Jan's Nepal Pictures - Mera Peak 2000

18 rolls of film were taken and nearly all of the pictures are on this web page.

These images were scanned at 1200 or 900 dpi from 200 ASA Fuji Sensia slide film. Fuji says that this film has "excellent sharpness" but I'd call it fair sharpness at best. There simply is no substutition for 100 ASA films! Of course friends of mine say that there is no substitution for 64 or 25 ASA files.

Here are our favorite pictures from this trip.


Mera Peak is one of the highest permitted "trekking" peaks in Nepal. At 6,476m high it is an amazing elevation gain for a climb that is "non technical". Ie you don't need mountaineering experience. You have to be self-sufficient in this climb thru the forest, above the tree line and then into perpetual snow and glaciers. The way is prepared in that there are ropes to help you over the dangerous snow sections; but you have to be prepared to live in this terrain.

Typical trips to this place cost around $2k US for 20 days. First you fly into Kathmandu, get over the jet lag, then fly to Lukla and trek to Chutunga. Lukla is a small Sherpa town. Since the town is at 2,800m you will need to acclimatize to the elevation. From there you just keep going up.

Chutunga, a campground at 3,100m, is typically reached 5 days into the trip.

Pictures from Jan's Trip

Trip Comments

Thur 2000.10.5

Fri 2000.10.6

Sat 2000.10.7     Pictures #139 .. 171

Sun 2000.10.8     Pictures #172 .. 193

Mon 2000.10.9     Pictures #193 .. ~220

Tuesday 2000.10.10 Aprox pic #229 .. 248

Wed 2000.10.11     Pictures #250 .. ?

Thursday 2000.10.12

Friday 2000.10.13

Saturday 2000.10.14     Aprox Pictures #271

Sunday 2000.10.15

Mon 2000.10.16     Aprox Pictures #360 .. 388

Tues 2000.10.17     Pictures #? .. 388

Wed 2000.10.18     Aprox Pictures #389 .. 410

Thurs 2000.10.19     Pictures #411 .. 450

Friday 2000.10.20     Pictures #451 .. 473?

Sat 2000.10.21     Pictures #474 .. 516

Sun 2000.10.22 Mera Summit Assult     Pictures #516 .. 605

Mon 2000.10.23     Pictures #605 .. 607

Tues 2000.10.24

Wed 2000.10.25     Pictures #633 .. 642

Thur 2000.10.26

Fri 2000.10.27 - Flying Home

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Lukla 2800m
Namche 3440m
Thyangboche 3867m
Chhunkung 4730m
Gorak Shep 5288m
Mera La 5415m
Mera Peak 6421m (north or south?)
Tangnang 4356m
Ama Dablam Mtn 6856m
Swayambhunath Stupa  - mountain top temple over Kathmandu
Bouddhanath Stupa - temple with ribbons in Kathmandu
Bhaktapur - City of Devotees - 3 storeyed Bhairav (fierce form of Lord Shiva)  Temple
Patan Durbar Square 

Map - Trekking Map 1:75,000 Mount Everest (Sagarmatha National Park)

Nights were generally spent camping in valleys without wind or snow.