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Mera Amphu Lapcha Island Peak Trek

Background Mera Peak and Island peak are the two most popular trekking peaks in Nepal and are also sought after […]

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  • duration

    22 days/21 nights

  • maximum attitude

    6,416 mm

  • fitness level

    Strenuous and Technical

  • meal Accomodation

    Lodge, Teahouse, Camps


Mera Peak and Island peak are the two most popular trekking peaks in Nepal and are also sought after internationally for their height, thrill, and penultimate views. Amphu Lapcha also makes many people’s wish list for being a Technical pass to scale. Combining all three of them in a single trip has an amazing potential for thrill and adventure. The entire trip will have you traveling through the Dudhkoshi, Hinku and Imja Valleys. On your way, you witness the lifestyle of the people living there and the unique Landscapes of the Everest National park. A journey that comprises of mounting two peaks and scaling a technical pass is not meant for the faint-hearted plus it is an opportunity to get your name engraved with the legends. So why miss it? 


The trek begins with a flight to Lukla and then a trek to the Chutanga village. From here, the locals you encounter are mostly Sherpas. You witness the giant mountains on your flight but contrastingly, you will trek through dense forests on the ground, highlighting the beautiful complexities and variance in the landscape in the region. Our first obstacle in the trek is the Zatra La pass, which we will need to cross to exit the Dudhkoshi valley and go into the Hinku river valley. We will then continue trekking to the traditional Sherpa villages of Kothe, Thagnak, and Khare. The road greets us with amazing glacial moraines and a delightful picture of the Sabai Lake. The trail sees quite an increase in elevation but the thrill is worth the pain. Along the way, we are greeted by wonderful mountain views of peaks over 6000 and 7000 meters. After Khare, we make our way to Mera Peak high camp and set up camp there. The peak to Mera can be summited in a day and is mostly a straightforward glacial climb with some tricky sections however the altitude is the real challenge. After summiting, we will head back down to the Hinku valley and then climb up to Panchpokhari and the Amphu Labcha Pass. Panchpokhari is a religious lake and attracts many pilgrims. The technical pass will involve traveling on snowy slopes while leaving it will involve abseiling to the other side of the Imja valley. After arriving at the Imja valley we will be ready to scale Island peak. The early part of the hike up is relatively the same as the Mera peak while the latter half is strenuous and steep and requires rope usage. However, the views are again worthwhile and panoramic views of all the mountains around will grace you. Our Trek winds up with a hike back to Lukla, where we can emphasize more on the cultural aspects of the region. Trekking back on our own pace through the traditional Sherpa villages of Pangboche, Dingboche, Debuche, Tengboche, and Namche, the trek concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu. Spring and summer are the best times to tackle the trek. The trek also really favors experienced climbers more due to the strenuous nature coupled with the technicality aspects of the peaks and passes. 


Miteri Nepal is not only a wonderful touring company but it is also your proper touring companion which ensures that you get the best of your money. We ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from us. Our skillful guides and trek leaders will guide you through the adverse areas smoothly even if you are not the most experienced traveler. Our witty guides will make sure that your trip is filled with humor and laughter. 


Trip Facts

Geography: Hilly, Mountainous

Location: Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous and Technical

Duration of Trek: 22 days

Max Altitude: 6,461m 

Religions: Buddhism

Ethnic People: Sherpa

Accommodation: Lodge, Teahouse, Camps

Transportation: Round-trip flight Lukla

Minimum Pax: 2


Trip highlights 

  1. Conquering the Mera peak, the highest part of the trek at 6461m.
  2. Scaling the technically difficult Amphu Lapcha pass, to wondrous views and amazing landscapes.
  3. Climbing Island peak and tackling the technicalities with teamwork and efficient use of climbing gear.  
  4. Visiting the Khumjung monastery and the Hotel Everest View in Namche Bazar
  5. Visiting the holy lakes in Panchpokhari and learning the lifestyle of the locals there.
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu |1334m/4264ft| transfer to hotel and welcome.

    Welcome to Nepal! A representative of Miteri Nepal will be keenly waiting for your arrival at the airport. Once you are through, we will be picking you up and then lead you to your designated hotel in Kathmandu. Rest in excitement for the days to come. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Trekking gear preparation in Kathmandu

    We need to be sure of our trekking gear ahead of this trek as the days ahead include many technical sections that require for us to have and be well versed in using proper gear. The day will be spent preparing our gear, and also acquiring any additional gear which you might need. If you have any doubts or clarifications for anything then please feel free to let us know today. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla |2,853m.| & trek to Chutanga |3,350m.|, overnight at tented camp.

    Lukla is the airport town of the Everest region, a gateway to every trek of this region. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is scenic and thrilling at the same time, as Lukla airport is also said to be one of the most extreme airports in the world. From Lukla, we will be heading to Chutanga which is a Sherpa village. The trek will take you southeast through dense coniferous forests and the pleasant sound and sight of cascading waters will keep you company. From Chutanga, you can get great views of the Himalayan slopes from the huge boulders that lay nearby the village. The views include the peaks of Karyolung, Numbur and Nupla mountains. Overnight in Chutanga. 

  • Day 04: Trek to Zatra La pass |4,100m|, overnight in hotel.

    Our task today is to leave the Lukla valley and head towards the Hinku Valley through the Zatra La pass. Depending on the time of the year, you may require Ice pickaxes, fixated ropes and crampons as it is pretty snowy during the winter. As you climb up the pass carefully view the Numbur Himal, Kongde Ri, and Karyolung peak. We can also witness the scenery of the rolling foothills of the Dudh Koshi valley and the opposite side of the Hinku valley. After crossing the pass it’s a good idea to camp by Thule Kharka (big pasture) where there are a decent number of lodges. Overnight in Zatra La pass. 

  • Day 05: Trek to Kothe |3,800m|, overnight in Tea houses.

    From Zatra La pass, we will be heading to Kothe village. Vegetation is back insight and we climb past trails laden with Juniper, Pine and Rhododendron groves as well as certain wildflowers. The mountain views include that of the Mera peak and the scenery of the rolling hills of Hinku valley are also wonderful. The trail will gradually climb by following the river beside the valley. You will arrive at Kothe village, which is surrounded by large boulders. Overnight in Kothe.

  • Day 06: Trek to Thangnak |4,600m|, overnight in hotel.

    Our trek today follows the Hinku Drangka River, upstream to the pastures of Gondishung, Dupishung, and Lung samba respectively. Beyond Lamosangu, the Valley constricts itself. The Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Mera peak sandwich our trail. Once you reach Thagnak, you will witness the array of peaks that surround this small village. Thagnak also borders a big glacial moraine of the Sabai Glacier and the Sabai Tsho glacial lake. Thagnak is a summer grazing area as well. Overnight in Thagnak.

  • Day 07: Rest and acclimatization at Thangnak, overnight at hotel.

    Today, we will be resting in Thagnak. Walking up the glacial moraine up to Sabai Lake is a great acclimatization hike. The glacial travel will also be a form of practice for the climbs coming ahead. The view of Sabai Lake is rewarding as well. We can also hike up along the ridge of the outlying peak of Mount Kusum Kanguru that borders the valley, on Thagnak west side. Overnight in Thagnak.

  • Day 08: Trek to Khare |5,000m|, overnight at hotel.

    The trek ahead from here is steep and it takes you east along the Dig glacier moraine. We will soon arrive at the high pastures of Dig Kharka from where there are great views of Charpate Himal and Peak 43. Leaving the pastures, we push on forward through another glacier moraine of the Hinku glacier to witness the views of Kangtega. We can then continue on our trail along the Hinku Nup and Shar glacier’s mouth and finally climb into Khare village. Khare is the last point before Mera peak, as the glacier snout meets the village’s edge. Overnight in Khare.

  • Day 09: Mera high camp |5,780m|, overnight in hotel.

    To make our way to basecamp, we follow a snowy ridge up to the Mera La (5415m). We will need to cross this pass and get to the other side, which is a tiring endeavor due to the gain in altitude and snowy conditions. Then after, we will be heading through crevasse laden glaciers, which need to be traversed carefully. The basecamp can be seen below a bowl beneath the mountain of silt and gravel. We will skip staying here and push onto the mountainous outcrop of High camp instead. From here, we can have magnificent views of mountains like Everest, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga. Overnight in Mera high camp.

  • Day 10: Summit to Mera peak |6,461m.| and return to base camp |5,200m|, overnight at tented camp. 

    We begin the climb early in the morning. As we climb the mountains, we can observe the glimmering rays of the sunlight. We will begin to climb away from the rocky outcrop and traverse carefully along the snowy slopes onto the main glacier. It is a straight forward climb but the altitude can make it challenging. We will first follow the glacier up southeast before hopping on to the main summit ridge of Mera to the Southwest.  The Climb then will be along the ridge in between the three peaks of Mera. We can travel up to any for wondrous views of the surrounding mountains. After soaking in the amazing views, we will descend the same route we came but back down to basecamp, skipping high camp. Overnight in base camp.


  • Day 11: Trek to Hinku valley: overnight at tented camp.

    From the whitewashed scenery of desolate rocks and glimmering snow, we descend into the green pastures of the Hinku valley. Along the way are wonderful views of the mountains, especially that of Chamlang and Baruntse. We will soon come along the Hinku River that carves out this valley and we shall travel round its left bank. We will set camp beside the river bank. Overnight in Hinku.  

  • Day 12: Trek to Panch Pokhari |5,200m|, overnight at tented camp.

    We will follow the Hinku River and the Hinku Nup’s glacial moraine to reach Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari or the five lakes are a collection of five lakes clustered around on the Base of the Amphu Labcha pass. They hold great religious significance and sometimes attract pilgrims despite the adverse conditions. It is from here we’ll be making the hike up over the Amphu Lapcha basecamp and then over to Chukkung village. Overnight in Panch Pokhari. 

  • Day 13: Rest and acclimatization at Panch Pokhari

    Panch Pokhari is a beautiful location to camp, as the beautiful high-altitude lakes amidst the wondrous mountains make for a majestic setting. We will need to acclimatize at Panch Pokhari today. We also need to fix ropes and equipment to traverse the Amphu Lapcha Pass. Short hikes to viewpoints around the lakes are ideal as it will help acclimatize as well as to reserve energy. Overnight in Panch Pokhari.

  • Day 14: Trek to Amphu Lapcha La base camp |5,400m|, overnight at tented camp.

    As we trek closer to the Amphu Lapcha basecamp, the view of Amadablam beautiful North East face comes into view. There are small pockets of water, frozen lakes, and glacier moraines that lead us up to the base camp of Amphu Lapcha. We will be exiting the Hinku valley over a ridge. As we trek, we come upon a lake bordered by a mountain ridge and the Amphu Labcha glacier towards the left of our trail. Views of Chamlang and its glaciers are wonderful from here. Overnight in Amphu Lapcha la base camp.

  • Day 15: Trek to Chhukung |4,750m.| after crossing Amphu Lapcha La pass |5,700m.|, overnight at tented camp.

    Our climb of the pass takes place early in the morning before sunrise. The day will be long due to the very technical aspect of traversing the Amphu Lapcha pass. We will begin by climbing steeply over rocks and ice. This is best traveled in the morning when the ice and snow are still in place and not moved by the sun. Ropes will be in place to help you to the top. The descent will be as tricky as the ascent will need to abseil down to the Imja valley. After we make it to the north basecamp of Amphu Lapcha with about 250m of Abseiling, there are another 3 or so hours of walking in the Imja valley till we arrive at the village of Chukkung. The views of Imja Tse (Island peak), Imja River and the Imja valley are stunning today.  Overnight in Chhukung. 

  • Day 16: Chhukung to Island Peak high camp |5600m|, overnight at tented camp.

    Chukkung is the last village before we head out to summit the Island peak. We will be skipping basecamp for high camp for an easier climb and shorter return tomorrow. We will follow the glacier at the end of the valley. After we arrive at Basecamp, we leave the glacier behind us and climb on the steep ground over rocky gullies. As the high camp nears the steepness reduces. We can rest after setting up a tent, as we will have to begin very early tomorrow. The trek is short but helps us acclimatize for the summit day. Overnight in high camp.

  • Day 17: Summit Island Peak |6,160m.| and back to Chukung 4740m.

    The climb will begin even earlier than our Amphu Lapcha day, at around 2 am. This is because reaching the summit before noon and returning is the wisest choice as the unpredictability of the weather is the least in this timing window. As we climb, there is the wondrous sunrise view of the surrounding mountains, especially of Mount Makalu in the east. Our gear will be of full use today as the snowy slopes and the presence of several crevasses means we will be using ropes and ladders climbing up. The latter part is steep and we need to properly use the equipment. However, the summit of the mountain will treat you with awesome views of the surrounding mountains. We will make a decent back to Chukkung for our stay. 

  • Day 18: Chukung Trek to Dingboche |4,450m|, overnight in the hotel,

    The landscape from Chukkung to Dingboche is along the high altitude desolate hills. The trails are rocky and the hills are covered in dry shrubs. These are ideal grazing fields for Yaks in the summer, and there are lots of summer huts for livestock that can be seen along the way. The views of the meadows are serene while the mountains keep us company as we make a steady and short descent from Chukkung to Dingboche.

  • Day 19: Dingboche Trek back to Debuche |3760|overnight at lodge.

    From Dingboche, it’s another day of descent as we make our way to the village at Debuche. Along the way, we will make our way through the traditional Sherpa villages of Shomare and Pangboche, the latter of which also houses the oldest monastery of the Everest region. On the latter half of the trek, we break back down into the tree line, and the surrounding vegetation increases. If we arrive at Debuche early we can make a push for Tengboche monastery 30 mins away and catch their evening prayers as a form of relaxation.

  • Day 20: Debuche Trek to Namche Bazaar |3,440m|, overnight at guesthouse

    We will make our way first through the Tengboche village which homes to the region’s biggest monastery. From here, there are also mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest and Kongde. We will descend the subalpine and Subtropical vegetation covered hills. The latter half the trek is through more or fewer level grounds and the mountain views switch to that of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. We will then continue to descend to the Market town of Namche. As our last day in the Khumbu region, it’s ideal to explore the shops and eateries in the evening and maybe find a souvenir to take back home. Overnight in Namche bazar.

  • Day 21: Namche Trek to Lukla |2,800m.|, overnight at guesthouse

    We will trek beside the Dudhkoshi River through fairly populated villages and settlements. We will descend along the cascading river and cross several suspension bridges along the way. We will also be leaving the Everest National park today. The trail descends to Phakding which is filled with lodges, as it is the first stop of the trek for many travelers. The last stretch up to Lukla airport is a steep climb. 


  • Day 22: Morning Flight to Kathmandu.

    Our trip comes to a wonderful end. You are bound to admire the mountains even more from the seat of your small plane, as you have now understood the adverse climate and the lifestyle attached to them. The short flight will have you back in Kathmandu, and you will have the rest of the day at your discretion. A representative of Miteri Nepal will be ready to drop you off, for your farewell flight tomorrow, with the warmest of regards. 

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