MAX. ALTITUDE: 6476m
Mera Peak is a spectacular free-standing mountain, situated in one of the less populous Nepali valleys and provides climbers with an extremely varied mountain adventure. At 6,476m, Mera Peak is not only the highest trekking point in Nepal, but also one of the highest in the world. An ascent of Mera is not only about reaching an impressive summit but also a fascinating combination of mountain trekking, exploration and Sherpa culture.
A flight into Lukla brings us to the starting point of this trek in the spectacular and seldom visited Makalu Barun National Park and which winds its way through densely forested hillsides and over stunning high mountain passes. We follow the route through the Hinku Valley and onto Thagnak, turning east to Khare before reaching base camp at 5,300m. We spend a day in Base Camp acclimatising and honing our glacier travel skills before heading to our high camp at 5,800m near a rocky outcrop on the Mera Glacier.
The high camp is one of the most glorious viewpoints in Nepal, offering panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse sweeping around from the east, and Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega to the west. The giant faces of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse appear in the north. The ascent of the peak is technically straightforward, however the heavy snow and the maze of crevasses can make the summit bid demanding. Mera Peak is not likely forgotten, it is rich in Nepalese culture and striking in beauty.
9 Great reasons to climb Mera Peak with 360 Expeditions.
1. Itinerary. We approach the mountain via the longer “Jungle Route” which allows you to acclimatise properly and be immersed in an authentic Nepalese experience that the shorter routes don’t offer. Our Mera Peak trek includes extra days to allow for maximum acclimatisation and a contingency day to allow for bad weather. (22 days UK to UK – a few days longer than most). Also we have an additional day in Kathmandu after the trek to relax, shop and to fully explore the city and absorb its unique culture.
2. Glacier and technical training. We understand that for some of our clients the ascent of Mera peak will be the first time they travel on a glacier. Build into this itinerary is a full day dedicated to teaching you (or refreshing your knowledge) about the ins and outs of glacier travel, use of specialist equipment and ascender (jumar) practice.
3. Leadership. Our guides are mountain professionals. They will have not only climbed Mera Peak on numerous occasions (Rolfe is fast approaching his tenth ascent) but many of the peaks you trek past. They are a fountain of local and cultural knowledge and climbing experience adding hugely to your own trekking experience.
4. In country support. The 360 Expeditions local team are simply the best. Imagine trekking to Mera Peak with someone who has summited several 8,000 meter peaks and who calls the valleys you pass through home. 360 Expeditions have enjoyed a long standing relationship with our local team and consider each a good friend. We employ the 360 local teams on many other Himalayan expeditions and their high altitude experience and support is second to none. Furthermore our local team will never hesitate to invite you into their homes to not only enhance your experience but to gain an insight into their unique lifestyles, a point which often becomes an expedition highlight.
5. UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) have endorsed our choice of route as one of the best ways to climb Mera Peak. Our routes allow extra acclimatisation days reducing the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness significantly.
6. Hotel top and tailing expedition. You will be staying in a beautiful hotel surrounded by quiet tropical gardens nestled in the bustling heart of Kathmandu. No need for taxies to and from the fun.
7. Accommodation on trek. We provide you with the best quality tents and camping equipment. Big 3 man tents are used by 2 people to give you a bit more personal space and more room for your belongings and a thick sponge camping mattress are standard on each Nepal itinerary.
8. Meals on the trek. Our policy of providing professional chefs for all our expeditions has been the envy of
many trekkers we encounter en-route. No repetitive budget food for our teams but a hugely varied, fresh and filling feast every time you sit down to eat. Our aim is that food should not become a limiting factor when you climb this mountain. Also you won’t be reaching into your pocket every time you want a hot drink. This service is naturally included.