A team of ESSA members has been preparing for several months now for an attempt to climb the 6654 metre high bulk of Mt Mera, in the Nepal Himalaya. It is one of the so-called "Trekking Peaks", but tthat name is a bit misleading - it is a proper mountaineering trip requiring careful preparation, luck with the weather, endurance and good gear. After all, the peak is higher than any mountain outside of Asia or South America...
The group set off on the 25th September and will return on the 22nd October. After a few days in Kathmandu, the team flies in to Lukla (expect an exciting landing...) and then starts to acclimatise with a walk up to the trekking hub of Namche Bazaar. They pass through Lukla again on the way to Mera, and spend 17 days trying to conquer the mountain, which should hopefully be enough time to allow for bad weather and continued acclimatisation.
The expedition was initially conceived as a joint research trip to investigate effects of altitude, but as time elapsed, it became obvious that ESSA would have to run the expedition as their own, so let hope the team can make ESSA proud. Good luck and take care!