Mera Peak is gazetted as Nepal’s highest trekking peak and sits in a perfect position for the most magnificent panorama of Himalayan giants; Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse…the list is almost endless. This is a very achievable objective as your first expedition or as the pinnacle of your alpine trekking/skiing aspirations. This is a trip aimed at private groups of 2 to 8 people. It’s a medium length, enjoyable trek with a few days skiing above 5000m once our bodies have adjusted to the height. A great way to see and experience Nepal, with the added bonus on a easy ski descent. Skiers/boarders and non-skiers are welcome to join.
Every day of the expedition resonates with new and interesting experiences whether it is a short stop to chat with local people on the trail or the thrill of a new and majestic view around each corner. The journey starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, delivering us directly to the Khumbu valley and the start of our exhilarating voyage through the Sherpa homeland. Initially we weave our way through arable fields where we can observe subsistence farmers tending their crops and animals. Later we climb through forests and small mountain villages on our way towards the mountain.
From Mera Peak Base Camp we establish two mountain camps, the top one from which to make the summit ascent. The climb is conducted over three days ascending glaciers that are mostly gentle in angle with the occasional steeper pitch. You will be taught all the skills required to climb the mountains during the expedition, but you need to at least be a strong intermediate skier/snowboarder.
The expedition to Mera Peak is enriched with experiences made possible only my long established relationship with the people and places of Nepal. The expedition incorporates a very special range of cultural opportunities and trekking highlights to make this an unforgettable Himalayan journey. The rewards of the journey, coupled with the stunning views from the top, followed by an exhilarating ski or snowboard descent, will make this a journey of a lifetime!
It’s an ideal first/second Himalayan adventure with spectacular views of the Himalayan giants on Nepal’s highest trekking peak.
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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Hotel
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding, 2610m. Lodge
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar, 3440m. Lodge
Day5: Trek above Namche Bazar, Everest views, visit Khumjung, 3780m. Lodge
Day 6: Trek down to Phakding, 2610m. Lodge
Day 7: Trek past Lukla to camp at 3600-3800m. Camping
Day 8: Cross Zatrwa La 4610m, stay Thuli Kharka, 4300m. Camping
Day 9: Trek to Mosom Kharka (Kote), 3800m. Camping
Day 10: Mosom Kharka (Kote) to Tagnag, 4356m. Camping
Day 11: Rest Day/Acclimatisation hike towards Kusum Kanguru. Camping
Day 12: To Mera Base Camp / Kore, 4800m. Camping/Lodge
Day 13: Rest Day / Preparation and instruction day. Camping/Lodge
Day 14: Acclimatisation ski tour towards Mera La, 5400m. Return to base camp.
Day 15: Rest Day
Day 16: Move to Mera La. Camping
Day 17: Rest Day / ski tour. Camping
Day 18: Climb to High Camp, 5800m. Camping
Day 19: Summit bid on Mera Peak 6476m, return to Base Camp. Camping/Lodge
Day 20: Rest Day / Contingency Day. Camping/Lodge
Day 21: Trek to Mosom Kharka. Camping.
Day 22: Trek to Tetraput. Camping.
Day 23: Trek over Zatrwa La, 4600m and descend to Lukla. Lodge.
Day 24: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 25: Trip Ends.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN TRIP COST
- Nepalese Government peak royalty fees
- All trek organisational requirements
- All trekking permits
- Airport Transfers in Kathmandu
- Air transport and accommodation in lodges or tents ex Kathmandu
- All group equipment for trek (tents etc.) and emergency medical supplies
- All trek staff, including western and Sherpa guides, porter support
- Transport of 30kg of personal equipment
- All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back in Kathmandu
- Access to AC’s satellite communication facilities
- Regular expedition dispatches to our website for families and friends back home to follow the expedition’s progress
- dZi Foundation support for their “revitalize a village” programme – likely to include support for a Nepalese child’s education for a year
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COST
- Air travel to and from Nepal
- Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
- Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts, alcohol (we supply boiled water for drinking)
- Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as laundry, showers, internet access or battery re-charging
- Entry visas for Nepal (obtain 30 day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Personal travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance / rescue insurance
- Excess baggage charges for the flights to / from Lukla
- Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
- Gratuity for guides and Sherpas