Mera Peak Climbing – 16 Days
Mera peak is considered one of the major and popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The Peak itself rises to the south of Everest. The ascent of the peak is technically straightforward, however, the heavy snow and the maze of crevasses can make the way longer to the summit.
Among the peaks of Nepal, Mera (6476m) is the highest permitted trekking peak. Mera Peak is situated to the south of Everest dominating the watershed of the thickly wooded and remote Hinku valley. Climbing Mera peak boasts a stunning panorama of five of the worlds 8000 meters peaks- Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse and of course Mt. Everest. Mera peak climbing route ascends through the standard northern Mera La after a few days of acclimatization hike of surrounding peaks and climbing clinic sessions briefed and instructed by experienced mountain experts on techniques and use of climbing gears so that you acquire the necessary skills and confidence to summit the Mera peak.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m]
Flying through Nepal on your way to Kathmandu offers tremendous views of snow-capped mountain and peaks. It’s an interesting welcoming through knowing you will have conquered these mountains upon your departure. Upon your arrival, the MSM Tours and Treks staff will be waiting to greet you discuss your travels and escort you to the hotel. We will offer some welcome drinks and let you explore through town during the evening.
Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [1,300m]
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its mysterious doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Western influence in the Valley. The neighboring cities of Patan and Bhaktapur provide immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the infamous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath “the monkey temple”. Prior to your departure you will receive more information about the trip and offered an English-speaking guide to give you unique insights into the culture and architecture of each destination.
Day 03 : Flight to Lukla (2840m)
You will start off with a flight to one of the world’s most dangerous airports – Lukla Airport in Solukhumbu. The flight takes you over the Himalayas giving you a breathtaking panorama view of the Himalayas, including the famous Mt.Everest, standing there with it snow clad peak in all its glory. As the flight continues, you can feel Mt.Everest grow on you. The landing onto the landing strip is a thrill in itself and is not for the faint-hearted. During the landing, the plane will seem rather unbalance and shaky due to the aggressive turning and tossing that is required to maneuver the plane onto the tiny landing strip. The altitude will hit you the moment you get off the plane. We will be camping in Lukla for the night.
Day 04 : Trek to Chutanga [3050m]
After meeting with the trekking crew, we will be heading eastwards from Lukla. The trail crisscrosses through pristine hamlets and thick forest along Kalo Himal Ridge. We will be staying aligned with our specific route. Otherwise, we may deviate from the target destination. During winter, snow clad grounds ensure that we transverse steep terrain in order to reach the other side. But during favorable climatic condition, the trail is usually straightforward. After 3-4 hours of trekking, we will enter Chutanga where we will be spending the night.
Day 05 : Rest Day at Chutanga
We will be spending two memorable nights at Chutanga. This ensures that we have sufficient time for acclimatization prior to confronting Zatrwa La. We can indulge in leisurely trek to a small 4000m peak below the Zatrwa Teng Pass. Excellent views will be unveiled as we glimpse over the valley of the Dudh Kosi and the picturesque trail zigzagging towards Zatrwa La. After exploring around, we will descend back to our camp at Chutanga and succumb to complete relaxation for the journey ahead.
Day 06 : Trek to Tuli kharka [4300m]
The trail crosses the Kalo Himal Ridge which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. Further ahead, we will transverse a comfortable path which showcases a cairned notch on the ridge with a collection of prayer flags at an elevation of 4450m. En route we may encounter yak herders. The views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive and so is the view across the rolling foothills east of the Hinku Valley. Half an hour below the pass is a huge boulder which marks our campsite, Tuli Kharka. After 6 to 7 hours of trekking, we will reach Tuli Kharka
NOTE: If conditions are particularly bad, we do have the option of crossing a lower pass to the south of the Zatrwa La, an alternative which involves 2 additional days of trekking.
Day 07 : Trek to Mosum kharka [3700m]
The trail descends along the rock-strewn path leading to a fine vantage point of the Hinku valley where mesmerizing views of the south face of Mera Peak become visible. The trail zigzags through forested areas and then descends steeply into the Hinku valley. Enchanting panorama of Peak 43 and Kusum Kangguru unfolds as we bask in the splendor of nature surrounding us from the Hinku Valley. We may experience a tingling sensation -exotic and delightful feelings as we walk past forests of pine and rhododendron. Soon after reaching Mosum Kharka, we will set a campsite by the banks of Hinku Drangka [river].
Day 08 : Trek to Tangnag [4350m]
As we head to the west bank of the Hinku Khola from northwards, the thick vegetation slowly brgins to fade away and the valley starts to zoom out. We will come across goats, sheep and yaks grazing lazily in the meadows in the Upper Hinku. After several ascents for 4 to 6 hours, we will approach the summer settlement of Tangnag as we cross a single-plank bridge at Gondishung. We will make a stopover for lunch at this spot. And where we will be staying for the night. Lying in its vicinity is a 200 year-old gompa resting beneath a massive boulder and a number of crude mani walls. The trail offers an outstanding view of Peak 43.
Day 09 : Rest Day at Tangnag
We will be resting to ensure that we are completely acclimatized. After proper rest, we can explore other adventure possibilities like strolling by Sabal Tsho, beautiful moraine-dammed lake which is hidden behind the Sabal Glacier and climbing a peak up to an altitude of nearly 5000m. We can also explore the Hinku Nup Glacier which leads north toward Kangtaiga. The upper Hinku valley turns to the east at Tangnag, crossing the moraine of the Dig Glaciers.
Day 10 : Trek to Khare [5000m]
As we leave Tangnag behind, the trail ascends to a wide grassy basin, popularly called Dig Kharka. We will continue walking for hours across the flat ground. After a while, we will arrive at Khare. There are many campsites at Khare and the most popular one is at the upper end of Khare lying beneath a group of boulders. We will be camping at that site. This campsite offers splendid vistas of huge north face of Mera, Hinku Shar Glacier and Mera La.
Day 11: Khare upper end [5500m]
We will use this day for acclimatization again. After proper rest, we will take a walk up to a small peak on the west side of the Hinku Nup Glacier, where we can reach a height of around 5500m. From that vantage point, we will be able to capture stunning views of Mera La and Mera Peak.
Day 12: Trek up to campsite by lower part of Hinku Nup glacier
We will be following the trail that leads to Mera La. We will continue transversing as far as the lowest part of the Hinku Nup Glacier. We will be able to get captivating exotic beauty of snow-slope and the panorama of Himalayan peaks.
Day 13: Rest day
This day has been specially set aside for giving us time to acclimatize completely and to have good rest to rejuvenate ourselves for the adventure ahead.
Day 14: The ascent [6476m]
We will start off in the wee morning after having breakfast. We will advance towards the summit. By sunrise we can reach up to 6000m. With Incessant attempts, we will be able to finally scale the summit. From the summit, we can embrace the most spectacular view of at least five of the world’s fourteen 8000m peaks. Most of this spectacular panorama can be seen from the site of the high camp and all of it is visible from 6000m. After the climb, we will descend to the campsite on the Hongu side of the pass where you will be staying for the night
Day 15: Return back to Lukla
We will be retracing our steps back to Lukla.
Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu
From Lukla, we will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
A representative of MSM Tours and Treks will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours from your scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight ticket for you and trekking guide.
- All necessary permits to trek and climb.
- One Professional Trekking guide and his wages and salaries.
- Insurance for the trekking staffs.
- One climbing guide and his wages and salaries.
- Accommodation on a normal lodge during trek and accommodation on camp during climb.
- Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and 3 times of tea or coffee per day during climbing period (4 days).
- First aid kit for trekking guide.
- Good equipment for your guide to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes).
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Personal Expenses.
- Entrance fees for temple and monastery.
- Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
- Personal trekking and climbing gears.
- First aid kit (for you).
- Emergency Rescue evacuation.
- Insurance of any kind.
- Which is not mention on Cost Includes