Mera Peak and Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek

Climb to Mera peak and trek to Amphu Lapch pass is one of the strenuous and challenging trips in the Khumbu region. Mera is a popular peak in Everest region and its summit offers the awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Ama Dabalam , Lhotse, Nupte, Makalu and many others. Amphu Lapcha pass trek is one of the remote and less visited area treks in the Khumbu region and the trek crosses the striking Amphu Lapcha pass. While crossing the pass the views can see is breathtaking.

Mera Peak and Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek

Mera Peak and Amphu Lapcha pass trek is a beautiful and isolated trek in Khumbu region which takes us away from the more frequented trails which lead to Everest base camp and over a little used pass to the east, through which we enter the sparsely inhabited Linkhu valley. From here we walk northwards through a beautiful high alpine environment where Mera Peak, at (6654m) the highest trekking peak in Nepal towers over the valley. Traversing around to the north, however we find a softer side to the mountain and from here it is a nontechnical climb which anyone with ice-axe and crampon experience can attempt.

After having a proper acclimatization and well prepared we can reach the summit of this beautiful Mera peak and obtain views that encompass four of the five highest mountains in the world standing proud over hundreds of lesser ones, many still unnamed and unclimbed. 

The main interesting and adventure treks take us through the Amphu Lapcha high passes to Chhukung from where our trek back to Lukla.

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

Flora:
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

Fauna:
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Mera Peak and Amphu Lapcha Pass trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathamandu (1350m).
Day 02: Rest and trip preparation day.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and explore around Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes flight.
Day 04: Trek from Lukla to Chutanga (3,430m), 4 to 5 hrs walking.
Day 05: Trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4320m) via Zwatra la (4600 m),5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe (3600m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 07: Trek from Kothe to Thaknak (4,350m), 4 to 5 hrs walking.
Day 08:  Trek from Thaknak to Khare (5,045m), 3 to 4 hrs walking.
Day 09: Rest and Acclimatization day in Khare.
Day 10: Trek from Khare to Mera Base Camp (5300m), 3 to 4 hrs walking.
Day 11: Climb from Mera Base Camp to High camp (5,780m), 4 to 5 hrs climbing.
Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m) and back to Khare (5045m), 8 to 9 hours.
Day 13: Reserve Day for any Contingency.
Day 14: Trek from Khare to Seto Pokhara via Honku Valley (5035m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 15: Trek from Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5650m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 16: Trek from south base camp to north Base Camp (5300m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 17: Trek from Amphu Lapcha Base Camp to Pangboche (3930m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 18: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 20: Flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
Day 21: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Mera Peak and Amphu Lapcha Pass trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathamandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be greeting by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening, one of our team leaders will come to see you in the evening to take you for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant.  Enjoy the meal having a great conservation and short brief about your great trip to Mera and Amphu Lapcha pass trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Rest and trip preparation day.
Upon your request we can organize a guided tour in Kathmandu valley. There are many historical and world heritage sites to visit. This is a rest and packing day too, we make the necessary permits for Mera peak climbing and trekking to Amphu Lapcha on this day. In the Evening, we organize a small meeting to brief you about your trip. The climbing guide will be present at the meeting so you can ask him some questions about your great trip. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and explore around Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes flight.
Breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, we drive to domestic airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. After flying above the stunning green hills and white snow capped mountains, we reach mountain airport at Lukla. This is one of the most amazing air routes in the world culminating in a landing on hillside surrounded by the high Himalayas. Rest of the time will be resting and acclimatizing. We walk around the villages and overnight at hotel in Lukla.

Day 04: Trek from Lukla to Chutanga (3,430m), 4 to 5 hrs walking.
Today, as our first day trek is an easy walk which leads eastwards, the path from here is less frequented than the other main trails from Lukla, walk follows through a number of hamlets and wood yards until we reach a thick forest of silver fir, birch, pines and rhododendron trees and bushes on the hill side below Nau Lekh also known as Kalo Himal Ridge, on this portion follow the guide or the group as there are many path leading away from the main trail. There are many small streams with numerous places en route, whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. Explore the surroundings of Chutanga. Overnight at guest house in Chutanga.

Day 05: Trek from Chutanga to Thuli Kharka (4320m) via Zwatra la (4600 m),5 to 6 hrs walking.
After breakfast, our adventure begins with a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range which separates the Khumbu from the Hinku Valley. A steep uphill climb brings us to a cairned notch in the ridge with a collection of Buddhist prayer flags at 4,450m. This small pass is called the Zatrwa-La, from here the path traverses across a boulder slope, round a corner and climbs once again to the Zatrwa-La at 4,600 m. In bad weather to find the path of our route can be quite misleading, so care should be taken but with fine weather, the views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal are very impressive, as well as the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku Valley. From here less than an hour we reach Thuli Karkha. Overnight at guest house in Thuli Kharka.

Day 06: Trek from Thuli Kharka to Kothe (3600m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Following breakfast we follow a delightful descending trail across three ridges, before dropping steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Kothe  through lush rhododendron forests on the west side of the Hinku Valley . Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and on our journey we get to admire beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons. Overnight at guest house in Kothe.

Day 07: Trek from Kothe to Thaknak (4,350m), 4 to 5 hrs walking.
We trek along the ridge of the Hinku Khola in the shadow of Mera Peak. We take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders' settlement in the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. Beyond Gondishung, we pass a 200 year-old Lungsumgba Gompa where we can find Mera Peak scripted in rock along with its route to reach Mera. A short walk takes us to Thaknak, which is a summer grazing area with primitive lodges and shops. Overnight at guest house in Thaknak.

Day 08:  Trek from Thaknak to Khare (5,045m), 3 to 4 hrs walking.
Leaving Thaknak, we follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers, and then climbs more steeply to Khare. From here, we can view the Northern face of Mera Peak which will be an amazing experience. After lunch one can engage in hikes in the surroundings of Khare. Overnight at guest house in Khare.

Day 09: Rest and Acclimatization day in Khare.
After breakfast, we will carry out the last minute checking of the gears for the climb, and then arrange if any equipment becomes necessary to rent. Thereafter, we shall provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Mera Peak Base Camp, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and your climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.  Overnight at guest house in Khare.

Day 10: Trek from Khare to Mera Base Camp (5300m), 3 to 4 hrs walking.
After breakfast, we trek through a boulder-strewn courseon a steep trail to reach Mera Peak Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp, we rest for a while. If anyone feels the previous training was not sufficient and wants to train more to build confidence to succeed the climb, there can be an additional training on climb provided. Rest of the day would be to rest and prepare for the next day. Overnight at Mera Peak Base Camp.

Day 11: Climb from Mera Base Camp to High camp (5,780m), 4 to 5 hrs climbing.
We take the route through Mera La pass to reach the Mera High Camp today. Our path is along a rocky trail, which can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp while enjoying excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, south face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. Overnight at Mera High Camp.

Day 12: Mera High Camp to Summit (6,461m) and back to Khare (5045m), 8 to 9 hours.
This is very important day for us as we will be summiting Mera Peak today. We wake up around 2 in the morning for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning but soon we warm up as we continue up the glacier and onto a peculiar ridge. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The route is still non-technical as we slowly climb higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on the conditions. The summit is only a few meters away. From the summit, we take in amazing views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kangchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7 ,129m) and others. Later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp where we rest for a while before descending to Khare. Overnight at guest house in Khare.

Day 13: Reserve Day for any Contingency.
There is no guarantee that we will have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. So that, this day is set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Mera on day 12 due to bad weather conditions or any other unanticipated reason.

Day 14: Trek from Khare to Seto Pokhara via Honku Valley (5035m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We head up into the upper yak pastures of this incredible remote valley. All morning the great flanks of Chamlang dominate on our left, and the spire of Baruntse comes into view beyond. The terrain is remarkably benign, especially considering we are actually heading directly into the very epicenter of the highest group of mountains in the world. The valley floor remains broad and straight, only gradually rising to the blind alley of peaks ahead. It is almost a shock to realize that the two majestic mountains we are heading straight towards are none other than Everest and Lhotse. Overnight at Seto Pokhari.

Day 15: Trek from Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5650m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We trek through the high altitude route from Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp. This is one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas. We rarely meet any trekkers en route except if it is very high touristic season. We climb steadily up to and just beyond Seto Pokhari (White Lake), the first of a series of lakes that occupy the upper Honku Basin. Experience the wilderness of the Honku Valley. On the right is Chamlang (7321m) with hanging glaciers on its South-West and North-West faces, the Honku Valley is true mountain wilderness. Overnight in Amphu Lapcha Base Camp.

Day 16: Trek from south base camp to north Base Camp (5300m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Starting from the South base of Amphu Lapcha, today is an early morning climb. The climb involves steep sections on rock and ice. It`s better to tackle the pass early in the morning when the snow is stable, i.e., before sunlight melts the snow. We use climbing ropes wherever necessary. The last sections of the climb to Amphu Lapcha winds up through snow shelves. On the other side, to a steep descent awaits to be endeavored on fixed lines leading down to the moraine. Reaching at the Amphu Lapcha North Base Camp, we camp and spend the night there.

Day 17: Trek from Amphu Lapcha Base Camp to Pangboche (3930m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We walk downhill along the moraine to arrive at Chukkung, the starting point for the Island Peak climbing. The wilderness of the remote Hinku Valley now introduces us to the civilization of Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. To reach Pangboche after a few long days of hard mountaineering and trekking is a delight. Spending night in the comfort of the lodges in this occupied village is a warm welcome which we feel, is well deserved. Overnight at guest house.

Day 18: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Descending out of the alpine desert and back into greenery of pine forests is what our eyes love today. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. After making a brief visit to the Tengboche Monastery, we make a steep descent and the trial leads us back along the Dudh Kosi River. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side taking us to Namche Bazaar. We take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guest house in Namche bazaar.

Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in-distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we check in to a nice hotel for our comfort stay. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.  

Day 20: Flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
After breakfast at lukla, we take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu, upon arrival at airport we will be transferred to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will come to see you and take you for a fare well dinner. Enjoy your meal with your team including guide and one of our team leaders. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to International airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Mera Peak and Amphu Lapcha Pass trek Facts:

 Activities: Trekking/climbing

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Mera and Amphu Lapcha Pass

Trip Duration: 21 days

Max. Altitude: 6645 meters

Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.15

Best Season:  Feb, March, April, May and September, October and November

Trip Grade: Strenuous plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 5-7

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