Why not switch your interest from Eight-Thousander to Six-Thousander? Well, they are easier to climb compared to other taller mountains, while offering similar adrenaline rush, fatigue and cold gust of mountain air on your face!!
Mera Peak is one the highest trekking peaks known to mankind! The greater altitude, thin air and freezing temperature can cause troubles while climbing, however, the ascent is equally accessible by inexperienced climbers. Acclimatizing, crossing glaciers, jumping crevasses and walking over thick pile of snow can be your daily chores.
History of Mera Peak
Mera Peak (6,476 m/21,247 ft) Alpine PD+, known as the highest trekking-peak in the world, is located at Hinku valley in the northern Nepal. It has three different summits, Mera South, Mera North and Mera Central. Mera peak climb is one of the most demanding and challenging trek ever undertaken in Nepal. Experience of previous high-altitude climbing is necessary to make an attempt for the summit.
The first ascent of Mera Central was made in 1953 by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing. Mera North was conquered by the French climbers Marcel Jolly, G. Baus and L. Honills in 1975. The region was first explored extensively by British expeditions during early 50s before and after the ascent of Everest, including members of Edmund Hillary, Eric Shipton and George Lowe.
Most of the Eight-Thousanders, namely; Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, are clearly visible from the summit of Mera peak.
Temperature: Above 5,000m: -20°C to 20° C, Below 5,000m: -10°C to 30°C
It is commonly climbed in two different seasons, Pre-monsoon (March to June)and Post-monsoon (September to November). The post-monsoon season tends to be somewhat crowded, however, best weather is guaranteed. Unfavorable weather can be detrimental.
Day 01: Fly to Lukla, 45 minutes flight
Day 02: Trek to Chutanga, 3-4 hrs walks
Day 03: Trek to Chhatre danda, 5-6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Mausum Kharka, 3-4 hrs walks
Day 05: Trek to Tagnag, 5-6 hrs walks
Day 06: Rest day for acclimatization
Day 07: Trek to Khare, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 08: Rest Day/Ice climbing at Khare
Day 09: Trek to Mera High Camp, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10: Mera Peak Summit (6,476 m/21,247 ft)
Day 11: A spare Summit attempt day
Day 12: Return back to Gotey(3,600 m/11,812 ft)
Day 13: Trek to Tuli Kharka (4.250 m/13,944 ft)
Day 14: Trek back to Lukla via crossing Zatrwa la (4,600 m/15,093 ft)