Mera and Island Peaks Climbing

Mera and Island Peaks Climbing
Activity
Peak Climbing
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Challenging 
  • Max Altitude
    6476 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax. 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Teahouses 
  • Best Time
    April - June and Sept - Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $4,950USD
Group Booking Discount
No. of peoplePrice per person
2 Pax.4200.00
3 Pax.3900.00

Trip Overview

The classic Mera and Island Peak Climbing combines two high voltage adventures in Nepal; the Mera Peak (6476 m.) and Island Peak (6189 m.). The journey happens to be a ride full of experiences, adrenaline-pumping challenges, and sheer joy. The Mera Peak course, which was first ascended in 1953, happens to be the highest trekking peak in Nepal. The treks are not highly technical, but the Island Peak is a relatively more challenging ascend in the region of Khumbu. We transit through the adventurous Amphu Laptsa pass (5780 m.) while on this trek and trek further to Island Peak High Camp via Imja Valley. We cross many glaciers and remote regions until we reach the summit of the Island Peak.

Significant Highlights of the Trip

  • Experience the adventure high of reaching the summit of two famous peaks, Mera and Island, at an elevation of 6476 m. And 6189 m. respectively.
  • Grab the ultimate opportunity of catching the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the Khumbu Valley, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many others
  • View the brilliance of the Langtang region in the west and Kanchenjunga in the east from the Mera Peak climb
  • Traverse into the Amphu Laptsa La Pass (5845m).
  • Explore the local people’s culture, lifestyle, and warm hospitality as you spend time in the local teahouse and lodge.
  • Be a part of the fully supported challenging climb guided by a team of experts.
  • Explore the wilderness of Mera Peak and Island Peak as you ascend.
  • Enjoy diverse terrains, pleasant meadows, and mystic woods on your journey to climb the two peaks.

We start our tour from the capital of Kathmandu as we visit some of the important heritage sites of the valley and prepare briefly for our peak climb. However, our adventure starts with an adventure flight to Lukla as we trek to Chutok the next day. We travel further along Pangkong across Col Khari La. On our way, we pass through lovely meadows, woods, and Rhododendron and Pine forests, forming our view as we reach Kothe.

We acclimatize at Tangnang and move up to the side moraines of the glacier from where we head to the Mera Base Camp. As we reach the high camp, we are gifted with views of the massive mountains like Barutnse, Chamlang, Everest, Makalu, and many more. After viewing the range’s highlights, we climb to the summit of Mera Peak (6476 m.).

The Mera peak offers marvelous views from Kanchenjunga (east) to Langtang (west), whereas the Island Peak sitting at the heart of Khumbu, is dominated by the Lhotse in the north. Both the peaks offer exceptional views from the summit. On our way to Imja valley, we visit the holy site of the five lakes, Panch Pokhari, and witness the Hongu Glacier. One of our toughest escapes on this journey is the crossing edge line while climbing the summit of Island Peak. The road, particularly taking us to the glacier’s mouth, passes through a narrow line surpassing the gorges on a high ascending route.

Hence, if this sounds exciting to you and seems like a challenge you want to invest in, contact us now! We advise you to plan your expedition in the most favorable spring and autumn times. Since we are constantly moving at higher altitudes for a prolonged period, the chances of getting altitude sickness are higher. This is not the most challenging course in Nepal. However, the terrains are challenging, and we advise you to dedicate some time to personal training to get the best tour experience.

Rest assured, at Nepal Hiking Team, we will make sure that your trip is carried out in a smooth, secure way. Our travel experts and guides will always be at your service if you have any queries or confusion about the tour.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Free day/trekking and climbing preparation

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (2,730m/8,956ft), Duration: 30 mins flight, 5-6 hours trek

Day 04: Paiya to Panggom (2,846m/9,337ft), Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 05: Panggom to Ningsow (2,863m/9,393ft), Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 06: Ningsow to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft), Duration: 7-8 hours

Day 07: Chhatra Khola to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft), Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 08: Kothe to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft), Duration: 3-4 hours

Day 09: Thaknak to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft), Duration: 2-3 hours

Day 10: Khare- Acclimatization and pre–climb training

Day 11: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft), Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 12: Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,1907ft) and descend to Kongma Dingman (4850m) Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 13: Kongma Dingman to Seto Pokhari (5000m/16400 ft) Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 14: Seto Pokhara to Amphu Laptsa High Camp (5400m/17712 ft) Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 15: Cross Amphu Laptsa (5845m/19172 ft) and trek to Island peak base camp, 8-9 hours

Day 16: Rest day

Day 17: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 hours

Day 18: Spare summit day

Day 19: Chhukung to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 hours

Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 21: Reserve Day in Kathmandu

Day 22: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transport in private vehicles including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Tented Camp at Mera and Island Peak base camps.
  • Full board meals will be catered at the guesthouses from Lukla to Khare and Chhukung to Lukla. Then high food will be provided during the camping.
  • An Experienced climbing guide for the whole trip requires porters, including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, etc.
  • Airfare between Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu, including departure taxes.
  • Mera and Island peaks climbing permit fee
  • All require trekking permit fees
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar, etc.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • All kinds of cold drinks, including water during the trek.
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Trekking and climbing equipment
  • WiFi internet, phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Tom McKenna, Newcastle Australia

When I was looking to return to Nepal in November 2016 I looked no further than Nepal Hiking Team to organize our expedition/trip. This would be the 4th time I’d been to Nepal and the Himalaya and every time Nepal Hiking Team have done a wonderful job in organizing everything from start to finish. This time was no exception.

On this occasion myself and my daughter decided to undertake a very challenging expedition which included a summit attempt on Mera Peak followed by a crossing of the difficult Ampha Lapcha pass before a summit attempt on Island Peak. To ensure we had the best possible support NHT engaged Pasang Sherpa to be our climbing guide. We soon learnt that Pasang had summited Mt Everest 4 times along with other 8000m mountains and we knew that we would be well looked after. Again, we were not disappointed and were very well looked after.

The itinerary we had was well considered and had excellent provisions for acclimatization and contingency days. Overall the expedition was a success and I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team for any adventure in the Himalaya and we will certainly be using them again.

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.