Mera Peak, Nepal 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: Sept.30 - Oct. 21, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $7800 + Applicable tax - Currently Full, wait list only
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Views of the world’s highest summits

Nepal is synonymous with high altitude climbing and Mera Peak, at 6476m, represents the best of trekking that Nepal has to offer. High enough to be an alpinist contender, this peak offers spectacular views of the rarely seen 8,000m summits of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyo (8201m), Makalu (8463m) and possibly Kangchenjunga (8586m). These represent a staggering five of the six highest summits in the world. The only one of these six summits that isn’t in view is K2.   Aside from these lofty peaks, climbers have spectacular views into India and Pakistan.

Cultural Journey

Located in the Mahalangur section of Nepal, this Himalayan peak offers both cultural and mountaineering highlights. Starting from Phaplu, getting to Mera Peak is a cultural journey as we wind our way through the Hinku and Hongu valleys, spectacular examples of Himalayan wilderness. This approach offers beautiful daily trekking through rhododendrons, bamboo forests, and offers views of the spectacular terraces known in this region.

 

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Photo by Ken Little

Stand atop the summit

Acclimatization is half the battle for this objective, and our approach is designed specifically to prepare you for the thin air atop Mera Peak. After meeting in Kathmandu we’ll drive to the road head at Phaplu to start our journey. From Phaplu, we’ll travel the rest of the way on foot to soak in the culture of this area while also acclimatizing to the altitude. We’ll also stop a night here and there along the way to climb some peaks in the area to further our acclimatization. With a contingency day built in and the weather gods on our side, we should stand atop the summit of this peak. Throughout the approach and descent we’ll be teamed up with a local Sherpa to help with the guiding and with porters to make day packs light each day.

In recovery from the devastating earthquakes that hit the region in 2015, this region is safe, open for climbing, and welcomes visitors. If you are looking for a trip to Nepal that is attainable while offering spectacular views of the region’s giant peaks, call us to find out more.

 

 

Top slider: photos by Jackie Clark.

Camp Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary and is subject to change:

  • Sept 30:     Arrive in Kathmandu at the latest. It is recommended that you arrive a day or two earlier to begin your acclimatization.
  • Oct 1:           Explore the city with an afternoon half day tour as a group. Meet in the evening for a meeting and gear check.
  • Oct 2:           Drive to Phaplu (2413m) and begin the trek
  • Oct 2 – 11:  Cross Traksingdoo Pass and over to Karikhola via Pangum route to Khare (~5,000m)
  • Oct 12:         A second night at Khare with day hike options helps with our acclimatization.
  • Oct 13:         Trek to Mera La (5,415m, 4 hours). This is our first taste of glacier travel on this trip.
  • Oct 14:        a second night at Mera La. We will spend the day ferrying a load to the high camp to   help with acclimatization.
  • Oct 15:        Trek to Mera Peak High Camp (~5,800m, 3 hours). Our first views of the 8,00m peaks come into sight.
  • Oct 16:        alpine start to Summit Mera Peak and return to Khare (9-10 hours)
  • Oct 17:        Contingency day
  • Oct 18:         Return to Kothe (~7 hours)
  • Oct 19:         Trek to Thuli Kharka following the Hinku river (4,300 m, 7 hours)
  • Oct 20:         Return to Lukla
  • Oct 21:         Fly to Kathmandu; half day tour in the afternoon followed by group dinner
  • Oct 22:         Fly home.

Note: Climbing conditions vary widely from year to year. There is a chance that conditions on our chosen objectives will render our routes excessively hazardous or not negotiable. We may also make adjustments according to the groups abilities and motivations.

*Camp may not run exactly as scheduled due to unforeseen events (weather, closures, etc.)

 

Gear, Food, Lodging

Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner once we leave Kathmandu
  • Guiding and camp manager (3:1 ratio)
  • Shared tent accommodation for 18 nights as listed above
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as listed above
  • Road Transport from Kathmandu to Phaplu
  • One-way flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Porters
  • Transfers from airport to hotels

Participants must provide:

  • Extended accommodation in Kathmandu before/after the trip
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal Gear (see Gear List)
  • Flights to Kathmandu

Level of Difficulty

This trip is moderate in difficulty. We will be on the trail for 18 days and will climb up to 6476m in elevation on the peak. There will be some glacier travel and a few sections of steeper mixed snow and rock on the climb. Altitude will be the biggest factor that we need to deal with. The itinerary will ensure we have enough stops and day trips along the way to help with acclimatizing slowly and steadily. The trek will be fully supported with porters and camp staff so daypacks will be light.

Mera Peak, Nepal Staff

  • Jim Gudjonson

    Jim Gudjonson

    Jim has been guiding for the ACC Mountain Adventures program for more than 20 years, including being a regular at the General Mountaineering Camp and global adventures to Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Jim is known among participants for maxing out the potential of a destination and delivering life-­‐changing experiences to all who dare to follow.

    Shunning status quo, he seeks out the path less followed. In addition to the global and Canadian trips guided for the ACC, he has also helped people fulfill their mountaineering dreams in various European destinations, Japan, Iceland, and Greenland. In the inaugural year of the ACC’s Guides’ Recognition Award, Jim was recognized by the ACC for his on-­‐going guiding contribution to ACC Mountain Adventures.

  • Deryl Kellybio

    Deryl Kelly

    Deryl is an experienced high altitude climber – his mountaineering experience started at 6 years of age in Banff and took him to the top of the world, Mt. Everest, at age 25 (at the time, the youngest Canadian to summit)! He rounded out his experience climbing throughout the Canadian Rockies, the US, Asia, Australia, Russia and New Zealand. This trip will be Deryl’s sixth trip to Nepal and his local knowledge will be instrumental in the success of the trip. Deryl is a member of the ACMG as a Ski Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide and Climbing Gym Instructor Level 3 Examiner. This summer you’ll find Deryl in Jasper training hard for his final Alpine Exam to complete his full mountain guide certification!

  • Sandy Walker

    Sandy Walker

    Sandy has been an avid climber and backcountry enthusiast since moving to the mountains from Southern Ontario. An active ACC member she has camp managed numerous National ski and climbing trips including ACC global adventures to Chile, Bolivia, and New Zealand. Her less physical volunteering contributions to the ACC have been spent in Rocky Mountain and Calgary Section Executive positions and she is currently the Vice President of Sections on the ACC’s National Board of Directors. In 2010, Sandy was awarded the ACC’s Distinguished Service Award for her volunteer efforts for the ACC. Sandy has skied and climbed in Australia, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Europe, Iceland, Greenland, Japan, and throughout North America.