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Mera Peak Climbing – An Adventure of a Lifetime

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18 days
Availability : All year round
Kathmandu
Lukla Airport
Min Age : 16
Max People : 18
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In the heart of Nepal’s vast and spectacular Himalayas, Mera Peak reaches an impressive altitude of 6,476 meters. It’s renowned as one of Nepal’s top trekking spots, drawing adventurers and thrill-seekers from around the globe.

Despite its significant height, Mera Peak is considered a non-technical climb, making it relatively accessible to climbers without advanced mountaineering skills. This mix of easy access and high elevation makes it a popular choice for experienced climbers seeking a simpler climb, as well as beginners wanting to achieve great heights.

However, it’s not just the thrilling ascent that draws trekkers to Mera Peak. The journey to its summit rewards climbers with arguably some of the most breathtaking panoramas in the Himalayan range. From its pinnacle, one is treated to unparalleled views of five of the six highest peaks on Earth — Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. These towering peaks, reaching above the clouds, create a scene that leaves a lasting impression on everyone who sees it. The view, featuring a wide white landscape and sparkling peaks breaking through the blue sky, is truly breathtaking.

Embarking on a trek to Mera Peak offers the promise of high-altitude achievement and a journey through Nepal’s rich cultural tapestry.

Trekkers journey through isolated villages, dense forests, and old monasteries, with the towering Himalayas as a backdrop. The friendly and welcoming nature of the local Sherpa community offers a striking and comforting contrast to the harsh and demanding conditions of the high mountains.

FAQs about Mera Peak Climbing

When is the best time to join Mera Peak climbing?

The best time to join a Mera Peak climbing expedition is during Nepal’s two primary trekking seasons: pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn).

  1. Spring (Pre-Monsoon) – March to May: This season is the most favoured time for Mera Peak climbing. During these months, the weather is comparatively warmer, and the skies remain clear, which allows for exceptional mountain vistas. The temperatures increase as you move towards May, but afternoon clouds can also be encountered.
  2. Autumn (Post-Monsoon) – Late September to November: The atmosphere is clear after the monsoon, making for striking mountain views. Although the temperatures in autumn are colder than in spring, especially at higher altitudes and during nighttime, the paths tend to be less congested, offering a more solitary experience.

Climbing Mera Peak during the monsoon season (June to early September) is generally avoided because the heavy rains make trails treacherous, increase landslide risks, and the persistent cloud cover can obscure the magnificent mountain panoramas.

While picturesque with snow-clad landscapes, the winter months (December to February) can be extremely challenging for Mera Peak expeditions due to very cold temperatures at higher altitudes and potentially heavy snowfall.

What level of experience am I required to climb Mera Peak?

Climbing Mera Peak requires a combination of physical fitness, basic mountaineering skills, and mental preparation. However, Mera Peak is often considered a non-technical climb compared to other Himalayan peaks. Here’s a breakdown of the experience and preparation needed:

  1. Physical Fitness: Given Mera Peak’s substantial height of 6,476 meters, it’s crucial to maintain strong physical stamina and endurance. Trekkers need to be in prime health and top physical shape. Engaging in consistent cardiovascular activities such as running, swimming, or cycling before the expedition can offer significant benefits. Additionally, targeted strength exercises are highly advisable, especially on the legs and core.
  2. Basic Mountaineering Skills: While Mera Peak is non-technical, climbers will still face glaciers and potential crevasses. Therefore, familiarity with basic mountaineering techniques, such as crampons, ice axes, and ropes, can be advantageous. However, your climbing guide provides training on these techniques to ensure everyone has the necessary skills.
  3. Trekking Experience: It’s beneficial to have prior trekking experience, especially at higher altitudes. This helps understand how one’s body reacts to reduced oxygen levels and can be instrumental in recognizing early symptoms of altitude sickness.
  4. Mental Preparation: Mental toughness is just as crucial. It’s essential to handle tough conditions, severe weather, and the physical demands of hiking at high altitudes.
  5. Acclimatization: No matter your previous experience, it’s essential to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Therefore, our Mera Peak itineraries incorporate days specifically for acclimatization. Following a gradual ascent profile and taking the necessary acclimatization days is vital.

What climbing equipment NepalHiking provides, and what equipment should I bring myself?

Climbing Mera Peak requires a combination of trekking and mountaineering equipment. Generally, the following equipment is often supplied by NepalHiking for the climbing:

Tents and Camping Equipment:

    • High-altitude tents for the base camp and higher camps.
    • Sleeping mats.
    • Kitchen tents, dining tents, and toilet tents.
    • Cooking equipment and utensils.

Climbing Ropes:

    • Fixed ropes for the ascent.
    • Rappelling or safety ropes.

Ice Screws and Snow Anchors: For securing ropes or tents on glaciers.

Group Climbing Gear:

    • Ascenders and descenders for the group.
    • Carabiners, slings, and other collective climbing hardware.

Safety Equipment:

    • Crevasse rescue equipment.
    • Pulleys and safety harnesses.

First Aid Kit: A comprehensive first-aid kit is for the group. However, bringing personal medications and a smaller first aid kit for individual needs is still recommended.

While NepalHiking generally supplies key items, climbers are usually expected to bring their gear, including clothing, specialized climbing boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, and individual safety equipment. Your equipment, notably clothes and boots, guarantees comfort and a snug fit. Recognizing this distinction before arrival is crucial to prevent overpacking and carrying excess weight.

Personal Climbing Gear:

  • Climbing Boots: Insulated mountaineering boots for high altitudes are recommended; they are made for cold conditions and compatible with crampons.
  • Crampons: Fitted to your boots and suitable for glacier travel.
  • Ice Axe: A lightweight model, around 50-65cm, depending on height.
  • Climbing Harness: Lightweight harness with adjustable leg loops.
  • Carabiners: A couple of locking carabiners and several regular ones.
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable with snow baskets.
  • Ascender (Jumar): Useful for ascending fixed ropes.
  • Belay Device: For rappelling or belaying.
  • Prusik Loops: Useful for crevasse rescue and ascending ropes.
  • Helmet: Climbing-specific, ensuring it fits well over a beanie or hat.

Clothing:

  • Insulated Jacket: Down or synthetic-filled for cold temperatures at higher altitudes.
  • Shell Jacket and Pants: Waterproof and windproof, suitable for rain and snow.
  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking base layers for top and bottom.
  • Trekking Pants and Shirts: Comfortable and moisture-wicking.
  • Insulated Gloves and Shell Gloves: Warm inner gloves and waterproof outer gloves or mittens.
  • Warm Hat and Sun Hat: For cold and sunny days, respectively.
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter: Useful for cold and windy conditions.
  • Balaclava or Face Mask: Protects against cold winds at higher altitudes.

Other Essentials:

  • Backpack: 40-50 litres, with rain cover.
  • Sunglasses: UV protection and suitable for high altitude/glacier conditions.
  • Goggles: Useful during snowfall or in windy conditions.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF to protect against intense UV rays at altitude.
  • Headlamp: With extra batteries.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated for at least -20 °C (- 4°F).
  • Water Bottles or Hydration Bladder: It’s better to use insulated bottles.
  • First Aid Kit and Personal Medications: Medication for altitude sickness, treatments for blisters, and pain relief pills.
Tour Details

While Mera Peak is accessible even for those without advanced mountaineering skills, proper preparation, respect for the altitude, and an understanding basic climbing techniques are still essential for a successful and safe summit attempt.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

1 hour before flight time

Price Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off by car as per trip itinerary
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • Trek/climbing guide and support team
  • Trekking and climbing permits
  • Full board meal during the trek and climbing
  • Accommodation at guesthouses on the trek route
  • Tented camp including climbing equipment
  • All meals with tea/coffee during trekking and climbing
  • Round-trip flight to Lukla

Price Excludes

  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking/climbing gears
  • Any private expenses
  • Travel insurance

Complementaries

  • Duffle bag
  • T-Shirt
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner
What to Expect

The trek from Lukla to Mera Base Camp, followed by the climb, is more than a physical endeavour. It’s a soulful journey across nature’s grandeur and human endurance. Whether you’re drawn by the call of the mountains or the allure of Sherpa culture, this expedition promises a treasure trove of experiences. Here’s a glimpse into this majestic journey:

  • The Start at LuklaThe adventure starts with a flight into the famous Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla - one of the most challenging airports in the world due to its short runway and mountainous surroundings. This bustling town is the gateway to the Khumbu region.
  • Diverse TerrainsMoving forward, trekkers walk through lush rhododendron forests, cross roaring rivers, and navigate undulating trails. The lower sections near Lukla offer a more temperate climate, which gradually becomes alpine as you ascend, with landscapes dotted by picturesque Sherpa villages.
  • Cultural EncountersThis trek is also a cultural immersion. The warm-hearted Sherpa community welcomes trekkers into their homes and teahouses, offering insights into their rich traditions and Buddhist practices.
  • High Passes and Glorious ViewsOne must traverse challenging passes like the Zatrwa La before reaching the Mera Base Camp. But the reward? Panoramic vistas of towering snow-clad peaks, including glimpses of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Mera Base Camp and the ClimbThe Mera Base Camp, set amid glacial landscapes, is where the real challenge begins. While Mera Peak is considered a non-technical climb, it demands physical stamina. Trekkers will navigate through crevassed glaciers using crampons and ropes, and as the altitude increases, the air becomes thinner, requiring measured steps and proper acclimatization.
  • A Culmination of MemoriesReaching the summit offers an unparalleled sense of accomplishment. The horizon, painted with giants of the Himalayas, offers a sight that remains etched in memory long after the journey concludes.
Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu (1,400m)

Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2Kathmandu

Preparation Day. You’ll obtain the necessary permits, meet with your climbing team, and make any final preparations. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800m) - Chutanga (3,430m)

Fly to Lukla early morning and start the trek to Chutanga. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4Chutanga - Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m) - Tuli Kharka (4,300m)

Cross the Zatrwa La Pass and descend to Tuli Kharka. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5Tuli Kharka - Kothe (3,680m)

Trek down through dense rhododendron forests to Kothe. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6Kothe - Thangnak (4,350m) 

Trek alongside the Hinku River to Thangnak. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7Thangnak - Khare (5,045m)

Trek to Khare, the last village before Mera Peak. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8Khare - Acclimatization Day

Spend a day for acclimatization. You can engage in short hikes and basic ice climbing training. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9Khare - Mera Base Camp (5,350m)

Trek to Mera Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10Mera Base Camp - High Camp (5,780m)

Ascend to High Camp, where you’ll be greeted with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11High Camp - Mera Peak Summit (6,476m) - Khare (5,045m) 

A long and challenging day. Start early in the morning for the summit bid. After reaching the top, descend back to Khare. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12Buffer Day 

This is a contingency day in case of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 13Khare - Kothe (3,680m) 

Descend back to Kothe. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 14Kothe - Tuli Kharka (4,300m) 

Trek back up to Tuli Kharka. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 15 Tuli Kharka - Lukla (2,800m) 

Cross the Zatrwa La Pass again and descend back to Lukla. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 16Lukla - Kathmandu 

Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17Kathmandu Rest and explore the city. 

This can also serve as an additional buffer day in case of flight cancellations or delays from Lukla. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18Departure from Kathmandu 

End of the trip.

Please note that while this is a standard itinerary, actual plans might vary based on the physical condition of the trekkers, weather conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Jenni

Group Traveller

In April, we went on the Mera Peak climb, and it was amazing. Our guide, Dendi Sherpa, knew a lot about the Himalayas and looked out for us all the time. He told us great stories about the Sherpa people and the mountains. Even when the climbing got tough and the weather changed, Dendi made sure we were safe. He’s really good at his job and cares a lot. We think he’s the best guide for anyone wanting to climb in the Himalayas. We’d definitely pick him again!

15 August 2023

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