Mera Peak Climbing is definitely one of the toughest, if not the toughest, activity in the entire Khumbu region. Though many argue that one doesn’t require mountaineering expertise to get to the top of this giant, this isn’t an average trekker’s play either.
What makes this peak difficult to climb is its steepness, the high altitude, and the weather! What also matters is – the skill, the technique and the stamina of the trekker.
However, what we must not forget is that despite its difficulty level, many trekkers have been able to climb it, rather easily, and climbing it is nothing like climbing a mountain.
Highlights of the Trek
Travel Style: Active
Physical Rating: Challenging
Service Level: Basic
Group Size: 1+
Max. Altitude: 6461m
Overview of the Mera Peak Climbing
The journey to the Mera Peak takes you to an entirely different realm of Khumbu region. Unlike most of the other trekking routes, it doesn’t share its route with the Everest Base Camp Trek. From Lukla, the route heads east and makes its way through villages of Paiya, Chhatra Khola, and finally Thaknak, the nearest settlement to Mera Peak.
After the climbing activities, the route makes its way back west to Lukla, by crossing villages like Khare, Khote, and Thuli Kharka. Despite the differences in the route, the landscape that unfolds during the journey is more or less similar to that of Everest Base Camp Trek.
The settlements, however, are quite distinct, as they have a different feel to it. There are minor similarities in the ways of the people, however, there are dissimilarities too. However, these villages offering amazing experiences to the trekkers from all perspectives.
How hard is Mera Peak?
One thing that you need to understand about Mera Peak is that despite the fact it is coined as a trekking peak, it’s extremely difficult for an average trekker to climb it, for various reasons. The first reason is that the climb requires the use of basic mountaineering equipment. The second reason is that the surface of the peak is extremely steep and sharp, and not everyone can make their way through it.
The third reason is the altitude and the weather, which is quite extreme in comparison to other lower altitude trekking destinations. And the final reason is a habit. Only the trekkers who have amazing stamina, and can breathe the thin air easily can succeed at climbing Mera Peak. As a whole, Mera Peak is regarded as an extremely tough trekking destination which is not to be attempted by an average trekker.
Mera Peak Death Rate
Now, despite the fact that Mera Peak is a steep trekking peak, and that it’s quite difficult to climb, there aren’t any clear records or cases of death or any sort of fatality occurring in terms of climbing the peak. Of course, there may have been injuries, but probably so minor that they never really became a part of any news or official records.
The main reason because of which health issues occur during Mera Peak Climbing is altitude sickness. There have been cases to porters suffering from frostbite in the area, but that’s probably because of not using the right kind of wears.
Despite the difficulty level of Mera Peak Climbing, quite a few trekkers go for this trek, needless to say, that they are the experts, and also possess a little bit of experience in mountaineering. However, it is not an impossible trek for an average trekker. A couple treks to challenging trekking destination, a little bit of training and preparation shout be enough for anyone to conquer the peak.
So, if you’re planning to reach the top of this tough cookie, you now know exactly what you need to do. Don’t let its toughness scare you.
If you have enough time, and if you want to experience the next thrilling peak climbing you would surely like to try the Island Peak climbing. It will never let you down.
The following is the itinerary for Mera Peak Climbing Trek. Due to the strenuous nature of the trek, the modifications proposed by the trekkers are rarely made, as setting the routine requires careful planning. Also, it is recommended that the trekkers stick to this particular routine. However, you could put forwards your ideas for changes to suit your comfort.
Day 1 - Kathmandu (1400 m) to Lukla (2860 m) to Paiya (2730 m)
Day 2 - Paiya to Panggom (2846 m)
Day 3 - Panggom to Ningsow (2863 m)
Day 4 - Ningsom to Chhatra Khola (2800 m)
Day 5 - Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3691 m)
Day 6 - Kothe to Thaknak (4358 m)
Day 7 - Thaknak to Khare (5045 m)
Day 8 - Rest Day at Khare and peak climbing training
Day 9 - Khare to Mera High Camp (5780 m)
Day 10 - Mera High Camp to Mera Summit (6461 m) to Khare
Day 11 - Rest Day at Khare
Day 12 - Khare to Khote
Day 13 - Khote to Thuli Kharka (4300 m)
Day 14 - Thuli Kharka to Zatrwa La Pass (4580 m) to Lukla
Day 15 - Lukla to Kathmandu
√ Airport pick up and drop by private vehicles
√ Hotel stay in Kathmandu (2 nights)
√ Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare
√ Government license holder and the experienced Himalayas guide
√ Porter to carry your baggage (1 porter= 2 hikers )
√ Kathmandu-Lulka-Kathmandu guide Airfare
√ Full board meals during trekking period as mentioned in the itinerary
√ Basis tea house and lodge accommodation during trekking
√ All government and local taxes
√ TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) and Permit for Restricted Area
√ Basic First Aid Kit
√ All company service charges and necessary paperwork
√ Rescue arrangement
√ Typical Nepali farewell dinner
× Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
× Travel insurance for trekking
× Nepal entry visa and excess baggage charge
× Tips for Guide and porter (20% of your total spent is normally given as a tip for a guide and porter )
× Wifi, shower, camera and mobile charging cost
× Basic drinks (mineral water, Beer, cane juice, and Hot water )
× Personal shopping
× Things not mentioned in Cost includes a section
Notes:- Cost is prone to change in itinerary. So the cost will be recalculated if anything changes.
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It is very easy to book the trip with us. At first, we need your Passport photocopy to book everything here for you. And once we got 20% of the total cost in advance through bank or Money transfer then we will confirm your trip with us. A flight detail is optional but you have to provide before 1 week of arrival to pick up.
You can get all kind of food. You have different choices but personally, I would like to say to eat that local food or our designated food because it prevents you from high altitude sickness.
It is hard to say that you will have altitude sickness or not because everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. In general, most of the trekkers have suffered from normal altitude problem during trek but if anyone highly suppers from altitude problem we manage Helicopter rescue. So be sure before starts trek that your insurance cover Helicopter rescue as well. Otherwise, you have to pay extra for a Helicopter rescue.
Yes! The Lukla airport is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway is tiny and built on a slope with a mountain at one end and a huge drop into a valley at the other..,
Yes! You can buy a SIM card (Ncell) in Kathmandu before starts trek but the 3G only really works the first and last couples of days of the trek. But you know you could buy wi-fi cards at tea houses which cost 3-6$ for 200mb and the signal is medium.
Mainly you have to be fit physically and mentally for this trek. I already mentioned above about physical conditions. Normally you have to walk 6-7 hrs per day so you have to prepare your body and mind that you can walk 6-7 hrs per days. Besides this, you have to care what kind of guide and which company you are following because your guide is a doctor in Mountain and company is a hospital.
In my experience, I would like to say you need to have an above average level of fitness, but no means need to be an athlete. It is a completely different world being that high up and everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. Training before you go.
-Daypack (25–35 liters), Pack cover, Sleeping bag comfortable too – 20 °c (depending upon the season, weather forecast and personal preference) and it is possible to rent it from Kathmandu which cost 2$ per day.
-Waterproof (optional) hiking boots, Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes) LED headlamp with extra battery, trekking poles. Camelback water bladder or sipper (water bottle).
-Chocolates, Energy bar, Dry fruits, ORS. Down jacket cover comfortable too -15 • c which you can hire or buy in Kathmandu and cost will be cheap for you to compare your country and another normal jacket. T-shirt, goggles (UV protected) and 5 pair thermal pants and cap for sun cover, Waterproof gloves, woolen gloves, and socks. Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm and sanitizer handy.
-Personal climbing gear, Ice ax, Crampons, Harness, Helmet, plastic mountaineering boots, Descender/eight figure and Ascender/Jhumar.