Mera peak lies to the south of the Everest and to the north-east of the airstrip of lukla , standing prominently between the wilderness valleys of hinku and hongu .Mera peak is second only to island peak(6173m) in popularity with nearly 6000 people attempting it between 2006 to 2010. Its popularity comes from the fact that five of the world’s 14800m mountains are visible in the near distance from the summit and getting to the summit from base camp is considered not much than a mountain walk across a crevassed glacier.
Its high altitude must be respected, however and acclimatization must be done at the recommended pace ideally reaching the summit 12 days after leaving lukla. Many people fail to reach the summit because of this- there is no quick way to climb a mountain to this height.
Sen Tenzing and Jimmy Roberts made the first successful ascent of Mera Peak on 20 may 1953. The route they used is still the standard route. Mera peak has two summits .The easier one attempted by most groups, is accessed by taking a higher line to the eastern summit with its sleep last 20m or so. The true summit can either be reached by a drop and traverse , beyond many people bu this stage, or by initially taking a more westerly lower line out of the high camp for a steep haul to true summit.
They are many options for perfecting acclimatization. If flying to lukla perhaps first trek to Everest base camp ,then cross the Amphu laptsa (5,780m), or simply make a short debtour to bustling namche bazaar first.