Mera Peak (6,470m/21,228ft) is the highest NMA listed trekking peak in Nepal, situated on the edge of famous Khumbu region and boasts an absolutely stunning summit panorama that includes five of the world's 8000m peaks - Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Everest. Mera Peak is becoming more popular among trekkers as it is ideally a suitable mountain for beginners. Although Mera Peak is physically very demanding, the climbing itself is quite technically straightforward not exceeding 30° on the snow slopes. The only qualification required to climb Mera Peak is excellent physical fitness and passion to adventure sports. Our Mera Peak itinerary allows a gradual acclimatization for the trekkers and climbers. Mera Peak climbing begins following a short and exciting flight to the mountain airstrip of Lukla to the hidden valley of Hinku through the serene forest of pines and rhododendron with grazing pastures and meadows, isolated and unspoilt wilderness of massive moraines, glacial lakes and finally Mera high camp at 5,800 meters (19,030ft). The first successful ascent of Mera Peak was made on 20 May 1953 by Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tensing through the way of Mera La which is now the standard expedition route. Our experienced expedition crew, hygienic food and quality equipment ensure you for a lifetime adventure reward in Nepal.
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We set off early morning from our hotel to domestic airport for Lukla flights. After a 35 minute scenic mountain flight by a small aircraft, we land in Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport). From Lukla we will then commence the first part of our trek to Chutanga. This trek takes us through pine and rhododendron forests. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Today we trek through a landscape which is wild, rocky and impressive passing through the Zatrwa la pass with its cairns and prayer flags on top. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
From Tuli Kharka the path traverses the hillside first south eastwards crossing several spurs. Our trek will take us through blue Himalayan pine, rhododendron, hemlock and birch there is also a variety of alpine scrub plants which decorate the hillside and include the unusual “Snowball flower” (Saussurea Gossypiphora). Trekking time 4-5 hours.
We trek the path which follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, gradually climb and reach Kothe. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Today we trek via the Kharkas of Gondishung. Not far from Gondishung beneath a great rock overhang is a small gompa and prayer flags. The Buddha statue is especially impressive in such a remote setting. Beyond Gondishung the valley narrows between the flanks of the Kusum Kangaru (6,367m/20,889ft) to the west and the truncated far western peak of Mera (6,225m/20,424ft) to the east. This peak has a magnificent 1800 meters (5,905ft) rock face first climbed by the Japanese in 1985. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
From Tangnag the valley steepens and bends to the east where the path follows the moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka. The setting is spectacular with the view dominated by the crest of the Charpati Himal. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Today we will aid acclimatisation by ascending the moraine above Khare to the start of the Mera Glacier (5,300m/17,389ft). It is demanding climb as it is quite steep apart from a short flat section approximately halfway to the glacier. Once we have reached the first ridge we will have first-rate views of our route via the Mera la (5,415m/17,766ft) to high camp and the summit. We will also take the opportunity to get familiar with our equipment; using crampons and ice axe, walking in plastic boots, fixed ropes will be set by our guide so that we can put into practice ascending using a “jumar” and descending using a “figure-of-8” or belay device. We will then descend for a late lunch.
Climbing day: This morning we will leave Khare and follow the trail for 1-2 hours to the top of the moraine above Khare, before continuing the climb up a rough scree slope to the area just below the lower region of the Mera Glacier. We will then crossover and climb to the right of the glacier. Crampons will be required for the short climb to reach the plateau of Mera la where we will see the route to High Camp and the summit of Mt. Mera. We climb further for the High Camp where we will rest for the night. It is a steep ascent for around 5-7 hours with wonderful views of five of the world’s highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Kanchenjunga. We will camp overnight in this spectacular Himalayan location.
Summit day: The climb begins at around 2am so that we can make it during the best part of the day. Crampons, ice axe and ropes are required for the summit approach. We will climb a number of easy slopes before reaching the central summit (6,461m/21,198ft) and from here we will use a fixed rope for the last steep part of the climb. Whilst ascending we will have the breathtaking sun rise view of Kanchenjunga to the east and the peaks of Makalu and Everest as we climb. At the summit there are fantastic views across the Himalaya; Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyo and of course Everest an opportunity for a great photo shoot. We then make a careful descent back to Khare. This is a celebration time on the success of Mera peak climb. Total climbing/trekking time 8-10 hours.
The spare day is for smooth journey. We can use this day if the weather gets worse and we are unable to complete the summit on the planned day. This day can be useful if someone gets problems in acclimatising well enough to make the ascent.
We then retrace our trek back to Kothey. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
The return trek continues to Tuli Kharka. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Trek continues back to Chutanga. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Finally we arrive back to Lukla to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. We stay overnight in Lukla. Trekking time 3-4 hours.
We take the 35 minute breathtaking flight from Lukla.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.
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Kathmandu City Tour
Activity: Cultural tour to the World Heritage Sites.
Major sites: Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan Temple.
Duration: Full/Half day.
Frequency: Tour can be organized in any day and at your suitable time.
Cost: US$ 50 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle as per group size (Car/Van/Bus).
Guide: English Speaking City Tour Guide included. Additional language Guides are also available on demand.
Meals: Not included.
Entrance fee: Applicable and not included. Ask more details
Mt. Everest Flight
Activity: Mount Everest sightseeing flight.
Duration: One hour.
Frequency: Everyday in the morning between 6am to 9am.
Cost: US$ 224 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle. Two persons minimum needed.
Airport tax: Included.
Airline: Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines and Yeti Airlines. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, canoe ride, jeep drive, experience of Tharu culture.
Accommodation: Resorts, Hotels and Lodges.
Transportation: Private Car included (Kathmandu/Pokhara-Kathmandu).
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 225 per person. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, boat ride, jeep drive.
Accommodation: Jungle lodges.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 475 per person. Ask more details
Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Activities: Bird watching, boat ride and wildlife viewing on jeep drive.
Accommodation: Resorts, Tented camps.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 480 per person. Ask more details
Rafting in Nepal
Trishuli River: 2/3 Class –1 Day – 17 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 30 per person.
Seti River: 3 Class – 2 Days – 32 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 80 per person.
KaliGandaki River: 4 Class – 3 Days – 56 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 140 per person.
BhoteKoshi River: 4/5 Class – 2 Days – 18 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 85 per person.
- Cost includes: Top quality Rafting equipment, Highly trained Crew, Well organized camping, Hygienic food.
- Transportation: Bus transportation included and depends. Ask more details
Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
We can check and deliver information and cost as per your interest received for Bungy Jumping, Canyoning, Paragliding and Ultralight Flight. Bungy and Canyoning can also be customized together. Ask more details
Package available on demand.
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