Mera Peak Climbing - 16 Days

Mera Peak Climbing - 16 Days
Mera Peak Climbing - 16 Days
Mera Peak Climbing - 16 Days
At a Glance
Duration16 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude6,476 m at Mera Peak itself
Group Size2-10
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleClimbing
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

Mera Peak Climbing is one of the most iconic and pleasurable Himalayan expeditions that takes you to the summit, renowned as the highest trekking peak in the country of hills and mountains, Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 6,476m in the Khumbu/Everest region of the country in an area encompassed by the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m) features the raw wilderness that might have vanished from some of the other trekking routes in the region, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Gokyo Cho La Pass Expedition, and others, due to recent years of massive tourists heading towards it.

As one of the less-frequented trekking trails in the Everest region precisely popular for climbing, the journey to Mera Peak is an adventurous experience that passes by several Sherpa dwellings, granting you an authentic mountain life, culture, traditions, and the genuinely warm hospitality of the locals rooted deeply in nature and mountains, treasuring it as god and goddess, which keeps you motivated and inspired throughout this epic voyage as you make your way along the Hinku and Hunku river valleys protected within the Makalu Barun National Park.

Further, located in isolation, the odyssey to Mera Peak offers you the true serenity of moving forth through lush forest, cascading waterfalls, and roaring rivers, viewing some of the spectacular glaciers and snow-capped peaks such as Mt. Everest (8,848 m/29,029 ft), Lhotse (8,576 m/27,940 ft), Makalu (8,485 m/27,838 ft), Cho Oyu (8,118 m/26,864 ft), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), and several others, creating varied yet scenically awe-inspiring landscapes.

Therefore, the climbing expedition to Mera Peak is a surreal and rewarding adventure offering out-of-the-world views and a taste of true Himalayan mountaineering without much of a technical difficulty as compared to some other extremely high-altitude summit climbing, embodying just the perfect ambiance for those seeking to unwind themselves in the beauty and grandeur of the Nepalese Himalayas required to be called the adventure of a lifetime. Ammonite Adventure and Treks is offering the best itinerary with flexible budget planning for the years 2024 and 2025.

Highlights

  • Venture into one of the best off-beaten adventurous routes within the Everest Trekking region.
  • Explore the secluded area of the Nepalese Himalayas, gaining unique perceptions of some of the top-notch eight-thousanders of the world, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and others.
  • Ideal climbing destination throughout the year in Nepal for beginners to pro-level climbers.
  • Discover the rich cultural tapestry of the Hinku and Hunku river valleys of the Khumbu region.
  • Breathe in the pristine air of the alpine highlands and experience the first-hand hospitality of the legendary Sherpa people, etc.

What to expect during the voyage to climb Mera Peak?

Mera Peak climbing is a thrilling and challenging adventure offering an extraordinary blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, mountaineering achievement, panoramic vistas, and an unparalleled opportunity to soak yourself in the mythical beauty of the Himalayas like never before for an amazing transformative journey.

As scenic as it is and a visual feast, it is also conquering, requiring strong willpower and a good amount of physical fitness. Being prepared properly during the climbing expedition to Mera Peak is very fulfilling and here’s what you can expect to create everlasting memories:

The thrilling flight to the smallest airport in Nepal, Lukla from Kathmandu

Like any other classic Himalayan excursion in Nepal, such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek in the Annapurna region or the Gokyo Cho La Pass expedition within the Everest region, the jaunting to the Mera Peak to achieve the top of it also begins with a scenic flight to Nepal’s smallest airport in Lukla, named Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which serves as the gateway to the region.

The flight departing from the Tribhuvan International Airport in the hustling and bustling city of Kathmandu provides trekkers, climbers, and adventurers alike with mesmerizing aerial views of the Himalayas right from takeoff-catching glances into some of the iconic mountains not only nationally but also internationally, like Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

Lying at an altitude of 2,845 m (9,334 ft) above sea level, Lukla Airport’s runway is perched on a steep hill and is comparatively short, demanding skilled pilots for successful navigation. Flying over it marks the beginning of the journey to the Everest region and its surroundings, including the Mera Peak climbing voyage, which stands out as one of the most challenging and exhilarating landings in the world amidst the dramatic landscapes surrounded by a series of snow-covered peaks.

Making way through the lovely Sherpa settlements of the Everest region

Characterized by unique Tibtean-style houses with wooden cravings and painted window frames, making way past these Sherpa villages is one of the major highlights of the Mera Peak climbing in the Everest region, offering adventurous spirits the ultimate opportunity to immerse themselves in the enriching lifestyle of the widely celebrated Sherpa people for their notable adaptation capacity to the grueling mountainous surroundings at a high altitude.

Walking through these tiny yet picturesque dwellings, usually with stone-paved alleyways, on the way to Mera Peak Climb provides you with the timeless satisfaction of observing architecture blending in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings as you make your way past numerous colorful prayer flags and traditional Buddhist monasteries with continuous encounters of friendly locals to interact with them and gain significant knowledge on their simple yet holistic customary life, festivals and ceremonies, and further delve into their local delicacies.

From Lukla, trekkers, climbers, and travelers alike get to unwind through these several Sherpa villages heading to Mera Peak, be it for a trek, a small visit, a summit climb, or with any other purpose, traversing along the landscapes transitioning from verdant valleys to alpine meadows, rocky moraines, and adventurous suspension bridges manifesting breathtaking scenery.

Magnificent view from Mera Peak

Upon reaching the summit of Mera Peak, climbers are granted the most heavenly sight of the surrounding peaks, such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Barubtse, Ama Dablam, and numerous other Himalayan peaks dominating each direction that have been following them since the starting point of the journey to Mera Peak, Lukla, along with an immeasurable sense of accomplishment.

In addition to some of these major peaks from the Everest region stretching to the horizons, which are nothing short of mind-blowing, climbers can relish several glacial valleys, rugged ridges, and lush forests from Mera Peak to wonder at the world’s most dazzling natural beauty, which will definitely be a humbling and unforgettable experience in the center of the Himalayas.

Remarkable varied landscapes and terrain of the Everest Region

The Mera Peak climbing journey venturing deep into the Makalu Barun National Park area showcases the sensational beauty and diversity of both the Everest region and the Makalu Barnu National Park area as you move from lush lowland, valleys, forests, alpine meadows, and pastures to glacial moraines, ice fields, and snow-clad peaks on high-altitude passes, plateaus, glacier crossings, and icefalls.

Usually, the arid section of the Mera Peak Climbing Expedition begins at High Camp, unveiling the secluded rugged grandeur of the Himalayas and offering trekkers and climbers a chance to reflect on themselves amidst the incomparable natural beauty of the Everest region and Makalu Barun National Park.

Spring specifically creates a contrasting beauty of the lower region to the Upper Himalayas of Mera Peak due to the vibrantly blooming wildflowers below Mera Peak, while the mountain range and its closer section are usually covered with snow, and hence the climbing journey to Mera Peak in the Everest region is going to be the most unforgettable adventure.

Demanding yet gratifying climb to Mera Climb

Nothing can beat the adventure of rambling to the Mera Peak, testing climbers in each way possible, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally, as you ascend to the greater height, jaunting through steep snow slopes, mountain passes, rocky ridges, and terrain, possible encounters of crevasses from High, along with weather warmth as a core element of an adventurous journey.

Situated in a remote and rugged wilderness area, miles away from modern amenities and infrastructure, standing atop the Mera Peak summit in the heart of the Himalayas is truly a moment of triumph and fulfillment, making the entire odyssey worthwhile despite the journey challenging one’s perseverance, courage, and determination each step along with the potential occurrence of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness, adding much to the excitement of having successfully achieved the adventure that comes once in a life.

The 16-day itinerary and route for Mera Peak Climbing

Your Mera Peak Climbing journey to the Everest region begins with an early morning adrenaline-rushing flight from Kathmandu to Lukla after a night in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, which is home to at least seven of the world’s UNESCO Heritage Sites, where you can take yourself in guided strolling on being transferred to your hotel by Ammonite Adventure and Treks Pvt. Ltd.

By the second day, you would have already made it to the Everest/Khumbu trekking region of Nepal to spend your very first trek night at the local mountain lodge of Paiya, from where you will simultaneously make your way through verdant hills and picturesque Sherpa villages in an order of Pangom, Ningsow, Chhatra Khola, Kothe, Thaknak, and Khare, crossing several suspension bridges and viewing some of the top-notch peaks, prayer flags, Mani walls, and monasteries.

Arrival at Khare based on the 16-day itinerary marks the acclimatization day so your body can function well on upcoming higher alpine rambling, and hence, on a spare day, you will engage yourself in some pre-climbing activities under the guidance of your mountain guide, who will also provide you with more sorted-out instructions on the use of climbing gear and equipment.

Nonetheless, this 16-day Mera Peak climbing route takes you to high camp after a pleasing stay out at Khare, from where you will head to the top of Mera Peak on the following day and get back to Khare for the third night on the most-awaited dream-come adventure of successful ascent to Mera Peak Summit. Much to the delight of adventurers, the 16-day itinerary to climb Mera Peak has allocated a reserve day for contingency as well that you can use to attempt the climb for the second time if you were not favored by the weather the previous day, and therefore the 16-day itinerary and route to climb Mera Peak is considered the best one amongst the different choices and trails you will be presented.

On conquering Mera Peak and getting back to Khare, the journey to return to Kathamandu begins, which descends gradually from Kothe, Thuli Kharka, and lastly Lukla via Zatrna La Pass to take a flight back to Kathamandu.

Mera Peak Climbing Cost

Although the total cost of Mera Peak Climbing can observe a notable variation based on numerous aspects such as the type of trekking or climbing operator you have chosen, itinerary, inclusion and exclusion, fees, regulation of permits at that precise time, and the number of climbers in the group, it can cost you anywhere from USD 2,800 to USD 5,000, where Ammonite Adventure and Treks Pvt. Ltd. is offering you a standard price of USD 2,257 per person.

Contact us now for a valued experience, personalized service, and a customized itinerary as per your needs and preferences.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the terminal gate of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA ) in Kathmandu, Nepal, you will be warmly greeted and transferred into your pre-designated hotel by one of our airport representatives from Ammonite Adventure and Treks Pvt Ltd.

In the evening, you will get to meet your trek teammates over the complimentary dinner provided by us, where you can have any sort of query answered.

Max. Altitude: 1,400mMeal: Complimentary-DinnerAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel

The first thing you will do is take an early morning flight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla from TIA enjoying the amazingly scenic aerial views until arrive at Lukla marking the beginning of the climbing expedition to Mera Peak with a trek to Paiya for the night passing through the verdant woods down to Surke, lunch at Pakhapani, and lastly to the tea house of Paiya.

Max. Altitude: 2,730m/ 8,957 ftMeal: All-Three-MealsAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The trek from Paiya to Pangkoma is quite lengthy as you walk past Khari Khola and Bumabari to the east to cross a suspension bridge after a short descent, which onward passes by dense forests of bamboo and rhododendron on a mountain trail, giving you a surreal look out at the Dudh Koshi river and its valley.

The majority of the trek day is dominated by the dynasty views of the Dush Kunda Himal to finally reach the village of Panggom, with beautiful terraced farms serving as one of the comparatively small trading hubs to spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 2,850m / 93,48ftMeal: All-Three-MealsAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

Today you will cross one of the mountain passes of the Khumbu region called Panggom La while hiking through regular forested paths in hills that cross the Khraka Khola to arrive at Peeng Kharka Danda.

Consisting of a few moderate ascents and descents, you would have already made it to the tiny traditional yet picturesque village of Ningsow by crossing Ningsow Khola by the afternoon to take a lovely stroll around in the evening.

Max. Altitude: 2,863m/9,394ftMeal: All-Three-MealsAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

You will leave Ningsow village early in the morning after breakfast, passing several Mani walls and prayer flags, slowly progressing to Ramailo Danda, entering the Makalu Barun National Park Area, and viewing the iconic peaks of Mera and Salpa in their full glory before finally reaching the Chhatra Khola for the overnight stay.

On the way, look forward to encountering the very rare red panda in the vibrant forest of rhododendron, which looks particularly stunning in the spring season in full bloom.

Max. Altitude: 2,863m/9,394ftMeal: All-Three-MealsAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The route of the day diverges to Mera Peak dominating the horizon as far as the eye can see, moving forth by Trashing Ongma, the Majang Khola (river), and Hinku Khola in between the thickets of pine, moss, lichens, and rhododendron trees.

On crossing the Sanku Khola for the last time, you would have met the destination for the day, Kothe.

Max. Altitude: 3,691m/12,110ftMeal: All-Three-MealsAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

Yet another day to start with the organic breakfast to head north to Tangnang along the west bank of the Hiknu River, fertilizing the pasturelands for yaks and sheep to take a small break at Gondishung and an old Lungsumgba Gompa.

An hour's walk from here is Thaknak, or call it a day in one of the local lodges or tea houses.

Max. Altitude: 4,358m/14,299ftMeal: All-Three-MealsAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

Like usual, the day begins with an early morning breakfast in Khare, passing through Dig Kharka and the Shar glacier, where you can see the breathtaking sight of the Charpate Himal, which expands as you ascend to Hinku Nup and the Shar glacier, concluding at Khare.

From here, the northern face of Mera Peak, along with the surrounding peaks, looks breathtaking to delve into with the fresh morning tea on the following trek day.

Max. Altitude: 5,045m/16,553ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

Now that you are 5,000 meters above sea level, it is essential to let your body acclimate to the mountainous surroundings to prevent acute mountain sickness more precisely, so make sure to follow the guidance of your mountain guide as they provide you with instructions on how to appropriately and where to use your climbing gear and equipment, along with some basic climbing techniques and rope methods.

It is also the perfect time to check the reliability of the trekking gear you have bought and make a necessary change if required while clambering the nearby hill with the rewarding vistas to behold.

Max. Altitude: 5,045m/16,553ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

Before making an adventurous ascent to Mera Peak itself, you will be spending the night at the base camp of Mera, walking through technical, rugged terrain on a steep route, crossing Mera La Pass, and following a comparatively rough climbing trail that might potentially consist of icy glaciers and tiny crevasses from Khare.

Nonetheless, the journey of the day from Khare to Mera Base Camp becomes worth presenting you with an exclusive look out at some of the tops of the world, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and many others.

Max. Altitude: 5,780m/18,964ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Camping-Tent

The most incredible day is here when your dream will finally come true of summiting Mera Peak, where it may get crucial to use fixed ropes from very early in the morning around 3 a.m. so that you get to bypass the afternoon wind, which is usually unfavorable for the climb.

Throughout the climbing period, make sure you are 100% attentive to your guide. On a successful attempt, the top of Mera Peak provides you with everlasting views of Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Chamlang, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, and several others.

Celebrating the best moments of your life on the summit, you will descend back to the base camp of Mera and finally to Khare for a cozy night.

Max. Altitude: 6,654m / 21,831ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Camping-Tent

It is a reserve day that you can use to summit Mera Peak if it does not become possible the previous day as scheduled, as the weather in the Himalayas can change in the blink of an eye if not required. You are free to stroll around the area, relax, and get yourself as much as possible energized for a smooth trek ahead for you the next day.

Max. Altitude: 6,654m / 21,831ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Camping-Tent

The retracing of the hiking trail begins this day as you move forward to Kothe from Khare, which is mostly a steep downhill subtropical forest walk, comparatively much simpler, spanning from 4-5 hours to celebrate the victory over Mera Peak in the tea house with local delicacies and some wine to your preferences.

Max. Altitude: 5,045m/16,553ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The journey to Thuli Kharka starts after breakfast, with several ascends and descends traversing all across the tributary of the Hinku Khola, passing through the Taktho and rhododendron forests, and Chortens summing up to Thuli Kharkha.

From here, the Mera North, Central, and South that you had previously accomplished can make you overwhelmed to spend yet another night at the mountain lodges reminiscing about the adventure you have achieved.

Max. Altitude: 4,182m / 13,716ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

You are almost at the end of your 16-day Mera Peak climbing journey when the second-last day begins with a warming breakfast to cross another mountain pass in the region, Zatrwa La Pass, offering you a magnificate glimpse of Lukla Valley as soon as you walk past the pass.

Set amidst the glazing gaze of snow-capped Mt. Cho Oyu, Kongde, Numbri Himal, Kusum Khangru, and several other unnamed Himalayan peaks, the night in Lukla, serving as the gateway to the Everest trekking region is a fantastic place to enjoy the last Himalayan dinner with your crew.

Max. Altitude: 4,610 mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The final day of the Mera Peak climbing expedition is here as you board a morning flight from Lukla airport to Kathmandu city, boasting at least seven UNESCO world heritage sites and thousands of souvenirs to take home, especially from the lively city of Thamel.

In the evening, you will get to catch up with your teammates over dinner to celebrate the victory over Mera Peak to the fullest.

Max. Altitude: 1,400mMeal: Breakfast-DinnerAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel
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Trip Service Details
Included
  • Two nights in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Comfortable lodging during the trek is as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flight to and from Lukla.
  • All three hearty meals each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the climbing expedition days.
  • Trekking map and government-licensed, professional mountain guide.
  • Travel insurance for the hardworking Nepalese staff.
  • Garbage deposit and other necessary fees related to it.
  • Essential permits include the NMA fee and the Makalu Barnu National Park Permit.
Excluded
  • International flight tickets to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • High-altitude travel insurance for travelers must provide coverage in case of any sort of emergency, like an accident, a medical emergency, or an emergency evacuation.
  • Lunch, dinner, and extra-night accommodation in Kathmandu are outside of the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping, phone calls, and internet data expenses during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • One porter can be shared between two trekkers who can carry a maximum weight of 25kg.
  • Guide and Porter's Tips are much appreciated.
Dates & Availability
Starts:June 02, 2024Ends:June 17, 2024
PriceUS$2399
AvailabilityGuaranteed
Additional Info

Food, accommodation, and other amenities on the way to Mera Peak Climbing

Climbers on the way to climb Mera Peak can find a range of food, accommodations, and amenities along the route, which is one of the well-traversed trails of the popular trekking destination, the Everest region. Usually, along the way to Mera Peak, climbers opt to find several teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses that typically offer daily meals that might get simpler, and menus might get limited as climbers ascend higher altitudes.

Modern amenities such as hot showers, charging facilities, wifi, and internet, are also normally provided by the teahouses, lodges, and guest houses, usually at some additional cost. While it is good to note that the internet services and connectivity en route to Mera Peak might not be as stable as you have been used to, it is wise to get yourself a local NTC or Ncell SIM card from Kathmandu so that you get to connect to your family, friends, and loved ones as soon as your cellphone receives a signal.

Best seasons for Mera Peak Climbing

You have guessed it correctly: spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) take the climbing market in the Everest region, such as Lobuche Peak Climbing and combined climbing expeditions to the Mera Peak and Island Peak, including the Mera Peak alone, via a larger number of expeditors across the world, for the amazing stability of the weather, mild temperate climbing route, clear skies, and mythical beauty of the Himalayas at this time.

Hence, these times of the year are considered safer months for high Himalayan voyages, where traveling to summit Mera Peak during winter and summer seasons can ask for additional gearing and equipment, while adequate preparation, training, and guidance are key components to the holistic experience along with the achievement of making it to the top of Mera Peak.

What are the permits for summit climbing to Mera Peak?

To clamber Mera Peak in one of the infamous trekking regions of Nepal, Everest, you will have to obtain three of the permits: the Makalu Barun National Park entry permit, which costs approximately USD 30; the local area permit priced around USD 20 per person; and, most importantly, the Mera Peak climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), whose fee varies depending upon the time of year you have chosen for the Mera Peak Climbing.

In the spring season, the NMA permit can cost you anywhere between USD 250 for a group of up to 4 climbers, while it can drop to USD 125 per person during the autumn season. You can experience a notable decline in summer and winter climbing expeditions to Mera Peak.

How difficult is Mera Peak Climbing?

Mera Peak climbing is regarded as strenuous in terms of technical difficulty, demanding excellent physical conditioning and stamina that you can build on three months prior to home preparation for the climbing odyssey, whether you are a novice or a well-experienced mountaineer.

Climbers must have acquired experience with using crampons, ice axes, and ropes and be familiar with some basic climbing techniques, asking for a good amount of stamina and having to deal with steep uphill and snow slopes, more specifically towards the final ascent, while most of the trek day is above 3,000 m, posing a greater chance of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitudinal sickness, putting a testament to your endurance and mental resilience level.

Otherwise, the adventurous climbing excursion to Mera Peak should not be extremely harsh, with appropriate packing, ample acclimatization, and guidance from professionals in the field for the most amazing fulfilling experience of the Himalayas.

Must you hire a mountain guide and staff for Mera Peak Climbing?

Even though Mera Peak summiting might be feasible even without the hiring of guides, porters, and other technical staff, it is highly advisable to be in the company of one of the locally versed mountain guides for their exceptional expertise in the high Himalayan terrain, safety assurance, logistical support, and natural cultural enriching insider insight while porters lift the weight from your shoulder.

Hence, although not mandatory, hiring mountain guides and Nepalese porter staff is one of the key elements for an enhanced, balanced, and eco-friendly approach to Mera Peak climbing that directly and indirectly aids in uplifting the local communities of the Himalayas.

FAQs

Yes, absolutely most of the teahouse and trekking agencies along the route to climb Mera Peak offer only vegetarian meal options, for which it may be necessary to inform your operator of climbing organizers.

Simply yes, you can go for a solo climb to Mera Peak if you do not want to join groups. However, in recent days, solo traveling in Nepal has become an adventure that must be guided by local professionals; hence, make sure at least you hire trustworthy guides, and better yet, be accompanied by porters.

Yes, the top of the world, Mt. Everest, is not only spectacular from the summit of Mera Peak but also throughout the journey, dominating the skyline.

The tallest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak, is located in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, under the Sagarmatha National Park area in the Everest region in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal, in proximity to Tibet as a part of the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas.

The precise duration to complete Mera Peak climbing can vary depending on various factors; however, with Ammonite Adventure and Treks Pvt. Ltd., you can successfully ascend Mera Peak and return to Kathmandu in a matter of 16 days.