Mera Peak Climbing (6476 m) via Amphu Laptsa Pass

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 21 Days

Activities: Adventure Trekking

Departure From: Kathmandu

Highest Point: 6476

Activity Level:

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

Price: USD 2,350

Group size: Min 02-Max05

Best Season: Feb- May /Sep- Dec

 

Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass trekking is one of the stimulating treks in the Everest region as the Mera Peak (6654 m) and the difficult Amphu Laptsa Pass (5845 m) bids you with the mountainous views across ancient monasteries, temples, and the beautiful lakes. 

As summiting the Mera Peak, you will be rewarded with the astonishing view of the Mount Everest (8848 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Makalu (8463 m), Mount Cho Oyu (8201 m), Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m) and several other snowcapped peaks of the Everest region.

This challenging peak was first climbed on 20th of May 1953 by J.O.M. Roberts and Sherpa Sen Tenzing. For summiting this expedition, one needs to be experienced with mountaineering skills with a good level of physical and mental ability - as this peak is situated at high elevation and is very difficult to climb through high glaciers.

This 21 days adventurous journey begins from scenic flight to Lukla and from there we head to Paiyya - through the forest. Next day we head to Pangkoma and continue trekking for few days. After crossing several suspension bridges, we reach Khare, where we will be acclimatizing and do some preparation. Next, we head to Mera High Camp and following day we will be summiting the challenging Mera Peak.

Further trekking, we will be crossing the Amphu Laptsa Pass, which is the most challenging pass in the Khumbu region. As we will be passing through the beautiful Honku valley, you get the spectacular view of the Himalaya of Nepal and Tibet. Even the Honku Glacier is pretty magnificent to watch. We then trek further to Amphu Laptsa Base Camp and from there we will be heading through the trail of the Imja Tse. We will also be crossing the Imja Tsho Lake. We will then finally reach Chhukung and then retrace back to Namche Bazar, to Lukla and finally take an airstrip to Kathmandu.

For the Mera Peak expedition and Amphu Laptsa Pass, the favorable season will be on spring in the month of April to May and in autumn for the month of September to November. As we will be providing you with trained expert climbing guides who will be guiding you all the time and taking care of your safety. So, if you want any further details, have any question regarding this adventurous and challenging Mera peak via Amphu Laptsa Pass, please simply write or contact us.

Here we provide you the itinerary for Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, our representative from Accent Himalayan who waits for you at the exit gate will pick up you and dropped to your respective hotel. We spend rest of the day for rest and relax. In the evening we will have to attend the welcome dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya with Delicious Nepali Cuisine.

  Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: trip preparation

We visit the office/administration and management of Accent Himalaya where we meet our climbing leaders and who check out our set of climbing equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our upcoming adventure and expedition. We also discuss our trip and question/answer about our trips.

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Paiya (Chutok) (2,730m/8,956ft): 40 mins flight, 5-6 hours trek

Early in the morning, we take a flight to Lukla with the wonderful route of 40 minutes including amazing views and scene of snow covered peaks and high mountains. After land over in Lukla, we meet our crew members and start our trip with better preparations. We walk on the jungle trails, cross a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach to Surke Village. Then we continue to move towards the south and cross the Chutok La Pass before being in the small settlements of Paiyan, or also known as Chutak, where we stay for a night.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Paiya to Panggom (2,846m/9,337ft): 5-6 hours

From Chutak we descend down for a while till reaching a small bridge and continue to walk from where the trails get slippery until crossover the Kari La Pass. We walk through the narrow mountain path with bamboo and rhododendron forests. We get the awesome Dudhkoshi Valley on our day trip. We continue to follow the path for Panggom Village where we have to stay a night.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Panggom to Ningsow (2,863m/9,393ft): 4-5 hours

We continue our journey after grabbing our breakfast. We have to cross the Panggom La Pass then ascend and walk on a steady path and turn to the north. On the way, we have to cross the Pesang Kharka Khola and walking some while taking us to Pesang Kharka Danda. Before reaching to Ningsow Village, we have to cross Ningsow Khola.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft): 7-8 hours

Early in the path we climb at first and descend for a while and another climbing brings us to Ramailo (Entertaining) Danda, which offers us the extraordinary views Mera peak and Salpa. With another ascending and descending we will be in entrance of Makalu National Park. From here to Chhatra Khola, the trails is called and named as Pasag Lambu Trail. Lucky trip and day may offer to see the elusive Red Panda, endangered Himalayan wild animals.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft): 6-7 hours

We walk to the north on the main trail to Mera Peak. After walking on the trails to the Majang Khola, we get together with another trail which moves alongside the Hinku Khola. We move straight ahead towards Tashing Ongma. We continue to trek crossing the bridge over the Sanu Khola and being approach at Kothe.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft): 3-4 hours

Today we trek along the Hinku Khola Ridge in the shadow of Mera peak and stop at Bonding for our lunch and pass through the 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we will get to see the scripted rock along with its route to reach Mera. With a short walk, we will be at Thaknak, summer grazing land with primitive lodges and shops.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft): 2-3 hours

We follow the lateral moraine of Dig glacier to Dig Kharka for leaving the village of Thaknak. We are offered with spectacular views of Charpate Himal. Our trails which we have to follow climb through the moraines to the snout of the Hinku, Nup and Shar Glaciers and climb more steeply to Khare, from where we have an amazing scene of North Face of Mera Peak. After having our lunch we will hike around and explore the area.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Khare: Acclimatization and pre–climb training

Expert says that every trekker and high altitude walkers shall have to take a rest and acclimatize the body to the surrounding conditions, so today we will rest at Khare and acclimatize for our upcoming summiting. Or climbing leader will help us polishing our basic climbing techniques and demonstrate with best ways of using the climbing gears and equipment. We also learn the best technique to use the rope for climbing up and down.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft): 6-7 hours

Early in the morning, we walk through the boulder-strewn course on steep trails to reach the Base Camp of Mera Peak. After reaching to Mera Base Camp, we continue further through the Mera La pass to reach the day destination to reach the High Camp. we have to pass along the rocky trails and can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, so there are a number of Crevasses. We make our way to the top of the rock band, that is marked by a large cairn. We have to set up the tented camp with enjoying the excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse South, Nuptse, Chamlang, and Baruntse.

 

 

 

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190ft), trek to Kongma Dingma (4,850m/15912ft):10-11 hours

We have to wake up earlier than the sun in the morning around 1 is for breakfast and start to summit the top. Cold in the earlier get warm with the walk and climb up the glacier. The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb the higher into the ever-thin air. Slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. After summiting the cone we may attach to fixed rope depending on the conditions and we are near the top with few more to climb. From the summit we have awesome panoramic views of Himalayan including the big towering peaks finishing the top in the far sky such as Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) and others. After some while, we retrace our steps back to the high camp and take rest for a while and again continue to descending for KONgma Dingman.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Kongma Dingma: rest day

We have a rest day in Kongma Dingma for our tried and shaking legs and body.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Contingency

Weather of Himalayan is fragile and sensitive so there is no any guarantee that we will have a favorable weather on the planned schedule to summiting the peaks. Thus this day is kept as the contingency in case of unable to reach the top of the Mera peak.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16519 ft): 5-6 hours

Today we head up into the upper yak pastures of the incredible remote valley. All morning, the great flanks of Chamlang dominate our leave and the spire of Baruntse comes into the views beyond us. The terrain is changing to benign, especially considering we are heading into the epicenter of the highest group of mountains. The floor remains broad and straight gradually rising to the blind alley of peaks ahead. The shocking point is that we are heading to two majestic mountains none other than Mt. Everest and Lhotse.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Seto Pokhari to Amphu Labcha Base Camp (South) (5,650m/18,536 ft): 5-6 hours

We are here in one of the remotest areas of the Himalayas, we rarely seem to see any trekkers en-route, except season of high tourist arrival. From Seto Pokhari (white lake) we moved ahead and cross several lakes which occupy the upper Hunku Basin. We follow the trails next to the magnificent Hunku Glacier and we continue to cross further lakes near our trails. And finally, we reach to the base camp of Amphu Labcha.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Amphu Labcha Base Camp to Chhukung (4,750m/15,580 ft): 9-10 hours

We cross the Amphu labcha la Pass at 5,845m then cross over the Amphu Labcha Glacier, Lhotse Shar and Imja Glacier are nearby us. We have to half circles the imja Tsho Lake before get together with main Island Peak route. With further walking, we are also in the vicinity of the Ama Dablam Glacier before reaching to Chukung.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Chhukung to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hours

We again make a big descent to Namche bazaar after having our breakfast. We arrive at a sparse settlement of Bibre and crossover the bridge over the imja Khola. We pass through the beautiful Himalayan villages, grasslands, and meadows and again cross the bridges severally before reaching to Namche Bazaar. we have a great viewpoint in a little further from our trails at Dingboche.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft): 6-7 hours

We further make a descent to Lukla from where we will return to Kathmandu. We have to walk on the rocky terrain. Our trails are mostly a downhill on alongside the Dudh Koshi River. we cross the several suspension bridges, Monasteries and villages before pointing in Lukla.

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

Earlier in the morning, we will take a flight to return to Kathmandu with the amazing route of the fly. After returning to Kathmandu and check into the hotel we will fresh up and ready for the evening. We will have to attend the farewell dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya and also have a great trip succession party.

  Breakfast Farewell Dinner

Day 21: Final departure

Our representative will drop you Tribhuwan International Airport 3 hours earlier than your flights. Today is a most embarrassing day for both you and me, we are going to separate. Your flight speed makes more distance between us, however, those distances can’t make a barrier between us. We always hope for your positive response and feedback.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop on a private vehicle
  • 3 - star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Mera Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage - the cargo charge is at around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet,  laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What's Included’ section

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels. But once you set out for Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Labtsa Pass, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow.  

Few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Luggage/Backpack for Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass Trek from a couple to maximum of 5 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance - the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide. 

Flight Delay at Kathmandu and Lukla

The Twin Otter Plane is the only mode of transportation to and from Lukla on this tour. Sometimes flights to and from Lukla may be canceled due to sudden changes in mountain weather. So, we have kept an additional day at the end of the tour on our trekking itinerary to use it in case of flight delayed or canceled.

So, if the flights cancel for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on a scheduled flight to your home or other destination and the cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office at Kathmandu. If you have to use this service in US dollars or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only), we will provide you the receipt of the payment with which you can claim the amount from your insurance company. The minimum cost for helicopter charter will be US $ 500 and the maximum US $ 3500 depending on the number of people in the flight. 

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 21 days for Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Labtsa Pass trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps while you are on Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass Expedition Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Mera Peak Climbing Via Amphu Laptsa Pass Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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