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Mera Peak Climbing

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Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing is also called the "Mera Peak Expedition" or "Climbing Mera Peak." Mera Peak is one of Nepal's highest trekking peaks, at 6,476 meters (21,247 feet). It is well-known among mountaineers and trekkers looking for a challenging yet accessible Himalayan climbing experience. The peak's alternative name is not well known, and it is commonly referred to as Mera Peak Climbing in mountaineering and trekking circles.

Mera Peak, located in Nepal's Himalayas, is a towering colossus at an altitude of 6,654 meters. It is Nepal's premier permitted trekking peak, with breathtaking views and a challenging but manageable ascent. The mountain has three distinct summits: Mera North, Mera Central, and Mera South. Mera Central is the world's largest and most popular drawing enthusiast community. Mera Peak requires physical prowess as well as mental fortitude to climb through rugged terrain that includes forests, alpine meadows, and glaciers. Despite the technical difficulties, the ascent is deemed manageable by climbers with intermediate experience. When climbers reach the summit, they are rewarded with a breathtaking view of towering peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. Mera Peak is not only a formidable challenge, but also a gateway to unforgettable experiences and memories that highlight Nepal's Himalayas' enduring allure.

Mera Peak, located in Nepal's Sagarmatha Zone, Sankhuwasabha, Mahalangur region, provides stunning views of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas valleys. Mera Central and Mera North, which were first climbed by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing in 1953, have seen multiple ascents, with conflicting reports on the first climbers. The Southwest Pillar has a difficult 1,800-meter path with an ED-inf gradient that Mal Duff and Ian Tattersall completed in 1986. Despite the risk of serac collapse near the pillar's base, Mera Peak remains a popular climbing destination, attracting climbers from all over the world.

Mera Peak's standard northern route involves high-altitude glacier walking, whereas the west and south faces offer more difficult technical routes. Standing at 6,654 meters, the peak offers a 360-degree panoramic view of five of the world's highest mountains above 8,000 meters: Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The summit also provides breathtaking views of other peaks in the Khumbu Region, such as Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse to the east and Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, and Kangtega to the west. Mera Peak is a popular destination for climbers looking for a challenging ascent and breathtaking views of iconic Himalayan peaks.

Mera Peak offers an exhilarating trekking and mountaineering adventure, with unforgettable experiences and a profound sense of accomplishment for climbers who reach the summit. The breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks contribute to the allure. However, the expedition's technical challenges necessitate careful planning and the knowledge of experienced guides to ensure a safe and successful journey. The climb to Mera Peak is both a physical challenge and a test of skill and preparedness, promising participants a sense of accomplishment as well as breathtaking views.

Mera Peak Climbing

Mera Peak Climbing Highlights and Attractions




21 Days

Starting Price

USD 4,000

Group Size

2-15 Pax


Trekking Peak


Domestic flight


Hotel, Lodge and Tent

Meal Plan

Lodge and Camping

Trip Grade

Alpine Grade PD

Max. Altitude


Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 Hours


Physically Fit

GPS Location

27.7025°N 86.9250°E

Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrive in Kathmandu

    Our representative from Ethic Himalaya will be present to greet you upon your arrival in Kathmandu and ensure that your transfer to your hotel goes off without a hitch. We look forward to meeting you and providing you with a warm welcome. We have planned a special welcome dinner in the evening to help you start your journey on a positive note. This memorable dinner will feature a variety of authentic Nepalese cuisine, as well as a heartwarming welcome drink to help you embrace the local culture.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic sites. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's distinct charm and spiritual ambiance.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 By a Private Helicopter: Kathmandu to Lukla (2850m). Trek to Paiya (2796m, 6hrs).

    Your adventure begins with an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. As you trek toward Phuiyan, you'll encounter enchanting landscapes, Sherpa settlements, and majestic mountain views. The rhythmic sounds of nature accompany your journey, and upon reaching Phuiyan, a charming village at 2,796 meters, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and tranquility. This remarkable expedition not only showcases breathtaking landscapes but also allows you to experience the region's rich culture and warm hospitality. Settle into your accommodation, savor the local cuisine, and eagerly await more memorable experiences in the heart of the Himalayas.

    Transfer: 30 min to Lukla | Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +680 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -700 meters l Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04 Phuiyan to- Pangkongma (2,946m)

    Starting early, you'll embark on a challenging climb to reach the Khari La pass (2,990m). The effort is well worth it, as you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Cho Oyu and the Kharikhola Valley. Enjoy a delightful lunch at a cozy mountaintop lodge before continuing your trek through lush forests and impressive waterfalls. Eventually, you'll arrive at the charming village of Pangkongma (2,946m), where you'll spend the night camping and get a glimpse into traditional Sherpa family life.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +970 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -830 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Pangkongma to Narjing Dingma (2,650m)

    Another early morning begins as we ascend to the Pangkongma La pass (3,180m), where the path is marked only by Tibetan chortens. This leads us into the remote and breathtaking Hinku valley, where we catch our first glimpse of Mera Peak, our ultimate destination. The view is truly impressive and sets the tone for the adventure ahead. Descending, we cross the formidable Hinku river and make our way through lush forests and pastures until we reach Narjing Dingma (2,650m). The journey continues, filled with excitement and natural wonders at every turn.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -625 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06 Narjing Dingma to Chalem Kharka (3,450m)

    Today promises to be another awe-inspiring day as we venture through vibrant rhododendron forests and ascend Surke La (3,085m). The view that unfolds before us is nothing short of breathtaking, with the entirety of eastern Nepal stretching out in all its glory. Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, graces us with its presence, visible from this vantage point. The remote and picturesque Hongu Valley lies below, adding to the majesty of the landscape. Our journey follows the ridge northwards throughout the day, and we find ourselves settling in for the night at an elevation of 3,450m. Each moment is a remarkable experience as we immerse ourselves in the beauty of the Himalayas.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,260 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -985 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07 Chalem Kharka to Khula Kharka (4,120m)

    The trek continues with a thrilling roller-coaster journey, taking us up and down a narrow ridge. Along the way, we reach the revered five sacred lakes of Panch Pokari (4,330m), a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus alike. The trail leads us along a narrow and dramatic ridge, with steep gullies on either side. After crossing one final pass at 4,330m, we are greeted by the mesmerizing beauty of the Panch Pokhari lakes. A short descent leads us to Khula Kharka (4,120m), where we'll find rest and shelter for the night. This remarkable trek continues to unfold, with unforgettable sights and cultural significance at every step.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -50 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08 Khula Kharka to Khote (3,480m)

    With the soothing sound of the roaring Hinku River accompanying us, we continue our journey deeper into the enchanting forests of the Hinku Valley. Mera Peak tantalizingly reveals itself through the lush trees at the valley's end. Though it's a long and challenging day, the rewards are plentiful. Our efforts culminate in reaching the picturesque village of Khote (3,480m), where we'll have the opportunity to explore and immerse ourselves in the local charm. The day's adventure leaves us in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us, with Mera Peak standing as a promising goal on the horizon.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -500 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09 Khote to Tagnak (4,140m)

    As we emerge from the forest, a breathtaking expanse opens up before us, unveiling a vast and open valley adorned with some of the region's most prestigious peaks. The mid-morning vistas are truly spectacular and awe-inspiring. Our journey leads us forward to Tagnak (4,140m), our haven for the next two nights. Here, we'll have the privilege of witnessing the sun gracefully setting behind the majestic Mera Peak massif, a sight that promises to be truly magnificent and unforgettable. Our adventure continues to unfold, painting a vivid tapestry of natural wonders and unparalleled views.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +745 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -70 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10 Acclimatization day

    Today marks an acclimatization day in Tangnang, a well-deserved break that encourages us to stay active for the upcoming adventures. While it's a rest day, we won't be idle. After breakfast, we embark on a 3-hour hike to Charpate Himal Glacier. Traditional Sherpas revere this glacier, which the Sherpa community holds in high regard, and is located close to Tangnang. Here, we'll be treated to a close and captivating view of Mera North, an outstanding sight to behold. After a pleasant hour-long descent, we'll return to our camp at Thangnang. This active day ensures we're prepared for the exciting experiences that await us.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -800 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Tagnak to Khare (4,940m)

    Continuing our trek, we follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier, leading us to the picturesque Dig Kharka. This vantage point treats us to breathtaking views of the majestic Charpate Himal. The trail gradually climbs through moraines, eventually reaching the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers. As we ascend further, the terrain becomes steeper, and we find our campsite at Khare, a place that promises an unforgettable camping experience. The beauty of the north face of Mera Peak, visible from our campsite, leaves us in awe. This magical evening at Khare is one we'll cherish for a lifetime. Overnight, we rest in anticipation of the grand adventure that lies ahead.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +620 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -35 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12 Acclimatization and pre-climb training

    Today's focus is on skill-building as we engage in practice sessions for crampon use, jumaring, ice axe and rope techniques, and self-arrest. To prepare for the upcoming challenges, we ascend to the base of the Mera Glacier, tackling a steep ridge that will be part of our trail to the Mera La Pass. The experience provides us with valuable insights and confidence for the days to come. After a quick briefing, we take time to rest and recharge, ensuring we are fully prepared for the exciting adventure that awaits us tomorrow. This day's preparation and learning will play a crucial role in our safe and successful ascent of Mera Peak.

    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13 Khare to Mera La (5,410m)

    With our newly acquired crampon and ice axe skills, we embark on our ascent, climbing the glacial ridge once again and making our way onto the back of the Mera Glacier. Crossing the glacier with the help of ropes, we continue our journey along the rocky trail toward the peak of Mera La. As the day draws to a close, we find a campsite just below the peak to spend the evening. The panoramic views that greet us, stretching to Kangchenjunga, are truly striking. As the sun sets, we settle in for a well-deserved night's rest, grateful for the remarkable experiences and breathtaking sights of our journey so far.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +565 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -125 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14 Mera La to Mera High Camp (5,800m)

    Today is an unforgettable day, offering unparalleled views that will remain etched in our memories. As we ascend, the majestic peaks of Kanchanjunga, Chamlang, Makalu, and Baruntse unfold before us to the east, while Ama-Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega grace us with their presence to the west. Climbing the Mera glacier leads us to the rocky outcrop of the high camp, where an extraordinary sight awaits. To the north, the majestic faces of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse rise, leaving us in awe of their grandeur. This high camp boasts one of the most unique and captivating viewpoints in the entire Himalayas. As the day comes to a close, we eagerly anticipate a sunset that may surpass all previous sunsets, adding a perfect touch to this remarkable journey.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +455 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -20 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15 Summit Mera Peak (6,476m). Back to Khare (4,940m)

    This is indeed a significant day. The day begins early, around 2:30 am, with a quick breakfast as we prepare for the remarkable journey to the summit. If the group is well-acclimatized, reaching the summit of Mera Central usually takes around 4-6 hours. From the summit, a breathtaking panorama unfolds, showcasing the majestic peaks of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7,129m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,779m), and several other towering peaks above six thousand meters.

    Walking duration: 12-14 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +690 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,500 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    Having achieved the summit, we retrace our steps back to the high camp. After a rest, accompanied by comforting hot soups or tea, we descend further to Khare, where we rest for the night. While this day is undeniably long, its inspirational impact is immeasurable. The challenges overcome and the vistas witnessed make it a day to be cherished and remembered throughout our lives.

  • 16 Khare to Kothe (3,840m)

    Following our triumphant Mera Peak expedition, we begin our descent through the captivating Hinku valley, relishing in the sweeping panoramic vistas of the Himalayan valley and its majestic peaks. Our journey takes us to Kothey, where we spend the night amidst the serene beauty of the surroundings. As the evening unfolds, we unwind and relax, indulging in a leisurely atmosphere. Whether it's savoring local wines or enjoying your personal preferences, our camp at Gothey offers a tranquil backdrop for a well-deserved and enjoyable evening.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +50 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,300 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17 Khote to Chetera (4,100m)

    Having conquered Mera Peak, we continue our journey, traversing the open hillsides to the west of the Hinku River, maintaining our higher elevation as we head towards Chetera (4,100m) for the night. The path leads us along steep and winding rocky trails, alternately ascending and descending through vibrant rhododendron forests teeming with life. This picturesque route offers a blend of challenges and natural beauty, making our way to our evening's destination in Chetera. The day's adventure invites us to embrace the diverse terrain and immerse ourselves in the captivating surroundings.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,050 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -250 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18 Chetera to Lukla (2,840m)

    Today presents a challenging and rewarding journey as we tackle a steep and extended ascent towards the Zatrawa La pass (4,580m), which will eventually lead us back to Lukla. En route, we'll navigate the rocky terrain of the Zatr Og before embarking on a steep descent into the Dudh Kosi valley, a region inhabited by the Sherpa community. As we make our way, Mera's distant vistas will bid us farewell. By late afternoon, we arrive in Lukla (2,840m), where we'll spend the night reveling in a celebration of our trek's accomplishments. This day's adventure encapsulates the essence of our journey – a mix of determination, breathtaking landscapes, and the satisfaction of reaching our goal.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,785 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 19 By a Private Helicopter: LUKLA – KATHMANDU and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, we'll take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. To avoid any potential weather-related delays, we'll be traveling via private helicopter, which will offer a scenic flight of approximately 35 minutes. This will give you one last opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains you've recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel, and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you wish.

    Flight Duration: 30 minutes    | Transfer: 25-30 min   | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 20 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 21 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off on a private vehicle.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu with English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel: 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing a room on the BB plan.
  • Completely lodges trekking, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking period.
  • Comfortable twin-sharing tented accommodation with all necessary camping and kitchen equipment, availability of mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, tables, chairs, and more.
  • Appropriate high-altitude food for all climbing crew at base camp and higher altitudes, as required.Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes during the climbing period.
  • Permit: Climbing permit for Mera Peak, Makalu-Barun National Park, and TIMS Card entrance fees.
  • Climbing equipment charges for a climbing guide to ensure professional guidance and safety.
  • All the monuments and entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Private Helicopter: Kathmandu to Lukla, and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Trekking Staff: Highly experienced, trained, and government-licensed mountain guide, assistant guide, and porter (1:1 porter), including daily wages and accommodation.
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Accident, medical, and helicopter insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and official charges.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance costs: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • A garbage deposit for Mera Peak is required, and it will be refunded upon proper waste disposal as per guidelines.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure are not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking and climbing staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: The trekkers themselves are responsible for covering any additional costs resulting from unanticipated events like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather, landslides, or other natural calamities.

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Mera Peak, situated in the Solukhumbu district within Nepal's Makalu-Barun National Park, stands at an impressive 6,476 meters above sea level, making it one of the Himalayas' highest trekking peaks. Its accessibility and moderate technical difficulty appeal to both experienced climbers and adventurous trekkers seeking high-altitude mountaineering experiences. The journey to Mera Peak offers breathtaking views of renowned peaks such as Everest and Lhotse. Climbing this peak involves a multi-day trek to the base camp, followed by a gradual ascent to the high camp before reaching the summit. With basic mountaineering skills and equipment required, Mera Peak serves as an excellent introduction to high-altitude climbing. The sense of accomplishment upon conquering the summit and the awe-inspiring scenery make it a treasured experience for all adventurers.

While prior climbing experience is not strictly necessary to attempt Mera Peak, having some level of mountaineering or trekking experience can significantly enhance your chances of a successful and enjoyable ascent. Mera Peak is considered suitable for climbers with varying levels of expertise, including beginners who are physically fit and determined to learn. The climb involves challenges such as navigating glaciers, snow, and high altitude, making basic mountaineering skills like using crampons, ice axe, and rope work essential. Physical fitness, mental preparedness, and acclimatization are also important. Many climbers opt for pre-trip training and guided expeditions with experienced local guides to ensure safety and success. Ultimately, adequate preparation and knowledge contribute to a more rewarding Mera Peak climbing experience.

The duration of a Mera Peak climbing expedition varies based on factors like itinerary, weather, acclimatization, and route. Typically spanning 18 to 21 days, including trekking and climbing, the journey encompasses gradual altitude adjustment during the trek to Base Camp. Climbers rest, acclimatize, and receive basic mountaineering training before ascending from Base Camp to High Camp, culminating in the summit push. Afterward, descent to Base Camp is followed by the return trek to Lukla. Certain expeditions may extend for better acclimatization, rest, or weather contingencies. Customization options for extra exploration or acclimatization days are available. It's advisable to review the specific itinerary, communicate preferences, and coordinate with the trekking agency or guide for a safe and successful Mera Peak adventure.

The best time to climb Mera Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons, which provide the most favorable weather and climbing conditions. The recommended months for a Mera Peak climbing expedition are generally:

  • Spring (Pre-Monsoon): March to May - This is a popular season due to stable weather, clear skies, and mild temperatures. The snow conditions are generally good for climbing, and the mountain is less crowded compared to the autumn season. The views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks are stunning during this time.
  • Autumn (Post-Monsoon): September to November - Another excellent window for climbing, with clear skies, stable weather, and pleasant temperatures. The trails are dry, and the landscapes are vibrant after the monsoon rains. This is also a busy season for trekking and climbing, so expect more fellow climbers on the route.

During these peak seasons, the chances of clear views, stable weather, and manageable climbing conditions are higher. However, it's essential to keep in mind that weather can still be unpredictable in the mountains, and occasional variations can occur even during the best times.

Climbing Mera Peak during the winter (December to February) can be challenging due to extremely cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings frequent rain and poor visibility, making climbing conditions less favorable. Before planning your Mera Peak climbing expedition, it's recommended to check with experienced trekking agencies, guides, or reliable sources for the most up-to-date weather and route information.

Yes, that is indeed accurate. Climbers who wish to ascend Mera Peak in Nepal are required to obtain a climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Along with the climbing permit, they also need to acquire a Makalu-Barun National Park entry permit, as Mera Peak is located within the boundaries of Makalu-Barin National Park. Furthermore, climbers are also required to have a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which is a registration card designed for trekkers and climbers to keep track of their movements in the region. These permits and cards are essential for legal and administrative purposes and aid in supporting the management and conservation efforts in the area.

Climbing Mera Peak requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance, as the expedition involves trekking through challenging terrains and dealing with high altitudes. While prior climbing experience is not mandatory, being in good physical shape can greatly enhance your chances of a successful ascent and a more enjoyable experience. Key aspects of physical fitness needed for Mera Peak climbing include:

  • Cardiovascular Endurance: Climbers should have good cardiovascular fitness to cope with long and strenuous trekking days at high altitudes. Regular aerobic exercises like running, hiking, or cycling can help improve cardiovascular endurance.
  • Strength and Stamina: Trekking to Mera Peak Base Camp and climbing to the summit require strength and stamina. Strengthening exercises targeting the legs, core, and upper body can be beneficial.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: Climbers must be prepared to adapt to the changing altitude. Acclimatization hikes during the expedition help the body adjust to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations.
  • Mental Preparedness: Climbing at high altitudes can be mentally challenging. Having a positive mindset, determination, and the ability to cope with potential difficulties are essential for a successful climb.

Before attempting Mera Peak, it's recommended to engage in a pre-expedition training regimen to improve physical fitness and endurance. Additionally, consulting with a healthcare professional before embarking on the climb is advised to ensure that there are no underlying health concerns that could affect your ability to climb at high altitudes. Joining guided expeditions with experienced leaders and support staff can also help climbers with the necessary training and guidance throughout the journey.

Yes, there are altitude-related risks associated with climbing Mera Peak, as with any high-altitude trek or climb in the Himalayas. It's important to be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and successful ascent.

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): This is a common altitude-related condition that can affect climbers as they ascend to higher elevations. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. It's crucial to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and allowing your body time to adjust to the altitude. Drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol, and following a slow ascent rate can help mitigate the risk of AMS.
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): These are severe forms of altitude sickness that can be life-threatening. HAPE affects the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing and coughing up pink or frothy sputum. HACE affects the brain and can lead to confusion, loss of coordination, and unconsciousness. Immediate descent to lower altitudes is the only effective treatment for these conditions.
  • Cold-related Injuries: At high altitudes, temperatures can drop significantly, especially during the night. Frostbite and hypothermia are real risks, so it's crucial to dress in layers and carry appropriate gear to stay warm.
  • Exhaustion and Fatigue: Long trekking days and the physical demands of climbing can lead to exhaustion and fatigue. Proper training, pacing yourself, and getting adequate rest are important to prevent overexertion.
  • Altitude-related Illness Prevention:Adequate hydration, a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and taking rest days for acclimatization are key to preventing altitude-related illnesses. It's also important to listen to your body and be prepared to turn back or descend if you experience severe symptoms.

Joining a guided expedition with experienced guides who are familiar with altitude-related risks and safety protocols is highly recommended. They can monitor your health, provide guidance on acclimatization, and take appropriate actions in case of emergencies. Pre-trip training, proper gear, and a thorough understanding of altitude-related risks are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable Mera Peak climbing experience.

Mera Peak climbing is considered to be moderately technically challenging compared to some other higher peaks in the region, making it a suitable choice for climbers with varying levels of experience. While it does involve some technical aspects, it does not require advanced mountaineering skills or extensive technical climbing equipment like ropes, harnesses, and protection. The primary challenges of Mera Peak climbing include:

  • Altitude: The main challenge is dealing with the high altitude. Climbers must acclimatize properly to reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Altitude sickness can affect individuals regardless of their climbing experience.
    • Glacier Crossing: The climb involves navigating glaciers, which may require the use of crampons and an ice axe. Basic training in glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques is recommended.
    • Snow and Ice: Climbers should be comfortable walking on snow and ice. The route may include sections of steep snow slopes that require careful ascent and descent.
    • Physical Endurance: Mera Peak climbing involves multiple days of trekking, including steep ascents and long days on the trail. A good level of physical fitness and endurance is essential.
    • Weather Conditions: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable and change rapidly. Climbers must be prepared for varying weather conditions, including cold temperatures and strong winds.

    While Mera Peak climbing is achievable for climbers with basic mountaineering skills and physical fitness, it's important to receive proper training and guidance before attempting the climb. Many climbers choose to join guided expeditions led by experienced local guides who provide instruction, and support, and ensure safety throughout the journey. With the right preparation and a cautious approach, Mera Peak can be a rewarding and manageable climbing experience for those with determination and a sense of adventure.

    Mera Peak climbing requires specialized equipment to ensure climbers' safety and success in challenging environments. While the specific gear may vary depending on the peak's difficulty and altitude, here is a general list of essential equipment for peak climbing:

    • Climbing Helmet: Protects the head from falling debris and potential impacts during the climb.
    • Climbing Harness: Used with ropes to secure climbers during technical sections and for glacier travel.
    • Climbing Rope: Dynamic and static ropes are used for belaying, rappelling, and securing climbers.
    • Crampons: Metal spikes that attach to mountaineering boots, providing traction on icy surfaces.
    • Ice Axe: Essential for self-arresting during slips and for stability on steep snow and ice slopes.
    • Carabiners and Quickdraws: Used to connect ropes, slings, and other gear for anchoring and protection.
    • Prusik Cord: Used for ascending the rope in a self-rescue situation.
    • Snow Pickets or Ice Screws: Anchors that provide protection on snow and ice.
    • Mountaineering Boots: Sturdy and insulated boots designed for technical climbing and to handle cold conditions.
    • Gaiters: Protect lower legs and boots from snow and debris.
    • Climbing Gloves: Insulated and dexterous gloves for handling equipment and maintaining warmth.
    • Layered Clothing: Including base layers, insulating layers, and waterproof and windproof outer layers.
    • Sunglasses and Goggles: Essential for eye protection against snow blindness and glare.
    • Headlamp: Necessary for early morning or late-night starts and for navigating in low light.
    • Backpack: Large enough to carry personal gear, food, and water.
    • Sleeping Bag: Rated for the expected temperatures during the climb.
    • Sleeping Pad: Insulated to provide comfort and warmth during the nights.
    • Trekking Poles: For added stability during approaches and descents.
    • High-altitude Medications: As advised by medical professionals to cope with altitude-related challenges.
    • Personal Climbing Gear: Including ascenders, descenders, and any specialized equipment needed for the specific peak.

    It's crucial for climbers to be familiar with the gear and undergo proper training before attempting peak climbing. Experienced guides or mountaineering schools can provide valuable guidance on equipment selection, usage, and climbing techniques, contributing to a safe and successful climbing experience.

    Travel insurance is a necessity for Mera Peak climbing and similar high-altitude expeditions, with comprehensive coverage for mountaineering activities, high-altitude trekking, and emergency medical evacuation strongly recommended. Given the inherent risks and challenges of the climb, travel insurance offers financial protection and peace of mind for any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the journey.

    • Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical treatment and evacuation in case of injury or illness during the climb.
    • Emergency Evacuation: Coverage for helicopter rescue or other emergency transportation to the nearest medical facility if needed.
    • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Coverage in case you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
    • Lost or Delayed Baggage: Coverage for the loss, theft, or delay of your personal belongings and climbing equipment.
    • Adventure Sports Coverage: Ensure that the insurance specifically covers mountaineering and high-altitude trekking.

    When getting travel insurance for Mera Peak climbing or similar high-altitude expeditions, it's crucial to thoroughly examine the policy to confirm it meets the specific requirements and adequately covers all activities and altitudes involved. Furthermore, disclosing any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider is vital, as it can affect the eligibility for coverage. Having travel insurance not only offers financial protection but also guarantees access to timely and appropriate medical care and support in case of emergencies during the climb. It is a responsible and essential step in preparing for any high-altitude adventure.

    Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

    Expedition Manager/Guide: Our Mera Peak Climbing will be led by an experienced and skilled professional in the climbing industry, who has successfully conquered various trekking peaks in Nepal.

    4:1 Sherpa to client ratio on summit day: Our team includes Sherpa guides who have achieved previous summits and possess extensive expertise in high-altitude expeditions. For the summit day, we maintain a favorable 4:1 Sherpa guide-to-client ratio. Each of our Sherpa guides boasts considerable experience in scaling high-altitude peaks.

    We prioritize small group sizes to ensure efficient coordination and cooperation, particularly during high-altitude climbing. Our Trekking peak climbing expeditions comprise a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 climbers in one group. This approach allows for personalized attention, better communication, and enhanced safety during the adventure.

    As part of the requirements for high-altitude climbing, our Mountain Guides receive compensation for their services, which includes equipment allowance, daily wages, food, and insurance coverage. Additionally, there is a Summit bonus provided as Tips, following the Mountaineering system, to motivate and encourage the Mountain Guides in their efforts towards a successful summit bid. The specified amount for the Summit bonus is detailed in each mountain program, ensuring transparency and general information for our clients.

    During tea house trekking, you'll have breakfast and dinner at the guesthouses or lodges, while lunch will be at trailside restaurants. The traditional Nepali meal "Dal Bhat Tarkari" (rice, curry, and lentil soup) is commonly served at these places. However, guesthouses also offer a variety of other food items like rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups, with some even having Western options. Soft drinks, snacks, wine, and beer are available at most guesthouses and trailside restaurants. Food safety is a top priority, and we select the cleanest and most hygienically-kept hotels for our routes. During camping, our cook prepares the food based on your preferences, and we shop for the required items before the trip.

    If you have specific dietary requirements, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us when booking the trip. Our teams will do their best to accommodate your requests, but due to local constraints, we may not always guarantee a wide variety of alternative menus. For strenuous trips, we recommend planning for additional groceries like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates to ensure sufficient caloric intake.

    During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

    Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

    • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
    • Helicopter flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu (flights subject to climatic and operational hazards).

    We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

    In Kathmandu, your accommodation will be arranged at a locally recognized three-star hotel, featuring double rooms. During the trekking, we provide accommodations at guest houses and lodges, particularly in key trekking regions. These guest houses and lodges offer running hot and cold water amenities, and private rooms are readily available. While private rooms are a common feature, it's important to note that bathroom facilities are often shared. Drawing upon our extensive experience in the trekking domain gained over numerous years of organizing diverse treks in Nepal, we assure you of our meticulous selection process. We choose guest houses and lodges that are meticulously maintained, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene. These establishments are known for their amicable ambiance and exceptional vistas.

    Upon reaching the base camp, the arrangement transitions to full board camping. Our camping setup is comprehensive and well-supported by a team of proficient guides, skilled cooks, capable Sherpas, and diligent porters who accompany you throughout. The porters are responsible for carrying trekking equipment, food supplies, fuel, and personal belongings. Our adept cooks diligently prepare nourishing hot meals. When the sun sets, we provide well-equipped tents for dining, sleeping, and ablutions. These tents are thoughtfully furnished with comfortable mattresses, cozy down-filled sleeping bags, tables, and seating arrangements.

    A typical day on a camping trek commences at around 6 or 7 AM, with a rejuvenating cup of hot tea to invigorate you. Following this, a bowl of warm water is provided for your washing needs. Breakfast is then served, setting you up for the day ahead. The trek usually gets underway between 7:30 and 8 AM. Trekkers have the flexibility to pace themselves, allowing for pauses and sightseeing along the route. The morning walk typically culminates at the lunch spot after approximately 3 hours. Here, you'll be treated to a hearty, hot lunch.

    In the afternoon, you'll continue your journey for another 3 to 4 hours, arriving at the next campsite around 4 or 5 PM. Tea and snacks are thoughtfully served to invigorate you while our dedicated staff prepares the camp. Dinner is typically served around 6 or 7 PM in the well-appointed dining tent, illuminated by lanterns, and thoughtfully furnished for your comfort.

    Porters will be responsible for carrying your baggage, which will not be accessible to you during the course of the day. To ensure your convenience, it is recommended that you pack all your essential items for the day in your daypack. This typically includes warm clothing, a water bottle, camera equipment, sunscreen, lip balm, and other similar necessities. Your guide will provide you with information each evening about any additional items that may be required for the upcoming day's activities. With a well-designed and comfortable daypack, your load will only amount to a few kilograms, making it hardly noticeable and allowing you to fully enjoy your trekking experience.

    To do a Trekking Peak expedition in Nepal, it is vital to have prior experience with high-altitude trekking and a basic understanding of climbing. Previous ascents of peaks above 4,000 meters or traversing passes at 5,500 meters are expected. Equally important are fierce determination, strong mental health, and a burning desire to conquer the mountain. Adequate preparation is required to handle challenges like high altitude sickness, harsh weather, and exhaustion. Being familiar with climbing equipment, walking on snow and ice, and maintaining good physical fitness are necessary. Proficiency in rope skills, ice axe arrest, crampon techniques, the use of ascenders (Jumar) and descenders, and harness usage are essential for a successful expedition.

    Prior to booking, it is mandatory for clients to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that may impact their ability to travel or require medical attention during the trip. Failure to disclose such conditions and subsequent cancellation will incur a 100% cancellation fee for the client.

    Mera Peak Climbing typically involves daily walks lasting 3-8 hours, sometimes even up to 8-10 hours, especially in high passes. Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends preparing with approximately 12 km of walking or jogging exercise each day for at least three months before the expedition. This training ensures participants can endure physically demanding conditions at high altitudes and in remote areas for extended periods. Success and enjoyment on the climb require strong willpower, the ability to withstand harsh conditions, excellent fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses, and it is essential to consult a doctor for vaccinations and other health requirements for the trip. Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking.

    Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

    Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

    Participation in a Mera Peak Climbing expedition necessitates:

    • Extensive Mountaineering Experience: A considerable background in mountaineering.
    • Team Dynamics: Adaptation within the team and with Sherpa staff.
    • Himalayan Trekking: High and demanding trekking experiences in the Himalayas.
    • Self-Control and Safety: Being accountable for personal control and safety.
    • Mental and Physical Fitness: Robust mental and physical well-being.
    • Chosen Route: Selection between Nepal or Tibet side.
    • Weather and Temperature: Awareness of weather conditions and temperatures.
    • Physical Condition: Adequate physical conditioning.
    • Climbing Skills: Proficiency in mountaineering techniques.
    • High Altitude: Consideration for high altitude sickness.
    • Clothing and Gear: Proper clothing and equipment.
    • Experienced Guides: Presence of skilled climbing guides.

    Kindly brings a comfortable medium-sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. Special items such as sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu as well. But highly recommend bringing it from your own country.

      Climbing Gear
    • Ice Axe: Bring a lightweight axe with a pick that will stick easily in hard glacier ice. Attach a lightweight wrist leash that is usable for climbing steeper terrain.
    • Crampons: These must be sharp and must fit your boot perfectly.
    • Harness: Make sure the buckle is easy for you to thread in cold conditions! Gear loops will be useful for this trip as well as adjustable leg loops.
    • Helmet: Be sure you can comfortably fit a warm hat underneath.
    • Hardware: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. It is helpful if at least one of the locking carabiners has a "key gate", like the Petzl Attaché. Bring one handled ascender and one Petzl Tibloc for ascending the fixed rope. You will need rigging material--two sewn 48" nylon slings and 10' of 8 mm perlon should be sufficient. Also, include one small 5 mm prusik loop (about 4 feet of cord tied with a double fisherman's knot) for a rappel backup. For rappelling the Black Diamond ATC Guide is good since it can handle ropes from 7.7mm to 11mm. Figure 8 is an old standby and works on a variety of ropes and also icy ropes. While it twists the ropes more, it is quite foolproof. You might consider both, in case you drop one of them and lose it. Our guide has an Ice tool, Ice screws, carbineers, Locking carabineers, Short-5- millimeter accessory cords, and Slings.
    • Others Accessories
    • Headlamp: Bring a good LED headlamp with 2 sets of lithium batteries for cold conditions.
    • Water Bottles: 2 wide mouth plastic water bottles with insulated covers. A small Thermos bottle is great for cold mornings. Bring a pee bottle too.
    • Water purification: Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua or similar) or iodine crystals (Polar Pure). One bottle of Potable Aqua (enough to treat 25 liters) should be more than sufficient.
    • Utensils: Bring an insulated mug with a lid, a decent-sized bowl, a spoon, a pocket knife, and a lighter.
    • Backpack: Climbing Backpack: Medium-size internal frame pack (60-liter capacity). Look for a pack that is comfortable to carry, very durable, as light as is reasonable, and has a minimum number of bells and whistles.
    • Sleeping Bag: Bring a sleeping bag comfortable to -20. Down is lighter and much more compressible. Be sure to bring a compression stuff sack. Keep in mind that many of your nights will be much warmer than -20, especially on the trek into base camp.
    • Sleeping Mats: A stuff sack helps prevent punctures.
    • Footwear
    • Double Climbing Boots with expedition liners: Make sure your crampons can be adjusted to fit them!
    • Approach boots: Which will work on the trek and approach to Camp 1, and even up to Camp 2 if conditions warrant.
    • Gaiters and Yaktrax or Kahtoola Microspikes in case of snow.
    • Socks: Three/Four sets of climbing socks.
    • Climbing Clothing
    • Insulated Parka: Heavyweight insulated expedition parka with hood.
    • Jacket: Lightweight waterproof-breathable construction with a hood.
    • Pants: Lightweight waterproof-breathable shell pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers. ALSO very useful are synthetic insulation full-zip pants, for example, Mountain Hardwar Compressor Pants--for evenings and cold summit days.
    • Mid Layers: Fleece or Soft Shell layering pieces that work well with the rest of your clothing. A Soft Shell jacket and an expedition-weight long-john top will work well.
    • Climbing Pants: Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials. The fabric should be a breathable synthetic that preferably holds up to abrasion.
    • Base Layers: - 2 synthetic tops and 1 bottom. Zip-neck tops are the way to go.
    • Mittens: Fleece mittens with an over mitten. Nothing competes with a mitten for warmth when the going got tough.
    • Ski Gloves: A warm insulated glove with leather palm will be worn a lot of the time.
    • Light Gloves: Polypropylene or fleece. Leather palms handle the fixed line better.
    • Leather gloves or good abrasion-resistant climbing gloves for the rock sections.
    • Stocking Hat: Wool or fleece stocking hat with ear protection.
    • Neck Gaiter and/or a Buff (highly recommended).
    • Baseball hat and Bandana.
    • Personal Accessories
    • Eyewear: Bring good sunglasses with side protection. For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions. The ski goggles are essential for all climbers in really stormy conditions and can serve as an emergency backup for broken or lost sunglasses.
    • Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Lens solutions are not widely available in Nepal, bringing enough for the duration.
    • Wrist Watch: With alarm and night light. An altimeter watch is useful.
    • First Aid: Hand sanitizer (Purell), moleskin or Compete, athletic tape, aspirin (some climbers take a baby aspirin every day up high) and/or ibuprofen/acetaminophen, Imodium, Band-Aids, antacid, insect repellant, ear plugs, and two rolls of toilet paper in quart Ziploc bags (we will have a supply at Base Camp), small towel, soap/shampoo.
    • Prescription Medications: Antibiotic for upper respiratory problems, Antibiotic for GI problems, Diamox for acclimatization (125 mg tabs recommended; enough for a week or more), Tylenol 3 or similar for severe headaches, Asthma medication, if any history.
    • Skin Care: Sun block lotion (at least #30 protection factor -- have at least one smaller tube (1 oz) that can fit in your pocket) and lip salve. Put your lip protection on a string and hang it from your neck. That way you'll use it. It also works great for your nose.
    • Garbage Bags: 2 or 3 large plastic bags make great liners for your pack in wet weather.
    • Personal Snack Food: The food is great on the trek but you might enjoy a few snacks (not more than 5 pounds) from home and also some drink mixes if you like these to add to your water bottle (let the iodine have 30 minutes contact time before adding). Summit climbers should bring some high-altitude snacks they prefer for hard days.
    • MP3 Player and Books: Plan on sharing books with the Base Camp Library.
    • Pee Bottle
    • Chemical Hand Warmers
    • Trekking Gear
    • Trekking Poles: Poles come in handy for balance and easing impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack and fit into your duffel.
    • Backpack: You may choose to bring a smaller "daypack" for your airline travel carry-on, and this can be used on the trek if you want to carry a smaller (35 liter or so), light trekking pack. You need a pack big enough for your clothes, water, camera, food, etc during the day.
    • Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your trekking pack.
    • Trekking Clothes: Light hiking pants and/or hiking shorts for warm weather down low- NOT cotton. Shirts for hiking on nice days (t-shirts OK, quick-drying synthetic fabric is better.) Don't overdo your trekking clothes. A pair of shorts, long pants, and a couple of shirts will do. Some pair of Socks, Underpants/panties/Bra, Belt, Skirt, one set Sport sandals, and Trousers, You can hand wash them during the trek as needed.
    • Lightweight Approach Boots: Find a pair that fits and log some miles in them before your trip. A low-cut shoe is adequate, but some hikers will prefer more ankle support.
    • Sleeping Bag: Climbers will make do with their expedition bag; trekkers only can get by with a lighter bag rated to -10.
    • Sleeping Pad or Thermarest: -one light one is sufficient, you will be provided a thick open cell foam "trekking mattress" (recommend only for camping trek).
    • Travel Items
    • Duffel Bags: We normally pack all our equipment in two large duffel bags. Make sure they are well labeled with indelible ink as well as a travel tag. The duffels go on the trek/climb with you and will be carried by porters and yaks. Expect them to get wet and muddy, so rugged, waterproof duffels are good. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters and yaks don't like to carry them, so don't bring wheeled bags (or at least not two of them). You will also store some travel clothes at the hotel in Kathmandu while trekking, so a small additional bag with a lock might be handy. Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
    • Daypack: A smaller rucksack makes a great carry-on bag for your flight and is useful during the trek.
    • Travel Wallet: Some type of secure travel wallet is a must. Remember a pen for travel documents.
    • Passport: (valid for at least 6 months), It is easy to get your Nepal visa on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport bring a passport photo. Bring a copy of the information pages and a couple of extra passport photographs. Carry these in a separate location. You'll be glad you did if you ever lose a passport.
    • Camera: with spare batteries, and film or memory cards, but keep it reasonable in size and weight. Consider a small USB drive to make it easy to share photos with your teammates.
    • Bathing Suit: Towel, Toothpaste, brush, floss, mini hair brush, razor, soap, a mini bottle of shampoo, travel mirror, nail clippers, etc.

    Expedition participants are required to submit their passport copies, passport-sized photographs, health certificates, and personal bio-data for trekking permits prior to their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either through mail or by utilizing a post box. Please ensure that you include the following:

    • A clear copy of your passport.
    • A passport-sized photograph of yourself.
    • A valid health certificate.
    • Your personal bio-data.

    Kindly arrange to provide these documents at your earliest convenience to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free process.

    Ethic Himalaya is well-prepared to handle emergencies during treks and expeditions. Their trained guides maintain direct communication with their main office in Kathmandu regularly. It is mandatory for clients to have their own insurance to address potential emergencies, and the company's staff is also covered. In extreme cases requiring urgent helicopter evacuation between 5,000m to 6,000m, they can arrange a rescue, possibly covered by insurance. For climbing weather forecasts, they recommend reputable sources like Meteo Swiss or Austrian ones and offer assistance with communication. To enhance trip security, they strongly advise trip cancellation and air ambulance/helicopter rescue insurance, ensuring policies cover the activities involved. Carrying proof of insurance is essential, as failure to provide valid documentation may affect participation without refund. Adequate insurance, including emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue coverage, ensures expedition safety.

    If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

    All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

    • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
    • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
    • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.

    For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

    The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

    Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

    After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

    To secure your booking for Nepal Trips, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

    For trekking, tours, climbing, expeditions, or any other trips in Nepal, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

    We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

    Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

    • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
    • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
    • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
    • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
    • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
    • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

    We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

    If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

    Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

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