Published Date: February 13, 2016
Mera Peak Information in Detail:
If you are thinking about getting into the world of serious expeditions, or wanting to experience high altitude without a lot of technical risk, Mera Peakis what you are looking for. Mera Peak, 6476m, is the highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal, yet its technically straightforward ascent makes it a realistic objective for avid trekkers to attempt as their first peak.From the summit of Mera Peak you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the over-8000-meter-mountains including Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Lhotse, 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m, Mt. Makalu, 8463m, Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8586m, to name a few.
A Mera Peak climbing trip starts with a breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Next we set out on incredibly beautiful trek through the incredibly remote Hinku Valley, where you can immerse yourself in local culture. Annapurna Foothill Treks highly recommends this his route allows a gradual acclimatization which will stand you in good stead when for the climb rather than the alternative, a more direct route over the Zatrwa Pass.
This less-visited and unspoiled area of the Everest region boasts of beautiful green terraced fields, dense forest, rushing streams, swinging bridges, and yak pastures with a backdrop of the highest mountains in the world. Sherpa guesthouses, high in the summer pastures, are a welcome place for weary trekkers.
Mera Peak Climbing is technically straightforward, as the snow slopes rarely exceed 40 degrees; however, the final 50m from the top requires ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. Previous climbing experience would be an advantage, but it is not mandatory because our well-experienced guides will give you training on the climbing gear and necessary skills. Although the altitude makes it physically challenging, our itinerary has been carefully designed to allow gradual acclimatization.
Helicopter rescue services are available. Evidence of insurance will be required by the evacuation services before the helicopter will fly. It can be landed at Kote and up to Khare. However, emergency evacuation cost is not included in your expedition cost. Most helicopters struggle above 5500m. Often a helicopter can only take min 2 persons at the limit of its operating altitude. There is no mountain rescue squad available, the victims have to be evacuated to a safe helicopter landing site preferably below 5500m.
Passport & visa
As recommended for all international travel, make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity beyond the intended itinerary of the trip. A visa can be obtained on the arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. You will need one passport size photograph for the visa and US dollars in hand for the fee. (Additional (4) passport photos and passport details are also required for the climbing permit.)
Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25
Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40
Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100.
We will forward you the visa form once you booked for the trip.
Trip specific safety
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. The hotels we use in Kathmandu have a safety deposit box which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Upon Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport, you look for a signboard of Annapurna Foothills Treks and you will notice our representative holding Annapurna foothills’s board. He will welcome you with a garland and a bottle of mineral water, then assists you transfer to your respective hotel in Kathmandu in Annapurna Foothills Treks ’s Van/Coach. On our every trip, we have all Airport pickup and drop shuttles included in the trip cost to protect you from any kind of hassles and tussles which is quite common to experience when you for the first time visit an alien country. Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your van/coach.
Mera Peak Trip Accommodation
Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti", in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip.
However 5 star hotel accommodations will be arranged by Annapurna Foothills Treks on your request for additional cost. Your early booking the trip along with deposit of 15% of the total trip cost per person is highly required to make necessary accommodations in Kathmandu and Lodges in related trekking region, domestic flight reservation for your trip. Important note: Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in Nepal, especially throughout Kathmandu. Although the hotel has generators there may be times when these won’t work.
During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges and three-four nights camping in two-man tents. In major town like Lukla, the rooms have attached washrooms; however rooms in the more remote villages have shared washing and toilet facilities. For the nights in tents, four-season and foam mattresses will be provided. We take extra precautions to ensure your comfort even in adverse weather conditions.
Tea House Trek
Along the popular trekking trails in the Mera Peak regions charming family-run lodges provide simple rooms and good food which most trekkers thoroughly enjoy. Traditionally, tea houses, or chai bhati, were used by the local Nepalese on journeys through the mountains. Tea house treking not only supports the livelihood of the mountain people, but is a good chance for you to learn about the mountain culture and lifestyle and meet other trekkers. The cozy tea houses are sure to be a beautiful aspect of your Himalayan experience.We do our best to make sure your stay is comfortable.
The rooms are simple but clean. A room usually has two single beds with a foam mattress and pillow. The toilet could be shared. A blanket is provided, but many travelers prefer to bring their own sleeping bag.
If we are a large group we reserve beds in advance. This is simple where there is a telephone connection, but if there isn’t the guide's assistant will go ahead to book the required rooms. A sense of adventure will be a great advantage to help you adjust to some lodges which are more basic than others.
Washing and Toilet Facilities
Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
All your meals during the trek are provided: a standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinner including tea or coffee with each meal. You can select anything from the menu. The food is tasty and hygienic, but the menu is not extensive and will be fairly similar from lodge to lodge. Cereal, porridge, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Most tea houses offer variety of rice and noodles dishes with soup and seasonable vegetables. Snacks are not provided, but are widely available. Biscuits, chocolate bars, soft drinks and in some areas you will find local seasonal fruits. Beer and whisky are also available.
Please feel free to eat all that you want, however, we kindly request that you don’t order more than you can eat. Many village people are struggling to get enough to eat, so in respect to them, we try not to waste food.
For trekkers doing a high altitude trek above 4000m, it is not advisable to consume alcohol and cigarettes.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. In the other regions bottled mineral water is available in the lodges and shops, but we recommend that you refill your bottle with boiled water and/or use water purification tablets since the disposal of the plastic bottles is an environmental concern.
Many government and non-government agencies have provided trainings to the lodge owners so that they could provide quality services in an environmentally friendly way. All lodge owners in these areas use alternate fuel for cooking and heating. They dispose of garbage in proper way and have adopted eco-friendly measures.
Annapurna Foothills Treks is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member of AFT is dedicated to preserving the environment.
At Annapurna Foothills Treks environmental stewardship remains one of our core values and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices very seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principals and practices.
Each 12-member group requires Mera Peak Permit, and pays a refundable garbage deposit of US$ 250.00 at Kathmandu. The check post records items taken in by the group. Upon return, clients present their used EP gas, plastic bags, tin and batteries to the check post. The check post will give a declaration data of garbage hand over and refund the money.
Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. AFT is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
Drinking Water on Mera Peak
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Extra Advice for Mera Peak
You will see many sweet village children, and you may want to give them something. Remember, many trekkers have felt the same. It is better not to distribute balloons, candy, money or even pens to village children as it encourages them to beg. Many children now ask for Mithai (candy) Paisa (Money) and Boom boom (balloon).
During the trekking, keep your valuable goods safe. Lock your door when you leave your guesthouse room. You are also advised not to leave your laundry hanging outside at night.
Electricity 230V 50Hz Electrical Plugs European plug with two circular metal pins Indian-style plug with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin Electrical Device Charging Most of our hotels en route on the trek, there will be pay electric devices charging facility.
GMT is less than Nepal by 5 hours 45 minutes
Mobile phones, Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity
Trekking is a wonderful break from the wireless world, but in the towns and cities out here, it is now your choice whether you disconnect or stay connected. Check your mobile phone roaming services prior to leaving to know whether you might have service. Nepal - Kathmandu Most overseas roaming-enabled mobile phones work in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You should be aware that occasionally an SMS (text) message sent to you will arrive 20 times. You can send messages out, normally without problem. Blackberry services and GPRS etc are now available. Local SIM cards can be bought from corner shops and start at around $8 (cheap!), and refills by scratch cards, very easy and convenient. You need an UNLOCKED phone to use a local SIM. Internet cafés litter Thamel and other tourist haunts, so checking your Yahoo, Gmail etc. is easy and cheap. For laptop users there are more and more free Wi-Fi cafés. Mera Region, Nepal No cell phone coverage is available in the region of Mera peak but there is a landline phone in few places en route. There is no any internet cafe on the trek unless we arrive at Lukla. Annapurna Foothills Treks provide you Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls can be placed for $3 USD per minute.
The itinerary is the strongest part of our trip. Stick to it and you will have little altitude related illness problems, go one day harder and you can be in big trouble. In our decade long experience as a guide and leader, we have tested these programs out several times. Sometimes they will seem slow but it's about enjoying the trip not pushing hard and having a headache all day. You need a very good reason to go faster. Going slower is Ok, just watch your overall progress. Shifting up one day instead of having a rest day can mean headaches and you then have to have a rest day later anyway! Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of climbers can all contribute to changes. The trek Leader/Guide and cook will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset! Issues that result in changes to trip finish dates, hotel or air tickets requirements etc need to be communicated to grand Himalaya HQ ASAP. Furthermore, our Trip Notes is a general guide to the trek and region we are going to visit. Any mention of specific destinations or flora and fauna is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or come across.
No refund if any member breaking from the group due to illness or otherwise and not utilized any services. Medical evacuation costs, extra accommodation or any other fees associated with early departure, change of itinerary, or breaking from the group due to illness or otherwise. The cost may need to be paid by clients at the time and may be able to be claimed back from your travel insurance company.
Be a Safe Trekker
1. Keep your eyes on your team mate while trekking and try to cohere with the group at all times. Trekking tracks in the Himalayas are often connected with caravans and nomads trail, trails to the villages nearby the trekking route, domestic and wild animals trail, etc. These off the trekking track can often mislead you and consequently, people could wander off the track towards the hazardous door.
2. Try not to ascent rapidly especially first few days of the trekking, no matter how physically tough you are. I presume trekking in the Himalayas is entirely different than trekking in the Alps and Andes. Keep your eyes all around you when trekking because there is an utmost possibility of seeing wild lives and some other interesting sites, rather than speeding up towards the next camp and end up holding your heads rest of the day.
3. Drink plenty of plain fluids at least 4 liters a day. Keeping yourself hydrated after day’s exhaustion is a must which can prevent you from having AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Avoid drinking alcohol once you hit high altitude, which is above the altitude of 3500 meters. Make yourself habit of drinking water, tea, soup, juice and so on, instead of alcohol. Drinking alcohol at high altitude has been scientifically proved to be making your body more susceptible to AMS.
4. Make sure you do not overload your daypack as this could cause pain to your shoulders/back. The heaviest item in your daypack should be your water, so your daypack should get lighter as the day goes on. If your daypack feels uncomfortable at any point, stop and readjust it.
5. Ensure that your feet and other extremities are kept warm and dry at all times. There have been cases of people not adequately dressed getting frost bite at high altitude due to the freezing temperatures. Remember, although the temperatures at the top may not seem cold, wild chill can reduce this temperature even further. Always be prepared with something to cover your face, warm gloves and thick walking socks.
6. We advise that you take some plasters/a blister prevention kit with you to keep your feet in good condition. Don’t lace your boots too tightly/loosely and if they feel uncomfortable readjust them and apply plasters when necessary.
7. Keep your head torch in your daypack, always. You never know when and where you end up walking in the dark.
8. Walking poles can aid your trek, providing additional support and balance. Walking poles also helps to significantly reduce knee strain, particular during decent.
9. Your guides and sherpas are very much experience about the places you are trekking. So we always recommend you to follow their instructions and help yourselves by helping them to create a magnificent plus successful trip. We the entire family members of Grand Himalaya would like to wish you safe and successful trips
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