Mera Peak

ITINERARY

 

Day

 

 

1

Arrive Kathmandu

 

2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

  

3

Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiyu

 

4

Trek to Panggom, 2800m

 

5

Trek to Najing Dingma (2,820m)

 

6

Cross the Surke La (3,030m) and continue to Cholem Kharka (3,550m)

 

7

Rest Day/Acclimatisation hike

 

8

Trek to Khola Kharka (4,200m) 

 

9

To Khote (3,700m)

 

10

Trek to Tangnag, 4,250m

 

11

Rest Day/Acclimatisation hike

 

12

To Mera Base Camp / Kharre (4,800m)

 

13

Acclimatisation & fixed ropes training day 

 

14

Move to Mera La (5,200m)

 

15

Climb to High Camp (5,800m)

 

16

Summit Bid, 6476m. Return to Base Camp, 4800m

 

17

Contingency Day

 

18

Trek to Mosom Kharka (Kote), 3800m

 

19

Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200m)

 

20

Trek to Chutanga via Zatrwa La Pass

 

21

Trek to Lukla

 

22

Departure day Lukla

 

23

Day at leisure in Kathmandu or
Lukla contingency day

 

24

Depart Kathmandu - Trip Ends

KATHMANDU TO MERA BASE CAMP

You will be met from your flight into Kathmandu by our staff then we all congregate at our hotel for a comprehensive briefing for the trip. This also provides an opportunity to check personal equipment. There are plentiful stores with trekking equipment available for purchase so anything forgotten is soon replaced.

On the day following your arrival and after our preparations are finalised, we make the best of our opportunity to visit some of the incredible sites in the Kathmandu valley when we visit Monasteries and sacred sites. A quick walk up the steps to the Monkey Temple always gets the blood flowing!

Our flight to Lukla comes very early in the morning to make the best of the stable morning weather patterns and before long we are enjoying the scenic wonders of the Himalaya as we begin our trek to Paiyu. Initially, we head down the valley, away from the popular and often busy Khumbu Valley and Everest region to Paiyu and Panggom. Now we can we enjoy the isolated, rarely visited villages before crossing the Panggom La and down to the start of the Rhododendron jungle.

Over the next few days, we trek up through the phenomenal virgin forest, climbing above the treeline to a series of alpine lakes, before descending once more to the valley which opens up give us amazing views of the surrounding mountains, including our objective, Mera Peak.  Although strenuous at times, our acclimatisation is greatly aided by this foray above 4000m.

Tangnag is a great place for a rest day and an opportunity to take in the surroundings. From here we head off for an acclimatisation hike up towards the Base Camp of one of Nepal’s most challenging trekking peaks, Kusum Kanguru.

We depart Tangnag to climb up the valley and through lateral moraine and grassy meadows to Mera base camp which is a small village called Kharre, 4800m. As we ascend, some of our climbing route will come into view, looking much easier than the south face we’ve been walking around.

THE CLIMB

We utilise some time at base camp for further preparations including revisions and instruction in the use of climbing harness, crampons and axe.  We’ll practice travelling roped up and prepare our mountain equipment. The route we take is reasonably straightforward, but it is preferable to learn the techniques in a comfortable environment. There is sometimes one small portion of fixed rope near the summit, so instruction will be given in this technique also.

We move up to a snow covered camp on the Mera La saddle at approx 5400m.  Making the final approach to the summit reveals an amazing panorama of the highest mountains on earth: Makalu (8481m) and Everest (8850m), looming over peaks like Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m) and Nau Lekh (6360m).

We aim to make the summit early to mid-morning and return to base camp that afternoon/evening. 

THE TREK OUT

After the climb, we descend to Mosom Kharka and the next day have a short walk through the forest to Tashing Dingma and climb up to Thuli Kharka the following day.  We then have an early start for our crossing of the Zatrwa La pass.  Depending on conditions we may fix a rope on the steeper section and care is required if there has been recent snowfall.  We descend to Chutanga and then the next day have an easy walk into Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu and a celebratory meal back in the lively city. The following day the trip finishes and your guide will coordinate airport drop offs for your flight home.  

 

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