Mera Peak Climbing (6654m)
At 6654m, Mera Peak Climbing is not particularly difficult technically, but there is the altitude to contend with which makes this an exciting and challenging trip. We fly to Tumlingtar and trek into the Hinku Valley over the Surkie La.
Mera peak is the of the highest trekking peak in Nepal, located inside south of the Everest dominating the uninhabited beautiful valley of Hongu and Hinku. Mera Peak is technically straightforward and considered more adventurous and challenging than other trekking peaks with little or no mountaineering experience but we recommended having high altitude trekking experience. The main challenging is being proper acclimatization to the high altitude. Mera Peak a very popular destination for experienced trekkers looking for their next challenge.
Mera Peak climbing prefer during spring and autumn seasons; it is the best time to climb Mera Peak. From Mera Peak, we see the five 8,000 meters peak visible from the summit including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,481m)and Kanchenjunga (8,586 m).
This is not only excellent for acclimatisation purposes but also means that we will see few other groups giving us that wilderness experience that many seek. It also means we do not have to retrace our steps, giving us a circular journey and the chance to explore different regions during Mera Peak Climbing. There are spare days allocated in the itinerary for acclimatisation and in case of adverse weather conditions. The Base Camp is in a stunning setting but the views from the summit are perhaps unrivalled by any other trekking peak. The panorama takes in Kanchenjunga, Chamlang and Makalu to the east, whilst to the north Everest, the unclimbed south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge are visible. To the west Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu complete what is undoubtedly one of the most glorious views in the whole of Nepal.
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu [1400m/4593ft] to Lukla [2860m/9383ft] [30 min flight] & Trek to Chutanga [3050m/10006ft] [4 hrs Trek]
We take an early morning flight to Lukla. During the flight, we can bask in the mesmerizing views of giant snow-capped mountain peaks. On arriving at Lukla, we meet the trekking crew. We then head eastwards from Lukla. The trail crisscrosses through pristine hamlets and thick forest along Kalo Himal Ridge. We must stay aligned with our specific route. Otherwise, we may deviate from the target destination. At the time of winter, snow makes us transverse steep terrain. But during favorable climatic condition, the trail is usually straightforward. After 3-4 hours of trekking, we enter Chutanga.
Day 02: Rest at Chutanga
We spend two memorable nights at Chutanga. This gives us sufficient time for acclimatization prior to getting across the Zatrwa La pass. We can indulge in leisurely trek to a small 4000m peak below the Zatrwa Teng Pass. Beautiful views unveil as we glimpse over the valley of the Dudh Kosi and the picturesque trail zigzags towards Zatrwa La. After exploring, we descend back to Chutanga for complete relaxation.
Day 03: Chutanga to Tuli Kharka [4300m / 14107ft] [7 hrs Trek]
The trail crosses the Kalo Himal ridge, which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. Further ahead, we traverse a comfortable path displaying a cairned notch on the ridge with several prayer flags at an elevation of 4450m. En route we may encounter yak herders. The views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive and so is the view across the rolling foothills east of the Hinku Valley. Half an hour below the pass is a huge boulder and 7 hours trekking finally brings us to Tuli Kharka.
Day 04: Tuli Kharka To Mosum Kharka [3700m/12139ft] [6 hrs Trek]
The trail descends the rock-strewn path leading to a fine vantage point of the Hinku Valley where mesmerizing views of the south face of Mera Peak become visible. The trail zigzags through forested areas and then descends steeply into the Hinku valley. Enchanting panorama of Peak 43 and Kusum Kangguru unfolds as we bask in the splendor of nature surrounding us from the Hinku Valley. We experience the most exotic and delightful feelings as we walk past forests of pine and rhododendron. Soon we reach Mosum Kharka, by the banks of Hinku Drangka river.
Day 05: Mosum Kharka To Tangnag [4350m/14271 Ft] [6 hrs Trek]
As we head to the west bank of the Hinku Khola northwards, we spot meadows used as grazing areas for goats, sheep and yaks in the upper Hinku. After several ascents for 6 hours, we approach the summer settlement of Tangnag after crossing a single-plank bridge at Gondishung. We halt for lunch at this spot. Lying in its vicinity is a two centuries old Gompa resting beneath a massive boulder and a number of crude ‘mani’ walls. The trail offers an outstanding view of Peak 43.
Day 06: Rest At Tangnag
We utilize two days for complete acclimatization. After proper rest, we can explore other adventure possibilities like strolling by Sabal Tsho, beautiful moraine-dammed lake, which is hidden behind the Sabal Glacier and climbing a peak up to an altitude of nearly 5000m. We can also explore Hinku Nup Glacier, which leads north toward Kantega. The upper Hinku Valley turns to the east at Tangnag, crossing the moraine of the Dig Glaciers.
Day 07: Tangnag To Khare [5000m/16404ft] [5 hrs Trek]
As we walk away from Tangnag, the trail ascends to a wide grassy basin, popularly called Dig Kharka. We continue walking for hours. After a while, we arrive at Khare, which offers splendid vistas of huge north face of Mera, Hinku Shar Glacier and Mera La.
Day 08: Khare To Khare Upper End [5500m/18044ft] [3 hrs Trek]
We use this day for acclimatization. After proper rest, we take a walk up to a small peak on the west side of the Hinku Nup Glacier, where we can reach a height of around 5500m. At this point, we get to capture stunning views of Mera La and Mera Peak.
Day 09: Khare Upper End To Campsite by Lower Part of Hinku Nup Glacier [5800m/19029ft]
We follow the trail leading to Mera La. We continue to traverse as far as the lowest part of the Hinku Nup Glacier. At this point, we can see the amazing white panorama snow covered Himalayan peaks stretching before us.
Day 10: Campsite To the Summit [6654m/21830ft] & Back To Khare [5000m/16404ft] [9 hrs Trek]
Early in the morning at around 2 AM after breakfast, we advance towards the summit. By sunrise, we reach upto 6000m. After a gruelling climb, we finally scale the summit. From the summit, we can get the most spectacular view of at least five of the world's fourteen 8000m peaks. Most of this spectacular panorama can be seen from the site of the high camp and all of it is visible from 6000m. After the climb, we descend to Khare.
Day 11: Contingency Day
This day has been set aside as a contingency day.
Day12: Khare To Thuli Kharka [4300m/14107ft] [8 hrs Trek]
In this day, we back from Khare to Thuli Kharka.
Day 13: Thuli Kharka To Lukla [2860m/9383ft] [4 hrs Trek]
We retrace our steps back to Lukla. When we reach Lukla, we spend the last evening partying with our Sherpa guides and porters. We get to sample chang (local wine), try some Sherpa dance steps and end our trip on a merry note.
Day 14: Fly To Kathmandu [1400m/4593ft] [30 min flight]
From Lukla, we take an early morning flight to Kathmandu.
Trekking part: • Basic lodge accommodation on trek • All meals whilst trekking (at tea house during the trek + at camp during the climbing) • Domestic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu • Airport transfers • Everest National Park Entrance Fees • Applicable trekking (TIMS) and climbing permits • Porter to carry personal gear • 15kg luggage per person allowance while on trek • Duffle Bag for your gear • All camping equipment including 2-man tents, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag during the climbing • English speaking trekking guide • Climbing guide • High altitude food and fuel provided by camping staffs during the climbing period
• Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary. • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head • Cost for Travel Insurance. • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like - landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly. • Payment for service provided on a personal request. • Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc. • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu • Your personal climbing equipments
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