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Nepal - Climb Mera Peak, 6.461 m

Mera Peak, the highest and most popular trekking peak in Nepal. On this expedition, the destination is Mera Central Peak at 6,461 meters (21,198ft). From here there you can see several eight-thousanders, including the highest of them all, Mount Everest. The expedition to Mera Peak requires no special technical skills or previous experience in mountaineering, but you must be prepared for a challenging ascent. 
You will be trekking from Jiri to Mera Peak Base Camp. There are several good reasons for starting your trek in Jiri. Many flights are delayed for days into Lukla which would ruin your acclimatization plan. You will get much better acclimatized to the altitude, which increases your chances of summitting significantly. On the trek into base camp you will experience a different Nepal. You will pass through mountain villages, where the fields are cultivated in the vicinity. You will pass schools and monasteries. During the trek towards the mountain you will become fitter and fitter, and your legs will be extra strong for summit day. All these advantages you do not get by flying in to Lukla. You will start and end your journey in Kathmandu with cultural experiences and shopping. 

  • Climbing Mera Peak, 6,461 meters (21,198ft)
  • Scenic route from Jiri through villages and terraced farmland 
  • Best acclimatization to altitude
  • Accommodation in teahouses until Mera Base Camp 
  • Overnight in tents with full board on the mountain 
  • Hiking over snow and ice with crampons 
  • Exciting experiences in Kathmandu 
  • Views of Mount Everest (8,848m / 29,029ft), Kangchenjunga (8,586m / 28,169ft), Lhotse (8,516m / 27,940ft), Makalu (8,463m / 27,766ft), etc. 
  • Experienced Sherpa guides and porters 
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Day 1 Arrival in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu
Transfer from airport to your hotel in Thamel. 
You will receive thorough information on the trek and check up on your equipment. Anything you may still need you can buy in one of the many equipment stores in Kathmandu. 
Overnight at a hotel (B)
Day 2 Discovering Kathmandu
You can check out the city on your own or our local office in Kathmandu can help you arrange an excursion, visiting the main attractions. Hindu cremations take place on platforms at the Pashupatinath Hindu temple where the holy men, Sadhus congregate. In the Tibetan suburb of Kathmandu, is the Buddhist stupa Boudhanath surrounded by numerous monasteries. You can finish your tour on the hill west of Kathmandu's city center, where the monkey temple Swayambunath is located. During the afternoon there is time for the final preparations before your big expedition to Mera Peak starts. 
Overnight at a hotel. (B)
Day 3 By bus to Jiri (1,955m / 6,414ft)
Departure by bus to Jiri. Depending on road conditions, the trip will take 7-9 hours. 
Jiri was originally the starting point for all treks into the Solu Khumbu Everest region. Jiri is only at 1,955 meters altitude (6,414ft). By starting the trek from here you have the best chances for acclimatization and thus the best chances of summitting Mera Peak.
Overnight in a teahouse.
 
Day 4 Trekking to Deurali (2,710m / 8,891ft)

You commence your trek through the green countryside. There are lots of small farms with cultivated fields on terraces. You cross your first suspension bridge, and in the distance you begin to see the snowy peaks if the weather is clear. You also cross your first pass at 2,343 meters altitude (7,687ft), before you reach the small village of Shivalaya (1,770m / 5,807ft) on the other side of the river. After lunch the steep ascent starts, and we have a nice view over the river. In the afternoon you reach Deurali at 2,710 meters altitude (8,891ft), where you will stay overnight. Deurali means mountain pass, so several villages around Nepal are called Deurali. 

Overnight in a teahouse.
Day 5 Trekking to Sete (2,500m / 8,202ft)
After a night at the mountain pass, the trail descents steeply towards the village Bhandar (2,190m / 7,185ft). We are now truly entering sherpa country, and in Bhandar, you will find the small Buddhist monastery with two white stupas in front. The prayer wheels are always turned clockwise, and you should pass the prayer walls and stupas to the left. The trail enters a green valley and runs along the roaring river towards the small village Kenja (1,630m / 5,347ft). The ascent is steep up to Sete (2,500m / 8,202ft), where you stay overnight. 
Overnight in teahouse.
Day 6 Trekking to Junbesi (2,700m / 8,858ft)
From Sete you continue up the ridge past the small settlements Dagchu and Goyam (3,220m / 10,564ft). Along the way through the woods you pass a couple of prayer walls with mantras engraved in the rocks. You pass a white stupa and reach the high Lamjura pass. You are now at 3,530 meters altitude (11,581ft), which you have probably felt on your breath on your way up. On the other side of the pass it goes down toward Thaktok and cultivated farmland. The path winds around the mountain and ends at the bottom of the valley in the Sherpa village Junbesi (2,700m / 8,858ft), where you stay overnight. In Junbesi you find one of the largest schools in the region, and the monastery is the oldest in the region. Here is a great stupa with prayer wheels all around. 
Overnight in teahouse.
 
Day 7 Trekking to Nunthala (2,194m / 7,198ft)
Just below the village you cross Junbesi River, and you start the ascent through the forest. At Khurtang (2,885m / 9,465ft) you get your first view of your goal: Mera Peak. The sight of Mera Peak almost make you walk a little faster, and before long you cross a long suspension bridge over Ringmo River. Then it goes up through a forest toTaksindu pass (3,070m / 10,072ft). Just before the pass, you pass an old and rather special stupa built of rocks. In the pass is a more traditional whitewashed stupa. On the other side of the pass, you can visit the Taksindu monastery before heading down the hill to Nunthala (2,194m / 7,198ft). 
Overnight in teahouse.
 
 
Day 8 Trekking to Kharikhola (2,040m / 6,692ft)
You leave Nunthala and cross a long suspension bridge over the river Dudh Kosi. The valleys become deeper and deeper as the surrounding mountains are getting higher and higher. The terraces on the hillsides are cultivated. On the path you may encounter mules carrying goods. You pass through the village Jubhing (1,680m / 5,511ft), and you continue towards Kharikhola (2,040m / 6,692ft). 
Overnight in teahouse.
 
Day 9 Trekking to Ningsow (2,745m / 9,006ft)
After Kharikhola, the path splits, and you leave the main trail towards Namche Bazar to catch the trail to Mera Peak. You are now off the beaten track and will not meet many trekkers on this route. There is less and less agriculture, and there is longer between the small villages. After a good day with views towards Mera Peak, you arrive at Ningsow. 
Overnight in teahouse.
 
Day 10 Trekking to Chattra Khola (3,200m / 10500ft)
You need an early start on this long trekking day. The narrow paths cross through thickly wooded hillsides. It goes up and down. Small streams and rivers must be crossed. The vegetation is a mix of rhododendron forests, bamboo and tall fir-trees. When the forest open up you have views of the mountains. 
Overnight in teahouse.
Day 11 Trekking to Kote (3,500m / 11,483ft )
You leave Chattra Khola and head for Hinku Valley. You go through the forest until you reach Tashing Ongma teahouses and then along Hinku River, which has carved itself well down into the valley bottom and like a glacier has left huge boulders. As you arrive at Kote you are welcomed by a sign above the gate to The Mera Peak Region and Makalu Barun National Park. 
Overnight in teahouse.
Day 12 Trekking to Tangnag (4,356m / 14,291ft)
Today you have a short trek to Tangnag. From Kote you enter the dry part of the riverbed with lots of rocks. You follow the river all the way. Ahead you have a view of the mountains Kusum Kangguru (6367m / 20,889ft) and Kyasar (6,770m / 22,211ft). At the foot of these mountains is Tangnak, a small collection of tea houses in the middle of summer fields. 
Overnight in teahouse.
Day 13 Acclimatization in Tangnag (4,356m / 14,291ft)

To acclimatize it is a good idea to hike up on one of the ridges that surround Tangnag. The view from the ridge is awesome, and even though you are up high, you will feel quite small among these high mountains. You will ascent as high as you wish, and then return to Tangnag for another night. Walk high, sleep low

Overnight in teahouse.
Day 14 Trekking to Khare (5,000m / 16,404ft)

From Tangnag the trail goes towards Khare. You are now rounding Mera Peak to enter from the North side. On your left side is the glacier Sabai just above the glacial lake Sabai Tsho. Fortunately, you are at a safe distance on the hiking trail. It is a really nice route between the mountains. The pace is slow as you ascent along the roaring river, fed by melt water from the glaciers. You can feel the high altitude on your breath, and the vegetation gets lower and lower. At Base Camp in Khare you can relax with a good cup of tea and enjoy the view of Mera Peak’s North Face. 

Overnight in teahouse.
 

 

Day 15 Acclimatization and practice with crampons (5,000m / 16,404ft)

You will have another acclimatization day where your body will get better used to the altitude and the thin air. You will walk up to the ridge above Khare, till you reach the ice at the bottom of the Mera glacier. Here you will put your crampons on and learn the simple technique of walking with crampons. You return to the teahouse in Khare. 

Overnight in teahouse.
Day 16 Trekking to Mera La (5,415m / 17,766ft)
You will start your actual ascent of Mera Peak. From the edge of the moraine you will cross the Mera glacier. To acclimatize you will stay overnight in the mountain pass Mera La. Just below the pass are small mountain lakes. 
Overnight in tents. (L, D)
Day 17 Trekking to High Camp (5,780m / 18,963ft)
You will continue over the glacier. It is a gradual increase, which should be taken at a very leisurely pace. The trip is not technically difficult, but you are now at a height where the amount of oxygen is half of what it is at sea level, so it is necessary to take many breaks. You have a view of several mountains over 8,000 meters, including Mount Everest. High Camp is on a rock shelf behind a rock wall. You will go to bed early tonight. 
Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)
 
 
Day 18 Summit Day - Central Mera Peak (6,461m / 21.198ft)

You will get out of your sleeping bag in the middle of the night and begin the climb towards the Summit of Central Mera Peak. It’s freezing cold and in the light from you headlamps we will steadily move during the night. The pace is slow the snow is creaking under our crampons.

As the sun rises, you will climb the open snowfields until you reach a snow ridge just below the summit. A 50 meter snow slope leads to the actual summit and is climbed supported by fixed robes and jumar. Once on the summit you will have time to enjoy the amazing panorama view of the world’s highest peaks. Everest, Lhotse, Cho You, Makalu and Kanchenjunga is the highest of the hundreds of Himalayan peaks you can see from the summit of Mera Peak. After the photo shot it is time to start the decent to the Base Camp in Khare. (B, L, D).
 

 
Day 19 Extra day for summit attempt in case of bad weather
There is an extra day for summit attempt in case of delays, due to bad weather. 
Overnight in tea house (B, L, D)
 
Day 20 Trekking to Kote (3,500m / 11,483ft)

You leave Base Camp at Khare to head towards Lukla. It is much easier going down than up, and you will go all the way to Kote.
Overnight in teahouse.

Day 21 Trekking to Thuli Kharka (4,300m / 14,108ft)
You follow the Hinku river before beginning the ascent towards Tashing Ongma. The ascent is steep up through rhododendron forest. When you come out of the woods, you have a clear view back towards Mera Peak, which soon disappears behind the mountain ridge. 
Overnight in teahouse.
 
Day 22 Day 22: Trekking to Lukla (2,840m / 9,317ft)

You have a last pass to cross, Chatra La (4610m / 15,125ft), where the colorful prayer flags are blowing in the wind  like in any other mountain pass in Nepal. Though you are at high altitude again, it doesn’t feel so bad now that you are well acclimatized after many days at high altitude. On the other side of the pass it goes steeply down and then just down, down, down towards Lukla. 

Overnight in teahouse.

Day 23 Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,429ft)

You get on an early flight back to Kathmandu, where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Overnight at hotel. 
 

Day 24 End of your tour

Transfer to airport for departure.

Price includes

  • 3 nights stay in tourist class hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 18 nights stay in shared accommodation at teahouses.
  • 2-4 nights in tent during the climb
  • All transport as mentioned in the program.
  • Flight Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • English speaking trekking guide.
  • Climbing sherpa guide from Mera Base Camp to summit and back
  • Baggage transport on the trek.
  • Trekkingpermit, taxes and admission fee to the national park.
  • Insurance of guides and porters.
  • Duffle bag on trek.
Not included
  • Airtickets to/from Kathmandu.
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
  • Visa for Nepal.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
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Date of return

Practical info

Price info

The price is based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing a double room.

Travel dates: This tour can be arranged on the starting day of your choise during March, April, May, October, November and December. If you do not see your prefered traveldate in the booking system, please send an email with your request to info@mountain-adventures.comand we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Please note this is land-only prices.

Transport

Please note that the flights to Kathmandu are NOT included in the price. It is your responsibility to arrange flights in order for you to land in Kathmandu on day 1 in the program.
 

Transfer to and from the airport, along with other necesarry transportation regarding the itinerary is included in the package.

Accommodation
In Kathmandu you will stay in a tourist class hotel in Thamel. On the trek you stay in teahouses which are guesthouses operated and owned by local families. The quality of the teahouses vary, and we try to book the best possible, but be prepared for primitive conditions. The teahouses often have a common room, which is heated with a stove. You will mostly stay in double rooms and occasionally in multiple-bed rooms with 4-6 beds in each room. The rooms are not heated. You will need a good sleeping bag with a comfort temperature down to -15 degrees Celcius.
At some teahouses it is possible to buy a bath, but be sure to ask whether the water is heated by solar energy, so that we can help to protect the vulnerable forest growth. 
Above Base Camp you will stay in tents. 
Food and drink
In Kathmandu breakfast is included, but you need to buy all other meals. Expect about 5-7 euros for a meal. 
In the teahouses breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. The menu cards are more or less the same at all teahouses. You can buy bottled water at all teahouses, as well as tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soft drinks. 
During the final climb breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and prepared under primitive conditions in camp.
Sanitary
In the hotels in Kathmandu you will find a bathroom with clean toilet facilities and hot shower. You should not expect particularly good toilet facilities during the trek.
 
The local team
The trek is led by a Sherpa guide. Porters will be carrying your luggage. Each porter usually carries luggage of two participants. From breakfast time until you arrive at the next accommodation, you have no access to your luggage. The porters are hired locally, and our local partner ensures that all staff is properly insured and have decent work conditions.
 
Luggage

On arrival in Kathmandu you will get a big duffle bag for your luggage during the trek.

A day on the trail
A typical day on the trail begins approximately with a wakeup call at 06:30. After breakfast you pack your bags and trek start around 08 – 08.30. Around noon you take a good long lunch break before continuing on the afternoon trek. You will arrive at the lodge mid-afternoon, in time for afternoon tea. 
 
Trip grading
The trek to the Mera Peak Base Camp is graded level 4. The final climb is level 6. Read more about our grading system here.
 
Cancellation insurance
Cancellation Insurance is the responsibility of the customer. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in your home country.
 

 

Travel insurance
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
 
Passports and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.

Trip notes and equipment list

When booking the trip, you will receive our trip notes including the equipment list for the Mera Peak Trek.

Climate
The best season for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clear up at sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold I high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.
 
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