The view from the summit towards the high mountain peaks is the best anywhere. Retrace the trail back to Lukla and fly out to Kathmandu. There are small villages, stone huts and high pasture animals shades until Khare. The trail is pretty well defined though this is off the beaten path. In winter people and animals do not stay in these high regions. So the area through out the trek would be very much less frequented by people and trekkers. The schedule includes acclimatization day at Khare. This day can be used to visit Hinku Nup glacier to the base of Kantega or help carry some food and necessary equipment to Merla La. Usually we set up a high camp above Mera la (pass) to help negotiate crevasses early in the morning, so next day climb would be easier. Therefore high camp may not be necessary. But this can only be determined at the situation.
The ascent is steep and straightforward. Mera peak has twin summit; it is possible to climb the other one of lesser height on the same day. Most people agree that the view from the summit towards the high mountain peaks is the best anywhere. Return journey shall follow same route back to Lukla.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2804 meter). In Lukla
Day 03: Chitenga Karka (3445m)
Commence the trek to Mera peak. We ascend slowly for 3 hours and steep up for one hour and arrive Thukdingma for the camping. The views of Numbur (6957m), Karyolung (6511m), Kwangde (6011m ) are magnificent from here.
Day 04: Chetara (4177m)
Today is an easy walk all day passing through the jungle and grassland for Yaks during the summer. We arrive Tsetre for camping.
Day 05: Kote (3506m)
Ascend slowly passing through the jungle. You will find virtually, no human settlement on the trail. You arrive Thaksingdingma (3,500m) for Camping.
Day 06: Tashi Ongma
You walk all day through the side of the mountain and the trail is narrow. The patches of the jungle on the trail become thinner as you ascend near the snow line.
Day 07: Tagnag (4192m)
At Thagnak, which is in a superb setting surrounded by stunning peaks including Peak 43 (6,769m). There is a huge moraine in the north of Thagnak where a beautiful glacial lake, Sabai Tsho is dammed. It is worth exploring around for acclimatization purpose. Thagnak is also a base for climbing east and north-east side of Kushum Kanguru.
Day 08: Khare (4817m)
You follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Khraka which offers the spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout to the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to Khare (5,099m).
Day 09: Khare. Acclimatization
Rest day for acclimatization. You can explore around or climb up for a few hours and come back to the Base Camp for the night.
Day 10: Mera la (5335 m)
You ascend for three hours and arrive at Mera La (5,415m). Normally, the pass will be covered with snow from Nov - April. Again the views from the pass is spectacular. You descend about 100m towards the Hongu side and set up the base camp (5,300m) in the moraine below the ice.
Day 11: High Camp
Walk up for 4 hours and set up the high camp and make preparation for the next day to get to the summit.
Day 12: Ascent Mera peak- Return to Base Camp
Today attempt to the summit. Views from here are stunning. You can see Pumori (7161m), Lhotse (8516m) Makalu (8463m), Lobuche (6145m), Cho Oyu (8201m,) all these peaks are spectacular from the summit. Retrace trail to Base Camp.
Day 13: Tashi Ongma - Retrace trail to Tashi Ongma.
Day 14: Tagnag - Retrace trail to Tagnag.
Day 15: Chetara - Retrace trail to Chetara.
Day 16: Lukla - Retrace trail to Lukla.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu, in Kathmandu – Transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu
Day 18: transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu
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