Mera Peak, Nepal , April 2010
Henrik has just recently returned from guiding a group to Mera Peak, Nepal with World Expeditions.
"I flew to Kathmandu on April 5, 2010 where I met up with the six clients that I had to lead for the 19 days trek. A couple of days later we all flew to Lukla in the Everest region to start our trek to Mera Base Camp. In order to build up fitness and get acclimatised we would take a longer route up the Hinku Valley to get to the mountain. It was a challenging 10 day trek through the Panch Pokhari region. This is one of the most unspoiled and beautiful area I have ever been through in Nepal. Spectacular mountain scenery, traditional villages and friendly local people. The old-growth Rhododendron forest was in full bloom with red, white and pink flowers.
We finally reached our Base Camp at Khare (4850m) below the Mera glacier. After a rest day we climbed to Camp 1 at Mera La, (5400m) where we spent a night before moving up to High Camp at 5800m. For summit attempt we set out a 2am in the dark and cold to reach the summit at about 8.30am. The view from the summit of Mera Peak is spectacular and takes in several 8000m peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.
On the short-cut trek back to Lukla we had to cross two high passes, Zathra La and Zathra Og both over 4800m. Then it is all down hill to Lukla, a cold beer and another exciting flight back to Kathmandu."