- Cultural delights of Khumbu Valley
- Exceptional views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peak
It was first climbed by the French climbers Marcel Jolly, G. Baus and L. Honills in 1975. It contains three different summits; Mera South, Mera Central and Mera North. Mera North remains the most climbed summit of all. The peak is suited for both amateur and professional climbers. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalau and Kanchenjunga from the Mera’s summit.
The 17 days itinerary includes a day for rock climbing, 11 days for trekking and 2-3 days for climbing.
Having an axing skill is an added advantage before taking on a Six-Thousander peak. A climbing guide can be a great assistant or coach to supervise your climb.
We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to Lukla. The scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla caters the panorama of the peaks of Langtang, Rolwaling and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is a thrilling adventure. Instantly, after making the final arrangement for the Mera Peak Climbing , we kick off. A good trail leads through pasture to the edge of a diminishing forest of rhododendron and pine which clothes the steep hillsides above Lukla. We make steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to ‘kharka’ used for grazing yaks where we’ll stop for overnight tented camp.
Today we cross Zatrwa la pass (4,600m/15,093ft). From Chutanga we continue a long day walk for around 6-7 hours crossing the Kalo Himal Ridge that separates the Khumbu from the Hinku valley. Traversing across the ridge, that lead across this ridge is the Zatrwa La Pass to the right we finally descend steeply to Tuli Kharka (big pasture) where there are several basic lodges. We make camp beside the lodges. Rest and relax at the camp after a long walk.
Today, after a breakfast we continue our journey descending to Hinku valley of Gothey. This is a good place to camp and there are several teahouses around and you can visit and go and watch the local lifestyle in the remaining time and we’ll camp near by the teashops and overnight.
The following day is another short day as you trek in the shadow of Mera Himal along the ridge of the Hinku Khola. The west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, we will take lunch at Gondishung, a summer herders’ settlement. Beyond Gondishung we pass a 200 year-old Gompa built beneath a massive boulder. At the Gompa we burn some juniper at the shrine, an offering that just might ensure a successful ascent of Mera Peak. Thagnag is a summer grazing area with the simplest of lodges and shops starting to develop and we overnight in Thagnag.
An acclimatization day is essential here. It is in a superb setting surrounded by stunning peaks. There is a huge moraine in the north of Tangnag where a beautiful glacial lake, Sabal Tsho is dammed- definitely worth a visit. A cairn (5,270m/17,290ft) on the flanks of Kusum Kangguru can also be rewarding and beneficial for acclimatization. Our climbing Sherpa will provide you training course.
Today we are heading up from Tagnag towards the Mera Base Camp at Khare. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to your camping spot at Khare after 3-4 hrs walk.
This morning after the breakfast, we prepare our gear for ice climbing (This may depend on season and availabilities of ice. if ice is not available then we just hike around or rest). Just above Khare we walk couple of hours to the point, from where there are good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain. This will also be a time for practicing few hours of ice climbing and our leader will teach you about the climbing. After few hours practicing at glacier, stroll back to camp and make the final preparation to summit Mera Peak.
A very short trek allowing as much as acclimatization time as you make your way to Mera Base Camp. We first climb to the crest of the moraine above Khare and then up a steep slope of scree or snow to reach a boulder strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. Reaching the pass Mera La (5,415m/17,766ft) allows us to see spectacular views; we then descend 100m (328ft) towards the Hongu side and set up base camp in the moraine below the ice and we overnight in Mera Base Camp.
Making your way to Mera High Camp can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. You make your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. You set up a high camp and from here the views are outstanding. The views of Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyu piercing the skyline is breathtaking. This evening we overnight in Mera High Camp.
This is a big day, we wake up at 2.30 am around and after a breakfast, the group will put on crampons and rope up before setting out for the summit. From the high camp a well acclimatized party will take 3 - 4 hours to the central summit of Mera peak. If time and conditions permit we may opt to make the traverse to the slightly higher north summit. This excursion adds 2 -3 hours to the day, which is more technical in nature than the rest of the climb and the decision is to whether as we attempt this will be taken by the trip leader. From the summit can be seen the magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Cho-Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,766ft), Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft), Nuptse (7,855m/25,770ft), Lubuche (6,145m/20,160ft), Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) are spectacular from the summit. You then retrace your steps to Khare after the climb with a rest and some hot soup at high camp on the way down. A long but inspirational day!
After a great success of the expedition to Mt. Mera we descend to Hinku valley and then to Gothey along the retracing trail for our overnight stop at camp. Enjoy the evening with local wines or whatever you want to relax at the camp and overnight.
Today, we again climb up through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Tuli Kharka below the Zatwra La where we’ll stay overnight at camp.
Today, we have a last day of the trek and we start to climb few hundred meters to the Zatrwa La top will be our last climb of the trip. After the top we descend up to Lukla village where we concludes the trekking part and this evening enjoy with crews at the last dinner at the mountain and overnight at teahouse.
- Airport Pickup and Drop
- Accommodation and Meals (Meals other than those mentioned in Itinerary, Welcome and Farewell are excluded)
- Domestic Flight/Transportation
- Trekking Permit (TIMS)
- Oxygen gas or Gamow bag
- Entry fee for the national parks
- Mera Peak climbing permit
- First Aid
- Trek Guide
- Insurance for Guide/Porter
- Certificate for Trek Completion
- International Flight
- Additional Excursions (Applicable to those not mentioned in Itinerary)
- Trekking Equipments
- Personal expenses
- Insurance coverage
If the company cancels the booking in the case of natural disasters, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, government intervention, weather conditions etc, the full refund will be made, plus you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the similar cost.