Mera Peak is a great option if you are looking to summit one of Nepal's climbing peaks. The summit offers one of the finest views in the Himalayas and one can see 5 of the 6 tallest mountains in the world from the summit (Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Makalu and Kanchenjunga).
It's a challenging trekking peak due to the elevation but technically only requires basic mountaineering skills to tackle the high altitude glacier crossings. It's often referred to as Nepal's highest trekking peak and is given an elevation of 6654m but this elevation was mistakenly copied to the official trekking peak list and the actual elevation is 6476m (21,247 feet).
The typical approach and the one described in this itinerary is to fly to Lukla and instead of heading north to Namche Bazaar you head east over Zatra La Pass and into the Hinku Valley. Another approach you can ask us about which is longer is to head south from Lukla and hike up the beautiful Hinku Valley.
DAY 1: KATHMANDU (1350M)
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Meet your Climbing Sherpa guide, check equipment and conduct any last preparations for the trek.
DAY 2: LUKLA (2800M), REST DAY
We take morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2800m) and spend the rest of the day in Lukla for acclimatization. Lodge accommodation.
DAY 3: CHUTANGA (3450M) - 4 HOUR TREK
Trek from Lukla to Chutanga through pine and rhododendron forests.
DAY 4: CROSS ZATRWA LA (4600M) TO KHARTITANG AT (3900M) - 6 TO 8 HOURS TREK
This is a challenging day as you hike up nearly 1200m (4000 feet) to cross over the Zatrwa La Pass and then descend to Khartitang at 3900m.
DAY 5: KOTHE (4095M) - 5 HOURS TREK
Trek from Tuli Kharka up the beautiful Hinku Valley to Kothe or Gotay (4095m) this takes about five hours.
DAY 6: TANGNANG (4350M) - 4 HOURS
We continue up the Hinku Valley as the forest gives way and the vegetation becomes more sparse. We will enjoy fantastic view of south face of Mera Peak throughout the day.
DAY 7: TANGNANG (4350M) - REST DAY
Acclimatization day at Thangnak. We will take a day hike for acclimatization to Sabal Tsho Lake and hike to the cairn (5271m) on the flank of Kusum Kangguru (6367m).
DAY 8: KHARE (5,045M) - 3 HOURS TREK
Trek from Tangnang to Khare where you will have excellent views of Kyashar, Mera and Kusum Kangru.
DAY 9: MERA BASE CAMP (5300M) - 5 HOURS TREK
Trek and climb from Khare to Mera Base Camp. Your guide will give you some training on the basic use of crampons, rope and ice axe.
DAY 10: HIGH CAMP (5780M) - 5 HOURS TREK
Trek and climb from Mera Base Camp to High camp. High camp lies on rock ledge perched just above the glacier with fantastic views of the surrounding summits.
DAY 11: MERA SUMMIT (6476M) AND DESCEND TO KHARE (5045M) - 12 TO 15 HOURS TREK
Today is the big day. We start around 1am so as to reach the summit by sunrise and descend all the way to Khare by afternoon. The quick decent means a long day of trekking but fewer problems with acclimatization.
DAY 12: KOTHE (3600M) - 5 HOURS TREK
We retrace our route down the Hinku Valley to Kothe
DAY 13: THULI KHARKA - 6 HOURS TREK
Continue hiking down the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka
DAY 14: LUKLA - 8 HOURS TREK
This is the last big day as we climb over Zatrwa La (4600m) once again on the way back to Lukla. This is last evening in the mountains.
DAY 15: KATHMANDU (1350M)
Early in the morning fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, which takes about 35 minutes, transfer to hotel. Relax in Kathmandu.
DAY 16: KATHMANDU (1350M)
This is an extra day built into the itinerary in case of flight delays in Lukla. Enjoy a day tour of Kathamdu which includes; Durbar square, Buddhist gompas, Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath. Enjoy a final farewell and celebration dinner with the Allied adventure team.
DAY 17: DEPARTURE TO YOUR ONWARD DESTINATION
Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities.
Altitude: 6,160m (20,196ft)
Elevation: 6,160m (20,196ft)
Location: Khumbu Region
First Ascent: Everest British First Ascent Team 1953
Climb Season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
Expedition Duration: 17 Days (typically)
Climb Duration: 2 Days (typically)
Group Size: 01-10 People
#All airport transfers from arrival to departure
#Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
# 10kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
# Airport transfers
# English-speaking, government-licensed Sherpa guide
# Porter service
# all applicable trekking and climbing permits
# 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B plan
# Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
# First aid kit
# Trip certificate
# Farewell dinner
# allied Adventure t-shirt