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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.
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.
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.
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.
Gear, Food, Lodging
- 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
- 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.