Mera Peak Climbing is an excellent opportunity to reach the top of the highest trekking peak in Nepal. The scenically stunning and increasing popular mountain peak is situated on the edge of famous Khumbu Region which is also dominated by Mt. Everest. The one of the most popular adventure climbing commences following an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and then the adventure trek passes through the trails of beautiful valleys of the Everest region for days. Along with enjoying the incredible taste of trekking in the virgin forest of the Hinku Valley, the outstanding trip ultimately reaches to its climax – the summit of Mera Peak (6,461m). Your days’ endeavor, the top of Mera Peak, rewards you with the spectacular fresco of eight thousandars – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and many other peaks. Besides, Himalayan Glacier’s unbeatable services, trekking staffs with experienced leader ensure that your Mera Peak adventure will be a lifetime experience.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1,300m)
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After the completion of custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, either we visit at Himalayan Glacier’s office site where we meet with our trekking guide or hang around the city. At the evening upon our reception, Himalayan Glacier will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Preparation Day
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2730m): 3-4 hrs
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of TIA for a flight to Lukla (2,800m), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek down from Lukla. We walk through the jungle down to Surke then a bit ahead we have lunch at Pakhapani or ahead nearby. Continuing ahead through many traditional villages, jungles, and hills, we gradually reach the vicinity of Paiya for the first night’s camp. We see number of peaks from here such as Knogde Ri, Khatang, Tang Ragi Tu and other peaks above 7 thousand meters high.
Day 04: Paiya to Pangkoma (2,850m): 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we march a little down until we reach wooden bridge and then carefully we have to go ahead through the slippery trail to cross Kari La Hill (pass). We have our lunch in the village ahead and start up walking through the rhododendron and bamboo forest through the narrow mountain trail. We capture the outstanding views of Dudhkoshi River valley and Dudh Kund Himal before reaching the farming and trading village of Pangkongama for night`s rest.
Day 05: Pangkoma to Nashing Dingma (2,600m): 6-7 hrs
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 neighbor 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).
Day 06: Nashing Dingma to Chalem Kharka (3,600m): 6-7 hrs
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.
Day 07: Chalem Kharka to Khola Kharka (3,173 m): 5-6 hrs
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 will have some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu to the east. While continuing climbing we pass Danda Kharka to reach at Khola Kharka.
Day 08: Khola Kharka to Kothe (3600m): 6-7 hrs
After crossing Panch Pokari, we set off from Khola Kharka and contour around the main Hinku valley before making a series of steep descents through scree and then rhododendron. We eventually arrive on the valley floor and where we cross to the west bank of the Hinku River by a wooden bridge at Khote (3,550m). Khote is a large settlement with lodges.
Day 09: Kothe to Tangnang (4,350m): 3-4 hrs
Today is another short-trek day in which we trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung – the summer herders’ settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung we pass a 200 year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. We pray for our successful ascent of Mera Peak in the boulder of the Gompa offering incense. A short walk takes us to Thagnag – a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day: Hiking to Charpate Himal Glacier
It is not recommended staying idle although it is a rest day. Instead we have to stay active to be ready for next day’s adventure. Thangnag offers close view of Charpate Himal – a sacred mountain for Sherpas community. So after breakfast, we hike for about 3 hours up to Charpate Himal Glacier. After reaching at the glacier, we can observe outstanding view of Mera North very closely. Next, an hour’s pleasant hike downwards gets back you at the camp at Thangnang.
Day 11: Tangnang to Khare (5,045m): 2-3 hrs
We head towards Mera Base Camp at Khare. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to our camping spot at Khare. The camping experience at Khare is something that would cherish us throughout our life. It is pleasure to view beautiful North face of Mera Peak from our campsite at Khare.
Day 12: Khare to Mera Base Camp (5,300m): 3-4 hrs
Today after breakfast, we walk through boulder strewn course to reach Base Camp of Mera Peak. We have to march through steep route (about 260 meters) and it takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach Base Camp. Upon reaching there after a short rest accompanied with our lunch, we start ice climbing training with our climbing guide. Inexperienced climbers need to learn much more today. After about 2-3 hours training, we might choose to go to Mera La. However, as we will be taking the route to High Camp through Mera La the next day, we might opt to rest at our camp at Base camp today admiring the eye-catching views the area offers.
Day 13: Mera Base Camp to High Camp (5,780m): 4-5 hrs
We take the route through Mera La to reach the Mera High Camp today. We need to walk through rock-strewn area for about two hours while making our way to Mera High Camp and this can be a bit hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp and enjoy rest of the day the sunrise and sunset view from here. Along with the views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse are outstanding from this site.
Day 14: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m) and back to Khare (5,045m): 8-9 hrs
It will be a tremendous day. After very early breakfast, our group will put on crampons and rope and set up for special journey to the summit. If we are a well-acclimatized group, it takes around 4-6 hours to reach the summit of Mera central. From the summit can be seen the magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) Ama Dablam (6,812m) Kangtega (6,779m) and many other peaks over six thousand. After achieving the summit, we retrace down to high camp and then the trail links us to Khare. Today’s adventure will be once in a life time!
Day 15: Khare to Kothe (3,600m): 4-5 hrs
After a great success of the expedition to Mt. Mera we descend to Hinku valley to Kothe for our overnight stop at camp. Leaving behind the outstanding Himalayan background, you arrive at Kothe.
Day 16: Kothe to Thuli Kharka: 5-6 hrs
Today, we again climb up about two hours through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to reach at Thuli Kharka. It is nice walk through the red Rhododendron forest with beaten trail of Himalaya of Nepal. We observe the wide range of Mera peaks, Mera North, Mera Central, Mera South from Thuli Kharka.
Day 17: Thuli Kharka to Lukla: 6-7 hrs
Around two hour’s trek connects us to Zatrwa La pass. After crossing the pass we see beautiful view of Lukla valley, Cho yu, Kongde peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru and so many others. From Zatrwa La we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward trail takes us to Lukla village where we conclude the trekking.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
The flight time to Kathmandu are scheduled in the morning normally because Lukla suffers a lot of wind in afternoon. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day in our hotel or if interested to take some Nepalese souvenir for friends and relatives, we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides too if you like. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, Himalayan Glacier Trekking hosts a fantastic celebration dinner tonight in the occasion of successfully completing your trip!!
Day 19: Final Departure
The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport. On our way to home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal.