At a glance
Our Mera Peak expedition is the ideal first time climbing experience in Nepal. From the summit, you’ll take in stunning views of the highest mountains on earth. This expedition provides the best Himalayan panorama available from any 6000m summit in Nepal. Better still, you’ll be well away from the crowds heading up and down the main Everest valley.
With a solid acclimatisation process underway, our route takes us up and over the Zatrwa La pass. You’ll feel the remoteness as you venture into the Hinku Valley. Mera Peak soon comes into view and then dominates the skyline. We follow the river and ascend slowly through lush forests and remote Sherpa villages before reaching Tangnag and Khare.
Climbing Mera Peak
From Khare, we use our crampons and climb onto the ice. From here we climb to the Mera La with our summit goal in clear view. The next day we’ll travel carefully through crevassed terrain while roped together (see below video). We establish our high camp at 5800 metres. The following morning we leave for the summit in the dark and climb steadily by torchlight. As the sun rises, the world’s highest mountains are revealed. The exhilaration impossible to describe as this challenging adventure of a lifetime has us standing atop a true Himalayan giant.
Our expedition itinerary includes plenty of rest days allowing for safe altitude acclimatisation. This is a moderate to challenging high altitude trek combined with an entry level mountaineering experience. Experienced climbers will also find this expedition challenging, particularly if they are new to high altitude mountaineering.
Slogging up Mera Peak
As you’ll see in the video below, this is not a steep climb. But it is one long hard slog! This short video was filmed on the Mera glacier not far out of Mera Peak Base Camp. The climbers in this video are heading to High Camp which sits at 5,800m. It’s slow hard work as the air is gets thinner and breathing gets harder. But we love it!
Our Mera Peak Reviews
We are incredibly proud of our success and safety record on Mera Peak. This is due to our #noshortcuts policy and the leadership and experience of our Sherpa guides. It’s worth noting that our Sherpa team that lead our September – December Mera trips, have multiple Everest summits between them. Here’s what some past clients have said about their Mera Peak expedition with us.
“Big thanks to Nick and the team at Trek Climb Ski Nepal for a truly memorable 3 weeks. The Mera Peak Trip was brilliantly planned and supported and the strength and endurance of the Sherpa team must be seen to be believed.”
Mera Peak – October 2017
“For anyone considering a trip to Nepal, I cannot recommend Trek Climb Ski Nepal highly enough. Having just completed the Mera Peak trip, a massive thanks goes to Nick and the team for providing a truly incredible experience. I am a relatively experienced traveller to Nepal and this was easily the best tour I’ve done; from the organisation, planning and food to the experience, friendliness, and patience of the guides and crew – every effort was made to ensure the best chance of success.”
Mera Peak – October 2017
“Possibly the most experienced guides you could find for a Mera Peak expedition. Dozens of summits of Mera and 17 summits of Everest between them. Did everything they could to make our journey as comfortable as possible. Great food. New tents. Level heads. Don’t think. Just do!”
Mera Peak – October 2016
“One of the most challenging and most fun trips I have ever done! Loved the team which helped our group to hike and summit Mera peak. The food and support was amazing. These guys really know what they are doing.”
Mera Peak – September 2015
“I am indebted to the amazing team both in Nepal and Australia, who, through their own years of experience and no-quit attitudes kept me going. This was the experience of my life to date and I recommend it to anyone. Thanks Nick – it was bloody brilliant!”
Mera Peak – October 2013
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Read more reviews from people that have climbed Mera Peak with us.
Arrive early at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by Trek Climb Ski staff to your hotel accommodation. Welcome by your trip leader and issue of down clothing, sleeping bag, kit bag and t-shirt. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks hosted by your expedition leader and guides.
A fantastic buffet breakfast followed by a morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Our staff will be available in the afternoon to assist any guests that may need to make last minute purchases. Evening at leisure.
Our staff will be meet you very early this morning (around 6.00 a.m.) and then transfer you to the domestic terminal at the Kathmandu International Airport. Any luggage or personal possessions you won’t need during your Mera Peak expedition will be able to be stored (free of charge) at your hotel. They will be waiting for you when you return. After an extremely interesting and hectic check-in procedure, you’ll enjoy an incredible mountain flight to Lukla. Here your journey to Mera Peak truly begins! You’ll enjoy a hearty Sherpa breakfast at Namaste Lodge then commence your trek to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding (2600m).
Today is a longer day on the trail as we start early for Namche Bazaar. After crossing the final suspension bridge above the Dudh Kosi (river), we begin up the famous Namche hill. If the weather is clear you’ll get to enjoy some brief views of Mt Everest en route. It’s a solid “up” to Namche but the rewards are great. Here we’ll spend 2 nights at the Namche Hotel which is home to the finest food, hot showers and hospitality in the Khumbu. Our hosts Ang Maya and Dorje Sherpa have been looking after us for years and our time at the Namche Hotel is a real highlight. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Today is an important acclimatisation day for us in and around Namche Bazaar given we’ve now crossed the 3000m mark. We’ll set off for an early morning walk up to the Everest View Hotel for stunning traditional views of Mt Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. An hour or so here at 3800m will really help us with our acclimatisation to come. We’ll also visit the Namche Bazaar Monastery and receive a blessing from the buddhist Lama. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the local markets, bakeries and shops in Namche which is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).
A leisurely trek back to Phakding and overnight in Phakding (2600m).
Trek from Phakding back through Lukla to Chutanga. We commence camping at Chutanga and enjoy our first night in tents. Overnight in Chutanga (3200m).
Today is a big day. We’ll trek further up valley and have lunch before heading up and over the Zatra La (Pass) at around 4500 metres. We trek along the ridge-line taking in incredible views in every direction before descending down to Tuli Kharka. Overnight in Tuli Kharka (4130m).
Today we trek from Tuli Kharka to Kote. It’s (almost) all downhill today and we enjoy the long descent though the cool rainforest all the way to the valley floor and the rapidly flowing Kote river. Overnight at Kote (3490m).
From Kote to Tangnag and overnight in Tangnag (4250m).
Rest and acclimatisation day in Tangnag. Today we’ll learn how to use a jumar and practice our abseiling skills. Overnight in Tangnag (4250m).
Trekking from Tangnag to Khare. Today we trek higher up the valley and leave the last of the tree line. The landscape changes dramatically as we approach our entry point to the glacier. We take in awesome views of Mera Peak and the summit as we approach Khare. Overnight in Khare (4790m).
An acclimatisation day in Khare and we’ll trek up above our camp to the ice and snow. Here we’ll practice cramponing, using our ice axe and walking in small teams using a rope. Return to Khare and overnight in Khare (4790m).
A fantastic day awaits as we trek to the glacier and finally leave the rock and dirt behind. With our crampons on we move slowly through the icefall and up onto the Mera glacier. A steady trek along the glacier and then we reach the Mera La and our Base Camp. As the sun goes down witness stunning views of the Mera Peak summit and the challenge before us. Overnight at Mera Peak Base Camp (5400m).
An early start and crampons back on as we ascend further up the glacier to our High Camp situated at around 5800 metres. Here we begin to appreciate the magnitude of where we are and what we are about to achieve, with Himalayan giants Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu clearly visible before us. Lots of food and liquids as we prepare for our summit push. Tomorrow morning we’ll be climbing Mera Peak. Overnight at Mera Peak High Camp (5800m).
Days 16 & 17
Leaving at around 2.30 a.m. we’ll climb steadily to the summit of Mera Peak. It doesn’t get better than this as we watch sunrise over the highest mountains on the planet. A day you’ll remember vividly for the rest of your life and an incredible achievement. But we need to conserve our energy as we still have a long descent ahead of us back down to Khare. Overnight at Khare (4790m). (Extra day included here to allow for poor weather)
A relaxing and well-deserved walk back down valley to Kote. Plenty of high-fives along the way! Overnight at Kote (3490m).
From Kote we track back to Tuli Kharka. Overnight at Tuli Kharka (4130m).
From Tuli Kharka back to Chutanga. Most groups opt to continue on to Lukla this day, which makes for a longer trip but the promise of hot showers and great food at the Namaste Lodge serves as a great incentive. Overnight at Chutanga (3200m) or Lukla (2800m).
From Chutanga to Lukla (or if already in Lukla – a free day).
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and re-check into your hotel.
Trip concludes. All guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective international flights.
3 nights accommodation at The Yak and Yeti Hotel (or equivalent) in Kathmandu with breakfasts
Welcome dinner and drinks in Kathmandu
All ground transfers in Nepal
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)
Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (includes taxes)
National Park entrance fees, trekking and climbing permits
All meals while trekking and climbing
Lodge accommodation at Namche Bazaar and Lukla
All camping facilities (tents etc.) while trekking and climbing
Exceptional leaders and guides
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
Emergency medical kit and gamow bag
All necessary personal climbing equipment (includes harness, ice-axe, boots, crampons, prusiks & carabiners)
Down jacket, sleeping bag and sleeping mattress
Complimentary Trek Climb Ski Nepal kit bag
All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees
Note: Tips for porters and guides are NOT included
Accomm + meals
Our Mera Peak expedition includes 3 nights at the famous Hotel Yak and Yeti (or equivalent) in Kathmandu. Trek Climb Ski Nepal also provide a complimentary welcome dinner with drinks in Kathmandu on the first evening of your trip. While trekking in the mountains, you will stay in lodges for 3 nights and the remaining nights will be camping in tents. On occasions, we will substitute some tent nights for lodges.
This trip includes 20 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 19 dinners while you are trekking and climbing in the mountains. Morning and afternoon tea is also provided each day you are trekking. Unlimited safe (thoroughly boiled) drinking water is also provided each day you are in the mountains.
Meals en route to Mera Peak are not cheap. If you were to purchase your own meals from lodges along the way on this expedition, your total food cost would be around AUD $1,200.
We proudly employ an all you can eat food and fluids policy on all our trips. Proper food intake and regular hydration are critical to safe altitude acclimatisation. In our opinion, trekking companies that leave food decisions and the purchase of food for their clients to manage (when trekking and climbing at altitude) are grossly irresponsible. Trekking companies often do this because it enables them to advertise a much lower (but unrealistic) trip price. Be sure to choose a tour operator that includes all your meals and safe drinking water in your trip price.