MERA PEAK EXPEDITION

This climb, without much technical difficulty, is combined with a long trek in the remote Inukhu Valley.
We go up and cross the Mera La Pass (5415 m.) before doing the peak ascent (6634 m.). Then, the descent is easy down to the Inukhu Khola Valley. The last small difficulty: crossing the Chatara Teng La Pass (4600 m.). Finally, we find civilization in Chutang, just before Lukla.
Not too technical, this expedition, however, requires an excellent physical fitness and a good practice of mountaineering (crampons, ice axes and rope handling, etc.).
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: April - May
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Number of walking days: 14
  • Highest Altitude: 6334 Meters
  • Flights: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Camp during trek

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Day
Regular flight to Kathmandu (1350 m.). Transfer to hotel.
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on a B&B basis.
Appointment with the guide. According to the composition of the group the departure for Ramechhap can be organized around 14:00 to spend the night there in a lodge.
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya Hotel in BB or similar
- Meal : Self
If not gone Ramechap a day before : Departure by night shuttle at 03: 00 am for Ramechhap airport departure for Lukla (4-5h drive)
The early morning flight from Ramechhap to Lukla offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas; Langtang, Gauri, Shanker, Numbur, Manglungtse, and finally Everest appear during this 45-minute flight. In Lukla (2700 m), the Sherpas are waiting for us with the equipment.
The trek begins with a short descent to the Dudh Khosi Valley.
From the village of Chaunrikarka (2621 m), the path heads north through the Sherpa villages where wheat, potatoes, corn and vegetables are grown. We cross the Dudh Khosi on a suspension wooden bridge.
- Ascent + : 50 meters
- Ascent - : 250 meters
- Walking Duration : 3 Hrs
- Accommodation : Lodge
After crossing the village of Khari Khola, our paths gradually climbs to the village of Hil Tang. We goes on to Pangkoma (2850 m.) via a beautiful rhododendron forest.
- Ascent: + 200 m.
- Descent: - 50 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Absolutely superb stage: we climb to the Nankung La Pass (3110 m.) where we could enjoy a beautiful view of the Mera Peak. Then, we quickly go down to Sibuje (2770 m.). The trail is a succession of ascents and descents in the heart of blooming rhododendron forests (in the spring time). We reach a pleasant camp in Ning So.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 600 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Steep ascent to a tea shop with a panoramic view (3280 m.). Little climb (3350 m.) and steep descent before having our lunch break near a stream (2850 m.). We continue to ascend and descend in the forest with a steep passage on many steps. We finally arrive in Chetrakhola (3150 m.).
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 850 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
We climb steep slopes up to 3700 m., and, again, our path goes up and down regularly. We reach a junction: On one side, the route to the Zatswa La Pass, on the other, our way to Kothe (Mounsom Kharka) between two valleys, at around 3600 m. high. The village is picturesque. There are some lodges and grocery stores.
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 600 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Following the west bank of the Hinku Drangka to the North, we cross the summer pastures of Gondishung (where there is a small gompa), Dupishung and Lungsamba. The valley becomes narrower. It is wedged between Kanguru (6369 m.) and Mera West (6255 m.). In Tibetan language, Thangnag means "the black plain". It is a beautiful place to spend the night.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Acclimatization day.
- Accommodation: As previous day
The climb continues along a moraine. We camp in Khare, a little before the glacier leading to Mera La. The camp is set up at 4900 m. We are now well acclimatized.
- Ascent: + 850 m.
- Descent: - 260 m.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tents
In the morning time, setting foot on the glacier can be a little tricky. We have a long climb on the slightly steep glacier to reach the high camp. The sight from this camp presents a festival of 7000- and 8000-meters high summits: Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu ... This panorama is considered as one of the most beautiful in Nepal.
- Ascent: + 930 m.
- Descent: - 40 m.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tents
If the weather and our physical condition are good, we climb the Mera Peak.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tents
Very early departure to ascend the central summit on the northern slope. Long climb on a glacial plateau without much technical difficulty. It is a little cracked glacier. The last meters have more slope: 35 to 40 degrees. Unique panorama on five 8000 meters high summits. Long descent to Khare or ascent to the summit, if we could not do it the day before.
- Ascent: + 750 m.
- Descent: - 1700 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
We follow the path we took for climbing.
- Ascent: + 50 m.
- Descent: - 1300 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Descent along the river bed. We go up in a forest and walk in a beautiful valley where we spend the night.
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Long descent to reach Lukla.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 2000 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
In the morning, fly to Kathmandu. On a clear day, the view of the Himalayan range is superb.
Transfer to the hotel and free time.
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on a B&B basis.
Free day (also safety day)
- Accommodation: As previous day
Transfer to the airport for return flight.
End of our services.

NOTES

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Difficulty:
Alpine grade: little difficult - slope less than 40°
Snow race without great technical difficulty - requires knowledge and practice of roped walking, with crampons and ice ax
The best time for climbing is in October.
The second choice is in March – April, but there is always a risk of avalanches during the thaw.

Materials that you should have:

For trekking

- trekking shoes: high stems and waterproof. Choose quite rigid shoes with non-slip soles and crampons.
- light shoes (tennis) or sandals to put on during the stages in town, village or while camping at night.
- a pair of flip flops
- pairs of walking and mountain socks
- 2 trekking pants
- underwear. (Fine technical fibers such as Carline or Polartec fibers)
- 1 or 2 breathable Carline shirt and T-shirts
- 1 fleece jacket. It is warm, light and dries quickly)
- 1 mountain jacket (like Goretex or Micropore)
- A quilt jacket is a must
- Rain cape
- gloves or fingerless gloves
- hat
- Sunhat
- good sunglasses

Equipment: 

- a sleeping bag (- 20° C): Warm, comfortable, fit to your size, sarcophagus-shape (closer to the body with a closing hood)
- sun cream (face and lips)
- headlamp, with spare batteries and bulbs
- light water bottle - 2 liters minimum and isothermal
- pocket knife, better if multipurpose
- toilet paper
- lighter

Climbing equipment to prove (or to rent in Kathmandu):

1. Ice ax
2. Crampons
3. Gaiter
4. Helmet (optional)
5. Harness with short rope
6. Carabiners (2 + 2)
7. Mountain shoes

Materials supplied by Base Camp:

- Tents
- Ropes
- Mattress
- Fixed ropes
- Ice picks
- Hammer
- Snow anchor
- All camping equipment and trekking kitchen






What's included

- 4 transfers to and from the airport by private vehicle
- 4 nights at the Holy Himalaya Hotel on a B&B basis
- Full board package with lodge accommodation / 2 nights in high camp
- Nepali English-speaking mountain guide for the 2 days of ascent
- French-speaking guide for the flight and the trekking part & 1 Sherpa from 4 participants onwards.
- Guide insurance
- Spring time bonus
- Ascension bonus
- Collective equipment
- Camping and cooking collective equipment, food, EP gas for the bivouac, cook and local assistants
- Trekking team: 1 carrier for 2 (13 kg max per person) + 1 carrier for climbing equipment
- Carrying up to 13 kg for personal material
- Domestic flights
- Makalu Baruntse Park Permit & Khumbhu Village Committee Fees
- Flights of the guide

What's not included

- Visa for Nepal to get at the airport ($ 40 + photo)
- International flights
- Wood for heating
- Cargo domestic flight over 15 kg (hold + hand luggage)
- Meals in Kathmandu, except breakfast
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, expenses and personal equipment, drinks, sleeping bag ...
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