Enjoy a sensational trek up Mera Peak, Nepal's highest trekking peak!
Ever wondered what it'd be like to stand atop a Himalayan peak? Well why not put yourself up to the challenge and not only climb to the height of 6,476m, but also have the kudos of bagging Nepal's highest trekking peak. To top off this experience, from the summit you will be able to see infamous peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Chamlang and Kangchenjunga - as well as many hundreds more!
The journey to the summit is varied, with a few days spent in rhododendron forests, walking through glacial moraine and then of course above the snowline as we make our way closer to the summit.
Join LMG Treks & Expeditions on this unforgettable Himalayan adventure, climb to high altitude and have an amazing time along the way.
Dates: Tuesday 17th October to Friday 4th November 2023
Trip Duration: 19 Days (+ 2 Travel Days) - 14 Trekking Days
Difficulty: Strenuous - but not too technically demanding.
Price (Land Only): £3250
Bespoke Date Option: Organised upon request.
Internal Transfers - inc flight to Lukla Airport
All food except Lunch and Dinners in Kathmandu
Trekking Staff, including Nepali Guides
Experienced LMG Trek Manager
2 Day Lake District based Winter Training Weekend (Feb '23)
2 Days Lake District based Summer Trek Training
Team t-shirt & discounts for UK outdoor shops
By Day 1 You will have arrived in Kathmandu (First listed date on the itinerary). Upon your arrival we are transported to high spec hotel accommodation in Thamel, the tourist district of Nepal.
On the morning of Day 2 we will have a trek briefing, shortly after which we will commence our drive of 8-9 hours to the village of Dhap via private transfer. We now use this method of entry to the mountains instead of flying to Lukla as it isn't weather dependent. On Day 3 we finish the journey to Kharikhola, where we can enjoy a trek free afternoon and rest in preparation for what it to come.
On Day 4 and Day 5 we will spend our time on undulating trails in the rhododendron forests, trekking at a height just below 3000m. By the end of day 5 we will be at Ningsma (2,863m). We will also see Mera Peak for the first time on this day, albeit in the distance.
Over Day 6 and 7 we will trek to Chhatra Khola (2800m) and then up and through the 3,000m barrier to Kothe (3,691m)
Day 8 is Kothe to Tagnak (4,220m) and you'll feel like you're right in the heart of the Himalaya now. Mera Peak towers above you as you trek through glacial moraine. Ahead is the Matterhorn-esque peak of Chaar Pate Himal, as well as views of Kussum Kangaru.
Day 9 sees another jump in height gain but not too many hours on the trail. We essentially head around the side of Mera Peak to the launch pad of Khare (5,045m)
On Day 10 we take a rest day. We will go on a short hike to gain some height in order to aid acclimatisation and then after lunch we will run a skills refresher session so you are once again familiar with using crampons and fixed ropes (this will initially be covered on our UK Winter Skills weekend if you can make that)
Day 11 is another big day as we head up to High Camp at 5780m. This camp is situated in an incredible location and we will spend the night in tents. Day 12 is the big day. We will rise early and head for the summit of Mera Peak. All being well we will spend some time on the summit getting photos before descending all the way back to Khare (5,045m). This is an 8-10 hour day. We have Day 13 in place as a summit contingency day if needed.
Day 14 is a long day of descent as we travel down to Kothe once more (3,691m). Although now tired we'll be soaking up the seemingly thick air.
On Day 15 we will break off of the trail we'd used in ascent and venture around to Thuli Kharka (4,300m), which is a remote village nestled near the crest of the Zatrwa La Pass. Day 16 will see us cross the amazing Zatwra La Pass and drop down to Lukla.
Day 17 is our planned day to fly out of Lukla and then head back to Kathmandu from Ramechap. Day 18 offers a half day of sight seeing and then plenty of time to get some shopping done. We will head our for a celebratory meal together on this night. Day 19 is departure day (last listed date on itinerary) but depending on your flight time you may have yet more time to shop and explore Kathmandu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why climb Mera Peak?
Being Nepal's highest trekking peak obviously has some kudos, but the great thing about Mera Peak is that it is one of the easiest ways to reach such extreme altitude without it being technically demanding.
How fit do I really need to be and what skills do I require?
The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, and the more chance you'll have of getting to the top. Being able to complete 2-3 days of big hill walks in the UK is a good gauge that you're ready. You can join us for one of our International Trekking Training weekends (Guiding Only) to help build this fitness.
Being able to walk proficiently with crampons and use a walking axe for safety will be a good skill to have before heading to the Himalaya. Again, as part of this package you will be able to join us for a two day winter skills weekend here in the Lake District (Instruction only)
In order to reach the summit you will spend a day in crampons and then ascend a short section of 'fixed line'. There is a short abseil off of the summit to reverse this fixed line. We will also spend the summit day roped together as the ground can be crevassed. We will also have a skills refresher session at Khare to remind you of to do this, plus there will be climbing guides around to help you.
Matt is also a qualified Personal Trainer so if you want some formal training just get in touch with us via LMG Personal Training
What about Altitude Sickness?
Having concerns about AMS is very natural and it unfortunately unpredictable. Even the experienced could struggle to get over 6,000m if they get ill. We have however designed our itinerary to help us best acclimatise. This combined with walking slowly, drinking lots and eating well all give you the best possible chance. We have a Portable Altitude Chamber (Gammow Bag) available on all our expeditions above 4,500m should anyone get particularly poorly with AMS.
What Technical Kit do I require?
On this trip we will require technical winter kit in the form of 'Double' Winter Boots, crampons, a walking axe, climbing harness and helmet. As part of the trip cost you are invited to a winter skills course with us in the Lake District (UK) to learn how to use it. Due to weight restrictions imposed on the Lukla flight we will likely hire this kit in Nepal. You will also need a good 4/5 season sleeping bag rated to -15 or -20. Again this can be hired in Nepal.
What about the Food and Accommodation?
The food in Nepal is fab. Expect a lot of rice, noodles and vegetables. If you have specific allergies or dietary requirements it may be worth researching what's on offer before committing. Eating well throughout is key to success on such an expedition. Our accommodation whilst on the trek will be teahouses, apart from 1 night (possibly 2 nights if the contingency day is used) will be spent in a tent.
Why should I trek with LMG?
Join our trek if you want a personal experience right from the start. We will help you get ready for this trip here in the UK, both physically and mentally. We'll do what we can to get you prepared (hints, tips, forums) and you'll then have our friendly faces to lead you through the experience once in Nepal. We work closely with an agent in Nepal to ensure we have the best possible service throughout. You won't be disappointed.
Are there any hidden costs?
We appreciate that when a trip comes with a price tag of £3250 and then a list of exclusions you want to be sure you won't get stung with extra costs. We've tried to be as transparent as possible, and depending on how much equipment you need / want to buy this trip will probably cost you between £4300-4600 all in. International flights are on average £850-£1000 and your personal trekking insurance will be £180 - £250. Other major exclusions include the Nepal Entry Visa (£50) and tips for the trekking team.
More info can be found in our Resources section
This trip requires 6 participants to run and the 2023 departure is guaranteed. There are a maximum of 16 places available.
Please Contact Us for more information on this trip or to secure your place with a £300 non-refundable deposit. Our trip terms and conditions can be viewed upon request.