Our Spring 2017 Mera Peak Team achieved 75% summit success!
Join guiding legend Vern Tejas on this classic ascent of Nepal’s Mera Peak. Mera has always been tough logistically but Alpine Ascents utilizes helicopters (included) for the return journey which helps shorten this trip by up to 5 days. An outstanding climb for the advanced beginner (graduate of 6 day school or strong performance on Rainier) and a chance to climb above 21,000 feet. This superb ascent takes us right through the Khumbu region (famed Everest region of Nepal) with some wonderful views of the major peaks in the area including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
Amazing trek. Technical rope course and use of ascenders and repelling was really integral to climb so once we were on the Mountain it seemed like review. Safety was foremost, from personal care hydration, eating, acclimatization to carefully finding the best weather window to summit. – Spring 2017 Climber
Vern and Carol were exceptional guides. Vern Tejas’ decades of experience provided valuable insights and best practices for acclimatization, climbing skills, and self-care. Practice sessions using ascenders and goat-tail device for rappelling with gloves and mitts helped build confidence in critical skills necessary for the climb. – Spring 2017 Climber
Group was good. Guides were excellent. High camp was set up excellently as well. Accommodations as good as can be noting the area. Appreciated the “extra’s” like salami and oysters! Strengths: Support/logistics both in and out of country. Attention to safety/health by guides/staff was outstanding. Training on trip good for me. – 2017 Climber
As a much less frequented trail than the Everest base camp route, we cross a spectacular pass into the almost uninhabited Hinku Valley and trek northwards to approach Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 21,247 ft. Whether you want to attempt the summit or just go along for the trek, you will feel as though you have taken part in a real Himalayan expedition. Mera is one of the few Himalayan climbs that can be done in three weeks. Those who opt for trek only can reach up to 18,000 feet. Please note lodges are basic and do not have the level of accommodations found in more populated parts of the Khumbu. We will lodge in simple tea houses and tents. Alpine Ascents will also bring supplementary food for the trek and high camp.
Our Climb & Trekking Route
The trek to Mera Peak also walks us through the countryside, where we immerse in centuries-old Nepalese and Tibetan cultures. The journey offers some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu. Filled with Buddhist shrines, Unlike some routes, our route to Mera Base Camp offers views of the Himalayas each day of the trek as we wind our way upward through the valleys towards Mera Peak.
Lodging & The Khumbu Region
We lodge in Sherpa village tea houses, many of them remote, giving us a rare look into both traditional and monastic communities. While the environs are often primitive by western standards, they are balanced by the warmth and tremendous support of the Sherpa people. We will stay in villages up to Khare and then we will tent camps at Mera Peak and on the mountain.
We work hard to have a diverse menu but this can be limited by availability and remoteness of region.
Mera Peak Frequently Asked Questions
Upon sign up we will forward our famed, comprehensive confirmation package. This package will include all of the details for your trip.
Climbers should have successfully completed our 6-Day Training course or performed well on a 3 day climb such as Rainier or Mt. Baker, or have equivalent skills and experience. Climbers must be mentally prepared to deal with strenuous situations at high altitudes. The requirements are also based on our desire to have similarly skilled team member
Climbers must be in excellent physical condition. Summit day can be 10-14 hours long.
Along with the required climbing skills, review cardio training on the training page for this climb. We strongly recommend following the advice of our guides to acclimatize properly.
The best time to climb Mera Peak is in April and October.
Generally, our maximum for this climb is 15 climbers plus guides and Sherpa.
During the trek we will be lodging in teahouses (very simple lodging). During the climb, we will be in a fully stocked camp tent at Mera Peak Base Camp. Team members will be either sharing a teahouse room (2 per room) or a tent (2 per tent) while at Base Camp.
During the trek and climb team members will only be carrying gear and supplies for the day. At no point do we carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. During the trek daypacks will weigh no more than 20 lbs. and during the climb the packs will weigh no more than 30 lbs.
Please review the gear list.
Those requesting rental gear must submit an online expedition rental form with payment. All rental gear will be mailed to the climber prior to the climb. Climbers are expected to clean all rental gear and return it to us by mail following the expedition.
While all items are required there may be times when some of the items on the gear list may not be used (such as warm weather or changing conditions). The gear lists are created by the guides to assist in having climbers be prepared to summit in any conditions.
While it is impossible for us to list all brands for certain gear, we do offer a wide variety of equipment in our Gear Shop, that has been hand-picked by our staff of mountaineering experts. Please feel free to call our offices with any gear questions or substitutes. Plastic boots are required for this climb.
During the trek we will provide unlimited amounts of water at mealtimes. Team members can fill up water bottles at meals and use their Steri pen to sterilize. Bottled water can also be purchased in teahouses at additional cost but can be expensive and creates waste. Once in BC water will be boiled.
Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high altitude climbing involves. We try to make meals and breakfast varied and as normal as possible. During the trek we will be served meals in the teahouses but prepared by our own staff. Meals during the trek and climb are made from food both purchased in Nepal and the U.S. Typical meals are rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetable and egg dishes. During lunches we will also have a cooked meal. Above BC climbing food mainly consists of dried meals such as pastas or rice. Lunches while climbing will mainly be made up of bars and snacks brought from the U.S.
You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars or similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration. All meals are provided on this expedition.
No requirements at this time
Most routes from the States to Kathmandu are via Asia but there are many options via Europe as well.
Fares are generally less expensive when booked early. You may use our Travel Agent (Charles Mulvehill 1-800-727-2157) or book flights yourself. Please note that flights booked online are often difficult to change. Please send us a copy of your flight schedule as early as possible as this allows us to book pick ups and hotels.
We will pick up all climbers and trekkers at the airport. Guides will often meet you upon arrival at the hotel or at our first planned meeting.
We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick ups and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs (for hotels only).
The easiest way to obtain a visa is in the Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival in the KTM airport fill out the necessary forms and proceed to the visa line. As visa prices change often we suggest taking a variety of cash denominations, such as (2) $20.00 bills (1) $10.00 bill (1) $5.00 bill. We will obtain a trekking permit for you in KTM.
- Current visa cost is $30.00 and is subject to change
- Please obtain a one month visa
Please bring 2 passport photos (one for the visa and 1 extra).
Cell phones work in many parts of the Khumbu as well as in Kathmandu. We can assist you in getting a local sim card but you must “unlock” your phone beforehand. We can assist in getting a phone unlocked in KTM but can cost up to $50 and take 48 hours (usually less).
Check the reading list on the Island Peak page of the web site.
You can always call our offices and we will have your Island Peak lead guide contact you. 30 days prior to departure, we will mail a list of the other team members to you.
$500 should easily cover any extra expenses and tips. Most climbers prefer to bring about $1000 and have credit cards.
$200 total is the suggested tips for all Sherpa guides and 7-12% for guides. You you may have some perfunctory tips at hotels and at time of transport. Tipping is not required but a common practice.
At: www.alpineascents.com/registration or by calling our offices with a credit card handy.
Each climber should submit an application and flight information.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal checks and Alpine Ascents gift certificates. To reserve a space the deposit is $700.00 and balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Unpaid balances can result in forfeiture of trip.
See our schedule and prices page.
Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However our guides and local staff will make the necessary efforts to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.
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