Mera Peak Climbing - 12 days

Mera Peak Climbing

The first ascent of Mera was made by Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing on 20 May 1953, who appeared to have climbed the central summit. The next recorded ascent was not until 1975 when French Climbers Jolly, Baus and Honills climbed the north summit. Mera is among the highest of Nepal's official trekking Peaks.

This superb trek takes us right through the Khumbu region with some wonderful views of the major peaks in the area including Everest itself. Whether you want to attempt the summit or just go alone for a trek, you will feel as though you have taken part in a real Himalayan expedition. The climb is not technical, but you will need good adaptation to altitude and basic knowledge of ice axe and crampon techniques.

Highlights

  • Allows the scaling of Mera Peak (6,461 metres)
  • Everest Base Camp (5,359 metres) and Kalapathar (5,575 metres) as a part of the trip
  • Offers magnificent views of more than 40 peaks including three of the world’s highest (those above 8000 metres): Mt Everest, Mr Lohtse and Mr Makalu
  • Takes to Khumbu Glacier (14 km long and 420 metres deep)
  • Passes through a number of Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazar the gateway to the Everest

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Chuthunga(3440m), 4 hours walk. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Chutangato Thuli Kharka/Chatra-La (3,900 metres; 6-hour walk) via Zwatra-La Pass (4,610 metres), 6 hours walk.Overnight at guest house.

Day 04:Thuli Kharka to  Kothé (3,600m) 5-hour walk). Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Kothé to Thaknak (4,350m) 5-hour walk).Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Thaknak to Kharé (5,045m) 5 hours walk.Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Khare. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Kharé to High Camp (5,780m) Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at tent camp.

Day 09: Highcamp to the Mera Summit and back to Khare . Walking 9-10 hours walk.Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Khare to Kothe, 6 hours walk.Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Kothe to Thuli Kharka, 7 hours walk.Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Thuli Kharka to Lukla, 7 hours walk. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Day 14: Transfer to airport for  your onward destination from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and at local lodges during the trek on twin sharing basis. During climbing days, tented camp accommodation will be prepared by our staffs. Hotel in Kathmandu comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges . Considering your comfort, tent camp will be set up single or twin sharing basis.

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the tea house where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. During climbing days, hot soup and easily prepared food along with tea/coffee will be provided. In Kathmandu only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. Porter will join in Lukla. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G. Climbing guide and climbing porters will join in Chhukung Village. A climbing guide will guide up to 4 climbers while 5 or more climbers will have 2 climbing guides.

About Equipment
Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for Mera Peak Climbing.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc. Necessary climbing equipment are "Climbing boots, Harness, Crampons, Ice axe, Tapes/sling, Karabiners, Ice screws, Snow bars, Ascenders, Descenders , Rope for Climbing, Snow hammer,Tent and kitchen equipment"

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Physical Fitness and experience
Peak climbing is for you if you are real adventure seeker with good level of physical fitness. Mera peak is high altitude trip which demands rock climbing or snow climbing experience ,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health with good experience in mountenering, can complete this trip. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise and training is good. If you have some technical skills and past experience also helps for this trip . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter or only for trekking, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before your purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months to climb any peaks in Nepal.

About Lukla Flight

It is very difficult to predict the weather in mountain. Because of bad weather, the flight between Kathmandu to Lukla may be delayed or canceled for a day or more. Due to the weather changes in Himalaya, we can face such problem even in good season. So we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more. If your flight is cancelled in Kathmandu then we will re-book the flight for the next day. There may be an option to use private helicopter paying additional from $300 to $500 We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. When flight is cancelled , we will arrange you a hotel however food and accommodation is not cover in the package. Same process will be applied if the flight cancelled or delayed in Lukla.

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Detail Itinerary

DAY 1     Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you shall welcome you to this land of towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you will still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2     Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800 metres) and Lukla to Chutanga (3,440 metres; 4-hour walk)

  • We fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in the morning. This 30-minute flight comes with spectacular views of the hills and the Himalayas, forcing many to take their cameras out or simply use their mobile phones with attempts to capturing the beauty.
  • After breakfast in Lukla, we start our walk to Chutanga. Leaving the trail to our right which leads to Phakding, we turn right. On analmost flat comfortable trail for about four hours, we walk through a relatively thick forest and arrive in Chutanga with around half a dozen small constructions in the middle of this forest.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 3     Chutangato Thuli Kharka/Chatra-La (3,900 metres; 6-hour walk) via Zwatra-La Pass (4,610 metres)

  • After a heavy breakfast, we pack our lunch and start walking up a steep incline for around four hours, firstcrossing a ridgeof the Nau Lekh Range, which happens to separate the Khumbu Valley fromwhere we are about to enter: the Hinku Valley, and eventually up and over Zwatra-La, a Pass at 4,610 metres. On a clear day, the view of the Limding Himal from the Pass is a worthwhile experience. From here on, Thuli Kharka, also known as Chatra-La, is roughly a couple of hours away on a trail that goes downhill.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 4     Thuli Kharka to  Kothé (3,600 metres; 5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk on a gentle downhill, crossing a ridge, then another, then yet another. In about three hours' time, we reach Thulodunga. The settlement, with a number of teahouses, is our stopover for lunch.
  • We leave for Kothé. After a sharp descent to the Hinku River, we start our climb through a forest to Kothé. The settlement, on the banks of a river, is well equipped to cater for the needs of most travelers.
  • We spend the night here.

Day 5     Kothé to Thaknak (4,350 metres; 5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we begin our walk along the banks. A slight uphill all the way, the route is not demanding on the legs. An hour after leaving Kothé, only some species of shrubs and grasses remain to still hold on in these conditions that are getting harsher and harsher for most species of vegetation. We come across a monastery about an hour before Thaknak. Like Kothé, Thaknak too comes with about half a dozen hotels providing good facilities.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 6     Thaknak to Kharé (5,045 metres; 4-hour walk)

  • After a heavy breakfast, we walk all the way to Kharé. Although mostly a gradual uphill, many find this walk exhausting, owing much to the thinning of the air at higher altitudes. Kharé is located in a relatively open area. We spend the night here in one of the slightly less than a dozen hotels in the area. This is also the place where we make sure that our climbing gears are all in preferred conditions. We also involve in some necessary training on an elevation in the vicinity.

DAY 7  Acclimatization Rest Day in Khare

  • After breakfast, we walk around for acclimatization . During day, brief meeting with climbing guide about the peak and have some climbing training around. · Spend a night in Khare

DAY 8     Kharé to High Camp (5,780 metres; 5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we set off for the High Camp. Some time into the trail and we reach the snow-line. Crampons on and we walk towards the High Camp. The path, from here on, is up. Through Mera-La Pass, we come to a huge boulder. The piece of land behind this structure is better protected against winds and possible ice formation. We put up our tents here at an altitude somewhere close to 5,780 metres. The porters, however, return, perhaps, to create space for other budding climbers.

DAY 9     High Camp to the Peak (6,461 metres; 5-hour walk) and back to Kharé

  • Today, we get up very early, at around 1 am. After breakfast, we get ready, all geared up – crampons on, ice-axe ready for use, you know where the ropes are and the likes – and carrying only the essentials to traverse the next five hours or so to the Peak. This, otherwise, a gradual uphill requires us to traverse the final 100 metres or so with the aid of the ropes.
  • Once atop … photographs, smiles, hugs … in sheer admiration of the endurance to the Summit of Mera Peak. Largely depending on weather conditions, most are able to spend a maximum of around half an hour on top before starting their descent back.
  • We walk all the way down for around five hours to Kharé for the night.

DAY 10     Kharé to Kothé (about 7-hour walk)

  • We retrace our steps back to Kothé in around seven hours, stopping for lunch in Thaknak. We spend the hight in Kothé.

DAY 11  Kothé to Thuli Kharka/Chatra-la (about 6-hour walk)

  • Our walk to Thuli Kharka starts after breakfast. We walk back the same route to Thuli Kharka for the night.
  • Allows the scaling of Island Peak (6,189 metres)

DAY 12  Thuli Kharka to Lukla (about 7-hour walk)

  • Once again, we use the previous path to come to Lukla and spend the night here.

DAY 13  Lukla to Kathmandu

  • We fly back to Kathmandu and reach the hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is for shopping for some, for buying souvenirs for others and for doing whatever they please for still others. In the evening, however, please allow us the pleasure of your company during the fare-well dinner organized by Vista Trek.
  • Spend the night in the hotel.

DAY 14  Departure from Nepal

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by our office.
  • If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at good hotel.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed Trek/climbing guides, Camping cook,experienced porters ( including their food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation.
  • Both way flight ticket from kathmandu-Lukla-kathmandu.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees including climbing permit.
  • Kathmandu sight seeing by car with tour guide.
  • Necessary climbing equipment (Climbing boots, Harness, Crampons, Ice axe, Tapes/sling, Karabiners, Ice screws, Snow bars, Ascenders, Descenders , Rope for Climbing, Snow hammer,Tent and kitchen equipments)
  • All government taxes & Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Alcohol and beverage.
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Fixed Departure Dates

Starting Date Trip Duration Single Suplementary Cost Per Person Availability
2017-03-06 14 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-03-10 14 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-03-14 14 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-04-10 14 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-04-25 14 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now
2017-05-10 14 days $ 250 Per Person $ 1800 each Book Now

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