Standing proudly erect at an altitude of 6476m, Mera Peak is the most popular trekking destination and is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. This fairly challenging trek has been designed to cater to trekkers’ adventure needs to explore Mera peak from length to breadth. On scaling the summit of Mera Peak, we can have the most spectacular view of entire Himalayan ranges.
This program allows sufficient time for any reasonably physically fit person to make a comfortable ascent of this most spectacular of the Nepalese trekking peaks.
Best time for this trip would be from September to December and March to June.
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel..
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, we will delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square. Overnight at Hotel. .
We catch an early morning flight to Lukla and begin our trek to Paiya after landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. We walk on a jungle trail, cross a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach Surke Village. From here we continue moving south and cross the Chutok La pass before reaching the small settlement of Paiyan, also known as Chutok. Overnight at Teahouse..
We descend for a while and reach a small bridge. From here the trail is slippery until we cross the Kari La pass. We walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests on a narrow mountain trail. On today’s trip we also get to be in awe of the Dudhkoshi Valley. We continue our trek to Panggom Village whose settlers are dependent on farming and trading. Overnight at Teahouse..
We begin our trek after breakfast. After trekking out of Panggom, we cross the Panggom La pass. Then we ascend, walk on a steady path and turn north. We cross Peseng Kharka Khola first then after walking for some time, reach Peeng Kharka Danda. After crossing Ningsow Khola (stream) we reach the village of Ningsow. Overnight in Teahouse..
From Ningsow, we climb first then descend for a while and climb again to reach Ramailo Danda. From here we get extraordinary views of Mera Peak and Salpa. After ascending and descending on our trail, we enter Makalu Barun National Park. Our trail from here to Chhatra Khola is called Pasang Lhamu trail. On the way, if we are lucky, we might even come across the elusive Red Panda. Overnight at Teahouse..
We walk towards the north on the main trail to Mera Peak. After walking on a trail next to Majang Khola, we merge with another trail which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. Our trail moves straight ahead towards Tashing Ongma which has seasonal tea shops. We continue our trek and cross the bridge over Sanu Khola before reaching Kothe. Overnight at Teahouse..
We hike northwards along the west bank of the Hinku Drangka River. The trail is populated area, and we find many villages and settlements en route. Upon crossing the villages we arrive at Gondishung which lies at an altitude of 4,350 m. Gondishung has a 200 years old monastery (gompa) beneath rock overhang. We call it a day after reaching Thangnag. Overnight at Teahouse..
As we walk away from Thangnag, the trail ascends to a wide grassy basin, popularly called Dig Kharka. We continue walking for hours. After a while, we arrive at Khare. Overnight at Teahouse..
You spend the day acclimatizing at Khare or making a short hike to the upper end of Khare..
Today we head towards Mera La to reach the Mera High Camp. We need to walk through rock-strewn area for about two hours while making our way to Mera High Camp. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp and enjoy the sunset view along with the impressive Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. Overnight in Mera High Camp..
We have to walk for 7-8 hours today. Early in the morning at around 2am after breakfast, we advance towards the summit. By sunrise we can reach up to 6000m. After some continuous efforts, we finally scale the summit. From the summit, we can embrace the most spectacular view of at least five of the world's fourteen 8000m peaks. Most of this spectacular panorama can be seen from the site of the high camp and all of it is visible from 6000m. After the summit, we descend back to the campsite on the Hongu side of the pass. Overnight at Teahouse..
A spare day is kept if we miss the summit the day before. It’s essential that we wait if the weather condition worsens. Keeping an extra day ensures that we can summit the peak one way or other. Overnight at Teahouse..
After a great success of the expedition to Mt. Mera, we descend to Hinku valley and retrace further to Kothe for a relaxing overnight stop at a local lodge. Today we walk for about 6 hours. Overnight at Teahouse..
After breakfast, we proceed towards Zatrawa, a stopover right before the Zatrawa La Pass. Crossing several tributaries of the Hinku Khola and rhododendron forests and savoring the spectacular views of Mera North, Mera Central, Mera South we reach our stopover for today. Overnight at Teahouse..
Today the trail passes over rugged Zatrawa La Pass (4600m). The trail crisscrosses through pristine hamlets and thick forest along Kalo Himal Ridge. After making a bit challenging ascent to Zatrawa La Pass, we descend all the way down to Lukla through the rocky outcrop. As we approach, we get to see the beautiful views of Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru etc. In the evening, we enjoy our dinner with our climbing team. Overnight at Hotel..
From Lukla, we take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, our guide assists you to get to your hotel by private vehicle..
Today is your free day for personal activities like relaxing, shopping, walking around Thamel (Tourist Hub of Kathmandu) etc..
Our office representative takes you to the airport for your flight home with wonderful memories of Mera Peak..
Gina Lee and I were thrilled with how smoothly everything went. We saw and learned much, and we marveled at the natural beauty of the places we visited.
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