Our way to Mera, the highest trekking peak in Nepal, is through the classic gateway to Everest via Lukla. The hike to the area takes us through an undulating landscape of cascading rivers and dense pine and rhododendron forests, of ever higher valleys and trails that lead us to our ultimate goal of Mera Peak and our high camp at 5800 meters. While the climb is technically straightforward the mountain's height is such that oxygen levels are half of those at sea level, so either previous climbing experience or a period of acclimatization via a trek is recommended to attempt the summit.
The hike itself is more a test of resolve than technique, with the final push to the summit aided by fixed ropes laid by the guide to aid in the ascent. Once on top of Mera the views of the surrounding area are amongst the finest one could hope for, an eagle's eye view of the entire Khumbu basin and the surrounding Himalayan giants, from mighty Everest to Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu, with even distant Kanchenjunga visible on a clear day. After the summit bid we descend back through the base camp and make our way back towards Lukla, congratulating ourselves on the way for our never to be forgotten experience.
If you want to get that first taste of climbing a Himalayan peak, or simply want to take that extra step over a typical trek through Nepal, climbing Mera may well be the perfect solution. Why not get in touch with us and go over the options with us? The two windows of opportunity for making the climb are March through to May and September through to November.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla 2800 m and trek to Paiya(5/6 hrs, 2730m)
Day 04: Paiya to Pangkoma(5/6 hrs, 2804m)
Day 05: Pangkoma to Shibuche(6 hrs, 2854m)
Day 06: Shibuche to Chhatra Khola(7 hrs, 3122m)
Day 07: Chhatrakhola to Kothe(6 hrs, 3580m)
Day 08: Kothe to Tangnang (3/4 hrs, 4358m)
Day 09: Extradays at Tangnang for rest and acclimatization
Day 10: Tangnang to Khare(3 hrs, 5045m)
Day 11: Khare to High camp(5/6hrs, 5780m) Overnight in tent
Day 12: High camp to Mera peak summit(6476m) and back to Khare Overnight in Lodge or guest house
Day 13: Reserve day for the summit
Day 14: Khare to Kothe
Day 15: Kothe to Thuli Kharka
Day 16: Thuli Kharka to Lukla
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.
Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
A magical scenic flight takes us to Lukla in the morning, and from there we begin our trek with a hike to the day's first destination, Surke, then and across a river to Chutok La. From there it's an easy hike to the Paiya, where we rest for the night.
Our first full day on the trail begins by descending through a patchwork landscape of crops and fields to the Paiya Khola River, then making our way up the far side to the pass of Kari La and on to Pangkoma.
An uneven and undulating path takes us through thick rhododendron and bamboo forests and a range of hills, with ever present Mani walls highlighting our passage towards the day's destination of Shibuche.
The sense of adventure starts to mount as we make our way along precipitous trails through the mountains and heavily wooded forests, taking in the picturesque scenery as we gradually make our way up to our rest stop for the night, Chhatra Khola.
Our slow ascent through the mountains continues as we journey on through the heavily forested region, the refreshing scent of the pine trees adding an invigorating feel to the air as we pass through the Hinku Valley and make our way to the village of Kothe.
We break through the tree line today and make our way out into a wide valley hemmed in on either side by an array of tall peaks, with Mera coming ever closer as we make our way through to Tangnang. There is plenty of time left over in the day to wander about and take in the surrounding scenery.
A day of rest in Tangnang to allow our bodies to fully acclimate to the altitude. Numerous opportunities exist to stretch our legs, including a hike to Sabai Tsho, a lake that collapsed after a large section of the feeder glacier collapsed into it, sending a wall of water tumbling into the valley below that claimed many lives.
We climb ever higher today, making our way by Dig Tsho glacier into an open valley with views towards Kusum Kanguru, Kyashar, and Mera, a final steep section taking us up to the sparse settlement of Khare, which will serve as the base camp for our climb.
We make our way to the glacier and arc round to the north, clambering up steadily towards Mera La, the ridge that sweeps across to Mera glacier and our high camp for the night. The views are glorious, yet a mere portent of the amazing panoramas that will unfold before us on the morrow.
Our day begins in the early hours of the morning for our ascent bid, starting up the glacier towards a ridge, our crampons biting into the snow and ice as we make our way up the steep slope. Gradually we make our way on to the summit ridge and begin the traverse towards our goal, the last stretch accomplished on fixed ropes laid by our guide. Finally we're there, standing atop Mera, with glorious views all round to the legendary giants of the region - Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and even distant Kanchenjunga. After taking time to celebrate the achievement and take appropriate pictures of the scene we turn and make our way back down the mountain towards Khare.
As with all climbs in the Himalayas the weather can play havoc with even the best laid plans, so prudence suggests we always set aside a spare day for our clients to try and ensure a successful outcome.
Still exhilarated from the previous day our path down towards Khare seems almost effortless.
We continue our path back to civilization with a tougher day of hiking, the trail to Thule Kharka taking us on a steep climb before we reach our destination.
Our final day of trekking day us over the pass of Zatrwa La and the long descent via Chutanga to Lukla, where we thankfully pull up for the night and bask in the glow of our success.
After breakfast we take a flight to Kathmandu where you'll have enough time to savor the city's treasure's one last time before getting together for a farewell dinner with friends before departure.
Farwell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
Dos años después de hacer con Raj el EBC y los tres pasos volví nuevamente con el para subir el Mera Peak. Ni se me ocurrió buscar otra agencia: no era necesario, con Raj estaba en buenas manos. Al igual que dos años antes todo fue perfecto: disfrute del trek, del día de aproximación al campo de altura, de la subida nocturna a la cima, del berrido que pegue cuando hice cumbre, de los momentos de sufrimiento y de los que fueron relativamente suaves... Porque los que subimos montañas sabemos lo que se sufre haciéndolo y también disfrutamos con ello. Y por supuesto igualmente disfrute tomando una cerveza con Raj en su oficina celebrando que lo había conseguido. Algo que como ya he comentado valoro sobremanera: Raj es un profesional serio en cuanto a la gestión del trek se refiere, pero después es una persona con quien tomarse una cerveza y brindar por todo lo brindable. Gracias Raj, volveré...