Mera Peak is one of the eighteen smaller peaks in Nepal open to expedition teams. Unlike the major peaks such as Everest, little in the way formalities has been introduced for intending climbers. At 6,431 meters or (21,100 ft) it provides more of physical and mental challenge than a technical one. Hence, this climb provides an ideal opportunity for those wanting to conquer a Himalayan giant in the company of accomplished and experienced climbers.
It is not necessary that you should have prior climbing experience, this is a non-technical climb, and you will be fully briefed and instructed by our guides in techniques and procedures. You should only consider this expedition if you have a very high level of physical fitness and mental stamina.
Mera is located adjacent to the Hinku valley, just twelve kilometers from the mighty Everest massif. The peak itself has three main summits, and the long whale-back ridge leading from the pass to these summits offers a real physical and mental challenge. It will be necessary to work as a solid team to achieve success, but given favorable weather conditions the opportunity is there for the ultimate Himalayan high, with extraordinary views of the greatest mountains in the world and an equal sense of achievement. The walk in provides an excellent trek in its own right.
Kumar Adventure will provide all necessary camping equipment, stoves, ropes, ice-screws and stakes needed for the climb. Individuals are required to provide high altitude-climbing boots. Crampons, ice-axe, harness and karabiner are provided.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Kathmandu (1360m)
You are received at the airport by our staff and transferred to the hotel. The group leader will give a pre-trek briefing in the late afternoon. He/she will discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. The evening is free, perhaps a group meal.
Day 02 Kathmandu (1360m)
This morning we explore Kathmandu on a sightseeing tour, visiting places of interest such as Boudhanath Stupa (one of the biggest shrines in the world), where we can visit the surrounding monasteries and perhaps watch the monks as they chant their daily mantras. In addition we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Here we see sadhus (holymen), pilgrims bathing occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The afternoon is free for your own exploration, to shop or to rest. In the evening you will be supplied with your trek pack and final departure details for tomorrow.
Day 03 Phaplu (2450m)
There will be an early transfer to the airport where we begin our journey by helicopter to the airstrip at Phaplu in the Solu district. The airstrip was built with help from the Edmund Hillary trust. It is in the heart of Sherpa country and it is here that we meet our porters and crew for the start of the trek, though on this first day we will only move a short distance from the airstrip. (our walk in to Mera from Phaplu will give more than adequate time and opportunity for acclimatization, we regard the longer walk from Jiri incorporated in our earliest Mera Peak expeditions as being superflous to this process.)
Day 04 Ringmo (2805m) Trekking 5 Hrs
Our trail from Phaplu follows the main trading route from the south at Okhaldunga towards the Everest region. In an area that sees few trekkers we will follow the Solu Khola to Phera (2530m) where we will take lunch before continuing on the forested trail to Ringmo.
Day 05 Nuntale (2194m) Trekking 5 Hrs
At Ringmo, well known for its apples, we join the main trail coming from Jiri. Continuing up through juniper forest we can make a short detour to a Swiss built cheese factory. After stocking up, we contour to prayer flags at the top of the Takshindo Pass (3086m) and lunch. In the afternoon we descend through to the beautiful monastery at Takshindo. We will have plenty of time to visit the monastery before a long descent through the forest to Nuntale and out camp.
Day 06 Kahari Khola (2070m) Trekking 5 Hrs
After visiting the monastery we descend to the Sherpa village of Manidingma(2320m) and our first tea shop of the day. We continue to walk downhill through terraced fields to the Dudh Kosi river and lunch. The river drains the Everest region. We cross to the eastern bank by a large suspension bridge and then climb through terraced fields to the pretty Rai village of Jubing(1676m). We then ascend steeply to a rocky spur before drooping a little to Khari Khola, a Sherpa, Rai and Magar village where we camp.
Day 07 Pangum (2900m) Trekking 3 Hrs
Today we leave the main trail to Namche Bazaar and Everest, and turn east along the old trading route linking the Arun valley to the Solukhumbu. Following the narrow trail high above the Khari Khola, we reach Pangum by lunch time. The entrance to this Sherpa village is marked by Mani walls and prayer flags. From here we can look back west to the panorama of Munbur(6959m) Karyolung(6511m), Nupla(5885m), Kwangde(6187m) and Teng Kang Poche(6499m). these peaks are very impressive at sunrise, especially when viewed from your sleeping bags! This is a brief days walking because of the short stages necessitated by the limited number of campsites for the next few days, however if you want more, it is only a 45 minutes walk through attractive forest to the Pangum La(3140m) and views into the Hinku Khola and the south face of Mera.
Day 08 Khurkee (3720m) Trekking 5 Hrs
We gain the ridge of the Zattara Danda north of the Pangum La (3140m) and climb steadily upward with the views of the jagged peaks that flank the Hinku valley on our right hand and views back towards Trakshindo La, Numbur and the Dudh Khosi on our left. We take lunch at a suitably scenic spot along the ridge, then climb to the edge of the forest and our tiny camp at Kurkee. This is the only spot with reliable water before Cetera. Another good sunset should end the day here.
Day 09 Cetera (4300m) Trekking 7 Hrs
A steep climb out of camp up grassy slopes on the crest of the ridge starts the day. This is then a rising traverse across the western slopes of the ridge to a lonely mani wall and a spectacular view down into the Dudh Kosi and across towards Numbur, Teng Kangboche and Kwangde, all now familiar peaks. Another high traverse across grassy slopes and ridges brings us to our lunch spot in a meadow below an un-named notch in the Zattar Danda. After lunch we cross through the notch to the eastern side and continue to traverse along the ridge on a narrow track until we meet the trail to Lukla at Cetera (marked as Thuli kharka on some maps) where we camp near a huge rock. This is our highest night so far.
Day 10 Gote (3600m) Trekking 5 Hrs
From Cetera the trail traverses around some ridges, then begins to drop into the Hinku Dranka, first through Rhododendron and then into lovely mixed fir and rhododendron forest. We obtain a great view of Mera and the upper Hinku from the crest of the last ridge, before we start to drop down. Don’t panic! Our route on Mera goes around the back! the view you see from here is the impressive south face. We stop for lunch by a small stream at Tashing Dingma (which means “flat place with fir trees”). After lunch it is relaxed walk to our campsite by the Hinku river at Gote.
Day 11 Tagnac (4400m) Trekking 6 Hrs
From Gote we follow a good trail through rhododendron, fir and bamboo forest, which gradually thins out as we ascend. Today we pass through the temporary herder’s settlements of Gondishung, Dupishung and Lungsanba. Just before our arrival in Taganc, as the valley floor begins to widen out, there is the oppurtunity to visit a small gompa(monastery) set just above the valley floor. From its an easy walk on morianes up the valley to the settlement of Tagnac which is overlooked by the stunning peak of Charpati himal(6769m) to the north, Mera to the east, and Kusum Kanguru to the west.
Day 12 Tagnac (4400m)
Rest and acclimatisation – we are now reaching the “business end” of the trip, and acclimatisation is important.
Day 13 Khare(5000m) Trekking 4 Hrs
A short but exciting day, starting with a steady but steep ascent up glacial moraaines to reach the Sabai Tsho, a small lake fed by tumbling glacial ice blocks from Charpati Himal’s eastern face. Having gained this high position we walk for a short while on sandy flats then follow the Hinku Khola until we finish with a short steep climb on a moraine ridge to our base camp,,opposite the north-western face of Mera. The Mera La(5415m) and the way ahead are in view as we approach the base camp area.
Day 14 Khare (5000m) Rest And Acclimatization
We have a complete day allocated to rest and acclimatisation and enjoying our extradionary surroundings.
Day 15 – 18 Mera Peak Climbing
We have allowed plenty of time to climb Mera Peak. In the area around Base Camp there will be instruction in the use of crampons, ice-axe and rope technique.
The strategy for the climb will be decided by the leader at the time, taking into account the group performance and acclimatization, the weather, snow conditions and other factors.
Usually, we spend the first day climbing towards the Mera La and then descending to Base Camp. This is good for acclimatisation and gives a chance for some practice with crampons, ice axe etc. then we will need to place a high camp at around 5800m. this is where members will have to carry clothes and some other gear from Base camp to high camp. We overnight at High Camp (with spectacular vista lying before us) then start early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four and six hours depending on snow and weather conditions. Then its downhill all the way to Base Camp, stopping at High camp for a hot brew and to pick up some gear.
Although not a difficult technical climb, the snow slopes are crevased and it is necessary to proceed with care. To gain the summit, will-power and stamina are required but the incredible feeling of acheivement atop this 6476m giant will remain a life-time memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjungs, four of the world’s five highest peaks stand out above hundreds of other. “lesser” giants.
Day 19 Tagnac (4400m) Trekking 4 Hrs
A much easier and more relaxed day as we continue downhill, returning to Tagnac with the afternoon to relax.
Day 20 Gote (3600m) Trekking 5 Hrs
We retrace our steps back to Gote.
Day 21 Cetera (4300m) Trekking 6 Hrs
Back along the familiar trail again, but uphill now. We climb back through the forest to lunch at Dhaktowe, a huge rock by a tumbling stream, then on to the open ridges and out camp at Cetera, above the clouds.
Day 22 Lukla (2827m) Trekking 6 Hrs
Climbing to the pass of Zatrawala, we contour on open slopes to the Zatra Og pass(4490m). both are bedecked with the prayer flags and stone cairns. From here the descent is steep all the way to Lukla but with fine views of the Dudh Kosi valley and the peaks of Karyolung. Kwangde, Numbur and Khatang. In the evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner followed by a few celebratory drinks with our Sherpa companions, a memorable, high altitude wilderness trek completed.
Day 23 Kathmandu (1360m)
We rise early in the morning for the arrival of our Twin Otter aircraft. The flight to Kathmandu takes about 40 minutes. From the airport we transfer to our hotel for welcome shower.
Day 24 Kathmandu
At leisure in Kathmandu, a chance to relax in the hotel grounds, to go shopping or exploring more of Kathmandu, and to experience some of the many fine restaurants.
Day 25 Departure
After breakfast we farewell you to continue your journey or we transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.