The incredible Mera Peak stands high at an elevation of 6,476m. Located in the Mahalangur Range of the Khumbu zone, it is the tallest climbing peak in the country. In proportion to its tall height, the peak has relatively less technical difficulty except for altitude-wise and is one of the most often conquered climbing peaks in the country. The first ascent was made in the 1950s by an English expedition group.
Once we make it to the top of the summit, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views of entire mountain ranges of Khumbu region. Some of the notable peaks above the elevation of 8,000m seen from the top are Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Lhotse. In addition to these tall ones, we can also savor the views of the equally alluring satellite peaks.
Our 18-day-long Mera Peak climbing journey begins with a scenic half hour flight to Lukla in Solukhumbu district from Kathmandu. Team Himalaya’s Mera Peak Climbing itinerary has been very thoughtfully developed by a group of professionals to assure you a steady and gradual ascend with a full day allocated at Khare for acclimatization to the thinning air and thickening snow. The traditional route to Mera Peak is directly through the high Zatra La Pass, but, we, at Team Himalaya will follow an alternative route that leads southward from Lukla and widens to the beautiful Hinku Valley.
The Mera Peak ascend will be undertaken very gradually with great caution. You will be in safe hands with constant help and guidance from our professional and experience team members who will perform all the necessary tasks like clearing the route and fixing ropes if necessary. Once you reach the top of the tall peak, you will be amazed by the views of the surrounding silver peaks which will make all the hard work worth it. While returning, we will trek down via the Zatra-La Pass. Following this itinerary has some good perks. It will give us the chance to not only trek down through the magical wilderness of the nature, but also through quaint hamlets which will give us a peek into the rich and unique lifestyle and culture of the beautiful alpine civilizations. Since the route is also longer, it will leave us ample amount of time for acclimatization and exploration.
Despite its notorious elevation, the peak is relatively easier to ascend in comparison to neighboring peaks like Island Peak and Lobuche. For experienced climbers, it is a technically straightforward peak to ascend, with the main challenge being proper acclimatization to the high altitude. This reason makes Mera peak a popular trekking peak choice, with a great number of climbers – even those with little to no mountaineering experience – flocking to the region to climb the peak. However, all individuals are strongly advised to take part in preparative fitness and altitude acclimatization training before taking on the journey. At Team Himalaya, we are fully committed to make your ascend to Mera Peak a safe, adventurous, and truly unforgettable one.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, our TH staff will receive with courtesy transfer to hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting to be with many shops, stores and excellent world class restaurants, with time for short walk and to buy necessary items for the trip, in the hotel our guide will inform and brief regarding trek and climb and other important things.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Mera & Hinku Peak Trek and Climb.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,800m begin trek to Chutanga 3,430m – 04 hrs.
Morning transfer to domestic airport for a sweeping scenic flight of 30 minutes to Lukla, and at present named as Tenzing –Hillary Airport.
After a leisure time here for an hour or more, our first day walk of this adventure starts towards to our first overnight camp at Chutanga, trek passes several villages and farm lands with great scenery of hills and valleys then finally reaching at Chutanga, a summer pasture and a grazing area surrounded with dense pine and rhododendron tree lines, rest of the afternoon at leisure and for acclimatization’s.
Day 04: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300 m – 06 hrs.
After a wonderful rest at Chutanga, our adventure continues with a morning climb to cross over Kalo Himal Ridge around Nau Lekh rocky mountain range, which separates the Khumbu area from Hinku Valley and western Makalu region.
The trek over the first pass leads to a steep climb and then reaching a top ridge which is decorated and festooned with many Buddhist prayer flags at the height of 4,450 meters, this pass is called Zatrwa Og, from here walk traverses over a boulder slope, then around a corner and to a climb once again to Zatrwa-La at 4,600 meters, with impressive stunning views across Dudh Kosi river valley and peaks of Karyolung and Lumding Himal, after marveling the awesome scenery an hour downhill reaches to Tuli Kharka for the overnight camp.
Day 05: Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430m – 04 hrs.
From this small area of Tuli Kharka, today a short morning walk leading downhill with excellent view of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks, then reaching to a scenic valley at Hinku area, with stunning South Face views of Mera Peak and back into deep rhododendron and pine forest, with a nice gradual walk through serene forest then reaching a summer pasture area at Mosum Kharka to set our overnight camp on a meadow near Hinku Drangka River.
Day 06: Trek to Tagnag 4,360 m – 05 hrs.
After this nice quiet spot at Mousum Kharka morning trek follows towards north leaving the forest area behind, after a pleasant walk reaching to a wide open valley with a pasture land and small Sheppard’s huts, walk continues to a small bridge to reach at Gondishung at 4,350 meters which is near to Tagnag area, this place with a small wooden huts and shelters of stone wall enclosures.
Gondishung has an interesting 200 year old small Gompa (monastery shrine), from this nice place walk continues for another hour to our overnight camp at Tagnag, which is a small yak herder’s temporary settlement, at present there are few tea houses and small lodges to cater the needs of travelers using this route, specially this place is important for staffs, guides and porters for a tea break and to socialize.
Day 07: Rest day at Tagnag for acclimatization.
At this altitude is of over 4,360 meters having a rest for acclimatization would be an advantage here at Tagnag, before heading higher elevation and the climb of Mera Peak, an optional short hike to better view point’s in this beautiful setting, surrounded with stunning mountains and view of Peak 43 at 6,769 meters.
Day 08: Trek to Khare 5,000m – 05 hrs.
From this nice camp at Tagnag with good rest, stating the morning walk with a moderate day walk of about four hours with awesome scenery that surrounds this Hinku valley, walk follows on a moderate trail up over moraine damming the Charpatti Tal (lake), leading to a high area lined with cairns overlooking the glacial lake, then climbing for a short while the path leads downhill to a large pasture at Dig Kharka, from here walking for an hour across the boulder strewn hillside, to at Khare for the overnight camp.
Day 09: Trek to Mera Base Camp 5, 300m/17,384 ft – 04 hrs.
Today, journey leads to our destination for the climb of Mera peak at its base camp, following the trail with a climb over Mera Glacier, leading straight on an ice sections for a short while then with a gentle descent reaching at Mera Base Camp for the overnight camp with ample time for relaxation and short walks around and preparation for climb to Mera peak summit bid.
Day 10: Trek and climb to High camp 5,780 m / 18,958 ft – 04 hrs
After a leisure day at Mera base camp, walking further up to set the High Camp to make it more approachable to the summit of Mera peak, normally climbers make it from the base camp to Mera top, but it is always safe and better to add one more camp before the summit bid, morning after leaving Mera base camp, trek heads across Mera La to reach Mera High Camp, after few hours of hard walking on this high altitude with few breaks and rest in between then reaching at Mera High Camp, for the last overnight camp before heading back to Lukla, afternoon our expert guides will scout the area of the route of climbing and will fix ropes where necessary, rest of the day preparation for Mera Peak climb, this high camp offers outstanding vista of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks.
Day 11: Climb to Mera Peak summit at 6,461 m / 21, 1907 ft – 08 hrs
A Big Day! Starting very early before the break of dawn for the summit bid, our route leads with a steep climb; where our guides have fixed ropes earlier on necessary sections, after a hard strenuous climb without any technical difficulty reaching to the top summit of Mera peak, a dream becomes a reality with an overwhelming success, from the top of the summit overlooking striking panorama that surrounds you with world’s highest mountains lies before you with Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho- Oyu all the way in the eastern horizon Mt. Kanchenjunga including series of other snow capped peaks.
After a hard climb and in high spirit of success and enjoying the impressive panorama, descend with care on the longest trail to our base camp.
Day 12: Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition
We have reserved an extra day which will be as contingency day, in case of unfavorable weather conditions some times in this high Himalayan range, the weather can be unpredictable, so an extra day on this type of adventure is very necessary, if all goes well can be used on the way back to Lukla with short day walk enjoying the great scenery along the way.
Day 13: Trek to Khothey 3,600 m -06 hrs.
After a mesmerizing moment and an experience of a life time return journey back to Lukla with a pleasant trek Kothey through Tagnag and then reaching at Kothey for overnight stop after an enjoyable day’s walks.
Day 14: Trek to Thuli – Kharka 4,200 m – 06 hrs.
From Khothey morning walk leads back to forested area with blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons tree lines, then passing several nice grazing area and meadows with a gentle uphill climb with sensational views of Mera Peak and other high Himalayan range of mountains, then reaching at Thuli – Kharka for the last camp before Lukla.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla – 07 hrs.
A long day walk today and as well the last day of trekking, starting the day earlier to reach at Lukla, retracing the journey with a climb over Naulekh or Kalo Himal ridges then Zatrwa Og and Zatrwa-La after the hard climb on the downhill trail with lush green vegetation and grand mountain scenery around, a long downhill brings you back at Lukla for the last overnight stop in Khumbu and Everest region, overnight in nice and cozy lodge with a farewell dinner among the great helpers and supporters of Team Himalaya expert guides, staffs and porters.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla the flight starts early morning to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in the small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
Day 17: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
We have reserved this day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay in Lukla, morning after breakfast starts with an interesting-cultural tour and sightseeing in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to hotel.
Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.
After a most memorable experience of a life time with Team Himalaya, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure as per your flight time for homeward bound or to respective countries.