The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Mera Peak Expedition.
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Mera Peak Expedition 2019 Trip Notes
Mera Peak Expedition 2020 Trip Notes
For the Mera Peak climb we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited.
The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders to Himalayan peaks have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.
Expedition Leader Trip 1, 2017
The expedition leader for our pre-monsoon departure is Dave McKinley, a multi-talented IFMGA guide with a wealth of guiding experience. Based in Twizel, New Zealand, Dave's guiding has taken him around the globe, and his notable summits include Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, Denali, Aconcagua and Lobuche to name a few.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Amelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison
Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.
Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of Experience Required
This trip offers highlights of non-technical climbing at moderate to high altitude, and even though it is not technically difficult, the climb incorporates a lot of the components of the higher expedition peaks. An ascent of Mera Peak is regarded as the ideal introduction to Himalayan climbing. Whether you’ve climbed mountains before, or you just have aspirations to experience Himalayan expedition life, this introductory trip will enable you to truly savour the realities of expeditioning and many a Mera Peak climber has been inspired onto other high mountains.
The climbing is low angle and involves the use of two camps on the mountain before making the attempt at the top. You will be supervised and supported by your qualified Western guide who will teach you the necessary skills while experiencing this fantastic and safe adventure.
While previous mountaineering experience is not essential before attempting to climb Mera Peak, it is highly recommended. For a person who is regularly active in the outdoors with a reasonable amount of multi-day alpine ski touring or trekking with a backpack, Mera peak will not pose too many difficulties apart from the altitude component. For others who have little outdoor experience it would be extremely beneficial to partake in a basic mountaineering course prior to undertaking this trip. An introduction to basic snow craft and rope skills will be taught during the Mera Peak ascent by your guides. As with any foray into the mountains your fitness is a major contribution to enjoyment and success and for those not regularly exercising we recommend you sign up for a mountain-specific training program.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
What You Carry
On the trek into Base Camp you will carry a small daypack with your rain jacket, camera, water bottles and snacks. Bring trekking boots for the walk and some spare shoes for relaxing during the evening. In addition, you should have your own small personal medical kit to care for cuts, blisters etc.
On the mountain, we have the luxury of a strong Sherpa team that will carry most of the team equipment, food and ropes. You are expected to carry your personal gear. This reinforces the need to take just the right amount of equipment with you on the mountain and to ensure you are ‘pack fit’ before you arrive on the expedition. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.
The first ascent of Mera Peak was made by J.O.M Roberts and Sen Tenzing on 20 May 1953, using what has now become the standard route from Mera La. A subsequent ascent didn’t occur until 1975, when French climbers Jolly, Baus and Honills climbed the North Peak.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. We will take meals in lodges and teahouses along the trail and will supplement this with some of our favourite imported snacks and coffee! On the mountain we usually have MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) which are significantly tastier than freeze-dried food, as they are real food vacuum sealed and ready to heat and eat! We are able to accommodate most dietary requirements but do please inform us in advance.
Clothing & Equipment
Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.