Mera Peak at 6476m is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. At this altitude the oxygen content of air is less than half of what it is at sea level. It is located in the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal, a little east of the main Khumbu valley on a much quieter trail.
18th Oct - 5th Nov 2022
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Tackle Nepal's Highest Trekking Peak
At 6476m Mera Peak is for those looking for a tough challenge, who have a good base level of fitness and strong will power. With a 19 day itinerary, not only will you experience physical fatigue you will also be moving at altitude which has it's side affects. Don't worry... it's more than worth the effort.
We travel as a group with a team of porters who meet us at each stop. The group is led by an experienced team of local guides who lead you every step up of the way.
The route to Mera Peak is much quieter than the busier Everest Base Camp trek which makes for a more peaceful experience. On the route we traverse through many different types of terrain from dusty paths, to lush forests, through remote picturesque villages and finally to snowy mountain tops. Best of all, the highlight of the route are the views from high camp, and from the summit itself, which are breath-taking - Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse can all be seen clearly.
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Anyone with a good level of endurance fitness and a sense of adventure will enjoy this. You will need previous experience with ice axe and crampons (See our introduction skills courses to get prepared). Good physical coordination and determination is needed to keep you going to the top.
18th Oct - 5th Nov 2022
You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing. You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments. Let's dial it up!
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EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLIMB
Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.
For the full downloadable Mera Peak kit list please click here.
GORE-TEX® or similar
Lightweight and thin down jacket.
Something light and thin.
Choose your hat of choice as long as it shields you from the sun.
Ideally thin and single layered so it can fit under the helmet.
Straight shaft for general mountaineering
Double layer boots
Double layer acts as a gaiter for added warmth and protection. E.G. La Sportiva G2
Category 4 sunglasses
Must have high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection.
Just in case you hit bad weather
12 point steel mountaineering crampons
Standard hard plastic climbing specific helmet.
Standard climbing harness
Midweight fleece jacket
Bottom base layer
Lightweight and thin down jacket
GORE-TEX® or Similar
Light technical jacket, ideally with a hood.
Stretch, durable mountaineering trousers.
Highly breathable, lightweight synthetic technical t-shirt.
Keep them light and thin.
Keep them light and thin.
Don't forget to pack spare batteries. They're essential
Bandana / Buff
Thinner to be used for mid mountain conditions and glacial walking
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YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE
We always go through the plan for the expedition as well as the current weather and mountain conditions when you arrive. You will get the opportunity to meet your guide team in Kathmandu and you can ask questions and go through your kit.
- All permits and entrance fees for National parks, Mera Peak permit
- All ground transfers by private vehicles
- Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu
- Airline ticket - Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
- Local guides/assistant guides and porters with their daily wages and insurance
- Full board accommodation while camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and coffee) for 2 nights at high camp
- All camping equipment
- All meals and accommodation during trekking period
- Oxygen bottle, mask and regulator for emergency use
- Group climbing equipment
- Satellite phone
What's not Included?
- Meals during Kathmandu stay
- Personal trekking and climbing equipment
- Insurance and evacuation costs
- Tourist Visa for Nepal ($50)
This trip is running on the following dates
What to expect from your accommodation
Accommodation along the trek will be a combination of lodges and expedition style camps.
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The lodges are always welcoming and warm with a selection of drinks (including fizzy soft drinks and beer) and great food – Mostly local dishes like Dhal Bhat. Some items on the menu are also geared to western tastes, such as omelettes and pizza.
Alongside these lodges you will also be staying in expedition style camps. The Sherpa team will set up camps before you arrive at the end of each day, which also includes a communal mess tent for the team to share daily stories in. Fresh food is prepared each evening and sleeping arrangements are normally two to a tent.
Camping & Tea Houses
Full Board / Half Board
WHAT TO EXPECT
HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY
While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable local guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.
Arrive in Kathmandu
We welcome everyone at the airport and transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. You'll have some time to explore before we gather for dinner and a briefing.
Fly to Lukla (2,840m), Trek to Phuiyan (2,796m)
It's an early start for the exhilarating 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to the small town of Lukla known as the gateway to the Everest region. After some refreshments in Lukla we set off on the trek south away from Everest to Phuiyan. (9km Trek / 650m+ / 700m-)
Phuiyan (2,796m) - Pangkongma (2,946m)
From Phuiyan, we will follow the normal trade route south for a while and then turn east onto a lesser traveled trail as we hike steeply up to 3,100m on a narrow ancient stone staircase. From here we traverse around the side of the hill on a stunning trail and drop down into Khare Khola before the last climb uphill to the village of Pangkongma.
10km Trek / 850m+ / 660m-
Pangkongma (2,946m) - Narjing Dingma (2,650m)
On our way out of the village we will stop by the monastery. After that we pass through the Rhododendron forest on a steep winding trail up to the Pangkongma la pass at 3,174m. After a pause to enjoy the views we will follow the ridge line on a long descent down over 1,000m to our lunch spot beside the Hinku Khola river. We will then climb up 600m to the stunning site of Narjing Dingma at 2,600m.
7km Trek / 950m+ / 1150m-
Narjing Dingma (2,650m) - Chalem Kharka (3,450m)
After breakfast we make our approach to the beautiful Surka La pass. Once at the pass we descend through fir and rhododendron trees onto a rocky path and up to Chalem Kharka 3,600m.
9km Trek / 850m+ / 100m-
Chalem Kharka (3,450m) - Khula Kharka (4,120m)
The day starts with a long ascent 900m uphill to the high point of the day at 4,500m. This beautiful hike can have snow scattered across the hills as we make our way to Chunbu Kharka. After an initial 45 minutes uphill section, you will then see the rocky trail up ahead. We will take a break before this long grind up for a few hours. After lunch at the top of the pass, the terrain descends gradually over rugged terrain. The views are amazing from here and we also pass by two lakes. Descent down to Khula Kharka.
8km Trek / 1150m+ / 400m-
Khula Kharka (4,120m) - Khote (3,480m)
Today we will descend down into the village of Khote. After 20 minutes of uphill walking we then get great views looking back from the Panch Pokhari view point. From here, we contour around the hill side and then descend steeply down the trail, high above the Hinku valley. The trail follows a rocky path downhill. We will have lunch in the forest and continue further down to the river before crossing a wooden bridge to get to Khote.
7km Trek / 250m+ / 900m-
Khote (3,480m) - Tagnak (4,140m)
The first hour is a beautiful walk with giant mountains in all directions. The trail and terrain is gradual mixed rock and pastures where yaks graze. Tagnak is a growing village in a beautiful mountain setting. We will have time to sit in around and enjoy the views in the afternoon. We’re getting close now.
8km Trek / 700m+ / 0m-
Tagnak glacier acclimatization day
Here we will take a rest day and acclimatise further. Some time will be made for skills training and we’ll do some work on the glacier.
Tagnak (4,140m) - Khare (4,940m)
After our ‘rest’ day it is time to move again. Our route turns to the east as we trek through the valley floor and then make our way past stunning some stunning views. We also pass amazing lakes and glaciers in one of the great Himalayan valleys. We will arrive in Khare after lunch and relax for the rest of the day, getting used to the higher altitude at almost 5000m
5km Trek / 850m+ / 0m-
Today we continue the training and preparation as well as the acclimatisation process.
Khare (4,940m) - Mera High Camp (5,800m)
This trek up to High Camp holds some Himalayan treasures with superb views back over the Everest region. We trek up to the glacier is steep in sections and we will pace ourselves due to the altitude. We will be wearing crampons at this stage and the walk across the glacier is outstanding. At camp it’s time to re-hydrate and recover for the summit push.
6km Trek / 900m+ / 0m-
Mera High Camp (5,800m) - Mera summit (6,476m) - Khare (4,940m)
The climb to the summit of Mera Peak starts gradually. We leave high camp very early in the morning around 2am and it should take 5/6 hours to reach the summit. As we come to the end of the steep terrain, the central summit appears above the wide glacier, flanked by 2 ridges. This steep section can take 2 hours and is slow going. Mera has 3 summits and our objective is the highest. The last 30m can require a lot of effort, Jumaring on a short steep snow section before arriving on the majestic summit. Finally, after reaching the summit and enjoying amazing views over the Himalaya, we may have a short abseil. We then make the long descent back to High camp.
8km Trek / 676m+ / 1530m-
Khare (4,940m) - Khote (3,840m)
After a well deserved full night of sleep at the lower altitude of Khare, we will get up and make our way back to Khote with big smiles on our faces.
14km Trek / 0m+ / 1300m-
Khote (3,840m) - Chetera Bu(4,100m)
We take a shorter, more direct route back to Lukla. From Khote it is all uphill to the Zatrwa La pass at 4,620m, but we break up the distance and have an overnight stop off in Chetera Bu.
6km Trek / 650m+ / 225m-
Chetera Bu (4,100m) - Lukla (2,840m)
Our last day of trekking as we make our way over the Zatrwa La pass before descending all the way down to Lukla. We check in to our teahouse and gather for celebrations with our porters and sherpas as we tuck in to a delicious celebration dinner. The party continues into the night but don’t drink too much, we have the exhilarating flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow...
12km Trek / 750m+ / 1800m-
Fly to Kathmandu
We take an early flight back to Kathmandu and check in to our hotel.
One last day to explore the sights and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family back home. A final celebration dinner altogether in Kathmandu.
MP: Do I need previous experience?
No you don't need any previous experience for this trip. It is important to have a good level of fitness Read more
No you don’t need any previous experience for this trip. It is important to have a good level of fitness as well as a good level of determination and an openness for adventure.
MP: What kind of fitness level do I need?
You need to be able to hike for 5 hours at a moderate pace. Mountain hiking is all about having good Read more
You need to be able to hike for 5 hours at a moderate pace. Mountain hiking is all about having good cardiovascular endurance to be able to continue being active for long periods.
MP: Will I definitely make it to the summit?
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the Read more
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the conditions of the mountain don’t play ball. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients and other guides before each day is due to begin. During the meeting the latest weather forecast, conditions of the mountain and the clients own ability to reach the summit will be discussed. We fully trust our guides to make these final decisions based on their years of experience on the mountain. They are entrusted to make the final call and the client must accept any decision made. All decision will have the clients safety as a top priority.
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