Mera Peak Climbing
Mera Peak Climbing Overview
Mera Peak Climbing is the ultimate adventure. The mountain is fantastic and the views from the top are spectacular. Mera peak is a mountain peak in the Mahalangur section and Barun sub-section, which is located in the Sagarmatha Zone. The height of the Mera peak is 6476m and is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. There are altogether 3 peaks in Mera, Mera North (6476m), Mera south (6065m), and Mera central (6461m). The first ascent of Mera Central was made on May 20, 1953, by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing. Since then, Mera peak is one of the most climbed and definitely a popular peak. Mera peak falls under the protection of Makalu Barun and Sagarmatha National park.
The trail to Mera peak comes across varieties of flora and fauna. Flora like Rhododendrons, Juniper, fir, Himalayan birch, etc and faunas like snow leopard, snowcock, bearded vulture, etc are found here. You also get to see many Sherpa villages, lush forests, suspension bridges, monasteries, and ancient Gompas. There is a stunning view of Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu from its summit. Mera Peak Climbing is not as technical or challenging as other peaks in Nepal. It is quite straightforward, still, the altitude and temperature can be a major problem. It is better to have experience and a few mountaineering skills to climb this peak.
This route takes almost 14/15 days and might cost you 800$. However, the cost depends on the mode of transportation, food, accommodation, and number of days for the journey.
Highlights of Mera Peak Climbing
- Stunning views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Everest, and Mt Lhotse.
- Explore the beautiful Hinku valley
- Climb Nepal’s highest peak
- Day 1- Kathmandu- Lukla-Chhuthang, 30 minutes flight, 4-5 hours walk
- Day 2- Chhuthang- Tuli Kharka, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 3- Tuli Kharka- Kothe, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 4- Kothe- Thangnak, 4-5 hours walk
- Day 5- Thangnak-Khare, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 6- Khare- Mera base camp, 3-4 hours walk
- Day 7- Mera base camp- High camp, 3-4 hours walk
- Day 8- High camp- Mera peak, back to Khare, 9-10 hours walk
- Day 9- Khare- Kothe,5-6 hours walk
- Day 10- Kothe-Tuli Kharka, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 11- Tuli Kharka- Lukla, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 12- Lukla-Kathmandu, 30 minutes.
Difficulties of Mera peak
Mera peak is comparatively an easier peak. However, it doesn’t mean it comes without challenges. The road to Mera peak base camp is rough, steep, and can be snowy. The trail above the base camp is more challenging. The extreme temperature and altitude can be a serious problem if you don’t apply the necessary precaution. Any peak climbing requires concentration, focus, patience, and knowledge. Physical and mental stability is the most important factor. Physical fitness can be built by running, jogging, and doing some light exercise before starting your trek. It is relieving to know that Mera peak is an easy one and good for beginners or someone without experience. The average walking hour of 4-5 per day, and overnight camping, risk of altitude sickness, combining all these facts, the trek and climb to Mera peak can be moderately difficult.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Travel wallet||Climbing shocks|
|Duffel bag||Synthetic underwear|
|Trekking boots||Synthetic climbing/trekking pants|
|Trekking shocks||Insulated pants|
|Light weight sneakers||Shell pants(water proof)|
|Medium weight Gaiters(water proof)||Medium weight long john tops|
|Foot powder||Synthetic pile jacket|
|Down booties||Down jacket|
|Double insulated climbing boots||Shell jacket (light weight waterproof)|
|Heavy gaiters||Down parka|
|Buff neck gaiters||Face mask|
|Fleece gloves||Winter/summer hat|
|Climbing gloves||Glacier glasses|
|Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers||Dark goggles|
|Climbing pack||Double length and single length sling|
|Lightweight harness||Climbing ascender|
|Locking/non-locking carabiners||Prusik cord|
|Helmet||Alpine ice axe|
|Point crampons||Figure 8 and Rappel device|
|Trekking poles||Backpack cover|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.
Seeing all these benefits,the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.