Mera Peak a balcony overlooking Everest

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Mont of the year: april - may, september - november
Duration: 17 - 19 days
Scheduled departure: see Scheduled Trip page or contact Avalco Travel
Trip code: SP10039
Country: NEPAL
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Mera Peak is located in the Inkhu Khola Valley, lateral to the main Khumbu Valley (Everest), in the Makalu-Barun National Park. It is a magnificent peak without particular technical difficulties, except for some sections on snow and ice up to 45 ° at the top.
It is an exceptional balcony overlooking Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many 7000 m of the region.
Under favorable conditions, starting at an altitude of approximately 5200 m on the glacier, it can be ascended and descended on skis.
The approach trek starts from Lukla, which can be reached with a short and scenic flight from Kathmandu. From Lukla, laying at an altitude of 2800 m, you walk up to Zatrwa La 4610 m,  then descend on the opposite side, a perfect approach for an optimal  acclimatization.
The overnight stays take place in the modest but comfortable lodges made available by the locals, who also offer hot meals and tea.
The base camp is located at an altitude of 5045 m on the north side of the mountain and offers rather comfortable lodges. For the summit you have to  overnight in a tent at the high camp at an altitude of 5750 m on the glacier.
The return can be made along the same route or, alternatively (recommended, if you have two more days), you can walk down via the Mera La to the Hongku valley, then accend  Ambulapcha La 5845 m and return to Lukla through the Khumbu valley (it connects with the classic Everest base camp trek), thus accomplishing a spectacular loop circuit. In this variant there will be two overnight stays in tents.

*** UPON REQUEST: OTHER SUMMITS IN THIS AREA ***
Among the possible alterntives, yet all of medium to high technical grading:  Ama Dablam 6812 m,  Kusum Kanguru 6367 m, Kangtega 6685 m, Malangphulang 6573 m, Peak 41 6648 m  (considered the true  Mera Peak by geographers) in the Inkhu valley; Chamlang 7321 m and Baruntse 7129 m in the Honggu valley.

*** OTHER 6000m IN NEPAL of moderate technical difficulty ***
Choosing a 6000 with moderate technical difficultiy allows you to experience an himalayan adventure in a relatively short time and at a reduced cost. Among the endless possibilities, we organize expeditions and trekking, some with skis, to the following destinations:
– Island Peal 6165 m, Lobuche East 6119 m, in the Khumbu (Everest) valley;
– Chulu West 6419 m, Chulu East 6584 m, Singu Chuli 6501 m, Pisang Peak 6091 m (Annapurna area);
Damodar Himal (various peaks over 6000 m, recommended for ski mountaineering);
– Parchamo Peak 6187 m (Rolwaling area);
– Panbari 6905 m (Manaslu area);
– Saribung 6328 m (Mustang area);
– Kanjiroba group 6000+ m (Dolpo area).
For those looking for a technical 6000: Ama Dablam 6812 m, in Khumbu, Langshisha Ri 6427 m in Langtang.

KEY DEFINITIONS: clic here

Challenge: FITNESS 3 TECHNICAL 2 ADVENTURE 2
Accomodation: hotel, lodge, guesthouse, tents
Local transfers: aircraft, minivan, jeep
Services included: trekking permit, climbing permit for the summit of Mera Peak, all transfers as per program; internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back; hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in double room and breakfast; during the trek: overnight stays in lodges / guesthouses (additionallly: tents for the Mera circuit), all meals during the trek; dinners at Lukla; transport of common and personal materials (up to 15 kg) during the trek with porters and mules, tented camps (only for the Mera circuit); local guide assistance; rigging of the Ambulapcha La descent with ropes (only for the Mera circuit).
Optional services: international flights; insurance; single room in hotel and lodge (if available).
Special notes: The flights from Kathmandu to Lukla may be delayed or canceled depending on weather conditions, at the airline's discretion. In these cases, for the outbound flight to Lukla we will recover any lost days during the trekking to base camp. On return (Lukla - Kathmandu) it is advisable to plan at least two extra reserve days; alternatively the helicopters almost always fly, but the extra cost will be borne by the participant.
Also at the discretion of the airline and according to the traffic, flights to / from Lukla could be made from / to Ramechhap airport, instead of Kathmandu domestic airport. In these cases, we will arrange transportation by minibus from / to Kathmandu to / from Ramechhap.

DAILY PROGRAM
1st day
Arrival in Kathmandu. Reception at the airport and transfer to town. Overnight at Hotel.
2nd day
Meeting with the local correspondent, briefing and preparation of gear and  purchases. Formalities for trekking and summit permits. Overnight at Hotel.
3rd day
internal flight to Lukla 2840 m, at the beginning of the Khumbu valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel or lodge  in Lukla.
4th day
In the morning upload of all gear adn equipment and start of the trek with ascent to the village of Chutang 3250 m along a well-marked trail.
5th day
Ascent to the Zatrwa La pass 4610 m, on the ridge of the Charpate Himal, from which we descend into the beautiful Hinkuh valley. We overnight near Chatara at about 3600 m.
6th day
Today we begin a gentle climb along the river to the small village of Gondishung about 4000 m, from which we can admire beautiful mountains including the west face of the Mera and  Peak 41. Overnight at the Khote mountain pasture 3430 m.
7th day
Ascent into the valley to the pastures of Tangang 4350 m, now within sight of the glaciers of the upper valley.
8th day
Ascent to the moraine of Khare 4860m and then to base camp 5035m.
9th day
Day of rest and acclimatization at base camp.
10th day
Climb on snow along the glacier up to the Mera La pass 5415 m, then we bivouac at the High Camp at an altitude of about 5700 m.
11th day
ascent to the summit of Mera Peak Central 6461m or Mera Peak North 6476, depending on the conditions of the mountain. Return to Khare base camp.
12th – 14th day
Trek back to Lukla. Overnight in lodge or hotel.
15th day
In the morning,  fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
16th day
Free day to visit the city. Overnight at Hotel.
17th day
Transfer to the airport and boarding for the return flight.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM: MERA CIRCUIT
as above until day 10, then:
11th day
ascent to Mera Peak Central 6461m or Mera Peak North 6476, depending on the mountain conditions. Descent to Mera La and Hongku Khola valley. Overnight in tents at an altitude of approximately 4500 m.
12th day
Ascent of the valley up to an altitude of approximately 5200 m. Overnight in tents near Hunku Pokhari Lake.
13th day
Ascent to the Ambulapcha La col 5845 m, descent on the opposite side (short rappelling). We then descend on the Khumbu side, with a magnificent view of Lhotse. Without passing by the Island Peak base camp, we reach the village of Chukhung 4750 m where we spend the night in the lodge.
14th day
Gentle descent to Dingboche, where we join the trail to Everest base camp, then a short ascent to Tengboche, here you can visit the impressive Buddhist monastery. With some ups and downs we finally reach Namche Bazar 3440 m, the main village of the entire Khumbu valley.
15th day
With several ups and downs and river crossings on the mythical suspension bridges, we arrive at Lukla. Overnight in hotel or lodge.
16th day
Reserve day.
17th day
In the morning I fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
18th day
Free day to visit the city. Overnight at Hotel.
19th day
Transfer to the airport and boarding for the return flight.

Notes on overnight stays
Double room hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included; hotel or lodge in multiple rooms in Lukla; lodge or “tea house” / guesthouse for all nights during the trek (services and amenities are similar to those of mountain huts in the Alps).

N.B. The program could undergo variations in relation to environmental conditions,  safety issues, or any possible needs of the participants.

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Mera Peak a balcony overlooking Everest
Trip code: SP10039

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Trip dates, Duration, Departure

The period of time given in the trip description sheet is indicatively the most recommended for optimun conditions for the planned activities. Different periods are possible, especially during season with special climate situations.
Duration is referred to the “standard” programme as per description sheet, however it could change according to the local conditions and/or the team’s requirements.
If the trip is included in the Scheduled Trips list (yearly planner), the departure date is the one given in the planner; otherwise it will be decided according to the requests we have received. In any case we suggest to contact us for more precise information.
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By means of the scores given in the trip decsription sheet we wish to provide an indicative assessment of the challenges to be expected, divided in the following three categories:
FITNESS
Grade 1: adult performing a minimum sport activity (4-8 hours/week), or teenager in medium fitness conditions
Grade 2: adult performing sport activity (8-16 hours/week) or teenager in good fitness conditions
Grade 3: adult performing regular sport activity (16-20 hours/week) or teenager in very good fitness conditions
Grade 4: adult only, regularly performing sport activity and intense training (more than 20 hours/week)
TECHNICAL SKILLS
Grade1: no prior experience in the activity is required, just a natural predisposition
Grade 2: prior experience in the activity as beginner to medium level
Grade 3: prior experience in the activity at medium to high level, with regular practice since min. 3-5 years
Grade 4: excellent technical skills with long experience in the activity (more than 5 years)
ADVENTURE:
Grade 1: no prior experience in adventure travel id required, just a positive attitude to adapt
Grade 2: prior, yet limited, experience in adventure travel, with a strong attitude to adapt and determination
Grade 3: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding
Grade 4: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding, strong determination to overcome unforeseen events

Accomodation

The type of accomodation as planned is indicated in the trip sheet (hotel, lodge, tents, etc..).

Transfers

The means of local transfers are indicated as planned (flight, bus, 4WD vehicle, ferry, etc.). Some changes are possible in relation to the actual availability on site and/or the terrain and wheather conditions.

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Special prices can be granted according to number of participants, and/or for pre-established groups, clubs and associations, guides with own clients, active athletes, tour operators and travel agents, journalists, physicians, rescue operators, schools, staff of organization running an humanitarian or research project.