Mera peak (6476m) is one of the most popular and highest trekking peak in Nepal. Situated in the Everest region and standing at an elevation of 6476 meters south of Mt. Everest, Mera Peak Climbing is attracting increasing numbers of trekkers every year. Mera Peak Climbing offers an exciting trekking adventure while bestowing the scenic splendor of the beautiful snow capped mountains from its summit. It is dominated by mighty Everest and lies within isolated Hinku and Hongu valley.
The view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Malaku etc from its peak is something that leaves your eyes wide open. The photogenic natural view from the peak is simply superb. Mera peak climbing adventure is most sought adventure for every passionate trekker after mountaineering in Nepal. This is an ideal adventure for both experienced trekkers and amateur climbers who seek to experience the blended expedition of both trekking and peak climbing.
The first successful ascent of Mera peak was done my Col. Jimmy Rodgers and Sen Tenzing in the year 1953. A strong determination, zeal and enthusiasm along with physical fitness are the keys to successfully climbing the Mera Peak.
Our expedition begins with a guided city tour In Kathmandu that allows you to discover historical and spiritual monuments of the city and its vicinity. A scenic flight above the Himalayas lands you in Lukla airport from where we kick off our trekking adventure. The trail then crosses a high pass and into a remote valley. We gradually trek to reach our destination. En route you will be greeted by mystical Himalayas and open landscapes that simply entice you with its beauty. We acclimatize and rest so that we could adopt the environment of the higher Himalayas.
We move towards the Mera peak base camp and then to its high camp before finally attempting the summit of Mera peak. Scaling Mera peak from the west and south face is quite challenging as it possesses difficult technical routes but it is an excellent opportunity as it provides a great chance to enter into to wonderful Sherpa land and enjoy its cultural and traditional aspect. The standard route from Mera La is straight forward and ascends all the way to its peak. A heavy snowfall and the open mazes of crevasses may make your expedition quite difficult but still the path to the peak is worth climbing.
Breakfree Adventures’s 19-days trip to Mera peak is an ideal choice for you to enter into the Everest region and discover its scenic beauty while exploring traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, open landscapes and the alluring Himalayan environment.
Highlights of Mera Peak Climbing
- Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
- Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
- Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
- Variety of floras and faunas to witness
- Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
- Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
- Ascend adventurous Mera Peak
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek/climbing preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (2730m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 04: Paiya to Pangkoma (2850m) [5-6 Hours]
Day 05: Pangkoma to Nigmsa/Shibuche (2745m) [4-5 Hours]
Day 06: Nigmsa to Chhatra Khola (3150m) [7-8 Hours]
Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3600m) [6-7 Hours]
Day 08: Kothe to Thangnag (4350m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 09: Acclimatization & Hike to Charpate Himal Glacier
Day 10: Thangnag to Khare (5045m) [2-3 Hours]
Day 11: Khare to Mera Base Camp (3500m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 12: Mera Base Camp to High camp [4-5 Hours]
Day 13: Summit the Mera peak (6461m) and Back to Khare [8-9 Hours]
Day 14: Day reserved for contingency
Day 15: Khare to Kothe (3600m) [4-5 Hours]
Day 16: Kothe to Thuli Kharka [5-6 Hours]
Day 17: Thuli Kharka to Lukla [6-7 Hours]
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 19: Transfer to airport for your onward destination
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later escort you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around city depending upon the availability of time. O/N you stay at the hotel.
Today after breakfast we will set out for a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu City tour will more or less familiarize you with Nepalese urban lifestyle. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and climbing preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the hotel.
After breakfast you will be escorted to the airport (Domestic Terminal) to board a flight to Lukla, a gateway for our trekking expedition. The scenic flight to Lukla is surely going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you. The air route to Lukla is one the most beautiful air route in the world. Guess what the airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 m eters! The 40 minutes flight above the majestic mountains will land you at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we meet with our other crew members and prepare to trek to Paiya. We start our trek down from Lukla via forest all the way down to Surke. We continue our trek passing through many traditional villages, Jungles, and hills to reach Paiya. We can see number of peaks like Mt. Kongde Ri, Mt. Khatang, etc from Paiya. Overnight, we stay in a camp at Paiya.
We have our breakfast in Paiya and set off to Pangkoma today. We take a take short descend until we reach a wooden bridge, we cross the bridge and follow the slippery trail to cross Kari La Hill. We need to be precarious because the slippery trail can create trouble during the trek. We walk through the narrow trail via forest filled with Bamboos, Pine and Rhododendron trees. We will have a magnificent view of Dudh Koshi River and Dudh Koshi Himal en route. We halt in some places to capture the scenic views in our cameras. Upon reaching the traditional village of Pangkoma
We set off for Shibuche today. We descend down the rocky trail and pass through a forest, walking further we cross lot of Mani walls. We continue to trek through the hills and ridges to reach a village that offers a great view of south face Mera Peak (6064m) and Naulekh Peak. The trail takes few twist and turn and descends down steeply through the forest. We eventually reach Nigmsa where we camp for the night.
Today we trek through narrow trail filled with rhododendron and bamboo trees. We pass in the course of landslides to reach a beautiful stream. We trek further via the forest and we may see some wildlife of Himalayan region in the forest. We then trek a little downwards through the forest reaching a nice stone cave in the back of the river. We fix our camp and stay overnight at Chhatra Khola.
We will be trekking all the way to Kothe today. We start early in the morning after breakfast and reach a vantage point of the Hinku valley. We enjoy the mind blowing beauty of nature around us. We trek further through the forest filled with bamboo and pine enjoying the scenic view of Mera and Hinku valley at a distance. We may see some Himalayan wild animals like sloth bear, jungle cat, snow leopard etc during the trek. As we trek further we reach Tashing Dingma and further continuing by the ridge of the river in the Hinku valley, we reach Kothe. Overnight we stay in Kothe.
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola and reach Gondishung. Gondishung is a summer herders’ settlement in the west back of Hinku Drangla. We then pass a 200 year old Lungsumba monastery were we find Mera peak scripted in rock showing the path to reach Mera. We pay our visit to Gompa and light some incense sticks if interested. A short walk from the monastery takes us to Thangnag. We can find some lodges and shops at Thangnag. Overnight, we stay in Thangnag at the camp.
Today is our first scheduled day for acclimatization. Trekking experts suggest us to walk for few hours instead of staying idle even during the rest day. We hike for approximately three hours all the way up to Charpate Himal Glacier. Charpate Himal is considered sacred by the Sherpa community and is worshipped by traditional Sherpas’ living in the Himalayas. The view of Mera peak (north) is superb from here and appears quite close. We then hike downwards and get back to the camp at Thangnag for the overnight stay.
Today we trek to Mera Peak base camp at Khare. We trek via lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Khare. The trail offers a great view of Charpate Himal. The trail further ascends through the moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glacier. Hiking further we reach at Khare where we camp for the night. We can witness the beautiful north face of Mera peak from our Campsite.
We set off to the Base camp of Mera peak today. We walk through boulder strewn course to reach the base camp. It will take us approximately three hours to reach the base camp. Upon reaching the base camp we have our lunch and spend the day on training. Our guide with train you on ice climbing techniques, handling climbing gears and rope climbing. It is very beneficial for amateur climbers to take the training regarding peak climbing. We may choose to hang around the base camp later in the afternoon. Overnight, we stay at the base camp.
We will be trekking to High camp today. We walk through Mera La to reach the high camp. Walking in the rocky trail for about two hours on the way to high camp is really challenging. The trail could be troublesome if it has recently snowed. We should be cautious while making our way through the slippery crevasses. Upon reaching the high camp we set up our camp for the overnight stay. We spend the day in rejoicing the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Baruntse etc. The eye popping view from the High camp is really amazing and we cannot resist capturing the sceneries in our cameras.
Summiting the Mera peak is the ultimate goal of our entire expedition. Today is a big day for us as we would be ascending the Mera peak situated at an elevation of 6461m. You will be asked to wake up early around 2 AM and gear up for summiting the peak. The group will put on crampons and rope and set off for summiting the peak. Our guide will help you to fix the rope wherever necessary. It will take approximately 4-6 hours to reach the summit of Mera peak. The peak offers eye popping views of mountains rising above six thousand meters. We can see mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Nuptse (7,855m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319m), Mt. Baruntse (7 ,129m) Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m) along with other beautiful Himalayas. We will spend some time in capturing the beautiful mountains in our cameras from the summit of Mera peak. We will then retrace our steps back to the high camp. We will later climb down to Khare for the overnight stay.
We have reserved this day for contingency. Favorable weather plays a significant role in successfully climbing the Mera peak. There is no guarantee that the weather would be favorable in previous day for summiting the peak. For any reason if we couldn’t summit the peak on 13th day we would climb the peak today (i.e. on 14th day). Sometimes we many even have to postpone our climbing endeavor to next day if someone in the group falls sick or get some problem in acclimatization. If the trip goes as planned, we would not need this day.
After the successful expedition to the summit of Mera peak, our endeavor to return back begins today. We descend down via Hinku valley to Kothe for the overnight stay. Upon reaching Kothe we set our camp and rest for the night.
We ascend up for approximately two hours through the dense forest on the west side of the Hinku valley to reach Thuli Kharka. The beautiful forest filled with rhododendron and pine trees makes our expedition even exciting one. Thuli Kharka offers a great view of wide range of Mera Peaks, Mera north, Mera south and Mera central. Overnight, we stay in Thuli Kharka.
We trek back to Lukla where we had actually started our trekking expedition. We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition upon reaching Lukla. From Thuli Kharka we ascend for approximately two hours to reach Zatrwa La Pass. After crossing the pass we would be greeted with a lovely view of Lukla valley. From Zatrwa La we trek all the way down to Chutanga and continue until we reach Lukla village. Upon reaching Lukla we conclude our trekking expedition in the beautiful Himalayan terrain. Overnight, we stay in Lukla at a guesthouse.
We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Luk`la to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team. O/N at the Hotel.
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!