2 _12 pax
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In comparison to other trekking peaks of Nepal Himalaya Mera Peak, is less technical a straightforward climb but leads to steep snowy slopes to reach the summit. One of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal where one has to take it slowly with enough rest as altitude gains, our expert climbing guide will support you make the climb much possible guiding all members to the top and with safe descend, where we will have main ropes on slippery sections on route downhill.
Not much like on a major mountaineering expedition, but yes you need some excellent gear for the climb, an important for all climbers is a good ice-axe, to begin with, then crampons, harness, helmets, carabineer/karabiner and main ropes which will be provided by the company, etc. Including your personal warm clothing with good climbing boots.
Certainly, it is worth a climb to Mera Peak, if you are interested in basic or high standard climbing and mountaineering. Mera Peak with the highest success than any other trekking peaks, a perfect peak for beginners as well as for veteran climbers as a practice exercise before planning and climb to major mountains.
As altitude-wise, it won’t be a big problem but can happen to some trekkers/climbers in the group or with other illnesses, like severe diarrhea or any other medical and health issue. If the member with the worse condition has to break the journey and reach Kathmandu by the fastest means of transport for evacuation. The only fastest and reliable is taking a helicopter service, where all medical and other expenses incurred have to be borne by oneself. Where it can be reimbursed from the insurance company, with a supporting letter from Vertex Holiday and as well from medical doctors in Kathmandu.
Around high Khumbu and at Lukla of strong Buddhism religion and culture of ancient heritage custom with the traditional life of farming and raising livestock. Khumbu areas dominated by Sherpa follow Tibetan Buddhism. But on this trek and climb, there will be no villages except for some Yak and cattle herders’ temporary shelter of huts and shades. As you will be in remote corners of the Khumbu area with few Buddhist monuments on route to observe the local culture.
It happens sometimes, even during the best time of the year. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, but not all time of the good seasons. In this situation, if the flight does not operate, due to unfavorable weather. Our guide will make the best effort, as well contact the head office in Kathmandu regarding the situation. If the weather does not improve for flights, even on the next day the best option is to use helicopter services if needed, especially for people with tight international flights. Staying longer in Lukla for few days and use of chopper where clients have to bear the extra expenses and to be claimed from your travel insurance company.
Nearly all seasons of the year, but best in spring from March to May with autumn/fall of September to November, including pre-winter times of December. Spring is best with wildflowers in full bloom till Tengboche Monastery, and with clear fine days, most of the time can get cloudy in the late afternoon with clear starry nights. Much cold in the morning and nighttime as well in shady areas and the wind-chill factor adds colder with freezing temperatures, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.Autumn/fall is another best time with a clear day for views and climb of Island Peak and trekking. But can be much cold morning and night time, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.
From Lukla onward, there will be no facilities with electricity to charge your electronic gadgets, as you will be around complete wilderness away from villages or human habitation and settlements. The best way to charge your electronic items is by carrying a small portable solar panel that can be carried outside your back-pack to catch sun energy for you to use in campsites.
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