Mera Peak is an exciting , scenically and highest trekking peak in Nepal becoming popular among trekkers and climbers. it is suitable for all trekkers who dare to dream of standing on a Himalaya and get opportunity to explore the panoramic view of all the highest peaks around. Technically it is not that difficult but altitude is out there demanding on account of the altitude and our itinerary has been carefully designed for proper acclimatization for the climbers. Our trip begins following a short and exciting flight to the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla and continues walks of several days will take us to area of Mera valley.
Various types of himalayan flora and fauna
Beautiful himalayan scenery of highest mountains as Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse etc
Summit of Mera Peak (6464 Mtr/21235 Ft) one of the highest trek peak in Khumbu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1400 Mtr/4592 Ft)
Our airport representative with name board will come to pick up in airport. The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening and welcome dinner in typical nepali restaurant with nepali cultural dances.
Day 2: Sighseeing in Kathmandu
After the breakfast our city tour guide with luxury vehicle will come to pick you up for the city sightseeing of some UNESCO world heritage sites for half day.After that your free time for leisure and preparation for the trek.( Exchanging the money,shopping, gear check etc)
Day 3: Schedule flight to Lukla and Trek to Paiya ( 2800 Mtr/9184 Ft)
Duration: 30 minutes of flight and 3 hours trek Walking Dis: 4.4 KM Elevation Loss :40 Mtr We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m) with beautiful views of Himalayan ranges if the weather permited.and start the first day trek with full of energy and enthusiasm. We walk down to Surke crossing bridge. Then steep climb on until Paiya.
Day 4: Trek to Pangom( 2850 Mtr/9348 Ft)
Duration: 5 hours trek Walking Dis: 8.6 KM Elevation gain :50 Mtr Our day start with walking in the rhododendron and bamboo forest.it takes 5 hours to get Pangom.
Day 5: Trek to Ngingsaw (2745 Mtr/9003 Ft)
Duration: 6 hours trek Walking Dis: 9 KM Elevation Loss : 105 Mtr Walk in forest,Crossing over panggom La and crossing ngigsaw khola(river) in 4 hours of slow walk brings us in ngingsaw. The lodges are very basic as tourist influence is very low. Not that much views of mountains but flora fauna and culture, tradition of local people can be explore.Mostly people depending on farming.
Day 6: Trek to Chatrakhola(3150 Mtr/10332 Ft)
Duration: 6 hours trek Walking Dis: 8.3 KM Elevation gain :405 Mtr Today entering to Makalu barun national park.Today is quite long walk than usual. We walk mostly in forest up and down, steep in some section. About 7 hours of walk takes us in Chatrakhola.
Day 7: Trek to Kothe(3550 Mtr/11644 Ft)
Duration: 4 hours trek Walking Dis: 8 KM Elevation gain :400 Mtr Walking towards the north to the main trails to Mera Peak. We walk Straight through the bamboo and pine forest in the narrow trails in Hunku valley.We continue walk by the ridge of the river all the way to Kothe, where we going to spend night.
Day 8: Trek to Thagnag(4300 Mtr/14104 Ft)
Duration: 4 hours trek Walking Dis: 9 KM Elevation gain :750 Mtr After breakfast, we head on towards Thangnag along the river gradually up all the way. It takes 3 hours to get toThagnag.We spend the night in thagnag today.
Day 10: Trek to Khare(5000 Mtr/16400 Ft)
Duration: 4 hours trek Walking Dis: 8 KM Elevation gain :700 Mtr Begin to walk on landslides moraine and steep climb about 1 hour take us to plain pastureland. Gradually up for 30 minutes then steep climb for 1 hours brings us in Khare. Mera peak is just infront of us in the right side.
Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Khare
After breakfast , we walk up to 5500 Meter range for acclimatization then after lunch checkup all climbing gears and we will have some basic coach about climbing, method of walking and technique to use climbing gears and so on.
Day 12: Trek to Mera Highcamp(5800 Mtr/19024 Ft)
Duration: 8 hours trek Walking Dis: 10 KM Elevation gain :800 Mtr Two more days of adventure in snow and altitude, We head towards highcamp. Steep climb of ridge over khare, crossing the gradually up terrain of rock then brings us in snow line. From there we should use crampon all way to highcamp and walk 3 more hours on snow field gradually up, zigzag and some steep sections.Mera highcamp is in altitude of 5800 Meter. Lot chance to get headache,recommended to take more liquid. Foods are not in menu choice but the superior foods will be served.
Day 13: Mera Summit and Back Down to Khare
Duration: 5 hours climbing,3 hours descend to Highcamp, another 3 hours descend to Khare=11 Hours Walking Dis: 16 Elevation gain :674 Mtr while in summit Elevation loss: 800 Mtr We start quite early,We wake up at 1 AM, Breakfast at 1:30 by 2 AM we leave from highcamp. Technically it is not tough but too far distance to get to summit.After summiting, fully enjoy the incredible views of all the mountain surrounding us. Can get 360 best panoramic views. After spending 30 minutes, descent down to high camp for some hot soups, then we descend down to khare for night stay.
Day 14: Trek to Kothe (3550 Mtr/11644 Ft)
Duration: 4 hours trek Walking Dis: 15 KM Elevation Loss:1450 Mtr After late breakfast, we descend down slowly, same trail which we took on the way up. We will have lunch in Thagnag then following the Hunku river with easy walk, because of gradually down wards. we will spend night in Kothe.
Day 15: Trek to Chatra La/Thuli Kharka (4300 Mtr/14104 Ft)
Duration: 6 hours trek Walking Dis: 9 KM Elevation gain :700 Mtr We walk in forest gradually downward for 1 hour, after the lunch steep climb in rhododendron forest until Chatra la.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2610 Mtr/8560 Ft)
Duration: 9 hours trek Walking Dis: 13 KM Elevation Loss : 1820 Mtr After the breakfast, our walk begins with steep climbing on pasture then terminal moraine until chatra la.The views from the chatra la(pass) is amazing with the vgreat views of Numbur himal,Kongde,Khumbila as well as whole lukla valley. Then Steep descend until Lukla amd Small trails on the steep hill looks dangerous , so should be very careful until lunch place in Kharka Teng. After that the trails become more natural and easy to descend down.We head down quickly for hot shower and celebrate the last night with the crew in tea house.
Day 17: Scheduled Flight to Kathmandu
Today we have a early breakfast in order to catch the flights,sometimes weather doesn’t permits, should be patient for the waiting. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Liesure day in Kathmandu
Trip is over now, you can take your own time for shopping,sightseeing and relaxing.Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day.We will have the farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with nepali cultural music and dances to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Day 19: Flight Back to home
You will be transfer to airport for final departure.
All airport/hotel pick ups and drops within Nepal
Flight Fare for both way (KTM-LUA-KTM)
All trekking permits and Climbing Permits
All Meals (Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner ) During the trek and climbing period
3 Star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itenerary
An experienced English speaking and government licensed trekking guide and Climbing guides
All Climbing Gears
All Camping Equipment for Base Camp during Climbing
Porter Services(2 Trekkers : 1 Porter)
Medical kit incase of Emergency
Insurance for Naepali Staffs
Sleeping Bag for the trek
Welcome and farewell dinner
Staffs Cost including their Salary, food , accomodation and equipments
What's not included
Nepal Visa Fee
Personal Trekking gears
International Flight fare
Lunch and Dinner in the city , extra night accomodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure and early return from the trek due to any reason than the scheduled itenerary
Any rescue cost
Tips for Guide and Staffs
Personal Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses as phone calls, laundry , Bar, Battery charge, extra porter, shower and bottled or boiled water
Helicopter charter flight
Excess baggage charges ( can be carried only 15 Kg including in Airfare)
Good to Know
1) Physical Fitness Mera peak is technically very easy but the altitude is out there, so before climbing your guide will train you about some climbing technique as well as introduce with climbing gear.One should be physically fit before to do the any trekking and mountaineering. It is long hike so without any training the first two/three days will tough for you. So some basic physical fitness like squat, Mountain climbers ( which can be done in home),running,biking , stair climbing,and swiming will help lot to do trekking in the mountains, so it is highly recommanded 2/3 months prior to your departure for the trekking or mountaineering.
(2)Foods and Drinks While in the mountain, it is highly recommanded you to drink plenty of fluids like water,soups, teas as well as foods. We will provide the sufficient and hygiene food as per your choice in whole trek.However some private snacks as chocolates bars, cookies are also highly recommanded which you can take from kathmandu or you can buy on the way in lodges or in shops.
(3)Drinking water One should drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day in order to get hydrated the body which helps lot to be away from altitude sickness.You can buy the bottled water all the way cost from Rs 80 ( Which is equivalent to 80 cents )to Rs 400 (which is equivalent to 4 USD), but the bottled waters are not highly recommanded because as we are environmentally sensitive and also expensive. Whole area except in Gorakshep where drinking waters facility is poor, in that place you have to buy the bottled water in compulsorily. We highly recommend you to carry the reusable water bottle and buy boiled water in lodges/teahouse which also makes your sleeping bag very warm while going to bed, to use sterpin or take chlorine or iodine tablets to purify the drinking water.While in Climbing we will have our own kitchen crew, so we will have properly treated water to fill up the bottle.
(4)Best time to Travel Spring ( Mar-May)and Autumn ( Sep- Nov) are known as best months to trek in Nepal becuase of the stable clear dry skies which permits to enjoy the spectacular mountain views but mostly lodges, hotels and trails are busy and crowded. Spring season is pleasant and suitable with warm tempreture for trekking and climbing the big mountains as well, so Everest basecamp will be full of tents and looks like small tented city. Untill end of october, the tempreture will be mild cold. Weather will be stable with clear blue sky, dry and at the same time one of the popular religious festivals named Manirimdu festival will be held in Tyangboche Monastery. Winter and summer are also good if you would prefer less crowdy, and ready to face the some challanges like snow, cold, and rain.Even in winter weather will always be clear but the these three months are coldest month of the year and sometimes snow falls. In Summer, It is very good to do trekking, tempreture will be warm, those who are keen to botanist, summer is the best but the due to unstable weather the views of mountains are very rare. Both the Spring and Autumn season are good for peak climbing, in spring little crowd than Autumn.
5) Altitude Sickness For the Mera peak climbing proper acclimatization is required.Trekking and climbing in Everest region is one of the challanging trekking in world.In high altitude , the mass of oxygen will be less, so everyone feels difficult to breath as well as mild headache, dizziness etc.This is one of the biggest challanges in mountain.In the altitude, there are many rules to make our body adaptable to the altitude. Acclimatization is one of the important factor to adjust our body get used to the altitude. All our itineries are designed with proper acclimatization day in every 1000 mtr climbing.The most important rules that we have to follow in altitude is walk slowly, keep drinking plenty of fluids as water , soups etc to make our body hydrated, and keep our body warm. Our staffs and guide will always do their best as they can, eventhough incase of any sickness,injury one should avoid their rest trip and should come down.
(6)Travel Insurance It is compulsory to buy the proper travel insurance policy with genuine insurance company, it should cover the emergency helicopter evacuation as well as medical treatment incase of severe injury or sickness and Policy should include coverage at the altitudes up to 6500 Mtr. (7)Bag pack and duffel bag Our duffel bag should be maximum 15kg including hand bag. Only the neccesary things should be packed and the stuffs which are not neccesary on trek will be stored in hotel in Kathmandu.One porter will carry max 30 Kg,among two clients one porter will be provided.All the climbing gears except climbing boot will be provided by Khumbu Alpine Travel.
(8)Internet Connectivity and cell phone Signal As per your arrival in Kathmandu airport, there you can buy nepalese Sim card ncell or you can buy anywhere around city. The sim cards works just to lukla and Paiya, but there is good internet facilities above Kothe untill Khare. You have to purchase the internet data card, if you bought biggest one it works up to Khare.
(9)Flight to Lukla Lukla Tenzing hillary airport is only one airport to get to the Everest region, The mountain weather is always unpredictable and flights always depend on weather, Mostly time of spring and autumn will be good and there will be regular flights . If the weather became bad flight will be delay and our pre planned trip can be extend. So we always should keep 2/3 days extra incase of irregular flight.Another option is to take helicopter, for that less visibility than aeroplane will be work. But helicopter cost is doubled than regular aeroplane cost which is not included in our trip cost and should be bear by oneself. These days due to the high air traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport, domestic flights to/from Lukla is operated from Manthali airport which is 135 KM away from Kathmandu, we have to start early from kathmandu by road to catch the flight from Manthali.
(10)Sanitation In mostly places toilet are common and need to use the same toilet using by everyone else. Mostly place there may not be available of hand washing water, so highly recommend to take hand sanitizer by yourself and most importantly toilet papers or wet tissue paper should always be in your day bag. For the night in climbing period, there will be toilet tent.
(11)Government permits and National park permit To enter in Mera valley and climbing the Mera peak you have to buy Sagaramatha national park permit, local government permit and climbing permit ,All the permit cost will be included in trip cost.Your guide will manage everything.For the permit You have to provide some passport photos and copy of passport.
(12)Guiding and staffing In everest region average walk per day is 6-7 hours. Leisurely and pleasant guiding will definitely take you to destination. More you gaining altitude more hard to walk, toughest and longest day will be the day of going to summit , you have to wake up quite early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise view.Your experieced guide and porter will always be there to help you in every moment.Guide is the key factor for the every challanging in mountain so one should follow the instruction of guide pleasantly.Every day after dinner your guide will do brief about the next days trip. For Trekking and Climbing you will be provided different guide.
(13) Budgeting Budegeting depends upon many factors specially in Kathmandu where there are too many choices.Hotels in Kathmandu include in trip cost on basis of BB plan. So average expenses per day in Kathmandu will be Rs 2000 for lunch and Dinner, if you prefer some other activities as drinks, to do massage, or to go in bar/pub Rs 5000 ( equivalent to USD 50 ) is enough. On the trek, all the meals and hot drinks will be provided by company, Extra expeses as Hot shower, battery charging, wifi, boiled water for bottle, extra snacks bars, Soft drinks and hard drinks should borne by oneself,In average Rs 2000(eqivalent to 20 USD) is enough on the trek. Finally few tipping is highly recomended and compulsory in the last day to your guide and porter as per your budgeting.
14) Clothings and gears
Face Mask / Muffler
Wind stopper/Waterproof Jacket
Fleece Jacket/ trousers
Woolen gloves/Water/wind proof gloves
Trekking Trousers(light weight long Paint)
wind stopper/waterproof Paint
Fleece or woolen pants
Thin Lightwear/heavy poly or wool Socks
Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr)
Small Day Pack
Personal Medical Kit
Large Duffel bag
Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light
Head lamp with extra Batteries
Sun Glasses with UV protection
Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed items for trek)
Additional required Equipment for Climbing
Gloves Water/wind proof
Wind Stopper Jacket and Trousers
Big Rucksack (Minimum 40 Ltr )
(Rest All equipment will be provided by Khumbu Alpine Travel)