|Starts at: Lukla||Ends at: Lukla|
|Trek Region: Everest||Transport: Flight|
|Duration: 18 days||Trip Grade: Challenging|
|Max Altitude: 6,440 m / 21128 ft||Accomodation: Tea House / Camping|
Mera Peak Climbing 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 visitor. 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 panoramic landscape makes it popular among 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 the 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 dry and stable weather. As the weather change in the mountains is swift, you may face difficulty walking in the snow and ice.
Even the snow may block routes and blizzards 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 simple training on how to use ice ax and crampons. Also some basic knowledge on how to avoid altitude-related sickness, and adapt to 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 axes. Also, the views from High Camp are 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 a cozy bed along with warm meals. But while camping in tents, our cook prepares hygienic meals for the trekkers. You can enjoy hot meals in the snowy surrounding.
Mera Peak Climbing Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Paiya
Paiya – 2,730m/ 8,956ft- 5 to 6 hrs
Day 3: Paiya to Panggom
Panggom – 2,846m/ 9,337 ft – 5 to 6 hrs
Day 4: Panggom to Ningsow
Ningsow – 2,846m/ 9,393 ft – 4 to 5 hrs
Day 5: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola
Chhatra Khola – 2,800m/9,186ft – 7 to 8 hrs
Day 6: Chhatra Khola to Kothe
Kothe – 3,691m/12,109ft- 6 to 7 hrs
Day 7: Kothe to Thaknak
Thaknak – 4,358m/14,297ft – 3 to 4 hrs
Day 8:Thaknak to Khare
Khare – 5,045m/16,486ft- 2 to 3 hrs
Day 9: Khare: Acclimatization and pre-climb training
Khare – 5,045m/16,486ft
Day 10: Khare to Mera High Camp
Mera High Camp – 5,780m/18,958 ft- 6 to 7 hours
Day 11: Mera High Camp to Summit and back to Khare
Khare- 5,045m/16,547ft – 8 to 9 hrs
Day 12: Reserve Day for Contingency
Day 13: Khare to Kothe
Kothe – 3,600m/11,808ft – 4 to 5 hrs
Day 14: Kothe to Thuli Kharka
Thuli Kharka- 4,300 m/14,107ft – 5-6 hrs
Day 15: Thuli Kharla to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass
Lukla – 6-7 hours
Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure
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- Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
- Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
- Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight
- 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Norbulinka boutique hotel)
- Guide for 16 days
- Porter for 15 days
- 15 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
- Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit
- Peak Climbing Permit
- Climbing guide Base Camp to Base Camp
- Tented accommodation at Base Camp and High Camp
- Packed lunch on the summit day
- All cooked meals when camping with complementary hot water, tea and coffee
- Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
- Group Climbing Gears
- 15 x set breakfasts, 15 x set lunches and 15 x set dinners while on the trek
- International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
- Tip to Guide and Porter
- Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
- Personal climbing gear (can be rented in Chukung/ Dingboche)
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.
- Trekking equipment
- Climbing helmet
- Climbing boot
- Climbing harness
- Ascending device
- Descending device
- Ice axe
- Prusik loop
- Tape sling
- Down jackets
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
Note: All the climbing equipment are available at the base camp for Magical Nepal clients.
Mera Peak Climbing FAQ
This is highest climbing peak, so is it difficult?
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?
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?
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?
There are basic teahouses up to base camp. At high camp you will have tented accommodation.
Are there toilet facilities at high camp?
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?
There will be one climbing guide for every 3-4 climbers.
Will there be fixed ropes?
No, you will be not using a fixed rope for this climb
Is it safe to drink the water in the Everest Region?
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?
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?
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?
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?
On every trek or climb, we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply,
Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?
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?
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?
Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.
Mera Peak Climbing Map
Related Trip in Everest Region
Everest View Trek | Everest Base Camp Trek | Gokyo Chola Pass EBC Trek | Everest Three Pass Trek | Jiri To Everest Base Camp Trek | Island Peak Climbing | Lobuche Peak Climbing | Mera And Island Peak Climbing | Mera Peak Climbing | Baruntse Expedition | Everest Helicopter Tour
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