Mera Peak Climbing takes us to the summit of Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190ft) which is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. We ascend Mera Peak preferably during the spring and autumn seasons as it’s the best time to climb the mountain for its astonishing views of the Himalayan Vista. Five 8,000m peaks are visible from the summit including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.
Mera Peak climbing is an excellent option for anyone with moderate mountaineering experience. It is a challenging trekking peak due to its elevation, but the technical mountaineering skills requirement is very basic. Besides, Asian Heritage’s seasoned Sherpa guide will provide us with a basic mountaineering training before the actual summit.
· All land transportation in private vehicle.
· 3 nights acconnodation in Kathmandu in Full Board basis.
· All accommodations during trek at tea house in Full Board basis.
· Domestic flights ticket (kathmandu-lukla-kathmandu)
· All necessary permits , paperwork and taxes.
· Medical kit carried by our guides.
· ACAP & TIM's Permits and Entrance fees.
· Insurance for the trekking staffs.
First aid kit for trekking staffs
· Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc
· Personal trekking gear.
· First aid kit (for you)
Rescue evacuation Insurance of any kind.
Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
You complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterwards, there is a representative waiting for you who will take you to your hotel. You can then spend the rest of the day taking rest and later in the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and enjoy local food. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu: trip preparation
You rest for most of the day and unpack. You will visit Asian Heritage’s office in the afternoon. Our climbing leaders will check you set of climbing equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our coming journey. You will also get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss your trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2730m)
Flight duration: 40 mins, Hike duration: 5/6 hours
You catch an early morning flight to Lukla and begin your trek to Paiya after landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. You will walk on a jungle trail, cross a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach Surke Village. From here you will continue moving south and cross the Chutok La pass before reaching the small settlement of Paiyan, also known as Chutok. Overnight in Paiya.
Day 4: Paiya to Panggom (2846m)
Hike duration: 5/6 hours
You descend for a while and reach a small bridge. From here the trail is slippery until you cross the Kari La pass. You walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests on a narrow mountain trail. On today’s trip you also get to be in awe of the Dudhkoshi Valley. Continue your trek to Panggom Village whose settlers are dependent on farming and trading. Overnight in Panggom.
Day 5: Panggom to Ningsow (2863m)
Hike duration: 4/5 hours
Begin your trek after breakfast. After trekking out of Panggom, you cross the Panggom La pass. Then ascend, walk on a steady path and turn north. You cross Peseng Kharka Khola first then after walking for some time, reach Peeng Kharka Danda. You cross Ningsow Khola (stream) before reaching the Ningsow Village. Overnight in Ningsow.
Day 6: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2800m)
Hike duration: 7/8 hours
From Ningsow, you climb first then descend for a while and climb some more to reach Ramailo Danda. From here you get extraordinary views of Mera Peak and Salpa. After ascending and descending on your trail, you enter the Makalu Barun National Park. The trail from here to Chhatra Khola is called Pasang Lhamu trail. On the way, if lucky, you might even come across the elusive Red Panda. Overnight in Chhatra Khola.
Day 7: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3691m)
Hike duration: 6/7 hours
You walk towards the north on the main trail to Mera Peak. After walking on a trail next to the the Majang Khola, you merge with another trail which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. The trail moves straight ahead towards Tashing Ongma which has seasonal tea shops. You continue your trek and cross the bridge over the Sanu Khola before reaching Kothe. Overnight in Kothe.
Day 8: Kothe to Thaknak (4358m)
Hike duration: 3/4 hours
You trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. Take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders' settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung, you pass a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where you can find Mera Peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. A short walk takes to Thaknak, which is a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops. Overnight in Thaknak.
Day 9: Thaknak to Khare (5045m)
Hike duration: 2/3 hours
Leaving Thaknak, you 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, you can see the northern face of Mera Peak which will be an amazing experience. After lunch hike in and around Khare. Overnight at Khare.
Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and pre–climb training
A separate day is set aside solely for acclimatization and basic training just to prepare you better for the Mera Peak climb. Your climbing leader will help you polish your basic climbing techniques and demonstrate the best ways to use your climbing gears like the ice axe, harness, ascender climbing boots and crampons. The training will also include learning the best climbing technique with the rope. Overnight in Khare.
Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5780m)
Hike duration : 6/7 hours
You walk through a boulder-strewn course on a steep trail to reach the Mera Peak Base Camp. From here, you continue further through the Mera La pass to reach the Mera High Camp. Your path is along a rocky trail, which can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. Make your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. Then you set up a high camp while enjoying excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, the south face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. Overnight at Mera High Camp.
Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6461m) and back to Khare (5045m)
Hike duration: 8/9 hours
This is a really important day for the expedition. You wake up around 2 in the morning for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning but soon you warm up as you 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 you 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, you may use a fixed rope if the climbing leader believes it’s required. The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, take in spectacular 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, retrace your steps back to the high camp where you rest for a while before descending to Khare. Overnight in Khare.
Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
There is no guarantee that you will have favorable weather on your planned day for the summit. Therefore, this day is set aside as a contingency in case you are unable to summit the Mera on the desired day due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day will not be required.
Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m)
Hike duration: 4/5 hours
You trek from Khare to Kothe along the same trail used previously. After reaching Kothe, celebrate your success by trying out local delicacies and wines. Overnight in Kothe.
Day 15: Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4300m)
Hike duration: 5/6 hours
You begin your trek to Thuli Kharka after breakfast. Climb up and descend, cross several tributaries of the Inkhu Khola before reaching a forked trail nearby Taktho. Choose the trail on our right and continue walking. Your trail passes by a Chorten after which walk downhill on a steep trail. Next, we ascend to Thuli Kharka and pass by another Chorten on the way. Overnight in Thuli Kharka.
Day 16: Thuli Kharla to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass
Hike duration: 6/7 hours
You cross the Zatrwa-La pass at 4,600. As soon as you cross the pass, you 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 you walk all the way down to Chutang and then straight forward to the Lukla village. In the evening you enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with your crew. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Flight duration: 35 mins.
You catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, you may do that today. Your guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure
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. A representative from Asian Heritage 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.
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