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Climb Mera Peak

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure from London

Depart UK for our overnight flight to Kathmandu, accompanied by your UK Action Challenge Leader. 

 

Meals: In flight    

DAY 2

Kathmandu

We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. Here we have an extensive briefing from our head guide that will be taking us on the challenge to make sure we are fully prepared for the trek ahead. For the rest of the day, we have some time to rest after the flight, before our welcome meal together as a group.

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Lukla - 2,840 m - Approx 4 - 5 hours

We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our spectacular flight to Lukla with views over the Himalayas. On arrival at Lukla airport, we meet our trekking crew with all the equipment needed for our trek. We then start making our way south through the terraced fields that line the Dudh Kosi river to Piuyan, where we set up camp. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 4

Pangkongma - 2,846m - Approx 5 - 6 hours

After an early breakfast, we set off for Pangkongma. Our first climb takes us off the main route leading south and instead we ascend steadily to the Khari La Pass (2,990m). Views from here stretch all the way to Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain. Afterwards, we make our way through rhododendron forest, bamboo thickets and terraced farmland before arriving at the village of Pangkongma where we camp for the night. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 5

Najing Dingma - 2,650 m - Approx 6 - 7 hours

The morning's steep route takes us to the Pangkongma La Pass (3,180m) which marks our entry into the remote Hinku valley with fantastic views to the south and the Himalayas to the North. Just after the pass as we descend towards Shibuje, we catch our first glimpse of the triple summit of Mera Peak. We stop for lunch above the Hinku river, cross over using a suspension bridge and after a few hours trekking we arrive at Najing Dingma hamlet where we overnight.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 6

Chalem Kharka - 3,450 m - Approx 5 - 6 hours

Our trail steepens again this morning as we climb up to Surkie La (3,085m). The tough ascent is worth it as we take in spectacular views and even Kanchenjunga is visible. We continue climbing as we make our way north to the green meadows of Chalem Kharka. Overnight at camp. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7

Khola Kharka - 4,110 m - Approx 4 - 5 hours

A shorter day takes us through wilder country, it is still tough as we ascend stone steps to a high pass at 4,330m. From there we descend to the five holy lakes at Panch Pokhari. Our overnight camp is at Khola Kharka a short trek past the lakes. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 8

Khote - 3,750 m - Approx 5 hours

After breakfast we trek towards the village of Khote, set among the Hinku Khola’s boulders and huge high altitude conifers. We pass through forests, following the contours of the hillside and eat lunch next to the roaring river. We arrive early into the village, so we have time to wash or explore this remote Himalayan community.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 9

Tangnag - 4,230 m - Approx 3 - 4 hours

As we approach the tiny village of Tangnag, the valley walls steepen and rise to craggy tops with snow covered 6,500m high peaks. The famous Kusum Kanguru and fortress-like Kyashar constantly draw the eye with stunning glaciers and icefalls. We are now clear of the trees but small alpine plants like dwarf rhododendrons and juniper provide us with some greenery. We arrive into Tangnag early afternoon, now deep in the valley with towering walls of the high peaks surrounding us. Overnight at camp. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 10

Acclimatisation Day at Tangnag

We spend a day here in Tangnag village acclimatising our bodies to the altitude. We have a hard day-walk up on the flanks of Kusum Kanguru (6,200m) to help our bodies acclimatise. We spend a second night in Tangnag.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 11

Khare - 4,970 m - Approx 3 - 4 hours

Today is a shorter, easier trekking day past the impressive Dig Kharka glacier onwards to Khare which is our Mera Peak base camp. The trail over the river from Lake Sabai Tsho leads us to yak pastures and up to Khare. From here rocky outcrops, moraine ridges and stunning side valleys allow us more good acclimatisation. We spend the rest of the afternoon acclimatising, checking equipment, practising crampon use and ice axe technique, before an early night's rest.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 12

Mera La - 5,315 m - Approx 4 hours

Using our newly-learned ice axe and crampon techniques, we head over the ridge onto the glacier. We follow the glacier to Mera La camp, which is quite exposed and windy, but has spectacular views of the peaks as the sun sets. We settle in for a good night's sleep before tackling high camp the next day. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 13

High Camp - 5,750 m - Approx 4 - 5 hours

As we climb steadily towards Mera high camp, the fantastic views stretch out across the highest peaks: Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Chamlang to the East, Kantega and Cho Oyu to the West and Everest rises up to the north. The climb isn't too steep as we make our way to high camp however it will be steady as we cope with the altitude. We arrive into high camp, with some time to prepare for the next day's summit and retire early to the warmth of our sleeping bags. The conditions on the mountain will determine the structure of the summit days and we build flexibility into the itinerary to allow for bad weather or delays to maximise your chance of success. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 14

Mera Summit - 6461m - Approx 12 - 14 hours

We start this extremely long day with a hot cup of tea at around 2am, before heading out with our ice axes and crampons ready. The Mera Peak glacier is like an ice cap and proves an exhilarating summit day. The going is slow with the altitude as you traverse the wide, open glacier. We then reach a snow ridge before the slope steepens just before dawn and the peak comes into view. At the base of the summit, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on conditions. The summit is only a few metres away, we make the final ascent and take in an unforgettable moment. We have a panorama across the Himalayan peaks, which can only be seen from this peak with 5 of the 6 highest peaks visible. We spend a short time taking it all in, before descending down to our base camp at Khare around late afternoon where we celebrate and all sleep well at lower altitude. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 15

Tashingh Dingma - 3,500m - Approx 4 - 5 hours

With the summit behind us we head back down the valley, crossing the Chetra La high pass which seems easy with the increased oxygen levels. We retrace our steps and overnight at Tashingh Dingma (3,500m) for some much-needed rest. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 16

Tuli Kharka - 4,500m - Approx 7 - 8 hours

We continue back through the mountains, taking a quicker route back to Lukla keeping high above the river. We can still glance back at Mera Peak from a different angle. We make our camp at Tuli Kharka for the night. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 17

Lukla - 2,840 m - Approx 8 - 9 hours

The trail climbs further this morning to cross the pass at Zatrwa La, before taking a steep descent into the valley and onto the town of Lukla. 

 

Meals: B,L,D  Accom: Hotel

DAY 18

Kathmandu

Today we leave Lukla, and fly back to the bustling town of Kathmandu, a perfect end to your trekking challenge. We settle into the hotel, explore the city or just relax before heading out to dinner for our group celebrations.

 

Meals: B,L,D  Accom: Hotel

DAY 19

Kathmandu

Today is a spare day and has been added to the itinerary as contingency in case of weather delays earlier in the challenge. Kathmandu is bouncing back after the earthquake in 2015 and it is a great time to visit; you are free to explore the markets to pick up last minute souvenirs, visit traditional temples, including the Monkey Temple for fantastic views of the city or take some time to rest after the challenge. 

 

Meals: B  Accom: Hotel

DAY 20

Arrive London

Depart Kathmandu, arrive London

 

Meals: B*  Accom: Flight  (*dependent on flight schedule)

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