Mera Peak is the highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal standing tall at 6,461m/21,193ft above sea level. The label “trekking peak” may mislead and may provide misconception that the climb is relatively easy, but the climb should not be underestimated. The Mera Peak climb is hard, and it poses real challenges. Mera Peak lies in a remote corner of eastern Nepal and the trek to Base Camp and reaching this peak is an exhilarating experience.
The trek into Base Camp provides a fantastic chance to enjoy all aspects of the Himalayan experience, from the lush green forests of the lower Khumbu region to crossing high passes and making your way up into the more sparse and rocky upper reaches. As we near the northern approaches of the peak we pass steep glaciers plunging into spectacular lakes behind huge ridges of glacial moraine.
Transfer to airport. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Chhuthang
Today we start early for a short but spectacular flight to Lukla where we meet our crew. After landing at Lukla our trek starts as we head east, passing through several tiny hamlets before entering the thick forest on the hillside below the Kalo Himal Ridge. Be careful to stay with the group on this section as there are many trails leading away from the main path. There are many streams in the area, all of which are loosely referred to as Chhuthang.
Trek from Chhuthang to Tuli Kharka via Zatrawa La Pass.
The trail crosses the Kalo Himal Ridge which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. Further ahead, we follow a gentle path showcasing a cairned notch on the ridge with a collection of prayer flags at an elevation of 4450m. Enroute we may encounter yak herders. The views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive and so is that across the rolling foothills east of the Hinku Valley. Half an hour below the pass is a huge boulder which marks our campsite, Thuli Kharka.
Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe.
Today, the trail descends a rock-strewn path to a fine vantage point over the Hinku Valley where mesmerizing views of the south face of Mera Peak become visible. The trail zigzags through forested areas of pine and rhododendron and then descends steeply into the Hinku Valley. An enchanting panorama of Peak 43 and Kusum Kangguru unfolds as we bask in the splendour of nature surrounding us. Finally, we reach Kothe, which is our base for tonight.
Trek from Kothe to Thagnak.
Today is an easy day to help with adjustment to altitude and maintain your strength. Visit Sabal Tsho Lake and take an acclimatization hike to the cairn (5271 m) on the flank of Kusum Kangguru (6367 m).
Trek from Thagnak to Khare.
As we walk away from Thagnak, the trail ascends to a wide grassy basin, popularly called Dig Kharka. We continue walking across this until we arrive at Khare. There are many campsites at Khare and the most popular one is at the upper end, lying beneath a group of boulders. We chose this site for camping as it offers splendid vistas of the huge north face of Mera, Hinku Shar Glacier and Mera La.
Trek and climb from Khare to High Camp.
Today we walked a boulder strewn course to reach the case camp of Mera Peak. Upon arrival we’ll have a short rest accompanied and lunch before we start ice climbing training with our climbing guide. Inexperienced climbers need to learn a lot today. After about 1-2 hours training, we head up to Mera La and on to High Camp. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and admiring the eye-catching views the area offers and have an early night in preparation for tomorrow.
Summit Mera Peak and descend to Khare.
In the very early morning (around 2am) after breakfast, advance towards the summit. By sunrise we have reached about 6000 m. Finally scaling the summit. we can drink in the most spectacular view of at least five of the world’s fourteen 8000 m peaks. There are spectacular views of Everest (8848 m), Cho-Oyu (8210 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8463 m), Kangchenjunga (8586 m), Nuptse (7855 m), Chamlang (7319 m), Baruntse (7129 m) Ama Dablam (6812 m) Kangtega (6779 m) and more.
After relishing the spectacle, retrace our steps down to High Camp for a rest and hot drinks / soups.
Then it is off again, down to Khare for the night’s rest. We will find this day really long but inspirational.
Spare day in case of bad weather on summit day.
This day is a spare day in case weather prevents summiting on day 8. It can also be used in case somebody in the group has problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent and needs/wants a second chance. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.
Trek from Khare to Kothe.
From Khare we continue retracing our steps and trek through Thangnak before heading further towards Kothe. With mostly downhill trekking we soon leave the high altitude landscapes and enter into dense sub-tropical forest filled with rhododendron, oak, pine and birch trees. We trek until we arrive at Kothe for our overnight stay.
Trek from Kothe to Thuli Kharka.
Leaving Kothe, our trail is uphill trekking through dense rhododendron forest that goes over the western section of Hinku valley towards Tuli Kharka. From Tuli Kharka we can enjoy the magnificent views of Mera North, Mera Central and South face of Mera Peak.
Thuli Kharka to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass.
Today is the last day of our trek. From Tuli Kharka gently ascend to cross Zatrawala Pass then start descending to finally arrive back at Lukla. In the evening we will celebrate together with our crew for our successful climb of Mera Peak.
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Domestic airport arrival transfer.
We will take an early morning scenic flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel after landing at the airport. You can either have a rest at your hotel or visit sites that weren’t possible on the second day of the trip. Enjoy your leisure time in Kathmandu.