Mera Peak at 6,461m is the highest trekking peak in Nepal and also one of the most fascinating, as well as one of the easiest to climb. Mera Peak offers the finest view of the mountains in the Everest region. Our 21-day-long journey to the top of Mera Peak combines a trek to Amphu Lapcha pass at 5,845m, a glaciated pass covered in cliffs of serac located at the top of Hinku valley. The pass also acts as a way out of the isolated valley. Those en route Baruntse ( 7,129) or Island peak (6,189m) expedition also cross the pass, which requires technical mountaineering for anyone to cross it. The top of the pass has good views of Island Peak, Imja Glacier, and Lhotse Shar. Combining the Mera Peak expedition with Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek is thus perfect.
One of the major highlights of this journey, apart from the Mera peak summit and crossing the high pass, is that you can witness numerous Himalayan glacial lakes, including the Five Sacred Lakes ( Panch Pokhari). Mera Peak sits on the edge of the Khumbu region dominated by Mt. Everest, making it a great vantage point. On a clear day, you will witness 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the world including Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8848m), and Kangchenjunga (8586m) far away to the east on the Indian border. It is one of those unforgettable sights.
Our trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Then we trek toward Panggom. We trek the isolated and beautiful Hinku valley for days. Passing through bamboo and rhododendron forest, we climb up to grassy moorland and slowly make out a way to high Himalayan trails. The trek is so extremely beautiful and remote, it is as memorable as the climb. We eventually summit the Mera Peak and cross the Amphu Lapcha Pass. We climb down to Namche through Chhukung, a village with great views of Mount Everest. Adventure Club Trek has been organizing successful expeditions and high Himalayan treks since 2008. We also offer Mera Peak Climbing- 17 Days adventure for those looking for a shorter itinerary.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel
We drive to Tribhuvan International Airport early in the morning to board our flight to Lukla. The twin otter flies over some of world’s highest mountains including the mighty Everest. It is half an hour of scenic flight before we land at Tenzing Hillary Airport. We collect our baggage, which we assign to our porter and then head towards Paiya. The trails starts with a walk through a jungle then leads to a bridge over the Handi Khola. Upon crossing the river we arrive at the village of Surke. We continue past the village then cross the Chutok La pass to our destination Paiya. Overnight in a teahouse at Paiya.
The second day of our trek starts with a descend until we come across a small bridge. The trail then leads us to Kari La Pass, you need to be careful crossing the pass as it is slippery. Next, we walk past a rhododendron and bamboo forest. The great view of Dudh Kosi Valley greets us on our way to Panggom. Overnight in a teahouse at Panggom.
Our destination for the day is Ningsow. First, we cross the Panggom La Pass followed by a gradual ascend towards Peseng Kharka Khola. We continue on the trail which leads us to Peeng Kharka Danda. Before arriving at our destination we cross Ningsow Khola, a small stream. Overnight in a teahouse at Ningsow.
Our day starts with an ascent followed by a downhill climb, and then an uphill climb up to finally reach Ramailo Danda. This ridge offers spectacular view of Mera Peak. There are a few ups and downs until we reach the entrance of Makalu Barun National Park. We now follow a trail called the Pasang Lhamu trail until we reach Chhatra Khola. The region is a habitat to Red Pandas.Overnight in a teahouse at Chhatra Khola.
We take the main trail to Mera Peak- along the Majang Khola and later following the Hinku Khola. As we continue on the trail, we reach Tashing Ongma, a popular camping site by the river. The final stretch is Sanu Khola, which we cross to arrive at Kothe for the night. Overnight in a teahouse at Kothe.
We walk along the west bank of Hinku Khola towards Gondishung. It is a summer settlement of herders. The magnificent views of mountains like Kusum, Kanguru and Mera accompany us throughout our trek today. On our way to Thaknak we also come across Lungsumgba Gompa, a 200-year-old monastery. Overnight in a teahouse at Thaknak.
As we leave Thaknak, the trail leads us through the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier offering a spectacular view of Charpate Himal. It is a steep climb to Khare hence we take a slow and steady pace, soaking in the spectacular views. Before our climb to Khare starts, we pass Sabai Tsho, a beautiful glacial lake. Overnight in a teahouse at Khare
Acclimatization plays a key factor in determining the success of a Himalyan trek. So, today is set aside to adjust our body to the thinning air. Today our guides teach us the basic techniques of peak climbing with some guidelines. Also, we learn the use of various climbing equipments like harness, ascender, ice axe, crampons and climbing boots. During our practice run, we also learn to use the ropes to climb up and down. Overnight in a teahouse in Khare..
The trail climbs steep from Khare towards Mera Base Camp. We continue on the trail to Mera High Camp passing through Mera La Pass. As we climb closer toward the high camp, we are rewarded with views of mountains like Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Baruntse, Lhotse, and Chamlang among others. Snow can make the climb a bit challenging.Overnight at Mera High Camp.
The big day is here. We wake before dawn at about 2am, have breakfast, and get packing for the summit. The path is snowy and also passes through a glacier. As we climb higher we get to witness the first rays of the sun as it touches the snow clad peaks. As we climb up a steep ridge, the summit hides behind it. Once we overcome the ridge, the summit view is back on. We use a fixed rope for the final stretch of the climb. Enjoy the unobstructed close up views of the mighty Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Baruntse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu among others from the top. Then, we descend towards high camp. We rest for a while here then collect our backpack and head down to Kongma Dingma for a good night’s sleep.
We take the much needed rest today. You can even celebrate a successful summit with a few drinks or any other beverages you enjoy.Overnight at Kongma Dingma.
This day is set aside for contingency in case we are not able to summit on the planned day due to bad weather or any other unforeseen events. We can use this day for rest, shopping, or sightseeing in case it is not used to cover bad weather or unforseen weather.
Today’s route is considered one of the most scenic in the Himalaya. We leave Kongma Dingma behind and march towards the upper yak pastures with fantastic views of Chamlang and Baruntse dominating the skyline. It is an easy walk as we head towards Seto Pokhari with views of Everest and Lhotse in front of us. Overnight at Seto Pokhari.
This route is truly off the beaten and secluded- you rarely see any trekkers her except during tourist season. On our way to Amphu Labch Base Camp, we pass many lakes in the Hunku Basin. We then walk alongside the Hinku Glacier for a while. We come across another lake before arriving at Amphu Labcha Base Camp.Overnight at Amphu Labcha Base Camp.
Our destination for the day is Chhukung. We first cross the Amphu Labcha La (Pass) followed by Amphu Labcha Glacier. The trail lines alongside the Imja Tsho Lake, formed with melting water from Imja glacier. We then join the main path leading to Island Peak. We walk on the domain of Ama Dablam Glacier to finally arrive at Chhukung.Overnight in Chhukung.
We make our way to the biggest town in the Khumbu Region, Namche Bazaar. We descend to our destination, passing through the small settlement of Bibre. A little further, we cross Imja Khola via a suspension bridge. The trail then continues through a few villages and many bridges to finally bring us to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar houses many restaurants, bakeries and internet cafes. Overnight in a hotel at Namche Bazaar.
We have an early breakfast and descend to Lukla. We walk alongside the Dudh Kosi River crossing it many times and passing a few villages on our way. Overnight in Lukla.
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at hotel.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.