Mera Peak Trekking & Climbing (#16 )

About this package

Fulfill your dream of a Himalayan summit on the highest trekking peak in Nepal Situated in the Everest Region to the east of the main Khumbu trekking trails, Mera Peak stands at 6654 meters. The trail follows the original Everest expedition route from the road head at Jiri, crossing the high ridges and spectacular deep river-gorges of the traditional Sherpa homeland of Solu Khumbu before entering the less-frequented wilderness of the Hinku Valley. This delightful, unspoiled country is just one of the highlights of this expedition. From the summit of Mera Peak the view is astounding and includes the peaks of Everest and Makalu.

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3

Transfer to airport for the flight to Lukla (2800m) & prepare for the trek to base camp O/N Camp .This airport town is forever growing and has abundant campsites(scruffy) and numerous lodges should you have to spend time organizing porters or waiting for a flight out. For those interested in people watching for a flight out. For those interested in people-watching and the full gamut of human emotions, a doctorate could be had on these subjects based on a few days observation of crowd  behavior when the planes can’t land.

Day 4

From Lukla the path traverses south-east through forest, crossing several cascading streams. Above are semi-circle of attractive rock peaks that form the ridge of the Kalo Himal, dividing the Khumbu valley from the Hinku. This unlikely-looking ridge has two passes, the Zatr Teng (4600m/15000ft).The latter, with its gentler approach, is the more reliable but be wary of the Zatr Teng when there is fresh snowfall on the Kalo HImal Ridge.

For those flying into Lukla, I would recommend a couple of nights camping below the pass, exploring this wonderful CWM and so giving yourself a chance to acclimatize. The peaks are reminiscent of the Bregaglia and I’m sure would offer some good climbing.

On the route to the pass there are numerous possible campsites with good water. In a forest clearing between streams near Chutanga are some huge boulders where I made camp and spent a day exploring the slopes towards Gonglha. There is also a good site for numerous tents near the last stream before the Zatrog. It has a magnificent position that looks out over the Dudh Koshi towards Karyolung (6511m/21,362ft), Numbur (6959m/22,831ft) and the south-east flank of Nupla.

Day 5

The trail passes through a small notch just east of the ZatrOg on the Sebuk Danga Ridge.This is quite well defined, although care should be taken is poor visibility.

Day 6

Rest at Thulikharka.

Day 7

From Tuli Kharka the path traverses the hill side, first south-eastwards, crossing several spurs. The path is steep, and care should be taken crossing scree-filled washouts where the path may be ill-defined and loose. There are several points on the trail that give good views up the steep sided Sanu Drangka to the South Face of Mera. Unlike the well- populated valleys of high Nepal, the Hinku hillsides hold abundant forests of tall blue Himalayan pine, hemlock, birch and luxuriant rhododendron.

Before the trail re-enters the forest after crossing the streams near Tashinag Dingma, a multitude of alpine scrub zone plants decorate the hillside including the unusual ‘snowball flower’(Saussurea gossypiphora). This plant somehow survives despite the extremes of heat and cold, by mummifying itself within its own fibres and so producing a protective microclimate in which to live – a skill we might all wish we could emulate high on Mera!

 After traversing for a while the path descends steeply through dense forest to the river.Branching rhododendron crouch over the trail swathed in tattered Usnea lichen which hangs filtering the sunlight and waving like weathered prayer flags in the wind. Tashing Dingma(3,500m/11,489ft), provides a good lunch or camp spot.

Day 8

The path now follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, gradually climbing via the Kharkas of Godishung, Dupishung and Lungsamba. There are no more than a few buildings that are used during the monsoon when the valley provides good grazing for animals driven up from the south.

Not far from Godishung, beneath a great rock overhang, is a small gompa with a Buddha and several bodhisattva and prayer flags. The statues seem especially fine for such a remote setting.

Mera peak. South-west Face:

The trail to the south-west face of mera goes up the Sanu Drangka, following the south bank of the river. Reach this by crossing the Hinku river at a bridge before Godishung and backtracking to Mousum Kharka. A trail follows the Sanu Dranka valley east towards the Dudh Kund lake. This is a hard four hour climb from a campsite at Mosum Kharka.

Beyond Lungsamba the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kanguru(6,369m./20,896ft), to the west and the truncated far western Peak of Mera(6,255/20,522ft) to the east, a magnificient 1,800 meter rock face cut by diagonal snow bands and draped with fingers of ice – some trekking peak! This was first climbed by Japanese climbers Kunihiko Kondo and Michiko Kiyoda in the spring of 1985.

For those with the time, it’s well worth spending an extra day at Tangnag. It’s in a superb setting. Surrounded by stunning peaks. In particular, peak 43, which rises to 6,769 metres(22,208 feet) north-west of Tangnag, will make the pulse quicken and the palms sweat of anyone with an eye for a line. Tangnag is also the base for those interested in the east and north-east side of Kusum Kangaru.

Just north of Tangnag is a huge moraine behind which is dammed a beautiful glacial lake; the Sabai Tsho, into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier. This is well worth exploring and the time thus spent will go a long way to helping you acclimatize. Rest day at Tangnag for acclimatization & exploration. O/N Camp.

Day 9

Tangnang rest day.

Day 10

From Tangnag the valley steepens and bends sharply to the east where the path follows the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka. Once again the setting is spectacular with the view dominated by the abruptly terminated crest of the Charpati Himal that forms peak 43. Those with a lust for exploration will take time to stay a little longer at Dig Kharka to explore northwards along the Hinku Glacier and the approach route to Kangtega which was climbed by a joint American/ New Zealand expedition in 1963.

Day 11

A base camp below the pass on the Hinku side at Khare.

Day 12

From Dig Kharka the path finds a way through moraines and across streams at the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar (5,099m/ 16,729ft), at the start of the glacier that leads to the Mera La.

Day 13

From the col descend for about 100 meters on the Hongdu side and site base camp in a gravel(5,300m/17388ft). It’s a good site for early morning sun and there’s plenty of running water during the day.

Day 14

Depending on the state of the snow and condition of the glacier, getting on to the ice can prove tricky. Once established on the glacier, a well-defined snow ridge on the true right bank of ice tongue usually leads in an arc towards the Mera La(5,415m/17,767ft) without difficulty – other than increasing altitude. However, as the glacier levels out near the col care should be taken with snow covered crevasses. Look out for porters who may trail behind or, as is more often the case, stomp ahead, despite carrying a heavier load.

Day 15

We head right down to Tangnang tonight, it really doesn’t take very long, and we’re ready for a bit of celebration.

Day 16

Trek to Chhatre.

Day 17

Return via Tangnang, Chutanga, Orshela and Chhatre before turning north to Lukla.

Day 18

After return via Tangnang, Chutanga, Orshela and Chhatre, turning north to Lukla.

Day 19

Return flight to Kathmandu.

Day 20

Kathmandu shopping day.

Day 21

Depart Kathmandu. Airport transfer provided.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have sideeffects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Weather

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

  1. Accommodation Kathmandu - Twin share including breakfast
  2. Airport transfers
  3. Half day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide
  4. All domestic transport as listed in itinerary
  5. Domestic flights and departure taxes as per itinerary
  6. All meals whilst trekking
  7. All National Park entrance fees
  8. Applicable trekking and climbing permits and fees
  9. Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear and group equipment
  10. 15kg luggage allowance while on trek
  11. All camping equipment including 2-man tents, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag
  12. Full trek staff including guides, sherpas, cook and kitchen staff
  13. Climbing guide (1 for each 4 pax)
  14. All group camping, cooking, eating and porterage equipment
  15. Comprehensive medical kit.

  1. Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
  2. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  3. International flights and departure taxes
  4. Visa and passport fees
  5. Travel insurance
  6. Emergency evacuation
  7. Tips and gratuities
  8. Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Legend Nepal.

21 DAYS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS



Highlights

: 21 days
: 6476 m.
: Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities.
: Our expedition cooks, true chefs of the trail, are masters at preparing meals under difficult conditions and during your trek will provide a variety of local, Indian and Western food.
: 15 km. per day
: Tourist Bus and Private car
: Trekking
:
summer (April – June)
: 20
: Trekking
: Moderate