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Mera Peak

Location: Lukla Nepal
  • Difficulty: Ultra
  • Season: Spring
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
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  • Difficulty: Ultra
  • Season: Spring
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
About Mera Peak

At an impressive 6,476m (21,247’) Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Located on the edge of the famous Khumbu region which is steeped in mountaineering history, Mera Peak was first climbed in 1953 by Jimmy Roberts. At Earth’s Edge we like to take the less travelled route to Mera Peak Base Camp. After an exciting flight to Lukla, we head south to the remote region of the Hinku Valley passing through Pangkongma and Nashing Dingma villages. This takes us around, rather than over the Zatrwa La Pass (4,630m) which has a big impact on acclimatisation when it comes to climbing Mera Peak. Once reached, Mera Peak is technically straightforward, the main challenges being proper acclimatisation, weather and snow conditions. Poor snow conditions can make the summit day very challenging but the view from the summit is one of the best in all the Himalayas. On a clear day hundreds of giant peaks can be seen including five of the world’s six highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kangchenjunga. Mera Peak is ideal for those with a good level of fitness, a keen sense of adventure and a desire to summit a 6,000m peak! Previous experience on mountains above 5,000m is essential.

Why climb Mera Peak with Earth's Edge

100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.

All our Mera Peak climbs are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.

Our packages are inclusive of a pre-departure weekend, flights from Dublin, internal flights, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, trekking permits, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge softshell jacket.

Our 23 day expedition itinerary was designed with acclimatisation in mind, thus maximising your chances of reaching the summit of Mera Peak.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and Sherpas. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.

Pre-departure weekends – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Mera Peak climbers two months before departure. Our pre- departure weekends consist of a full brief and two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it.

Our Mera Peak Itinerary & Costs

Day 1: Depart Dublin.
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla, 35 minutes; Trek Lukla to Poyan, 6 hrs.
In the early morning we take the exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The views from the 14-seater planes are amazing. From Lukla we head in the opposite direction to those going up the Everest trail, through thick forest in a southerly direction. We handrail the Dudh Kosi river flowing fast 1,000m below us in a deep canyon. We descend 600m to our lunch spot at the Handi Khola River and then ascend 600m to reach Poyan village. Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,730m.

Day 4: Poyan to Panggom, 8 hrs.
We start with a gentle down hill which is followed by an hour long ascent to reach a shoulder which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. From the shoulder we have a long descent on a rough trail to reach Kharte for lunch. From Kharte we descend for another short while and then ascend for three hours to reach Panggom. A visit to the monastery, which is perched high above the village is on the cards for anyone who still has power in their legs! Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,846m.

Day 5: Panggom to Najingdingma, 8 hrs.
We start the day with an hour long ascent to reach the Narkung La pass (3,180m) which offers our first views of Mera Peak, if the weather is clear. From the pass we descend 1,100m over three hours to reach the Hinku Hola river for lunch. After crossing the river on a suspension bridge, we climb for three hours to reach our tea house in Najingdingma. Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,600m.

Day 6: Najingdingma to Chalemkharka, 6 hrs.
The trail starts out flat as we pass through the meadows in Najingdingma. Soon we ascend a steep path to reach the tree covered ridge line above the village. Once on the ridge we follow it all the way to Chalemkharka. Despite the 1,000 metres in elevation gain it is not a very tough day and the views from the ridge of the surrounding landscape are fantastic. Overnight tea house. Altitude 3,600m.

Day 7: Rest Day Chalemkharka.
After a late start we go on an hour long acclimatisation hike gaining over 200 metres above the tea house. After our hike the day is spent relaxing, washing and eating. There is also plenty of time for naps and reading to rest up the body in preparation for the next four days of hiking into Khare! Overnight tea house.

Day 8: Chalemkharka to Kholakharka via the Kongke Luchho La pass (4,450m), 7 hrs.
Most of the day is spent climbing to the Kongke Luchho La pass which takes five to six hours. The trail is both steep and gentle at different stages but the underfoot conditions are good. The views from the pass including Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Makalu (8,485m) and Cho Oyu (8,188m) the world’s 3rd, 5th & 6th highest mountains are incredible. After the pass we descend for one hour to reach the tea house in Kholakharka. Altitude 4,200m.

Day 9: Kholakharka to Khote, 6 hrs.
From Kholakharka we ascend for almost an hour climbing out of a stunning natural bowl. From there we descend all the way to the Hinku Khola river. Once we reach the river it takes us just over an hour to reach our tea house in Khare. Altitude 3,582m.

Day 10: Khote to Tangnag, 5 hrs.
We enjoy an easier day today as we follow the Hinku Khola river to Tangnag. Although we ascend 700 metres the terrain is very gradual and we enjoy great views of Mera Peak. We stop to visit the Lungsumgba Gompa, a 200 year old Buddhist monastery. From there we continue on to Tangnag, a summer grazing area with some basic shops and lodges. Overnight tea house. Altitude 4,279m.

Day 11: Tangnag to Khare, 3hrs.
From Tangnag the trail follows a large lateral moraine which offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. We get good views of the route on the glacier between base camp and high camp which heightens the excitement about the days ahead. The last 45 minutes up to Khare are quite steep but a warm tea house and bucket showers await us! Overnight tea house. Altitude 4,900m.

Day 12: Rest Day Khare.
After a very relaxed morning we go for an acclimatisation hike along a ridge above Khare ascending 300 meters in roughly 90 minutes. We return for lunch and then spend the afternoon relaxing and packing for the upper mountain. Overnight tea house.

Day 13: Khare to Base Camp, 2hrs.
We have a relaxed morning in Khare, staying in the tea house until the early afternoon. The trek to base camp is over mixed terrain with a couple of sections through old rock fall. The camp is located on a huge rock band beside the Mera glacier. Altitude 5,200m.

Day 14: Base Camp to High Camp, 6hrs.
From base camp we walk for 5 minutes to reach the glacier and put on crampons. In the first hour there are two steeper sections and after that it’s a gradual pull all the way to high camp. On a clear day the views of the higher Himalaya are second to none. High camp on Mera peak is perched precariously on the edge of a cliff with great views of Chamlang (7,321m) and Kangchenjunga (8,586m) in the distance. Overnight camp. Altitude 5,800m.

Day 15: Summit Day! 12-14 hrs.
We rise early and begin the ascent on the glacier in darkness. The terrain is not that steep but never gives up all the way to summit. As the sun comes up the giant peaks come into view behind us. None of the terrain can be described as technical, we do cross a couple of crevasses but they are very obvious and easy to navigate. The last 50 meters to reach the summit are a little steeper. Depending on conditions it’s either fine to walk up or sometimes there is a fixed line we can use. The views from the summit including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kangchenjunga are simply majestic. After taking as much time as the weather allows we descend back through high camp for a quick snack and then on to the tea house in Khare for the night. At this lower elevation a good night’s sleep is much more achievable. Overnight tea house. Altitude 4,900m.

Day 16 & 17: Spare Summit Days.
Spare days to allow for bad weather. In the event that we summit Mera Peak on Day 15 we will begin the descent back to Lukla on Day 16.

Day 18: Khare to Kothe, 6 hrs.
We retrace our steps all the way back to the oxygen rich air in Kothe. Overnight tea house. Altitude 3,582m.

Day 19: Kothe to Thuli Kharka, 8 hrs.
From Kothe we descend along the Hinku Khola river, with Mera peak standing out behind us. After an hour we start to climb up away from the river and reach our lunch spot at Tashing Ongna. After lunch we climb for another three hours to reach Thuli Kharka. Overnight tea house. Altitude 4,300m.

Day 20: Thuli Kharla to Lukla via the Zatrwa La Pass, 8 hrs.
From Thuli Kharla we climb steadily for two hours to reach the Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m). It’s a tough climb but the views of the Lukla Valley, Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak and Kusum Khangru are breathtaking. From the pass we descend to Chutang and on to Lukla village. In the evening we enjoy our last dinner in the tea house with all the Sherpas and say our goodbyes before we head back to Kathmandu. Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,850m.

Day 21: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, rest followed by evening celebration meal.
We fly back to Kathmandu in the morning and check into our hotel. We then have some free time for resting at the hotel or exploring the surrounding area. In the evening, we enjoy a celebratory meal in one of Kathmandu's best restaurants. Overnight hotel.

Day 22: Kathmandu to Dublin.
Enjoy a free morning in Kathmandu for some exploration and shopping. In the evening, we depart for Dublin. Overnight flight.

Day 23: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin in the morning. Expedition ends.

EXPEDITION COSTS:
€399 deposit at the time of booking & €1000 due six months before departure & €3,600 balance payment due two months before departure– Total €4,999. Read our best price guarantee.

*If you would like to book this expedition excluding international flights, please contact us for a land only price.

Costs include a pre- departure weekend, international flights to Kathmandu, internal flights in Nepal, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Nepal, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels, tea houses & tents, all local park and guide fees & an Earth’s Edge softshell jacket & bandana. For more details on inclusions and exclusions please review the expedition information pack.

*Prices were set on December 18th, 2017.

Interesting Facts about Mera Peak

Mera Peak was first climbed in 1953 by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing.

The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 metres above sea level.

Nepal is a small landlocked country located high in the Himalayas in between its two powerhouse neighbours India and China. Nepal is a hub for adventure tourism due to its pristine natural resources but despite being visited by hundreds of thousands each year it is still one of the poorest countries in the world.

Napalese people don’t usually greet each other by a shake of hands or hug. They hold both of their palms, bow down and say ‘Namaste’. Mythically this means that they salute the God living inside the soul.

Nepali Flag - Everest Base Camp Expedition

Nepali Flag

The national flag of Nepal is the world's only non-quadrilateral national flag. The two triangles represent the Himalayan Mountains and the two major religions Hinduism and Buddhism.

Many say that the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an adventure in itself. The scenic journey sees you swoop though beautiful valleys alongside Everest before landing on the short runway. In January 2008 Lukla airport was renamed in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

 

How To Book

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If you would like to sign up to this expedition but need some time before you can confirm your commitment, we can hold a space for you. We will hold your space for 48 hours after which time you will need to complete the booking form & pay your deposit.

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