Himalaya

Mera Peak

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal and at 6674m is a huge Himalayan mountain. Not technically a Base Camp trek but the views of Everest and the whole region are second to none. Mera is approached via the quiet Arun Valley before ascending onto the long Mera glacier. As with the Island Peak climb, no previous technical experience is required.

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Highlights

  • Summit the highest trekking peak in Nepal.
  • Approach by the unspoilt Arun valley.
  • All Mera Peak expeditions led by an Everest summiteer guide.
  • Lodge and camp based trek.

Prices

Open Group
We do not run open group Mera Peak climbs.
Private Trek
Prices for our private Mera Peak trek start from £1899 pp / $2940 pp. Enquire.

What’s included on our tours

Our climb prices include:

  • All transfers, excluding airport transfers
  • Internal flights as per itinerary
  • Hotel / teahouse accommodation as per itinerary
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin room
  • Single (Kathmandu or Pokhara) hotel occupancy can be arranged for additional charge and must be requested at time of booking
  • All Sagarmatha/Annapurna National Park Fees
  • Service of qualified mountain guides and porters
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System fees)
  • High quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable foam mattress (this is for Peak Climbs only)
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • Insurance for all guides and porters
  • Drinking water on the trek
Not included in our climb prices are:

  • Transportation from the airport for open group climbs (this is available for an extra £40 per person)
  • Entry visa for Nepal (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities)
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for crew, recommended tip rates: Lead Guide $15, Asst Guide $12, Porters $8 per day per group – read more here
  • Travel insurance (you must be insured, and specifically for treks up to 6000m) – see here for details
  • Your personal trekking gear – see here for an equipment checklist
  • Your personal medicines or prescriptions
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek, you should budget $25-30 per day for this – read more here

Route Description

Mera Peak combines summiting the highest trekking peak in Nepal with a beautiful walk in up the relatively quiet Arun Valley. The views from the summit are genuinely breath-taking: Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam can all be seen clearly and watching the sunrise across the heads of these mountains is never to be forgotten.

You start your Mera Peak adventure with the exhilarating Kathmandu to Lukla flight with great views all the way and the hair-raising landing at Lukla’s short runway. Having assembled your crew your route takes you south around the mountain to Paiya and Pangom avoiding the Zatwa La crossing which at 4250m nearly always causes problems with altitude sickness.

This part of the route is quiet but heavily farmed. From Sibuje you branch north heading into pristine bamboo and rhododendron jungle before reaching your first tented camp.

The trek then moves on up the Arun valley with plenty of time to acclimatise before reaching Khare where you will spend a couple of days acclimatising.

The first day of the push to the summit of Mera Peak takes you to the camp at Mera La and from there you move higher to the spectacular High camp clinging onto a rocky outcrop on the edge of the glacier. Sunset at high camp is amazing with Himalaya’s 8000m giants glowing orange as the light fades.

Summit day is a long hard slog up the glacier before a short sharp scramble up an ice-wall to the summit of Mera Peak. Take as much time as the cold will allow to enjoy the view, probably the best view of the Everest range in Nepal.

After summiting you descend back to Khare before tracking back down the Arun valley and finally heading over the Zatwa La pass now fully acclimatised and dropping back into Lukla.

Mera Peak Trek Map

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Detailed Itinerary: 18 Day Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel. Later you will meet your guide for your pre-trek briefing.

DAY 2: FLIGHT TO LUKLA – TREK TO PAIYA
Elevation: 2800m – 3450m
The flight is less than an hour but takes you into the heart of rural Nepal and ends with the breath-taking landing at Lukla. From Lukla you descend first to Surke where you cross the river before climbing steeply to Chutok La. From there it is about another hour of undulating flat to Paiya.

DAY 3: PAIYA TO PANGGOM LA
Elevation: 3450m – 3478m
The day starts with a sharp descent through mainly cultivated hillsides till you reach the wooden bridge where you cross the Paiya Khola river. Another tough climb brings you back up to Kari La from where you traverse on typical Nepali flat for most of the afternoon before you reach the Sherpa village of Panggom La.

DAY 4: PANGGOM LA TO NINGBO
Elevation: 3478m – 3525m
A short climb brings you to the Pangum La where you cross over into the Inkhu Valley, passing through the village of Bhusme, where you will see local villagers and farmers going about their day to day life. You carry on further along the trail to Ningbo where you will camp overnight in a forest clearing.

DAY 5: NINGBO TO THE BAMBOO CAMP
Elevation: 3525m – 3548m
Today starts relatively easily moving around the mountain again until you reach Sibuje where you will stop for lunch. From there you take a turn north off the main track on a route that takes you into the rhododendron jungle and well away from the main trading paths. Overnight is at a small campsite known as Bamboo camp.

DAY 6: BAMBOO CAMP TO KHOTE
Elevation: 3548m – 3480m
From Bamboo camp you continue trekking through the jungle, going up or down quite steeply, passing through the village of Tashing Ongma before finally dropping down to meet the Inku Khola at Mosom Kharka. From here you continue to trek along the river before reaching the larger village of Khote and your next lodge. Already you are starting to get impressive views of Mera Peak at the head of the valley.

DAY 7: KHOTE TO TAGNAK
Elevation: 3480m – 4252m
The forest gives way to open valley again by mid-morning, revealing the peaks which line either side. The valley swings eastward into a new array of peaks and as you approach Tagnak the route up toward the Mera glacier comes into view. Damage caused to the valley by the collapse of the glacial lake Sabai Tsho is all too apparent at you head up the river. You reach Tagnak mid-afternoon where you will stay overnight.

DAY 8: TAGNAK ACCLIMATISATION
Elevation: 4252m – 5000m – 4252m
This is a really important day for acclimatisation and you will gain as much height as you can during the day climbing the slopes behind Tagnak up to the Tibetan Prayer stones before returning to Tagnak for lunch. In the afternoon you can head up the slopes to the north to look at what is left of the glacial lake, Sabai Tsho. You can still see a distinct line, far above, marking where the water had once reached.

DAY 9: TAGNAK – KHARE
Elevation: 4252m – 4940m
This morning’s walk up alongside the Dig Tsho glacier is easy and relaxed. This is an excellent valley opening out views to the north of the Hinku Nup glacier and the line of peaks beyond. Only the last section up to your base camp at Khare is steep. If time and energy allows you should take an acclimatisation walk up the grassy ridge immediately behind the village. This gives great views of the flattened ridge across the glacier which you will ascend and south to Mera itself.

DAY 10: KHARE – MERA LA
Elevation: 4940m – 5554m
You return to the glacier today, and this time follow it round in a wide arc, keeping close under the northern flank where there are no crevasses. The Mera La is a rounded snow col that bridges south to the main sweep of the Mera glacier coming down from Mera Peak. Our camp for the night is just over the Mera La pass.

DAY 11: CONTINGENCY DAY
Contingency day for bad weather etc.

DAY 12: MERA LA TO HIGH CAMP
Elevation: 5554m – 5800m
Crampons on again for the start of the push to the summit. You climb back up to the pass at Mera La then head up the glacier towards a rocky outcrop where you will set the most spectacular high camp. Clinging onto the edge of the mountain the views from here are incredible. Kangchenjunga is visible to the east above the ridge of Chamlang; the ice spire of Barents is left of Makalu. Between it and the beautiful twin peaks of Ama Dablam, you will see Nuptse, Lhotse’s south face and Lhotse Shar. Over the ridge stands the summit of Everest, the final stages of the traditional route up the south-east ridge and over the south summit to the summit ridge.

DAY 13: HIGH CAMP TO MERA SUMMIT – KHARE
Elevation: 5800m – 6674m – 4940m
You will be woken at about 2am with hot tea and a high energy meal to start your summit ascent of Mera Peak. You start up the main glacier, crossing to the south side as you approach the snow hump-back ridge. This part of the route is not technical but 30 degree slopes are still tough. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and then you swing diagonally westward. The summit comes back into view and you are on the level summit ridge. At the foot of the final steep ascent you will attach to a fixed rope laid by your guide and use your ice axe and a jumar to climb the final 30 metre 55 degree pitch to reach Mera Peak’s summit. A spectacular panorama greets you with clear views over to Everest. Once you’ve had chance to take this all in and congratulate yourself on an amazing achievement, you will head back down to Khare for a celebration.

DAY 14: KHARE TO KHOTE
Elevation: 4940m – 3480m
A long walk back down the Arun valley finally brings you to Khote again

DAY 15: KHOTE TO CHETRA LA
Elevation: 3480m – 4150m
A new route has now been completed which stays high on the open hillsides west of the Hinku river, rather than winding through the forests down below. This makes for a quicker return with some fantastic views back to Mera.

DAY 16: CHETRA LA TO LUKLA
Elevation: 4150m – 4580m – 2800m
The trail goes over a series of rises and high plateaux before you finally reach the craggy Zatwa La Pass at 4580m, where you look back on the Hinku wilderness for the last time and the south face of the peak you have just climbed. A gradual descent traverses toward the rocky outcrop of the Zatr Og. You descend now steeply from the Kalo Himal, the ‘black mountains’, into the rocky slopes and cascading streams of the Sherpa populated Dudh Kosi valley. The high crags give way to forest, then to farmland as you approach the tourist bustle of Lukla. You spend the night here before flying back to Kathmandu.

DAY 17: FLY TO KATHMANDU
After an early breakfast, you will head to the airstrip for your return journey to Kathmandu. Later, you have free time to explore. You stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

DAY 18: DEPART KATHMANDU
Return to Kathmandu airport for your flight home.

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