Mera Peak Climbing Expedition
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Join Our 16-Days Mera Peak Climbing Expedition

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Duration16 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeStrenuous
Maximum AltitudeMera Peak (6,476 m.)
Group Size1-8
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking and Climbing
Best TimeApril - May And Sept - Nov

Discover the thrill of high-altitude trekking in Nepal through our meticulously planned Mera Peak Expedition. As the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak offers an unparalleled adventure set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. This 16-day itinerary by Recreation Holidays ensures a comprehensive climbing experience combining physical challenges with scenic beauty.

Nepal High Altitude Trekking and Expedition Experience:

Our journey begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, followed by a trek through the less-trodden paths of the Hinku Valley, part of the greater Khumbu region. The route, known for its rich Tibetan culture and warm Sherpa hospitality, presents a blend of cultural richness and climbing prowess. Mera Peak is renowned for its technical climbs (rated PD - Peu Difficile, meaning 'a little difficult'), offering both novice and experienced mountaineers a worthy challenge.

Summiting Mera Peak: A Climber's Dream:

From the Mera Peak High Camp at 5,780 meters, you will embark on your summit push. Our experienced climbing guides from Recreation Holidays will lead the way, fixing ropes and ensuring your safety as you ascend to the summit at 6,461 meters (21,190 feet). At the peak, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of towering peaks such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Lhotse.

Himalayan Climbing Tours and Cultural Immersion:

Throughout your climb, you'll pass through quaint villages and experience the local culture firsthand. The trek offers a variety of dining options, ranging from traditional Nepalese to international cuisines, ensuring a delightful culinary experience. Our Mera Peak Base Camp Trek is not just a climb; it's an immersive experience in one of the world's most enthralling wildernesses.

Best Time for Mera Peak Climbing:

We recommend undertaking the Mera Peak climb during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons for optimal weather conditions and clear mountain views.

Join Recreation Holidays for a Himalayan climbing tour that combines adventure, safety, and cultural richness. This 16-day Mera Peak climbing expedition is designed to cater to both beginner and veteran mountaineers looking for an unforgettable experience in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Discover the Ultimate Mera Peak Climbing Expedition

Join us on a thrilling 16-day adventure to Mera Peak, one of Nepal's highest trekking peaks at 6,476 meters. This expedition combines technical climbing with awe-inspiring treks through the scenic landscapes and remote villages of the Everest region. Enjoy comprehensive support and training from experienced climbing guides, and benefit from high-quality equipment and safety gear.

Highlights of the Mera Peak expedition

  • Scenic Trek and Cultural Immersion: Journey through the Everest region's stunning trails and connect with local communities to learn about their rich traditions and lifestyles.
  • Peak Summiting: Reach the summit of Mera Peak with extensive technical support, honing your climbing skills along the ascent.
  • All-Inclusive Comfort: Experience a fully managed expedition with all accommodations, meals, and transportation included, letting you focus purely on your adventure.
  • Stunning Himalayan Panoramas: Gaze out at unparalleled views of iconic peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga.
  • Thrilling Challenges and Wildlife: Cross the Zatra La Pass for dramatic vistas, navigate glaciers, and potentially spot rare wildlife in Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Sustainable Travel: Engage in eco-friendly practices that support local economies and protect the natural environment.
  • Personal Achievement and Connections: Gain a profound sense of accomplishment and forge lasting bonds with fellow adventurers who share your passion for the mountains.

This Mera Peak Climbing Expedition offers more than just a climb; it's an expansive journey of discovery, challenge, and camaraderie in one of the world's most awe-inspiring settings.

Is the 16-Day Mera Peak Climbing Expedition Right for You?

Are you considering if the Mera Peak expedition is the right choice for your mountaineering ambitions? Mera Peak is renowned as a 'semi-technical' mountain, offering a blend of accessibility and challenge that makes it an ideal choice for both novices and seasoned climbers. Despite its relatively gentle slopes, there are a few technical sections that provide just enough difficulty to keep the ascent interesting.

Known as one of the more accessible climbing challenges in the Himalayan region, Mera Peak is often seen as an excellent training ground for aspiring mountaineers. It serves as a preparatory climb for those targeting higher peaks like Mt. Everest or other mountains exceeding 8,000 meters. This makes Mera Peak not only a significant undertaking in its own right but also a stepping stone to more daunting Himalayan climbing tours.

For newcomers to mountain climbing, Mera Peak offers a moderate difficulty level that serves as a perfect introduction to the sport. If you are an experienced climber, this expedition also presents a wonderful opportunity to expand your climbing experience in the Himalayas.

As part of this all-inclusive package, you will receive support from Peak Climbing Nepal’s skilled guides and crew, ensuring a safe and rewarding journey. Their expertise and assistance will allow you to focus on the climb and enjoy every moment of your Himalayan adventure.

Health Considerations:

It's important to consult with your doctor and discuss any health concerns with your expedition guide before embarking on this adventure. This preparation will help ensure that you have a confident and comfortable experience on Mera Peak.

Remember, whether you’re starting your mountaineering journey or looking to add another peak to your achievements, the Mera Peak Summit Trek is designed to offer a fulfilling and scenic adventure in the majestic Himalayas.

Optimal Seasons for Mera Peak Climbing/Expedition

Mera Peak, one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal, offers varied experiences across different seasons. Climbers and trekkers can choose the best time based on weather stability and personal preference. Spring and autumn stand out as prime times due to favorable conditions, while winter and monsoon present unique challenges and opportunities.

Spring (March to May)

Spring breathes new life into Nepal, making it an ideal season for Mera Peak expeditions. As the snow from winter melts, fresh vegetation emerges, enhancing the natural beauty of the trekking paths. The weather is stable with daytime temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius that dip to -4 degrees at night, occasionally dropping to -30 degrees at higher altitudes. Despite the possibility of light rainfall in early March, the clear skies and mild weather create perfect conditions for climbing.

Benefits of Spring Climbing:

  • Blossoming flora and vibrant greenery enhance the trail’s beauty.
  • Generally dry conditions with minimal snowfall risk.
  • Mild temperatures and clear skies ensure optimal climbing conditions.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is another excellent season for climbing Mera Peak, as it follows the monsoon and features clear, stable weather. The paths are adorned with newly bloomed flowers, adding to the aesthetic appeal of the trek. Daytime temperatures hover around 12 degrees Celsius, cooling to about 6 degrees at night, with further decreases at higher elevations.

Benefits of Autumn Climbing:

  • Clear, consistent weather with little chance of precipitation.
  • Excellent visibility and stable conditions ideal for climbing.
  • Cultural vibrancy as Nepal celebrates numerous festivals during this period.

Winter (December to February)

Winter attracts adventurous climbers who don't mind the cold. The season offers a serene climbing environment with fewer trekkers on the path. Although temperatures range from 5 to -20 degrees Celsius, reaching as low as -30 degrees near the summit, the dry conditions provide reliable and clear mountain views.

Benefits of Winter Climbing:

  • Peaceful trails with fewer climbers.
  • Easier access to accommodations and potential off-season discounts.
  • Crisp, clear days providing undisturbed views of the Himalayan panorama.

Monsoon (June to August)

Climbing during the monsoon is least recommended due to heavy rainfall that makes trails slippery and challenging. However, the late and early edges of the monsoon—early June and late August—can offer clearer conditions and less crowded paths.

Benefits of Monsoon Climbing:

  • Solitude on the trails as fewer trekkers venture out.
  • After-rain clear skies provide dust-free views of the mountains.
  • Lower costs on flights, accommodations, and other services due to fewer visitors.

Understanding Mera Peak Climbing Costs for 2024 and 2025

Mera Peak offers an exceptional climbing experience with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. For the 2024 and 2025 expeditions, Recreation Holidays provides packages starting at $1700 per person. This price includes essential services such as guides, meals, accommodations, and porters. Additionally, climbers should budget $15 to $25 daily for personal expenses like snacks, beverages, and other conveniences not included in the package price. For detailed pricing based on group sizes, please refer to the provided group price list.

Navigating the Challenges of Mera Peak Climbing

Climbing Mera Peak presents several challenges that contribute to its difficulty level.

Here's an in-depth examination of these factors:

  • Altitude and Duration: Reaching the impressive altitude of 6,467 meters, Mera Peak demands considerable acclimatization to adapt to the high-altitude environment. The climb involves long daily hikes—typically 5 to 6 hours—over rugged terrain. A condensed itinerary can increase daily walking times to 8 to 9 hours, intensifying the physical demand.
  • Physical Strain: Extended hours of trekking without adequate rest can lead to severe physical strain, making acclimatization days crucial for a successful and safe climb. It's essential to choose an itinerary that allows sufficient time for your body to adapt and recover, ensuring a more manageable ascent and enhancing overall safety.

Trekking Distance and Terrain Challenges

The journey to Mera Peak spans approximately 78 miles across the challenging terrains of the Khumbu region. These routes are known for their steep ascents and rugged paths, which can test even seasoned climbers. Particularly for novices, the physical demands of these trails—featuring sharp inclines and uneven surfaces—pose a significant challenge.

Throughout your climb, you will encounter numerous technical sections and glaciers. The path not only demands a high level of endurance and physical fitness but also requires climbers to navigate through crevasses, boulders, and icy stretches. To prepare for these conditions, it's advisable to gain experience in similar rugged terrains before undertaking the Mera Peak expedition.

Physical Stamina and Fitness for Mera Peak Climbing

Physical fitness is crucial when preparing for any trek or climb in the Himalayas, including Mera Peak. The journey involves navigating long, steep, and often rugged mountain paths with several zigzag routes. This demanding terrain requires climbers to have strong physical power and stamina to endure the challenges and reach the summit.

Having a robust physique is essential for successfully tackling the varied and strenuous climbs of Mera Peak. Although the route is not overly harsh, the steep ascents over rocky and uneven paths significantly add to the difficulty of the expedition.

To prepare for these physical demands, it's advisable to engage in regular training to enhance your strength and endurance. Effective exercises include running, swimming, cycling, long-duration walks, and skipping. These activities are not only beneficial for building a good physique but also help in increasing overall stamina.

Training sessions need not be excessively long or strenuous—just one to two hours daily can significantly improve your physical condition. Starting your fitness regimen well before your trek allows you to develop the necessary muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance to enjoy the climb without undue strain.

ItineraryExpand All
Day01

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by a representative from Recreation Holidays. After claiming your luggage, you'll be transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle. Check into the hotel and spend some time to relax and refresh yourself.. If you arrive during the daytime, you can visit the office of Recreation Holidays for trip information. For late-night arrivals, the briefing will be conducted the following day. Take in the sights of Kathmandu, with its bustling streets and Himalayan backdrop, as you begin your Mera Peak Climbing adventure. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1,350mMeals: NoAccommodation: Hotel
Day02

Begin your day with an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a short yet exhilarating journey that lasts approximately 35 minutes. As you soar above the rugged landscape of the Nepalese countryside, marvel at the breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and winding valleys below. Despite its reputation as one of the world's most challenging airports, the flight to Lukla offers a memorable experience, providing a glimpse into the stunning beauty of the Himalayas.

Upon touchdown at Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport, you'll be greeted by your experienced Climbing Guide from Recreation Holidays. After a warm welcome and brief orientation, set out on the first leg of your trek towards Chhuthang. The trekking trail winds its way through verdant forests, charming Sherpa villages, and rolling hills, offering captivating panoramas at every turn. Take your time to savor the sights and sounds of the Himalayan wilderness as you journey towards your destination for the night.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day03

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in Chhuthang, you'll commence your trek towards Thuli Kharka. The day's journey begins with a challenging ascent towards the crossing of Zatra La Pass, standing at an elevation of 4600 meters. The trail winds its way up steep slopes, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan landscape. As you navigate the rugged terrain, take moments to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the mountains.

After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at Thuli Kharka, your destination for the day. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, Thuli Kharka provides a welcome respite for weary trekkers. Here, you can relax and unwind, soaking in the tranquility of the mountain environment. Enjoy a warm meal and cozy accommodation at a Tea house or Guest house, as you prepare for the adventures that lie ahead on your Mera Peak Climbing expedition.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day04

Embark on a full day of trekking from Thuli Kharka to Kote, a journey lasting approximately 6-7 hours. Today's route offers a combination of uphill and downhill trails, weaving through dense jungles adorned with Rhododendron, Pine, Juniper, and Oak trees. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring views of Mera Peak and the surrounding snow-capped peaks that dot the horizon.

As you traverse the rugged terrain, you'll encounter steep descents leading to the Hinku River, followed by exhilarating ascents towards Kote. This quaint village, nestled on the western side of the Hinku Valley, welcomes trekkers with its serene wilderness and lush vegetation. Take time to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kote, as you settle into your accommodation at a Tea house or Guest house.

Enjoy hearty meals consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, replenishing your energy for the adventures that await on your Mera Peak Climbing expedition. Tonight, as you rest amidst the tranquility of the mountains, reflect on the day's journey and anticipate the experiences that lie ahead.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day05

"Enjoy a picturesque trek from Kote to Thangnak, lasting about 4-5 hours." Your journey begins as you follow the trail alongside the Hinku River, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Along the way, you'll come across the historic Lungsumgba Gompa, which dates back around 200 years. Admire the intricate rock carvings depicting the route to Mera Peak, a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Continuing your trek, you'll eventually reach Thangnak, a charming summer grazing settlement nestled amidst the mountains. Here, you'll find a variety of shops, lodges, and tea houses, providing a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation for trekkers.

Indulge in delicious meals served at a Tea house or Guest house, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. After a fulfilling day of trekking, relax and soak in the serene atmosphere of Thangnak, surrounded by towering peaks and lush greenery.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day06

"Set off on a scenic journey from Thangnak to Khare, taking approximately 5-6 hours." The trail leads you through diverse terrain, offering stunning views along the way.

As you trek, you'll traverse lateral meadows towards the Shar Glaciers and Hinku Nup, soaking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Prepare for a steep ascent as you approach Khare, a charming village nestled in the heart of the mountains.

Upon reaching Khare, take some time to explore the village and acclimatize to the altitude. Enjoy breathtaking views of the northern part of Mera Peak, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the mountain environment.

Accommodation for the night will be provided at a Tea house or Guest house, where you'll enjoy delicious meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Relax and rejuvenate after a rewarding day of trekking, surrounded by the majestic Himalayas.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day07

Today marks a well-deserved rest day in Khare, allowing you to acclimatize to the high altitude and unpredictable mountain weather. Situated at an elevation of over 5000 meters, Khare offers a serene retreat amidst alpine vegetation.

Take this opportunity to give your body and mind the rest they need, rejuvenating for the challenges ahead on your climbing expedition. Your Climbing Guide from Recreation Holidays will oversee all necessary arrangements and conduct a thorough check of your trekking gear and equipment, ensuring everything is in optimal condition for the remainder of the journey.

Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Khare, surrounded by towering peaks and pristine wilderness. Accommodation for the day will be provided at a Tea house or Guest house, where you'll enjoy delicious meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Use this rest day to recharge and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day08

Trek Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Altitude of Mera High Camp: 5780 meters above sea level.

Prepare for a thrilling day of trekking as you journey from Khare to High Camp, located at an impressive altitude of 5780 meters. Setting out after breakfast, the trek initially leads you through rugged terrain and across the challenging Mera La pass at 5400 meters. As you ascend towards Mera Glacier, the landscape transforms, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

Navigating through the glacier, you'll encounter crevasse-ridden areas and steep slopes, requiring careful footing and concentration. Upon reaching Mera Base Camp, the trail continues towards High Camp, where you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayan giants including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. After settling into your tented accommodation, engage in ice climbing training under the guidance of your experienced guide, preparing for the ascent ahead.

As the day comes to a close, take time to relax and soak in the majestic beauty of your surroundings, surrounded by towering peaks and vast glaciers. Enjoy a delicious dinner amidst the backdrop of the Himalayas before retiring for the night, ready to continue your journey towards Mera Peak.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Tented Camp
Day09

Duration: 8-9 hours

Today marks the highly anticipated summit day as you strive to conquer Mera Peak, followed by a return to Khare. After a thorough check of all trekking gear and ensuring full acclimatization, you'll embark on this challenging ascent, aiming to reach the summit before midday.

The journey begins around 2 in the morning, following a hearty breakfast. As you commence the climb, you'll navigate through the glacier and ascend to the ridge, overcoming obstacles and maintaining a steady pace. It's essential to keep a consistent rhythm, especially with the potential challenge of strong winds in the afternoon.

Upon reaching the summit of Mera Peak, standing at an impressive altitude, you'll be greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of towering peaks, including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and Chamlang. Take a moment to savor the breathtaking scenery and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

After spending quality time at the summit, you'll retrace your steps and follow the same route back to Khare. As the day draws to a close, relish in the sense of accomplishment and marvel at the beauty of the Himalayan landscape. Tonight, enjoy a well-deserved rest at the Tented Camp, reflecting on the day's triumphs and unforgettable experiences.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Tented Camp
Day10

Today serves as a reserve day, providing a buffer for any unforeseen contingencies that may arise during your expedition. In the unpredictable mountain environment, weather changes and other factors can impact your journey, making this day an essential precautionary measure.

Should you encounter any challenges or delays, this reserve day offers the flexibility to adapt and address any unexpected circumstances. Whether it's adverse weather conditions or unforeseen obstacles along the route, having this extra day ensures that you can proceed with caution and prioritize safety.

Alternatively, if your Mera Peak summit was achieved smoothly without any issues, this reserve day can be utilized for additional rest or to begin your journey back. Regardless of how the day unfolds, enjoy your time at the Tented Camp, taking in the tranquil surroundings and reflecting on the experiences of your expedition. Relish in the opportunity to recharge and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Tented Camp
Day11

Duration: 5-6 hours

Today's trek retraces your steps along the familiar trail back to Kote. As you depart from Khare, you'll follow the same path, descending through Thangnak and gradually leaving behind the high altitudes.

The journey takes you through dense forests adorned with Rhododendron, Pines, Oaks, Birch, and Juniper trees, providing a refreshing change of scenery. As you descend, take time to appreciate the tranquility of the forest surroundings and the natural beauty that surrounds you.

After a few hours of trekking, you'll eventually arrive at Kote, your destination for the day. Nestled amidst the wilderness, Kote welcomes you with its rustic charm and warm hospitality. Tonight, enjoy a cozy stay at a Tea house or Lodge, where you'll be treated to a hearty breakfast and dinner, replenishing your energy for the adventures ahead.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day12

Duration: 5-6 hours

"Begin a scenic trek from Kote to Thuli Kharka, where you'll traverse uphill through dense forests towards the western part of the Hinku Valley." The trail winds its way upward, offering glimpses of the surrounding wilderness as you ascend towards Thuli Kharka.

Upon reaching Thuli Kharka, be prepared to be enchanted by the awe-inspiring views of Mera's Northern, Central, and Southern faces, a rewarding sight after your trek. Take time to soak in the beauty of the landscape and appreciate the serenity of the mountains.

Accommodation for the night will be provided at a Tea House or Lodge, where you'll enjoy delicious meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Replenish your energy and rejuvenate your spirits, ready to continue your journey amidst the majestic Himalayas.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day13

Duration: 6-7 hours

Today marks the conclusion of your trekking journey as you make your way from Thuli Kharka to Lukla. Begin your trek with a gradual ascent from Thuli Kharka, eventually reaching the crossing of the Zatra La Pass.

From there, embark on a descent that leads you to the bustling town of Lukla, where your adventure first began. Upon arrival, take time to celebrate the successful triumph of your Mera Peak summit, reflecting on the challenges you've overcome and the memories you've created.

Accommodation for the night will be provided at a Tea House or Lodge in Lukla, where you'll enjoy hearty meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Relax and unwind as you reminisce about your journey amidst the majestic Himalayan landscape.

Meals: B,L,DAccommodation: Teahouse
Day14

Bid farewell to Lukla as you embark on an early morning flight back to Kathmandu after breakfast. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a representative from Recreation Holidays at the airport, who will escort you to your hotel.

Once at the hotel, take some time to relax and unwind from your journey. You have the option to rest or explore the local attractions and vibrant streets of Kathmandu at your leisure.

Accommodation for the night will be provided at a hotel, where you'll enjoy a delicious breakfast to start your day. Whether you choose to unwind or venture out, savor the moments of your expedition and the memories you've created amidst the Himalayan wonders.

Max Altitude: 1,350mMeals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day15

Today offers a leisurely respite in Kathmandu, allowing you to unwind and explore at your own pace. Take the opportunity to stroll through the vibrant streets of Thamel, immersing yourself in its bustling atmosphere and vibrant culture. Alternatively, venture out to discover nearby attractions or embark on a short day hike to the surrounding hills, offering panoramic views of the valley below.

Indulge in some shopping and browse local markets for souvenirs, capturing memories of your time in Nepal. After a day of exploration and relaxation, return to your hotel for rest and final preparations for departure.

Accommodation for the night will be provided at the hotel, where you can enjoy a hearty breakfast to start your day. Make the most of your leisure day, soaking in the sights and experiences of Kathmandu before bidding farewell to this enchanting city.

Max Altitude: 1,350mMeals: Breakfast and Farewell DinnerAccommodation: Hotel
Day16

Concluding your remarkable Mera Peak climbing expedition, a representative from Recreation Holidays will accompany you to the International Airport for your final departure. It's essential to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

As you bid farewell to Nepal, reflect on the extraordinary experiences and breathtaking landscapes you've encountered throughout your journey. Take with you cherished memories of your adventure in the Himalayas and the camaraderie shared with fellow travelers.

Accommodation and meals are not provided on this day as you prepare to embark on your homeward journey. Use this time to appreciate the journey's lessons and the bonds forged amidst the mountains, carrying their spirit with you as you return home.

Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: No
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Includes
  • Airport Transfers: Pick-up and drop-off on your arrival and departure dates by private vehicle.
  • Meals: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb.
  • Permits: National Park entry and climbing permits.
  • Airfare: Round-trip flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, including airport transportation.
  • Guides: One trekking guide for the duration from Lukla to Lukla and one climbing guide from Khare to Khare, both licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
  • Staff Support: Includes staff salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
  • Accommodation: 9-10 nights in tea houses during the trek and 2 night in a tent at high camp during the climb.
  • Equipment: Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment.
  • Additional Inclusions: All government and local taxes, trekking map, trip achievement certificate if needed, Ef-Chlor water purification tablets, farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant in Thamel, and free luggage storage at Recreation Holidays Store during the trek.
  • Airport Transfer: On your departure day as per your flight schedule.
Excludes
  • Visas and Flights: Nepalese visa fee and international airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess Baggage: Charges apply if your luggage exceeds 15 kg, approximately $1.5 per kg.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Meals in the city are not covered except for the farewell dinner.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, purchased or boiled water, showers, etc.
  • Porter Services: If required, a porter shared between two trekkers can be hired for USD 280.
  • Personal Climbing Gear: Any specialized personal climbing equipment and guide services if requested.
  • Gratuities: Tips for guides and porters are expected and not included in the package price.
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StartsMay 31, 2024
EndsJune 15, 2024
StatusGuaranteed
Price
US$2140
Additional Info

Weather and Temperature Variability

Nepal's diverse geography leads to marked weather variations across different regions, making climatic conditions on Mera Peak particularly unpredictable. While mornings might start sunny and warm, the weather can swiftly change, bringing blizzards and thunderstorms.

The weather in lower elevations might be more tolerable, but higher altitudes can experience sudden and severe climate shifts, posing additional challenges during the climb. Climbing in the off-season—winter or monsoon—introduces further difficulties, such as road blockages and treacherously slippery paths. Choosing the right season and appropriate gear is crucial for managing these risks effectively.

Technical Aspects of Mera Peak Climb

Mera Peak is rated as Alpine Grade PD (Peu Difficile), indicating a climb that is moderately difficult. This classification reflects the presence of glacier traverses and some technical climbing sections that were not as prominent in the past. Historically classified as Alpine Grade F (Facile), the route has evolved due to changing glacial conditions, now requiring the use of crampons and ice axes for certain sections of the climb.

Altitude Sickness on Mera Peak expedition

Altitude sickness is a significant challenge for climbers on Mera Peak. This condition often causes adventurers to turn back before reaching the summit.

At an elevation of 6,467 meters, oxygen levels drop to about 47%, and most climbers ascend without supplementary oxygen, increasing the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The trek starts at an elevation of 2,800 meters and the altitude increases progressively, intensifying the risk with each step towards the summit.

Climbers typically spend around five days above 5,000 meters to acclimate to the high-altitude conditions before making the final ascent to the summit. Adapting to such thin air is challenging and can pose serious health risks without proper acclimatization and care.

Symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, sleep deprivation, and shortness of breath. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it's crucial to either descend or pause the climb to recover.

Preparing for Mera Peak: Essential Tips for Success

As you prepare for Mera Peak, which stands as one of the highest trekking mountains in Nepal, it's crucial to know how to effectively overcome the challenges of high-altitude trekking. Here are key recommendations:

Acquire High Altitude Experience

A fundamental step in preparing for Mera Peak is to gain experience in high-altitude environments. Since this peak rises above 5,000 meters, it's advisable to spend several nights at similar elevations to adapt to the conditions. Familiarizing yourself with high-altitude conditions is essential for enhancing your eligibility and readiness for the climb.

Though Mera Peak does not demand technical climbing skills, prior experience at high altitudes is incredibly beneficial. This peak is more accessible to those who have some background in climbing and mountaineering.

To build this experience, consider engaging in hikes or treks that reach higher elevations. This practice will not only improve your endurance but also increase your comfort level when navigating the upper reaches of the Himalayas. A great way to prepare is by visiting areas like Everest Base Camp or engaging in training programs designed for high-altitude climbs. These experiences provide excellent preparation for the unique challenges of Mera Peak.

Selecting the Optimal Season for Mera Peak Climbing

Choosing the best season is crucial for a successful Mera Peak expedition, as it ensures favorable weather and optimal climbing conditions.

Winter and monsoon seasons are less suitable for this climb due to severe weather conditions that can increase the difficulty and risk. It is advisable to avoid periods of heavy rainfall or snowfall. Optimal climbing conditions are typically found in Autumn and Spring, which offer mild temperatures, clear skies, and stable weather, thus enhancing both safety and enjoyment.

Training Requirements for Mera Peak

Proper preparation is essential for the Mera Peak climb, necessitating at least six months of physical training before attempting the trek. This is not merely a short climb but a prolonged trek requiring sustained physical exertion, with daily hikes lasting five to six hours through varied terrain. The more rigorous days involve lengthy walks and high elevations, demanding considerable stamina and strength.

Training for six months will significantly improve your physical conditioning and prepare you adequately for the challenges of the climb, ensuring you are physically capable of handling the demands of this high-altitude trek.

Avoid Overly Strict Scheduling for Mera Peak

It's important not to compress your itinerary too tightly when planning a climb of Mera Peak. Creating a schedule with little flexibility can lead to significant challenges, especially without proper acclimatization. Many companies offer itineraries of 15 to 16 days without sufficient time to adjust to high altitudes, which can be hazardous above 6000 meters. Although shorter trips may be less expensive, they come with increased risks. To ensure a safe and enjoyable climb, it's advisable to incorporate additional days for rest and unforeseen circumstances. At Recreation Holidays, safety is our priority, which is why we adopt a more thorough approach with adequate acclimatization days.

Selecting the Right Clothing and Gear for Mera Peak

Choosing appropriate gear and clothing is crucial for a successful climb of Mera Peak. Inadequate equipment can lead to discomfort or even failure during the expedition. Ensure that you consult the provided packing list to verify that you have all the necessary climbing gear. While the climb may not have many technical sections, having the essential gear is still necessary.

If you find yourself without certain items, it’s possible to rent gear in Thamel or Khare. Ensure any rented equipment fits properly to avoid discomfort. Appropriate clothing is also essential; prepare for varying weather conditions by packing essentials such as sweaters, windcheaters, socks, and gloves, which are vital for the colder nights and mornings at higher altitudes.

Embracing a Slow and Steady Approach on Mera Peak

"Slow and Steady Wins the Race" perfectly captures the essence of trekking Mera Peak. To navigate the challenging Himalayan trails, it's crucial to pace yourself. Hurrying can lead to altitude sickness since the body needs time to adapt to new elevations. Without sufficient adjustment time, the risk of becoming weak and succumbing to mountain sickness increases. Therefore, it's vital not to rush your ascent. Additionally, make the most of your acclimatization days not just by resting, but by engaging in light climbing activities around nearby hills to help your body adjust.

Mental Fortitude for the Climb

Physical strength alone won't suffice for a successful Mera Peak Expedition; mental toughness is equally important. Understanding the interplay between mind and body, and maintaining composure throughout the journey is essential. Without mental clarity and resilience, the physical challenges of the climb, including the strenuous walks, cold nights, and harsh weather conditions, can become overwhelming. It's crucial for climbers to mentally steel themselves against all odds and be prepared for both the best and worst scenarios in these remote areas.

Selecting a Reliable Guide and Company

For a safe and effective climb, choosing a reliable company with experienced guides is paramount. Look for organizations that provide not only skilled guidance but also essential support such as professional porters, clear directions, and necessary equipment. A reputable company will ensure a higher safety standard with facilities like satellite phones, supplementary oxygen, and a supportive climber-to-guide ratio. Opting for a well-established and trustworthy operator like Recreation Holidays can significantly enhance your climbing experience, ensuring you have the support needed to tackle the challenges of Mera Peak.

Ensuring Health and Hygiene on Your Mera Peak Climb

The Mera Peak expedition, a three-week adventure through the stunning yet remote valleys of the Khumbu region, necessitates vigilant attention to personal health and hygiene due to the limited availability of health facilities along the route. Travelers may encounter pathogens that lead to illnesses such as diarrhea, headaches, and food poisoning.

It is crucial to consume only boiled or purified water, utilize hand sanitizers regularly, consume safely prepared foods, and avoid raw bakery items and meats. Dressing in appropriate layers and applying sunscreen are also essential for protection against the elements. While your expedition team will carry a medical kit, it is advisable to have a personal health kit prepared as well.

Hydration Essentials: Water Bottle and Purification Tablets

Carrying a personal water bottle and water purification tablets is a standard recommendation for all trekkers and climbers. While bottled water is available during the trek, it is often expensive and not readily accessible, as stores are sparse and can be hours apart. Having your own bottle allows you to refill at designated water tanks or at accommodations, although some may charge for refills.

Moreover, if you choose to refill your bottle from natural streams or rivers, remember to use water purification tablets to eliminate any harmful bacteria. This precaution helps ensure that your drinking water is safe, preventing waterborne illnesses and enhancing your overall health and safety on the trek.

Financial Preparations for the Mera Peak Expedition

Traveling to the remote Khumbu region for your Mera Peak expedition means you will encounter limited modern infrastructure, including financial services. Banks and ATMs are scarce, making monetary transactions difficult once you leave urban centers.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to manage all necessary currency exchanges or cash withdrawals before heading into more isolated areas. The most reliable locations to perform these transactions are in Kathmandu or Lukla, where ATM and money exchange facilities are readily available. Planning your financial needs in advance ensures that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your expedition without the need for further access to banking facilities.

Accommodations and Dining During the Mera Peak Expedition

When embarking on the Mera Peak climb, travelers can expect a variety of accommodations. In Kathmandu, lodgings are typically 3-star hotels, while the trek itself utilizes standard tea-houses and personal tents at the Mera Peak Base Camp. Accommodations are generally shared, but private rooms can be requested for an additional fee, availability permitting, especially during peak seasons.

Culinary experiences during the trek blend authentic Nepalese cuisine with popular international dishes, including Indian, Italian, and Tibetan selections. Breakfast and dinner are served at the lodges or tea-houses where you stay, whereas lunch is enjoyed on the trail. Meal options vary and include items like toast with jam, various egg dishes, spaghetti, noodles, soup, and traditional Nepalese dishes like Khana set and paratha.

Navigating Permit Requirements for Mera Peak Climbing

Climbing Mera Peak requires specific permits, which can only be obtained through licensed or registered trekking agencies. Climbers must have a Local Area Permit, a Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit, and cover the Mera Peak Climbing Cost. The cost of these permits varies with the season, reflecting fluctuations in demand.

For foreign climbers, the permit fees are structured seasonally: $70 from June to August and December to February, $250 from March to May, and $125 from September to November. For Nepalese nationals, the fees are Nrs 1000 in the off-peak seasons and increase to Nrs 4000 and Nrs 2000 during the high seasons, respectively. The Local Area Permit can be purchased in Lukla for $20, and the entry fee for Makalu Barun National Park is approximately $15 for SAARC citizens and $30 for other nationalities. Additionally, a $250 garbage deposit is required for all climbers.

Essential Travel Insurance for Mera Peak Climbers

Securing travel insurance is crucial for climbers, whether you're a novice or a seasoned professional. Adequate coverage provides indispensable support if you find yourself in a dire situation in the Himalayas, whether it's due to illness or injury. Choose an insurance provider that offers helicopter rescue and comprehensive medical coverage for treks above 5000 meters. This ensures that in the event of an emergency, you'll have access to medical treatment and evacuation to the nearest hospital. We recommend a list of trusted travel insurance providers in Nepal that meet these criteria.

Why Choose Us for Your Mera Peak Expedition?

Recreation Holidays offers an optimal package tailored to the unique challenges of the Mera Peak Expedition, focusing on safety and a memorable experience. Our team consists of experienced and professional travel operators, equipped to handle every aspect of trekking, climbing, and navigating the challenging mountain terrain, including providing emergency medical treatment.

Our commitment extends beyond just reaching the peak; we prioritize your overall well-being and aim to enhance your journey with high-quality services and a cooperative, friendly crew. With our superior accommodations, food, and additional services, we strive to ensure your expedition to Mera Peak is not only successful but also an enriching life experience.

Packing List for Mera Peak Climbing

Proper gear and equipment are vital for your safety and success on mountain expeditions such as Mera Peak or Lobuche Peak. Here's a detailed checklist of the necessary items you should include in your packing:

Climbing Equipment

  • Ice Axe
  • Waist Leash
  • Accessory Cord
  • Microspikes
  • Crampons
  • Climbing Harness with two locking carabiners
  • Standard Carabiners
  • Belay Device
  • Ascender

Footwear

  • Liner Socks
  • Synthetic or Wool Socks
  • Double Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Light Trekking Shoes

Clothing

  • Base Layer Bottom
  • Long Sleeve Sun Shirt
  • Breathable Pants
  • Non-Insulated Pants
  • Breathable Jacket
  • Midlayer Top
  • Non-Insulated Jacket
  • Insulated Synthetic Pants

Handwear

  • Liner Gloves
  • Midweight Gloves
  • Insulated Gloves
  • Expedition Mittens

Headwear

  • Buff
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Glacier Glasses
  • Ski Goggles
  • Headlamp

Personal Equipment

  • Mug
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Extra Batteries
  • Solar Power Bank
  • Garbage Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand and Toe Warmers
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • Water Purification
FAQs

Mera Peak presents some challenges due to its altitude and technical segments but is generally less demanding compared to 8,000-meter peaks. This makes it a manageable climb for those with less high-altitude experience.

Mera Peak is an ideal starter climb for novice mountaineers, offering a chance to build experience in a relatively controlled high-altitude environment.

Typically, the Mera Peak expedition takes between 14 to 17 days, depending on the chosen itinerary. From the high camp, the summit push usually lasts about 5-6 hours.

While both peaks are considered suitable for beginners, Mera Peak includes some technical climbing and is situated in a high-altitude alpine environment, which can make it slightly more challenging than Kilimanjaro.

Yes, from the summit of Mera Peak, climbers are rewarded with clear views of Mount Everest, along with other majestic 8,000-meter peaks such as Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.