Height: 21,247 feet
Challenges: Elevation, Snow and Glacier Traverses
Relative Difficulty: Difficult
Everest isn’t the only Himalayan mountain worth climbing. After trekking in through the rhododendron and bamboo forests of Hinku Valley, the basic ice axe and crampon skills you'll needed for the journey can be learned at the base of the mountain. The best time to ascend is between April and May, or October and November, when the frosty winds atop Mera Peak briefly calm. From the lofty summit, a clear day will reveal Mount Everest, Kangchenunga, Lhotse, Malaka, and Cho Oyu mountains.