Mera Peak (6461m) (Nepal-Himalaya).
The plan: climb Mera Peak and Island Peak in Nepal.
Characteristic: hard trek with two peaks over 6000m and a very difficult
pass (Amphu Laptsa) in between.
(Click on the little pictures to get larger images.)
A year after the Annapurna trek I went back to Nepal. This time
I wanted to climb two peaks in the Hinku and Khumbu area.
Hm. That's me walking along the Hinku Valley to the base of Mera Peak.
Without their company, their support and their sense of humor a trip to Nepal
would be unthinkable.
"Troubles at Highcamp"
As we reached Mera La (5400m) all the high porters dropped our
equipment on the ice and we (with the help of our 4 sherpas) had to carry
everything up to the highcamp (5800m) by ourselves. The black spots in the
lower right corner are members of our team carrying the equipment over
the ice. In the background three very (and I mean very) high mountains are
visible (from left to right): Mt.Everest (almost in clouds); Lhotse; and the
typical red Pyramid of Makalu (at the right edge of the picture).
Can't tell the names of the prominent peaks (6000-7000m) in the middle.
The sun was already setting when we established highcamp on the Mera-glacier.
This picture was taken with my tele-lens showing Sagarmatha (as the Nepali
call it), Chomolungma (as the Tibetan people call it) or Mt.Everest (as
we call it), at 8848m the highest mountain of the world, behind Lothse and
its immense southface.
"Rising Sun - Rising Man"
After a freezing night, where I really froze my ass off (someone said later
that his thermometer read -27 degrees Celcius) and the fact that
we had no kerosine left at the high camp to melt some snow to drink,
everybody decided to stay at the camp. After an hour I heard some voices
in the tent next to mine and realized they were preparing to go up.
I decided to follow them....
Dehydration and inexperience at high altitude forced me to turn back above
6000m. This picture was shot on my way down exactly at that height and
shows in the
background: (from left to right) far to the north, right at the left edge
is Cho Oyu (8201m), above my head is Ama Dablam, followed by the dark
Nupste wall, Everest in the middle and Lothse. Don't know the peaks to
"Panch Pokary Valley and Amphu Laptsa"
Following the valley of the five lakes (panch pokary) we were preparing to
cross the tough pass Amphu Laptsa (5800m). This pass was really hard and
we were lucky that nobody got hurt or even killed. Some of our equipment
was lost in crevasses and the whole team got split up. Some stayed at
the pass for the night, others bivouacked somewhere in the middle and some
made their way down. Fortunately none of the poorly equipped porters
After crossing Amphu Laptsa we decided to skip Island Peak altogether.
We weren't in good shape when we reached Namche Bazar and we gave
all 'fresh' trekkers coming up from Lukla a terrible impression.
I took this picture of the impressive Ama Dablam, giving us a
wonderful good-bye, from just
outside of town.