Mera Peak Climbing
 
Mera Peak ClimbingAs you finally reach at the majestic Mera peak, officially the highest of trekking peak in Nepal, you find yourself looking down and towards great many magnificent natural landscapes. You will have a direct view of the southern face of the Everest from this point of your trek. Moreover, you will have great many rare glances of watershed area, the wild and heavily wooded valleys Hinku and Hongu Drangkas from this heavenly space. In this route to the Mera (Peak), you can experience the rarest of the rare chances of venturing through little visited and as yet un-spoilt region of Nepal where the hillsides still remain densely forested for everyone’s pleasure. 

As you set to trek towards Mera Peak, you start gathering great pleasure of reaching above 21,000 feet and looking down the whole earth. You will be marching through the Hongu and the Hinku valleys which have remained uninhabited although there are Kharka, places

for cattle grazing in the Upper Hinku basin where Sherpa from the South, near Pangkongma, are occasionally seen grazing their cattle during the grass- growing monsoon season. As you pass through the upper Hongu basin, you will march through a mountainous wilderness. You will also venture through some beautiful forests, massive moraines, glacial lakes and spectacular peaks that include Charmlang and Baruntse.

Additionally, this trek to the Mera peak offers you rare opportunities to come across face to face with the most spectacular mountain sceneries, pristine forests, and the geo-cultural atmosphere of the highest altitude in the world. You find yourself climb this peak that has a hair-raising flight from as soon as you leave a small and beautiful town called Lukla situated at 2,800 m (9,184 ft) height. 

To reach to Mera, you need to trek for six days form Lukla. Our trekking experience tells that six days are enough for you get acclimatized and keep yourself healthy and energetic throughout. As you find yourself walking across ever-increasing altitude, you will come across Nepal's most pristine Rhododendron, oak, silver fir and birch forests. You will pass through beautiful alpine lakes, and finally up the base camp situated at the foot of the Mera glacier. 

We will set up two more high camps, the first one over 300 m above the base camp in the Mera Glacier, and the second after we cross the Mera crevasse field at 5,800 m. From here you will find yourself walking through a steady and steep climb to reach to the summit of the Mera Peak. It is here at this point you will get great many awe-inspiring views of Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, Everest and Lhotse to the north, and Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu to the west. This point is a dome of moments of nirvana, a thing you really deserve after going through such adventurous journey.

General Itinerary
Day 01: You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu). Our airport representative will pick you from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel.

Day 02: Preparation for the Trip
You make some basic preparations for the trip such buying and checking equipments that you need.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2860m) and Trek to Phuiyan (2796m), walk 4-5 hrs 
On this day, you fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. Just to remind you, the airstrip where you will find yourself in the early morning at Lukla was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friend. The expedition route that you will be walking along with our experienced trekking porters and guide to Mera is a welcome escape from the usually much crowded trail that leads one to the Everest Base Camp. After having your lunch at Surkhe, you will find yourself walking through many traditional villages till you arrive at the vicinity of Phuiyan, the place for your first night camp.

Day 04: Trek to Pangkogma (2846m), walk approx 6 hrs. 
After crossing the Poyan Khola, you find yourself turning off the main trekking route coming up from the south, and joining an older route. This route takes you up to a steep ridge-line from where you can view the pristine mountainous river, the Khare Khola. As you descend the other side of the ridge, you find yourself walking along the hillside before you start to climb a steady trail that leads you to an attractive farming and trading village called Pangkongma (2846 m). 

As soon as you reach to the village, to your surprise, you will find friendly villagers waiting for you to welcome to their place. You then spend several pleasant hours with them mostly warming yourself in front of an open fire. The climate, food, Sherpa people, sky and air around you envelop you to your great surprise and pleasure.

Day 05: Trek to Narjing Dingma (2690m), walk approx 06 hrs 
This part of your route takes you to the westwards towards Takshindu Monastery and Lamjura. From there, you start walking through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo hedges leading up to the Pangkongma La Pass (3140m). From the Pass, you can have some excellent views of the south face of Mera. You will be gazing on twin peaks of Mera and its neighbor Naulekh. From this Pass, you start descending to the Hinku valley, a beautiful place, where you will be staying for a night at an excellent campsite.

Day 06: Trek to Chalen Kharka (3440m), walk approx 06 hrs 
From the Valley, you start ascending a hill, covered with a thick rhododendron forest. As you reach the Surkie La (3,085m), you find yourself heading towards the north along the ridge. It is there and then the whole of eastern Nepal opens to you. Finally, you reach at the Honku valley, the place for yet another interesting campfire night.

Day 07: Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)
From Honku valley, you start to climb the side of a ridge and find yourself gradually coming out of the last traces of rhododendron forest. You then find yourself walking through a rugged terrain, a high point of grazing area. As soon as you reach to a small pass, you get some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu mountains looking at you from the east. You reach Chunbu Kharka and spend a campfire night.

Day 08: Trek to Kote (3490m), walk approx 06 hrs
This part of your route takes you through a forest mixed of juniper, rhododendron and firs, and walking through the forest itself becomes one of the most beautiful experiences of your trip. As you reach to Kote, you enjoy some great views of Mera and Hinku valley.

Day 09: Trek to Tangnang (4140m) walk approx 5- 6 hrs 
This route to Tangnang takes you steadily up through open pasture fields, used for the summer grazing of yaks brought up from the lower valleys. As you keep on walking this route, you will find the valley swinging eastwards into a new array of peaks. Finally, you reach at Thagnak from where you view the Mera glacier in the horizon.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day
We will spend a day at Thagnak in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. It is strongly advised that you spend an extra day here. Moreover, this trekking spot has a superb setting as it is surrounded by stunning peaks including Peak 43 (6,769m). There is a huge moraine in the north of Thagnak. It is there you will find a beautiful glacial lake known as Sabai Tsho.

Day 11: Trek to Mera Base Camp (4940m), walk approx 4-5 hrs
From Thagnak, you start walking through sideways of the moraine of Dig Glacier and Dig Kharka. This particular route offers you some great spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail keeps on climbing through moraines towards the south of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers, and then finally you start to climb a steep hill that leads you to Khare (5,099 m).

Day 12: Acclimatization day 
This is another important acclimatization day (at 5,300m) for you as you have to make a final preparation for the climb. A three-hour ascending from here leads you to Mera La (5,415m) Pass. Usually during Nov-April, this pass remains covered with snow. This pass offers some excellent spectacular views of the mountains. As you descend about 100m down the Hongu side, you find yourself enjoying at a night camp in the base camp (5,300m) in the moraine below the ice.

Day 13: Spare day for Summit 
Mostly the weather condition in the Himalayas remains unpredictable, therefore it is advised you to spare this day for a good rest. Moreover, this free day enables you to adjust yourself with the environment. You can enjoy the atmosphere depending on the condition of the weather.

Day 14: Trek to High Camp, walk approx 5-6 hrs 
This part of the route takes you up to the highest camp located at about 5,800m on the Northern slopes of the upper mountain. You will be walking up for 4 hours and then setting up a high camp. You make preparation for the next day to get to the summit. The camp is located at an excellent point from where you can have some great mountain views.

Day 15: Summit to the Mera Peak and back to the base camp, approx 08 hrs walk
This is probably the most important and toughest day in any mountaineering trip in this world. You find yourself waking up in the dawn with a high esteem and determination to make the summit of the peak a grand success. Then within a few hours, you find yourself climbing up the centre of the open snowfields. It is very necessary that you avoid crevasses. The route then swings towards the south-east, skirting below and to the east of the left-hand ridge before turning back rightwards towards the main summit ridge of Mera. It is the very point that you have dreamt to be in your life. 

From the summit, you can see great spectacular mountain views, including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Kanchanjunga (8586 m), Mt. Lhotse(8516 m), Mt. Makalau(8485 m ) and more other mountains having over 7000m height.

Day 16: Trek to Kote, walk approx 06 hrs 
On this day, you find yourself retracing the trail back to Kote. You will spend a night in a camp set near by the river.

Day 17: Trek to Cetera (4190m), walk approx 06 hrs
You will follow another new route back to Lukla that stays high on the open hillside. Rather than winding through the previous one, you will be walking down and through a quicker return. This trial provides you some fantastic views of the backside of Mera, a differently beautiful angle.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla, walk approx 07 hrs 
This trail takes you through a series of rises and high plateau till the windy craggy Zatrawa La (4,580m), the gateway to the Dudh Kosi valley and the trail to Lukla, from where we look back to the Hinku wilderness for the last time. The south face of the peak that you climbed just a couple of days ago beautifully surprises you.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure from Nepal