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Climb Mera Peak (6476m)

Summit the highest trekking peak in Nepal and enjoy epic views of five of the world’s six highest mountains, including Mount Everest itself

Duration

18 nights

Annual Leave

2.5 weeks off work

Location

Nepal

Starts & Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Average Rating

13 Reviews

Difficulty

Tough

With an end summit that sits at 6,476m above sea level, this one is a true trekking expedition.

Why it's Much Better

Leave before first light and take in the indescribable view from the summit of Mera Peak, including five of the world’s six highest mountains, all in a single panorama

Scramble across glacial moraine, traverse ice and snow and learn all the technical skills you need to summit the mountain successfully

Cross suspension bridges and through forests of rhododendron, pine and bamboo to visit remote farming communities and some of the most culturally rich Sherpa villages in Nepal

Tackle the daunting Chatter La Pass and enter the Barun National Park, home of the rare and ridiculously cute Red Panda

Celebrate with your team in Kathmandu having successfully trekked to Mera Peak and back again

What's Included

Internal flights

To and from Lukla and Kathmandu

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in Kathmandu and 12 nights on the trek

Meals

Welcome and farewell dinner with your team in Kathmandu

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight luggage is carried for you

Permits

All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

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Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu awaits

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Dinner

Check into your hotel in Thamel and get your first taste of the never-ending art gallery/ museum that is pupil-dilating Kathmandu.

Meet your guides and make any last minute plans for the trek and then finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

Explore the city

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Spend the day wandering this incredible city and collect your permits for Mera Peak. This has to be done in person, however, your guide will accompany you and answer any questions about the upcoming trek.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya

On your Feet

Aprox. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

7km

Elevation

681m up / 790m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Fly across the Himalayas on a small plane to Lukla in the Everest region – a breath-taking (and occasionally thrilling) journey. Keep your camera at the ready.

After lunch, make your way up and across the Chutok La Pass to Paiya. Expect lots of greenery and the occasional herd of mules hard at work, transporting anything from food to fuel up to the villages.

Day 4

Paiya to Panggom

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

10km

Elevation

720m up / 640m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Trek through a beautiful stretch of rhododendron and pine forest as you work your way up to 3000m and the remote farming community of Panggom where you'll spend the night.

Day 5

Panggom to Ningsow

On your Feet

Approx. 3 hours of hiking

Distance

7km

Elevation

879m up / 820m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Cross through the Panggom La Pass and follow the river to the little village of Ningsow.

If you wish, continue on to Ramailo Danda and get your first glimpse of Mera Peak in the distance.

Day 6

Chhetra Khola

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

8km

Elevation

845m up / 630m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Ascend along the winding Chhetra Khola River and then join the Pasang Lhamu trail as it enters Barun National Park, home to the rare and ridiculously cute Red Panda.

Day 7

Hike to Kothe

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

11km

Elevation

1008 up / 560m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Head north to Kothe across a lush bamboo forest, passing the surreal shapes of moss-covered trees as you go.

Stop for lunch at a seasonal teahouse and see the landscape change by the moment as you enter the rocky, glacial moraine that surrounds the Inkhu Khola River.

Day 8

Kothe to Thangnak

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

9km

Elevation

850m up / 95m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Enjoy the relatively gentle ascent to Thangnak, but be on the look out for the ancient Gompa (monastery), a site with deep cultural and social significance to the local people.

Head deeper into the mountains and spend the night in the beautiful, summer grazing village of Thangnak.

Day 9

Thangnak to Khare

On your Feet

Approx. 3 hours of hiking

Distance

7.5km

Elevation

868m up / 55m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Climb along the river as the higher elevation begins to kick in.

Become tempted by the sign (or the smell) of the German Bakery, before being welcomed into Khare by the glorious view of the North face of the fast-approaching Mera peak.

Day 10

Preparation day in Khare

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Spend the day acclimatising to the higher altitude as you prepare for the push on the summit, as well as learning all the techniques you need to achieve it.

If you wish, climb 200m to the top of a nearby hill for a particularly photogenic view of your destination.

Day 11

High Camp

On your Feet

Approx. 10 hours of hiking

Distance

8km

Elevation

854m up / 120m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Scramble over rocks (lots of rocks) to reach the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier.

Get your crampons ready and then traverse ice and snow to reach the high plateau that leads to the Mera La Pass where you'll spend the night in a sheltered teahouse beneath Mera Peak itself.

Day 12

The summit

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

7km

Elevation

681m up / 681m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Leave before first light (sometimes as early as 2am but no later than 5am) to see dawn break over five of the world’s six largest mountains, including Mt. Everest.

Climb to the summit of Mera Peak, aiming to arrive by midday and take in the indescribable view from the top.

Congratulations, you did it!

Day 13

Back-up summit day

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

All going well you won’t need it, but as with any adventure of this scale, external factors can stand between you and the summit.

If so today gives you another crack at the top.

Day 14

Return to Khare

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

8km

Elevation

120m up / 854m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Fall in love with the word ‘downhill’ as you slowly descend into the lovely Hinku Valley and enjoy an evening of celebration back in Khare.

Day 15

Khare to Kothe

On your Feet

Approx. 7 hours of hiking

Distance

16.5km

Elevation

107m up / 1628m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Continue your descent along the picturesque and gentle stretch of trail that leads to Kothe.

Day 16

Chatter La Pass

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

9km

Elevation

1270m up / 240m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

It might be the penultimate day on the trail, but the trek certainly isn’t over.

Sink your teeth into one of the hardest stretches so far as you climb up to the mouth of the Chatter La Pass.

It’s steep, challenging and the elevation is a real eye opener, but it’s all worth it when you reach the teahouse that waits at the other end.

Day 17

Chatter La to Lukla

On your Feet

Approx. 8 hours of hiking

Distance

12km

Elevation

280m up / 1780m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Cross through the Chatter La Pass on a route that sits beneath the shadow of the mountain and may still be covered in snow.

Once through, descend a welcomingly easy downhill stretch through a beautiful forest and across a suspension bridge as you return to Lukla.

It’s official, the celebrations can begin!

Day 18

Return to Kathmandu

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Dinner

Fly back across the Himalayas at the end of your mountain journey.

Explore Kathmandu, shop for last-minute souvenirs in Thamel and then meet up with your team for farewell beers to celebrate successfully completing the trek.

Day 19

Last day in Nepal

Activity

Easy day

Enjoy a lay-in, followed by some final time in Kathmandu before returning to the airport and back to reality.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You’ll stay in a hotel in Thamel close to the main shopping area and heritage sites. Expect an en-suite room with air-con and wifi included.

Private room upgrade

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for $26USD per person per night (subject to availability). This is only for the 2 x nights in Kathmandu and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

On the trek

Accommodation

Teahouse

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You’ll be staying in teahouses - mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets that are usually sorted by gender. Wifi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When

Anytime

A private transfer is included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

End

Where

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When

Anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight and a transfer will be arranged from your hotel.

Kitlist

Bags

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry with your overnight kit (duffel can be purchased in Kathmandu for approx. $20)
  • 1 day pack as above (approx. 30ltr) with waterproof cover

Clothes

  • 1 waterproof jacket, one hard-shell jacket and 1 down jacket (-20) with hood
  • 1 waterproof trousers
  • 2 pairs lightweight trekking trousers and 1 pair Insulated synthetic trousers
  • Warm sweaters/pullover or fleece
  • Trekking t-shirts/shirts (shoulders covered)
  • 1 buff or similar
  • Warm scarf
  • Spare underwear
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • 1 pair waterproof thick gloves and 1 pair Insulated gloves
  • 1 warm woollen hat and one sunhat
  • 1 pair trekking boots and 1 pair climbing boots
  • 1 pair of slippers/sandals for the evenings
  • 4 pairs thick walking socks and four pairs lighter walking socks

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag (-20)

Other

  • 2 pair glacier glasses
  • Head torch
  • Travel towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Soap
  • Hand gel
  • Water Bottle/ Thermos
  • Trekking Poles (if needed)
  • Personal medication
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain/to camp each day
  • A metal SIG bottle can also be useful to fill with hot water before bed and used as a hot water bottle.
  • A sport harness
  • Ice axe
  • Three carabiners with auto lock if possible
  • Crampons
  • Descender
  • Ascender
  • Climbing helmet
  • Snow bar
  • Two ice screws
  • Gaiters

What's available to hire?

You can rent or buy most of these things in Kathmandu and Khare (last village before assaulting the peak). If you are planning to rent gear, we advise you to rent/buy climbing boots, helmets, ice axe, sleeping bags and down jackets in Kathmandu. The rest of the things can be purchased or rented in Khare.

You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag in Kathmandu for the below approx. prices. Please ask your host if this is needed so that they can assist you with arranging hire.

  • 4-Season Sleeping Bag Rent: Approx $2 per day Deposit: $80
  • Down Jacket Rent: Approx $1.5 per day Deposit: $5.

On some trekking days/acclimatisation days there will be some downtime at the teahouses. A pack of cards and a book may come in handy here.

There is a weight restriction on the flight to and from Lukla of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. It is not a problem for you to check in 1-2kg more than this as long as you are happy to pay an excess luggage charge (approx. £1 per kg). Some items may be left in the hotel in Kathmandu if necessary.

Please remove all unnecessary packaging before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

Meet Your Host

Jagan and team

You’ll be led by Jagan and his team of highly-trained, experienced and friendly Nepalese mountain guides who’ve grown up in the foothills of Nepal’s epic peaks. They have an intimate knowledge of the mountains having led groups safely around the Himalayas for over a decade. Just by joining them on an adventure you’ll be supporting their mission to improve guiding standards and porter welfare, and also ensure young people in Nepal get the most from the country’s tourism industry.

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