Mera Peak 6 470 m lies to the south of Everest and to the north-east of the airstrip at Lukla, standing prominently between the wilderness valleys of Hinku and Hongu. Mera Peak is second only to Island Peak 6173 m in popularity with nearly 6,000 people attempting it between 2006 and 2010. Its popularity comes from the fact that five or the world’s 14,8000 m mountains are visible in the near distance from the summit and getting to the summit from base camp is considered not much more than a mountain walk across a crevassed glacier.
Its high altitude must be respected, however, and acclimatization must be done at the recommended pace ideally reaching the summit 12 days after leaving Lukla. Many people fail to reach the summit because of this – there is no quick way to climb a mountain of this height.
Sen Tenzing & Jimmy Roberts made the first successful ascent of Mera Peak on 20th May 1953. The route they used is still the standard route. Mera has two summits. The easier one attempted by most groups, is accessed by taking a higher line to the eastern summit with its steep last 20 m or so. The true summit can either to reached by a drop and traverse, beyond many people by this stage, or by initially taking a more westerly lower line out of the high camp for a steep haul to the true summit.
There are many options for perfecting acclimatization. If flying to Lukla, perhaps first trek to Everest Base Camp, then cross the Amphu Laptse 5780 m, or simply make a short detour to bustling Namche Bazaar first.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2837m) & trek to Chhutang (3020m)
Day 03: Trek Thuli Kharka (3900m) via Zatrawa La Pass (4610m)
Day 04: Trek Kothe (4095m)
Day 05: Trek Thangnak (4350m)
Day 06: Rest Day
Day 07: Trek Khare (5045m)
Day 08: Training & Acclimatization Day in Khare
Day 09: Trek to Mera Peak High Camp (5700m)
Day 10: Mera Summit Day & return to Khare
Day 11: Buffer Day (weather condition)
Day 12: Trek Kothe (4095m)
Day 13: Trek Thuli Kharka (3900m)
Day 14: Trek Lukla (2850m)
Day 15: Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Shopping Day & Farewell Dinner
Day 17: Fly Back Home