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Lukla Flight Notice:

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 AM (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 KM drive will take us around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu.The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards.The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights. If we have a group of 4-5 members then we can make it a Private Heli flight. 

  • Duration:24 Nights 25 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 6476m

About Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Mera Peak and Island Peak via Amphu Labsta Pass 5700m is the ultimate trekking and climbing challenge in the Himalaya of Nepal. Even reaching the top of one of these fantastic peaks is a great achievement. This expedition includes two 6000+meter peaks and one challenging high pass. This exceptional high altitude adventure is packed with an amazing variety of mountains and wilderness valleys, forests and grasslands, lodges and camping: a complete Khumbu experience for adventure lovers. 

Even though the majority of this expedition is straightforward trekking, it is graded strenuous, as it includes two incredible peaks over 6000 meters, one technically challenging pass, and seven consecutive nights at elevations over 5100 meters. At this altitude, even very basic trails can be a test of endurance. Our Mera Peak and Island peak via Amphu Labsta Pass expedition route has been carefully planned and paced. ‘Rest days’ allow time for the body to adjust to the altitude while you practice mountaineering skills with your Sherpa climbing guide to prepare you for the next objective.

Our Mera and Island Peak Expedition starts with climbing the least technical but highest, Mera Peak first, followed by the rather tricky Amphu Labsta Pass and then a moderately difficult Island Peak, with its exposed summit.  

Mera Peak, standing at 6476m, is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Neither too steep nor technically difficult, Mera Peak is a great introductory climb to practice the basics of high altitude climbing skills. This route avoids the steep climb to Zatrwa La Pass by making a loop to the south through a beautiful untraveled part of the country and joins the at Kote, allowing time for gradual acclimatization. We fly to Lukla, 2820m, and trek south to Surke, 2290m, the same day. We follow the Inkhu River right up to the Mera Peak Base Camp, at the foot of Mera’s north face. The route to high camp goes via Mera La Pass. Only the last 30 or 40 meters to the summit require the use of fixed lines. From the summit you get magnificent views 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. 

Descending from the summit of Mera, the route turns east at the Mera La, into the Upper Hongu Valley.  As we follow the valley northward, the rock face of Chamlang towers to the east and Lhotse and Everest are visible directly in front of us. Once we reach the sacred Panch Pokhri Lakes, we are about to tackle the toughest objective of the expedition, the Amphu Labsta pass, 5700m. The succession of ice steps up to the rocky crest call for a fixed line. From the top we have to make a 35 meter abseil to reach fixed lines for the next 300 meters of steep switchback descent on snow and rock.

We re-enter the Khumbu valley which, after so many days in a wilderness, seems busier than before. We will set up a base camp in the Imja Valley, and prepare to summit Island Peak, 6189m, which lies close to the imposing south face of Lhotse.

We ascend Island Peak via the normal route, directly underneath the imposing south west face of Lhotse, fourth highest mountain in the world. Though lower in altitude than Mera Peak, Island Peak is slightly more challenging. The ascent involves an easy scramble up to a rock ridge and then onto a glacier where fixed lines are used to climb the 45 degree snow slopes leading to the exposed summit ridge. The fabulous summit views include Lhotse, Nuptse, Mt. Makalu and Ama Dablam. We follow the Chhukkung Valley and join the Everest Base Camp trail at Dingboche, one of many Sherpa settlements we pass through on our return to Lukla.    

The best season for Mera and Island Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer trekkers around. The duration of the Mera and Island Peak Climbing can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition will arrange every detail of your Mera and Island Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, guides, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment during the trip. 

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Highlights of Mera and Island Peak Climbing

  • climb two of the finest Treking Peak in Khumbu region; Mera Peak and Island Peak 
  • crossing Amphu Labtsa Pass is a challenging and beautiful expereince 
  • trekking in the remote Hinku Valley 
  • excellent Trekking and Climbing experience in the Himalaya of Nepal. 
  • enhance and test your mountaineering skills with this challenging expereicne 
  • well set up support and logistics at camps during the Camping period
  • trek and climb with our certified and experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip.  We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

The early morning flight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, takes only 40-minutes. It is an amazing flight as the mountains seem to tower around the plane. We land in a valley surrounded by high mountains peaks. Our climbing team will be there waiting to meet us and soon we start out on our trek. Beginning at Lukla and then descending is good for acclimatization. The trail leads through forests down to the traditional villages, Surke and Pakhepani through rhododendron forests. There is a great view from Paiya: Knogde Ri, Khatang, Tang Ragi Tu and other 7000+ meter peaks. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 2,730 m/8,956 ft
  • Domestic Flight

From Paiya there is a short descent to a wooden bridge which we cross and make a steep and slippery ascent to Kari La Pass, 3145m. A narrow trail winds down through the rhododendron and bamboo forests. The scene is beautiful with the Dudhkoshi River valley below and the Dudh Kund Himal in the background. Pangoma is a farming and trading village.

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,850m/9,350 ft

The rocky trail descends to a rhododendron forest. Mani walls mark the trail as we trek over hills and ridges. The south face of Mera Peak, 6064m and Naulekh Peak tower ahead of us as we walk through pine and rhododendron forest and finally descend steeply to Sibuche. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 2,745 m/9,005 ft

Today our trail starts angling toward the north with plenty of ascents and descents and rhododendron and bamboo forest. We cross the crystal clear Hinku (Inkhu) Khola on suspension bridges several times. We may sight some wildlife like the sloth bear, wild cats and a variety of birds. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 3,122 m/10,242 ft

We start out trekking on narrow trails through bamboo and pine forests. As we follow the river, the Hinku Valley widens and we enjoy the view of Mera Peak ahead of us. Beyond Tashing Dingma there will be few tea houses where we will have our lunch. The trail follows on the ridge above the river all the way to Kothe. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,600 m /11,811 ft

We ascend gradually following the Hinku River. Mera Peak and other mountains tower around us now. On the ridge above the river are pastures. Gondishung is a summer herders’ settlement where there is an ancient monastery. The trees become sparser as we are nearing the snow line. Thangnak is a summer grazing area. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 4,356m/14,291 ft

The trail crosses boulders left by Sabai Tsho, the glacial lake which is close to the trail north of Thangnak. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to the grassy Dig Khraka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to Khare. From a ridge above Khare there is an excellent view of the route we will take to Mera Peak. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 5,045 m/16,551 ft

To acclimatize, we spend the day exploring and practicing climbing techniques with our guide. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 5,350 m / 17,548 ft

We ascend for three hours over a boulder strewn path up to the glacier. There is a short climb to a glacial plateau leading up to Mera La. The views from the pass are spectacular. From the pass we descend about 100m towards the Honggu side and set up our base camp on the rocky moraine below the ice. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4 hrs
  • 5,350 m/17,552 ft

We make the steep ascent to Mera La and continue up the rock-strewn north flank to a rocky outcropping where we set up high camp. From High Camp we enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. We can also see most of the route to the summit. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4 hrs
  • 5,780 m/18,963 ft

We have an alpine start before daybreak as the climb usually takes 5-6 hours. We put on crampons and rope together for the steep climb to the summit. There are a number of crevasses, so we will need to take precaution if there has been recent snowfall. The is a short sharp scramble up an ice-wall to the summit is well rewarded with spectacular views of Cho Oyu, 8201m, Lhotse, 8516m, Everest, 8848m, Makalu , 8463m, Pumori, 7161m, Lobuche, 6145m and many others. After reaching the summit and enjoying amazing views over the Himalaya, we have a short abseil before the long descent back to High camp. We will rest for 45 minutes before descending back down to our campsite in the Hinku Valley at Kongma Dingma. This is a very long but satisfying day! 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,900 m/16,076 ft

There is no guarantee that there will be favorable weather for scheduled summit day. In case we are unable to summit Mera Peak on scheduled date due to weather or any other reason like someone in the group having altitude related problems, this extra day gives some flexibility. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
We go further up the spectacular high-altitude valley, following the bank of the Hongu river. The Amphu Labtsa appears in front with Lhotse and the Everest group beyond and Ama Dablam just to the left. We can have an excellent view of Amphu Labtsa from the campsite and it is encircled by the beautiful mountains and spends the night in tent.
  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 5,000m/16,404 ft

Below the Amphu Labtsu is about 5,500m. We have a relaxed afternoon as our Sherpa team prepares the route over the pass and spend the night in tent.

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4 hrs
  • 5,400m/17,716 ft

This is the most involved and serious mountaineering day of the trip. The approach to the pass is over glacier and around stunning ice flutings and formations and presents no real difficulty at first.

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

The path climbs steeply toward the west and then turns north, following the valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We continue a short yet pleasant walk along the river side which leads to Big-Rock. From this point a 40 minute climb will take us to Island Peak Base Camp. Where we will set up camp and relax for the rest of the day. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3 hrs
  • 5,200m/17,060 ft

We have to start early in the morning to climb through the rock channel. Although it is not difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the other side of the channel. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline where you traverse the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses, which leads with little difficulty, to a 100m snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge will take you to the top. After enjoying the summit view, you will descend all the way to Chhukung, 4710m. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

Today, we trek to Tengbuche gradually. We trek down to Dingboche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche.

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,864 m/12,677 ft

From Tengboche, we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way to Namche. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,450 m/11,318 ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 2,810 m/9,219 ft

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu .

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 12 nights (twin-share rooms,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows )
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during Eight nights Camping 
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced and certified Sherpa Guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while Camping Days 
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two Trekkers basis in all of our Climbing Trips
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt
  • Oxygen mask regulator and support
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh / Can Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Excess baggage fees
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Mera Peak and Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls can be placed for $3 USD per minute
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing Equipments and Gears 
     

Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and UnLock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date10 Sep, 2020end date04 Oct, 2020Available$3600
start date20 Sep, 2020end date14 Oct, 2020Available$3600

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed - The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 
 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Mera and Island Peaks. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer to do this trip is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Mera and Island Peaks is also possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Why Climb Mera and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa Pass with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics for Mera and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa Pass:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.
 

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.

If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.

If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
 

Flight Delay/Cancellation :

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next earliest possible flight 

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

FAQs

Where is Mera Peak?

Mera Peak 6476m is claimed to be the highest permitted trekking peaks situated in Mahalangur section administratively in Nepal's Sagarmatha Zone, Solukhumbu District, and Makalu Barun National Park. It sits in the Mahalangur section of the Himalaya to the East of the main Everest massif.


When is the best time to climb Mera Peak?

The best time to climb Mera Peak is during autumn season (September to November) and spring season (March to May). Winter climb is also possible.


How difficult and technical is Mera Peak?

Though Mera Peak stands at 6476m, it is a straightforward climb involving glacier trekking and only a basic level of mountaineering skill is required. It’s a peak of less technical difficulty but leads to strenuous long climb to reach the summit and taking care on descend where walk and climb leads to moraine-ice-snow and glaciers.

Climbers must be mentally prepared to deal with strenuous situations at high altitude and give their best effort to reach High Camp (summit night) in good physical condition. LINK


Is climbing permit required to climb Mera Peak? If yes, who arranges the climbing permit?

Climbing permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) authorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Yes, climbing permit is a must for Mera Peak. The climbing permit is included in the package cost and we will arrange the climbing permit and transport service.


What are the different routes to approach Mera Peak?

Mera Peak Climbing Route 1: via Zawtra La Pass (4610m)

Mera Peak Climbing Route 2: via Paiya – Pangom - Ramailo Danda

Mera Peak Climbing Route 3: via Cholem Kharka - Khola Kharka – Panch Pokhari
 

What kind of travel insurance do I need before doing the climb?

Annapurna Foothills requires that all participants on our Himalayan climbs and treks purchase Travel Insurance that includes coverage for search, evacuation, repatriation and medical expenses for the duration of climbing Mera peak or any other peaks in Himalaya of Nepal.


Why should I choose to climb Mera Peak with Annapurna Foothills?

Not just because we are a Nepal based local operator but our Sherpa climbing guides are experienced, competent, professional and all of them have numerous high altitude experiences including Mount Everest and other 8000m in the Himalaya of Nepal. Our guides in Himalaya are provided with satellite phone communication allowing us to maintain excellent emergency contact capabilities and keep your friends and family informed of our progress during the long weeks away from home. We focus on safety, quality and value for money by providing good equipments, gears and logistics required for your trip, things that many lower cost programs don’t facilitates with.


What is the policy on Leave No Trace?

We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment. Garbage which is burnable are sorted and burnt and those which can be recycled are taken back to Lukla and handover to Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).


How much will I be spending on trail per day?

You won’t be spending much on trail as the cost of accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip cost while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per person per day will be enough since you have to personally pay for items such as beverages, cold and hot drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers at the tea houses.
 

In case of bad weather and our Lukla flights get cancelled, what are the alternatives that we will have?

If our domestic flights to or from Lukla get cancelled because of bad weather, we’ll have two major options;

  • Reschedule your flight next day. Additional expenses like accommodation, food etc. need to be paid by guests.
  • Other option will be a Helicopter flight which will be expensive compared to regular flights. Cost will depend upon availability, number of members and baggage weight.
     

How can I communicate if there’s an emergency during the trip?

At most villages along the Mera Peak trail, the tea houses will have internet facility. You need to purchase internet recharge cards. The internet speed will be very basic. You can also purchase Nepalese SIM cards (NCEL or NTC) but their coverage will be limited. And our climbing guide will also carry a satellite phone for emergencies with minimum cost.


What happens if I need to leave the expedition beforehand?

Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the expedition due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.

If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group.

Even if you leave the expedition beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.


How many nights in tents will I spend during Mera Peak Climb?

We spend one night at Base Camp and another night in High Camp before our summit push for Mera Peak. We will return down to Khare on the same night. We will have one reserve day just in case of bad weather or any other reasons. In that case we will spend another night at High Camp.
 

How is the summit day like?

SUMMIT DAY is the main day of your climb. Obviously it will be the tough, challenging, long day and equally rewarding day. We start the climb early in the morning let’s say around 2 or 3 AM in the morning depending upon the situation on the mountain. Generally, the climb will take around 10- 14 hours depending upon the climber.


Do you also offer tailor made departures?

Yes we do offer tailor made or private departures for Mera Peak. If our listed departure dates are not fitting your travel plans then we can organize a private or tailor made departures for you and your loved ones.


Any tips on how climbers can maximize their chance of success on Mera Peak?

Acclimatization is the key. We highly suggest taking enough time along the trail. Before you start your trek trainings back home, strength and endurance, physical training, multi day hiking experience and we suggest previous trekking experience above 4000m for Mera Peak. Right gears and equipments is also a must. With that said, we will provide best possible logistics and support during your trip, our experienced, competent and friendly Sherpa guides are always there to provide you guys maximum chances of making the summit.


Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?

Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation.


Is it healthy to take showers during the trek?

You can get hot shower services throughout your Mera Peak Trip. However, the higher you climb the less pleasant it will be. It’s better to be on the safe side of things and we suggest not taking shower on a regular basis when you’re above 3000m. Hot showers also refers to Hot water bucket provided not the real showers.


What sort of food can I expect on Mera Peak Climb?

Food during your trek can be one of the major highlights. Meals around the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high-altitude climbing involves. We try to make meals and breakfast varied and as normal as possible. Typical meals are rice, noodles, pasta, potato dishes along with vegetable and egg dishes. Lunches will also consist of cooked meals. Above Base Camp, climbing food mainly consists of dried meals such as pastas or rice. Basically, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be at the tea houses on the way.


How big will be group size?

We mainly focus on small groups. We take up to 10 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care to each of our members. If you have group of more than 10, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.


Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl in Nepal?

Yes, it is safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible for this matter and we ensure all security and safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a Female trekking guide as well.
 

Why should I visit Nepal for a 6000m peak climbing?

Nepal should be on top of your BUCKET LIST for trekking and climbing adventures. For climbing a 6000m peak as well because Nepal comprises 1400 trekking peaks above 6000m and 8 of the 14, 8000m peaks in the world. With the rich variety of flora and fauna, landscapes, the hospitality of the Nepalese locals, the favorable climatic and geographical conditions, the rich cultural spirit which represents a unique blend of Buddhism and Hinduism, it is fair to say that your mountaineering ambitions can be taken to a new level here in Nepal.

Do you provide trekking gear and equipment for Mera Peak Climbing?

We provide your personal gears required during the Mera Peak Climbing. We can recommend some good stores where you can rent or buy good down jackets or sleeping bags.
 

Do I need to join a group or can I climb solo?

There is no requirement to join a group or departure dates to climb a 6000 meter peak in Nepal. We always try to be flexible with our trips for our guest’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trip details as long as the proposed itinerary or suggestions does not harm your own chances of acclimatization.

Private or Solo Trips is possible but a bit more expensive compared to joining a fixed date. We highly recommend hiring a reputable guide service for a safe and secure climbing experience. With Annapurna Foothills, there is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a private solo trip or join a departure date. We assign local professional guides, porter etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and give first priority to your safety.
 

What is the luggage limit for porters and on flight to Lukla?

The luggage limit for Porter is around 25 KG. We will provide one porter for two trekkers during the trip. Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

Lukla flights weight limit is 10 KG. Extra baggage can be taken with additional costs.
 

Count me in for the trip. How do I book?

We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the magnanimous Mera Peak cimbing in the Himalaya of Nepal.
Please get in touch for further details. 

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