17 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 6476m, average 3660m.
4 nights hotel, 17 nights camping.
All breakfasts included, full board on trek.
This is a Grade E trek, with 17 days point-to-point walking, a maximum altitude of 6476m, and an average of 3660m.
This is a strenuous and tough trip, and we recommend that you have previous experience of walking at altitude, and take regular exercise. The trek takes place away from the main trails and in areas where there are few villages. The valleys are steep-sided and many of the trails are rocky. There are also some very steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. Mera Peak has been designated a 'trekking peak' by the Nepalese Government.
For many years the climb was Alpine Grade F (Facile/Easy) but due to recent changes to the summit the final 30-40 metres is now Alpine Grade PD (Peu Difficle/Slightly Difficult). You will be roped up from high camp due to crevasses, and climbing Sherpas will fix a rope for the last 50 metre section. Conditions on the summit are continuously changing as crevasses open up. Currently the final 50 metres are very steep and a jumar is required.
On descending you will need to abseil down a short distance from the summit. There will be compulsory equipment checks and practice sessions for climbing equipment. Those who do not participate in all of these sessions risk being prevented from attempting the climb by the leader. We also recommend that you have previous climbing experience.
Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 16, plus leader, Sherpa climbing guides and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
An E grade tour combines all the elements of our D Grade, tough itineraries, but adds extra difficulties such as tricky river crossings, very high or difficult passes, glaciers or peaks that require basic climbing skills. Often specialist equipment, like ice axes and crampons will be needed and you must have experience of them.
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Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.