Standing in splendid isolation above the remote and beautiful Hongu and Hinku valleys in north-eastern Nepal, the summit of Mera Peak, (6476m., 21,246ft.) is regarded by many as one of the finest viewpoints in the Himalaya. Despite being the highest of the trekking peaks available in the Khumbu region, the normal route to the summit via the north ridge is without difficulty. Mera Peak is therefore an attractive goal for groups of competent trekkers who may not necessarily be expert climbers. The first successful ascent of Mera Peak was on 20 May 1953 by J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing and the route they used is still the standard route.