Duration: 25 Days
Trip Grade: Strenous
Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight
Group Size: 2-10
Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April
Altitude Max: 6476m
Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Guest House/Tent during the trip
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Mera and Island Peak Climbing via Amphu Lapcha Pass Trekking combines the journey to two beautiful peaks in the Khumbu region - Mera and Island Peak. Both the peaks are renowned for magnificent views of mountain chains among which most are above 8000 meters. Mera is the highest peak that can be climbed without permit in Nepal and lies in the south of Everest. Island Peak is mostly preferred by trekkers to the Everest Base Camp.
Our trek starts after an early morning flight to Lukla from where the route slowly gains elevation as we move to the Mera Peak. Crossing the Mera La pass we reach the Mera Peak Base Camp and ascend further to the High Camp (5750m). Mera Peak (6654m) itself is technically an easy climb and the slopes seldom exceeds 40 degrees, however, crevasses at places demand alertness. The climb is strenuous at the last 50 metres to the top. Panoramic views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and other peaks is rewarding at the top.
Crossing the Honku valley, Panch Pokhari and the Amphu Lapcha La Pass, we reach Chhukung valley which houses the beautiful Island Peak. The climb to High Camp is a strenuous one crossing which the trail to the top of Island Peak is through rock formations and glacial regions. The view from the top is equally rewarding with outstanding views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and other peaks.
Khumbu region is also known for its beautiful valleys, high passes, Sherpa communities and varied flora and fauna. The trek demands you to be physically fit and adventure seeking. Walking and climbing through snow onto higher altitudes is challenging, yet the trek is well designed to acclimatize you properly.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 2 :Stay in Kathmandu for official procedure, overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 :Fly to Lukla (2853meters) and trek to Chutanga (3175meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 4 :Trek from Chutanga to Zatrawala Pass (4610m.) to Zatrabok (4704m.) and you camp here.
Day 5 :Trek to Kothe (3800meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 6 :Trek to Thangnak (4600meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 7 :Rest at Thangnak for acclimatization, overnight at tented camp.
Day 8 :Trek to Khare (5000meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 9 :Trek to Mera base camp (5200meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 10 :Mera high camp (5780meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 11 :Summit up to Mera peak (6654meters) and back to base camp, overnight at tented camp.
Day 12 :Trek to Honku valley, overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 :Trek to Panch Pokhari (5200meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 14 :Rest at Panch Pokhari for acclimatization, overnight at tented camp.
Day 15 :Trek to Amphu Lapcha La Base Camp (5400meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 16 :Trek to Chhukung (4750meters) after crossing Amphu Lapcha La pass (5700meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 17 :Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4790meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 18 :Ascent to High Camp (5600meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 19 :Summit Island Peak (6160meters) and back to base camp, overnight at tented camp.
Day 20 :Trek to Pangboche (3900meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 21 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440meters), overnight at tented camp.
Day 22 :Trek to Lukla (2866meters), overnight at hotel
Day 23 :Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.
Day 24 :Leisure day in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
Day 25 :Transfer to airport, departure onward destination.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 :Stay in Kathmandu for official procedure, overnight at Hotel.After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping.
Day 3 :Fly to Lukla (2853meters) and trek to Chutanga (3175meters), overnight at tented camp.We start the day with an early morning flight to Lukla via the domestic airport. It’s a scenic flight of around 35 minutes in a small airplane. After landing in the Tenzing-Hillary airport, we meet the rest of the team and get briefings on the journey further ahead. The trek to Chutanga marks the beginning of the journey. It’s a 5-6 hours walk through pine and rhododendron forests. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 4 :Trek from Chutanga to Zatrawala Pass (4610m.) to Zatrabok (4704m.) and you camp here. You trek steeply ascending path to cross Zatrawala Pass. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Numbur Himal, Kongdi Ri, Karyolang peak and many other mountains and peaks. Now you walk along the leveled trail for almost one and half hours and then the trail turns downhill and you trek through this descent path all the way to Zatrabok. This is campsite surrounded by hills.
Day 5 :Trek to Kothe (3800meters), overnight at tented camp.The trek to Kothe is mostly downhill leading through rhododendron and juniper forests. Views of Mera, Nauleku and other massifs keep company during the walk.
Day 6 :Trek to Thangnak (4600meters), overnight at tented camp. Passing Kharkas or grazing fields of Gondishung, we head to the small monastery beneath an overhanging rock formation. Ahead, the valley narrows as we move close to the western peak of Mera. After walking for about five hours, we reach Thangnak where we set camp for the night.
Day 7 :Rest at Thangnak for acclimatization, overnight at tented camp.Acclimatization at Thangnak is essential as the gain in altitude demands some time for the body to adjust. We climb to the glacier (5000m) in the morning hours, where rear views of Mera peak are spectacular. After getting back and taking our lunch, we may as well venture to Sabai Tsho, a glacial lake. Overnight stay at Thangnak in a tented camp.
Day 8 :Trek to Khare (5000meters), overnight at tented camp.The trek to Khare takes about 5-6 hours from Thangnak. The trail gets steep and bends along the valley to pass along the moraine of the Dig glacier to reach Dig Kharka. Spectacular views of Charpati Himal and other peaks including the Peak 35 which has not been scaled yet can be viewed. We ascend along the last section of the trail to reach the base camp at Khare where we stay overnight in a camp.
Day 9 :Trek to Mera base camp (5200meters), overnight at tented camp.The walk today is a short one, which starts with a gradual ascent to the Mera glacier. It’s steep in the beginning but eases out as you move higher to reach a long flat trail leading to the Mera La (5400m). A short descent leads to the Mera base camp where we camp and rest for the day.
Day 10 :Mera high camp (5780meters), overnight at tented camp.We ascent to the Mera High Camp along flat trails atop the glaciers. Views are outstanding from here. We set our tent and prepare for the next day’s ascent. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 11 :Summit up to Mera peak (6654meters) and back to base camp, overnight at tented camp.At around 2 am, we head for the summit, as its best to return back before afternoon. It’s an easy climb though the final ascent requires ice axe, crampons and ropes. As we climb, magnificent sunrise views of Kanchenjunga, Everest and Makalu can be viewed. The summit is a fantastic viewpoint with Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, Makalu and many other peaks ready to be photographed. The descent back to the Base Camp is a slow and careful one, and we take a good rest after this 8-10 hours strenuous day.
Day 12 :Trek to Honku valley, overnight at tented camp.The trail passes along yak pastures at great altitudes today. We walk through these remote valleys with incredible views of Chamlang and Baruntse. The Honku valley is our camping site for the night.
Day 13 :Trek to Panch Pokhari (5200meters), overnight at tented camp.With a backdrop of the towering mountains that keeps a strengthening company, we walk along the less trodden trail to reach Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes). Panch Pokhari is also known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. The trek takes about 5-6 hours. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 14 :Rest at Panch Pokhari for acclimatization, overnight at tented camp.We take a rest day at the beautiful surrounding of Panch Pokhari. It’s a day set for acclimatization as well, so you are suggested to stay active and can venture around the campsite. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 15 :Trek to Amphu Lapcha La Base Camp (5400meters), overnight at tented camp.The Amphu Lapcha pass is one of the most challenging in the Khumbu region. We climb through the Honku valley along this remote trail and can view hanging glaciers of Chamlang. After a 6-7 hours trek, we reach the Base camp where we stay overnight.
Day 16 :Trek to Chhukung (4750meters) after crossing Amphu Lapcha La pass (5700meters), overnight at tented camp.The Amphu Lapcha pass is situated beneath a huge rock formation that connects Nuptse and Lhotse. Views of Amadablam from here are well known. We further move downhill to reach Chhukung, a small village where we stay overnight.
Day 17 :Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4790meters), overnight at tented camp.The steep trail ascents along the south and takes a twist at the Lhotse glacier. An easing walk alongside the riverbed continues till a big rock. The zigzag route then passes Imja to Lhotse Glacier and opens up in a wide valley. South east of the Island Peak lies the base camp where we set tent and stay overnight.
Day 18 :Ascent to High Camp (5600meters), overnight at tented camp.The climb to High Camp is rather short and easy. We move up the Imja valley to come directly facing the south-west front of Island Peak. The walk continues on through glaciers to reach the High Camp where we stay overnight in a camp and prepare for the summit climb the next day.
Day 19 :Summit Island Peak (6160meters) and back to base camp, overnight at tented camp.We start early today, waking at around 2 am and taking our breakfast before heading out. Strong winds blow around the summit towards mid-day, we have to start early. We ascend along plenty of rock culverts along the route. Further on, we walk along the ridgeline that leads to the snout of the glacier. With rope to support, we cross this snow and ice slope. From the top of the slope, the summit is just three rope lengths away. After observing an elevated and outstanding view from the summit we take the route back to the base camp.
Day 20 :Trek to Pangboche (3900meters), overnight at tented camp. Descending down the trail, the pleasant walk is consoling to the lungs. Passing the villages of Orsho and Shomare, we move towards the Monastery in upper Pangboche which is the oldest in the region. A scenic view of mountain ranges above and the valley below with Imja Tse River can be seen from here.
Day 21 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440meters), overnight at tented camp.Descending to Imja River and crossing the forest to Tengboche, we continue along rhododendron and juniper forests. Crossing the Dudh Koshi, we descend through pine forests rich in wild life to Sansa. Further ahead, we pass a chorten marking the entrance to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 22 :Trek to Lukla (2866meters), overnight at hotelThe last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk really slow very controlled and in a balanced manner on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying distant view of snow covered mountains. Finally Lukla is reached.
Day 23 :Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.This is the day when Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is enjoyed over once again. On reaching Kathmandu it is time to enjoy shopping and walking round the city. The evening is to celebrate for successfully completion of the trip.
Day 24 :Leisure day in Kathmandu, overnight at hotelIt’s a leisure day which you can use to rest after the long journey or stroll around the capital. You may want to take home souvenirs for your loved ones. It is also a good idea to visit the world heritage sites in Kathmandu itself, for which Green Valley Nepal Treks can make arrangements as per your wishes.
Day 25 :Transfer to airport, departure onward destination.Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.
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