Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek

USD 2,255
  • Activities
    Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek
  • Max Elevation
    6461m at Mera Peak
  • Trip Duration
    19 Days
  • Trip Grade
    Technical Adventure
  • Lodging
    Eco Lodges + Tented Camp
  • Meals
    Full Board on Trek & BB Plan on City
  • Transportation
    Private vehicle & flight
  • Communication
    Available
  • Group Size
    Minimum 2
  • Best Season
    Autumn and Spring
  • Per Day Walk
    Approx. 4 - 6 Hours

Trip Highlights of Mera Peak Hinku Valley :

  • Mera peak is the highest of Nepal’s permitted trekking peak.
  • Mera Peak has three different summits with the beautiful fluted summit is in the Northwest summit (6461m).
  • Hinku Valley is truly a mountain wilderness, a place of massive moraines, glacial lakes and spectacular peaks.
  • Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek is an alternative way to the most straightforward approach to a more traditional Mera route from Lukla.
  • Hinku Hillsides hold abundant forests of tall blue Himalayan pine, hemlock, birch and luxuriant flora and fauna.
  • This is well worth exploring and the time thus spent will go a long way to helping you acclimatise.

Trip Introduction :

Mera Peak rises to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the wild and heavily wooded valleys of the Hongu Drangkas and does not truly say part of the Khumbu Valley. It calls Hinku Valley. Hinku Valley remains uninhabited although there are kharka in the upper Hinku where Sherpa from the south near Pangkongma, graze their animals during the grass-growing in the monsoon. 

The Hinku Valley is truly a mountain wilderness, a place of massive moraines, glacial lakes and spectacular peaks that include lakes Chamlang and Baruntse. The valley terminates in a crescent of ridges, peak sand passes that includes Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (South) [5650m/18532ft], Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (North) [5300m/17384ft] via Amphu Lapcha La Pass [5845m/19177ft]. All of those Crossing provides spectacular views of world-famous Khumbu glacier and Himalayas. 

Expert Mountaineer at Mera Peak was made by J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing on 20 May 1953, by the now-standard route from the Mera La. It was the May season during which Roberts made the first western exploration of the Lumding.

Entering the Hongu From the South: Hongu Drangka can be approached from the south via the Kemba La (3,913m/12,912 ft), a pass on the east rim of the Hongu Gorge to the south of the Chamlang Massive. This route is little used, ill-defined and follows a high ridge with little water, the Kal Pokhari Danda.

The Kemba La can be reached from Lukhla in a few days via the Sherpa Village of Pang-kong ma and the Rai settlement of Chemsing. The Kal Pokhari Danda trail climbs to around 4,390m (15,000ft), above the precipitous gorge of the Hongu, before descending through dense bamboo and rhododendron forest to Urpa (4,090m/13,419ft).

A crossing point just beyond that leads north-west to Knogme Dingma and a steep Climb to the east side of the Mera La. The views of Chamlang’s south and west flank from the trail above Kongme are spectacular.
Please Visit: Peak Climbing Gears and Equipment and Essential Tools & Gear for Trekking

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1285m), Our Representative from Nepal Guide Treks welcomes you with Garland and transfers you to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
    Meals: BB Plan 

  • Day 02: You will be meeting with your climbing crew and prepared for Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek.

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
    Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m/8,956ft): 40 mins flight, 5-6 hours trek

    Our Sherpa Guide will take you to the Kathmandu Airport for catch an early morning flight to Lukla, which will take 40 minutes flight and begin our trek with porters and guide to Paiya after landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. We start our jungle trail crossing a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach Surke Village. From here, we continue moving south and cross the Chutok La pass before reaching the small settlement of Paiyan, also known as Chutok.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 04: Paiya to Panggom (2,846m/9,337ft): 5-6 hours

    Until we cross the Kari La Pass, the descending trail is slippery after reaching a small bridge where our  Sherpa crew make your safety trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests on a narrow mountain trail. Then after our trail is heading towards Dudhkoshi Valley here we see spectacular scenery and finest viewpoint with scenic landscapes. Now we trek to Panggom Village where inhabitant’s earning their income through trading and farming.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 05: Panggom to Ningsow (2,863m/9,393ft): 4-5 hours

    Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek has several different passes with spectacular Himalayan View, traditional Sherpa cultures, and pine forest walk make our trek refreshment. Today, we cross the Panggom La Pass, and then we ascend through a steady path to reach Ningsow Village.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 06: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft): 7-8 hours

    From Ningsow, the trail continues steeply first then descend for a moment and then climb some more to reach Ramailo Danda. From here we observe extraordinary views of Mera Peak and Salpa. After ascending and descending on our trail, we enter the Makalu Barun National Park. Our trail from here to Chhatra Khola is called Pasang Lhamu trail. During this trek, we may encounter with Exclusive Red Panda.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft): 6-7 hours

    Our trek begins towards the north on the main trail to Mera Peak. After walking on a trail next to the Majang Khola, we merge with another trail which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. We trek through a bamboo forest to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mera Peak. From here dry land begins to reach Kothe. During the trail, the steep is slippery with full of snow and ice.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft): 3-4 hours

    From Kothe, the path follows the west bank of the Hinku Drangka northwards, in the shadow of Mera Peak via the kharkas of Godishung, Dupishung and Lungsamba.  Beyond Godishung, beneath a great rock overhang, is a small gompa with a Buddha and several buddsatva and prayer flags. The statues seem especially fine for such a remote setting. At Thaknak, primitive lodges and shops where we would be staying at night.

    Accommodation: Eco Basic Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours

    From Thaknak, the steepens valley follows the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka. The setting offers the mesmerizing views of the crest of Charpate Himal. From Dig Kharka, the trail provides a route through snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers technical uphill to Khare.

    Accommodation: Eco Basic Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and Climbing Training

    We have provided one spare day for acclimatization and climbing training to make our climbing safe and successful. Our climbing crews demonstrate the best practices .and techniques to use climbing gears and safety tools.

    Accommodation: Eco Basic Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 6-7 hours

    We trek on the state of the snow and condition of the glacier, getting on to the ice and prove tricky. The thin air and high altitude with steeply slippery ice walk might make tired in an arc toward the Mera La. The glacier levels with snow-covered crevasses. Then crossing all the crevasses, we set up a Mera high camp where we do fix our tents on the top of the rock band. From here, we can enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, South face of Lhotse and world-famous Khumbu glacier.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 12: Reserve Day (In case of Bad Weather)

    Globally Warming conditions, the weather might be changed very quickly, in case of bad weather, high wind, snowfalls or storm etc.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 13: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m/21,1907ft) and back to Khare (5045m/16,547ft): 8-9 hours

    From the high camp, we climb to the summit of Mera Peak and return to the Khare in one day. We have to get up very early in the morning. The central summit stands at the head of a wide glacier by flanked by two ridges. The way now leads back south-west toward the main summit ridge of Mera. Mera Peak Climbing is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the thin air. We use fix rope ascending and descending of the Mera Peak. At the summit of Mera Peak, mesmerizing views of the almighty Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and thousands of snowcapped mountains are seen.

    Accommodation: Eco Basic Lodges
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 14: Reserve Day for Climbing

    As per weather condition, there is no guarantee either you can do the summit on the same day or not. Therefore, the day is set aside as a reserve day. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day will not be required.

    Accommodation: Eco Basic Lodges | Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

  • Day 15: Khare to Kothe (3600m/11808ft): 4-5 hours

    We trek back from Khare to Kothe having the excellent achievement of successful Mera Peak Summit by celebrating with local wines and Sherpa cultures. This Mera Peak Hinku Valley trek might remain as memories forever.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

     

  • Day 16: Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4,300 m/14,107ft): 5-6 hours

    Our Hinku Valley trek starts from Kothe to Thuli Kharka after delicious breakfast. We climb uphill’s and downhill’s crossing several tributaries of the Inkhu Khola before reaching a forked trail nearby Taktho. Our trail passes by a monument of the Buddha called a Chorten after which we walk downhill on a steep trail to Thuli Kharka.

    Accommodation: Eco Lodges
    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

  • Day 17: Thuli Kharla to Lukla via Zatrwa La pass: 6-7 hours

    At 4,600m, we cross the Zatrwa-La pass by the sight of the beautiful Lukla Valley which is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Sherpa villages, green hills, rivers and watershed. From Zatrwa La pass we walk all the way down to Chutang and then straight forward to the Lukla village.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

  • Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu

    We take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu airport, our driver waiting for you to drive back to the hotel. Today, we will meet for the farewell dinner, where we will share and get your feedback about your climbing experience and our team spirit.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

  • Day 19: Final departure

    Our Mera Peak Hinku Valley trek comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast]

What's included?
  • 3 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • A day sightseeing in Kathmandu with experienced city guide, all entrance fees, and private vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
  • All ground transportation by the private vehicle including airport arrival and departure transfer
  • Climbing permits for Mera Peak
  • All required trekking permits and national park fees
  • Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during the trek – as per itinerary
  • All meals during trek & climb– Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Experienced trekking & climbing guide
  • The required number of porters
  • All necessary climbing gears
  • Kitchen equipment and camping equipment during the climbing period
  • General first aid kids
  • Insurance, clothing, and salary for staffs
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All government taxes and necessary paperwork
What's not included?
  • Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
  • International airfares and departure tax.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Cost of personal expenses
  • Tips

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Accommodations: 
As per our package trip of Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek package trip, we have quoted the cost which covers three-star accommodations during the stay in Kathmandu – the category of accommodation can easily upgrade or degrade as per the preference of clients. During the entire trekking (after and before the climbing period) there is the availability of tea house/lodges. And during the climbing period of a couple of days, there need to set up tented camps. So we will provide tea house accommodation at available places and camping accommodation for not accessible places.
Meals: 
In general, our package trip of Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek inclusive of all meals – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the entire trekking and Breakfast plan in Kathmandu. We will have Dinner and Breakfast in the same teahouse/Camp where we spent overnight and Lunch will be en-route of trekking towards next destination since we have to leave our accommodation after breakfast to continue the trek. You can enjoy the taste of varieties of cuisines; Nepali food, Tibetan, Continental, Indian, Italian etc by choosing on the menu. During the camping period, while we are in Mera Peak Base Camp and Mera Peak High Camp, our kitchen team will prepare hygienic foods to serve you. There might not be several choices of foods during the camp as in the tea houses and restaurants; you have to understand that our crew have to carry all camping gears and kitchen equipment from available places but we are sure we will provide as much services and facilities as we can do to make your adventure holiday awesome.
Physical Conditions and Experience Required: 
Mera Peak Climbing is a technical adventure activity in Nepal which requires previous trekking experience and technical skills about peak climbing gears to have a successful summit. The trip is very suitable for adventure motivated trekkers who have the ability to walk in snows ridges and adventurous trails. Walking in high altitudes might attract by high altitude sickness, a slow and steady walk would be the perfect solution. We suggest every trekker who is planning to come to Nepal for trekking adventure to do daily around an hour physical workout (jogging, hiking, cycling, gym, etc) prior to a couple of weeks.
Best Season for Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek:
Peak Climbing in Nepalese mountain is seasonal. Basically, 3 months in autumn – September, October & November and 3 months in spring – March, April & May are the perfect time for this Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek. During the time, the weather would be clear, sunny and warm in the Himalayas thus we can have great views of the mountains. Nevertheless, some adventure-seeking clients who do like crowed environment also can choose December, January, and February months for this trip. Monsoon season three months (June, July, and August) will be ruined by rains.
Health And Safety (Before Climbing and While Trekking):
Trekking in the Mountains is generally very rewarding and an unforgettable lifetime experience. However, it is very important to keep your safety in mind. Whether you’re going for the Mera Peak Hinku Valley Trek in Nepal, conditions can change at any moment and in case of a sudden accident, medication help may not easily available, so be sure that you get an as good and safe trekking experience at high altitude. We still recommend, however, that you always prepare yourself as much as possible and go through the below guidelines and tips on health, safety, and altitude sickness while trekking. Keeping these in mind we will also help you make your trip Risk Free as much as possible:
 
       1. Before Climbing:
  • Know your destination very well you are going for trekking and climbing.
  • Make sure you have proper clothing for all weather conditions (warm clothes, rain gear, and hat, scarf, and gloves). Please be prepared for adverse weather conditions and apply the mantra “better safe than sorry”.
  • Please bring the insurance details with you so that the expenses for a helicopter emergency evacuation or other emergency situations are covered, if needed.
  • Always bring water purifying tablets, carbon filters or alike even at high altitude water may be impure.
  • Personal hygiene is important in order not to get sick. Hand sanitizer or disinfection gel will get you far.
  • Carry a whistle with you and cell phone.
  • Bring first aid kit, especially if you are trekking alone. Generally, we highly recommend to always bring a guide while trekking in the Himalayas.
  • Always bring sunscreen, sunglasses and perhaps even a sun hat, a torch.
  • If you go trekking route ascends higher than 3,000 m, please read carefully about Altitude Sickness.
       2. While Trekking:
  • You will regularly encounter caravans of mules and yaks while trekking in the Himalayas. Always stay on the mountainside while you wait for them to pass, and do not go close to the ridges. Mules often carry heavy and wide loads so they may accidentally kick you off the mountain if you’re not careful enough.
  • Do not drink alcohol. It dehydrates you and thus increases the risk of altitude sickness if above 3,000 m.
  • Always carry a first-aid kit with you, wear warm clothes and rain gear with you.
  • Be sure always trek with a friend or guide.
  • While trekking above 3,000 m do not ascend too fast. Generally, it is not recommended to ascend more than 3-500 m per day as doing so will significantly increase the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
  • Must Carry a Flashlight with you along with a map, compass and potentially a GPS so that you always know your location.
  • Listen to the advice provided by your guide and trekking agency so you would be risk-free.
Altitude Sickness | Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) | Altitude Illness:
 
       1. What is Altitude Sickness?
  • Altitude illness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Illness.
  • It is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to a low pressure of oxygen at high altitude.
  • Normally, ranges from a mild headache and weariness to a life-threatening disease, when fluid in the lungs (HAPE) or Brain (HACE) is built up.
  • Altitude illness should always be taken seriously as ignoring it may ultimately lead to death.
       2. How is altitude illness caused?
  • It is a result of lack of oxygen.
  • The atmosphere will always have 21% oxygen the driving pressure decreases the higher we go. At sea level, the driving pressure forces sufficient oxygen into the capillaries of our lungs giving a saturation of oxygen in the blood and throughout the tissues. However, as we start to ascend an ever decreasing driving pressure also implies an ever decreasing oxygen level, giving less oxygen into the capillaries of our lungs and subsequently less oxygen in our blood and tissues.
  • Up to an altitude of around 8,000 feet, the driving pressures should be high enough to provide sufficient oxygen levels. When entering a terrain of 8,000 feet and higher pathophysiological changes may start to manifest due to lack of oxygen.
       3. What are altitude illness symptoms? 
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Sleeplessness, or
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal
  • Swelling extremities
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased Appetite
      4. How to treat altitude illness?
  • Always consult a doctor if available
  • In case of mild altitude sickness symptoms, stay at the same altitude. Ascend only when the symptoms have resolved completely.
  • At serious altitude sickness symptoms start to descend immediately. Consider getting a helicopter emergency evacuation
  • Serious altitude sickness symptoms may be treated with a Gamow bag – an inflatable high-pressure bag which helps to restore the oxygen level and air pressure.
      5. How to prevent altitude illness?
  • The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to ascend gradually.
  • When above 3,000 m it is not recommended to ascend more than 300-400 m per day. Even if you’ve not ascended more than 300 m but still feel a headache, tiredness or any other of the above-listed altitude sickness symptoms, always take a rest day to further acclimatize.
  • Proper hydration helps to prevent altitude sickness so drink sufficient water.
  • The general water drinking guideline is to drink 1 litre of water per 1,000 m.
  • Another recommended way to prevent altitude sickness is the use of Diamox (Acetazolamide) pills so as to speed up the acclimatization.
  • As soon as you ascend more than 3,000 m you can start taking 1 pill per day.
How to Get Nepal Visa?

Immigration Office at Kathmandu Airport Facilitating Tourist Visa on arrival.

Visa Fees:

Two Weeks – 30 USD

One Month (Four Weeks) – 50 USD

Three Month (90 Days) – 125 USD

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Visa Extension Fees:

Tourist Visa Extension required a minimum of 15 days (USD 45)and USD 3 for each extra days.

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