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Mera Peak (6,461m) Climbing

Nepal Nepal

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Mera Peak Climbing, a hard but rewarding expedition will take you from the main trails to Everest into the sparsely populated, wild and pristine Hinku Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park.

The Mera Peak is the highest trekking summit in Nepal at 6,461 m. With the summit of Mera Peak Central you reach a view point with spectacular views of five eight-thousand-meter peaks: Cho Oyu to the northwest, Everest and Lhotse to the north, and Makalu and Kanchenjunga to the northeast.
After landing in Phablu, you will hike through the pristine valley with dense rhododendron forests, small Sherpa villages, picturesque mountain meadows and breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan giants until you reach Base Camp. From here it goes over a charming glacier landscape to the summit. Although the ascent to the summit is challenging, the technical requirements are comparatively low and well-endowed with good stamina, ice pick and crampons experience and willpower.
Our Mera Peak Tour requires good fitness, solid mountaineering and good glacier experience as well as sure-footedness and a head for heights.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, briefing and welcome dinner
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. A full briefing and equipment check will be done in the afternoon. In the evening you are invited to dinner with your guide. Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar category (D).

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the tour
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide. The most popular places and attractions are generally Pashupatinath – a Hindu temple -, Swayambhunath – also known as the Monkey Temple, as well as the Boudhanath Stupa. You should return to the hotel in the late afternoon and pack up for the tour the next morning. The rest of the day is then at leisure. You can also leave a bag of things you do not need on the tour at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B).

Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Phaplu (1.900m) and drive to Bung – 5/6 hours
After a 35 minute flight along the high mountains we arrive in Phaplu. We then drive through the villages of the Sherpa and Rai to Bung. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 04: Trek from Bung to Khiraule (2.600m) – 4/5 hours hike
Today we have a nice hike ahead of us. We walk over beautiful hills with some ups and downs and cross a few rivers. Cross the jungle on our way and get to know the diverse flora and fauna of this region. On the way we take our lunch in a simple local tea house. After arriving at today’s Zeil we have the opportunity to visit the Khiraule Monastery, which is located in the middle of the village. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the district of Solukhumbu, which was slightly damaged by the 2015 earthquake. This monastery is surrounded by tall pines and a mani wall. You can optionally meditate there and then return to the lodge. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 05: Khiraule to Cholem Kharka (3.600m) – 6/7 hours
We continue the rollercoaster trek of ups and downs that characterize this first part of the trek until we reach Cholem Kharka. We walk through many botanical plants and oak forests. After a while the landscape changes on our way from green to rocky, wild terrain. In the late afternoon we reach our lodge. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 06: Cholemkharka to Khola Kharka (3.800m) via Panch Pokhari – approx. 6 hours
The path slowly rises to Panch Pokhari with the sweet smell of Himalayan incense and herbs. On clear days, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Inkhu Dale, the green hills and the Dhudkunda Himal. On our way we are presented with great views of the mountains of Mt. Numbur, Mt. Karyalum (6,500m) and Mt. Mores. It takes about six hours to reach Panch Pokhari (translated five lakes). The lakes are considered sacred and the locals believe that the god of the lakes fulfills his wishes. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 07: First acclimatization day in Khola Kharka
We use today to get our body used to the altitude. We can stroll through the village on one of the hills rise to about 4.200m. There is rest from the afternoon. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 08: Trek Khola Kharka to Kothe (3.691 m) / 6 to 7 hours
From Khola Kharka to Kothe (3,691 m) – 6 to 7 hoursThe day starts with a gentle climb for about an hour and then with a descent to Mujang Khola. From here we have to cross a small river called Mujang and the path leads through a dense pine forest to Kothe. Kothe is located on the riverbank and is the intersection of Lukla and Mera treks. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 09: Kothe to Thangnag (4,358 m) – 3 to 4 hours
Today we have a beautiful hike along the Hinku Kola. The trail follows the river on a rocky path that crosses several landslide areas. Shortly after we leave Kote, we can see the three summits of Mera. Ascent climbs to the Kyashar peak, followed by Kusum Kanguru and the eastern summit. We reach Tangnag for a late lunch. We stay in Tangnag for the next two nights (4,300 m). We are now in a deep valley formed by the high walls of Kyashar Peak, Kusum Kanguru and East Peak. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).Day 10: Acclimatization day in Thangnag
We spend the second acclimatization day getting used to the altitude. There will be a walk this morning to the top of a ridge south of Thangnag. We climb up to 5,000 meters and have a great view of Kusum Kanguru, Kyeshar, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Mera Central in good weather. We return to the camp for lunch and rest in the afternoon. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 11: Trek to Khare (4,900 m) – approx. 6 hrs
Today we have a short day with about three to four hours of ascent. The path climbs steeply from Tangnag to some prayer flags that overlook the glacier that falls from the Kyeshar peak. The trail becomes easier as we climb the valley via Dig Kharka, and then there is a final steep climb to the lodges in Khare. We have lunch in Khare and have a free afternoon. From Khare we have great views of Mera, Charpati Himal, Kyeshar Peak and other Himalayan giants. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 12: Acclimatization day, ice ax and crampons training
We have an acclimatization day in Khare. It is possible to climb the glacier towards Mera La where we can use our ice ax, crampon and rope technique and Jumar. In Khare a complete inspection of the equipment is carried out and it is possible to rent equipment here. Please notice that! Check their equipment before the ascent, as it is obligatory. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 13: Hike to the high camp (5,700 m) – 7 hours hike
Today we climb the Mera Glacier up to a ledge to reach the high camp at 5,700m. As soon as we reach the glacier, the slope decreases and we follow it to Mera La, a very cold and windy place. From here, the path is not so steep and leads the glacier up to the high camp, at 5,800 m altitude, a small, lively campsite. From the camp, you can see five of the 14-Eight-thousander mountains on Earth, stretching from Kanchenjunga in the east, through Makalu, Lhotse and Everest to Cho Oyu in the west. This afternoon there will be a final check of the equipment and we are preparing for tomorrow. After sunset, we retire to the warmth of our sleeping bags to rest before tomorrow’s summit attempt. Please note that the High Camp is extremely cold and high. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 14: Climb to Mera Central Peak (6,461 m) and descent to Khare (4,900 m)
Today we have an extremely long, usually depends on weather cold day which will start at around 2 o’clock in the morning. You must wear your crampons from the beginning and have the ice ax with you. The terrain here is not very steep, but walking is very slow due to the altitude and it can be very cold and windy. Be very careful about crevasses. At dawn, the trail climbs steeply east of the left ridge before turning right on lighter ground. As we approach the summit, we rest on a pass as the Sherpas secure a safety rope at the end of the last section of the summit climb. The last 50 meters to the summit are the steepest part of the climb. We will need the jumar (rope clamp) for this last section – it’s steep and makes the climb more difficult. Please note that the crevasses change from year to year.
Once at the top, the view over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the feathered Everest Himal in the center and Cho Oyu in the west is worthwhile. As you descend this steep section, we must descend from the summit and take the fixed rope back from the summit. From here it is usually faster downhill. We descend again to the high camp, where a hot soup and drinks are waiting for us. After a long but rewarding day, this means returning to a lower altitude. We then descend all the way to our base camp in Khare and usually arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 15: Thangnag back to Kote (3,600 m), about 6 hours
A long but beautiful walk as we follow our steps down the valley to Thangnag, where we have lunch and descend further down the valley to Kote. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 16: From Kothe to Chatrakhola (3,150m), 5-6 hours
Because the road over the Chatra La Pass is risky due to snow and landslides, we take the safe route back to Lukle. Through the mixed forest we climb uphill and downhill and meet only a few hikers on the way. This stretch of road is much quieter than the days before. The path is relatively easy and leads through a beautiful old pine forest. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 17: From Chatrakhola to Pangom (2,804m), 7-8 hours
Today we walk through the jungle, past bamboo forests, various rhododendron species and pines. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 18: Pangom to Paiya (2.730m), 5-6 hours
After breakfast, head uphill for 5 to 6 hours through the Sherpa village. Paiyan is a beautiful village overlooking a small tributary of the Dhud Kosi (river in the Everest region). Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 19: From Paiyan to Lukla (2,850m), 5-6 hours
It is the last day of the hike. We start with the descent. Arriving in Lukla, we end our exciting trekking tour. In the evening, we say goodbye to our great Porter / porters, who did a great job during our tour. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge (B|L|D).

Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu – rest of the day free
We fly back to Kathmandu and have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Tibet (B).

Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities
A free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping. Overnight at Hotel Tibet (B).

Day 22: Flight back home
Transfer to the airport and fair well (B)

We reserve the right to make program changes due to special events, force majeure, or weather conditions.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

German guided tour
English guided tour

This trekking tour can also be booked for your individual group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 22 days
Costs: € 3.090
Group size: min. 4 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of four persons)
€ 200 for single room for hotel accommodation only

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All meals on trek (B,L,D)
  • All internal flights (with Summit Air, Sita Air or Tara Air), inclusive Airport Taxes and 15kg free luggage
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Trekking Permit, Mera climbing permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Mountain guide, climbing guide and porters
  • 20 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • Climbing equipment like two-men tents, fix and main ropes, snow bar, carabiners, ice screw, kitchen equipment
  • Cook and kitchen staff during Mera Peak climbing
  • Quality service
  • Oxygen set
  • Oxymeter
  • Satellite Phone

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas (US $40)
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Tips

Important notes for mountain climbing

In order to participate in our mountain tours, you must meet specific physical requirements. This includes no fear of heights, absolute surefootedness, and excellent health. You should have also mastered independent walking in a rope team and climbing with ice axes and crampons. You should also be able to independently and safely walk in difficult terrains such as on moraine, in scree, on grassy slopes, and scree covered glaciers.

On the tours, you will have to master steep ice passages of up to 60° and other physical challenges. Your cardiac and circulation system should of course be healthy. Proof of good health from your doctor is required for booking.

Opinion and behaviour compromises are necessary for these sort of trips. Tolerance and willingness to help the group members as well as the guides and local helpers are absolute requirements for this.

Reaching the summit can be extremely difficult and in extreme cases impossible due to adverse weather conditions (fog, heavy rain, snow, wind) and other adverse conditions. In this case, our responsible mountain guides are authorised to cancel further ascent for the protection and health of all concerned. In such cases, personal interests must be put on the back burner. There are no recourse claims.

We point out that all domestic flights in Nepal are visual flights and in bad weather may be delayed or even cancelled. Keeping to the programme can depend on the feasibility of flights, among other things.

Additionally, the travel programme for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. However, it is possible that roads need to be blocked or are impassable as a result of climatic events in the destination country. It is also possible that there may be delays of several hours due to traffic congestion or fuel shortages. This may also mean that access to attractions is blocked.
Our travel guides adjust to such situations and will endeavour to nevertheless achieve all the programme points to the satisfaction of the participants. The inconvenience is therefore usually kept within limits. Nevertheless, it should be noted at this point that the above-mentioned reasons can always result in changes to the programme. The pressures of such changes are beyond the responsibility of the organiser. The resulting costs are borne by the traveller. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 125 (stay of up to 90 days).
The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified.
The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey.
We have requested ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at www.reiseversicherung.de.

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.
It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERGO or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet ***+
Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake side retreat ***
Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar **
Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal ***
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travelers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet).
In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Summit Air, Tara Air, Yeti Air, Sita Air or Buddha.


Trip Details

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Holiday Type: Tented Trek
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 6.461 m
  • Group size: Min. 4 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of four persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 3.090,00 
  • Single room supplement: 200,00 €
    for hotel accomodation only