Mera Peak and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa- 24 Days

Mera Peak and Island Peak via Amphu Labsta Pass is the ultimate trekking/climbing challenge.  Even reaching the top of one of these fantastic peaks is a great achievement.  This package includes two 6000+meter peaks and one challenging high pass.  This exceptional high altitude adventure is packed with an amazing variety of mountains and wilderness valleys, forests and grasslands, lodges and camping: a complete Khumbu experience.  

Even though the majority of this expedition is straightforward trekking, it is graded strenuous, as it includes two incredible peaks over 6100 meters, one technically challenging pass, and seven consecutive nights at elevations over 5100 meters.  At this altitude, even very basic trails can be a test of endurance. The Mera Peak and Island peak via Amphu Labsta Pass expedition route has been carefully planned and paced.  ‘Rest days’ allow time for the body to adjust to the altitude while you practice mountaineering skills with your guide to prepare you for the next objective.

This expedition starts with climbing the least technical, Mera Peak first, followed by the rather tricky Amphu Labsta Pass and then a moderately difficult Island Peak, with its exposed summit. 

Mera Peak, standing at 6460m, is the highest trekking peak in Nepal.  Neither too steep nor technically difficult, Mera Peak is a great introductory climb to practice the basics of high altitude climbing skills.  We climb out of the busy Khumbu Valley over the Zatrwa La pass, and descend into the almost uninhabited Hinku Valley.  We follow the Inkhu River right up to the Mera Peak Base Camp, at the foot of Mera’s north face.  The route to high camp goes via Mera La pass.  Only the last 30 or 40 meters to the summit require the use of fixed lines.  From the summit you get magnificent views of the over-8000-meter-mountains including Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Lhotse, 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m, Mt. Makalu, 8463m, Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8586m, to name a few. 

Descending from the summit of Mera, the route turns east at the Mera La, into the Upper Hongu Valley.  As we follow the valley northward, the rock face of Chamlang towers to the east and Lhotse and Everest are visible directly in front of us.  Once we reach the sacred Panch Pokhri lakes, we are about to tackle the toughest objective of the expedition, the Amphu Labsta pass, 5700m. The succession of ice steps up to the rocky crest call for a fixed line. From the top we have to make a 35 meter abseil to reach fixed lines for the next 300 meters of steep descent on snow and rock.

We re-enter the Khumbu which, after so many days in a wilderness, seems busier than before.  We will set up a base camp in the Imja Valley, and prepare to summit Island Peak, 6189m, which lies close to the imposing south face of Lhotse. After the summit we descend the Everest Trail stopping in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar before completing the circuit trek at Lukla.

We ascend Island Peak via the normal route, directly underneath the imposing south west face of Lhotse, fourth highest mountain in the world. Though lower in altitude than Mera Peak, Island Peak is slightly more challenging.   The ascent involves an easy scramble up to a rock ridge and then onto a glacier where fixed lines are used to climb the 45 degree snow slopes leading to the exposed summit ridge.  The fabulous summit views include Lhotse, Nuptse, Mt.Makalu and Ama Dablam.  We follow the Chhukkung Valley and join the Everest Base Camp trail at Dingboche, one of many Sherpa settlements we pass through on our return to Lukla.   

Who should do the Mera Peak and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa expedition

Rather than the technical difficulty, it is the sheer endurance that is the challenge on this expedition.  This is for the physically fit person who is ready for an outstanding outdoor adventure.  Prior climbing experience is an beneficial, but not essential, as there will be opportunity to learn skills with an experienced guide during the expedition. 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Climb 2 of the finest trekking peaks in Nepal in one great holiday
  • Climb Mera and Island Peak and trek across the Amphu Labtsa
  • High and wild trekking in the remote Hongu Valley below Chamlang
  • Trekking through the Everest region to Namche Bazaar
  • Package price includes all meals and airport transfers

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Thukdingma. Overnight in a lodge

Day 4 : Trek to Chhatrwa. Overnight in a lodge

Day 5 : Trek to Thaksingdingma. Overnight in a lodge

Day 6 : Trek to Thagnak. Overnight in a lodge

Day 7 : Rest for acclimatization at Thagnak. Overnight in a lodge

Day 8 : Trek to Khare. Overnight in a lodge

Day 9 : Basic training near Mera. Overnight in a lodge

Day 10 : Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp. Overnight in tent.

Day 11 : Ascend to Mera High Camp, 5800m. Overnight in tent

Day 12 : Ascend Mera Peak, 6476m. Overnight in tent

Day 13 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather). Overnight in tent

Day 14 : We descend into Hongu valley via Mera La. Overnight in tent

Day 15 : Trek to Hongu River. Overnight in tent.

Day 16 : Trek to below the Amphu Labtsa, 5500m. Overnight in tent.

Day 17 : Amphu Labtsa, 5780m. Overnight in tent.

Day 18 : Rest day in Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight in tent

Day 19 : Island Peak Summit, 6189m. Descend to Base Camp Overnight in a lodge.

Day 20 : Trek to Namche. Overnight Lodge

Day 21 : Trek to Lukla

Day 22 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 23 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 24 : Departure

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Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 4 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Kathmandu Grand Hotel  or Hotel Shakti
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 10 days (10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 01 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with  foam mattress and pillows included)
  • All Meals during 9 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Experienced English-speaking Sherpa guide; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder
  • Porters- 2 persons: One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  • Mera Peak Permit 
  • Island Peak Permit 
  • Equipment Fee for climbing guide 
  • Garbage Deposit 
  • Barun National National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  • Our Service charge
  • Round Trip Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu 
  • Local Transportation: Hotel - Airport - Hotel Car; Van, Hi-ace or Tourist bus for
  • Local Airport Tax
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese guide & Porter (staff) 

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  • Trekking Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips - Tipping is customary
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries and Telephone calls

Personal Climbing Gear

  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Tape slings
  • 2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • Helmet

 

 

 

 

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Mera Peak  and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Mera Peak  and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa  . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

 

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Mera Peak and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics for Mera Peak  and Island Peak via Amphu Labtsa:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

Mera Peak  and Island Peak via  Amphu LaptsaTrip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

 

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 24 Days

Price : US $3700 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C

Minimum Group Size:2 Pax

Maximum Group size:12 Pax

Activities:Trekking / Climbing

Maximum Height:6476 metres

Minimum Height:1300m

Transport:By Air

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:Four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Holy Himalaya OR Hotel Shakti

Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 10 days (10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

Camping services:Meals on the trail during 9 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee) • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

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