Climbing Mera Peak (6476m)
1. First of all, the trip is ill-advertised, referring to Jyamchang as the accompanying guide but in reality he is not the same guide who accompanied me. 2. I asked a number of questions on the explore-share platform, most of which remained unanswered until the day I met the actual guide in Kathmandu. 3. Most worrying, is the fact that I clearly asked if 14 days were enough to summit Mera (for which I have been told they are indeed enough). However, the first thing I was told upon arriving in Kathmandu was that I have little mountain time and that I should postpone my return flights. I was also later informed, that most people who successfully summit Mera usually take a day or two more acclimatisation days in Khare. 4. The agreed plan was to return from Lukla directly to Kathmandu. One day prior returning, I was informed that due to the high season, flights are redirected to another airport and an extra 6 hour drive is required to reach Kathmandu. Otherwise, to fly directly to Kathmandu one needs to catch a helicopter flight and add another 50USD. After researching, I found out that this is true and happens in the beginning of October, however the company failed to inform me and plan in advance. 5. Hotel in Kathmandu was basic but nice, however air conditioning and TV did not work and on my last day I even had ants on my bed, fridge and sink. 6. The guide and porter to whom I was allocated, Pekma and Ganesh, were really nice and helpful people. Pekma (guide) was knowledgeable about the surrounding environment, Nepalese lifestyle, had significant mountain experience and was very supportive throughout the trip. Pekma managed all lodges and tea houses which were adequate. Food in the mountains was good and Pekma always assisted what foods are best to eat according to the location and availability. I did not experience any gastrointestinal issues. In conclusion, I would not recommend this trip if you aim for a successful summit.
Climbing Mera Peak (6476m)
I would like to add that the outfit high Himalayan was very professional in handling logistics and also integrating its porters and guide into the trip and making it a group experience.There team went out off there way to make sure everyone made it to there destination in the evening and was save. Great job and will be looking forward to do another trip with them.
Mera Peak is a beautiful mountain that you will be able to climb even if you don't have much mountaineering experience. The standard route involves some glacier trekking at the top for which you will have to learn the technique, and of course, acclimatization and proper physical training is a must.
Best time to visit
Between April and May, and October and November, outside of monsoon season
Nepali, as well as a number of regional languages including Maithili and Bhojpuri
Nepal has 4 seasons: spring which is warm with rain showers, summer which is very warm and is monsoon season, autumn is cool with clear skies, and winter, which can reach very cold temperatures
At 6,476 m (21,247 ft), Mera Peak stands proud and tall amidst other Himalayan giants in the Sagarmatha region of Nepal. This beautiful trekking mountain is an ideal mountaineering challenge for those with less experience and a tenacious will. The standard route from the north involves some glacier trekking at the top, while other routes, from the south or west, are more technical, and ideal for more seasoned mountaineers. Whichever way you choose to go, let a certified mountain guide lead the way and help you with logistics, acclimatization and overall understanding of the Nepali culture for an unforgettable Himalaya experience!
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