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Here is what Ray has to say: 

Hey  SummitTrek Team,

Trip was awesome and plan to return in a few years when I save up more leave from work.

If you were to go again, what would you do differently? 

  • I would have trained a tad more to get in better shape,  taken a 3rd mattress as I am a little heavier than average.

If you were advising someone who was thinking of joining, what would you  tell them? 

  • Go for it! Its affordable and the team and leaders are great. Mera is a great introduction to expedition life and is challenging and fun walk/climb to those not at their fittest.

Thanks, Ray

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These photos were taken on our recent expedition. Photos in slideshow: Tunc Findik, Dan Mazur, Elselien te Hennepe & Marion Joncheres. For caption information, please visit our  Mera Peak photo gallery.

  • Fantastic way to test yourself at high altitude and see how you feel at 6500 metre/21,000 feet.
  • Famous high "Trekking Peak" located in a remote unspoiled part of Nepal near Everest.
  • Friendly leader Dan Mazur teaches everything you need to know about climbing during the trip. 
  • Our expert and helpful Sherpas accompany you the entire way.
  • Add on Baruntse and climb two fun mountains for one low price in a short amount of time.
  • Looking for a shorter trek? just trek to Kare village in 18 days for: $2150, £1250, €1550.
  • One of the most beautiful places to take an up-close look at the high peaks around Everest in Nepal.
  • A great expedition to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or snow raquette after you climb to the summit.
  • Walk to base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
  • Full Service price includes climb training, Sherpas, hotels, domestic flights, basecamp, yaks, porters, ropes, tasty meals on trek, in basecamp and climb, group climb equipment, tents, radios, satphones, etc. 
  • We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive climbing gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
  • Leadership: Dan Mazur, 5 time Mera Peak leader, 4 time Baruntse leader, and 10 time Everest leader.
  • Dates and Cost:
    • 12 October, to 2 November 2015. 22 days in Nepal.
    • Price - Full Service Cost: $3150, £2050, €2450.
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Recent news: Our Autumn Mera Peak Expedition was a brilliant success. Click here to read news of our expedition, listen to audio dispatches, and view recent photos of the climb.
 
New Mera Peak Video Clip: Please click here to view an exciting video interview with Dan Mazur describing his ski descent of Mera Peak. 

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Mera Peak Programme Description:

Introduction: At 6476 metres/21,246 feet, Mera Peak lies in the heart of the Himalayan Giants of Nepal and is considered the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Our expedition offers an opportunity to climb this fun and easier 6500 metre/21,000 foot peak, located in a more remote area of the Khumbu region in Nepal in a relatively short amount of time. The summit affords some of the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu that can be seen anywhere in the  Himalaya.

    • We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip to safely ascend this fun and higher trekking peak (photo right by Marion Joncheres: Team member on the Mera La at 5400 metres/17,700 feet)
    • Mera Peak could qualify you for Cho Oyu and if you do well on the spring trip, you could transfer to our Cho Oyu expedition directly.
    • Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as rest days along the trek.
    • The style of climbing is cautious and well-timed, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, `walkie-talkie` radios, satellite telephones, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, a full kitchen in basecamp, two camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, gamow bag, and extensive medical kit.
    • Our expedition features one of the most beautiful treks in the world included in the cost.
    • Optional: ski or snowboard down after you climb to the summit.
    • This expedition maximizes experience gained over countless Himalayan expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top of our world`s highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs. back to top
  • Leader and staff: In Kathmandu, during the trek, in basecamp and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Everest, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam. Skillful basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day {photo right by Dan Mazur: Our team on the summit of Mera Peak: Rajan Thapa (trek leader), Stuart Murray (climb leader), Kristen Murray (Stuart's daughter), Gary (Ferro) Ferris, Mark Garrett, and Tashi Sherpa (climbing sherpa). In the background from left to right: Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lhotse}.
    • On trek: Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
    • Our comfortable basecamp: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our dining tents.
    • On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route and set up high camps, as well as carry group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb.
    • Sherpas: Our excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Mera Peak and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with friendly people. back to top
  • Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Baruntse, Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. The surrounding area is a `world biosphere reserve`. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right by http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm: The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg).
  • Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable `teahouse` or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don`t have to carry a heavy rucksack. Our destination is Mera Peak basecamp, located at 4800 metres/15,700 feet. back to top
 
A spectacular and beautiful camping site on the trek to Mera Peak called Seto Pokari. There is a great lake and awesome views of the surrounding peaks as we acclimate and enjoy the trip in and out along the expedition. Trekking through the Hongku Valley at 4700 metres/15,400 feet (Tunc Findik).
  • Basecamp: Features your own private sleeping tent that will be all your own, not needing to be shared with anyone. We have comfortable dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
  • Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams.
  • Climbing Mera Peak: Trekking Mera Peak provides a great opportunity to get to a high altitude in a relatively short amount of time. The route is fairly straight forward from basecamp to the summit with only a few sections of fixed rope near the top. We will take the opportunity to review climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, and descending on this relatively 'safe' mountain before going for the summit (photo right by Dan Mazur: Mera Peak, as seen on the approach trek to basecamp). 
From basecamp, we will move up a high snow pass called the Mera La and camp at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. The views here are stunning with a panoramic ring of Himalayan peaks surrounding the camp. From here we will continue up a short steep walk to Mera high camp at 5800 metres/19,000 feet, located near a rocky outcrop.
From the high camp it is possible to ascend to the summit in one day. The steady climb to the north summit (the true summit of Mera Peak) is rewarded with one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, giving fantastic views of five 8000 metre peaks, Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east, and Cho Oyu to the west.
 
Heading towards the summit of fun trekking peak, Mera Peak, at 6300 metres/20,700 feet. Dawa Sherpa on the summit of Mera Peak on a beautiful, sunny and clear day with no wind (Tunc Findik). Our team climbing the final pitch on the snow dome to the summit of Mera Peak (Dan Mazur).
  • Who is this trip for?
    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
    • We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip.
    • To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice (photo right by Dan Mazur: Our team relaxing in one of the comfortable villages along the trek to Mera Peak basecamp).

 

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