Mera Peak Climbing

Trip highlights:

          •  Scenic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

          •  Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square

          •  15 days trekking 3-8 hours each day walking past the remote Sherpa villages with towering highest peaks of the world

          •   Mera Peak  (6476m/21246ft) ascent on 18th day


 

Trip Cost Includes:

           •   All land transportation in private vehicles.
           •   3 Nights in twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels
           •   5 Nights in tented camps during peak climbing
           •   15 Nights in best available lodge and guest house during trekking days
           •   Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms
           •   23 Breakfast, 20 Lunch and 22 Dinner
           •   Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
           •   Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
           •   Mera Peak Climbing Permit.
           •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places
           •   An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
           •   Climbing Sherpa from Mera Peak Base Camp for the summit and back to base camp.
           •   Group climbing equipments such as climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer, camping tents and kitchen equipments
           •   The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign 1 porter for every 2 guests).
           •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
           •   Down Jacket and sleeping bag that has to be returned later
           •   Satellite phone service.
           •   Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles).
           •   Flights to transfer climbing members, staff, liaison officer and cargo of the climbing gear.
           •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Kathmandu’s DurbarSquare:
is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth,  the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.
Patan: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


 Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m); Trek to Puiyan
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m). Here we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first camp at Puiyan(2,800m).

Overnight: Lodge in Puiyan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04: Trek from Puiyan to Pangkongma (2846m)

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.

Overnight: Lodge in Pangkongma

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05: Trek from Pangkongma to Nashing Dingma (2600m)

With fine views westwards towards Takshindu Monastery and Lamjura, we climb through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to the Pangkongma La. On the way up to the Pangkongma La, it is worth detouring via the Pangkongma Monastery for a guided visit. From the pass, 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 Nashing Dingma (2,600m). We stay here for the night at the excellent campsite established by the Makalu National Park.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06: Trek from Nashing Dingma to Chalem Kharka (3600m)

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.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07: Trek from Chalem Kharka to Chunbu Kharka (4200m)

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).

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08: Rest day at Chunbu Kharka
Today, we may have a well-earned rest day, though for those feeling fit, there is a rewarding walk up to a hanging corrie lake behind the camp. This has good views and helps aid acclimatisation. Today is also a good day for putting in an equipment check session - boots and crampons, harness and knots.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09: Descent into the Hinku Valley

We set off from Chunbu Kharka and climb steeply uphill for 20 minutes or so, before contouring around high above the Hinku Valley. We then make a series of steep descents through scree and then rhododendron to eventually arrive on the valley floor, where we cross to the west bank of Hinku River by a wooden bridge at Khote (3,550m). We'll have had lunch in the forest, during our descent. Khote is now quite a large settlement of lodges that have been built over the past 10 years. We camp on a pleasant grassy patch not far from the river.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Trek to Tangnak (4360m)

Today, we follow the west bank of the riverbed up the valley to Tangnak (4,360m). A magnificent, towering mountain, known by its survey name of Peak 39 or on some maps, "Kayashar ", dominates the head of the valley. The trail leads steadily up the side of the valley through open pasture, used for the summer grazing of yaks brought up from the lower reaches of the valley. Finally, we reach Tangnak, which has grown into a small hamlet of tea-shops and lodges since expeditions first started to frequent this region of Nepal.

Overnight: Lodge in Tangnak

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Acclimatization at Tangnak

We spend the day acclimatising to the altitude. There will be a walk this morning to the top of a ridge south of Tangnak. We walk to around 5000 m and should get great views of Kusum Kanguru, Chamlang and the Mera La. We return to camp for lunch and in the afternoon there will be a gear check and abseil training. Your leader will also do a PAC bag demonstration

Overnight: Lodge in Tangnak

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12: Trek to Dig Kharka (4650m)

We now walk towards the mountain as the trail swings to the east. We gain height gradually until we find ourselves at Dig Kharka (4,650m), close to the foot of the Hinku Nup Glacier. This is a pleasant, grassy camp in an impressive situation.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13: Trek to Khare (5100m)

Depending on how the team are acclimatising, we can spend another night at Dig Kharka, though normally we would head up to Khare (5,100m) today. From Khare, it is possible to do a glacier session to ensure that everyone is happy with the use of ropes and crampons. The views of Mera from our breakfast table at Khare are particularly stunning.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14: Acclimatization at Khare

We have an acclimatisation day at Khare and there will be the chance to walk up onto the glacier towards the Mera La, where we will practice our ice axe, crampon and rope technique and use of jumar. Please note that equipment checks and all practice sessions with the equipment both in Tangnak and Base Camp are compulsory for everyone before the climb.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 Day 15: Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp (5300m)

Today we climb up to the Mera La (5400m). This is an exciting day as we climb onto the Mera Glacier and follow it to the pass. We now take supplies up to the Mera La (5400m) and set up our camp just below the pass on the Honku side. The sunset from this campsite is truly spectacular with the peaks of the Honku Himal glowing red in the setting sun.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 16: Acclimatisation at Mera Peak Base Camp

This is another acclimatisation day (at 5300m), in final preparation for the climb tomorrow. Not only do we acclimatise further, we use the day to best advantage with another snow and ice training session on the snout of the glacier that descends from the Mera La.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 17: Move to high camp (5800m)

Today, we make the climb to the high camp, located at about 5800 metres on the Northern slopes of the upper mountain. There is no need to make an early start but we must get our equipment ready so that the Sherpas can help with carrying this and the camp stores to the high camp. Having gained the Mera La, the route turns left (south) and follows easy angled snow slopes. After a short distance an area of crevasses is reached. Under normal conditions these can be walked around very easily, although looking into their deep, dark depths is always impressive. The crevasses soon give way to slightly steeper but open snow slopes that lead without difficulty to the high camp. From this point it is possible to see five out of the six highest mountains on earth, stretching from Kanchenjunga in the east through Makalu, Lhotse and Everest to Cho Oyu in the west. Soon after sunset we go to our tents for a good night’s sleep for the summit attempt the next day.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 18:Mera Peak Ascent (6,476m/21,246ft)

Mera actually has three summits; the highest is our objective.A very long day today as we start very early at around 2am when it is very cold as well. We will set off roped up in teams. You will need to take your ice axe and wear crampons as we ascend the wide, open glacier, avoiding the few crevasses. Although terrain is not very steep, we walk very slowly due to the altitude. As dawn approaches the trail starts to ascend steeply to the east of the left-hand ridge before swinging right on easier ground to approach the summit. As we approach the summit we will rest at a col whilst the sherpas fix a rope up the last 50m to the summit. This is the steepest part of the climb. And it is likely that we may need the jumar for parts of this section, There is also a very steep slightly overhanging section of approximately 6 metres, which makes the climb a little more challenging. The sherpas will fix the rope accordingly and help you up this section. Once at the top the views watching the sun rising over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the plumed Everest Himal in the centre and Cho Oyu further west, make every painful step well worthwhile. To descend the steep section there will be an abseil from the summit and we will use the fixed rope back to the col. From here the descent is usually a lot quicker although we will still be roped as care must be taken because of crevasses. After taking pictures and enjoying the view, we descend by the same route back to our campsite below the Mera La.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 19:Extra day

This is a spare day to allow for bad weather or for additional summit attempts.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 20-22: Trek back to Lukla

We take a direct route to Lukla that takes 3 comfortable days crossing the Zatrwa La pass at 4,600m before descending steeply into the Dudh Kosi valley and toLukla. On arrival in Lukla we can relax, visit tea shops and bars, and prepare for next day's flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 23: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu

Early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast,  Fare well  Dinner


Day 24:  Final departure
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

Please contact us for your required date and price.

Best Months 
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Mera Peak Climbing.

 

Maximum Altitude: 6,476m

 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.

 

Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can choose for trekking. But for mountain climbing one has to have an previous experience of climbing.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.

 

Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

In summit base camps, the accommodation will be a tented camp.

 

Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.


 

Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs

 

Climbing Guides

All our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and are experienced in many 6000, 7000 and 8000 meter peaks.

 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

 

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you Any international calls made, you can pay to the guide directly.

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582

Fantastic experience climbing Mera Peak in Nepal. I am planning my next visit probably in 2015 for climbing Mt. Everest. I would certainly book with no other than Eve Holidays.

Rodriguez R

My friends and I are very experienced trekkers and have travelled several countries. This is our third visit to this country and we did Mera Peak Climbing this time. This time our whole trip was organized by Eve Holidays. They are highly professional and they accomodate the best in your budget.

Michael