Mera Peak Trek
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Mera Peak

23 Days / Nepal
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Overview

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. This means that we experience this stunning peak with fewer people and give ourselves the best chance of reaching the summit. 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 straightforward technically, the main challenges being proper acclimatisation, weather and snow conditions. It is important to remember that although this is a trekking peak, we do hire snow gear like crampons.

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.

In case of poor conditions on summit day, we have a spare summit day built into this trip. This allows us to make a judgement about which day will give us the best chance of summitting.

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. Treks like Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, or Everest Base Camp are ideal experiences for this.

If you want to know what the day-by-day trek is like on Mera Peak, you can have a look at our trip report from a recent expedition!

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin

    Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.

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  • 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

    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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Day 16

    Spare Summit Day

    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.

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  • Day 17

    Spare Summit Day

    We retrace our steps all the way back to the oxygen rich air in Kothe. Overnight tea house. Altitude 3,582m.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Facts

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.

Available Dates

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 - Nov 14th, 2019
    Good availability
  • Oct 12th, 2020 - Nov 3rd, 2020
    Good availability
  • Oct 6th, 2021 - Oct 28th, 2021
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What Our Clients Say

Having never been to altitude previously I couldn't compliment our leader James, or Earth's Edge enough. His advice from day one together with the training I had done was instrumental in my journey to the summit of Mera Peak. To James, Barry and the support team in Nepal a huge thank you. Bring on the next adventure...

Grace O'Boyle. Co. Dublin, Ireland.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a great trip. I absolutely loved it. it was brilliantly co-ordinated, the logistics were perfect, and the level of difficulty enough to make things interesting. I would love to be back on one of your trips ANY TIME.

Teena Gates. Co. Dublin, Ireland

A fantastic trip that was incredibly well organised from start to finish. James at all times demonstrated a very flexible approach and an incredibly patient style as the expedition leader which worked well with the diverse range of expectations/needs of the group. I will be recommending Earths Edge organised trips to friends in the future! Thanks for some great memories that I've no doubt will make me giggle every time I think of them!!

Aoife Ní Mhurchu. Co. Dublin, Ireland

 

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