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MERA PEAK CLIMBING

mera peak summit

Mera Peak Summit is situated at an altitude of 21,825 ft. above the sea level, Mera Peak is the highest of all Nepal’s official trekking peaks. The peak is located in the Hinku Valley. It is a challenging and thrilling task even for the adventurers to climb Mera Peak Summit, however the views on the way up are truly spectacular! No doubt, the fun begins early on the journey  long before we reach Mera Peak Summit, and this is the ideal time for adventure and discovery. The Mera Expedition is a high-altitude trek and climb and participants need to be fit and conversant with the use of an ice-axe and crampons. Instruction in the use of these will be given at our base camp near the Mera La if required. In good conditions it is possible for a fit party to reach the Mera Peak Summit and return to base camp in one day. It is normal, however, to establish a high-camp at 19,000ft/5,800m on the Mera Glacier, in order to shorten the summit day. This is a rewarding experience as it provides glorious views of Nepal and a vista that takes in Kangchenjunga and Makalu to the east and Everest appearing over the massive southern aspect of Nuptse and Lhotse to the north. To the west stand the spires of Ama Dablam and Kang Taiga and in the distance is the mighty bastion of Cho Oyu. This is a fine panorama of many of the world’s highest peaks. The climb itself takes the north face glacier in a steady rise to the summit ridge which leads, in an exposed and exciting situation, to the top. After the mountain has been climbed, we return by a direct route across a dramatic ridge to Lukla and the flight to Kathmandu.

Mera Peak Summit

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m. / 4,264ft).

Day 02: Kathmandu: trip preparation.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m. / 8,956ft): 40 minute Flight, 5-6 hours trek.

Day 04: Paiya to Pangkongma (2,846m. / 9,337ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 05: Pangkongma to Nashing Dingma (2,591m. / 8,500ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 06: Nashing Dingma to Chhatra Khola (2,800m. / 9,186ft): 7-8 hours.

Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m. / 12,109ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m. / 14,297ft): 3-4 hours.

Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m. / 16,486ft): 2-3 hours.

Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and pre–climb training.

Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m. / 18,958ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m. / 21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m. / 16,547ft): 8-9 hours.

Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency.

Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m. / 11808ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 15: Kothe to Zatrwa La pass (4600 m. / 14720 ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 16: Zatrwa La pass to Lukla: 6-7 hours.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final departure.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m. / 4,264ft).

Upon your arrival to the airport, you will be welcomed by the friendly Visit View Nepal staff members who will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu for accommodation. You can explore the streets of Thamel, a trekking hub, after you settled in. Further, we will arrange a special welcome dinner featuring local varieties to introduce the Visit View Nepal team.


Day 02: Kathmandu: trip preparation.

Today, we consider a rest day but the interested one can go for city sightseeing which includes two or more UNESCO world heritage sites such as Durbar Square and Pashupati temple. Next, we will take you to world largest Buddhist stupas of the world named Swyambhunath “Monkey Temple”. After Lunch, we will have a discussion that may arise during your full trips and then we will pack our baggage with necessary equipment’s.


Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m. / 8,956ft): 40 minute Flight, 5-6 hours trek.

Early morning, we will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, we begin our trek to Paiya following the jungle trial, crossing a bridge and reach Surke villae. Continuing the path, we will move south and cross the Chutok La Pass before reaching the Paiyan, also known as Chutok. Overnight in Paiya.


Day 04: Paiya to Pangkongma (2,846m. / 9,337ft): 5-6 hours.

In the beginning, we descend and reach a small bridge following the slippery trial until we cross the Kari La pass. To be in awe of the Dudhkoshi valley, we walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests on a narrow mountain trial. We head to Pangkongma village and people here are dependent on farming and trading. Overnight in Pangkongma.


Day 05: Pangkongma to Nashing Dingma (2,591m. / 8,500ft): 4-5 hours.

Early breakfast, help us to cross the Pangkongma La pass easily. After a little ascend, we walk on a steady path and reach Shibuche, a resting place for lunch. Next, we continue our journey on a downhill path and reach the Hinkhu Khola. After a while, we pass through Gai Kharka “Grazing area” and reach Nashing Dinga. Overnight in Nashing Dingma.


Day 06: Nashing Dingma to Chhatra Khola (2,800m. / 9,186ft): 7-8 hours.

Our downhill path leads us to cross the Surkie La pass, after crossing the pass we begin ascending to Panch Pokhari. We will pass through Phokte village, Danda Kharka, and Chalem Kharka. We walk whole the day and pass through the jungle and grass land of Yaks during summer. Then we arrive at a camping place named Chhatrwa. Overnight Tent at Chhatra Khola.


Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m. / 12,109ft): 6-7 hours.

Our walks lead to the north of our main trial to Mera Peak. We will follow the trial next to the Majang Khola where we will merge with other trial which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. After walking straight ahead, we will stop at seasonal tea shops. Before reaching the Kothe, we will cross the bridge over the Sanu Khola. Overnight in Kothe.


Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m. / 14,297ft): 3-4 hours.

We walk all day through the side of the mountain and the trail is narrow. Our lunch stop will be at Gondishung, the summer herders’ settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Next, we will visit a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa, provides information about route to reach Mera Peak along with the Mera Peak scripted in rock. The patches of the jungle on the trail become thinner as we ascend near the snow line. We camp at Thaknak. Overnight at Tent.


Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m. / 16,486ft): 2-3 hours.

We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka which offers the spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The route climbs through moraines and to the muzzle to the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to Khare (5,099m). Khare provides to have a glimpse of a northern face of Mera Peak, will be awesome experience. Overnight at Tent in Khare.


Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and pre–climb training.

For the preparation of climbing and for the acclimatization, we have a separate day set aside for the Mera Peak climb. Our climbing leaders guide us to use the climbing equipment’s like the ice axe, ascender, harness, and crampons, also providing a basic climbing training or techniques with the use of rope. Overnight in Khare.


Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m. / 18,958ft): 6-7 hours.

We ascend for three hours and walk through a boulder-strewn course on a steep trial  and arrive at Mera La (5,415m). Normally, the pass will be covered with snow from Nov to April along a rocky trial, which can be dangerous, as there is a no. of chasm here. Again the views from the pass are spectacular. We descend about 100m towards the Hingo side and set up the base camp (5,300m) in the moraine below the ice. Overnight at Tent in Mera High Camp.


Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m. / 21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft): 8-9 hours.

A great or important day of our entire journey as we climb a summit today. We wake up around 2 AM and after breakfast we continue up the glacier and onto a peculiar ridge. The route is non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever-thinning air.

The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The incline steepens for a segment beyond the ridge and the summit comes back into view. The summit is quite near to us and from the summit enjoy the spectacular views of Pumori (7161m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Lobuche (6145m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and several others peaks. We retrace to Khare Camp – Lukla. Overnight at Tent.


Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency.

Due to unsure about climatic condition, it is no guarantee that we will complete our climbing on our planned day. So today, we consider as a contingency day if any unnatural events occur like bad climatic condition or unanticipated reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day is no longer required.


Day 14: Khare to Kothe (3600m. / 11808ft): 4-5 hours.

The new route is completed at Khote and it stays on the open hill side which lies west of the Hinku River . The wind blows down the forest. This makes your journey quicker and it offers fantastic views back of Mera peak. Then we come across a Chetera, a small pasture. Overnight at Tent.


Day 15: Kothe to Zatrwa La pass (4600 m. / 14720 ft): 5-6 hours.

We will follow a trial next to the Inkhu Khola and cross a bridge over the Inkhu Khola. Shortly, we cross another bridge over Sanu Khola and pass through Tashing Dingma and Thuli Kharka before reaching Zatrwa La Pass. Overnight tent near to the pass.

 


Day 16: Zatrwa La pass to Lukla: 6-7 hours.

After crossing the Zatrwa La pass, we will be greeted by the sight of the beautiful Lukla valley, surrounded by Kongde peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Khangru, Cho Oyu, and other several peaks. Next, we will walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village. In the evening we enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our member. Overnight in Lukla.


Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu.

We will return back to Kathmandu. Either you can take rest after a tiredness of long trip or you can explore the city.


Day 18: Final departure.

Our member staff will escort you to the airport for your departure. Farewells, you will continue on your journey with beautiful memories of your adventure in Nepal.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Tea houses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide)
  • Cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section.
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Pisang Peak climbing permit
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

The equipment listed below can be taken as a guideline to pack a items for trekking and peak climbing, and these items listed below may vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. We suggest you to pack only what is necessary and the items with an asterisk (*) are provided by a Visit View Nepal Trek inclusive in the service.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Day pack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Personal Climbing Gears

  1. Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Tape slings(2)
  2. Screw-gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock), Descender / eight figure.
  3. Plastic mountaineering boots, Ascend-er / Jhumar, Helmet.

Group Climbing Gears

  1. Snow bar*
  2. Rope*
  3. Ice hammer*
  4. Ice screw*

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow