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Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It is situated on the edge of the famous Khumbu Region, which is dominated by Mount Everest. Although very high, Mera Peak is a straight forward climb and is frequently ascended by groups and an individual who’s only climbing qualifications are that they are fit and have an out-going sense of adventure.
The trek takes us south from the airstrip at Lukla, trekking through beautiful forested hillsides and over several passes before climbing up to the Mera La. After the climb, we descend directly to Lukla. The Mera Expedition is a high-altitude trek and climb. Participants need to be fit and conversant with the use of an ice-axe and crampons. Instruction in the use of these will be given at our base camp near the Mera La if required. In good conditions, it is possible for a fit party to reach the summit and return to Khare in one day. This is a rewarding experience as it provides glorious views of Nepal and a vista that takes in Kangchenjunga and Makalu to the east and Everest appearing over the massive southern aspect of Nuptse and Lhotse to the north. To the west stands the spires of Ama Dablam and Kang Taiga and in the distance is the mighty bastion of Cho Oyu. This is a fine panorama of many of the world’s highest peaks.
The climb itself takes the north face glacier in a steady rise to the summit ridge which leads, in an exposed and exciting situation, to the top. After the mountain has been climbed, we return by a direct route across a dramatic ridge to Lukla and the flight to Kathmandu.This trip can be organized both as a trip with tented accommodation in camps as well as tea house/guesthouse accommodation. In this itinerary we have only included the accommodation in tea houses as it is relatively much cheaper than camping (staying in tent and cooking meals in kitchen tent). But the accommodation at high/base camp (1/2 days) will be in a tent as there are no guesthouses/teahouses up there. This is included in the itinerary. In case of one to two trekkers, the guide himself will prepare the food whereas in case of a greater number of trekkers, separate cook will be sent along to prepare food at tented camps.
The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. It can change within few hours which is why a spare day has been added keeping the fact in mind. In case of bad weather on the day of summit, you can walk up the summit the following day. Otherwise, if the weather remains sane and works in the favour then the spare day can be utilized any other day within the day of flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. Since the flights are pre-booked, the cancellation and rescheduling might not be possible especially during the peak seasons. Thus, this one day can be spent on relaxation or rest wherever required.
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,300 m) overnight at a hotel.
Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley overnight at a hotel.
Morning flight to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,640 m) 3 hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Phakding trek to Pangkongma (2,950 m) 6 hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Poangkongma trek to Kurke (3,800 m) 5 hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Kurko trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) 6 Hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Thuli Kharka trek to Khothey (3,600 m) 5 hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Khothey trek to Tangnag (4,350 m) 6 hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Acclimatization and Rest Day at Manang overnight at a guesthouse.
Tangang trek to Khare (4,900 m) 4 Hour overnight at a guesthouse.
Khare trek to High Camp (5,800 m) 7 hours. overnight at a Tented Camp.
High Camp Summit to Mera Peak (6,654 m) and return to Khare (4,900 m) 10 to 15 hours overnight at a Guesthouse.
Spare day for the climb in case of a bad weather overnight at a guesthouse.
Trek to Khothey (3,600 m) 6 Hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Khothy trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) – 6 Hours. overnight at a guesthouse.
Thuli Kharka trek to Lukla (2,804 m) 7 hours overnight at a guesthouse.
Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu overnight at a hotel.
Leisure day in Kathmandu overnight at a hotel.
Transfer to international airport for final departure.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,300 m).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Adventure White Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your hotel in our private tourist vehicle. If you arrive before 3pm you explore and check some expedition equipment in tourist market Thamel, Then overnight stay at Hotel
Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning breakfast around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, and Adventure White Himalaya’s logo printed a T-shirt. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9 am in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the Ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagodas and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.
Morning fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804 m), trek to Phakding (2,610 m) 3 hours.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minutes scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,804 m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the 3 hours trek to Phakding (2,640 m).
After landing there will be time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), Phakding is just a short walk.
Phakding Trek to Col Khari La (3,081 m) to Pangkongma (2,950 m) 6 hours
The trail makes a series of ups and downs mostly through forested area till Col Khari La at 3081m then descends till Bupsa at (2,300m). From here, it climbs on the old trail to the large white house at the top of Kharte, then climbs over a fence and turns south-east up the broad Khari Khola Valley. There are some ups and downs as the trail gradually gains elevation up the forested valley, passing isolated Sherpa houses and small streams, to the village of Pangkongma.
Pangkongma Trek to Kurke (3,800 m) 5 hours of trek
We trek through magnificent route via mountain crests through rocky and wild landscapes passing through and enjoying the splendid panorama of wooded regions below us. After walking for 5 hours, we reach our destination for the day which is Kurke located at the elevation of (3,800 m).
Kurke Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) 6 hours of trek
From the Kurke pass the trail climbs steeply on the ridge. We climb up to a pass at (4,400 m) and descend towards Thuli Karkha, which means “vast pasture”. The trek will take around 6 hours.
Thuli kharka Trek to Khothey (3,600 m) – 5 hours of trek
We descend on hillsides, by pleasant meadows and lower down through forests of blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons with beautiful views of the south side of Mera Peak.
Khothey Trek to Tangnag (4350 m) 6 hours of treks
We climb up the Hinku valley through summer pastures, near Lungsamba the valleys’ narrow wedges between the Kusum Kangru (6,369 m) and the west summit of Mera Peak (6,255 m).
Acclimatization and Rest day at Tangnag
We spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. After proper rest, we can explore other adventure possibilities like strolling by Sabal Tsho, beautiful moraine-dammed lake which is hidden behind the Sabal Glacier and climbing a peak up to an altitude of nearly (5,000m). We can also explore Hinku Nup Glacier which leads north toward Kangtaiga. The upper Hinku valley turns to the east at Tangnag, crossing the moraine of the Dig Glaciers.
Tanganag Trek to Khare (4,900 m) 4 hours of trek
The trail goes through the Thangnak meadow amidst blocks brought by the break of the moraine of the south side of the lake in 1999. Then it climbs steeply to the stream bed coming out on the wide grassy basin of Dig Kharka. From the camp superb views of the northern face of the Mera Peak can be seen.
Khare Trek to High Camp (5,800 m) 7 hours of trek
As we progress along the snowy glacier, we approach the pass and the slope becomes steep. This is one of the best parts of the trek. Stunning panoramas of giant mountains rising above (7,000 m), among the highest on earth: Chamlang (7,290 m), Makalu (8,475 m) and Baruntse (7,220 m) to the east, Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m) and Nuptse to the north cannot be ignored. Continuing westward, peaks of Ama Dablam, Cho Oyo (8,153 m) and Kantega doesn’t fail to fill our view.
High camp Summit to Mera peak (6,654 m) and then return to Khare (4,900 m) – 10-13 hours
We start early in the morning depending on the weather condition. From the high camp the route follows SW entering a broad comb on the left of the steep slopes. Then it reaches a pass at the bottom of a final steep slope (450). From the summit, we can embrace the most spectacular view of at least five of the world’s fourteen (8,000m) peaks. Then we descend down and return to Khare. The total duration for the trek will be around 10-11 hours.
Spare day for the climb in case of a bad weather.
This day in the itinerary is separated as a spare day. The weather at mountains cannot be predicted as it might change in every other day. In case of extremely bad weather on day 12, you can summit the peak on this day. However, the weather might work in our favour most of the times. In such cases, you can continue to trek and utilize this day to rest or to relax yourself anywhere in the trail until you reach Lukla. Since the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu is pre-booked, the immediate changes may not be possible especially during the peak seasons.
Summit back to Khothey (3,600 m) 6 hours of trek
Leaving the mountains behind us, us descend takes us through Tangnag before continuing back to Khothey which will take almost 6 hours.
Kothey Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200 m) 6 hours of trek
Our trek descends back the same way. Today, we will be spending the night over at Thuli Kharka. The total duration of the trek will be around 6 hours.
Thuli kharka Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) 7 hours of trek
Finally, we return back to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like ages ago. It will give you the time to reflect on the trek also giving you time to explore the town.
Thirty-five minutes Flight back from lukla to Kathmandu from Lukla Early in the Morning.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited on the 35 minutes scenic flight, you go back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to the same hotel.
Leisure day in Kathmandu
It’s a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla or if you are interested in continuing to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Transfer to International Airport for your Final Flight Departure
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Cost Included (✓)
✓ Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
✓ Accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
✓ Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
✓ All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and camping (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
✓ Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp).
✓ Local Adventure White Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.
✓ Climbing Sherpa from Island peak base camp for the summit and back to base camp.
✓ Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipment)
✓ The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
✓ Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
✓ Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
✓ Mera Peak Climbing Permit.
✓ Sleeping bag by Adventure White Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).
✓ Airfare from Kathmandu Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
✓ Adventure White Himalaya duffel bag/kit bag and T-shirt (yours to keep).
✓ Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
✓ Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
✓ All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
✓ Certificate of climbing which provided by Adventure White Himalaya treks when you will be back from the expedition
✓ Official expenses.
Cost Excluded (✗)
✗ Emergency mountain medical rescue (provided by your insurance company please buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
✗ Personal nature of expenses such as drinking water, hot shower Wi-Fi etc.
✗ Lunch and dinner in city
✗ Your personal trekking gears
✗ Food and accommodation in city
✗ Light weight trekking boot
✗ Down jacket Two pairs of loose-fitting long skirts
✗ Two pairs of cotton T-shirt
✗ Sun glass and sun hat
✗ One pairs of sandals
✗ Two pairs of thin and two pairs of thick woolen socks
✗ First aids kits
✗ Flash light
✗ Sunblock cream
✗ Water bottle
✗ Chlorine for the water purification
✗ Some dry food and candy as well
✗ Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.
→ Travel insurance: Travel Insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (you can buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
→ Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
→ Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 30 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.
→ Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 90 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
→ Alcoholic, hot and cold (each meal one time during the trek) drinks.
Hint: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips).
The Climbing equipment’s are more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipment’s at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The Following equipment’s are essential for climbing Mrea peak.
→ One pair plastic shell mountaineering boot with high altitude liners
→ One pair of crampons
→ One alpine climbing harness.
→ One mountaineering an axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
→ One Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
→ One belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
→ Two D-Shaped locking carabiners
→ Two non-locking carabiners
→ One pair expedition style gaiter
→ Neck gaiter
→ Ski goggles
→ Climbing helmet
→ Four seasons Sleeping bag (we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
→ Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
→ Upper Body Head, Ears and Eyes
→ Shade hat or baseball cap
→ Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
→ Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
→ Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
→ A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
→ One pair liner glove, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
→ One pair warm glove.
→ One pair shell gloves.
→ Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
→ Fleece jacket or pullover.
→ Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket.
→ Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
Lower Body – Legs
→ Two pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilano or other synthetic.
→ One pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
→ Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
→ One pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
→ One pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
→ All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
→ Four pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilano.
→ Three pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
→ One pair light weight sock, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
→ One pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
→ One pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
→ One pair hiking gaiter, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
→ One pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well Medical kids is not allowed without check without certified person)
→ Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
→ Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
→ Imodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
→ Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
→ One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important!
→ Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
→ Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
→ Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
→ Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
→ Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
→ Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
→ Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
→ Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
→ Two bandanas.
→ One pair adjustable trekking pole. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc., especially when going downhill (Optional).
→ Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds
→ Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
→ One light weight point & shoot camera, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
→ Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
→ A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late-night trip.
→ One small stainless-steel thermos.
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment’s can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
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