There are a number of routes into Khare. Khare 4,950m/ 16,240 feet is the last village before moving higher on Mera Peak. All the research says spend more time in the lower part of high altitude around 3,500m/ 11,500 feet before going higher. We also have 3 nights in Khare for additional acclimatization and we always use Mera Peak Base Camp 5,350m/ 17,552 feet which a lot of companies do not use. We have developed the best itinerary for the trek into Mera Peak so you can enjoy more of the Himalaya’s on route to Mera Peak. We have run over 60 Expeditions to Mera Peak over the last decade. Join our Award Winning Team.
Here is a look at our Daily Distances on route to Mera Peak
Day 1). You will be up early for the exciting flight to Lukla 2,850m/ 9350ft. Fingers crossed the weather is in our favor. This is a 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to the small town of Lukla and gateway to the Everest region. We will aim to have breakfast in Lukla before starting out on the trek south away from Everest to Poyan 2,800m/ 9,186 feet. The initial part of the trek is down hill for 600m/ 1,968 feet past Surku and then slowly back up 550m/ 1,804 feet to Poyan. The distance is 6.2 miles/ 10km. This is a 5/6 hour hike.
Day 2). From Poyan, we will follow the normal trade route south for a while and then turn east off this trail onto a less traveled trail as we hike steeply up to 3,100m/ 10,170 feet on a narrow ancient stone stair case and then top out passing a random local home. From here we traverse around the side of the hill on a stunning trail and drop down into Khare Khola before turning east and gradually up hill to the town of Pangkongma 2,846m/9,337ft We will stay in a lodge run by a local Sherpa family. We might be lucky enough to be invited into some of the locals homes and see how the locals live in these Himalayan foot hills.The distances is 6.5 miles/ 10.4km. This is a 6/7 hour hike.
Day 3). We will be up at 6am, breakfast at 7am and start hiking at 8am. As we walk out of town, we will take a stroll up to the monastery, which has recently rebuilt. After that through the Rhododendron forest on a steep winding stairs up to the Pangkongma la 3,174m/ 10,413ft From here we will follow the ridge line on a long descent down over 1,000m/ 3,281ft to our lunch spot beside the Hinku Khola river. We will then climb up 600m/ 1,969ft to the stunning campsite of Nashing Dingma at 2,600m/ 8,530ft. The distance is 4.5m/ 7.2km. This is a 5/6 hour hike.
Day 4). We will be up again early at 7am and start hiking gradually up through beautiful green fields before a steep stair case up before topping out on the Surka La. As we reach the top with a couple of lodges selling snacks. We cut around the back of the lodge through a forest, fir trees and rhododendron trees. We then move onto a rocky path and back up on rocky stairs to a wide open camp site with a new lodge that we use at Chalem Kharka 3,600m/ 11,811ft. Distance is 5.6m/ 9km. This a 5/6 hour hike.
Day 5). We will be off again on a long ascent up to our high point of 4,500m/ 14,764ft. We walk out the back of our campsite on a gradual slope and we emerge out into a rocky and baron landscape. This is a beautiful hike and we can some times reach the snow line and snow scattered across the hills. After the initial 45 minutes out of camp you can see the rocky stair case up ahead and this is a long grind up for a few hours. We will stop at the top for lunch and it can be cold so make sure you have your down jacket. We will gradually descend over rugged, rocky terrain. We will pass a couple of lakes in a beautiful mountain setting before dropping down into a serene mountain valley where we will camp at Chunbu Kharka 4,200m/ 13,779ft. Distance is 5.2m/ 8.3km. This is a 5/6 hour hike.
Day 6). Today we will descend down into Khote 3,600m/ 11,811ft. after 20 minutes of up hill walking we get great view looking back from the Panch Pokhari view point. From here we contour around and down high above the Hinku valley. We follow the rocky path down hill 750m/ 2,460 ft. which leads us back into the tree line. We continue further through the forest and come out at the valley floor. We head north cutting in and out of the forest up and down before coming to a small wooden bridge which takes 45 minutes and arriving in Khote for the night. This a beautiful setting and one to be remembered. Distance is 4.8m/ 7.2km. This is a 5 hour hike.
Day 7). After a good nights sleep we have a nice trek to Tangnag 4,360m/ 14,304ft. The first hour is a beautiful walk with giant mountains in all directions. We then stay on the left hand side of the river, watching out for rock fall on our left. The trail and terrain is gradual mixed rock and pastures where yaks graze in the summer months. Tangnag is growing all the time and we will either camp or stay in a lodge in this beautiful mountain setting. You can sit in a lodge and warm up with a nice fire in the evening. There maybe an opportunity to do some technical training at the very least you can get your harness set up and practice some knots. Distance is 5.2m/ 8.3km. This is a 4/5 hour hike.
Day 8). If the team are feeling well we will move to Khare 4,950m/ 16,240ft today. We may take the opportunity to stay in Dig Kharka 4,650m/ 15,256ft if needed. The route turns to the east as we trek through the valley floor and slowly make our way past stunning high altitude peaks, Black Mera is a spectacular mountain rising right out of the valley, we pass amazing lakes, glaciers, in one of the great Himalayan valleys. We will hopefully arrive in Khare after lunch and relax for the rest of the day. Distance is 3.3m/ 5.3km. This is a 4 hour hike.
Day 9). We will spend the day in Khare 4,950m/ 16,240ft. The goal today will be do some technical training needed in preparation for moving higher on the mountain. Moving on a rope as a team is the most important part of moving on the glacier. You can also practicing using a Jumar, figure of 8 and learning how to abseil or rappel and learn as much as you can while you are on this trip.
Day 10). Today is another acclimatization day. Our goal is to trek up to 5,350m/ 17,552ft. on a stunning hill just above the Mera Peak glacier giving amazing views across Mera Peak and back down the valley towards Tangnag. This will give everyone a chance to view into a beautiful glaciated valley to the north and be inspired by the sheer size of Mera peak and the glacier that rolls off the mountain. Khare is developing fast and has some nice lodges to relax and enjoy a warm fire. Distance is 2.6m/ 4.1km. This will be a 3/4 hour hike with time spent hanging our at the high point to give optimum acclimatization.
Day 11). Today we will make the move from Khare to Mera Base Camp 5,350m/ 17,552ft today we climb up to the Mera La 5,400m/ 17,717ft. We will climb up to the Mera Glacier. At first it is easy but the trek up to the glacier is steep in sections and you will need to pace yourself and make sure you are getting your foot placements correctly. There is a chance of rock fall so wearing helmets, crampons is needed. The walk across the glacier is outstanding, with views and memories you will never forget. The descent from the glacier to the campsite is short. We walk between the moraine and the glacier on the northern side as it descends from the col down to the campsite which you can easily see from the glacier. Distance 2.9m/ 4.6km. This takes 3 to 3 hours 30 minutes.
Day 12). We will ascend to Mera High Camp 5,800m/ 19,029ft. We head back onto the glacier to where we dropped off yesterday and follow the easy graded snow slopes, and after a short distance arrive at an area of crevasses which we will have to navigate carefully. We then make are way slowly up to High camp. Remember to look behind you where you will see views of Everest, Makalu, Nuptse and Lhotse and this trek up to high camp holds some Himalayan treasures. This camp is hidden behind a rocky section. The camp site is small and has some drop offs on the right as you enter the camp. It is time to re hydrate and recover for the summit push. Distance 1m/ 1.6km and takes about 2 hours 30 minutes.
Day 13). The climb to the summit of Mera Peak starts gradually, and much depends on weather conditions. Once we leave high camp usually at 2am it should take 5/6 hours to reach the summit. Getting into a rest step and taking our time will be critical to conserving energy for the decent. The central summit appears above the wide glacier, flanked by 2 ridges. We climb the snowfields avoiding the crevasses. This steep section can take 2 hours and is slow going. The route swings to the east of the left hand ridge before turning back towards the main summit ridge of Mera. Mera has 3 summits, our objective is the highest. This short steep snow slope is easily climbed, but the last 30m/ 98ft requires a lot of effort, Jumaring on a short steep ice section and you arrive on the summit. After reaching the summit and enjoying amazing views over the Himalayas, we may have a short abseil before the long descent back to High camp. We will rest for one hour before descending back down to Khare at 4,950m/ 16,240ft. Distance 5m/ 8km round trip. This will take 7/8 hours. The Distance from High camp back to khare is 1.9m/ 3km and take 2 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours.
Day 14). After a good nights sleep we will get up early and make our way back to Khote 3,600m/ 11,811ft. It will take two hours to retract our steps to Tangnag 4,360m/ 14,304ft and then another 3 hours back to Khote. Distance 8.4m/ 13.5km and takes 5 hours.
Day 15). We now take a shorter and different route back to Lukla. We cross some ridges making our way to Chhatrabuk 4,300m/ 14,107 feet. Distance 3.4m/ 5.5km and will take 4/5 hours
Day 16). Today be move from Chhatrabuk to Chhutanga. This is another long day hiking as we move closer to getting back to Lukla. Distance 4.2m/ 6.7km. Hiking 6/7 hours today.
Day 17). This is the easiest and shortest day of the trek. We descend from Chhutanga to Lukla through the dense forest which takes about 3 hours. We will arrive back into Lukla and relax for the rest of the day, before our flight back to Kathmandu early the next day. Distance 2.8m/ 4.5km
Remember when it comes to training for this trip distances are not the most important reference point. Elevation gains up and down along with lack of oxygen should be your biggest considering when preparing your training plan. Feel free to CONTACT US we are happy to chat with you about how you should specifically training for this exciting adventure to climb Mera Peak. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.