At 6654m, Mera Peak Climbing is not particularly difficult technically, but there is the altitude to contend with which makes this an exciting and challenging trip. We fly to Tumlingtar and trek into the Hinku Valley over the Surkie La.
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Mera Peak Climbing takes us to the summit of Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190ft) which is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. We ascend Mera Peak preferably during the spring and autumn seasons as itís the best time to climb the mountain for its astonishing views of the Himalayan Vista. Five 8,000m peaks are visible from the summit including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.
This is not only excellent for acclimatisation purposes but also means that we will see few other groups giving us that wilderness experience that many seek. It also means we do not have to retrace our steps, giving us a circular journey and the chance to explore different regions during Mera Peak Climbing. There are spare days allocated in the itinerary for acclimatisation and in case of adverse weather conditions. The Base Camp is in a stunning setting but the views from the summit are perhaps unrivalled by any other trekking peak. The panorama takes in Kanchenjunga, Chamlang and Makalu to the east, whilst to the north Everest, the unclimbed south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge are visible. To the west Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu complete what is undoubtedly one of the most glorious views in the whole of Nepal.
Our Mera Peak Itinerary is carefully designed with steady ascent and a separate day set aside in Khare to allow plenty of time for acclimatization. The usual route to Mera Peak is directly via the Zatra La Pass, but we follow the route that heads south from Lukla and up the beautiful Hinku Valley and later return via Zatra La pass. Following this route has a few advantages. We not only pass through the beautiful Nepalese wilderness but also through quaint villages which will give us a glimpse into the rich culture of the locals. Additionally, since the route is longer, itís better for acclimatization.
Mera Peak climbing is an excellent option for anyone with moderate mountaineering experience. It is a challenging trekking peak due to its elevation, but the technical mountaineering skills requirement is very basic. Besides, Himalayan Glacierís seasoned Sherpa guide will provide us with a basic mountaineering training before the actual summit.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: trip preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m/8,956ft): 40 mins flight, 5-6 hours trek
Day 04: Paiya to Panggom (2,846m/9,337ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Panggom to Ningsow (2,863m/9,393ft): 4-5 hours
Day 06: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft): 7-8 hours
Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft): 6-7 hours
Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft): 3-4 hours
Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours
Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and preĖclimb training
Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 6-7 hours
Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft): 8-9 hours
Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency
Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4,300 m/14,107ft): 5-6 hours
Day 16: Thuli Kharla to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass: 6-7 hours
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Final departure