Mera Peak is the highest “trekking peak” in the Nepalese Himalayas with an elevation of 6476 meters at Mera North Summit. Mera Peak Climbing is a magnificent trekking and climbing journey that provides climbers with the most exciting adventures in the high alpine landscape. Despite its altitude, Mera Peak is not much technical as compared to other trekking peaks. So, Mera Peak Climbing is an excellent opportunity for beginners stepping their feet in mountain climbing to experienced trekkers setting new milestones for themselves.
Situated in the Mahalangur section of the Everest region, which is the highest part of the Himalayas, Mera Peak offers breathtaking views from its top. Among the three main summits: Mera North (6476 m), Mera Central (6461 m), and Mera South (6065 m), we climb Mera North as it is the simplest to climb. From the top of Mera North, one can enjoy some of the most unusual landscapes ever beheld, including the 5 eight thousanders: Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Malaku (8481 m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8188 m).
Mera Peak is a formidable mountain but one doesn’t need to be a veteran climber to attempt climbing this peak. Technically, it is a straightforward peak but the snow & a whole lot of crevasses tend to consume time as you head up the mountain. This peak beckons all seasoned trekkers & amateur climbers who dare to dream & love taking up a challenge.
Although climbing Mera Peak does not require advanced mountaineering skills, the trekkers attempting Mera Peak need to be physically fit and familiar with the use of an ice axe and crampons. For those needing guidance for using certain trekking equipment, our experienced climbing Sherpa guides will provide useful instruction at the base camp near Khare before starting the summit trek as a part of our Mera Peak Climbing training. This training is a useful instructional process for team members who need to be familiar with climbing techniques before heading for the exciting summit of Mera Peak. The overall focus is to avoid glitches & ensure that the summit is a marvelous success.
Mera Peak Climbing is available for booking with Outfitter Nepal for the upcoming spring and autumn. We have designed a 19-day itinerary for the Mera Peak Expedition, including your arrival and departure days to and from Kathmandu. However, do let us know if the given itinerary is not suitable for you. We are open to tailor a program for you as per your needs and requirements.
To guarantee proper acclimatization, we have included longer and less used trails with gentle ascents. We are convinced that by following this carefully choreographed itinerary, you will reach Nepal's highest trekking peak without much difficulty. You can trust our years of knowledge and experience in organizing such trips. Before booking the trip, go through all the information provided here so that you can be 100% sure about undertaking the Mera Peak Climbing in the upcoming spring or autumn.
Best Features of Mera Peak Climbing
- Climbing the highest trekking peak of Nepal at 6476 meters
- Witnessing the entire Himalayas in magnificence from Mera Peak's summit
- Excellent views of Everest and other world's highest peaks from Mera North Peak
- Thrilling yet scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
- Hiking through Makalu Barun National Park's wilderness
- Observing closely the Sherpa culture and their Himalayan way of life
- Ancient UNESCO World Heritage sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Decent climb for mountaineering beginners
What to anticipate from Mera Peak Climbing?
The 19 days Mera Peak Climbing expedition begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, wonderfully placed right in the heart of the Khumbu region. You begin your trekking adventure from Lukla. First, you will cross the Charpate Himal and Zatrwa La (4,610 m) which lies near Hinku Valley. Subsequently, you pass through many unspoiled forests of rhododendrons, descend to the Hinku Khola, and follow the river to the north towards upper Hinku. Then, you finally reach Tangnag, the river valley that offers impressive views of the west face of Mera Peak and Peak 43. You have at least one day for necessary acclimatization and once you are ready, you head up to the moraine of the Dig Glacier and do a steep hike down to Khare at (5,045m).
Mera Peak Climbing continues further to the lower base camp at around 5,300 m near the Mera La Pass at (5,415 m) on the 'Hongku'. Here, you get some more days for acclimatization. Explore some of the areas around before moving to a high camp on the edge of the Mera Glacier, where you again have time for further acclimatization. From this place, you get lovely panoramic views of the Kangchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu, and Baruntse in the east, Everest and Lhotse to the north, and Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega towards the northeast.
We set our high camp at 5,800 meters on a rocky shelf behind a large vertical rock to make the Mera Peak summit day shorter and more enjoyable. It provides some means of insurance. The panoramic view from the Mera High Camp is simply incredible, and one of the best in the world. The summit day of Mera Peak begins early in the morning. We take the northern way to the Mera Peak. It entails a gentle ascent with excellent mountain scenery always in view. Once you reach the peak, spend some time and click some memorable pictures, and you trek all the way down via the same route.
Why climb Mera Peak in Spring and Autumn?
Spring and autumn, which extend from March to May and September to November, respectively, are the best seasons for Mera Peak trekking and climbing. Due to several inconveniences that may occur, such as flight cancellations, blocked paths, muddy slopes, and others, climbing Mera Peak during the summer or winter seasons is not recommended. Winter is the coldest season of the year, and Monsoon is when it rains the most.
Mera Peak Climbing in Spring
The months of March, April, and May have mostly stable and dry weather with a moderate climate. This time of year is ideal for trekking in the Everest region, as it provides a clear view of the mountains and scenery every day. Daytime temperatures can reach 15 - 20 degrees Celsius, while nighttime temperatures can dip to - 8/12 degrees Celsius. Thousands of plants and greenery bloom in the spring, making this journey in the Himalayas of Nepal the most attractive and joyful. The clear vision, comfortable temperatures, and stable weather with little to no rain and snow attract many trekkers to Mera Peak so you’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people on the trail.
Mera Peak Climbing in Autumn
Autumn is another fantastic time to trek Mera Peak, with the months of September, October, November, and December being particularly pleasant. Temperatures in the autumn should be between 14 and 20 degrees Celsius during the day, while nighttime temperatures can drop to -5/10 degrees Celsius, which is ideal for hiking. Similarly, you'll have the chance to meet like-minded hikers on the trail as there will be a lot of trekkers due to great visibility, moderate temperatures, and consistent weather with less likelihood of rain or snow.
What are the challenges of climbing Mera Peak?
Trekking and climbing Mera Peak are rated to be very strenuous. Before the climbing expedition, you will need to devote a lot of time to prepare. Many of the days on the trekking and climbing tour will be spent trekking for more than 4 to 6 hours as you travel from one site to the next. Thus, you'll need a lot of physical power and energy to keep up with the journey. It's critical to prepare your body for the trip. Regular aerobic exercises, such as running, jogging, and swimming, can aid in maintaining and recharging the body's physical strength while on the move.
Mera Peak isn't a technically difficult climb, but it's high at 6476m, has a long summit day, and you're out in the unpredictable Himalayan weather. Take care of your hydration and keep moving at a comfortable pace. The snowy path is not very difficult, but it is a long day that will drain your energy. You'll need to be able to move on a man rope, clip in, and keep a steady pace while maintaining a safe line. You should also be comfortable walking on crampons and using your walking axe to self-arrest.
How to train/prepare for the Mera Peak Climb?
In order to accomplish the Mera Peak trekking and climbing expedition, you must focus on your training months ahead. The route entails ascending to high altitudes on a daily basis while carrying a heavy weight. Thus, the journey necessitates a combination of diverse strategies like aerobic exercises and strength training for building endurance in your body. Aerobics training is one of the approaches to increase your core strength that can be used while climbing. To put it another way, cardiovascular activities are a requirement for trek-and-climb preparedness.
Cardiovascular training is designed to help you cope with the low oxygen concentration found at high altitudes. Aerobic exercise improves the ability of your heart, lungs, and blood cells to adapt to these conditions. If you live in a mountainous area, you can go on multiple hikes weekly with your backpack and trekking shoes. You can also train on treadmills while carrying items on your back, progressively increasing the training duration and weight.
What is so interesting about the Kathmandu Lukla Flight?
Like most trekking and climbing trips in the Everest region, Lukla is the starting point of the Mera Peak Climb. Due to Everest’s remote location, airways are the only transportation means to get to Lukla. Flying to Lukla is exhilarating. The flight will be breathtakingly beautiful and exciting as you’ll fly above the Himalayas with mountain peaks soaring high before you. But it also takes a lot of courage to stay on that short 30-minute flight. Why? According to National Geographic and Discovery channels, Lukla Airport is considered one of the world's most dangerous airports.
What is it about this airport that makes it the most hazardous? It is, in fact, the landing strip of Lukla Airport. At 2,845 meters, it is one of the world’s highest airports and has one of the world's shortest runways of 525 meters, hanging onto the cliff of a mountain. When we consider the high gradient of the runway, which dangles down the side of a mountain, we realize how risky that landing is. When you land in Lukla, you’ll feel like you've arrived at the world's most dangerous airport, with the most beautiful landscape surrounding it. This flight is one of the most exciting elements of our 19 Days Mera Peak Climbing package.
Mera Peak Climbing Cost
The Outfitter Nepal’s Mera Peak trek packages range between US$ 2000 and US$ 2600. If you want to travel in a group to Mera Peak, with about 5 to 8 people, then the cost is around US$ 2000. Likewise, for a group of 2 to 4 people, the cost of the standard Mera Peak Climbing package is around US$ 2350. Similarly, for a solo climber, the cost is a little bit higher, with a budget of around US$ 2600. It is to be noted that we are lenient in customizing the package according to your convenience. If you want to add in more acclimatization days, or leisure days, we are totally okay with that. However, this would also mean that your budget may slightly increase.