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  • Duration:21 Nights 22 Days
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude: 6476m
  • Group Size: 1-8
  • Activity: Trekking & Climbing
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Mera Peak Climbing via Panch Pokhari

Mera Peak(6476m)  is claimed to be the highest permitted trekking peak in the Himalaya of Nepal. Climbing Mera Peak is considered to be technically easy compared to Island Peak or Lobuche Peak which is why, it is an excellent choice for enthusiast climbers looking for their first mountain climbing in Nepal. Adventure lovers opt for Mera Peak because of the magnificent views you will be rewarded along the trail and from the summit, we witness surreal panoramic view of over-8000-meter-mountains including Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), to name a few.

The majority of trekking and expedition companies begin their Mera Peak Climbing by flying their clients from Kathmandu to Lukla (or now from Ramechhap as KTM-Lukla flights are rerouted from Manthali). But, choosing this version of Mera Peak Climbing via Panch Pokhari doesn’t need to purchase flight tickets as we will be driving to the Trip starting point (Bung) and Trip ending point (Phaplu). By doing so, our guests will not need to stay extra nights at Lukla waiting for their flights which mostly gets delayed and flights sometimes, gets more riskier and hassling compared to driving.

Mera Peak Climbing via Panch Pokhari is a perfect blend of trekking and climbing acquiring remote trekking experience in the Hinku valley along with best acclimatization itinerary, authentic Rai ethnicity and settlements (lower solukhumbu region), their centuries old monasteries, culture and practices, etc. Passing along the villages like Bung, Khiraule and other small villages, we witness several local families harvesting corn and nurturing their cattle. Here, locals are always happy and surprised to see trekking tourists. Most of them will greet us with warm smiles and happy welcome. As this trekking route is still not influenced by modern tourism which is why this is a region that not a lot of tourists had the privilege of visiting. The trekking trail is also very easy to follow and well maintained offering us magical views of the extensive valley and the surrounding surreal Himalayan foothills. Additionally, you'll pass the beautiful alpine lakes of Panch Pokhari (the five beautiful alpine lakes) on the way to Mera Peak. These lakes are very holy and attract hundreds of pilgrims every year during the full moon festival in August. Upon reaching Kothe from Panch Pokhari, we rejoin the standard trekking trail to Mera Peak.

Mera Peak Climbing is considered technically straightforward as the snow slopes rarely exceeds 40 degrees. However, the final section to the top requires ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons, etc. Reaching upon Khare, basic training and preparation regarding the climbing will be conducted. All climbing gears and equipments will be checked by our professional climbing guide before moving to Mera Peak High camp. The summit view of Mera Peak offers probably the best views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu found anywhere in Khumbu Himalaya while the trek from Bung Mahakulung to Khare takes us through thick rhododendron and bamboo forest (upto Kothe) and explores some of the most remote and wild alpine areas of the Hinku valley. Previous climbing experience would be an advantage, but it is not mandatory since our professional sherpa climbing guides will give you training on the climbing gear, equipments and necessary skills. Although the altitude makes it physically challenging, our itinerary has been carefully designed to allow gradual acclimatization.

The best season for climbing Mera Peak via Panch Pokhari is from March to May and from September to November. December is also a nice month with clear mountain views. The duration of the Mera Peak Expedition can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference and time duration. 
Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition will arrange every detail of your Mera Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, permits, guides, food as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment required during the climb.

Choose your own customized version of Mera Peak.

Mera Peak Climbing - 21 Days Trek via Pangom route but alternative routes are also available depending upon your travel time frame. Price from US$2400 / person 

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Highlights of Mera Peak Climbing via Panch Pokhari

  • one of the most tempting Trekking Peaks of Nepal
  • culturally charming journey leading through obscure charming villages and forests
  • from the top, you’ll eye witness five of the six highest mountains on Earth
  • the climb of Mera comes at the end of a week - long trekking and acclimatization program designed to assist you the best chance of gratifying still rewarding journey
  • spend a night at Mera Peak Base Camp and High Camp before your summit push
  • well Set up Camps at Base camp and High camp
  • trek and climb with our certifed and expereinced Sherpa Climbing Guide
  • longer and remote route to Mera Peak

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,265 ft.)

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 private tourist vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room.

  • Hotel

The Managing Director of our company will be there to 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 and Welcome Dinner
  • Hotel

We leave for Patale Dhap Today which is about 10 hours of driving from Kathmandu. The jeep ride will be long, bumpy, and would feature a few nail-biting sections. We will start quite early to avoid the traffic and also, we've got a long way to go. We'll have our lunch somewhere along the highway and continue our journey to Patale Dhap where we will be staying overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today as well, we continue our drive to Bung Mahakulung. The drive will be of opprox. 6 hours including tea and lunch break. After having breakfast at Patale Dhap, we start driving all the way to Bung. Upon reaching Bung, we'll have enough time to explore the village and see the life of local people living in Bung. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

From today, our official hiking begins. The first day of trekking will be an easy one, with just a few short kilometers climbing from 1700 m to 2400 m via a wide and gentle inclining trail, ducking in and out of the jungle. We traverse some houses along the way and after hiking for about 4 hours, we'll reach Khiraule (a picturesque hillside village with a large, prayer flag-draped stupa in its center) where we will be staying tonight. Khiraule Gumba, attires of local people, their greetings with warm smiles, etc. will be some of the things not to miss. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

The first section of todays trail to Cholem, climbs the hillside directly above Khiraule Gompa before meeting up with a dirt road, which we then follow for a short section. Then we continue to climb the forested hills again. The final section of this trail is quite steep but the trail is immaculately kept. After approx. walking for 4 hours thorugh the forested trail, we reach Jungle Camp (Cholem).  

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today, we begin the immediate climb up the bare hillside to the looming pass directly visible above Cholem. This climb is quite steep, climbing 750 meters over 1.5 kilometers to an altitude of approximately 4200 m. Afterwards, the path wraps around another bare hillside before climbing yet again to another pass at 4500 m. From this pass, the five beautiful alpine lakes of Panch Pokhari reveal themselves beneath black, rocky peaks. After a short descent from the lake, we will see tea houses and we'll stay there for the night. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

While the majority of the path from Panch Pokhari to Kothe is downhill, it begins by climbing up the side of a small ridge for roughly 200 vertical meters. Then, the trail snakes around endless bends and drops sharply back into the tree line with snow-capped giants of Kyashar (6769 m) and Kusum Kangru (6367 m) revealing more of their might around each corner. The final two hours lead trekkers through beautiful, dense forests while dropping gradually into the Hinku glacial valley before climbing another small hill further up the valley. Shortly after we arrived at Kothe (3600 m), a beautiful sunny crossroads village with plenty of options for lodging. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today, we ascend gradually following the Hinku River. We will be surrounded by Mera Peak and other white giants throught the trail. 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 will be nearing the snow line. Thangnak is a summer grazing area.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today you have a rest day here therefore to have a proper acclimatization , your guide will take you for a short hike not far from Thangnak.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

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 Kharka, which offers exclusive view 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
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today we take a rest day at Khare for proper acclimatization. To acclimatize, we spend the day exploring and practicing climbing techniques with our guide at Khare. If we feel strong enough with sound health, we can trek as far as Mera La and return back.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

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 glorious views 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
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today, 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 will be 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. It takes about 2 hours to retrace to our steps to Khare at . (5,045 m /16,551 ft.) This will be a tiring day but the view at the top will make you feel worthy for the effort you've given for the climb.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

There is no guarantee that there will be favorable weather for scheduled summit day. In such case, we might not be be able to take the top of Mera Peak. The reason can be; due to bad weather or any other reason like someone in the group having altitude related problems, etc. So, this extra day gives you some flexibility so that you can attempt for the summit the following day. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We descend into the Hinku Valley to Kothe which stays on the open hill side which lies west of the Hinku River. The wind blowing down the forest makes the descent quicker. We get fantastic views looking back at Mera Peak.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

From Kothe, we will pass through the forest and reach taktor from where the trail to Ramailo Danda separates from Thuli Kharka. From here, trail to Chhetra Khola is mostly flat with few switchbacks. We have our lunch at chhetra khola and afterwards, we will continue our journey for 2 hours and will reach to Ramailo Danda eventually where we will stay overnight.   

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

After having breakfast, we head towards kharikhola. Today's trail will be mostly flat and down with few switchbacks. Along the trail, we we traverse through villages like Ningsaw, Pangom, and other few lodges. We'll have our luch at Pangom and continue to descend down to Kharikhola. Reaching Kharikhola implies that your hiking days in khumbu region is completed. Tomorrow, you'll be driving to Phaplu on a Jeep from here. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today's drive will be a bumpy one. After heaving breakfast, we'll ride on a jeep all the way to Phaplu. 

 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

After breakfast at Phaplu, we drive all the way back to Kathmandu. It'll be a whole day drive. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

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

  • Breakfast

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

    What's Included

    • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle
    • Jeep drive from Kathmandu – Patale Dhap – Bung Mahakulung and Kharikhola – Phaplu – Kathmandu
    • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Standard hotel Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
    • Accommodation during Trek; local lodges 16 nights (twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows
    • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking period
    • Accommodation during Camp; One night at High Camp
    • Necessary camping staffs, all Camping Equipment, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
    • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Boiled water, Tea and Coffee during the climbing period
    • English speaking experienced and certified Sherpa Guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder)
    • 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
    • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
    • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Excess baggage fees
    • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking
    • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt
    • First aid medicine kit
    • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
    • Mera Peak Climbing Permit
    • Mera Peak Climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government
    • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
    • Makalu Barun National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
    • All government and local taxes.
    • Energy Supplies Snickers, Mars, Bounty etc
    • Supplementary Oxygen Cylinder with mask regulator or Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
    • Thuraya Satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal emergency use only
    • Pulse Oximeter (Oxygen Meter) to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate to monitor your health condition throughout your trip
    • Assistance in arranging Helicopter rescue operations (24/7) in case of complicated health conditions or any other emergencies (should be covered by your Travel Insurance)

    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 alcoholic beverages).
    • 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

    Departure Dates

    FromToStatusPrice  
    Start Date13 Mar, 2024End Date03 Apr, 2024AvailableUS$ 2500

    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.
     

    If you have limited time and won’t be able to do the 20 Days Mera Peak Climbing then we do have Rapid Mera Peak Climbing just 13 days.

    We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Mera Peak. 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 08 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 08 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

    Private Trips to Mera Peak 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.

    Useful Info

    Mera Peak Climbing Packing List:

    “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Alfred Wainwright

    Are you planning your dream trip to the Himalaya of Nepal? Make sure you have packed well for your hiking, trekking and climbing experiences in Nepal. The time period of your visit also determines your packing list. The best trekking seasons for beginning your Mera Peak Climbing are spring and autumn. During these seasons, maximum flow of trekkers can be witnessed. Weather during spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November) are likely to be mild with clear blue sky and outstanding mountain views. But nights can get freezing cold at higher elevation. So, packing appropriate clothing, gear, and equipments for your Mera Peak Expedition is a must for lifetime memorable trekking and climbing experience in Everest region of Nepal.

    A strategically way of packing will be keeping in mind that your stuffs will be packed in two bags. One will be the daypack that you carry every day on your trek. Pack your daypack as light as possible by carrying only the essentials so that you can relish your moments in wilderness freely. Pack anything you may need each day during your hike in your daypack. Other bag will be your duffle bag which will be carried by your Porter from the very beginning of your trek till the end.

    Upper Body:

    • Warm beanie hat
    • Tubular Headwear (buff)
    • Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
    • Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries
    • Sunscreen with factor 50+
    • Upper Body (Core body):
    • 3 Light and trekking weight thermal tops
    • 3 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
    • 1 Fleece Jacket or pull over (Merino, soft shell)
    • 1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
    • 1 Down Jacket

    Lower Body:

    • 2 Thermal base layers (merino or polartec power dry)
    • 2 Pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
    • 1 Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
    • 1 Waterproof/ Rain pants
    • 2 Light Hiking shorts
    • 2 Fleece Pants
    • 4 Under wears (merino)

    Hands:

    • 1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves
    • 1 Pair shell gloves (Gore-Tex)
    • 1 Waterproof outer glove

    Feet:

    • 3 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)
    • 3 Pairs of liner socks
    • 2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks
    • 2 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
    • Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)
    • Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses

    Accessories:

    • 1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters
    • 2 Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
    • Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
    • A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole
    • Camera with extra battery
    • Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)
    • Sleeping Bag liner
    • Ear Plugs
    • Portable Solar Charger
    • Smart Trekking Watch

    Personal First Aid Kit:

    Please do note that our trekking guides will be too carrying the first aid kit with them especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

    • Personal Medication
    • Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)
    • Paracetamol Tablets
    • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
    • Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)
    • Water Purification tablets or drops
    • Blister kit / Zinc Tape
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Dressing Gauze
    • Antibiotic Cream

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