Nepal’s highest trekking peak. This is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, standing at 6476m, and is situated in an uninhabited part of Nepal to the south-east of Everest. Whilst the summit of Mera is our ultimate goal, the outstanding feature of this trip is the trek through the Hinku valley which is one of the wildest and most beautiful in Nepal. This will allow us to sample a true “wilderness experience” en route to Mera. We start the trek by Nepal’s highest trekking peak flying to Lukla and from here proceed carefully into the Hinku valley and after nine days trekking, we eventually reach Khare where we site our base camp. From here we ascend to the Mera La and then another high camp to increase our chances of success. The steady climb to the north summit rewards our efforts with one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, giving fantastic views of five 8000m peaks, Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, and Cho Oyu to the west. This trek is a tea-house trek, with tents used at the two higher camps. Transport to and from the Everest region is by air.
Fixed Trip Dates
Spring 2021 11 Apr – 30 Apr, 2 – 21 May
Autumn 2021 10 Oct – 29 Oct, 31 Oct – 19 Nov
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
Day 02 : At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya
After a very early start, and an early take-off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 30 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage. We start the trek on a beautiful trail that heads south and crosses the Paiya La pass before reaching the small settlement of Paiya at 2730m.
Day 04 : Paiya to Pangum
From Paiya we soon leave the main Jiri route and start upwards on a steep trail to the Khare La at approx. 3000m. After crossing the ridge over into the Khare Khola we descend steeply to a lunch spot before ascending again to our overnight stop at Pangum (Pangkongma) at 2870m.
Day 05 : Pangum to Ramailo Dada
We start with a short climb through rhododendron and bamboo forests to reach the Pangkongma La, passing the staircase to the Gompa on the left. We then descend to Sibuje before branching off on the left trail whivh takes us on a further downward trail through thick forest. After reaching our lunch spot at Ngingsow we climb steeply again up to Ramailo Dada at 3230m, a small settlement near the top of the ridge.
Day 06 : Ramailo Dada to Chetra Khola
From Ramaila Dada we progress on steep trails, both up and down, through thick forest to Chetra Khola at 3200m, a small settlement with one tea-house near the river.
Day 07 : Chetra Khola to Kothe
We continue on steep trails, at first up and then contouring through thick forest to our lunch spot at Traktok (3600m). From here we get our first view of Mera in the distance. We then descend into the west side of the Hinku valley and continue on an upward trail to the overnight stop of Kothe (3600m). This is a delightful spot by the river with fantastic views up the valley.
Day 08 : Kothe to Thagnak
The trail follows the west bank of the Hinku Valley northwards; the trail is straightforward and it is a gentle climb through a wide valley, and at all times we are surrounded by spectacular mountains - Kusum Kanguru to the west and Mera to the east. We make our way to Thagnak (4350m) where we will stay for the next two nights.
Day 09 : Rest day at Thagnak
This is our first acclimatisation day and it will pay dividends as we trek higher towards our ascent of Mera. The day can be spent exploring or simply resting for the climb ahead.
Day 10 : Thagnak to Khare
From Thagnak the trail turns eastwards where it follows the lateral moraine of the Dig glacier. We pass the stunningly beautiful glacial lake of Sabai Tsho and continue ever upwards to Khare (4900m), situated below the Mera glacier. The distance from Thagnak to Khare is short, but we are now at nearly 5000m for the first time and hence we trek very slowly up to Khare, stopping often to take in the stunning views.
Day 11 : Acclimatisation Day at Khare
This is our second acclimatisation day and it is important to prepare us for the climb ahead. The day can be spent exploring or simply resting for the climb ahead but it is also time for ensuring that we make all of the correct preparations for the next few days.
Day 12 : Khare to Mera La, and Base Camp
From Khare we climb onto the Mera glacier and follow it to the pass known as the Mera La (5415m). From here we drop down to our Base Camp in a rocky area just off the Mera La. Again this is a short day in terms of distance but we will take our time and adopt a steady pace to ensure that we allow for the gain in altitude. Base Camp is a spectacular camp site and we have great views up to Mera Peak.
Day 13 : Mera La Base Camp to High Camp
From the Mera La Base Camp we continue upwards and establish a high camp at 5800m near a rocky outcrop on the Mera glacier. From here we are treated to superb views of many of the Himalayan giants in the surrounding region. Above us, we can see the Central Summit which stands at the head of a wide glacier flanked by two ridges.
Day 14 : Ascent of Island Peak and return to Chhukung
Setting off early in the morning we will make the ascent of Mera. Although, technically, Mera is a relatively straight-forward ascent, it still takes us between 4-6 hours to reach the central summit at 6476m. Our hard work is rewarded with one of the finest mountain views in the world giving fantastic views of five 8000m peaks - Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, and Cho Oyu to the north-west. We then return to Khare.
Day 15 : Contingency day
We allow a spare “buffer” day in case of bad weather.
Day 16 : Khare to Kothe
With the ascent of Mera behind us we can relax and retrace our steps back down the Hinku Valley, first to Thagnak and on to Kothe.
Day 17 : Kothe to Tuli Kharka
The hard work starts again as we climb up the side of the Hinku Valley on the trail that takes us first back to Traktok where we have a break, and then on to Tuli Kharka. From high upon the ridge we obtain our final view of Mera.
Day 18 : Tuli Kharka to Lukla
The final day of our trip - we ascend to the Zatr La and cross the pass, leaving the Hinku Valley behind. From here it is all downhill, firstly on a steep stone staircase and then on normal steep trails as we descend to Chutanga. From here the walking gets easier on our way back to Lukla for a well deserved beer.
Day 19 : Fly to Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with a 30 minute flight back to the domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon at the latest.
Day 20 : Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
We recommend that you book a flight out of Nepal in the late afternoon or early evening to ensure that you have enough time should there be any delay when flying back from Lukla.
What is included in the price?
When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport you'll be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Likewise when you return home you'll be transferred to the airport and looked after by our staff.
For your flights to and from Lukla you will also be similarly looked after by our ground staff and trek staff for transfers to and from the Domestic Airport Terminal.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
3 nights in a 3 star hotel, bed & breakfast, sharing in a twin room is included or a single supplement can be added to your package.
The return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
On the trek/climb
Our trips are all operated on the GAP system - Guides, Accommodation, Porterage. Over our many years of experience we have realised that clients prefer to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the trail. Not only does this result in a more cost effective regime but it takes into account the many factors that can influence our clients choice. Some clients prefer a hearty breakfast with relatively light lunches and dinners, whilst others prefer the opposite and so we allow our clients to make their choices and the sirdar helps to settle bills as we progress along the trail. We recommend that you allow US$25 per day for food and drink.
Permits and Entrance Fees
All trekking and climbing permits and entrance fees are included.
Our climbing trips necessitate a small number of nights in camp where there is no access to tea-houses. Here we use a full camp service - tents, mats, food and drink. This is provided as part of your trip price.
Equipment on climbs
We provide the necessary equipment for safety and progress on the mountain e.g. ropes, snow stakes, but require our clients to provide their own personal climbing equipment. This can be hired locally or brought with you.