Mera Peak at 6,476m is situated to the south of Mt. Everest. It was first climbed on May 20, 1953 by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing.

It is considered as one of the best trekking peaks in Nepal. Firstly, because it requires only basic mountaineering skills to summit this height, secondly, the panorama from the summit is simply unmatched, and thirdly, the approach to this mountain is through the beautiful Hinku valley which is much less crowded than the Khumbu valley, providing a fantastic trek which will be as memorable as the climb itself.

From the summit of Mera Peak one can see five of the six highest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m).

Unlike many tour operators that take their clients straight over the 4610m Zatr La, which is a tough and dangerous way to start the trek due to the quick gain of altitude, we have a much gentle approach to the mountain. Our trek begins from Lukla towards Pangom, and then enters the Hinku valley crossing several passes along the way, getting ourselves well acclimatized before reaching the Base Camp.  We will set up our Base Camp at the Mera la (5200 m). An Advanced Base Camp will be set up at 5760 m from where we will attempt the summit.

What makes this expedition special

  • One of the easiest 6000 m + mountains. Technical skills or previous climbing experience not required but fitness is mandatory.
  • Probably the best panorama form the summit than any other trekking peaks in Nepal
  • Views of  five of the six highest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m).
  • Beautiful trek through alpine forests and rhododendron valleys staying at remote villages
  • Much less crowded trails compared to Khumbu trail.

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu (1330m), welcome dinner
Day 2. Half day city tour, lunch and trek briefing
Day 3. Fly to Lukla (2860 m)
Day 4. Trek to Puiyan (2850 m)
Day 5. Trek to Pangom (2900 m)
Day 6. Trek to Nazing dingma (2720 m)
Day 7. Trek to Cherem Kharka (3600 m)
Day 8. Trek to Panchpokharai (4200 m)
Day 9. Trek to Kothe (3600 m)
Day 10. Rest day at Kothe.
Day 11. Trek to Thangna (4400 m)
Day 12. Trek to Khare (5000 m)
Day 13. Climbing training and safety briefing at Khare
Day 14. Trek to Mera La (5400 m) and set up Base Camp
Day 15. Set up Advance Base Camp (5780 m)
Day 16. Summit Mera Peak (6476 m) back to Khare
Day 17. Contingency day for summit
Day 18. Trek to Kothe (3600 m)
Day 19. Trek to Thuli Kharka (4300m)
Day 20. Trek to Lukla via Zetra La (4600 m)
Day 21. Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22. Free day in Kathmandu
Day 23. Departure

 

 

Himalayan Mountaineering

Ever since the Himalaya in Nepal has been opened for climbing, it has attracted thousands of mountaineers. Thousands of people have challenged their minds and bodies to conquer these magnificent mountains.

Nepal Himalaya has numerous of mountains which are 7 000 m and higher, which require extensive technical experience and a lot of money to climb. Apart from these technical expedition peaks, there was created in 1978, under the control of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), a list of mountains, between 5 587 m to 6 654 m, called “Trekking Peaks”. Unlike the technical expedition peaks, which are a complicated and an expensive affair, these “trekking peaks” can be climbed without financial and administrative problems. There are 1 310 identified peaks which are above 6 000 m, one fourth are officially opened for mountaineering.

Mera Peak

Mera Peak is a beautiful mountain located in the Hinku basin, south of Mt. Everest. We approach this mountain via Pangom, which is south of Lukla. The trek in itself is extremely beautiful with views of scores of snow covered peaks, glaciers, alluring waterfalls and alpine forests with birch, pines and rhododendrons. We also stay at a few remote and non touristic villages where we can experience the rich culture of the Sherpa people.

Mera Peak offers an opportunity to climb such high altitude without the experience of previous climbing. It’s a good mountain for trekkers who would like a straightforward introduction to mountaineering. Most part of the ascent involves a walk up a glacier requiring basic ice axe and crampon skills. There are plenty of opportunities to gain proficiency in these during our ice climbing training at Base Camp. Although the mountain needs nothing more than glacial walk at inclination not increasing 30 degrees, the final summit dome involves a 30 metre ascent of a 60° inclination using fixed rope and jumar, depending on snow conditions.

Grading: This expedition is graded II B. Please read our Grading system.

Please note: Any ascent of a Himalayan peak must be taken seriously. The Group leader will take all factors concerning group fitness and acclimatization, weather and snow condition into consideration when making a decision. While recognizing that this ascent is important to the group, first priority will always be safety. The decision on whether or not you will be able to attempt Mera Peak rest with the Group Leader. His/ her decision is final and must be accepted.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu/ transfer to Hotel Manaslu

Once you reach KTM airport and finish with the immigration and custom formalities be prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the south Asian countries. As you walk out of the Exit door into the passenger pick up area you will see hundreds of people with different sign boards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares, hotel touts looking for customers and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips. Please remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain there and try to find the Hi On Life’s sign board. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard and identify yourself. From here we will take care of you.
When you arrive to your hotel you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu. We will also collect some documents from you. Please have the following things handy when arriving.

  • Travel/ Medical Insurance (photo copy)
  • 3 passport size photos
  • Photocopy of your passport.

In the evening we will go for a traditional Nepali dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurant to end the day.

Day 2 – City tour and Trek briefing

After breakfast you will be taken for a half day city tour where you will be visiting some historical temples and monuments. You will end your sightseeing with a lunch. After your lunch you will be return to your hotel and your Group leader will give you your trek briefing and issue you your ‘trek pack’ consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag, inner liner for your sleeping bag and rain poncho. Your afternoon is free for you to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your expedition.

Day 3 – Fly to Lukla 

  • Flight duration: 30 mins
  • Elevation: 2860 m

A very early morning wake up and transfer to the domestic airport to board our flight which is a small 17 seated Twin Otter or Dornier aircraft. The flight times can be flexible because we need clear weather both in Kathmandu and Lukla to be able to fly. So this can sometimes involve waiting in the terminal for a long time. Once we get the all clear signal we take off to our destination on a 40 min scenic mountain flight to Lukla.
On arrival to Lukla we check in to our lodge. The rest of the day is free to explore the village, watch airplanes taking off and landing at this legendary airport or help the staff to organize the gears for your expedition that sets off the next day. This day will help you to get acclimatized to this sudden gain of elevation from Kathmandu at 1400m to Lukla 2956m.

Day 4 – Trek to Puiyam

  • Trekking: 5 to 6 hours
  • Elevation: 2850 m

After breakfast we hit the trail with a steady and steep descent of 500m to Surke. After a short break at Surke we will start to climb a steep switchback trail made of stone staircase. A steady ascent of about 400 m which takes about an hour and a half will bring us to Pakhepani where we will stop for lunch. There are a couple of lodges here. After lunch it is another 1 hour steady climb to Cheubas and then another hour to Puiyan. Puiyan is a small village in the middle of the forest.

Day 5 – Trek to Pangom

  • Trekking: 6 to 7 hours
  • Elevation: 2900 m

The trail begins with an undulating rough stone path for about 40 mins through the forest until we reach a diversion which is not so easy to spot. From here we will leave the Jiri Everest main trail and climb a steep off the beaten track which at times requires climbing on all four. This rough trail will continue for just about 30 mins and the trail begins to smoothen out. Soon we are at an open ground which is a pass called Kari La which is about 3200m. From here the trail follows along the mountain side to Kharte where we will stop for lunch. After lunch it is another 3 to 3 ½  hours walk through forest with short ascents and descents, with the last part with a steady climb until we reach Pangom.  Pangom is a picturesque village with terraced farming and a beautiful monastery.

Day 6- Trek to Nashing Dingma

  • Trekking: 6 to 7 hours
  • Elevation: 2720 m

The trail climbs past the village passing “mani walls”and soon we walk through rhododendron forest and bamboo for about an hour up to Pangom La where we get our first view of Mera Peak. After the pass, we descend for about an hour to Sibuje Village where there are a few lodges. From here the trail descends steeply for about 2 hours on a loose trail to a suspension bridge which crosses the Hinku Khola. We stop here for lunch. After lunch, we climb steadily through dense forest for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to Nashing Dingma. Nashing Dingma is a small hamlet with half a dozen small lodges and cow and yak pastures.

Day 7- Trek to Cherem Kharka

  • Trekking: 4 hours
  • Elevation: 3600 m

We begin with a steep climb on stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendron forest for about an hour to reach Surke la. This pass leads towards east to the villages of Bung and Tumlingtar where the Makalu base camp trail intersects. There is a lodge at the top of this pass and we will stop here for a tea break. After tea, we leave this trail and follow a narrow off the beaten track towards north. The trail passes through Rhododendron and bamboo forest and soon we come out in the open where there are a few timber depot and sheep pastures. The trail continues north of this open pasture and climbs a ridge with bamboo forest and after a couple of hours we reach Cherem Kharka.

Day 8 – Trek to Panch Pokhari

  • Trekking: 4 to 5 hours
  • Elevation: 4200 m

The trail climbs steeply to a small pass which takes about a couple of hours. There are fantastic views of the Hinku valley and the peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Khyasar Khang. After taking a short break we continue to climb; now an even steeper switchback made of stone staircase until we reach the highest pass. It takes about an hour and a half to reach the top of this pass. After the pass it is about 30 mins descend to Panch Pokhari, which are a cluster of 5 lakes and hence the name. We usually take packed lunch this day and this place with the views of the lake is an excellent place to stop for lunch. After this break it is an easy 40 mins walk to our camp.

Day 9 – Trek to Kothe

  • Trekking: 6 to 7 hours
  • Elevation: 3600 m

The trail climbs steeply for about 45 mins to a pass. From here there are great views of the valley ahead. The trail is undulating and follows the side of the exposed mountain for about 2hours until we start to descend gently down to the tree line. Here we stop for lunch. After lunch we descend steeply into a rhododendron and birch forest and after about a couple of hours we reach the bank of the Hinku Khola. From here we ascend gradually following the river upstream for about an hour to reach Khote.  Kothe is a small and beautiful village that gives an impression of a village from a wild-west Hollywood movie. There are several lodges and shops selling trekking clothes and local bars with “carrom board” which is a kind of table snooker with small discs instead of balls. Here we also have the check post of Makalu Barun national park. We will need to entry your permits and pay national park fees.

Day 10: Rest at Kothe

After having trekked for 6 days through rough terrain and steep ascents and descents we deserve a rest day here at Kothe. This day is mainly to let you relax your tired muscles and build up energy and get prepared physically and mentally for the days ahead. You can also utilize this day for showers, washing clothes etc.

Day 11: Trek to Thangna

  • Trekking: 4 to 5 hours
  • Elevation: 4400 m

Today is an easy walk with not much climbs, but watch out for loose falling rocks along the bank of the river. We will follow the river upstream along the erosion caused by the river system. It is a gentle and gradual ascent along the bank of the river for about 4 hours before we reach Thangna. Thangna is situated at an even flat area with breath magnificent views of the mountain peaks surrounding it. The peaks of Kyashar Kang lies towards the North and Kusum Kang Guru and Kangtega glacier towards North West. There are a few lodges here. We will stop here for the night.

Day 12: Trek to Khare

  • Trekking: 4 hours
  • Elevation: 5000 m

Today is again an easy walk following the Hinku Khola. There are no steep ascends and descends and most of the time we are gradually climbing without even noticing the gain of elevation. We can see the Mera La right in front of us. Just about an hour before reaching Kahre, we will start to climb steeply until we reach Khare by lunch time. Upon arrival to Khare, we will have lunch and settle to our rooms. In the afternoon we will take a gentle exploration of the area.

Day 13: Rest and acclimatization- climbing training day

Today we will have some ice climbing training and safety instruction. For those who have never walked with big climbing boots and crampons, it is an excellent opportunity to practice that. After lunch we will go through your climbing gears and make necessary preparations for the climb.

Day 14: Trek to Mera la (Base Camp)

  • Trekking: 3 to 4 hours
  • Elevation: 5400 m

Right from the lodge we will start to climb gently and steadily along a ridge. There are amazing views of the mountains surrounding us and after an hour and a half climbing along this gentle ridge, we reach the bottom of the Mera glacier. There are a few sections here where we have to clip on to fix ropes as we climb the steep sections of the glacier. Once we climb this section, we are above the steep section and we walk across the Mera glacier. There are a few section where we will require to walk on crampons. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach Mera La, which is a beautiful snow covered pass between the Hinku basin and the Honku basin that leads to Mt. Baruntse. We will camp right on top of this pass.

Day 15: Ascend to High Camp

  • Trekking: 3 hours
  • Elevation: 5780 m

Today will be an easy and relaxing morning since it is only about 2 to 2 ½ hours climb to High Camp from our camp. After an amazing morning having breakfast at the snow covered pass we will continue to climb to High Camp. It is a not so steep climb along the snow field to High Camp. We will reach High camp at lunch time. After lunch we settle in to our tents and make final preparations for your big day the next day. We will make sure everything from climbing gears, clothes and accessories are ready and you may take some rest since it will be an early morning the next day.

Day 16: Summit

  • Trekking: 10 to 12 hours
  • Elevation: 6476 m

We will wake up around 2 AM. Breakfast will be served right away in your tent, which will be some museli/ porridge, biscuits and nuts and some tea. We recommend you to carry your favorite snacks for the climb. At around 3 AM we start the climb and so it begins. The first part of the climb is a gentle ascent of about 20 to 25 degrees with switch backs along the face leading to the summit. We will climb on main rope attached to each member in groups of 4 to 5. We reach the bottom of the final ice serac, which leads to the summit, after a steady 5 to 6 hours climb. From the bottom of this serac we will fix rope and you will need to climb the fixed ropes using jumars for about 20 meters. Soon we are at the summit!

The views are unfathomable with views of 5 of the world’s highest mountains viz. Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchendzonga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu dominating the Northern Skyline. Towards the South, you can see the cascading hills receding towards the Great plains of India.

After a victorious moment spent at the summit, we will start to descend down. It is a good 11 to 12 hours day from High Camp to summit and back to Khare.

Day 17: Contingency day

Day 18: Trek back to Kothe

  • Trekking: 5 hours
  • Elevation: 3600 m

We will retrace our way back to Kothe down the Hinku valley. We arrive Kothe early, so you can use this opportunity to take shower.

Day 19: Trek to Thuli Kharka

  • Trekking: 6 to 7 hours
  • Elevation: 4300 m

We begin in the morning following the Hinku Khola downstream until we reach Tok Tok. After a short break here we will start the steady ascend to Thuli Kharka the same way that we had walked down.

Day 20: Trek to Lukla

Trekking: 6 to 7 hours

Elevation: 4600 m (Zetra la)

In the morning the trail is narrow and exposed and leads along the side of the mountain until we reach Zetra la. After the pass it is a long and steady descend, around 1600m, all the way down to Lukla. In the evening your group leader will organize a last night party with the tipping and farewell ceremony.

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu

Usually it is an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival to Kathmandu we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free to take showers, spa, shopping etc.

Day 22: Free day

We have allowed this extra day as a buffer day in case of flight cancellation from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You can use this day to do some extra sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Your group leader can suggest and help organize sightseeing trip to some of the most famous sites around the valley.

Day 23: Departure

We will drive you to Tribhuwan International airport about 3 ½ hours before your departure time.

A Day on Your Trek

Although each day is different, considering the weather, general pace of the group and length of the days walk, in general your day begins with a wake up tea at around 6 to 6:30 in the morning. You will then be provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then you will need to pack your duffel bag and your daypack and come to the lodge’s diner for breakfast.
After breakfast we will hit the trail and usually walk for about 3 to 4 hours before we stop for lunch. We will give you about an hour and a half rest during lunch, which will also give enough time for the staff to have their lunch and pack. Usually after 3 to 4 hours of walking we finish the days walk by 4 PM. Tea/ Coffee and snacks will be served on arrival to the lodge. Your group Leader will often organize side trips in the afternoon. Your dinner will be served around 7 PM.

Please note: This is a camping trek, however, wherever we find a decent lodge we will arrange for rooms for you to sleep. All meals during the entire expedition will be cooked and served in the dining tent or dining room of lodges by our staff.

High Altitude

On this trek you will be going up to 6476m, so it is very important to understand the affects of altitude. The greatest provocation is going too high too fast. Hi On Life’s itinerary has been carefully designed to minimize the effects of altitude. We ascend slowly and surely allowing enough time for safe acclimatization.
Headaches and breathlessness are common at altitude which in itself is nothing to worry about. In rare cases, this may worsen to Acute Mountain sickness (AMS), so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the group leader who is trained to recognize the symptoms of AMS which are severe headaches, nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite serious breathlessness even at rest. If any trekkers show such signs they will be descended to relatively lower and safer altitude. The Group Leader’s decision on evacuating such person to a safe altitude is final. Do not medicate yourself without first informing your group leader. Going to altitude slowly with adequate rest and adequate intake of fluid (3 to 4 litres per day), you will most likely have no problems apart from breathlessness on hills which is completely normal as the percentage of Oxygen in the air is relatively lower to that at sea level. The most important thing is not to worry about altitude because our team is there to take care of you.

Staff

Group leader: your most important member of your staff. Our Group leaders are highly trained in all aspects of the trek, conservation, first aid specializing on altitude sickness, emergency procedures and have extensive knowledge of the natural history of the area.

Sirdar: His job is to manage and organize staff duties. He is responsible for the actual operation of the trek.

Sherpas: Their job is to lead your way and distribute equal loads to the porters.

Cook: Responsible for your food. Hygiene of a high standard is taken into consideration in preparing the food.

Porters: They are responsible to transport your duffle bags and their job finishes once they reach the designated lodge. Our porters are provided with Gore-Tex suits, trekking boots, gloves, hats, socks, snow gaiters and snow goggles. Most importantly, we regulate them on a 25 Kg carrying which no other company does. Our clients can therefore feel comfortable knowing that our porters are working in a good humane condition. During the trek you can see porters carrying 60-70 kg and sometimes even more than 100 kg!!)

Weather:

Oct/Nov and March/April

On the trek at lower altitude (2500m to 3500m) during daytime the Max temp can be around 10C to 15C and the Min temp can be 3C to 7C

At higher altitude (4000m to 5000m) the daytime Max temp can be between 2C to 7C and Min temp can be between -10C to -5C

On your summit day: You can expect between -15C to -18C + wind chill factor depending on the wind speed

Dec to end of Feb

On the trek at lower altitude (2500m to 3500m) during daytime the Max temp can be around 0C to 5C and the Min temp can be  – 5C to 2C

At higher altitude (4900m to 5000m) the daytime Max temp can be between -5C to 0C and Min temp can be between -10 C to -20C

On your summit day: You can expect between -15C to -20C + wind chill factor depending on the wind speed

Please note that this is just general information and it could vary.

Recommendations for things you should bring:

Clothing:

Head: 

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Sunhat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields, 1 pair ski goggles (optional)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Buff or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Multi functions of buff
Sample of sunglasses you will need for the climb

Upper Body:

  • 2 polypropylene or wool mix t-shirts
  • 2 polypropylene or wool mix long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve thermal underwear shirts, lightweight preferably woolen
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers medium weight or 1 heavy wool thermal underwear
  • 1 polar fleece jacket, OR Primaloft/ Down light weight jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down jacket with hood (we provide this)
Base layers

Hands: 

For trekking:

  • 1 pair light weight windstopper gloves

For climbing:

  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar Fleece mitt liner OR  down gloves
Recomended gloves

Lower Body:

  • 1 pair walking shorts
  • 1 to 2 pair walking trousers for trekking
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms OR polar fleece trouser
  • 1 pair Primaloft OR light weight down trouser for evenings at Base Camp and Advance Base Camp
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, Waterproof/breathable with side zips

Feet:

1 pair climbing boot preferably for 6000m+ (you can also hire plastic boots in Kathmandu)
1 pair treking /walking boots with good ankle support
1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
1 pair down booties (optional)
2 pair med-heavy preferably wool socks
2 to 3 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
2 to 3 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool

Some recomendations on the type of boots you need for climbing.

Sleeping:

We provide:

  • 1 down sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 F )
  • 1 polar fleece liner
  • Exped Down 7W mattres and foam kari-mats.
For every trek we provide these 1400 gm to 1800 gm down sleeping bags depending on altitude, and down jackets

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • 1 medium rucksack (40-50 litres)
  • We provide you 1 big duffle bags.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Assesories:

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit
  • 1 cigarrette lighter
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • Camera
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, games, small musical intruments
  • Adequate amount of batteries, etc.

Healthy and trouble free holiday

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entering Nepal. However please consult a doctor for vaccination against Typhoid, Meningitis, polio, and hepatitis. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please through your agent, give us a list of what you can and can’t eat so that we can provide proper food for you.
If you are undergoing a course of prescription medicine, please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for the entire holiday. Some types of drugs including antimalarials have side effects at high altitude; therefore please consult your doctors regarding these drugs. The places you trek are mosquito free and there has been no report on malaria in Kathmandu for the past couple of decades.

Insure yourself

We highly recommend you to take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance before leaving home. This should cover for your loss of baggage, airline delays, sickness and accidents. And it should also cover you for Emergency Helicopter Evacuation.

In case of Lukla flight cancellation: Sometimes due to bad weather Lukla flights get cancelled. This may make it difficult for you to connect with international flights. In such an event and if the group as a whole wishes to charter a helicopter, which is an ideal solution to Lukla flight delays, we can arrange for it. Your will need to pay about 400 USD per person.

Money Matters

The ideal currency to bring with you is USD.

In Kathmandu: Each meal will cost around 4 to 6 USD. Plus 10 to 20 USD for your taxis if you wish to go around the city.
On trek: You will need around 6 to 10 USD per day. This money is for your hot showers, chocolates, soft drinks and beers etc and also for small donations in the monasteries.

Tipping

Although tipping is entirely optional and personal matter the following is recommended as a guideline

In Kathmandu: for bellboys, waiters and porters 30 to 50 Nepali Rupees

On the trek: At the end of the trek it is a customary to tip the field staff.

  • For Staff: 100-150 USD depending on group size. The group leader will collect the tip and then split it between the staff and put it in envelops so that the trekkers can give it to the staff during the “Farwell Ceremonies”. Your Group Leader is not included in this tip.
  • For Group Leader: 30 to 50 USD per person

Some Do’s and Don’ts

Nepalese people treat visitors as special guests. Although they will never rebuke you publicly for unknowingly offending them, we must consider their culture.

While in Nepal please observe the following:

  • Full or partial nudity is not accepted
  • Over display of affection between men and women, especially in temples and monasteries are discouraged
  • Please remove your shoes before entering monasteries and temples
  • Never point the soles of your feet at a person or shrine
  • Many Hindu temples are closed to non-Hindus. Please ask before entering
  • Locals walk around the Mani walls and Stupas in a clockwise direction as a respect and they expect you to do the same although it is not compulsory

“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING, SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!”
DR. SEUSS

Price includes:

  • All internal transportation in private vehicle
  • Both way airfares Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu
  • Services of English or/and Swedish speaking guide.
  • Porter’s and Sherpa’s assistance.
  • 4 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Half day guided city tour with lunch.
  • Use of a personal trek pack, consisting of: Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag
    with an inner-liner.
  • Use of climbing equipments: ropes, carabineers, pitons, jumars, crampons, ice axe,
    harness and ascenders and decenders.
  • Emergency use of Pressure bag (Gamow bag) and oxygen cylinders.
  • All camping and kitchen facilities.
  • All meals while on trek.
  • Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at camp.
  • Boiled and treated water as needed.
  • All climbing permits and National Park fees.
  • Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

Price excludes:

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times.
  • Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Optional tips to guides and porters.
  • International airport departure taxes.
  • Visa costs.
  • Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make
    the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.
Mera Peak High Camp
Mera Peak High Camp

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

For more visit our FAQs section in details here

This trip was on of the most exciting we have ever done. The mountains at and around Kumbu valley are spectacular. It was a multi-peak expedition and we started with Mera peak and finally ended at Lobuche peak.
It was organised well and everyone involved in preparing it was very friendly and nice.

Having Saran as a guide is great because he brings many years of experience with him, and has very good judgement, about weather conditions and safety precautions.
Every day we had a briefing about what is to come and how to prepare, which is nice.

The acclimatisation process is good because it allowed us to become acclimatised on our own pace and there was absolutely no rush to any point.
On summit day we woke up in the middle of the night, and everyone was in good spirit. The experienced mountain guides in our team were very helpful throughout the entire summit up and down. We were pretty exhausted at the end of the day but very happy with the results.

Having attempted Mera peak before attempting Lobuche peak was very useful because even though we didn’t reach Mera peak because of weather conditions, we got acclimatised really good.
Hi On Life Adventures, although a small company, has very friendly and professional personnel. If we ever go back to Nepal we would certainly consider them as guides.

Asel & Christopher, Sweden.

Mera + Lobuche Peak Expedition 2015

Renjola

 

The boys having fun- they were amazed with the photo tricks that Christopher showed them.
The boys having fun- they were amazed with the photo tricks that Christopher showed them in his mac book.

 

Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HEX-MP
Trip Grade:
 II B
Duration:
 23 days
Trek Distance:
 ****
Starting Elevation:
 2856 m
Peak Elevation:
 6476 m
Accommodations:
 Lodges and Camping from BC
Best Season:
 Apr/ May & Oct/ Nov

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