Mera Peak is an expedition to the highest trekking peak in Nepal at a height over 6,400m. The view from the summit is one of the finest in the Himalaya with five 8,000m peaks including Mount Everest. The other peaks are Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.
We have organised ten expeditions to climb Mera Peak since 2008. Our expedition starts with a flight to the airstrip at Phaplu in the Solu Khumbu. It takes ten days to trek into Mera Peak Base Camp at Khare. Trekking to Mera Peak we walk through traditional Sherpa villages in the lower Khumbu region and see classic Nepalese landscape. During the walk in there is significant ascent and descent as we cross ridges and down again to the rivers. This helps build our fitness before climbing the mountain.
We have designed our Mera Peak trek itinerary to allow for gradual acclimatisation. Our expedition is longer than most others. By using this itinerary you have a higher chance of summiting the mountain. This is a significant factor in our high success rate in climbing to the summit. As a precaution we bring a portable altitude chamber, full medical kit and a satellite phone.
For this expedition we use international leaders working together with Sherpa guides. Having experienced leadership is key for a safe and enjoyable experience. The leaders will provide refresher training during the trip. This will help to remind you of the key mountaineering skills before the climb.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 2: Briefing and kit checks in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Phaplu (2,500m) then trek to Taksindo (2,800m)
Day 4: Trek to Khari Khola (2,040m)
Day 5: Trek to Pangom (2,800m)
Day 6: Trek to Nashi Dingma (2,600m)
Day 7: Trek to Chalem Kharka (3,600m)
Day 8: Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)
Day 9: Trek into the Hinku valley near Kote (3,600m)
Day 10: Trek to Tagnag (4,400m)
Day 11: Acclimatisation day in Tagnag (4,400m)
Day 12: Trek to Khare (5,000m)
Day 13: Acclimatisation and glacial skills practice day
Day 14: Climb to Mera La (5,300m)
Day 15: Climb to High Camp (5,800m)
Day 16: Climb to Mera Peak summit and back down to Khare
Day 17: Spare summit or contingency day
Day 18: Return to Kote (3,600m)
Day 19: Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,300m)
Day 20: Cross Zatra La (4,696m) and trek to Lukla (2,800m
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 23: Fly back home
- All internal transport and transfers including airport collections.
- Internal flights. The flights are from Kathmandu to Phaplu and after the trek from Lukla back to Kathmandu. The weight allowance is 20kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for your day pack.
- Twin share rooms at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
- Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek.
- Twin share tents while on trek using our Western branded tents.
- Trekking arrangements. Including climbing permits and fees, tents, International and Sherpa guides, porters and cooks.
- Wood heater charges in the dining room of the teahouse lodges (usual charge is £2 per person per day). Most other operators will ask members to pay this as extra while on trek.
- Porterage. The allowance for your main bag is 20kg.
- Weather forecasts from EverestWeather.com.
- Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations. It can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
- GPS tracking on Google Maps. Your friends and family can track your progress during the trek.
- Trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
- Rubberised luggage tag posted to you before departure.
- Full financial protection. Our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) number is 10921. Our Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (ABTOT) membership number is 5365).
- Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company. We are available by email, phone or face to face meetings.
- International flight to/from Kathmandu.
- Travel & trekking insurance.
- Nepal visa for 30 days.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
- Personal clothing & equipment. Take a look at the kit list.
- Tips. Each trekker should budget for giving tips into the group fund. This should be in region of 21,000 Nepalese rupees (£135, US$175 or €150).
- If you have to wait due to delays in flying into Lukla the cost of your accommodation in Kathmandu is not included.
- If there are cancellations flying into Lukla by airplane it may be possible to take a helicopter. There would be an extra cost for this service. This is between US$400 to US$600 per person depending on which helicopter company.
- Other items not listed in “What is included”.