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A tough but rewarding expedition, which takes us away from the trails leading to Everest Base Camp to the sparsely-inhabited Hinku Valley. We walk through a beautiful high alpine environment, where Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6461m, towers over the valley. The ascent is a non-technical climb, which anyone with ice-axe and crampon experience can attempt. With good acclimatisation and plenty of willpower, you can reach the summit of this beautiful Himalayan peak. At the summit we are rewarded with amazing views of five of the six highest mountains in the world - Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu: which makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Quick Facts

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Summits
  • Point-to-Point

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 4 nights standard hotels, 14 nights lodges and 2 nights camping * 16 days point-to-point walking with full porterage * Group normally 2 to 12, plus leader, climbing guides and local staff. Min. age 18 yrs * Altitude maximum 6461m, average 3660m * Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights * Experience of walking roped-up, using ice axe, crampons, jumar and abseil device required

Chance to summit Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal

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Days : 21

Price : From AED 12,509*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Camping

Trip Type : Individuals

Physical Grading : 5

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Title : Fantastic but you've go tto work for it
Summary : From the autumn 2016 season the Exodus Mera Peak trek/climb changed from a camping based itinerary of previous years to lodge or tea house based accommodation. I/we departed in October 2016. Before commencing the trek I’d convinced myself that the trek in to Mera would be broadly similar to the Everest Base Camp trek, I was very wrong. There is no gentle start and long days requiring sustained effort are the theme pretty much throughout. The route taken for the first few days is very quiet and had a feel of "going around the houses" for me. That quieter route also makes for much more basic lodges than those found on EBC for example but they were all adequate. The longer approach route does however allow for excellent acclimatisation, a major key to success. All the approach routes converge in Kote and it is then a straight shot up the now rocky Hinku valley. I didn’t find the approach trek in to be very scenic and that wasn’t helped by day after day of cloud cover. I wonder if a November departure would be worthwhile for clearer skies. Khare, which I thought of as base camp village, was a surprsingly busy place with climbers from all over the world either preparing for or returning from Mera. Stories of six groups having been beaten back by high winds the previous day brought about a realisation that nature could quite easily scupper our plans. Having left Khare and reached the snow line, those of us that brought our own mountain boots and crampons were reunited with them by virtue of some porters that had gone ahead of us. I was now using mountain boots and crampons on snow for the first time, I found I tired far quicker than I cared to admit at the time. After a short but steep climb things level out and then it was a relatively short walk to Mera La camp for the night. The sunset and night time stars were very nice. We were now in tents for the first time. I wish I hadn't binned off my Thermarest mattress as a weight saving effort for the Lukla flight. Foam mattresses were provided but I could still feel the cold coming up from the ground. The next day was a short one from Mera La to High Camp. It however is one of those sections where the destination never seems to get any closer despite feeling you're working like a steam train at full speed. The amusement of high camp's precarious position soon passes as you try to concentrate on getting some sleep for the upcoming 0030 wake up call. I got no real sleep. We then started our torch lit climb through the night in deeply sub zero temperatures. It was hard going, really hard going, there was little talking amongst us. It was just heads down and endure it. The group were imposing more rest stops on the guides than they wanted but I don't think there were any negative consequences when all said and done. My fingers were numb with cold. The sun slowly rose and Mera central summit could now be seen ahead. We left our rucksacks at the foot of the summit and using our Jumars went up the surprisingly short roped section fixed by our guides, it was easy and I was on the summit in a minute. It had taken around 7 hours from leaving High Camp with no sleep (for me) since Mera La the previous day. It was bitterly cold on the summit and very windy, there wasn't any open celebration. There now followed an extremely long walk all the way back down to Khare village with only a short pitstop at High Camp along the way. It was exhausting. Availability of water was a problem too since much if not all of our water was still frozen despite the now blazing morning sun. I was gasping for a drink. Ngima our leader had some warm water in a flask and I will definitely take a small flask when I find myself back on a high mountain again. What now remained was the trek "home" to Lukla. The third day of decent involved far more steep climbing than we were in the mood for but we gt where we were going. Conditions on the Zatrwa pass weren’t as bad as they could be. During our trek trail crampons or shoe grips weren't necessary. There were only a couple sections of ice a few paces long. The decent from the pass is long and steep, thankfully the national park authority have been building a stone staircase which makes things a little easier but you still have to watch your step. There is the potential for an overnight stay a few hours short of Lukla but depending on progress it can be skipped and we pressed on for Lukla and some comfort... relatively speaking
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The team work, the mutual support, we gave each other to help achieve the objective, summit Mera Peak. Reaching the summit of Mera Peak and looking across to five or the six highest mountains on earth. It was a major personal achievement and psycholgically opened so many doors in my mind.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Ngima was outstanding and a credit to the company. Clearly very experienced and knowledgable. I believe he said this was his 16th or 17th summit of Mera Peak since he began working as a mountain guide so we knew we were in very good and capable hands. The same goes for our assistant guides too, Mingma and Ngima. They were such good people to guide you all the way to the summit of Mera Peak and back. Very pleasant at all times.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Nearly all of our group got a stomach upset along the way which sapped our energy for a couple days at a time. Ngima has a very well stocked medical kit and was able to give us all some ciprofloxacin and imodium but he began to run low on it as the days went on and the next person got ill. It might be handy to have your own for convenience. Take a small flask to put warm water in when you leave high camp for the summit. The water in our bottles froze solid during the 7 hour climb through the night to the summit. Hydration bladders are a non starter even with insulated tubes. Summit day is a very long and exhausting day. You will need lots of fluids. Nepalese "coconut crunchie" biscuits are a cheaper sugery snack alternative to Mars bars and Snickers etc when you are are at the tea house and much more likely not to be out of date. When hiring climbing equipment in Khare, remember that it is a four day hire period. The cost soon multiplies. The boots available for rental were old school plastic Scarpa boots, don't know the model but those that used them didn't have any major complaints that I heard.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Those of us that took our own mountain boots and crampons were able to pack them seperately with Ngima our leader while we were still at the hotel in Kathmandu and our boots would be give back to us at the crampon point on Mera. They therefore did not count towards our personal luggage limit for the Lukla flight. That immediately saved me getting on for 4kg and solved my weight woes in an instant. If I'd known we could have done that before departure I would not have left one or two items at home.

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2018-09-30 - 2018-10-208 AED 12,509
2018-10-14 - 2018-11-033 AED 13,282
2019-03-24 - 2019-04-138 AED 14,672
2019-10-10 - 2019-10-308 AED 13,900