Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Yet despite its height and stunning location high above the valleys of the Himku and Hongu just south of the Everest region of eastern Nepal, it is not a difficult climb and it is suitable for those with no prior climbing experience, providing they are fit and adventurous.
You can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip. From here the route takes you over the 4,600m Zatrwa La and into the Himku Valley. Dense forests of pine and juniper soon open out onto the high ridges en route to the Mera La Pass (5,415m) and high camp for the climb. The views from here are astounding, with a panorama that takes in Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse in the east to Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse to the north. From Base Camp the climb to Mera’s summit is not technically hard and the glacier’s snow covered crevasses form the main danger. Progress is necessarily slow and careful. The summit views outdo even those from the pass and there is ample time for photos before the descent to Base Camp.
SUMMIT: Mera Peak 6,654m.
LOCATION: Everest / Makalu Region
GRADE: ALPINE grade F.