For more than a decade, mankind has been enticed by the beauty of the Mountains. Even before the first pioneers of Mountaineering, pilgrims have ventured for attaining atonement in the Himalayas. Today, expeditions have become even more popular day by day. Every year there are hundreds of tourists lining up to book a passage to these mystical mountains. Likewise, Nepal faces the same ordeal today. The cost of a visit has increased due to its growing popularity. At the same time, measures have been taken to preserve these areas for further publicity. Here we will learn about Mera Peak Climb under the following subheadings:
- Nepal and Nepal tourism
- How hard is Mera Peak Climb?
- What to explore during Mera Peak Climb?
- Where to stay during Mera Peak Climb?
- Cost for Mera Peak Climb
Nepal and Nepal tourism
Nepal is a small democratic country in South Asia. Though a small third world country, Nepal is rich in geographical diversity. The difference in terrain has made Nepal a unique attraction for tourists. Apart from that, there are many holy places to visit during your stay in Nepal. Furthermore, Nepal is the home for 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world too. Including Mighty Everest. There are special permits required to venture into these areas, as it falls under the Conservation Act.
With such vast landscapes, come great responsibilities. And Nepal doesn’t disappoint us in this context. Tourism has taken its toll and has become the main industry for Nepal’s economy. The Nepalese government is also behind for helping with the smooth running of tourism in Nepal. Thus tourism is gaining more popularity as we speak. And why not? Anyone who has taken a trip around Nepal with a Nepali travel agency has had the best traveling experience.
How hard is Mera Peak Climb?
Mera Peak is located in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal, to the south of Mount Everest. It is the highest peak permitted for trekking and climbing in Nepal. Since the trip is at a high altitude, acclimatization is a very essential requirement. Our packages are customized accordingly so that there is ample time kept aside for acclimatization. You will not only adapt to the altitude but also enjoy the trip to the fullest. The trek to Mera Peak Base Camp is a relatively easy trek. However, to go beyond the Base Camp, one needs to get properly trained on climbing and using the various equipment.
Say you have had past experience with trekking at high altitudes and if you coped well. Then this is the perfect setup for you. High altitude trekking will not take into consideration the fitness level you are in. However, Mera Peak Climb is a comparatively tougher climb at this altitude. At a height of 6476 meters, the content of oxygen in the air is also quite less. So acclimatization is very necessary. Though the climb requires a fit and healthy body, it is definitely not a technical climb. Therefore the climb requires much stamina and endurance but doesn’t require any technical skills to complete the climb.
What to explore during Mera Peak Climb?
Mera Peak Climb brings you an exciting and the most anticipated trip to the Himalayas. Prepare to be dazzled by the combination of several terrains, across suspension bridges, through green valleys and quaint villages. Apart from this, you will come across great viewpoints. These viewpoints give us the best views of all the mountain peaks in the Solukhumbu district. Specifically, panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga can be sighted on this trail.
Mera Peak Climb is growing in popularity among trekkers and climbers due to its combination of various elements. The challenge of trekking across different landscapes and climbing a physically challenging peak is indeed something to look forward to. We will trek through the unspoiled yet uninhabited Hinku valley below Mera Peak. At some locations, we need to walk through a gorgeous pass with spectacular viewpoints. We venture in and out of forests filled with rhododendron, bamboo and fir trees. Birds are plenty in the forests and our trail. But we need to be very lucky to come across mountain animals in this route.
At the camp, you have the chance to explore the huge base camp. You might go crazy at the sight of mountain walls surrounding you at camp. We will be camping in tents there, so you can enjoy the feeling of camping in the mountains. See how beautiful the night sky looks when you are so close to the massive structures. To sum it all up, explore the beauty of Nature amidst the serenity of the Himalayas.
Where to stay during Mera Peak Climb?
Mera Peak Climb begins and ends in the city of Kathmandu unless there is a change in your schedule. Kathmandu will be the only location where you will be staying at a hotel. As you start your trek. your stay will vary between lodges and tea houses in villages. At the base camp and high camp however, we will be putting up tents to rest for the night.
So, Kathmandu, where everything begins. The first day will be a rest day and if you want, you can go shopping around the city. The following day, our staff will take you sightseeing in Nepal’s most popular destinations. Specifically, we visit Pashupati Nath temple, built in order to honor Lord Shiva. Boudha Stupa, a holy abode for the Buddhists. If time permits, we will visit the Swayambhu temple as well. In the evening, we will complete the paperwork required to get permits to visit some areas in the Himalayas.
Next, we take a mountain flight to the scenic mountain airport at Lukla. The view of the surrounding mountains before the landing is nothing other than spectacular. We halt for the night at Lukla in one of the lodges there.
After breakfast, we leave for Chutanga (3200m). The trail first leads us through rhododendron and pine tree forest along steep hillsides. Small settlements also come into view at intervals as we make our way further up the trail. Till we reach the slopes towards Chutanga. Throughout our trek, rhododendron trees will dominate the vegetation. We halt for the night at Chutanga.
The next day we hike towards Chatara La (4500m). We trek uphill through Chatara pass with spectacular views of Numbur Himal, Kongde Ri and Karlyong Peaks apart from many others. There is another chance of running into wild animals in the dense rhododendron forest. We pass many scenic points as we trek further while we finally descend a steep hill to enter Thuli Kharka. A little further and we reach the village of Chatara La where we spend our night.
The following day, we leave for Kothe (3800m). Along with rhododendron trees, we find juniper, pine and other trees populating the forest on the trail. This day, we are sure to get magnificent views of Mera Range and the Hinku Valley. In some occasions, we encounter different wild animals like sloths, bears, jungle cats and much different variety of birds. We have our lunch at Thakthor before continuing towards Kothe. We halt at a tea house at Kothe.
After breakfast, we head towards Thagnak(4300m). We take the west bank towards the valley to Tangnag(4360m). The path has a gradual ascent providing excellent views of the nearby mountain peaks. Further along the path we come across a more close up view of Mt. Charpate and Mera La. Before reaching Thagnak, we also pass an old Gumba perched on a high rock. Then we reach the simple yet peaceful village of Thagnak and here we rest for the night.
Next, we take the trail towards Khare (5000m). We come across an excellent valley opening to the sight of Hinku Nup glacier and the nearby peaks. It is indeed a spectacular sight from the valley where you stand. The path then descends a bit and takes us to a sandy bowl to the steep stream which emerges from Dig Kharka. After a few miles, the path becomes steeper as we make our way to Khare village. We halt for the night at Khare.
We have an acclimatization session at Khare. Acclimatization is an important element in high altitude trekking and climbing. You can explore the village which gives us a particularly explicit view of Mera Peak. A training session will also be held by our peak climbing experts. They will also brief you about the use of various equipment needed for the climb. We have a big day ahead, so make sure you have a good night’s rest.
We start early after breakfast, and this time we make our way towards Mera High Camp (5800m). It is a 2-3 hour of hiking until we reach the base camp. We take the steep route with views of several mountain ranges leaving you spellbound. Amidst others, we get a clear view of Everest, Makalu, Baruntse, and Kusum Kanguru mountains. You will get another great view of Mera Peak and its glaciers as you trek towards High camp The views from High Camp is also worth mentioning since it is at a great vantage location. We set up tents up to rest for the night at Mera Peak High Camp.
The following day, we will attempt to climb the Mera Peak (6400m). Make sure you follow instructions from the guides during your summit. The view from the summit reflects on the magic mountain peaks have on humans. We witness incredible views of Baruntse (7129m), Nau Lekha (6360m) and Chamlang (7319m) with Makalu (8481m) in the backdrop. Once we savor in the spectacular views of the peaks, we make our descent back to High Camp. After resting for a while, we walk downhill retracing our steps back to the village of Khare. Overnight at Khare.
Next, we trek back to Kothe, retracing our steps. We reach Tagnag first, where we have our lunch. Then make our descent to Kothe to rest for the night.
The next morning, we head towards Thuli Kharka after breakfast. We follow the same trail along with rhododendron, fir and juniper forests. Across the viewpoints where we went in awe before. We halt for the night at the village of Thuli Kharka.
Following morning, we make our way back to Lukla. We pass the green pastures and the peaceful valleys taking us through rhododendron laden forest. We pass the viewpoints looking at several mountain ranges in the distance till we reach Lukla village. This is the end of your mountain adventure as we enter civilization. Overnight stay at Lukla.
In the morning, we take the mountain flight to Kathmandu from the hilly airport at Lukla. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a stroll around Thamel. You can go shopping in the bustling market there. If there are any souvenirs, you can buy them in one of the stalls put up. In the evening, we will arrange a farewell dinner for the party. Overnight at the hotel.
On the final day, our staff will escort you to the airport for your flight. Depending on the schedule, the cab will reach you there a few hours before the departure. This brings us to the end of the adventure.
Cost for Mera Peak Climb
The cost of taking this trip varies with a travel agency to agency, but most of the things included and excluded will remain the same. The cost will also depend on the number of people taking the trip, the facilities one has opted to use during the trek. And also the duration one requests to take this trek. So the services that are included in the cost of your itinerary includes:
- Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
- Airport tax,
- Domestic baggage 15kg,
- All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek,
- Guide|Trek leader,
- Porters for the trek,
- Insurance for guide and porters,
- Sagarmatha National Park fees,
- Trekking permit (TIMS),
- Climb High duffle bag,
- First-Aid kit,
- Hotel in Kathmandu – 4 nights,
- Rescue arrangements,
Services that are excluded are:
- Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla, if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance,
- Soft and hard drinks,
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
- Meals in Kathmandu,
- Bottled mineral water,
- Personal trekking gear,
- Tips for guides and porters,
- any other expenses in case of any natural disaster