Népal – Solu – khumbu – Mera Peak
Period: from March to April and from October to November
Starting at $3995.00
The Himalayas! Who has not dreamt of, if only for a few seconds, putting on boots and crampons and grabbing an ice axe to attack a summit? Only to be caught up by reality: too far, too difficult, too technical, too expensive, not enough time… All reasons that do not hold. Actually, with the infinite possibilities of mountains to climb, you only need to find the one that is right for you.
Mountaineering, an Immersion
Mera Peak is a summit accessible to beginners as well as experienced climbers and it is surrounded by the highest summits on the globe: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchengjunga, Baruntse.
A 9 day acclimatization trek from Phaplu rather than Lukla: makes for a gradual ascent long enough to allow for a good acclimatization (impossible from Lukla). In this way we also avoid having to return by the same that we came in.
A 15 day trek in Nepal including the ascent of Mera Peak at 6476 m (non-technical, except for the last 100 meters before the summit).
At 6476 m Mera Peak imposes itself as the highest Himalayan summit accessible to beginners. Its snowy slopes and generous glaciers make for an ideal playground. From the summit, the view of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Ama Cablam and Everest makes you contemplate. Six 8000 meter summits that are just begging you to come back to Nepal.
A successful ascent of Mera Peak thanks to a long acclimatization and very experienced guides
Mera is without a doubt the highest mountain in Nepal which is not particularly technical. Because of this ascent is offered by several different companies. But be careful here. For many of these companies this is their only mountaineering trip. They do not have the experience and sometimes not even the right equipment. This lack of knowledge about the difficulties in Nepalese mountaineering has led to at least two important mistakes in the majority of the proposed trips. The first problem is the time allowed for the expedition. The second is the guide to client ratio.
The Acclimatization and the Approach Trek
The importance of Acclimatization can never be emphasized enough and Nepal is no exception here, particularly for a summit of almost 6500 meters. Normally, the companies have people arrive in Lukla. From there the trek to Mera is too short. Often only 9-10 days are allowed to get to the summit and that is even dangerous. We, on the contrary, have chosen to land in Phaplu further south and a lower elevation. From there it takes at least 9 days to reach Mera La.
Intended Itinerary in Nepal
- Day 1-2: Flight Montreal/Katmandu in Nepal
- Day 3: Arrival in Katmandu
- Day 4: Visit Katmandu by foot and preparation for the trek
- Day 5: Flight to Phaplu – start of acclimatization trek towards Mera Peak
- Day 6-11: Approach trek from Gari Khasa
- Day 12: Trek Tagnag – Khare (5030 m)
- Day 13: Acclimatization day
- Day 14: Ascent of Mera Peak – Khare to Mera La (5425 m)
- Day 15: Ascent of Mera Peak – advanced camp (5700 m)
- Day 16: Ascent of Mera Peak summit (6476 m) – return to Khare (5030 m)
- Day 17-19: Trek from Khare to Lukla (2840 m)
- Day 20: Flight Lukla – Katmandu
- Day 21: Spare day in Katmandu – visit Bhaktapur (optional)
- Day 22-23: Return flight to Montreal