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Nepal Mera Peak climbing (6461m)

Mera peak that lies in the Makalu-Barun National Park is one of the most popular peaks in Nepal for climbing. Located to the South of Mount Everest in the Hunkhu valley, it is relatively easier to climb than most of other peaks. The mountain itself has three main peaks, Mera South (6065 meters), Central (6461 meters) and North (6476 meters). Mera Central is our purpose on this trip. During the run sting we adjust a number of 3000 and 4000 meters high, so the acclimatization can go well. We will witness superb scenery and abundant wildlife, possibly catching a glimpse of the legendary yeti from Base Camp the climb takes three to four days, depending on weather conditions. Although the climb is not technically difficult, it requires a physical strength and solid mountaineering skills. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition climbing guide will give briefing and training exercised before we climb the peak.  From high camp, we take in the sweeping view of Kanchanjangha, Chamlang and Makalu to the east, Everest and Lhotse to the north and Amadablam and Cho-Oyu to the west. This view is undoubtedly one of the most stunning in all of Nepal.

As we go up from Panggoma, we feel rougher and more remarkable environment and we are surrounded by high mountain peaks and glaciers. From the Mera La, a pass, we go to the high camp from where the summit attempt will be made. The conditions here are often extreme with very low temperatures and strong winds make the perfect outfit is an absolute necessity. Or we’ll be able to bridge the last part to the top always remains exciting: sometimes the wind is too hard, sometimes the crevasse is unbridgeable. Almost always it is necessary to introduce a piece of fixed rope for the last steep 40 meters. From the summit of Mera Peak, we have one of the best views that make us know the Himalayas: we can see five of the six highest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga and Cho Oyu. Also we see Nuptse, Kyashar, Lhotse Shar, Kangtega and Boruntse. Partly on the same route we descend through the forests and villages to the busy airfield at Lukla. In the morning, it is a coming and going of small planes and helicopters. We also fly from here back to Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla Tenzing–Hillary Airport (2845m) 35 minutes  flight  walk  to Paiya (Chutok) (, 5-6 hours
Day 04: Lukla to Chutanga (3,440m) 3-4hours
Day 05: Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4320m) via Zwatra La (4610 m) 4-5 hours
Day 07: Kote – Tangnag (4358 m) 3-4 hoursDay0 8: Tangnag- Khare (5000 m) 2-3 hours
Day 09: Rest in Khare for acclimatization and practice of climbing day
Day 10: Khare – Mera La Camp (5415 m) 3-4 hours
Day 11: Mera La Camp – High Camp (5780 m) 2-3 hours
Day 12: Climbing Mera (Central) Peak (6461m) and descent to base camp Khare 7-8 hours
Day 13: Extra Day (for Emergency)
Day 14: Khare – Kote (3640 m) 4-5 hours
Day 15: Kote – Thuli Kharka (4150 m) 5-6 hours
Day 16: Thuli Kharka – Chutanga (3550m) 3-4 hours
Day 17: Chutanga – Lukla (2840m) 3-4 hours
Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu (1337 m) 35munutes flight
Day 19: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3 -4 hours
Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Make sure that the trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found necessary due to unfavorable circumstances that may occur during the trek. However, the effort will be made to keep to the above planned itinerary. Unfavorable weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can force to bring the changes in the itinerary. The leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly according to the plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

We receive our valuable guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. One of our company staffs will be waiting to welcome our guest(s) with a small display board that reads Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Also there will be display board with the guests’ name. The guests are dropped at the hotel and taken to the city for a short sightseeing. Then in the evening the guests are served Welcome Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)

A tour guide according to the need of our guests will be provided. The guide takes the guests for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing includes Pashupati area, Boudhanath, Patan and Swoyambhunath area. The time for sightseeing begins after breakfast; it goes generally 9.00am to 5.00pm. On the same day the company makes the permit and does other paper works for the trekking. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2845m/: 35 mins flight, 5-6 hours walk   Tenzing–Hillary Airport

We catch an early morning flight to Lukla and begin our trek to Paiya after landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. We walk on a jungle trail, cross a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach Surke Village. From here we continue moving south and cross the Chutok La pass before reaching the small settlement of Paiyan, also known as Chutok. Overnight in Paiya.

We are going to have exciting and adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla today. We can compare this flight with the Moutain Flight. The flight is supposed to be exciting due to the climatic conditions; especially visibility and wind that affect our flight most may cause to delay.  In a little turboprop with the capacity of about 14 passengers, we fly in the altitude up to 3500 meters to Lukla. If the day is clear we are lucky to view in the north the ranges of snow peaks of the huge mountains bordering with Tibet. And to the south we can view the beautiful small villages and terraces of the fertile lands.  From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Lukla to Chutanga (3,440m) 3-4hours

Today, as it is our first day of the trek, we have an easy walk which leads eastwards. The path from here is less regular than the other main trails from Lukla. The trekking crosses through a number of small villages and wood yards until we reach a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge. In this part of the trek we are warned to follow the guide or better we be in the group as there are many paths leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams on the route. Whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer meadow for the Yaks specially. We visit the surroundings of Chutanga and spend the night here.

Day 05: Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4320m) via Zwatra La (4610 m) 4-5 hours

We continue our trek the next day from Chutanga, the adventure begins with a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep uphill climb brings us to a cairned notch in the rim with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwa Og, from here the path traverses across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,610 m. In bad weather to find the path of our route can be quite misleading, so we need to be careful. During the fine weather, the views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, as well as the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hunku Valley. From here within less than an hour we reach Thuli Karkha where we spend the night.

 Day 06: Thuli Kharka – Kote (3640 m) 4-5 hours

Today we walk down to the Inkhu Khola. In the beginning we follow a stretch of the ridge of the mountain, a bit up and down. After crossing a pass we have a good view of the southwest wall of Mera Peak and Sannu Himal. Now we walk above the tree line in the beginning, but during the day we vanish into the jungle with rhododendrons and blue Himalayan pine. The descent is steep and slippery. We reach the rough river along which we walk now. After sometime we set up our camp at a spacious place near Kote.

Day 07: Kote – Tangnag (4358 m) 3-4 hours

Now we walk through the wreckage along Inkhu Khola and continue to the north into the valley. A few years ago Sabai-Tsho, a glacial lake broke and the resulting tsunami caused huge damage in the Hunkhu valley. Just before Tangnag lies a small Gompa where we bring a final sacrifice to pray for the success of climbing. During the quiet climb up we will have a view of the Kyashar (6770 meters). The valley becomes narrower and is stuck between the Kusum Kang Guru and Mera West. The big and spacious meadows at Tangnag offer a great camp to stay for two days.

Day0 8: Tangnag- Khare (5000 m) 2-3 hours

The environment is getting rougher around us now. We walk along the side of moraine of the glacier Dig. We walk heading to Khare that furnish the base camp. Now, the weather, snow conditions and the physical condition of the individual climbers play a vital role ahead. Here we need to take an ultimate decision on the logistical and technical approach of the next three days. One thing is definite; the nights will be severe cold and the height and tension of the climb we probably will not let us sleep well too.

Day 09: Rest in Khare for acclimatization and practice of climbing day

One more acclimatization and climb practice before we climb the peak. Khare is the starting point for the climb of Mera Peak. This is the last place with lodges, mainly for carriers, and tent pitches on terraces next to the cabins. We can eat indoors and carriers are well protected. When we are higher up on the mountain to climb, they will be here every day to return to. In the morning we will continue with extensive exercises with the equipment, with the rope and prusiken to go to a fixed rope up and down. Those who wish can still make a trip to the higher ground in the afternoon. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will make arrangement for the day.

Day 10: Khare – Mera La Camp (5415 m) 3-4 hours

Today we cross the Mera Glacier and walk to the Mera La camp. This is located on the eastern side of the pass at 5344 meters. The first part is slightly steep so we may have to put a fixed rope here. The main part of the journey on the glacier, however, is slightly sloping. The campsite is situated near a small lake and is rocky and small. The porters carry only the necessary food supplies and materials for the climb up and go back to Khare BC.

Day 11: Mera La Camp – High Camp (5780 m) 2-3 hours

Our porters come up again and bring all our equipments to High Camp. There is not too much space for camping so we need to measure and set our tents. The view from here is a fair of seven and eight-thousand high peaks such as Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Lothse, Cho Oyu and Everest course. This site is considered for one of the most beautiful viewpoint of Nepal. We make camp on the glacier, which means dig and chop, which is very laborious at this altitude and again a very cold night.

Day 12: Climbing Mera (Central) Peak (6461m) and descent to base camp Khare 7-8 hours

Today is the day of goal, or let’s say, the day of truth; the day of those who come out on the top. Far before the dawn, in the darkness of the night, we get up and get ready for the climb.
It will be a long journey across the icy landscape. The slope is not very steep and there are not many gaps. Despite highly facilitated technically, the difficulty takes great effort in every meter in this height. A little wind can thereby already provide very low temperatures so we must be alert to frostbite. All these inconveniences, however, are quickly forgotten when we reach the top and certainly if we wish; we can report the base camp regarding our success. We don’t remain for longer than 30 minutes on the top. The weather won’t allow us to remain longer. We climb down slowly and to the base camp of Khare.

Day 13: Extra Day (for Emergency)  

There is not any certainty that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 12). Therefore, this day is set aside as an emergency in case we are unable to climb the summit the Mera on the aimed day 12 due to bad weather conditions or any other unexpected reason. However, if the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day, we can use this day to walk back to Lukla at a leisurely speed.

Day 14: Khare – Kote (3640 m) 4-5 hours

From Khare we directly go back to Khote since it will not be difficult for us to go down and we don’t need acclimatization. We need acclimatization while going up only. Hence, going down is done almost constantly. We can share our experiences, tell our stories of climbing, to the expeditors who are going up and they, for sure, will listen enthusiastically to our findings and recommendations. We head to Kote for the night.

Day 15: Kote – Thuli Kharka (4150 m) 5-6 hours

We are slowly going to the known steep track through the forest until we reach the meadows of Thuli Kharka. We must be ready for tomorrow since a steep climb and a steep descent are waiting for us. We spend the night in Thuli Kharka.

Day 16: Thuli Kharka – Chutanga (3550m) 3-4 hours

Today, the trek becomes violent once more. First the steep climb to the La Zatrwa, then up and down to a second pass for the descent to Chutanga. The first part after the second pass is steep and is almost always in the shade. If there is a lot of snow then it can be quite risky. Probably the rope can be helpful again. We experience that descend can be stressful, but the prospect of the delicacies, cola and apple pie make up for it tomorrow in Lukla.

Day 17: Chutanga – Lukla (2840m) 3-4 hours

We walk for few hours down through the forest to Lukla. A nice hike to round off our trip. The rest of the day can lie in the sun or sit on a terrace. We will have to get used to the crowds, the shops and the many tourists at Lukla.

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu (1337 m) 35munutes flight

Today we wait for the plane to fly Kathmandu. Who knows, we will come back to this region again or not in our life. So we may have look around for the last view of the Everest region.  The flight depends on the weather condition. Flight delay or cancellation is common phenomenon in this region. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.

Day 19: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3 -4 hours

This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition representative will manage vehicle and a staff to drop our valuable guests at the airport and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye to you but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.