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Climbed Mera Peak in Nepal (6461 meters)

Tags: Trekking

I climbed Mera Peak on a very cold morning in October 2006. From the time I finally bought this tour I only had 5 weeks to get all the needed gear and getting ready. I had no idea about the amount of time and the list of equipment nor did I know about the particular brands normally used for climbing and trekking mountains in Nepal.

We first spent 2 days in Kathmandu before flying to Lukla. From Lukla everything was on foot, there are no cars, busses etc. in Lukla.

Getting to the foot of the mountain took 10 grueling days of hard trekking through hell of mud, rain and rocks. It was hard, it was wet and it took a lot of sweating. Being in the mountains offered fantastic scenery and at the end it was good for acclimatization to higher altitudes.

We were 8 on this tour/expedtion and 2 persons had to stay at 5000 meters in Khare due to altitude sickness, but the rest of us continued to the top. Khare was our Base Camp, actually our tents were apx. 150 meters higher than Khare and from there we we went to Mera La at 5350 and on the last day we went to our high camp at 5805 meters.  It took us only 2 hours and 15 minutes to go from Mera La to high camp and from there, the same night we went for the summit.

We intentionally wanted to leave for the summit at 01:00 after midnight, but due to bad weather this was postponed to 03:00 (and thank God for that) becuase we did it in 3.5 hours, and came just in time to enjoy the sunrise together with us.

The best part of the tour was to see and experience the sunrise over the mountains as we were climbing the summit. When we were aproaching the top we could clearly see that the sun was illuminating the peaks around us. Due to the curvateur the highest points is hit by sunlight the first and it was beautiful to see the sunlight illuminating the highest mountains as we were still walking towards the top in the dark, and then slowly more and more of the mountain is hit by the sun.

BEAUTIFUL

We passed a canadian/brittish team on our way to the top and could enjoy the top, before descending to high camp and then all the way back to Khare which we reached at 14:30. On the way back to Lukla we faced hell of snow as we walked up and down mountains for one full day from 08:00 till 18:00 while it was snowing.

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