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They say Mera Peak’s a “non-technical” climb. But if you arrive without expecting to don your crampons and rope up? You’ve got another thing coming.

Welcome to high-altitude peak hiking. Trekking through tons of different environments over the course of 20 days, you’ll pick up loads of new climbing skills on your journey to the summit of Mera Peak. You’ll have a blooming good time too.

If you’ve already conquered Kilimanjaro or you’ve got some decent hill hiking experience behind you, Mera Peak deserves the next spot on your Bucket List. Hidden away past remote villages in the depths of Nepal, Mera’s colder than Kili, and definitely more challenging. But if you’ve caught the climbing itch and you’re looking for something a little sharper to scratch it? You’ll certainly find it 6,476 metres up on Mera Peak.

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There’s something special about Mera Peak. Non-technical but just as rewarding as neighbouring monoliths like Island Peak and Lhotse, Mera is Nepal’s most accessible option for beginners to climbing. There aren’t many places on earth where you can gaze at five of the six highest mountains in the world without moving your feet. But that’s exactly what you’ll do when you reach the summit of Mera Peak in the North-East region of Khumbu. After all the high fives and air punches, of course.

Nepal has so much to offer for experienced climbers and the Mera Peak trek in particular is home to incredible rugged trails, breath taking scenery and the most rewarding feelings of accomplishment you’re ever likely to experience. Over the course of 20 days, you’ll hike through thick forests, along rocky riverbeds and across incredible ridges, moraines and glaciers on your way to the summit of Mera Peak. With several crucial acclimatisation days thrown into the mix, and Sherpas to help carry your load and keep you fed, there’s no better way to tackle Mera. The high success rates of our Bucket List Co. trips are testament to just that.

Along the way, you’ll experience all sorts of environments, from gentle hikes lower down the mountain to scrabbles up steep scree slopes further up. The closer you get to the summit, the more technical your climb becomes. We’ll give you the training you need during one of our pre-summit acclimatisation days, preparing you to rope up with crampons firmly on for the final climb. Those last 50m to the top of Mera Peak will be some of the steepest of your life. But the moment you get to the top and realise you’re standing on top of the world thanks to your own grit and determination? There really is nothing quite like it. And as you watch the sun rising over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the plumed Everest Himal in the centre and Cho Oyu further west, every painful step will pale into comparison. See? Special.

The Mera Peak Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Kathmandu

    Depart from the UK and arrive in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2

    EXPLORING KATHMANDU

    Today is a free day in Kathmandu. Scour the streets of bustling Thamel in search of any last-minute gear you want to take with you, or simply visit one of the many ancient Buddhist temples in the city.

  • Day 3

    FLY TO LUKLA

    We rise early for a morning transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla (2880m). This 45-minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan range in the north, and you get to experience the rugged landing at the Lukla airport which is said to be one of the most spectacular flight in the world.

    Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and trekking staff. As we are already above 2500 meters in altitude, we will spend the night in Lukla to get better acclimatised. We will spend the day hiking in different areas of Lukla.

  • Day 4

    TREK TO CHUTANGA (3050M)

    As we are on our first day of trekking, we will be doing half a day’s hike today. This helps us not only with acclimatization but also to get a feel of the trail and the surrounding landscapes.

    We start the day by hiking eastwards, crossing a number of hamlets and wood yards until we reach a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron. A short hike from here brings us to NauLekh, also known as KaloHimal Ridge. We will be crossing many small streams and small villages to arrive at Chutanga, which is a summer pasture.

    Upon arrival, we check into the lodge and have lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore the surroundings of Chutanga.

  • Day 5

    CHUTANGA TO KHARKITANG (3200M)

    Today the hike, though short, is mostly uphill. As we slowly start to gain altitude, the vegetation changes and we start we get better views of the Himalayas. We cross through several forested areas and a  few small villages to arrive at our lodge at Kharitang.

    Upon arrival, we check into the lodge. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax or go for short hike nearby.

  • Day 6

    TREK TO CHETRABUK (3800 M) VIA ZATRWA-LA PASS (4600M)

    We begin today’s trek on a steep, narrow trail that passes through rhododendron and bamboo forests. We continue crossing the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range, which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley.

    A steep uphill climb brings us to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwala. From here, the path traverses across a boulder slope, around a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600m.

    From the pass, we slowly head towards our lodge at Chetrabuk, which is mostly downhill hike and takes about an hour to an hour and a half.

  • Day 7

    CHETRABUK TO KHOTE (3550M)

    The route contours around the main Hinku Valley, then descends steeply through the different climate zones; from montage grassland, through juniper and rhododendron thickets to hemlock and silver fir forests.

    We will have amazing mountain views as we continue north up the Hinku Valley. The trail gently climbs along the west bank of the Hinku River. Spectacular mountains, such as KusumKangari to the west and Mera Peak to the east, will be in view throughout the morning.In the afternoon we continue descending through the atmospheric Mojang Forest and drop into the main Hinku Valley to our camp in the small settlement of Kote (3550m).

  • Day 8

    KHOTE TO TANGNAG (4300 M)

    We follow the rocky riverbed upstream, a reminder of the destruction caused by the glacial lake bursting, to join the main Mera trail.

    Walking further through meadows dotted with dwarf junipers, we reach the village of Tangnag, where we camp (4300m). We are now in a deep valley created by the towering walls of KusumKanguru and the western peak of Mera.

  • Day 9

    ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN TANGNAG

    We spend the day acclimatising to the altitude. There will be a walk this morning to the top of a ridge south of Tangnak. We walk to approx. 5000m and should have great views of Kusum Kanguru, Chamlang and the Mera La.

    We return to camp for lunch, and in the afternoon there will be a gear check and compulsory abseil training. Your leader will also demonstrate how a PAC bag is used.

  • Day 10

    TANGNAG TO KHARE (5045M)

    We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the HinkuNup and Shar Glaciers and then continues more steeply to our camping spot at Khare.

    The camping experience at Khare is something to cherish throughout your life. It is pleasure to view the beautiful North face of Mera Peak from our campsite at Khare. Many of the porters will return to the more hospitable climate of Tangnag and await our return from the peak.

  • Day 11

    ACCLIMATIZATION AND TRAINING AT KHARE

    Here we use the moraine and scree slopes of the base of the Mera Glacier to familiarise ourselves with high altitude gear, safety practices and climbing techniques.

    And so we climb – towards the Mera La, our route winding its way between the crevasses on the glacier’s lower eastern flank.

    After half an hour, the gradient eases and we emerge onto the wide plateau that leads up to the pass.

  • Day 12

    TREK TO MERA PEAK BASE CAMP (5350M)

    We now take supplies up to the Mera La (5400m) and set up our camp just below the pass on the Honku side. We have to march through a steep route (about 260 meters) and it takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach Base Camp.

    After a short rest and lunch, we start ice climbing training with our climbing guide. Inexperienced climbers need to learn much more today.

    The sunset from this campsite is truly spectacular with the peaks of the Honku Himal glowing red in the setting sun.

  • Day 13

    CLIMB TO HIGH CAMP (5780M)

    We ascend the Mera Glacier up to a rocky outcrop to establish High Camp at 5800m. Even those who are not climbing may well come up to the Mera La, to see how things are progressing.

    From this point it is possible to see five out of the six highest mountains on earth, stretching from Kanchenjunga in the east through Makalu, Lhotse and Everest to Cho Oyu in the west.

    This afternoon there will be a final gear check and we will prepare our clothes ready for tomorrow. After sunset, we retire to the warmth of our sleeping bags to rest before the summit attempt tomorrow.

    Please note that camping space is extremely limited at high camp and occasionally three people will need to share a tent. A dining tent will not be erected and meals will be served in your tent.

  • Day 14

    SUMMIT AND BACK TO KHARE

    It’s an extremely long day, as we have a very cold start at around 2 – 2:30 am. We will set off roped up in teams. You will need to carry your ice axe and wear crampons as we ascend the wide, open glacier, avoiding the few crevasses. The terrain here is not very steep but the going is very slow due to the altitude.

    As dawn approaches the trail starts to ascend steeply to the east of the left-hand ridge before swinging right on easier ground to approach the summit.

    As we approach the summit we will rest at a col whilst the sherpas fix a safety rope to the bottom of the last part of the summit climb.

    The last 50m to the summit is the steepest part of the climb. We will need the jammer for this last section – it is steep and makes the climb more challenging. The sherpas will fix the rope accordingly and help you up this section.

    (Please note crevasses here change from year to year and routes do change slightly each year).

    Once at the top, the views from the sun rising over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the plumed Everest Himal in the centre and Cho Oyu further west, make every painful step well worthwhile.

    Descending this steep section will involve abseiling from the summit and we will use the fixed rope back to the col. From here the descent is usually quicker, although we will still be roped as care must be taken because of crevasses. We descend back down to our base camp and further down to Khare.

    After a long but rewarding day, returning to a lower altitude (5000m) means that we should all sleep soundly.

  • Day 15

    WALK BACK TO KHOTE

    Today we enjoy a beautiful walk as we retrace our steps down the valley to Khote, and our first beer (chilled, of course) after the exertions of yesterday.

  • Day 16

    KHOTE TO CHATRABUK

    It is an uphill trek today through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley to ThuliKharka. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons.

    After reaching Chatrabuk , we enjoy remarkable views of Mera North, Mera Central and South face.

  • Day 17

    CHATRABUK TO LUKLA

    We begin today’s trek by ascending to Zatrwa La Pass. As soon as we cross the pass, we are welcomed by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by Cho Oyu, Kongde Peak, NumburHimal, KusumKhangru and other Himalayan peaks.

    From Zatrwa La Pass we walk all the way down to Chutanga and then straight forward to the Lukla village.

    In the evening we enjoy dinner in the Himalayas of Nepal with our crew.

  • Day 18

    FLY TO KATHMANDU

    Today we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

  • Day 19

    EXPLORING KATHMANDU

    Today is a free day in Kathmandu to explore at your leisure.

  • Day 20

    Fly back home

    Return back to the UK.

Food and Accomodation for Mera Peak

  • Day 1

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 2

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 18

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 19

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 20

    Flight
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Reviews about the Mera Peak trip

Here’s what some of our awesome customers had to say:

“The trip was well organized and the crew running it who came out with us were brilliant. Would book another holiday with them for sure. Had an amazing time doing Everest base camp and meet some amazing people thanks to the crew loved it.”

Mark Cropper Everest Base Camp The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Everest base camp 03/19. Easy booking system, monthly payment option- perfect. Always pleasant, knowledgeable, happy to help/ chat if any queries on phone, email, social media. Straight forward contact with lead guys Keith & Jake from airport and throughout trip. Made it so easy to simply turn up to all overnight stays, tours etc. Appear to have established good contacts/ company in Nepal. Everything ran smoothly throughout, no issue, would book with the bucket list company again.”

Mark Reynolds Everest Base Camp The Bucket List Company Reviews

“We have just had our first experience with The Bucket List Company, and are already planning our second trip! We completed Everest Base Camp in March 2019. If you want an amazing adventure with no stress or worries… this is it!

The attention to detail was excellent at all times. You are looked after from the moment you book your trip until you return to the UK! The guides and porters were amazing – nothing was too much trouble. Thanks to The Bucket List Company, dreams do come true!”

Michelle Bailey Everest Base Camp trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“I’ve been on two trips now with the bucket List Company, first to Peru and second to Nepal, both magical experiences.

If you’re looking for an adventure holiday I can’t recommend The Bucket List Company enough, they’ll ensure you have everything you need and are prepared before you go on any of their trips, as Keith and his crew have a wealth of knowledge and experience in making sure their customers have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

I’m looking forward to more trips with them in the future!”

Wil Everest Base Camp The Bucket List Company Reviews

I had the pleasure of travelling to Nepal with The Bucket List Company. From attending a training weekend in February right through to our final landing at Heathrow after our trip to base camp in October, everything was thought out and carried out in a non pressurised professional way. I would highly recommend this company to anybody.

Michael Everest Base Camp trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Just got back from the Everest Base Camp trek. It was an absolutely amazing experience. Would definitely recommend The Bucket List Company. Their UK leaders and local guides made sure that everyone was safe and well looked every day of the trip. I have been on two training weekends prior to departure, which were also very well organised and took place at great locations in Wales. Everyone at TBLC are super friendly and ready to answer your questions any time before, during or after the trip. Booking in advance and being able to spread the payments meant that I could afford the trip of my dreams despite being a uni student. No hidden costs, kit list received well in advanced so again it was easy to tick everything off it over a longer period of time. 

Already booked two other trips. Huge thanks to the whole team, especially Keith (company owner) and Jake (best “not a tour guide” leader) for making our trip unforgettable! Can’t wait for the next adventure with the Bucket List Company!”

Andrea Kocsondi Everest Base Camp The Bucket List Company Reviews

Our Mera Peak trek is about more than just, well, Mera Peak. You’ll bookend the trek with a day’s exploring the bustling streets of Kathmandu, drinking in the strange mix of calm and chaos in the Capital, sipping refreshing brews in traditional teahouses and munching fresh momos on the street.

It’s not until day 4 in Nepal that the trekking gets serious. And “serious” it does get. While you don’t need oodles of experience to conquer Mera Peak, a decent level of fitness is certainly going to help. That’s because this trek really does have everything as far as mountaineering is concerned. Crampons? Check. Ice axes? Got ‘em. Ropes? You betcha. You’ll add numerous climbing skills to your arsenal on your way up to the summit. Not only that, but you’ll be abseiling back down before a careful descent back to Base Camp.

Mera Peak really is a great way to wrack up some technical climbing skills and tick one of the world’s most spectacular summits off your Bucket List. So if you’ve already climbed Kilimanjaro and you’re looking for a culturally stimulating journey that’ll help you progress from “hiker” to “super serious mountaineer”… If Nepal – the nirvana for mountain lovers – is currently sitting in the next spot on your Bucket List… And if you want to feel an incredible sense of achievement as you stand tall, surrounded by the highest mountains in the world… You really should join us on Mera Peak. Check out the itinerary, chuck any questions you have in our direction, book your spot and get ready to tick an incredible experience off your Bucket List.

If you don’t do it now, will you ever?

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  • 17/04/2023 15 Spaces available
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    Booking fee: £200 Non-refundable & not included in the total cost of this trip.

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  • 21/04/2024 16 Spaces available
    £3150
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    Booking fee: £200 Non-refundable & not included in the total cost of this trip.

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    Single payment: £3150

    Single payment: £

    Monthly payments: £157.50 x 20

    Monthly payments: £0.00 x 20

    Price is per adult in a twin share room

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    From an extra £225
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.

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