Hinku Valley in the Everest Area
peak is considered one of the major and popular trekking
peaks in Nepal. The Peak itself rises to the south of
Everest. The ascent of the peak is technically straightforward,
however, the heavy snow and the maze of crevasses can
make the way longer to the summit. Besides the charm
of climbing Mera Peak, the trek to its base camp from
Lukla is rewarding for experiencing little-visited and
as yet unspoilt region of Nepal with densely forested
hill sides. There are several approaches to the base
camp besides the easy and normal route which is mentioned
below. The routes crossing Amphu Labtsa (5,780m) and
the Mingbo La (5,871m) provide some the most adventurous
trekking with spectacular scenery through remote glaciated
valleys and passes.
Face Glacier from the Mera La.
The base camp can be set up at 5,300m near Mera
La on the Hongu side in the moraine below the ice. From
here a high camp is set at 5,800m near a rocky outcrop
on the Mera Glacier. The high camp proves to be one
to the most glorious viewpoints in Nepal offering the
panoramic views of Kanchanjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and
Baruntse sweeping around from the east and Amadablam,
Cho Oyu and Kangtega to the west. The giant faces of
Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse appear in the north. There
are three main summits which are climbable without much
difficulty. The south summit (6,065m) is the most accessible
with the Northern Summit (6,476m), the highest, which
can be reached by skirting the Central Summit (6,461m)
to the north and following snow ridge to its top. Climbing
the middle summit requires ascent up on steep snow and
is more technical. Mera North is straight-forward to
01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla by flight. Camp at Lukla.
Days 02-08: Trek to Mera Base camp.
Day 09: Rest and exploration at Base Camp.
Day 10: Climb to High Camp.
Day 11: Climb to Mera Peak Summit. Descent to Base Camp.
Days 12-17: Return trek to Lukla.
Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu by flight.
ALTERNATE TREK ROUTES TO/FROM MERA PEAK
Mingbo La pass to Everest Base Camp:
Return through the upper Hongu valley and over Mingbo
La pass into the Imja valley on the Everest Base Camp
route. From here a visit can be made to Everest Base
camp and return to Lukla. This is a very high altitude
trek through glaciated valleys with possibilities of
being stranded in adverse weather condition. Only strong,
well equipped, groups should attempt this route.
Amphu Laptsa pass to Everest Base Camp:
Return trek through the upper Hongu valley and then
over the high pass of Amphu Laptsa to come out at Chukung
in the upper Imja river valley near Island Peak. From
here a visit can be made to Everest Base camp and return
to Lukla. This is a very high altitude trek through
glaciated valleys with possibilities of being stranded
in adverse weather condition. Only strong, well equipped,
groups should attempt this route.
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