"Join us on the adventure of a lifetime in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal and conquer two peaks- Mera and Island peak while exploring the rarely visited Hinku and Honku valleys. Come across the true wilderness of the Khumbu region."
Mera and Island peak climbing via Amphu Lapcha pass is the ultimate venture in the Khumbu region. This is a 22 days long adventure package that involves trekking and climbing in the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal, home of Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft). You will be climbing the two most popular trekking peaks while crossing a challenging & isolated mountain pass. The journey is full of adventure, learning, and discoveries.
If you are looking to climb two peaks at once in Nepal, then this is the package for you. The itinerary is designed to let you explore some of the untouched and rarely visited parts of the Khumbu region. The trail winds through Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu Barun National Park. You will come across a wide species of plants, animals, and flowers while trekking. And not to mention, the overnight stay in the picturesque villages will let you experience an authentic mountain lifestyle.
Mera peak (6,461 m/21,192 ft) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It is not technically demanding, however climbers have to be physically and mentally strong to undergo all the external challenges. Likewise, Island peak (6,189 m/20,305 ft) is also one of the most famous trekking peaks in Nepal. It is also not technically advanced but a bit more challenging than the Mera peak. Both Mera and Island peak are the best for beginner climbers.
Mera and Island Peak Climbing via Amphu Lapcha Pass route
Mera peak is located in the Makalu Barun National Park, whereas Island peak is located in the Sagarmatha National Park. And Amphu Lapcha pass connects these two parks. Following an offbeat route from Lukla, you will trek through dense rhododendron forests and steep hillsides to Khare, the last settlement before the Mera peak base camp. The trail explores the rarely visited Honku and Hinku valleys.
On the way to Amphu Lapcha pass (5,845 m/19,177 ft), you will trek in the isolated Honggu valley, where the wilderness is at its peak with no trace of humans. And you are unlikely to meet any other trekker on this part of the trail. The valley is high and open, with huge moraines and sharp peaks. The trail further passes by stunning glacial lakes, including the Seto Pokhari (4,825 m/15,826 ft) and Panch Pokhari (4,100 m/13,451).
The views of Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m/24,012 ft) and Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m/23,389 ft) are spectacular on this part of the trail. Unlike the famous Thorong La and Cho La passes, the Amphu Lapcha pass requires fixed ropes while crossing it. Crossing the precipitous crest and icefall with the help of fixed ropes, the trail enters Imja Khola valley.
From here onwards, we will begin Island peak climbing while enjoying dramatic views of mountains like Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Makalu (8,481 m/27,825 ft), Cho Oyu ( 8,188 m/26,864 ft), etc. As you cross the Amphu Lapcha pass and enter the Sagarmatha National Park, the terrain, landscapes, and tourist infrastructure change drastically.
Our Mera peak and Island peak climbing via Amphu Lapcha pass itinerary do not involve a hike to Everest base camp, but if you wish to extend the trip, we can do so for you. If not, we will follow the mainstream trail from Chukhung (4,730 m/15,520 ft) and descend to Lobuche village (4,940 m/16,210 ft), crossing Kongma La pass (5,540 m/18,176 ft).
From Lobuche village, we will drop down to Dughla pass (4,620 m/15,160 ft) and navigate through Khumbu glacier moraine and a glacier field to Dingboche village (4,410 m/14,470 ft). The trail then descends through lush rhododendron and magnolia forests to Pangboche village (3,985 m/13,074 ft).
From here, ascend to Tengboche (3,860 m/12,660 ft) and trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft). Further, follow a steep downhill route and walk through small settlements and lush forests, crossing numerous suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river to Lukla (2,860 m/9,383 ft).