Climbing Mera peak is a truly amazing trekking and mountaineering experience at the end of the Hinku valley. Ian has climbed Everest to the top and led 6 Mera peak expeditions and with 5 climbs ending up on the summit. We have run over 55 Mera peak expeditions and have and overall 85% success rate on our climbs. If your looking for a quick Mera Peak ascent you are in the wrong place. Our itinerary takes you off the beaten path on a less traveled trade route across the Himalaya’s. Watch our Mera peak video, check out our UPCOMING TRIPS and CONTACT US today. Check out our unique itinerary below.
Important Information About our Mera Peak Climb
We think the views off Mera peak are some of the best and unique mountain views in the world. Mera peak has 3 summits and the highest is our objective at 6,476m/ 21,246 feet. Check out our Top 10 Tips or a successful Mera peak climb. This valley has remained untouched for centuries, with high peaks standing in all directions. Our unique trekking itinerary along with the climb of Mera Peak holds some of the world’s most spectacular mountain views and serene valleys.
You will see 5 out of 6 of the world’s highest mountains on this trip. Our Mera peak climbs have an excellent tried and tested acclimatization program. Check out the Daily Distances on the trail. CLICK HERE for upcoming trips. The two keys to success climbing Mera peak are coming with excellent physical strength and specific trekking conditioning. Acclimatization is also a major factor in success or failure. We have developed the best schedule and we can help you get the right training for your Mera peak climb. The cost start from USD $4,200.
A Little bit More About the Trek and Mera Peak Climb
We get off the beaten Mera Peak trail, crossing the Hinku valley and lodging in rarely visited villages, spending time high above the main trail, gathering extra acclimatization and conditioning surrounded by stunning scenery and unique valleys.
The journey up to Mera Peak is such a rewarding trek, frozen lakes, hanging glaciers, very few people ever see and views you will never forget. Our unique itinerary has 3 nights in Khare 4,950m/ 16,240 feet before moving to Mera Peak Base Camp 5,350m/ 17,552 feet. We like to have 2 nights at Mera Peak Base Camp before moving to Mera Peak high camp at 5,800m/ 19,028 feet. At 2am we take off for the summit at 6,476m/ 21,246 feet. Our goal is to get you safely to the summit and back down to khare in one day. With our acclimatization schedule you have the best chance at making the summit of Mera peak as we have additional days built in for summit attempts. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.
More About our Mera Peak Climb
We believe excellent acclimatization and physical conditioning are the keys to success in the mountains. We are available 5 days a week in support of your climb and want to help you get up to speed so you can fully enjoy your Mera Peak expedition. We want you to call and e-mail any questions you may have. We can help you with training advice, clothing and gear selection and answer all your questions aiding you as you prepare for this adventure adventure and climb on Mera Peak.
What people said about our Mera Peak climbs
“Dreams do come true. I stood on the summit of Mera peak gazed at Mount Everest for the longest time, I couldn’t believe where I was standing. It was a moment I will never forget. Thanks to Ian and team we all made the summit and enjoyed such a special moment high on Mera peak. What an amazing journey.” Shane Jenson, Mera peak 2012
“Mera peak was more amazing than I ever expected and one mountain I can recommend you should climb. I was so impressed with Ian Taylor Trekking, the service, team, guides and support exceeded my expectations.” Mairead Ryan, Mera peak 2013
“I joined Ian Taylor in April 2014 to take on the challenge of Mera Peak, crossing the Amphulaptsa Pass and then Island Peak in the amazing Himalayas of Nepal. The trek took 23 days with over 10 days spent above 5,000m. I really enjoyed the entire experience and the fact the entire group reached the summits with the help of Ian and his team was a real bonus. I was well prepared for the challenge after following Ian’s training advice and buying the technical gear and clothing that Ian recommended prior to the trip. The acclimatization time allowed during the trip was very well planned and laid the foundations for a safe and healthy journey. This is one of the main priorities on any high altitude trek. I learned a huge amount from Ian about handling yourself at altitude, living in a camping environment for a long period, walking on glaciers and negotiating crevasses, climbing ice walls and about rope handling. I can’t wait to return to the Himalaya’s region again in the future with Ian Taylor Trekking”. Michael Kinsella, Mera & Island Peaks 2014
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Arrive into Kathmandu International Airport. Arriving the morning or afternoon before the trek. You will be meet by an Ian Taylor Trekking representative and brought to your 4 star hotel in Kathmandu. You will be able to pick up any last minute items along with exploring the streets of Kathmandu by night. Our trip briefing will be around 5:30pm. We will have our guide check your gear to make sure you have everything needed for the climb of Mera Peak.
You will be up early for the exciting flight to Lukla 2,850m/ 9,350 feet. 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 get breakfast in Lukla before starting out on the trek south down around the airport and downhill past Surke 2,300m/ 7,546 feet and away from Mount Everest and then back up hill to Poyan 2,800m/ 9,186 feet.
From Poyan, we will follow the route south over a river and traverse around the side of the hill before turning east off the main trade route and gradually up hill to the town of Pangkongma 2,846m/ 9,337 feet. We will stay in a nice lodge as we enter this local Sherpa village. 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.
After breakfast and packing up, we will take a stroll up to the local monastery which has recently rebuilt. We will then pass through the Rhododendron forest on a steep winding stairs up to the Pangkongma la 3,174m/ 10,413 feet From here we will follow the ridge line on a long descent down over 1,000m/ 3,281 feet to our lunch spot beside the Hinku Khola river. We will then climb up 600m/ 1,969 feet to the stunning campsite of Nashing Dingma at 2,600m/ 8,530 feet. This is a long day on some beautiful local trails.
We will be up again early at 7am for breakfast and start hiking at 8am 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 at Chalem Kharka 3,600m/ 11,811 feet. There is a new lodge in the area and we will stay there.
We will be off again on a long ascent up to our high point of 4,500m/ 14,764 feet. 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/ 13,779 feet.
Today we will descend down into Khote 3,600m/ 11,811 feet. after 20 minutes of up hill walking we get great view looking back from the Panch Pokhari view point. From here we contour around the and down high above the Hinku valley. We follow the rocky path down hill which leads us back into the tree line. We continue further through the forest and come out at the valley floor at 3,500m/ 11,483 feet. 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 as we get great views of the back of Mera Peak.
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 camp in this beautiful mountain setting. You can sit in a lodge and warm up with a nice fire in the evening.
If the team are feeling well we will move to Khare 4,950m/ 16,240 feet. today. We may take the opportunity to stay in Dig Kharka 4,650m/ 15,256 feet. 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.
We will spend the day in Khare 4,950m/ 16,240 feet. Today is another acclimatization and training day. We will spend the morning getting our climbing gear sorted. We will rig up a climbing scenario and practice using crampons, Jumars, abseiling and we will practice until you are comfortable doing all the different techniques. We will rest up and enjoy this amazing mountain setting.
Today is another important acclimatization day. We will do an acclimatization trek up to 5,350m/ 17,552 feet on a stunning hill over toward the Mera La. It is important to get up to this elevation today and spend some time up here, weather permitting. This acclimatization hike gives everyone a chance to get in some beautiful views of glacier running all the way up to high camp on Mera Peak and you inspired by the sheer size of Mera peak and the glacier that rolls off the mountain. After spending some time high above Khare we will had back down the trail for lunch. You can relax in Khare, do more rope work and prepare your gear for moving higher.
Today we will make the move from Khare to Mera Base Camp 5,350m/ 17,552 feet. today we climb up to the Mera La 5,400m/ 17,717 feet. 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 are 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.
We will have further acclimatization at Mera Peak Base Camp and you can do further training on the side of the glacier. This a great chance to enjoy this unique mountain location. You can practice jumaring and rapelling close to Mera Peak Base Camp you can also prepare for moving higher on Mera Peak. Our staff may move some equipment up to High camp so we can have food ready for you when you arrive. This day can also be used to move higher. The weather on Mera Peak can be challenging with high winds and you may want to move higher to make a summit attempt early and our guides will assess weather with our office staff before moving higher.
We will ascend to Mera High Camp 5,800m/ 19,029 feet. 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 summit push.
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 peak has 3 summits, our objective is the highest. This short steep snow slope is easily climbed, but the last 30m/ 98 feet requires a lot of effort, some times 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 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/ 16,240 feet.
After a good nights sleep we will get up early and make our way back to Khote 3,600m/ 11,811 feet. It will take two hours to retract our steps to Tangnag 4,360m/ 14,304 feet and then another 3 hours back to Khote.
The route back to Lukla takes us over the shorter route. We cross some ridges making our way to Chhatrabuk 4,300m/ 14,107 feet.
Today be move from Chhatrabuk to Chhutanga. This is another long day hiking as we move closer to getting back to Lukla.
We 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.
We will be up early for our morning flight back to Kathmandu, shower change and head out to finish off your Kathmandu sightseeing. You can either fly home this evening or spend another day in Kathmandu. We also cover one nights accommodation in Kathmandu at the end of the trip.
Pick up some last minute items, spend the afternoon at the Kathmandu Spa and prepare for your flight home or onward journey.
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