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Climb Mera Peak and Island Peak in one go. Make the best use of your trip to Nepal by climbing two peaks at once. While Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks. The crossing of the dangerous Amphu Laptsa Pass covered with ice shelves and seracs increases the thrill factor. This climbing adventure which lasts for 24 days will challenge you to the fullest.

You walk through high valleys, rhododendron forests, and Sherpa villages. As you reach above the tree line the oxygen level decreases. You walk on elevations rising to 5000 meters and cross high mountain passes, lakes, and glaciers.

Walking across snow and ice you navigate ice falls and crevasses to reach the summits of Mera and island peaks. The summit push is grueling and lasts for about 8 to 12 hours. The extreme cold and thin air will make your ascent to the top doubly challenging. But the experience of standing atop the summits, close to the highest mountains on earth including Mount Everest is unbeatable.

You trek across the Kumbhu Region and cross the river valleys of Dudh Koshi, Hinku, Hongu, and Imja to get to the mountains. While the Dudh Koshi valley is dotted with charming traditional Sherpa villages the Hinku and the Hongu Valleys are filled with yak pastures, summer camps of yak herders, glaciers, and mountain lakes. You walk past the Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park which are home to an amazing mountain ecosystem. This is the ultimate trekking and climbing adventure that will surely occupy the top spot in your list of most daring journeys.

Trip Highlights

  • Climb two peaks above 6000 meters in 24 days - Mera Peak (the highest trekking peak) and Island Peak
  • Hike across glaciers and the Amphu Laptsa Pass, one of the most challenging mountains passes in the world
  • Walk past dramatic river valleys– Dudh Koshi, Hinku, Hongu, Chukkung, and Imja valleys
  • Visit two national parks - Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park
  • Captivating views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse and many more peaks
  • The ideal climbing adventure to prepare yourself for an 8000-meter ascent
  • Support of an excellent Sherpa local crew. Climbing guides with more than 20 years of climbing experience.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) and Transfer to hotel
Day 2 Trip preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3 Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (2,730m/8,956ft)
Day 4 Trek to Panggom (2,846/9,337ft) 6-7 hours trek
Day 5 Trek to Ramailo Danda (3,276m/10,748ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 6 Trek to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft) 4-5 hours trek
Day 7 Trek to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft) 6-7 hours trek
Day 8 Trek to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft) 3-4 hours trek
Day 9 Trek to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft) 2-3 hours
Day 10 Acclimatization Day in Khare and Pre-Climb Training
Day 11 Trek to Mera High Camp (5,780m/18,958ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 12 Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,1907ft) and trek to Kongma Dingma (4850m/ 15,912ft)
Day 13 Contingency Day for the summit
Day 14 Rest Day at Kongma Dingma (4850m/ 15,912ft)
Day 15 Trek to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16,520ft)
Day 16 Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp South (5,650m/18,538ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 17 Cross Amphu Lapcha (5,845m/19,177 ft) and trek to Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m/17,061ft 9 hours trek
Day 18 Rest day at Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft)
Day 19 Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,306ft) and trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,519ft)
Day 20 Contingency day for summit
Day 21 Trek to Namche (3,438m/11,280ft) 7-8 hours trek
Day 22 Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,187ft) 6-7 hours trek
Day 23 Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)
Day 24 Final Departure from Kathmandu


Trip Overview

Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing is an elite climbing adventure that takes you to the summit of two of Nepal's most popular trekking peaks. It is a challenging high-altitude journey that takes you across the dramatic river valleys in the Khumbu Region. Walk across thick jungles, picturesque Sherpa villages, rhododendron forests, and high suspension bridges. Traverse high mountain passes, glaciers, and stunning mountain lakes. To reach the twin summits, you navigate dangerous crevasses and climb steep ice walls. Enjoy close up views of 8000 and 7000-meter peaks.

You begin your journey from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla, the 'Gateway to Everest.' You walk across the wild and uninhabited Hinku valley to Mera Peak Base Camp. This part of the trail lies off-the-beaten-path and trekkers rarely visit this area. Enjoy walking in solitude while taking in the pristine views of the forest and snow-covered peaks.  You spend a night camping at Mera High Camp before making the final summit push to Mera Peak. The summit of Mera Peak is the highest point of your trip.

After your summit, you push ahead and cross the Hongu Valley. En route is the challenging and difficult crossing of Amphu Laptsa pass. This is one of the most dangerous mountain passes in the Himalayas. Technical climbing skills are required to cross this pass. Using fixed ropes, jumar and harness you climb up the ice shelves and cross the ridge. The steep descent over a rocky slope is challenging even for seasoned climbers.

Walking across the Imja Glacier, you reach the Island Peak Base Camp. Island Peak, which is locally known as Imja Tse, was named by Eric Shipton as it looks like a frozen island rising above the Imja Valley. From the base camp, we attempt to reach the summit of Island Peak via a straightforward route. There are crevasses en route where we use ladders to get across. The last section of the climb involves using a fixed rope to climb up an ice wall to reach the summit. Surrounded by the giants of the Himalayas, it feels awesome to stand on the top. It is a grueling but satisfying descent to Chukkung.

You return to Lukla via the Dudh Koshi valley. The stops at the Sherpa villages of Pangboche, Namche, and Lukla will give you an insight into the Sherpa lifestyle and culture. During your journey, you will be staying at teahouses and tented camps. While camping the local crew will prepare nutritious and healthy meals for you.

The best seasons for Mera and Island Peak Climbing - 24 days are spring and autumn. The weather remains stable and clear most of the time during these seasons which makes climbing easy. It is also possible to take this trip during early winter if you are not very concerned about the extreme cold.

This is a challenging adventure which people with experience of high altitude trekking and hiking can do. A high degree of physical fitness and endurance level is a must. The previous climbing experience though not required, will be helpful. Novice climbers will be taught basic climbing skills at the pre-climb training camp. An experienced climbing and trekking crew led by a Sherpa climbing guide with more than two decades of experience will help you achieve your goal. Safety procedures will be strictly followed. All permits are included in the package.

Route Map

Mera Peak And Island Peak Climbing - 24 Days Route Map Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) and Transfer to hotel

Kathmandu Arrival  and Welcome Arrival and Welcome in Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Check-in and take a rest.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Trip preparation in Kathmandu

You will meet your guide today and he will brief you on your upcoming climb. He will share some important tips and inform you about the condition of the route. There will be a final gear and equipment check after the briefing.

As Ason, Kathmandu's oldest market lie close to Thamel you can take a stroll down the bazaar and take photographs.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Paiya (2,730m/8,956ft)

Flight Duration: 35 minutes, Walking Distance: 5-6 hours
Lukla Airport Lukla Airport

If you are lucky you will get a seat on the first flight to Lukla which flies directly from Kathmandu. If not, then you will be driven to Rammechhap Airport from where you board your plane. It is a thrilling experience to fly to Lukla, set amid high mountains and cliffs. Once you reach Lukla, you will meet the rest of the crew and head to Paiya. Take the trail to the south and head down to Surkey Village. From the village, the trail goes upwards to Chutok La. A short descent from the pass brings you to Paiya, a small settlement, and the first overnight stop.

Overnight at a teahouse in Paiya. 

Day 4: Trek to Panggom (2,846/9,337ft) 6-7 hours trek

Walk past terraced fields, farms, and a lush forest. Cross the Paiya Khola, a small river, and climb up a mountain pass, Khari La. The trail follows an up and down route. Hike through thick rhododendron and bamboo forest and arrive at the picturesque Sherpa settlement of Panggom. Head to a teahouse and rest your tired legs.

Overnight at a teahouse in Panggom.

Day 5: Trek to Ramailo Danda (3,276m/10,748ft) 5-6 hours trek

Leave Panggom and make your way towards Ramailo Danda. It is an upward ascent through a pristine rhododendron forest to Pankongma La (3174m), a mountain pass. We cross the Dudh Koshi River Valley and walk into the Hingku Valley. En route, we savor breathtaking views of Numbur Himal, Kongde, and Manju Peak. We stop briefly at Ningsow for lunch. Afterward, trek up and down to Ramailo Danda. From here we get our first view of Mera Peak. 

Overnight at a teahouse in Ramailo Danda.

Day 6: Trek to Chhatra Khola (2,800m/9,186ft) 4-5 hours trek

There are no human settlements or villages en route and the trail is wild and challenging. The park is home to Snow leopard, Red panda, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, and many rare species of birds and plants. We stop at a quiet spot and have our packed lunch.  Climbing stone staircases and walking past rocky paths we finally arrive at Chhatra Khola, our stop for the night.

Overnight at a teahouse in Chhatra Khola.

Day 7: Trek to Kothe (3,691m/12,109ft) 6-7 hours trek

Kothe Village Kothe Village

Taking the northward trail we walk past a thick bamboo forest and walk towards the Hinku Khola. We enter the Makalu Barun National Park and walk through a pristine trail. The park's area stretches all the way to the Nepal-Tibet border. The Hinku Valley receives very few trekkers and chances are we may be the only group on the trail. A gradual up and down and after crossing a bridge before we finally arrive in Kothe.

Overnight at a teahouse in Kothe.

Day 8: Trek to Thaknak (4,358m/14,297ft) 3-4 hours trek

After Kothe, we reach the Upper Hinku valley where the treeline disappears. There are no villages en route only 'kharkas' the summer camps of yak herders dot the landscape. Walk past Gondishung and Lungsumgba Gompa, a two-centuries-old Buddhist shrine. Lying underneath an enormous boulder, the local crew pay homage to deities burning incense.

En-route enjoy amazing views of Charpati Himal, Mera Peak, Kusum Kanguru, and Thamserku. After walking for about an hour we reach Thaknak, a summer camp of yak herders. Charpati Himal lies close to the teahouse and we can see the whole mountain.

Overnight at a teahouse in Thaknak.

Day 9: Trek to Khare (5,045m/16,486ft) 2-3 hours

Today's walk involves an ascent to the Dig Glacier and the Charpati Tal, a mountain lake. With stunning views of the Kyeshar glacier, Mera Peak, and Charpati Himal we walk down to Dig Kharka. A tough crossing of the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers brings us to Khare. Khare lies at the bottom of Mera Peak and is also known as Mera Peak Base Camp. We climb Mera Peak from here.

Overnight at a teahouse in Khare.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day in Khare and Pre-Climb Training

Khare Village Khare Village

Today you will spend your time acclimatizing and practicing your climbing moves at the pre-climb training camp. Our Sherpa climbing guides will teach you how to properly use climbing equipment like jumar, carabiner, belay device, ice axe, harness, etc. They will teach you the basic and safe techniques to scale an incline using a rope and harness.

This training is valuable and helpful if you are a novice climber. A final gear and equipment check will be followed by final packing for the summit push.  Please keep in mind climbing boots of size 12 and greater are not readily available in Nepal. If your shoe size is 12 or 12 plus you need to bring it with you from your home country.

Overnight at a teahouse in Khare.

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

Mera High Camp Mera High Camp

Take the steep and rocky path to Mera La. The three summits of Mera Peak – Mera North(6476m), Mera Central(6461m), and Mera South(6065m) – gleam invitingly. We will be climbing the summit of Mera Central. Crossing the Mera glacier we reach Mera Peak high camp. It is an easy hike up a slope with no technical climbing involved.

On reaching Mera High Camp, the crew serves us hot drinks. Enjoy views of five of the fourteen highest peaks in the world- Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu(8485m), Cho Oyu(8188m), and Kanchenjunga (8586m). Chamlang (7319m), Gaurishanker (7134m), and Baruntse (7129m) also appear close. A single sleeping tent will be given to each climber. Food will be prepared by the local crew in a kitchen tent.

Overnight at a tented camp in Mera High Camp.

Day 12: Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,1907ft) and trek to Kongma Dingma (4850m/ 15,912ft)

Climbing and trekking duration: 10-12 hours
Mera Peak Summit Day Mera Peak Summit Day

At 2 AM we prepare for the final summit push. After breakfast, we head out and rope up. A man-rope will secure our group. Hike up the glacier in a single file. No technical climbing is required in this section. The thin air and cold are the only factors that make the ascent difficult. Above 5000 meters we struggle to breathe properly and taking a step forward takes a lot of effort.

The last 40-50 meters to the summit is the most challenging portion. It is a steep incline and fixed rope and jumars are used to climb to the summit. By 9 or 10 AM we reach the summit. Amazing views of Mount Everest (8848m), Makalu (8481m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse(8516m), and other peaks surround us.

After spending 5 or 10 minutes savoring the victory and taking pictures we head down via the same route. We reach Mera High Camp have some refreshment.  Later we hike down to make a quick descent to Khare. From Khare, we head east. Taking a downward trail we reach Kongma Dingma where we rest for the night.

Overnight at a tented camp in Kongma Dingma.

Day 13: Contingency Day for the summit

A buffer day in case our summit bid gets canceled due to bad weather or ill health. This extra day will also come in handy if our domestic flight gets delayed or any unforeseen emergency. If everything goes as planned, you can use this day to explore some more places on the trail or in Kathmandu. 

Day 14: Rest Day at Kongma Dingma (4850m/ 15,912ft)

An extra day to rewind, relax and recharge your energy for the crossing of Amphu Lapcha.

Overnight at a tented camp in Kongma Dingma.

Day 15: Trek to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16,520ft)

Leaving Kongma Dingma we walk past yak pastures and summer camps of yak herders. We proceed towards Seto Pokhari enjoying captivating views of Baruntse and Chamlang Himal.

Overnight at a tented camp in Seto Pokhari.

Day 16: Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp South (5,650m/18,538ft) 5-6 hours trek

Amphu Lapcha Base Camp Amphu Lapcha Base Camp

Climbing up a snowy moraine we reach the beautiful Seto Pokhari, a glacial lake. Head to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp enjoying views of Mount Everest and lakes along the Hongu basin. A walk past the Hongu Pokhari above the Hongu valley brings us finally to the Amphu Lapcha Base Camp.

Overnight at a tented Camp in Amphu Lapcha Base Camp.

Day 17: Cross Amphu Lapcha (5,845m/19,177 ft) and trek to Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m/17,061ft 9 hours trek

After leaving the base camp you make your way across a snowy trail to Amphu Lapcha Pass. You are in the dramatic Upper Hongu Valley which is one of the wildest areas in the Everest Region. Cold, Harsh, and challenging, no human settlements are found at this place.

After walking for about 4 to 5 hours you arrive at the pass. The pass looks stunning but daunting. Covered with ice shelves and serac cliffs, it is a steep incline and you use fixed rope, jumar, and ice axe to ascend the pass. This is one of the most difficult sections of your trip. The top is a narrow ridge filled with rocks. You get down using a fixed rope again. A walk through the Imja Glacier brings you to the Imja Tsho Lake in the Imja Valley. From here climb up a rocky moraine and head to Island peak Base Camp.

Overnight at a tented camp in Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 18: Rest day at Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft)

The crossing of the Amphu Lapcha pass is grueling and leaves you exhausted. Rest and get your energy back. There will be checking of gear and equipment before the summit push. Have an early night for the big day tomorrow.

Overnight at a tented camp in Base Camp.

Day 19: Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,306ft) and trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,519ft)

Climbing and trekking duration: 10-12 hours
Island Peak Island Peak Summit Day

After breakfast, we carry your pack and head out at 1 AM. Our daypack consists of snacks, camera, packed lunch, water, and any memento we want to leave at the summit.

After ascending a rocky path you reach High Camp. Continue on a slope for about 3 hours to reach Crampon Point, the place where we put on our crampons as the trail becomes icy and snowy. We move ahead on a frozen trail in a group. From 5700m onwards the group will be secured by a man-rope.  Walking on a narrow ridge brings us to the base of Imja Glacier. The sunrise over the Makalu, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Chamlang look stunning. As the slope is at an angle of 45 to 50 degrees the ascent is not that technical. The guides fix the ropes at the glacier.

As we near the summit Lhotse appears very close. Lhotse hides the summit of Everest, so Mount Everest is not visible from Island Peak. The climb up a vertical wall using fixed rope before reaching the summit is the toughest part. We ascend the anchor points and cross crevasses using ladders.

Holding on to the fixed rope and we walk along the ridgeline to the summit. The views are amazing. We have done it! At the summit, we take pictures and return via the same route. The descent is long and exhausting. We need to be extra careful as most of the accidents at Island Peak happen during descents. On reaching Base Camp we take rest and celebrate our victory. Later in the day, we hike down to Chukkung.

Overnight at a teahouse in Chukkung.

Day 20: Contingency day for summit

A buffer day in case you are not able to summit on the D-day due to bad weather or any other reason.

Day 21: Trek to Namche (3,438m/11,280ft) 7-8 hours trek

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - Gateway to the Everest region and sherpa capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal

Cross the Chukkung glacier and walk down to the Dudh Koshi River valley. Walk past Dingboche and descend to the Imja Khola(river). After crossing the river an upward trail brings you to the Sherpa village of Pangboche.

Leaving Pangboche you climb down a path filled with amazing alpine scenery and views of Ama Dablam. Cross the village of Debuche and arrive at the small settlement of Tengboche. Spend some time exploring the village and visit the magnificent Tengboche Monastery. This is the oldest and the most important monastery in the Khumbu Region. Later take the trail to Namche. After you arrive in Namche you can enjoy a hot shower and a good meal of your choice.

Overnight at a teahouse in Namche.

Day 22: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,187ft) 6-7 hours trek

Crossing the metal bridges covered with prayer flags and pine forests you descend to Lukla. Walk past the village of Monjo and the gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. An easy descent via the village of Phakding brings you once again to Lukla. Celebrations follow and you spend a joyous evening with the local crew celebrating your achievement.

Overnight at a teahouse in Lukla.

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

Flight Duration: 35 minutes
Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Lukla Ariprot - Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu

Bid goodbye to the mountains and fly to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, check-in at your hotel and take a rest. Evening or late afternoon you can explore Thamel by yourself and shop for souvenirs.

Day 24: Final Departure from Kathmandu

We will drop you at the international airport well on time (3 hours before departure) to catch your flight. If you wish to explore more of the Himalayas do get in touch with us. We will be more than happy to organize a trip for you.




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Beñat Garzon
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Mar 17, 2021
Mera Peak and Island Peak expedition together
A full success, all 3 targets were accomplished with team of best Sherpas and crew: 1) Climb on Mera Peak 2) Climb on Island Peak 3) Crossing of the Amphu Labtsa. Every time experience makes the difference. Chhewang sherpa, who led this expedition, has been in the area many times before and was able to make his decisions on an informed basis. He is a very friendly person and takes questions and issues of his customers seriously. It all began by the equipment check in KTM, where we were able to buy or rent stuff in case of need. The entire team is experienced and reliable, they have been co-operating for years. Our international group was excellent, physically quite fit and mentally strong. I plan to join other expeditions in the future the team of Third Rock Adventures. Thank you.
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Paul Ellner
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Apr 21, 2020
Summit trek of Mera Peak and Island Peak
Third Rock Adventures and team took care of all the details and they provided an outstanding guide, Chhewang Palden Sherpa. He took care of us, answered all our questions, and kept us safe. He was very important to us having a good time and being able to summit both Mera Peak and Island Peak. It's a difficult peak being combined in a single trek and high pass in between the mountain. Chhewang was encouraging and helpful every step. Finally we made it to the top of both mountain and extremely happy about it.
Samuel Jess
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Apr 19, 2020
Island Peak and Mera Peak
I've attempted Island Peak twice, both times with Third Rock Adventures. Although I didn't summit on either occasion, I had a great time each time, the trip was well organised with full Sherpa support and safety was always the primary consideration. The food was great, the scenery was amazing and I've met a number of life long friends through climbing. If you want to test yourself in the great outdoors, this company is a great operator. This time I selected both the peaks in a single trip and again the case is same, I could not make it happen to the top but collected some great memories for my life. Thank you team.
Mitchell Campbell
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Mar 09, 2020
Mera Peak and Island Peak expedition - Adventure of a lifetime
I recently completed the Mera Peak and Island Peak expedition together in a single trip. Suffice to say, Third Rock Adventures pulled out all the stops to make sure the climb was a success. The entire team of our expedition are ambassadors for their amazing country, and I will be making use of their services when I return next time for the Everest Expedition. I cant wait to see your friendly faces again, till next time - Namaste and thanks for the memories you gifted to me.
WeiDa Pang
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Feb 04, 2020
Mera Peak and Island Peak
Very well organized all the way to the summit and back. Had the special privilege to have been led by Everest summiteer Mr. Chhewang Palden Sherpa . What a mountain of a man, - chilled, relaxed, disguising steely focus when push came to shove. Equally blessed to have been in the safe, caring and strong hands of other Sherpa crews from the beginning of trip to the end. All group members of 11 guests summited i.e. 100% success which is rare on other expedition companies . Huge thanks to team.

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