Mera Peak Climbing - 17 Days

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    17 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    6,476 Meters m

  • Difficulty

    very strenous

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Vehicle / Flight

  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Mera Peak Climbing Overview

Mera Peak Climbing is one of the most famous peak-climbing journeys in Nepal. Mera Peak at 6,476 meters in the Everest Region is the highest yet straightforward trekking peak that is not on the technical side of Peak Climbing. Climbing Mera Peak is taken as practice or basic preparation and acclimatizing a bit to the higher altitude before attempting Mount Everest or other eight-thousanders. 

The Mera Peak trail is an isolated off-the-beaten-path that goes through the Hinku Valley. The first climbers of Mount Everest, Tenzing Norway Sherpa, and Sir Edmund Hillary, initiated the practice of ascending Mera peak both before and after the Everest expedition. Since then, there has been constant excitement about its popularity, which has been rising over time. 

Our 17-day climb to Mera Peak is an excellent option for beginners and those with moderate experience. Although the peak is at more than 6000 heights, climbing and technical skills are not mandatory, and we assure you that it is possible with proper guidance.

We begin by sightseeing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Stupa. Our climbing journey begins with a scenic flight to Lukla and heads towards Chhuthang, east of Lukla – through the forest. The next few days we head to Thuli Kharka followed by Kothe and Thangnak. Then after crossing several suspension bridges, we reach Khare, acclimatizing in between and preparing our mindset. Next, we head to Mera High Camp and finally attempt the summit of Mera Peak and return back. 

Mera Peak Climbing Highlights

  • The summit of the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak at 6476 meters. 
  • Captivating views of the eight-thousanders such as Mt. Everest (8,848 meters), Mt. Lhotse (8516 meters), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 meters) along with many other smaller ones. 
  • Experience walking through the Himalayan wilderness and high passes 
  • Mountainous views across ancient monasteries, temples, and beautiful lakes
  • The unique Sherpa culture, tradition, lifestyle, and hospitality 
  • Beautiful Sherpa settlements, Tibetan-Buddhism Monasteries, Chortens, and Mani Walls

Mera Peak Climbing Difficulty

The Alpine Grading System rates Mera Peak Climbing as Alpine Grade PD (slightly difficult) due to some technical sections and glacier climbing. However, it is not as challenging as the mountain expeditions. There are a few factors that make the Mera Peak Climbing difficult. 

There are three routes to Mera Peak Climbing. The difficulty level differs from the routes. This package is designed with the shortest and the most difficult route that starts straight from Zatr La Pass once we land in Lukla. This route includes rough terrains, along glaciers, and crevasses which is fit only for experienced trekkers. 

The greatest challenge of ascending Mera Peak is its high altitude. If given access to a carefully planned route, suitable acclimatization, a contingency day, and training, the danger associated with the climb can be reduced. You should follow a slow, deliberate approach up the mountain to give your body more time to adjust to the rising altitude. It's also crucial to stay warm, dry, hydrated, and well-fed to be in the best condition on summit day.

Best Time to do Mera Peak Climbing 

Although Mera Peak Climbing is possible throughout the year, we advise starting your journey in the spring or fall when the beauty of this walk is at its most breathtaking. 

Spring in the Mera Peak region starts in late March and lasts till early May when the trekking trails offer some of the most beautiful views of the year of the mountains, thick forests, vibrant meadows, and flowering rhododendrons. The weather during the spring days is bright, sunny, and warm with pleasant temperatures. However, the early spring months have slightly cold nights being the post-winter months. 

While spring is a great time, autumn is the best time for Mera Peak Climbing. With the departure of the Monsoon season, the weather will be dry yet the vegetation will still remain green and rich. The skies will be clear with the best visibility of the mountains, landscapes, and valleys from the trekking trails as well as the Mera Peak Summit. The autumn in the Mera Peak region starts in October and lasts till November. 

Generally, the monsoon/summer and winter seasons are referred to as the off-season for the Mera Peak Climbing journey. 

After the downpour, the skies and mountain views are at their best but the trails will be muddy and dangerous and may result in failure. Also, there are chances of avalanches and landslides making the trip unsafe. But if you are determined to undertake it during the monsoon, choose either late September or early June and go with extra preparation.

With the arrival of December, the Himalayan region gets ready to welcome the driest and coldest season, winter. The temperature starts to drop drastically, especially during the nights at the higher elevation. The aftermath of the heavy snowfall might block the trekking paths. However, it is doable to make the attempt with the proper planning, tools, and assistance from a certified climbing guide, especially in early December. In fact, if you appreciate solitude and quiet landscape, December is the best month for trekking.

Permits to do Mera Peak Climbing

Climbers are required to obtain the following permits to climb Mera Peak for the mentioned route in the below-given itinerary. 

1. NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) Permit

4. Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit

All these permits are included in the package cost.

Read More: How to obtain Mera Peak Climbing Permit?

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of the representatives from Himalayan Trekkers with your nameplate. Then, you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Kathmandu and assisted till your hotel check-in.  After you have freshened up and rested, we will have a short discussion session regarding your Mera Peak Climbing journey.  Then in the evening, we will take a short stroll around Thamel Street and the market. The streets and corners of the city’s biggest commercial neighborhood are filled with different businesses such as hotels, restaurants, travel companies, clubs, bars, pubs, spas, hiking/trekking/climbing gear shops, marts, etc. Though it is a commercial hub, you can see a few temples, stupas, and monuments on each corner. 

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trip briefing

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After breakfast, your city guide will pick you up at your hotel to start your full-day guided sightseeing of Kathmandu. Our first sightseeing site will be the Buddhist site, Boudhanath Stupa which is the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the biggest in the world. It was declared one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley in 1979. This dome-shaped semicircle stupa with a golden pinnacle and giant Buddha eyes in every direction is believed to house the relics of Lord Buddha. 

After visiting Boudhanath, we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple. It is one of the four most revered Hindu sites in the world. The main temple of Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva but non-Hindus are restricted from here. For non-Hindu followers, there are more than a hundred other temples and monuments there to explore. You can also witness the open-air cremation ceremony, interact with the colored Jogi babas, and take pictures of the mischievous monkeys there.

Following the tour, there will be a briefing on the trip, an introduction to the trekking guide, and a last check of the climbing gear for the trek to ensure that everyone is ready for the thrilling journey that lies ahead.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Chhuthang

🕑 35 Minutes Flight & 4/5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3020 M

Our Mera Peak Climbing trip begins with an exciting morning flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla at 2860 M. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region.

After a brief rest and getting the Local Area Permit in Lukla, we will head toward the east to Chhuthang. Passing by the Buddhist Mani walls and Prayer wheels and thick forest of Rhododendron and Pine, we reach our destination in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4: Trek to Thuli Kharka via Zatrwa La Pass

🕑 5-6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4,610 M

We leave Chhutahng after breakfast and head towards Zatrawal Pass. Our route goes through a steep tracked slope with occasional ups and downs before we come across the Zatrawala Pass at 4610 meters. The pass summit offers beautiful views of numerous mountains, including Lumding Himal, Number Himal, Kongdi Ri, and Karyolang Peak.

Then after spending some time at the pass, we will resume our trek and make an hour or more to descend to Thuli Kharka through Chattre village. On the way, we might encounter some Yak Pastures with yaks grazing over the breathtaking countryside. Our today’s trekking concludes once we reach Thuli Kharka at 3900 meters. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Trek to Kothe

🕑 6-7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3600 m

After breakfast, we will depart from Thuli Kharka to reach Kothe today. Today’s route will take us to the Khumbu region’s Hinku Valley which offers the first sight of our ultimate destination, Mera Peak. We begin our trek with a gradual descent right in front of mountain views. Additionally, there will be consistent uphills and downhills, which will gradually alter the track. However, we will still enjoy the journey because we will be traversing over a verdant, thick forest of oaks, pines, and rhododendrons.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6: Trek to Thangnak

🕑 4-5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4,360 M

Leaving Kothe behind, we will once again follow the riverbed trail of the Hinku River and move forward to reach Thangnak. En route, we pay our visit to Lungsumgba Gompa in Gondishung. From Gondishung, the terrain becomes easier, allowing us to take in the stunning surroundings. We eventually arrive in the pastureland of Thangnak whilst enjoying the breathtaking views. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 7: Trek to Khare

🕑 4-5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5,100 M

Today’s journey is a bit more difficult than the previous days’ as we will have to trek along the steep moraine trails. We pass through the steep moraine trails, make steep hill climb, and ascend the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers to reach Khare. From Khare, we get to take in the breathtaking panorama of the Northern Face of Mera Peak. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 8: Rest day in Khare for Acclimatization

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 5,100 M

Today is set aside for the required acclimatization day as we need to give time to our bodies to get acclimatized to the higher altitude. Hence, we spend an extra day in Khare enjoying the mesmerizing view of the snow-capped peaks in the surrounding. We will also practice climbing today using a harness and climbing gear. Your climbing guide will provide you with some useful information and highly helpful advice to ensure a safe ascent. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 9: Trek to Mera Base Camp

🕑 3-4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5,350 M

After breakfast in Khare, we will trek toward the Mera Peak Base Camp. This section is more technically challenging than the prior trials. We will navigate the treacherous Mera glacier on our way to base camp. On arriving at the base camp, we will set our camps and rest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 10: Trek to Mera Peak High Camp & Climbing Preparation

🕑 3-4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5,800 M

From the base camp, we ascend the treacherous slope to Mera La to make it to the Mera Peak High camp. Once we reach the High Camp, we will rest and prepare for tomorrow’s Mera Peak Climbing. 

We will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, Cho Oyu, and the south faces of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang, and Baruntse from High Camp. The majority of the summit route is also visible from here. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11: Mera Peak Climb Summit Day & Descend back to Khare

🕑 8/9 hours Walk

Max Altitude: 6,476 M

The highlight of this Mera Peak Climbing journey has come today. We will set out very early in the morning at around 2 AM in order to be at Mera Peak before noon because starting from the afternoon, there are strong winds that can make it more difficult for us to continue our summit.

We will enjoy the astounding vistas of numerous eight-thousanders and other peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu from the top of Mera Peak. Then after spending some time at the summit, we descend down to Khare for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 12: Contingency Day in case of bad weather

This day is set aside as a backup day in case of our summit on Day 11 gets canceled due to severe weather or a member health issue. However, if all goes according to plan, the extra day can be spent hiking more leisurely and discovering new areas of the trail. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 13: Trek to Kothe

🕑 4-5 Hours Trek

Max Altitude: 3,690 M

Leaving Khare, we will trek to Kothe retracing the route back via Hinku Valley. Since most of the path is downhill, walking on downhill trails is simpler and faster. Our walk will be mostly amid the dense forest of Oak, Pine, and Rhododendron trees.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 14: Trek to Thuli Kharka

🕑 5-6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4,300 M

After having our breakfast at Kothe, we will start our today’s journey to Thuli Kharka uphill through a thick rhododendron forest that crosses the western portion of the Hinku valley. After 5-6 hours of trekking along the amazing views, we reach Thuli Kharka for the night. From Thuli Kharka, we are able to get sight of the Mera South, Mera North, and Center Mera in all their splendor. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 15: Trek back to Lukla via Zatrawa La Pass

🕑 5-6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2,860 M

Today is the last day of trekking on this Mera Peak Climbing journey. We set out from Thuli Kharka after breakfast towards Lukla. Our trek goes past the Zatrawala Pass at 4610 meters before we get to Lukla. In the evening in Lukla, we celebrate the success of the Mera Peak Climb. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu

🕑 35 Minutes Flight and Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After enjoying a 35-minute aerial view, we land in Kathmandu and drive to the hotel. 

If you choose to explore the unexplored places in the city, we can arrange a sightseeing tour for you. In the evening we will host a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant with a cultural program.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

Max Altitude: 1350 M

As the trip comes to an end, today you will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to your home or onward destination 3 hours prior to your flight schedule. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All Arrival/Departure transfers as per itinerary
  • 3* standard category hotel accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • All Heritage Entrance Fees as per the itinerary 
  • English Speaking City Guide
  • Private Transfer for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Domestic (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • All Guest houses, Lodge, and Tented Accommodation during the Trek and Climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) During the Trek & Climb
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking, Climbing Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical, and equipment for the guides & supporting crew
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fees
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Peak Climbing fees (Royalty)
  • Climbing & Camping Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • Garbage fees/a comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable Government and local taxes

Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle, etc.)
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc.)
  • Any extra expenses not mentioned in the cost includes

FAQ'S

Q. 1. How hard is Mera Peak Climb?

Mera Peak is a beginner-friendly ascent that is considered one of the easiest climbing peaks in Nepal even though it is one of the highest climbing peaks. It is a less technical peak but we definitely suggest a basic level of mountaineering skills. 

Q. 2. Where is Mera Peak Located?

Mera Peak lies at the Mahalangur Himal section east of Mt. Everest. It is located in Sagarmatha Zone, Solukhumbu, Nepal and falls inside the Makalu Barun National Park. 

Q. 3. When is the best time to climb Mera Peak?

The best season for the Mera Peak climb is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). These are the time of year when the sky is clear, the weather is pleasant and there is the least chance of any unforeseen contingencies. 

Q. 4. Can I Climb Mera Peak without a guide?

No, one cannot climb Mera Peak without a guide. Although Mera Peak is a less technical peak, it is mandatory for a climbing guide because safety must be the first priority for everyone. A professional climbing guide will ensure your safety and they are skilled and have a lot of knowledge and experience in this field. 

Q. 5. Is permit required for Mera Peak Climbing? Is a permit for Mera Peak climb included in the package?

Yes, a legal permit issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is required for Mera Peak Climbing. All the permits and entrance fees are included in all the packages offered by Himalayan Trekkers including the Mera Peak Climb.  

Q. 6. Do I need travel insurance for Mera Peak Climb?

Travel Insurance for Mera Peak climbing is mandatory. You could purchase insurance that covers emergency and medical evacuation, trip cancellation/delay, medicinal treatment, injury, loss of baggage, liabilities, etc. from a reliable insurance agency from your location/home country. 

Q. 7. How long does it take to climb Mera Peak?

Mera Peak climb is a one-day summit, however, the overall trip consists of 18 days. 

Q. 8. How high is Mera Peak?

Mera Peak is located at an elevation of 6,467 meters above sea level.

Q. 9. What can we see from Mera Peak summit?

From the Mera Peak summit, we can witness the sublime views of the highest mountain in the world Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu. 

Q. 10. What is the weather like in Mera Peak?

In the spring, the Mera Peak Region's typical daytime temperature is between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius. While at night, the temperature can fall to an average of - 2°C. The typical daily temperature in the summertime is about 15°C. But if it starts to rain, it can decrease. Around 12°C is the daytime average temperature in the autumn but will undoubtedly fall during the night. Winter daytime temperatures can drop as low as -20 degrees, while -3°C is the maximum on average.

Accommodation

Accommodation during the Mera Peak Climbing 

Himalayan Trekkers provides 3-star standard category hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on a twin/double sharing basis. However, you have a wide range of selections from 3 to 5-star hotels, basic lodges, and even hostels. You can also opt. for the single supplementary at an additional cost.

During the trek and Mera Peak Climbing, you will be spending the nights in the trekking teahouses with minimal amenities. The rooms will be furnished with a bed, mattress, blanket, and pillow as a bare minimum on a twin-sharing basis. In the upper locations, you might have to share the restrooms and toilets.

Similarly, in areas where trekking lodges and teahouses are not available, we provide lodging in tent camps.

Meals during the Mera Peak Climbing

Himalayan Trekkers will offer all three meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with the exception of the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, which have a wide variety of dining options.

After Namche Bazaar, your options become increasingly limited. The most well-known dishes in Nepal are noodles, dumplings, flatbreads, potatoes, fried bread, mushroom soup, butter tea, and the staple, Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (lentils, steamed rice, and seasonal vegetables).

Whenever we use tented accommodations, our tent cooks will provide you with freshly cooked meals. 

Drinking Water during the Mera Peak Climbing

When trekking for more than 4 to 5 hours each day in high altitudes, drinking water is crucial. Fluid intake should be increased because dehydration is a very typical occurrence. Bottled water is available, although it can cost twice as much at higher altitudes. You can thus bring a filtering flask or purification pills in addition to a reusable water bottle and fill it up at the various natural springs and taps you come across along the way. Boiling water is available in tea shops, although it costs extra per liter or pot.

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