Mera and Island Peak via Apulapcha Pass

This incredible expedition trip of climbing two 6000 meters peak in the Himalayas could be a dream trip to many adventurers. Mera and Island Peak expedition crossing Amphu Labtsa pass is such a wonderful adventure journey in the Himalayas that bring two beautiful mountain peaks, Mera Peak (6461m) and Island Peak (6189m), and a technical high mountain pass called Amphu Labtsa (5845m) to your adventure accomplishments during the trip. Exploring the unbelievable wonders in the famous Khumbu, Hinku and Imja valleys of the Himalayas in Nepal, this expedition trip brings a wonderful adventure memory of life time.

Mera and Island Peak Expedition Trip via Amphu Labtsa Pass goes through Lukla towards Hinku valley and passes through several highland pastures to climb the Mera Peak. After achieving the summit of the Mera Peak the trip advances towards the famous and technical Amphu Labtsa pass before the Island Peak adventure. After summiting 6189 meters high Island peak, the trip goes to meet the Everest Base Camp Trekking route on the way back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazar.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, moneychanger and other necessary places you might need to go. Than  talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - B

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of

Boudhanath: It is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath: It is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla 2840m – Payon 2800m – B/L/D

We take an early morning and spectacular flight to Lukla airstrip. After about 40 minutes of adventurous and scenic flight, the small fixed winged aircraft lands the airstrip and we enter the beautiful town of Lukla. All our expedition crew will be waiting for us at Lukla. After an introductory meeting with the crew members, we start the trek for the day to Payon. About 5 hours of gentle walk takes us to our destination through several villages and forested area. We will have some breathtaking view of Kongde Ri before reaching Payon passing through Surke and Pakhapani.

Day 04: Payon – Pangkongma 2900m – B/L/D

The first section of our trek today goes steep downhill. We are trekking to a beautiful village of Pangkongma. We leave the Khumbu region and walk on and towards the Hinku valley. The incredible view of the Himalayan landscapes lure us more and more as we walk towards our destination. After crossing Khare Khola, the trail challenges us with uphill trail to Pangkongma. We reach Pangkongma after a walk of about 6 hours to stay overnight there.

Day 05: Pangkongma – Nashing Dingma 2700m – B/L/D

We start trekking through rhododendron and bamboo forest towards Pangkongma La which is 3170 meters above sea level. Walking on the pebbled trail takes us to Pangkongma La for an unbelievable view of Mera peak. After enjoying the view for a while, we start trekking downhill through pine forest to cross Hinku River. It’s another day of about 6 hours of walk before we reach the destination, Nashing Dingma.Stay overnight at Nashing Dingma.

Day 06: Nashing Dingma – Chalem Kharka 3600m – B/L/D

We take our breakfast and start the trek for the day. The very first part is a steep uphill walk through cattle grazing pastures green mountain vegetation. It’s going to be a tough mountain bush walk today challenging us to stay on balance as we traverse the slippery trail. We walk through the grazing pastures, mountain bush, and rhododendron and fir forest before finding a suitable place to establish our camp for the night. Before reaching the campsite, we would have already covered the trail stretch for almost about 6 hours.

Day 07: Chalem Kharka – Chunbu Kharka 4200m – B/L/D

We are walking to Chunbu Kharka today which is at the elevation of 4200 meters above sea level. It’s a challenging day of about 6 hours of uphill walking at the high elevation in the overwhelming mountain landscape. We again walk past several grazing pastures on our uphill walk towards a pass to cross before reaching Chunbu Kharka to establish our camp to stay overnight.

Day 08: Chunbu Kharka – Kothe 3650m – B/L/D

It’s a downhill walk for most of the stretch of trail to Kothe in the Hinku Valley. It’s a green forest walk on steep downhill trail. The walk for about 6 hours on downhill trail is going to be pretty challenging and we have to be very careful. Once we descend down to the river bank at Kothe, we establish our camp to stay overnight.

Day 09: Kothe – Tagnag 4360m – B/L/D

The walk along the ridge of Hinku Khola today takes us to Tagnag. We walk for about 5 hours before reaching the destination today passing across Gondishung where there is an old Buddhist monastery called Lungsumgba monastery. This place also has temporary summer camps for herders. We walk further ahead towards Tagnag to set our camp for our overnight stay.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day – B/L/D

We spend an extra day here to adjust with the high altitude climate. We go around for some hiking exploration as part of our acclimatization process. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Tagnag – Khare 4945m – B/L/D

We walk to Khare via Dig Kharka today. We are heading up towards higher altitude of 4945 meters above sea level. The walk today brings some incredible views of snow-capped mountain peaks. We take a slow paced walk towards Dig Kharka and then further towards Khare. Once we reach Khare, we can see an overwhelming view of Mera Peak which is our first destination peak of the trip. We set camp at Khare to stay overnight.

Day 12: Khare – Mera Base Camp 5300m – B/L/D

About 4 hours of walk today takes us to Mera Base Camp. Walking up on a steep trail, we reach Mera Base Camp to set our camp and have our lunch at the base camp. We settle ourselves on our tents at the elevation of 5300 meters above sea level. We can go for some walking exploration around after lunch so that we can adjust to the climate. Back at the base camp, we will talk about our climbing process and climbing route ahead. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Mera Base Camp – High Camp 5780m – B/L/D

We climb to high camp today after breakfast. A challenging climb through snow and several crevasses make our day little tough. But that is the nature of climbing expedition. We adjust ourselves with the atmosphere and surrounding and walk up towards high camp carefully. Once reaching the high camp, we settle on the tents.

Day 14: High Camp – Summit 6461m – Mera Base Camp 5300m– B/L/D

Today is the day to summit Mera Peak, the first of our expedition peaks of the trip. We start the climb very early morning and walk through the snow towards the summit. Mera peak is a less technical mountain to climb and once we reach the summit, we can see a spectacular view of the highest mountain in the world, Everest and 8000 meters mountains of Lhotse (8516m) and Cho Oyu (8210m) and several other beautiful mountains like Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Chamlang etc. After enjoying the incredible view from the summit of Mera Peak, we descend down to the base camp.Stay overnight at Base Camp

Day 15: Contingency Day – B/L/D

Day 16: Mera Base Camp – Honku Valley – B/L/D

We start trekking for the day to a remote area of Honku valley. We are moving forward towards remote and difficult part of the trip. First section of the walk goes down on the trail that is full of screes so a very balanced and careful walk down the trail is required. We set our camp at Upper Honku valley to spend our overnight today.

Day 17: Honku Valley – Panch Pokhari 5400m – B/L/D

We start the trek early morning after breakfast at the camp. We walk towards Panch Pokhari which is the base camp of Amphu Labtsa pass. Panch Pokhari literally translates as five ponds and we see those five sacred ponds where Hindu pilgrims make holy pilgrimage tour. Before reaching Panch Pokhari, we walk across the trail filled with glacial moraine. Once we reach Panch Pokhari at the elevation of 5400 meters above sea level, we establish our camp and relax.

Day 18: Rest and Preparation Day – B/L/D

We spend the day here at the camp resting and preparing for the climb to cross Amphu Labtsa tomorrow. Our crew members will fix all the technical equipment necessary for the climbing this technical Amphu Labtsa while we gather energy to do the adventure tomorrow. While resting at the base camp, we will enjoy some excellent views of Hinku Nup Glacier and Mingbo La.

Stay overnight at the base camp.

Day 19: Panch Pokhari – Amphu Labtsa 5845m – Chhukung 4730m – B/L/D

Today is an early start to cross the Amphu Labtsa pass at the elevation of 5845 meters above sea level. This big day crossing pass will take around 3 hours of climb to reach the Amphu Labtsa pass on the very first section. It’s a highly challenging technical climb to the pass on fixed line that is set up by our crew members. Once at the pass, we can enjoy a magnificent view of the towering Himalayan peaks. After spending a good time at the pass waiting for all the team members to arrive, we lower down on fixed rope carefully. We walk down the Imja Glacier and up towards Chhukung to spend our overnight there. It’s long day full of adventure and beautiful experience of technical climbing, incredible view and walking on the glacial moraine.

Day 20: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5070m – B/L/D

It’s an easy day today compared to what we went through yesterday. On our easy paced walk, we reach the Island Peak Base Camp by the afternoon to set up our camp. After reaching the base camp, our crew members will establish the camp while we can walk around and relaxing.

Day 21: Island Peak Summit Day 6189m – B/L/D

Today is another big adventure day climbing up to the summit of Island Peak which is also famously known as Imja Tse situated at the elevation of 6189 meters above sea level. We start our adventure of the day very early in the morning, and walk up on the rocky part of the mountain. After crossing the rocky part, we have to walk through a glacier up to the summit ridge through a snow gully. The most interesting part of the adventure is about to begin, the final climb to the summit. Crossing several fixed ropes, we reach the summit ridge and finally to the summit of Island Peak. Once at the summit ridge and the summit, we are captured by the overwhelming view of Lhotse and several other vast mountain peaks. After spending quality time at the summit and taking pictures, we start our descent back towards the base camp. Stay overnight at base camp.

Day 22: Contingency Day – B/L/D

Day 23: Base Camp – Pangboche 3985m – B/L/D

Today we trek to Pangboche to meet the Everest Base Camp trekking route. We walk towards the destination past Chhukung and many other places experiencing the culture and nature of the Everest region. Once we are at the Pangboche village, we can enjoy a magnificent view of several mountain peaks to make us forget the tiredness of walking. Stay overnight at Pangboche.

Day 24: Pangboche – Namche Bazar 3440m – B/L/D

We walk down to Namche Bazar today after breakfast. The first section of the trek goes up towards Tengboche where we can visit the famous Tengboche monastery to have a beautiful experience of the Buddhist culture and practices of the region. After exploring Tengboche monastery, we walk all the way down to Namche Bazar through forested downhill trail.Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 25: Namche Bazar – Lukla 2840m – B/L/D

We are going to complete a round trip at Lukla today. Traversing the trail down towards the Dudh Koshi River and walking along side it, we eventually reach Lukla trekking past Monjo, Phakding and several other beautiful places. Once we reach Lukla, we say thank you and good bye to our amazing crew members who made a wonderfully successful trip possible. Whatever we do is not enough to express our gratitude towards them but we are highly thankful to them.Stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 26: Lukla – Kathmandu 1400m – B

We take another beautiful morning flight back to Kathmandu by a fixed winged aircraft. Saying a heartfelt good bye to the majestic mountains after so many days of wonderful moments amongst them is quite difficult but we have to do it anyway. We finally land at Kathmandu airport to feel the city air after so many days of wonderful and fresh mountain air. We are transferred to our hotel and left on our own to enjoy and relax.

Day 27: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to feel the local life and culture. The tour lets you a great moment to enclose with the religious and cultural affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. we take you walking tour to Local market Ason, Oldest supermarket Vishal Bazar, Kilagod, Hidden Stupa etc.

And we take you Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for it’s unique history, cultural and religion and the living goddess “Kumari” lives here. We can found lots of small monuments and temples in this area. The whole square was listed in world heritage sites.We can see a antique architecture of statue, perfectly carved wooden windows and doors

Day 28: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & Droop.
  • Trekking Guide, Climbing Guide, cook, Sherpa and porters.
  • All food (Break fast, Lunch& Dinner.)
  • Accommodation. (Lodge and tent) 
  • Hot drinks. (Tea & coffee) 3 times a days.
  • Land transportation(all private)
  • Climbing Permit special permit.
  • Air Ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Four night’s Nepal's 3 startr stander tourist Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Sight seeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktipure(including, guide, private transport and entry permit)
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, Air ticket, land   transport etc for trekking    staff.
  • All camping gear, cook and food for climbing
  • Group Climbing gear.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket and Duffel bag
  • All taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Tips for Guide, porters & drivers. (Not compulsory but expected)

What to bring

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  4. Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)

 Climbing Gears (personal)

  1. Ice axe
  2. Crampons
  3. Harness
  4. Tape Slings
  5. Screw gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  6. Descender/Abseil Device
  7. Plastic mountaineering Boots
  8. Ascender
  9. Helmet (optional)

Climbing Gears (Group)

  1. Snow bar(we provide)
  2. Rope(we provide)
  3. Ice hammer (we provide)
  4. Ice screw (we provide)
  5. Tape Slings

Head Clothing

  1. Sun hat and scarf
  2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  3. Sun glasses with UV protection

Lower Body Clothing

  1. Under Garments
  2. Hiking shorts
  3. Light weight cotton long pants
  4. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  5. Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  6. Water proof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  1. Thin, lightweight inner socks
  2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks and hiking pool
  3. Hiking boots with spare laces
  4. Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  5. Gaiters

Upper Body

  1. T-shirts
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  3. Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
  4. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  5. Down vest or jacket (we provide)

Hands

  1. Lightweight gloves
  2. Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a water proof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories

  1. Down Sleeping bag rated to- 20  to  -30 degree centigrade and below (depends on season) (we provide)
  2. Head lamp (e.g. petzl zoom)with spare bulbs and batteries
  3. Trekking bags/Duffel Bag(we provide)
  4. Basic First Aid kit (we also provide basis medicine)
  5. Large plastic bag – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  6. Day pack
  7. Trekking poles
  8. Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  9. Toiletries (small wash towel, Toilet papers etc.)
  10. Ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  2. Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  3. Multi-purpose soap  (preferably biodegradable)
  4. Deodorants
  5. Nail clippers
  6. Face and body moisturizer
  7. Feminine hygiene products
  8. Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  1. Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  2. Tissue/Toilet roll
  3. Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Binocular
  2. Reading books
  3. Trail map/Guide book
  4. Journal and pen
  5. Walkman
  6. Pencil and small note book
  7. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  8. Swimming customs
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