Mera Peak; the highest trekking peak in the world.
Trekking to the summit of Mera Peak is more of an expedition than a trek. At nearly 3 weeks long, the route is wonderfully remote and tranquil. It’s no wonder, Mera Peak is one of the highest trekking peaks in the world (6476m, 21,246ft) and from its summit, you can see 5 of the world’s 6 highest peaks.
It combines lodge accommodation and camping. No previous climbing experience is required; everything you need to know and do is taught by your Climbing Guide on trek. We have the climbing/safety equipment for hire too.
Having flown up to Lukla, the trek immediately turns south and avoiding the high pass early on for acclimatisation reasons, we take 10 days to reach Khare (5000m), following flowing rivers and passing through villages that look to have gone back in time. It is a glorious approach. From Khara (and above 5000m), you are in a beautiful white landscape culminating in ascending to the top of Mera Peak. From this astonishing view point, you have a 360 degree white capped Himalayan vista with 5 of the world’s 6 highest peaks in view.
The homeward stretch is much faster crossing the Zatrwa La Pass and into Lukla (5 days).
A true challenge, this is a long trek with a with a sustained period at high altitude, peaking at over 6400m. A well equipped, fit and well prepared trekker will relish what is a superb trek with high altitude mountain views in abundance.
- Summit one of the highest trekking peaks in the world
- Remote route; very lightly trekked
- Exhilarating flight to Lukla
- Spare time built in to cover delays, injury or illnesses
Clothing and Equipment – Some specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Day 1/2. Depart UK, fly to Nepal, arrive Kathmandu
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Kathmandu (Day 2).
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected and transferred to the hotel (25 mins), which is perfectly placed in the heart of the city. You are then free to settle in and explore your vibrant surroundings. Our friendly staff will be on hand to provide any advice or assistance.
Day 3. Free Day, Kathmandu
Meet your trekking Guide for a briefing on final preparations and timings for tomorrow. B
Day 4. Fly to Lukla, Trek to Puiyan (2800m)
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Enjoy a late breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip. Early acclimatisation in this region and indeed on this trek is very important and we therefore choose to take the longer contouring route rather than go over the Zatrwa La Pass straight away (we return that way). Your first night stop is at Puiyan. BLD
Day 5. Trek to Pangom (3500m)
Cross the river early before climbing up and over the ridge and eventually contouring and climbing up to the village for your overnight stop. BLD
Day 6. Trek to Nashi Dingma (2600m)
Still at fairly low altitude, the route climbs up through thick rhododendron forest, which leads to the Pangom La. If you feel the need, take a look at the local Monastery. Descend with good views of the Hinku valley with the Hinku Khola (river) at the bottom. Sharpe climb up to the night stops. BLD
Day 7. Trek to Chalem Kharka (3600m)
Another climb through green countryside up to the Surke La. It’s a good 1000m ascent today, eventually reaching the campsite just beyond the village. It is the first night in tents! BLD
Day 8. Chalem Kharka – Acclimatisation
Spend the day relaxing and gaining some altitude locally to assist acclimatisation. Early acclimatisation is well worth while. BLD
Day 9. Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4200m)
Once clear of the rhododendrons, it will become noticable that the terrain has changed to a more rugged one. The views are equal to it; Kangchenjunga can be seen in the distance. The climbing continues to the campsites. BLD
Day 10. Trek to Khote (4200m)
After an initial ascent, it is a descent down to the valley floor and onto Khote. Khote is one of the larger villages. We overnight in a tea house. BLD
Day 11. Trek to Tagnag (4400m)
Follow the riverbed, the trail slowly ascends and the valley widens. There are no villages this far up really, just small settlements for yak herders as tis region is a good place for grazing. Having stopped for lunch, you’ll see a few mani walls along the way. Tagnag is up the side of the valley, also now a sizeable and buzzing place due to the trekkers and climbers and it is here that you will spend a couple of nights to acclimatise. BLD
Day 12. Tagnag – Acclimatisation and glacier skills
Enjoy the surrounds, rest and gain more acclimatisation time as well as perhaps practice some glacier skills. Plenty of opportunity to get up to the 5000m mark and suck in that air! BLD
Day 13. Trek to Khare (5000m)
A good trail leading across the morraine and past the glacial lake and eventually up to Dig Kharke. There is some more climbing to be done, across the river to Khare. This is basically the base camp for Mera Peak and gets you up to the magic 5000m mark. BLD
Day 14. Khare – Acclimatisation
This the third and final acclimatisation day, with potentially more glacier skills training. At this altitude, some discomfort may already have been felt so rest and drink, drink, drink! Alternatively, if you’re felling well, there are opportunities to climb higher and see the route ahead. BLD
Day 15. Trek to Mera La (5414m)
An exciting day lies ahead as you climb higher than Everest Base Camp and also onto the Mera Glacier. Time to put crampons on. This is a wonderful setting as we move through the Pass, which is steep for a short section and on to camp off of the ice. The weather will play a part in exactly where the camp is taken. BLD
Day 16. Trek to High Camp (5780m)
High Camp is an excellent place to hit the summit from hence its popularity. The route goes back up to the Mera La (crossed yesterday) and turns south. There are plenty of ice formations to look at before heading to easier snow terrain which leads to the camp itself. The camp is quite sheltered. Great views of the big boys; Everest, Lohtse, Makalu and if the weather is kind Kangchenjunga too. BLD
Day 17. Summit (6476m) and descend to Khare
A very early start to make use of the crisp underfoot conditions. The route up to the summit (the highest of the 3 Mera Peaks) is a gradual one but clearly made difficult by the altitude. Headtorches should only be in use for a short time giving way to a glorious dawn. The last short sharp climb is very difficult but ultimately rewarding! The feeling of reaching the summit is unreal! It’s soon time to descend and hopefully get back to Khare. If this summit attempt fails, we have sufficient days factored in to counter this and adjustments to the remainder of the itinerary will be made to get back to Lukla in time for the flight, BLD
Day 18. Trek to Khote
Retrace steps. BLD
Day 19. Trek to Chhatrabuk.
The route back to Lukla takes the shorter route over the high ridge to Chhatrabuk. BLD
Day 20. Trek to Khartiteng over the Zatrwa La
A difficult route up and over the Zatrwa La Pass and onto Khartiteng; your final stop before Lukla. BLD
Day 21. Trek to Lukla
Take your time in getting back to Lukla; enjoy the remoteness! BLD
Day 22. Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You have 2 nights in Kathmandu to continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. B
Day 23. Kathmandu, Free day, B
A completely free day to do whatever you wish. B
Day 24. Depart Kathmandu, B