Mera and Island Peak via Amphu Laptsa Pass

Amphu Lapcha trip

Exceptional high altitude Himalayan traverse routes to the trekking peaks of Mera and Island with the challenging Amphu Laptsa pass in the Himalayas.

03 out of 04 trekkers booked in autumn 2015 have successfully climbed both Mera and Island peaks.

Mera and Island are two famous trekking peaks in the Himalayas. Climbing of Mera and Island peaks combined with crossing the high spectacular and challenging Amphu Lapcha pass makes this Mera and Island Peak via Amphu Laptsa pass expedition a very special one that enables you to have the best demanding trekking and climbing experience available in Nepal. Mountain Monarch has professionally designed this Mera and Island peaks expedition itinerary to allow every participant to have proper acclimatization to summit the two trekking peaks at over 6000 meter and cross a less-attempted challenging pass of Amphu Lapcha and to trek through the remote valleys of Hinku and Imja tse in Everest region – a fantastic opportunity not to miss in the Himalayas.

Crossing the challenging Amphu labtsa pass with climbing the Mera and Island peak in Himalayas.

Standing over 6460 metres, spectacular Mera Peak offers a great Himalayan summit thrill – an introductory long high altitude climb to the summit, never steep enough to get too scary but completely exhilarating. Island Peak at 6189 metres, though of a lesser height, is a slightly more technically demanding and exposed, allowing you to test the climbing skills you have learn  from the Mera Peak ascent and Amphu Laptsa traverse crossing. The view from the both of these peaks summit is simply breathtaking. We organise special climbing training course at base camp to ensure that you are able and confident enough to summit both of these trekking peaks in Himalayas safely. The Amphu Labtsa pass is requires technical climbing ability to cross it safely but our climbing guides and support team fix ropes for you to abseil from the rocky crest. In this way all the expedition team members are able to descend safely. Our support team also fixes ropes on the compact blue glacier ice from the Amphu Laptsa pass top to base camp.

We spend two nights in Kathmandu checking all the expedition gear and exploring the cultural sights before we take an exciting flight to Lukla to start the Mera Island Peak climbing via Amphu Laptsa pass. We take the regular route to Mera Peak summit trekking through the lush forests of rhododendron and pine up to Mera base camp via Tangnang, while higher up there are the uninhabited alpine areas of the upper Hinku valley. After the Mera Peak summit, we head eastwards exploring the less used route towards Makalu Base Camp and the wilderness of the Hinku valley. We camp at Seto Pokhari, a sacred lake at over 5000 meters nestling beneath the stunning ramparts of Chamlang – Lhotse and Everest dominate the horizon. Our next challenge is crossing the tough Amphu Labtsa pass at 5700 meters with its difficult technical descent on our way to Island Peak base camp. The panoramic summit view is absolutely wonderful and will stay in your memory forever.

Finally we trek down to Lukla via Thyangboche monastery. We stay at local tea houses while trekking down from Island Peak to Lukla so you can enjoy the cosy comfort of the thw dining room and sleep in a comfortable bed after many nights spent in tented camps. We expect our participants on this Mera and Island with Amphu Laptsa expedition to have extensive outdoor adventure skills with good trekking and hiking experience. Prior climbing experience is recommended and welcome but not mandatory as we will train you in all necessary climbing skills at base camps.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:
    Arrive in Kathmandu / Welcome dinner
  • Day 02:
    Trip preparation: cultural tour and check / set gears
  • Day 03:
    Fly to Lukla to start the expedition trip to Mera Island peak via Amphu Laptsa pass
  • Day 04-06:
    Cross the Pangum la with first view of Mera peak
  • Day 07-09:
    Trekking thought the lust Redodendro forest to Tangnang via Narging and Pacha Pokhari
  • Day 10-13:
    Climb Mera peak base camp / climbing training / acclimatization
  • Day 14:
    Set Mera high camp at 5800 meter / Panoramic vista of Himalayas
  • Day 15:
    Summit day / early start to the Mera peak top / Himalayan summit thrill
  • Day 16-18:
    Climb to Amphu Laptsa base camp through Ongmadingma and Seto PokharI tented camp stay
  • Day 19:
    Cross the Amphu Labtsa pass / ascend and descent with fixed rope on glacier and rock
  • Day 20-21:
    Climb to the Island peak base camp / rest day
  • Day 22:
    Early start for the Island peak summit / great panoramic views
  • Day 23-25:
    Trek down to Lukla via Thyangboche and Namche / stay at teahouse / enjoy the shower
  • Day 26-27:
    Fly to Kathmandu / contingency day in case of bad weather for Lukla flight
  • Day 28:
    End of the Mera and Island peak with Amphu Laptsa pass climbing trip /airport transfer.

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