Mera Peak (6461m) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal and spring or autumn are the best times to climb the mountain with its fabulous views to five 8000 metre peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and many other tops. Mera Peak is an excellent option for anyone with moderate mountaineering experience. It is a challenging trekking peak due to its elevation, but few technical mountaineering skills are required and they will be covered during a training day before the final ascent.
The approach is managed in steady stages with a rest day in Khare to allow for acclimatisation. There are few lodges and tea-houses along the route; thus expect to be camping most of the time.
A slightly harder alternative route can be arranged: the approach to Mera is the same as described in the normal ‘Itinerary’. However, the return trek would leave the Hinku valley near Gondishung and reach Lukla via the Zatr Teng (4943m) pass. Please discuss.
After arrival at Kathmandu International Airport an ‘Region Trekss’ representative will take you to your hotel in town. You will be briefed about your trek and there will be time to walk around in the vicinity of the hotel. Evening meal. There will also be a chat regarding accommodation and meals during the trip.
After breakfast we offer a guide for a tour of the Kathmandu valley with visits to the Pashupatinath Temples, Durbar Square and the Boudhanath Stupa. If preferred you can have a free day.
After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the half hour flight to Lukla: one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in the dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by giant peaks. A walk through Lukla with its many shops to the nearby village of Chaurikharka visiting a school and monastery can be offered. Alternatively you may wish to just spend time in Lukla. Meeting staff and porters, evening meal and overnight stay in the village.
Back through Lukla and up through grazing land amongst great scenery to overnight camp at Chhutanga surrounded by pine and rhododendron forest.
Via Zatr Og (4592m), then traversing the slope to Zetra La on the Kalo Himal Ridge dividing the Khumbu from the Hinku region. Stunning views from both passes. Shortly afterwards to Tuli Kharka.
A short downhill walk rounding a spur with fabulous views across and up the Hinku valley to the southern flank of Mera. Gentle walking through peaceful rhododendron and pine forests to Monsom Kharka.
Soon the forest will be left behind and along the widening valley, then across a bridge to Gondishung (ca. 4000m) with its small monastery. A further hour to the yak herders settlement of Tagnag.
We follow the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka (4731m) with spectacular views of Charpati Himal. Through moraines of the Hinku Shar Glacier and steeply up to Khare below the impressive northern slopes of Mera.
This day is set aside for acclimatisation and your leader will provide basic training of crampon, ice axe and the use of ropes during ascent and descent to boost your chances of success and enjoyment.
Across boulder and snow fields to Mera Base Camp next to Mera La. We continue upwards mostly on snow and ice, possibly encountering some crevasses. High Base Camp beyond a rock barrier marked by a large cairn with views to numerous majestic peaks.
We leave camp early and ascend the glacier to a ridge with one steeper section, after which the summit comes into view. On the steep summit cone we may use a fixed rope. Whilst resting on top we can take in the spectacular views of giant Himalayan peaks all around, amongst them five 8000m peaks ! Down by the same route to Khare with a rest at High Camp. If the weather is poor Mera can be done on Day 12.
This day is set aside in case of poor weather on Day 11. If the peak was climbed on the day before we can explore the area around Khare or start walking towards Kote.
Down the same route as used on the approach. We may celebrate success in a local tea-house.
Undulating walk to Taktho (not on map) and take the upper path to Tuli Kharka.
Across the two passes and through Chhutanga all the way down to Lukla village. It is customary to tip porters & guides.
After breakfast to Lukla Airport for the flight back and transfer to accommodation in town. The rest of the day is free: you either take a break or enjoy the town with its many shops and sights. In the evening we celebrate our successful trek with a farewell dinner.
After breakfast we will take you to Kathmandu International Airport about three hours before your scheduled return flight.
Sunday to Friday 9:00am - 6:30pm