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MERA PEAK CLIMB

 

Mera peak requires some technical climbing on the final day, with a rope, ice pick and crampons. However, prior technical expertise is not required. For those not used to high altitude treks, a longer route that includes Everest Base Camp should be followed.

 

Please note that we can also add in extra acclimatisation days, or move them around to have them later in the climb.

 

Mera Peak Trek itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmanduand Transfer to Hotel. 

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley, taking in such sights as Swayambhunath, one of world's most glorious, ancient, enigmatic and holiest of Buddhist Chaitya, Bouddhanth, a colossal and ancient Stupa; Guheshwari, which is where Sati, the consort of Siva, immolated herself due to her father's insult and Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors.Later, a welcome dinner with Nepalese music.

 

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m) – Trek to Puyan (2,800m)

We will be taken to the airport for one of the great flights of the Himalaya . If the sky is clear during our flight, we will get our first views of Everest and the region in which we will be climbing. The Twin Otter aircraft will take us to the hillside village of Lukla , which is the start of our trek to Mera. Here we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first camp at Puyan (2,800m). Camp (BLD)

 

Day 04: Pangkongma (2,846m) After crossing the Poyan Khola, we turn off the main trade route coming up from the south and join an older route, which climbs steeply to the ridge-line overlooking the Khare Khola. Descending the other side of the ridge, we then contour along the hillside before climbing steadily up to the attractive farming and trading village of Pangkongma (2,846m). Many expedition members have been made welcome by the villagers here, spending several pleasant hours warming themselves in front of an open fire in the enveloping and welcoming atmosphere of the local's traditional Sherpa homes. Camp (BLD)

 

Day 05: Nash ing Dingma (2,600m)

With fine views westwards towards Takshindu monastery and Lamjura, we climb through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to the Pangkongma La. From here, we have good views of the south face of Mera with its twin peaks and of its neighbour Naulekh. We then make a scenic descent with beautiful views looking south across the endless foothills rising each side of the Hinku valley. This steep descent leads down to the wire rope bridge that spans the Hinku Khola. A steep, strenuous climb on the opposite side leads to Nash ing Dingma (2,600m). We stay here for the night at the excellent campsite established by the Makalu National Park . (BLD)

 

Day 06: Chalem Kharka (3,600m)

Gaining height gradually through pasture and lush greenery, the trail steepens as we climb up to the Surke La. It is possible to take a nice, welcome cup of tea in a lodge just over the pass. Walking on, eventually, we reach an attractive campsite at a col 1km beyond Chalem Kharka (3,600m), set among fir trees and rhododendron bushes. Camp. (BLD)

 

Day 07: Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)

Climbing the side of a ridge, we emerge from the last traces of rhododendron and the terrain becomes more rugged. Passing through high grazing country and crossing a small pass, we are treated to some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu to the east. We continue climbing to Panch Pokari and then on to camp at Chunbu Kharka (4,200m). Camp (BLD)

 

Day 08: Trek to Hinku Valley . Continue to Thaksingdingma (3600m)

We ascend slowly passing through the jungle. We find virtually no human settlement on the trail. This will be one of our longest walking days, mostly downhill. We will traverse several flats and spurs until we gain our first view of Mera Peak . From here we will drop down into the isolated Hinku Valley . Aside from mountaineers, the Hinku Valley is sparsely populated and very pristine. We will ascend a steep section of trail until we enter the forest, where we will stop for lunch. Eventually we will drop down into the humid, bamboo forests, before turning north up along the west side of the Hinku River towards Mera Peak . We will slowly ascend to Thaksingdingma. Camp (BLD)

 

Day 09: Trek to Thangnak (4350m)

Today we will have amazing mountain views as we continue north up the Hinku Valley . The trail gently climbs along the west bank of the Hinku River . Spectacular mountains, such as Kusum Kangari to the west and Mera Peak to the east, will be in view throughout the morning. We will make our way up onto the meadows on the western side of the Hinku Valley as we climb above the tree line. Here we will stop for lunch. Throughout the afternoon, we will traverse meadows and hill slopes, dotted with grazing yaks, until we reach the settlement of Tangnak (4,350m, 14,268ft). If it’s been a snowy season, the sound of avalanches will soon be familiar. We are approaching the heart of the high Himalaya . Camp (BLD)

 

Day 10: Trek to Khare (5100m)

Today we will climb above 5,000 m (16,400ft) for the first time. Our hike up to Khare (5,100m, 16,728ft) is short, but we will take it slowly, with frequent stops to soak up the incredible surroundings. The trail heads eastward out of Tangnag, along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier. We will pause to climb up the moraine for a view of the pristine Sabai Tso glacial lake. A drop in lake level, caused by a recent rupture of the natural dam the held the lake, is clearly visible. We will arrive at Khare in the early afternoon and have lunch. From Khare, the beautiful north face of Mera Peak is in plain view and Mera glacier spills steeply down into the valley. Camp. (BLD)

 

Day 11: Trek to Mera La (5400m)

Today we will travel a short distance, slowly ascending up onto Mera glacier. The climb is initially steep, but flattens out as we reach the crest of the glacier. We will traverse a long flat on top of the glacier as we make our way to the pass, called Mera La (5,400m, 17,710ft). From here, the views are stunning. Crevasse fields gently stretch out in front of the pass and we are literally enclosed by a ring of jagged peaks and blue-green glaciers. The remaining route up to the summit of Mera Peak is clearly visible. We will have lunch at Mera La and spend the afternoon relaxing and staying warm. Camp (BLD)

 

Day 12: Rest / Exploration Day for Acclimatization

Rest day for acclimatization. Camp for the night. (BLD)

 

Day 13: Continue to High Camp (5800m)

We have a short, steep climb up to High camp. At 5,800 m (19,025ft), high camp is nestled behind a large rock outcrop. We will arrive by lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and further acclimatizing. Bill O’Conner in the book ‘Trekking Peaks of Nepal” describes high camp as “one of the most glorious viewpoints in Nepal, with a panorama that takes in Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse ... listening to the wind and looking out across untracked glaciers remains a highlight of my Mera expedition."  Overnight Camp before Mera summit. (BLD)

 

Day 14: Summit the Mera Peak (6,654 m)

Today we go to the Mera summit at 21,830 ft from where the views of Pumori (7,161 m) Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Lobuche (6,145 m) Cho Oyu (8,201 m) are spectacular. We will depart high camp before dawn. The climb up to the higher northern summit is straight forward, but will take 6-7 hours. The reward is one of the world’s most spectacular mountain views, including Everest and Lhotse just to the north, Cho Oyu to the northwest, and Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east. We will then make our way down to Mera La for lunch and to Khare to camp for the night. (BLD)

 

Day 15 - 18: Over the course of the next four days, we retrace our steps and head back down to Lukla (BLD)

 

Day 19: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight (B)

 

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu , Hotel

 

Day 21: Transfer to airport. Final departure at the end of your Mera Trek

 

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Location: Nepal

Total Tour Duration: 21 or more Days

Accommodation: Hotel, Tents

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

Best : April to October

Risk: Altitude Sickness

Maximum Altitude: 6,654m

 

 

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Mera Peak Trek

 

Island Peak Difficulty:

A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, across rocky areas, and slippery shale surfaces.  Glaciers and snow may be encountered, there is not need for technical climbing equipment. Due to higher levels of altitude, symptoms of altitude sickness may be experienced. Ice picks may be required dependant on time of year. Altitudes up to 6000m.

 

 

 

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