• Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Overview

Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Difficult
  •    Destination: Everest
  •    Activities: Peak Climbing
  •    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Lodges, teahouse and tented camps on the trekking trails
  •    Maximum altitude: 6476m
  •    Best Season: Autumn(Sep-Nov) and Spring(March-May))

Trip Higlights

Trek difficulty: Challenging
Starting Point: Lukla
Ending Point: Lukla
Route: Kathmandu-Lukla-Payon-Pangoma-Nashing Dingma-Chalem Kharka-Chunbu Kharka-Kothe-Thangnak-Khare-Mera Base Camp-Mera High Camp-Mera Peak-Amphu Laptsa Pass-Chhukung-Island Base Camp-Island Peak-Chhukung-Dingboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazaar-Lukla-Kathmandu
Maximum Elevation: 6476meters
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Teahouse, lodges and Tented Camps on the trails
Best Time to trek: Autumn and Spring

Trip Information

Mera and Island Peak Climbing lets you vanquish the summit of two beautiful 6000meters climbing peaks of Nepal. Upon conquering Mera Peak and Island Peak, you will reach cloud nine. No matter how experienced you are or how inexperienced you are, Mera and Island peak climb is approachable for every climbing enthusiast. Further, if you are someone planning of doing the Mt Everest Climb, these climbing peaks provide you with the best practice.

Where the remote and rustic trails broaden your cultural exploration, the scree, glacial moraines and the snowy steps of both of these climbing peaks give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction. No doubt the Mera and Island peaks are enough to fill up your adrenaline rush. But what makes your journey more adventurous is the challenging pass of Amphu Laptsa.

Entering the Makalu Barun National Park and leaving the Sagarmatha National Park, you can observe the varieties of flora and fauna during this strenuous Mera and Island Peak Climb. The views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Amphu, Baruntse, Imja, Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and many other peaks greet you throughout the journey. Besides the natural wonders, the traditional settlements of the Khumbu, Imja, and Hinku valley give you insight into the lifestyle and culture of brave Sherpa people.

Considered the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak(6476m) alone is approachable for novice trekkers also. However, for this combined Mera and Island Peak climb, it is recommended to have prior trekking and training experience.

Selecting the long trekking route for Mera and Island Peak Climb, we will try our best to prevent you from altitude sickness. If you are willing to do this combined Island and Mera Peak Climbing, then let us know. With our customized climbing itinerary, you can gain the experience for a lifetime. 

Route for Mera and Island Peak Climb

Access to the Mera and Island Peak

Both the climbing peaks of Mera and Island are approachable from Lukla. Therefore most of the daring climbers opt for the scenic flight from Kathmandu to reach Lukla. Besides the scenic Lukla flight, there are other possible ways to reach Lukla. One is taking the bus/jeep drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and then around 5 days of trek to Lukla. The other one is the Kathmandu to Phaplu flight. From Phaplu following the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route, you can reach Lukla.

Route variations from Lukla to Mera and Island Peak

After you arrive at Lukla, there is the various route that takes you up to the Mera and Island Peak. Some tend to climb the nontechnical Mera Peak first puts the Island Peak climb the next. However, there are other climbers, who prefer to conquer the Island Peak first and head to Mera Peak the next.

To conquer the Mera Peak you have to divert your way from Lukla towards the Chutanga. Continuing the trek from Chutanga you have to head towards Thuli Kharka, Khote, Thangnak, and Khare. Crossing of the Zatra La Pass is quite strenuous.

For a more relaxing trek, join the trail towards Payon from Lukla. Traversing through the Pangoma, Nashing Dingma, Chalem Kharka, Chulum Kharka, Kothe, and Thangnak you can make your way up to Khare.

No matter which route you follow, both the routes coincide at Khare. In our Mera and Island Peak Climbing Itinerary, we have included the long trek which heads towards Payon.

Upon reaching Khare you then walk along the steep trails towards the Mera Base Camp. After taking proper training at the Mera Base Camp, there comes the Mera High Camp on your way before reaching Mera Peak. Though the trek is considered non-technical you still might require the fixed ropes and crampons during the final ascent to the Peak.

After conquering the Peak, descending towards the Khare you can cross the Amphu Laptsa Pass to make the further climb towards the Island Peak. Island Peak climb via Amphu Laptsa Pass quenches your adrenaline rush. Using the crampons, ice axes, and fixed rope you can climb the 45-degree steep final ascent to the Island Peak. Retracing the route back from Island Peak, you will join the Everest Base Camp trekking trail from Dingboche, to reach Lukla. Return to Kathmandu by taking the thrilling Lukla flight.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Trek Preparation Day

Day 3: Fly to Lukla airport(2860m) from Kathmandu and trek to Payon

Day 4: Payon to Pangoma(2847m) trekking

Day 5: Trek from Pangoma to Nashing Dingma(2600m)

Day 6: Head to Chalem Kharka (3600m) from Nashing Dingma

Day 7: Chalem Kharka to Chunbu Kharka(4205m) trek

Day 8: From Chunbu Kharka, trek to Kothe(3700m)

Day 9: Kothe to Thangnak(4365m) trek

Day 10: Thangnak to Khare(4900m) trek

Day 11: Exploration/Acclimatization day at Khare

Day 12: Trek from Khare to Mera Base Camp(5350m)

Day 13: Ascend from Mera Base Camp to Mera High Camp(5800m)

Day 14: Conquer Mera Peak(6476m) and descend to Kongma Dingma(4845m) at Honku Valley

Day 15: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari(5400m)

Day 16: Trek from Seto Pokhari to Chhukung(4735m) via Amphu Labtsa Pass(5845m)

Day 17: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp(5100m)

Day 18: Acclimatization day

Day 19: Summit Island Peak(6189m)

Day 20: Chhukung to Tengboche(3865m)

Day 21: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar(3445m)

Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 23: Take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu(1350m)

Day 24: Transfer to the Tribhuwan International Airport

Best Season for the Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Unforeseeable weather on the higher altitudes of Mera and Island Peak makes it quite difficult to climb these Peaks all year around. Thus if you ask which is the best season for the Mera and Island Peak Climb? The answer is always Spring and Autumn.

The moderate temperature and stable weather lessen several challenges that you might not avoid during the offseason climb. The crystal clear skies and magnificent snow-capped mountain views during the Autumn and Spring season lures every climber on the trekking trail. To prevent yourself from the cold and occasional rain, make sure to bring warm clothes and rain gears.

A Himalayan region trek during the Spring takes you through the trails adorned with vibrant rhododendrons and other wildflowers. Besides the mountain vistas, the views of the blooming wildflowers add more pleasure to your challenging Mera and Island Peak Climb journey.

How difficult is the Mera and Island Peak Climb?

Mera Peak climbing is the highest climbing peak in Nepal and demands no technical training. However, saying this doesn't mean that the trek is easy. Yes in comparison to the technical Island Peak Climbing, the Mera Peak climb is less daunting. But, remember a final section of both of these climbing peaks requires huge stamina and courage. The use of ropes and crampons are common in these sections.

Walking over the scree, glaciers, and narrow and steep snowy trails challenges your endurance. Besides, the risk of getting caught by altitude sickness is high as you approach more towards the summit. Therefore, taking proper acclimatization is highly recommended. Further don't forget to rehydrate your body from time to time. Avoidance of smoking and alcohol drinking is great while climbing the high altitude regions of Mera peak and Island peak.

As the temperature and weather are also quite unpredictable and risks of high winds and blizzards are always there. So choosing the best trekking season you can avoid such risks to some extent.

Apart from all the above, your packing matters a lot in making your climb more interesting or daunting. So make sure to pack all the essential gears and clothing before the trek. To overcome most of the challenges on the way, it is always recommended to take a guide and porter during this strenuous Mera and Island Peak Climb. Walking 8 hours daily on the steep and uneven trails for weeks with a heavy backpack seems quite impossible. Therefore, if you are thinking of doing the solo trek, you better remove this thought from the mind.

Experience required for Mera and Island Peak Climbing

The first and foremost thing that you need to have for this trip is a good fitness level and mental stability. As long as you have a strong health condition and mental preparedness, nothing can stop you from accomplishing the Mera and Island Peak Climbing.

Being a beginner climbing Peak, little or no previous trekking or mountaineering skills is required for the Mera Peak Climbing. However, the Island Peak Climbing is quite technical. Therefore, previous high altitude trekking experience is highly recommended before joining this Mera and Island Peak Climb. Having the previous trekking experience over the elevation of around 5000m helps you build a certain level of confidence within yourself. With that confidence, you can complete the entire climb more fascinatingly.

To conquer the Island and Mera peak climb you should be able to trek for around 7hours per day through the trek. Further, the trek is not always on the easy trails. Most of the time you have to walk on the rocky and moraine glacier trails. Snowy steps and scree make the climb tougher.

Not having mountaineering skills might disappoint you a lot during the trek. But, to eliminate your stress and disappointments, the guides are there to train you before the actual climb.

With a good fitness level and proper acclimatization schedule, you can deal every challenge that comes up on your way.

Recommended Training for the Island and Mera Peak Climbing

Before joining the Mera and Island Peak Climbing, get some practical knowledge on how to use basic mountaineering equipment like crampons, harnesses, ropes, and so on. The use of this climbing equipment makes your final ascent on the Mera and Island peaks a bit comfortable. Besides the final ascent on the Peaks, these equipment are highly useful during the crossing of Amphu Laptsa Pass.

Starting the stamina and endurance building physical training at least a month or two before climbing is highly recommended.

Making your body more flexible cardiovascular exercises like Swimming, Jogging, Hiking, Cycling helps you endure muscle strain. Further, the daily practise of these exercises increases the oxygen level allowing you to cope with the high altitude sickness during the climb.

A month before the expedition, make sure to join the gym daily and eat the proper diet. Prior to heading towards the journey, do your whole body checkup. If there is any problem with your body, make sure to inform us.

Apart from all the above-mentioned things, mental preparedness is necessary for the successful Island and Mera Peak Climbing in Nepal.

Accommodation and food on the trail

Expectation of the lavish hotels and lodges on the trekking trail of Mera and Island Peak gives you nothing more than disappointment. If you start the trek from Lukla to Island Peak following the Everest Base Camp trekking trail, then in the initial trekking days you can enjoy the luxurious stay in Lukla and Namche.

However, we will be starting the trek from Lukla by heading towards the rustic villages of Payon, Pangoma, and so on. Thus be ready to stay on the community-run teahouses and lodges. Though the service they provide is very basic, their elegant smile and benevolent nature lift your mood during your stay.

Undoubtedly most of the dining hall on these teahouses are spacious when compared to the bedrooms. The bedroom they provide consists of basic amenities like twin beds, a mattress, blanket, bed sheets, and pillow. Rather than the western toilets, you will find the squat toilets in these teahouses. It will be better if you bring your toiletries during the trek. To use the hot shower, wifi and charging facility be ready to pay an extra cost.

Sleeping under the tented cam should not anymore be your problem if you are on the way to Mera and Island Peak Climbing. On the High Camp and Base Camp, you have to spend the night under camps. Further, trekking on the Himalayan trail, there might come several occasions when you have to spend the night under these camps.

Till you are on the Mera Peak trekking trails, don't expect vast varieties of food. However, as you enter the Khumbu region, the teahouses, hotels, and lodges offer you a variety of luscious western and traditional cuisines. No matter what variety they offer, during lunch and dinner, you better order the Nepali Traditional Dal Bhat.

Whenever you feel cold, try the Nepalese tea available in most of the teahouse and lodges in both higher and lower altitude regions.

Equipment required for Mera and Island Peak Climbing

Normally your trekking guide carries all climbing gears like crampons, ice axes, harness and ropes and so on. Other essential equipment that you need to carry during the Mera and Island Peak Climbing is listed below.

  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lipbalm
  • Scarf
  • Woollen Hat
  • Sunhat
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Warm trousers
  • Hiking shorts
  • Quick Drying underwears
  • Tshirts and shirts
  • Comfortable climbing boots
  • Sports shoes
  • Warm and normal socks
  • Warm and normal gloves
  • Toiletries
  • First Aid kit
  • Important Documents like Entry Permits
  • Electronic gadgets like camera, spare batteries, charger, earplug and so on

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, our team member will pick you up and transfer you to the designated hotel room in the Valley. He/She will help you with all the check-in procedures. After some rest and refreshment at the hotel room, you can enjoy your evening time by strolling around the exuberant streets of Thamel. During the stroll, you can explore the hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars, ATMs, gear shops and many others.

Before the dinner, your team leader will give you a brief description of the trek. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Trek Preparation and Sightseeing day

It is your second day in Nepal. Before the sightseeing tour around the UNESCO world heritage sites of Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square you will be provided with all the required documents and information. Before sleep, make sure to complete the packing of necessary clothing and equipment. Our guides will give the idea of what to pack for the Mera and Island Peak Climbing. Normally, the climbing equipment like ice axes, ascender, descender are carried out by your guides.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla airport(2860m) from Kathmandu and trek to Payon

Taking the 40 minutes early morning scenic flight we will land at the Lukla airport. Our climbing team members will join us at the Lukla. After the formal introduction with them, we will take lunch at Lukla. Thereafter, passing through the trails of lush forests and stunning mountain villages of Surkey, Pakhapani and many others we will stop at Payon for the overnight stay.

Day 4: Payon to Pangoma(2847m) trekking

Leaving Payon behind, we will make a steep ascent to Khari La Pass. Relishing the captivating views of Dudh Koshi river valley and Dudh Kunda Himal we will reach the beautiful farming village of Pangoma. Within a walk of around of 6hours, we will complete our day's walk from Payon to Pangoma.

Day 5: Trek from Pangoma to Nashing Dingma(2600m)

Commencing the trek through the vibrant rhododendron and bamboo forest, we will follow the trail to Pangoma La. With an astounding view of Mera Peak, Pangoma La is a fascinating place to stop for a while during the trek. So, we too rest for a while at this spectacular place.

After admiring the beautiful Naulekh Peak and Mera Peak view from this viewpoint we will further descend through the pine forest. This descends enforces us to cross the Hinku River before reaching Nashing Dingma.

Day 6: Head to Chalem Kharka(3600m) from Nashing Dingma

After the early morning breakfast, we will follow the downhill trail towards the Ningshow Khola. Upon reaching the Ningshow Khola we will cross the Khola to reach Ningshow Village. As Ningshow village is not our final destination, we will continue our trek towards the vertiginous trail of Surkey la. Further ascending from the Surkey La, we will reach Chalem Karka for the overnight stay.

Day 7: Chalem Kharka to Chunbu Kharka(4205m) trek

We will ascend gradually towards the rocky and barren landscape. After trekking on the rocky trails for a while, we will further ascend via the rocky staircases before trekking down to the serene Chunbu Kharka. On the way, you will get delighted by the views of stunning mountains and pristine lakes. After around 6 hours of walk, we will relax for a night at Chunbu Kharka.

Day 8: From Chunbu Kharka, trek to Kothe(3700m)

Starting the day with uphill hiking we will reach the Panch Pokhari viewpoint. Leaving the hilly areas behind we will descend towards the Hinku Valley. Following the forested trail, we will cross the tiny wooden bridge to reach Kothe.

Day 9: Kothe to Thangnak(4365m) trek

Today we will follow the trekking trail along the riverbank of Hinku to reach Thangnak. Strolling around the Lung Sumgba Monastery we will observe the stone cravings of the Mera peak Trek route and Mera Peak itself. Lung Sumgba is a beautiful Buddhist monastery at Gondishung.

Besides the monastery and other natural grandeurs, the herds of yaks and the yak herders add up some kind of excitement to your Himalayan journey. As per your wish and desire, we will make it possible to spend your night both at the lodge room and the tented camp.

Day 10: Thangnak to Khare(4900m) trek

Trekking on the great Himalayan Hinku valley we will witness stunning lakes and glaciers on the trail to Khare. As we pass the Dig Kharka, the moraines of Hinku Nup and Shar Glacier are there to challenge you. Joining the steep ascent from this daunting moraine walk, we will reach Khare. From Khare, the view of Mera Peak seems astonishingly beautiful.

Day 11: Exploration/Acclimatization day at Khare

To cope up with the changing altitudes, we will separate this spare day at Khare. Climbing guides will give you the technical training. They will make sure to give you the proper practical knowledge which requires for the Mera Peak Climbing. They will teach you to abseil or rappel. Gaining all the practical knowledge from our licensed guides, you will find peak climbing more interesting.

Day 12: Trek from Khare to Mera Base Camp(5350m)

Steeping upwards towards the Mera La Pass, we climb the steep moraine path up to the Mera Glacier. After crossing the Mera La, make a downhill trek towards the Hongu to set up the tented camp for an overnight stay.

Day 13: Ascend from Mera Base Camp to Mera High Camp(5800m)

Our today's destination is Mera High Camp. To reach there, we will wake up early to climb the moderate-grade snowy trails. Proceeding the climb from these snowy trails, we will pass several crevasses on the way before reaching Mera High Camp. Though the overall trek today is quite tough and strenuous, the views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Makalu pay off all your hardship. As we reach the High Camp, we will set up the camp at the designated location to land our tired body.

Day 14: Conquer Mera Peak(6746m) and descend to Kongma Dingma(4845m) at Hinku Valley

After checking the weather of the higher altitudes we will start our climb to Mera Peak at around 1:30 am. The reason for this early climb is to prevent ourselves from the possible winds. Furthermore, if we start climbing late, the snow might start melting, bringing more challenges to your climbing.

Maintaining the slow pace we will climb the steep terrains. Avoiding the crevasses on the way, we will climb the snowfields. Depending upon the season you are trekking you may require different climbing gears and equipment. Though the Mera Peak Climbing is non-technical, in the last section you have to use the ropes and jumar for the successful climb. The rewarding Himalayan treasure from the Mera summit never fails to bring out a big smile on your face.

With a beatific smile on the face, we will again descend towards the Kongma Dingma at Hinku Valley.

Day 15: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari(5400m)

On this day we will step into the rustic valleys. The walk greets us with the alluring views of Mera Peak, Amphu Laptsa, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and many others. Moreover, trekking along the Yak Pastures on the way, Shepherd's hut drags most of our attention.

Enjoying the rejuvenating walk along the beautiful trail of Honku Valley we will terminate our day's trek at Seto Pokhari. Literally known as White Lake, Seto Pokhari consists of a series of Lakes in the upper Honku region.

Day 16: Trek from Seto Pokhari to Chhukung(4735m) via Amphu Labtsa Pass(5845m)

Embarking the trek from Seto Pokhari we will climb uphill towards the Amphu Laptsa Base Camp. Further trekking from the Base Camp to the Ambhu Laptsa Pass demands more stamina. Crossing the Amphu Laptsa Pass is not an easy task. However, with great stamina and confidence, we will cope all the challenges. Walking over the moraine glaciers and rocky trails we will stop at Chhukung.

Day 17: Chhukung to Island Base Camp(5100m)

The walk today is far easier than the previous day's walk. Following the trail to Island Base Camp from Chhukung, we will set up the camp at Island Base Camp for the night stay.

Day 18: Acclimatization day

To acclimatize with the changing temperature at the high altitude we will separate this acclimatization day. We will do the required training for summiting the Peak. Furthermore, a short hike to Imja glacier and Imja Tsho Lake adds a lot more fun to your journey.

Day 19: Summit Island Peak(6189m)

We will start climbing the peak at around 2:30 am. The climb is quite technical so we will carry the necessary hears and equipment for the climb. Climbing through the ice and rocky steps, the trail leads us to the ridgeline. Using the fixed rope and crampons we will make the final ascent along the steep section. Though the final section ascent is short, it requires huge courage to complete.

We all know that to achieve something great, never giving up attitude is most. Likewise, overcoming all the struggles, being at the top of Island peak gives you the next level of excitement and happiness. The rewarding views of Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding mountains take up all your tiredness.

Wandering around the peak for some time, we will then descend to the Chhukung village. Spend the night at Chhukung.

Day 20: Chhukung to Tengboche(3865m)

The trail today coincides with the popular Everest Base Camp trek.

Trekking along the Chhukung glacier towards Dudh Koshi Valley, we will descend to Dingboche. Joining the EBC trekking trail from Dingboche. we will trek to Pangboche crossing the Imja Khola. With various other attractions, the oldest Pangboche Monastery drags the attention of many climbers.

Further descending from Pangboche we will reach Tengboche. With the Ama Dablam on the backdrop, the biggest Tengboche Monastery is also the major attraction of the Mera Peak and Island Peak Climb. Strolling around the beautiful Tengboche Monastery, observe the exotic Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition.

Day 21: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar(3445m)

Following the forested trail, we will descend along the Dudh Koshi River towards the trade hub of the Everest region, Namche Bazaar. The spectacular mountain vistas and the lively ambience of the Namche Bazaar make our trek more reminiscing.

Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Trekking amidst the pine and rhododendron forest we will drop down towards the gate of Sagarmatha National Park in Jorsale. Passing several settlements and crossing the Bhote Koshi Village we will reach Lukla. Cherishing the memories of the Island and Mera peak climbing, we will officially end our trek at Lukla. Enjoy this day to the fullest.

Day 23: Take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

After the early morning breakfast, we will take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon reaching Kathmandu Valley, you can stroll around the busy streets of the valley. Whatever you have missed during the trekking days, you can eat all the dishes here at the Kathmandu valley. You can also enrol in souvenir shopping.

Day 24: Transfer to the Tribhuwan International Airport

With the best memories, you will leave Nepal this day. Our team member will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport. Catching the scheduled flight you will make your return to your designated destination.

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