Mera Peak Climbing is the highest of the permitted “Trekking Peaks” in Nepal. The trek begins by drive into the heart of the Himalaya to the village of Phaplu. From here you will cross a high pass into a remote valley and steadily acclimate, as you have to move toward base camp & establish a high camp on the glacier from where you will attempt the summit.
From the summit of Mera Peak 6,476 m, one can see 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the world: Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyo. The standard route from the north involves little more than high altitude glacier walking. The ease of reaching this elevation may be its biggest danger but good weather and snow conditions are, of course, necessary for safety and success. The west and south faces of the peak offer difficult technical routes.
Mera Peak Climbing is in an ancient land where Sherpas still graze yaks, cook on yak dung fires and live a very simple life. Porters to make our trip more enjoyable and culturally interesting will carry our food and equipment.
By its standard route from the Mera La, the ascent is technically straightforward; however, after a heavy fall of snow or when the maze of crevasses are open, the way can be long and demanding. Mera Peak Climbing is a chance to venture into a little-visited and as yet unspoiled region of Nepal where the hillsides are still densely forested and a need to be self-sufficient is essential. There is also, of course, the pleasure of going above 6.000m.
Mera Peak Climbing is the perfect trip for the mountaineer who wants to make the most of his / her Himalayan adventure by living in a unique culture and climbing in traditional Himalayan alpine style.
The Operation Team of Community Trek, a Sherpa guide, cook team will support your trek and climb. We spend a significant amount of time acclimating to new altitudes to increase safety and comfort levels. We cover basic mountaineering skills on the glacier prior to your climb of Mera Peak Climbing.
♂ Itinerary Overview of Mera Peak Climbing
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335m).
Day 2: Sightseeing and Preparation (1335m).
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2190m).
Day 4: Trek from Phaplu to Taksindo (2960m).
Day 5: Trek from Thaksindo (2800m) to Khari Khola.
Day 06: Trek from Khari Khola to Pangom (2850m).
Day 07: Trek from Pangom to Ning So (2850m).
Day 08: Ning So – Jungle camp (3160m).
Day 09: Trek from Jungle Camp to Kote (3600m).
Day 10: Trek from Kote to Tangnag (4,260m).
Day 11: Trek from Tangnag to Khare (4900m).
Day 12: Rest and preparation with acclimatization day.
Day 13: Khare – Mera La (5415m) – high camp (5,800m).
Day 14: Summit Mera Peak (6461m) – descent Khare
Day 15: Trek from Khare to Kote (3600m).
Day 16: Trek from Kote to Chetrawa La (4610m).
Day 17: The Chetrawa – Lukla.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu overnight at Hotel.
Day 19: After breakfast drop to Airport. Fly back to Home.
♂ Mera Peak Climbing Cost: 2350 US $ PP
♂ Group Size: 2 to 15
♂ What’s Included in Mera Peak Climbing ?
01. Hotel in Kathmandu
02. Mountain lodge & Tented camp in Trek
03. Kathmandu- Phaplu Flight
04. Lukla-Ktm flight
05. 3 times healthy & hygienic meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) on trek
06. Strong & honest Porters-1 Porter for 2 Person
07. Expert Local Sherpa Climber
08. Climbing permit
09. Climbing equipment, Tents, mattresses
10. Insurance for Staff & government taxes
11. Garbage Deposit 500$
♂ What’s Not Included in Mera Peak Climbing ?
01. International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
02. Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
03. Lunch & Dinner in City
04. Any Alcoholic Drinks & Mineral Water
05. Gratitude for Guide & Porter
06. Hot Shower, Battery Charges
07. Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation
08. Climbing Gears Full Set US$ 150-Hire/rent (Climbing boot, Crampons, Ice axe / Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight / ATC guide, Tap sling, Fix rope, main rope, snow bar, ice crew, rock pitons etc.)
09. Sleeping bag & Down
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Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek will be provided.
After healthy breakfast at hotel, we drive by private jeep to Phaplu. It takes about 9-10 hours’ drive & Phaplu is about 285Km away from Kathmandu. We stop for Lunch at Ghurmi.
Start trekking. Long step to cross the first pass: Taksindo La (3080 m). Nice view of the Khumbu and summits Numbur. Step just after the pass.
The day starts with a long downhill leg as we descend 1300 metres to the Dudh Kosi. We pass through the large village of Nuntalla (2194m) before reaching the foaming river. In Nepali, Dudh means milk and Kosi is a river, so this is the ‘Milk River’, which brings the melt from the snows of Everest down to the plains of India. We cross on a magnificent 109-metre long suspension bridge and on the other side, we reach the small settlement of Jubhing (1680m). Now heading north we follow the river gradually climbing above it and entering the side valley of the Khari Khola (Khola = stream), where we stay overnight in the village. 6-7 walk.
Today, we turn away from the Everest Trail (which heads uphill to Bupsa and the Khari La). Instead, we head in a south-easterly direction, following a straightforward and at times zig-zagging trail which gains height steadily and takes us close to Lenjikharka. We reach our overnight halt at the village of Pangkongma (2850m) in time for a late lunch.
A great day of trekking, which begins with a climb up to the Pangkongma La (3174m) on the main watershed separating the valleys of the Dudh Kosi and Hinku Khola. We have our first sight of Mea Peak before making a steep descent to the village of Sibuje (2770 m). From here the trail is undulating as we make our way through the forested river valley to Ning So (2850m).
We have a steep climb up to a tea house at 3280 metres, which affords tremendous views. We then continue to climb to our high point of the day at 3350 metres, before a steep descent back to the river and a welcome lunch stop. After lunch, we have a roller-coaster afternoon through the forest with some steep sections of trail. At the end of the day, we cross the river on a remarkable bridge made from a huge tree trunk to reach our accommodation at ‘Jungle Camp’ (3160m).
We continue to climb steep slopes up to 3700 meters and then again roller coaster leads to the junction with the route of Zatswa La. The road continues to reach Kote (Mounsom Kharka) at the junction of two valleys descending Mera, around 3600 meters. The village is beautiful with a few lodges and grocery stores.
Along the west bank of the Hinku Drangka north, we cross the summer pastures of Gondishung (small gompa) Dupishung and Lungsamba. The valley becomes narrower, squeezed between the Kanguru (6369 m) and Mera West (6255 m). Tangnag (in Tibetan, “the black plain”) is a great place for the night.
Today we will climb above 5,000 m (16,400ft) for the first time. Our hike up to Khare (5,100m, 16,728ft) is short, but we will take it slowly, with frequent stops to soak up the incredible surroundings. The trails head eastward out of Tangnag, along with the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier. We will pause to climb up the moraine for a view of the pristine Sabai Tso glacial lake. A drop in lake level, caused by a recent rupture of the natural dam the held the lake, is clearly visible. We will arrive at Khare in the early afternoon and have lunch. From Khare, the beautiful north face of Mera Peak is in plain view and Mera glacier spills steeply down into the valley.
Today the guides will carry out the last minute checking of the gears for the climb, and then arrange if any equipment becomes necessary to rent. Thereafter, we shall provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Mera Peak Base Camp, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and your climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Overnight at Khare.
This morning foothold on the glacier can be a little tricky. A long climb on the little steep glacier to reach the location of high camp. The view from the camp presents a festival of “7000” and “8000” meters: Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu … This panorama is considered one of the most beautiful in Nepal. Overnight in tents. 6 hours of walking.
This is a really big day for us as we will be summiting Mera Peak today. We wake up around 2 in the morning for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning but soon we warm up as we continue up the glacier and onto a peculiar ridge. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on the conditions. The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, we take in amazing views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) and others. Later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp where we rest for a while before descending to Khare. Overnight in Khare.
We trek from Khare to Kothe along the same trail used previously. After reaching Kothe, we celebrate our success by trying out local delicacies and wines. Overnight in Kothe.
It is an uphill trek through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons. After reaching Thuli Kharka, we enjoy remarkable views of Mera North, Mera Central and South face.
We begin today’s trek by ascending to Zatrwa La Pass. As soon as we cross the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru and other Himalayan peaks. From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village. In the evening we enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew. Overnight in Lukla.
A 25 minutes flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
A representative from Community Trek will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
♂ You must bring the following items:
» Hiking boots
» Trekking trousers/pants
» Waterproof overtrousers/rainpants
» Baselayer shirts
» Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
» Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
» Waterproof jacket
» Warm hat
» Thermal gloves
» Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
» Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
» Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
» Water bottles 1 L.
» Antibacterial handwash
» Small towel
» Daypack, 25/30Litres
» Trekking poles
» Sleeping bag 4 or 5 seasons * (rated down to – 20ºC)
» Warm jacket (down)*
♂ Basic First Aid Kit including A broad-spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets
♂ Climbing gear you should bring:
» Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7″ use a 60cm tool; 5’7″- 6’1″ use a 65cm tool; over 6’1″ use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
» Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie-cutter” frame rails)
» 40 ft 6mm person (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
» Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
» Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
» Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
» 1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
» Ski or trekking poles (Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems)
» Double plastic climbing boots.
» Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.)
♂ Note: Climbing gears we can renting in Khare as well.
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