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Your hotel in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, or any other convenient location in Kathmandu.

Mera Peak is the highest among the peaks categorised as ‘Trekking Peaks' by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and permitted for trekking. It lies in the remote Khumbu region, south of Mt. Everest and in the neighbourhood of Hinku and Hongu valleys, both of which are still uninhabited. Only during the monsoon when there is grass do the Sherpas from Pangkongma (south of Hinku) graze their yaks on the grasslands of Kharka (upper region of Hinku).

After a short domestic flight from Kathmandu, you will land at Lukla Airport, also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest. Shortly afterwards you will be witnessing a great contrast between life in the capital city and that in the rural parts of Nepal. Your trek will take you through some ancient Sherpa settlements where you can get a clear picture of what is often referred to as the Sherpa culture. Most of your crew members, especially the porters and the climbing guides being from the same ethnic group, you will have no problem at all coping with the locals. Likewise, enough time will be allocated for a proper acclimatisation in the alpine conditions.

The trek that starts from Lukla can be graded as moderate in terms of difficulty. As you travel farther and higher, you will observe more and more primitive lifestyles of the Sherpas, as evident by the fact that they cook their food on dried yak dung. That they are somehow sustaining their life in such an extreme environment using ancient tools and techniques can be a great inspiration to visitors from the developed world.

At the final stage of your journey lies a considerable amount of challenge, that is, the ascent itself. Although the technical aspects of climbing to the summit may seem fairly straightforward, the actual difficulty depends upon the snowfall at a particular time. Our professional guides will consider all possibilities and advise you on the best course to take for a successful and an enjoyable climb to the peak. Once you are there and if favoured by the weather, you will have stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt.Cho-Oyu, all being 8000 m above sea level!

What more could you ask for?

  • Physicality: High
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    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

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    High

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  • Pickup location: 

    Your hotel in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, or any other convenient location in Kathmandu.

  • Drop-off location: 

    Any convenient location in Kathmandu

  • Pickup time: (8.00 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Preparation Day
As we make necessary preparations for trekking and climbing, you can spend the day by exploring the heritages of Kathmandu valley. There are 7 UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley where you can discover its fabulous artistic and cultural wealth preserved through centuries.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and trek to Chutung (3450m); 3 hrs trek
A short but exciting flight introduces you to the majestic Himalayas and lands you at their foothills in Lukla. From there, we trek to Chutung through pine and rhododendron forests and alpine pastures. It is not a demanding day.

Day 4: Chutang - Khartitang (3900m) via Zatrawa La Pass (4610m); 6 hrs trek
It is a demanding day, climbing all the way to Zatrawa La Pass from Chutang, and then descending to Khartitiang from the pass.

Day 5: Khartitang - Kothey (4095m); 5 hrs trek
Today we walk through the high mountain region, viewing mountain sceneries.

Day 7: Kothey - Thangnak (4350m)
Today we climb through the mountain standing along the Hinku Khola, having at first the good views of the south face of Mera Peak. No permanent settlements are found in this region. There are only some seasonal huts used by herders during summer grazing. Gondishung is one such place where we stop for lunch, and then we move on to Thagnak via Lungsungba Gompa, which is said to be over two centuries. Thagnak is another summer pasture where we rest for the night.

Day 8: Acclimatization day at Thagnak
After climbing to this altitude, it is necessary to break the journey for a day to adjust ourselves into the high altitude. But those who stay idle are not best adapted. We go on a short hike to the glacier of Charpate Himal. From here, we enjoy good views of the north face of Mera Peak.

Day 9:Thangnak - Khare (5,045m); 4 hrs trek
Walking through Dig Glacier debris, we reach Dig Kharka. Dig Kharka offers hearty scene of Charpate Himal. We walk through the moraine of other glaciers and make a steep climb at the final leg of our journey to reach Khare. Stunning views of the north face of Mera Peak welcome us at our campsite.

Day 10: Khare - Mera Base Camp (5300m); 4 hrs trek
We have breakfast in the morning and start negotiating our way through haphazard boulders along a steep, vertical path to the base camp. The sceneries from here are astounding, but we learn some basic mountaineering skills today after having our lunch. For inexperienced climbers, this mandatory training is provided by the climbing guide is a few hours. You can choose to go up as far as Mera La for the sake of tasting your skills and for better acclimatization. If not, rest at the base camp.

Day 11: Rest at Base Camp
If you do not proceed to the High Camp today, this is definitely the time to reach Mera La and return to the base camp for rest. A day of rest here is good for reenergizing and acclimatization.

Day 12: Mera BC - High Camp (5780m); 5 hrs trek
A a steep ascent through rocks and ice brings us to the high camp. Be particularly careful if you are climbing after a recent snowfall as the trail may have some dangerous crevasses. We set up our camp atop a rocky hump marked by a cairn. The high camp offers heavenly views of Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang, Baruntse, all soaring doggedly into the sky.

Day 13: Mera BC - Khare; about 9 hrs
The climbing starts around 3 am in the morning. If all goes well, it takes about 5 hours to reach the top of the peak from the high camp. Apart from a sense of adventure quest fulfilled and a sense of satisfaction coming from it, take in the fantastic, beyond-the-measure views of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and other peaks from the summit. The scenery will simply sets your definition of the mountain panorama. After the successful ascent, we come back to Khare to spend our night.

Day 14: Khare to Kothe
We return to Kothey from Khare today.

Day 15: Kothey - Khartitang
We trace our steps back to Khartitang from Kothey.

Day 16: Khartitang - Chutanga
Following our footsteps, we return to Chutang from Khartitang via Zalwatra La Pass.

Day 17: Chutang - Lukla
We arrive at Lukla from Chutang today.

Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu flight
We board a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu we will drop you to your hotel.

Day 19: Transfer to airport for departure
We drop you at the airport for your homeward journey.

Cancellation Policy

- for cancellations made three weeks or more before the tour, 30 per cent of the cost is deducted
- for cancellations made one to three weeks before the tour, 50 per cent of the cost is deducted
- no refund for cancellations made within seven days of the scheduled date or a No-Show.

Children policy

Children are not allowed on this trip.

Participant Guidelines

Things to bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermal clothing - Down jacket, gloves, warm hat, socks
  • Suitable climbing boots
  • Equipment - Crampons, ice-jack, rope, safety belt, caravan, snow bar and walking poles
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Passport sized photographs (three copies) required for climbing permit.

Health requirement:

  • You need to be healthy and physically fit for this tour. Physical examination is highly recommended.

Travel insurance:

  • You must hold a valid insurance policy that covers health, trip cancellation, accidents, emergency evacuation, and damage, theft, or loss of, your personal effects.
  • If you have not booked a proper insurance policy yet, get one right now with WorldNomads.

Emergency services:

  • In an emergency, we will arrange/provide all necessary rescue services (helicopter rescue, medical treatment, aftercare, etc.).
  • By using such emergency services, you unconditionally agree to provide us with your travel insurance policy and authorise us to deal directly with your insurance company.

Other Disclosures

Tour cost includes:

  • Climbing equipment
  • Domestic flights (including airport tax)
  • Ground transport (including arrival/departure transfers)
  • Food: Three meals a day
  • Accommodation (including the first two nights and the last night in a tourist class hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Entrance permits as well climbing permits, garbage deposit fees
  • Manpower - Climbing  guide, porters
  • A whole day complimentary sightseeing in Kathmandu

Tour cost does not include:

  • Drinks
  • Hot showers
  • Battery charging expenses
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and donations

Emergency services:

  • In an emergency, we will arrange/provide all necessary rescue services (helicopter resuce, medical treatment, aftercare, etc.).
  • By using such emergency services, you unconditionally agree to provide us with your travel insurance policy and authorise us to deal directly with your insurance company.