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 spectacular lakes behind huge ridges of glacial morraine.
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.
- 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.
|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|
|23||Depart Kathmandu [Itinerary Ends}|
Mera Peak cost from £1,950.00
- In-country logistics & support
- Return Mountain Flight; Kathmandu-Lukla
- English speaking trekking guide and climbing guide
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
GENERAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
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.
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.
The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move efficiently on the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night. There is a detailed list via the menu to the right but the main points to cover are:-
- BAGS - Large Rucksack ~80L (for a porter to carry) + Medium Daypack ~40L (carried by you)
- SHELL - Top and bottoms to keep off wind/rain
- INSULATION - Very warm layered system to keep you warm- body hands & Head
- BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away sweat and to strip down to when it gets hot
- FEET - Crampon compatible boots, more comfortable footwear for evenings/city
- HARDWARE - Crampons, axe, harness etc to allow you to move safely and efficiently
- SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag to get a good nights sleep at the refuge
- EATING/DRINKING - Water bottles & favorite snacks for during the day
- WASHING & MEDICAL - To allow you to wash and maybe stave off a headache or blister
- We offer small scale, authentic adventures, which you can tailor to your personal needs at no extra cost
- We have been climbing in Nepal for more than 20 years so we know the mountains and their communities extremely well. We have our own staff, equipment and office in Kathmandu.
- All our trips are personally overseen by Gavin Bate, Company Director, Mountaineer and Everest Guide
- We do not contract out our trips in Nepal, we employ trusted full time staff who are very experienced and knowledgeable. This arrangement offers job security and good benefits to the staff and gives them very strong loyalty to the company.
- All the staff in our UK office have trekked and climbed in Nepal many times so you can chat to people who understand what its really like before you go.
- We are a fully registered operator with AITO and have financial bonding with ABTOT. We have all the relevant company insurances.
- 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 a company founded and run by people who are passionate about trekking, climbing and exploring in the world's most beautiful wildernesses. We are equally passionate about having the opportunity to share these experiences with others.
OUR STAFF IN NEPAL
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.