Makalu Barun, Nepal
Trip Grade
Autumn, Spring, summer, winter
Best Time
Min: 2, Max: 10+, single
Group Size

Climbing the technically straightforward -Mera peak following the least trodden route of the Everest region entering the incredible Hinku Valley.


Mera Peak (6476 m) is the most popular and the highest trekking peak of Nepal that fascinates the spectacular views of peaks over 6000 m including the highest peak Mt. Everest (8848m) piercing the skyline. This technically straightforward Mera Peak Climbing is outstanding for those who wish to experience true mountaineering in Nepal. Passing some crevasses to maneuver around, the route can be long and demanding with the snowfall.

Taking a thrilling Lukla flight, the route will enter the isolated Hinku valley of Makalu Barun National Park enjoying the less trodden route to the Mera peak. Standing to the south of Mt. Everest, Mera Peak provides the 360-degree panoramic views of 5 world’s highest mountains over 8000m: Mount Everest(8848m), Kangchenjunga(8586m), Lhotse(8516m), Makalu(8485m) and Cho Oyu(8201m) as well as many other peaks of Khumbu Region.

Our Mera Peak Climbing itinerary allows sufficient time for proper acclimatization making a comfortable ascent of this physically challenging climbing. Even the first-timers who have no experience of mountaineering could summit the peak following the instruction given by our experienced climbing Sherpas. We also provide some basic mountaineering training like how to use ropes, crampons, and other necessary pre-climbing training before the summit day.

Best Time to Climb Mera Peak-  Spring (March, April, and May) & Autumn (September, October, November).

Outline Itinenary:

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Meal: Dinner)
Day 02: Option for Kathmandu Cultural Tour or Indoor Climbing Course in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Meal: Breakfast)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla & trek to Chutanga (Altitude: Chutanga: 3,450m/11,320 ft. Lukla: 2,800m/9,186 ft. Flight: 35 min Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 04: Trek to Tuli Kharka via Zatrwa La (Altitude: Tuli Kharka: 4,250m/13,944ft. Zatrwa la: 4600 m/14720 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 05: Trek to Gothey (Altitude: 3600m/11,812ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 06: Trek to Thagnag (Altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Thagnag (Altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft. Meal: BLD)
Day 08: Trek to Khare (Altitude: 5,025m/16,486ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 09: Ice climbing practice near Khare (Altitude: 5,025m/16,486ft. Meal: BLD)
Day 10: Trek to Mera base camp (Altitude: Mera La : 5,415m/17,766ft. Base Camp: 5,350m/17,552ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 11: Climb to Mera high camp (Altitude: 5,750m/18,865ft. Trek: Meal: BLD)
Day 12: Summit day and descend to Khare (Altitude: 6476m/21,241ft. Trek: 8/9 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 13: Contingency Day
Day 14: Trek to Gothey (Altitude: 3600m/11,812ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 15: Trek to Tuli Kharka (Altitude: Tuli Kharka: 4,250m/13,944ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2,800m/9,186 ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Meal: B/D)
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Meal: Dinner)+

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day trip. In the evening, we, the Hiking Nepal will offer you a welcome dinner introducing Nepalese cuisine and culture.

Day 2: Option for Kathmandu Cultural Tour or Indoor Climbing Course in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft. Meal: Breakfast)+

After the long flight to Kathmandu, a day is spared to rest before the trek. Depending on your interest, today, we have the option of a day tour to Kathmandu Cultural Heritage site and another option is the indoor climbing.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla & trek to Chutanga (Altitude: Chutanga: 3,450m/11,320 ft. Lukla: 2,800m/9,186 ft. Flight: 35 min Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Wake up early morning and get ready after taking light breakfast for a short drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport to fly Lukla. It will be the scenic half an hour flight over the snowcapped mountains to one of the most electrifying high altitude airports, Lukla at an altitude 2900 m. Your guides and porters will accompany you here for the trek. Hence, the trekking adventure kicks off. It will be an easy trek walking towards east passing number of hamlets and wooden Yards taking you to a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron. You will make a steady progress on a good trail, crossing ridges and streams up to “Kharka”, the summer pasture used for grazing yaks. The whole area is called as Chutanga where you are spending your first night.

Day 4: Trek to Tuli Kharka via Zatrwa La (Altitude: Tuli Kharka: 4,250m/13,944ft. Zatrwa la: 4600 m/14720 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Begins the adventure trekking with a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu Valley with Hinku valley. With a steep climb up to a ridge, you will see the flattering colorful flags and the spot is called as Zatrwa la. Then, you will finally descend steeply to the Tuli Kharka. Spend overnight at Mountain lodge.

Day 5: Trek to Gothey (Altitude: 3600m/11,812ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

After breakfast, starts walking in a descending trail for a while and then crossing few ridges, you will walk steeply down to the Hinku River. Then, slightly ascending uphill will takes you to Gothey of Hinku valley. Here, you can see several seasonal lodges/teahouses for check-in. Spend time exploring the local lifestyle. Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Thagnag (Altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will walk along the Ridge of Hinku River in the shadow of Mera Peak. In the west bank of Hinku Drangka, lies Gondishung, where you will take lunch and rest for a while. Gondishung is a summer herders’ settlements. From here, you will pass an ancient Gompa- Lungsumgba Gompa, consider to be 200 years old. Tradition before heading from here is offering a Juniper incense to the shrine to ensure a successful ascend of Mera peak. From here, just a short walk will take you to the Thagnag. It is a pasture land for grazing Yak during summer. Spend Overnight at local lodge.

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Thagnag (Altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft. Meal: BLD)+

For further trek, you will require to be more technical. Hence, it will be the perfect time for proper acclimatization. Today, you will learn some climbing technique from the Guide and practice before heading to base camp. Take your time in practicing climbing with short hiking. You can go for hike to the huge moraine in the north of Tragnag. Explore the beautiful glacial lake- Sabal Tsho. Additionally, a cairn (5,270m/17,290ft) on the flanks of Kusum Kangguru can also be rewarding and beneficial for acclimatization. After hiking, retrace back to Thagnag for overnight stay.

Day 8: Trek to Khare (Altitude: 5,025m/16,486ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will move to the base camp of Mera peak towards east following the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to the pasture called as Dig Kharka. From here, you can click the fabulous view of Charpate Himal. You will follow rocky trail, and the lateral moraine up to the snout of Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers, then onwards, starts walking on the steeper trail until you reach to Khare for overnight stay in a camp.

Day 9: Ice climbing practice near Khare (Altitude: 5,025m/16,486ft. Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will engage in practicing ice climbing. After breakfast, get involve in preparing individual gear for ice climbing. Ice Climbing depends on the season and availability of ice; hence, in case of unavailable, you can hike around and rest at camp. Meantime, walking just a couple of hours from Khare, you will reach to a point from where, you can enjoy the clear view of Mera la and the route up to the mountain. Here, you can practice ice climbing. Follow the instruction of guide and practice for few hours in the glaciers. Then retrace back your to camp and make final preparation to summit Mera peak.

Day 10: Trek to Mera base camp (Altitude: Mera La : 5,415m/17,766ft. Base Camp: 5,350m/17,552ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will make your way to Mera Base Camp. It will be a very short trek letting you acclimatize. You will climb to the crest of the moraine to steep slope of scree or snow to reach a boulder strewn bowl below the lower tongue of the Mera Glacier. Reaching the pass Mera La, you can see the enjoy the surrounding, then descend for a while towards the Hongu side and set up base camp in the moraine below the ice where you will camp for overnight stay.

Day 11: Climb to Mera high camp (Altitude: 5,750m/18,865ft. Trek: Meal: BLD)+

You should be very much careful on your way to high camp. The trail can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses en-route. Making your way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by large cairn, you will set up high camp. It will be the final camp before ascending the peak. Let yourself refreshed with the outstanding view of mountain piercing the skyline. Your stay will be at high camp.

Day 12: Summit day and descend to Khare (Altitude: 6476m/21,241ft. Trek: 8/9 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Here comes the most awaited day of the entire trip. Today, you are going to summit Mera Peak. And you should wake up early at around 2 o’clock and get ready with crampons and rope. From High Camp, a well acclimatize group will summit peak in 3-4 hours. Just reaching at the peak, you can see the magnificent view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lubuche (6,145m), Chamlang (7,319m) and other mountains over 6 thousand meters. Taking some snap and enjoying the spectacular views of snowline, you will retrace your journey back to Khare after a while rest with some hot soup at high camp. Spend overnight at Khare.

Day 13: Contingency Day+

Weather in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable. Hence, it is good to take on contingency day considering unfavorable weather or any other obstructions that might delayed the group in climbing peak.  If the group summit the peak in the planned date and everything goes well, this day could be cut off from the itinerary.

Day 14: Trek to Gothey (Altitude: 3600m/11,812ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will descend through the Hinku valley to the Gothey on the same trail used earlier. Enjoying the surrounding you can celebrate the success with some local wines or the way you like to relax yourself. Spend overnight at lodge in Gothey.

Day 15: Trek to Tuli Kharka (Altitude: Tuli Kharka: 4,250m/13,944ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Begins climbing up through the lush forest of Rhodoneddron, Bamboo and Pine, on the west side of the Hinku valley to the Tuli kharka for your overnight stay.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2,800m/9,186 ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)+

Today, you will finally enter to the Lukla and is the last day of your trip. You will walk upwards from the Tulikharka to Zatrwa la top. Then onwards, you will walk all the way down to Lukla via Chutanga. On your arrival at Lukla, you will be accommodated in lodge. Take rest and make your evening wonderful spending your quality time with group and crew member celebrating your success. Spend overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Meal: B/D)+

You will board a plane back to Kathmandu. Arriving at Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel and rest of the day will be your leisure time. You can go for shopping, message, or rest at Hotel.  Evening time, we invite you for farewell dinner at authentic restaurant. You can share your experience, feedback us and give us a chance to make your evening a wonderful time. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)+

Now it’s a time to say good bye. You will be receive at Hotel to transfer you at the airport for your departure. Additionally, if you wish to spend some more days, you can let us know, we shall organize the services accordingly.

What is included

Airport transfer with an escort in a private vehicle

Fully catered camping trek during summit days

12/13 nights’ accommodation with meals at well and comfortable Mountain Lodge available en-route during the trek (Few nights’ at during trek with attached bathroom/toilets)

English speaking, First Aid and Eco-trained local trekking guide, Assistance guide as per the group size, porters (2:1)

Exclusive medical kit bag, Duffle Bag, Trekking T-shirt, Adventure Certificate

Equipment allowance for the guide

Mera peak climbing permit

Helicopter rescue, accidental medical insurance for Climbing Sherpa

3 nights’ accommodation at Tourist standard Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast

Domestic Airfare for the sector Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar etc.

Equipment clothing for porter & staffs

Insurance for all staff & porters

Applicable local and government taxes and VAT.

What is not included

Nepal Visa – (Cost- US$- 30 for 15 days & $- 50 for 30 days)

Lunch & evening meals while in Kathmandu

Travel insurance

Cost of personal nature expenses, Beverages (Mineral water or coca-cola), cost of extra meals, snacks, phones bills, Internet, WiFi, laundry, etc.

The cost incurred during emergencies, evacuations

Tips for Guide/porters/driver …

Any other expenses not included in “Service Includes”

Nepal Visa & Getting in to Nepal
All the foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) are required to display Visa while entering Nepal. Nepalese Visa can be obtained either at Nepalese Embassy of respective country or can be obtained during your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu or from the Nepal’s border entry point. However, certain nationals are requested to arrange Visa prior to arrival in Nepal. The listed countries are- Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia and cannot secure Nepalese Visa on arrival.

Requirements: Traveler should have a valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photos (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and Visa fees (either US$ or equivalent) mentioned as below:

    Visa Facility                       Duration               Fee

Multiple entry                        15 days                      US$ 30 or equivalent Nepalese currency

Multiple entry                        30 days                      US$ 50 or equivalent Nepalese currency

Multiple entry                        90 days                      US$ 125 or equivalent Nepalese currency

You can also download VISA form and fill up. Please go through the link as below:

Group Size:                                                                                                                                                                              

For group, we normally run with minimum 2 person to maximum 10 in our published group departure program. However, there is no barrier for a private trip. We can run a trip for single person and even more than 10 in a group. Normally for a group, we provide 1 main guide, 1 assistance guide along with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. Moreover, for every additional 2 trekkers, 1 more assistance and a porter will be provided making a team combination as follows:

Minimum to 2 PAX: 1 Guide and 1 porter
4-6 PAX: 1 guide, 1 assistance guide and 3 porter
7-10 PAX: 1 guide, 2 assistance guide and 4/5 Porter

Meals and accommodations
During your stay in Kathmandu, we accommodate you in 3 star category hotel in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Breakfast is included with room accommodation. Normally, based on your group size, you will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing basis. In case of single room stay in a group, you will require to pay single supplement charge mentioned in our trip cost. Also, if you wish to upgrade hotel accommodation, we can accommodate you in respective hotels with surcharge.

On your arrival in Kathmandu and a day before your departure for homeland, we Hiking Nepal Team will invite you for Welcome and Farewell dinner. You will be taken to an authentic restaurant serving Nepali Cuisine with some cultural Dance Show. For your other day’s meals, you can get hygienic restaurants providing verities of taste including continental, Chinese, Italian, Nepalese and many more.

Similarly, for your stay during trek, we shall accommodate you in local lodge available en-route. Normally, the rooms are basic and in a twin sharing basis. Some lodges offer shower system and hot water. For meals, you will be served sufficient hygienic food. Our service includes a full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee) based on lodge menu. Normally, for breakfast; porridge, cereals, toast or chapattis, omelets and a range of hot drinks are served. Likewise for Lunch and Dinner; you can taste some Nepalese food (esp. rice, lentils and curry), Sherpa food, Indian food, Italian Spaghetti, noodles, potatoes, even Pizza in some areas. It is obvious that you will receive fresh and organic food in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your breakfast and dinner will be served in lodge where you stay and lunch on the way during trek.

Trip Safety; our Guide and Supporting Team
Once, you confirm your trip, it is our responsibility to make your trip wonderful without creating any difficulties. Hence, we have prepared our itinerary in such a way that it will properly acclimatize you. Also, we request you in advance to have regular exercises and make habits to walk in a daily basis. Similarly, during trek, you will be fully guided by our professional trekking guides and supporting team. They are properly trained in regards to safety and first aid. Even, we have every set up in case of emergency such as high altitude medicine and Gammow Bag (High altitude Chamber bag). Please note High altitude Chamber Bag is used to provide heat in your body and it is available on certain cost. Moreover, to let you familiar with altitude, you are suggested to walk slow and steady and ensure for proper acclimatization.

For trekking, we provide local experienced guide speaking fluent English and familiar with the local routes, landscape, flora, fauna as well as culture, and tradition of certain areas and let you feel comfortable. We do not encourage for child labor, hence, our porter will be above 16 years that are living in the Himalayas of Nepal; as well as carries only 20-22 kg weight per porter. Normally, the guide and support teams are selected with proper analyzing of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. Our guides are well familiar with different societies of all caste and customs along the trail and share the insight culture with you that are not even noted in guide book.

To make our staffs more fluent and experienced, we consistently provide trainings. They have been participating in special training programs like Trekking guide training, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Intensive Wilderness first Aid and many more that has been certified and approved by Nepal Government.

Best Season for Tour
For Tour in Nepal, you can travel whole year and every season display different scenarios.  However, it is wise to know about climatic season. Normally, 2 season are considered best: Spring and autumn and season is categories in 4 different climatic seasons:

Spring (March, April, May):
During this time, temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have astonishing views of the mountains and landscape. At this time, the blossom flowers especially national flower of Nepal – rhododendron decorate the ascending altitudes with its generous color and beauty. Even the High altitude lodges get opened and get occupied with the mountain lovers.
Summer (June, July, and August): 
This is also the monsoon season in Nepal. At this time, the weather is hot and wet at times. It rains almost every day with occasional thunderstorms in the evening. The rain spreads the pleasantness around with lush green vegetation. If you are planning to trek in this season, we suggest to choose rain shaded areas of Nepal. Even, if you do not mind rain, and wants to trek in this season, you should compulsorily bring umbrella, pancho, proper waterproof hiking boots, wind proof jackets, baggage wrap, and raincoat as well as required insect repellent. Likewise, the reward of this month is the view of lush green valley captured by small flowers. It is a wonderful time to observe monsoon cycle of agriculture and the traditional life of Nepalese people.
Autumn (September, October and November): 
This time is considered to be the best tourist season in Nepal with the end of summer and the winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views. The trekking routes get beautified with the presence of trekkers and expedition groups. Meantime, most of the festivals of Nepalese societies are enthusiastically celebrated at this time.
Winter (December, January and February):  
During this time, the weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. At this time, trekking in lower elevation is fine however, at the high altitude, most of the lodges get closed and it will be a bit difficult to cross high altitude passes. This season is good for trekking in lower elevations. The morning and night get extreme cold sometime reaching temperature at (-) minus but the days are warm and pleasant.

Travel Insurance: 
While travelling to Nepal, you are requested to have a travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and required to issue from your home land and we do not arrange or sell insurance.

Travelling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. Your insurer should be well familiar with our itinerary that you have booked and must have agreed to cover all activities being undertaken during trip. Meantime, it is not compulsory that our all the assigned trip are facilities with Heli-rescue. You will not require heli rescue insurance for Tibet Tour as it is not possible to provide such facility.

It is better to follow the precaution given by World Health Organization and other international health related institutions that recommend having vaccines before travelling Nepal to prevent from certain fatal illness. If possible, we suggest you to bring your medical certificate however, it is not required to show but for safety. The recommended vaccines are polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A/B, Influenza (Flu), Japanese encephalitis, and Tuberculosis. Meantime, it is better to consult your professional doctor about your travel and he might recommend you properly. You can also take suggestion of local travelers who have travelled Nepal before and know more about the required precautions. Please note that the protection that can be gained from vaccines varies from 50% to almost 100%. So remember that even if you have taken a vaccine you might still get the disease, although you will have greatly reduced your chances of getting ill.

Hiking Nepal Responsible Travel
Hiking Nepal is opened with a commitment to provide ecofriendly service to the guest and benefit to the host. It is our responsibility to minimize the negative impact in the society with an appropriate improvements and participation of locals. To upgrade the standard of living of the locals, Hiking Nepal inspired the local to involve in providing services. All our guides porters and staff are from different community who are given equal priority and no space is left to satisfy them. To upgrade the service quality, they are sent for various training and seminars.  Even all our guides and porters are insured in regards to their safety, health.

High Altitude Sickness 
At the higher altitude, you will feel a decrease in availability of oxygen. If a person walk in the high altitude particularly climbs up too quickly, he might suffer from High altitude sickness. Hence, proper rest is required at that altitude. You can cure at right time knowing certain symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Common symptoms are headache, loss of appetite, tiredness and nausea, vomiting, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. The best remedies that local belief and take is taking garlic, or ginger in mouth. Eat dry food and take liquid as much as possible. We recommend to consult with your physician and bring the medication that can help.

Also, we provide experienced guide and staffs in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes. As they are natives of Nepal, they easily acclimatize and therefore can care for their clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and will assist with basic first aid treatment. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk.

Gears Required:
Personal Climbing Gears:
Ice axe
Tape Slings (2)
Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
Descender/Abseil Device
Plastic Mountaineering Boots
Helmet (optional)
 Group Climbing Gears:
Snow bar*
Ice Hammer*
Ice Screw*

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