Mera Peak, at 6,476 m, is one of the most achievable trekking peaks in the Himalayas. With 360 Expeditions, you follow the little-visited jungle route offering incredible views of 5 of the world’s highest mountains, steady acclimatisation and unique cultural insights.
Avoiding the crowds, we trek through the stunningly beautiful Hinku Valley, meeting along the way local hill people in their environment and experiencing the rich Sherpa culture. There’s no rush to acclimatise as you pass through hidden yak pastures, rhododendron forests and stupa-crowned mountain passes. For the summit bid, we enter a land of ice and snow, following the majestic Mera glacier for two days all the way to the top. Our efforts are rewarded with one of the greatest views on Earth, including five mountains, all 8000m+ which span the crown of the Himalayas. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu close by, and to the east on the Indian border, Kangchenjunga. It’s a moment to cherish for life.
This itinerary has been carefully designed by our highly experienced 360 Expedition leaders and Khumbu Sherpas to optimise acclimatisation and maximise enjoyment. You’ll get full training on the equipment needed for your summit bid, so Mera Peak is ideal if you have some trekking under your belt and you are generally fit.
Day 1 - Depart UK
Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu
Day 3 - Fly to Lukla (2,840m)
Day 4 - Phuiyan (2,796m) - Pangkongma (2,946m)
Day 5 - Pangkongma (2,946m) - Narjing Dingma (2,650m)
Day 6 - Narjing Dingma (2,650m) - Chalem Kharka (3,450m)
Day 7 - Chalem Kharka (3,450m) - Khula Kharka (4,120m)
Day 8 - Khula Kharka (4,120m) - Khote (3,480m)
Day 9 - Khote (3,480m) - Tagnak (4,140m)
Day 10 - Tagnak Glacier acclimatisation day
Day 11 - Tagnak (4,140m) - Khare (4,940m)
Day 12 - Glacier Training
Day 13 - Khare (4,940m) - Mera La (5,410m)
Day 14 - Mera La (5,410m) - Mera High Camp (5,800m)
Day 15 - Mera High Camp (5,800m) - Mera summit (6,476m) - Khare (4,940m)
Day 16 - contingency day, in case of bad weather or the need to rest for another day prior to the summit push
Day 17 - Retrace our steps, Khare (4,940m) - Khote (3,840m)
Day 18 - Khote (3,840m) - Chetera (4,100m)
Day 19 - Chetera (4,100m) - Lukla (2,840m)
Day 20 - Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 21 - Free day in Kathmandu
Day 22 - Arrive back in home country
- International and domestic flights plus taxes
- Local guides and a 360 guide (depending on group size)
- Equipment and clothing for porters and local crew
- Tea house accommodation during the trek
- 3 nights camping during the summit phase
- Accommodation in Kathmandu in doubles / twins with breakfast
- Airport transfers and escort
- All accommodation based on two people sharing
- All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city-based
- Celebration meal
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
- Monthly payment plan, on request
- Personal equipment
- Staff/guide gratuities
- Trip insurance
- Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages etc.
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals e.g. if bad weather grounds flights or contingency days are not used
- Lunch and dinner as indicated in the itinerary
- Airport transfers when not booking on with flights
- Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets
Please note that if international flights are booked, a supplement may be payable if costs increase due to the current situation with Covid-19.
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This was my first trip to the Himalayas and it did not disappoint! Having flown in to Lukla, we took a less direct route to Mera, hiking through the Hinku Valley before joining the main route at Khote. Going this way not only allowed for plenty of natural acclimatisation - climbing high, sleeping low - it was also much quieter, with less people on the trail. We stayed each night in tea houses, some very basic and traditional, others were more modern. All had excellent food - in many we had a menu to choose from for both breakfast and dinner. How they managed to turn out so many different plates of good from such a small kitchen was very impressive! 360 Expeditions were brilliant throughout - pre trip support and advice, our in country guide and our local crew were ever supportive. The biggest bonus of the trip was that when our flight to Lukla was being repeatedly delayed, putting our itinerary at risk even before we started, our local team were able to organise helicopter flights instead (with no additional cost) which ensured we only started half a day behind. In my experience, that's not a level of service you get with many companies. That's one of the reasons I'll always happily use 360 expeditions for expeditions 😊
Great trip, fantastic mix of culture, interesting trekking and real Himalayan mountaineering. Sherpas really look after you and many of them Everest regulars! 360 obviously well respected in the area with loads of experience. Nice to finish with time to explore Katmandu as well. Throughly recommended.
What makes a great travel company and is 360 Expeditions one of them? I have had the pleasure of using a fair few companies to ship my Yorkshire butt up a hill or two around this planet over the last 20 years. For me the experience of most expeditions starts the day you seriously send that first email with an enquiry about a trip or date. 360 Expeditions backroom team are excellent, quick, efficient, informative, experienced and for me a really important quality is approachable, fun and ultra professional. This sets the tone of the trip, they get back within hours, with the information you asked for, giving you confidence that when you really need them, they will be there for you. Let's be fair, if a company cannot be organised 6 months out in an office with warm coffee and biscuits, do you really think they will do well when nature decides to have some fun with your plans at 5000m? I have been fortunate enough to have used 360 Expeditions on my last 3 trips. Everest Base Camp, Mera Peak and recently Stok Kangri. Rolfe Oostra has been my guide on all of them, he has been more than just the owner of 360 Expeditions, he has also been my guide, confidant, medic, card teacher, drinking partner and that friend you see every few years and look forward to seeing again the moment you have parted company with them at the airport. The first thing you realise is the amount of respect 360 Expeditions have for the most important people on any of their trips to the bigger hills, their Sherpas. The quality of Sherpa 360 employ, means that even before you have taken your first real steps, you have the confidence that you are in very safe hands. Couple this with the organisational skills, the hygiene protocols, the seamless way kit is taken and reappears in a timely manner 10 days later at crampon point, the communication back up, briefings made informative, relevant and fun and a host of other features nearly too many to mention, well, you get the picture. 360 Expeditions do all these things incredibly well, to the point that most clients will simply take them for granted, I can assure you, this is not the norm. As a Diving Instructor of 25 years, I have organised many trips for large numbers of people in challenging circumstances around the world. Maybe this is why I appreciate just how good 360 Expeditions are at not only doing the basics exceptionally well, but recognising how they can go the extra mile for their clients in the areas that really matter. Remember you only get to see how good a company is when nature has thrown the "proverbial" at the fan. So all the above is what makes an adventure company great, remember the views are always the same irrespective of the company? How you get to experience them views, is what makes the real difference. So I could not recommend 360 Expeditions more highly. Naturally as a Yorkshireman, I asked for a large sum of money to write this, but it appears the cheque has been lost! PS. Food Great. Guides Great. Organisation Great. Clients Great & Views AMAZING, so maybe the views aren't always the same, irrespective of the company? Finally; The Sherpas - Simply the most amazing people in the world, we learn so much from just been in there company. Namaste.
I have been on several expeds with 360 Expeditions, all led by the amazing co-founder Rolfe Oostra. What stands out about 360 Exped's Mera Peak trip (and most I have been on with them) is the intimate size of group (6 of us) and the close level of support provided pre-trek by the 360 team and the in-trek leadership and support of Rolfe and his team. I fell ill with a serious altitude issue at one of the upper camps and had to be helivac'ed back to Kathmandu. At a time when I didn't feel great, the smooth operation that Rolfe put into gear and the regular visits I received from 360's in-country team in hospital whilst the trek team walked out was amazing - a real testimony to a company that does things professionally and doesn't cut corners. Amazing.
5 Star review! I wish that I could give more. This still lives with me 8 years later as the best 3 weeks of my life. I have done 4 expeditions now - 3 with 360 Expeditions and I would not consider any other firm to work with. Firstly its the pre-expedition logistics. I was managed impeccably from Marni and Helen. They did not know me before (even though I had met Rolfe, my guide prior in 2010) but before I went I felt that they knew me very well. Pre expedition training plans, kit advice for a novice and a discounted kit package too. You do not just book and arrive unprepared. I was met by Rolfe - I had met him in 2010 and he was super cool - but he doesnt know it (just google this guys CV!!). He just breathes the mountains. Pre flight prep talks and kit check and we were away to Lukla. If you havent done Lukla before - you need to do Lukla!!! When we arrived we had breakfast and Rolfe arranged his team of Sherpas, Sirdar and Porters. The logistical planning was exceptional - kit split into 2 teams of porters - one going direct to the Mera Base at Khare and the remainder was carried with us through the Hinku Valley as we prepared for the change in altitude, slowly and deliberately gaining fitness too. Food was incredible ! On another trip I lived on porridge, eggs and Dal Bhat. With 360 Expeditions I was getting salads, toasted sandwiches, chicken and chips on one day, soups, dumplings - everything. It amazed me that we were eating a picnic by a waterfall and then it would just be packed up and moved on. The camp chef would overtake you to ensure you had a nice hot chocolate at the end of the day. The team was close knit - I talk to them all, 8 years later. I knew no one prior, but thats the beauty of expeditions - you are all in the same boat. What I found amazing was how immersed in culture you become - Nepal is the most fascinating place - dont think that you go there for the scenery alone! Above everything else the main difference - the biggest difference and the greatest compliment that i could pay 360 Expeditions was the difference in class in their professionalism. Other teams - supposed big players - rallied around Rolfe for advice. I mean, he had been here several times before. He had contingencies - extra rope (which the big players asked to borrow) and it soon became apparent to our small group that our team got bigger as other companies clients joined us for advice from Rolfe. They didnt feel safe with the others, but they could see the expertise that made them more than a bit jealous. And finally the biggest difference - Rolfe and his team of Sherpas. Fully immersed within our team, highly entertaining and just a little bit crazy at times too. Think Bum slide races! I look back on this trip with agony that I need to do this again - and I will - and I will not shop around for the team to take me. There is only one choice for me, and it should be yours too.