Mera Peak

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 21 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Plus
  • Max Elevation: 6462m
  • Best Season: October, November and March, April
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Styles: Tea House +( Base Camp And High Camp Camping)
  • Starting point of trek: Lukla
  • Finishing point of trek: Lukla
  • Meals and Drinks: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner (tea and coffee)

Trip Map

  • Destination:Nepal

Mera Peak is still well known and easy to summit peaks in Nepal. It is in Makalu Barun National Park area.

Most of the peak climbers choose the peak which has 6462m high also is one of the highest peaks in Nepal. This peak is away from Everest Base camp to the southeast direction route heading to the north following Inku Khola (river) there are two routes to Mera from Lukla. One route is passing through the Zatrwa La (4610m) just above Lukla village and the one is an easy and long route which goes down from Lukla airport Paiya, Pangom. Short time groups follow Zatrwa La route and enough extra time groups choose the long route. The long route trek offers more scenery Sherpa villages, forests and mountains and also enough acclimatization gradually day today. During the trekking, you see Sherpa and Rai people who run lodges, tea shops, and groceries in the area of Mera. Fewer trekkers and climbers if it is compared with Everest.

Mera peak to climb one of the easiest peaks so far but a long way to walk and less climbing techniques are required. The last lodge area is Khare which is in 5040m. Khare has more than six guest house and extra tea shops are scattered in the area. In Khare, all the climbing gears are available in rent due to the carrying from long way with transportation the renting gears are unexpectedly expensive.

From Khare one night stay at Base Camp about at 5300 and the next night at High Camp at 4700m. If the groups are in good shape they direct go to High camp and summit the Mera Peak. You walk on snow and ice from Base Camp. The Base

Camp has been opened a new route is on the right side called as Japanese Base camp since 2017. The new base camp may change due to glaciers and crevasse in different seasons. From the summit, you can see a panorama of the best in the Himalayas with Mt.Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m) as well as Nuptse (7855m) and Chamlang (7319m) which give you an unforgettable experience in your life.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Rest day or sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla then walking to Paiya (2800m) (5hrs)
  • Day 04 Paiya to Pangom (2800m) (5-6hrs)
  • Day 05 Pangom to Ramailo Danda (3276m) (6hrs)
  • Day 06 Ramailo Danda to Taktho (3670m) (6-7hrs)
  • Day 07 Taktho to Kothe (3590m) (3hrs)
  • Day 08 Kothe to Thangnak (4358m) (4-5hr)
  • Day 09 Acclimatization day
  • Day10 Thangnak to Khare (5045m) (4-5hrs)
  • Day 11 Acclimatization day
  • Day 12 A reserve day in case of unforeseen weather
  • Day 13 Mera Base Camp (5360m) (2-3hrs)
  • Day 14 High Camp (4hrs) (5800m)
  • Day 15 Summit Mera Peak descend to Khare (5045m)(9-10hrs)
  • Day 16 Khare to Kothe (3590m) (6hrs)
  • Day 17 Kothe to Thuli Kahrka (4200m) (approximately 6-7hrs)
  • Day 18 Thuli Kahrka to Lukla 2800m (6-7hrs)
  • Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 20 Rest day in Kathmandu
  • Day 21 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given about your sightseeing and trekking route.

Day 02 Rest day or sightseeing in Kathmandu

On this day you are busy sightseeing in Kathmandu valley tour of Buddhist and old Hindu temples which are regarded as a shrine and local tradition.

Day 03 Fly to Lukla then walking to Paiya (2800m) (5hrs)

We will land at Tenzing Hillary airport at Lukla. A few times is to take rest in a guest house while our porters arrange the bag packs. We follow down the trail side by the airport. The path leads us through the forest passing some houses along the trails. We cross a stream in dip hill and walking straight few minutes and again walking down to Surke where the Jiri trail joins. From Surke the trail is steep up till Pakhe Pani where a lodge is available. From here it is an easy walking path to Paiya passing villages and houses. Nice valley view from the way. Paiya is a big village has many lodges, a health center, and a primary school.

Day 04 Paiya to Pangom (2800m) (5-6hrs)

About 20 minutes walk a river is appeared and the trail enters into a dense forest of cedar and maple. A big and long flock of mules are a long time to wait for them to go ahead. In the middle of the forest the trail is separated on the left side up a small path rise and on the right side down is to Jiri trail. About an hour climbing steeply in the forest we reach at a viewpoint at Karila (3150m) where we enjoy beautiful valley view to the south direction. From this point the trail descends through a forest of rhododendron, cedar and oak above the villages and lunch place is at Kharte. From Lunch place to Pangam is about three hours walking trails are narrow up and down crossing small streams finally one hour climbing up to reach at Pangom village our camp place. There are 5 common lodges are available along the trail.

Day 05 Pangom to Ramailo Danda (3276m) (6hrs)

Today’s trek begins steep route passing the forest arrive at Tho Kharka a view place where tea shops serve you hot drinks. Now the curving trails descend on ridge and mountain views and valley views are superb. Two hours and a half walking hour from Pangom we arrive in Sibuje village Sherpa community. It is important because the trail separates right side down and left side straight. We follow the left side trail which leads you to a small stream and walking up steps inside the forest. The narrow trails head into the forests and bamboo bush naturally nice. Inside the forest, an open land appears where there is a lodge and a yak house is called Ningsow. From Ningsow 2 hours climbing steeply through the forest of passing bamboo bushes on rock ridge finally, we reach at Ramailo Danda where there is two simple lodges nice view of Mera Peak.

Day 06 Ramailo Danda to Taktho (3670m) (6-7hrs)

Today’s trek is fully through a forest of rhododendron, bamboo, and cedar. During the trek, the trail is up and down. The trail heads to the forest a little while walking up to a ridge then steep down about one hour to a stream landslide area from here continue climbing up and down inside the forest very pleasant scenery and river sound and bird chirping make the trekking interesting. An hour before the lunch places in two places a short and difficult stone cemented steps are ascended and descend. This trail is an opportunity to see wild animals and birds. Our lunch place is at Chetra Khola in the middle of the forest where there are two simple lodges. From the Lunch place the trail again heads continue climbing up on ridge zigzag way for about one hour and easier trails to Taktho but some places sort steep climbing makes us tired. Finally, we arrive at Taktho where the trail from Lukla joins here. In Taktho there is only one lodge.

Day 07 Taktho to Kothe (3590m) (3hrs)

Today is the shortest walking day during our trek. The trial to Kothe, in the beginning, descends through forests and bamboo bushes and climbing up and down to the Inkhu Khola bank side where we follow the riverbank trail and again heading up the trail into the parse forest on the bottom of the rock. The trail is flat just 15 minutes before Kothe which is the biggest village in the area of Mera Peak and it has Makalu Barunte National park permit check post.

Day 08 Kothe to Thangnak (4358m) (4-5hr)

From Kothe on the left side of the Inkhu Khola (river), the trail to Thangnak follows traverse along the bank of the river. To the north direction, Kusum East 6373m and Kyasar (6770m) mountains can be seen. The tail, we feel is easy and gently up but between Kothe and lunch places in short distance area is stone falling. Lunch place is Osila Kharka (4000m) at the river bank there are two simple tea houses. In this area, short and small kinds of rhododendron trees are found and as we pass this area then it is alpinist environment meant no forest just barrel or grassy land. After lunch about 1hrs walking the river remains right side and we walk to left side up and there a small monastery appears inside the cave and the monastery has 3 golden colors of Buddha statue. From the monastery, the route is almost flat to the Thangnak which has 5 lodges. Thangnak and Sabai glaciers are just above from here.

Day 09 Acclimatization day

It is very important to spend an extra day in Thangnak to adopt the acclimatization process to go further for the next day. We hike up about 2hrs at 5000m hillside of Thangnak glacier On this viewpoint if weather is charming and surrounding mountains views are close the see them. We enjoy exploring the Himalayas and descend to the lodge and extra time is free.

Day10 Thangnak to Khare (5045m) (4-5hrs)

Though Khare is not far but due to the high latitude to avoid our walking speed must be less the other days. Today our walking route crossing a stream which origins out from Sbai Tsho lake. We visit Sabai Tsho Lake it is on the way to Khare. There are many moraines piled up by everybody who reaches this place. Continue walking on boulders in the gorge to the northeast direction while it is lunch place at Dig Kharka (4650m). Some group direct go to Khare for lunch but about the one-hour climbing steep route from Dig Kharka to Khare. Khare village is in 5040m which has more than six guest house and extra tea shops are scattered in the area. In Khare all the climbing gears are available in rent due to the carrying from long way with transportation the renting gears are unexpectedly expensive.

Day 11 Acclimatization day

The other extra acclimatization in Khare is important to summit the peak. We hike 2 hrs about at 5300m on the ridge side from it is good chance to see Mera Peak clearly. This day covers to see Mera Base Camp, Mera peaks, Kyasar and Khare glacier, and other less many mountains. On this day our mountaineering guides give you how to use climbing gears in proper way and briefing about the summit. You are made skill full of climbing about gears.

Day 12 A reserve day in case of unforeseen weather

Day 13 Mera Base Camp (5360m) (2-3hrs)

The Base camp is not so far. Khare is at the edge of a ridge. The trail continues on the ridge after 45 minutes goes left to Base camp on rocky and stone trail. The Base Camp is just below the glacier-covered area is less windy then Mera La Base camp.

Day 14 High Camp (4hrs) (5800m)

The High Camp is the exciting place to spend a night in a tent to Summit the peak next day early. The place is ice ground some directions huge black rocks which against the wind. The high camp offers Mountain views are spectacular including Mt.Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Choyu, Ama Dablam and many more its dominants.

Day 15 Summit Mera Peak descend to Khare (5045m)(9-10hrs)

Today summit the peak day is to get up early to get ready to climb the peak. It's severely cold as a condition of the weather. While climbing the time you are facing strong mountain wind. By 4 to 6 hours is to scale the peak from the High Camp. Fast and slow climbing depends on the shape of the climbers. From the summit is panoramic views of Mt.Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m) as well as Nuptse (7855m) and Chamlang (7319m) which give you an unforgettable memory trip. From the summit you back down to the High Camp eating and drinking then time for rest few hours after descend to Khare

Day 16 Khare to Kothe (3590m) (6hrs)

The trail from Kahre to Kothe back is the same all the way down passing Thangnak along the Inkhu Khola. Evening time we arrive in Khote where again permits are registered in the check post for check out.

Day 17 Kothe to Thuli Kahrka (4200m) (approximately 6-7hrs)

We follow back the same route up to Taktho where Thuli Kharka route and Ramailo Danda route separation point. Our trail continues steeply up through short and small same size forest of rhododendron. Two hours climbing up the trails ends on a viewpoint. Everybody enjoys having a short rest on the hill point after a long way climbing up. Mountain region starts zigzag route up and down trail set on barren grassy land reaches to another hill point with chortens on them colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Looking surrounding mountain views are beautiful pictures in everybody’s eyes. We descend down on routes some places narrow and steep slope again some places are on the flat open grassy land. A curving route on the rock side leads us up to the place where is our destination camp Thuli Kahka has two lodges.

Day 18 Thuli Kahrka to Lukla 2800m (6-7hrs)

After many days trekking and summit, today is the ending day of the trek day. One our and more is to follow the trail steep on barrel region. After thirty minutes walking the trail heads up on a beautiful rocky region and ends at 4600m then the route descends to the left and the trail is to climb up at Zatrwa La Pass (4700m) is just above the Lukla. From this pass, the route is very steep down on snow and ice up to Khirki Thanga a resting and tea break place. Now the trail to Lukla is all the way down through forests crossing small streams and villages finally trekking ends in Lukla town and we will have last day celebration in the evening at our lodge.

Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 20 Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 21 Departure from Kathmandu

You are assisted to reach at the airport by our staff. You have to reach at the airport 3hrs before your plane leave.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off.
  • Three night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Experienced climbing guide and porters
  • Porters to carry bag pack/good
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) included coffee & tea.
  • Transportation by land and air
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park/ area entry permit
  • Peak climbing Permit
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International air fare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than air lines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport)
  • Sightseeing tour guide
  • personal climbing gears and clothes
  • Tips and gratuities for staffs
  • Emergency Rescue
  • Travel insurance
  • Trips cancellation costs
  • Accident or health emergency
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage

Additional Info

Climbing Gears (personal)

  • Ice ax
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/ Jumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Ice crew
  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer

Head 

  • Light balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Neck cover
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection minimum 50+sun block lotion

Clothing lower Body

  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Polypropylene shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof shell pant

Clothes upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
  • Down vest/jacket

Feet clothes

  • Thick warm wool socks
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light camp shoes or sandals
  • Gaiters

Hands clothes

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • Mittens waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated -30 degree
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Large plastic to keep clothes dry
  • Daypack/backpack waterproof of 35to 50kg
  • Large waterproof rucksack/ duffel bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 water bottle contains more than 1 ltr for cold and hot water
  • Toilet papers
  • Earplugs
  • Electronic charging devices

Medical

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pills Anti-headache
  • Pills anti-diarrhea
  • Water purification tablets
  • Aspirin
  • Diamox
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • First-aid tape
  • Sunscreen

Free time (your choice)

  • Binocular, camera
  • Pen and note book
  • Reading books
  • Indoor games

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