Mera Peak Climbing

Peak Climbing

Undertaking the daring Mera Peak Climbing is an excellent approach to gaining mountaineering experience. Mera Peak, located in Nepal’s Khumbu area, is the country’s highest trekking peak. At an altitude of 6,476 meters (21,247 feet), Mera Peak provides an amazing adventure for climbers looking to conquer a Himalayan peak. 

Mera Peak has three distinct peaks: Mera North (6,476 m), Mera Central (6,461 m), and Mera South (6,065 m). Mera Peak is notable for being a non-technical climb, making it accessible to climbers with limited mountaineering experience.

The climb to the summit provides an incredible panorama of the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, iconic peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga overwhelm your eyes.

The climb to Mera Peak begins with a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Lukla’s airport. This is where the iconic trek in Nepal, Everest Base Camp Trek, begins. However, the journey to the Mera Peak’s summit is followed by a trek south of Lukla.

The walk passes through attractive communities such as the charming Hinku village. You’ll pass through various scenery along the trip, from lush rhododendron and bamboo forests to high alpine regions.

Mera Peak Climbing is often regarded as a foundation for those wishing to try the Everest Expedition. Climbers will receive significant experience in high-altitude trekking and fundamental climbing techniques. 

Mera Peak is not technically challenging. Climbers must, however, be physically prepared for the challenges of high altitude and unstable weather conditions.

The route to Mera Peak includes glaciers and steep slopes. Climbers can safely travel the route with the assistance of skilled Sherpa guides. The Sherpas play an essential role in assisting climbers during their journey. They are well-known for their mountaineering skills and strong attachment to the mountains.

Mera Peak Climbing is a memorable climb that combines stunning vistas, cultural immersion, and the excitement of reaching a Himalayan peak. It is an experience that allows climbers to admire the beauty of the Himalayas. At the same time, they can also learn more about the Sherpa culture and way of life.

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Trip Facts

Duration18 Days
Max. Altitude Mera Peak (6,476 m/21,247 ft)
TransportationGround Transport/Domestic Flight
Best Time Mar-May & Sep-Nov
Group Size Min. 2 Pax max. 15 Pax

Mera Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Magnificent summit with panoramic vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other Himalayan peaks
  • Traverse diverse topography, including dense valleys, lush forests, and rough mountain terrain
  • Learn about Sherpa culture through visits to classic villages and monasteries
  • Exciting scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering aerial views of the Himalayas
  • Walk across glacial moraines, high mountain passes, and snowy slopes
  • Encounter the rich biodiversity of Makalu Barun National Park
  • Personal achievement and growth through physical and mental challenges
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Overnight: Hotel

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our friendly representatives will meet you there. They will assist you in getting to your pre-arranged hotel room. 

Take some time after checking in to rest and freshen up. Our experts will be on hand to answer any questions regarding your future trip. 

If you have some free time, why not visit the lively Thamel neighborhood? It’s packed with restaurants, pubs, cafes, and marketplaces that provide a delicious taste of the local culture and food. Have a wonderful first day in Kathmandu!

Day 02: Climb Preparation Day/Explore Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel

You have a free day in Kathmandu on the second day to prepare for your upcoming trekking and climbing journey. It’s the ideal time to concentrate on final preparations. 

Take some time to double-check your kit and pack all of the necessary items. Remember to pack only what is essential for your trip and leave any excess baggage at the hotel. This will allow you to keep your bag light and manageable when trekking. 

Use this day wisely to ensure you are well-prepared and equipped for the exciting adventure.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Paiya

Duration of Flight: 30-45 min

Duration of Trek: 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft) & Paiya (2,730 m/8,956 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

Begin the day with a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. During the trip, take in captivating aerial views of lush valleys, rivers, and towering mountains. 

You’ll learn more about this beautiful town once you arrive in Lukla. Don’t worry about your belongings; the porters will transport them for you. Begin your journey to Paiya through lovely villages such as Surke and Pakhapani. 

Lastly, arrive in Paiya to be met by stunning vistas of Khatang, Kongde Ri, Tang Ragi Tu, and other spectacular peaks. 

Day 04: Trek from Paiya to Panggom

Duration of Trek: 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: Panggom (2,846 m/9,337 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

Prepare for another day of adventure as you journey from Paiya to Panggom. Begin by descending and crossing the Dudh Koshi River over a wooden bridge. Continue on the trail towards Kar La Pass, taking care since it can be treacherous. 

As you proceed, you’ll pass through a lovely Rhododendron and bamboo forest, adding to the pleasure of your adventure. Along the trip, take a moment to see the phenomenal vista of Dudh Kund Himal. 

Ultimately, trek up to Panguam, where you’ll be surrounded by beautiful natural beauty. As you sleep for the night, take in the peacefulness of Panggom.

Day 05: Trek from Panggom to Ningsow

Duration of Trek: 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: Ningsow (2,863 m/9,393 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

It’s time to depart Panggom and begin your journey after a filling breakfast. The trail follows the route through the Panggom La pass and then ascends. From there, head north down the Peseng Kharka Khola. Continue walking until you reach Peeng Kharka Danda. 

As you advance, you’ll cross through the picturesque Ningsow Khola and into the Ningsow Village. 

Day 06: Trek from Ningsow to Chhatra Khola

Duration of Trek: 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: Chhatra Khola (2,800 m/9,186 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

Today’s hike begins with an ascent, followed by a brief descent. Prepare for another climb to Ramailo Danda, where you’ll be rewarded with outstanding Mera Peak and Salpa views. 

As you approach Makalu Barun National Park, the trail will take you on an upward and downward journey. You’ll soon arrive at Chhatra Khola, also known as the Pasang Lhamu route. Take a minute to absorb the natural beauty surrounding you and relax at Chhatra Khola.

Day 07: Trek from Chhatra Khola to Kothe

Duration of Trek: 6-7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

On this day, begin by going north along the main route leading to Mera Peak. The trail follows the Majang Khola and finally connects with another path. 

Enjoy the lovely stroll alongside the Hinku Khola as you progress towards the charming village of Tashing Ongma, noted for its great tea shops. Cross the Sanu Khola and continue walking till you reach Kothe. 

Day 08: Trek from Kothe to Thaknak

Duration of Trek: 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: Thaknak (4,358 m/14,297 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

The day initiates with a trek along the scenic Hinku Khola. You’ll pass via Gondishung, a summer herders’ area on the west riverbank of the Hinku Drangka. 

Take some time to explore the area and learn about its cultural significance. Cross a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa, where you can admire the rock scriptures portraying the Mera Peak route chart. Thaknak will be reached after a short walk from there. 

Day 09: Trek from Thaknak to Khare

Duration of Trek: 2-3 hrs

Max Altitude: Khare (5,045 m/16,486 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

As you leave Thaknak, begin an incredible journey toward Khare. Walk over the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to reach Dig Kharka. Be prepared to see the incredible landscapes of the beautiful Himalayas along the route. 

Continue ascending via moraines until you reach the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers snouts. A difficult hike awaits, and you can see Mera Peak’s gorgeous northern face from here. Continue hiking until you reach Khare, where you can rest and prepare for the next stage of your journey.

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Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-Climb Training Session

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

Take a well-deserved rest day in Khare to acclimatize to the higher elevation. After a light lunch, prepare for a Pre-Climb Training session led by our skilled guides. 

They will teach you key peak climbing skills and introduce you to climbing equipment such as crampons, harnesses, ice axes, ascenders, and more. Learn how to ascend and descend using ropes, refining your skills for the next climb. 

Accept the training session and relish the pleasure of getting ready for the amazing ascent ahead.

Day 11: Trek from Khare to Mera High Camp

Duration of Trek: 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: Mera High Camp (5,780 m/18,958 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Tented Camp

Leave Khare behind as you set off on a difficult path to Mera High Camp. Continue your adventure by trekking via the difficult Mera La pass. Proceed cautiously since the trail may be rocky and potentially dangerous due to snow and crevasses. 

Continue the route until you reach the Mera High camp at the top of the rock band. Enjoy the astonishing views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Chamlang, and Baruntse. Allow the magnificence of these beautiful peaks to inspire you.

Day 12: Climb to the Summit and back to Khare

Duration of Trek: 8-9 hrs

Max Altitude: Mera Peak (6,476 m/21,247 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

The long-awaited day for climbing Mera’s peak has arrived. Wake up around 2 a.m. to give yourself plenty of time to prepare. Prepare for the ascent with a full breakfast. Begin your trek with dedication and joy, expecting it to take roughly 4-6 hours to reach the peak of Mera.

Prepare to be spellbound by the impressive panoramic vistas once you arrive. View beautiful peaks such as Mt. Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Nuptse (7,855m), Baruntse (7,129m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), and others.

Retrace your steps and return to the high camp after you’ve had your fill of the moment. Rest and refresh before continuing your journey to Khare, where you will spend the night recalling your wonderful accomplishment.

Physical Fitness

Day 13: Reserve Day 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

This day is set aside as a backup plan in case of unpredictable weather or other unforeseen events that can hamper the summit attempt. It acts as a buffer, providing for itinerary flexibility. 

Use this day to relax, refuel, and prepare for any additional summit efforts, if necessary. Keep an open mind and an optimistic attitude, knowing that this extra day will provide you with the finest circumstances for a successful climb.

Day 14: Trek from Khare to Kothe

Duration of Trek: 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: Kothe (3600 m/11808 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

As you begin your descent towards Tangerang, bid farewell to Khare. Take your time as you carefully make your way down the trail to Kothe once again, taking in the changing views.

Day 15: Trek from Kothe to Thuli Kharka

Duration of Trek: 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: Thuli Kharka (4,300 m/14,107 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

As you leave the high mountains behind, bid farewell to the rugged landscape. On a scenic hike, explore the lovely sceneries of Rhododendron, bamboo, and pine forests. 

Be fascinated by the stunning vistas of Mera Peak as you make your way down the Hinku River ridge. Allow yourself to be absorbed by the natural beauty that surrounds you. Continue walking until you reach Thuli Kharka, where you can relax and reflect on your fantastic experience thus far.

Day 16: Trek from Thuli Kharla to Lukla via Zatrwa La Pass

Duration of Trek: 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Teahouse

Retrace your steps back to Thuli Kharka to start the day. Continue your journey towards Lukla after leaving Makalu Barun National Park. 

As you make your approach towards Lukla, take in the surrounding wonder one last time. Consider the great experiences and memories you’ve created during this incredible journey.

Day 17: Flight Back to Kathmandu

Duration of Flight: 30-45 min

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel

As your Himalayan adventure concludes, it’s time to say goodbye to the gorgeous mountains, charming routes, and awe-inspiring glaciers. 

Take a relaxing trip back to Kathmandu from Lukla, taking in the scenery you’ve just flown through. Our staff and transfer you to your hotel from the airport, where you can rest, relax, and reflect on your achievements. 

Take this opportunity to savour the memories and the joy of finishing an incredible experience.

Day 18: Final Departure

Meals: Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to pack your belongings and bid farewell. Our personnel will meet you and transport you to the airport. 

Keep the memories, the gorgeous scenery, and the friendships you gained along the route close to your heart. Board your journey home, carrying the memories and spirit of adventure that will last a lifetime.

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Mera Peak Climbing Permits

There are numerous permits required to engage in Mera Peak Climbing. These permits are required for a safe and legal journey. Let’s look at each permit and its specifics:

NMA Mera Peak Climbing Permit

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) issues this permit. The price of this permit changes according to the season. The permit costs roughly USD 250 during the peak season in spring. It costs around USD 125 during the autumn peak season. 

However, if you want to climb during the off-seasons, such as winter or monsoon, you can get the permit for USD 70.

Local Area Permit

This permit is necessary to visit the territory, including Mera Peak. You can either get this permit when you arrive in Lukla, or we can arrange it for you beforehand. The Local Area Permit costs roughly USD 20.

Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit

This permit is required because Mera Peak is located within the Makalu Barun National Park. The permit is free for residents. 

On the other hand, foreigners must pay a fee based on their nationality. SAARC nationals must pay approximately USD 15, while other nationals must pay around USD 30.

Note: The permit fees are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check for updates before embarking on your Mera Peak Climbing adventure. Obtaining these permits assures that you have legal access to the area and also helps the national park’s conservation efforts. 

Accommodation and Meals During Mera Peak Climbing

Accommodation and meals are important considerations throughout the Mera Peak Climbing journey. Tea houses are accessible along the route in surrounding populated areas, providing a handy resting spot. As you go to higher elevations, though, tent accommodations become necessary. In such circumstances, foam mattresses are offered to provide a restful night’s sleep.

After a hard day of hiking, you can relax in one of the tea houses along the route. They also serve hot and excellent lunches to keep you going. The meals are prepared with sanitation in mind to ensure that trekkers enjoy nutritious cuisine.

Our professional cook prepares meals at higher altitudes when tented camps are required. Despite the difficult circumstances, they ensure that the meals are cooked in a sanitary manner. Imagine eating hot meals surrounded by a snowy landscape, creating a unique and spectacular dining experience.

While tea houses are convenient for accommodation and meals, tent camping provides a more immersive experience. The combination of tea house accommodation and tent camping ensures a pleasant and fun trek up Mera Peak.

Mera Peak Climbing Difficulty

Mera Peak Climbing involves a variety of challenges that make it a physically demanding adventure. Here’s a rundown of the challenges that you might face:


The trek’s overall distance is around 125 km. The trails might be rugged, steep, and snow-covered, making it difficult.


There are three paths to Mera Peak, each with a distinct difficulty level. The most direct and difficult path passes through Lukla, Zatra La Pass, Tagnag, Mera Base Camp, High Camp, and finally, the summit. The second, easier path travels through Lukla, Paiya, Thongnak, Khare, Base Camp, High Camp, and the summit.

Altitude Sickness

The elevation rises to 6,476 meters on Mera Peak. This considerable elevation difference can cause altitude sickness. It is critical to adequately acclimatize, ascend gradually, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Temperature and weather

The weather in the Mera Peak region can be unstable. Strong winds, snowfall, and cold temperatures are possible. It is critical to be prepared for these extreme weather conditions by wearing appropriate clothing and equipment.

Mera Peak Climbing demands a high level of physical fitness. It entails long hours of trekking, steep ascents and descents, and challenging terrain. It is strongly advised to build cardiovascular endurance, strength, and stamina prior to the climb through regular exercise and training.

To successfully summit Mera Peak, thorough preparation, acclimatization, and the direction of competent guides are required. You can conquer hardships and enjoy the exciting experience of reaching the summit of Mera Peak with the correct mindset and physical preparation.

Best Time for Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These times of year provide the best weather and climbing conditions. This is why:

Spring Season (April to May)

This is the peak’s busiest climbing season. Clear skies and warm temperatures characterize the weather. 

The snow is generally in good condition, offering firm footing and safer climbing. The stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and rhododendron blooming add to the journey’s attractiveness.

Autumn (September to November)

Another popular season for Mera Peak Climbing, fall provides clear skies, calm weather, and temperate temperatures. The trails are often dry, which makes trekking more comfortable. 

Many climbers choose it because of the beautiful vistas, colourful foliage, and favourable climbing conditions.

The visibility is excellent throughout these seasons, allowing you to enjoy panoramic vistas of the spectacular Himalayan range. The weather is very predictable, reducing the likelihood of surprise storms or severe snowfall. 

Furthermore, these seasons attract a greater number of climbers, generating a lively atmosphere and opportunities to meet with other adventurers.

Winter and Monsoon Seasons

It is worth mentioning, however, that Mera Peak can also be climbed during the winter and monsoon seasons. Winter months (December to February) are more peaceful and less crowded, but temperatures can be exceedingly cold, and snow conditions can be challenging. 

The monsoon season (June to August) brings significant rain, making the trails slick and visibility poor, making climbing less appealing.

To ensure a successful and enjoyable Mera Peak Climbing experience, schedule your adventure during the spring or autumn seasons, taking weather, trail conditions, and personal preferences into account.

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How long does it take to do the Mera Peak Climbing?

The time it takes to complete Mera Peak Climbing relies on several factors, including the route chosen, weather conditions, and individual trekking speed. A typical Mera Peak Climbing takes about 18-20 days, including acclimatization days and summit attempts.

Is prior climbing expertise required to summit Mera Peak?

While prior climbing expertise is not required, having prior trekking experience and decent physical fitness is sztrongly advised. Basic climbing abilities, such as the use of crampons, ropes, and ice axes, are required. 
Joining a guided expedition or employing professional climbing guides can assist beginners in developing the necessary abilities and increasing their chances of a successful climb

Is there any risk of altitude sickness during the climb?

Because of the great elevation, there is a danger of altitude sickness during the ascent. Mera Peak has an elevation of 6,476 meters, and climbers must acclimatize correctly to minimize risk.
It is critical to ascend carefully, stay hydrated, and watch for signs of altitude sickness. To reduce the hazards, the itinerary includes adequate break days for acclimatization.

Is it necessary to hire a guide or porter to climb Mera Peak?

For Mera Peak Climbing, hiring a guide and/or porter is strongly advised. Guides are well-versed in the route and weather conditions and can assist in emergencies. 
Porters can help climbers carry heavy equipment and supplies, letting them focus on the climb itself. Hiring local guides and porters benefits the local economy as well.

Is it possible to get an emergency evacuation during the climb?

Yes, emergency evacuation services are accessible throughout the ascent. Many reputable trekking companies and expedition organizers have established effective emergency preparations. In case of a severe illness, injury, or altitude-related emergency, they have access to helicopter rescue services. 
To assure financial coverage in such instances, it is critical to carry travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation.

Do I need to carry an Oxygen cylinder and Gamow Bag?

No, carrying an oxygen cylinder and a Gamow Bag is not required. However, it is recommended for added safety throughout the climb.

Is camping a mandatory part of this trek and climb?

Yes, camping is required during the trek and ascent because higher altitudes lack tea houses and lodges.

How many climbing guides will be involved in the expedition?

The number of climbing guides on the adventure may vary according to the party size and needs. There are usually three to four guides. 

Where can I store my belongings in Kathmandu while I am trekking?

While setting out on the climb, you can store items in Kathmandu at your hotel or with a trekking agency.

How much should I tip the guide or porters, and is it expected?

Tipping the guide and porters is common in Nepal and are regarded as a token of appreciation for their services. However, it is not required. You can tip based on your level of satisfaction and respect for them.

Written by

Pravin Baniya

Pravin Baniya is a licensed local guide and a travel guide with a specialty in Everest Base Camp Trek. He has 10+ years of experience and is expert about the Everest region. As a guide, he has helped many travelers navigate the challenging terrain and provided them with valuable insights about the Everest Region.

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