The Alpinist Dream - Mera Expedition

Published Date: August 16, 2017

The Alpinist Dream - Mera Expedition

If you have a dream, a dream to experience high altitude without a lot of technical risk then Mera peak is what you’re wishing for. Mera Peak (6476m) is the highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal as its technically forthright ascent makes it a pragmatic objective for devoted trekkers to attempt as their first peak. From the summit of Mera Peak, you are rewarded with a striking view of the four 8000 plus mountains (Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m)) and many other mountains.

 

 

Mera Peak is one of the most tempting peaks of Nepal. A Mera Peak climbing trip starts with an amazing mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Next we set out on incredibly beautiful trek through the remote Hinku valley where you can immerse yourself in their divine local culture. Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends this route as this route allows a gradual acclimatization which will stand you in good stead for the climb rather than the alternative route i.e. direct route over the Zatrwa La Pass. This less visited and pristine area of the Everest region boasts of beautiful green terrace fields, dense forest, rushing streams, swinging bridges and yak pastures with a backdrop of the world’s highest mountain. Sherpa guest houses, high in the summer pastures, are a welcome place for exhausted trekkers.

 

 

Gradually, the landscapes changes as you ascend for Thangnak from woods to high altitude. Some notable effects of altitude will be seen because one will be at an elevation of more than 4000 meters at that time. People usually spend an extra day in Thangnak for proper acclimatization. Also this place worth to stay as it is surrounded by snow covered hills from all sides which add life to Thangnak’s usual elegance. After Thangnak, climbers march towards Khare, 5045m, the last village before we ascend to base camp. To acclimatize, trekkers spend another day exploring and practicing climbing techniques with thier Sherpa climbing guide. If trekkers are feeling energetic, they might trek as far as Mera La as well. From Khare we nove to Mera La – Mera Base Camp- Mera High Camp and finally to the summit. On the summit day, one needs to start their walk from 2:30 am (approx.) to reach the top in the meantime and encounter the striking panoramic scene of 8000-meter-mountains such as Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m).

 

 

Though Mera Peak Climbing is technically straightforward as the snow slopes rarely exceeds 40 degrees. However, the final 50m from the top requires fixed ropes, harness, ice pick and crampons. Formerly having a climbing experience would be a plus point but it’s not mandatory as our well trained/experienced guides will provide you the necessary trainings and skills. Although the altitude makes it physically challenging, our itinerary has been carefully designed to allow gradual acclimatization.

 

 

The best season for climbing Mera Peak is from March to May and from September to November. You can do this trip in December as well, but it will be colder comparatively. The duration of the Mera Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference as there are at least three trails from Lukla that will lead to Khare. Keep you climbing boots and gears ready !!

 


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