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Mera Peak - Nepal

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2370 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2370 US Dollar (USD)

Mera Peak (6,654 m) is ideal for those looking to achieve their first Himalayan ascent. Thought technically an easy climb it is, however, a real challenge to reach the summit of Nepal’s highest Trekking Peak. Mera Peak stands to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas. J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing made the first successful ascent of Mera Peak on 20 May 1953. The route they used is still the standard route. The summit of Mera Peak provides one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, offering a panoramic view of Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Kantega to the west. Everest can be viewed to the north over the massive south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge. Under favorable conditions, it is possible to climb the peak and descend back to Base Camp on the same day.

Tour Itinerary:

-Day 1: Transfer to hotel. Pre-expedition briefing in evening
-Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2800 m). Trek Chuthanga (3800 m)
-Day 3: Rest day for acclimatisation.
-Day 4: Trek to Thuli Kharka (4500 m)
-Day 5: Trek to Thasing Dingma (4350 m)
-Day 6: Trek to Thagnak (4356 m)
-Day 7: Trek to Dig Kharka (4850 m)
-Day 8: Rest day for acclimatisation and exploration of area
-Day 9: Trek to Mera La (5414 m)
-Day 10: Trek High Camp (5850 m)
-Day 11: Summit attempt (6,654 m). Return to Mera La (5414m).
-Day 12: Contingency day for another summit attempt
-Day 13: Trek to Thagnak (4350 m)
-Day 14: Day on track
-Day 15: Trek to Thasing Dingma (4350 m)
-Day 16: Thuli Kharka (4500 m)
-Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2800 m)
-Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
-Day 19: Depart for next destination

Mera Peak

Mera Peak (6,654 m) is ideal for those looking to achieve their first Himalayan ascent. Thought technically an easy climb it is, however, a real challenge to reach the summit of Nepal’s highest Trekking Peak. Mera Peak stands to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas. J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing made the first successful ascent of Mera Peak on 20 May 1953.

The route they used is still the standard route. The summit of Mera Peak provides one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, offering a panoramic view of Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Kantega to the west. Everest can be viewed to the north over the massive south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge. Under favorable conditions, it is possible to climb the peak and descend back to Base Camp on the same day.

Climbing route:

North Face Glacier from the Mera La.
The base camp can be set up at 5,300 m near Mera La on the Hongu side in the moraine below the ice. From here a high camp is set at 5,800 m 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 (6,065 m) is the most accessible with the Northern Summit (6,476 m), the highest, which can be reached by skirting the Central Summit (6,461 m) to the north and following a 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 climb.

Mera Expeditions

There are four Mera Peak expeditions available:

- The straight Mera Summit (19 Days)
- Mera Peak via Mingbo La and Everest Base Camp (26 Days)
- Mera Peak via Amphu Labtsa and Everest Base Camp (27 Days)
- Mera Peak and Island Peak Combined (This expedition has its own expedition page)

The Mera Peak Controversy

There is some speculation about where the "Real" Mera Peak is. A couple of internet web sites are claiming that climbers are being duped into thinking they are climbing Mera Peak when in fact they are climbing what they refer to as the "False" Mera Peak.

Let us be quite plain and simple here. There is no such thing as a "False" Mera Peak. It does not exist and these claims are simply trying to spoil everyone's achievement and an attempt to weasel through a NMA loophole concerning Mera Peak. Let us explain.

- The original trekking peak list made up in 1977-78 did not have locations, but the height of Mera Peak matched that of what is said to be "False" Mera.

- There was also a map made by the NMA that went with the original list (very few people have seen this). "False" Mera was "The Peak". This means the said "False" Mera is the original Mera trekking peak after all.

- The new height 6654 meters appeared on the list in early eighties, we do not yet know when the locations were added, but the list with locations we have was printed in 1993. This version of the list makes "Real" Mera aka Peak 41 the trekking peak. Peak 41 is 6654 m.

- The peak was inadvertently changed when the list was "improved", but nobody noticed!

The most likely scenario is this: "False" Mera is the peak that was originally called Mera and should therefore not be referred to as "False" Mera. Jimmy Roberts, the "father of trekking"l, who made the first ascent of Mera in 1953 with Sen Tenzing, was involved with drawing up the trekking peak list. This means there can not be a mistake in identifying Mera Peak (False Mera) as the real, original trekking peak.

Unfortunately for this purpose the NMA used data from Classification of the Himalaya drawn up (Nepal peaks) by Nepalese scholars Dr. Harka Gurung and Dr. Ram Krishna Shrestha and later published in 1985 in American Alpine Journal Vol. 27, issue 59, pg. 109-141 as a compilation by H. Adams Carter. On this list there is no (False) Mera, it is totally missing, and "Mera" is given as an alternate name for Peak 41. The reason for this mistake on that list is not known yet.

Nobody noticed at that time that the peak had changed as False Mera was already firmly established as a trekking peak. Only the new, obviously incorrect height making Mera the highest trekking peak was questioned, but nobody had the mind to check the lat-long figures that also appeared on the TP-list.

This same mistake in naming Mera was carried on to the new topographic map. This is natural, why would cartographers question an official and undisputed Classification of the Himalaya? We feel this explanation is quite plausible and explains why the mistake was not discovered earlier.

The peak mentioned on the internet (wrongly referred to as the Real Mera Peak) is actually Peak 41. This peak has not yet been climbed, as it is not a peak, it is a technical climb. It is not the height of the mountain that determines its name, it is the lat and long that determine it and therefore you will be climbing the Real Mera peak 6476 m. Peak 41 is for professional climbers and is not a trekkable peak. The 6654 m referred to in our and nearly everyone else's itinerary is the height specified on the permit you will get when you climb Mera and until the NMA rules on it, the height of the mountain you will be climbing is 6654 m.

None of this should take anything away from what you are undertaking. Mera Peak is a serious mountain. While not in the same league, I am sure that Hillary wasn't any less proud of his achievement on Everest even though some speculated that Mallory reached the summit decades earlier.

Tour Itinerary:

Mera summit (19 Days)

-Day 1: Transfer to hotel. Pre-expedition briefing in evening
-Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2800 m). Trek Chuthanga (3800 m)
-Day 3: Rest day for acclimatisation.
-Day 4: Trek to Thuli Kharka (4500 m)
-Day 5: Trek to Thasing Dingma (4350 m)
-Day 6: Trek to Thagnak (4356 m)
-Day 7: Trek to Dig Kharka (4850 m)
-Day 8: Rest day for acclimatisation and exploration of area
-Day 9: Trek to Mera La (5414 m)
-Day 10: Trek High Camp (5850 m)
-Day 11: Summit attempt (6,654 m). Return to Mera La (5414 m).
-Day 12: Contingency day for another summit attempt
-Day 13: Trek to Thagnak (4350 m)
-Day 14: Day on track
-Day 15: Trek to Thasing Dingma (4350 m)
-Day 16: Thuli Kharka (4500 m)
-Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2800 m)
-Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
-Day 19: Depart for next destination

Notes:
All treks start and end in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please plan your arrival in Kathmandu two days prior to the expedition start date and plan their departure from Nepal 2 days after the expedition ends in case of delay of flights out of Lukla at the end of the trek.

Price

Mera Peak 19 Days:
-11-12 people AUD$2550 ex Kathmandu
-8-10 people AUD$2700 ex Kathmandu
-4-7 people AUD$2850 ex Kathmandu
-2-3 people AUD$3000 ex Kathmandu

Mera Peak via Mingbo La 26 Days:
-9-12 people AUD$3690 ex Kathmandu
-4-8 people AUD$3950 ex Kathmandu
-2-3 people AUD$4275 ex Kathmandu

Mera Peak via Amphu Labtsa 27 Days:
-11-12 people AUD$3550 ex Kathmandu
-8-10 people AUD$3750 ex Kathmandu
-4-7 people AUD$4000 ex Kathmandu
-2-3 people AUD$4400 ex Kathmandu

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- Flights to Lukla
- Trekking permits, National Park Entrance and Peak Permit
- All accommodation lodge or tent
- Domestic Airfares
- 2 nights accommodation in standard hotel - Kathmandu
- Trek arrangements with guide, cook and porter
- NMA Registered Climbing Guide for climbing
- Equipment Allowance for climbing guide
- Service of Instructor and Sherpa Guide for Island Peak climbing
- Group climbing equipment: (main rope, pitons, snow bars, etc.)
- Guide and porter insurance
- Garbage deposit (US$250.00 per group) with NMA
- Sleeping bag, crampons and jacket
- Medical Kit Bag on every expedition
- Rescue arrangement and staff insurance
- First aid and Eco-trained staff.

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