Mera Peak (6,476m) is the highest trekking peak listed underNepal Mountaineering Association. It is one of the most popular trekking peaks and is a peak to learn basic mountaineering skills before attempting big mountains. The ascent of the Mera peak does not require as much technical expertise in comparison to peaks such as Lobuje Peak, Chulu West, Chulu East and Mt. Amadablam etc. The view of Nepal's Himalayan range from the summit of Mera peak is incredible. In order to reach the summit of Mera peak, you must be physically fit and thoroughly acclimatized to the mountain climate.
Our approach to the base camp of Mera Peak trekking begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (gate way of Everest region).We slowly make our way south through the terraced fields that line the Dudh Kosi to Puiyan and on to Pangom.
kongma La marks our entry into the remote Hinku valley and affords views of the middle hills to the south and the Himal to the North.
We keep to the well-made track on the western valley wall and from Sibuche, catch our first view of the triple summit of MeraPeak. Our gradual acclimatization program means we will stop at the hamlet of Niumso and use a gorgeous bamboo-surrounded forest camp at ChetraTenga before heading up to the village of Khote. At Khote, we spend an extra day for rest and acclimatization. This first section is over good trails through varied country. Some of the trekking trail in this area has only been opened few years back and must have taken a mammoth effort to build, with stairs and terraces that skirt waterfalls and bluffs.
As we approach the tiny village of Tagnag, we take the opportunity to do a side trip from Tagnag, perhaps a day walk on the flanks of Mt. Kusum Kanguru to help our bodies acclimatize. A trail over the old flood outflow from LakeSabai-Tsho and pass an underground river leads us to a yak pasture and up to Khare. Rocky outcrops, moraine ridges and stunning side valleys allow us some further days of exploration and acclimatization. At Khare, we do some basic training on rope and play with some climbing gears and we head up to Mera La.
Next day to high camp and we do the final summit push on MeraPeak and descent all the way down to Khare. For the in case of bad weather, we have one extra day for summit push and finally 3 days trek out to Lukla via Zatra La and fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel and briefing
Day 2Tours in KTM, gear checking and fitting and packing
Day 3Fly to Lukla begin trek Puiyan/ Paiya (2,780m) 3-4hrs
Day 4Trek toPangom/ Pangkoma(2,800m) 5-6hrs
Day 5Trek Niumso/ Nigmsa (2,600m) 4-5hrs
Day 6Strenuous trek ChetraTenga forest camp (3,400m) 7hrs
Day 7Moderately strenuous trek to Khote (3,580m) 6hrs
Day 8Trek to Tagnag (4,356m) 5-6hrs
Day 9Acclimatization: Kusum Kanguru-Ri (5,100)
Day 10Trek to Khare (5,045m), 5hrs
Day 11Short steep walk to Mera La Camp (5,415m) 3-4hrs, Equipment checking and pre climbing training, Stay at Khare
Day 12Climb to HC High Camp (5,780m) 6-7hrs
Day 13Summit day back to Khare (5,415m) 8-9hrs
Day 14Spare summit day, Khare (5045m)
Day 15Trek to Khote (4,180m) 5-6hrs
Day 16Trek to Tulli-Kharka/ ThuliKharka (4000m) 5-6hrs
Day 17Trek over Zatra La pass & down Lukla (2800m) 6-7hrs
Day 18Fly to Ktm by early morning flight 40min
Day 19Free day in Kathmandu & celebration dinner at night
Day 20Final departure to home
Most of our trekking peaks are over 6,000m; therefore we count it as tough trip. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trek. So we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete but a good level of overall fitness is important. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit.As an indication, you should be able to walk 8 km / 5 miles with a maximum height gain of 800m / 2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 5 hours or less.
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 4 to 6 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 7kg, 10kg, 13 kg, 16kg and up to 20kg).Manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However during climbing, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink a lot of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, youneed to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack.
All of our trekking peaks climbing trips are accessible to experienced trekkers and those who have done some climbing trips in European mountains in order to take another challenge on the Himalaya's Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about the mountaineering and have future plan to climb BIG Mountains.
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about playing with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbingwill increase the chances of reaching to thesummit but previous trekking and mountaineering experiences is not mandatory and also doesn’t require any technical experience. Note that if you are participating on one of the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge aboutplaying with mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor etc.).Crampons are use for maximum grip and harness and ropes are use for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have gottough level of fitness, you will be have basic training session by our guides about how to use the climbing gears during rest/acclimatization day.So we always make it sure regarding the safety of the team and successful climb of the peak.
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