Mera Peak is the tallest trekking peak of Nepal and additionally is the topmost destination for climbing starters in the world. The majestic peak is situated in the historic land of Mt Everest and has been providing grounds to mountain climbers since its opening. Mera Peak is situated in the highest part of the Himalayas, Mahalangur range. Mahalangur range lies in the north-most part of the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. Mera Peak is pointed with three major tops that include, Mera Central(6,476m), Mera South(6,065m), and Mera North(6,476m).
The first climbers of Mount Everest, Tenzing Norway Sherpa, and Sir Edmund Hillary initiated the pattern of climbing the Mera peak after they ascended Mount Everest. Since then its popularity never faded away; rather, it is gaining more popularity day by day. Mera Peak climbing acts as a ground to prepare oneself before you think of ascending to Everest.
Every year thousands of climbers visit Nepal in order to accomplish the Mera Peak climbing. Though the number of beginner climbers is greater than pro climbers. As the climbing and technical setting of Mera Peak is perfect for beginners to bind their shoes. This is the reason that Mera Peak is considered as the best peak to begin the climbing expedition.
Beginners get the chance to test how to utilize crampons, ice-axe, and other mountaineering gears during Mera Peak ascending. Yet, that doesn’t mean this climbing is just about ascending and descending. Mera Peak climbing is a long yet wonderful excursion through the most delightful part of the world.
A climber of the Mera Peak gets the opportunity to appreciate the close view of four eight-thousanders, Mt Everest(8,848m), Mt Lhotse(8,586m), Mt Cho Oyu(8,201m), and Mt Makalu(8,643m) from the top of Mera Peak. You will be encircled by the mountain tops throughout the day, with the splendid panorama of mountains.
The excursion of Mera Peak goes through the popular Khumbu region. What’s more, this area has got everything; eccentric Sherpa settlements, beautiful lush green forest, traditional monasteries and gompas, oscillating suspension bridges, prayer flags, and many more. The words are not just enough to display the highlights of Mera Peak climbing.
Highlights of Mera Peak Climbing
- Summit the Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak that rises to the South Mera of Mount Everest.
- Get the splendid mountains views of 5 mountains over 8000 meters altitude – Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8586m, Mt. Makalu 8485m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m,and many other peaks inside Everest region.
- Enjoy around Hongu and Hinku valleys – the wild, uninhabited and beautiful.
- Relish the thrilling experience of the culture and tradition of Sherpa tribe communities.
Route of Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak’s excursion endures 18 exciting days. This journey begins by leaving the capital city Kathmandu and a flight towards Lukla. The scenic flight reaches Lukla within 35 minutes. After reaching Lukla, you will trek to Chhuthang.
On the second day, you will leave for Thuli Kharka(4300m) through a dazzling Zatrawala Pass. The next day, your trek goes towards Kothe. From Kothe, the trek begins in the early morning to reach Thangnak(4326m). Subsequent to reaching Thangnak and staying overnight there, Khare will be your next destination.
Upon reaching Khare you will witness a glimpse of Mera Peak. Furthermore, you will spend one more day in the Khare for acclimatization. This implies you will have two days in Khare before heading for Mera Base Camp(5300m). Your trail of the Himalayan path will begin from the base camp of Mera Peak, and it will move to Mera High Camp(5,700m) and afterward to the top of Mera Peak(6,476m).
After your successful ascend to Mera Peak, you will plummet back to the Khare for the overnight on the same day. Likewise, you will now retrace the same trail to return to Lukla. On the way back, you will cross Khare, Kothe, Thuli Kharka, and Lukla in a few days. Your last night in the Khumbu district will be at Lukla just a day before the flight to Kathmandu.
Now finally, you will fly one final time through the Khumbu’s skies and get back to Kathmandu. Landing at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu indicates the termination of your Mera Peak expedition.
Best Time for Mera Peak Climbing
The ideal season for climbing and trekking in Nepal are Autumn and Spring. Therefore Autumn and Spring are the two most preferred seasons for Mera Peak climbing. The temperature during these seasons is stable, and there are very few or no chances of rain and snowfall.
However, there are two seasons, Winter and Monsoon, that is considered as the off-season for any of the adventurous trips in Nepal. Winter is the coldest time of the year, and Monsoon is a period of rainfall. The downpour and snowfall are the two greatest obstacles for climbing, so these seasons aren’t recommended for any peak climbing in Nepal. Therefore, the best seasons for Mera Peak climbing are Autumn and Spring.
Upon your arrival at the International terminal, our representative will greet you and take you to the allotted hotel. After check-in, you may either have rest at the hotel to overcome your jet lag or stroll around the city. Later in the evening enjoy the authentic welcome dinner hosted by us.
Today you will carry out the sightseeing tour around the “the city of Temples”, Kathmandu. This wonderful sightseeing tour visits various historical and cultural places including Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swambhunath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. All these places are listed in UNESCO as world heritage sites. After the completion of the sightseeing program, you will receive a brief description of the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight at the Hotel.
Prepare yourself as you are going to begin the mission of the Mera peak summit. Same as the majority of the Everest region trek, this climbing will likewise begin with a 45 minutes flight to Lukla(2800m). The flight will be perhaps the best experience of your life. You will get the chance to witness the incredible vision of the majestic Himalayan range.
The fantastic aerial view will end upon arriving at Lukla airport, one of the most dangerous on the globe. Lukla is a gateway to the Everest Region including trips like Mt Everest Expedition or Everest Base Camp Trek. Upon your landing in Lukla, you will get Local Area Permit from the local authority so that you could move further.
There are a few confined villages that require permits to take an entry. Upon acquiring the permit, you will head towards east from Lukla for Chhuthang(3020m). En route, you will pass some of the small Sherpa settlements dissipated in short distances. You will march ahead by touching and seeing the Buddhist Mani walls and Prayer wheels.
Now the trail follows the lush green forest of Rhododendron and Pine trees which guides you through the less-traveled path. This forest remains just underneath the Kalo Himal Ridge. There are numerous trails associated with the standard path which can be confounding, so please stay connected with the group and guide. Simply follow the stream associated trails as they all go to Chhutang, your final destination for the day.
Upon having your breakfast in the morning inChhuthang, you will today continue toward Thuli Kharkha(4,600m). While moving forward in the trail, there lies a precarious steep trailed hill. This is the first challenging climb of the Mera Peak climbing expedition, as it demands all of your energy to arrive at the top of Zatrawala Pass(4,600m).
From the top, you can appreciate the pleasant perspectives on Kongdi Ri, Number Himal, Lumding Himal, Karyolang Peak, and some more. Afterward, you will descend to Thuli Kharka through Chattre for about 1 to 2 hours. Throughout the trail, you will cross through some Yak pasture lands.
As the trek now provides the stunning perspective of various beauties, the trekking hours become more enjoyable. Your stunning trekking day will arrive at its end when you will complete the beautiful downfall to Thuli Kharka. Thuli Kharka is a major field with a few basic tea houses. You will stay overnight at one of those tea houses.
After breakfast, you will leave Thuli Kharka. Today’s trail leads to the Hinku valley of the Khumbu area. The trip will begin with a gentle downhill and provides the splendid mountain views. Now gradually the track now follows regular uphills and downhills. However, you will appreciate the trek as you will be walking through the middle of the green and rich woods of Rhododendrons, Pines, and Oaks.
When you enter the Hinku valley, you will get the first sight of Mera Peak. There will be Mera Peak and a few other snow-capped peaks prodding the Everest skies, and the view is simply overpowering. After the view from the tops, you will have to make a through a bit of straight slope. This specific path can make you slip in the event that you attempt to make it fast, so walk gradually.
It won’t require much time and effort to arrive at the riverbed of the Hinku River from the top. Kothe lies at one ascend away from the bank of Hinku River; so you will now push for the last stretch of the day to reach Kothe. Kothe lies on the west side of Hinku valley and is home to the peaceful wilderness and some Tea houses.
Leaving Kothe behind today’s trail moves towards Thangnak. It is today’s destination, so once again you need to walk along the riverbed of Hinku River. This stream flanked trail guides you towards Gondishung. Strolling in the shadow of Mera Peak, you will reach Gondishung and eat there.
After a short walk from the Gondishung, you will get the opportunity to see a two-century-old Buddhist Gompa, Lungsumgba Gompa. Individuals accept that lighting the shrine at this Gompa makes the Mera Peak Climbing successful. In the early afternoon, you will discover rock art that portrays the exact picture of Mera Peak. Get a few pictures there before you make the last stretch to reach Thangnak (4,326m).
From here, the trail becomes easier to trek, so now you can appreciate the delightful surroundings. You will reach Thangnak with almost no pain thus numerous perspectives. Thangnak is a Pasture land but it sees local people just during Summer. In summer the local people stay in Thangnak to graze their yaks. However, there are some basic tea houses that provide food and night stay to Mera Peak ascenders.
Leaving behind Thangnak Mera Peak climbing trail moves towards Khare. Today’s trek is somewhat difficult as the path goes through the steep moraine trails. The Moraine way will start from Dig Glacier and end at Dig Kharka where Charpate Himal stands before you. Watch out the track and walk cautiously as glacier trails are the most difficult ones.
Now there comes the steep slope climb that terminates at Khare. This ascension will be more extreme than prior climbs. So it is necessary to save some vitality before commencing this climb. The 3 to 4 hours of ascends will end upon reaching Khare where you can get splendid perspectives on Mera Peak. Khare is the acclimatization point of the Mera Peak climbing schedule which implies you will spend one more day here.
A couple of days for acclimatization day is necessary for any of the high elevation adventures. Also, the peak expedition is incomparable to the entirety of the high adventures. You can’t go straight for the climb without a single acclimatization day. Doing so can increase the risk of high altitude sickness.
This sickness is dangerous to any individual going at a height of over 5000 meters. What’s more, Mera Peak climbing goes much higher than that as its highest point is 6,476m. You need to inhale the air at the height of 6,476m on this Mera Peak climb.
Without acclimatization, you will have high chances of altitude sickness. Your body needs some ideal time to adjust to higher altitudes. Consequently, this rest or acclimatization day at Khare is necessary for the Mera Peak climbing.
After spending such a quality night at base camp now it is time for ascending the Mera High Camp. Henceforth, you will leave the base camp after the breakfast made by your Sherpas. The path from base camp associates the Mera La Pass which is a steep climb through the snowy and rocky track. Considerably after the Mera La Pass, the track doesn’t appear to incline down; it is as steep as the first stretch.
Pushing your body along the track on a lofty track for a few hours will lead you to the Mera High Camp. Now, you can breathe in the cool wind from the Mera High Camp with some stunning mountain scenes. Mountains like Everest, Makalu, Nuptse, Chamlang, Baruntse, and a few others are effectively perceptible. While you appreciate the view, your team will set up the campground for your rest. Appreciate the food and watch the brilliant night at the Mera High Camp.
This is the most significant day of the whole Mera Peak Climbing as you will scale the summit today. With every of the mountaineering gear prepared you will now move forward before dawn. You need to begin moving around 2 am in the morning so as to arrive at the highest point before early afternoon. The Mera peak highest point gets solid breezes after 12 pm, and this can increase challenges.
That’s why, after breakfast, you will walk after your experienced guide. You can easily summit the peak with the correct guidance of our guides. When you arrive at the top, you will be out-spoken by the perspectives on several eight-thousanders and several mountains including. Mt Everest, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Makalu, etc.
You will experience a tremendous level of accomplishment while enjoying the perspective of mountains from the summit. Commend the magnificence before plunging back to Khare for the overnight.
Today is the reserve day for Uncertainty. As the weather of the higher elevation changes drastically so this day can be useful if incase there arise some problem. Otherwise we will start to trek back normally.
After successfully ascending the summit now is the time to trek back to Kothe. On the route, you will go through Thangnak before coming to Kothe. Thangnak is a similar spot where you have gone through one night during the arrival. However, this time, you don’t have to remain in Thangnak as the Kothe can be reached around 3 to 4 hours of trek.
The trail is generally downhill and is simpler and quicker to walk on. While backtracking the path from Khare to Kothe, you will encounter a decrease in the elevations. Your walk will mostly go through the midst of the lush green forest filled with Oak, Pine, and Rhododendron trees. Since the trail is filled with descends, it doesn’t take much time to reach Kothe.
After having a delicious breakfast at Kothe, you will leave for Thuli Kharka. Today’s trail includes more uphill than downhill. You need to walk through a forest which takes you towards the western side of Hinku Valley. Thuli Kharka lies simply close to the Hinku valley, and it is reachable after the walk of 5 to 6 hours from Kothe.
For the second time you will be at Thuli Kharka to appreciate the fabulous time. In case you have missed any of the spectacular mountain views from the Thuli Kharka, it is an ideal opportunity to recover it. Thuli Kharkha offers the phenomenal view of Mera Peak Central and its different faces. Get enough of the Mera Peak perspectives before you leave Thuli Kharka.
Today will be the last day when you will get the chance to travel on the Mera Peak climbing venture. This journey will be fun as you leave Thuli Kharka for coming to Lukla on a single day. Before coming to Lukla, you will pass through Zatrawala Pass once again. You need to ascend the trail before beginning the descending trek. Zatrawala Pass is sufficiently high to give perspectives on most of the Everest peaks.
You will get fixated on the perspectives. After around 6 hours of retracing the trek, you will reach Lukla. You are scheduled to take the flight back to Kathmandu on the next day. This will be your last day at the peaceful Lukla and Everest Region.
Your time around Lukla will complete when you head for an early flight to Kathmandu.
Also, inside 35 minutes, you will land in Kathmandu air terminal after appreciating the aerial perspective on Nepal. Our group will drop you at your hotel. As you will arrive at Kathmandu before noon, that implies you still have some time if you wish to have a city tour..
For more than two weeks, you were busy on the trek. You didn’t have any time for hangouts and shopping. This is the day to enjoy the time in Kathmandu. You can go shopping or have a nice lunch or any of the refreshments on this day. There are places like Thamel, Durbar Marg where you can indulge yourself on this leisure day. Later in the evening, the whole team will have dinner on the successful completion of the tour and farewell as well.
After exchanging the final goodbyes, you will be escorted to the International terminal by our representative approximately three hours before as per your flight schedule.
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 3 nights in a 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Twin Sharing accommodation in lodges/tents during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- Climbing Permits Fee
- Garbage Deposit
- Sherpa Climbing Guide and his daily wage, Climbing Charge
- Necessary Support at the Base Camp
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Things to know about Mera Peak Climbing
There are three distinct courses to summit Mera Peak, and every one of the routes is somehow difficult or easy. The route that goes through Lukla-Zatr La Pass – Tagnag-Mera Base Camp-High Camp-Summit. This specific route is difficult but is the shortest route.
Additionally, the subsequent route is by means of Lukla-Paiya-Thongnak-Khare-Base Camp-High Camp-Summit. This route is a lot simpler than the prior course. However, the difficulty level of Mera peak climbing is likewise differentiable with the routes.
Whether you take any of these routes, the minimum distance that covers during the Mera Peak climbing is around 125 km. The trail of the Mera Peak is difficult, steep, and snowy. To cover such a significant distance in such a troublesome trail isn’t a simple task. Therefore, the distance is one of the challenges of Mera Peak climbing.
With the increasing elevation, the fear of high altitude sickness also increases. This high altitude sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness. And the region above 3500m likely causes high altitude sickness. Mera Peak’s excursion takes you from the absolute bottom 1400m(Kathmandu) to the highest 6,476m(Mera Peak). Between these two spots, you will change the elevations day by day.
So, any individual who can’t adapt to the new environment of higher altitude might get caught with Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) or Altitude Sickness. What’s more, this is one of the most troublesome problems of Mera Peak Climbing.
Weather and Temperature
The climate and temperature of higher areas are unusual. With such conditions, there is consistently a terror of harsh weather. The temperature can drop radically at any time, and also the snowfall might occur at any time.
What’s more, if that occurs, your already strenuous Mera Peak climb will become more difficult. The warm temperature and downpour or without snowfall days are a must for simple climbing. Therefore, any serious change in climate and temperature can cause a few challenges while climbing.
Regardless of having no technical climbing in the Mera Peak Climbing, a sound physical fitness level is a basic thing you require. On the off chance that you don’t have a good fitness level, develop it. There are different activities that can help your fitness, for instance, gym workout, hiking, running, etc.
You need to begin these activities at least 2 to 3 months before the climbing date. And in case you are somebody who doesn’t care to do loads of exercise, this preparation of physical fitness can be troublesome.
- How can I avoid altitude sickness?
You get caught with altitude sickness when your body can’t adjust with the changing elevation. So you should appropriately acclimatize as you gain height and take legitimate breaks. Remaining hydrated is additionally a significant step to avoid altitude sickness. Having a proper diet and taking appropriate breaks is like a mandatory requirement to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Likewise, avoiding alcoholic drinks and smoking has additionally proven to be useful.
- What is the highest altitude will I Climb?
The highest altitude you will climb is the altitude of 6476 meters at the Mera North Peak.
- How difficult is the Mera Peak expedition?
Mera Peak climbing falls under one of the easy climbing adventures of Nepal. It is one of the most popular and favorable peaks for beginners. With no specialized parts, it is the ideal peak for beginners to try out their climbing skills. There are a few challenges during the trip yet you can generally overcome these with appropriate preparations.
- What is the best time for climbing Mera Peak?
The best time for summiting the Mera Peak is in the autumn and spring season from September to November and March to May respectively. As the views become clear during these seasons.
- Do I need travel insurance?
Indeed, you should have travel insurance for any high altitude trek or climb. So that incase of any emergencies, your travel insurance will help you out for any rescue operation. Without travel insurance, your rescue charges will be difficult to handle.
6 . Should I need to have any climbing equipment or will the company provide?
No you don’t need to have any climbing equipment. We will provide all of the necessary mountaineering equipment. You just require to bring personal and trekking equipment. Otherwise, you may also buy or rent all those things after your arrival.
- What happens in case of an emergency?
In case of any emergencies, you are requested to immediately inform the guide or the one in charge of the group. Then will be immediately taken to the nearest medical facility for immediate treatment. If you are at a higher altitude you will be rescued via helicopter emergency rescue.
- Will I get a refund if I cancel my trip?
If you inform us before the trip date then you will be refunded 80 percent of the trip cost. However, you will not be refunded once you begin the trip.