Mera Peak Trekking is something unique. Mera Peak in Nepal is considered a trekking peak and this means that you can technically reach this peak on foot. Okay, it's not a walk in the park, but it's not really mountaineering either. Nevertheless, this is a real six-thousander and when you climb Mera Peak, you have a certain right to boast. Read our blog post about Mera Peak Trekking and make the most of your first time climbing higher than 6,000 meters or 19,685 feet.
Last updated in April 2020
What and Where is Mera Peak?
Mera Peak is a mountain in Mahalangur district in the Barun sub-district of the Himalayas and is administratively located in Nepal's Sagarmatha region in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. With its 6,476 meters it is classified as a trekking peak. It comprises of three main peaks: Mera North, 6,476 meters; Mera Central, 6,461 meters; and Mera South, 6,065 meters, as well as a smaller "trekking peak", which is visible from the south as a separate peak but is not marked on most maps of the region.
The region was first explored extensively by British expeditions in the early 1950s before and after the ascent of Everest. Members of these teams included Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Eric Shipton and George Lowe. The first ascent of the Mera Central was made on 20 May 1953 by Colonel Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing (who was known as "The Foreign Sportsman"). Roberts was heavily involved in building the trekking industry in Nepal in the early 1960s. In May 2005 he was posthumously awarded the "Sagarmatha National Award" by the government.
What Is So Special About Mera Peak Trekking?
If you've everclimbed Kilimanjaro, you may have wondered what it would be like to cross the 6000-meter mark. Indeed, Kilimanjaro is a five-thousander at 5,895 meters. Mera Peak, at an altitude of 6,189 meters, is popular with beginners and serves as a preparation for higher mountains such as Everest. Although it is physically demanding, it requires relatively little technique and can be climbed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Of course it is not that easy. It needs a solid crash course in high altitude mountaineering, but with a good guide you can do something really special.
Although Mera Peak is physically demanding, it requires relatively little technique and can be climbed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Of course, it is not that easy. It needs a solid crash course in high altitude climbing, but with a good guide, you can do something really special.
What Is The Best Season for Climbing Mera Peak?
The Everest region, like the rest of Nepal, has 4 different seasons. Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The months from February to May, before the monsoon, and from October to December, after the monsoon, are the most popular for trekking tours to Mera Peak ascents. You can also climb Mera Peak when it's monsoon but it will be a lot quieter this time of the year. What needs to be said is that each trekking season has its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers, but if you want to have some assurance about the weather conditions during the trek, be sure to stick to the high season. You can also climb Mera Peak in the winter months, but you will need to revise your packing list and prepare for temperatures well below -15 Celsius.
What Is A Good Itinerary for Mera Peak Trekking?
You shouldn't climb a six-thousander with just anybody. If you are traveling from far, you will want to have a company on your side to help you with the preparation. You don't want a crash course for the actual ascent, but you want to have the opportunity to use the right climbing equipment, and with the following itinerary for climbing Mera Peak by Nepal Eco Adventure you can make the most of it.
Day 01 – Fly to Lukla and Trek to Paiya (2,730m)
We’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m), from TIA. You will be able to rejoice the sight of splendid hills, rivers and mountains during a 30 minute flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter, and served a wholesome breakfast. After that, we will head north to Paiya (2730m) through an easy 3-4 hour hike.
Day 02 – Trek to Panguam (2,850m)
We will trek to Panguam for 6 hours, through the main trail and reach the beautiful village inhabited by hill people of different ethnicity. The night will be spent in a local lodge.
Day 03 – Trek to Nagindingma (2,650m)
After breakfast, we will trek gently downhill for 4/5 hours to reach a village inhabited by hill Mongol people. On reaching Nagindingma, you will have the possibility to rest for a while and then explore the vicinity.
Day 04 – Trek to Cholem Kharka (3,350m)
We will trek from there uphill over the rocky trial. The trail will be physically demanding and exhausting as it will take us about 7-8 hours. We will spend the night in a local guest house.
Day 05 – Trek to Khola Kharka (3,930m)
We will trek uphill through the rocky trial for 7 hours. We will walk along the bank of dwindling rivers, through green meadows and enchanting forests. Night will be spent in a local guest house.
Day 06 – Trek to Kothe (4,180m)
We will trek to Kothe after breakfast, for about 6-7 hours long. It is a small beautiful village of mountain people which will reward us with beautiful view on the Himalayas.
Day 07 – Trek to Thaknak (4,350m)
We will trek slowly uphill for 3/4 hours and reach Thaknak. It is a beautiful village, from which we will enjoy a beautiful view of the guarding snowy peaks. The night will be spent in a cozy little lodge.
Day 08 – Trek to Khare (5,045m)
We will trek to Khare after breakfast early in the morning. It will take us 3 hours to trek through the main trial. We will spend the night in a small lodge in Khare.
Day 09 – Rest and acclimatization in Khare
We have allocated an entire day for acclimatization to harsh environment in Khare. We will explore the environment, go for walks and interact with the locals to experience the life in Himalayans.
Day 10 – Khare to Mera Base Camp (5,300m)
It’s a major day of the trek as we will go to Mera Base Camp. The trek will only last about 4 hours. You will a have beautiful and very near view of the Mera Peak. The night will be spent in a camp tent.
Day 11 – Mera Base Camp to High Camp (5,780m)
We will climb uphill through the snowy and rocky trail for 5 hours. From there you will enjoy an even better view of the Mera peak and other mountains. We will spend the night in a cozy camp and prepare for the big day after.
Day 12 – Mera high camp to summit (6,461m) and back to Khare
Main highlight of the trek : the climb to the summit. The feeling of reaching the top will be very rewarding and satisfying. After spending some time in the peak we will descend downhill to base camp and then Khare.
Day 13 – Trek from Khare to Kothe
We will return downhill, leaving the mountains backdrop. It will take us around 5 hours to trek back to Kothe. We will spend the night in a local guest house.
Day 14 – Kothe to Chetwarwa (3,580m)
We will trek to Chetarwa for 6/7 hours. On reaching our destination, you will have the opportunity to go for exploration of the local vicinity and enjoy the life of rural people.
Day 15 – Chetarwa to Lukla
From Chetarwa, we will trek down for 6/7 hours to the economic hub of the region, Lukla. We will spend the night in local tea house. It will be the last dinner with guide and porter so enjoy it!
Day 16 – Fly back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. Once in Kathmandu, it will time for a memorable good-bye.
What Permits Do I Need For Climbing Mera Peak?
For trekking to Mera Peak, you need the following permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):
This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. From the Annapurna Circuit to the trek to Poon Hill, all trekking routes require this permit. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR. Alternatively, your trekking company arranges you a location permit in Lukla which costs around 20 USD.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit:
For entering the Sagarmatha National Park, the park that is home to the Mount Everest Region, you need to obtain an entry permit. This permit costs 30 USD + government tax. This permit is also required for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Mera Peak Permit:
In addition to all the above mentioned permits, your trekking company also takes care of your Mera Peak climbing permit. Without a valid permit you are not allowed to climb Mera Peak.
How Safe Is Mera Peak Trekking?
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Trekking companies and their guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions.
They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes to Mera Peak.
If you are worried about safety in terms of criminality, then don't worry. Crime is basically non-existent in the Everest Region.
Training for Climbing Mera Peak
If you live anywhere else other than the Himalayas, it will be hard to get your legs ready for higher altitudes. After all, it doesn’t get much higher than Nepal. This is why we have to be clear upfront: Unless you have hiked at a higher altitude before, it will be difficult to get a 100% ready for your adventure. If that sounds bad to you, then comfort yourself with the fact that there is absolutely no need to be 100% ready.
You are not climbing K2 or Mount Everest and not running a mountain race. This is trekking and MeraPeak is a trekking peak. You are actually supposed to take it easy. Taking it easy is a rule of thumb when you want to prevent altitude sickness while out in Nepal. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, once you are out there on the trails, you have to stick to your own pace. But of course, the fitter you are, the more you can enjoy your time. Get fit!
Should I Hike More?
One solid approach to get the hang of what you do is to rehearse. The best practice for climbing is climbing. Seeing that you are keen on a multi-day trekking experience, we accept that you enjoy walking. Awesome, do it more. If you are fortunate to be encompassed by some hills or even mountains, the time has come to see them all the more frequently. When? In the event that you are new to this, we recommend beginning a half year the start of your trek, essentially going for 60 minutes (or two) climb seven days. When you get the hang of it, after around three weeks, you will have an ideal opportunity to reinforce your power. Convey a pack of 10 to 15kg and include a more drawn out climb of three hours to your week. On the off chance that this way of life is different to you, you will before long receive the rewards of this moderate exercise.
What Are The Health Benefits of a Mera Peak Trek?
Some of thehealth benefits of trekking and hikinginclude a lower risk of heart disease, improved blood pressure and sugar levels and of course it helps to control your weight. Once you are ready for the hills, it only gets better. According to Gregory Miller, president of the American Hiking Society, ”a 5% to 10% incline equals a 30% to 40% increase in calorie burn.” Our personal health benefits are a clearer mind and an elevated mood. Trekking keeps us sane. After a good few months of solid hiking, it is time to put your endurance to the test. Do back to back long hikes. You can simulate a few days of constant trekking by going hiking for a few days. Easy at that. Plan a smaller trekking holiday or keep it simple by hiking your favorite route on repeat. If you are comfortable hiking for 4 hours a day, 3 days in a row while carrying a 10kg to 15kg backpack, you will be fine.
There is more you can do to get ready for your climbing Mera Peak but the above basics will definitely help you on your way. You can focus on strength exercise, you can simulate altitude with altitude masks. There's a lot you can do. Check this blog post if you want to read more about getting fit for climbing Mera Peak.
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Mera Peak Height and Altitude Sickness
Mera Peak has a height of 6.476 meters and climbing it can come with altitude sickness. Symptoms of AMS start to show within a few hours after arrival at high altitude and include nausea, shortness of breath, headache and inability to exercise. An overall feeling of fatigue will take all the joy away that you were experiencing until things got bad. You may struggle to fall asleep, experience dizziness and you could be suffering from a severe headache. You may also lose your sense of coordination, have trouble walking and have a tight chest. If things progress to HAPE or HACE, you might get confused, have a shortness of breath at rest and you will likely be unable to walk at all.
The higher the altitude, the more severe your symptoms can be. If you have watched Everest the movie, you know what we are talking about. But those guys were climbing and you are, fortunately, only trekking. There is a number of scoring systems for determining altitude sickness. Guides are trained in these systems and are experienced in immediate treatment. Although many people will experience some symptoms of altitude sickness, it doesn’t have to escalate. When aware of the symptoms, you can do a lot to make sure you stay healthy at high altitude.
How Do I Prevent Altitude Sickness on a Mera Peak Climb?
The following rules of thumbs can help you to prevent altitude sickness happening to you. They can also help to get the symptoms under control.
Have a full medical checkup and tell your practitioner what you are up to. Purchase medication recommended by your doctor. If you plan to be trekking with children, make sure you take their preparation just as carefully.
Become the Fittest Version of Yourself
Exercise about 3 to 6 hours a week with a backpack of 10kg to simulate an average day out in the Himalayas. Check out this blog post and find out how you can train for trekking in Nepal.
Listen to Your Body
Your body tells you when it needs rest. Listen to it carefully. Be aware of the symptoms of Altitude Sickness and talk about it. Let your friends, your guide, your porters know how you feel and press pause when your body wants you to. Don’t let things get worse.
Climb High, Sleep Low
An unwritten law for trekkers and climbers alike is to climb high but to sleep low. That’s why those mountaineers on Everest take a long time to get to the peak, they go up and down a few times before they push for the peak. They climb high, but they sleep low. That’s why you sometimes see a descent in the middle of your itinerary. This is being done to ensure you that you acclimatize carefully after having tackled elevation.
Eat Plenty and Hydrate More
Do you like food? Great. Eat as much as you can and eat even more. The same goes for drinking. No, you silly, not for alcohol. Hydration! Eat and drink as much as you can. Don’t skip a meal, even if you are not hungry.
Check What Comes Out
One way to gauge your fluid intake is to check your urine. Do you have to take a wee break more often than usual? Great. Keep up the hydration game. No? Then drink more.
What About The Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla On The Way to Mera Peak?
A 25-minute flight from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) takes you to Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA), named after the famous pioneers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The airport is known to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. That fact makes the flight particularly interesting. In the past flights were irregular and flight schedules were when the weather was rough, hard to count on. However, as more airlines are no offering flights on this exciting route, things have improved a lot compared to the days in the 90s and 00s.
Check the below video to get an impression of your upcoming flight to Lukla.
What Are The Teahouses in the Everest Region Like?
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. Hence, the teahouses in the Everest Region are of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house.
Mera Peak Climbing Packing List - What To Pack?
Your gear is your best friend while being out in the mountains. It, in fact, doesn’t matter where you are going, your equipment is key. In extreme cases, gear can make the difference between life and death. In every case, the right equipment can make the difference between you having a good time and ending up miserable. You have booked your tickets, your guide in Nepal is waiting and now you rock up with a too heavy backpack, a jacket which is not thick enough and shoes that are very likely going to give you blisters. What a waste. Pack the right gear and make more of your trekking. Before we start, note one important thing. We are trekking, not climbing. Hence, you can leave the ropes, the chalk and the carabiners in your closet.
Below we present you a basic comprehensive packing list suitable for any trek in Nepal including:
- Duffel Bag
- Rucksack with Rain Cove Daypack
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals or Shoes
- Hiking Socks
- Trekking Poles
- Inner Socks
- Thermal Baselayer
- Fleece Pullover or Jacket
- Light Weight Thermal Tops
- Waterproof Jacket
- Sports Bra for Her
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Waterproof Pants
Basics for Climbing Mera Peak:
- Ice axe
- Ice screws
- Snow bars - Crampons
- Tape Slings (2)
- Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
- Descender/Abseil Device
- Plastic Mountaineering Boots
- Helmet (optional)
- Ice Hammer
The above-mentioned basics for Mera Peak can be rented directly from your trekking company.
Obviously there is more you can pack and bring along. Everyone is different, so everyone has their own needs.If you want the ultimate packing list, you can simply go here.
How Do You Book a Mera Peak Trek?
There are several websites where you can book your Mera Peak ascent. It is important to note that the cheap providers are probably not very good for their employees. The income in Nepal is relatively low and some organizations like to take advantage of this. At Bookatrekking.com we try to make a selection of providers who have everything in place, who take good care of the staff and the environment. However, they are obliged to state their lowest price on the internet.Here you can find all our offers for Mera Peak climbing.
If you have any questions about theMera Peak trekking, pleasecontact our trekking experts. They will be happy to help you! If you want to find out all you need to know about trekking in the Himalayas, don't forget to read our long-read article about trekking in Nepal!
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