Get ready for an exciting peak climbing in the heart of the Himalayas. Nepal is the perfect destination for many trekking and mountaineering adventures. For many years people have entered Nepal to witness the true beauty of the Himalayas. In this study, we will learn about how difficult it is to climb Mera Peak and how we reach there. To make it a wholesome read, we have included the following topics:
- Nepal and Trekking
- Where is Mera Peak located?
- Places to visit in Mera Peak Climb
- How can you reach Mera Peak?
- Best time to take Mera Peak Climb
Nepal and Trekking
Nepal is a small democratic country in South Asia, surrounded by India and China. Though the geographical area of Nepal is small, the land is rich in a vast variety of terrain. It is a diversified country with great cultural stability. Apart from this, Nepal also has 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world within its territory. Out of which, Mount Everest is one. Since ages past, mountain lovers have taken ventures into the heart of the mountains. Either to trek or to climb peaks, people have been entering the Himalayas for hundreds of years.
There is no doubt that tourism is the main investment in Nepal’s economy. In this, trekking plays a vital role since most tourists come to take a hike on the Himalayan slopes. Due to the growing popularity of trekking in Nepal, the Nepalese Government has taken actions. For instance, the trekking trail is well maintained. There are permits required to enter some of the areas in the Himalayas. And these areas are preserved and looked after by the artificials. There are also many associations fighting to maintain the balance between nature and humanity. Their primary policy, ‘Leave only footprints, take only memories’ .
Where is Mera Peak located?
Mera Peak is the highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal. It is located in the Mahalangur section, of the Khumbu region, and lies to the south of Mount Everest. The entrance to Mera Peak is on the Everest Trail and the trek usually starts from Lukla Airport. It is one of the main peaks in the Sagarmatha Conservation site. Mera Peak stands at an elevation of 6476 meters and remains a great vantage point for the perfect scenery. Atop Mera Peak, we get a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and Cho Oyu. The trail is a commonly used trail and is well maintained. The trek to Mera peak is not difficult but a fairly easy one.
Places to visit in Mera Peak Climb
Mera Peak Climb is conducted through a high altitude area. Thus acclimatization sessions are necessary to avoid sickness in these regions. Therefore, our packages are designed to include ample time for acclimatization and to fully enjoy the trip. If there is anything extra you might require on your trip, you can definitely let us know. We will work on it and give you the best resolution.
The trip begins in Kathmandu, with a few sights before you embark on this flavored journey. We fly to Lukla after our stay at Kathmandu then make our way to Chutok (a.k.a ‘Paiya’). After our stay at Chutok, we head towards Panggom village. Thereafter we ascend towards the village of Ningsow. Then we cross the Pasang Lhamu trail to enter Chhatra Khola. Kothe is next on the agenda. From Kothe, we hike towards Thaknak. Then from Thaknak, we leave for Khare. Here we will conduct our first acclimatization session and pre-climbing training.
Then from Khare, we head towards Mera Peak High Camp. The next day, we summit Mera peak and descend to Khare. From Khare, we trek to the village of Kothe. Then from Kothe, we pass Chortens to reach Tuli Kharka. From Tuli Kharka we descend the Lukla valley to the village of Lukla. The next day we take a flight towards Kathmandu to end your Mera Peak Climb.
How can you reach Mera Peak?
As mentioned, your trip will begin from Kathmandu. On your arrival, our staff will escort you to your hotel and will let you settle in. the rest of the day is free. So you can take a stroll around town and experience the various Nepalese cuisines. If there are any necessary items you want to take with you on your trip, you can explore the shops. We rest for the night at the hotel.
The next day, our guide will take you to visit the Pashupati Nath Temple, built in the favor of Lord Shiva. Then the peaceful holy abode of the Buddhists, Boudha Stupa. If time permits we can also visit the SwayambhuNath Temple. We will have our lunch in the city, then head back to the hotel. In the evening, we will complete all the necessary documents required for the trip. Our staff will also conduct a briefing on the ‘Importance of Acclimatization at High altitudes’. The trip will also be explained to you. We rest at the hotel.
In the morning, we take a flight to Lukla after breakfast. The mountainous airport is famous for the bumpiest landing strip. And of course, the splendid view of the surrounding mountains before we make the landing. On landing, we meet the rest of the staff accompanying you on the trip. We begin our trek from the airport through a jungle trail and across a suspension bridge crossing Handi Khola. Then we reach the village of Sukre. We have our lunch there and then continue south past Chutok La pass. After a while, we reach the small village of Chutok (2730m), also known as Paiya. We halt for the night here.
We make our way towards Panggom (2865m). At first, we descend towards a small bridge. Thereon, we take a slippery trail to cross the Kari La pass. The pass takes us through a rhododendron and bamboo forest on the narrow trekking trial. We also come across a wonderful sight of the Dudh Koshi Valley. We continue on towards the village of Panggom and halt for the night at the village.
After breakfast, we leave Panggom to go past Panggom La Pass. The trail takes a steeper slope till we turn north. We come across Peseng Kharka Khola first, and after a few corners, reach Peeng Kharka Danda. Thereafter we need to cross the Ningsow Khola via suspension bridge before reaching the village of Ningsow (2860m). We spend the night in the village.
Today, we leave the village towards Chhatra Khola (2800m). The trail ascends at first and then descends as we move further up the route. As we go further we reach Ramailo Danda. You can immerse yourself in the splendid views of Mera Peak and Salpa from the viewpoint. After a slight ascend and descend in the trail, we make our entrance to the Makalu Barun National Park. The trail that follows from the National park to Chhatra Khola is known as Pasang Lhamu trail. The trail is also known for the sightings of Red Pandas. We halt for the night at Chhatra Khola.
The next destination is the village of Kothe (3690m). We take the north trail leading to Mera Peak. The trail goes alongside the Majang Khola, after which the trail merges and takes us alongside the Hinku Khola. A few clicks and we reach the settlements at Tashing Ongma. We have our lunch there before continuing. The trail basically remains on the river bed, till we cross a bridge over Sanu Khola. After some time, we reach Kothe village where we will halt for the night.
From Kothe, we head towards Thaknak (4358m). We travel along the ridge of Hinku Khola for some time. Once we reach Gondishung, we have our lunch there. After lunch, we leave Gondishung and go past an old monastery which still stands after 200 years, Lungsumgba Gumba. You can enter the monastery to take in the peaceful ambiance inside. Thaknak is just a few steps from here and we make our way to one of the lodges there. Rest for the night.
In the morning, we leave for Khare (5045m). The trekking route leads us along the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier then to Dig Kharka. The trail then takes a sloping turn through moraines to the tip of the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers. Trail then becomes steeper as we make our way towards Khare. The village is a great spot to get an amazing view of the northern face of Mera Peak. You can loiter around the village exploring the corners for the best views. We halt for the night at Khare.
This day is kept aside for acclimatization. The elevation has been increasing since you landed at Lukla, and it gets higher till we reach Mera Peak. We also conduct basic training on climbing, and our experts will see that you are well versed in it. You will be instructed on how to use certain equipment during your ascent. Also, the best methods to climb using a rope. We rest at night, with an exciting adventure up for grabs the next day.
Today, we make our way to Mera Peak High Camp (5780m). We first make our way through a boulder-strewn steep route to reach Mera Base Camp. From here, we take the rocky path up crevasses through Mera La pass till we reach Mera Peak High Camp. As we set up tents around the camp, we can enjoy a panoramic view all around us. The views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse is just excellent from up here. We spend the night at our tents at the High Camp.
Since it is a long walk further from the Base Camp to High Camp, we start early in the morning. As we ascend the weather might be very cold before dawn and we continue our trek up glaciers and quaint ridges. The climb will be a slow one. The sight of the first sun rays hitting the peaks is an awesome sight. The trail becomes steeper as we make our ascend and gradually the summit (6461m) comes into view. The trail requires ropes to climb over at some points.
After all this, we walk uphill till we reach the summit. Once at the summit, you can take in the spectacular views of the mountain peaks around. For instance, Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse are all visible. We will stay there for a while as you click photos or relax at such a great height. Then we make our way back to High Camp and rest for some time. Before returning back to Khare to rest for the night.
After breakfast, we retrace our steps back to Kothe. Where you can have the rest of the day for yourself. You can enjoy the view and experiment with your taste buds over the Nepalese cuisines. We halt for the night at the village of Kothe.
We start for Thuli Kharka (4300m) after breakfast. The trail takes us uphill and downhill for several miles as we get across Inkhu Khola. We continue on the trail passing Chortens along the way, till we reach a steep downhill slope. Then we climb up the steep slope leading to the village of Thuli Kharka. We rest in the village.
In the morning, we leave Thuli Kharka and travel on the Zatrwa La pass (4600m). On exiting the pass we get the splendid view of Lukla valley in the distance. The valley is surrounded by many smaller peaks in the region. We take to the trail leading all the way down to Chutang village. Then we come to the village of Lukla after hiking along a straight path. We will spend the night at Lukla. Your trekking journey has come to an end and you are making your way towards civilization.
In the morning, we head towards the airport for our flight. The flight will take you to Nepal and a cab will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can rest at the hotel, and in the evening go for souvenir shopping. Thamel has a bustling marketplace where you can get almost everything. We rest for the night at the hotel after a great farewell dinner for your travelling party.
Thus ends your Mera Peak Climb. Based on your ticket timing, our staff will escort you to the airport a few hours before the departure time. The memories will probably stick with you for a long time. And so will your travel with Climb High be of great importance to us. You can share some of your pictures for our database. If there were any flaws in our management. Or if we could have done some things better, you can definitely let us know.
Best time to take Mera Peak Climb
The best season or time to embark on Mera Peak Climb is during Spring and post Monsoons. Monsoons can be a disaster due to the heavy rainfall. The view is cloudy and the trail is muddy, making it difficult to walk in that altitude. Winter is another season which is not advisable. The cold and snow might force the lodge owners at high altitudes to close down their venture. And you might not get a place to stay in the cold. Plus the view is cloudy at this time too due to the mist.
However, Spring, between March and May, the mountain region is fresh with blooming trees and flowering shrubs. With plenty of birds and animals to be seen. The view is perfect with the clear blue sky adding to the beauty that surrounds you. After Monsoon, from September to November is another good time to take the trip. The dust and dirt are all washed by the rain. A sense of freshness envelopes the area with fresh breeze accompanying it. And the clear blue sky featuring in the backdrop.