• Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Mera Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks of Nepal and is visited by many climbing enthusiasts every year. Although considered to be the highest trekking peak of Nepal, this peak provides a relatively easy trail that makes even a novice climber find it less challenging than expected. But it would be a mistake to underestimate any climbing trip as the trip can get hard if the weather is not favorable during the time. 

Highlights

  • Summit the highest trekking peak of Nepal.
  • Experience the lifestyle and culture of the Lower Solukhumbu area.
  • Alluring views of 5 out of 8 eight-thousander peaks of Nepal from the top

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2500m).

Today, you will embark for a long drive to Phaplu in a private jeep. The flight option to Phaplu is also possible if your trek start date would match the flight operating schedule day of limited airlines companies of Nepal. But to avoid waiting the turn for the flight, we suggest you take the surface transfer to Phaplu instead of investing a day extra on your trip (first priority of flight is always given to the Lukla sector due to high tourist traffic and the flight turn of Phaplu comes afterward). The drive to Phaplu will take around 10 hours of your day.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phaplu to Taksindu (2960m)

After breakfast at Phaplu, you will be heading towards your next destination starting walk towards north direction. Walking through the foothills of the Himalayas, you will cross several side valleys and the villages of Chiwang and Benighat. Afterward, you will reach Ringmo village from where you will catch the trail towards Everest coming from Jiri and follow the trail over the Taksindu La (3870m). After short descend, you will reach the Taksindu village where you will stay overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Taksindu to Kharikhola (2040m)

After breakfast, you will start your day trip with a long downhill walk towards the Dudh Koshi River at 1300m. On the way, you will get to visit the Nunthala Village (2194m) before reaching this foaming river where the water looks like mixed with milk.

After crossing a long suspension bridge over the river, you will reach the village of Juving where you can rest for a while. From here following the river and heading north, you will gradually climb up to the valley of Kharikhola, a village renowned for Pema Namding Monastery.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Kharikhola to Pangom (2850m)

Today's trip will start with a gradual climb that will take you out of the confines of the side valley of Kharikhola. You will experience a series of switchbacks and steady approach in this well-graded trail making the walk go easy.

After walking for around 45 minutes, you will reach a local school named Mera Primary School, which is named under the name of Mera Peak. From here, after walking for around half an hour, you will reach a village of Kupra. After a short rest here, walk through the lush forest to reach Pangom, your destination of the day. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Restday at Pangom.

Today is your first acclimatization day of the trip. So, feel free to relax and rest. However, if you are willing to explore around the village, your guide can take you to the local school named Shree Pangom Nija Primary School, which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary, for a visit. A further visit to the nearby monastery of Pangom will also add up the best experience on your free day.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Pangom to Ning So (2863m).

Today's trek begins with a climb up to the Panggom La (3286m) on the main watershed that separates the Dudh Koshi Valley and Hinku Valley. You can have your first sight of Mera Peak from here before descending down to Sibuje village. From here you will ascend a steady path crossing the Ning So Khola before reaching the Ning So village.

Day 09: Trek from Ning So to Jungle Camp (3160m).

After your breakfast in Ning So, you will start having a steep climb with marvelous views of the mountains around. After crossing the highest point of the day at 3350m of your trail, you will start to descend a steep trail back to the river where you will stop by for the lunch.

Afterward, enjoying the roller coaster trail through the forest with some steep sections somewhere, you will cross a river with a bridge made from a huge tree trunk. After crossing this river, you will reach your destination of the day at Jungle camp.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Jungle camp to Khote (3600m)

Following the Hinku Khola towards North, you will pass through the moss-covered trees with many ups and downs. You pass through the side valleys and rocky ridges on the trail and finally, after crossing a broad ridge of mixed forest, you will reach a sandy boulder-choked area know as Khote where you will find several seasonal lodges and shops.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Khote to Thangnak (4358m)

Today, you will start the day following the west bank of the Hinku Drangka from where the forest eventually disappears and the valley starts widening making more open areas. You won't find villages in the Upper Hinku area, but small Kharkas used for grazing goats, sheep and yaks are prominent. You can get the view of twin summits of Kusum Kanguru on the left side whereas the valley is bounded on the right by the steep rock face of Mera West. Upon reaching Gondishung, you will stop by for the lunch.

Walking ahead from Gondishung, you will reach an old Monastery built beneath a massive boulder and a number of crude mani walls. It's said that this Monastery is around 200 years old. Good to visit this monastery to burn some juniper at the shrine with an offering for the boon of good luck for rest of your trip to and from Mera Peak. From here, you will reach Thangnak is about an hour.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Acclimatization Day.

This is an important day in your trip to make sure that you are well acclimatized with the altitude before moving ahead to higher altitude towards the peak. You can either rest today or take an acclimatization walk towards a ridge coming down from Kusum Kanguru reaching the altitude nearly upto 5000m. You will also get to see a spectacular view of the route on to the Mera La from this ridge.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Thangnak to Khare (5000m)

Today, the trail leads up and across the moraine which damps Charpatti Tal and reaches a high point lined with cairns overlooking this glacial lake in about 30 minutes. The trail descends slightly to cross a sandy boulder and then climbs alongside a stream to the large pasture of Dig Kharka. You will cross the river on stepping stones here and then climb further 1.5 hours to reach Khare.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Acclimatization and training day.

Today is another day for acclimatization before you begin climbing. So, take some time to rest your body and relax. A part of the day can be a training session time for practicing techniques and safety procedures used while climbing.

Optionally, you can take a hike to a high moraine ridge from where you can enjoy good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain. Today will also be a time for final preparation of your equipment and packing your mountian bags.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Climb to Mera La (5415m)

With your whole camping crew, you will leave the base camp and start climbing the steep crest of the moraine above Khare towards a steep slope of snow reaching a boulder-strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. Expect to reach this point in 1.5 hours from Khare.

The route then crosses the bowl and climbs the ground to the right of the tongue to a large rock platform beside the glacier. Here you will put on your crampons and climb 30 to 35-degree snow or ice for 10 or 15 minutes to reach the plateau leading to the Mera La. Unless there has been recent snowfall, there will be a good trail which weaves its way around and
between the crevasses toward the Mera La. It is about an hour’s walk across the plateau to reach the pass itself.

It is possible to camp in many places on the wide expanse of the Mera La or the trek leader may opt to drop down a short way on the Hongu side to a good, sheltered site that enjoys
the early morning sun. Altitude at the Mera La is 5415 meters. Once the camp is established, your porters will descend back to Khare with instructions to return the following day to help carry to high camp. The climbing group will spend the afternoon drinking as much tea and soup as possible to help with acclimatization.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Climb from Mera La to Mera High Camp (5800m)

The first morning after overnight sleep in a camp. You will enjoy the breakfast prepared by your camping crew at Mera La and get prepared for your next destination to Mera High Camp. Your Climbing Sherpa guide will choose the best route from among several options to reach the high camp on the mountain. But the place behind the pinnacles located at approximately 5800m will be the most likely place to be chosen. This place is safe, provides shelter from the wind and has less snow. Such place having well-constructed platforms for several tents will be the choice of the Sherpa Guide so far.

Just after climbing for half an hour from Mera La, you will start seeing the stunning views of the Himalayas to the North. The first glance of the Mt. Makalu and then Everest over the impressive black wall of Lhotse is astonishing. Later, you will also be able to see the large white girth of Cho Oyu to the north-west. 

After arriving at the high camp, you will also get a clear view of the beautiful massif of Mt. Kanchenjunga if you are lucky enough with the weather.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Summit Mera Peak (6476m) and trek back to Khare.

Today, you will need to wake up early morning and get prepared for the greatest day trip. After breakfast at early morning at around 3 am, put on Crampons and Rope up before setting out for the summit. As you started the summit from the High Camp, you will need to walk just a few hours with the head torches before the dawn breaks. 

The climb is mostly easy angled snow slopes to the foot of the dome of the central summit, where you will have a fixed rope for the last portion. Note that in certain snow conditions
an ascent of the central summit may be beyond the technical grade for this trek; in this case, the group will make an ascent of the easier and slightly lower south summit. Your guide will make this decision.

From either top, the panorama of the Himalaya including five of the world’s highest peaks is unforgettable. From the summit, you will descend first to the high camp for some tea or soup and then continue down to Mera La and all the way back down to the teahouse in Khare. This is a long but rewarding day!

  Tea House/ Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Day reserved for any contingency.

There is no such guarantee that there will be favorable weather on the planned day for the summit. So, this day is used as a contingency in case you are unable to summit the Peak on the planned day due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. If the weather gets exceptionally unfavorable it's wise to postpone the program of summiting the peak for the planned day. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too.

If the trip goes smoothly, you can use this day as a rest day in some favorite spots while return.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Trek from Khare to Khote.

After breakfast at Khare, descend back to Khote following the same trail back by the side of Hinku River.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Trek from Khote to Thuli Kharka (4320m)

After having breakfast in Khote, you will start walking the back trail until you will reach section to turn right towards Thuli Kharka. You will climb up through the lush forest on the west side of Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka located just below the Zatrawa La. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Lukla (2840m) via Zatrawa La pass (4610m)

The climb to Zatrawa La will be your last climb of this trip. After crossing the Zatrawa La pass, the trail is easy downhill for almost 2000m to Lukla. 

Upon reaching Lukla, you can enjoy your evening strolling around the local market.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide gets news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 23: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 24: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trip to Mera Peak can be either started from Lukla or from Phaplu. If you have time constraints and are looking for the chance to save some days where possible, better to take the starting route from Lukla. But if you are flexible with your time and have some extra days for a longer better experience then best to take the route from Lower Solu starting the trek from Phaplu. Starting from Phaplu will add two extra days of walking to the Lukla trek itinerary.

The trail from Phaplu will take the route of Phaplu - Thaksindu - Kharikhola and then to Panggom. Whereas from Lukla you will be walking from Lukla to Puiyan on the day you reach Lukla and to Panggom directly on the next day. However, after the trip completes, both the trip plans will get ended at Lukla allowing you to take a short half an hour flight back to Kathmandu.

 

Best time to do this trip

Climbing a peak is suggested to do in springtime when the weather is much welcoming and clear. This period is the high season time for climbing and expedition trips and that's the reason why you may encounter some large groups of trekkers on the trail to various expedition trips. 

Autumn time is also favorable for the summit but weather will be a bit colder with the thicker snowy trail. Please note that the climbing permits are discounted by 50% during Autumn from the rates of Spring.

24 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Challenging
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Trekking, Climbing
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses, Camp
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Maximum altitude: 6476m
  •    Group size: 2 - 12
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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