Overview

  • Duration: 26 Days
  • Diffculty: Strenuous 
  • Best Time: Oct-Nov, Apr-May
  • Max. Altitude: 6476 m

Mera and Island peak Climbing with Challenging Himalayan Traverse of Amphu Lapcha

Mera and Island peak climbing trip offers the climb of two famous trekking peaks in the Himalayas. Climbing these twin peaks of Mera and Island in Nepal combined with crossing the high spectacular and challenging Amphu Lapcha pass makes this expedition a very special and challenging one. Ultimately the best demanding trekking with trekking peaks climbing experience in Nepal. Mountain Monarch has professionally designed this expedition itinerary to allow every participant to have proper acclimatization. Resulting in the summit of these two trekking peaks over 6000 meters is an achievable goal. Furthermore the trek through the remote valleys of Hinku and Imja Tse in the Everest region. Great opportunity not to miss in the Himalayas.

Climb the Mera and Island Peaks: All Climbing Gear Provided

Standing over 6460 meters, the spectacular Mera Peak offers a great Himalayan summit thrill. A challenging long high altitude trek to climb in the Himalayas. Island Peak at 6189 meters, though of a lesser height, is slightly more technically demanding and exposed than the Mera. Thus it tests the climbing skills you have to learn on the Mera Peak and Amphu Laptsa crossing a week before. The view from both of these peaks' summit is simply breathtaking.

We organize special climbing training courses at base camp. Thus it ensures that you are capable and confident enough to summit the Mera and Island peak expedition safely. The Amphu Labtsa pass requires some technical climbing ability to cross it safely. To make the descent safe and easy our climbing guides team fix ropes for you. Therefore the abseil on the rocky crest and compact blue glacier ice sections totally safe. We provide all the personal and group climbing gear to make it a hassle-free and affordable climbing trip in the Himalayas.

Crossing the Amphu Lapcha Pass with Twin Peaks Climbing in the Himalaya

We take the longer route to Mera peak base camp through the lush forests of rhododendron and pine. 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 and the wilderness of the Hinku valley. Furthermore, we camp at Seto Pokhari, a sacred lake at over 5000 meters nestling beneath the stunning ramparts of Chamlang, Lhotse, and Everest dominating the horizon. Our next challenge is crossing the tough Amphu Labtsa pass at 5700 meters on our way to Island Peak. Undoubtedly the panoramic summit views are 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. This change of accommodation allows you can enjoy the relatively cozy comfort of the teahouse. Enjoy the dining room and sleep in a comfortable bed after many nights spent in tented camps. We expect our participants on this Mera and Island peak climbing 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.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Twin peaks expedition climb with challenging Amphu Laptcha pass
  • Strenuous trekking and climbing trip to Mera and Island peaks
  • Stunning Himalayan scenery - the adventure of a lifetime
  • Travel with the top-rated company in Nepal with its exceptional Summit success rate
  • Proper safety back up with supplementary Oxygen cylinder and Medical box
  • All personal and group climbing gear provided including the climbing boots
  • Climbing clinic course before the summit push
  • All full board meals B, L, D with Tea, coffee, and drinking water
  • Environment friendly and Responsible adventure policy of 1 Trekker:1 Porter
  • Communication devise of satellite phone on a trip in case of emergency

Itinerary

The first day of the trip marks your arrival in Nepal. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we’ll warmly receive you and bring you to the hotel. After the initial greeting with us and your climb guide, you can relax in the hotel. Enjoy refreshments. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Enjoy an aerial tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Enjoy a refreshment at the hotel and meet your trip staff.
  • Explore the beautiful and bustling Kathmandu City.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

The second day of the trip begins with a tour of Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy your breakfast and then embark on a tour to a few of the most popular tourist sites, including Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath. You will get to witness four of the seven UNESCO-designated sites in the city. Also known as the “City of Temples,” Kathmandu remains home to numerous religious, historical, and cultural sites. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Visit Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, two of the most revered Buddhist sites in Kathmandu City. Swayambhunath lies atop the hill overlooking the entire city while Boudhanath lies amidst the bustling Boudha Town.
  • Pashupatinath is one of the most visited UNESCO-designated sites in the city. It is home to the centuries-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historical site that is home to an ancient Malla Palace, temples, historical statues, and a royal courtyard.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Embark on an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is a mountainous town located 138km northeast of Kathmandu. Enjoy a scenic 30min flight overlooking the pristine mountains and ravines. Upon arrival, you can enjoy your breakfast. Leaving Lukla, you’ll begin descending south towards Surkey village. From Surkey, the trail steeply climbs towards Chutok La. A short descent takes you to Paiya village, followed by a scenic trek along the Handi Khola towards Puiyan. Overnight in Puiyan.

  • Experience a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a Himalayan town.
  • Explore the traditional lifestyle of the ethnic Sherpa tribe.
  • Trek along the deep ravines of the Khumbu Valley to reach Puiyan village via Chutok La.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2790 m

Leaving Puiyan village behind, you’ll continue traversing the forested trail towards the high mountain pass of Kari La. The trail descends through rhododendron and bamboo forests towards the Sherpa village of Panggom. The trail steeply climbs through the beautiful rhododendron forest towards Panggom La Pass (3174m) and continue downstream along the Pesang Kharka Khola to reach Peeng Kharka Danda.

Continue trekking downhill towards Ningsow Khola and cross the stream to reach Ningshow village. Leaving Ningshow village, you’ll begin climbing the steep trail to Surke La, which opens access to Chalen Kharka (3600m). Cross the mighty Surke La and continue climbing uphill through the lush grass fields towards Chalen Kharka. Overnight in Chalen.

  • Explore the deep ravine of Dudh Koshi Valley and Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Explore the traditional settlements of the ethnic Sherpa tribe.
  • Cross the high mountain passes of Kari La, Panggom La, and Surkye La.
  • AccommodationBasic Tea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3440 m

Leaving Chalen Kharka, you'll begin traversing the pristine Makalu Barun National Park to reach the remote Hinku Valley. The trail climbs along the Yak pastures or Kharka situated along the river. The locals bring their Yak flock to these Kharka only during summer. Cross a few ridges and head towards the exposed ridge that offers a clear view of mountains as far as Kanchenjunga Peak (8586m) on a clear day.

Cross a mountain pass to reach the pristine lakes of Panch Pokhari. Leaving the holy lakes of Panch Pokhari, you’ll continue climbing through the rhododendron forests towards Khola Kharka. You’ll enter the remote part of the Barun Valley. The scenic trail continues along the snow moraines and climbs towards the prayer flags.

Catch the beautiful sights of Numbur, Pike top, and Lamjura pass. The trail begins to climb downhill along the Hinku Khola and climbs further downstream along Majang Khola. Cross the suspension bridge to reach Kote village. Overnight in Kote.

  • Walk past rich Yak pastures or Kharka, which often sees a huge flock of Yak during summer.
  • Visit the revered Panch Pokhari, the collection of five different Oligotrophic Lakes.
  • Walk past lush rhododendron forests and trek into the remote glaciated region of Hinku Valley.
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4120 m

Leaving Kote, you’ll begin traversing Hinku Valley and cross the glaciated path to reach Tangnang (4300m). The trail continues to climb upstream along the Hinku Khola and crosses few landslide-prone areas towards Kyashar height. Catch the majestic sights of three summits of Mera Peak. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Tangnang overlooking the beautiful views of Kyashar height and Kusum Kanguru from the teahouse. Overnight in Tangnang.

  • Climb upstream along the pristine Hinku Khola through the glaciated Hinku valley.
  • Catch the majestic sights of Mera Peak’s three summits (Mera North, Mera Central, and Mera South), Kyashar Height, and Kusum Kanguru.
  • Witness the remote, pristine glaciated valley of Hinku that remains popular for the endangered species of Snow Leopard. 
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4140 m

eaving Tangnang, you’ll begin ascending the glaciated path towards Khare. Khare is the last destination before approaching Mera Peak. The climber’s base camp is also set up at Khare. A three-four hours trek takes you towards Kyeshar Peak. Leaving Kyeshar, you’ll begin climbing the glaciated path towards Dig Kharka, located in a snow-clad valley. Walk past Dig Kharka for few more hours to reach Khare and enjoy a delicious lunch. Acclimatization at Khare.

  • Climb the local Kyeshar Peak to access Khare or Mera Base Camp.
  • Catch the scenic views of Mera Peak, Charpati Himal, and Kyeshar from the base camp.
  • Prepare for the climb by training with essential equipment such as an ice axe and crampon.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4980 m

Leaving Khare, you’ll begin climbing the snow and rock moraines to reach Mera La (5,400m). The short ascent will be steep and arduous. The trail advances steeply out of Khare and leads through a rocky path overlooking Mera Peak. From here, the trail gets overblown by thick snow and rock gully onto the glacier. You may well require using crampons and helmets here on. As you reach the glaciated path, the gradient eases off. A short hike brings you to Mera La. Overnight in Mera La.

  • Set up a camp on an icy and windy spot overlooking Honku valley.
  • Prepare for the upcoming climb and indulge in a brief training session with your Sherpa guide.
  • AccommodationTented Camping
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude5320 m

Today, you’ll access the high camp located at an altitude of 5,800 meters. Another short ascent over the Mera glacier takes you to the extreme camp. The final ascent of Mera Peak is made from the high camp. Embark on a moderately steep climb and ascend for around 4 hours to reach Mera High Camp. Upon arrival, you can catch the breathtaking view of five out of the six highest mountains in Nepal, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest. Overnight in a camp.

  • Catch the pleasant view of some of the most famous mountain peaks, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.
  • Experience the adventure of camping as you enjoy a warm lunch and dinner inside the camp.
  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude5750 M

Today is the most exciting day of the trip. You’ll make the final ascent to Mera Peak summit. This particularly long day begins early. You’ll wake up around 2 am and enjoy your breakfast. Meanwhile, your staff will prepare the ropes for the climb. Prepare yourself and carry ice ax and crampons before beginning the ascent. As you begin to ascend, you will encounter a large, open glacier with numerous crevasses. Be careful and continue with your sluggish pace. The trail climbs steeply to the east of the left-hand ridge before heading right just below the summit. The last 50 meters to the summit is the hardest section of the climb. Use the fixed rope to do the climb to the top.

Once at the top, the magnificent sights of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, and Chamlang Himal will reward you. You’ll begin climbing down and access the same route back to Khare. After clearing the base camp, you’ll embark on a short trek east. A short descent along the rock moraines brings you to Kongme Dingma.

  • Enjoy the most exciting day of the trek as you leave the high camp and climb the Mera Peak summit.
  • Catch the majestic mountainous panorama, including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu.
  • AccommodationBasic Teahouse
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude5000 m

Leaving Kongme Dingma, the trail begins to climb along the rich Yak pastures, also known as Kharka. You may witness few shepherd huts along the trail. Enjoy the magnificent sights of Chamlang Himal and Baruntse Peak as you make your way towards Seto Pokhari. The trail begins to climb through snow moraine before reaching Seto Pokhari. Leaving Seto Pokhari, you'll embark on an upper flunk leading towards Amphu Lapcha Base Camp. Enjoy the majestic sight of Mount Everest as you continue climbing along the glacial lakes towards Hunku Pokhari. A short hike brings you to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp South.

  • Climb through the remote glacial pond of Seto Pokhari and Hunku Pokhari.
  • Catch the majestic sights of Mount Everest, Baruntse, and Chamlang Him
  • AccommodationBasic Tea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude5500 m

Leaving Amphu Lapcha Base Camp, you’ll begin traversing the snowy path leading to Amphu Lapcha Pass. You'll access the Upper Hunku Valley, which is always covered with snow. Almost five hours into the trek, you’ll finally arrive at Amphu Lapcha Pass. Continue trekking along the glaciated path and head down to Imja Glacier. A few hours of descent along the Amphu Lapcha Glacier brings you to Imja Tsho Lake, located just beside Imja Glacier. From here, you’ll begin ascending along the rocky moraine towards Island Peak Base Camp.

  • Climb the highest and remotest mountainous pass in the Everest Region, Amphu Lapcha Pass.
  • Enjoy trekking along with the beautiful glaciers of Lhotse Shar, Amphu Lapcha, and Imja.
  • AccommodationTented Camping
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4950 m

Today is a rest day at Island Peak Base Camp. You can spend this day preparing for the upcoming climb. Summiting Island peak is relatively easier than summiting Mera Peak. Enjoy a short hike around Imja Glacier and walk down to Imja Tsho Lake. Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp.

  • AccommodationTented Camping
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4950 m

The most awaited day is here. The day begins early as you wake up at around 2 am. We have our breakfast and prepare to make the final summit. Carry the necessary gear and equipment for the climb. In the meantime, your Sherpa crew will prepare the ropes. The journey begins with a slow climb through snow and few crevasses before arriving at the right side of the glaciated gully.

A steep climb takes you to the ridge from where you can access the exposed ridge leading to the top. Follow a steep ridgeline leading towards the exposed traverse. The final ascent takes you along the steep section using fixed rope and crampons. Once at the top, you can enjoy the majestic view of the surrounding mountains, including Amadablam, Lhotse, and Makalu. Embark on the descent and continue climbing back to Island Peak Base Camp. After clearing the camp, you'll continue trekking down to the base camp or Chhukung village.

  • Summit the most popular trekking peak in Nepal, Island Peak.
  • Catch the beautiful sights of Amadablam, Makalu, Lhotse Shar glacier from the top.
  • AccommodationTented camping
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4950 m

Retrace your path and continue climbing down along the Chhukung glacier towards Dudh Koshi Valley. A short descend along the glaciated path brings you to the Sherpa village of Dingboche. From here, you’ll continue climbing down towards Imja Khola. Cross the river and continue climbing uphill towards Pangboche. A short descent overlooking the beautiful Ama Dablam peak brings you to Tengboche village via Debuche. Enjoy some time exploring the century-old Tengboche Monastery. From here, the trail continues to drop downstream along the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar.

Bid adieu to the beautiful view of Kongde Ri Peak as you begin climbing down towards Monjo village. Exit Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo and continue climbing down to Lukla via Phakding village.

  • Enjoy trekking through the famous Everest Base Camp Trail and explore the beautiful Dudh Koshi Valley.
  • Visit the most popular Pangboche Monastery and Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is a 100-years-old monastery in Tengboche that hosts the annual Tiji festival.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the region, and enjoy the beautiful sight of Kongde Ri Peak.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2850 m

Bid farewell to Lukla as you board on the flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy a 30min long flight from Lukla to Kathmandu overlooking the pristine mountains and lush forested hills. Upon arrival, you'll drive to the hotel and enjoy your breakfast. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Experience a thrilling flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy the beautiful aerial tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Spend quality time at Kathmandu enjoying souvenir shopping, massage
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Today is the last day of the trip. Bid adieu to Kathmandu City as you embark on a flight back home. We’ll drive you to the airport approximately two hours before your flight time.

  • MealsBreakfast

Twin Peaks climbing itinerary: 

Details day to day of Twin Mera and Island Peaks Climbing Itinerary with elevation, approx walking hours, and topography.
What's Included
  • Customize arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin share BB as per the plan.
  • Welcome group dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as in itinerary.
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu and airport tax as listed in the itinerary
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with drinking water on the whole trek and climb
  • Accommodation at teahouse while trekking and tented camp while on the climbing duration
  • Both twin peaks ( Mera and Island) climbing royalty and government taxes
  • Climbing Clinic Course at base camp
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gear: La Sportiva climbing boot, crampons, climbing rope, ice axe, Jumar, harness, the figure of eight, Carabiner along with required camping gear while on the climbing duration
  • Mountain Monarch gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, rain poncho, etc for use during the trip.
  • Supplementary Oxygen with regular / Gamow Bag (A life-saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Well-experienced Climbing guides with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Professional and experienced trekking group leader trained in Wilderness First Aid along and trek support crew with proper gear and insurance
  • Satellite Phone in case of emergency
  • Complimentary Trek Duffle bag and trekking map
  • Peak climbing certificates are issued from the respective body of the Nepal Government.
  • Makalu and Everest National park and all government taxes etc.
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind, International Airfare
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like the hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks.

Dates & Availability

Mera & Island Peaks Trip Dates

Mera and Island peak expedition cost and fixed and confirmed trip departure dates for 2022 and 2023 to join the group trip to the Himalayas in Nepal.

April Departure
     
Start DateStart DateApril 02, 2022End DateEnd DateApril 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePriceUS$3850
Start DateStart DateApril 16, 2022End DateEnd DateMay 11, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePriceUS$3850

Customer Reviews

  • C
    Chin Ling Wong 5.0MalaysiaPublished January 06, 2019

    Memorable trip

    4 weeks trip with 23 days of trek and climb from Lukla to Mera (6419) and Island Peak (6189m) via Amphu Laptsa Pass (5845m). Amphu Laptsa Pass is graded D and is the second hardest pass in the Himalayas region. It was an amazing experience to land and take off at the world's most dangerous airport. The feeling is indescribable until you experience it. 12 of us in the group plus 5 guides, 12 porters, and 7 kitchen crew throughout the hike. We stayed in tents for 20 days and the last three days in the local tea houses. One of the highlights of our trip is no shower for 23 days and the toilets are very basics. The higher the altitude, the more basic the toilet will be. We were amazed that we survived without any problem The weather is extremely cold and the daily temperature is below zero degrees Celsius. Waking up daily with snow/ice on the tent, sleeping bag, and beanie is no joke. Hail and snow are common during our hiking period. 23 days without connecting to the outside world is another good experience for us as well. No electricity was available and I charged my watch and camera with a solar charger. Thank you Mountain Monarch and the team for this memorable trip.

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    Graeme Mc Cormack 5.0United KingdomPublished August 10, 2015

    High Standard of Service

    The whole trek and the way we were treated before and after the trek were excellent. A very HIGH STANDARD of SERVICE. Thanks, Mountain Monarch for a great time in Nepal.

  • A
    Anthony Wierzbicki 5.0AustraliaPublished November 16, 2014

    Trip with Mountain Monarch and the experience was outstanding

    ” This is my 2nd trip with Mountain Monarch and the experience was outstanding. The trip included climbing Mera & Island peaks and crossing the Amphu Laptsa Pass. For anyone who is looking for a different type of adventure in Nepal, then this is the trip for you!. The inclusion of the Amphu Laptsa Pass was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. It takes you off the main trekking routes, away from the more crowded trails. During this section of the trip, the views are outstanding and we did not encounter any other trekking groups which in peak season is a rarity. For those who want a real adventure, then this is the trip for you.

    As far as Mountain Monarch goes, I have to take my hat off to them. The owner Pradip is extremely helpful and answers any queries you have promptly. His guides, cooks, and porters go out of their way to ensure you have the best experience possible during your trip. The food, equipment provided and accommodation are excellent, not to mention the emphasis on safety. I would highly recommend Mountain Monarch to anyone who is thinking of traveling to Nepal, you won't get as much bang from your buck from any other operator. Thanks again Mountain Monarch!”.

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