Mera Peak Climbing and Ski Back To Mera Base Camp

Trip Overview
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging or Grade E (*****)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking, Climbing an skiing
  • Major AttractionMera Peak, Mera Peak Base Camp, Mountain Views
  • Maximum Altitude6,476 m (21,247 ft)
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn


  • Thrilling adventure to conquer Nepal's towering peaks
  • Trek to the lofty heights of 6654 meters 
  • Immerse yourself in the authentic mountain lifestyle of the Himalayan people.
  • Behold breathtaking panoramic views of not one, but five majestic 8000-meter mountains.
  • View of the World's highest mountain Everest
  • Feel the rush of high-altitude ski-mountaineering amidst the Himalayas' pristine white snow.
  • Indulge in the cultural richness of traditional Sherpa villages 
  • Ski Back from the summit to Mera Peak Base Camp
  • Views of mountains like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu

Mera Peak has been drawing in ski enthusiasts at high altitudes, and it's easy to see why. While Nepal has yet to embrace skiing as a commercial adventure activity fully, thrill-seekers from abroad have been braving the Himalayan slopes for some time. Nepal boasts some of the world's tallest mountains. So naturally, skiers would wonder why the country doesn't already have a thriving skiing industry. However, this has remained a foreign concept in Nepal due to poor infrastructure and limited knowledge of ski sports and business models.

But as times change and the demand for more adventure options grows beyond just climbing. Skiing gained more attention, particularly on the slopes of Mera Peak. It's high, wild, and off-piste, making it alluring for those planning a ski expedition in Nepal. While the spring offers fresh snow, some skiers prefer autumn, which provides a good mix of stable and fresh snow for a more enjoyable experience. We understand why Mera Peak is so attractive to skiers. It has fewer objective hazards than other climbing routes, such as crevasses, rock falls, and avalanches. Likewise, the mountain has a wide section that's ideal for skiing. Our guides who need to be trained in skiing have even commented on how fun and less tiring it would be to ski down Mera!

Skiing on Mera Peak is a new and exciting possibility that adds to the Nepalese mountaineering scene. The country now has IFMGA-certified, ski-trained guides who can assist you in climbing and shredding down the slopes of Mera Peak. It's sure to be an adventure of a lifetime for anyone planning their expedition. And, to top it off, you'll be skiing down a peak higher than any in Europe or America. This is quite the feat to add to your mountain-climbing portfolio. Skiers must be proficient and have at least 50+ hours of ski sessions. Also, they must have some high-altitude off-piste ski experiences.

Mera Peak is an extraordinary summit in Nepal that falls under the 'trekking peaks' category. Standing tall at an impressive altitude of 6476m, this mountain does not demand advanced climbing skills on its regular route. Although it is situated towards the eastern side of the Khumbu region, away from the famous Everest Base Camp trail, it offers a remarkable adventure. Only physically prepared and mentally determined people can accomplish this challenge with a burning desire for exploration. The journey to the peak provides an excellent opportunity to indulge in the true essence of the Himalayan ambiance. The trek showcases the region's diverse landscape, from the verdant forests of the lower Khumbu to the upper region's high passes and rocky terrains. As we approach the Northern slopes of the peak, we witness awe-inspiring glaciers cascading into breathtaking lakes surrounded by colossal ridges of glacial moraine. Our journey is supported by a team of porters who will meet us at every stop. We will be staying in a combination of tea houses, lodges, and camping sites as we progress our expedition. We aim to balance comfort and convenience while keeping our journey as lightweight and compact as possible.

The skiing journey at Mera Peak in the Himalayas epitomizes adventure. This high-altitude trek combines mountaineering and skiing for a challenge. This is a rewarding experience suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. While the ski descent on Mera Peak is relatively easy, it provides an exhilarating experience that every adventurous skier dreams of. In the Khumbu region, Mera Peak offers breathtaking panoramic views of five peaks above 8000 meters, including the world-famous Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. Although the climb is high, it is straightforward, making it ideal for those who crave adventure. Anyone can succeed on this trip with a positive mindset and good physical fitness. Climbing to the summit and skiing downhill is the ultimate way to experience the high-altitude ski-mountaineering adventure the Himalayas offer. Mera Peak is an all-year-round destination with the perfect backdrop for a ski-mountaineering experience.

Why is This Package Best For You?

For novices, skiing can be an electrifying adventure that starts with clicking on the skis for the first time. Gliding down the slopes while not knowing what lies ahead can be an exhilarating rush. It lures you to warn the wind and plunge into the snow. However, your heart will race excitedly once you maneuver that initial turn on a gentle green slope. Skiing will present new challenges and thrills as you progress and enhance your skills. Overcoming each obstacle will be as exhilarating as that first turn on the green slope. Even as an experienced skier, revisiting the easy green and blue runs can still bring you joy as you ski with greater mastery and confidence. The true beauty of skiing can only be fully appreciated by experiencing it firsthand. The rush of speeding down the snow is an unforgettable feeling that leaves you yearning for more, making snow sports a lifelong passion.

Climbing Mera Peak and skiing go hand in hand, offering both the thrill of skiing and breathtaking views of the mountains that can't be found in the city. Standing at the top and gazing down at the scenery surrounding Mera Peak gives you a feeling of being on top. And the best part? You can enjoy both trekking and skiing in one fantastic package. Holidays are meant to be a break from the routine of everyday life, and skiing provides an entirely different way of living. You can wake up to stunning vistas every morning, ski all day, unwind at cozy eateries, and rest stops.

The allure of mountain tops is undeniable. Yet it requires determination and careful planning to reach them. High-altitude mountain trekking demands a significant investment of time and energy. But the reward of reaching the summit is incomparable. There's something magical about mountains like Mera Peak that sets them apart. Perhaps it's their inherent danger or the humbling realization of our insignificance in their presence. Spending time among these majestic peaks has a way of putting our everyday problems into perspective and causing time to slow down. The longing to return to these heights and conquer them once more is inevitable after experiencing their transformative power. Skiing and Trekking at Mera Peak are a relatively new but exhilarating combo in the Himalayan region of Nepal. With eight of the world's highest mountains in the country, Nepal offers some of the most stunning locations for skiing and mountaineering expeditions.  

Route of Mera Peak Climbing and Ski Back

We begin our expedition to Mera Peak with a breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trail winds through picturesque settlements and Sherpa villages, offering glimpses of the Everest region's tranquil rivers, verdant valleys, and high mountain passes. You'll be fascinated by the awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayas throughout the trek. Scaling Mera Peak requires navigating through snow and ice-laden trails, which makes acclimatization a crucial aspect of the journey. Reaching the summit along with the combo of skiing down to Mera La in just a few minutes is the main highlight of this adventure.

This expedition is only for a select few who dare to embark on this remarkable journey. Proper acclimatization is essential to cope with the harsh altitude and overcome potential difficulties. Adequate training and preparation are vital for a successful climb. Moreover, skiing down the Mera Peak requires professional training due to the diverse natural landscapes. After completing this extraordinary adventure, we will return to Lukla via the earlier route. 

The adventure we offer starts with a trekking experience in the Everest region of Nepal. If you choose to trek down from Lukla via Hinku Valley, you will have the opportunity to explore Sherpa villages, cross rivers, climb high passes, and enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas every day. However, we have designed our itinerary with a hike upto the Kothe. As we approach Mera Peak, we spend three days acclimatizing and practicing at high altitudes, preparing for the ascent to the summit. Once we reach the summit, we ski back to Mera La, with a fantastic view of Everest. This is a unique adventure that only a few skiers worldwide have experienced. Our itinerary allows plenty of time for acclimatization.

You can also be prepared well, ensuring a successful climb with no hazards. The ski descent on Mera Peak is a long intermediate run, and you don't have to be a professional skier to do it. However, you must be a strong skier due to the varying terrain and high altitude. Our guides are experienced, and we have a 100% safety record on all our trips. So you can feel secure with us. Trekkers can also add a Heli ride, which is more expensive than other options, but we promise it's worth it. This program is perfect for those who want to try a skiing experience or progress to high-altitude peaks. Climbing and skiing at Mera will increase your focus and is essential for big mountain ski descents. The height of the giants around you makes this place unique. But also the range, the people who live there, the biodiversity, and the climbers who visit. Join us on this fantastic trip for an adventure and high-altitude ski experience of a lifetime.

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Arrival: Tribhuvan International Airport

Overnight: Hotels at Kathmandu

After you've finished the immigration procedures, head towards the airport terminal upon your arrival. Look for a sign or placard with either your name or our company's name, which our representative will hold. They will welcome you and take you to your hotel by car. Take some rest after checking in, and your guide will meet you in the evening for a brief introduction.

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 30 Minutes
  • 1,400m/4,593ft

Kathmandu Elevation:- 1,350 meters (4,593 feet)

Overnight: Kathmandu Hotels

Kathmandu is a treasure trove of ancient arts, temples, and monuments. Kathmandu boasts several world heritage sites, including Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swyambhunath Stupa.

While these sites have cultural significance, exploring them in a day is possible. You'll need to select 3 to 4 places to visit. But this will still be an enriching day as you immerse yourself in the ancient civilization of Nepal.

Once the city tour is complete, you can head to the marketplace for some last-minute shopping for your expedition. Thamel is the ultimate shopping destination for trekkers and climbers in Nepal.

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 1,400m/4,593ft

Lukla Elevation:- 2,860 m (9,383 ft)

Chhutenga Elevation:- 3450 m(11318 ft)

Trekking Duration:- 4-5 hours

Flight Duration:- 45-60 minutes

Overnight: Tea Houses at Chhutenga

Starting our journey, we board an early morning flight to Lukla, hoping to secure a spot on the initial flight from Kathmandu. If we miss out, we opt for an alternate route of driving to Rammechhap and subsequently taking a flight to Lukla. Once we arrive, we meet our crew and organize our baggage before the trek to Chhutenga. The path leads us through a scenic blend of woodlands and fields, eventually leading to the hamlet of Chatunga. The village is encircled by soaring cliffs and mountains, with several stonework houses. We will spend the night at a local teahouse in the heart of Chhutenga.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 45-60 minutes and 4-5 hours
  • 2,860 m (9,383 ft) and 3450 m(11318 ft)

Khark Tang Elevation:- 3750m (12303 ft)

Trekking Duration:- 4-7 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Khark Tang

On Day 4 of our journey, we will be trekking to Khark Tang, situated at 3750m (12303 ft) above sea level. The trekking duration for the day will be around 4-7 hours, and we will spend the night at a cozy tea house in Khark Tang. During the trek, we will be walking through picturesque rhododendron forests and pastures of yaks. The trail is relatively easy as the altitude here is not too high. As we climb the ridge, we will be surrounded by colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind and stones.

After reaching Khark Tang, we can relax and rejuvenate at a tea house. The accommodation will provide a warm and comfortable stay. We will spend the night at the tea house and get ready for the next day's adventure.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-7 hours
  • 3750m (12303 ft)

Chhetra Thu Elevation:- 4350 m (14271 ft)

Trekking Duration:- 4-7 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Chhetra Thu

On the fifth day of your adventure, you'll embark on a trek to Chhetra Thu, a picturesque location with an elevation of 4350 m (14271 ft) above sea level. The journey will take approximately 4-7 hours, depending on your pace and the weather conditions. As you set off on your trek, you'll be greeted by stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, with lush green forests and snow-capped mountains in the distance. The trail will be challenging, with steep inclines and rocky terrain, so you'll need to be careful and take your time to ensure your safety.

As you ascend higher, the air will become thinner, making breathing harder, but you'll also notice the breathtaking beauty of the landscape, which will keep you motivated to keep going. You'll be accompanied by the sound of flowing rivers and streams, adding to the serene atmosphere. Once you reach Chhetra Thu, you'll be greeted by cozy tea houses where you'll spend the night. These tea houses are a perfect example of traditional Himalayan architecture, and you'll feel right at home amidst the rustic surroundings.

The overnight stay at Chhetra Thu will allow you to acclimatize to the altitude and relax after a long day of trekking.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-7 hours
  • 4350 m (14271 ft)

Khothey Elevation:- 3,691m/12,107ft

Trekking Duration:- 4-7 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Khothey

Descending the trail that leads to Kothe, we are treated to mesmerizing vistas of the Hinku Valley, Kusum Kanguru, Peak 43, and the striking southern facade of Mera Peak. Our path meanders through a verdant woodland. Here the pine and rhododendron trees adorn the surroundings. If you embark on this journey during spring, the rhododendrons will be at their magnificent best, lending an otherworldly aura to the trail. Once we reach Kothe, situated in the heart of Hinku Valley, we can find respite in a cozy teahouse and recharge our energies for upcoming adventures.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3-7 hours
  • 3,691m/12,107ft

Tagnak Elevation:- 4,358m/14,295ft

Trekking Duration:- 4-7 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Tagnak

Today, you will journey to the Upper Hinku Valley, where the treeline fades away as we ascend higher. Only Kharkas or grazing meadows for yaks are scattered across this altitude, with no significant settlements. Along the way, a pit stop at Gondishung awaits us, offering a chance to relish tea and refreshments while basking in the breathtaking vistas of Mera Peak, Charpati Himal, Kusum Kanguru, and Thamserku.

As we continue our expedition, we visit Lungsumgba Gompa, a Buddhist shrine that has stood for two centuries. The local crew will pray for the team's well-being and a prosperous climb at the shrine. After walking for an hour, we arrive at Thaknak, where we spend the night in a cozy teahouse that provides a spectacular up-close view of Charpati Himal.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-7 hours
  • 4,358m/14,295ft

Tagnak Elevation:- 4,358m/14,295ft

Overnight: Tea Houses at Tagnak

Acclimatization is a non-negotiable prerequisite for any high-altitude adventure, particularly peak expeditions that reign supreme. To begin climbing without allowing for a day or two to adjust is a recipe for disaster, potentially resulting in altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness is a common affliction for anyone traveling above 5000 meters. Given that Mera Peak stands at a towering 6,476m, breathing the air at such an altitude is no easy feat. Failure to acclimate before embarking on the summit day will increase the likelihood of altitude sickness.

The human body requires time to acclimate to new altitudes, which is why a rest or acclimatization day at Tagnak is incorporated into the Mera Peak climbing itinerary. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 4,358m/14,295ft

Khare Elevation:- 4900/16076

Trekking Duration:- 3-4 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Khare

Join us on today's trek to Khare, where we'll challenge ourselves with a short yet strenuous climb that steadily elevates us. Ascending the Dig Glacier and passing by the glacial lake of Charpati Tal, we'll gracefully descend to Dig Kharka. From there, we'll indulge in the breathtaking views of Kyeshar Glacier, Mera Peak, and Charpati Himal.

As we continue our journey, we'll traverse the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers, leading us to the foot of Mera Peak, also known as the Mera Peak Base Camp or Khare. Here, we'll find cozy teahouses and outlets to acquire climbing gear and equipment. After checking in at a lodge, we'll bask in the awe-inspiring sight of Mera Peak's north face. Join us for an overnight stay at one of the charming teahouses in Khare.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3-4 hours
  • 4900/16076

Mera Peak Base Camp Elevation:-5,350m/ 17,552 feet

Trekking Duration:- 3-6  hours

Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 10 will be our journey towards the Mera Peak Base Camp, towering 5,350 meters or 17,552 feet above sea level. Brace yourself for a challenging trek that will test our physical and mental endurance, lasting approximately 5-6 hours. As we walk the path to the base camp, we'll be greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayan mountains. It will leave us breathless. The rugged terrain will challenge us, and we'll navigate through streams and rocky paths to reach our destination.

Upon arrival at the base camp, we'll set up our tents and prepare for a night under the stars. This spectacular location provides us with a unique opportunity to witness the magnificence of the mountain range, with Mera Peak standing tall and proud in front of us. Although basic facilities such as tents and toilets are available at the base camp, we must bring food and water. Acclimatizing to the high altitude is crucial, making physical and mental preparedness essential for this part of the journey.

  • Tented Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3-6  hours
  • 5,350m/ 17,552 feet)

High Camp Elevation:- 5,780m/18,958ft

Trekking Duration:- 3-6  hours

Overnight: Tented Camp

Today we will take the steep and rocky path to Mera La. You will see views of Mera Peak's three summits - Mera South (6,065m), Mera North (6,476m), and Mera Central (6,461m). Our ultimate destination is the Mera Central summit, which we can access by ascending the Mera Glacier, a gradual incline that poses no technical climbing challenges. The only obstacles we'll face are the high altitude and freezing temperatures, which can make each step a struggle.

Upon reaching Mera High Camp, our local crew will serve comforting hot beverages and soup to help us acclimatize. We can enjoy the magnificent sight of five of the 14 eight-thousanders. You can see Mount Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), and Makalu (8,485m). Additionally, we can appreciate stunning views of Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7,129m), and Gaurishanker (7,134m).

  • Tented Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3-6  hours
  • 5,780m/18,958ft

Mera Peak Elevation:- 6,461m/21,193ft

Ski Duration to Base Camp:- 45 Minutes

Khare Elevation:- 5,045m/16,548ft

Ascend Duration:- 11-13  hours

Overnight: Teahouses

As we approach the summit day, our climb to the top of Mera Peak begins at the stroke of midnight or in the wee hours of the morning. The path initially heads towards the southeast before veering towards the east and eventually reaching the main summit ridge of Mera. Scaling the fixed rope amidst the snowy terrain leads you to the crown of Mera Peak, providing a mesmerizing 360-degree view that will leave you spellbound. Once you've taken in the breathtaking scenery from the summit, it's time to gear up and ski down the mountain with the assistance of a seasoned ski guide. The skiing experience at Mera is nothing short of spectacular. It will surely leave an indelible mark on your memories. As you glide down the slope for a few minutes, you will arrive at Mera La, from where you can walk down to Khare for an overnight stay.

  • Teahouses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 11-13  hours and Ski (45-60 Minutes)
  • 6,461m/21,193ft and 5,045m/16,548ft

Khothey Elevation:- 3,691m/12,107ft

Trekking Duration:- 3-7 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Khothey

After summiting and checking off the bucket list, the next destination is Kothe from Khare. On the way, you'll pass through Thangnak, where you previously spent a night during your arrival. However, you won't need to stay there this time as Kothe is only a 3 to 7-hour trek away.

The journey to Kothe mostly consists of downhill trails, which are easier and quicker to navigate. As you retrace your steps from Khare, you'll gradually descend in altitude. Most of the trek will take you through lush forests filled with Oak, Pine, and Rhododendron trees. The descending trails and flourishing vegetation will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the journey.

  • Teahouses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3-7 hours
  • 3,691m/12,107ft

Trekking Duration:- 4-7 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Chhetra La

Today you will journey to Chhetra La on day 14 of your trekking adventure. This leg of the trip will present more uphill trekking than downhill, taking you through enchanting forested trails that can be traversed in 4-7 hours of walking from Kothe. Arriving at Chhetra La for the second time, you'll have the opportunity to bask in the wonder of the magnificent mountain views you may have missed during your previous visit. The tea houses at Chhetra La will serve as your cozy overnight retreat.

  • Teahouses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-7 hours
  • 4350 m (14271 ft)

Lukla Elevation:- 2,860 m (9,383 ft)

Trekking Duration:- 4-5 hours

Overnight: Tea Houses at Lukla

This is it. The final leg of your Mera Peak climb, with just one more day to trek. It promises to be an exciting journey as you depart Chhetra La and travel toward Lukla in a single day. But before starting the downhill trek, you must ascend the pass.

Be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking views along the way. As you retrace your steps for around 6 hours, you'll eventually arrive at Lukla. Make the most of your last night here since you'll fly back to Kathmandu tomorrow. Enjoy Lukla's peacefulness and the Everest region's stunning beauty, as this will be your final opportunity to do so.

  • Teahouses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 2,860 m (9,383 ft)

Lukla Elevation:- 2,860 m (9,383 ft)

Kathmandu Elevation:- 1,350 meters (4,593 feet)

Flight Duration:- 45-60 minutes

Overnight: Hotels of Kathmandu

As your time in Lukla draws close, an early morning flight to Kathmandu beckons. The 45-minute flight provides a breathtaking aerial perspective of Nepal before touching down at Kathmandu airport. Our team will then escort you to your hotel, allowing ample time for a city tour as you arrive before noon. If you have missed sights to catch up on, today presents the perfect opportunity. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax and unwind in the comfort of your hotel room after a long journey.

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 45-60 minutes
  • 1,350 meters (4,593 feet)

As you depart, a hotel transfer to the airport awaits you, marking the end of a truly unforgettable journey until our paths cross again, safe travels and farewell.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
  • 1,350 meters (4,593 feet)

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Kathmandu accommodations with bed and breakfast according to the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation pick up and drop off service.
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Trekking lodge (tea house) accommodations during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork
  • Peak climbing permit and other required fees.
  • Camping tent and climbing rope
  • Lukla flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), including airport tax
  • A government-licensed, experienced, English-speaking Sherpa guide
  • Comprehensive medical supplies
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service if needed (paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Use of sleeping bags, down jacket, duffel bag, trekking poles if needed
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • One Potter between two of you.


  • Nepal entry visa
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • International airfare
  • Beverages and desserts
  • Hot shower and battery charging during the trek
  • Personal climbing equipment (can be hired too) 
  • Tips for trekking staff

Essential Info

Mera Peak Climbing and Ski Back Difficulty 

Although not a technically demanding climb, the ascent of Mera Peak presents a formidable challenge. Because it is located at an extreme altitude of 6461m, despite its imposing height, the route to the top could be more complex compared to other trekking peaks in Nepal. Most of the climb entails traversing a glacier at a moderate incline using crampons and an ice axe. The only slightly more challenging section involves scaling a 5o degree snow dome with an ascender/jumar attached to a fixed rope. 

Mera Peak, graded as Alpine Grade PD, is challenging due to technical aspects such as complicated glaciers and steep sections. This peak used to be considered easy, but glacier changes and technical climbs have increased its difficulty. Altitude is the primary challenge for climbers, with many succumbing to altitude-related illness at the summit's oxygen-deprived altitude of 6461m. Without supplementary oxygen, climbing Mera Peak becomes even more challenging. Climbers attempting any 6000m peak must be properly trained and prepared for the difficulties and hazards. A well-planned itinerary, proper acclimatization, contingency days, and training are necessary to mitigate risks. We recommend a long and careful approach to the mountain, avoiding a rapid gain in altitude by not restricting your itinerary. This approach will give your body more time to adapt to the increasing altitude.

There are various paths to reach Mera Peak from Lukla, but the most commonly used one is also the shortest. This route takes trekkers through the Zatrwa La pass at an altitude of 4600m. However, climbers have to face the challenge of high altitude. Many feel unwell and drained of energy when they arrive at Khare. Alternatively, a longer route passes through less-frequented villages like Pangoma, Chungbu Kharka, and Chalem Kharka, facilitating acclimatization. This longer itinerary has significantly increased the success rate of summiting Mera Peak. Although it takes an additional 2-3 days, it provides substantial benefits and improves the chances of reaching the summit.

The Summit Day and Ski Back From Mera Peak

Summiting Mera Peak marks the apex of the trek and is the ultimate test of one's physical and mental resilience. Standing at the summit is beyond words. You get to goggle upon the stunning scenic picture of the Himalayas. You can see the region's highest peaks and several other scattered peaks. The summit push commences very early in the morning, usually between 2-4 am, depending on the group's progress. The ascent from Mera High Camp to the Mera Summit is arduous, encompassing a total elevation gain of 661m. The time it takes to reach the summit varies depending on performance, with rest stops included, but typically takes 4-5 hours. As the sun rises, the summit comes into view, providing a morale boost to the climbers.

The early start to the summit push is imperative to ensure that climbers reach the summit in the morning and return to Khare by afternoon, avoiding the unpredictable and treacherous afternoon weather conditions. Typically, the morning weather is clear and pleasant, which makes it easier for climbers to traverse the glacier. However, afternoon weather conditions can be unpredictable and bring strong winds, making it challenging to descend safely. Climbing to the summit requires using essential climbing tools such as crampons, ice axes, and a man rope. The route to the summit rarely exceeds a 30-40 degree angle, making walking relatively easy. However, the final stretch involves a 30-meter ascent of a 50-degree snow dome, which requires climbers to use a jumar/ascender on a fixed rope, depending on the snow conditions. Summit day can be exhausting, lasting up to 10-12 hours.

The descent from the summit is equally challenging. Especially in the afternoon when the weather becomes unstable. Returning from Mera Peak to Base Camp is one of the trek's most exciting and adventurous experiences. Skiing back requires advanced skiing skills, including navigating rough terrain, steep slopes, and icy patches. Skiing back from Mera Peak to Base Camp requires adequate preparation, including appropriate gear, safety equipment, and experienced guides. The descent is abrupt, and the landscape can be difficult. So one must have the necessary skills and equipment to navigate safely. Avalanche safety gear, including transceivers, shovels, and probes, is essential for skiing back to Base Camp.

Altitude Sickness

In regions where mountains rise, the fear of altitude sickness looms. As altitude increases beyond 3500m, the likelihood of experiencing mountain sickness grows. The Mera Peak climb involves traversing from the lowest point of 1400m (Kathmandu) to the highest point of 6,476m (Mera Peak), with fluctuating altitudes in between. Therefore, individuals not accustomed to high altitudes may fall victim to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness. This is one of the most challenging aspects of climbing Mera Peak.

Altitude sickness is a prevalent health issue during high-altitude treks and climbs above 3500m. As the elevation rises, your body responds to the decreasing oxygen level and increasing air pressure. Symptoms can range from mild, such as headaches and difficulty breathing, to severe, including fainting heart failure. It can also cause death if left untreated. At the summit of Mera Peak, the maximum altitude of 6,476m can cause a drop in oxygen levels from 88% to 43%, significantly increasing the probability of altitude sickness without proper precautions. Therefore, prior high-altitude trekking experience is beneficial, and adequate preparation is crucial. Staying hydrated at all times, acclimatizing and resting during the designated days, and taking altitude sickness medication like Diamox can help prevent the onset of AMS. It is also essential to remain aware of any physical changes and inform your climbing guide of any discomfort. Travelers with Insurance can get helicopter evacuation if their altitude sickness gets worse. But those with no Insurance backup can book helicopter service anywhere. 

Proper acclimatization is a must for high-altitude climbing expeditions like the Mera Peak. The body needs sufficient time to rest and adjust to the environment before climbing even higher. Our team, with extensive climbing and guiding experience, has developed an itinerary based on scientific research and literature. You will have adequate time to acclimate.

Can I Climb Mera Peak and Ski Back?

Even without prior experience in peak climbing, novice trekkers can successfully climb Mera Peak as it is a non-technical ascent. However, the climb presents some difficulties as the trail passes through rugged paths with many ups and downs and mountain passes that test one's endurance. Upon reaching Khare, the trail to Mera Peak Base Camp and High Camp surpasses 5000m, where the oxygen level begins to deplete, adding another layer of challenge to the climb. The summit's final stretch also challenges, requiring 8 to 9 hours of ascent. Carrying heavy daypacks and equipment while wearing warm clothes only adds to the climb's difficulty. Therefore, individuals who are physically capable of walking on snowy, rugged trails for up to 6 hours a day, carrying backpacks weighing between 6 kg and 15kg, and acclimating to high altitudes are best suited for Mera Peak climbing.

According to a recent study, Mera Peak, standing tall at 6,476 meters above sea level in the Everest region, has been deemed suitable for ski mountaineering. The study was conducted by a team of two Nepali and two foreign mountaineers who climbed the peak and assessed its potential for skiing. Impressively, the foreigners skied down from the summit to the base camp in 30 minutes. In collaboration with Ski Guides, the Ski and Snowboarding Foundation Nepal conducted a study investigating the feasibility of ski mountaineering and ski training in the area. Utsav Pathak, President of the Ski and Snowboarding Foundation Nepal, confirmed that the study has proven Mera Peak to be an excellent location for skiing, making it accessible for all skiing enthusiasts to experience.

Which Weather is Perfect to Climb Mera Peak? 

The allure of the grand Himalayan vistas from the summit of Mera Peak is undeniable, but harsh weather conditions can spoil this breathtaking experience. Wise climbers understand the importance of minimizing risks during their ascent and carefully select the optimal season for their journey. Failure to do so can result in forfeiting the chance to explore the ethereal realm of Mera Peak in the Khumbu region and confronting fierce winds and snowfall that amplify the already arduous climb. Therefore, prudent climbers should always aim to conquer Mera Peak during the most favorable season to avoid such challenges.

Climate In Mera Peak:-

As you launch on your Mera Peak climb, be prepared to encounter a range of climates. Starting from Kathmandu (1,300m/4265.092ft.) and reaching the peak at 6,476m/21246.72ft., you will witness a stark contrast in weather conditions. Understanding the climate zones of Mera Peak can help you determine the most suitable time for your climb. Throughout your journey, you will traverse four distinct climate zones.

The temperate climate at 1,200m-2,100m, 

The frigid climate at 2,100m-3,300m, 

The alpine climate at 3,300m-5,000m, and 

Tundra climate above 5,000m.

Best Months:- 

On-seasons are the opportune moments for Mera Peak Climbing, providing the perfect conditions for diving straight in without apprehension. These prime periods, commonly called the best or peak times, offer a harmonious combination of factors: stable weather patterns, comfortable temperatures, absence of precipitation, and minimal unexpected changes. Autumn and Spring are the two exceptional timeframes embodying all these elements. Delving deeper into each season will reveal their unique characteristics.

Autumn Season:- When climbing Mera Peak, there's no better time than Autumn to experience Nepal's safest, most thrilling, and visually stunning season for adventurous activities. Autumn arrives in Nepal in September, October, and November, with September being the season's first month. There may be some lingering monsoon clouds in early September, Autumn stabilizes the entire region from mid-September onwards. It brings warmer temperatures and no more rainfall or snowfall.

Throughout October and November, the lower Khumbu region enjoys daytime temperatures around 12°C and morning and evening temperatures ranging from 6 to 8°C, with temperatures dropping below freezing in higher elevations close to Mera Peak. Winter follows Autumn, so the last few days of November may be colder than the rest of the season. If you plan on climbing in November, pack extra warm clothing to cope with the upcoming Winter. Similarly, light rain is expected in early September, so be prepared with rain gear or schedule your expedition for mid-September, October, or early November.

Spring Season:- When climbing Mera Peak, Spring is just as good as Autumn. The conditions during Spring are similar to those during Autumn, with stable weather and warm temperatures that are suitable for climbing. In addition, Spring brings with its lush greenery and blooming flowers, providing a beautiful view while climbing. This season lasts from March to May in Nepal.

You can enjoy several benefits if you plan to climb Mera Peak during Spring. The temperature in the lower Khumbu region remains around 10°C during the day. Likewise, it drops to as low as -4°C in the mornings and nights. The temperature drops further, reaching as low as -30°C at the peak while climbing. However, with proper gear and clothing, the temperature is bearable.

Another advantage of climbing Mera Peak in Spring is the stable weather. There is no worry of rainfall or snowfall, and the days are bright. These months have clear skies and sunshine, making climbing easier. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and terrains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Cho Oyu, which look different during Spring.

However, remember that the first few weeks of March can be colder due to the remaining winter season, so warm clothing is necessary. Likewise, rain clouds maybe during late May as the monsoon season approaches Nepal. To avoid such weather conditions, it is best to plan your climb in April, which is the best month of Spring.

Off Seasons:- 

Mera Peak Climbing attracts many adventure seekers all year round. But the off-seasons challenge climbers differently. Harsh weather conditions characterize these periods. Rainfall, snowfall, cold temperatures, and others make it challenging to climb the peak. The off-seasons are typically summer and winter. They have unique features requiring different preparations and strategies.

During summer or monsoon, the peak experiences heavy rainfall that fills the trails with mud and snow in the higher parts. There are better times for climbing than this, but some daring climbers have tried their luck during this period. The temperature before the rainfall is relatively warm, with trekking trails around 15°C in the daytime. However, temperatures increase as you climb higher. However, once the rains start, temperatures drop significantly. This makes the climb even more challenging for climbers. One good thing about climbing Mera Peak during the monsoon is that mountain views are crystal clear after the rain, providing a spectacular experience for climbers. Climbing during this period is risky, but late August or early June could be the best time to try your luck.

Winter is another off-season for Mera Peak Climbing. This is the driest and coldest of the year, which keeps most people under warm blankets. The temperature drops significantly during December, January, and February, and snowfall in the higher parts is common. The peak winter month, January, is the coldest, with temperatures dropping to -20°C and bone-chilling -30°C in higher parts. The advantage of climbing during winter is that there is no rainfall, making the trails less slippery, and the mountain views are easily visible. Early December and late February offer milder temperatures, making climbing more manageable.

Cost of Mera Peak Climbing and Ski Back Expedition

For just $2500 per person, the Nepali Travel agency offers an exceptional opportunity to climb Mera Peak and ski back to Mera Base Camp. By booking with a local Nepal trekking agency such as Mountain Rock Treks, you can keep a significant portion of your money within Nepal. This is a cost-effective and convenient option for many.

When booking through a local Nepali trekking agency, you have two choices: hiring a local guide or purchasing a tour package. The latter option includes everything you need for the trek. This includes permits, accommodation, and domestic transport. The cost of a package trek for an average 17-day trek can range from $2500- $30000 or more. It depends on the type of package you choose. Although travel drinking water, travel insurance, trekking equipment, and visa fees are not included in the prices. Your accommodation, trekking permits, meals, and local transportation are covered. Different packages are available, ranging from high-end tours to mid-range options to packages. While the trekking routes are the same in all packages, the provided meals and accommodations may differ.


In Kathmandu, there are countless options for accommodation. The accommodations range from basic lodges to luxurious 5-star hotels, priced at $15 to $250 per night. Your choice of accommodation will ultimately determine the cost.

However, as you trek from Lukla to Khare, your options for accommodation are limited to tea houses, which offer shared rooms with two beds or dorm rooms. The cost of these rooms ranges between $10-$30. However, the costs also depend on your negotiation skills, group size, and the season. The accommodation cost will be slightly higher if you opt for a luxury trek to Mera Peak. Your room will have basic facilities such as a bed, clean mattress, sheets, and blanket.

At Mera Base Camp, you must camp for the night and continue your trek towards Mera High Camp the next day. Once again, you must camp at Mera High Camp before climbing Mera Peak at dawn. You can either rent or buy a tent suitable for the trek. A durable and suitable tent costs from $150 to $300. The tent's cost varies with brand, quality, durability, and the number of people it accommodates.


Kathmandu offers many options for meals and drinks, similar to accommodation. The cost of your meals and drinks in Kathmandu depends on your preferences, as the choices are endless. You can enjoy a vital meal ranging from $2 to $50. While on the trails from Lukla to Khare, your options for meals and drinks are slightly limited but still moderate. Most tea houses, restaurants, and cafes on the trails have a primary menu. The menu includes dal-bhat-tarkari, roti, noodles, fried rice, momos, and more. You can expect to pay $5-$30 per plate for these options. Additionally, a cafe in Namche Bazaar offers delicious fresh bread and pastries.

You can choose varieties like tea, coffee, hot and cold flavored drinks, soups, soft drinks, and hot and cold water. These beverages can vary from $5 to $20 per glass or cup. However, as you go from Khare to Mera Base Camp and back, your meal and drink options are limited to what the porters carry. Our cook will prepare and serve hygienic food for you. So you can still enjoy a satisfying and nourishing meal.

Guide and Porters

Expedition to Mera Peak is an awe-inspiring and challenging experience that takes you off the beaten path. To ensure your safe and successful summit, it's essential to have the right support team in place. Here are the field staff you'll need for your journey.

You will first need a knowledgeable and experienced guide to accompany you on your trek. Mera Peak's trails are unmarked and unpredictable, so a guide can provide critical insight into the terrain and keep you safe. They can also offer valuable information about the surrounding peaks, landscapes, flora, and fauna. Their help will enhance your trekking experience. The cost for a guide on your Mera Peak climb is typically around $25-$35 per day. You'll also want an experienced climbing guide if you plan to climb the peak. A climbing guide is highly skilled in summiting mountain peaks and can assist with the technical aspects of your climb. They may also offer basic mountaineering training to help you tackle the peak's challenges. A climbing guide typically costs $325-$400 per peak.

An assistant guide is another valuable asset, especially for larger groups. Though they may have less experience than a fully licensed guide, an assistant guide can help improve your trekking expertise. They will assess the main guide and set up camp. They can also help tend to the individual requirements of each group member. The cost for an assistant guide ranges from $18 to $30 per day. Lastly, porters are essential for lightening your load and making your trek more comfortable. Depending on your group size, you may need multiple porters too. They will help you carry your equipment and supplies you won't need on any particular day. Each porter can carry up to 25 kg of weight while you carry your day backpack containing your necessary items. The cost for a porter is typically $15 per day. With the right team in place, you can summit Mera Peak and ski back comfortably and successfully, all while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

Gears and Equipment Needed:-

When planning for a trek up Mera Peak, it's essential to consider the gear and equipment you'll need to bring with you. The cost of this equipment can vary depending on whether you choose to rent or purchase it and the brand and quality of the product. You'll need the standard equipment and supplies required for any trek, such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and appropriate clothing. In addition, you'll need specific gear for climbing Mera Peak.

A climbing harness will cost around $50-$60, while 5 meters or more of a 6mm climber's accessory cord will cost $5-$10 per meter. A Figure 8 or Abseil belay device will cost between $8-$36, and a large mitten-sized ascender (such as the Petzl) and arm-length leash will cost $25-$70. Moreover, you'll also need 2 locking carabiners (1 large and 1 small) for $8-$12 each and 4 regular carabiners, which will cost the same. An ice axe with a leash is necessary and can cost between $80-$150. Crampons are also required, and it's important to get steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates for safety. These will cost between $8-$15. Adjustable trekking poles are recommended and can cost between $20-$60.

Safety equipment is also important, and a helmet is necessary, costing between $40-$200. Ski goggles will cost around $80-$150, and glacier sunglasses with side shields will cost $50-$65. An oximeter is also recommended for monitoring oxygen levels, costing between $14-$22. Remember that rental costs can range from $1-$10 per item daily if you rent it instead of purchasing it. You can ask for bulk discounts and negotiate prices while renting in Thamel.

Moreover, before renting or buying, ensure the authenticity and quality of the equipment. You can easily purchase or rent gear in Kathmandu and Lukla. Generally, prices are lower in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance and Helicopter Evacuations:- 

It is highly advisable to have travel insurance that covers treks and high-altitude climbs such as Mera Peak Climbing. This is crucial for your safety and is often a requirement for reputable trekking agencies. The cost of good travel insurance for Mera Peak Climbing can range from $125-$280, depending on the provider and coverage. As a general rule, travel insurance costs typically 4%-10% of your total, non-refundable travel cost. For an average Mera Peak Climbing expedition, which costs around $2500, your travel insurance would cost around $250.

If you already have travel insurance, confirming that it covers high-altitude climbs and emergency helicopter evacuations in countries such as Nepal is important. Additionally, it is recommended to get travel insurance from your home country.

During the Mera Peak climb, climbers may encounter acute mountain sickness (AMS) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). These conditions can increase the difficulty level of the expedition. In some cases, climbers may require emergency evacuation via helicopter. Without proper insurance coverage, the cost of emergency evacuation can be astronomical.

Fortunately, helicopter service from Mera Peak is available for those requiring emergency returns. The service is just a call away, and the staff provides quick assistance and aid to the patient. Helicopter service is not as exact as helicopter evacuation. But it is an excellent option for those traveling and wanting to return to Kathmandu within budget and a short time. 


NMA Mera Peak climbing permit:- To climb to Mera Peak, you need to pay a fee for the NMA Mera Peak Climbing Permit, which varies depending on the popularity of the trek and the season. During spring, with clear skies and favorable climbing temperatures, the permit costs USD250. Autumn is also a peak season for Mera Peak Climbing, with a permit cost of USD125. Conversely, the winter and summer seasons are considered off-season, resulting in a lower cost for the permit. You can obtain the NMA Mera Peak Climbing Permit during these seasons for only USD70.

Local Area Permit:- Obtaining a local area permit is necessary to enter the region for climbing. You can acquire this permit upon arrival in Lukla. However, in many cases, the travel company you are associated with may arrange for the permit beforehand. The cost of the Local Area Permit is approximately USD 20 or NRs. 2000.

Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit:- Climbing Mera Peak requires an additional permit. Once you arrive at the National Park, you will have the opportunity to observe various unique species. Since the park is part of the Makalu Barun National Park, you must obtain a Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit to view them. The permit fee varies depending on your nationality:

Locals: No fee

SAARC Nationals: NPR 1500 (plus NPR 165 VAT charge)

Foreign Nationals: NPR 3000 (plus NPR 390 VAT charge)


  • Q1. What is the altitude of Mera Peak, and how challenging is it to climb?

    Mera Peak is a Himalayan peak with an altitude of 6,654 M. It is considered a moderate trekking peak, making it an excellent choice for beginner and intermediate climbers in good physical shape and having some mountaineering experience.

  • Yes, skiing back down to Mera Base Camp is possible, and it's a thrilling experience that many mountaineers look forward to. However, it requires proper equipment and knowledge of backcountry skiing. It's recommended to have a qualified guide and the necessary gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable descent.

  • The best time to climb Mera Peak is during the autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May) seasons. The stable weather and mild and moderate temperatures make for ideal climbing conditions and ski back.

  • A Mera Peak climbing expedition typically lasts 18 to 20 days, depending on the chosen route, acclimatization needs, and weather conditions.

  • While Mera Peak is considered a moderate peak, it still requires technical climbing skills, such as crampons, ice axes, and ropes. Some mountaineering experience and proper training is recommended before climbing Mera Peak.

  • Some essential kit for Mera Peak climbing includes proper mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, helmets, harnesses, ropes, and warm clothing. A qualified guide can advise you on the necessary gear and equipment based on your experience level and climbing route.

  • Acclimatization during the Mera Peak climb is essential to ensure that climbers can adjust to the high altitude and avoid altitude sickness. Most expeditions include several acclimatization days in their itinerary, allowing climbers to ascend and spend time at different altitudes slowly.

  • Not at all. Nevertheless, excellent physical shape is essential for this trek and peak climb. Additionally, this Mera Peak excursion involves a skiing tour from the summit to the base camp. Therefore, every skier should have a strong mountain skiing foundation, as snow conditions vary widely. We offer ski training programs to prepare you for this expedition. Additionally, you must engage in a training regimen that includes mountaineering equipment to learn mountain climbing techniques.

  • Climbing Mera Peak can be safe with proper preparation, training, and experienced guides. However, like all mountain activities, there are inherent risks involved. It's crucial to follow safety guidelines, acclimate properly, and have the proper gear and equipment to minimize these risks.

  • Yes, Nepal is a secure destination for female travelers. Nonetheless, if you plan to explore remote areas of the country, you should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops to avoid unwanted attention from conservative locals. Before hiring any guides or porters for your trek, conducting a thorough background check is crucial. Additionally, it's best to avoid trekking after dark to ensure your safety.

Client Reviews

  • A Skier's Dream Come True: My Review of Mera Peak Climbing and Ski Back to Mera Base Camp

    Mountain Rock Treks exceeded my expectations with their Mera Peak and Ski Back Expedition Package. The trek to Mera Peak was challenging but the support and guidance of the team made it a manageable feat. Skiing back down was an absolute blast and something I'll never forget. The team took care of everything from transportation to accommodations and the food was delicious. I can't recommend this package enough!

    Gerard HardyAustriaApril 16, 2023
  • Conquering the Summit: A Review of Mera Peak Climbing and Ski Back to Mera Base Camp

    I recently went on the Mera Peak and Ski Back Expedition Package, and it was an incredible adventure! The trip was well-organized and included everything I needed to make it a success. The guides were knowledgeable and experienced, and they made sure we were safe throughout the entire journey. The trip's highlight was skiing back down the mountain - it was an exhilarating experience I'll never forget. I highly recommend this package to anyone who loves adventure and wants to push themselves to new limits.

    Adem WallacePitcairnApril 09, 2023
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