An excellent trekking and climbing holiday to Mera Peak in Nepal
Mera Peak at 6476 metres, is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal and its summit panorama takes in five of the world's 8000 metre peaks - Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu. This ultimate Himalayan trekking and climbing holiday begins with a short and exciting flight to Phaplu in the Solu Khumbu. From here, we begin trekking through the terraced farmland and forest of Nepal's 'Middle Hills', passing small villages and settlements inhabited by the hardy Sherpas.
Our route takes us across two 3000 metre passes to reach the largely uninhabited Hinku Valley. We then continue northwards into the upper reaches of the Hinku and set up our basecamp at Khare with a couple of acclimatisation and skills training days built in. Although physically very demanding on account of the altitude, the climbing on Mera Peak is not technically difficult, ascending snow slopes that rarely exceed 30 degrees and assisted by our local IFMGA qualified guide and a team of high altitude Sherpas. There is normally just one short steeper section where passage is safeguarded by fixed lines. Viewed from the mountain's upper slopes, the sunrise on Everest and Kangchenjunga is truly unforgettable. During the trek to basecamp we stay in simple tea-houses or lodges and then, above Khare, we have two nights in tents, supported by a full camp crew. Returning from the mountain, we take a different route across the high pass of the Zatwra La (4600m) to reach the airstrip at Lukla and from there fly back to Kathmandu. Mera Peak is the perfect choice for fit and keen hillwalkers looking to take part in a real Himalayan climbing expedition.