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Mera Peak

Location: Lukla Nepal
  • Difficulty: Ultra
  • Season: Spring
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
Spaces left: Space Left
  • 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, 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 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.

Training 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 training 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, 5 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. The route takes us over the Handi Khola River and over the Chutok La Pass to reach the village of Poyan. Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,800m.

Day 4: Trek Poyan to Pangkongma, 6 hrs.
We enjoy another interesting day as we pass through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forest on a narrow mountain trail. We also get great views of the Dudh Kosi Valley. Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,846m.

Day 5: Pangkongma to Nashing Dingma, 5 hrs.
We start the day by ascending to the Pangkongma La Pass. We then drop down to the Hinku Khola River where a rope bridge awaits us. After crossing the river we ascend to Nashing Dingma village for the night. Overnight tea house. Altitude 2,600m.

Day 6: Nashing Dingma to Chalem Kharka, 7 hrs.
Today we ascend 1,000m to reach our campsite in Chalem Kharka. With that ascent the terrain changes as we climb through lush grass land and flower filled meadows. Overnight tea house. Altitude 3,600m.

Day 7: Rest Day Chalem Kharka.
Rest day.

Day 8: Chalem Kharka to Chunbu Khaka, 7 hrs.
The terrain becomes more rugged as we ascend 600m taking us well above the tree line. On a ,clear day Mera Peak and Salpa can be seen in the distance. Overnight tea house. Altitude 4,200m.

Day 9: Chunbu Khaka to Khote, 6 hrs.
Today we descend to the Hinku Kola River and then follow it upstream to reach Khote village. Khote is the largest village in the area and has a number of small shops and tea houses. Overnight tea house. Altitude 3,582m.

Day 10: Khote to Tangnag, 4hrs.
We ascend the trail along side the river in the shadow of Mera Peak. We pass Lungsumgba Gompa, a 200 year old Buddhist monastery. From there we continue on to Tangnag a summer grazing area with some seasonal and very basic shops and lodges. Overnight tea house. Altitude 4,279m.

Day 11: Tangnag to Khare, 3hrs.
Our route takes us to 5,000m so it's important to maintain a slow pace. From Tangnag the trail follows a large lateral moraine which offers stunning views of Charpate Himal. We then cross numerous moraines stemming from the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers before climbing steeply into Khare. Khare is located just below the Mera glacier and offers stunning views of Mera Peak and Chapati Himal. Overnight tea house. Altitude 5,000m.

Day 12: Rest Day Khare.
We take a rest day today for further acclimatisation and to practise movement on snow. Overnight tea house.

Day 13: Khare to Mera La Camp, 3hrs.
From Khare we ascend through a large boulder field to reach the glacier where we rope up and put on crampons. Once on the glacier the terrain is more gentle to reach the Mera La Pass. From the pass we descend slightly to our campsite which offers stunning views towards the Honggu Valley. Overnight camp. Altitude 5,400m.

Day 14: Mera La Camp to Mera High Camp, 3hrs.
Another short day as our route picks it’s way through crevasses to reach high camp. At 5,800m, resting at this camp is difficult but we try to get as much sleep, food and water on board before we make our summit attempt that night. Overnight camp. Altitude 5,800m.

Day 15: Summit Day! 13 hrs.
We rise early and set off roped up in the dark. The first section can be very tough due to the extreme cold and high winds that sometimes occur. The terrain is not that steep as we cross open snowfields to reach a snow ridge which leads to the summit. This ridge is steep and we use ascenders to climb 50m of fixed line to reach Mera Peak Central (6,461m). 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, Mera La Pass and on to Khare for the night. At this lower elevation a good nights sleep is much more achievable. Overnight tea house. Altitude 5,000m

* Note. If time and weather allows there will be the option to summit Mera Peak North (6,476m) too, should people wish to do so.

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 descend back to Lukla on Day 16.

Day 18: Khare to Kothe, 6 hrs.
We descend back down the Hinku Valley to reach Kothe. Overnight tea house. Altitude 3,582m.

Day 19: Kothe to Thuli Kharka, 6 hrs.
Today we divert from our ascent route up the Hinku Valley to take the trail towards the Zatrwa La Pass. There is a fair amount of climbing today which can be tough on the legs after the ascent of Mera peak. The trekking is beautiful with great views of the surrounding peaks from the higher ground. 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 to reach the Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m). Its 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 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 September 4th, 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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