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How Tough is Mera Peak? 10 Tips for a Safe and Successful Climb

Peak Climbing & Expeditions in Nepal
Mountain Sherpa Admin
Jan 09, 2022

Mera Peak 6,476 m (21,247 ft) is one of the Highest Trekking Peaks in Nepal.

Compared to other peaks like island peak or Lobuche Peak. Technically Mera Peak is not that difficult Peak for climbing. However, the Mera peak is higher than other peaks. Most part of this Peak is a straight climb covering glacier walk, and only a basic level of climbing ability is necessary. You need to use crampons and an ice axe, but there is plenty of time at the base of the mountain to learn these skills. While Mera Peak is not a very difficult climb overall. Still, Its climbing difficulty is labeled as Physically Strenuous (PS). The difficulty of the climb depends on several factors such as high altitude adaptation, weather conditions, physical fitness, and altitude sickness. For your information, an experienced and reliable Sherpa guide is the most fundamental element for your safe and successful Mera peak climbing. Mera Peak Journey is a mixture of both a climb and trek. The larger part of the trip is a trek but it turns into a climb at the end of a few days only.
Because of the altitude, the journey is still quite difficult and needs a high level of fitness. You must also ensure you hike gradually, hydrate well, eat as much as you can and give yourself the best chance of reaching for summit night in good physical condition. Appropriate acclimatization is key for the successful summit of Mera Peak, hence we highly advise staying one night at Mera Base Camp 5,350m/ 17,552 feet and one night at High Camp before summit Mera Peak. Also, our expert Sherpa guide will take you for a day hike to a small peak on the west side of the Hinku Nup Glacier on your rest day in Khare. This will be very helpful for you in order to get your body properly acclimatized as you hike nearly a height of 5,500 Meters. If you have previous climbing or any high altitude trekking experience like Everest base camp Trek or Gokyo Valley Renjo La Pass trek or any trips above 4500- 5000 meters then that will be a plus point for those who are planning to challenge Mera Peak ascent.

Here are 10 tips for a successful and safe Mera Peak Climbing

1. Choose a Proper Season

The best and safest option for climbing the Mera Peak is during the fall and spring. It is recommended that trekkers travel in late April and May, and late September and October. Among these months, May and October are the best choices. These months are not cold and do not have more snow unlike late March, April, late October, and November. In these months, the trekkers would require to fix their gear and equipment to accommodate the colder weather.

2. Prepare Proper Gear and Equipment

Although we mentioned the best season and weather for the climb, we can never guarantee stable weather. The weather at Mera Peak can experience a change at any time. It is hence paramount that you carry just the required gear and equipment for the trip. Gears such as climbing equipment, harness, and many more are required for a journey without hindrances. Since different people require gears of different sizes, it is recommended that you seek advice individually from us about the right gear for you. You can contact us for the purpose of seeking advice on gears, and buying or renting them.

3. Comfortable Clothing and Shoes

As previously mentioned, the weather in Mera Peak is unpredictable. You thus need to prepare those clothes that can keep you warm in a -30-degree centigrade weather. The clothes must be warm as well as comfortable. As for footwear, you should bring both mountaineering and trekking boots. You should have worn both shoes before the trip and trained with mountaineering boots. The extra training with the boots can prove to be advantageous as they use different muscles than the trekking boots.

How hard Mera Peak to Climb: Planning and preparation tips 

04. Choose a proper Itinerary

You can find many packages and itineraries on the web which take you to Mera Peak and back. However, trekkers need to ensure that their itinerary consists of the right number of days, with days assigned for acclimatization. For a safer trip, it is best that you opt for packages that consist of rest stops at the Mera Peak Base Camp. Choosing a package with fewer days can save you some money but it can hamper your safety and success of scaling the peak. Travelers should choose itineraries that have reserved additional days in case of poor weather.

Our trip suggestion: Check out here our 18 Nights 19 Days Well Design trip itinerary -Mera Peak Climbing 

5. Prior Altitude Experience

Climbing Mera Peak as your first climbing experience is a bad idea. You should have prior experience of climbing and change in altitudes to attempt this climb. It is important that you are aware of the reactions of your body at higher altitudes with low oxygen content. If you have no prior experience, it is recommended that you try altitude experiences, hiking, or trekking prior to the Mera Peak climbing.

06. Prior Climbing Skills

Similar to the altitude experience, you need to have learned the required climbing skills to ascend Mera Peak. You need to be experienced with gears such as crampons and ice axes and get your grip on using them. If you do not have these skills, you can attend various workshops or training classes for the purpose of learning these skills. Along with this, the guides are trained and experienced and will teach you the basic methods of using this equipment. This training takes place on the rest day of acclimatization.

07. Qualified & Experienced Climbing Guide

An Experience Sherpa guide can make your journey enjoyable, but more importantly, safe. In Nepal, various companies that offer packages for Mera Peak outsource their guides. This means that the trekkers do not know who their guide will be. Hence, you need to ensure that you choose the right and expert local Sherpa companies that have a good reputation along with successful climbing rates. Our Local Sherpa guide has good climbing skills and years of experience. We have 95% for successful rates for Mera Peak. As a local Sherpa Company, We at Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions Pvt.Ltd has experienced guides who can communicate smoothly with the trekkers as well as handle all the preparations required for a successful climb.

08. Fulfill the physical requirements

The trek to Mera Peak can be vigorous as the trail itself is challenging with numerous steps up and down. Your body tends to shut down when you reach above 5500m which is why you need proper training and acclimatization. The training and rest days are important in adapting to the high altitudes with low oxygen levels. The physical condition of the trekker should be in great shape. You also must have been jogging or undertaking other strenuous physical activities weeks and months before the climb. Your body needs to be prepared for what is to come. It is recommended that anyone with medical conditions contact the companies they are traveling with for insights about their health requirements.

09. Prepare for Camping

For most nights of the Mera Peak climbing trip, trekkers will be sleeping in tents at campsites. Hence, you need to be comfortable with sleeping outdoors. As mentioned previously, the weather condition is not stable and can shift from warm to windy, snowy, or just cold. You need to be prepared for the erratic weather along with managing the tents. You need to be able to set up tents and manage your camp craft. In addition, you need to keep the campsite clean and maintain hygiene.

10. Look After your Health and Hygiene

Since there are hardly any medical services outdoors, it is better to carry your own medical kit if required. Apart from the prescribed medicine that you may be taking, you should bring antibiotics and medicine that may be needed while living in a cold place. For maintaining cleanliness, you should bring hand sanitizers since there are very few villages on the way such as Khare or Tangnang. You should also carry a bottle of sunscreen to save yourself from sunburn due to continuous walking.

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