Mera peak is considered one of the major and
popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The Peak itself rises to the south of Everest. The ascent
of the peak is technically straightforward, however, the heavy snow and the maze of
crevasses can make the way longer to the summit. Besides the charming of climbing Mera
Peak, the trek to its base camp from Lukla is rewarding for experiencing little-visited
and yet unspoilt region of Nepal with densely forested hill sides.
There are several approaches to the base camp
besides the easy and normal route which is mentioned below. The routes crossing Amphu
Labtsa (5,780m) and the Mingbo La (5,871m) are quite adventurous and rewarding for
spectacular scenery but none of them are easy.
North Face Glacier from the Mera La
The base camp can be set up at 5,300m on the
Hongu side in the moraine below the ice. Normally, high camp is set at 5,800m near a rocky
outcrop on the Mera Glacier. The high camp proves to be one to the spectacular viewpoints
in Nepal offering the panoramic views of Kanchanjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse
sweeping around from the east and Amadablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega to the west. The giant
faces of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse appear in the north.
There are three main summits which are
climbable without much difficulty. The south summit (6,065m) is the most accessible with
the Northern Summit (6,476m) , the highest, which can be reached by skirting the Central
Summit (6,461m) to the north and following snow ridge to its top. Climbing the middle
summit requires ascent up on steep snow and is slightly technical. Mera North is
straight-forward to climb.
||Kathmandu - Lukla
by flight.Camp at Lukla.
||Rest day in
||Rest day for
||High camp and
make preparation for the next day to get to the summit.
||Summit and the
views of Pumori (7161m), Lhotse (8516m) Makalu (8463m), Lobuche (6145m), Cho Oyu (8201m)
are spectacular from the summit. We retrace to Base Camp.
||Mera Peak Base
Camp - Lukla. We follow the same route and come back to Lukla. Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu