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.
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.