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Conquer Mera Peak (6476m)

Summit the tallest trekking peak in Nepal with minimal climbing experience needed.

I'M UP FOR
Summit Fever
DURATION
18 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Tough
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
Nepal
SEASON
April, May, September—November

Here’s one is for the scrapbook - climb the tallest trekking peak in Nepal – Mera Peak (6476m). What makes this trip unique is the fantastic fusion of trekking and climbing it has to offer. It may not be as demanding as some of the Himalayan peaks, but Mera Peak will set you a challenge nonetheless, and the majestic views that await you at the summit will only add to the satisfaction.

You have a high altitude to ascend during this trip; trekking through some of the most culturally rich Sherpa villages on route to the base of Mera Peak will ensure you are suitably acclimatised.

This once in a lifetime dream trip includes:

  • 15 days of trekking (incl. acclimatisation days)
  • 12 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 3 nights camping
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Flight from/to Lukla
  • Local, professional English-speaking climbing guide
  • Assistant guide on 2:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals while camping
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • All climbing and trekking equipment
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
This is no Sunday stroll but a true trekking expedition for those with some climbing experience. You will be taught some of the required skills as you travel, but a high fitness level will be required.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Meals and drinks while on the trek
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for the guides (optional)
  • Showers and charging while trekking

We do not include meals on the trek as from experience we know that altitude and physical exercise can mean appetites vary hugely. The cost of food rises as we ascend as it is all carried in by porters and yaks and as we get higher up, very little food can be grown. How much you spend per day will vary according to your choice of meal but generally, people spend between $15-$25 per person per day on meals and hot drinks. Below is an approx. 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 needs to be treated to enable you to drink it. Please read the FAQ re our advice here. Other extra costs to be considered: - Shower: $2-$4 - Wifi: $2-5 - Electricity: $2-5

The trip will run with a maximum of 10.

Sure can. A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Breakfast is usually either hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs. The menus in the teahouses are very similar at every stop and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles - delicious and healthy!), Nepalese dumplings (momo’s), mixed noodles, pasta and even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest you ask your guide for their advice re consumption as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether it is a safe option.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

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 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 the performance in freezing conditions).

This trek is classified as adventurous to strenuous, suitable for those with a good fitness level. Climbing lessons will be given, including ice climbing lessons. The guide will set the pace and as with all altitude treks, the theme is ‘slowly slowly’ to ensure we adjust to the altitude. So although this trek is rated ‘Tough’ there are plenty of hours factored into each day to ensure it is completed by all.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit 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 of altitude sickness so if any more serious symptoms are noted, there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or 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’.

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 guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but the norm in Asian culture means there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

  • Porters: You will have a porter per two people - we suggest US$1-$2 per person, per porter, per day.
  • Assistant Guide: We suggest US$2-$3 per person, per assistant guide per day.
  • Guide: You may also consider tipping your guide for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however, as a guideline US$3-5 per person, per day can be used.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

The best times to visit this region and climb this 6,000+m mountain is between March and May, then between September and November. 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 our high camp temperatures may be as low as -15˚C.

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

We recommend checking the Travel Health Pro site for up to date information: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/159/nepal

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 ‘day pack’ with essentials (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

Your host recommends packing the following:

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry with your overnight kit.
  • 1 day pack as above (approx 30ltr) with waterproof cover
  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair waterproof trousers
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 pair lightweight trekking trousers
  • 1 set of thermals (merino is ideal)
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (shoulders covered)
  • 1 mid layer (fleece or similar)
  • 1 pair trekking boots (must be worn in)
  • 1 pair lightweight trainers for evenings
  • 1 pair waterproof thick gloves
  • 3 pairs thick walking socks / 3 pairs lighter walking socks
  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 buff or similar
  • 1 sunhat or similar
  • Spare underwear

Kit - 4 season down sleeping bag - Sleeping bag liner - Trekking poles if needed - Travel towel - Sunglasses - Personal medication and first aid kit - Hand gel - 2 x 1ltr water bottles - 1 x headtorch - Suncream - Water purification tablets/system - Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain/to camp each day - 2 x passport photos for trek permits

On some trekking days/acclimatisation days there will be some downtime at the teahouses. A pack of cards and a book may come in handy here. A metal SIG bottle can also be useful to fill with hot water before bed and used as a hot water bottle.

There is a weight restriction on the flight to and from Lukla of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. It is not a problem for you to check in 1-2kg more than this as long as you are happy to pay an excess luggage charge (approx. £1 per kg). Some items may be left in the hotel in Kathmandu if necessary.

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

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical treatment, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here. For trips to Nepal please ensure that your insurance covers trekking at altitude and includes helicopter evacuation.

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal so check with your embassy before leaving - there is usually the option of obtaining before or upon arrival. All nationalities also require a passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

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 will have to fly the next day. So to play it safe we advise you consider booking an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu at the end of the trip.

Got a question not covered here? Contact the host.

Location

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Mera Peak is the tallest trekking peak in Nepal. Located in the Hinku Valley of the Sagarmatha region of Nepal, the highest point of this peak is a challenging 6,476m. Mera Peak gives you a unique fusion of trekking and peak climbing.

As you climb to the summit, Mera Peak offers views of five of the world’s six highest mountains, including Everest.

Visiting Kathmandu will be a pupil-dilating experience. Regarded by some as one enormous art gallery of architecture and museum of religion, you’ll be blown away by some of the finest wood-carvings and stone sculpted temples.

Start point

Kathmandu Airport - anytime

Your adventure begins at Kathmandu Airport (KTM) with your private airport transfer. Private transfers are included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

Finish point

Kathmandu Airport - anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight and a transfer will be arranged from your hotel.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in we’ll have a pre-departure meeting with our guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the trek. We’ll finish the day with a group dinner to get to know your team.

Day 2: Kathmandu

We have the chance to explore this incredible city today. Later in the day we will collect our trekking permits for Mera Peak. This needs to be done in person and our guide will accompany us.

Day 3: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Today you will leave Kathmandu for a short 35-minutes flight to Lukla. As you can imagine, the breathtaking views of the Nepalese terrain and the Himalayan Mountains during this flight really are something to behold. Cameras at the ready.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Paiya To Panggom

Today, after breakfast we start advancing towards Panggom. The way takes us descending towards Panggom, a village where the culture of farming is well and alive.

You will be crossing through several suspension bridges along the way to Panggom, through a beautiful rhododendron and pine forest.

5 hours of hiking

Day 5: Panggom To Ningsow

Crossing through the Panggom La Pass, today’s trail leads us to Ningsow. Following the river, we’ll have a short trek to reach the local village of Ningsow, where we will call it a day in one of the teahouses.

4 hours of hiking

Day 6: Ningsow To Chhetra Khola

From here, we start ascending North along the Chhetra Khola River. Today, we will be passing through the Pasang Lhamu trail, as we enter the Barun National Park. The rare Red Panda could be visible along the trial, if we are lucky.

7 hours of hiking

Day 7: Chhetra Khola to Kothe

We continue to advance North today to Kothe. We’ll enjoy more of the famous local suspension bridges and will pause for tea in some of the seasonal teahouses along the way.

6 hours of hiking

Day 8: Kothe To Thangnak

Our scenery is starting to change today as we catch our first glimpses of the magnificent Mera peak. The trail today takes us on a steep ascent to Thangnak. Along the way, we can spot a very old Gompa (monastery) holding a spectacular cultural and social significance that our guide will explain. We’ll reach the beautiful summer grazing village of Thangnak, where we spend the night.

4 hours of hiking

Day 9: Thangnak To Khare

A steady and slow climb today as we reach Khare. We’ll be welcomed with the view of the glorious North face of the Mera Peak.

3 hours hiking

Day 10: Preparation day at Khare

We’ll spend today preparing for the summit climb. We will use today for acclimitisation but also to learn the rest of the techniques for summiting the peak successfully.

Day 11: Khare To High Camp

In less than a two-hour walk from Khare, we’ll reach the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier; crampons at the ready as start to traverse the ice and snow, until we reach the plateau that leads to Mera La Pass. From here we’ll head to camp for the night underneath the Mera Peak.

6 hours hiking

Day 12: High Camp To Summit and back to High Camp

The day has arrived – we will climb to the summit of Mera Peak. Don’t worry if the anticipation is too much to handle, you’ll get started before dawn (as early as 2am and no later than 5am). We’ll aim to reach the summit by midday but of course this will depend heavily on the weather.

As dawn gives way to the morning sunlight, you’ll see the incredible view of five of the world’s six largest mountains, including Mt. Everest. With an experienced team by your side you will reach the summit; the view that welcomes you is indescribable, along with your sense of pride and satisfaction – you did it!

9 hours of hiking

Day 13: Spare Summit Day

As with any adventure like this, various external factors can stand between you and the Mera Peak summit (6,670m). Today is used as a backup day should the first summit attempt fail.

However, if all goes well on the first climb attempt, you will continue with the planned itinerary.

9 hours of hiking

Day 14: Back To Khare

‘Descend’ is likely to be a word you will welcome today and that’s just what you’ll do.

You’ll take a steady trek down the Hinku Valley to enjoy a relaxing evening of celebration at your camp in Khare.

6 hours of hiking

Day 15: Khare To Kothe

Today you’ll continue the trip home, leaving Khare to head to Kothe, where you will spend your night at a tea house.

5 hours of hiking

Day 16: Kothe To Chatter La (Zatrwa La)

Today you will continue the trip home, leaving Kothe to head to Chatter LaPass.

8 hours of hiking

Day 17: Chatter La to Lukla

After the night at Chatter La, you’ll conclude the trek by descending down into Lukla village, where you will spend your night in a local teahouse, now the celebrations really can begin!

4 hours of hiking

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Today will be the last day in the Khumbu region as you fly back to Kathmandu after the incredible mountain journey. Back in Kathmandu, you can spend some time reflecting on your huge achievement and doing last-minute souvenir shop in Thamel.

Your team will meet up for some beers and dinner in the evening to celebrate a successful completion of the trek.

Day 19: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. On the trek you will stay in ‘teahouses’ - these are mountain lodges that tend to have a communal dining area and basic toilets. The bedrooms are almost all twin-share however there may be the odd night where a triple room will be used in peak season. There’s no heating so your warm sleeping bag is needed. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge. There is usually the option to also pay a small amount to charge your goods so pack an adaptor if needed. When you’re reaching a higher altitude of this trip, you will at times stay in tented camps that provide sufficient shelter for the conditions up there.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a centrally located tourist hotel so can expect an en-suite room with air-con and wifi included. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the main shopping area and the heritage sites.

Dates & Prices

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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