- Stunning views of Mera Glacier and Climb Mera Peak.
- Views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga peaks.
- Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalayas
- Wonderful Camping Exprience in remote region• Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
Embark Mera Peak (6476m/21,247ft), highest permitted trekking peak located south of Everest in Makalu Barun National Park dominating the wild and profoundly wooded Hinku and Hongu valleys. Although Mera peak is not the part of Everest Himalayan ranges, we can catch truly memorable view of five of the six highest mountains on Earth from top of Mera peak. Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m) are all very close by, and on clear day you can also see Mt. Kangchenjunga (8586m) on the Indian border far away to the east. Only the sixth eight thousander you would not see from Mera is K2 (8611m). First climbed by Col Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing, Mera peak is perfect for you if you are looking forward to step to mountaineering world. Our regularly updated and proven Mera peak climbing itinerary designed keeping in mind proper acclimatization crossing the Zatwra La, contributes to a remarkable success on Mera peak.
We admit to the beautiful Everest region from Kathmandu via an exciting flight to Lukla. Then instead of heading north towards Namche Bazaar and further main Everest trail we trek east towards the ridge of peaks that divides the Dudh Kosi from the Hinku Valley. Cross the Zatra La (15,000’ / 4600m) then descend steeply to the Hinku. We would walk first few days through spectacular Hinku valley, wild forests, alpine environment, meadows. The paths are relatively good for most of the route up to base camp at Khare, and offer relatively moderate walking conditions with some steep ascents and descents. Go north and east for 3-4 more days to reach the Mera La (17,767’ / 5415m). The summit is now to the south and can be reached in one or two days of glacier travel. The climb of Mera Peak does not involve any technical climbing and for the most part we will be walking on snow slopes of less than 30 degrees. Depending on snow conditions, the majority of the ascent involves a walk up a glacier requiring basic ice axe and crampon skills. So, previous experience is not a prerequisite for Mera peak climbing as instruction in the simple techniques required will be given by your climbing guides.
There is a plenty of opportunity to gain proficiency in these at the bottom of the Mera Glacier. The main difficulties of the climb of Mera Peak are those associated with trekking at high altitude and this climbing holiday will be suitable to fit and prepared trekkers as well as mountaineers wishing to reach new heights. Although the mountain has a trekking summit of 6431m which needs nothing more than this, Mera Central, the summit at 6461m, usually involves a 30 metre ascent of a 60° snow dome using fixed rope and jumar, depending on snow conditions. Proper acclimatization is key to having a good chance of reaching the summit.
Our Mera Peak itinerary is designed keeping plenty of time for gradual acclimatization of participants. At the places where we spent more than one night the rest days are used to climb higher places and return to lower, following the “climb high, sleep low” rule. Our itinerary is designed to spend night at high camp which is good for awesome views and for acclimatization, thus higher success rate in reaching the summit.
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Mera Peak climbing -18 days Day to day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)
Welcome to Kathmandu! Once you land at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), retrieve your luggage and go through customs (visa, etc.). Then get to the arrival terminal. You will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour signboard with your name on it. A comfortable private transfer will take you to the reserved hotel. After checking in, we suggest you have a good rest for the remainder of the day to recover from the jet lag. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu. Included Meal: B
Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO 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. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Island Peak Climbing adventure that will begin the next day. Overnight in hotel. Included Meal: B
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and trek to Chutanga (3475m/11398 ft) 3 hrs
Wake up at dawn and be ready for the adventure. We will usher you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the array of beautiful green and white mountains, we arrive at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), an entry town from where your Everest Base Camp trek begins. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world concluding in a dramatic landing site on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla, we meet our additional crew members and do some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, walk up to Chutang and spend night there. Walking time 3 -4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 04: Acclimatization at Chutanga- take acclimatization hike
Today is our first acclimatization day. To let time for our body to adapt with the altitude we spend two nights at Chutanga. For acclimatization, we are supposed to trek to higher elevations nearby. Tomorrow we will cross the big pass Zatra-la, so we hike today to neary by hills for acclimatization. Overnight in a local teahouse. Walking time 6-7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 05: Chutang to Thuli Kharka (4300m/14104ft) via Zatra La (4600m)
We start after brealfast on 1300m ascent to the Zatwra then a short traverse to the Zatwra La pass proper. As you are still not acclimatized it is generally a hard walk, even if the conditions are good (no snow). If there is snow, Zatrwa La can get considerable amount of snow and you might need to use crampons and ice axes as well as install fixed ropes to safeguard porters. Once at the pass it is only a short steep descent to Thuli Kharka (big pasture) where there are several basic lodges. Overnight in a local teahouse. Walking time 6-7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 06: Thuli Kharka to Kothe (4182m/13716 ft)
A sunny morning gives us great views of the pass we left behind. We traverse three ridges until we find ourselves high above the Hinku river. With a bit of luck you can then see the impressive south face of Mera Peak. From here a long steep descent on a narrow trail drops steeply through the rhododendrons and forests of moss-covered pines to the edge of the huge scar left by the devastating bust of a natural dam above Tagnag in 1998. From there the trail climbs gradually following the river and crossing a broad ridge of mixed forest you reach a sandy boulder choked area known as Khote. Walking time 6-7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 07: Kothe to Thangnag (4356m/14288ft)
Our trail continues alongside the riverbed through thick rhododendron forest. Care has to be taken, as there are many loose boulders on this section. We continue on the east bank of the Hinku Drangka. Just above the confluence of the Hinku and Sanu Drangka rivers the valley widens providing excellent views of Kusum Kangguru (6369m) and Peak 43 (6769m), at the head of the valley. The trail continues up the left bank to Tangnag (4366m), a summer settlement that has grown into a small hamlet of teashops and a lodgeOvernight in local teahouse. Walking time 5-6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 08: Thagnag to Khare (5,000m/16,400ft)
Today we head towards 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 your camping spot at Khare. The camping experience at Khare is something that would cherish you throughout your life. It is pleasure to view beautiful North face of Mera Peak from Khare. Overnight in local teahouse. Walking time 3-4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 09: Acclimatization at Khare- Ice climbing practice
Today after a breakfast, you will prepare your gear for ice climbing just above the Khare and need to walk couple of hrs from where there are good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain. You will get some time for practicing few hours of Ice climbing. Your leader will teach you and instruct you about using the climbing gears and climbing techniques. After few hours of practicing at the glacier, you stroll back to camp and after final preparation of our equipment and packing of our mountain bags you will have overnight rest in the camp in Khare. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Khare to Mera Peak Base Camp (5,350m/17,552ft)
Very short trek in slow speed to allow much acclimatization you will make your way to Mera Base Camp. First climbing to the crest of the moraine above Khare and then up a steep slope of snow to reach a boulder strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. Reaching the pass Mera La (5,415m/17,766ft) allows us to see spectacular views; we then descend 100m (328ft) towards the Hongu side and set up base camp in the moraine below the ice and we overnight in Mera Base Camp. Walking time 3-4 hrs. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 11: Climb to Mera High camp (5,750m/18,865ft).
Making your way to Mera High Camp can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. You make your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. You set up a high camp and from here the views are outstanding, with Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and more piercing the skyline. This evening we overnight in Mera High Camp. Walking time 4-5 hrs. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 12: Summit day and descend to Khare
Today is the day we reach to our target, the summit of Mera peak. We wake up at 2 am and after a breakfast, the group will put on crampons and rope up before setting out for the summit. From the high camp a well acclimatized party will take 3 – 4 hours to get to the central summit of Mera peak. If time and conditions permit we may opt to make the traverse to the slightly higher north summit. The decision as to whether we attempt the north summit will be taken by the trip leader as per the conditions. From the summit we enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,766ft), Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft), Nuptse (7,855m/25,770ft), Lobuche East (6,145m/20,160ft), Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) are spectacular from the summit. We then retrace your steps to and celebrate our successful summit. A long but most satisfying day! Walking time 8-9 hrs. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 13: A contingency day
This day we use to keep as a spare day, set aside in case we have to postpone the attempt on the peak because of bad weather or because some of us have not acclimatized well enough to make the ascent. If we are successful in making the summit on day 14, we use this day for another Ice climbing day or spent one more night at village of Lukla. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 14: Khare to Kothe
After a great success of Mera peak climbing we descend through Hinku valley to Kothe for our overnight stop in a local teahouse. We are very happy on our successful trip and enjoy the evening with local food and drinks and relax at Kothe. Overnight in local teahouse. Walking time 4-5 hrs. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 15: Kothe to Thuli Kharka
Today, we again climb up through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka below the Zatwra La. It’s nice walk through the Red Rhododendron forest. If the weather is clear, we can enjoy the views of Mera peak can and remote valleys leading up to its south side throughout our walk today. Walking time 5-6 hrs. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 16: Thuli Kharka to Lukla
Two hours up from Thuli Kharka we walk to reach Zatrwa La pass. While from the pass section and from the top we see beautiful view of Lukla valley. Cho yu, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru, Kongde peak and so many others. From Zatrwa La we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward easy walk takes us to Lukla village where we conclude the trekking and this evening we again celebrage our successful trek and climb with good food and drinks with our crew. Walking time 6-7 hrs. Included Meals: B, L, D
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft after noon. But sometimes the flight can be delayed and even canceled due to bad weather and other reasons that are beyond our control. You will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu after arrival in Kathmandu. You can rest in your hotel, could do some last minute shopping and packing, or stroll around Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel. Included Meals: B, L, D.
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
Today your Mera peak climbing trip comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour will take you to the airport for your flight back home. Hope you are overtaken by Nepal, a country of hospitable people, beautiful scenery, and a large variety of cultural traditions and you will come back again! Included Meals: B
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