Mera Peak Climbing is an itinerary package in which you get to climb Mera Peak after trekking there with us. Mera Peak happens to be one of those peaks which lie to the south of Mount Everest and the highest of those peaks in Nepal known as the trekking peak. Trekking peaks like the Mera Peak are those peaks which have a high of more than 6000 meters above sea level but less than 7000. Technically, you do not require any mountaineering expertise to climb such peaks as you can ascend and descend them in a matter of a day.
Mera peak like other such peaks climbing peaks requires that you are fit and able to climb and bask in the glory of what you see all around you. You trek from a beginning point to head towards your destination day after day to eventually climb to the summit. It is an adventure, it is fortitude and it is where you get the fruits of the majestic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Mera peak itself just stands at a height of 6461 meters but gives one the same comfort of achievement as if having climbed those that you see.
The Mera Peak Climbing trip and trek takes you all the way from Lukla after being flown in from Kathmandu to Mera Peak in which you trek through different destinations and pass through glaciers and moraines on the way just to standing on the peak after you made it.
Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek/climbing preparation
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (2730m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 04 : Paiya to Pangkoma (2850m) [5-6 Hours]
Day 05 : Pangkoma to Nigmsa/Shibuche (2745m) [4-5 Hours]
Day 06 : Nigmsa to Chhatra Khola (3150m) [7-8 Hours]
Day 07 : Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3600m) [6-7 Hours]
Day 08 : Kothe to Thangnag (4350m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 09 : Acclimatization & Hike to Charpate Himal Glacier
Day 10 : Thangnag to Khare (5045m) [2-3 Hours]
Day 11 : Khare to Mera Base Camp (3500m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 12 : Mera Base Camp to High camp [4-5 Hours]
Day 13 : Summit the Mera peak (6461m) and Back to Khare [8-9 Hours]
Day 14 : Day reserved for contingency
Day 15 : Khare to Kothe (3600m) [4-5 Hours]
Day 16 : Kothe to Thuli Kharka [5-6 Hours]
Day 17 : Thuli Kharka to Lukla [6-7 Hours]
Day 18 : Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 19 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination.
- Experience magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
- Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
- Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
- Explore variety of floras and faunas
- Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
- Witness Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
- Ascend adventurous Mera Peak
The Mera Peak Climbing trek is something in it that gives you the glory of having climbed in the Everest region while trekking to it. The first being flown into Lukla, giving you are a taste of what the Himalayas has to offer you in its terrain and topography. Then the trek itself to Mera Peak and back has another piece of the story to tell. The jungle trails, the little villages on the way, the streams and rivers we cross over, the glaciers we pass and the passes we ascend and descend all have their hidden secrets in them. Then the daily view and sighting of different mountain peaks all covered with snow, shine in their own glory to our eyes. This makes Mera Peak Climbing all the more luring to the one who partakes of it. And before, we begin to realize it we are standing at the foot of the peak just for us to begin conquering it without the difficulties. The sight from the top is something else to talk about. There are nearly five mountain peaks sight from the summit, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse. With some wonderful pictures in hand, we have the time then to tell a story of a lifetime.
What Kind of People could do this trip?
Any person who is physically find can do this trip. Should be able to walk for long periods and with little training for the guide on tips for mountaineering should make it to the top and back again.
What is Included
- Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
- Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
- Domestic airport departure tax.
- All accommodations during the trek at tent/lodges.
- All camping equipment during the climb (two men tents, dining tent, toilet ten, table, chair)
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide, climbing guide, kitchen staff and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
- Trekking/climbing staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
- General climbing equipment's (rope, ice-crew, snow bar etc.)
- Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
- Mera Peak climbing permit & all necessary paper work.
- Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
- First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
- Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
- Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
- All government and local taxes, VAT.
What is Not Included
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
- International airfare and travel insurance.
- Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
- Tips for guide and porters.
Mera Peak located is located in the Everest region in the Mahalangur section, Barun sub-section of eastern Nepal. It’s height is 6654 meters and considered the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Mera has three summits Mera North, 6,476 metres (21,247 ft); Mera Central, 6,461 metres (21,198 ft); and Mera South, 6,065 metres. British expeditions in the early 50s before and after the ascent of Everest first extensively explored the region in which members included Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Eric Shipton and George Lowe. Mera Central was first summit by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing on May 20, 1953.
The best time to climb Mera peak is the autumn season (Sep till Nov) where October will be the perfect month. There are basically two climbing seasons in Nepal for peak climbing i.e. August to November and March to May. So, you can choose any of these seasons as per your travel dates.
Though it’s one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal, Mera peak climb difficulty is one of the least technical peaks to climb. As per French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification, Mera peak is ‘F’ meaning ‘Facial Easy’. Though with a less technical difficulty, it’s a strenuous climb to the summit. The descend after the summit is walk and climb to the moraine, ice snow and glaciers. With sound medical health and good physical fitness, Mera peak can be climbed successfully.
Trekking peak in Nepal meaning peaks in between the altitude of 5844m and 6501m that can be climbed with the addition of 2-3 days (depending upon the technical requirement) NMA peaks.
The location of Mera peak is far off from any villages or lodges/hotels en route, so we need to camp with all the camping gears, tents etc. including the camping support staff like cook, kitchen staff including your climbing guide and porters.
Previous climbing experience overall isn’t necessary but if you have a basic course then it will add more to your skills. The only thing required is good physical fitness and sound medical health. Our expert climbing guide will teach you the rest of the climbing skills. So, your positive attitude and strong determination are what’s required.
Mera peak is a great pinnacle pinpointed in the Sagarmatha Zone, south to Everest. Mera peak summit provides 360 degrees mountain panorama of the Khumbu giants including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
Mera Peak or Island Peak, well both of these peaks are considered to be the trekking peak since they do not require high climbing technique and preparation. One can choose Mera peak instead of Island if they wish to have ‘hiking experience at the high altitude Himalayan peaks’. Even though Mera peak is higher than Island peak but it’s easier to summit than Island peak as the walking is on steep path until reaching the summit.
Oxygen isn’t required for Mera Peak climbing since it’s only 6,476 meters to the summit but proper acclimatization is very important. Oxygen is only used for more than 7 thousand meter peaks.
Mera peak climbing duration overall takes about 15-16 days i.e. the trek to reach the base camp and summit the peal and fly back to Kathmandu. On the climbing day, Mera peak ascent starts gradually which much depends upon the weather conditions. Usually if left high camp at 2 am, it’s 5-6 hour to reach the summit.
For Mera peak training program, you can go through Aerobic training or cardiovascular training. Aerobic training is for your heart, lungs and blood cells which pushes your lactic threshold higher and helps you to perform at higher heart rates for longer. For which recommended activities include regular jogs, walks, swim or cycling. You can also opt to train on a stair-master and incline treadmill.
Yes, there is a possibility of altitude sickness on Mera peak climbing which involves climbs above 6,000-meters. Therefore, the travel to base camp should take about a week trek to better acclimatize on the way. Besides, one day rest is also planned at the base before the summit the next day.
Mera peak expedition cost depends upon the group-size and also if you are doing it privately or joining a group. Also, the climbing guide needs to be insured including his medical insurance along with helicopter rescue. All of these things will be handled by your tour operator.
Mera peak equipment list includes good and standard climbing gears like ice axe, harness, carabineers, Ascender and Descender, Ice screws and crampons. It will be extremely cold and windy at times, especially on the summit, so multiple down layers (like (Mountain Hardwear 800 Fill Down jacket) are required. Besides, tents, kitchen equipment, etc. All the climbing gears can be rented and usually, your climbing guide arranges it all.
Yes, and Mera peak permit fee comes to in Spring (March-April-May) is USD250, Autumn (Sept-Oct-Nov) USD125, Winter (Dec-Jan-Feb) and Summer (June-July-August) USD70 which are all on per person basis.
Guide for Mera Peak is highly recommend since it’s about climbing the high Himalayan peak so an experienced climbing guide is required who shall help you throughout the climb and help in case of any emergencies. In harsh weather (white-outs) or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own so the climbing guide will be the best support. Climbing alone or in too small of a team is never a good idea.
Everything like permits, hotels, foods, gears, communication, you might arrange yourself but consider yourself if something goes wrong – are you 100% self-sufficient? What are your medical skills? do you have the appropriate medicine and training to deal with it? And lots of other questions. Again, climbing alone never a good idea. Saving a few hundred dollars is not worth your life.
Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 6000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Mera peak and read their policies.
Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Mera peak accommodation is very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.
It’s the squat toilet facilities at the most lodges on the Everest Base Camp trail but nowadays lodges have also built western styled toilets with a number of foreign trekkers increasing day by day. It’s suggested that you should take along your own toilet paper.
Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then food prices on the Mera peak cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.
Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.
Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.
Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.
You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last option to buy them is at Namche Bazaar if you forget any trekking gears.
All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.
Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.
Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occur even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.
Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek and help you summit one of the Himalayan peaks at the world’s highest location. You can give them a certain amount as tips for Mera peak climbing as per your desire at the end of the trek.
Wifi on Mera peak climbing is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.
You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.
ATM facilities are available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.
Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.
Usually it’s about 5-6 hours in most of the days and 6-7 hours on longer days. The walks must be slow and steady.
The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.
Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.
Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Mera Peak Climbing. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Mera Peak Climbing, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 19 days Mera Peak Climbing is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 19 days Mera Peak Climbing successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Mera Peak Climbing, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Mera Peak Climbing for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Mera Peak Climbing successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.