples (optional)
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: Rest and acclimatization in 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: Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) Mera Peak 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: Fly back to homeland

How much does Mera Peak Climbing cost?
Mera Peak Climbing package cost depends on the group size, season, and the type of hotel include in Kathmandu and the lodges we include on the trail head. The cost we have offered USD 2165.00 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Single supplement will cost extra USD 375.00. The package cost includes accommodation in Kathmandu will be twin/double sharing deluxe room in Samsara Resort with buffet breakfast. Star hotel in Kathmandu and deluxe lodges in trail head can be arranged in client’s request. Garbage deposit fee is extra USD 500 (sharing in group) and fully refundable after the trip. 

How hard and difficult is Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak climbing is not for faint-hearted but easy peak climbing expedition for well-experienced trekkers and climbers. This means that the technical requirement is very basic and includes use of ropes, ice axe and crampons. You are also required to have good cardio-vascular fitness. Mera Peak is not categorized as a technical peak but a bit of technical knowledge would be helpful for a small section of the climb which is about 50m. This will probably be the toughest part of the climb as the slope is around 40 degrees of ice/snow. Previous experience with using ice axe and crampons is preferred, although not mandatory because a basic ice-climbing training will be provided before the summit. Lots of willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, reasonable fitness and good health will help in making this trip successful. It is important that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions should be informed to Wilderness Excursion at the time of booking.

Accommodations:
Your accommodation will be in Samasara Resort, a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis, standard teahouses during trekking and tents will be provided during expedition which is within the trip cost. Most of teahouse accommodations will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodations, a 4-season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodations in Kathmandu and in teahouses are on a twin-shared basis whereas a single tent will be provided to each individual for the climbing section. We can also request for a single room in Kathmandu by paying a single supplement of USD 250. However, there are several teahouses on the trekking route that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying a single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is feasible only in the trekking areas of the lower elevation.

Meals
There will buffet breakfast in Kathmandu and in our Mera Peak climbing trip, we can enjoy Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental cuisines. All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available during the trekking and climbing sections. A farewell dinner is also included in the package. Farewell dinner will be in one of Authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture dance.

Expedition Team
Guide. The most significant thing that makes your Mera Peak Climbing trip successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and climb leader and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of our trekking/climbing leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Wilderness Excursion employs Nepalese staff members who have proficient knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek/climb leaders of WE are also trained with following trainings to educate them on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc: Porter Care: As we believe that hard working local porters are back bone of entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these isolated areas possible. So it's very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group

Responsible Tourism Practice
Nepal is gorgeously beautiful, but similarly fragile. Future generations have just as much of right to appreciate it as we do. So, the tourism industry has a commitment to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment.

Travel Insurance
Wilderness Excursion highly recommends its clients of joining any of adventure activities to bring travel insurance that must provide and cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency rescue services and personal liability. It is a condition upon joining any of Wilderness Excursion’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization
Acclimatization is particularly important medical consideration while trekking and climbing high Himalayas of Nepal to the high altitude in order to prevent High Altitude Sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which can be lethal if one is not careful. Mild symptoms of AMS are; headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder. For a safe trekking and climbing experience, it is extremely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. The itinerary for Mera Peak Climbing moves onward in a gentle pace so as to allow plenty of time for acclimatization.

Best Time for Mera Peak Climbing
The best time to climb Mera Peak is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). The best months has been defined on the basis of visibility and weather condition.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Wilderness Excursion representative will greet at airport and will tranfer to the hotel. After checking in, we may take a rest or visit Wilderness Excursion’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation
We arrange Mera Peak Climbing Permit today, If you would like to go for sightseeing, Wilderness Excursion can arrange guided tour; after breakfast, start the tour to most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites as per our itinerary. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' Swayambhunath and the Buddhist shrine, which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. After the tour, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip at Wilderness Excursion office.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and explore around Lukla (2730m/8954ft)
Drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. We spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatizing. We explore the nearby villages or the bustling, small town of Lukla.

Day 04: Trek to Chutanga (3,430 m/11,250 ft): 3-4 hours
Today, as our 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. Explore the surroundings of Chutanga.

Day 05: Trek to Thuli Kharka (4320m/13200ft) via Zwatra la (4600 m/14720 ft): 5-6 hours
We continue our trek the next day from Chutanga, the adventure begins 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 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 4,600 m. In bad weather to find the path of our route can be quite misleading, so care should be taken but with fine weather, 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.

Day 06: Trek to Kothe (3600 m, /11808ft): 5-6 hours
Following 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 journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons.

Day 07: Kothe to Thaknak (4,350m/14,270ft): 3-4 hours
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders' settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. 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.

Day 08: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours
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.

Day 09: Rest day in Khare/Acclimatisation:
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.

Day 10: Khare to Mera Base Camp (5300m/17,384ft): 3-4 hours
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.

Day 11: Mera Base Camp to High camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 4-5 hours
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.

Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft): 8-9 hours
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.

Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
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.

Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 4-5 hours
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.

Day 15: Kothe to Thuli Kharka: 5-6 hours
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.

Day 16: Thuli Kharka to Lukla: 6-7 hours
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.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Mera Peak.

Day 18: Fly back to homeland
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. Wilderness Excursion's representative will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car/van
  • 3 nights sharing twin bed room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with tour guide with private car/van as per itinerary.
  • Government registered, fluent English speaking and friendly guide and porters.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Lodge and tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifier pills.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • All ground transportation during the trip in Nepal.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek and group medical kit
  • Camping equipments and all other gears during the expedition.
  • Trekking Permit, TIMS Card, Peak Climbing Permit and Garbage Deposit.
  • Government tax, vat and office service charge etc.  

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower and hot water, laundry, internet, phone calls and toiletries.
  • Personal travel insurance and personal trekking and climbing gear.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc. 
# Start Date End Date Status
1 20 Mar, 2018 12 Apr, 2018 Available book know
2 05 Apr, 2018 24 Apr, 2018 Available book know
3 21 Apr, 2018 10 May, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Mera Peak Climbing

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries

Personal Trekking Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

Necessary Gear for Peak Climbing

  • Harness: A good climbing harness should be light and simple in design, easy to put on and take off with gloves on, with positively foolproof locking features.
  • Crampons: Crampons must fit boots perfectly; steel crampons with anti-balling and ability to toe point positively and safely into ice. The lighter the better – extra weight on your feet is much more strenuous than anywhere else on your body.
  • Ice axe: Ice axe should be versatile and light. A general purpose technical ice axe (T rated) but not too aggressive.
  • Ascender: Ascender or Jamar, a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope; must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens. Practice using it with thick gloves on again and again.
  • Head Lamp: Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential; we do not recommend single bulb lights due to lower reliability.
  • Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
  • Rappel device: Figure 8, ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your rappel device (which happens a lot).
  • Trekking poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best (preferably with a simple outside locking mechanism).
  • Slings: One 3m(10ft) and three 2m(6ft).
  • Prusik loops: Never hurts to carry a few (e.g. 0.6m and 1.2m), they come in handy in many situations, Masks, hoses, and regulators: Good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter: ABC watches or more advanced GPS watches will do the trick. Watch for battery life.
  • Climbing helmet: Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is essential.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list but we hope it provides a loose guideline for your preparations. Do as much background research as possible – it never hurts to come over-prepared. And, of course, we are always happy to help so just give us a shout if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Happy preparations!

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 6461m
  • Best Season: Spring & Autumn
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Tent
  • Transportation: Flight to/from Lukla
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

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