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Nepal is home of over 19000 mountains including 8 out of 14 mountains above eight thousands meter height. The government of Nepal has identified those mountains less than 7 thousands meter height as the trekking peak which can be scaled by Peak Climbing permit. Among these mountains Mera Peak is one of the most beautiful and popular trekking pinnacles trusted by climbers. Aster Treks & Expeditions proudly states that Mera Peak (6476 m) has become the latest destination for the Ski adventure as well. Such is the popularity of this mountain. Therefore, come and join the team of Aster for the mesmerizing Mera Peak Climbing adventure in the alternate Himalayan locale of Everest region.
The trip of Mera Peak Climbing is similar to all Everest Trekking in terms of reaching the starting point i.e. Lukla. From this place the climbers going for the Mera Peak Climbing take completely different and opposite route than the usual Everest Base Camp Trekking route. The route to reach the Mera Base Camp is full of green lush forests and high grassy meadows passes. The quintessential scenery of mountains and trail through valleys of numerous hamlets of Sherpa and other ethnic group of people worth every penny spent. Travelers will take the route of Hinku Valley and crosses through numerous daunting as well as alluring splendors of Mother Nature. The scenery of the Mount Makalu that is seen on the trial is the feature of this journey. The peak is considered as the easiest peak to climb in Nepal but climbers should be wary of the crevasses that are present on the trail. Therefore, climbers should get the expert guidance and Aster Treks & Expeditions is equipped to provide technical assistance as well as Sherpa guidance for the safe summit of Mera Peak.
Book with us the Mera Peak Climbing package and enjoy the majestic world of mountaineering. If you want to do Ski adventures as well always remember to choose us. Our vast network of Sherpa and Adventure Sports managers will ensure such requests get materialized.
We complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterwards, there is a Himalayan Aster representative waiting for us at the gate who will take us to our hotel. We can spend the rest of the day taking a rest. In the evening, we get to try Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Aster. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you will be doing a half day Guided sightseeing tour. After breakfast drive towards Pashupatinath, located approximately 5 km east of Kathmandu and reach there by 30 minutes drive. Famous Hindu Temple where thousands of devotees and Saddhus perform rituals daily. You can see the cremating body most of the times in the riverbank of Bagmati according to Hindu customs. After completing the sightseeing of Pashupatinath area, 15 minutes drive to reach Bouddhanath (the largest pagoda style sputa, height of 36 meters, a diameter of 120 meters). Strolling around the base, you can hear the chanting of monks and creaking of prayer wheels. After spending memorable moments in Boudhanath. After the Tour:
Our climbing leaders will check our set of climbing equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our coming journey. We also get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early morning transfer from the Hotel to domestic Airport, a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our guides. In Lukla will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage to prepare for this outstanding adventure, overnight at Lukla.
First day trek is an easy walk which leads eastwards, the path from here is less frequented than the other main trails from Lukla, walk follows through a number of hamlets and wood yards until it reaches 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, on this portion follow the Sherpa or the group as there are many path leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams with numerous places for camp, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. First campsite is pitched on the meadows with time for a short walk around.
A necessary rest day for acclimatisation, before reaching higher region and crossing of Zatrwa-la at 4,600m. A short hike can be done to stretch your leg and muscle walking up to a small peak at around 4,000m below the Zatrwa Teng Pass, which offers excellent views over the valley of Dudh Koshi, and also views of our route towards the Zatrwa-la.
After a good rest day at Chutanga, adventure continues with a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep uphill climb from our camp brings us to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwa Og, from here the path traverses across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600meteres. In bad weather to find the path of our route can be quite misleading care should be taken, in fine weather, the view across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, and the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here less than hours descend will bring to a large boulder which will be our campsite for the overnight at Tuli Kharka.
After camp at Tuli Kharka, today will be a short trek on the downhill slope, the path descends with superb scenery of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru and then coming to a fine vantage point of the Hinku Valley, with grand views of the South Face of Mera Peak entering the forest once again, the trail drops steeply into the Hinku Valley. A pleasant walk leads through the forest full of tall Himalayan pine and rhododendron trees. We make our camp on the clearing known as Mosum Kharka by the Hinku Drangka River.
From Mousum Kharka, route follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, eventually leaving the forest, the valley widens and opens, coming to a pasture and small kharkas (barn or a shade) used for grazing goats, sheep and yaks, then the path leads to a small bridge to reach at Gondishung at 4,350m, a summer settlement of Tagnag with its huts and stone walled enclosures. Gondishung itself has a fascinating 200 year old Gompa (monastery) beneath a great rock overhang, is a small Gompa with a buddha and several buddhastava, prayer flags and number of crude mani walls. Trek continues for another hour passing beyond Lungsamba as the valley narrows between the flanks of Kusum Kangguru 6,369m to the west and the truncated far western peak of Mera 6,255m then finishing our today’s walk here at Thagnag, a settlement made by the yak herders. Nowdays there are several tea houses here to cater the needs of the local staffs and porters who accompany Mera expeditions and beyond. Here will have two nights camping on this beautiful surrounding.
A well worth rest day for acclimatisation and local hike in this wonderful setting, surrounded by stunning peaks, specially Peak 43 which rises to 6,769m altitude. Just north from the camp there is a huge moraine behind which is dammed a beautiful glacial lake known as the Sabai Tsho, into which plummets the hanging Sabai Glacier well worth exploring with time spent will help you to acclamatise well.
After a great time at Thagnag, today’s destination is a short day walk of 3-4 hours but take it slowly enjoying the surrounding scenery. Route follows a relatively good trail leading up across the moraine which dams the Charpatti Tal, and then reaching a high point lined with cairns overlooking the glacial lake after more than half hour climb. From here the path descends slightly before turning the ridge and crossing a sandy bowl to the steep stream that descends from Dig Kharka, as we proceed on the right bank until after 45 minutes we reach the large pasture of Dig Kharka, here we cross the stream with the help of stepping stones towards the walls of an old shelter. After Dig Kharka, walk leads to a steep climb for few minutes, passing a large bivouac stone and then contouring around the hillside reaching the stream once again. Re-cross the stream at an obvious spots on large boulders. Following a trail for more than an hour across the boulder strewn hillside, we reach Kharka for the overnight stop.
A rest day for acclimatisation and for the local hike, there are some interesting hikes from Kharka, above the camp it is possible to climb 5,550m on a high moraine ridge for more good views of the Mera La and the route up the mountain.
From Kharka the route advances towards south climbing the moraine and following the crest to the foot of the black, steep scree slope, the path zig-zags its way up to the top, looking across a boulder strewn bowl to the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier after less than two hours hard walk from Khare. The route crosses the bowl and then climbs the ground to the right of the tongue to a large rock platform beside the glacier after another hour of careful walk. From here one must be on crampons for safety to climb the 30-35 degree ice for quarter of an hour to reach the plateau leading to Mera la. The trail are well marked,(unless there has been recent snowfall) the path weaves its way around and between the crevasses toward the Mera-la, from here its another hour to reach the pass, on reaching Mera-la after 3-4 hours of morning walk, continue the journey for another 3 hours to the overnight high camp beneath Mera Peak, the first hour climb offers grand view of the northern peaks of Makalu, then Everest with cloud plume peeking over the massive black wall of Nuptse. Later as we come near to our High Camp view of Cho Oyu can be seen. Arriving at High Camp if the weather is favorable, panorama of Kanchenjunga comes into view far to the east.
Big day! Start early before dawn after an early morning tea and simple breakfast, for the summit of Mera, climbing first to the foot of the dome of the southern summit. To reach the main summit, then descend the opposite side of the south summit and continue along the southern rim, which is sometimes corniced until it is possible to climb up and through the slope of the main summit. After 3-4 hours of vigorous climb to the summit, enjoy the breathe taking scenery of the surrounding high snow capped peaks and feeling physically, spiritually and emotionally high being on the highest spot of this extreme adventure. After a great moment of a life time at the top, retrace back on the 2-3 hours downhill path to our camp-site on the Hongu side of the pass, which has already been set up by our trekking staffs.
If all is well as per the itinerary, this reserve day can be used on some other days back to Lukla or before the climb, depending upon the situation.
Retrace the journey back the same way.
Retrace the journey back the same way.
Retrace the journey back the same path. Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Himalayan Aster will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.