Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak is located in the Everest (Sagarmatha) region of Nepal. It stands at an altitude of 6476m making it the highest of all the trekking peaks in Nepal. It was first climbed 9 days before the first summit of Everest, on 20th May 1953. Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing (known as ‘the foreign sportsman’) had gone for the first Mera peak climbing. They followed the same route as us, so you will literally follow in their footsteps. Even though it is classed as a trekking peak, it should not be under estimated. This is a high mountain and anyone attempting it needs to make sure that they are well acclimatized before making any attempt to climb it.
However all the effort is worth it. The view from the summit is considered one of the greatest in the whole Himalaya, with views to the east of Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse. To the west of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Kangtega. To the north, of course, you have Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. Everest spiking above the huge and unclimbed south face of Lhotse below.
- Scenic flights to/from Lukla
- Sherpa culture & Monasteries
- EBC, Gorakshep view
- View from Mera peak
- 4 Nights in Kathmandu
- 13 nights at trekking tea house
- Guided trip
- Max. Elevation 6476 M.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Climbing to Mera peak is not an easy thing with lots of uphill, downhill and high altitude. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking and climbing experience to enjoy the trek and climb. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too, so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness.
Your safety is one of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
Arriving at Kathmandu Airport, our office representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will then have some free time explore Thamel. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
After breakfast, the company owner and your trekking guide will meet you on the hotel and discus about all programs and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After staff meeting, one of the our professional tour guides will take you for a sightseeing trip for 3 hours and then back to the hotel. Rest of the day can be used for travelling around Thamel and buying any last minute equipment and other necessities. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
Early morning transfer to airport, 35 minutes scenic flight to Lukla and experience your first breakfasts in the mountains whilst the Our team organizes porters, while the guide sort and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. Then, we start our trek further an easy day through the woodland above Lukla. A good trail leads through pasture to the edge of a diminishing forest of rhododendron and pine which clothes the steep hillsides above Lukla. We make steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to ‘kharka’ used for grazing yaks where we’ll stop for today. Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Today we Zatrwa la pass (4,600m/15,093ft)utanga we continue a long day walk around 6-7 hours crossing the Kalo Himal Ridge that separates the Khumbu from the Hinku valley that lead across this ridge is the Zatrwa La, traversing to the right and finally descending steeply to Tuli Kharka (big pasture) where there are several basic lodges where we stop overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Today, after a breakfast we continue our journey descending to Hinku valley of Gothey. This is a good place to camp and there are several teahouses around and you can visit and go and watch the local lifestyle in the remaining time. Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
The following day is another short day as you trek in the shadow of Mera Himal along the ridge of the Hinku Khola. The west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, we will take lunch at Gondishung, a summer herders’ settlement. Beyond Gondishung we pass a 200 year-old Gompa built beneath a massive boulder, to burn some juniper at the shrine, an offering that just might ensure a successful ascent of Mera Peak. Thagnag is a summer grazing area with the simplest of lodges and shops starting to develop. Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Another an acclimatization day is essential here. It is in a superb setting surrounded by stunning peaks. There is a huge moraine in the north of Tangnag where a beautiful glacial lake, Sabal Tsho is dammed which is definitely worth a visit. A cairn (5,270m/17,290ft) on the flanks of Kusum Kangguru can also be rewarding and beneficial for acclimatization. Our climbing Sherpa provide you training course. Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Today we are heading up from Tagnag towards the Mera Base camp at Khare. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail goes through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climb to Khare.Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
This morning after a breakfast, we prepare our gear for ice climbing (This may depends on season and availabilities of Ice if ice not available then we just hike around or rest) – just above the Khare and need to walk couple of hrs from where there are good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain. This will also be a time for practicing few hrs Ice climbing and our leader will teach you and instruct about the climbing. After few hrs practicing at glacier, stroll back to camp and final preparation of our equipment and packing of our mountain bags and overnight.
A very short trek allowing for as much acclimatization time and a day walk as you make your way to Mera Base Camp. We first climb to the crest of the moraine above Khare and then up a steep slope of scree or snow to reach a boulder strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. Reaching the pass Mera La (5,415m/17,766ft) allows us to see spectacular views; we then descend 100m (328ft) towards the Hongu side and set up base camp in the moraine below the ice and we overnight in tented Mera Base Camp.
Making your way to Mera High Camp can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. You make your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. You set up a high camp and from here the views are outstanding, with Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and more piercing the skyline. This evening we overnight at tented Mera High Camp.
This is a big day, we wake up at 2.30 am around and after a breakfast, the group will put on crampons and rope up before setting out for the summit. From the high camp a well acclimatized party will take 3 – 4 hours to the central summit of Mera peak. If time and conditions permit we may opt to make the traverse to the slightly higher north summit. This excursion adds 2 -3 hours to the day is of a more technical nature than the rest of the climb and the decision as to whether we attempt this will be taken by the trip leader. From the summit can be seen the magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,766ft), Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft), Nuptse (7,855m/25,770ft), Lubuche (6,145m/20,160ft), Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) are spectacular from the summit. You then retrace your steps to Khare after the climb with a rest and some hot soup at high camp on the way down. A long but inspirational day!
After a great succeed of the expedition to Mt. Mera we descending to Hinku valley to Gothey for our overnight stop at camp. Enjoy the evening with local wines or whatever you want . Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Today, we again climb up through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Tuli Kharka below the Zatwra La where we’ll stay overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Today, we have a last day for the trek and we start to climb few hundred meters to the Zatrwa La top will be our last climb of the trip. After the top we descending up to Lukla village where we concludes the trekking part and this evening enjoy with crews at the last dinner at the mountain and overnight at teahouse.
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel.
Free day at Kathmandu. You may go for shopping or walk in the street yourself.
Departure for your onward journery.
Have a safe flight.
See you again !!!!
- Airport Pick up and drop off
- All domestic land and air transportation
- All Accommodation
- 3 main course meals a day while trekking
- Guide and porters
- Trekking permits and TIMS
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
- A comprehensive medical kit
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals while not on the trek
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, wifi, charging devices, hot shower etc.
- Tips for the guide, porters and driver
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
- Any services not mentioned in the itineraries.
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Mera Peak Climbing, we will provide tents accomodation and authentic Nepalese food (Dal Bhat) as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking and only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu and.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Mera Peak Climbing. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views.
However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. Climbing in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer climbing could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.