Mera Peak and Island Peak are the two most prominent climbing peaks in Nepal. Due to its easy access, trekkers and mountaineers from around the world came to scale this fabulous peak. In fact, for beginners, it has served as a great platform to rehearse and to pursue further their dream of climbing higher peaks. Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing via Amphu Labsta Pass have certainly been a great platform for beginner mountaineers. Certainly, a platform to train further their dreams of climbing the world's highest peaks including Everest. Climbing these grandiose peaks takes us back to the history of Jimmy Roberts, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and Eric Shipton who explored and climbed these peaks during the 1950s. These regions were first explored extensively by British expeditions in the early 1950s before and after the ascent of Everest.
NOTE: To make it hassle-free and less expensive we provide all the climbing gears. It includes a twin-sharing member tent, ropes, boots, an Alpine Climbing Harness, a Rappel device, crampons, ice axes, etc.
Mera Peak and Island Peak climbing Highlights:
- Climb the two most prominent climbing Peaks.
- Fly to thrilling Lukla airport (2,840m) on an inclined airstrip.
- Walk into the dramatic woodland setting and terraced fields to the village of Surke and Paiya Panggom.
- Going over Kari La pass with the view of Numbur (6866m), Khatang Ri (6853m), Koryolung (6681m), Kongde (6187m), and Tengkangpoche (6487m).
- The majestic view of Kangchenjunga 8,586 m, the 3rd highest mountain in the world.
- Summiting Mera Peak with the view of 5 world's highest mountains - Everest (8848m), Kangchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), and Cho-Oyu (8201m).
- Enter the paradise Hongu Valley enveloped by snow-capped mountains.
- Going over the technical Ambhu Labsta Pass (Ambhulapcha La) zooming up and abseiling down for Lunch.
- The exceptional view of Everest and its neighboring mountains from the highpass.
- Trek to Island Peak Base Camp through the outstanding valley of Imja.
- The marvelous experience of camping and enjoying the gorgeous food prepared by our crew under inadequate available conditions.
- Climbing Clinical Course and summiting the famous yet technical Island peak with exquisite scenic beauty.
- Visiting the most active Monastery at Tengboche and taking the blessing from the highest lama (monk).
- Walk back to Namche and celebrate your accomplishment.
Mera Peak 6,476 meters (21,247 feet):
Mera Peak is a high mountain peak located in the Mahalangur Himal section of the Himalayas, in the Solukhumbu District of northeastern Nepal. At 6,476 meters (21,247 feet), Mera Peak is classified as a Trekking Peak and is one of the most popular and accessible mountains for climbers in Nepal.
Being one of the highest Trekking Peaks in the region, Mera Peak offers climbers dramatic views and a feasible ascent that doesn't require extensive technical climbing skills. The standard route involves a trek through remote villages and forests before ascending snow and ice slopes to the narrow, jagged summit ridge. From the summit on a clear day, climbers are rewarded with exceptional views of five of the world's Five highest mountains - Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Kanchenjunga.
Climbing Mera is best done in April and May before the monsoon arrives, or in October and November for clear skies in the post-monsoon season. The expedition usually takes between 14 to 21 days including acclimatization days and summit attempts from a high camp. Proper acclimatization, physical fitness, technical climbing skills, and experience with altitude are key prerequisites.
Since all our Mera Peak trips are Guided Trips we use established campsites along the ascent route, traveling light with porter support for gear and provisions. Besides, we provide all technical gear including ice axes, crampons, ropes, etc necessary high on the mountain.
With its popularity and ease of access, Mera Peak provides amateur and experienced climbers alike a chance to experience climbing pleasure. Furthermore, climbers are rewarded with world-class views and a tremendous sense of achievement. As a trekking peak, Mera offers a rare combination of challenge, incredible scenery, and cultural experience that makes it a bucket list destination for many climbers.
Amphu Labtsa Pass (SOUTH) 5,845m / 19,176 feet:
Amphu Labtsa Pass is a formidable mountain pass that presents both an attractive opportunity and a severe challenge for advanced mountaineers. At 19,177 feet (5,845 meters), Amphu Labtsa Pass holds claim as one of the highest and most challenging passes in the entire region.
Amphu Labtsa provides a gateway between Khumbu's green hills and the remote razor peaks of Makalu Barun National Park. Yet make no mistake - this is no hike for amateurs. Frostbite, altitude sickness, sudden storms, and avalanches are only a handful of dangers that lie among the rugged terrain.
Extensive technical skills in rock and ice climbing are an absolute necessity before attempting passage. However, with us and our professional team, all things are taken care of including your safety. All our staff are well equipped for digging shelters and navigating fresh snow. We do have backup support plans for emergencies.
However, the pass comes with a great reward: standing on the untouched summit with the most magical view awaits you. Truly the view from Amphu Labtsa is unmatched anywhere on earth. Here Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu emerge in full glory above the clouds. And those precious souls who reach the summit can be proud as they have conquered one of the mightiest thrones in the Himalayas against all odds.
Island Peak 6,189 meters (20,305 feet):
Imja Tse, very popularly known to trekkers and climbers as ISLAND PEAK is a Trekking Peak located in the Everest Region. It is one of the most prominent trekking peaks that attracts climbers and trekkers from all around the world. This distinguished peak stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) above sea level.
It was named Island Peak by Eric Shipton's team in 1953. As you stand on the summit of this peak it truly hints you why it was named Island Peak. The peak is surrounded by lofty snowy peaks including the fourth-highest mountain, Lhotse. Island Peak appears alike a small floating of ice in the ocean of snow.
It is rightly a beginner's peak and does not require any technical climbing skills. However, climbers need to be in good physical shape and have some prior experience with climbing or trekking at high altitudes.
Island Peak Expedition starts with a thrilling flight to the world-famous airport of Lukla. Gradually we enter the Sagarmatha National Park through deep valleys, passing through traditional Sherpa villages, and high-altitude landscapes. After Everest Base camp we descend and take Imja Valley towards Island Peak Base camp. Hike to the summit involves a few technical sections where the use of ropes and other climbing equipment may be required.
The best time to climb Island Peak is during the spring and autumn seasons. During these seasons weather is expected to be clear with moderate temperature. However, climbers have summited Island Peak even in winter, especially in December when the weather is crystal clear despite the sub-zero temperature. Monsoon is not recommended for climbing or trekking in the region due few factors.
The highlight of the Island Peak Climbing is the breathtaking views. It's a great way to experience trekking, climbing, and the beauty of the Himalayas and to test your physical and mental limitations.