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The Mera and Island Peak Climb with Amphu Laptsa Pass is one of the most daring adventures in Nepal. A trip comprising of two climbing peaks- the Mera Peak and the Island Peak, as well as a high mountain pass, it is a journey that is filled with the absolute best facets of the Khumbu. It is a perfect choice for adventure-seekers who are looking for a daring trip that takes them to the remote parts of the region and presents an undeniably unforgettable trip. The journey is filled with mesmerizing views of the mountain peaks of Everest and is always decorated with beguiling terrains embedded with ethnic villages and settlements.
A long trekking journey, the Mera and Island Peak Climb with Amphu Laptsa Pass begins with a short flight to Lukla. From there, the trail then ventures deep into the Dudh Koshi, the Hinku River, and the Imja River valleys towards thrilling foothill base camps of two of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal- the Mera Peak and the Island Peak. Finally, you will also summit the peaks, navigating your way through the snowy slopes filled with crevasses and hollow grounds. Using climbing equipment like ropes, crampons, ice axes, and karabiners among others, you will follow your Sherpa guide uphill towards the summit of the peaks.
Moreover, the trip also includes crossing one of the three major high mountain passes of the Khumbu- the Amphu Laptsa. Situated at an elevation of above 5,000 meters, the pass requires a strenuous climb up and downhill. As such, this trekking trip is one of the challenging journeys in Nepal. It requires a good level of technical skills and prior trekking and mountaineering experience to pull off successfully.
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Outline ItineraryDay 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu |1300m| transfer to hotel
Day 02 : Trip preparation
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla |2,840m| & trek to Chutang |3,350m|
Day 04 : Trek to the base of Zatrwa La pass |4,100m|
Day 05 : Trek to Kothe |3,800m|
Day 06 : Trek to Thangnak |4,600m|
Day 07 : Rest and acclimatization at Thangnak
Day 08 : Trek to Khare |5,000m|
Day 09 : Trek to Mera high camp |5,780m|
Day 10 : Mera peak summit |6,461m.| and return to base camp |5,200m|
Day 11 : Trek to Hinku valley
Day 12 : Trek to Panch Pokhari |5,200m|
Day 13 : Acclimatization at Panch Pokhari
Day 14 : Trek to Amphu Labtsa La base camp |5,400m|
Day 15 : Trek to Chhukung |4,750m| via Amphu Labtsa La pass |5,700m|
Day 16 : Trek to Island Peak high camp |5,600m|
Day 17 : Summit Island Peak |6,189m.| and back to Chhukung |4,740m|
Day 18 : Trek to Dingboche |4,410m|
Day 19 : Trek to Debouche |3760m|
Day 20 : Trek to Namche Bazaar|3,440m|
Day 21 : Trek to Lukla |2,800m.|
Day 22 : Morning Flight to Kathmandu.
Day 23 : Departure day
- 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
- 3 star accommodations in Kathmandu
- A porter and his entire expenses.
- All monument entrance fees.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Climbing permit
- Company duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
- First aid medical kit
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
- Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide
- Lodge expenses during the trek.
- Professional Sherpa climbing guide
- Sherpa staffs (guides, porters, cook etc. )
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
- Airfare for international flights.
- Cost for additional trips.
- Extra night accommodations in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trip(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
- Nepal arrival visa.
- Personal climbing gears
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
- Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
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Arrival in Kathmandu |1300m| transfer to hotel
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla |2,840m|trek from Lukla to Chutang |3,350m|
Trek from Chutang to the base of Zatrwa La pass |4,100m|
Trek from Base of Zatrwa La to Kothe |3,800m|via Zatrwa La Pass
Trek from Kothe to Thangnak |4,600m|
Trekking along the Hinku Khola, you will be in constant view of the Mera Peak today. Passing by the settlement of Gondishung, you will make your way to Hinku Dragka. Along the way, you will also pass by the Lungsumba Gompa where a stone inscription can be found that includes information on Mera Peak. A short hike from the Gompa then led to Thangnak. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Thangnak.
Rest and acclimatization at Thangnak
This day is reserved for acclimatization. You will have a relaxing day at Thangnak today, exploring the village. The settlement of Thangnak is mainly occupied by the ethnic Sherpa where you can where experience their lifestyle. The village also has many Gumbas and small chortens with Mani stone walls. It presents amazing views of the Mountain Peaks as well. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Thangnak.
Trek from Thangnak to Khare |5,000m|
Further from Thangnak, the path follows a lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier. The site presents spectacular views of the Charpate Himal. You will follow the path to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers. From here, you will steadily climb up to the Khare village from where you can get good views of the northern face of Mera Peak. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Khare.
Trek from Khare to Mera High Camp |5,780m|
Walking through a boulder-strewn terrain, you will follow the path steeply uphill to reach the Mera Peak Base Camp. From the camp, you will continue further ahead through the Mera La Mountain Pass to reach the Mera High Camp. The path is rocky and can be perilous if there is snow. Trekking to the top of the rock band marked by a cairn, you will hike ahead for High Camp. Along the way, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Everest Peaks, like Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Overnight stay at Mera High Camp.
Summit to Mera Peak |6,461m.| and return to base camp |5,200m|
This is one of the important days of the entire trip. You will be summiting Mera Peak today. Waking up early at 2 in the morning, you will make your way up the glacier. Following the path onto the ridge, you will continue, up the slope that starts to thin out. The Ridgeline gets left behind at the sight of the Mera Peak comes into view. With the help of ropes and other climbing equipment, you will begin your climb. Finally, as you reach the summit, you can take in mesmerizing views of the neighboring Everest peaks. After enjoying the sight and the achievement, you will slowly retrace your steps back down the summit. Overnight stay at base camp.
Trek from Mera Peak Base Camp to Hinku valley
From the base camp, you will follow the pathway back down the valley, passing through the coruscating woodlands once again. The trip is mostly downhill and is ever-present with amazing Himalayan sights. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Trek from Hinku valley to Panch Pokhari |5,200m|
Deep into the emerald landscapes of the Hinku valley, the terrain is embedded with glacial lakes. Following the rough pathway, you will trek through the pastures and the rock-strewn acreages towards Panch Pokhari. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Acclimatization at Panch Pokhari
This is another day reserved for acclimatization. Today, you can enjoy the lakeside view of the terrains and also relax at the beautiful site that the five lakebeds present. The landscape is quite serene and the horizons are filled with wonderful views of Mera Peak. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Trek from Panch Pokhari to Amphu Laptsa La Base Camp |5,400m|
You will be trekking through the remote acreages of the valley to reach the Amphu Laptsa Base Camp today. This is an extremely off-beaten trail and it is very uncommon to see any other trekkers here along the journey. Steeply ascending just beyond the lake, you will be traversing along the wilderness of the Hinku valley. Finally, you will reach the base camp. Overnight stay at the Amphu Laptsa Base Camp.
Trek from Amphu Laptsa La Base Camp to Chhukung |4,750m| via Amphu Laptsa La Pass |5,700m|
Waking up early in the morning to cross the pass, you will start the day by making your strenuous trip uphill. The trip is laden with rough terrains and a straining uphill climb. When you reach the top of the pass, you can get mesmerizing sights of the sprawling Hinku valley and the distant mountain peaks on the horizon. After taking in the views, you will start your descent back down towards Chhukung. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhukung.
Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak High Camp |5600m|
Following the pathway that travels uphill through alpine woods, you will make your way to the Island Peak Base Camp. The trek is filled with changing terrains altering from pasturelands to snowy fields. You can also see many yaks grazing in the pastures, with cliffs occasionally hinting at the sight of the elusive Himalayan Thar. The horizons are also decorated with views of the rising peaks. Overnight stay at Island Peak Base Camp.
Summit Island Peak |6,189m.| and back to Chhukung |4740m
This is another one of the important days of the trip. Waking up early in the morning, you will climb your way to the summit of Island Peak. The snowy terrain is filled with crevasses and hollow grounds, so you will follow your Sherpa guide carefully as he leads the way. Climbing over metal rungs of ladders placed over deep crevasses and trudging up the slopes with crampons on your boots, you will finally reach the summit. Views of the surrounding peaks dramatically present themselves from the top. After taking in the sights, you will carefully navigate your way back down to base camp and towards Chhukung. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhukung.
Trek from Chhukung to Dingboche |4,410m|
Trekking downhill past smaller settlements, you will be making your way back to Dingboche. The terrain changes from snowy glacial sludge to greener pastures and alpine woods. The lower ends of the valley then give way to Dingboche- the summer valley of the Khumbu region. Dingboche also presents amazing views of Island Peak. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.
Trek from Chhukung to Debouche |3760m|
Following the winding pathway, you will trek through the vast grasslands and narrow cliffs towards the ridgeline above the valley. The Imja River flows below the ravines. As you make your way towards ridgelines, crossing suspension bridges, you can get dramatic highland sights of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Deboche.
Trek from Debouche to Namche Bazaar|3,440m|
Finally, the trekking trip presents a down-hill serpentine of the trail that will take you back to Namche Bazaar. The terrain is easy and gives amazing serenity and Himalayan ambiance. Along the way, you can see many locals going about their way with caravans of goods, a contrast to the remote off-beaten paths that Khumbu presents that are more often quite isolated. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche.
Trek from Namche to Lukla |2,800m|
From Namche, you will have a relatively easy trekking trip downhill back towards Lukla. You will be trekking once again through the alpine forests of the national park, which you will exit at Monjo. Along the way, you will pass Phakding to reach Lukla. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lukla.
Morning Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
You will bid the Everest peaks goodbye for the last time today as you catch your early flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped back at the airport for your departure.