Mera Peak is Nepal's highest and most popular trekking peak. On this expedition, the goal is to reach Mera Central Peak at 6,461 meters (21,197ft.). From here you can see more eight thousanders, including the highest of them all, Mount Everest. The expedition to Mera Peak does not require special technical skills, or previous experience with mountaineering, but you must be prepared for a challenging climb.
Instead of flying into Lukla, we have chosen to trek from Jiri to Mera Peak Base Camp. There are several good reasons for this. Firstly, we will not get the trip's program spoiled by delayed flights to Lukla. We also achieve a much better habituation to the altitude. We also walk through a more lush and interesting area of Nepal on the way to base camp. We walk through mountain villages, where fields are cultivated. We pass schools and monasteries. The landscape is very nice and varied, helping us to get in good shape, so our legs are extra strong for climbing the peak. All these are experiences that one can not get by just flying in.
We start and end the journey in Kathmandu with cultural experiences and shopping.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, and after the immigration formalities, you will be picked up by our local partner.
We hold an information meeting about the trek's route, review the equipment list, and provide information on altitude sickness, etc.
There will be an opportunity to go out and buy / rent the last things at one the many equipment stores.
Today you will have the opportunity to see Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast you will be shown around the town where, among other things, you can see the famous Hindu temple Pasupatinath dedicated to the god Shiva and which is located on the banks of the holy river Bagmati. Built in pagoda style with beautiful carved silver doors, this is one of the most sacred temples in the Hindu culture. The Pasupatinath Temple is the destination of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world under Shivaratri (Hindu festival celebrating the god Shiva god). Only Hindus are allowed to enter the central courtyard of the temple. Tourists must therefore "settle" with seeing the temple from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River.
If you follow the banks of the river, you will find the Guheshwori Temple (also known as Akash Yogini), which lies on top of a hill and is surrounded by forest. The Guheshwori Temple, like Pasupatina, is also a fixed part of the pilgrim's route and inside the temple there's an altar dedicated to the god Parbati (Shiva's spouse).
The excursion also allows you to see the Nepali Hindu cremation rituals, which are practiced in public at the Bagmati River's shore.
Then you continue to the Buddhist temple of Bouddhanth, which is the largest Stupa (Buddhist ground hill) in South Asia and the center of Buddhism in Nepal. The old and huge Stupa was built in the 7th century by King Man Dab during the Lichhabi dynasty. The stupa rests on three large terraces and from above it takes the form of a lotus flower. The lotus flower has a particularly sacred significance in the Buddhist faith.
Lunch is served after the visit. Subsequently, the trip goes on to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. The city is known for its large squares, beautiful temples (Nyatpola and Dattatraya) and the beautiful "Palace of Fiftyfive Windows". The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The tour takes you by private bus to Jiri. Depending on the road conditions, the trip will take 7-9 hours.
Jiri was originally the starting point for all treks into Solu Khumbu and the Everest region. As Jiri is only 1,955 meters (6,414ft.) high, then by starting the trek from here, we get the most optimal acclimatization, and thus, we increase the chances of getting everyone up on top of Mera Peak.
We start our trek through the green landscape. Here are lots of small cultivated fields on terraces. We cross our first suspension bridges, and in the distance, we might see the snow-covered peaks if the weather is clear.
We cross our first pass before we reach the small village of Shivalaya (1,770m / 5,807ft.) on the other side of the river. After lunch, a long and tough climb starts. In the afternoon we reach Deurali at a height of 2,710 meters (8,891ft.), where we stay overnight. Deurali means mountain pass, so several villages around Nepal are called Deurali. The view from here spans widely, and we can see quite a bit of the route that lies ahead of us.
After one night in the pass, the path goes steeply down towards the village of Bhandar (2,190m / 7,185ft.). We are now really entering the Sherpa kingdom, and in Bhandar we find the little Buddhist monastery with two white stupas in front. Just as the prayer mills are always spun clockwise, the prayer walls and stupas are passed from the left.
The path through the lush valley runs along the rushing river towards the small village of Kenya (1,630m / 5,347ft.). From here it goes steeply up to Sete (2,500m / 8,202ft.), where we stay overnight.
From Sete we continue up the cliff, past the small settlements of Dagchu and Goyam (3,220m / 10,564ft.). Along the way we pass a few prayer walls with mantras engraved in the stones. We pass a newer stupa and reach the high Lamjura pass. We are now at 3,530 meters (11,581ft.) altitude. This has been clearly felt on the breath on the way up here. From the other side of the pass the road goes down again towards Thaktok and cultivated farmlands. The trail winds around the mountains and ends at the bottom of the valley in the Sherpa village of Junbesi (2,700m / 8,858ft.), where we spend the night.
In Junbesi we find one of the area's largest schools, and the region's oldest monastery. Here is a large stupa surrounded by prayer mills.
Just after the village we cross the Junbesi River and we start the ascent through the forest. We don't need to walk far along the path before we reach Khurtang (2,885m / 9,465ft.), where we get the first view of our goal: Mera Peak. It is as if the sight of "our mountain" puts extra fun into the hiking boots.
Before long, we cross a long suspension bridge over the Ringmo River, after which it goes up through the forest to the Taksindu pass (3,070m / 10,072ft.). Just before the pass, we walk by an old and somewhat special stupa built of stone. In the actual pass, there is a more traditional whitewashed stupa.
On the other side of the pass, we visit the Taksindu monastery before the trek goes down the hill to Nunthala (2,194m / 7,198ft.)
We leave Nunthala and soon cross a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. The valleys become deeper and deeper as the surrounding mountains become higher and higher. The terraces on the hillside are cultivated. The red poinsettias, which we have at home in small flower pots, grow here as giant bushes.
On the trail we occasionally meet mules that carry goods back and forth. We pass through the village of Jubhing (1,680m / 5,511ft.) and continue towards Kharikhola (2,040m / 6,692ft.).
Shortly after we leave Kharikhola, the trail becomes divided and we leave the main trail towards Namche Bazar to head towards Mera Peak. We are now off the beaten track and do not meet many other trekkers on this route. It also thins out in terms of agriculture, and there is longer between the very small villages. After a good day with views towards Mera Peak, we arrive in Ningsow.
We must start our journey early on this long trekking day. Narrow paths go through densely overgrown mountain slopes. It goes up and down a lot. Small streams and rivers will need to be crossed. Here are rhododendron forests, bamboo trees and tall branches. During the day we will have a view of the mountains from between the trees.
We leave our accommodation in Chattra khola and head for the Hinku Valley. The road goes through the woods until we reach Tashing Ongma's teahouses. Then we follow the Hinku River, which has cut well into the valley floor and, just like the glacier, has left huge rocks that we zig-zagger through. As we arrive at Kote, a sign over the gate welcomes us to The Mera Peak Region and Makalu Barun National Park. Between the nearby mountains, the sight of Mera Peak dictates the tone.
Today we have a short trek to Tangnag. From Kote we set off through the dry part of the river bed with lots of stones. We follow the river all the way. In front of us we have a view of the mountains Kusum Kangguru (6,367m / 20,889ft.) and Kyasar (6,770m / 22,211ft.). Today's goal, Tangnak, lies at the foot of these mountains, and there is a small collection of teahouses in the middle of a deserted field.
To get well acclimatized, it is a good idea to walk into a bit of altitude and return to Tangnag for another night. Therefore, we go to one of the higher ridges that surround Tangnag. The view is formidable, and even though we are high up, we feel tiny in these high mountains. We go as high as we can and then return to Tangnag for another night.
From Tangnag the tour continues towards Khare. As we approach Mera Peak from the north, on our left side, we'll see the glacier Sabai hanging down the mountain. The glacier lake Sabai Tsho lies below it.
It is a really nice route up between the mountains. We are slowly moving up the gradual rise along the rushing river fed by meltwaters from the many glaciers. We reach considerable heights and it can be felt on the breathing and the pace. The vegetation becomes lower and lower.
Once we arrive at our Base Camp in Khare, we can relax with a good cup of tea and enjoy the view of the Mera Peak's North Face.
We have another acclimatization day, where the body has to get used to the altitude and the thin air.
We use the day to sort out our climbing gear and test it. We walk up the ridge above Khare and once we reach the ice on the lower part of the Mera glacier, we put on our crampons. Here we learn the simple technique of walking with crampons on ice. When we have practiced enough, we return to our teahouse.
We start our formal ascent of Mera Peak by going up to the Mera glacier. Here begins our passage over the glacier. For the sake of acclimatization, we take an overnight stay in the mountain pass Mera La. Just below the pass, on the other side, are small mountain lakes.
We continue up the glacier. It is a gradual rise that we take at a very leisurely pace. The trip is not technically difficult, but we are now at an altitude, where the amount of oxygen is half of that at sea level, so many breaks are needed. As we turn around, we have a view of several mountains that are higher than 8,000 meters (26,246ft.), including Mount Everest. We place our High Camp on a rock shelf, and settle down early.
We get up in the middle of the night and start our treks using headlamps. It is going to be very cold. The pace is going to be especially slow and as we get higher up, the steps between the breaks become fewer. The last part towards the top is going to be particularly hard, but well worth the effort.
After the last bite of ice climbing you are at the top of Mera Central Peak at 6,454 meters (21,174ft.) altitude. Here you have views of several of the world's highest mountains. Mount Everest is located side by side with Lhotse to the north. If we look a bit towards the northeast, we can see Makalu and Kanchenjunga, and a little to the northwest, Cho Oyu.
When we have taken in the views, we return to our Base Camp in Khare.
We have added an extra day in the program in case of delays - for example due to the weather.
We leave our Base Camp in Khare to head for Lukla. The road downwards is much easier than upward, and what took us two days to go up, only takes us one day downwards.
We follow the rushing Hinku River before we begin the ascent towards Tashing Ongma. The road through the rhododendron forest goes up steeply. When we get out of the forest, we have a more clear view back towards Mera Peak, which soon disappears behind the mountain ridge. We spend the night in Thuli Kharka, which lies just below the mountain pass, which we will cross tomorrow.
We start the last part of the ascent to the pass Chatra La (4,610m / 15,124ft.), where the colored prayer flags float in the wind like at any other pass. Although we are high up again, the altitude does not feel so bad now that we are well acclimatized after spending many days in high altitude.
Just on the other side of the pass, the road goes steeply down, and then it goes comfortably down to Lukla. We say goodbye and many thanks to our tenacious porters who have done a great job.
We get up early and take the plane back to Kathmandu. You can use the rest of the day on the last souvenir purchases and relaxation in one of Kathmandu's peaceful courtyards.
After a long and adventurous journey, it is time to say goodbye to Nepal.
This is an individual holiday. This means that it is only you, who is on the trip, and you have your own guide and own porters. If, for example, you do not mind being put together with other travelers, then you can let us know and then we will put you together with others if they should have the same desire.
On this trip you have local guides and porters leading and supporting you. Your guides speak English, they are experts in the area, and have done the trip many times before.
Please note that transportation to and from Kathmandu is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
In Kathmandu, breakfast is included, but you need to buy the other meals yourself. Meals during the trek are not included in the price, but you can opt for "all meals during the trek" when booking the holiday.
If you select 'All meals on the trek'
(this can be selected when booking the trip or later from your "My holiday" page)
You will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea and coffee. In addition, you get hot drinks three times a day. It is expected that you eat at the teahouse, where you spend the night. Lunch is had on the way, when it fits. There is good food served at the teahouses and the menu cards are pretty much the same at all the teahouses. You can buy fresh bottled water at all the teahouses, as well as hot tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soft drinks.
In Kathmandu you live at a good tourist class hotel, which is centrally located in the district of Thamel.
On the trek you stay at teahouses as they are called in Nepal. The teahouses are guest houses that are run and owned by local families. The quality of the teahouses varies, and we strive to get the best options, but you must be prepared for the conditions to be relatively primitive. The teahouses often have a cozy common room, which is heated by a wood-burning stove. We usually stay in double rooms, but at some teahouses there may be multi-bed rooms with 4-6 beds in each room. The rooms are not heated. At some teahouses it is possible to buy a bath, but remember to ask, whether the water has been heated by solar energy, so that we can help protect the vulnerable forest growth.
On the climbing days we spend the nights in a tent as there are no teahouses so high up in the mountain. There are usually two people sharing a tent.
A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call at 6 - 6.30am.
When you have gotten dressed and had your breakfast, you pack your luggage and start trekking at about 8am. It is important that you walk at your own pace and take the breaks you need.
At approx. 11.30am - 12.00pm you will have a nice long lunch break for about an hour before you continue on the afternoon's hike.
You arrive at the accommodation in the afternoon and once you have gotten your room, there is plenty of time to relax, experience the village, or read a good book. Dinner is served between 6-7pm and you choose the meal from the menu yourself. Most people choose to go to bed early.
The trek to Mera Peak is at difficulty level 4. The actual ascent of Mera Peak is at level 6.
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.
The local currency is called rupee (NPR). In Kathmandu, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw money, as well as exchange booths, where cash dollars and euros can be exchanged. We recommend that you withdraw / exchange the appropriate amount of money for the trekking trip before leaving Kathmandu. At most teahouses, only rupees are accepted.
There is a tradition of giving tips in Nepal. At restaurants, around 10% of the bill is rounded up. There is also a tradition of giving tips to guides and porters. You should prepare about 90-100 US dollars for that purpose. The tour guide gathers the group's tips together in an envelope and distributes it between the Nepalese team.
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.
Remember to bring along 3 passport photos for the visa (if it is possible for you to obtain it at arrival) and the trekking permit.
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.
When you've booked your trip, you will receive all the practical information and a packing list for the trip.
The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early 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 clears up by sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold in high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.
In the mountains, the temperature varies greatly depending on the height and time of day. In the middle of the day, it can easily be warm in even at great altitude (4,500 - 5,000m/14.750 - 16.400 ft.) with up to 20°C/273K. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically, and it can be - 10°C/263K at night at the same elevation.