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Mera Peak Trekking & Climbing

 
 

Fulfill your dream of a Himalayan summit on the highest trekking peak in Nepal

 

Situated in the Everest Region to the east of the main Khumbu trekking trails, Mera Peak stands at 6654 meters. The trail follows the original Everest expedition route from the road head at Jiri, crossing the high ridges and spectacular deep river-gorges of the traditional Sherpa homeland of Solu Khumbu before entering the less-frequented wilderness of the Hinku Valley. This delightful, unspoiled country is just one of the highlights of this expedition. From the summit of Mera Peak the view is astounding and includes the peaks of Everest and Makalu.

 

Where are you going?

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2: Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Transfer to airport for the flight to Lukla (2800m) & prepare for the trek to base camp O/N Camp .This airport town is forever growing and has abundant campsites(scruffy) and numerous lodges should you have to spend time organizing porters or waiting for a flight out. For those interested in people watching for a flight out. For those interested in people-watching and the full gamut of human emotions, a doctorate could be had on these subjects based on a few days observation of crowd behaviour when the planes can’t land.

Days 4: From Lukla the path traverses south-east through forest, crossing several cascading streams. Above are semi-circle of attractive rock peaks that form the ridge of the Kalo Himal, dividing the Khumbu valley from the Hinku. This unlikely-looking ridge has two passes, the Zatr Teng (4600m/15000ft).The latter, with its gentler approach, is the more reliable but be wary of the Zatr Teng when there is fresh snowfall on the Kalo HImal Ridge.

For those flying into Lukla, I would recommend a couple of nights camping below the pass, exploring this wonderful CWM and so giving yourself a chance to acclimatize. The peaks are reminiscent of the Bregaglia and I’m sure would offer some good climbing.

On the route to the pass there are numerous possible campsites with good water. In a forest clearing between streams near Chutanga are some huge boulders where I made camp and spent a day exploring the slopes towards Gonglha. There is also a good site for numerous tents near the last stream before the Zatrog. It has a magnificent position that looks out over the Dudh Koshi towards Karyolung (6511m/21,362ft), Numbur (6959m/22,831ft) and the south-east flank of Nupla.

Day 5-6:The trail passes through a small notch just east of the ZatrOg on the Sebuk Danga Ridge.This is quite well defined, although care should be taken is poor visibility. From the notch the path traverses rugged, rocky country south east below the ridge, rising gently to the Zatrwa La, marked by mani and chorten.The landscape is wild, rocky and impressive. On the far side of the pass the hillside falls steeply to the Hinku Dranka.The path, not so well defined at first, drops toward a rugged, stream-filled, boulder strewn valley. Tuli Khola (4400m/ 14,436ft) is a good site for camp.

Day 7: From Tuli Kharka the path traverses the hill side, first south-eastwards, crossing several spurs. The path is steep, and care should be taken crossing scree-filled washouts where the path may be ill-defined and loose. There are several points on the trail that give good views up the steep sided Sanu Drangka to the South Face of Mera. Unlike the well- populated valleys of high Nepal, the Hinku hillsides hold abundant forests of tall blue Himalayan pine, hemlock, birch and luxuriant rhododendron.

Before the trail re-enters the forest after crossing the streams near Tashinag Dingma, a multitude of alpine scrub zone plants decorate the hillside including the unusual ‘snowball flower’(Saussurea gossypiphora). This plant somehow survives despite the extremes of heat and cold, by mummifying itself within its own fibres and so producing a protective microclimate in which to live – a skill we might all wish we could emulate high on Mera!

After traversing for a while the path descends steeply through dense forest to the river.Branching rhododendron crouch over the trail swathed in tattered Usnea lichen which hangs filtering the sunlight and waving like weathered prayer flags in the wind. Tashing Dingma(3,500m/11,489ft), provides a good lunch or camp spot.

Day8-9:The path now follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, gradually climbing via the Kharkas of Godishung, Dupishung and Lungsamba. There are no more than a few buildings that are used during the monsoon when the valley provides good grazing for animals driven up from the south.

Not far from Godishung, beneath a great rock overhang, is a small gompa with a Buddha and several bodhisattva and prayer flags. The statues seem especially fine for such a remote setting.

Mera peak. South-west Face:

The trail to the south-west face of mera goes up the Sanu Drangka, following the south bank of the river. Reach this by crossing the Hinku river at a bridge before Godishung and backtracking to Mousum Kharka. A trail follows the Sanu Dranka valley east towards the Dudh Kund lake. This is a hard four hour climb from a campsite at Mosum Kharka.

Beyond Lungsamba the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kanguru(6,369m./20,896ft), to the west and the truncated far western Peak of Mera(6,255/20,522ft) to the east, a magnificient 1,800 meter rock face cut by diagonal snow bands and draped with fingers of ice – some trekking peak! This was first climbed by Japanese climbers Kunihiko Kondo and Michiko Kiyoda in the spring of 1985.

For those with the time, it’s well worth spending an extra day at Tangnag. It’s in a superb setting. Surrounded by stunning peaks. In particular, peak 43, which rises to 6,769 metres(22,208 feet) north-west of Tangnag, will make the pulse quicken and the palms sweat of anyone with an eye for a line. Tangnag is also the base for those interested in the east and north-east side of Kusum Kangaru.

Just north of Tangnag is a huge moraine behind which is dammed a beautiful glacial lake; the Sabai Tsho, into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier. This is well worth exploring and the time thus spent will go a long way to helping you acclimatize. Rest day at Tangnag for acclimatization & exploration. O/N Camp.

Day 10-12: From Tangnag the valley steepens and bends sharply to the east where the path follows the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka.Once again the setting is spectacular with the view dominated by the abruptly terminated crest of the Charpati Himal that forms peak 43. Those with a lust for exploration will take time to stay a little longer at Dig Kharka to explore northwards along the Hinku Glacier and the approach route to Kangtega which was climbed by a joint American/ New Zealand expedition in 1963.

Some may prefer to place a base camp below the pass on the Hinku side at Khare. I much prefer, however, to climb to the col and site it 100 metres below the col on the Hongu side.

From Dig Kharka the path finds a way through moraines and across streams at the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar (5,099m/ 16,729ft), at the start of the glacier that leads to the Mera La.

Day 13-14: Depending on the state of the snow and condition of the glacier, getting on to the ice can prove tricky. Once established on the glacier, a well-defined snow ridge on the true right bank of ice tongue usually leads in an arc towards the Mera La(5,415m/17,767ft) without difficulty – other than increasing altitude. However, as the glacier levels out near the col care should be taken with snow covered crevasses. Look out for porters who may trail behind or, as is more often the case, stomp ahead, despite carrying a heavier load. Once again the views from the pass are magnificent. From the col descend for about 100 meters on the Hongdu side and site base camp in a gravel(5,300m/17388ft). It’s a good site for early morning sun and there’s plenty of running water during the day.

Day 15-16: An early start heading for one of the 3 summits, North, Central and South, all of which are accessible and the decision will be made by the guide based on current conditions.

High Camp - Mera summit – Tangnang(Summit day)

It can seem a bit of a shock to the system to be awakened before dawn (even by smiling Sherpas bearing steaming hot tea), with the prospect of leaving our warm sleeping bags and getting ready for the cold outside - always the toughest moment of any mountaineering trip. But we soon warm up, continuing up the main glacier then crossing back to the south side as we approach the snow hump-back ridge. The first shafts of the sun hit the big peaks behind us and are soon on our own slopes, an amazing horizontal red glow. The route is still non-technical; 30º slopes, one foot in front of the other, count the steps and take a breather. Our acclimatization will be at its peak just when we need it, and, except due to weather conditions, we have still not had anyone attempt the summit and fail (though our leaders are now fluent in the language of encouragement). The slope steepness for a section behind the ridge and then we swing diagonally westward. The summit comes back into view and we are on the level summit ridge. At the foot of the final steepness we can attach to our only fixed rope on the route which safeguards this 30 meter 55º pitch. You can jumar or not. The snow conditions are normally excellent at this early hour and pulling out on top, such an amazing moment, is just a few whacks of the ice axe away. Some speechless back-slapping and then you start to take in the panorama. The best viewpoints of the Himalaya are the chance combination of accessible height and location. Mera has this to such perfection. It stands at the centre of the highest section of the entire range, a little bit back so the minor peaks do not obscure the major ones - 360° of the greatest peaks on earth! The exhilaration of reaching the summit; this incredible location; is it really impossible to describe to any one before they have done it. You will know what we mean if you have! Take the time to let it all in, the achievement, the experience. We head right down to Tangnang tonight, it really doesn’t take very long, and we’re ready for a bit of celebration,

Days 17-19: Return via Tangnang, Chutanga, Orshela and Chhatre before turning north to Lukla.

Day 20: Return flight to Kathmandu

Day 21 : Kathmandu shopping day

Day 22: Depart Kathmandu. Airport transfer provided.

 

Note

Please note that the published itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of Kamada and your guide.

 

Itinerary

Day

Altitude

Time

1

Arrive Kathmandu

1300m

2

Kathmandu sightseeing

3

Fly to Lukla

2800m.

1hrs

4

Trek to Chutanga

3173m

6 hrs

5

Trek to tuli kharka

4400m

7hrs

6

Rest Thulikharka

7

Trek to Tashing Dingma

3500m

5 hrs

8

Trek to Tangnang

4356m

5 hrs

9

Tangnang rest day

10

Trek to Khare

4700m

4 hrs

11

Khare acclimatization day

12

Khare acclimatization day

13

Trek to Mera La

5415m

4 hrs

14

High Camp

5800m

4 hrs

15

Mera Summit
Mera La

6654m
5415m


9 hrs

16

Trek to Tangnang

4356m

7 hrs

17

Trek to Chhatre

3600m

8 hrs

18

Trek to Thukding

3100m

3 hrs

19

Trek to Lukla

2800m

3 hrs

20

Fly Kathmandu

1300m

35 min

21

Kathmandu shopping day

22

Departure

Trek Grade: 5
Duration: 21 Days
Trek style: Fully supported camping trek/Tea house
Best time to go: April - June / September – October
Cost :
Flight cost:

 

Trek Grading

It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots.

Mera Peak Trek and Climbing is a Grade 5 expedition, involving altitudes over 6000m and walking days over 7 hours. Whilst high, Mera is not a technical mountain and is suitable for anyone with above average fitness. Be aware that after heavy snowfalls or when the maze of crevasses are open the route can be long and demanding.

 

The Trekking Day

Some people have the idea that trekking and mountaineering are all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting.

Obviously each day is different depending on terrain, distance to be covered, weather and trail conditions and the pace of the group. However, as a guide, most days begin about 6am with tea or coffee delivered to your tent along with a bowl of warm water for washing. You will then need to pack up your duffle bags as the guide crew will pack your tent while you have breakfast. Most days you will be on the trail by 8am to take advantage of the cool morning. A leisurely lunch is usually served around noon followed by a shorter afternoon walk (2-3 hours). Tents are put up well before sunset and dinner served around 7pm.

 

What you carry

Your dufflebag is restricted to 15kgs. The duffle bag is carried by porters or pack animals and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

 

Food

Our expedition cooks, true chefs of the trail, are masters at preparing meals under difficult conditions and during your trek will provide a variety of local, Indian and Western food. As far as possible fresh food will be bought locally, but please understand that in remote areas supplies may be limited in quantity and variety and we must rely on prepackaged foods brought from Kathmandu.

Boiled water to re-fill your personal water bottles is available both morning and evening. It is sometimes also possible to purchase bottled water during the day.

If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies please ensure that you provide us with a comprehensive list of what you can and cannot eat, prior to arrival in Kathmandu, so we are able to provide proper food for you.

 

Trekking Staff

First time trekkers are usually amazed at the number of support staff required by a trek. Remember, everything from camp gear to food and fuel, needs to be brought with us.

The Guide is in overall charge of the expedition and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples.

The Climbing Guide is responsible for fixing the main rope and guiding and assisting the group with all aspects of the ascent.

The cook is, of course, responsible for all meals and for the welfare and supervision of the kitchen staff. Kitchen boys assist the cook, serve meals and deliver your morning tea/coffee.

The sherpa staff are responsible for the campsites, erecting tents etc. and the porters transport your dufflebags and camp equipment. On some treks yaks are used instead or in addition to porters and are under the control of a yak handler.

 

What is Included

  • Accommodation Kathmandu - Twin share including breakfast

  • Airport transfers

  • Half day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide

  • All domestic transport as listed in itinerary

  • Domestic flights and departure taxes as per itinerary

  • All meals whilst trekking

  • All National Park entrance fees

  • Applicable trekking and climbing permits and fees

  • Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear and group equipment

  • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek

  • All camping equipment including 2-man tents, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag

  • Full trek staff including guides, sherpas, cook and kitchen staff

  • Climbing guide (1 for each 4 pax)

  • All group camping, cooking, eating and porterage equipment

  • Comprehensive medical kit

What is not Included

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • International flights and departure taxes

  • Visa and passport fees

  • Travel insurance

  • Emergency evacuation

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Kamada Travel

Money

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest USD5-7 per meal in Kathmandu (breakfast is included at your hotel) and USD2-7 per day whilst trekking for soft drinks, snacks etc (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.

 

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can we suggest the following: USD4 per day for groups of 8+, USD6 per day for smaller groups - this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

 

Insurance

It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

 

Altitude

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.

 

Climate

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

 

Visas and Permits

Single entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders. The visa is valid for 60 days and costs USD30. One photo is required. The visa may then be extended up to 90 days.

Trekking permits are not required for this trek. The required National Park permit be obtained on your behalf by Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltdwhen you arrive. Full name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth and 1 photograph are needed for the application.

 

Packing for your Trek

Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltdsupply a duffle bag to transport your gear during the trip.

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Rain jacket or poncho

  • Waterproof pants

  • Water bottles - minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best.

  • Walking boots - lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.

  • Socks - 4 pairs each thick wool/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combinations.

  • Running shoes or sandals for around camp

  • Lightweight wool sweater

  • Fleece jacket

  • T-shirts - 2 or 3

  • Shirt - long sleeved

  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)

  • Trackpants - warm for evenings around camp

  • Hats - beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day

  • Gloves - wool or fleece

  • Scarf

  • Underwear

  • Thermal Underwear

  • Swimsuit

  • Sarong - a multitude of uses

  • Snow gaiters

  • Snow goggles

  • Sunglasses

  • Bag liners - large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.

  • Sewing kit

  • Money belt

  • Toiletries

  • Towel

  • Torch / flashlight - headlamp style is ideal

  • Lighter - for burning toilet paper and rubbish

  • Swiss Army Knife

  • First Aid Kit

Personal Climbing Equipment

Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltdsupply a duffle bag to transport your gear during the trip.

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Climbing harness

  • Pair of crampons with front points

  • Ice Axe

  • Paid of rigid soled climbing / hiking boots which will hold crampons (double or plastic climbing boots are ideal)

  • Pair Himalayan Mitts to be worn over silk or lightweight wool mitts.

  • 1 Jumar or Ascender

  • Screwgate

  • 2 Carabiners

  • Figure 8

  • Rope (minimum 50 meters)

  • Snow stakes

  • Ice screws

  • Rock Pitons

Cost :

PAX

Cost in USD

1

2397 Per person

2

1933 Per person

3

1643 Per person

4

1666 Per person

5

1524 Per person

6

1456 Per person

7

1373 Per person

8

1401 Per person

9

1339 Per person

10

1311 Per person

11

1267 Per person

12

1306 Per person

13

1270 Per person

14

1254 Per person

15

1224 Per person

16

1260 Per person

17

1235 Per person

18

1225 Per person

19

1203 Per person

 

Flight cost Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu:
USD 232 per person
Single Supplement: USD 60
 

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