10 Sep 2023 Peak Climbing Nepal
Mera Peak Climbing is one of the most exhilarating and adventurous Himalayan expeditions that takes you to the summit of the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Mera Peak consists of three peaks, Mera Central (6,461 meters), Mera South (6,064 meters), and Mera North (6,476meters), this 10-day expedition leads you to the summit of the Mera Central which is considered to be one the easiest slope out of three.
Although the standard Mera Peak Climbing expedition takes about 14- 17 days, this shorter expedition Mera Peak in 10 Days is specially designed for mountaineering enthusiasts who are on tight schedules. This short expedition package designed by Peak Climbing Nepal, doesn’t miss out on anything during this iconic expedition to the mountain peak in the Mahalangur section. We have just minimized the side exploration in Kathmandu Valley emphasizing the whole package on the actual exploration of the northern-central prospects of the Himalayas.
Mera Peak 10 Days Highlights
- Summit of the highest trekking peak in Nepal in just 10 days
- Scenic cross-valley flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Unique mixed expedition in both Hinku Valley and Khumbu Valley
- One of the easy-grade and straightforward trekking routes to the peak with minimal technical climbing
- Summit of the five of the highest mountains in the world; Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu including several other peaks
- Captivating diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna of the region
- Opportunity to explore the fascinating rich culture and traditions of beautiful Himalayan settlements and relish their warm hospitality
Outline Itinerary of Mera Peak in 10 Days
Day 01: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and uphill trek till Chhuthang
Day 02: Chhuthang to Tuli Kharka Trek crossing Zatrawala Pass
Day 03: Trek from Tuli Kharka to Kothe [4182m/13716ft]
Day 04: Kothe to Thangnak Trek
Day 05: Reach Khare from Thangnak
Day 06: Rest at Khare
Day 07: Khare to Mera High Camp
Day 08: Summit Mera Peak [6461m/21192ft] and descend to Khare
Day 9: Fly from Khare to Lukla by helicopter (30 minutes)
Day 10: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes)
Note: There is also a direct flight option from Khare to Kathmandu for a few extra hundred dollars that will let you enjoy the magnificent aerial views of the entire Himalayan region as you move back to the capital leaving the Himalayan vistas behind.
Best Season for Mera Peak in 10 Days
There are generally two ideal seasons for Himalayan adventures in Nepal, autumn (October- November) and spring (March- May). The weather is stable and on the warmer side during these seasons with a low probability of rainfall and snowfall. But, even though both of these seasons are peak months that attract thousands of trekking enthusiasts from all around the world, they have a specialty of their own.
Spring is typically known as the blooming season when the greenery and wildflowers are more lush than ever. As the whole Himalayan region is brimming with life, this is the perfect season of exploration for nature lovers. The charms of the wilderness are at their peak during this season, the colorful trails decorated with colorful wildflowers, a diverse range of birdlife, and the high Himalayan wildlife enjoying the nectar of nature at its peak make the expedition a truly wonderful and memorable experience. The temperature of the Mera region averages around 10°C to 15°C during the spring time whereas the night temperature can drop as low as -4°C during the early mornings and night on average.
Similarly, autumn, which is the most popular season for the Mera Peak in 10 Days, is known for its mild temperature and wide unobstructed views of the Himalayan vistas. The lush-fresh monsoon rain washed lush terrains, nourished soaring rivers and waterfalls, dry trekking lands, picturesque views of the white glad mountain under the clear perfect blue sky, and the cool-chilly mornings and evenings are some of the perks of doing this adventure in the autumn season. The day temperature of the Mera region averages around 12°C during the autumn season whereas the night temperature is at minus degrees celsius at the higher altitude.
As the latter part of the autumn season is closer to the winter, there are chances of light snowfall at the higher elevation points (late November). Thus, you are recommended to pack the right clothing and gear if you are doing the expedition around that time frame.
How difficult is Mera Peak Climbing?
Although Mera Peak is labeled as a ‘trekking peak’, it would be wise not to underestimate the expedition on its slope. Mera Peak Climbing has been graded an Alpine Grade PD in the Alpine grading system which means that climbers have to overcome some technical segments while scaling this amazing peak in the Himalayas. In the past this mountain expedition was graded Alpine Grade F, an easy straightforward climbing expedition, however, due to the glacial change and the involvement of technical dome climbing near the summit, the difficulty level of the expedition was upgraded.
If you want to learn about its difficulty level in the Himalayan grading, the Mera Peak in 10 Days expedition has been graded ‘moderately difficult’ climb. You don’t need any mountaineering experience for this expedition, just with the right amount of training and a tad bit of determination, you will be able to easily complete this iconic adventure.
What Makes Mera Peak in Days Climbing Challenging?
Regardless of being a trekking and practice peak, conquering this 6,000-meter class mountain in the Himalayan region is not an easy feat. There are several factors that contribute to the overall difficulty level of this beautiful expedition that you should know about before the expedition.
Although the Mera Peak is considered a non-technical and straightforward trek-up mountain, there are some technical segments climbers have to overcome during the expedition. The trekking over the glacial segment and the dome near the summit demands some basic mountaineering skills from the climbers. You will have scale on a snow dome section of the mountain, 40- 50 meters ahead of the summit using jumar and fixed rope during the final push.
As the technical segments on the slopes of the mountain are pretty much basic, you don’t need to be a well-trained or experienced mountaineer to overcome the sections. Although knowledge of basic mountaineering skills will be helpful, you will also partake in the practice climbs at the base camp for a more confidence build-up and to familiarize yourself with the tools.
Ascending the mountain peak in the 6,000-meter class is not an easy job, although the slopes may not be as challenging and strenuous as the highest peak in the world, the altitude gain factor of this expedition shouldn’t be underestimated. As altitude gain goes hand-in-hand with altitude sickness, you have to constantly stay on the watchout for the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
Starting your adventure at Lukla (2,800 meters), you trek along the high elevation points in the route like Zatrawala Pass (4,600 meters), Thangnak (5,000 meters), and the summit of the Mera Peak at 6,461 meters (21,198 feet). Thus, it is very necessary to enjoy a slow-paced adventure, acclimatize properly, eat healthy, and stay hydrated throughout the expedition. You also need to be on the lookout for any symptoms of mountain sickness like fatigue, nausea, insomnia, headache, loss of appetite, dizziness, and malaise, and follow proper precautionary methods to tackle the issue.
In this Mera Peak in 10 Days expedition, you will cover an approximate distance of 125 km (78 miles), which means that you will be covering an approximate trekking distance of 5- 6 hours on each day of this expedition. It may not seem like much of a big deal at first, but trekking in the rising elevation carrying your backpack isn’t an easy task, especially if you don’t have a good physical condition. The rugged and rocky trails along with the steep ascending and descending section can be quite challenging if you haven’t trained properly.
Further, after switching to the alpine trail on the slopes of the mountain, you will have to traverse across the snow, ice, and rock segments moving toward the summit. Although the slopes are not technically challenging, the alpine environment and snowy trails make even the simple movement wearisome.
Surely the expedition is pretty amazing and gratifying during the peak seasons, but if plan to do this expedition during the off seasons like winter (December- February) and monsoon (June- August), the stakes can be pretty high. Even though the weather conditions in the high-altitude Himalayan region can be unpredictable, off-seasons tend to have the most unstable climatic conditions. Monsoon in particular is known for the heavy rainfall, wet trails, risky landscapes prone to landslides, and overall depressing climatic conditions with heavy downpours. Known as the summer season in the country, the temperature usually fluctuates around 15°C to 22°C and gradually drops at the higher altitudes.
As for the winter season, it is best known as the freezing season which even covers the trekking trails with snow. It can be significantly difficult as you have to traverse across the trail covered in snow exerting yourself even with just a simple trekking adventure. Furthermore, the natives at the higher region migrate down to the lower elevation points to escape the winter cold, so you are pretty much on your own taking care of food and accommodation during this season. The average temperature above the base camp is at -30°C during the winter, the winter storms, blizzards, and snowfall make the adventure challenging during this season. So you have to make a decision on these factors as well before planning this iconic adventure of the Himalayas.
Mera Peak in 10 Days takes you to the remote parts of both Khumbu and Hinku Valleys, the rugged remote landscapes of these Himalayan regions are not that much in touch with technological advancements. Even though there are luxurious options available in the mainstream trekking route of the Everest Base Camp, expecting too much can be often disappointing. As there is a proper mode of transportation, the infrastructural development is also at its minimum, you will have to get by with a moderate-basic level of amenities along the trail which are even more limited at the higher elevation points.
The facilities along the trail are also in pretty much in a limited number and far apart, so in case of any kind of medical emergency, you will have to depend on the helicopter rescue operations. So, you will have to make peace with the remoteness aspects and mentally prepare for the expedition considering these factors.
Is Mera Peak in 10 Days for Me?
Taking into account the difficulty factors, you might be wagering whether this expedition is for you or not. Well rest assured, Mera Peak Climbing is considered to be a ‘semi-technical’ mountain, although there aren’t any challenging and strenuous segments on the mountain slopes, you will still deal with some minor technical sections. Labeled as the ‘trekking peak’ Mera Peak is actually one of the easiest mountain climbing expeditions in the Himalayan region. In fact, this beautiful peak in the Himalayas is considered a practice for beginner mountaineers who are aiming to conquer the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8,849 meters), or other 8,000-meter class mountains.
If you are new to mountaineering adventures, Mera Peak with a ‘Moderate Difficulty Level’ can be a perfect introductory mountain. And even if you are a seasonal and experienced climber, this beautiful expedition can be a perfect adventure to extend your Himalayan prospects. Just make sure you are well prepared with adequate mountaineering skills for a more enjoyable and comfortable experience. As this is a guided expedition, Peak Climbing Nepal’s skilled and experienced guide and crew members will ensure that you will have a safe and wonderful expedition.
Note: If you have any kind of health condition, you should consult with your doctor and expedition guide regarding your condition, so you can have a confident and comfortable climbing experience without worrying about anything.
Preparing for Mera Peak in 10 Days
Even though the requirement of technical skills is at a bare minimum for this wonderful Himalayan expedition, you will still need to do a sufficient amount of training for a gratifying experience, Although the general thumbnail rule for a high Himalayan trekking expedition is about 8- 12 weeks, as you will actually traverse across the alpine environment on the slopes of the mountain, the recommended training time frame is about 4- 6 months.
As a basic level of fitness is recommended to do this alpine mountain trek, you will have to orient your goal toward achieving that goal so you don’t end up getting drained and exhausted after every day’s trek. Although it is significant, this time frame is recommended so that your body will get accustomed to the physical activity which will normalize each day’s adventure as a part of your daily routine during the actual adventure. Here are some exercises you can include in your training regime:
Strength and Endurance Training Exercises
- Pull up
- Push up
- Bicep curl
- Calf raise
- Bench press
- Shoulder press
- Leg press
- Hammer curl
- Jumping jacks
- Mountain climber
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FAQs About Mera Peak in 10 Days
Is Mera Peak hard to climb?
Although the slopes of the Mera Peak are not as strenuous and as challenging as 8,000-meter class mountains, the altitude gain and involvement of a few technical segments make this expedition a little bit challenging.
How long does it take to climb Mera Peak?
The Mera Peak Expedition lasts about 14 to 17 days in general depending on the itinerary packages, in case you are wondering about the summit time, it takes about 5- 6 hours to reach the Mera Peak summit from the high camp.
Can a beginner do Mera Peak?
Considered a ‘practice peak’ the Mera Peak is especially suitable for beginner mountaineers who are trying to gain some experience before their next big expedition.
Is Mera Peak harder than Kilimnajaro?
Even though Mera Peak and Kilimanjaro are considered trekking peaks, due to the involvement of some technical segments and as the expedition takes place in completely alpine environments, Mera Peak can be slightly more challenging than Kilimanjaro.
Can you see Everest from Mera Peak?
From the summit of Mera Peak, you can clearly enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Everest including other 8,000-meter class mountains like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
What is the success rate of Mera Peak Climbing?
Being a straight trek up the peak, the success rate of the Mera Peak expedition is at 90%, With the right amount of preparation and training anyone can easily scale this mountain peak.
How is Mera Peak in 10 Days different from a standard Mera Peak Climbing?
This short expedition of Mera Peak excludes the side exploration days in the Kathmandu Valley, thus you will directly start the adventure after the Kathmandu to Lukla flight. It doesn’t miss out on the exploration and acclimatization days to make the adventure difficult and rushed.
Do you need oxygen for Mera Peak Climbing?
Although you don’t need a supplementary oxygen supply to summit this 6,000-meter class mountain, our crew members will carry bottled oxygen to use wherever necessary. You don’t have to worry about carrying the supplementary oxygen yourself, our crew will take care of all your necessities during the expedition.
Do I need to buy mountaineering equipment for Mera Peak Climbing?
Rest assured, Peak Climbing Nepal provides all the necessary mountaineering tools for your expedition, you will just have to bring your trekking and personal gear by yourself. You can also rent out personal/trekking equipment from us if necessary, you can check the packing recommendation for this expedition here, Gears and Equipment List for Mera Peak Climbing.
Will I catch mountain sickness in short expeditions?
The Mera Peak in 10 Days package doesn’t compromise any aspects of the mountain expedition, you will still enjoy a slow-paced adventure and have acclimatization to make the adventure more relaxing and enjoyable.