Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Mera and Island Peak Climbing

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

25 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Mera Peak (6,476 m)

Group Size

1- 12 People

Trial Access:

Flight Included

Best Season:

Mar - May & Sept - Nov

A journey into the wilderness and raw magnificence of Nepal, brilliant sights of the high Himalayan Peaks, extravagant mountain vistas, thrilling climbs, and some authentic rural Nepalese setting, the “Mera Peak and Island Peak Climb”, is a life-changing experience. It is a single journey taking you to the summit of the two high peaks with a height of 6476 m and 6189 meters. This thrilling expedition is one of our finest itineraries for travelers seeking fun and thrill to a different extent. 

Though the Mera and Island Peak appear to be close to each other on a map, it is divided by a chain of mountains separating the Khumbu Valley and Hongu. The journey also takes you through the most remote and beautiful region of Nepal. As well, it also lets you cross the challenging Amphu Lapcha Pass,(5780 m). The fascinating “Mera Peak(6476 m) is known as the “highest trekking peak in Nepal”. Its elevation is a bit higher than the Island Peak but climbing the Island peak is considered more challenging than Mera peak. You can have a chance to showcase Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Cho Oyu. You will surely feel like being in paradise as the trail from here takes you through the enchanting Hongu Valley and from there crosses the Amphu Labtsa Pass into the Imja Valley

Himalayan Trekkers have wonderfully designed this crucial itinerary to allow you to discover and unlock the unrefined beauty of these mountainous regions. In addition to providing you with all the basic amenities, we assist you in the best possible way for a safe and fun trip. We are interested in all your requirements and needs. Let us treat you with all that you deserve. Allow us to serve you and see the result.

Why Mera and Island Peak Climbing?

  • Different experience on walking, walking through the jungle, grassland, glacier, high passes to the peak. likewise flower, medicinal plants, and wildlife
  • The extremely good vibe of Sherpa culture and Buddhist religious festival on monastery and Sherpa village
  • Breathtaking views of the roof of the world and other highest mountain such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho - Oyo, and others
  • Rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul through trekking and climbing the different natural trails

Starting Price

3499

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu & trip preparation

Meals included: Dinner

On the very first day of the journey, as you arrive at the hotel we will give you a quick overview of the trip and provide you with the necessary gear check.

We will also help you with your packing and as the packing limits for a backpack and handbag are 10 kg and 5 kg respectively, we will guide you about the important things that are must carry.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Fly to Lukla (2850m) & trek to Poyan (2800m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The flight to Lukla is undoubtedly one of the best flying destinations in the Himalayas. If you are lucky enough, you will be watching the first shimmering sight of the Everest and even Mera Peak and Island Peak which are something to cherish and will raise your spirits high.

After you land in Lukla, our staff will meet, and greet you and soon we will start the journey towards the night stop, Poyan. The trail leaves out of Lukla in the southern direction and takes about 5 hours to reach Poyan.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 30mins flight & 5 hrs Walk

Day 3

Trek to Pangkongma (2846m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Pangkongma is located at 2846 m and holds your breath as it is our next stop of the journey. Start the day early after breakfast and walk the trail that takes you steeply over a ridgeline above the Khare Khola. The trail from here runs on the other side of a ridge and contours along the hillside to finally enter the beautiful Pangkongma La Village (3167 m). 

Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs Walk

Day 4

Trek to Nashing Dingma (2,600m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trail to Nashing Digma runs past the monastery of Pangkongma and winds up in a zig-zag pattern through a dense forest to the Pangkongma La. The walk from here also opens up some amazing views of Mera Peak and some adjacent high peaks. The steep descending trail ahead is packed with stunning views of valleys and ridges which looks quite compelling and contrasting to the high Himalayan landscape. We will have our lunch by the river before resuming on the walk to Nashing Dingma, our campsite for the night. The walk is on the opposite side of the valley and as you reach the beautiful campsite perched on the side of the hill, you can just about give your body a good rest.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 7 Hrs Walk

Day 5

Trek to Chalem Kharka (3600m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As you start to make your way on the trail, you will get to admire the abundance of greenery of the surroundings and the pastures. The trail will take you to a beautiful pass called the Surka La where you can make a stop to have a warm and refreshing tea.

From here, we will head directly towards Chalem Khaka. The campsite is open with some brilliant views of the surroundings and there are a few lodges nearby which make this place a perfect play for the stay of the trekkers. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 Hrs Walk

Day 6

Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4,200m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It is a long day of a walk, so we need to start at the earliest possible hour. The long ascending trail takes you to a staggering elevation of 4500 m directly for a lunch stop. As it is a steep climb, the trail has to be approached with a lot of caution and patience.

The intensity of the trail transforms from being easy to rocky terrain and from there a pile of steps that passes through many passes. Though it might look hectic, the sight of Kanchenjunga in the distance is quite refreshing for the travelers and cultivates in the zeal to reach the summit by overcoming all the hurdles. The final half of the walk runs on a well-paved path past numerous beautiful lakes before finally descending to Chunbu Kharka.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 Hrs Walk

Day 7

Trek to Kothe (3,600m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trail leaves out of Chunbu Kharka and goes up a hill for about half an hour before an engrossing ascent all to the top of Hinku Valley. The picturesque panorama of the surrounding is extremely appealing.

Furthermore, you will start walking downwards and enter a dense forest where you will stop for lunch. The trail runs to the valley floor and the sound of the gushing river is indeed gripping. Continue the walk along the river before crossing it over a wooden bridge and we will finally arrive at Kothe.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5/6 Hrs Walk

Day 8

Trek to Tangnag (4360m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

One of the nicest trekking days, the journey to Tangnag at 4360 m is one that you will truly enjoy and savor the views of the surroundings. The surreal beauty of the mountains in all directions as you move further in the trail will keep your spirits high. 

As you get to Tangnag, enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and retire for a relaxing sleep at night as we will be setting up here for providing a gorgeous experience.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4/5 Hrs Walk

Day 9

Trek to Khare (5100m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trail from Tangnag to Khare is blessed with the ravishing beauty of nature all around. The path cuts through the valley floor and the entirety of the majestic Black Mera Peak is heart-winning. Moreover, the whole trail is full of beautiful glaciers, lakes and certainly, it justifies as one of the most beautiful Himalayan Valleys. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4 Hrs Walk

Day 10

Acclimatize & explore Khare

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The whole day today is dedicated to acclimatization to the high altitude and preparing for the further journey. Spend the time sorting all the climbing gears.  We give the rest of the day to you and spend the time admiring the stupendous setting of the region.

However, if another day is required for acclimatization, we will extend our stay for another day. Further, we will spend the day training on a beautiful hill which will further introduce you to one of the fortunate sights of your life which is a glaciated valley situated in the north.

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11

Trek to Mera –La Base Camp (5350m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We are already in the Mera Climb section and our aim for the day is to travel to the Mera Base Camp. We will get through two other exciting points - the Mera La and the Mera Glacier. Approach the path at a steady pace and make sure to put every step forward with caution. Always keep the helmets and crampons on as rock falls are quite common in this region.

As you reach the glacier, you can take some pride in yourself as the base camp is close from here. Enjoy the walk across the glacier and admire the unreal sights of the surrounding. These are some scenes that you can never wash out from your mind and heart. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 3 Hrs Walk

Day 12

Trek to High Camp (5800m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Mera High Camp is just one step short of the summit. Our trail today starts through the path on easy graded snow slopes. Following on in the trail, we will get to an area of huge crevasses which has to be approached with caution. As we move up to the high camp, enjoy the Himalayan treasures- Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Nuptse. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 2/3 Hrs Walk

Day 13

Summit Mera Peak (6476m) & descend to Hinku Valley/Kongme Dingma (4800m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The hike to the summit is extremely exciting as well as extremely hectic and strenuous. We aim to leave for the peak by 2 am as it takes up around 6 hours and depends a lot on the weather conditions. The main or the central summit sits right above the wide glacier and is flanked by ridges on either side. Snowfields and crevasses make the most of the trail further for the next couple of hours.

Though Mera Peak has a total of 3 summits, we aim to conquer the highest one. The views you get to witness from the summit are bewitching and post-card perfect. Spend some alone time with nature as you are hardly going to get back this moment ever. Now, while you start for the descending journey, abseil for a bit before starting on the long descent back to the high camp. It is necessary to give your body and mind a bit of relaxation before resuming the final trail back to Hinku Valley. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 11/12 Hrs Walk

Day 14

Trek to Hinku River Campsite (4900m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The all-new and fresh mountain setting is a treat to the eyes of every traveler who has been here. We start the day out of our camp and walk through the Hinku Valley to reach the base of a stunning mountain called the Chamlang. The trail from here runs along the right flank of the Hinku River till we get to our campsite. You can choose to set up your camp at any place you like by the river.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5 Hrs Walk

Day 15

Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5500m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Along the way, you will get some unique and fancied sights on the backside of the Ama Dablam Peak. The trail traverses past glaciated lakes, glaciated moraine, and ice pinnacles to finally converge to a ridge marking the very end of Hinku Valley. Besides all the beauty along the trail, once you reach this spot, the sight of the stunning lake enclosed by a mountain ridge is truly amazing. At a distance, you can even see the Amphu Lapcha Glacier. Take the path around the lake to reach the campsite.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 Hrs Walk

Day 16

Trek to Imja Valley/Glacier Camp (5300m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will start the day very early in the morning. The first half of the walk is mostly on a rocky ridge till we get the first glimpses of the glacier. The thrill and adventure are unmatched as we get to the top of the Amphu Lapcha Pass. From here we start descending steeply on the other side of the pass. This descent will take us to the Imja Valley and is quite risky and threatening. A short abseil over snow, rock, ice, and scree with 250 m fixed ropes that will secure continuing steep descent till you get to a point from where you can walk down the slopes.

The campsite is at the end of the Imja Glacier and around 3 hours from here. Though the hectic ride will take a huge toll on your body, the awe-inspiring sights of the Island Peak and Imja Valley will cheer you to the core. It is a long day of around 12 hours and probably the most hectic and strenuous of all the days.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 12 Hrs Walk

Day 17

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5100m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We must give our body a bit of recovery time after the long day we had the previous day. Our journey is short today of around 2 hours only to the Island Peak Base Camp. Enjoy the relaxing walk on gradual ascend till you reach the campsite. The grandeur of the Nuptse Peak wall is a compelling sight of the region.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 2/3 Hrs Walk

Day 18

Acclimatization day

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Dedicate this day to acclimatizing and getting rest. If you think you need more training with your climbing gear you can choose that, else just sit back and relax the extensive beauty of the Island Peak Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 19

Trek to High Camp (5500m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Island Peak High Camp sits at an altitude of 5500 m and is quite tiring to walk. Start the walk out of the base camp on a steep hillside engulfed by the superior beauty of the Imja Valley. As we move further into the trail, the steep trail eases out and you will find yourself enjoying the rocky terrain more than ever. The Island Peak can also be seen from here, a sight that you would love to see before you start the climb. After a couple of hours, you will get to the high camp. Give some rest and preparation to your body as the climb starts as early as in the morning.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 2/3 Hrs Walk

Day 20

Summit Island Peak (6189m) & descend to Chhukung (4730m)

We will start the day at the earliest with the right preparation and patience. We start with the climb of the rock gully to finally emerge out on the right flanks of the gully. Follow the ridgeline to get to the snout of the glacier. The glacier we need to traverse further has numerous crevasses so we need to rope up to the glacier and further we might need some jumaring and climbing. Though the trail seems easy at first, the final 100m on snow and ice slope is beyond tolerance. Our guides will help you fix the ropes as the angle of elevation is as steep as 60 degrees and can be extremely life-threatening. It is of utmost importance that you have prior climbing and mountaineering experiences. As you get to the top of the summit, sink in the picturesque beauty of the views around you. On your way down, be careful with the abseiling and approach the descent with caution and patience. The long day of 14 hours finally ends as you reach Chhukung.

Estimated Walking Distance: 14 Hrs Walk

Day 21

Trek to Tengboche (3860m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The sudden descent from such a high altitude to 3860 m can be a bit difficult to adjust to. As you reach Tengboche, enjoy the day relaxing and strolling around the region. There is a famous monastery in the close vicinity which you can visit in Tengboche.

Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5/6 Hrs Walk

Day 22

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Namche Bazaar is around 4 hours from Tengboche and the best place to celebrate the successful completion of this outstanding journey. You will be already overloaded with proud but the contact to sufficient oxygen will add to more happiness. Interact with the locals and make most of the day as our last few days in the untouched form of nature will be worth reminiscing.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 4 Hrs Walk

Day 23

Trek to Lukla (2850m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

On our last day, we take the final steps back to Lukla. As you walk on the trail crossing the Dudh Koshi River over numerous bridges, keep the memories of the daunting peaks alive in your heart and mind. The 7-hour hike to Lukla marks the very end of this outstanding trekking and climbing expedition. Find some time for souvenir shopping if needed and then the trip comes to a closure.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 7 Hrs Walk

Day 24

Fly back to Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Catching an early morning flight to Kathmandu, we will have time to rest for the day or if you prefer, visit few places such as Thamel; which is particularly famous for international tourists. We will have a farewell dinner for the accomplishments we have made in the past 3 weeks.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 mins flight

Day 25

Final departure from Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

As the journey of climbing Mera Peak and Island Peak came to an end, we will bid farewell to each other. You will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight back to your home country or onward destination. 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome/Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Hotal accommodation with daily breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • All Guest house, Lodge/tented Accommodation during the Trek and Climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) During the Trek & Climb
  • Guided Sightseeing with all applicable entrance fees as per itinerary in Kathmandu
  • All Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking/Climbing Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipments for supporting crew.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fees
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Peak Climbing fees (Royalty)
  • Climbing & Camping Equipments as per itinerary/necessary
  • Garbage fees / a comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All GOVT local taxes & service charges

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100 – 15/30/100 Days Cash On arrival)
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Excess baggage (cargo) charges
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle etc)
  • Meals (Lunches & Dinner) in the city
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay etc)
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Others not mentioned in the in cusion 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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