Mera Peak Climb

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TNB
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Summits
Min age:
18
Group size:
2–12

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 fairly 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.

Highlights

  • Summit the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak at 6461m.
  • Attempt the climb from a high camp to give the best chance of summiting
  • Circular trek to remote off the beaten track valleys
  • Lush rhododendron forests and wild barren mountains
  • Great views of five 8000m peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga

Key information

  • 4 nights standard hotels, 14 nights lodges and 2 nights full-service 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 recommended

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 4 nights hotels, 14 nights lodges and 2 nights full-service camping
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus climbing guides and local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Climbing permit and national park fees

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - Kathmandu only)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Climbing equipment: see Packing List 
  • Sleeping bag (hire in advance from £53*)
  • Down jacket (hire in advance from £53*)
  • *Hire package incl. sleeping bag & down jacket from £74
Call us on
0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

The summit day is a 12-13hr day. Most other days are 5-7hrs walking but this depends on the conditions and amount of snow.

Terrain:

High altitude. 3 high passes involving steep ascents and descents. Most of the trails are good, but some scrambling and walking on rock, scree, ice and snow.

Day by day breakdown
Day 410.0km/6.0miles
Day 511.0km/7.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.5miles
Day 77.0km/4.5miles
Day 86.0km/4.0miles
Day 99.0km/5.5miles
Day 1012.0km/7.5miles
Day 125.0km/3.5miles
Day 144.0km/2.0miles
Day 151.5km/1.0miles
Day 1613.5km/8.5miles
Day 1714.0km/9.0miles
Day 188.5km/5.0miles
Day 1912.0km/7.5miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has a longstanding relationship with our local partner in Nepal, having worked with the family business, passed from father to son, for over 30 years. We employ local leaders, guides and staff throughout and work with family-run hotels, such as the Hotel Royal Singi wherever possible.

Exodus has set up and supported many projects in Nepal over the decades, from installing solar cookers and donating smokeless stoves (a safer means of cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems), to supporting a tree nursery in Braga (in the Annapurnas) and helping supply water and hydro-electric power to several villages.

Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Exodus’ emergency fundraising appeal raised over a quarter of a million pounds thanks to our loyal customers and friends. This enabled us to provide emergency relief (shelters, food and medical supplies), to rebuild homes and schools, and to run a medical camp in spring 2016 in the remote village of Thulopatel in partnership with volunteers from Nepal Medical College. Over 1,500 patients from rural communities were treated for a variety of ailments, to whom medical facilities are not normally readily available. Many of our previous projects (both water pipes and stoves) were damaged in the earthquake - in 2017 we started repairing and replacing these.

Exodus also worked with Health Partnership Nepal and sponsored their medical camp in Charikot in 2017 as well as sponsoring more than 400 Freedom Kits (providing sanitary wear) for women in Nepal – we will be continuing with this project in 2018.

To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The overnight group flights usually depart London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. Those on land only arrangements will join us at the hotel in the afternoon. On arrival at the hotel, you will need to give your leader 2 passport size photographs for your trek and climbing permits.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

  • Day 3

    Free in Kathmandu.

    There will be a full trek briefing this morning. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The iconic sights in and around Kathmandu are the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, and the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. Sightseeing tours can be booked locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla; trek to Piuyan.

    We take the spectacular flight to the small airstrip at Lukla, (2,800m) the gateway to the Khumbu region and the start point for the popular trail towards Everest. It is a busy little village with many lodges, equipment and supply shops as well as the airport. We start our trek heading south from Lukla with a steep descent to Surkye. From here we have a steep climb up to the Chutok La from where we contour into a side valley to Piuyan (2,800m).

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Leave the main trail and climb through lush farmland to Pangkongma.

    This morning we leave the main trade route which goes south to Phaphlu. Instead, we climb, steeply at first, eastwards on a quieter trail which winds steadily upwards, over the Khari La (3,048m) and through lush terraced farmland towards the small trading centre of Pangkongma (2,900m). Looking back we get good views of Numbur and Karyolung Mountains.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,900m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cross the Pangkongma La. Descend to the Hinku Khola and ascend the valley to Nashing Dingma.

    We climb steeply through a lush forest of bamboo and rhododendron with views looking back to Numbur and Kongde peaks, to the Pangkongma La (3,170m). From the top we can see Naulekh and five minutes below the pass we catch our first views of Mera's impressive South Face. It’s a long, steep descent to the bottom of the valley, with views south over the hills of the lower Himalaya. We have lunch in a small lodge just above the river and after lunch we cross the Hinku River using a suspension bridge, and have a 2-hour climb up the east side of the valley to Nashing Dingma (2,963m).

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,963m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    A steep climb to the Surkye La; on to Chholem.

    We continue the roller coaster of ups and downs which characterise this first part of the trek. The trail becomes steeper as we climb to the Surkye La (3,060m), a pass that gives us a taste of the altitude yet to come. We'll need a cup of tea to catch our breath in one of the teahouses just over the pass, before continuing our climb up to the summer grazing land of Chholem Kharka (3,600m). We should arrive for a late lunch and in the afternoon the energetic can walk up onto the ridges surrounding Chholem.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Cross the Pangkongma La and Sukye La into the Hinku Valley.

    This morning we leave the treeline behind and approach wilder country, where the Sherpa's only herd their animals in the summer months. It’s a shortish but quite hard day today with steep climbs and several ridges to cross. We ascend on stone steps all the way to the first col at 4,300m and then further up to a second col at 4,470m. On a clear day, we get a stunning view of Kanchenjunga and its pointed neighbour Jannu far away to the east in India. From the second col we descend to the beautiful holy lakes at Panch Pokhari. Khola Kharka is a short way past the lakes.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,270m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Follow the Hinku Valley to Kote.

    There are no lodges en route today so we have a long morning and late lunch so take some snacks and plenty of water. From Khola Kharka we have a short steep climb up stone steps for 30minutes to some prayer flags. Just around the corner, we get great views across to Numbur, Pike Peak and the Lamjura Pass. The route contours around the hillside and then descends very steeply all the way down to the Mojang Khola. We cross the river and descend even further to the Hinku Khola. An undulating trail brings us to a bridge across the roaring Hinku Khola and into Kote village. We have a late lunch at the lodge and there is time in the afternoon to wash or explore the village.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Ascend the Hinku Valley to Tangnag.

    A wonderful walk today following the Hinku Kola. The trail follows the river on a rocky trail upstream crossing several landslide areas. Just after leaving Kote we can see the three peaks of Mera. As we ascend the valley Kyashar peak appears ahead followed by Kusum Kanguru and East Peak. We stop for a cup of tea at Saure and reach Tangnag for a late lunch. We stay in Tangnag, for the next two nights (4,300m). We are now in a deep valley created by the towering walls of Kyashar Peak, Kusum Kanguru and East Peak.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,300m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Acclimatisation day at Tangnag.

    We spend the day acclimatising to the altitude. There will be a walk this morning to the top of a ridge south of Tangnag. We walk to approximately 5,000m and should have great views of Kusum Kanguru, Kyeshar and East peaks and the Mera La. We return to camp for lunch and rest in the afternoon.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,300m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Half day walk to the last lodges at Khare, our base camp.

    A short day with approximately three to four hours of ascent past Dig Kharka to Khare, the Mera Peak Base Camp at 4,900m. The trail climbs steeply out of Tangnag to some prayer flags overlooking the glacier tumbling down from Kyeshar peak. The trail gets easier as we climb up the valley past Dig Kharka and then there is a last steeper climb to the lodges at Khare. We have lunch in Khare and a free afternoon. From Khare we get great views of Mera, Charpati Himal, Kyeshar Peak and other Himalayan giants.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,900m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Acclimatisation, ice axe and crampon practice.

    We have an acclimatisation day at Khare and there will be the chance to walk up on to the glacier towards the Mera La, where we will practice our ice axe, crampon and rope technique and use of jumar. Please note that equipment checks and all practice sessions are compulsory before the climb.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,900m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Trek to the Mera La.

    A short but steep and hard walk up to the Mera La. The trail climbs steeply out of Khare on a rocky trail with great views looking ahead to the peaks of Mera and back down to Khare. Continuing up the trail gets steeper and there may well be snow and we will need crampons and helmets as we climb the very steep rocky gully onto the glacier. Once on the glacier, the gradient eases off and we follow the glacier up to the Mera La where we stay tonight. Camp is just below the pass on the Honku side, a very cold and windy spot but the sunset from this campsite is truly spectacular with the peaks of the Honku Himal glowing red in the setting sun.

    Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 5,400m)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Trek to high camp (5800m).

    Another very short day as we ascend the Mera glacier up to a rocky outcrop to establish High Camp at 5,800m. The trail is not so steep and we can see our route for tomorrow. From camp it is possible to see five out of the six highest mountains on earth, stretching from Kanchenjunga in the east through Makalu, Lhotse and Everest to Cho Oyu in the west. This afternoon there will be a final gear check and we will prepare our clothes ready for tomorrow. After sunset (look out for the last orange glow on the summit of Makalu) we retire to the warmth of our sleeping bags to rest before the summit attempt tomorrow. Please note camping space is extremely limited at high camp.

    Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 5,800m)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    Climb Mera Central Peak (6461m).

    An extremely long day with a very early (and usually a very cold) start at around 2 am or earlier. We will set off roped up in teams. You will need to carry your ice axe and wear crampons as we ascend the wide, open glacier, avoiding the few crevasses. The terrain here is not very steep but the going is very slow due to the altitude and it can be very cold and windy. As dawn approaches the trail starts to ascend steeply to the east of the left-hand ridge before swinging right on easier ground to approach the summit. As we approach the summit we will rest at a col whilst the Sherpa's fix a safety rope to the bottom of the last part of the summit climb. The last 50m to the summit is the steepest part of the climb. We will need the jumar for this last section - it is steep and makes the climb more challenging. Please note crevasses here change from year to year.

    Once at the top the views from the sun rising over Kanchenjunga in the east, past Makalu to the plumed Everest Himal in the centre and Cho Oyu further west, make every step well worthwhile. Descending this steep section will involve abseiling from the summit and we will use the fixed rope back to the col. From here the descent is usually quicker although we will still be roped up. We descend back down to our base camp at Khare, usually arriving very late afternoon. After a long but rewarding day, returning to a lower altitude (4,900m) means that we should all sleep soundly.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,900m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    An easier walk as we retrace our steps through Tangnag to Kote.

    A long but beautiful walk as we retrace our steps down the valley past Tangnag, where we have lunch and further down the valley to Kote.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 18

    A steep climb out of the valley towards the Zatrwa La to Chetrabu.

    A hard day today as we begin our ascent of the Zatrwa La, the pass that brings us back to Lula. Leaving Kote a small rocky trail takes us down the Hinku Valley for a couple of hours. There are some very steep rocky steps both up and down. We finally leave the Hinku Kola and begin a very steep climb through the forest. We have an early lunch at Toktar, a small cluster of teahouses in the forest. Through the trees, we can just spot the summit of Mera Peak now far away. After lunch we continue climbing up through forest. The rhododendron trees give way to smaller bushes and the mountains begin to appear across the valley. Looking back on a clear day we can see all three summits of Mera, Peak 41 and Naulekh. The higher we climb the better the views and we can trace much of the route we have trekked the past couple of weeks. Finally, we reach a few prayer flags and from here the trail eases as we approach the lodge at Chetrabu. We enjoy views of Mera's vertical west face.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,225m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 19

    Return to Lukla over the Zatrwa La.

    A long day today as we return to Lukla. We need to carry crampons or microspikes today for the descent of the pass. From the lodge it’s a steep climb to the top of the first (and highest) part of the Zatrwa La at 4,640m. There is a small tea shop near the summit. From the top we get fantastic views of many of the peaks of Khumbu. There is a short steep descent which can be icy and then the trail contours precariously around the hillside for an hour or so to the second Zatrwa La at 4,540m. From here we have a very steep descent to Kharka Tseng. This section of the trail can be snow or ice covered and we may need crampons for this section. After a snack lunch we continue our descent on a rocky trail to Chutenga, then it's a further couple of hours or so back to Lukla.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 20

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    We fly to Kathmandu in the morning, transfer to our hotel and head straight for a hot shower or a beer, depending on priorities!

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 21

    Free in Kathmandu for individual sightseeing.

    A free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Fly to London.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flight will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping.

In the teahouses, the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge, toast and egg. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. The menus in the lodges are almost identical to one another but offer a varied choice, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking

Weather

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and below Khare days on trek are usually sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Higher up there can be snow and above Khare it will be cold as you are on a glacier. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 15ºC or lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring. There can be rain or snow on trek.

There will always be snow above Khare at the Mera La and High Camp. Summit day will be a very early start and will be very cold. There may also be high winds on Mera La and on summit day. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day. There can also be snow and ice on the Zatrwa La.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Is this trip for you?

This trek is graded as 'Tough+' (Activity Level 9), with full porterage throughout involving 16 days point-to-point walking; maximum altitude 6461m, average altitude 3660m. Please read a description of our Activity Levels, found on our website.

The altitude can have a significant effect on your physical state - please refer to the 'altitude warning' within the Trip Notes. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. We attempt the climb from a high camp to give the best chance of summiting, whereas some operators make the attempt from a low camp.

This is a strenuous trip requiring stamina; you should be physically fit and active and take regular exercise. You may find our Walking & Trekking Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

This is not a beginner's trek. We strongly recommend that you have previous experience of walking at altitude, walking roped-up, using ice axe, crampons, jumar and abseil device. The trek visits remote mountain regions and many of the trails are rocky. There are some very steep ascents, descents, some narrow trails, and the occasional bridge crossing. We do not recommend this for anyone who suffers from a fear of heights or vertigo.

Mera Peak has three ‘summits'; Mera North (6,476m), Mera Central (6,461m) and Mera South. Like the majority of tour operators, we climb Mera Central (6,461m), which is the safest. 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 (Peux Difficile/Slightly Difficult). You will be roped up from high camp due to crevasses, and climbing Sherpa's 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. Anyone who does not participate in all of these sessions may not be allowed to attempt the climb - this is at the leader’s discretion.

Walking times stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• 100% of clients who did this trek with Exodus in 2016 would recommend us.
• ‘Ask an expert’ – talk to Exodus staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Small group size (max. 12 clients) and all departures guaranteed on 2 people.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients. For the climb we use qualified climbing guides.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen, a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC bag), first aid kit, and a Sat-phone.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.
• Established protocol for Lukla flight delays – see below.

Internal Flight Delays

Please note that adverse weather conditions at Lukla airport occasionally mean that flights to/from Kathmandu cannot operate. We include an additional day at the end of the itinerary to allow for this, but on occasion, persistent bad weather may delay the start of your trek or your return to Kathmandu.

Should there be a lengthy delay at the start of a trip we will aim to provide a shortened Everest trek, but if adverse weather conditions continue and the main objective of the trek become impossible to reach, an alternative trek to another region of Nepal will be offered. When fixed-wing planes are unable to fly, but helicopters to Lukla are available, clients may choose to travel by helicopter; in this event, the price per person will be approximately US$500-600 per person, of which Exodus will cover half.

Should there be a significant delay at the end of your trek, we will endeavour to get you on the first fixed-wing flights to Kathmandu available. Should helicopters be able to fly, we will consider paying for these on a case by case basis to enable clients to meet their international flights. In the case of persistent adverse weather, Exodus will re-book international flights for Flight Inclusive clients, but please be aware that clients booking on a Land Only basis will be responsible for re-booking their onward travel and for any associated costs.

Call us on
0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, Lodges & Camping

This tour spends four nights in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, fourteen nights on trek in lodges (teahouses) and two nights on trek full-service camping.

In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available from reception for the rooms. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings.

On the trek we will stay in teahouses for the most part. Some days there may be no teahouse at lunchtimes – on these days we carry a packed lunch. The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities. 

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

We book twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag. 

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it in the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have hot 'showers' (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks, meal times and handling money.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

For the Mera Peak summit climb, we spend two nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook and do all camp chores for you. We provide two-person tents, cooking and kitchen gear and support staff.

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

Single Accommodation

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the four nights in Kathmandu only (subject to availability). While in the tea-houses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis. Single tents are not available for the two nights camping due to safety considerations.

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  • Reviewed January 2017
    Garry Ward

    Fantastic but you've go tto work for it

    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

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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