Mera Peak Climbing – Best experience of Peak Climbing in Everest Region
Mera peak is the highest trekking peak in Mahalangur section, Barun-sub section of Himalayas in Nepal. At 6,476m (21,247 ft), it is classified as a trekking peak. It contains three main summits: Mera North, Mera Central and Mera South. In the climbing history of Mera Peak, the peak was the first summited by Col. Jimmy Roberts & Sen Tenzing on May 20, 1953. We can have astounding views of five mountains above 8000m, I.e. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and a multitude of others below that.
Mera Peak being the highest trekking peak of Nepal (those open for climbing), allures multitude of would be climbers every year. The first ascent of Mera Central was on May 20, 1953 by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing (who was known by the nickname The Foreign Sportsman). One has to do high-altitude glacier walking, going through the standard route, whereas, the west and south faces of peak are a bit difficult when it comes to technicality.
In order to properly acclimatize our adventurers, we prefer to take a relatively longer route traversing less trodden trails that will enhance the experience of trekkers not just in terms of aesthetic beauty but also practicality when it comes to gradual ascension through high altitude. To the south of Lukla, there is beautiful Hinku valley after passing through the quaint villages, rhododendron and bamboo forests and idyllic landscape, which will prove to be an experience as unique and rewarding as scaling the summit itself. This gradual acclimatizing will prepare the would-be climbers for the ultimate adventure, so to say.
We also provide tented camping with all pre-requisites for a comfortable experience, including Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC), medical kit, sat-phone as well as EXPED down mattress. Also, all necessary gears for both personal and group climbing are taken care of, including the basic day training involving enhancing alpine skills through our experienced and well-seasoned team leaders. Your safety is our utmost priority.
We offer some more exiting peak climbing packages in Nepal. You can also give a try to Island Peak, Louche Peak and Himlung Himal for more better experience of peak climbing which will be good experience before your try 8000 meter high mountains in Nepal.
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Trek Venture Nepal, who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up, and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by Trek Venture Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We tour some of the world heritage sites. The tour will be half-day and we will prepare for our adventure with all required gear.
The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.
We will have an early morning flight schedule to Lukla. We will be picked from the hotel and drop at the airport by our driver. Our guide for the trip will meet you at the airport to help us with boarding formalities. Your luggage of 15 Kilogram or below is free and excess to it is charged as per kilogram. It will be 30 minutes flight to Lukla, Tenzing Hillary Airport in twin otter aircraft. From the window of the plane, we will witness the mighty Himalayas and villages that inhabit the hilltop. We will descend to lower elevation after breakfast at Lukla. The trail today is both uphill and downhill. The trek will be 5 hours walk to the destination. Overnight at Lodge in Paiya.
We trek ahead towards Pangkoma after breakfast. The trek will be on the main trail but takes its turn after the Khare La pass. The trails follow in dense rhododendron and pine forest. Pangum is set in the base of a small bowl-like valley immediately below the Pangum La. The trail is used only by few local families who inhabit the area. We will experience little evidence of human activity. Pangum is a very old settlement, with a new gompa. Overnight in the Lodge.
We are taking the easiest trail optional for Mera peak and we will progress slowly towards Nigmsa village. After passing out of Panggom, we cross the Panggom La pass. Eventually, We cross the Peseng Kharka river and walk along to reach Peeng Kharka Danda. Later on, We cross the Ningsow stream before reaching the Ningsow Village. The trek is relatively shorter today with about a 4-5 hours hike. Overnight in Ningsow lodge.
We will start our day early today and ascend the first hill and slowly descend and ascend some more to reach Ramailo Danda. This point lets us have the extraordinary views of Mera Peak and Salpa La. we enter the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers 1500 and 830 sq, km area. It. is the only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8,000m. The skyline is a panorama of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8,463m). Mt. Chamlang (7,319m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129m). Mera Peak (6,654m). Our trail from here to Chhatra Khola is called the Pasang Lhamu trail. On the way, if we are lucky, we might even come across the elusive Red Panda. Overnight in Chhatra Khola lodge.
We will gain 450-meter elevation in today's trek. The trek will be scenic and different as we pass through farmhouses. These houses are mostly stone build used only during summer by the yak herders. The trail is both up climb and downhill and we may begin to feel the altitude mildly. We arrive at Kote in the afternoon. The village is a handful with newly built lodges located on a small plateau. Overnight in Lodge.
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku valley beside the river in the shadow of Mera Peak. We will make a stop at Gondishung for lunch. Later, we encounter a 200-year-old Lungsumgba monastery. A Buddhist community center for daily rituals, prayers, and ceremony Also, we can find Mera Peak scripted in rock as a sign for the direction. Eventually, a short walk takes us to Thaknak, which is a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops.
Overnight in Thaknak.
Today is a relatively short hike day. After leaving Thagnang, we follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka(farm), which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the south of the Hinku North and East glaciers, and the panoramic mountain scenery is magnificent as you continue to ascend more gradually all the way to Khare, 5,000m/16,404ft, at the head of the valley. There are a collection of huts and lodges here and a good flat camping ground. The en-route climb of the northern face of Mera Peak can be experienced. We will have spare time after lunch. We either relax or hike around Khare. Overnight at Khare.
We have a separate day set aside solely for acclimatization and basic training just to prepare ourselves better for the Mera Peak climb. Our climbing leader will help us polish our basic climbing techniques and demonstrate the best ways to use our climbing gears like the ice ax, harness, ascender climbing boots, and crampons. The training will also include learning the best climbing technique with the rope.
Moreover, with the leader’s discretion, part of today may be taken advantage of by acclimating to higher elevation. Overnight in Khare.
We leave Khare and set our mark towards higher camp. The walk passes through a boulder-strewn course on a steep trail to reach the Mera Peak Base Camp. From here, we continue further through the Mera La pass to reach the Mera High Camp. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. Then we set up a high camp for overnight sleep. In clear weather, be mesmerized by excellent views of Mt. Everest, Mt Makalu, Lhotse and many more. Overnight in tent.
Today we will climb to the summit if weather permits and our health condition is good. We wake up around 2 am for breakfast. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow and reach us along to warm us up.
The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may use a fixed rope if the climbing leader believes it’s required. The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, we take in spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7,129m) and cherish the achievement. Later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp. We rest for warm soup and an energy bar. Slowly we will descend to Khare village for overnight.
There is no guarantee that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. Therefore, this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit on the desired day due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day will not be required.
This 'spare' day may be used for a second summit attempt in the event of unsuitable conditions on Day 12 - Mera Peak summit day.
We trek from Khare to Kothe along the same trail used previously. After reaching Kothe, we celebrate our success by trying out local delicacies and wines. Overnight in Kothe.
We begin our trek to Thuli Kharka after breakfast. We climb up and descend, cross several tributaries of the hinkhu Khola before reaching a forked trail nearby Taktho. We choose the trail on our right and continue walking. Our trail passes by a stupa after which we walk downhill on a steep trail. Next, we ascend to Thuli Kharka and pass by another stupa on the way. Overnight in Thuli Kharka.
Quite a long day today with a lot of descent. You ascend for an hour or so to the first col, marked by chortens, on a good trail. After this, you traverse for about half an hour to the Zetra La pass 4,500m/14,764ft, marked by prayer flags, before a fairly steep descent brings you to a tea shop and a well-earned rest! Leaving the tea shop, you continue to descend for an hour or so through rhododendron forest until you reach your lunch spot. After this, you continue through denuded forest and then cultivated farmland to reach Lukla.
Another chance to enjoy this great flight, but please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu, or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in these trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable 'cushion' against missing your flight home if the Lukla flight be delayed. Transfer to hotel by trek venture representative.
You will have time at leisure in Kathmandu. You may do some sightseeing or shopping if your flight is schedule in the evening. Later there will be a transfer to the airport before 3 hours of your schedule boarding time. Final departure.