You are here: Home » Destination » Nepal » Peak Climbing in Nepal » Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing

Rated 5/5 based on 1 customer reviews
Mera Peak Climbing
  • Overview
  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Reviews

Impressive triple-peaked Mera is Nepal’s highest trekking peak. It rises amidst spectacular scenery.South of the Hinku Himal Ridge,North west of Lukla.  From atop Mera Central (6 461m/21 198ft), views stretch from Cho Oyo in the northwest to Kangchenjunga in the far east – five “eight-thousanders” with one sweep of the eyes.

Technically less difficult than some, the altitude and gruelling 40o summit approach slope is very demanding: physical strength and pre-training is essential. We offer a simple teahouse trek, with one ‘spartan night’ in a barn (with mattresses) and two nights in tents at the base and high base camps on Mera.

From Lukla’s airfield, head south away from the crowds, on a lengthy U bend that later turns north through pine rhododendron and bamboo forests and farmland before rising to alpine scrub and tundra. This attractive route should greatly assist with acclimatisation before the climb. A rest day walk towards the Charpate Himal ridge affords great views of Mera North.

The trail then gradually climbs to the seasonal hamlet, and teahouse, of Khare (5 050m/16 570ft) where a mountain guide, additional porters, camping and climbing gear will await us for the three day, two night summit trek.

The route then follows stony glacial moraines towards Base Camp. Here, crampon and ice work training will be given by the crew. The rocky route to High Camp is tricky if snowbound. The roped up summit ascent requires 4-6 hrs; for stupendous rewards. The long 1 400m/4 600ft descent back to Khare promises a warmer, more comfortable night.

Retrace your steps to Lukla, on a shorter route, over three days. Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: In the City Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour   OR   A day at leisure. Trek preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Paiya (2 730m/8 950ft), 35 min flight, 4-5 hrs trek

Day 04: Paiya – Panggom (2 850m/9 350ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 05: Panggom – Shibuche (2 750m/9 000ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 06: Shibuche – Chetra Khola (3 150m/10 330ft), 7-8 hrs

Day 07: Chetra Khola – Kothe (3 600m/11 810ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 08: Kothe – Thangnak (4 350m/14 270ft), 3-4 hrs

Day 09: Thangnak: rest and acclimatization day; explore the Charpate Himal Ridge

Day 10: Thangnak – Khare (5 050m/16,490ft), 2-3 hrs

Day 11: Khare – Mera Base Camp (5 300m/17 380ft), 3-4 hrs

Day 12: Mera Base Camp – Mera High Camp (5 780m/18 960ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 13:Mera High Camp – Central Summit (6 460m/21 1907ft) – Khare (5 050m/16 550ft), 8-9 hrs

Day 14: Khare – Kothe (3 600m/11 810ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 15: Kothe – Thuli Kharka (4 300m/14 110ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 16: Thuli Kharka – Lukla, 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 35 min. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free.

Day 18: Final departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan international airport for your flight to your next destination. 

NB: Cloud and turbulent weather along the mountain ranges is common and may lead to internal mountain flight delays or cancellations. We suggest you add at least one extra day after your trek before flying out of Nepal.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: In the City Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing   OR   A Day at Leisure 

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2 640m/8 670ft) – Paiya (2 730m/8 960ft), 35 min flight, 3-4 hrs trek

After breakfast, drive to the Domestic Airport for the flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region – south of Everest. Meet your local porters and head south and down through forest and farmland into the Dudh Koshi Valley and the hamlets of Surke and Paknapani. Then wind over the Chutok La (2 950m) with good mountain views, and drop to the village of Paiya above the Paiya Khola. This scenic, southern route to Tashing Ongma and Kothe should offer ample time for thorough acclimatisation before the high altitude work to follow. Overnight in Paiya.

Day 04: Paiya – Kharte La (3 145m/10 320ft) – Panggom (2 850m/9 350ft), 6-7 hrs

Descend to cross the river on a wooden bridge and climb the Kharte La (slippery if wet) for panoramic views over the Middle Hill forests to the south. Descend past hamlets to Kharte for lunch before following an attractive, narrow trail that meanders through rhododendron and bamboo forest to the agricultural village of Panggom. Overnight in Panggom.

Day 05: Panggom – Narkung La (3 290m/10 780ft) – Shibuche (2 750m/9 010ft), 4-5 hrs

The trail now turns eastwards and a rocky path leads up, through thinning forest to the mani wall and prayer flags of the Narkung La. Ahead is the well forested Hinku Valley which, together with the parallel Hongu Valley east of the Mera massif drains the vast glacial fields south of the Hinku – Malangphulang – Ombigaichan – Baruntse ridge north of our destination. Drop to a small village for lunch. Then continue, past high points on the undulating trail with good views of Mera South (6 064m) and Naulek (6 320m) to the northeast. The trail finally descends to the village and temple at Shibuche. Overnight at Shibuche.  

Day 06: Shibuche – Chetra Khola (3 150m/10 340ft), 7-8 hrs

After dropping to cross the Hinku Khola, the trail meanders steeply up through rhododendron and oak forest to Cheram. It continues up and down, in forest, crossing landslides and re-crosses the river twice before finally dropping through bamboo groves to a cave and campsite on the banks of the Chetra Khola. Overnight in simple, barn like accommodation (with mattresses) at Chetra Khola.

Day 07: Chetra Khola – Kothe (3 600m/11 810ft), 6-7 hrs

The trail now enters the Makalu – Barun National Park, established in 1992, and continues to wind, through pine and bamboo forest, with good views over the Hinku Valley and of Mera from high points. Look out for forest animals that could include sloth bears, small cats and shy bharals on high slopes. The park is host to some 3 000 flowering plants and orchid varieties (mainly east of our trail) and a large variety of birds.

The summer village of Tashing Ongma is at the junction of three trails and hosts teahouses and shops in season. After lunch, continue through forest along a ridge, above the river to the kharka at Kothe. Overnight at Kothe.

Day 08: Kothe – Thangnak (4 350/14 270ft), 3-4 hrs

Today’s short walk is countered by the increasing altitude: walk slowly. The trail roughly follows the west ridge opposite towering Mera with a lunch stop at Gondishung. There are good views of Kusum Kanggari and impressive Kyashar up the valley. Trail sections along the valley floor are rocky and require care. Nearby is the ancient Lungsumba Gompa; then the last hamlet of Thangnak – several days from the next settlement on trails that branch to the north and east beyond the Mera La. Overnight in Thangnak

Day 09: Thangnak: Rest and acclimatisation day

Obey the acclimatisation rule of ‘climb high, sleep low.’ Enjoy a three hour walk up the slopes of Kusum Kanggari for great views of Mera North and Central as well as the Charpate Himal Ridge: sacred to the Sherpa people of Khumbu. Return to overnight in Thangnak.

Day 10: Thangnak – Khare (5 050m/16 550ft), 2-3 hrs

Today’s trail climbs into alpine scenery, gradually rising above the tree line past the Sabai Tsho; then over rocky moraines at the snout of the Hinku Nup and Dig Glaciers before rising steeply to Khare. Views up to Mera North and back across the valley to the Kyashar Himal are particularly impressive from here. Overnight in Khare.

Day 11: Khare –Mera Base Camp (5 300m/17 390ft), 3-4 hrs

In Khare we will be joined by a mountain guide and additional porters for the three day/two night ascent of Mera Central. Here we also collect camping and climbing gear, including crampons, plus rations.

The trail is steep and slow as it is strewn with loose rock and boulders. An early lunch will be followed by a few hours of ice-climbing training in preparation for the rigours ahead. If time, there will also be a walk up to Mera La and back – to sleep lower. Views from the camp are good. Overnight at Mera BC.

Day 12: Mera Base Camp – Mera La (5 420m/17 730ft) – High Camp (5 780m/18 960ft), 4-5 hrs

Continue up the rocky path to Mera La. This can be hazardous in soft snow. Views from the summit are great. Above the pass, the trail steps onto the Mera Glacier and care must be taken to avoid crevasses – particularly if the ice is covered by recent snow. The route heads up to a rock band with the camping area clearly marked by a large stone pyramid. Sunset and sunrise views light the Mahalangur Himal along the border with Tibet with the last and first light playing on the four eight-thousand metre peaks of Cho Oyo, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse/Lhotse Shar and Makalu above countless lesser peaks. Overnight (early) at Mera High Camp.

Day 13: Mera High Camp – Mera Central (6 461m/21 198m) – Khare (5 050m/16 550ft), 8-9 hrs

Although Mera North is 15m higher than Mera Central, glacial movements and the development of shifting crevasses on the slopes of north peak have made summiting treacherous. Hence our Mera Central destination.

The crew will wake you with coffee at around 02:00 and breakfast shortly thereafter. For the final push up the snow slopes, crampons need to be worn and the party will be roped up for additional safety where necessary. Ideally, the ascent will take 4-6 hrs.

After a surfeit of viewing and photos from the summit, begin the trek back to High Camp for lunch and then return, through the Base Camp and on down to Khare for a lower and more comfortable night. Say goodbye to the Summit team. Overnight at our Khare teahouse.

Day 14: Khare – Kothe (3 600m/11 810ft), 4-5 hrs

Today’s 1 450m descent should provide easier walking. A relaxing afternoon can be followed by a warmer and a yet more comfortable night.

Day 15: Kothe – Thuli Kharka (4 300m/14 110ft), 5-6 hrs

Follow the trail through mixed forest with rhododendrons back to Tashing Ongma. Then take the western (right) trail for the shortcut back to Lukla. The path climbs steadily towards the Charpate Himal ridge. At the tiny hamlet of Chetarwa there are excellent views back over the valley and its flanking peaks. Continue climbing to Thuli Kharka. Overnight in Thuli Kharka.

Day 16: Thuli Kharka – Zatrwa La (4 610m/15 130ft) – Lukla (2 640m/8 670ft), 6-7 hrs

A two hour pull leads to the summit of the Zatrwa La and the last views of the north eastern landscape. To the west lies the huge Dudh Koshi Valley with splendid views to the northwest and south. These include distant Cho Oyo and its satellites, over numerous lesser peaks and on down over forest and farming villages towards the Middle Hills. The path gradually descends along the line of the ridge and then drops down the Surkhe Khola Valley to Chutanga and Nangbu followed by an easy walk back to bustling Lukla: where you will say farewell to your porters. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 35 min flight

After an early breakfast, take the short flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day free.

Day 18: Final departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

NB: Cloud and turbulent weather along the mountain ranges is common and may lead to internal mountain flight delays or cancellations. We suggest you add at least one extra day after your trek before flying out of Nepal.

Cost Include

  •  All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and  breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Domestic flight ( Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)weight limit 15kg all together per person
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary Snakes ( energy bar cookies and seasonal  fresh fruit 
  • All necessary paper work permit  ( National Park Permit and mera Peak Climbing Permit )
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide Climbing Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations Private room with a sharing Toilet and Bathroom 
  • Guide  Climbing Guide and all the staff  salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary
  • High quality Mountain Hard ware or North Face sleeping tent. Kitchen ,Dining, toilet, tens Mattress and Kitchen equipment for island peak climbing

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic device re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Hot shower except 4 night
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Heater Charge in a Dining hall
  • Tip ( not compulsory but expected)

Personal climbing gears

  • Ice axe, Crampons, harness, Tap slings, (2)screw gate
  • Karabiners ( 2 luck and 2 unlock) Descender/Abseil/ Device Plastic Mountaineering Boots, Ascender, helmet, etc

Group climbing Gears

  • Snow Bar Ice Hammer Ice Screw etc

First time in Nepal

(5/5)
no image

Landmark Discovery Treks was recommended by a friend whose family members and friends contacted every time they went to Nepal (and they went more than once). The guides know the mountains like their own backyard. They are reliable and made you feel protected so we didn't have to worry about anything except how to have fun. The trip was well planned and reasonably modified according to weather changes and our fitness level and conditions. They are sincere, experienced and always asking us how they do so that they can improve. If I go again, I'll certainly go with them!

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Hong Kong, China
Published on: 2015-12-07

Ask to Expert ?

verification image, type it in the box
  • master card
  • discover
  • wire transfer
  • visa
  • gov
  • ntb
  • taan
  • nma
  • keep
  • trip advisor