Mera Peak Climbing takes us to the top of the highest trekking peak in Nepal,(6,461m/21,190ft). Summiting Mera Peak is particularly popular because of the crystal clear views of five eight-thousands, world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest ( 8,848m), world’s 4th highest mountain, Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), world’s 6th highest mountain, Mt. Cho Oyu ( 8,188m), world’s third highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and world’s fifth highest mountain, Mt. Makalu ( 8,485m). Spring and autumn/fall are the best season for the summit as the Himalayan Vistas are clearer than ever then.
Adventure Club Trek has organized successful Mera Peak Climbing expeditions over the past Years. The journey to the summit of the peak is quite a straightforward climb. And, the views from the top are simply magical! Other than being fit and having a sense of adventure, you don’t need any extreme climbing experiences. Our experienced Sherpas will provide you with basic mountaineering experience before the summit.
Mera Peak Climbing starts from the south of the Lukla airstrip instead of the traditional route that is direct via the Zatra La Pass. We head up to the beautiful Hinku Valley and pass Zatra La Pass when returning. Taking the new route is advantageous in mainly two ways- we get to trek through the wilderness of Nepalese landscapes while enjoying serene villages that are also culturally rich and as it is a longer route, it is much better for acclimatization. Trekking through beautifully forested hillsides, we pass many high passes before climbing up the Mera La. Then, we gradually descend back to Lukla. Expeditionary need to be fit and know how to make use of an ice-ax and crampons. The Sherpas will teach you these things practically at our base camp near the Mera Pass in case required.
With good weather conditions, a right expedition party can reach the summit and return to Khare in a day. Reaching to the top of Mera Peak is a rewarding mountaineering experience as one can see views of Nepal, and mountains like Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, Everest to the south of Nuptse which shows to the north along with Lhotse. Also, AmaDablam and Kang Taiga dominate the west while Cho Oyu can be seen at a distance. All this makes for one of the finest panoramas of the world.
Since the weather in the Himalaya is unpredictable, we have kept one day aside for contingency. If the weather on the day of the summit is not favorable, we can climb the mountain the following day. Apart from Mera Peak Climbing, Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions also provides other summiting experiences like Island Peak climbing-17 Days and Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak climbing-23 Days among others
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.
Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early morning, we board a Twin Otter to fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla(2,804m), flights are not available after mid-morning due to unstable weather conditions. The 35-minute flight is one of the most scenic, flying alongside the mighty Everest and the other Himalayas. Upon arrival, we start our trek to Chutanga through forest area and pasture. The trail leads to a steep climb along the rhododendron and pine forest below the Kali Himall Ridge. Overnight in Chutanga.
Our adventure starts with a steep ascend to Kalo Himal Ridge that separates Khumbu from Hinku Valley. After we pass ZatrwaOg(4,450m) the trail stretches across a boulder slope again leading to an uphill climb to reach Zatrwa La. Enjoy the spectacular views of Karyolung(6,511m) and Lumding Himal across the DudhKoshi and foothills of Hinku Valley. After approximately an hour’s trek, we arrive at ThuliKarkha. Overnight at ThuliKharka.
We cross three ridges to a point high above the Hinku River. If the weather permits, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the south face of Mera Peak. As we continue forward, the trail leads to a steep descend through rhododendron and blue Himalayan pines forest followed by a gradual climb through a thin forest to reach Kothe where we camp for the night. Overnight in tents at Kothe.
It is quite an easy walk today as we march forward on a trail shadowed by the Mera Peak, up the valley of Hinku passing the summer pastures to reach a 200-year-old Gondishung Gompa. Near the Gompa, we can see the route to Mera Peak carved on the rocks. A short walk ahead and we arrive at Thaknak. Overnight at Thaknak.
To make sure that everyone is well adjusted to the altitude gain, we spend the day in acclimatizing. Explore the SabaiTsho, glacially formed lake, hidden behind the Sabai Glacier. Further, we explore Hinku Nup Glacier and if time permits we also see Dig Glaciers. Overnight at Thaknak.
We follow the trail to Dig Glacier until we reach Dig Kharka. From here the path climbs steeply to Khare. The path offers a fantastic view of Charpate Himal. The northern face of Mera Peak covers the skyline from Khare. After a good rest, our guide will prepare us for the big climb. We also learn techniques to use climbing gears like the crampons, ice ax, harness and ascender climbing boots. Our guide will also some basic safety tips and climbing tricks. Overnight at Khare.
Today, we set our feet at the Mera Base Camp. The path to base camp is mostly uphill and filled with boulderstone. Upon arrival at Mera Base Camp, we spend the day acclimatizing and preparing for the summit. Overnight in tents at Mera Base Camp.
We ascend to High camp today. Compared to previous days today’s climb can be a bit challenging, but all the hardship is worth once you reach the top. We continue to ascend on a rocky trail if it snows be more careful as there are a number of crevasse along the way. Crossing the Mera La (Pass), we arrive at our campsite. Upon reaching the top we are rewarded by panoramic views of the world’s some of the highest mountains including the mighty Everest(8,848m), Chamlang(7,290m), Baruntse(7,220m), Makalu(8,481m), Lhotse(8,516m), Nuptse(7,861m), AmaDablam(6,812m) and Cho Oyu(8,201m) among others. Overnight in a tent at High Camp.
Today is the main highlight of the trek. We wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and gear up for the climb. We gradually climb higher, and after crossing the ridge, the slope steepens. If necessary, the climbing leader may use a fixed rope at the foot of the final summit. Enjoy the best views of five of the world’s fourteen 8,000m mountains including Everest(8,848), Cho-Oyu(8,201m), Makalu(8,481m), Lhotse(8,516m) and Kangchenjunga(8,586m). Other mountains visible from the summit are Nuptse(7,861m), Baruntse(7,220m) and Chamlang(7,290m). From the top, we descend to High Camp where we rest for a while and then head down to Khare. Overnight at Khare.
A day is set as contingency just in case if the weather condition does not favour on our planned day for the summit. Usually, the weather in high altitudes are unpredictable and can change in a few seconds. Just in case for that a day has been separated but if everything goes as anticipated this day will not be used or can be used for souvenir shopping and likes upon your request.
From Khare, we follow the same trail to descend to Kothe. On our way down to pass through Thaknak to reach Kothe. Relax and if you wish to you can even try out local wines. Overnight at Kothe.
We cross many tributaries of Inkhu Khola to reach a forked trail. We follow the one on the right and continue until we reach a Chorten after which we descend a steep hill and then again ascend till we arrive at ThuliKharka. Overnight at ThuliKharka.
Crossing the Zatrwa La Pass(4,600m) all the way down to Chuang followed by a few hours walk, we arrive at Lukla village. Along the way, after crossing the Zatrwa La Pass we are awarded by the beautiful scene of the Lukla Valley surrounded by mountains like Number Himal, KusumKhagru, Cho Oyu and Kongde Peak among others. If time permits you can explore Lukla Bazaar Overnight at Lukla.
We board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the glimpse of the mountains as the Twin Otter flies along the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be dropped off to your respective hotel. A farewell dinner will be hosted by Adventure Club Trek to celebrate the success of the trek. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu Included.
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.
days trips every time I was in Nepal and had some extra time in Kathmandu. Birendra's team are always VERY kind, helpful, ALWAYS smiling and very polite. Without them my experience could have been totally different and so much harder - I am VERY thankful and grateful for having met Birendra and his fantastic teams!
I could write an essay on the positives of Birendra's and his team, however to keep it short and sweet all I say I HIGHLY recommend Birendra and his services!
I will be back myself soon :)
I have traveled with Birendra and his firm a number of times now, including trekking Everest Basecamp and Mera Peak, and I always love the experience. The trips are excellently organised and brilliantly managed and Birendra and his team are warm, caring and very attentive.
Trekking in Nepal, of course, is beautiful, challenging and varied and I'll never tire of Kathmandu - such a lively place and Birendra ensure you get a great overview of this city.I have further travel plans with Birendra again in 2017 and can't wait to be back in Nepal with Birendra and his crew.
I have traveled with Birendra and his firm a number of times now, including trekking Everest Basecamp and Mera Peak, and I always love the experience. The trips are excellently organised and brilliantly managed and Birendra and his team are warm, caring and very attentive. Trekking in Nepal, of course, is beautiful, challenging and varied and I'll never tire of Kathmandu - such a lively place and Birendra ensure you get a great overview of this city. I have further travel plans with Birendra again in 2017 and can't wait to be back in Nepal with Birendra and his crew.
We made Mera and Gokyo Ri trekking with this agency. The organisation was really perfect, if there was any problems they solved them immediately. I am very grateful, thank you. If I go back to Nepal, I would definitely choose them again.
I'm really grateful to Adventure Club for their professional assistance in Nepal. That was the third time I visited Nepal, and there were unforgettable times. I asked a customized tour for 19 days time, the itinery was planned really thoroughly, and they organized the treks really well, everything was given for a successful Mera summit ascent, nad then a rapid Gokyo trek. :) I can rely Adventure Club any time I visit Nepal. Thank You Birendra, we'll meet again surely :)
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.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.