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
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