This is a high altitude, non-technical climb to Mera Peak, Nepal’s highest trekking peak. Mera Peak Climbing takes you across the remote Hinku Valley and to the summit of Mera Peak. Lying in Solu Khumbu, the region with the five highest peaks in the world, the ascent up Mera Peak is strenuous but non-technical. The route to the mountain is straightforward and the inclines are less than 30 degrees. If you are a novice climber looking for a high altitude challenge and your first Himalayan summit then Mera Peak is the mountain for you.
Our well-crafted Mera Peak Climbing itinerary of 18 days takes you away from the busy Everest Base Camp trail. You follow the Hinku Valley trail which is less crowded and secluded. Walk past glaciers and cross high mountain passes and glacial rivers. You will be staying overnight at local teahouses, built alongside solitary ‘kharkas’ or grazing camps of yak herders. The climb up the Mera Peak is non-technical. For most part you will be walking roped up, using crampons and ice-axe.
This trip is ideal for people looking for their first Himalayan peak ascent. Book Mera Peak Climbing adventure if you have high altitude experience and high level of physical fitness. The only concern is the high altitude and freezing cold. The thin air and extreme temperature makes the climb strenuous and challenging.
You will be supported by an experienced crew of chief climbing guide, assistant guides and porters. For your safety and summit success, we assign a very experienced chief climbing guide and 1 assistant guide for 2 climbers. The chief climbing guide has more than 20 plus years of climbing experience. He has summited several 8000m and 7000m peaks, including Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Lhotse, Manaslu, Makalu and Mera Peak (summited more than 15 times). Prior to the summit push, there will be a pre-climb training where basic tips on alpine climbing will be shared. All group and personal climbing gear will be provided by the company. Other peak climbing expeditions that you might be interested in - Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 19 days and Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 18 days.
Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
As you fly into Kathmandu, you will be greeted by an amazing sight of snow-capped peaks and green hills stretching far into the horizon. Our representative will greet you once you arrive at the airport. Do watch out for a placard bearing your name or Third Rock Adventures written in bold letters. He will drive you to your hotel and help you check in. Get freshened up and take rest. Later on if you feel like it explore Thamel which is a lively tourist hub. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be introduced to your climbing guide at the trip briefing. The briefing will be held at your hotel lobby or at Third Rock Adventures’ office. Your guide will discuss the route you will take and let you know how each day is going to be like. He will also let you know about the important ‘dos and don’ts’ to be followed while trekking and climbing. After the briefing there will be a gear and equipment check. The company will provide all group and personal climbing gear.
But if you want to bring or rent your own personal gear and equipment you can do so. But it will be heavy and you may have to pay for extra baggage. If you don’t want to rent your own climbing gear on your own , you can do so at Khare. The rental outlets offer high quality gear and equipment on hire. Do remember climbing boots of size 12 plus are difficult to find in Nepal. If you have large feet (size 12 or greater) it would be practical to bring your own climbing boots.
Retire early because you have a long day ahead of you tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Wake up early and drive to the airport. You take the flight to Lukla from where your Mera Peak adventure begins. The flight is filled with incredible views of the jagged Himalayan peaks. Get your first glimpse of the eight thousanders from aboard. The Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla lies on a high mountain plateau, surrounded by steep hills. It is thrilling to fly between the mountains and land at the narrow and short runway. Once your plane lands, you sort out your luggage and meet the rest of the crew (porters, assistant guides). Lukla is known as the “Gateway to Everest” as most of the Everest treks and expeditions begin from this Sherpa settlement. Walk past the colorful Lukla bazaar and head south to Paiya. We descend down to Surkye where we stop for lunch. From Surkye it is a steep ascent to Chutok La, a mountain pass. Another hour on an undulating trail brings you to Paiya. Overnight in Paiya.
The trail meanders across traditional farms, terraced fields and lush jungles. Cross a small wooden bridge over the Paiya Khola, a small stream. Take a steep ascent to Khari La, a mountain pass. Walk on an up and down route, past a dense rhododendron and bamboo forest before reaching the small Sherpa settlement of Panggom. En route enjoy amazing views of the Dudh Koshi Valley. Overnight in Panggom.
After breakfast we leave Panggom and begin walking towards Ramailo Danda via Ningsow. The trail goes up into a dense forest of rhododendron and bamboo to Pankongma La (3174m), another mountain pass. We walk through the point that separates the Dudh Koshi River Valley and Hingku Valley. Enjoy inspiring views of Kongde, Manju Peak and Numbur Himal. We follow a gradual incline to the settlement of Ningsow, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we take an up and down trail to Ramailo Danda. "Ramailo' means enjoyable or fun-filled and 'Danda' stands for hill in Nepali. From Ramailo Danda, enjoy the first view of Mera Peak and other peaks. Overnight in Ramailo Danda.
Today’s trail cuts through a dense jungle and the Makalu Barun National Park. As there are no teahouses en route we carry a packed lunch. The park’s area extends up to the international border of Tibet. If you are lucky you may come across few of the park’s wild inhabitants – red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, pale blue flycatcher, spinny babbler etc. Following the Pasang Lhamu trail, named after the first Nepalese female mountaineer to scale Mount Everest, we make our way to Chhatra Khola. Overnight in Chhatra Khola.
We head north and walk beside the Majhang Khola(‘khola’ is river in Nepali). Crossing this river we take the trail alongside the Hinku Khola. Following an up and down path we reach a bridge which we cross and reach the other side of the river. A few steps ahead lies Kothe, our stop for the night. Overnight in Kothe.
Today’s walk is filled with mesmerizing views of Mera Peak, Kusum Kanguru, Charpati Himal, and Thamserku. Leaving Kothe we advanced on to the Upper Hinku valley. The vegetation becomes sparse and the forest disappears. Filled with kharkas (grazing camps of nomadic yak herders), this part of the valley has no major villages. After walking for sometime we reach Gondishung, where we stop for tea and refreshments. We also stop by an ancient 200-year old Lungsumgba Gompa, a Buddhist shrine. The shrine is sheltered by a huge rock. The crew burn incense or juniper and pray for good weather and a successful ascent to Mera Peak. An hour’s walk from here brings us to Thaknak, a summer camp used by yak herders. Charpati Himal lies very close and we see the whole mountain, from the base to the summit. There are a couple of newly built teahouses offering food and shelter to trekkers and climbers heading to Mera Peak. Overnight in Thaknak.
From Thaknak it is a short hike to Khare. We climb up the Dig Glacier and walk past the Charpati Tal, a glacial lake. Walk down the Dig Glacier and again climb up to Dig Kharka. Enjoy incredible views of the Kyeshar glacier, Charpati Himal and Mera Peak. From Dig Kharka a steep ascent through the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers brings you to Khare. Khare, which lies at the bottom of Mera Peak, is also known as Mera Peak Base Camp. You make your ascent up to Mera Peak from here. It has few teahouses and climbing gear and equipment outlets. From here you get a close-up view of the north face of Mera Peak. Head to your teahouse and have lunch. After resting for a bit, you can explore the surrounding area. Overnight in Khare.
You spend this day acclimatizing and receiving pre-climb training from your climbing guide. There will be final gear and equipment check and packing. If you wish to rent climbing gear the rental outlets at Khare offer high quality gear and equipment on hire. You can get high quality climbing boots, ice axe, crampons, helmets etc. Do remember climbing boots of size 12 plus are difficult to find in Nepal. If you have large feet (size 12 or greater) it would be practical to bring your own climbing boots.
During the pre-climb training your guide will teach you the proper use of climbing equipment (ice axe, jumar/ascender, crampon, harness etc.) and basic techniques to scale the peak. He will also share some practical tips on how you can keep yourself safe in the mountains. This training is important and valuable, especially if you are a novice climber. After the training you can take rest or explore the area. Right above Khare is a hill from where you get good views of Mera La. Overnight in Khare.
Leaving Khare we take a steep ascent through a rocky path to Mera La. All three summits of Mera Peak – Mera North(6476m), Mera Central(6461m) and Mera South(6065m) - are visible from the trail. Our goal is to reach the summit of Mera Central. Most commercial expeditions head up to this peak. We walk up the Mera glacier to Mera Peak high camp. There is no technical climbing involved. It is an easy trek up a gradual incline. The trek becomes strenuous and challenging because of the altitude and cold. We are walking above 5000 metres and every step comes with a struggle. Once we reach Mera High Camp, we have hot drinks and soup. From High Camp we get to enjoy inspiring views of five highest peaks in the world- Mount Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu(8188m) and Makalu(8485m). We also get good views of Baruntse (7129m), Gaurishanker (7134m) and Chamlang (7319m). We will be sleeping in single tents (1 tent for 1 climber). Retire early as we have an early start tomorrow. Camping at Mera High Camp.
Wake up at 2 AM and get ready for summit push after breakfast. Put on your crampons, headlight and rope up. We will be secured by ‘man-ropes’. Walk in rhythm and follow your guide across the open glacier. It is a gradual climb; an uphill non- technical hike. While the terrain is easy, the only thing slowing us down will be the altitude and freezing cold. The air is thin and each step comes with a struggle. Mera Peak is truly a Trekking Peak because we can easily trek to the top of this mountain. Only the last 40-50 metres to the summit is challenging. It is a steep incline and fixed rope and jumars may be needed to climb to the snowy dome of the summit.
You reach the summit of Mera Peak latest by 9 to 10 AM. Enjoy stunning views of the five highest mountains in the world Mount Everest(8848m), Kanchenjunga(8586m), Lhotse(8516m), Makalu(8481m) and Cho Oyu (8201m). You have done it! Savor this moment of achievement and capture the wonderful views in your camera. Spend 5 to 10 minutes at the summit and later head down to High Camp. Drink something hot(tea, coffee, soup) to warm yourself. Later have lunch, and make a quick descent (2 to 3 hours) from Mera High Camp camp and trek to Khare. This has been a tiring day. Once you reach the teahouse, you celebrate your achievement and later take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Khare.
A reserved day for summit incase our summit bid on Day 12 gets cancelled due to bad weather or ill health. This day can also be used for emergencies like flight delay or any unforeseen event that may lead us to cancel a day during our trip. If everything rolls out as planned, this extra day can be used on the trail, to go a little bit a slow and explore some more places on the trail. Or you can this extra day in sightseeing in Kathmandu.
From Khare we walk down a forested path to Kothe. There are no views of mountains as the trail is shaded by a dense overgrowth. We descend on this trail and reach Kothe in the Hinku Valley. Overnight in Kothe.
We start of by making a gradual ascent up through the valley to the western part of Hinku Valley. We walk along a forested trail. The trail goes up and down. A final ascent brings us to Thuli Kharka, our stop for the night. This is also a summer camp used by yak herders. Now new lodges are being built to cater to the trekkers and climbers walking this route. Overnight in Thuli Kharka.
This marks the final leg of our Mera Peak climbing adventure. Leave Thuli Kharka and make a steep ascent to Zatrwa La (4,600m), a high mountain pass. It is an arduous but non-technical ascent as we walk up a steep incline. It takes almost 2 hours or more to reach the pass. The view from the pass is amazing and we can see a part of the trail that we passed earlier. We can see the whole Lukla village, Numbur Himal, Dudh Kunda, Kongde, Khumbila and Hinku Valley. A steep descent brings us to Lukla. We head quickly to our teahouse and enjoy a hot shower. We celebrate our last evening in the mountains with our crew. A lively and memorable evening filled with Sherpa brew (chhyang) and singing and dancing. Overnight in Lukla.
Bid goodbye to the Sherpa homeland and fly to Kathmandu. This is another interesting flight as the plane taxies down Lukla airport’s narrow runway and gets airborne right at the end of the cliff. It is a heart stopping take off. Savour the views of the Himalayan mountains for one last time. On reaching Kathmandu you will be driven to your hotel. Check in and take a well-deserved rest. Or you can hop in at your hotel’s spa and treat yourself to a post-trek massage. If you haven’t had your fill of adventures you can explore the city on your own or take a guided tour (ask us, we will be more than happy to oblige!). Celebrate the completion of your trip with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be driven to the airport three hours before your scheduled departure. In case you wish to explore more of the Himalayas, do let us know. We can arrange a trip for you to the destination of your choice.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
Hotel as well as teahouse accommodations are included in your Mera Peak Climbing expedition cost. Spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at the centrally located 3-star deluxe Hotel Moonlight. It lies close to popular restaurants and shops. Hotel Moonlight features well-appointed rooms with en suite bathrooms, a spacious patio garden, spa, restaurant, bar and a rooftop terrace with amazing 360-degree views of Kathmandu.
While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses run by locals. As the route passes through the sparsely populated Hinku Valley, the lodges offer only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. At most of the teahouses the toilets are Asian style (squatting) and are located outside. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot, hot showers and charging your electronic devices.
2 night full board camping at Mera Peak High Camp. You will be sleeping and dining in tents. For your comfort we provide one-man tent (1 tent for 1 climber).
At hotels and tea-houses, accommodation is on twin-sharing basis. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. Single rooms are available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations, where only a handful of teahouses operate, single rooms are not offered.
In Kathmandu enjoy breakfast and farewell dinner. During the trek all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) will be provided. You can choose from a selection of meals offered on the menu. Traditional Nepali and Tibetan items include local Dal-Bhat (rice, lentil soup, curry), momo(meat or vegetable dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), thenthuk(a vegetable or meat stew), Tibetan bread etc. Indian and continental items include chappati, curries, pancake, pizza, hash brown potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti etc.
While camping, your expedition cook will serve you nutritious and energy giving meals.
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The best seasons for Mera Peak Climbing are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During these seasons the weather remains clear and favorable for climbing. Mera Peak can also be climbed during the winter months. But conditions remain extreme and harsh during this period. Read more about the Best Time to Visit Nepal.
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Technically Island Peak is more difficult to climb than Mera Peak. Even though Mera Peak is the highest Trekking Peak in Nepal, the route up the mountain is straightforward and non-technical. Climbers get up to the mountain using ‘man-ropes’ (walking roped up), ice axe and crampons. On the other hand, the route up Island Peak is more technical and involves crossing crevasses on ladders and using fixed rope to reach the summit. While both the peaks can be attempted by novice climbers, Island Peak is more technical and challenging.
At 6461m/21,190ft. Mera Peak is Nepal’s highest trekking peak and one of the best peaks to climb for first-timers and novice climbers. Though alpine climbing experiences maybe an advantage, it is not a requirement to climb to this peak. It involves trekking and climbing above 5000 and 6000 metres and one should be physically fit and used to high-altitude trekking. The climb may not involve technical maneuvers but it’s physically demanding and strenuous. If you are fit and agile, have high-altitude trekking experience and are looking for your first Himalayan peak to climb, then this is the mountain for you.
To reach Mera Peak you have to trek through the sparsely populated Hinku Valley. There are less crowds, but the facilities at the teahouses are basic as compared to those available along the busy Everest Base Camp route.
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities. So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places. One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures. Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.