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Mera and Island Peak climbing with Ampu Lapcha Pass (23 days)

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Trip Code: NET-PCL-MIAL1

  • Trip Type Lodge & Camping
  • Duration 23 days
  • Grade Difficult
  • Max.Altitude 6476 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Flight
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Island Peak

Island Peak

This is a trekking adventure which combines both trekking and climbing. In this trek you will climb the two most popular trekking peaks, namely Mera Peak (6,461m) and Island Peak and cross Ampu Lapcha La Pass (5650m) before descending to Namche bazaar. 
 
This trek is one of the most adventurous, challenging as well as rewarding trek. You will be able to experience the highest Himalayas on earth, beautiful culture and hospitality Sherpa, explore Namche Bazzar and Lukla, observe rare nature and wildlife and do some real climbing of the Himalayas. 
 
Located in Everest region, Meera Peak is 6,476 meters tall consisting of three main summits, namely Meera North (6,476 meters), Meera Central (6,461 meters) and Meera South (6,065 meters). Mera Peak can be easily climbed although you will have to make you way through rock, glacier and snow. The summit of Mera Peak offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Ama Dablam, Chamlang & Mt. Baruntse among others. 
 
You will trek down Dudh Koshi River and pass the villages of Sherpa, chorten wall s and monasteries. You will also be crossing Ampu Lapcha pass (5600m), one of the highest passes the Himalayas along the trek. The pass is yet another vantage point to take in the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Thamaserku, Mt. Kusum Khangaru etc
 
Island Peak is one of the popular peak climbing surrounded by Chukung glacier The most difficult part is considered as a mixed rock, ice wall that lies in the slope slides which leads next to the thin summit edge. Island Peak provides an outstanding close-up views of the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many others.
 
You will return through the same route via Namche to Lukla and from Lukla you can take the flight for Kathmandu.
 

overview

 Trip code: NET-PCL-MIAL1
  Region Everest Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 23 days
 Trip Type: Lodge & Camping
 Trip Grade: Difficult
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 6476 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Teahouse) and Camping Accomodation during Climbing

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Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 
 
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel. 

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipments, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers. On arrival to Lukla, you begin  trek to Chutanga (3050m.), Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chutanga to Zatrawala Pass (4610m.) to Zatrabok (4704m.) and you camp here. You trek steep ascent path to cross Zatrawala Pass. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Numbur Himal, Kongdi Ri, Karyolang peak and many other mountains and peaks. Now you walk along the leveled trail for almost one and half hours and then the trail turns downhill and you trek through this descent path all the way to Zatrabok. This is campsite surrounded by hills. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Zatrabok to Kothe (4182m.) and you camp here. To reach Kothe you trek steep descent path all the way. En route, you pass forests of juniper, rhododendron and other local vegetation. The views you can enjoy are of Mera peak. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kothe to Tangnang (4356m.) (Sabal Tsho-Lake) following Hinku Valley (4600m.). You trek along the bank of river and find bush on both sides. The path is gradual ascent and you can enjoy the views of Kusum Kanguru peak and many more. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tangnang to Khare (5045m.) takes about five hours. Today we will climb above (5,000 m.) for the first time. Our hike up to Khare (5,100m, 16,728ft) is short, but we will take it slowly, with frequent stops to soak up the incredible surroundings. The trail heads eastward out of Tangnag along the lateral moraine of the Dig Glacier. We will pause to climb up the moraine for a view of the pristine Sabai Tso glacial lake. A drop in lake level, caused by a recent rupture of the natural dam the held the lake, is clearly visible. We will arrive at Khare in the early afternoon and have lunch. From Khare, the beautiful north face of Mera Peak is in plain view and Mera glacier spills steeply down into the valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest day at Khare. This is an acclimatization day as you can prepare yourself for the Mera Peak climb. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Trek from Khare to Mera La (Pass) (5350m.) and you camp. Today you will travel a short distance, slowly ascending up onto Mera glacier. The climb is initially steep, but flattens out as you reach the crest of the glacier. You will traverse a long flat on top of the glacier as you make your way to the pass, called Mera La (5,400m, 17,710ft). From here, the views are stunning. Crevasse fields gently stretch out in front of the pass and you are literally enclosed by a ring of jagged peaks and blue-green glaciers. The remaining route up to the summit of Mera Peak is clearly visible. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Mera La (Pass) to Mera Peak High Camp (5780m.). This day you trek gradual ascent path all the way. This area is quite covered by ice glacier. The views make you speechless as you can enjoy the Everest, Makalu, and Baruntse, Kusum Kanguru and many other mountains and peaks in panorama. Moreover you feel chill by the magnificent views of Mera Glacier. Stay overnight at camp.

Climb Mera Peak and return to Mera La. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Mera La to Kongme Dingme. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Kongme Dingme to Panch Pokhari via Seto Pokhari. Stay overnight in camp.

Climb from Panch Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5527m.). Stay overnight in camp. 

Trek from Amphu Lapcha Base to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m.) via Amphu Lapcha Pass. Stay overnight in camp.

Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on your crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to base camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay overnight in lodge.

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.


SERVICE INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

The Trip includes following services:

 a) Kathmandu
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
  • 4 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
 b) Trekking/Climbing
  • Peak permits for Mera Peak and Island Peak
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Climbing guide/s (Sirdar)  and Trekking guide/s
  • Trekking Cooks and Kitchen Helpers
  • Necessary porters (one porter carries 25 kilograms)
  • Coverage of insurance and rescue for climbing guides, cooks and porters
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for some nights and some nights camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping  bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc. 
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for guide and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Personal Climbing equipments
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

 

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