Mera Peak – The Softer Option – 18 Days…A shorter route with teahouses to pamper you midway to the summit
Mera Peak, at (6,476m/ 22,190 ft) is an unusual exciting mountain. This is a peak not only for seasoned climbers but for anyone who has a sense and love for mountains and the wild, if you are soundly fit for the venture. Surely the tallest among the trekking peaks of Nepal, despite its heights, Mera Peak is a journey that can be done; this is a physically taxing mountain because of the dizzy heights, but there are hardly any technical obstacles that we encounter on the way as the snowy slopes we ascend never go beyond 30-40 degrees at the most. Our well organized itinerary has been planned to give you ample acclimatization as you gain the heights into alpine territory. The 360 degree view from this summit is absolutely breathtaking and remains etched in the memory for a lifetime. The awesome views of the four 8 thousand metre peaks of Everest, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho-Oyu along with a chain of other lesser high altitude peaks literally sets our emotions on fire.
Our Mera Peak expedition commences with a thrilling flight to Hillary’s mountain airstrip of Lukla where our hike begins and continues for several days through gorgeous high rolling valleys that includes the less used Hinku valley with its amazing beauty which helps in the natural acclimatization process that we need for the bigger climb to the summit of Mera. One unique aspect of this trip is the decent teahouses recently constructed by nearby villages for the much needed comfort of climbers heading to Mera peak. This facility wasn’t available before and expeditioners had to opt for expensive camping trips. Now, with ‘Mera Peak – The Softer Option’ on the other side, we can expect chocolate cake and beers from the newly built teahouses on this wild trail that was once desolate without human habitation. However, these teahouses are only available up to Khare [Base Camp]. But the guides available at these settlements will take you up to Mera peak and bring you back to Khare with all the necessary support that’s needed. From Khare, you will be guided back to Lukla after an unforgettable tryst with some of the highest mountains on earth, set amidst some of the most stunning scenery ever conceived.
Trip Duration : 17N /18D
Peak Climbing Code: STE/PC/06
Trek Duration: 12 Days
Grade: strenuous - Alpine grade: F…the summiting is pretty straightforward with slow hiking on a flat upward going glacier with no technical issues; the steep slopes are hardly 30 degrees…
Meals: Highly nutritious and hygienic meals are provided on the trail
Accommodation: Hotel, lodges (newly built teahouses) and camping after Khare when making the climb
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: A cultural tour and a trekking climb…
Transportation: Flights and private car or tourist coach
Maximum Altitude: 6476m
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Free at your own leisure
Day 3 : Flight to Lukla [2850m] and Trek to Chutanga [3050m]
Day 4 : At Chutanga
Day 5 : Trek to Tuli Kharka [4300m]
Day 6 : Trek to Mosum Kharka [3700m]
Day 7 : Trek to Tragnag [4350m]
Day 8 : At Tragnag
Day 9 : Trek to Khare [5000m]
Day 10 : Khare Upper End [5500m]
Day 11 : Trek Up To Campsite by Lower Part of Hinku Nup Glacier
Day 12 : The Ascent [6654m]
Day 13 : Contingency Day
Day 14 : Khare to Kothe  - 4-5 hrs
Day 15 : Kothe to Thuli Kharka - 5-6 hrs
Day 16 : Thuli Kharka to Lukla - 6-7 hrs
Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18 : Final departure
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
It is fantastic flying into Kathmandu on a day with clear blue skies. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below you are almost rapturous, and begins a whole sequence of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real long time.
An escort from our office will meet you at the airport and reach you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be oriented about your daily activities. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world - Breakfast
Day 2 Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel
Day 3 Fly to Lukla [2850m] and trek to Chutanga [3050m] 3-4 hrs
We head out for an early morning flight to Lukla. During the flight, we bask in the exciting views of giant snow-capped mountain peaks that we see from the windows of our plane, within 1-2 hours, we’ll soon be on one of those mountains. On arriving at Lukla, we meet the trekking crew. We then head eastwards from Lukla. The trail crisscrosses through unspoiled hamlets and thick forest along Kalo Himal Ridge. We must stick on course to our specific route. Otherwise, we may go astray from where we are headed to. In winter, snow compells us transverse steep terrain. But during favorable weather, the trail is usually straightforward. After 3-4 hours of trekking, we enter Chutanga for our first night on the trail – B. L. D
Day 4 A day for rest at Chutanga – acclimatization process
Chutanga is a less used trail than the other main trails from Lukla; we spend two memorable nights at Chutanga. This gives us sufficient time for acclimatization prior to getting across the Zatrwa La pass at [4600m]. We can do a relaxing trek as an easy pace to a small 4000m peak below the Zatrwa Teng Pass. Beautiful views unveil as we glimpse over the valley of the Dudh Kosi and the picturesque trail zigzags towards Zatrwa La. we hike around a number of hamlets and wood yards until we reach a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge, in this area we hike single file behind our Sherpa guides as there are many routes that can mislead us from the main trail. We come across numerous small streams with numerous places en route. Much of this area is referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. We bunk out in Chutanga for the night – B. L. D
Day 5 Trek to Thule Kharka [4300m] – 5-6 hrs
To get to Thule Kharka means an early start. We first have to cross the Kalo Himal ridge, which divides the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. Further ahead, we traverse a convenient route that keeps going upward, plodding through dense rhododendron forests till we reach an open area on an upper ridge; which shows a cairned notch on the ridge with several prayer flags at an altitude of 4450m. En route we could bump into yak herders. The Zatwra Og is the first point we get to before we culminate at the The Zatwra La pass, which if is snowy, we may have to use crampons and even rope to keep our porters safe. This depends on the kind of weather patterns we experience that could be early or late in the season. This trekking period may take 40-50 minutes depending on the snow conditions. Views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are truly amazing and sights of the rolling foothills east of the Hinku Valley just leave you breathless. Just below the pass is a huge boulder and several hours of trekking eventually gets us to Thule and our teahouse lodge for the night – B. L. D
Day 6 Trek to Mosum Kharka [3700m] – 4-5 hrs
Today our route goes down a rock-strewn trail leading to a nice vantage point of the Hinku Valley where gripping views of the south face of Mera Peak become visible. The trail zigzags through forested areas and then descends steeply into the Hinku valley. A delightful panorama of Peak 43 and Kusum Kangguru unfolds as we relax in the brilliance of nature that envelops us from the Hinku Valley.
We bask in the most exotic and wonderful feelings as we stroll through forests of pine and rhododendron. We soon reach Mosum Kharka, by the banks of Hinku Drangka River and our teahouse for the night – B. L. D
Day 7 Trek to Tragnak [4350m] – 4-5 hrs
At a relaxed pace we plod on the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders' settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka; this is a good spot to chill out for lunch. Beyond Gondishung, we pass the 2 century old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera Peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. A brief hike brings us to Tragnak, a summer grazing area with rough-cut lodges and shops. This trail gives us great views of peak 43. We crash out hereabouts for the night – B. L. D
Day 8 Chill out at Tragnak
This place is where we just stretch our legs and take a breather to acclimatize properly. After resting well, we can go the mile in our high and wild environment with the option of strolling by the Sabal Tsho, a lovely moraine-dammed lake, which is hidden behind the Sabal Glacier and we can hike up a peak to an altitude of nearly 5000m where we get an upfront view of our actual route to the Mera La. We can also check out the Hinku Nup Glacier, which heads north toward Kantega. The upper Hinku Valley turns to the east at Tragnak, crossing the moraine of the Dig Glaciers. Much of this day can also be used to do some drills on different techniques and safety measures to be used when heading for the summit – B. L. D
Day 9 Trek to Khare [5000m] – 2-3 hrs
After breakfast, we say good bye to Tragnak and hit the trail for a thrilling day of hiking. The path ascends to a wide grassy basin, well known as ‘Dig Kharka’. Our hiking continues for hours with different landscapes in view. After sometime, we arrive at Khare, which provides us lovely sightings of the huge north face of Mera, Hinku Shar Glacier and Mera La. After enjoying our lunch, we can move around to discover the surroundings of Khare. After Khare, we get set for some high and wild camping because we don’t get teahouses after this point. B. L. D
Day 10 Khare Upper End [5500m] – Acclimatise for the big push
This day is used for acclimatization and preparation for the summit. Our guides will begin the drill of last minute cross checking of gears for the climb, and this includes if any equipment needs renting if shortages are required. The day will also be used to share peak climbing techniques and finding the most useful ways of using our climbing gears; the training will also include the proper use of ropes up and down for our safety, etcetera. Its not that we have to do these drills for a successful summit, we are just sure that some training experience will energise our confidence and our climbing skills will enhance the chances of a summit without glitches, for which the result will be a rewarding experience for all of us to enjoy. Today will also include a hike up to a small peak on the west side of the Hinku Nup Glacier, where we can reach a height of around 5500m.
At this point, we get to capture stunning views of Mera La and Mera Peak. And this will have been the perfect way to use a day wisely to acclimatize. We then prepare for bed and a good night’s sleep – B. L. D
Day 11 Trek up to Campsite by lower part of Hinku Nup Glacier – 3-4 hrs
We cling onto the trail leading to Mera La [5415m]. Leaving base camp we first climb to the crest of the moraine above Khare and then up a steep slope of scree or snow to reach a boulder strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. We should reach this point in one and a half hours from Khare. We trudge on to traverse as far as the lowest part of the Hinku Nup Glacier. It is possible to camp at several spots on the wide expanse of the Mera La but for this venture we will drop down a short way on the Hongku side to a good, sheltered site that graces the early morning sun. Altitude at the Mera La is 5415m. Today we will spend a lot of the afternoon drinking as much tea and soup as possible to help with acclimatisation. From hereabouts, we can view some stunning white panoramas of snow covered Himalayan peaks stretching for miles before us. We camp out here for the night with a hot supper – B. L. D
Day 12 Our Big Day - The Ascent [6476m] – 9-10 hrs
Today we wake up in the morning before the birds do, at around 2 AM after a hot hearty breakfast, to head for the summit. By sunrise, we get up to 6000m. This is D-DAY for summiting Mera Peak. It’s going to be real chilly as we get going, but we soon get warmed up as we continue up the glacier and onto a dome ridge. The first rays of sunlight creep onto the big peaks in an incredible red glow. The route stays non-technical as we gradually plod higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope remains steep for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may need to grip fixed ropes depending on conditions. The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, we take in amazing views of the mighty Himalayas after a tough climb…and we finally scale the summit. From the summit, we get breathless views of at least five of the world's highest fourteen 8000m peaks. A lot of this fantastic panorama can be seen from the site of the high camp and all of it is visible from 6000m. After the climb, we descend to the Hongku [4900m] side of the pass for some hot tea or soup. Our emotions are fired up - This has been a long but truly inspirational day! We’ll remember this experience for eons.
Day 13 CONTINGENCY DAY
This day has been set aside as a contingency day…incase there are any unexpectations we didn’t anticipate. There’s no surefire guarantee that day [12-summit day] would have been a fair-weather day; therefore, this day is planned out as an extra or emergency day in case we are unable to summit Mera on day 12 due to inclement weather conditions or any other unseen reason. However, if the trip runs without any hang-ups, we do not need this spare day, we can use this day to backtrack to Lukla via Khare at our own leisurely pace. – B. L. D
Day 14 Khare to Kothe  - 4-5 hrs
We head down from Khare to Kothe along the same trail we used earlier. After reaching Kothe, it’s a celebration for our success at Mera Peak. We try out local delicacies and wines which includes ‘Chhang’ [mountain beer brewed from rice], and do a jig to some local dancing by watching our guides and porters. We rip up the night before crashing out at Kothe. Climbing above 6000m sure hasn’t been a cakewalk, and we deserve this precious time to chill out, which we conclude on a very merry note! – B. L. D
Day 15 Kothe to Thuli Kharka - 5-6 hrs
We hike uphill through abundant rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to Thuli Kharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to be in awe of beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons. After reaching Thuli Kharka, we take pleasure in remarkable views of Mera North, Mera Central and the South face. B. L. D
Day 16 Thuli Kharka to Lukla - 6-7 hrs – This is our last night on the lovely mountains…
Our day starts off by ascending to Zatrwa La Pass. As soon as we cross the pass, we are graced by the sight of lovely Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, Numbur Himal, Kusum Kanggaru and other Himalayan peaks. From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the village of Lukla. At eventide, we enjoy supper in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew. Its then a pretty comfortable night in Lukla before we do our farewell to these massive mountains that has been home to us all of these days – B. L. D
Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu
We hop an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our lengthy mountain odyssey. On our Kathmandu touchdown, we can simply head down to our hotel for some rest or do some souvenir shopping for the loved ones at home. If there’s something we left out earlier in Kathmandu, we can complete that today. We will enjoy a farewell dinner and some scintillating dancing in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of Mera Peak - Overnight in Kathmandu – Breakfast
Day 18: Departure for that lovely place we call ‘home’ – Farewell Buddies!
Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Incentive Holidays will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Till we meet again one day…its bye for now.
A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king-size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.
Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal offers different geographical conditions, some are more challenging than others. Some of our expeditions have determined objectives or goals that require teamwork, being helpful and an optimistic spirit for all members to make the trip successful, eventually rewarding and a journey enjoyed by all. Being very fit and healthy enables participants to cope with the rigours of the trip through all conditions as members hike through difficult geographic territory throughout the odyssey; being mentally prepared for different experiences on some of the most rugged terrain on earth is also just as important. We strongly suggest that those enlisting for this venture correspond with us to make sure you’ve made the right choice to do this trip and that you are confident and physically fit enough for a journey into the true wilderness of the Himalayas. Its only you that knows your body better than anyone else.