Mera Peak, Amphulaptsa Pass and Island Peak

Trip Facts

Starting Price $3,535.00 per person
  • Trip Duration 22 days
  • Trip Grading Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 6,476m
  • Best Time Spring & Autumn
  • Trip Mode Teahouses & camping

Trip Overview

Mera Peak 6,476m and Island Peak 6,189m

Mera peak is officially the highest of Nepal’s permitted trekking peaks, rises to the south of Everest. Mera stands at 6,476m. The first ascent of Mera was made by J.O.M Roberts and Sen Tenzing on 20 May 1953 by the now standard route from the Mera la. By this standard route from the Mera la, the ascent is technically straightforward, however after a heavy fall of snow or when the maze of the crevasses are open, the way can be long and demanding.

After summiting Mera peak, you will continue your trek and walk down to Kongmadingma and hike through the Hongu valley. At the pass, your guide and climbing Sherpas will set up fixed ropes and descend down towards the Imja valley. After the Amphulaptsa pass, you will continue your trek towards Lukla. The Extension of this trek will give you the opportunity to explore the Hongu valley which lies in a basin with surrounding peaks all around. The base camp to Baruntse is also here. The views are quite spectacular from the top of the pass with some great views of Makalu, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Baruntse.

Seen from above Dingboche the mountain Imja Tse (Island Peak) resembles an island in a sea of ice. It was first climbed in 1953 by a very prestigious team in preparation for the ascent of Everest. It is an interesting and attractive summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse glacier. The mountain itself is an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. As well as providing an enjoyable climb the peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu region.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and our representative will meet you at the airport. Transfer to your Hotel.
  • Day 02 : Rest day/ sightseeing (optional)
  • Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla – Chutanga
  • Day 04 : Acclimatization day in Chutanga. We will hike up to Kharka Tang for further acclimatization and return down to Chutanga.
  • Day 05 : Chutanga – Tuli Kharka
  • Day 06 : Tuli Kharka – Kotay
  • Day 07 : Kotay – Tagnag
  • Day 08 : Tagnag - Khare
  • Day 09 : Rest day in Khare, acclimatization
  • Day 10 : Khare - Mera Peak High Camp
  • Day 11 : Summit Mera Peak (6,476 m/ 21,247 ft) – Kongmadingma
  • Day 12 : Kongmadingma – Thulodunga - Panchpokhari – Seti Pokhari
  • Day 13 : Seti Pokhari to Amphulaptsa Base Camp
  • Day 14 : Amphulaptsa Base Camp - Amphulaptsa Pass 5,845m – Island Peak High Camp
  • Day 15 : Rest day at Island Peak Base Camp (5,000m)
  • Day 16 : Summit Island peak (6,189m/ 20,305ft). Return to Base Camp.
  • Day 17 : Trek to Pangboche
  • Day 18 : Trek to Namche
  • Day 19 : Trek to Lukla
  • Day 20 : Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 21 : Rest day / sightseeing
  • Day 22 : Departure
  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and our representative will meet you at the airport. Transfer to your Hotel.

  • Day 02 : Rest day/ sightseeing (optional)

  • Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla – Chutanga

    This is a 45 minutes flight from Katmandu to Lukla 2,840m. From Lukla the path traverses south-east through forest, crossing several cascading streams. Our first camp is at Chutanga 3,400 m.

  • Day 04 : Acclimatization day in Chutanga. We will hike up to Kharka Tang for further acclimatization and return down to Chutanga.

  • Day 05 : Chutanga – Tuli Kharka

    This is 05 hr walk to Tuli Kharka crossing Zatrwa la which is at 4,600 m/15000ft. Tuli Kharka is at 4,400 m.

  • Day 06 : Tuli Kharka – Kotay

    This is 05 hr downhill walk to Kotay. Kotay is at 3,500m.

  • Day 07 : Kotay – Tagnag

    This is 06 hr walk to Tagnag. Tagnag is at 4,246 m. There is a summer settlement here and also has a two or three lodges open during the trekking season.

  • Day 08 : Tagnag - Khare

    This is 04 hr walk to Khare which is at 5,100 m.

  • Day 09 : Rest day in Khare, acclimatization

  • Day 10 : Khare - Mera Peak High Camp

    Climb Mera la Glacier and start an easy climb towards Mera Peak High Camp which is behind the rock at 5,800 m.

  • Day 11 : Summit Mera Peak (6,476 m/ 21,247 ft) – Kongmadingma

    Leave early at four in the morning and summit at 9:00 am. The last 50 meters are 45- 50 degrees steep and climb with a fixed rope. Return to High Camp and start descending down to Mera La and towards the Hongu valley.

  • Day 12 : Kongmadingma – Thulodunga - Panchpokhari – Seti Pokhari

    Walk along the Hongu valley.

  • Day 13 : Seti Pokhari to Amphulaptsa Base Camp

    Still on the Hongu valley and start preparation to go over the Amphulaptsa Pass on the next day.

  • Day 14 : Amphulaptsa Base Camp - Amphulaptsa Pass 5,845m – Island Peak High Camp

    Cross over the Amphulaptsa Base Camp with a fixed rope to help the porters to descend down safely. You will Continue walking towards the Island Peak Base Camp.

  • Day 15 : Rest day at Island Peak Base Camp (5,000m)

  • Day 16 : Summit Island peak (6,189m/ 20,305ft). Return to Base Camp.

  • Day 17 : Trek to Pangboche

  • Day 18 : Trek to Namche

  • Day 19 : Trek to Lukla

  • Day 20 : Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Day 21 : Rest day / sightseeing

  • Day 22 : Departure

Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com

Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

Equipment

Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

 Why use Climb High?

  • Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
  • This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
  • Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
  • Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
  • We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
  • Our great local contacts ensure us good deals with the best hotels for trekkers in Kathmandu.
  • We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

Cost

Group Size Cost
2 persons US $ 4135 per person
3 to 4 persons US $ 3935 per person
5 to 6 persons US $ 3735 per person
7 persons and above US $ 3535 per person

Includes

  • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb,
  • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)
  • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks,
  • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff and porters,
  • Barun and Sagarmatha National Park fees,
  • Climbing permit for Mera and Island peak,
  • Trekking permit (TIMS),
  • Climbing rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabineers, snow bars and ice screws,
  • Climbing gears,
  • Domestic baggage 15 kg,
  • Airport |hotel transfer,
  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs,
  • Equipments for staffs and porter,
  • Climb High duffle bag,
  • Rescue arrangements,
  • First-aid kit,
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu,
  • VAT.

Excludes

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance,
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
  • Meals in Kathmandu,
  • Bottled mineral water,
  • Beverages (hard and soft drinks),
  • Personal trekking gear,
  • Tips for guides and porters,
  • other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

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