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Mera and Island Peak via Apulapcha Pass and EBC

Trip Overview

Many people may consider this remarkable expedition trip to the Himalayas to climb two 6000m/19685ft peaks a dream vacation. Mera and Island Peak expedition via Amphu Labtsa pass is a fantastic Himalayan adventure that includes two stunning mountain peaks, Mera Peak (6461 m/21197 ft) and Island Peak (6189 m/20305 ft), as well as a tricky high mountain pass known as Amphu Labtsa (5845 m/19176 ft) to your journey's adventurous successes This expedition tour delivers a magnificent adventure memory of a lifetime as it explores the astounding wonders of the famous Khumbu, Hinku, and Imja valleys of the Himalayas in Nepal.

 

Itenerary

Our representative will greet you at the Kathmandu international airport and welcome you to Nepal, after which you will be driven to the hotel. After you've completed the check-in process, you will have some rest in the hotel and then go for short Thamel tour, where you will find several decent restaurants, ATMs, money changers, a supermarket, a gear shop, and other necessities for your journey. Following a quick exploration, you will be brought to our office for a travel briefing. Stay at the hotel for overnight.

If any delay today, the briefing session will be done next day.

After breakfast, we'll head off for a day of exploring which includes Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.

The Pashupatinath Temple, located by the Baghmati River, is a well-known Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the most important Hindu temples in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is designed in the manner of a golden pagoda and has silver doors. A large fair is conducted around the month of Shivaratri on the day of Shivaratri.

The Bouddhanath stupa, one of the world's largest stupas, is located in Kathmandu's eastern district. It stands with four pairs of eyes in each of the four directions, keeping an eye out for good deeds and human success. This magnificent Stupa was built by King Man Deva on the instruction of the Goddess Mani Jogini. The Mahayana philosophy is reflected in the Stupa. After returning from the tour, you will have some time to recover and arrange your kit, among other things for tomorrow’s trip. Overnight at the hotel.

We fly to Lukla airfield early in the morning in a fantastic flight. You will land on the airfield after thrilling and gorgeous flight, and we enter the lovely town of Lukla. At Lukla, our entire expedition crew will be waiting for us. We begin our day's travel to Payon after an initial meeting with the crew members. We walk to our destination for around 5 hours, passing through various villages and forested areas. Before reaching Payon, we'll enjoy a spectacular view of Kongde Ri when we ride through Surke and Pakhapani. Upon our arrival at Payon, we will check into the lodge and overnight at local lodge.

Today's hike begins with a hard downhill segment. We're on our way to Pangkongma, a lovely settlement. We leave the Khumbu region and continue walking to the Hinku valley. As we move towards our destination, the breathtaking view of the Himalayan sceneries entices us more and more. The terrain challenges us with an uphill trail to Pangkongma after crossing Khare Khola. Overnight at local lodge at Pangkongma.

Today, we begin our hike through a rhododendron and bamboo forest in the direction of Pangkongma La, which is 3170 meters above sea level. Pangkongma La, a pebbled trail that leads to a spectacular view of Mera peak, which is reached by walking on the pebbled trail. After taking in the scenery for a while, we begin our descent through the pine forest to the Hinku River. Overnight stay in a local hotel at Nashing Dingma. 

We will have our breakfast and set off on our day's adventure. The first portion is a tough uphill hike amid green mountain foliage and cow grazing fields. Today will be the alpine bush hike, requiring us to maintain our balance while traversing the slick track. We will stroll through grazing fields, mountain shrubbery, and a rhododendron and fir woodland before settling on a decent spot for the night. Overnight at local lodge.

Today, we're walking to Chunbu Kharka. It's a strenuous day of uphill walking at a high altitude amid a vast alpine scenery. On our way uphill towards a pass to cross, we travel through various grazing meadows before arriving at Chunbu Kharka, where we will spend our nigh at local lodge.

the most part, the trail to Kothe in the Hinku Valley is a downward stroll. It's a steep downhill trail through a verdant forest. We will check into the lodge upon our arrival at Kothe and stay overnight there.

Today's trek leads us to Tagnag along Hinku Khola's ridge. We will be passing via Gondishung and the Lungsumgba monastery (old Buddhist monastery). Herders can also attend temporary summer camps here. We continue walking towards Tagnag, where we will spending our overnight at local lodge.

We will stay an extra day here to get used to the higher altitude. As part of our acclimatization phase, we go for some exploration around Tagnag. Spend the night at a local lodge.

Today we will go to Khare via Dig Kharka. We will be on our way to a higher elevation of 4945 meters above sea level. Today's trek offers spectacular views of snow-capped alpine summits. We take a leisurely stroll towards Dig Kharka and then on to Khare. When we arrive in Khare, we are greeted by a breathtaking vista of Mera Peak, our trip's first destination peak. At Khare, we stay at local lodge for overnight.

Today's walk will take us about 4 hours to reach Mera Base Camp. We arrive to Mera Base Camp after hiking up a difficult hill to set up camp and eat lunch there. At an altitude of 5300 meters, we will make up camp in our tents. After lunch, we can go for a walk around the neighborhood to get a feel for the weather. Back at base camp, we'll discuss our climbing process and the path we'll take. Spend the night at a tented camp.

After breakfast, we'll make our way to high camp. Our day is made a bit difficult as we climb through snow and multiple crevasses. We acclimate to the atmosphere and surroundings and carefully make our way up to high camp. When we get at the high camp, we will pitch our tents. Tents will be used for the night.

Today is Mera Peak's summit day, the first of our trip's expedition peaks. We begin the ascent early in the morning, walking through the snow to the summit. Mera Peak is a less technical mountain to climb, and once we reach the top, we can enjoy a wonderful view of Everest, the world's tallest mountain, and the 8000m/25246ft mountains of Lhotse (8516m/27939ft) and Cho Oyu (8210m/26935ft), as well as several other amazing mount peaks such as Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Chamlang etc. We descend to the base camp after taking in the breathtaking views from the peak of Mera Peak. Base Camp is a great place to spend the night.

Today is an extra day for contingency (possible delays, unforeseen circumstances) on our climbing journey.

We begin our day's trip to a secluded section in Honku Valley. We're approaching the most isolated and tough part of the journey. The first section of the trek takes you down a scree-filled slope, which necessitates a very balanced and careful descent. We've set up camp in the Upper Honku Valley for the night.

After breakfast at the camp, we begin our walk early in the morning. We travel towards Seto Pokhari, the Amphu Labtsa pass's base camp. We stroll across a track that is covered in glacial moraine before arriving at Seto Pokhari. We set up camp and relax after we reach SetoPokhari, which is located at an elevation of 5400m/17716ft babove sea level. Camp for the night.

We've spent the day at the camp, resting and preparing for tomorrow's hike across Amphu Labtsa. While we gather energy for tomorrow's trip, our team members will repair all of the technical equipment required for climbing this challenging Amphu Labtsa. We'll get some great views of Hinku Nup Glacier and Mingbo La while resting at the base camp.

The Amphu Labtsa pass will be crossed today. The initial portion of this major day crossing pass will take roughly 3 hours of climbing to reach the Amphu Labtsa pass. On a fixed line set up by our crew members, it's a complex ascent to the pass. We can enjoy a spectacular view of the towering Himalayan peaks once we reach the pass. We gently drop down on fixed rope after spending some time at the pass waiting for the rest of the team to arrive. We trek down the Imja Glacier and up to Chhukung, where we will spend the night. It's been a long day full of adventure and gorgeous technical climbs, wonderful views, and walking on the moraine glacial

In comparison to yesterday, this is a relatively easy day. We arrive at the Island Peak Base Camp in the afternoon, after a leisurely stroll, to set up camp. Our crew members will set up camp once we get at base camp, giving us time to roam around and rest. Camp for the night.

Today is another huge adventure day as we travel to the summit of Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, which is located at an elevation of 6189 meters above sea level. We begin our day's journey early in the morning, walking up the rough section of the mountain. We must travel through a glacier up to the summit ridge through a snow gully after traversing the rocky section. The most exciting part of the experience, the last ascent to the summit, is about to begin. We reach the summit ridge and then the summit of Island Peak after crossing multiple fixed ropes. We are captivated by the stunning view of Lhotse and several other big mountain peaks once we reach the top ridge and summit. We begin descending back to base camp after spending great time at the summit and snapping pictures. Return to Chhukung for the overnight.

Today is another extra day for contingency (possible delays, unforeseen circumstances) on our climbing journey.

Today we hike to Lobuche, where we will join the Everest Base Camp expedition. We can enjoy a spectacular view of multiple mountain peaks. Overnight at Lobuche.

After breakfasting our day start setting up for Everest Base Camp and we will walk in the moraines parallel to Khumbu Glacier which is visible from near to Gorakshep – small town where we will be sleeping for tonight.

Once wereach Gorakshep, we will eat some meal and get ready for the Base Camp. The trail is winding in the glacial moraines and on the rocks. It takes about 3 hrs of hiking to reach the base camp from where we will take a closer look of Khumbu glacier and even walk crossing it. This Base Camp located in the southern face is used by the expeditions. we will then return to Gorakhshep after spending some time at the Base Camp. Stay at the local lodge in Gorakhshep for the night.

We will start the thrilling day at pre-dawn by steep climb to Kalapatthar – takes about 2.5 hrs – to catch the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Kalapatthar offers 360 degree views of the mountains including the tallest south face of the Mt. Everest, Lhotse face, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori.

We will enjoy the view of the Sunrise, mountain peaks, Khumbu glaciers and others, take photos, and then climb down to our hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Pheriche and when we reach Pheriche, we will check into the hotel and overnight there.

This day is comparatively short and rewarding day. Phortse is a Sherpa village, off the trail to base camp that remains less explored. Explore the unique cultural identity and spend night in this village at a local lodge.

 

After breakfast, we trek all the way to Namche Bazar for lunch. Then we trek down the trail reach Monjo. The trekking is steeply down routed. We spend our night at a local lodge in Monjo.

From Monjo we trail alongside Dudh Koshi passing the beautiful Phakding on our way. Upon reaching Lukla we thank our crew members and celebrate the completion of our trip. We spend our final night in the mountain air residing at a local lodge.

We fly back to Kathmandu in a fixed-wing plane on another wonderful morning journey. It's difficult to say a sincere goodbye to the gorgeous mountains after so many days of wonderful memories among them, but we must. After so many days of amazing and fresh mountain air, we finally arrive at Kathmandu airport to breathe the city air. We are taken to our hotel and left to enjoy and rest on our own. Overnight stay in a hotel.
We will walk around the local town in Kathmandu today to experience the historical, cultural, and spiritual affluence, to unravel the social and historical mysteries, and to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour to capture the snaps of the centuries-old monuments and historical crafts in Kathmandu city. We visit Ason's local market, Indrachowk's glass beads market, New Road's oldest supermarket, Kilagal, and the Hidden Stupa, among other places. We next proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square on foot. The visit to the temple of the living goddess "Kumari" is the most unusual experience in the square. The walking tour of Durbar Square will be a beautiful blend of culture, history, art, architecture, and traditional values in the capital city Kathmandu.
According to your flight itinerary, our representative will transfer you to Kathmandu's international airport 3 hours before your flight from where your trip ends.

What is Included?

    • Airport pick up & Droop.
    • Trekking Guide, Climbing Guide, cook, Sherpa and porters.
    • All food (Breakfast, 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 starts stander tourist Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhakti pure(including, guide, private transport and entry permit)
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment’s, 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.

What is Excluded?

    • 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)

     

Equipment Checklist

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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