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Mera Peak - Nepal

Overview

Mera peak is the highest of the peaks in Nepal that are defined as 'Trekking peaks'. At 6476m it is a very high mountain although it requires no technical climbing on its normal route. It is found a little to the East of the main Khumbu, Everest Basecamp, area and is a far less frequented trail. It is an achievable objective to the well prepared and fit individual as long as they bring reserves of determination and a passion for adventure.

The trek in to the peak provides a fantastic chance to enjoy all aspects of the Himalayan experience. In dropping below the main airstrip at Lukla we see the lush green forests of the lower Khumbu region before crossing high passes and making 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 spectacluar lakes behind huge ridges of glacial morraine.

Group Logistics

We travel as a group with a team of porters that will inevitably overtake up each day and meet us at the next stop. We will have a mixture of staying in tea houses and lodges before moving to camping further up on the trail. We try to keep our expedition comfortable but also as light and compact as we can.

Staff

Staff – all our main staff speak either good or fluent English, and they all work for Adventure Alternative Nepal full time. We also have a team of porters, assistant guides and cooks who all come from the village of Bupsa and Bumburi in the solu Khumbu and work seasonally while also managing their farms.

Pasang Tendi Sherpa is the director and lead guide for the company, and has made many expeditions to the high peaks. Pasang is one of the few Sherpas to have experience of other mountain ranges such as the Andes and his attention to detail and western requirements is very good.

Chiring Sherpa is not a climber but has been guiding treks for 25 years. He is a little older, quietly spoken, polite and patient, and he takes his time while trekking. He particularly loves the flora and speaks knowledgeably about the land use and culture.

Wongdi Sherpa was employed by Thamserku trekking as a head trekking guide and expedition cook for eighteen years, and has visited most regions in Nepal. He has made the pilgrimage around Mt Kailash seventy two times and is an exuberant personality, particularly good at organisation and handling daily logistics.

Lopsang Sherpa is a climbing guide in his mid twenties with two summits of Everest to his name and a keen desire to become a lead climber on high altitude expeditions. He has a wife and son, speaks good English and is quite laid back, attentive with clients on climbing days, and confident on the mountain.

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Dates and Itinerary

2015
5th September - 27th September
Broad Itinerary

After flying in to Kathmandu we take a rest day to catch up on sleep and get over jet lag.

We then fly up to the mountain airstrip at Lukla and trek for 10 days to the foot of Mera peak. This includes several rest days.

The ascent of Mera Peak will take 4-5 days depending on the weather.

As we are now descending we take a 3 day short cut back to Lukla.

We fly back to Kathmandu and have the rest of that day and all of the next to explore the city before our international flight the following day.

Time in Country

23 days including day of arrival and departure

Detailed Itinerary
Day Elevation Travel Time Info
1 1400 Arrive Kathmandu [Itinerary Starts]
2 2800 Kathmandu - Lukla - Puiyan
3 2360 Puiyan - Bupsa
4 2846 Bupsa - Pangkongma
5 2600 Pangkongma - Pangkongma La (3174)- Nashing Dingma
6 3600 Nashing Dingma - Chalem Kharka
7 4200 Chalem Kharka - Panch Pokhari - Chunbu Kharka
8 4200 Chunbu Kharka - Rest Day
9 3550 Chunbu Kharka - Khote
10 4360 Khote - Tangnag
11 4650 Tangnag - Dig Kharka
12 5100 Dig Kharka - Khare
13 5300 Khare - Mera La (5413) - Mera Base Camp
14 5300 Mera Base Camp - Glacier Training - Mera Basecamp
15 5800 Mera Base Camp - Mera High Camp
16 5100 Mera High Camp - Mera Summit (6476) - Khare
17 Spare Summit Day
18 3550 Khare - Khote
19 4200 Khote - Tulli Kharka
20 2840 Tulli Kharka - Zetra La (4610) - Lukla
21 1400 Lukla - Kathmandu
22 Kathmandu
23 Depart Kathmandu [Itinerary Ends}

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Cost

Mera Peak cost: £1,950.00

Includes
  • In-country logistics & support
  • Return Mountain Flight; Kathmandu-Lukla
  • English speaking trekking guide and climbing guide
  • Porters
  • Accommodation, food and hot drinks at lodges
  • 3 nights shared room in a hotel or guesthouse in Kathmandu (bed and breakfast)
  • Mera Peak climbing permit
  • Tents, camping equipment, climbing ropes and group climbing equipment
  • Staff insurances and food/accommodation allowances
Excludes
  • Air fare to Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional nights in Kathmandu
  • Mineral water, soft drinks or boiled drinking water on trek
  • Single room supplements
  • Meals in Kathmandu
Cost of Add-Ons and Some Optional Extras
  • Personal Climbing Hardware: £30.00
    Climbing harness, 2 screwgate karabiners, walking axe, jumar and two slings and optional helmet.
Not all about money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We are passionate about the trips that we run and place great importance on everyone getting the most out of the experience and our local staff earning a fair wage. Our itineraries are planned to include sufficient acclimatisation and rest to maximise your comfort, safety and chances of success.

Insurance

Travel insurance will need to be purchased by each team member to cover all costs associated with medical, rescue, equipment, cancellations etc. This should be purchased as early as possible to ensure cancellation coverage in case of any issues arising that cause you to cancel your trip.

The policy must be checked for validity in the regions through which we will be travelling and also for trekking/mountaineering to 6476m. Many specialist insurance providers have common peaks named on the policy description so it is worth contacting the company to check which is the appropriate level of cover. You should bring with you a copy of your policy and ensure your tent mate knows where you keep it. It is also worth bringing a photocopy of your passport and to keep it separate to your own documents just in case you lose your passport.

Local Providers

Adventure Alternative Nepal is the local provider for this trip and we can vouch for proper staff salaries, insurances, training and equipment. Our company invests heavily in our local companies and you will have full access to the staff handling your trip by email or skype if you wish.

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Fitness

The Mera Peak climb is a fairly taxing physical challenge. We will build up to the climb its self during the trek in. This will involve 10 days of walking over steep mountainous terrain at between 3000m and 5000m. The paths are well made but some of the ascents are long and sustained. It can be quite hot in the lower valleys and you will certainly break quite a sweat and be breathing hard.

Once we get to the Mera La, where the glacial climb its self begins, we will be well acclimitised. The trek in will have either steeled your resolve and got you into the swing of things or perhaps exposed any areas of concern. Either way we will be in a strong position to get up on the snow with confidence.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme at least 6 weeks prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for this type of trip, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 5 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remember that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like bodypump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trip like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Experience Needed

Previous winter walking and use of basic mountaineering or climbing protection equipment and crampons would be an advantage although not essential as full instruction will be given.

Adventure Alternative Support

The porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley.

Pasang Tendi Sherpa is our operations manager in Kathmandu and Director of Adventure Alternative Nepal. He organises all the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. You will have his telephone number, or the staff at the hotel desk can call him for you. He is the organiser, translator, problem solver, advisor and the amain link between you and the UK office. He will talk to the Sherpa guides regularly on the mountain and can make arrangements while you are on trek.

You also have continued support from the main office in Northern Ireland. Should a problem arise of significant proportion then you only need to call us. In the Khumbu and Hinku region there may still an opportunity to communicate directly with the office since some lodges now have satellite phones.

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Gear

Kit List
  • 120 Litre Duffle
  • 80 Litre Rucksack & liner
  • 45Ltr Day Pack
  • Stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes
  • Expedition Jacket primaloft or down insulated
  • Insulated trousers fleece or primaloft
  • Waterproof jacket goretex or equivalent
  • Waterproof trousers goretex or equivalent
  • Gaiters goretex or equivalent
  • Trekking trousers x2 (zip off legs?)
  • Thin wool/fleece layer top
  • Outer fleece/soft-shell
  • Long sleeved trekking shirt x1
  • Long sleeved base layer top x2
  • Thermal Base Layer Legginngs x1
  • Thin liner socks x2 (optional)
  • Thick trekking socks x2
  • Underwear x4
  • General socks x2
  • Warm Hat
  • Buff/balaclava/neoprene mask
  • Liner gloves
  • Warm Gloves/Mitts
  • Down outer mitts
  • Shell mitts goretex or equivalent
  • Sunglasses cat 3 UV polaroid
  • Ski Goggles cat 3 UV polaroid
  • Wide brimmed Sun Hat
  • High altitude mountaineering boots B1 or B2
  • Neoprene overboots (subject to main boots above)
  • Trekking boots
  • Crocs/Sandals/Flip flops/trainers
  • 4 season sleeping bag (comfort temperature -20C)
  • Compression sack for sleeping bag
  • Thermarest or thick foam sleeping mat
  • Thermarest repair kit
  • Walking Poles with snowbaskets (optional)
  • Head torch & spare batteries
  • Watch with alarm
  • Camera, memory card & batteries
  • Solar charger (optional)
  • Altimeter (optional)
  • 2x 1 litre drinks bottles
  • Lightweight insulated bottle covers
  • 1 litre bottle to urinate in (optional)
  • Toilet roll
  • Ear plugs (wax)
  • Passport & copies, visa, insurance details, money, credit cards, plane tickets
  • Diary & Pencil
  • 12 point crampons (or hire)
  • Mountaineering harness (or hire)
  • Walking axe & leash (or hire)
  • Climbing slings 2x120cm (or hire)
  • Screwgate karabiners x2 (or hire)
  • Ascender with handle (or hire)
  • Prussic loop (or hire)
  • Personal Wash Kit
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Wet wipes (optional)
  • Toothbrush with cover
  • Toothpaste
  • Roll on deodorant
  • Shaving gear & small mirror
  • Showergel/shampoo (<100ml for before/after climb)
  • Microfibre trekking towel
  • Personal medical Kit (see below)
Additional Kit Info

Personal Medical Kit
Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Loperamide tablets
Rehydration Sachets
Personal Medication as required:
 eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc

Possible Additional Personal First Aid Items
Lip Salve
Throat Lozenges
Latex gloves
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea)
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required)
Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required)

Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.

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Why Us

  • All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director and high altitude climber who has made six expeditions to Mount Everest
  • You will get to travel with local guides who not only lead trekking groups but are experienced in high altitude expeditions and even Everest climbs.
  • We offer small scale, authentic adventures, which support the local economy.
  • We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
  • We follow the IPPG five guidelines on porter safety
  • Porters' health and welfare is constantly monitored by local and UK trekking group leaders. Through Moving Mountains we consistently work to improve conditions for porters.
  • All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what it’s like to go up for the first time, before you go.
  • We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
  • We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Nepal in a real way.
  • Adventure Alternative underwrites the charity Moving Mountains.
  • Financial security guaranteed as we are AITO bonded.

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