Mera Peak is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal, which is situated in a remote and isolated region in the Solukhumbu District. The trekking starts from of Lukla and leads to the adjoining high mountains of Naulekh. The climb involves a steep ascent of 3 hours and a tough descent towards the hidden valley of Hinku. The trail passes through a pleasant valley and the serene forest full of pine and rhododendron with smooth pastures and meadows in between. The high camp lies at 5800m/19029ft at the foot of the Mera Peak.
The final push to the summit can be tricky as one has to move through a long glacier. Once the summit is reached, you can spend time appreciating the beauty of the panoramic views of towering Himalayn peaks.
At the summit point, you will see a panorama of the mountains, including the top five 8000 meter peaks; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Mt.Cho-Oyu. On the way to the mountain, you will also get the opportunity to observe some amazing natural woodlands and wildlife.
To complement it all, you will also be able to visit traditional Buddhist communities inhabited by warm and friendly indigenous locals, who have inhabited and adapted to the ecology around the Himalayas for generations.
Note: Accommodation, meals in Kathmandu will be covered by the client themselves.
Early morning drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch an early morning flight. We then embark on a scenic 30-minutes flight east towards Lukla. We fly parallel to some of the most amazing landscapes with a panoramic view of towering massifs. Upon arriving at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, we have plenty of time to roam around the town. Overnight in Lukla.
The first day of the trek is fairly easy on an isolated trail towards the east from Lukla. The trail passes along the wood yards and several hamlets until we enter a thick forest of rhododendron, birch, silver fir, and pines trees. We then walk on the hillside exactly below the Nau Lekh, which is known among the villagers as Kalo Himal Ridge. This trail is slightly tricky as you bump into several other paths leading away from the main one. We then arrive at a place its numerous streams and campsites which is Chutanga.
A must have leisure day for acclimatization before heading towards the higher altitude. You may either rest the whole day and relax in the village or you can also go on a short hike up to a small peak at around 4,000m to stretch your leg and muscle. The peak offers breathtaking views over the valley of Dudh Koshi, as well as the route towards the Zatrwa-la.
After a leisure day at Chutanga, our walk begins with a steep uphill across the Kalo Himal Ridge through the cairns and collection of colorful prayer flags along the way. The trail then leads us to a small pass named Zatrwa Og at 4450m. From here, the path heads down to a boulder slope and once again climb to the Zatrwa-La. The path is slightly tricky and can be misleading during the bad weather. However, in good weather, the view is impressive. With less than an hour of descend from here, we reach our overnight destination at Tuli Kharka.
Today, the trek will be comparatively shorter than the rest of the days. We begin our walk on a slope where the path descends downhill and offers a magnificent scenery of Kusum Kanguru and Peak 43. We then arrive to a vantage point above the Hinku Valley, where we get to enjoy the up close view of Mera Peak. The trail leads to a forested area then descends steeply to the Hinku Valley. Rest of the trails are pleasant as we walk under the shades of Himalayan rhododendron and pine trees all the way to Gotay.
We begin our trek heading northwards along the west bank of Hinku Drangka. The trail eventually leaves the treelines behind as the wide valley opens up arriving at a pasture and small Kharkas. Our path then leads to Gondishung where lies a fascinating 200-year-old Gompa with several Buddstava, mani walls, and colorful prayer flags. We then walk another hour to pass beyond Lungsamba and then finally ending our walk at Thagnag.
An important rest day at Thagnag before heading to a higher elevation. On this day, we explore the village and hike to nearby surroundings and enjoy the stunning views of towering peaks including Peak 43 (6,769m). We can also walk northwards to explore the mesmerizing glacial lake known as the Sabai Tsho.
After a day rest at Thagnag, we head for another short day where we walk slower to acclimatize in the higher altitude. The trail is relatively easier as we head across the moraine which then leads to a high point overlooking the glacial lake. From here, the path slightly descends before turning around the ridge towards a stream that descends from Dig Kharka. As we pass along the right bank of the river, we arrive at the pasture of Dig Kharka where we will cross the stream over the stepping stones. The trail then heads to a steep climb passing a large stone. We then contour around the hillside to arrive at the stream once again to re-cross the stream. After walk for more than an hour across the boulder, we reach our overnight destination at Kharka.
Another important rest day for acclimatization at Kharkha. On this day, we hike around in some interesting areas nearby the base camp. It is also possible to climb 5,550m high on a moraine ridge where we get to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Mera La and other mountains.
The route advances towards the southern moraine following the crest to a zig zag path all the way to the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. After walking across and climbing to the right tongue of glacier, a large boulder platform arrives. From here, the crampons are mandatory for safety purpose as we have to climb over 30-35 degree ice to arrive at the plateau heading to Mera La. The trail weaves its way between and across the crevasses toward Mera-La. It takes another hour to reach the pass. Upon arriving at Mera La, we continue our adventure to Mera High Camp.
Another important rest day at the high camp for acclimatization as well as preparation for the climb.
Big day! It is definitely going to be a long day, so starting early is mandatory. We begin our adventure with a climb to the bottom of the dome towards the south side. To reach the summit, we first have to descend to the opposite side of the south summit and walk along the southern rim. Next, we start our 3-4 hours of a strenuous climb to the summit of Mera Peak. Making to the summit itself is an exhilarating experience. However, the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain makes it even better. After spending some time at the summit, we will descend to Khare, first passing the high camp, then Mera La pass and finally to Khare.
After the successful summit, we retrace our route back towards Hinku valley. En route, we stop at Gondishung to pay our respects at the shrines. Next, head towards Gotay for an overnight stay.
Today, we ascend through the lush green forest on the west side of Hinku valley. Occasionally, admiring the glimpses of south face of Mera, we reach our overnight destination at Tuli Kharka.
Last day of our trek will be fairly easier as we retrace our route back to Lukla. We’ll walk at a slow pace, enjoying the landscapes and greenery around the trail. Upon reaching Lukla, we celebrate the success of our adventure along with fellow Sherpa crew, porters and other members.
Early morning flight back to the hustle and bustle of the city. We can take some rest in our hotel or go shopping around Thamel.
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