Panch Pokhari Mera Peak & Amaphu Laptsa

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destination
Everest Region
duration 24 days
maximum altitude 6470m
trip difficulty moderate
total cost $4577
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On arrival into Tribhuvan International Airport, Katmandu, one of our team will be there to greet you with our Soul Himalaya banner and then drive you to the hotel. Once here you can unwind and rest, hook into the free wifi or explore the local area

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we’ll have a trip orientation to learn about your stay in Nepal and answer any questions/concerns about the itinerary. Most importantly after the briefing, we will go through the checklist of all the required gear and items and make sure you are equipped for the journey. If you require more items, there are many local trekking shops to accommodate what you need. After checking each person is fully equipped, we’ll go out on a Katmandu Sightseeing Day Tour, around one of the important cultural hubs of the valley. Katmandu city alone holds four heritage sites that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.

We reach Kathmandu domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for an early morning flight to dramatic mountain tiny airstrip at Lukla-the gateway to one of the great spectacular flights above natural scenery and white Nepali Himalayas. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Just 40 minutes flight takes us to land at Lula, which is the start of our trek to Mera. Upon arrival here, our rest of the crews for Mera peak will be waiting to meet us and begin our trailhead heading eastwards the high above the spectacular Dudh Khosi, leaving for the busy trail to Everest Base Camp. Trek follows through hamlets and wood yards until we reach a tick forest of Silver fir, birch pastures, and rhododendron and pine forests. There are many small streams with numerous places en route, the whole of this area referred to as Chutanga which is a summer pasture. We spend the remainder of the day resting, acclimatizing, and exploring the nearby villages. 

Trekking today is a steep climb to cross the Kalo Himal Ridge in the Nau Lekh range, from here we enter Hinku valley leaving the Khumbu valley and there is a feeling of untouched remoteness. A steep uphill trail marked by some ancient collection of Buddhist Chortens. We continue traversing to reach Zatrwa La pass (4610m) welcomed by traditional Buddhist style with prayer flags. After celebrating our first pass, on a clear day, it looks very impressive the views across the Dudh Kosi towards Karyolung and the Lumding Himal. Moreover, we get our first glimpse of the scenery across the rolling foothills of the Hinku river Valley. From here less than an hour, we reach Thuli Karkha where we spent the well-deserved night rest,

Another spectacular day awaits to get admired beautiful hills dotted with rhododendrons-Nepali national flower. Trek is relatively short and downhill. The trail traverses ridges above the Hinku Valley, enjoying grand views of the South Face of Mera Peak. A pleasant walk leads through the beautiful forests of Himalayan pine and rhododendron, bamboo along a ridge of the Hinku River all the way up to Kothe. 
 

Today we realize entering into the high mountains of the Himalaya when we continue walking along the Ridge of Hinku, the first time seeing and enjoying River stream view on the destination surrounded by the towering view of Mera Peak and other mountains. There are superb views of Kyashar (6,769m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). The walk is a steady and gradual climb up the valley, for the first section we walk near the river on a rocky trail. Then later on climb up to grassy yak pastures (Kharka) above river level. We pass through the Gondishung, it is worth visiting an ancient monastery and a summer herder’s settlement on the west bank of the Hinku Drangka. We trek for some time to reach Thagnang, which is a summer grazing area with some primitive lodges and little shops.

Leaving for Khare, we head eastwards and walk up slowly in destination acclimatizing and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Two and a half hour climb through the adventurous lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to walk on the large pasture of Dig Khraka, the dramatic views of the surrounding peaks continue to open up. The hike then leads to a steep climb through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers. We cross the stream and follow the trail across the boulder-strewn hillside for just over an hour. The steep climb brings us to Khare that provides an excellent view of Mera Peak. 

Before progressing further, today we have a rest day for acclimatization, exploration, and practice for the essential ice climbing course under the guidance of our experienced climbing guide. After breakfast, we head up to the start of the Mera Glacier by climbing a steep ridge that we will later follow to the Mera La pass. Here we will take the opportunity to practice skills needed for glacial travel and organize a session on the glacier. First, we instruct techniques on how to use crampons, rope, and ice ax, etc. Thereafter, we shall provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice ax, climbing boots, and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include how to use the ropes to go up and down. This helps us prepare for the summit to Mera. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training/skills for this trek to 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. Later in the day, we return to Khare for overnight sleep​.
 

Today will be an exciting day as if it is the first day of mountaineering were three hours over a boulder-strewn path up to the glacier, leading up to Mera La. After reaching the snout of the glacier where we gear up fully putting on crampons, harness, mountaineering boots, and walking with ice axes. Our freshly learned crampon and ice ax techniques will come in useful while climbing into the glacier. This exposed pass serves as a camp before climbing up to Mera's high camp the next day. The views from the pass and the first experience of mountaineering are spectacular. We first climb up to the Mera La (5,410m) and back up the ridge and then onto the back of the Mera base camp to settle in for a good night's sleep.

Today, we head to the high camp from base camp; the steep rocky trail leads to the high camp at an altitude of 5,800 meters through Mera La pass. It provides an excellent launch pad for the final climb to the summit. Having gained the Mera La, the route turns left (south) and follows easy angled snow slopes. After a short distance, an area of crevasses comes in. Under normal conditions, these can be walked around very easily, although looking into their deep, dark depths is always impressive. The crevasses soon give way to slightly steeper but open snow slopes that lead without difficulty to the high camp. Upon arrival at the High Camp, we are rewarded with excellent panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, and the Nuptse, Lhotse wall directly ahead. The setting sun casts an unbelievably magic light on these awesome mountains. We can also see most of the route to the summit. We get an early night in to prepare for tomorrow's summit bid.

We wake up early with hot cups of tea and start heading out into the cold on our way to the summit of Mera Peak. The going is relatively straight forward as we make our way up the Mera Glacier and set a slow, steady pace. The route is still non-technical as we climb slowly but surely higher into the ever-thinning air. From the high camp, the summit bid will be made early in the morning, and take around 4 to 6 hours to get to the summit. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on conditions. The summit is only a few meters away. Shortly ahead is that moment we have all been working so hard to achieve: the summit itself. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. The 360 panorama is perhaps one of the most impressive as well as incredible views of Baruntse (7129m), Haling (7319m), and NauLekh (6360m) with Makalu (8481m) looming behind. We are far enough back so that the smaller peaks do not obscure the views, but at the same time are deep in the heart of this fantastic mountainous vista. We spend some time taking it all in before we finally descend ​down to ​Kongma Diingma​.


After a successful expedition to Mera Peak, we walk today through the remote valley of the upper yak pastures of this. Throughout the route, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan valley. It is almost a shock to realize that the two majestic mountains we are heading straight towards are none other than Everest and Lhotse. 

Seto Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha ​ south ​Base Camp  (5650m) - 5 to 6 hrs 
Trek through the remote parts of high altitude Himalayas to reach Amphu Laptsa​ South base camp. This route is off the beaten trail, rarely we meet some other trekkers even in high touristic season. We steeply ascend just beyond 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. 

Departure early in the morning to go up the slopes of Amphu Labtcha. We will install fixed ropes to cross the steepest passages of the small glacier. Crossing the Khumbu slope, facing the ocean vertically to the south face of the Lhotse, fixed ropes are installed, at about 300 m, for the descent on the Khumbu slope, with a 35 m passage requiring an abseil or an upper rope descent. Your guide will of course be there to assist you technically. Then, we descend to the small village of Chukkung following the different moraines, dominated by Island Peak and Lhotse.
 

Departing early morning accenting the slopes of Amphu Labacha. We will install some fixed ropes to cross the steepest passages on the small glacier. Crossing Khumbu slope, facing the ocean vertical of the south face of Lhotse fixed ropes are installed, about 300 m, for the descent on the Khumbu slope, with a passage of 35 m requiring abseiling or top rope descent. Your guide will of course be there to assist you technically. Then, we descend to the small village of Chukkung following the various Moraines, dominated by Island Peak and Lhotse.​ 

 Today we will spend a day preparing for the summit at Island Peak, hiking around Imja Glacier, and descending to Lake Imja. In comparison to Mera Peak, you will find the top of the island easier to reach.
 

The most anticipated day starts early around 4 a.m. after breakfast. We head to our summit with a slow climb in the snow and a few crevasses until we come to the right of the glacial ravine. Then with a steep climb that leads to the exposed traverse, the last ascent along the steep section using a fixed rope and crampons will take you to your destination. Once at the top, you can enjoy the majestic view of the surrounding mountains, including Amadablam, Lhotse, and Makalu. We will then return to Peak Island base camp and head to Chukkung the same day.

 

Heading down the valley, to reach Chukung, then Dingboche, at the confluence of the valley leading to Everest Base Camp we will spend a night in a lodge in Pangboche.

Going down the valley to reach Chukung, then Dingboche, at the confluence of the valley leading to Everest base camp, we will spend one night in a lodge in Pangboche.
 

we descend the entire Khumbu valley, via Pangboche, then Namche Bazar, crossing waves of tourists from all over the world! After so many days spent at altitude, it will be pleasant to discover these Sherpa villages, steeped in history and culture. Overnight in a lodge in Namche Bazar.

 

Descend the valley of Dudh Khosi and also go up by the same path. We go from Phakding, then to Lukla to finish our trek.

 

We take a short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu airport and transfer you to the respected lodge in Kathmandu.

 

We have allocated an extra day as a spare day or contingency day, set aside in case of problems with the weather or acclimatization. This extra day definitely gives some flexibility and use for a second summit attempt. This is also a buffer day in case of any other delays experienced along the way such as the Lukla flight. If everything has gone smoothly and you succeed to climb on the summit day, this day is used to covering for the next day’s trek. If this day is not to utilize, as a contingency day, then it will use as a free day in Kathmandu.

 

Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It’s been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you’ve had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matter through our website. We would be very grateful if you could please write feedback or a review on the website at  Soul Himalaya treks online

excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee,
  • International air tickets, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation costs
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (also in the case of early returns or late departures than scheduled program
    Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver