Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing Via Amphu Labtsa Pass
At a Glance
  • Duration27 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Everest Region
  • Max Altitude 6,476m/21,247ft.
  • Group Size 02 - 15
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking/Climbing
  • Best Season Spring / Autumn

Trip Overview:

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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at the Kathmandu Airport (1,400 m/4,593 feet)and Transfer to the Hotel
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali, Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Paiya (2,780 m/9,120 feet)
  • Day 03:Trek to Panggom (2,840 m/9,317 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Nashing Dingma (2,600 m/ 8,502 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Chalem Kharka (3,550 m/11,645 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Khola Kharka (4,280 m/ 14,041 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Kothe (3,500m / 11,482 feet)
  • Day 8-09:Trek to Thangnak. (4,356 m/14,292 feet) - ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
  • Day 10-11:Trek to Khare camp. (5,045 m/16,552 feet) ACCLIMATIZATION / PRE-CLIMBING COURSE
  • Day 12:Trek to Mera La (5,415m/17,765 feet)
  • Day 13:Trek to High Camp (5,800 m/19,029 feet)
  • Day 14:Summit Mera (6,476 m/21,247 ft) and Trek to Kongma Dingma
  • Day 15:Contingency Day – in case of bad weather
  • Day 16:Trek to Seto Pokhari, White Lake in the Hongu Valley (4,900m /16,076 feet)
  • Day 17:Trek to Amphu Labsta base camp (South) (5,527m /18,133 feet)
  • Day 18:Cross Amphu Labsta pass (5,845m / 19,176 feet) Amphu Labsta Base Camp (North) 5,300m / 17,388 feet
  • Day 19:Island Peak base camp (5,000 m/16,404 feet)
  • Day 20:Rest Day - Climbing Clinical Course conducted by our climbing guide
  • Day 21:Summit Island Peak (6189 m/ 20,305 feet) and back to base camp.
  • Day 22:Contingency Day in case of bad weather
  • Day 23:Trek to trek to Pangboche (3,930 m/12,893 feet)
  • Day 24:Trek to Namche Bazaar via Tyangboche Monastery (3,450 m/11,318 feet)
  • Day 25:Trek to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet)
  • Day 26:Mountain Flight to Kathmandu OR MANTHALI AIRPORT
  • Day 27:Departure day – transfer to international airport.

Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing Detailed Itinerary

                                                From Lukla airport, the final destination can be either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport, depending on the peak or off-season. Nonetheless, we will have a Sensational flight back. 

                                                Flying out of Lukla Airport is a divine experience that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. As your small aircraft takes to the sky, you're immediately surrounded by a panoramic masterpiece of nature. Towering peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, seem to reach out and touch the heavens. 

                                                The rugged landscapes, deep gorges, and remote villages pass beneath you like a living tapestry of Nepal's highlands. The thrill of the takeoff is matched only by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before your eyes, leaving a permanent imprint of the Himalayan splendor on your soul. 

                                                Flying out of Lukla is not just a departure; it's a final gift, a reminder of the unparalleled beauty that this region has to offer.

                                                However, in the peak season time, all Lukla Flights are Diverted to Manthali Airport at Ramechhap District which is 132 km away from Kathmandu. If we fly to Manthali Airport transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE will be provided to transfer you to Kathmandu Hotel. 

                                                This Drive from Manthali to Kathmandu will take 4/5 Hours approximately. 


                                                • Morning flight to Kathmandu or Manthali.
                                                • Scenic Drive to Kathmandu, if flights are diverted to Manthali Airport.
                                                • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.

                                                    MERA PEAK AND ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING DETAIL ITINERARY:

                                                    Please keep in mind that the provided Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing Detail itinerary serves as a general guideline only. While we make every effort to follow this plan, trekking in the Himalayas can be influenced by varied factors like weather, trail conditions, and the health and acclimatization of the group. Our experienced guides prioritize your safety and will make necessary adjustments as needed. This might involve changes in the daily schedule or rest days for better acclimatization. Your trekking experience is our top priority, and we're committed to providing you with the best adventure while ensuring your well-being. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

                                                    Flight Delay/Cancellation in Kathmandu and Lukla:

                                                    The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla Airport, the gateway to Mount Everest, and the world’s most electrifying airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances, the possibility of flying a helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.

                                                    Travelers are to pay the cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa and Master Cards only). Travelers will be provided with a receipt upon payment so that they may claim the amount from their travel insurance. The cost per person depends on the number of people taking this facility.

                                                    Why do we have a Contingency Day???

                                                    We have a contingency day on Day 16 so that it would cushion your summit day just in any case you missed it over bad weather or any other circumstances. However, if everything goes as planned you can always utilize your contingency day somewhere on your trip on the way back or you can have a leisure day in Kathmandu, the living heritage city, which certainly gives anyone more of a chance to explore Kathmandu, the capital, ‘The Shining Pearl of Asia’ with its beautiful temples, monuments, and time-honored legends and history. The city undeniably has so much to offer anyone with a thrilling tour experience. Nepal Pyramids will always be there to assist you with your city exploration.

                                                    What's Included
                                                    • PERMITS: National park entry permits, Trekking Permits, and TIMS permits.
                                                    • CLIMBING PERMITS: All CLIMBING PERMITS REQUIRED that is issued by NMA.
                                                    • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
                                                    • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three-star twin bed-sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
                                                    • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
                                                    • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
                                                    • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
                                                    • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights from Kathmandu / Lukla and Lukla / Kathmandu.
                                                    • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
                                                    • CLIMBING EQUIPMENT: All climbing equipment including climbing boots.
                                                    • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
                                                    • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
                                                    • GLORIOUS FOOD: Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
                                                    • CAMPING: Two-member tent facility and kitchen crew as required with hot meals.
                                                    • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
                                                    • CLIMBING GUIDE: Highly qualified CLIMBING SHERPA and his climbing Allowance
                                                    • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
                                                    • SAFETY CONCERNS: Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips + Satellite phone.
                                                    • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
                                                    What's Excluded
                                                    • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
                                                    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
                                                    • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
                                                    • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
                                                    • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
                                                    • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
                                                    • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
                                                    • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
                                                    • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
                                                    • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
                                                    • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
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