Mera Peak Climbing Itinerary of 14 days takes you to Nepal's highest trekking peak, Mera Peak. Lying in the Hinku Valley of Everest Region, Mera Peak is a popular climbing peak with an easy route. A favorite of many climbers who come to Nepal, Mera Peak is the perfect acclimatization peak if you are planning to climb Mount Everest or any of the major peaks in the Khumbu Region.
The route to Mera Peak lies off-the-beaten-path in the rarely visited Hinku Valley. The trail is secluded, and the area is wild and pristine, with very few human settlements. Most nights, you will be sleeping at teahouses located at isolated kharkas or summer camps of yak herders.
You make your summit push after spending a night camping at Mera High Camp (5,780m). The route is easy, and very little technical climbing is involved. Thin mountain air and freezing cold are the only two issues that will make your ascent difficult. The Himalayan panorama from the summit is stunning. Mount Everest and other 8,000 meter peaks appear close to the summit. You make your descent to Lukla via the same route.
Safety of the team members while trekking and climbing are paramount and given top priority. An experienced local Sherpa climbing guide leads our Mera Peak Climbing with +20 years of climbing experience.
If you want to acclimatize more days, we have Mera Peak Climbing 18 days itinerary via Paiya, Panggom, and Ramailo Dandna. Similarly, Mera Peak Climbing and Amphu Lapcha Pass 21 days itinerary is a unique itinerary to climb Mera Peak and cross the challenging Amphu Lapcha Pass in the wild Hongu valley. You can choose to skip Lukla's flight or any mountain flight and head to Mera Peak via Phaplu, traversing a different route starting from Khari Khola.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation|
|Day 2||Fly to Lukla and trek to Chutanga (3,100m/10,168ft) - 35 minutes flight and 4 to 5 hours trek|
|Day 3||Trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4,300m/14,104ft) via Zatrwa La (4,600m/15,092ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 4||Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe (3,691m/12,107ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 5||Trek from Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,295ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 6||Trek from Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,548ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 7||At Khare – Acclimatization Day and pre-climb training|
|Day 8||Trek from Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 9||Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,193ft) and trek to Khare (5,045m/16,548ft) - 11 to 12 hours trek/climbing|
|Day 10||Contingency Day for Mera Peak Summit|
|Day 11||Trek from Khare to Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4,300m/14,104ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek|
|Day 12||Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) via Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m/15,088ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 13||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu(1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minutes flight|
|Day 14||Depart Kathmandu|
Mera Peak Climbing Itinerary of 14 days is one of the few thrilling adventures that take you to one of the remotest and highest corners of the world. You climb Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal, after trekking past the untouched and wild Hinku Valley. The valley, located in the Everest Region, is a storehouse of rare Himalayan flora and fauna. This is one of the few trails in the Khumbu which remains less crowded even during peak season. Leading the team will be a Sherpa climbing guide with more than two decades of climbing experience.
You begin your Mera Peak adventure with a scenic and memorable flight to the Sherpa town of Lukla. The flight over tall mountains and precipitous cliffs is counted as one of the world's extreme flying experiences. You start your trek after landing at the narrow airstrip.
Your first destination is Chutanga, a small Sherpa village near Lukla. In the next couple of days, you make your way past dense rhododendron forests and pine and gurgling rivers. With only a stray group or two sharing the trail, you pretty much have the trail to yourself. Enjoy the splendors of nature without getting interrupted. You cross over to the Hinku Valley after crossing Zatrwa La, a mountain pass that lies between Khumbu and Hinku valleys.
Hinku Valley is still untouched and wild, with few villages. Unlike other parts of the Kumbu Region, here you will find only a few scattered teahouses. Yak herders use these uninhabited areas to build their summer camps known as 'kharkas.' Far from civilization, teahouses along with the route offer only basic services – shelter, food, communal toilet, and a warm bed. If you are used to creature comforts and traveling in luxury, you need to think twice before booking this trip.
On Day 7, you reach Khare, where you will spend an extra day acclimatizing and attending pre-climb training. Final gear and equipment check will be done before retiring. You make your summit push after spending a night camping at Mera High Camp. Each climber will get a single tent to sleep in. The local crew will prepare food. Healthy and nutritious meals will be provided.
The final ascent to the summit will involve an early start at 2 AM when the weather is stable and less windy. The group will be secured by man-rope, and the members will walk in a single file. It is a gradual ascent with no technical sections most of the way. It is normal to feel out of breath and wheezy as the air is very thin at this altitude.
The final 40-50 meters to the summit is the most challenging. It is a steep incline where we use fixed rope and jumars to reach the Mera Peak summit. Mount Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), and Makalu (8,485m) - five of the 14 eight-thousanders can be viewed from the summit as well the trail leading to the summit.
Once you step on the summit, celebrate your victory with your teammates. You have done it! Yes, you achieved what you set to do, and it is a great moment. Take pictures and take in the views for one last time before heading back. You trek down to Khare and return to Lukla via the same route. From Lukla, you catch a flight back to Kathmandu, where your trip ends.
The best seasons to climb Mera Peak are spring and autumn when the weather is clear and dry. Graded PD (little difficult) on the Alpine Difficulty Grade, Mera Peak can be climbed by beginners provided they have high altitude (+4,000m) trekking experience. Though the route to the summit is easy and not much technical climbing is needed, the high altitude and extreme cold make it very difficult. A high level of stamina and endurance is needed, and one needs to be in top physical form.
The elevation gain on this trip is pretty serious, and you should come prepared. On the second day of your trek, you cross a high pass at 4,600m. This will leave you pretty sick if your body is not prepared for high altitude. Though our guides carry a first aid box and are prepared for any crisis, it would be better if you weigh in the pros and cons seriously before embarking on this trip. Would you please go through the essential information section for tips on training and the essential gear and equipment needed for this trip?
As this itinerary takes you to the summit of Mera Peak in a short period, this trip is recommended for those looking for an acclimatization climb before conquering a bigger mountain. Novices with high-altitude walking experience can also do it.
Accommodation on the trail will be at local teahouses. Facilities on this route are basic compared to the popular EBC trail. You spend only one night in a tented camp at Mera High Camp. Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and Mera Peak Climbing Permit are needed. This package includes all permits, domestic flights, accommodation, and food on the trail, plus accommodation in Kathmandu.
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Upon your arrival, make your way to the airport terminal after completing the immigration formalities. Our representative will be holding a placard with your name or our company's name written on it. He will greet you and drive you to your hotel. Check-in and get some rest. Later in the evening, you will meet your guide, and a short briefing will follow.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
We take a morning flight to Lukla. If we are lucky enough to get a ticket for the first flight, we get to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla. If not, we drive to Rammechhap and proceed to Lukla by flight.
After reaching Lukla, we meet the rest of the crew, sort our luggage, and trek to Chatunga. The trail goes through up through forests and fields. Chatunga, with a couple of stone houses, lies surrounded by cliffs and mountains. We spend the night at a local teahouse.
Overnight at a teahouse in Chatunga.
From Chatunga, we head to our next destination Thuli Kharka via the Zatra La Pass. We walk past rhododendron forests and grazing pastures of yaks. It is a tough crossing, and we can feel the altitude. We climb the Kalo Himal ridge covered with stones and prayer flags. A couple of minutes later, we come to Zatrwa La Pass. The pass separates the Khumbu Valley and Hinku Valley. We stop for a while to take pictures and soak in the views.
Later we walk on a stony path to Thuli Kharka. Thuli Kharka, which means 'big meadow,' is surrounded by big boulders and stubby grass and shrubs. Used as a camp by yak herders, Thuli Kharka only has a couple of teahouses. On reaching Thuli Kharka, we head to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest.
Overnight at a teahouse in Thuli Kharka.
We take the downhill trail to Kothe. En route, we enjoy outstanding views of the Hinku Valley, Kusum Kanguru, Peak 43, and the south face of Mera Peak. The trail goes through a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. If you are making this trip in spring, the rhododendrons will be in full bloom and the trail will look heavenly. At Kothe, you are in Hinku Valley. Make your way to a local teahouse and have a goodnight's sleep.
Overnight at a teahouse in Kothe.
Head on to the Upper Hinku valley. As we get higher, the treeline disappears. There are no major villages at this altitude, only kharkas or grazing meadows for yaks. On the way, we stop at Gondishung for tea and refreshments. Stunning views of Mera Peak, Charpati Himal, Kusum Kanguru, and Thamserku delight us.
We also visit Lungsumgba Gompa, a 200-year old Buddhist shrine. The local crew will pray for the well-being of the team and a successful ascent at the shrine. After an hour of walking, we reach Thaknak. From our teahouse, we savor a close-up view of Charpati Himal.
Overnight at a teahouse in Thaknak.
Today's trek takes us to Khare. It is a short but difficult hike as we are steadily gaining altitude. We ascend the Dig Glacier and weave past the glacial lake of Charpati Tal. We slowly descend to Dig Kharka. From here, we get magnificent views of Kyeshar Glacier, Mera Peak, and Charpati Himal. Climb up the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers before finally making your way to Khare.
Khare, also called the Mera Peak Base Camp, lies at the foot of Mera Peak. There are a couple of teahouses and climbing gear and equipment outlets. After checking in at a lodge, enjoy the incredible view of Mera Peak's north face.
Overnight at a teahouse in Khare.
An acclimatization day before your climb lets you take part in pre-climb training conducted by our guides. You will get to try out your climbing skills before making it to the mountain. Ascend and descend on the rocky slope using harness and climbing equipment. Learn to make knots and the correct way to belay and rappel. If this is your first Himalayan peak, this training will be helpful for you as our experienced climbing guides will share some practical knowledge and really helpful tips that will help you do a safe climb.
There will be a final gear and equipment check, and you will pack for your summit push. There are gear and equipment rental outlets, and you rent out personal gear and equipment if you wish.
Please note that size 12 and above climbing boots are not available in Nepal. If you wear boots of that size, you need to bring them from home.
Overnight at a teahouse in Khare.
A steep and rocky path leads us to Mera La. We can enjoy splendid views of Mera Peak's three summits – Mera South (6,065m), Mera North (6,476m), and Mera Central (6,461m) and. The summit we are trying to reach is Mera Central. A straightforward ascent up the Mera Glacier brings us to Mera Peak high camp, and It is an easy hike with a gradual incline. Up to this point, there is no technical climbing. The only issue is high altitude and cold, which makes taking each step a struggle.
At Mera High Camp, comforting hot drinks and soup will be waiting for us prepared by our local crew. Mount Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), and Makalu (8,485m) - five of the 14 eight-thousanders are visible from the high camp. You can also enjoy amazing views of Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7,129m), and Gaurishanker (7,134m).
Tonight we will be camping in tents - 1 tent per climber. Have an early night as we have a long day tomorrow.
Overnight at tented camp in Mera High Camp.
We get ready and hit the slopes at 2 AM. Our headlights are lighting the way we rope up and walk secured by man-rope. We cross the Mera glacier and climb gradually. The terrain is not that difficult to maneuver, but the cold air and low oxygen level slow us down. The last 40-50 meters to the summit is the hardest and the most challenging climb. On a steep incline, we use fixed rope and jumars to climb to the snowy dome of the Mera Peak summit.
By 9-10 AM, we reach the summit. We celebrate our conquest while enjoying the close-up views of Mount Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,481m, Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Cho Oyu (8,201m). After capturing this historic moment in our cameras and leaving mementos (if you brought any) at the summit, we head down to High Camp. We only spend 5 to 10 minutes at the summit.
At the camp, the local crew will greet us with a hot brew (tea/coffee) or soup. We rest for a while and make a quick descent after lunch. We trek down to Khare and head to a teahouse. I the evening, we celebrate our achievement and later have a good night's rest.
Overnight at a teahouse in Khare.
This is a reserved day for the summit if our summit bid on Day 9 gets canceled due to bad weather or member health problem. If everything goes smoothly, this day can also be used for emergencies like flight delays or unforeseen events that may lead us to cancel a day during our trip. If everything rolls out as planned, this extra day can be used to go a little bit slow and explore some more places on the trail. Or you can take this extra day in sightseeing in Kathmandu.
We return via the same route to Kothe. The mountains are no longer visible as the rocky cliffs conceal the incredible views.
We make an ascent to the west of Hinku Valley, walking down a trail covered with rhododendron trees. It is an up and down trail. We arrive at Thuli Kharka, a summer camp of local yak herders, a final hike up a path.
Overnight at a teahouse in Thuli Kharka.
Leaving Thuli Kharka, we once again cross the Zatrwa La pass (4,600m) pass. In about 2 hours we reach the pass. The view is incredible, and we can view part of the trail that we crossed. Hinku Valley, Numbur Himal, Kongde, Dudh Kunda, and Khumbila look amazing. We walk to Lukla taking a downward trail.
At Lukla, we enjoy a hot shower and a good meal. In the evening we have a small party to celebrate the success of our trip. Our local crew join us and make our last evening in the mountains memorable.
Overnight at a teahouse in Lukla.
We return to Kathmandu by flight. After reaching the city, we head to our hotel and take a rest. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the city. You can walk down Thamel and shop for souvenirs. Local markets also lie within walking distance from Thamel.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
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