Peak Climbing in Nepal

Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Nepal

Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Durtation: 25 Days

Price: US 3,499 All Inclusive

Mera Peak (6,476 m) and Island Peak (6,189 m) climbing is a joint venture of climbing two high peaks of Nepal Himalayas.

Though Mera and Island Peak seem close to each other on a map, it is divided by a chain of mountains separating the Khumbu Valley and Hinku. The journey also takes you through the most remote and beautiful region of Nepal.

The fascinating Mera Peak is known as the “highest trekking peak in Nepal”. Climbing Mera Peak does not require any prior climbing experience is a less technically challenging peak climb but requires crossing the challenging Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,780 m).

You will surely feel like being in paradise as the trail from here takes you through the enchanting Hinku Valley and from there cross the Amphu Lapcha Pass into the Imja Valley.

In the case of Island peak climb, you need proper gears such as ladders, rope to climb, and is considered a more challenging climb than Mera.

The only requirement for this trip is you should be physically fit and know how to use gears such as ice ax and crampons. Himalayan Trekkers has beautifully designed this crucial itinerary with proper rest days for unlocking the unrefined beauty of these mountainous regions and also provides you with practice sessions for your successful venture.

Mera and Island Peak Climbing HighLights

  • Climb two Splendid peaks of Nepal Himalayas - Island and Mera.
  • Support and certified climbing guides with proper camp setups.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar of Everest Region
  • Acclimatization and Rest Days included 
  • Splendid views of Mount Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8,500 m), Makalu (8,478 m), Nuptse (7,880 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Baruntse (7,129 m)
  • Crossing Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,780 m)
  • Trekking in the remote Honku valley
  • The warm hospitality of Sherpas and peek into their culture and traditions

Trek Route

You start your trek from Luka after a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Luka. Heading to Poyan, Pangkongma, and so on until you reach Mera peak base camp. Acclimatizing in between and crossing different passes and villages, we climb Mera peak on day 14th and Island Peak on day 20th. We trace back to Lukla on day 23rd and the following day to Kathmandu.

 

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Itinerary Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Climb Preparation
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m ) and Trek to Poyan - 5 Hrs Walk
Day 03: Trek to Pangkongma( 2,846m) – 6 Hrs Walk
Day 04: Trek to Nashing Dingma. (2,600 m) – 7 Hrs Walk
Day 05: Trek to Chalem Kharka (3,600 m) - 6 Hrs Walk
Day 06: Trek to Chunbu Kharka(4,200 m) -6 Hrs Walk
Day 07: Trek to Kothe (3,600 m) -5/6 Hrs Walk
Day 08: Trek to Tangnag (4,360) -4/5 Hrs Walk
Day 09: Trek to Khare (5,100 m) -4Hrs Walk
Day 10: Acclimatize and Explore Khare
Day 11: Trek to Mera La Base Camp (5,350 m) -3 Hrs Walk
Day 12: Trek to High Camp (5,800 m) - 2/3 Hrs Walk
Day 13: Climb Mera Peak (6,476 m) and descend to Hinku Valley/Kong Dingma (4,800 m) -11/12 Hrs Walk
Day 14: Trek to Hinku River Campsite (4,900 m) – 5 Hrs Walk
Day 15: Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5,500 m) – 6 Hrs Walk
Day 16: Trek to Imja Valley/Glacier Camp ( Approx 5,300 m) - 12 Hrs Walk
Day 17: Island Peak Base Camp (5,100 m) – 2/3 Hrs walk
Day 18: Acclimatization
Day 19: Trek to High Camp (5,500 m) – 2/3 Hrs Walk
Day 20: Climb Island Peak Summit (6,189 m) and descend to Chhukung (4,730 m) -14 Hrs
Day 21: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5/6 Hrs Walk
Day 22: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 4 Hrs Walk
Day 23: Trek to Lukla (2,850 m) – 7 Hrs Walk
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.
Day 25­: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu & Trip preparation

30 min private drive

1,400 m

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.

Dinner

3 Star Hotel in KTM

Day 2

Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) & trek to Poyan (2,800 m)

30mins flight & 5 hrs Walk

2,850 m

The flight to Lukla is undoubtedly one of the best flying destinations in the Himalayas. If the skies are not that cloudy,  you will be watching the first shimmering sight of 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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 3

Trek to Pangkongma (2,846 m)

6 hrs Walk

3167 m

Pangkongma is located at 2,846 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 (3,167 m). 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 4

Trek to Nashing Dingma (2,600 m)

7 Hrs Walk

2,600 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 5

Trek to Chalem Kharka (3,600 m)

6 Hrs Walk

3,600 m

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 makes this place a perfect play for the stay of the trekkers. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 6

Trek to Chunbu Kharka (4,200 m)

6 Hrs Walk

4,500 m

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 4,500 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 travelers and cultivates 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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 7

Trek to Kothe (3,600 m)

5/6 Hrs Walk

3,600 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 8

Trek to Tangnag (4,360 m)

4/5 Hrs Walk

4,360 m

One of the nicest trekking days, the journey to Tangnag at 4,360 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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 9

Trek to Khare (5,100 m)

4 Hrs Walk

5,100 m

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. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 10

Acclimatize & Explore Khare

1-2 hrs hike

5,100 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 11

Trek to Mera La Base Camp (5,350 m)

3 Hrs Walk

5,350 m

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 to 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. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 12

Trek to High Camp (5,800 m)

2/3 Hrs Walk

5,800 m

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. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 13

Climb Mera Peak (6,476 m) & Descend to Hinku Valley/Kongme Dingma (4,800 m)

11/12 Hrs Walk

6,476 m

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. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 14

Trek to Hinku River Campsite (4,900 m)

5 Hrs Walk

4,900 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 15

Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5,500 m)

6 Hrs Walk

5,500 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 16

Trek to Imja Valley/Glacier Camp (5,300 m)

12 Hrs Walk

5,300 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 17

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m)

2/3 Hrs Walk

5,100 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 18

Acclimatization day

1-2 hrs hike

5,100 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 19

Trek to Island Peak High Camp (5,500 m)

2/3 Hrs Walk

5,100 m

The Island Peak High Camp sits at an altitude of 5,500 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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 20

Climb Island Peak (6,189 m) & descend to Chhukung (4,730 m)

14 Hrs Walk

6,189m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 21

Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m)

5/6 Hrs Walk

3,860 m

The sudden descent from such a high altitude to 3,860 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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 22

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

4 Hrs Walk

3,440 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 23

Trek to Lukla (2,850 m)

7 Hrs Walk

2,850 m

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 24

Fly back to Kathmandu

30 mins flight

1,400 m

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.

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel

Day 25

Final departure from Kathmandu

30 min private drive

1,400 m

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. 

Breakfast

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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 and Requirement 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 and 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
  • 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

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

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing