MERA PEAK

Trek and Climb in the Khumbu

Mera Peak Climb

Mera Peak is located at the head of the quiet and remote Hinku valley, an area of the Mount Everest region rarely frequented by trekkers or visitors. There are many approaches to Mera; some are easy and some require the crossing of high and difficult passes. South ridge is considered un-climbable, East and north faces almost so. Northeast ridge is a difficult mixed 1600 meters climb. West face is possible, so is north-west ridge, but access to Mera West glacier (Khare glacier) is difficult; either a 500 climb up an icefall or a 1,000 meter climb over west side ramparts to the glacial basin at 5,600 meters. Mera Peak actually has three summits: Mera North, 6,476 metres; Mera Central, 6,461 metres; and Mera South, 6,065 metres (19,898 ft). We take all our clients to the highest, Mera North.

With eight of the world's ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. The trek to Everest via the Goyko Lakes gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. Compared to the standard Everest Base Trek, this route is far more challenging as the trek includes Gokyo Ri, Renjo La, Kala Patthar and a high mountain pass, the Cho La at 5420m. That's 4 major high points over 5000m in one single trek, a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel. However, walking up the long valley towards Goyko and the lakes nearby is one of the outstanding treks in the Khumbu region. You'll go past Yak pastures, gigantic glaciers, and the most magical and enchanting scenery in the Khumbu.


MERA PEAK OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m) - Trek to Puyan (2,800m)

Day-4: Pangkongma (2,846m)

Day-5: Nashing Dingma (2,600m)

Day-6: Chalem Kharka (3,600m)

Day-7: Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)

Day-8: Trek to Hinku Valley. Continue to Thaksingdingma (3600m)

Day-9: Trek to Thangnak (4350m)

Day-10: Trek to Khare (5100m)

Day-11: Trek to Mera La (5400m)

Day-12: Day for Acclimatization

Day-13: Continue to High Camp (5800m)

Day-14: Summit the Mera Peak (6,654 m)

Day-15 - 18: Trek back to Lukla

Day-19: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-20: Free day in Kathmandu

Day-21: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

MERA PEAK ITINERARY

Day-1: Kathmandu
Kathmandu overnight at the Hotel

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and some preparations for the climb.
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Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m) - Trek to Puyan (2,800m)

We will be taken to the airport for one of the great flights of the Himalaya . If the sky is clear during our flight, we will get our first views of Everest and the region in which we will be climbing. The Twin Otter aircraft will take us to the hillside village of Lukla , which is the start of our trek to Mera. Here we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first camp at Puyan (2,800m). Camp (BLD)

Day-4: Pangkongma (2,846m)

After crossing the Poyan Khola, we turn off the main trade route coming up from the south and join an older route, which climbs steeply to the ridge-line overlooking the Khare Khola. Descending the other side of the ridge, we then contour along the hillside before climbing steadily up to the attractive farming and trading village of Pangkongma (2,846m). Many expedition members have been made welcome by the villagers here, spending several pleasant hours warming themselves in front of an open fire in the enveloping and welcoming atmosphere of the local's traditional Sherpa homes. Camp (BLD)

Day-5: Nashing Dingma (2,600m)

With fine views westwards towards Takshindu monastery and Lamjura, we climb through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to the Pangkongma La. From here, we have good views of the south face of Mera with its twin peaks and of its neighbour Naulekh. We then make a scenic descent with beautiful views looking south across the endless foothills rising each side of the Hinku valley. This steep descent leads down to the wire rope bridge that spans the Hinku Khola. A steep, strenuous climb on the opposite side leads to Nash ing Dingma (2,600m). We stay here for the night at the excellent campsite established by the Makalu National Park . (BLD)

Day-6: Chalem Kharka (3,600m)

Gaining height gradually through pasture and lush greenery, the trail steepens as we climb up to the Surke La. It is possible to take a nice, welcome cup of tea in a lodge just over the pass. Walking on, eventually, we reach an attractive campsite at a col 1km beyond Chalem Kharka (3,600m), set among fir trees and rhododendron bushes. Camp. (BLD)

Day-7: Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)

Climbing the side of a ridge, we emerge from the last traces of rhododendron and the terrain becomes more rugged. Passing through high grazing country and crossing a small pass, we are treated to some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu to the east. We continue climbing to Panch Pokari and then on to camp at Chunbu Kharka (4,200m). Camp (BLD)

Day-8: Trek to Hinku Valley . Continue to Thaksingdingma (3600m)

We ascend slowly passing through the jungle. We find virtually no human settlement on the trail. This will be one of our longest walking days, mostly downhill. We will traverse several flats and spurs until we gain our first view of Mera Peak . From here we will drop down into the isolated Hinku Valley . Aside from mountaineers, the Hinku Valley is sparsely populated and very pristine. We will ascend a steep section of trail until we enter the forest, where we will stop for lunch. Eventually we will drop down into the humid, bamboo forests, before turning north up along the west side of the Hinku River towards Mera Peak . We will slowly ascend to Thaksingdingma. Camp (BLD)

Day-9: Trek to Thangnak (4350m)

Today we will have amazing mountain views as we continue north up the Hinku Valley . The trail gently climbs along the west bank of the Hinku River . Spectacular mountains, such as Kusum Kangari to the west and Mera Peak to the east, will be in view throughout the morning. We will make our way up onto the meadows on the western side of the Hinku Valley as we climb above the tree line. Here we will stop for lunch. Throughout the afternoon, we will traverse meadows and hill slopes, dotted with grazing yaks, until we reach the settlement of Tangnak (4,350m, 14,268ft). If it's been a snowy season, the sound of avalanches will soon be familiar. We are approaching the heart of the high Himalaya . Camp (BLD)

Day-10: Trek to Khare (5100m)

Today we will climb above 5,000 m (16,400ft) for the first time. Our hike up to Khare (5,100m, 16,728ft) is short, but we will take it slowly, with frequent stops to soak up the incredible surroundings. The trail heads eastward out of Tangnag, along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier. We will pause to climb up the moraine for a view of the pristine Sabai Tso glacial lake. A drop in lake level, caused by a recent rupture of the natural dam the held the lake, is clearly visible. We will arrive at Khare in the early afternoon and have lunch. From Khare, the beautiful north face of Mera Peak is in plain view and Mera glacier spills steeply down into the valley. Camp. (BLD)

Day-11: Trek to Mera La (5400m)

Today we will travel a short distance, slowly ascending up onto Mera glacier. The climb is initially steep, but flattens out as we reach the crest of the glacier. We will traverse a long flat on top of the glacier as we make our way to the pass, called Mera La (5,400m, 17,710ft). From here, the views are stunning. Crevasse fields gently stretch out in front of the pass and we are literally enclosed by a ring of jagged peaks and blue-green glaciers. The remaining route up to the summit of Mera Peak is clearly visible. We will have lunch at Mera La and spend the afternoon relaxing and staying warm. Camp (BLD)

Day-12: Day for Acclimatization

Rest day for acclimatization. Camp for the night. (BLD)

Day-13: Continue to High Camp (5800m)

We have a short, steep climb up to High camp, but we will take it very slowly so that we allow for the altitude gain. At 5,800 m (19,025ft), high camp is nestled behind a large rock outcrop. We will arrive here by lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and further acclimatizing. Bill O'Conner in the book 'Trekking Peaks of Nepal' describes high camp as 'one of the most glorious viewpoints in Nepal, with a panorama that takes in Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse sweeping round from the east, whilst due north Everest peers over the massive unclimbed South Face of Lhotse and Nuptse. Sitting on that rock outcrop, listening to the wind and looking out across untracked glaciers remains a highlight of my Mera expedition. We make preparation for the next day to get to the summit. Camp. (BLD)

Day-14: Summit the Mera Peak (6,654 m)

Today we go to the summit at 21,830 ft from where the views of Pumori (7,161 m) Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Lobuche (6,145 m) Cho Oyu (8,201 m) are spectacular. We will depart high camp before dawn. The climb up to the higher northern summit is straight forward, but will take 6-7 hours. The reward is one of the world's most spectacular mountain views, including Everest and Lhotse just to the north, Cho Oyu to the northwest, and Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east. We will then make our way down to Mera La for lunch and to Khare to camp for the night. (BLD)

Day-15 - 18:
Over the course of the next four days, we retrace our steps and head back down to Lukla, camping overnight. (BLD)

Day-19: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight (B)

Day-20: Free day in Kathmandu , Hotel

Day-21: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

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Mera Peak Variations

 
Mera 20 days Mera Amphu Labcha Pass 20 days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: trip preparation

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m/8,956ft): 40 mins flight, 5-6 hours trek

Day 04: Paiya to Panggom (2,846m/9,337ft): 5-6 hours

Day 05: Panggom to Ningsow (2,863m/9,393ft): 4-5 hours

Day 06: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft): 7-8 hours

Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft): 6-7 hours

Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft): 3-4 hours

Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours

Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and pre–climb training

Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 6-7 hours

Day 12: Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190ft), trek to Kongma Dingma (4,850m/15912ft):10-11 hours

Day 13: Kongma Dingma: rest day

Day 14: Contingency

Day 15: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16519 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 16: Seto Pokhari to Amphu Labcha Base Camp (South) (5,650m/18,536 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 17: Amphu Labcha Base Camp to Chhukung (4,750m/15,580 ft): 9-10 hours

Day 18: Chhukung to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft): 6-7 hours

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 21: Final departure

Day-20 Departure

Day-1 Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

Day-2 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day-3 Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)

Day-4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Day-5 Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar : Hike to Khumjung Valley

Day-6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m)

Day-7 Trek from Thame to Murlung (4,210m)

Day-8 Rest (4,210m)

Day-9 Trek from Murlung to Gokyo (4,790m) Via Renjo Pass (5,340m)

Day-10 Acclimatization day : Hike from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5,300m) and back to the Gokyo

Day-11 Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750m)

Day-12 Gokyo Lakes

Day-13 Trek from Thagnak to Zungla (4,620m) via crossing Cho La Pass (5,330m)

Day-14 Trek from Zungla to Gorakshep (5,140m)

Day-15 Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,550m) to EBC (5,364m) to Lobuche

Day-16 Lobuche via Kongma La to Dingboche

Day-17 Trek Dingboche to Deboche (3,930m)

Day-18 Trek from Deboche to Namche Bazaar

Day-19 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day-20 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel

Day-21 Day at leisure

Day-22 Departure

Your Questions Answered

This is a camping trek so each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain altitude tent. We supply a foam mattresses.
The government of Nepal has designated the term Trekking Peak to 18 Peaks, which can now be climbed once you have a permit via the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The category was created by the Nepal Mountaineering association as an intermediate stage between hiking and mountaineering. The climbs are of an intermediate level yet despite their names, are certainly not just an extension of a walking trek. Tackling a trekking peak should not be undertaken lightly as they require physical stamina, mental focus and require basic mountain climbing skills. On these treks, you will be trekking and climbing above the snow line using ice axe, crampons, ropes and other climbing equipment. Prior experience though not essential, is certainly an advantage. Glacial recession over the last few years has made the climb more technical than in the past and at times, a ladder may be needed to cross the bergschrund/crevasse that can form at the base of the wall. For this reason of the most important elements of your preparation will be mountaineering skills and you should learn competency in abseiling/ repelling using a figure of 8 and practicing moving on fixed lines prior to arrival if you can.
As a trekking peak, yes it is but the actual route is more remote than other areas and thus not that many trekkers.
The average is around 6-8 hours a day though days when you cross passes will be longer and extended. Your summit day will be a good 12 to 18 hours
The temperatures on the mountain are affected by a range of factors such as time of year, snow fall and wind. One can expect anything between -5 and -17 C
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The climb can be done during Autumn (Sep - Nov) which is the best time or Spring (March - May)

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.
4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options


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