Mera Peak Climbing
- Group Size
- 1 - 15
- Age Limit
- Max. Altitude
- 1,300 m (4,265 ft) to 6,476 m (21,267 ft).
- Group Size
- 1 - 15
- Max Altitude
- 1,300 m (4,265 ft) to 6,476 m (21,267 ft).
- Age Limit
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Mera Peak (6,476 m / 21,267 ft)
- Trip Starts
- Trip Ends
- Sub tropical to Alpine
- Best Season
- March-May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn)
- 2 - 3 star level hotel in Kathmandu and tea house in trekking
- Breakfast in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Mera Peak (6,476 m / 21,267 ft) is a middle altitude mountain located in the Sagarmatha National Park. It is situated in the Barun sub-section of the Mahalangur himalayan sub range. The Mahalangur range is itself a part of the greater Himalayan mountain range. Mera Peak is classified as a trekking peak by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. This makes Mera peak the highest trekking peak in the country. Mera peak climbing offers spectacular views of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga among others. The Charmlang and Baruntse peak are located very close to the Mera Peak. The view of these two mountains is also very beautiful from the top of Mera Peak.
The top of Mera Peak also offers spectacular views of Hongku and the Hinku valleys. These wooden valleys sweep away from the base of Mera Peak to the distant mountains. These valleys are mostly covered in forests apart from a few Kharkas that are used for grazing cattles. Locals from nearby villages sometimes come to these Kharkas with herds of their Yak. Glacial moraines, deep woods, rivers and serene tranquility rule these two valleys. Hinku Valley is also known as the Hinku Cave valley because many large and small prehistoric caves are located in the valley.
The Mera Peak is in fact constituted of three peaks – the Mera North ( 6,476 m/ 21,247 ft), the Mera South (6,065 m/ 19,898 ft) and the Mera Central (6,461 m/ 21l098 ft). The Mera North is the highest among these three peaks and the one used most for climbing purposes. The first among the Mera peaks, the Mera Central, was climbed in 1953 by Colonel Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing. The Mera North was scaled in 1977 by a team of French and Nepali climbers. Mera South was climbed in 1986 by two British men Mal Duff and Ian Tattersall.
We will start our tour from Kathmandu. The first part is a beautiful mountain flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to the Lukla airstrip in the eastern part of Nepal. The early morning flight reveals the breathtaking view of the sun rising over the HImalayan mountains. We will first see the mountains in the central part of Nepal. These include the Ganesh Himal range, the Lakpa Dorje range and the Langtang Himal range. As we move east, we will get a panoramic view of some of the highest mountains in the world including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Pumori etc.
We will land at the Lukla airport following a spectacular morning mountain flight. Lukla is a small town located in the outskirts of the Sagarmatha National Park. The National Park was established in 1976 with the help of protecting the pristine flora and fauna of the Khumbu Region. We will then begin our trek towards the Mera Peak base camp via beautiful places like Thuli Kharka, Mousam Kharka, Tagnag and Khare. Most of the route is dominated by forests and yak grazing pastures. As we get closer to Mera peak we will have to walk through glacial moraines and snowy terrain.
The Mera Peak Base Camp is located at an altitude of (5,300 m/ 17,388 ft). The High Camp of Mera Peak is located at an altitude of (5,780 m/ 18,963 ft). We will set base at the high camp. The final part of the climb from the high camp to the top of Mera Peak is not long but it can be slightly challenging. We will be compensated for the hard climb after reaching the top of Mera Peak. The Hinku and the Hongku valley are located directly beneath the peak. They are separated by a mountain ridge which connects the Mera Peak with northern giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse and Pumori.
- Climbing the beautiful Mera Peak.
- Panoramic view of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other
- mountains in the Everest Region.
- Exploring the rare flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park.
- Take a tour of the beautiful villages of the local Sherpa people and learn about their culture and traditions.
- Enjoy the spectacular morning mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Exploring the ancient and historic Lukla.
An early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Chutanga (3,430 m/ 11,253 ft). 30 minutes of flight and 4 hours of trek. O/N at guest house. An early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Chutanga (3,430 m/ 11,253 ft). 30 minutes of flight and 4 hours of trek. O/N at guest house.
Trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4,300 m/ 14,107 ft). Six hours of walking.
Trek to Mousam Kharka (3,430 m/ 11,253 ft). Four hours of walking.
Trek to Tangnang (4,360 m/ 14,304 ft). Five hours of walking.
Rest day for acclimatization.
Trek to Khare (5,000 m/ 16,404 ft). Five hours of walking.
Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp (5,300 m/ 17,388 ft). Four hours of walking.
Trek and climb to High Camp ( 5,780 m/ 18,963 ft). Four hours of walking.
Climb Mera Peak ( 6,461 m/ 21,197 ft). Eight hours of climbing.
(Contingency day in case of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances)
Trek to Kothey (3,600 m/ 11,811 ft). Six hours of walking.
Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m/ 13,779 ft). Five hours of walking.
Trek back to Lukla. Seven hours of walking.
Flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. End of trip.
We will begin our trip with a spectacular morning mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight first introduces us to mountain ranges like Ganesh, Langtang and Lakpa Dorje located in the central part of Nepal. The early morning sun glistening the crest of these mountains provides us a blissful sight. As we approach east, we will see some of the tallest mountains in the world like Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Pumori, Nuptse etc. We will land at the Lukla airstrip which is located in the middle of a mountainous valley.
We will recollect our luggage at the airport and then begin our trek towards the village of Chutanga. The first part of the trek goes through lush green forests of Rhododendron. The Rhododendron flower is the national flower of Nepal. As we move further, pine trees start to dominate the beautiful mountain landscape. This part of the trek falls below the Kalo Himal Range. Many streams cross our path to Chutanga. We will cross them via picturesque suspension bridges. We will stay at a hotel in Chutanga for the night.
We will begin our trek from Chutanga following breakfast. We will keep walking along the Kalo Himal ridge for the first part. As we move along we will see a spectacular view of the ridge separating the two famed valleys in the Everest Region – the Hinku Valley and the Khumbu Valley. We will first trek up to Zatra Wa La Pass. The pass is located at an altitude of 4,600 m (15,091 ft).
We will see many prayer flags on our way as we move towards the Zatra Wa La Pass. The path goes downhill from Zatra Wa La Pass. We will meet many yak herds on our way. The place is famous for Yak grazing pastures. There are a few trees in the area. The last destination of the day – Thuli Kharka – is also a famous yak grazing pasture. In fact the Nepali translation of the name Thuli Kharka is ‘large pasture’. There is a small settlement in Thuli Kharka. We will rest at a hotel there for the night.
We will begin the day with a spectacular view of the rising sun over tall Himalayan peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Kangneta etc. The trek will begin after breakfast. We can indulge ourselves in a breakfast of Tibetan bread and local lentils. We will then begin the trek via beautiful forests of pine, juniper and berries. The forest starts to get sparser as we move ahead.
This part of the trek will provide us an opportunity to spot many endangered wild animals and birds like sloth bear, Himalayan musk deer, Danphe (the national bird of Nepal), Himalayan Blue Sheep, Jharal etc. Mousam Kharka is also a popular grazing pasture located on the slope of a wide mountain side. We will rest at a hotel in Mousam Kharka for the night.
We will begin our trek to Tangnang following breakfast. Tangnang is a mountainous valley. The first part of the trek is easy and goes through patchy forests, mountain ridges and grazing pastures. We will see Buddhist prayer flags here and there along the way as most people in the region are Buddhists.
We will get first sight of the Mera Peak on our way to Tangnang from Mausam Kharka. We will also get spectacular views of mountains like Kusum Kangaru and Mount Charpate. The second part of the trek is slightly challenging as we need to climb steeply to reach the edge of the Tangnang valley. We will stay at a hotel in Tangnang for the night.
Since it is considered wise to take breaks in between during long mountain voyages, we will stop at Tangnang today. We will take a full rest today without any adventure so as to acclimatize ourselves for the long and hard trek to come. We can also explore a local Gumba situated on the side of the mountain atop a large rock if we are interested.
The Tangnag valley holds a unique variety of the Tibetan culture. We will explore the village of the local Sherpa people in the evening and learn more about their tradition and culture. We will have a meal with the locals tonight. We will slide into our beds early tonight.
We will begin another round of walking today following a day of solid rest. We will first walk along a wide area which opens up into a valley. We can get a wonderful view of the Hinku Nup glacier on the northern side from this place. We will also get a view of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kangneta and Pumori on the further northern part.
We will then come to a place called Chhatrapati Tal. The place is named after a lake (Tal in Nepali) of the same name. The lake lies at the bottom of the valley. From here, we will go steeply upwards towards the place called Dig Kharkha. The place is a large pasture which feeds herds of yaks from the surrounding area. We will climb more from Dig Kharka to reach Khare, where we will sleep for the night.
We will trek to the Mera Peak Base Camp today. It is only located a few hundred meters above Khare but the path goes through winding mountain trails which frequently go up or down, thus elongating our journey. We will also walk slowly to preserve energy and help acclimatize ourselves as we are now entering territory over 5,000 m.
The final part of the walk reveals a wonderful sight of the wide mountain valleys and tall mountains arranged like jewels in a bead. We might have to rest in camps during the night at the Mera Peak Base Camp as round the year accomodation is not guaranteed. We will either sleep at a temporary hotel or our camps tonight.
We will trek to the Mera Peak High Camp today. We will get a spectacular view of the mountains like Makalu, Baruntse, Kangneta, Lhotse and Everest from our way. We will also get a spectacular view of the Mera Peak and Mera Glacier from our path. As we move closer to the High Camp, we will get an opportunity to spot the Hinku Valley for the first time.
We will also see the evening sun setting against the backdrop of Mount Everest. We will learn to use equipment like ice axes, ropes and harnesses in the evening. We must also learn how to communicate and coordinate effectively while walking in a single file in the mountain. Our tour leader and crew will help us with this training. We will set tents at the Mera Peak High Camp today and slide into our makeshift home early.
We will begin our day very early today. It is preferable that we wake before 3 am because we will need to climb the peak before the typical strong mid-day wind blows in the mountain top. We will need ample time to arrange our gear and costume. We need to be quite prepared as we are going over 6,000 m in altitude for the first time in our journey. Moreover, this involves a steep and hard climb to the top of Mera Peak itself. Therefore early start is our most important asset of the day. We will first walk along a slope of the mountain, where some little patches of green grass are located. The path is all full of either snow or large black boulders as we move along.
After reaching the altitude of 6,000 m, we will need to walk along the slippery slope of a glacial moraine. We will need to make use of rope for the final 300 meters of the climb. Our tour leader and crew will lay the ropes and we will walk carefully with its support. The view of the Hingku and the Hongku valley as we reach the top of the Mera Peak is spectacular. The valleys are separated by a narrow ridge of mountain which joins with the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu further north.
The view of the two valleys against the backdrop of some of the tallest mountains in the world is one of the best views in the Himalayan region. We will also get enthralling views of the Baruntse and the Kangneta peak from the top of Mera Peak. The view of mount Kusum Kangaru is another highlight from the top of Mera Peak. We will spend some time at the peak and begin a slow descent towards the High Camp. We will celebrate our success upon reaching the high camp.
Today is a contingency day left aside so that we have a spare day to climb the top of the Mera Peak if sudden weather change prompts us to cancel the trek on the scheduled day. We will plan as usual and continue with the trek if the contingency day is not required.
We will trek back to Kothey today. We will set on a glorious downhill journey via mountain slopes and river basins today. After we cross the mountainous terrain following the first part of the trek, we will reach large grazing pastures used for grazing yaks from nearby villages. These pastures provide welcome respite to us during the trek as we will rest and have hot tea in these grazing pastures.
As we move further down from the mountains, we will start to see occasional forests of pine and juniper. These forests become more abundant as we move south. The lower belt of our trek is home to dense rhododendron forests. Many endangered species of wild animals like the Himalayan Blue Sheep, Jharal, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Musk Deer etc. are found in these parts. We will reach Kothey and stay there for the night.
We will trek to Thuli Kharka today. This brings us closer to the end of our trek. We will walk further downhill through picturesque green hills. We will get closer to the Kalo Himal range today. We can see the distant rim of the Mera Peak valley on our back from most parts of the trek. The forest starts to get thicker and the temperature significantly higher.
The last part of the trek is along the river basin. We will get a chance to spot Danphe, the national bird of Nepal around this part. Danphe is also found further up in the mountains but most birds spend time in the lower mountainous region. We will reach Thuli Kharka following five hours of walk from Kothey. We will rest at a hotel in Thuli Kharka for the night.
We will trek back to Lukla today. Numerous mountain streams converge in a narrow basin surrounded by the mountains as we approach Lukla. We will also see numerous prayer flags, gumbas, chortens etc. on our way. The last part before reaching Lukla passes through dense forest wherein lie far flung small settlements.
We will reach Lukla after a gentle downhill climb in the last part. We will place our belongings at the hotel and then take a tour of Lukla town. We can buy souvenirs for our loved ones back home if we are interested. We will rest at a hotel in Lukla for the night. This concludes the walking part of our trek.
We will fly back to Kathmandu today. This is the last day of our tour. We will begin the day by experiencing the beautiful mountain flight for the second time in two weeks. We will say goodbye to the mountains from mid air as the mountains of the central and eastern part of Nepal line up in spectacular array before our eyes.
We will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu following the flight. We will transfer you to your hotel after the flight. This officially ends our 14 day Mera Peak Climbing adventure.
Above 14 days Mera Peak Climbing itinerary has included only trekking period. It does not include your arrival day in Nepal and departure day from Nepal. In this regards, you need to allow at least 16 days holidays.
- All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking and climbing period for you.
- Seasonable Local fresh fruits.
- Twin sharing comfortable private room in trekking part and tented camp in climbing part.
- Trip map.
- Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
- An experienced government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
- All necessary camping gears like two men tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, mattress while climbing period.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
Pasang Lammu rural municipality entry fee.
- Climbing permit.
- Climbing equipment like ice axe, Ice crew, snow bar, climbing rope.
- Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
- All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
- Hotel and meals in Kathmandu.
- All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks) in mountain.
- Personal equipment.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
- Personal climbing equipment’s ( Joomer, carabiner lock, carabiner unlock, Harnex belt, Eight finger, helmet, gaiters, Boots, crampons).
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.
Note: Differences Between Full Board and Budget Package
Full board package is included your meals 3 times day in trekking where as budget packages does not includes meal. Please do let us know which package that you would like to book we are here for your service.
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