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Mera Peak - 18 days

Trip Introduction


Mera Peak Climbing -18 days
Mera Peak climbing is a mountain in the Mahalangur section, Barun sub-section of the Himalayan and administratively in Nepal Sagarmatha Zone, Solu Khumbu District. At 6478 meters (21247ft) it is classified as a trekking Peak. It contains three main summits; Mera North (6478m/ 21247ft), Mera Central (6461m/21198ft), and Mera South (6065m/19898ft), as well as a smaller “trekking summit”, visible as a distinct summit from the south but not marked on most maps of the region.
This region was first explored extensively by a British expedition in the early 50s before and after the ascent of Everest. Members of those teams included Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Eric Shipton, and George Lowie.
The first ascent of Mera central was on May 20, 1953, by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen. Tenzing (who was known by the nickname The Foreign Sportsman). Roberts was heavily involved in establishing the trekking industry in Nepal in the early 1960s. He was posthumously awarded the “Sagarmatha (Everest) National Award” by the government in May 2005.
The height of Mera is often given as (6654m/21831ft) and claimed to be the highest trekking peak. This figure actually points to nearby peak 41, which was mistakenly named Mera in a list of Himalayan Peaks, and the figures were copied to the official trekking list as they were, including the wrong location coordinates.
Mera is a 6476m tall snow-capped mountain peak in Sagarmatha National Park. It is a suitable peak to climb for those looking for a short but very adventurous climbing trip. Summiting this magnificent peak requires an 18-day trip, starting from Kathmandu, along with an experienced mountain guide and the appropriate climbing gear.
This Mera Peak climbing trek allows you to explore the typical villages of local ethnic groups such as Sherpa, Rai, Magar, and Gurung. We will also pass all the beautiful terraced fields and flowing mountain rivers before reaching Khare, the last settlement of the region.
 


Group Size : Minimum 02 Pax Max - altitude : 6476m/21241 ft.
Destination : Peak Climbing Fitness level : Moderate
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4593 ft.)
Day 02: Drive to Manthali (475m/1558ft)-4 Hrs, and flight to Lukla airport- 30minutes
Day 03: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Chhuthanga (3450m/11,320 ft.), flight: 35 minutes, Trek: 3-4 Hrs
Day 04: Trek to Kharki Thang (4150m/13165 ft.), Duration: 4 Hrs
Day 05: Trek to Chhatra La (4600m/14720 ft.), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 06: Trek to Kothe (3600m/11812 ft.), Duration: 5-6 Hrs      
Day 07:  Trek to Thagnag (4350m/14272 ft.), Duration: 7 Hrs
Day 08: Trek to Khare (5025m/16486 ft.), Duration: 5 Hrs.
Day 09: acclimatization Day/ climbing practice near Khare (5025m/16486 ft.)
Day 10: Climb to Mera high camp (5750m/18865 ft.)
Day 11: Summit day and descend to Khare (6476m/21241 ft.), Duration: 8-9 Hrs
Day 12: Reserve day for contingency (extra day)
Day 13: Trek to Kothe (3600m/11812 ft.), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Day 14: Trek to Chhatra La (4250m/13944 ft.), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Day 15: Trek to Chhuthanga (3450m/11320 ft.), Duration: 6 Hrs
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft.), Duration: 3-4 Hrs
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft.), Flight Duration: 30 Minutes
Day 18: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Departure
 
Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. for more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com
 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4593 ft.)
Our airport representative will welcome you to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. He/she will escort you to the respective hotel in a private vehicle. Your prior trip meeting will be scheduled for the very day at the Hotel before dinner. However, our airport representative will give you a brief idea about the second day’s schedule on your way to the hotel. During this meeting, we will introduce you to your leader/guide. Please do not hesitate to ask questions about your trek or anything that is related to your trip. To make you feel comfortable, we host a welcome dinner for you in a popular restaurant in the city where you can enjoy authentic Nepali meals along with cultural programs including ethnic dance and songs. And the night you will be spending at a hotel in Kathmandu.
                                                                                                  
Day 02: Drive to Manthali (475m/1558ft)-4 Hrs, and flight to Lukla airport- 30minutes
Today early in the morning we will take a tourist bus to Manthali. After 4 Hrs drive we will reach Manthali airport, most of the time flight will be canceled so if the flight cancels then we will stay overnight at Manthali or if the flight is on its schedule time then we will fly to Lukla airport.
 
Day 03: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Chhuthanga (3450m/11,320 ft.), flight: 35 minutes, Trek: 3-4 Hrs
Wake up early in the morning and get ready after taking light breakfast for Domestic flight to Lukla. It will be the scenic half an hour flight over the snowcapped mountains to one of the most electrifying high altitude airports, Lukla at an altitude 2900 m. your guides and porters will accompany you here for the trek. Hence, the trekking adventure kicks off. It will be an easy trek walking towards an east passing number of hamlets and wooden Yards taking you to a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines, and rhododendron, you will make steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to “Kharka” the summer pasture used for grazing yaks. The whole area is called Chhuthanga where you are spending your night.
 
Day 04: Trek to Kharki Thang (4150m/13165 ft.), Duration: 4 Hrs
The trail crosses the Kalo Himal Ridge which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku valley. Further ahead, we transverse a comfortable path showcasing a cairned hutch on the ridge with a collection of prayer flags at an elevation of 4450m. En route, we may encounter yak herders. The views across the Dudh Koshi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive and so is the view across the rolling foothills east of the Hinku valley. We will stay overnight at Kharki Thang tonight.
 
Day 05: Trek to Chhatra La (4600m/14720 ft.), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Our trail begins the adventure trekking with a steep climb, to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range; which separates the Khumbu Valley with Hinku Valley. With a steep climb up to a ridge, you will see the flattering colorful flags and the spot is called Zatrwa La. Then, you will finally descend steeply to the Chhatra La. We will spend overnight at Mountain Lodge in Chhatra La.
 
Day 06: Trek to Kothe (3600m/11812 ft.), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast, we start walking in a descending trail for a while, and then crossing few ridges, you will walk steeply descend to the Hinku River. Then, slightly ascending uphill will takes you to Kothey of Hinku valley. Here, you can see several seasonal lodges/teahouse for check-in. we will spend time exploring the local lifestyle. We will stay overnight at Kothe.
 
Day 07:  Trek to Thagnag (4350m/14272 ft.), Duration: 7 Hrs
Today, you will walk along the Ridge of Hinku River in the shadow of Mera Peak. In the west bank of Hinku Drangka, lies Gondishung, where you will take lunch and rest for a while. Gondishung is a summer herders’ settlements. From here, you will pass an ancient Gompa-Lungsumgba Gompa; consider being 200 years old. The tradition before heading from here is offering juniper incense to the shrine to ensure a successful ascent of Mera Peak. From here, just a short walk will take you to the Thagnag. It is pasture land for grazing Yak during summer. We will spend overnight at a local lodge in Thagnag.
 
Day 08: Trek to Khare (5025m/16486 ft.), Duration: 5 Hrs.
Today, you will move to the base camp of Mera Peak towards east following the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to the pasture called Dig Kharka. From here, you can click the fabulous view of Charpate Himal. You will follow a rocky trail and the lateral moraine up to the snout of Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then onwards, starts walking on the steeper trail until you reach to Khare for an overnight stay in a local lodge.
 
Day 09: acclimatization Day/ climbing practice near Khare (5025m/16486 ft.)
Today, you will engage in practicing ice climbing. After breakfast, get involved in preparing individual gear for ice climbing. Ice climbing depends on the season and availability of ice; hence, in case of unavailable, you can hike around and rest at camp. Meantime, walking just a couple of hours from Khare, you will reach a point from where you can enjoy the clear view of Mera La and the route up to the mountain. Here, you can practice ice climbing. Follow the instruction of guide and practice for a few hours in the glaciers. Then retrace back your to camp and make final preparation to summit Mera Peak.
 
Day 10: Climb to Mera high camp (5750m/18865 ft.)
You should be very much careful on your way to high camp. The trail can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses en-route. Making your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn, you will set up a high camp. It will be the final camp before ascending the peak. Let yourself refreshed with the outstanding view of mountain piercing the skyline. You will stay overnight at high camp.
 
Day 11: Summit day and descend to Khare (6476m/21241 ft.), Duration: 8-9 Hrs
Here comes the most awaited day of the entire trip. Today, you are going to summit Mera Peak. And you should wake up early at around 2 o’clock and get ready with crampons and rope. From high camp, a well acclimatize group will summit the peak in 3-4 Hrs. Just reaching the Peak, you can see the magnificent view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Nuptse (7855m), Lobuche (6145m), Chamlang (7319), and other mountains over 6 thousand meters. Taking some snap and enjoying the spectacular views of the snowline, you will retrace your journey back to Khare after a while rest with some hot soup at high camp. We will stay overnight at Khare.
 
Day 12: Reserve day for contingency (extra day)
There will no guarantee that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. Therefore, this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Mera on the desired day due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day will not be required.
 
Day 13: Trek to Kothe (3600m/11812 ft.), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Today, you will descend through the Hinku valley to the Kothey on the same trail used earlier. Enjoying the surrounding you can celebrate the success with some local wines or the way you like to relax. Spend overnight at lodge in Kothe.
 
Day 14: Trek to Chhatra La (4250m/13944 ft.), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
After breakfast, we will begin climbing up through the lush forest of rhododendron, bamboo, and pine on the west side of the Hinku valley. We will stay overnight at Chhatra La local lodge.
 
Day 15: Trek to Chhuthanga (3450m/11320 ft.), Duration: 6 Hrs
Today’s trek consists of both ascends and descends. You will start walking after your breakfast in Chhatra La and gradually start gaining altitude until you reach Chhuthanga. We will stay overnight at Chhuthanga tonight.
 
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft.), Duration: 3-4 Hrs
 This is your last day of trekking as you return to Lukla where the trek began. You’ll enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax, and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates. Today is the final day of this trek, so shortly after the breakfast, we will head towards Lukla from where your trek began. This evening can be spent with the team members roaming around the market or can have some quality time with ourselves enjoying achievement that you made during the past few days. You will spend this night at Lukla.
 
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft.), Flight Duration: 30 Minutes
On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last minutes glimpse of the mountains. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
 
Day 18: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Departure
Now it’s time to say goodbye. You will be received at the Hotel to transfer you to the airport for your departure 3 hours prior to your flight schedule.
Additionally, if you wish to spend some more days, you can let us know, we shall organize the services accordingly.
 


COST INCLUDE 
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
 COST EXCLUDE
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
     # Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.

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Important Note:
Your safety is our paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for rescue. The charge must be paid by the client or their travel insurance company.
 Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
 
Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. For more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com
 

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries

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