Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Pioneer Adventure representative will come to receive the Mera peak climbing group members at the Tribhuvan international airport and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. Make sure to check a billboard with the name of Pioneer Adventure at the exit gate of the airport. Today is simply an arrival day, so there is no organized activity. One can take a free time to relax or just walk around leisurely.
Day 02: Trip preparation day
After breakfast at 9 a.m., After breakfast there will be a sufficient time to purchase necessary equipment and other necessary items needed in trekking and climbing. During the time we will prepare all necessary permits including Mera peak climbing. A pre-departure meeting will be held in the evening at the hotel lobby for a briefing on Mera peak climbing and introducing to our trekking/climbing guide. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Chutanga (3050 m)
An early morning wake-up and we will transfer all the members to the Kathmandu domestic airport to board the flight to Lukla. It will be a short scenic mountain flight which will take about 35 minutes. As we land at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, we will hold on a bit as our porters manage the baggage to carry up to Chutanga. The guide will serve a cup of hot tea at the local lodge in Lukla. Then, we will begin the trek to Chutanga village. During the trek, you can explore the local areas and observe the traditional Sherpa lifestyle. The trail is less frequented than the other main trails of the Everest region. We will walk through the forest of silver fir, birch, pine and rhododendron on the hillside below Nau Lekh, also known as Kalo Himal Ridge. On the way, we will come across many small streams with numerous campsites. This whole area is referred to as Chutanga, which means summer pasture. Overnight at lodge
Day 04: Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4,300 m) via Zatrwa La (4610 m)
After breakfast, we will set off for Thuli Kharka walking through Zatrwa La pass located at the elevation of 4,600 meters above sea level. The first part of the walk goes uphill towards Zatrwa La Pass. From this high pass, one can enjoy a spectacular view of the Dudh Koshi river valley and snow-capped mountains before heading down towards Thulikharka. Overnight at lodge
Day 05: Thulikharka to Kothe (3,600 m)
Today after breakfast, we continue our trek towards the north on the main trail to Mera Peak. After walking on the trail next to the Majang Khola, we merge with another trail which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. Still, we keep moving straight ahead towards Tashing Ongma where we find only seasonal tea shops. We continue our trek and cross the bridge over the Sanu Khola and finally reach Kothe. Overnight at lodge
Day 06: Kothe to Thaknak (4300 m)
From this day onward, we will gradually climb up with an increase in altitude and keep moving along the ridge of the Hinku river through the shadow of Mera Peak. On the way, we pass a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we will see Mera Peak scripted on the rock along with the direction of the route to Mera. After a short walk, we will reach Thaknak which is a summer grazing area and here we will find some primitive lodges and shops. Overnight at lodge
Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Thaknak
A well- worth rest day for acclimatization! One can enjoy a local hike to Charpate Himal Glacier in the wonderful setting, surrounded by stunning peaks, especially Peak 43 which rises to 6,769m altitude. Just north from the camp you will explore a beautiful glacial lake known as Sabai Tsho, and take an acclimatization hike to the cairn (5271m) on the flank of Kusum Kanguru (6367m). It will be well worth spending some time to acclimatize well.
Day 08: Thaknak to Khare (5,045 m)
Today we are heading up from Thaknak towards the Mera Base Camp at Khare. We follow the path along the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, enjoying the spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to your destination at Khare.
Day 09: Acclimatization / Pre- Climb training at Khare
Acclimatization is very essential in higher altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. As we are above (5,000m) altitude, we need to spend a day at Khare for acclimatization and exploration. We should know that proper acclimatization is necessary to ensure our climb and summit of Mera Peak successful. Our climbing guide will make necessary checks on your climbing gears including ropes, ice axes, crampons, harness, and other equipment and give some basic training just to prepare yourselves better for Mera Peak climb. He will demonstrate the best ways to all our participating members about the use of the climbing gears before heading further to high camp. Overnight at Camp
Day 10: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,800 m)
After breakfast we make our way to Mera High Camp. The trail can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses on the way. So, we should make our walk to the top of the rock band, marked by a large cairn. After crossing Mera-La Pass, we reach a huge boulder where we will set up a camp at an altitude somewhere close to 5,780 meters. From this vantage point, we can enjoy the outstanding views. The view of Everest, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu overhead is breathtaking. This evening we stay at Mera High Camp
Day 11: Climb High Camp to Summit (6,470 m) and back to Khare
After being properly equipped and fully acclimatized we start early morning to reach the Mera summit. Strong winds after midday can create obstacles to reach the summit. We start around 2 AM to climb up the glacier and onto a ridge. Following the footsteps and guidance of our experienced climbing guide, all the team members will head towards Mera Peak summit. Once we reach the top you will be rewarded with magnificent views of five spectacular 8000-meter peaks – Everest (8,848m) Cho-Oyu (8,201m) Makalu (8,463m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), as well as Nuptse (7,855m), and Chamlang (7,319m) After spending some quality time at the Mera Peak summit, we will descend following the same route and head back to reach Khare overnight at Camp.
Day 12: Reserved day for acclimatization or weather condition
One extra day we keep as a spare day, set aside in case we have to postpone the attempt on the peak summit because of bad weather or because some of our group members have not yet acclimatized well enough to make the ascent. If everything is gone smoothly, we will succeed to climb on the summit day. So, we can use this day for another Ice climbing day or spend one more night at the village on the way back to Lukla.
Day 13: Khare to Kothe (3,600 m)
After achieving a great success of the expedition to Mera Peak, we retrace our steps back to Kothe in the Hinku valley. On the way, we stop for lunch at Thaknak and continue our trek to Kothe for overnight stay. We will enjoy the evening with local wines or whatever you want to relax at the camp.
Day 14: Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4,300 m)
After breakfast, we gently ascend up the lush forest from the west side of the Hinku Valley to Tuli Kharka below the Zatwra La Pass. While on the trek you will enjoy the great views of Mera mountain range from Mera North, Mera Central, to Mera South. You will stay overnight at lodge in Thuli Kharka.
Day 15: Thuli Kharka to Lukla (2840 m)
After breakfast, we start our last day trek. Firstly, we climb a few hundred meters to the Zatrwa La top and it will be our last climb of the trek. After the top, we gently descend to Lukla village where we conclude our trekking part. In the evening we enjoy with our crew at the last dinner in the mountain and overnight stay at teahouse
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Normally we take the morning flight to Kathmandu. Sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. Anyway, we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer you to the same hotel where you stayed before. You may have time to relax after a long journey. You may go shopping at Thamel or rest at your hotel.
Day17: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination
A representative from Pioneer Adventure will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. (Tour ends)
International & Domestic Airport pick up and drop off
3 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast twin/double bed sharing room
Welcome dinner in Typical Nepali Restaurant with Cultural Show in Kathmandu
Both way domestic flights (Ktm – Lukla – Ktm)
Climbing permit fees, National Park fees, Pasang Lhamu VDC fees etc.
Stool shipment transfer & Garbage deposit fees
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner including tea and coffee during the entire trip
Teahouse accommodation during the trekking & Tent during peak climbing
Certified trekking & climbing guide
Necessary porter for the trip
Everest Trekking Map and Pioneer Adventure’s Duffle bag
Accident and Medical Insurance of the Guide and Porter
General climbing equipment like Ice screw, Snow bar, Rope, EPI gas etc.
Comprehensive Medical Kit
╳ Nepal entry visa fee
╳ Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
╳ Travel, Medical and Emergency evacuation
╳ International flight tickets
╳ Trekking & climbing gears, water, bar bills, laundry, shower, Internet, battery recharge etc.
╳ Tips for your Guide and porter