Mera and Island Peak Climbing- 25 Days

Mera Peak and Island Peak via Amphu Labsta Pass  5700m is the ultimate trekking and climbing challenge in the Himalaya of Nepal. Even reaching the top of one of these fantastic peaks is a great achievement.This Trip 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 6460 m, 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. This route avoids the steep climb to Zatrwa La pass by making a loop to the south through a beautiful untraveled part of the country and joins the at Kote, allowing time for gradual acclimatization. We fly to Lukla, 2820 m, and trek south to Surke, 2290 m, the same day.  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, 8848 m, Mt. Lhotse, 8516 m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201 m, Mt. Makalu, 8463 m, Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8586 m, 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, 5700 m. 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, 6189 m, 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.    

The best season for Mera and Island Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December  the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Mera and Island Peak Climb can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Mera and Island Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.


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We normally create small groups. These small groups is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The Solo Expedition cost of Mera and Island Peak is $ 4500 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 02 - 06, the cost per person will be only $ 3790 USD which includes four nights hotel in Kathmandu. 


Trip Highlights


  • Climb Two of the finest Treking Peak in Khumbu region; Mera Peak and Island Peak 
  • Crossing Amphu Labtsa Pass is a challenging and beautiful expereince 
  • Trekking in the remote Hinku Valley 
  • Excellent Trekking and Climbing experience in the Himalaya of Nepal. 
  • Enhance and test your mountaineering skills with this challenging expereicne 
  • Well set up support and logistics at camps during the Camping period
  • Trek and climb with our certified and experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides 

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu 1300m

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla, and trek to Paiya (Chutok),(2,730m/8,956ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Pangoma, (2,850m/9,350ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Nigmsa (2,745m/9,005ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Chhetra Khola, (3,122m/10,242ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Kothe, (3,600m /11,811ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Thangnak, (4,356m/14,291ft) 5 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Khare, (5,045m/16,551ft) 4 hrs

Day 10 : Acclimatization Day in Khare /Preparation day

Day 11 : Trek to Base Camp (5,350m/17,552ft) 4 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to High Camp, (5780m/18,963ft) 4 hrs

Day 13 : Mera Peak (6,46m/ 21,246ft) Ascent and Decent to Kongme Dingma (4,900m/16,076ft) 10-12 hrs

Day 14 : Reserve Day

Day 15 : Trek to Hongu river Seto Pokhari (5,000m/16,404ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 16 : Trek to below the Amphu Labtsu base camp (5,400m/17,716 4 hrs

Day 17 : The Amphu Labtsa (5,780m/ 18,963ft) and trek to Imja Valley 10 hrs

Day 18 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp(5,200m/17,060ft) 2 hrs

Day 19 : Base Camp to Summit 6,189m/20,305ft and descent to Chhukung (4,710m/15,452ft) 10-12 hrs

Day 20 : Trek to Tengbuche, (3,864m/12,677ft ) 4 hrs

Day 21 : Trek to Namche (3,450m/11318ft ) 3hrs

Day 22 : Trek to Lukla (2,810m/9,219ft)

Day 23 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 1300m

Day 24 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 25 : Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
28 March, 2020 21 April, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed
05 April, 2020 29 April, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
14 April, 2020 08 May, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
22 April, 2020 16 May, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed
05 May, 2020 29 May, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
10 May, 2020 03 June, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
17 May, 2020 10 June, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed
26 May, 2020 19 June, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
11 June, 2020 05 July, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed
20 September, 2020 14 October, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
30 September, 2020 24 October, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed
12 October, 2020 05 November, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
31 October, 2020 24 November, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
15 November, 2020 09 December, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed
26 November, 2020 20 December, 2020 US $3790 per person Available
04 December, 2020 28 December, 2020 US $3790 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 12 nights (13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows )
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during Eight nights Camping 
  • English speaking experienced and certified Sherpa Guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while Camping Days 
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two Trekkers basis in all of our Climbing Trips
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt
  • Oxygen mask regulator and support
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh / Can Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Excess baggage fees
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Mera Peak and Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls can be placed for $3 USD per minute
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing Equipments and Gears 


Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and UnLock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings


More about Personal Climbing Equipment and Gears

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

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.  

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.



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



  •       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)



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



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



  • 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)



  • 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)



  • *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.



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 : 25 Days

Price : US $3790 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C

Maximum Height:6,476m/ 21,246ft

Minimum Height:1,300 m/4,265ft

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:8 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Climbing Permits, Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights on B&B Plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:12 Nights (13 beakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-sharing rooms))

Accommodation during Camping:Meals During 8 Nights Camping

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