Mera Peak is one of the most favoured Himalayan trekking peak for those wanting to dip their toes into their first Himalayan mountaineering experience, with a good dose of high altitude.
Our trip starts in Kathmandu, and after some time for sightseeing and preparation, we fly to Lukla, the beginning of our adventure. From Lukla, we immediately head off the beaten track and away from the busy Khumbu Valley by crossing the Zatrwa La and into the quiet Hinku Valley. We will have a pleasant few days trekking up the Hinku valley to Khare and then onward to until Mera Peak base camp, and Mera La.
Above Mera La, we place our high camp, from where we launch our summit push in the early morning hours. From the summit of Mera Peak (6,460m), you will be amazed at the stunning view. Everything to now proves to have been so worthwhile and you will count your lucky stars that you choose to do this trip for the views alone. Lying a little to the south of the main Himalayan range, you will be offered the full Himalayan panorama, from the Langtang region and Cho Oyu in the west, taking in Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, Baruntse, and Makalu, and across to Kangchenjunga in the far east of Nepal bordering India.
After your summit, we will head back to Khare for a well earned rest, and a well earned post- climb meal. We will sleep overnight and then head down the Hinku valley again before ascending up and over Zatrwa La and down to Lukla. After that, it is back to the hustle, bustle, and verve of exotic Kathmandu.
This trip will introduce you to the introductory mountaineering skills that you need for this trip. The trip will involve challenging trekking and introductory mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 6,500m, depending on the trip. For this trip, you want to have a sound level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Weight training is also recommended to build up your strength. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2In Kathmandu, final preparation
Day 3Fly to Lukla and Trek to Chutanga
Day 4Acclimatization walk from Chutanga
Day 5Trek to Kharki teng
Day 6Trek to Toktok
Day 7Trek to Kothe
Day 8Trek to Thangnak
Day 9Rest and acclimatise in Thangnak
Day 10Trek to Khare (Mera Base Camp)
Day 11In Base camp acclimatise
Day 12Trek/Climb to Mera La
Day 13Climb to Mera High Camp
Day 14Climb Mera Peak and descend Khare
Day 15Trek Khare to Kothe
Day 16Trek up to Zatrwa La
Day 17Trek down to Lukla
Day 18Contingency / weather day (available for use for climbing Mera Peak)
Day 19Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 20In Kathmandu
Day 21Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.