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Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak, stands tall at the height of 6476 m from the sea level in the Mahalangur section, Barun sub-section of the Himalayas. Located in the isolated Hinku Valley towards the south of Mt. Everest, Mera peak has three significant summits; namely Mera North (6476 m), Mera Central (6461 m), and Mera South at (6065 m).
Extensively explored by the British Expedition team including Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, before as well as after the successful ascent to Everest, Mera Peak (North) was first climbed in 1975 by Marcel Jolly, G. Baus, and L. Honills. However, Mera Central was climbed in May 1953 by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing.
The standard route to the summit lies towards the North and involves high-altitude glacier walking. A number of routes have been discovered to the summit of Mera Peak, out of which West and South facing ridges are a bit tougher, demanding technical skills in peak climbing while the route towards the North is easier and standard. Any keen trekker with experience in high-altitude trekking can opt for Mera Peak climbing as it is a technically straightforward ascent. The top of the summit offers magnificent vistas of Mt Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and other snow-capped peaks in the Khumbu region. The challenge that it poses is worth the reward it offers upon successful ascent to the summit.
The standard route takes the climbers through the Zwatra La Pass at 4160 m presenting the opportunity to get acquainted with the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the local Sherpas. You will also be mesmerized by the diverse ecosystem, floras and faunas, and unique landscapes as you move along. You will have an opportunity to witness the remoteness and serenity of the lesser-visited Hinku Valley. Expect fewer teahouses as compared to the numbers on the trail to Everest. You will be walking on rugged and steep paths so make sure you are physically strong and mentally prepared for the exotic yet challenging trip to Mera Peak.
After all, you will be gaining victory over the snowy peak above 6000 m with basic trekking skills. Join us on the adventurous journey to Mera Peak. We make your travel fun-filled and memorable as no one does.
Tracking the flight details that you provide, we will be waiting for you at the airport at your estimated arrival time. As soon as you complete your VISA obtaining procedure, we will meet and greet and transfer you to a cozy hotel where you can rest and relax. Exploring the streets of Thamel can be a good option for the evening.
On the second day, we will complete all official formalities like obtaining permits to climb Mera Peak and other necessary documents. Our guide will take you around the city for general shopping. We will conduct a briefing in the evening and pack up everything for the trek and peak climbing.
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, we take a short and scenic flight to Lukla, one of the highest altitude airports. As we land at Lukla, we will meet our local team members and porters who will carry our luggage to Chutenga. We will hike towards the south-east of Lukla that leads towards the Makalu Barun Conservation Area where we will obtain entry permits with nominal fees. We then follow a path that goes across small rivers and takes us past monasteries until we reach the Chutenga village.
We will spend our next day here to acclimatize our bodies. In the daytime, we will take a short hike to Zwatra La at 4000m and rest overnight at Chutenga.
After acclimatizing at Chutenga, we will slowly move towards Zwatra La Pass that lies at 4610 m. After the steep ascent, our trail descends towards Thuli Kharka. We walk on barren lands down the hills until we reach our destination. Walking slowly and steadily for about 6-7 hours we finally reach Thuli Kharka.
After an appealing breakfast at the lodge in Thuli Kharka, we will head towards Kothe. The trail passes through the Hinku Valley, starting with a decent downhill with mesmerizing views of mountains. As we walk along, we will be going up and down hills through the dense green forests. As we enter the Hinku valley, we will behold the sight of Mera Peak, our ultimate destination. Then, we make a steep descent to the Hinku River and climb a gentle steep h]uphill to reach our stop for the night.
After a night’s rest at Kothe, we move towards our next stop in the Mera Peak climbing journey. We will walk along the bank of the Hinku river towards Gondishung where we will stop for lunch. Gondishung is famous for a 200-year-old monastery, Lungsumgba Gompa, and other attractive heritages. It is believed that if one makes prayers at this Gompa, the Mera Peak climbing will be successful. We continue to walk until we reach Thangnak, a pasture land, used widely in summer to graze yaks. We will rest at a teahouse for the night.
The next stop after Thangnak is Khare. The trail from Thangnak to Khare is a bit challenging and demanding as it requires travelers to walk on steep moraine ridges from Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, right in front of the Charpate himal, meaning the four sided hill.
Following the glacier is a 3-4 hours steep hill climb that leads to Khare. We will be walking above the tree line here. So, we will stay here for another day to acclimatize ourselves.
We are finally approaching the Mera Peak Base Camp on this day. We will walk on a steep trail of Mera Glacier which is technically demanding and requires caution. As we cross the glacier, we will reach the base camp for Mera Peak where our team of Sherpas will set up camps for our stay. We will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our chefs and rest on the lap of Mera Peak inside warm branded tents.
We wake up early and enjoy the palatable breakfast at the base camp. Then we will pack up only the essential climbing equipment and head off to the high camp set up at 5780 m. Along the trail, we will cross the Mera La Pass, a steep climb through the rocky and snowy path. We continue to ascend on the steep path until we reach Mera High Camp. Mera High Camp offers exquisite views of Everest, Nuptse, Baruntse, Chamlang, Makali, and other snow-capped peaks. While you enjoy the view and relax, our team will set up tents and prepare hot suppers for all members.
This day is an important one as we will be climbing the highest trekking peak gauging at the height of 6476 meters from sea level. We wake up early at midnight, have breakfast, and start climbing at around 1 a.m. to reach before noon. High altitudes face strong winds in late afternoon which can cause difficulties to climbers.
We will follow our experienced guide/climber all the way to the Summit. Upon reaching the summit, you will be mesmerized to see the beauty of the Himalayas. Celebrate your victory and slowly descend down to Khare to rest in a teahouse.
This day is contingent in case the weather is not favorable, or climbers face poor health conditions. If everything is fine, we will summit on Day 12 and return to Khare. If the climbers face difficulty after the summit, we can take a day’s rest on this day.
We will retrace the path back to Kothe. Walking alongside the riverbank of Hinku River, climbing uphill and going downhill through lush forests, we reach Kothe to rest overnight.
After early morning breakfast at Kothe, we retrace our path back to Thuli Kharka through a steep climb uphill until we reach Thuli Kharka. Rest overnight at a teahouse.
On our return, we trek to Zwatra La Pass and then descend to Chutenga. Then after lunch, we slowly head towards Lukla. The total walk will be around 6-7 hours. We will be amazed to see the settlements after being in the remote and isolated region for a long time. Rest at a hotel in Lukla.
It's time to leave behind the exotic Khumbu Region and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon landing in Kathmandu, you can go sightseeing around the city.
Kathmandu is a beautiful city with numerous tourist destinations including but not limited to Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur, Thamel, Bhaktapur, and many more. You can enjoy your whole day and we will all meet for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant.
With gratitude, we will drop you off at the airport for your final departure to your home destination. We hope to travel with you again.
Trekking and mountain Expeditions in the Himalayas are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.