Mera Peak Climbing

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Mera Peak Climbing Trip Highlights

  • Reach the highest point of 6,440 m
  • Summit the highest trekking peak under Nepal Mountaineering Association’s list of trekking peaks
  • Awe at stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu from the summit
  • Go off the beaten track to Mera Peak Base Camp from Lukla airport
  • Less crowded than Island Peak and Lobuche Peak
  • Remote villages of Hinku and Hongu.

Mera Peak is the highest climbing peak in Nepal with a height of 6,440 ms above sea level. Mera Peak climbing offers stunning views of five different peaks above 8,000 meters. It includes Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga.

The climbing route passes through the south of Lukla to the traditional village of Hinku. The unspoiled village beautified with extended pastures welcomes every visitors. Daily grazing of yaks, sheep and yak herds befriends you in your walks.

En route, you walk across the rhododendron and bamboo forest. The exotic routes, stunning glaciers, and the panoramic landscape makes it popular among the trekkers.

From the peak itself, you will have an amazing view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga too. And the view of snow-covered peaks makes your journey even more remarkable.

This climb involves a walk across glaciers which demands ice axe and crampon skills.

Many prefer this climb as a practice trek before going for Everest expedition.

Best time to climb Mera Peak

The noted time for this climb involves Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). For this high altitude climb, you need to choose the dry and stable weather. As the weather change in mountains is swift, you may face difficulty walking in the snow and ice.

Even the snow may block routes and blizzard may make your trek dangerous. So, collect as much information about the route as possible before you go climbing.

Experience and physical demands of Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing is an alternative trek to the Everest Base Camp in the Everest Region. This peak with the climbing grade as PD- little technical, difficult, and walking on Glaciers. Although it is the highest Trekking Peak, you can mount the peak with moderate technical skill. But extreme enthusiasm is what you need the most.

You ascend to higher altitudes from Mera Peak Base Camp at 5,300 meters. Proceed to the High Camp at 5,780 meters and the final Peak at 6,461 meters.

This climb demands a moderate fitness level and with simple training on how to use ice axe and crampons. Also some basic knowledge on how to avoid altitude-related sickness, and adopt in the unpredictable mountain weather.

We train you on how to walk in glaciers, rope fixing, ascending and descending in the snow. The day training ensures confidence in you to mount the summit.

Mera Peak Climbing Route

There’s a single route to the summit of Mera Peak. You need to cross several villages of Himalayan Sherpa and spend enough time for acclimatization. The final point you reach before ascending to Mera Peak is the High Camp (5,415 meters).

Or, you can stop at Mera La and hike to the High Camp and proceed further to the Peak.

At the camp, you will spend time on pre-climbing and training on using crampons and ice axe. Also, the views from High Camp is among the highlights of this climbing. So, it’s a bonus if you start Mera Peak Climbing from the High Camp.

This route also involves high altitude glacier walking. The climb is challenging, yet, adventurous at the same time.

Accommodation and Meals

There are enough tea houses in the route nearby settlement areas. But in higher altitudes, you have to manage in the tents. For tent accommodations, the foam mattress is available.

The tea houses en route offer you cozy bed along with warm meals. But while camping in the tents, our cook prepares hygienic meals for the trekkers. You can enjoy the hot meals in the snowy surrounding.

Trekking equipment

  • Trekking equipment
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing boot
  • Crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Ascending device
  • Descending device
  • Ice axe
  • Carabiners
  • Prusik loop
  • Tape sling
  • Gloves
  • Down jackets
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Sunglasses

These are basic climbing equipment you will need in your climb. But as per your convenience, you can add extra lists you think will be demanded in the trek.

Note: All the climbing equipment are available at the base camp for Magical Nepal clients.

Costs of Mera Peak Climbing

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Five- star accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Flight to Lukla + Taxes
  • Teahouse accommodations during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • Meals( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Cost of guides
  • Porters to carry your luggage
  • Permits and necessary paper works
  • Medical Kit Bag
  • Government and local taxes
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fees/ international flights
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Drinks in the mountains
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Travel insurance and rescue arrangements

Outline Itinerary

Day 1– Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/ 4,264 ft)

Day 2– Flight to Lukla- 40 mins, trek to Paiya(2,730m/ 8,956ft)- 5-6 hours=

Day 3– Paiya to Panggom(2,846m/ 9,337 ft)- 5-6 hours

Day 4– Panggom to Ningsow(2,846m/ 9,393 ft)- 4-5 hours

Day 5– Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft): 7-8 hours

Day 6– Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft): 6-7 hours

Day 7– Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft): 3-4 hours

Day 8– Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours

Day 9– Khare: Acclimatization and pre-climb training

Day 10– Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 6-7 hours

Day 11– Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5,045m/16,547ft): 8-9 hours

Day 12– Reserve Day for Contingency

Day 13– Khare to Kothe (3,600m/11,808ft): 4-5 hours

Day 14– Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4,300 m/14,107ft): 5-6 hours

Day 15– Thuli Kharla to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass: 6-7 hours

Day 16– Flight to Kathmandu

Day 17– Sightseeing around Kathmandu/ final departure

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
  • Guide for 16 days
  • Porter for 15 days
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Dream Nepal or similar)
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 15 x set breakfasts, 15 x set lunches and 15 x set dinners while on the trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • Peak climbing permit
  • Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit
  • Climbing guide base camp to base camp
  • Tented accommodation in base camp and high camp
  • All cooked meals in the tented camp with complementary hot water, tea coffee etc
  • Packed lunch for summit trip
  • Group climbing gears

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance (which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
  • Personal climbing gear (can be rented in Khare)
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FAQ

This is highest climbing peak, so is it difficult?

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This peak is challenging because of elevation, but it is not technical difficulty. It can be described as ‘a gentle walk at high elevation’.

Is high camp required?

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Yes, high camp is compulsory for Mera Peak. Otherwise it would be a long and difficult to summit from base camp.

Do we go to Everest Base Camp (EBC) on this trip?

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No, you will not go to EBC on this trip. You will not even walk on the main trail to EBC from Lukla, but follow a quieter path.

Is camping necessary for this trek and climb?

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There are basic teahouses up to base camp. At high camp you will have tented accommodation.

Are there toilet facilities at high camp?

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Yes, there will be toilet facilities. You will have a personal sleeping tent and a communal kitchen, dining tent, and toilet tent.

How many climbing guides will be used?

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There will be one climbing guide for every 3-4 climbers.

Will there be fixed ropes?

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No, you will be not using a fixed rope for this climb

Is it safe to drink the water in the Everest Region?

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No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Everest. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on this trip?

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As the possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at elevations over 3,000 m, you should be aware. But in order to avoid this as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

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There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am on this trip?

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We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on this trek?

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On every trek or climb we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

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Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Where can I leave my belongings in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

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Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc?

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Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

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