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MERA PEAK CLIMB

Trip code
Package name MERA PEAK CLIMB
Duration 19 Days
Max. elevation 6500m m
Level DIFFICULT
Transportation <span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Hind; font-size: 15px;">Plane and private transportation</span>
Accomodation Hotels and teahouses
Starts at KATHMANDU
Ends at KATHMANDU
Trip route
Cost USD 2,495 per person

Overview

Vertex Holidays presents ‘Mera Peak Climb‘ an exciting adventure of great thrills standing on top, one of Nepal's highest trekking peaks. Mera Peak stands at the height of 6,476 m / 21, 246 feet, located far-east of Khumbu and Everest region. An adventurous trek to reach on the foot of Mera Peak at base camp, taking a higher route. Where climb leads over Naulekh and Kalo-Himal, above Lukla town and the airport to enter hidden pockets of Hinku valley.A lovely walk into dense tree lines covered with rhododendron, pines, and juniper with birch. As vegetation and trees stop as the country changes into rocky moraine, snow, ice to reach Mera Peak base camp.Where we have ample time for acclimatization with climbing practice exercise, before the ascent to the summit of Mera Peak. The climb of less technical challenges leads to strenuous, exhausting uphill, but with time and endurance where all can make it. The climbing grade of Mera Peak, we have listed as ‘F’ which means “Facial Easy” a straight-forward peak to ascent. The climb takes you on deep snow and icy path with high altitude gain at every step to reach the summit. Although a less technical peak requires good climbing gear for own safety and to enjoy the adventure.The grading for the climb, used from popular and renowned French / Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems. Which is the best and simple way of grading on alpine-style climbing of a day or more. Mera Peak Climb begins with an exciting scenic short flight from Kathmandu to land at Tenzing & Hillary airport in Lukla. A nice busy Sherpa town where most treks and various adventure around high Khumbu and Everest starts and ends. From Lukla, on leaving the last human settlement heading towards absolute wilderness around remote areas where there are no villages. Except for some few cattle herder temporary huts and shades, that also serve as small, simple tea-house and shops.Leaving Lukla, walk into a nice forested area and then steep up to cross Zatwar-La pass and Naulekh Himal ridges. Which forms a barrier in between the Dudh Kosi River of popular Khumbu areas with remote quiet Hinku valley. As walk heads at the end of Sagarmatha National Park, to reach the boundary of Makalu, Barun National Park, and Conservation Area. Where Mera Peak is located, direct south of Mt. Everest and west of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse Himal. The walk continues through lovely woodland past a few small cattle grazing pastures of Solu-Khumbu villages, to reach Mera Peak base camp. To make the climb successful, accessible, and safe where the high camp is set right beneath towering Mera Peak. The next day an early morning start for a long stretch climb, with safe and precautionary measures avoiding deep crevices. Then after vigorous walks challenging your strength and stamina on uphill slopes to reach the summit of Mera Peak. Enjoy, breathtaking panorama of the stunning high Himalayan mountain range with the world’s five top tallest peaks. Facing Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu towards north includes near views of Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga towards the far-east horizon. Feeling on top of the world standing at 6,476 m / 21, 246 feet high. After a great feat, achieving our goal and highlight of the adventure descend safely back to base camp. Where return journey takes you on the same scenic trails to reach Lukla for the last overnight stop around the Khumbu area. The next morning a sweeping flight brings you back to Kathmandu, after an incredible adventure of a life-time experience on Mera Peak Climb.  
Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu received by our staff and transfer to hotels.
Day 02: Morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites. 
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (35 min) and trek to Chutanga 3,430 m - 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Mosum Kharka 3,430 m - 04 hrs. 
Day 06:Trek to Thag-Nak 4,360 m - 05 hrs. 
Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization. 
Day 08: Trek to Khare / Mera Peak base camp 5,040 m near Mera-La - 04 hrs. 
Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization and practice climb on ice and rocks.
Day 10: Trek and climb to High Camp 5,780 m - 04 hrs. 
Day 11: Climb Mera Summit 6,476 m / 21, 246 feet - 08 hrs.
Day 12: Spare and Contingency day in case of weather conditions. 
Day 13: Trek to Kothe 3,680 - 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m - 06 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Chutanga-05 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla - 03 hours and transfer to Lodge for an overnight stop.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 18: In Kathmandu spare and contingency day with optional tour.
Day 19: Depart for international flight homeward bound.
Additional Information:
Understanding the nature of trails and landscapes around remote pockets of Khumbu and Everest region around Hinku Valley. The walk takes you away from the main popular trekking path. Where there are no lodges on route to Mera Peak base camp and beyond, there are a few small primitive tea-shops at Thag-Nak. But not up to the tourist standard, rather than a shack and just shelter with limited food to serve. For this reason, tented camping is much necessary carrying all camping equipment and foods to last the whole trek and climb till Lukla.

PERSONAL GEAR FOR MERA PEAK CLIMB:
Plastic Boot a pair
Crampons a pair
Ice Axe one
Harness one
Carabineer or Karabiner two each
Snow Gaiters a pair
Snow / Sun Glass one each
Warm Gloves a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser. a set each
Down Jacket one each
Down sleeping bags one each with inner linear
Main Ropes 200 m (50 m per person) as per the peak chosen, 
which will be provided by the company.
Ski Pole (optional) one each

Highlights

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport via various airlines, our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing. Regarding the wonderful adventure to Mera Peak Climb and trek. On briefing includes useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music. 

 

Day 2 : In Kathmandu tour of world heritage sites and trek preparation.

 A free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation, with a day tour of exciting places around Kathmandu city of great historical, cultural and religious interest. Most of the Hindu and Buddhist monuments including old palaces are included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our city guide will show you the ancient wonders of Nepal, afternoon relax and prepare for the trek and climb of Mera Peak around the Everest region. 


Day 3 : Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (35 min) and trek to Chutanga 3,430 m - 04 hrs.

Start early morning departure from the hotel, with a short transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport, as per flight time after going through securities board in a small aircraft. Dornier / Twin Otter or similar types. The flight heads east overlooking a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range of peaks with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, as the plane lands at Lukla airstrip. The airport called Tenzing & Hillary tribute to the first conqueror of Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953. From Lukla airport after collecting all our baggage, carried by our strong porters as the walk begins heading northeast above Lukla town and past few farmhouses to enter a nice forest of tall rhododendron and pines trees to reach at Chutanga for a first overnight stop. A lovely area amidst green woods, far from human habitations and villages in tranquil surroundings, where the overnight camp is set on a grassy field.


Day 4 : Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m - 06 hrs.

After pleasant overnight camping at Chutanga, start the morning by having breakfast then head for a climb on a steep slope to traverse over Kalo Himal, also called Nau Lekh a high rocky ridges, that separates the main areas of Khumbu with Inku valley. As walk leads further east close to the boundary of the Barun and Makalu area. A tough climb to start the morning and then cross over Zatrwa Og and Zatrwa-La at 4,600 meters. Facing grand views of Dudh Kosi River valley with Karyolung and Lumding Himal, and then descend to camp at Thuli Kharka a small summer pasture for local villager cattle grazing area.


Day 5 : Trek to Mosum Kharka 3,430 m - 04 hrs. 

Today a short few hours walk like on the first day from Lukla to Chutanga, as morning heads down overlooking views of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks. As you enter Hinku valley one of the least ventured regions of Khumbu by trekkers and adventurers, on the walk enjoy views of Mera Peak as trailheads within dense rhododendron, pine tree forest to another grazing pasture at Mosum Kharka for overnight camping. Enjoy the afternoon with short good walks and might spot some wild-life, as the area is undisturbed on serene tranquil surroundings.


Day 6 : Trek to Thag-Nak 4,360 m - 05 hrs. 

The morning after breakfast and clearing the camp, continue walks heading further northeast, as trek progress reaching a wide-open valley around grazing land with some cattle herders temporary huts and shades on this lovely place called Gondi-Shung which is at above 4,350 m. From here walk on the west bank of Hinku-Drangkha a small stream, as route leads past Gondi-Shung and witness a 200-year-old Lung-Sumgba Gompa/monastery with an inscription on a rock pointing route to Mera Peak. A short walk leads to Thag-Nak, which is a summer grazing area with few primitive lodges and shops at Tag-Nak, a nice spot and a temporary settlement with few huts and shades that serves as a simple, basic tea house and lodge for some travelers and porters.

Day 7 : Rest day for acclimatization.

A nice pleasant place, for a rest day after a hard struggle climb of previous days, enjoys the necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading to higher areas and Mera Peak base camp. Take a short hike and climb to gain more heights with is best to get acclimatize as well catching views of surrounding high peaks. 


Day 8 : Trek to Khare / Mera base camp 5,040 m near Mera-La - 04 hours.

Enjoying a rest day, then on leaving Thag-Nak, where walk follows on a lateral moraine of glaciers to reach Dig Kharka. Facing superb views of Char-Pate Himal (a peak shaped as four-sided or square) with a small pond with the same name Char-Pate Tal. As the climb gets tough through moraines towards a snout of Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers, and then with more steep ups to reach Khare.Which is also a Mera Peak base camp to establish overnight camp, rest of the afternoon after a short day walk and getting organized at tented camping, enjoy short walks and rest facing North Face of Mera Peak. 


Day 9 : Rest day for acclimatization and practice climb on ice and rocks.

Another rest day for proper acclimatization, as well as for basic climbing exercise and training which will add more advantage for the climb. Vertex Holidays expert and professional climbing guide will train and support you with some basic climbing techniques and demonstrate how to use climbing gears like the ice axe, harness, ascender climbing boots, and crampons. The training exercise includes the best climbing technique on ropes with the rest of the day free to rest and marvel at the views. 

 

Day 10 : Trek and climb to High Camp 5,780 m - 04 hrs.

Normally trekkers and climbers make it to the summit of Mera Peak from the base camp, but with us is another story to make the ascent more accessible and successful with a safe climb. We have added a high camp which will be good for acclimatization also. Morning walk leads through a boulder-strewn route with a steep path to reach Mera La pass and at Mera High Camp. Where climb takes you along a rocky trail, which can be a hazardous and arduous job to find the right path on recently snowed tracks. Cross over several crevasses to reach on top of a rock band, marked by a large cairn, where the high camp is set for the adventurous climb the next day, from high camp enjoy grand views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Cho-Oyu with Makalu, Chamlang, and Baruntse in the east direction. 


Day 11 : Climb Mera Summit 6,476 m / 21, 246 feet - 08 hrs.

A Big Day! Of the adventure and main highlight of the trip, start early before breaking of dawn, then with the steady climb but of less technical effort to face. As route leads to straightforward climb, however safety measures should be taken equipped with crampons, ice axe, helmets, and a positive attitude. After a strenuous and long stretch of climb on snowy slopes then reach finally on top Mera Peak summit. Rewards you with breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho- Oyu includes Mt. Kanchenjunga towards the eastern horizon with an array of peaks. Enjoy the experience of a life-time and feeling on top of the world. With time to marvel grand panorama of snow peaks descend back to base camp at Khare on the same route. After an exciting and exhausting long tough day to the summit of Mera peak and reach Khare at base camp.


Day 12 : Spare and Contingency day in case of weather conditions.

We have reserved an extra day as a contingency, in case if unfavorable bad weather hinders the climb to the summit of Mera Peak. If all goes well according to our plan and itinerary day using this spare day in Lukla to enjoy more of the last day around Khumbu or reach Kathmandu a day earlier.


Day 13 : Trek to Kothe 3,680 - 06 hrs.

After an enjoyable time and victory of the climb to the summit of Mera Peak, morning head towards back into tree lines and green vegetation to reach Kothe past Thag-Nak, to camp on a nice grassy field.


Day 14 : Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walks on the nice pleasant path into a forest area with few short ups and downs and crosses several tributaries of the Hinku Khola, before reaching a forked path near a place called Taktho. Taking the right direction and continue to walk to pass a Chorten / Buddhist prayer monument. From here downhill on a steep trail and ascend to Thuli Kharka and a small pass towards another Chorten on the way to reach Thuli Kharka for overnight camp.


Day 15 : Trek to Chutanga-05 hrs.

Instead of reaching Lukla direct, we have made the walk easier to enjoy more views of surrounding areas with fresh mountain air to breathe before heading back to Kathmandu. Morning with leisure time for breakfast, and then climb towards Zatwar-La pass over Nau-lakh and Kalo Himal ridge, enjoy grand views of both sides of Dudh Kosi and Hinku valley, as the trail descends towards tall tree-lines at Chutanga for last and final overnights in tented camp.


Day 16 : Trek to Lukla - 03 hours and transfer to Lodge for overnight stop

From here on the gradual winding trail with a short climb, but more on a pleasant trail to reach the end of the trek in Lukla. For last overnight around high Khumbu and Everest region with party time with fellow members and trekking, climbing staff including porters who made this trip a great success.


Day 17 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure.

Early morning with breakfast, then depart from the lodge to Lukla airport named after famous mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary. The morning flight reaches you back in Kathmandu. From the airport, transfer to your respective hotels with a free day to enjoy the hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu. 

 

Day 18 : Free day in Kathmandu spare and contingency day. 

It is necessary and wise to reserve a spare as a contingency day, in case of flight delay and might lead to cancellation at Lukla. Due to bad unfavorable weather conditions for small planes to operate which can happen even in the best time of the seasons. On this free day, one can enjoy individual activities and shopping for souvenirs or take a tour of Kathmandu's ancient cities site within Kathmandu, Patan, or Bhaktapur. 

 

Day 19 : Depart Nepal for international departure homeward bound.

Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a mesmerizing adventure on Mera Peak Climb and trek, and then as time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.


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