At 6476m (over 21,000 feet) Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, and is ideal as an introduction to the world of high altitude mountaineering. The journey takes us into a more remote part of the Everest region and the view from the top is arguably one of the finest panoramas in the Himalaya – a magnificent spread of 5 of the world’s highest mountains (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Kangchenjunga). Climbing Mera Peak is a 3 week expedition.
Who is it for?
Whilst it is a tough and demanding climb, Mera has little in the way of technical climbing. As such it is accessible to most mountain walkers, provided they are fit, acclimatised and armed with determination and strong will-power. A typical day will involve about 5 hours trekking, with summit day taking about 12 hours round trip.
Previous experience with crampons and ice axe is beneficial, but extensive experience is not essential, and we can organise a refresher course on the glacier before making the ascent. Likewise, previous experience at altitude is helpful but not essential.
Our itinerary has been designed with great care, enabling a slow and safe acclimatisation, but at the same time fitting perfectly into a 3 week schedule. We have chosen a circular route, not only because this makes the trip more varied, but also because this allows a more gradual ascent to high altitude. Our trek in to the Hinku valley avoids the main trail over the Zatrwa La and instead takes us through remote villages, across rugged terrain and into the wilderness of the Makalu Barun National Park. This solid acclimatisation and a spare summit day built into the itinerary in case of bad weather stand us in great stead for summit success!
We have one of the best support teams in the Himalaya: an experienced Western leader, local Sherpas, sirdars, cooks and porters. We have worked with our crew for many years, and together we have taken our clients up many peaks in the Khumbu, from Everest to Mera Peak.
This is a fully supported camping trek, and we provide tents, all meals on the expedition, a fully equipped mess/dining tent, toilet tent, porters, satellite phone, safety equipment (including Portable Altitude Chamber) and First Aid Kit.
What to expect
There is a great variety of terrain on this trip: the initial trek into the Hinku valley is straightforward, with rugged trails and strenuous but achievable passes. The paths are in relatively good condition all the way to Khare, where we establish “base camp” for several days. After this we use crampons and ice axes to make our way up the Mera Glacier, where we will rope together as appropriate for glacier travel. The summit climb involves glacial slopes and a short snow ridge, again tackled with ice axe and crampons, and possibly some fixed rope to help in the trickier sections (we will teach you how to use these during the trip).
Full details of this trip, its itinerary, inclusions and exclusions, training and travel advice are in the Info Pack pdf.