At an impressive 6,476m (21,247’) Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Located on the edge of the famous Khumbu region, steeped in mountaineering history, Mera Peak was first climbed in 1953 by Jimmy Roberts.
At Earth’s Edge, we like to take the less travelled route to Mera Peak Base Camp. This means that we experience this stunning peak with fewer people and give ourselves the best chance of reaching the summit. After an exciting flight to Lukla, we head south to the remote region of the Hinku Valley passing through Pangkongma and Nashing Dingma villages. This takes us around, rather than over the Zatrwa La Pass (4,630m) which has a big impact on acclimatisation when it comes to climbing Mera Peak.
Once reached, Mera Peak is straightforward technically, the main challenges being proper acclimatisation, weather and snow conditions. It is important to remember that although this is a trekking peak, we do hire snow gear like crampons.
Poor snow conditions can make the summit day very challenging but the view from the summit is one of the best in all the Himalayas. On a clear day, hundreds of giant peaks can be seen including five of the world’s six highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.
In case of poor conditions on summit day, we have a spare summit day built into this trip. This allows us to make a judgement about which day will give us the best chance of summitting.
Mera Peak is ideal for those with a good level of fitness, a keen sense of adventure and a desire to summit a 6,000m peak! Previous experience on mountains above 5,000m is essential. Treks like Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, or Everest Base Camp are ideal experiences for this.
If you want to know what the day-by-day trek is like on Mera Peak, you can have a look at our trip report from a recent expedition!