Mera peak - Island peak - Amphu Lepcha La Pass Overview
Extraordinary high-altitude adventure above the tree lines as we scale the popular trek peaks that include Mera peak & Island peak which also takes us across the formidable Amphu Lapcha pass as we enjoy breathtaking landscapes on the way…
Mera peak and Island peak are truly two well-known trekking peaks throughout the Himalayas; these peaks tax the physical efforts that are routine with high-altitude trekking and most experienced hikers tend to enjoy trekking and climbing these peaks as it gears the body for more challenging experiences in the gritty world of mountain climbing. We have designed our itinerary with special emphasis on giving trekkers enough days for rest and acclimatizing so that you are geared to summit successfully at 02 trekking peaks at over 6000m as we navigate the Amphu Lapcha pass and hike through the 3 remote valleys of Hinku, Honku & Imja Tse in the Everest region. This is a tedious outing in the wild that requires enough space & patience with plenty of rest and acclimatizing on the way…if we truly want to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings as we clamber up & above the tree lines.
We first make a beeline for the 6460m Mera peak which gives us the true Himalayan thrills as we summit, this trekking peak is a high altitude climb but is not steep enough to scare you; but perhaps, Island peak at 6189m, & lesser in height, is more challenging technically, where the physical demands are more exposed and test your climbing skills to the hilt; however, your attempt on Mera Peak will have sharpened your skills & with the crossing of Amphu Lapcha pass & the technical navigation is tough but our climbing crew with our guides fix ropes thoroughly in the right spots on the rocky crest so safe descending can be done by expedition members with the support crews, gears & foodstuffs reach the right place. Our support teams make sure the ropes are fixed on dense blue glacier ice from our south Amphu Lapcha base camp to the Amphu Lapcha pass top. And it is this kind of experience that fully prepares us for our Island Peak climb & greatly helps us to overcome the obstacles so that we summit this peak successfully.
After we do the Mera peak run, we set up shop at Seto Pokhari, a sacred lake over 5000m that sits on the laps of the huge fortress-like peaks of Chamlang, Lhotse & Everest commanding the horizons. The technically rugged descending of the Amphu Lapcha pass at 5700m is a hurdle we cross on our way to Island peak base camp. But then our timely acclimatization has done us well & with the experience of Mera peak & the Amphu Lapcha pass, we summit Island peak and taste the sweetness of success!! What a trip this has been!!! We next trek down to Hillary’s Lukla via the serene Thyangboche monastery. We haul up at a local teahouse while trekking down from Island peak to Lukla so we can relish the warm comforts of the teahouse dining room and a comfortable bed after those gritty nights in cold tented camps. Team members should be familiar with the wild for high-altitude trips like this, as it allows you to enjoy the venture. We recommend climbing experience but it’s not mandatory, you should be trim and in good health.