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Climb Mera Peak (6461m)

Conquer the highest trekking peak in Nepal and enjoy epic views of the world’s highest mountains, including mighty Everest itself

Duration

18 nights

Annual Leave

2.5 weeks off work

Group Size

Up to 10 people

Season

Apr-May | Sep-Oct

Location

Nepal

Meeting Point

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Classic Accommodation

Hotel · Glamping · Teahouse · Campsite

Customer Reviews

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Difficulty

Tough

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Trek among Himalayan wilderness, glistening lakes and high passes in the stunning Hinku Valley, enjoying unique Sherpa hospitality along the way

Learn all the skills you need to scramble across glacial moraine, traverse ice and snow and summit Mera Peak safely and successfully

Capture indescribable views of five eight-thousanders in a single panorama – Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu

Day 1

Kathmandu awaits

Patan, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-637268486

Welcome to Kathmandu! Your host will pick you up from the airport at any time, although we recommend landing before 16:00 in order to meet your guides and join the trip briefing. Finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team – your epic adventure into the mighty Himalayas begins tomorrow.

Day 2

To Ramechhap (Manthali)

Aerial view of Kathmandu, Nepal at sunset with a stupa rising into the skyline.

Driving

5hrs

This morning you'll jump on the bus and head to Ramechhap (Manthali). This remote region is where most Lukla flights now depart from in the peak trekking season. Tonight, you'll glamp in a site in proximity to the airport, a convenient place to rest before your trek starts tomorrow.

(Should your flight be scheduled to depart from Kathmandu instead, you'll spend an extra day and overnight in the city, with the chance to explore at your own pace and to do any last-minute shopping in preparation for the trek.)

Day 3

Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiyan (2610m)

Trekking to Paiyan, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

4-5hrs · 12km · 733m up · 680m down

A 15-minute scenic flight across the mid-hills of eastern Nepal brings you to the famous town of Lukla. As you can imagine, the breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas from the sky is really something to behold. Meet your friendly trekking crew and hand your overnight luggage to them. Fuel up with breakfast and then set off hiking the downhill trail to Surke Village. Expect lots of greenery and the occasional herd of mules hard at work, transporting anything from food to fuel up to the villages. Spend the night at Paiyan village with a view of the glaciated peak of Numbur Himal in the distance.

Day 4

Paiyan to Panggom (2804m)

Panggom, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

4-5hrs · 13km · 893m up · 320m down

Ascend gently to the pass of Khari La through a beautiful rhododendron forest, and later descend to Bupsa. Get off the main trail to follow the more picturesque side route through greenery and small villages. On reaching Panggom, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful view of Numbur Himal and pay a visit to the local monastery if you wish.

Day 5

Trek to Ramailo Danda (3276m)

Ramailo Danda, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

5-6hrs · 11km · 899m up · 720m down

Set off uphill across the forest to Panggom La pass and enjoy the view of both Hinku and Khari Khola valleys. Walk down to Sibuje, a pretty Sherpa village, and enjoy a break with a warm cup of tea or coffee. Continue on a gradual descent to Ningshow, a tiny remote village, then cross a small river before proceeding on a steep uphill section through the forest to Ramailo Danda ridge. Enjoy the very first view of the mighty Mera Peak in the distance and rest for the night in a local teahouse.

Day 6

To Chhetra Khola (3122m)

Chhetra Khola, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

4-5hrs · 10km · 590m up · 600m down

Get ready for a tough day ahead. After relishing the view of Mera Peak, a fresh mountain tea in hand, descend steeply to the Temba Khola River and rest before tackling the long climb ahead to Ekle Bhatti. Cross several mountain streams (eyes peeled for the extremely elusive and endangered red panda). Power through a steep descent to Chhetra Khola for a well-deserved overnight rest.

Day 7

Hike to Kothe (3580m)

Khote village, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1219292745

Hiking

6hrs · 11km · 992m up · 760m down

Today's trail rolls across the hillside with both up and downhill sections, which at times will feel challenging. Cross small streams en route through the forest of fir and bamboo and reach the village of Takhto for lunch. Continue along undulating terrain and through subalpine forest for another two to three hours, seeing the landscape change by the moment as you enter the rocky valley that surrounds the Inkhu Khola River.

Day 8

Kothe to Thangnak (4358m)

Top view of Thagnag village in Mera peak climbing route in Himalaya mountains range, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1219292724

Hiking

4hrs · 11km · 718m up · 120m down

After breakfast, ascend gently by the river and pass through narrow canyons. From Mosom Kharka, the trail starts widening up a bit and the vegetation changes as alpine pastures, junipers, and wildflowers start appearing. As you continue up, admire the far peak of Mount Kyasar – a towering 6770m tall. Stop for an optional visit to Lunga Sumba monastery, a site with deep cultural and social significance to the local people. Hike for the last couple of hours along the river and pastures until you reach the open valley of Thangnak, where you'll spend the night in a beautiful summer grazing village.

Day 9

Thangnak to Khare (5045m)

Sabai Tsho Lake, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1302301243

Hiking

3-4hrs · 7.5km · 687m up · 0m down

Climb along the river as the higher elevation begins to kick in. Walk across a wide rocky deposit and trek above the stunning Sabai Tsho Lake. Take a few moments to soak in the serenity of the lake, then follow an eastward trail that climbs gently between the Mera Glacier and a small stream fed by the Khare Glacier. From Dig Kharka (4659m), the path ascends further on rugged terrain to Khare. Enjoy a well-deserved rest at your teahouse, then meet your main climbing guide for dinner and learn more details about the epic summit challenge that awaits.

Day 10

Preparation and acclimatisation in Khare (5045m)

Khare training day, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Wake to the breathtaking view of Mera Peak and get ready for today's training session. Whilst climbing to the summit does not require technical climbing skills, you will need to have a general understanding of how to use crampons, harnesses, rope, ascenders, descenders, ice axes – and above all, a good understanding of safety. That means today, while acclimatising to the higher altitude, you'll also prepare for the push to the summit and learn all the techniques you need to achieve it. You'll be guided by a qualified climbing leader from today onwards, so any questions you have – just ask!

Day 11

To Mera Base Camp (5350m)

Trek from Khare, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

4hrs · 4km · 370m up · 65m down

Follow the trail that goes across the cliffside – you may need crampons if the terrain is covered by snow. Then gradually turn towards the southern flank of Mera Peak and negotiate some challenging moraines and glaciers, assisting your traverse with ropes. The final approach to Mera La steepens and snow, high altitude and ice will all test your resilience – but the views will be worth it. Power through along the ridgeline while descending gently to Mera Base Camp, where a tented camp and a light meal awaits.

Day 12

To Mera High Camp (5780m)

Mera High Camp, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-470154955

Hiking

3hrs · 2km · 430m up · 0m down

It’s a short trek today to Mera High Camp but due to the elevation, it will feel hard. Ascend along the ridge on a snowy trail and stay overnight at the High Camp – a rocky cliff, perched on the edge of the ridge. In the high season, the camp does get busy but the surrounding views of Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu will make you forget about the uncomfortable conditions and crowds. One final rest before the summit push...

Day 13

Conquer Mera's Central Summit (6461m)

Summit of Mera Peak, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

10-11hrs · 10km · 681m up · 1351m down

The big day starts at 01:00 am. Fuel up on soup and some hot food, gear up and start climbing across Mera Glacier along moderately steep stretches. Continuing further, you'll reach the bottom of the long, steep ridgeline. With an oxygen level of less than 66%, it will feel difficult to breathe and every movement will be slow, but your guides and team will be there to support your ascent both physically and mentally. Your determination and resilience will be tested for sure as you approach, but once at the top you'll be blown away by the astounding panorama of some of the highest peaks on the entire planet. Enjoy the indescribable 360-degree view of five of the world's eight-thousanders: Mount Everest (8848m), Kangchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8485m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), as well as Kyashar, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Baruntse. Drink it all in, then start your long descent down to Khare. Celebrate the epic accomplishment with your fellow trekkers and the crew before enjoying a very well-deserved sleep.

Day 14

Back-up summit day

Khare village view point, Mera peak climbing route, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1227302288

Today is your back-up summit day. All going well you won’t need it, but as with any adventure of this scale, external factors such as weather can stand between you and the climb – so today gives you another crack at the top if needed. Meals will be provided and included if this contingency day is required.

Otherwise, you will commence your descent to Lukla and your host will try to reschedule the return ticket to fly you back to Kathmandu a day earlier (Day 17). In the event that it's not possible to pull your return ticket forward, you will instead complete the last day of the trek in two days, making the long descent on Day 17 less strenuous.

Day 15

Khare to Kothe (3580m)

Kothe village, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

7-8hrs · 12km · 60m up · 1405m down

Continue your descent along the picturesque and gentle stretch of trail that leads to Kothe.

Day 16

Trek to Thuli Kharka (4700m)

Thuli Kharka, Nepal. Photo: Host/Freedom Adventures

Hiking

7-8hrs · 12km · 1260m up · 320m down

Continue retracing the path until Taktho, from where the trail ascends steeply along a ridge, first through the forest and then above the tree line. Power on uphill to reach a small pass, then descend to Thuli Kharka and spend the night in a simple hut. One more day of trekking tomorrow, and then you're done!

Day 17

Final push to Lukla via Zwarta La Pass (4660m)

Zwarta La Pass, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-997427924

Hiking

8-9hrs · 12km · 200m up · 1910m down

Today’s trail levels up till the craggy pass of Zwarta La, then drops steeply to Kharka Tenga where you will stop for tea. Follow the river down to Chutanga and have lunch there, then descend a welcomingly easy downhill stretch through a beautiful forest and across a suspension bridge as you return to busy Lukla. It’s official, you've finished: the celebrations can begin!

Day 18

Return to Kathmandu

Landing at Lukla Airport, Nepal. Photo: iStock-1132560699

Driving

5hrs

Fly back across the Himalayas to Ramechhap, followed by a five-hour overland trip back to Kathmandu. Head out, shop for last-minute souvenirs in Thamel and meet up with your team for a few farewell beers and dinner to celebrate the end of your epic adventure!

Day 19

Last day in Nepal

Typical street in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Enjoy a lie-in, followed by some final time in Kathmandu before returning to the airport and back to reality.

Included

Internal flights

To and from Lukla

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking trekking and climbing guides, plus a support crew

Accommodation

2 nights in a hotel, 1 night glamping, 13 nights in local teahouses and 2 nights camping

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight luggage is carried for you during the trek

Permits

All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

Equipment

All climbing equipment (except boots) plus tent and mattress (see Kit List)

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 10

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 13

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 14 – Day 17

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 18

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 19

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Traditional Nepalese food on the trek, Getty

Breakfast is usually a choice of either hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs. The menus in each of the teahouses are very similar, and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles – delicious and healthy), momos (Nepalese dumplings), mixed noodles, pasta or even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest you ask your guide for advice about eating it – it tends to depend on how far it has travelled, as to whether or not it is a safe option. You'll choose what you want to eat at the lodges, and settle your own bill in the morning. On the first and final nights, as well as while at Mera Base and High Camps, meals are included.

Dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian diets can be catered for while trekking although meals may get a bit repetitive – dhal bhat will likely be your go-to staple. Gluten-free/coeliac diets are tricky to cater for on teahouse treks: beware that powdered soups and seasonings used often contain gluten, and cooking oil is commonly reused and may cause cross-contamination. Please explain your dietary requirements to your guide so that they can assist when ordering, and bringing along some extra food/snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?

Holy Himalaya, Kathmandu. Hotel's site
Kathmandu

You’ll spend the first and final nights of your trip in a hotel in Thamel, close to the main shopping area and heritage sites of Kathmandu. Expect an en suite room with air-con and WiFi included.

Freedom Resort, Ramechhap, Nepal. Photo: Freedom Resort
Ramechhap

On the second night of the trip you'll be staying in a glamping site with an outdoor pool, conveniently located close to Ramechhap Airport where flights to Lukla usually depart from in the peak trekking season. Accommodation will be in twin-share bamboo cottage tents with en suite or shared facilities. In the event your flight departs from Kathmandu, you'll spend an extra night in the capital instead, avoiding the long transfer to Ramechhap.

Himalayas traditional teahouse, Nepal. Photo:  GettyImages-168856419
On the trek

You’ll spend 13 nights sleeping in local teahouses along the trek – these are typical mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets that are usually sorted by gender. WiFi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost. Accommodation will be usually in twin or triple rooms, subject to availability.

Mera Peak Base Camp, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1258059675
Mera Peak

For two nights, as you approach the summit, you'll be sleeping at well set-up camps (namely Mera Peak Base Camp and High Camp) in twin-share tents. All your camping kit is provided, but you might wish to pack a small inflatable pillow and your own inflatable mattress for extra comfort.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked. This is only applicable to the two nights in the hotel in Kathmandu and is subject to availability. Please see the Optional Extras for details and request this at the time of booking.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Tribhuvan International airport (KTM)

Arrive by 16:00 on Day 1

Ends

Tribhuvan International airport (KTM)

Any time on Day 19

Transfers

Airport arrival and departure transfers are included no matter when you arrive and depart (even if booking extra nights before or after the trip), provided you have completed your passenger information form and have supplied your flight details in advance. On Day 1, your tour leader will arrange a group briefing before a welcome dinner, so we strongly encourage you to book a flight landing by 16:00 in order to be able to join this on time.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major airports in the UK, Europe and North America.

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What's included and provided?

  • Sleeping tent and mattress (you choose to bring your own inflatable mattress and pillow for extra comfort)

  • All climbing equipment: ice axe, ascender, descender, climbing helmet, harness, carabiners (3 lock, 2 unlock), crampons, prusik rope, snow bar, tape sling

Please note, you'll need to bring your own climbing boots (see footwear section below)

Although the below items below are included and can be provided locally, we advise you to bring your own for extra comfort and better fit:

  • General mountaineering crampons (modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates)
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners (3 lock, 2 unlock)

What do I need to bring?

Bags
  • 1 duffle bag for the porters (70/80 litres for roughly 10-12kg weight)
  • 1 daypack (approx. 40/45 litre) with hip belt, waterproof cover and ice axe loops

There will be one porter for every two people on this trip. They will each carry up to 20-24kg of kit (including your climbing gear). Please pack no more than 10kg per person of clothing/personal items (including your sleeping bag) in a soft backpack or duffel bag, allowing for the climbing equipment to make up the remainder of the porterage limit. You will only need to carry a daypack with essentials in (an extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc.)

Clothes

Mountain environments are notoriously unpredictable. A layering system works best so that you can put on and remove items to adjust your temperature. You'll need to be equipped for all eventualities, although you won't necessarily need to use everything if you're lucky with the mountain conditions.

  • 1 set of base/thermal layers (merino is ideal)
  • 1 mid-layer/hoody (fleece or similar)
  • 1 outer layer/hardshell jacket
  • 2 sets of merino tops
  • Waterproof trousers and top (Gore-Tex is ideal)
  • 1 pair lightweight trekking trousers or zip off trousers
  • Fleece trousers or hardshell trousers
  • Insulated trousers
  • Hiking shorts
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (merino is ideal)
  • Four-season down jacket with helmet-compatible hood (comfort rating down to around -20°c)
  • 1 pair liner gloves
  • 1 pair softshell gloves
  • 1 pair insulated shell gloves
  • Underwear
Sleeping
  • Four-season sleeping bag with hood (with a comfort rating down to around -20°c)
  • Sleeping bag liner (a good liner can add a few degrees extra warmth)
  • Pillowcase and own mattress (optional)
Footwear
  • Worn-in, waterproof hiking boots (with ankle support)
  • Climbing double boots, B3 (LA Sportiva G2 or similar)
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Trainers
  • 2 pairs liner socks, 3 pairs of mid-weight socks, 2 pairs warm mountain socks
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes
Head
  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 Buff or similar
  • 1 warm scarf
  • 1 sunhat or similar
  • Sunglasses (UV blocking, ideally with a 'wrap-around' design)
  • Glacier glasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Head torch
  • Balaclava
Toiletries
  • Travel towel
  • Sun cream (high SPF: 50+)
  • Hand gel
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm (high SPF: 50+)
  • Face wash
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Pee bottle for men/plus a pee funnel for women
Other kit
  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles plus an optional CamelBak
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountains
  • Mobile charger
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Earplugs
  • Power bank
  • 1 small roll of repair tape
  • 1 sewing/repair kit
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Thermal flask
  • Adhesive hand or toe warmer
  • 1 x passport photos for trekking permits
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/Kindle/playing cards, for downtime

It is recommended that you contact your host at least one month prior to your trip if you have any doubts regarding the kit list.

Please also remember to remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

What's available to hire?

Climbing boots, sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired in Kathmandu or Khare, however we recommend to bring your own for extra comfort and quality.

(Please ask your host if this is needed so they can advise you on the cost and assist you with how to arrange the hire.)

What can you buy in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has many outdoor gear shops - some with kit that is the same price you will find it at home and some filled with cheaper imitation gear that may not be of the same quality. You will, however, find a soft duffel bag easily that the porters can carry.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Alia(October 2023)

Everything was amazing: the scenery, the trek itself and the care from our guides!

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 533kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This trek is classified as 'Tough', so it is suitable only for prepared trekkers with a very good level of fitness as well as previous experience in high-altitude mountain environments (above 4000m). Mera Peak is considered a non-technical trekking peak: as such, you don't need any special climbing skills, only an understanding of how to use ice axes, crampons, and ropes. A few days' introductory course on mountaineering skills would be highly beneficial; however, your local climbing guide in Nepal will offer some training during your acclimatisation day in Khare before the actual climb, so you can also learn the basic mountaineering skills required during the trip itself.

Climbing any 6000m+ peak involves challenges and hazards, so you should be prepared, train properly and obtain adequate insurance cover. The risks involved in the climb can be mitigated with a well-planned itinerary which includes proper acclimatisation, contingency days and training such as this one designed by our expert local host. The local guides will set the pace and as with all altitude treks, the theme will be ‘slowly slowly’ to ensure you adjust to the altitude gradually. So although this trek is rated as ‘Tough’ there are plenty of rest hours factored into each day to ensure you can complete it safely.

Aside from the summit climb, trekking up and downhill every day for 15-16 days at high altitude is a considerable challenge in itself and requires significant physical exertion. You should consider appropriate fitness training for months before the trip begins.

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

When you trek in the mountains, there is always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young or fit you are. We would expect most trekkers to feel some mild symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, sleeplessness, heavy breathing) when over 3500m. Our guides are trained to identify the symptoms and if more serious ones are noted, there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or even a rapid descent if needed. All of our trips have been designed with altitude best practice in mind, so acclimatisation days have been built in and our experienced guides follow advice to ‘walk high and sleep low’.

Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover for the maximum altitude visited on this trip (6461m) as well as for emergency medical evacuation by helicopter.

We do not include meals on the trek as from experience, we know that altitude and physical exercise mean appetites vary hugely. The cost of food also rises as we ascend as it all has to be carried in by porters and yaks and very little can be grown locally. How much you spend per day will vary according to your choice of meal, but generally people spend between US$30-35 per person per day on meals and hot drinks. Below is an approximate breakdown of some items:

  • Dal baht: $4 to $7C
  • Chow mein: $2 to $4
  • Eggs: $2 to $4
  • Toast: $1.50 to $3
  • Tea/hot chocolate: $1.00 to $3.00
  • Chocolate bars: $2 to $4

Teahouses will provide cold water free of charge; however, it will need to be treated to enable you to drink it. Please read the drinking water FAQ for our advice. Other extra costs to be considered are:

  • Shower: $2-$4
  • WiFi: $2-5
  • Electricity: $2-5

Please note that it's worth carrying a backup fund of US$250 just in case as there are no ATMS during your trek.

We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed and very experienced. In order to ensure the guides high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management and Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.

Throughout the trek and climb you'll be led by a AWFA and CPR certified trekking guide. During the summit push, you'll be led by an NMA-certified climbing guide and his team. This is the full crew who will support your expedition on the ground:

  • One trekking guide
  • One climbing guide
  • One assistant trekking guide (on 1:4 ratio)
  • One assistant climbing guide (on 1:3 ratio)
  • Porters (on a 1:2 ratio)

Summit day

The guide will determine group divisions based on walking pace when reaching High Camp and will arrange the necessary connecting ropes, ensuring there is at least one assistant climbing guide for each group. As the group approaches the final stretch (approximately 50 to 55 meters from the summit), you will follow a fixed rope line. If any group member becomes unable to proceed to the summit, they will receive assistance from an assistant climbing guide in the case of small groups. In larger groups (consisting of six or more members), where the presence of an assistant climbing guide is important for summiting, the assistant trekking guides will be responsible for bringing the individual back down. This arrangement will not hinder the progress of the rest of the group. Please rest assured that in addition to the team of experienced climbing guides and assistant climbing guides, your host will work with an experienced group of trekking guides and assistant trekking guides as a backup team. They all have mountaineering skills and are familiar with navigating the Mera Peak route.

It is customary in Nepal to tip guides and porters. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. You can give any tips to your lead guide at the end of your trip, which will then be shared amongst the whole team. For full transparency, the lead guide will distribute the tips to the guides and porters in your presence. It is customary for the guides to receive a higher share than the porters as they are more highly qualified. This particular trip has a higher staff-to-customer ratio than other Nepal treks and more porters in order to carry the climbing equipment, so a good rule of thumb is around US$160 per person for the trekking part and US$100 per person for the climbing part, although the amount you give is entirely your choice.

If you would like to give an additional tip to a member of the team who has supported you personally please do so directly and discretely.

Although most teahouses have the option to buy bottled water, we advise against it to reduce the use of plastic in the mountains (this ends up being burnt or dumped in landfill out of sight). You will instead be provided with cold water that needs treating. There is a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets – some trekkers like to use UV handheld devices such as a Steripen – but other options are available (just check their performance in freezing conditions).

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

We’ve sourced some great optional activities for you to do in and around Kathmandu should you wish to explore the area a little bit further. Please discuss these directly with your host who will be able to book them for you.

Cook Like a Local: This short cooking workshop (approx. 3 hours) teaches you how to cook popular Nepali dishes like MoMo and Dal Bhat. You’ll meet your teacher and accompany them shopping, then head to the kitchen and learn to cook alongside them. Price: Pay what you think the workshop is worth!

Shop Local: A 2/3 hour guided exploration of the markets of Kathmandu. Learn about the vendors that line the narrow and crowded alleyways and witness everything you could ever imagine being sold, haggled or bargained for. It’s a great chance to learn about the melting pot of cultures that exist in Kathmandu. Price: $9-$50pp, depending on the group size.

Master of the Arts: Patan Durbar Square is popular for its handicrafts and this trip will explore the local factories where they are produced. You’ll visit 2-3 factories and learn about the traditional processes they use and see artwork being produced. Price: $14-$59pp, depending on the group size.

Introduction to Shamanism: Shamanism, which is believed to heal many diseases, is not practiced widely these days, however this trip enables you to meet a practising guru and learn all about this age-old tradition. You’ll visit a small house for an introduction, followed by lunch and then a drumming session where you’ll learn the importance of rhythm to healing. Price: $90-$150, depending on group size.

The best times to visit this region and climb this 6000m+ mountain are between March and May, or between September and November when the weather is usually fair, dry and stable. The later dates are clearer but colder with snow conditions more stable. At 3800m an average night time temperature is -4˚C and average daytime temperature is 10˚C. This drops with altitude and at High Camp temperatures may be as low as -15˚C to -25˚C.

Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict and snow can be expected on any trip, so come prepared.

Please bear in mind that the included baggage allowance on your internal flights is 15kg, including your trekking rucksack. The included climbing equipment (see Kit List) will be collected in Khare so if you bring any personal items/kit, please be mindful of the 15kg restriction. Any weight exceeding this limit costs 100 NPR per kilo. If needed, you can decide to purchase some extra weight and pack 18-20kg combined (with a maximum of 10-12kg in a duffel bag, plus 7-8 kg max. in a daypack).

All of our trips include a porter for every two trekkers. Each porter will carry up to 20-24kg of kit in total, so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (10-12kg per person).

You can leave any luggage that you won't need on the trek at the hotel in Kathmandu.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Nepal, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages.

Flight cancellation: a flight to Lukla is included on Day 3 of this tour, returning from Lukla on Day 18. Although we schedule departure dates outside of the main monsoon season, weather conditions in any mountain region can be unpredictable. It is not uncommon for flights to and from Lukla to be delayed or cancelled during the trekking season. If your flight to Lukla is cancelled, then your host will revert to a series of contingency plans which could involve a flight out to Lukla on Day 4 instead (you would skip the contingency day on Day 15) or a long, two-day drive to Khari Khola, which would allow you to join the trek nearer Pansggom.

There is one further option in the event of flight cancellations to Lukla: to try to charter helicopters for the group (subject to availability). Helicopters are less hindered by poor conditions and can often fly when planes cannot. Anyone taking this option will need to pay roughly USD350-500 extra per person (the full helicopter cost is more than this but your cancelled Lukla flight will be refunded and deducted from this).

Weather: if you are not able to approach the summit due to adverse weather conditions, then you can use the contingency day we have allocated. Using the contingency day should be decided upon by a mutual agreement between fellow trekkers. However, please note that this contingency does not apply to individual cases: if you are not able to climb due to personal health conditions, there is no Plan B.

See also 'When should I book my return flight?' (below).

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu at the end of the trip is usually reliable; however, if the weather is poor cancellations can happen and there is the chance that you might have to fly the next day. To play it safe, we advise you to consider booking an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu at the end of the trip.

This trip includes a return domestic flight to Lukla. Nepal's mountainous terrain and weather make for challenging flying conditions and sadly more incidents (including fatalities) occur here than in other countries. Since 2013 the EU has banned all Nepalese domestic airlines from flying within EU airspace in order to raise awareness of the poor safety record (although no Nepalese airlines were operating routes within the EU prior to the ban). You should be aware that flying in Nepal is an identified risk: please consider this carefully before booking. Additional information can be found on the Aviation Safety Network entry for Nepal as well as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for Nepal. Domestic airlines in Nepal are generally not accredited by any internationally recognised safety audit systems and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of Western nations.

What does Much Better Adventures do about this?

Much Better Adventures collaborates with other UK travel companies that arrange for independent air-safety auditors to visit Nepal annually to assess the local airlines. Much Better Adventures then only uses the carriers that were approved as part of the most recent audit. If any concerns are subsequently raised about an approved airline between audits, we put them on hold until the auditors are satisfied that safety standards are being met.

All of our trips include a porter per every two trekkers. They will carry up to 15kg of kit so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (7.5kg per person). You will only need to carry a daypack with essentials in (an extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc.) plus you'll be expected to carry your own crampons, carabiners and harness once these are collected from Khare.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

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