These treks involve ascending one or more moderate-altitude summits (+/- 5,000 meters) or high mountains (6,000 meters and higher) over several days of hiking. The summit isn’t the primary objective, but rather a rewarding cherry on top of the sundae. Travellers carry only a day backpack, except when ascending summits. The rest of the equipment is transported by a team on site. These treks are relatively comfortable, considering the remoteness of the destinations. Nights are spent in a “lodge” or tent.
Climbing Mera Peak is a unique opportunity to reach a high summit (6,000 metres) among the Nepalese titans. From that summit, you can see 6 of the 14 giants of the 8,000 metres club, including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
First and foremost, this expedition is a major trek in Sherpa country taking us through several villages of the Khumbu region toward the Hinku Valley and leading us peacefully to Kote via the Pangom pass. From there, we will be at about 4,000 metres in the mountain vegetation, passing only a few villages and high meadows. A long deep valley will take us to Khare, near which we will set up our base camp. The technical climb will start then, leaving us three days to reach the coveted summit of Mera Peak. We will return via the Zatrwa pass to Lukla to celebrate our venture! On this trip, we will also explore several of the mythical places of the Kathmandu Valley, so rich in history and religious symbolism.
• Climbing Mera Peak in Nepal, a summit of 6,476 metres, an exceptional trek on the little-known trails of the Khumbu region/Hinku Valley
• A unique view of 6 of the 8,000 metres giants of the planet in one of the highest regions in the world
• A beautiful adventure for those who want to make a Himalayan expedition without great technical difficulty
• Discovering Sherpa culture and the culture of some other Nepalese communities
• Visiting the four major sites of the Kathmandu Valley: the holy city of Pashupatinath, the huge Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple), the old capital city (Bakhtapur) and, of course, the city of Kathmandu!
• Secure supervision with a certified and experienced Québécois guide who has made many high-summit climbs
• Local team with which we have worked for several years and Sherpa high mountain guides who have climbed Everest and other major summits several times
• An itinerary giving you maximum opportunity for altitude adjustment, specifically, during the Everest base camp trek
• Four nights in a four-star hotel in Kathmandu
• Quality meals in the city because we will let you in on Kathmandu’s culinary secrets; while trekking, our cook will make his best local and international specialties for you
• Athletic and mentally demanding expeditions/routes
• Several days of hiking (trekking) and climbing at high altitude (between 4,000 and 7,000 metres)
• Several nights on bivouac or in tents in temperatures that can be below freezing at high altitude
• Few creature comforts (no shower for days, for example)
• Requires the acquisition or mastery of technical mountaineering knowledge (we offer introductory training)
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Choose an option from the table above, click Reserve Now and complete the registration form. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. A first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the departure date. Full payment must be received 45 days before the departure date.
• Round-trip Katmandu-Lukla flight
• In-country land transportation
• Experienced Québécois Terra Ultima guide(s)
• Level I mountaineering training
• Four nights in a four-star hotel
• All meals in the city and on the expedition
• Entry fees for locations visited during the trip
• Technological support for communications
• Mess tent, kitchen tent, shower tent and altitude tents (Mountain Hardwear Trango 3)
• Baggage transportation
• Physical and mental preparation/advisory meeting
• Equipment purchase support (see partners)
• Applicable taxes
• Beverages (alcoholic or not)
• International airport taxes
• Tipping for the Terra Ultima guide
• Personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag and clothing)
• Anything not indicated under “PRICE INCLUDES’’
Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2019.Conditions of participation
Walking time : 4 hours
Accommodation : Hotel
Meals : B.L.D.
Accommodation : Campsite or lodge
Meals : B.L.D.
Transport : in-country flight of 40 minutes
Accommodation : Hotel
Meals : B.L.D.
• The trekking times above are estimates and may vary based on group composition, weather conditions and other factors. The same is true for the lengths of trips, which do not account for breaks and, of course, any breakdowns that may occur !
• Small group of 6 to 13 travellers.
• All-inclusive hiking services.
• A qualified Québécois Terra Ultima guide supervises all travel, ensuring things go as planned on the route, the technical aspects of trekking and the quality of services, besides sharing his or her knowledge of Nepal with the travellers.
• The presence of numerous locals: guides, drivers, mule wranglers, etc. They proudly represent Nepal !
• Our guide team will take good care of you, set up camp and do the cooking. We will have a big main tent for sharing meals and spending enjoyable evenings throughout the trip except when we are in camp at altitude, where comforts are more limited.
• Information and preparation meetings with your group before departure.
We will use the services of porters to carry baggage, food and shared equipment, and your bags will be waiting for you in the lodges or at the campsite at the end of each day.
*You will need to take only what you need for a day hike when trekking. Your porter will carry up to 12 kg for you. Technical equipment will be transported separately.
Because it is a trekking and climbing trip, walking is the primary means of transportation up to the Mera Peak base camp. Other travel, such as the transfer from the airport to your hotel and visiting historic sites in the Kathmandu Valley, will be done in a private minibus.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a [four]-star hotel, double occupancy. During the trek, we will usually sleep in expedition type tents and, in a few small villages we go through, tea house type lodges.*Single occupancy is possible, on request.
Terra Ultima takes care of all meals in the city in restaurants and during climbs, trekking and transfers by four-by-four in remote areas. We do our best to make sure they are good because they are one of the pleasures that make the trip a success! We will have an excellent expedition cook and a team of kitchen helpers with us throughout the trip.
Our expeditions are at the best times of year for trekking in the region of Solu Khumbu and Mera Peak. Spring and fall, before and after the monsoon, are the most stable and comfortable seasons. The weather is relatively warm and dry except at altitude (3,500 metres and above). Nights can be cold starting with Mera Peak base camp (Khare).
Kathmandu : between 15° and 30° C
While trekking : 10° to 25° C during the day and -10° to 5° at night
In the high mountains : -15° to -20° C
The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese rupee. Credit cards, especially Visa, are accepted in the souvenir shops and restaurants in Kathmandu. Canadian and US travellers’ cheques are accepted in the city but difficult to exchange elsewhere during the trek. Plan to bring some US cash, which is always good in case of emergency.
You should plan on approximately $5 per day per person per Terra Ultima guide. It is up to you, but you can consider this information as an indicator of the industry standard. Of course, you can increase it based on your appreciation !
We would like to remind you how important it is to have medical insurance to avoid ending up with a large bill for hospitalization abroad or for repatriation and to have cancellation insurance to cover the non-refundable part of the cost of your trip. We offer complete travel coverage with or without cancellation insurance.
Contact us if you would like a bid. If you get cancellation insurance through us, you can do so when you make your final payment, but if you go elsewhere for that insurance, we remind you that you might have to have it when you make your initial deposit. Furthermore, if you have insurance through your credit card service, it is imperative that you make your initial deposit using that card.
Furthermore, you must have coverage that includes mountaineering because we will be trekking with crampons on our feet and carrying ice axes. Contact us if you would like to know more about the specialized insurer.
Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) classes (the one for this trip is in bold) :
Currently, the system divides all hikes and climbs into five classes :
• Class 1 : hiking (Attention: +5,000 metres)
• Class 2 : possible use of hands required for balance
• Class 3 : requires use of hands for climbing ; rope may be used (attention : + 6,000 meters).
• Class 4 : simple climbing, with exposure; a rope is often used.
• Class 5 : technical free climbing
Note: insurance coverage for mountaineering is usually required starting with class 3 and/or 6,000 metres in altitude.
You will have to get a visa for Nepal. It costs $40 US for 30 days. It is easy to get once you arrive by filling out a form right in the airport. Plan to pay in cash and have a passport size photo in your possession. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months following your planned departure date from Nepal.
We advise you to consult the travel clinic or community health department nearest you to find out which vaccinations may be required for the various regions to be visited.
230 V/50 Hz outlets are used in Nepal. Please consult this site (https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ca/nepal/) to find out more about the outlets. Internet access is generally easy to get in Nepal. There are wi-fi networks in most hotels and some restaurants, sometimes for free, sometimes for a fee.
You will need a bag big enough to carry what you need for a day (day bag). This is the bag you will have with you and that you could use as a carry-on. Your main baggage can be a backpack or a duffel bag, some of which have handles and/or even wheels. A rigid bag, especially a large one, is not recommended because it is not flexible and takes up a lot of space on smaller means of transportation like minibuses. Don’t forget to identify your bags with your name and address.
You will receive a complete list of equipment when you register for the trip (see attachment).