Mera Peak is described as the world’s highest trekking peak. Standing at 6461 meters, Mera is a stunning mountain on the edge of Khumbu region. Although not technically difficult, it’s relatively high altitude brings in all sort of physical and mental challenges for a so called trekking peak, which could be significant if you are beginning to step into high altitude peaks.
Some would even describe it as a good foundation to mountaineering. The views from both Mera High Camp and the Peak are surreal. From the summit you can see five of the world’s 8000-meter peaks like Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and the mightiest of all the Everest.
The basic skills like abseiling and jumaring can be learnt through a quick lesson at the village of Khare.
In April 2016, I set out to attempt this gorgeous peak. The thing about Mera is that, it is not commercial like other treks (EBC or ABC route). The trail to Mera deviates right after you land on the strip of Lukla towards Makalu – Barun area, which is one of the less crowded routes.
The gain of altitude towards Mera is very quick, you are crossing the pass called Zatrwa La Pass, which is at the altitude of 4600m within 3-4 days itself, hence at times it’s suggested, to have some prior high altitude training that makes the route easier.
Eventually, you make it to Mera High Camp at 5800m after crossing the beautiful Hinku village and a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa, where climbers usually take blessings for their climb.
The High Camp has been one of the best experiences in my life, the sunset and the view is unimaginably gorgeous! The route to high camp is long, at times I felt myself alone in complete whiteout, following my guide through a small trail in the vast expanse of snow. Everything was still, absolutely quiet. We were the only team that evening, camping on the High Camp, which made this whole experience even more worthwhile. There was nothing but silence and surreal beauty of Himalayas.
Finally, you wake up around 2am and start your ascend towards the peak, giving you an unreal view of the mighty 8000s.