Mera peak lies to the south of Everest and 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 8000m+ mountains are visible in the near distance from the summit and getting to the summit from base camp is considered not much more than a mountain walks 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 of this height.
Sen Tenzing and Jimmy Roberts made the first successful ascent of MeraPeak on 20 May 1953. The route they used is still the standard route. Mera has two summits. The easier one attempted by most groups is accessed by taking a higher line to the eastern summit with its steep last 20 m or so. The true summit can either be reached by a drop and traverse, beyond many people by this stage, or by initially taking a more westerly lower line out of the high camp for a steep haul to the true summit.
Highlights of the trek:
- Explore the majestic and easily accessible peak of Mera and experience the other glorious peaks surrounding it.
- Enjoy the pink, purple, red, and white Rhododendrons that make the trail of Mera Peak vivid and bright.
- Trek in the surreal and remote valley of Hinku and Hongu.