Why climb Mera Peak in Himalaya ?
George Mallory was once asked in his Lecture tours to united stated where he was asked : Why climb Mt Everest by his Audience where his answer was simply , Because it is there.
Now same questions appears in Himalayan Theater of mountaineering with why climbing Mera Peak ? now the answer is different . these are the reasons why to choose Mera in the several Himalayan Peaks for your precious time
1) After climbing Mera Peak you can eye on bigger mountains which are 7000ers and 8000ers . this might be the mountain to begin your smooth journey in climbing mountains but before climbing Mera Peak you are advised to have at least a experience of climbing Kilimanjaro or have done Mt everest base camp Trek , if you have done Everest three passes that is more nice
2) Mera Peak has 3 distinct summits and they are North Mera Peak (6,476m/21,240 ft), Central Mera Peak (6,461m/ 21,190 ft), and South Mera Peak (6064m/ 19890 ft). Generally trekkers climb to Mera Central although the highest one is Mera North. Due to huge crevasses and glacial changes happening there in the route to Mera North, it is safe to climb Mera Central
3) The major peaks observable from Mera peak include Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Nuptse (7855m) and Chamlang (7319m) amongst many others. you will be bless with the great views of this majestic shangrilas.
4) Mera Peak stands to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas.
5) 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 honor of being the first to reach the true summit goes to the Frenchmen Marcel Jolly, G Baus and L Honills, who climbed Mera North in 1975. There are many other routes to the peak, but none of them are easy. Some of them require crossing very high and difficult passes. The path goes through the spotless Rhododendron, oak, silver fir, birch and Jennifer’s forest. On the way, trekkers can see Meera Glacier, beautiful alpine lake and traditional Sherpa villages of the Solukhumbu.
6) Mera Peak climbing begins following a short and exciting flight to the mountain airstrip of Lukla and after continuous trek for days through the high and lovely valleys travelers get to the area of Mera. Although physically very demanding on account of the altitude, the climb on Mera Peak is not technically difficult as ascending snow slopes rarely exceed 40 degrees. The only qualification trekkers need to ascend Mera peak is they have to be physically fit and have an extrovert sense of adventure.
7) Mera Peak has some crevasses around, and the way can be long and challenging. The trip from Mera La to the summit is steady with a spectacular mountain vista of the Eastern Nepal Himalayas.
8) The ascend of Mera Peak is made from the Mera La pass (5415m) on the Northern Face, which joins the valley of Hongu to the Hinku valley. Mera Peak expands to the South of Everest and dominates the attractive and remote valleys of Hinku and Hongu of that region.
9) Mera Peak offers a panoramic view of Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Kangtega to the west. Everest can be viewed to the north over the massive unclimbed south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge. Under favorable conditions, it is possible to climb the peak and descend back on the same day.
10) As there are no lodges in either the Hinku or Hongu valleys, adventure trekkers need to be self-contained which makes it even more attractive to those in search of mountaineering adventure.
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