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 little or no technical climbing on its normal route. It is found a little to the East of the main Khumbu, Everest Base camp 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 moraine.
We travel as a group with a team of porters that will inevitably overtake 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 and on the mountain. We try to keep our expedition comfortable but also as light and compact as we can.
Mera Peak 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.
|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|
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.
Mera Peak- fitness and terrain
The Mera Peak climb is a fairly taxing physical challenge. You build your mountain fitness during the trek in which involves ten 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 begins, we will be well acclimatised. The trek in will have got you into the swing of things and any ascent will only be attempted when everyone is feeling fit and ready and confident.
We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme at least six 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 - 10 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 body pump, Pilates and aerobics 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 mountaineering equipment will be very useful of course, but the guides will offer training during the trek part of the trip. It will be necessary to clip into a man rope and walk safely with the group. This will mean being comfortable and efficient with equipment like crampons, walking axe, harnesses and karabiners and especially how to tie in safely.
A lot of the success and enjoyment comes from good teamwork and communication and a sense of collaboration in this adventure. Share your knowledge and help others if they find it hard, and remember that the pace should be slow and measured with plenty of stops and good sleep to allow for proper acclimatisation. The ascent of Mera Peak is as much about patience than anything else.
Mera Peak kit list
- Large duffle bag or rucksack & liner
- 45 Ltr day pack
- Stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes
- Expedition Jacket, primaloft or down
- Waterproof jacket and trousers, goretex or equivalent (softshell)
- Trekking trousers and shorts, Tshirts, shirts
- Fleece or woollen tops
- Base layer tops and bottoms
- Thin socks and thick socks
- Warm hat, buff/balaclava, sunhat
- Liner gloves, warm gloves, mitts
- Sunglasses Cat 3 UV polaroid
- Mountaineering boots graded B1 or B2 to accommodate crampons
- Trekking boots and hut shoes
- 4 season sleeping bag (comfort temperature -20C) and compression sack
- Thermarest or thick foam sleeping mat for camping only
- Walking poles
- Head torch & spare batteries
- 2x 1 litre drinks bottles and covers
- Pee bottle
- 12 point crampons
- Mountaineering harness
- Walking axe & leash
- Climbing slings 2 x 120cm
- Screwgate karabiners x 2
- Ascender (jumar)
- Prussic loop
- Wash Kit and first aid, towel
Items available for rent from Adventure Alternative (pick up in Nepal)
Descender, ascender, karabiners and slings
Boots for the climb need to be of a type that will allow fitting of crampons. They also need to be warm and fitted well to your feet. For Island Peak you will need boots graded at least B1 for crampon use. If you are planning on doing more mountaineering in the future on higher or colder routes it may be worth investing in B2 hybrid or B3 rigid Plastic boots both of which will also be suitable for Island Peak. Full 8000m triple boots are not needed for this climb but could be used if you already have them.
Personal first aid kit contents
Water Purification Tablets
Personal Medication as required:
eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea)
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required)
Acetazolamide tablets also known as Diamox (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.
- We have been guiding 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 International Mountain Leader.
- Our staff are properly trained in mountain first aid and also climbing and trekking. This is true of local and foreign staff.
- 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 have all the relevant company insurance and financial protection.
- We are members of 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.