Mera Peak is a mountain in the Everest region standing proudly erect at an altitude 6476M, Mera is the most popular trekking destination and is the highest trekking peak in Nepal.The fairly challenging trek and climb has been designed to cater to trekkers's adventure needs to explore Mera Peak from length to breadth. On scaling the Summit ,we have the most spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges.
Our trek to Mera is designed as an acclimatization sequence, so by the time we reach the climbing camp we are fully aclclimatized and ready for the ascent. We begin the journey with a flight to the samll mountain airstrip of Lukla and instead of following the Everest Base Camp route we head East heading to chutanga and exploring the area around Chutanga (3,050M), building up strength and tolerance to the altitude before we make our crossing of the Zatrwa La into the Hinku Valley.Here there are pristine forests of blue pine and rhododendron. We eventually will leave the valley up to alpine meadow around Thangnak, where we start seeing spectacular views of west face of Mera and Peak 43 also called Charpati. At Thangnak (4356M) undergo our second acclimatization stage walking up and back to visit and explore the area of Sabal Tsho Lake and take an acclimatization hike to the cairn (5271M) on the flank of Kusum Kangguru (6367M).
Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer, conduct initial briefing and preparations and we will have an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kathmandu O/n at Hotel
We take morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,800m) and spend the rest of the day in Lukla for acclimatization. Lodge accommodation
We trek (3-4hrs) to Chutanga for the overnight camp. This will allow a reasonably solid acclimatization. O/n at Lodge
After 2 days of acclimatization at 3,000m we are ready to cross Zatrawa La Pass (4610m) and down climb to Khartitang at 3900m. This will be a classic acclimatization stage, where we will slip 700m below our highest elevation of the day.
We are entering now Hinku Valley. We climb up through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley and through the red Rhododendron forest on the beaten Himalayan trail. The trees will change to pine with the increasing elevation. There are still opportunities to spot some wildlife in the forested areas but we are going to emerge in to areas of mountain meadows.
It is a short walk today but we gain 700m and cross 4,000m threshold so we will take acclimatization break tomorrow. We are in the meadow areas and walk through traditional Sherpa villages with Buddhist gompas and mani walls. We will enjoy fantastic view of south face of Mera Peak throughout the day. There are still opportunities to spot some wildlife in the forested areas but we are going to emerge in to areas of mountain meadows.
We need this rest day to allow our bodies to recover and settle at the elevation before we can sleep at 5000m. This is also nice area to relax and soak up the beautiful views of peaks and glaciers surrounding the head of the Hinku Valley, we can see pyramid of Peak 43 and west face of Mera Peak; We will visit Sabal Tsho Lake and take an acclimatization hike to the cairn (5,271m) on the flank of Kusum Kangguru (6,367m).
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 our camping spot at Khare with spectacular view on Mera Peak. We will visit Sabal Tsho Lake and take an acclimatization hike to the cairn (5271m) on the flank of Kusum Kangguru (6367m).
This is a required acclimatization day to get accustomed to 5000m threshold and to be able to cope with the summit elevation. There are many hike possibilities, however if not feeling strong we will take a rest to gain the strength.
We trek from Khare to Mera La pass (5,350m), our Base Camp. We will conduct a snow training for our expedition members unfamiliar with snow climbing techniques. We all have to become familiar with using crampons, rope and ice axe.
We trek from Mera La (Pass) to Mera Peak High Camp (5,780m.), where we setup our final climbing camp. The track may be hazardous if there was snowfall covering crevasses, this is why we conducted our training at Mera La pass. The views are stunning from here on Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse
This will be a long and tough day. We plan two days of climbing contingency. Weather permitting we will wake-up at 2am, have some breakfast and attempt to summit Mera Peak (6,476m); we will return to Mera La (5350m). We should be well acclimatized so we should reach the summit in 4-6hrs. From the summit we can see magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) Ama Dablam (6,812m) Kangtega (6,779m) and many peaks over six thousand meters.
We descend to Hinku valley to Kothe for our overnight camp, leaving behind the outstanding Himalayan adventure and taking unforgettable memories back home.
We climb up through the lush forest on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka and through the red Rhododendron forest on the beaten Himalayan trail.
Return to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass with stunning Lukla Valley view from the pass. This is last evening in the mountains, the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with our staff.
Early in the morning we take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, which takes about 35 minutes, transfer to hotel and have a leisure and shopping day in Kathmandu; Fairwell-Celebration dinner.
Previous climbing experience certainly helps, but no prior experience is required for Mera Peak climbing. Moreover, at Mera Peak base camp, our climbing Sherpa will organize a special session on climbing skills and the use of climbing equipment’s. Some cardio and regular walks will certainly help prior to your arrival in Kathmandu. However, anyone with pre-medical history needs to seek medical consent before considering the climbing.
We strongly suggest you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure. However, we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life-threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your back up.
As for Mera Peak climbing, you would need special climbing permit along with National Park permits, and TIMS card (trekking information management system). We obtain these entire permit and travel documents for you.
Acute mountain sickness is a negative health effect of high altitude caused by your body’s reaction to a shortage of oxygen. The amount of oxygen present at sea level is double of that contained at 5,000m above the sea-level. Your body needs sufficient time to adjust your breathing to the higher altitude. Above 2,800m, the effect of high altitude is experienced.
Symptoms of AMS are a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, coughing, and fatigue. If you’re feeling any of these while trip, rest and discontinue your trip for that day. If your health is getting worse while resting, return back to lower altitude. You should rest until you feel okay. Then, you can continue your trip. You can always abandon your trip if you’re not able to complete it. Let your guide know if you are having troubles during the trip and act on his advice.
Joakim Norman October 24th, 2015