Mera peak is placed in the east of Khumbu trekking trail of Everest region. It is somewhat challenging and for the first timers it can be the exhilarating experience. Though the climbing here does not require technical knowledge but you should have good immunity to adapt in such a high altitude of 6,654m and some preliminary skill concerning climbing instruments such as ice axe and crampons.the trial winds in the original Everest expedition route from Jiri. We cross high ridges and enthralling deep gorges in Everest region the native soil of legendary climbers ‘Sherpas’ before entering to the isolated wilderness of Hinku Valley. Annually 700 foreigners make an attempt to climb Mera peak which demands preliminary mountaineering experience and a special permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association. J.O.M Roberts, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay where the first masters who got victory over Mera peak in 20 May 1953.
Before we start our climb to Mera peak we organize a basic climbing course instructed by professional sherpa climbers such that all of our climbers have basic climbing knowledge so they get confidence to get triumph over the summit. In the weather condition is good we can climb the peak and descend back in the same day. From the pinnacle of Mera peak we can view the outstanding view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchanjunga and Cho Oyu. Mera peak climbing is a complete tented camping trek where our kitchen staffs will serve you with fresh, hygienic and delicious food.
Day 01: You will be transferred to your hotel room after receiving you from airport. Spend overnight at hotel.
Day 02: After having breakfast we will do some sightseeing which includes Pashupatinath Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath.
Day 03: Experience a 35minutes scenic flight to Lukla. After landing there you will have enough time to walk around while the camp is being set up. After camp is being setup have lunch and explore the area and observe traditional Sherpa lifestyle. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 04: Trek to Chutanga (3,430m). Our first day of trekking is quite easy which takes us to eastwards. Passing through number of villages and dense forests we come across Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge. On this portion we will closely follow our guide as there are number of paths leading away from the main trail. The whole area is known as Chutanga which literally means summer pasture. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Today we will trek for around five to six hours from Chutanga to reach Tuli Kharka. We begin our walk with the steep climbing to cross Kalo Himal Ridge in Nau Lekh Range which separates Khumbu valley from Hinku Valley. Further uphill climbing will bring us to the small pass called Zatrwa Og(4450m), from here the path transeverses a boulder slope, rounds a corner and climbs once again to the Zartwa La at an altitude of 4600m. in fine weather the one can witness the outstanding vista across the Dudh Koshi towards Karyolung and Lumding Himal and in foothills of Hinku Valley. From here we will climb downhill for less than hour that will bring us to large boulder at Tuli Kharka where we will spend overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Mausan Kharka (3430m). Trek for about 3 to 4 hours from Tuli Kharka to get Mausam Kharka. We have a short trek on a downhill slope where we can see the terrific vista of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru before we reach to Hinku valley from where we can see the majestic view of South face of Mera Peak. Continuing the walk we drop steeply into the Hinku valley. A pleasant and fine walk through the Himalayan Pine and Rhododendron forest take us to Mausam Kharka by Hinku Drangka River and overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: From Mausan Kharka trek toThagnan(4360m) which takes around 5 to 6 hours. We walk along the west bank of Hinku Drangka eventually leaving the forests. We cross the small bridge to reach Gondishung(4350m) which is the summer settlement of Thagnag. Gondishung has a enthralling 200 year old monastery beneath a rock overhang. The trek continues for another hour passing Lungasamba as the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kanguru(6369m) to the west and shortened far western peak of Mera(6255m). Finally we reach at Thagnag which is a small settlements made by Yak herders. Here we find few tea house cartering the needs of travelers and porters.
Day 08: Today we acclimatize at Thagnan and explore the area. We too can do some local hikes in these stunning peaks especially Peak 43 which rises to 6769. In the north of the camp there is moraine behind where is beautiful glacial lake known as Sabai Tsho into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier.
Day 09: Trek to Khare(5000m) which takes 4 to 5 hours via Charpatti Tal, Dig Kharka.
Day 10 :Trek to Mera High Camo(5800m) which takes 5 to 6 hours. The path is zigzag which bring us to the Mera Glacier. From here we must use crampons for 15 minutes to climb the 30 to 35 degree ice to reach the plateau that leads us to Mera La. From Mera La we continue our trek for another 3 hours which take us to High Camp beneath Mera Peak. From here one can see the spectacular vista of Makalu, Everest, Nuptse. If the weather is fair from High Camp we will have the panorama of Kanchanjunga in the far east. Overnight camping at High Camp.
Day 11: Early in the morning after having breakfast we will conquer the summit of Mera(6476m) . Though the distance does not look far the climb requires much of a hard work and all the preparation and positive attitude will pay off here. It takes 4 to 6 hours for summit. For the summit we start to trek from 2 am to 5 am in the morning. As the sun rises we can see the incredible vista across to Baruntse(7129m) , Nau Lekh(6360m) and Makalu(8481m). After conquering the summit we climb down to Khare. The exact schedule depends on many factors including the weather, condition of the route and condition of the members.
Day 13: Today is another day for ice climbing and spend one more night in the village on the way back to Lukla.
Day 14: After a successful expedition on Mera Peak we climb down through Hinku valley to Gothey(3600m). On the way we can see the panoramic vista of Himalayan valley and majestic mountains. Overnight at Gothey in the camp.
Day 15: Trek to Tuli Kharka(4250m). Early in the morning after having breakfast we clim uphill through the lush forest on the west side of Hinki to the Valley of Tuli Kharka. Overnight at camping.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla(4600m). After having breakfast we climb uphill to the top of Zatrwa La and climb downhill to the village of Lukla. Overnight at teahouse in Lukla.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure for your onward flight.
Note: Above Itinerary can be customized as per client’s interest and time frame
Nepal, the country that we had been hoping to visit since many years ago. A mystical country to us and many of other people. We had our travel plan studied a year before we come into decision for flight ticket purchasing. We were lucky that AirAsia finally launched is Nepal route from Malaysia with promotion fare. We were 4 of us traveling from Penang Island (Malaysia). We bought our flight ticket with low cost airline AirAsia somewhere in Sept 2012 with flying route of PEN-KUL-KTM-KUL-PEN.
PEN-KUL-PEN was with AirAsia and KUL-KTM-KUL was with AirAsiaX and at the same time we contacted Mr. Devi Baral the Managing Director from ANET via email about the trekking trip for Everest Mini Trek. His spontaneous email response with good English writing gave us very good impression about the reliability of this company. We were having close in touch with him through email until our departure date of 27 Apr 2013. Throughout the email responses, Devi Baral did an excellent job by replying our inquiries with detail which are very helpful for us as the first timer to visit Nepal. From his email replying which had built up our confident level to visit our inaugural Himalayan country and showing the good personality of himself as Nepalese. They are friendly and helpful people.
On 27 Apr 2013, our flight departed on time from Penang to KL-LCCT then again to Kathmandu. We were then pick up from Devi's arranged transport and safely arrived in Hotel Access Nepal. Room was OK with clean toilet, WIFI signal is only good in lobby. Breakfast from this hotel was ok, importantly the service was excellent and helpful waiters. Electricity in Nepal is expensive, therefore, this hotel practices cost saving by resuming its power starting from 4:30pm local time daily which we understand from the hotel staff. No big deal as Apr/May still a cool month in Kathmandu. Hot water was running fine in this hotel as well.
Thamel, the place where this Hotel Access Nepal located was excellent. You may shop till you drop and eat till you bloat. Devi met us up at hotel lobby that evening and we were brought to Himali restaurant for our dinner which was serving very tasty Nepalese food called "Dal Bhat" Literally, "Dal" means lentils and "Bhat" means rice in Nepalese language. It's not just purely the lentils with plain rice but with some delicious side dishes such as chicken curry & other vegetables as well. Himali restaurant is just about 150m walking distance from Hotel Access Nepal. Right after walking out from the main gate of the hotel walked straight until seeing the huge Coco-cola signboard then turn left into the the narrow alley which selling lots of beanie.
After the dinner, we were then brought to Devi's office for trekking permit registration as well as full payments. Thanks for the shirt as well as the complimentary Everest Map. Thereafter, we were then back to the room to relax, met up Devi again before our bedtime. We were introduced by him our trekking guide Mr. Kumar Khadka. That evening, both Devi & Kumar were brief us on our trekking trip.
On 28 Apr 2013, we were departed from Kathmandu domestic airport as per plan to Lukla with Tara Air AKE twin otter. Flight journey took us about 25mins along the scenic Himalayan mountainous view from the left side of the aircraft. We were lucky to have a clear morning to fly and safely landed at one of the world deadliest Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport with 2,850m asl. From there we started our trek all the way to Benkar. Then we overnight in Benkar at Waterfall Hotel overlooking Tamserku snowy mountain.
Kumar our trekking guide was very considerate and booked us the top floor of twin bedroom. The room is clean and beautiful Tamserku peak just directly view from our window. That starry night sky was so clear with moonlight shined into our bedroom. Trekking journey continue the next morning all the way to Namche Bazaar @ 3,440m asl. and we remained in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights. Again, Kumar booked us the top floor twin bedroom with scenic view overlooking Kongde peak. Between the days in Namche Bazaar we did a day trek to Everest Hotel at Syangboche also the small little Namche Bazaar monastery. Trek to Syangboche is a MUST do trek which we were stunt with the world highest peak of Everest, Lhotse & Amadablam. We were speechless with the beauty of mother earth when we were there.
After 2 days in Namche Bazaar, we started our descend back in Benkar where we stayed for the 1st night of trek. Then the following day we continued the final trek back in Lukla and spent our last night of trek there. Day after, we caught our flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arriving in Lukla, we were back in Hotel Access Nepal for the final night before heading back to Malaysia. Final day we did a few places sightseeing such as Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) & Kathmandu Durbar Square.
On the final night, we were glad being invited by Mr. Devi for his generosity to dine with his family & relatives at home. Although it was just the 1st time we had dinner with them, but the excellent hospitality just made us felt that we had been known each other for decade. That's the precious moment that money can't buy.
Although it was a budget trip throughout the trekking journey, the trekking guide Kumar just made us felt that we were being treated as friend rather than client. Lots of chats & fun which made the strenuous trek a rewarded & easy one. We really appreciate from our heart. Without him our trekking trip probably may not be the happiest one. A million thanks to Kumar for his guidance. Also, not to forget the 2 jovial and fun porters from Lukla.
We would described Devi as a very well organized and knowledgeable person in term of trekking trip planning. He has jovial and friendly personality.
For our trekking guide Kumar Khadka, he is the best ever trekking guide we ever experienced throughout our 10+ years non-stop travelling experiences. He's honest, caring, jovial and helpful person. Along the trekking trip he has find many ways helped us to save lot of unnecessary expenses. With his trekking experience, we learn a lot from him about mountain life.
We are now looking forward to join his next adventure to Annapurna Base Camp in near future!! Counting down for the next trip with them. :)
Tips form Malaysian
We embarked on the 16 day package on 1 May '16, trekking through the villages to ABC before heading up to Tharpu Chuli for a taste of mountaineering.
Kumar was our guide. But he was also our comedian, friend, cook, and big brother, going the extra mile to ensure our safety and enjoyment of the trip. Kumar enthusiastically shared his knowledge and told us about local culture. Kumar also recognised our financial constraints as students, and helped us save money by advising where we could get the best deals for food and whatnot. He even spent an extra day with us in the city showing us the temples. He also treated us to a local meal! Without doubt, the trip would not have been as enjoyable without him! The whole crew was very enthusiastic and friendly as well, with the porters talking to us and singing songs during our free time.
Mr Devi Baral, of Nepal Eco Treks, runs his company well and everything went smoothly. We had no issue with accomodation, food, and park permits. The company is really reliable and price their packages competitively.
I will not hesitate to come back for another trip with him! Perhaps Mera Peak in the near future!
If you're interested, checkout my travel short film at youtube(dot)com/MrChangCJ
Elevation: 6,654m/21,825 ft.
Region: Everest/ Khumbu Himal
The Route: KTM- Lukla- Mera Peak Base Camp
Best Season: Sept-Nov. & April to june.
Duration: 17 Days
Trek type: Camping+Teahouse
Max Altitude: 6654 m.
Mode of Travel: Flight
Grade: Adventure Climbing
Duration: 18 days