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Mera Peak Climbing Trip – Oct 2021 or April 2022 TBC

Length: 18 days

Starting place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Ending place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Airport pick up service

Kathmandu Hotel: 3 star Hotel for 3 nights with breakfast

Activities: Trekking, Climbing and Tour

Domestic: KTM-LUA-KTM

Trip cost: US$2,195 per person (Based on 2-6 people private group)

 

Booking advance: US$878 per person

Outstanding dues: US$1,317 per person

2 nights extra Hotel: US$25×2=US$50 per person (Twin room with Breakfast)

Total dues: US$1,317+50=US$1,367 per person – can be settled upon arrival in Kathmandu

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)


Meet MMT airport representative at international airport in Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel and simply relax. Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast.

 

Day 02 – Full day Kathmandu City excursion and trip preparation

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with a tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Afternoon, trip briefing and final trek preparation. Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast.

 

Day 03 – Fly to Lukla and explore around Lukla (2730m/8954ft)

After breakfast, we will be taken to the domestic airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. We spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatising. We explore the nearby villages or the bustling, small town of Lukla.

 

Day 04 – Trek to Chutanga (3,430 m/11,250 ft): 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight in Lukla at Lodge
 Today, as our first day trek is an easy walk which leads eastwards, the path from here is less frequented than the other main trails from Lukla, walk follows through a number of hamlets and wood yards until we reach a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge, on this portion follow the Sherpa or the group as there are many path leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams with numerous places en route, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture.

 

Day 05 – Trek to Thuli Kharka (4320m/13200ft) via Zwatra la (4600 m/14720 ft): 5-6 Hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight in Chutanga at Lodge
We continue our trek the next day from Chutanga, the adventure begins with a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep uphill climb brings us to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwa Og, from here the path traverses across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600 m. In bad weather to find the path of our route can be quite misleading, so care should be taken but with fine weather, the views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, as well as the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here less than an hour we reach Thuli Karkha.

 

Day 06 – Trek to Kothe (3600 m, /11808ft): 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight in Thuli Kharka at Lodge
Following breakfast we follow a delightful descending trail across three ridges, before dropping steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Kothe through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley . Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons.

 

Day 07 – Kothe to Thaknak (4,350m/14,270ft): 3-4 hours

Overnight in Kothe at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung, we pass a 200 year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera Peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. A short walk takes us to Thaknak, which is a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops.

 

Day 08 – Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours

Overnight in Thaknak at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Leaving Thaknak, we follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers, and then climbs more steeply to Khare. From here, we can view the Northern face of Mera Peak which will be an amazing experience. After lunch one can engage in hikes in the surroundings of Khare.

 

Day 09 – Rest day in Khare/Acclimatisation

Overnight in Khare at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today the guides will carry out the last minute checking of the gears for the climb, and then arrange if any equipment becomes necessary to rent. Thereafter, we shall provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Mera Peak Base Camp, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and your climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.

 

Day 10 – Khare to Mera Base Camp (5300m/17,384ft): 3-4 hours

Overnight in Khare at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today after breakfast, we walk through a boulder-strewn course on a steep trail to reach Mera
Peak Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp, we rest for a while. If anyone feels the previous training was not sufficient and wants to train more to build confidence to succeed the climb, there can be an additional training on climb provided. Rest of the day would be to rest and prepare for the next day.

 

Day 11 – Mera Base Camp to High camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 4-5 hours

Overnight in Mera Base Camp at Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We take the route through Mera La pass to reach the Mera High Camp today. Our path is along a rocky trail, which can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp while enjoying excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, south face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse.

 

Day 12 – Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft) 8-9 hours

Overnight in High Camp at Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
This is a really big day for us as we will be summiting Mera Peak today. We wake up around 2 in the morning for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning but soon we warm up as we continue up the glacier and onto a peculiar ridge. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on the conditions.
The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, we take in amazing views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) and others. Later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp where we rest for a while before descending to Khare.

 

Day 13 – Reserve Day for Contingency

Overnight in Khare at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
There is no guarantee that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 12). Therefore, this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Mera on day 12 due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day, we can use this day to walk back to Lukla at a leisurely pace.

 

Day 14 – Khare to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 4-5 hours

Overnight in Khare at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We trek from Khare to Kothe along the same trail used previously. After reaching Kothe, we celebrate our success by trying out local delicacies and wines.

 

Day 15 – Kothe to Thuli Kharka: 5-6 hours

Overnight in Kothe at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
It is an uphill trek through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons. After reaching Thuli Kharka, we enjoy remarkable views of Mera North, Mera Central and South face.

 

Day 16 – Thuli Kharka to Lukla: 6-7 hours

Overnight in Thuli Kharka at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner
We begin today’s trek by ascending to Zatrwa La Pass. As soon as we cross the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru and other Himalayan peaks. From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village. In the evening we enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew.

 

Day 17 – Fly to Kathmandu

Overnight in Lukla at Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Mera Peak.

 

Free day in Kathmandu

This day stands as buffer day to adverse weather flight Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast.

 

Free day in Kathmandu

This day also stands as buffer day to adverse weather flight Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast.

 

Day 18 – Final Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport

 

NOTES
Above trekking hours and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.
Please note that cloud and turbulent weather is a regular phenomenon along the Himalayan range. It is thus possible that domestic flights from Kathmandu to/from Lukla may have to be delayed for a few hours or even cancelled for a day or more. Fortunately this does not happen frequently during the high seasons of March – May or: September to November but you need to plan for this possibility.

Cost Includes
All airport/hotel transfers
3 star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
An experienced govt. registered professional trekking guide
Strong fully equipped local porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Mera Peak climbing permit
Full Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trip on your choice
All Mt. accommodation (Soft comfortable private room with sharing toilet)
An experienced professional govt registered climbing guide and assistant guide
High quality North Face or Mountain Hardware or similar quality sleeping tent, kitchen, dining tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipment
Personal Climbing Gear: Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Tape Slings (2), Screw gate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock), Descender/Abseil Device, Plastic Mountaineering Boots, Ascender, Helmet, etc
Group Climbing Gears; Snow bar, Rope, Ice Hammer, Ice Screw
Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
All government and local taxes
Guided city tour by private transport

Costs do not include…
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Hot drinks, Bottled drinks
City entrance fees
Hot shower
Insurance
Tipping

 

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