Mera Peak Climbing- 20 Days

Mera Peak, 6476m, is the highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal (Nepal Mountaineering Association) but technically an easy climb compared to other 6000m trekking peaks in Nepal. Therefore, an excellent peak for those looking for thier first climbing experience in the Himalaya of Nepal. The 6476m altitude do cover up for the technical differences hence good preparations, physically and mentally is required. The other main reason people opt to climb Mera Peak is the magnificent summit view of the over-8000-meter-mountains such as Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Lhotse, 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m, Mt. Makalu, 8463m, and Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8586m. 

Mera Peak Climbing trip starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek leads through  the incredibly remote and beautiful Hinku Valley. This 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. 

Previous climbing experience on snow and ice would be a great advantage, additionaly our well-experienced Sherpa climbing guides will organize a training session on the climbing gear and necessary skills required for the climb.This is a straightforward climb for which acclimatization  is the vital ingredient.  As you trek higher into this remote valley, following the river to the glaciers, your body is gradually becoming acclimatized for the climb. Khare  village 5,045m is the last village on the Mera Peak trail where we will have Tea Houses. We have a mandatory acclamatization day, basic climbing clinic program and checking our gears and equipments before we move to mountain. We will set Base Camp 5,350m and High Camp 5780m before attempting for the final summit push.  

Descending from Mera Peak, we retrace our steps to Lukla, feeling energized from our accomplishment and all the extra red blood cells in our system. Zawtra La pass at the end is a Treat before we desend back to Lukla. 

The best season for Mera 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 tourists around. The duration of the Mera Peak Trip can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every details of your Mera Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

Choose your own customized version of Mount Mera Peak Climb:

  • Our standard Mera Peak Climbing is a 20 Days Trek via Pangom route but alternative routes are also available depending upon your travel time frame. 
  • This Rapid Mera Peak Climbing- 13 Days  is a teahouse trek via Chhutanga and Zawtra La Pass. 
  • This 23 Days Trek through an almost uninhabited area is not only the best way to acclimatize; it is the ultimate way to enjoy the beauty of the Hinku Valley.

 

Planning to climb Mera Peak in 2019 and 2020 ? 

Email us : info@annapurnafoothills.com 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • One of the most tempting Trekking Peaks of Nepal
  • Culturally charming journey leading through obscure charming villages and forests
  • From the top, you’ll see 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 
  • One porter for Two Trekkers basis in all of our Climbing Trips

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

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla, and trek to Paiya (Chutok),(2,730m/8,956ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Pangoma, (2,850m/9,350ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Nigmsa (2,745m/9,005ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Chhetra Khola, (3,122m/10,242ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Kothe, (3,600m /11,811ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 8 : Trek toThangnak, (4,356m/14,291ft) 5 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Khare, (5,045m/16,551ft) 4 hrs

Day 10 : Acclimatization Day in Khare /Preparation day

Day 11 : Trek to Base Camp (5,350m/17,552ft) 4 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to High Camp, (5780m/18,963ft) 4 hrs

Day 13 : Ascent of Mera Peak 6,476m/21,246ft, descent to Khare 9-10 hrs

Day 14 : Reserve Day

Day 15 : Trek to Kothe, (3,600m /11,811ft) 7hrs

Day 16 : Trek toThuli Kharka/ Chhatrwabuk (4,200m/13,779ft) 6-7hrs

Day 17 : Trek to Lukla, (2,800m/ 9,186ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 18 : Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 19 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 20 : Happy Departure

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Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
07 December, 2019 26 December, 2019 US $2390 per person Available
10 March, 2020 29 March, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
20 March, 2020 08 April, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
04 April, 2020 23 April, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
12 April, 2020 01 May, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
22 April, 2020 11 May, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 19 May, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
10 May, 2020 29 May, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
17 May, 2020 05 June, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
05 September, 2020 24 September, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
14 September, 2020 03 October, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
25 September, 2020 14 October, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
04 October, 2020 23 October, 2020 US $2550 per person Limited
16 October, 2020 04 November, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
24 October, 2020 12 November, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
31 October, 2020 19 November, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
07 November, 2020 26 November, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed
18 November, 2020 07 December, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
26 November, 2020 15 December, 2020 US $2550 per person Available
03 December, 2020 22 December, 2020 US $2550 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • 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 13 nights (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during Camping One night at Base camp and One night at High Camp 
  • 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
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh / Can Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Mera 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 Climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.

 

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

 

More about Personal Climbing Equipment and Gears

Cost Exclude(s)

 

  • 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

Mera Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion for Mera Peak . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

 

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

 

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 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)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Mera Peak 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 independence if you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need an experienced Sherpa guide as a partner.The routes we suggest are 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:

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.

 

Safety for Mera Peak Climb


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

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 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.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $2550 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2B

Maximum Height:6,476m/ 21,246ft

Minimum Height:1,300m/4,265ft

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:8 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Barun National Park Fee and Mera Peak Climbing Permit

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights on B&B Plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:Local Lodges 12 Nights (13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners with twin-share rooms)

Accommodation during Camping:Meals During 2 Nights Camping

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