Mera Peak Expedition 18 Days
All the way from Hinku Valley To The summit Of Mera Peak, Mera Peak climbing expedition is a non-technical climb best suited for novice climbers. Nepal's highest trekking peak mera peak route is straightforward & inclines are less than 30 degrees.
The basic itinerary for mera peak climbing would be 18 days which shares the popular Everest Base Camp Trail. Cross high mountain passes, see mightiest mountains, Walk past glaciers mera peak climbing covers all. If you are willing to see Close-up view of the 5 highest peaks in the world - Mount Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8188m) and Makalu (8485m) Then make sure you join in for this trip.
Mera Peak Climbing Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)
As you fly into Kathmandu, you will be greeted by an amazing sight of snow-capped peaks and green hills stretching far into the horizon. Our representative will greet you once you arrive at the airport. Do watch out for a placard bearing your name or Third Rock Adventures written in bold letters. He will drive you to your hotel and help you check in. Get freshened up and take rest. Later on if you feel like it explore Thamel which is a lively tourist hub. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Kathmandu – Trip Preparation
You will be introduced to your climbing guide and rest of your teammates at the trip briefing. The briefing will be held at your hotel lobby or at Third Rock Adventures’ office. Your guide will discuss the route you will take and let you know how each day is going to be like. He will also let you know about the important ‘dos and don’ts’ to be followed while trekking and climbing. After the briefing there will be a gear and equipment check. The company will provide all group and personal climbing gear.
But if you want to bring or rent your own personal gear and equipment you can do so. But it will be heavy and you may have to pay for extra baggage. If you don’t want to rent your own climbing gear on your own , you can do so at Khare. The rental outlets offer high quality gear and equipment on hire. Do remember climbing boots of size 12 plus are difficult to find in Nepal. If you have large feet (size 12 or greater) it would be practical to bring your own climbing boots.
Retire early because you have a long day ahead of you tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Paiya (2,730m/8,956ft)
Flight Duration: 35 minutes, Walking Distance: approx. 7-8km, 5-6 hours
Wake up early and drive to the airport. You take the flight to Lukla from where your Mera Peak adventure begins. The flight is filled with incredible views of the jagged Himalayan peaks. Get your first glimpse of the eight thousanders from aboard. The Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla lies on a high mountain plateau, surrounded by steep hills. It is thrilling to fly between the mountains and land at the narrow and short runway. Once your plane lands, you sort out your luggage and meet the rest of the crew (porters, assistant guides). Lukla is known as the “Gateway to Everest” as most of the Everest treks and expeditions begin from this Sherpa settlement. Walk past the colorful Lukla bazaar and head south to Paiya. We descend down to Surkye where we stop for lunch. From Surkye it is a steep ascent to Chutok La, a mountain pass. Another hour on an undulating trail brings you to Paiya. Overnight in Paiya.
Day 4 Trek Paiya to Panggom (2,846/9,337ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours
The trail meanders across traditional farms, terraced fields and lush jungles. Cross a small wooden bridge over the Paiya Khola, a small stream. Take a steep ascent to Khari La, a mountain pass. Walk on an up and down route, past a dense rhododendron and bamboo forest before reaching the small Sherpa settlement of Panggom. En route enjoy amazing views of the Dudh Koshi Valley. Overnight in Panggom.
Day 5 Trek Panggom to Ningsow (2,863m/9,393ft)
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours
After breakfast we leave Panggom and begin walking towards Ningsow. The trail goes up into a dense forest of rhododendron and bamboo to Pankongma La (3174m), another mountain pass. We walk through the point that separates the Dudh Koshi River Valley and Hingku Valley. Enjoy inspiring views of Kongde, Manju Peak and Numbur Himal. Enjoying the first view of Mera Peak we climb up to Sibuje where we stop for lunch. We follow a gradual incline to the settlement of Ningsow. Overnight in Ningsow.
Day 6 Trek Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours
Today’s trail cuts through a dense jungle and the Makalu Barun National Park. As there are no teahouses en route we carry a packed lunch. The park’s area extends up to the international border of Tibet. If you are lucky you may come across few of the park’s wild inhabitants – red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, pale blue flycatcher, spinny babbler etc. Following the Pasang Lhamu trail, named after the first Nepalese female mountaineer to scale Mount Everest, we make our way to Chhatra Khola. Overnight in Chhatra Khola.
Day 7 Trek Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours
We head north and walk beside the Majhang Khola(‘khola’ is river in Nepali). Crossing this river we take the trail alongside the Hinku Khola. Following an up and down path we reach a bridge which we cross and reach the other side of the river. A few steps ahead lies Kothe, our stop for the night. Overnight in Kothe.
Day 8 Trek Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft)
Walking Distance:3-4 hours
Today’s walk is filled with mesmerizing views of Mera Peak, Kusum Kanguru, Charpati Himal, and Thamserku. Leaving Kothe we advanced on to the Upper Hinku valley. The vegetation becomes sparse and the forest disappears. Filled with kharkas (grazing camps of nomadic yak herders), this part of the valley has no major villages. After walking for sometime we reach Gondishung, where we stop for tea and refreshments. We also stop by an ancient 200-year old Lungsumgba Gompa, a Buddhist shrine. The shrine is sheltered by a huge rock. The crew burn incense or juniper and pray for good weather and a successful ascent to Mera Peak. An hour’s walk from here brings us to Thaknak, a summer camp used by yak herders. Charpati Himal lies very close and we see the whole mountain, from the base to the summit. There are a couple of newly built teahouses offering food and shelter to trekkers and climbers heading to Mera Peak. Overnight in Thaknak.
Day 9 Trek Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft)
Walking Distance: 2-3 hours
From Thaknak it is a short hike to Khare. We climb up the Dig Glacier and walk past the Charpati Tal, a glacial lake. Walk down the Dig Glacier and again climb up to Dig Kharka. Enjoy incredible views of the Kyeshar glacier, Charpati Himal and Mera Peak. From Dig Kharka a steep ascent through the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers brings you to Khare. Khare, which lies at the bottom of Mera Peak, is also known as Mera Peak Base Camp. You make your ascent up to Mera Peak from here. It has few teahouses and climbing gear and equipment outlets. From here you get a close-up view of the north face of Mera Peak. Head to your teahouse and have lunch. After resting for a bit, you can explore the surrounding area. Overnight in Khare.
Day 10 Khare – Acclimatization Day & Pre-Climb Training
You spend this day acclimatizing and receiving pre-climb training from your climbing guide. There will be final gear and equipment check and packing. If you wish to rent climbing gear the rental outlets at Khare offer high quality gear and equipment on hire. You can get high quality climbing boots, ice axe, crampons, helmets etc. Do remember climbing boots of size 12 plus are difficult to find in Nepal. If you have large feet (size 12 or greater) it would be practical to bring your own climbing boots.
During the pre-climb training your guide will teach you the proper use of climbing equipment (ice axe, jumar/ascender, crampon, harness etc.) and basic techniques to scale the peak. He will also share some practical tips on how you can keep yourself safe in the mountains. This training is important and valuable, especially if you are a novice climber. After the training you can take rest or explore the area. Right above Khare is a hill from where you get good views of Mera La. Overnight in Khare.
Day 11 Trek Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours
Leaving Khare we take a steep ascent through a rocky path to Mera La. All three summits of Mera Peak – Mera North(6476m), Mera Central(6461m) and Mera South(6065m) - are visible from the trail. Our goal is to reach the summit of Mera Central. Most commercial expeditions head up to this peak. We walk up the Mera glacier to Mera Peak high camp. There is no technical climbing involved. It is an easy trek up a gradual incline. The trek becomes strenuous and challenging because of the altitude and cold. We are walking above 5000 metres and every step comes with a struggle. Once we reach Mera High Camp, we have hot drinks and soup. From High Camp we get to enjoy inspiring views of five highest peaks in the world- Mount Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu(8188m) and Makalu(8485m). We also get good views of Baruntse (7129m), Gaurishanker (7134m) and Chamlang (7319m). We will be sleeping in single tents (1 tent for 1 climber). Retire early as we have an early start tomorrow. Camping at Mera High Camp.
Day 12 Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) – Trek to Khare (5,045m/16,547ft)
Walking Distance : 8-9 hours
Wake up at 2 AM and get ready for summit push after breakfast. Put on your crampons, headlight and rope up. We will be secured by ‘man-ropes’. Walk in rhythm and follow your guide across the open glacier. It is a gradual climb; an uphill non- technical hike. While the terrain is easy, the only thing slowing us down will be the altitude and freezing cold. The air is thin and each step comes with a struggle. Mera Peak is truly a Trekking Peak because we can easily trek to the top of this mountain. Only the last 40-50 metres to the summit is challenging. It is a steep incline and fixed rope and jumars may be needed to climb to the snowy dome of the summit.
You reach the summit of Mera Peak latest by 9 to 10 AM. Enjoy stunning views of the five highest mountains in the world Mount Everest(8848m), Kanchenjunga(8586m), Lhotse(8516m), Makalu(8481m) and Cho Oyu (8201m). You have done it! Savor this moment of achievement and capture the wonderful views in your camera. Spend 5 to 10 minutes at the summit and later head down to High Camp. Drink something hot(tea, coffee, soup) to warm yourself. Later have lunch, and make a quick descent (2 to 3 hours) from Mera High Camp camp and trek to Khare. This has been a tiring day. Once you reach the teahouse, you celebrate your achievement and later take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Khare.
Day 13 Contingency Day
A day reserved for emergencies like flight delay, bad weather or any unforeseen event that may lead us to cancel a day. If everything rolls out as planned, this extra day can be used to explore Kathmandu or some of the places on the trail.
Day 14 Trek Khare to Kothe (3,600m/11,808ft)
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours
From Khare we walk down a forested path to Kothe. There are no views of mountains as the trail is shaded by a dense overgrowth. We descend on this trail and reach Kothe in the Hinku Valley. Overnight in Kothe.
Day 15 Trek Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4,300m/14,107ft)
Walking Distance – 6-7 hours
We start of by making a gradual ascent up through the valley to the western part of Hinku Valley. We walk along a forested trail. The trail goes up and down. A final ascent brings us to Thuli Kharka, our stop for the night. This is also a summer camp used by yak herders. Now new lodges are being built to cater to the trekkers and climbers walking this route. Overnight in Thuli Kharka.
Day 16 Trek Thuli Kharka to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) via Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m/15,092ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours
This marks the final leg of our Mera Peak climbing adventure. Leave Thuli Kharka and make a steep ascent to Zatrwa La (4,600m), a high mountain pass. It is an arduous but non-technical ascent as we walk up a steep incline. It takes almost 2 hours or more to reach the pass. The view from the pass is amazing and we can see a part of the trail that we passed earlier. We can see the whole Lukla village, Numbur Himal, Dudh Kunda, Kongde, Khumbila and Hinku Valley. A steep descent brings us to Lukla. We head quickly to our teahouse and enjoy a hot shower. We celebrate our last evening in the mountains with our crew. A lively and memorable evening filled with Sherpa brew (chhyang) and singing and dancing. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 17 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Flight Duration: 35 minutes
Bid goodbye to the Sherpa homeland and fly to Kathmandu. This is another interesting flight as the plane taxies down Lukla airport’s narrow runway and gets airborne right at the end of the cliff. It is a heart stopping take off. Savour the views of the Himalayan mountains for one last time. On reaching Kathmandu you will be driven to your hotel. Check in and take a well-deserved rest. Or you can hop in at your hotel’s spa and treat yourself to a post-trek massage. If you haven’t had your fill of adventures you can explore the city on your own or take a guided tour (ask us, we will be more than happy to oblige!). Celebrate the completion of your trip with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18 Final Departure
You will be driven to the airport three hours before your scheduled departure. In case you wish to explore more of the Himalayas, do let us know. We can arrange a trip for you to the destination of your choice.
Operated By: Third Rock Adventures
- Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
- 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
- Single Tent accommodation during climbing
- Welcome and Farewell dinners
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
- Nutritious and freshly cooked full board meals prepared by our cook while camping
- Cook, kitchen staff and other support staff during camping
- Seasonal fruits during the trek
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
- An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 20kg
- Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
- Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
- Well-experienced Climbing guide (20 years plus and Everest Summiteer ) with all his allowance and expenses
- Assistant climbing guide 2 climbers to 1 climbing guide ratio to ensure that everyone makes it to the summit
- Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
- Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
- Climbing clinic course, Pre-Climb Training in Base Camp
- Climbing Permit Royalty and other government tax
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
- Climbing certificates issued by NMA
- First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
- Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
- All camping gear - including camping/sleeping tents, dining tent with table and chairs, kitchen tent with utensils, and toilet tent
- All required group climbing gear (Rope, Snowbar, Ice hammer, Ice screw etc.)
- All climbing personal Gear (Including Mountaineering Boots, Harness, Ice Axe, Crampons, and Helmet etc )
- All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
- Nepal Visa fee
- Travel and medical insurance
- International flights
- Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
- Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or supplementary oxygen if required
- Personal trekking gear and equipment
- Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
- Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control