Mera and Island Peak Climbing is a multi-peak climbing adventure in Nepal. This exclusive package lets you experience the summit of popular trekking peaks of Mera Peak (6461m) and Island Peak (6189m). The adrenaline-filled adventure remains in the bucket list of many avid mountaineers and peak climbing enthusiasts.
Mera Peak was first ascended by Col. Jimmy Roberts & Sen Tenzing on May 20, 1953. While Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, it is not technically demanding. Island Peak is a relatively demanding peak located in the beautiful Khumbu Valley region. The incredible peak appears as an island in a “sea of ice”. The British Expedition team ascended Island Peak in 1953 A.D.
The Mera and Island Peak climbing expedition starts after an adventurous mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trail passes through lush forests of rhododendron trees and charming village settlements. The magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt Makalu (8463m), Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m) and others will enchant you along the trail.
We follow the Mera Peak Climbing route to successfully summit Mera Peak. We then cross the challenging and adventurous Amphu Laptsa pass (5845m). Then we walk through several glaciers and remote valleys until we reach Island Peak Base Camp at 5087m. We summit Island Peak (6189m) and observe the breathtaking views of the entire Himalayan landscape.
The trail then coincides with the popular trail of Everest Base Camp Trek and we return to Lukla. Physical and mental fitness is essential at high altitudes peak climbing adventures. Hence, a proper training regime is essential before the start of this peak climbing adventure.
This incredible multi-peak climbing adventure is available at a reasonable cost. Read on to know more about Mera and Island Peak climbing adventure and other relevant information in detail. Book your trip now!
Mera and Island Peak climbing requires a favorable climate. Unpredictable weather along with heavy snowfall and harsh winds can derail the summit climb. The months of September to November and March to May are ideal for climbing Mera and Island Peak. If you are planning to climb in early March or late November, you should be well prepared for cold conditions.
The Autumn months from September to November provide stable weather conditions. You will get clear skies and unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains in this season. The moderate temperatures in the region are another highlight of the peak climb.
You also have a chance to go on a cultural exploration as many festivals fall in Autumn. Temperatures can drop below zero degrees, hence you should be fully prepared with warm gear and clothing.
The Spring months from September to November is another ideal time to climb Mera and Island Peak. The trail passes through scenic landscapes of the region including Rhododendron and other wildflowers covered hills. Trekking the beautiful region in favorable temperatures and scenic environments is a great experience.
Moreover, the offseason adventures in the winters are challenging due to freezing temperatures, and heavy snowfall. There are slippery and leech-infested trails in the rainy season. Hence, Autumn and Spring are ideal for climbing Mera and Island Peak in Nepal.
Mera Peak (6461 m) and Island Peak (6,189 m) are 6000m trekking peaks. While the Mera Peak is taller in comparison, it is also less challenging. It is more of a straightforward trek that turns into a steep climb in the final summit section.
The Island peak climbing includes some rope climbing and the use of crampons. The final section between the headwall and the summit ridge is steep and quite challenging. The headwall is 300m with slopes of 40 and 50 degrees. Hence, this section is quite challenging for beginners which increases the Island Peak Climbing Difficulty.
Altitude sickness is common in this high altitude peak climbing adventure. The oxygen levels and air pressure drop significantly so does the temperatures as you move to a high altitude region. Moreover, acclimatization and regular hydration is essential for the Mera and Island Peak Climbing to get accustomed to the conditions.
We follow the route which requires a trek of 7-8 hours a day. The trekking routes are off the beaten path once we walk through the rugged terrains with taxing high uphill climbs.
The unpredictable weather, harsh winds, and freezing temperatures make the peak climbing adventure quite challenging. Besides that, basic rock and ice climbing training are essential for peak climbing in Nepal. Hence, with proper packing and preparation, you can successfully complete Mera and Island Peak climbing adventure.
Peak climbing Nepal requires the use of basic mountaineering equipment like harness, crampons, fixed ropes, and others. A basic level of fitness is essential for peak climbing adventure.
Climbers can successfully summit the mountain with the help of these training regimes. These exercises will strengthen your endurance, help you gain stamina, and balance your mental stability. You should start these training exercises at least two to three months before the climbing expedition.
Cardiovascular exercises or aerobic activities like running, hiking, swimming, cycling, jogging, paddling, and hiking will help immensely during the trek. Besides that, the oxygen levels increase which helps to tackle altitude sickness along the trail. Climbers will gain flexibility, and help to tackle muscle strain and reduce injuries through these aerobic exercises.
High endurance, stamina, and strength are essential for any peak climbing adventure. Climbers must go through intense physical training that will help you gain these along with high fitness levels. You should train according to the itinerary and acclimatization days present. Climbers also gain muscles in the shoulder, arm, and back.
Along with the training regime, you should also eat a protein and carbohydrate-rich diet and drink lots of water. If you have a pulmonary related illness or take regular medications, you should consult your physician before starting on the peak climbing adventure.
Mental preparation is another important aspect of the peak climbing adventure. A positive attitude is of great help during trekking adventures. Climbers should take practice hikes of one day which helps you to get an overall idea of the peak climbing adventure.
Besides that, veteran trekkers and mountain climbers can also provide you proper information about the Mera and Island Peak climbing in Nepal. Hence, mental preparation will keep you motivated throughout the trekking and climbing adventure.
The Mera Peak and Island Peak climbing include an adventurous trekking adventure. You will stay in the community-run tea houses and lodges along the trail. These tea houses and lodges provide basic meals and accommodation facilities.
Moreover, the rooms include twin beds, a clean sheet, a pillow, a mattress, and a warm blanket. The toilets along the trail are generally of squat style and located outside. However, you should not forget to pack toiletries as they are not available in the high altitude teahouses. Hot water, Wi-Fi, electronic charging, and others are also available at the tea houses at an added cost.
The teahouses serve the typical Nepalese dish of “Dal Bhat” which includes rice, dal (pulses), lentils, spinach, pickles, Gundruk, and meat. It gets served twice a day for lunch and dinner. Besides that, you will also get Chinese and other international cuisines including momo, Chowmein, noodles, pasta, porridge, sandwich, burger, and others.
Tea, coffee, lemon tea, garlic soup, mint tea, rhododendron tea, and other hot beverages are also available. You can also carry protein bars, chocolate bars, granola bars, dry fruits, and others to munch during the trek. However, trekkers should avoid alcohol and other alcoholic beverages to protect themselves from altitude sickness.
The Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing cost depend upon the itinerary and the facilities along the trail. However, as per our Mera and Island Peak Climbing Itinerary, the standard cost starts from USD 3555 per person. It includes accommodation, transportation, and other facilities.
Peak climbing in the breathtaking Himalayan region is one of the best adventures in Nepal. The Mera and Island Peak summit provides you with the fantastic views of snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,855 m) and others.
Moreover, the dense forests and beautiful cultural settlements of the region will enchant you. The unique cultures, heritage, and traditions of the local people will make you fall in love with the place. Overall, the Mera and Island peak climbing is a great peak climbing adventure in Nepal.
30 min Drive
Our representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our staff will help you with the check-in procedure and brief you about the peak climbing adventure. You can either stroll around the city in the evening or visit our office for additional information about the trip. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner
Maximum altitude: 1345m
Drive duration: 30 min
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After having breakfast, we go on a sightseeing adventure around the Kathmandu valley. You will also visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites with a professional guide. The world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley include the durbar squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Changunarayan.
Swayambhunath located atop a hill is a great place to observe the scenic views of Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath, Changunarayan are significant Hindu pilgrimage sites whereas Boudhanath is a Buddhist religious site. The durbar squares of Kathmandu Valley provides you with complete insight about the Newar civilization, architecture, and lifestyle.
It is not possible to complete the tour of all the world heritage sites in a day. So we will go on a sightseeing tour of a few places. After returning to your hotel, you can also prepare necessary gears, equipment, and paper works required for Mera Peak and Island Peak Climbing. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Meals: BB Plan
45 minutes flight & 4-5 hrs Trek
After having breakfast early in the morning, we take an adventurous scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla is one of the smallest airstrips in the world. After arriving in Lukla, we head east, and as we pass along several hamlets and forests.
Our trek continues through rhododendron, pines, and oak trees. The trail then leads us to the hillside below Kalo Himal ridge (Black Mountain). We then trek further to arrive at the summer grazing grounds of Chhuthang. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Chhuthang.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Maximum altitude: 3020m
Flight duration: 45 minutes flight
Trek duration: 4-5 hrs
5-6 hrs Trek
After an early breakfast, we start our trek from Chhuthang in a gradual ascent. We then climb steeply and cross the Zatrawala Pass. We can observe magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains including Number Himal, Kongde Ri, Karyolang Peak, and others. We then continue on our trek with a downhill descent journey to Thuli Kharka. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Thuli Kharka.
Maximum altitude: 4600m
6-7 hrs Trek
After early morning breakfast, we start our trekking journey from Thuli Kharka following the trail that descends to Hinku River. After reaching the Hinku river, we climb through rhododendron forests to arrive at Kothe. Kothe is west of Hinku valley and remains known for its dense rhododendron forest. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Kothe.
Maximum altitude: 4182m
Trek duration: 6-7 hrs
4-5 hrs Trek
After having an early breakfast, we start our trek from Kothe, as we pass through the ridge of the Hinku River and trek towards Gondishung. Gondishung is a herders settlement from where our trail passes through 2000 yrs old Lungsumgba Gompa. We take an easy and short trek to reach Thangnak. We stay overnight at a teahouse in Thangnak.
Maximum altitude: 4326m
We leave Thangnak after having breakfast and follow the trail over the glacier to reach a Kharka. You can observe the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains from the Kharka.
The trail further ascends through moraines that lead us to the snout of Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers. We then climb steeply to reach Khare from where we can observe the magnificent view of Mera Peak Northern Face. We will spend the night at a teahouse in Khare.
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
Maximum altitude: 5000m
Trek duration: 5-6 hrs
3-4 hrs Trek
After breakfast early in the morning, we start our trek from Khare that ascends gradually towards Mera Glacier. The trail then descends steeply as we start to traverse along the glacier to arrive at Mera Peak Base Camp.
Our Sherpa crew will access the campsite and set up camps. We will make necessary preparations for the trek towards high camp from where we begin our final summit climb of Mera Peak. We will spend the night in Mera Base camp.
Maximum altitude: 5300m
We leave the Base Camp early and follow the snow-covered and slippery trail. We ascend the trail gradually to the top of the rock band and then head towards the High Camp. We arrive at the high camp where our Sherpa crew will set up the camp and prepare for the main Mera Peak summit climb. The magnificent views of snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others.
Maximum altitude: 5700m
9-10 hrs descend from Mera Peak
After having breakfast, we get equipped and properly pack all our gear and equipment. We start early and follow our climbing guides to reach the summit before midday. The trail then leads us to the glacier and then to an irregular ridge. We finally make our way to the Mera Peak summit.
The majestic views of the snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Chamlang, Nuptse, Baruntse, and others will enchant you. After spending some quality time at the summit we descend back to Kongma Dingma. We stay overnight at a teahouse in Kongma Dingma.
Maximum altitude: 6461m
5-6 hrs Trek
After breakfast, we start our trek from Kongma Dingma as trails head into the yak pasture grounds in the remote valley. Our trail provides us with the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains and high alpine valleys. The trek continues along the beautiful trail to reach Seto Pokhari. Seto Pokhari (White Lake) is the first of a series of lakes in the upper Honku Basin region. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Seto Pokhari.
Maximum altitude: 4825m
After having early morning breakfast, we continue our trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (South) leaving Seto Pokhari. We continue on the trail on one of the most remote parts of the Himalayas. Our trail then gradually ascends over the Honku valley and continues along the beautiful terrain. We will arrive at Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (South) after a trek of a few hours. We will stay overnight at a tented camp.
Maximum altitude: 5650m
6-7 hrs Trek
We start our trekking adventure early on a technically challenging trail towards an alpine pass – Amphu Lapcha La Pass at 5,845 meters. The snow and ice covered pass then head towards the top of the pass. We can observe the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains and alpine valleys. We then descend to the Amphu Lapcha North Base Camp where we stay overnight at a tented camp.
Maximum altitude: 5845m
5-6 hrs Trek
Accommodation: Tented Camp
We start our trek from Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (North) early in the morning as we will follow the trail that provides the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains and the glaciers. We will have our lunch after arriving at Chhukung.
After lunch, we trek along a trail that gradually takes us towards Island Peak Base Camp. We will set our camps at the Island Peak’s south ridge below the giant wall of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Maximum altitude: 5087m
9-10 hrs trek descend back to base camp
We will start our trek fully equipped and acclimatized to reach the summit of the Island Peak before noon. The harsh winds in the afternoon can create obstacles and derail the summit climb. Our Sherpa climbers will help you to cross several technical sections towards the summit.
Climbers can observe the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains including Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse Middle Peak, Baruntse, and others. After spending some quality time at the top of Island Peak, the trail then descends back to Base Camp. we will stay overnight at a tented camp in the base campsite.
Maximum altitude: 6189m
Trek duration: 9-10 hrs descend back to base camp
We will then walk on the same rocky trail and pass through Chhukung to reach Dingboche. The trail is comfortable on a descending path. We will pass through scenic landscapes of the region and spend the night at a teahouse in Dingboche.
Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We leave Dingboche early in the morning and continue on the return trek. The downhill trek is rather easy and passes through many Chortens to arrive at Namche Bazaar. We will observe the vibrant atmosphere of Namche Bazaar with scenic views of Thamserku, Kwangde, and other snow-capped mountains.
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Maximum altitude: 4260m
We start our last day of trekking journey from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. The trail descends through dense rhododendron, and pine forests. After a few short uphill climbs and crossing the Bhote Koshi River three times, we will arrive at the final section. It takes around forty-five minutes to reach Lukla. Our Mera and Island Peak Climbing Itinerary comes to an official end in Lukla. We will stay overnight at a lodge or hotel in Lukla.
Maximum altitude: 3440m
After having breakfast, we take an adventurous scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can rest at the hotel or go on a tour of UNESCO listed world heritage sites that you haven't visited on the second day of the trip.
Besides that, you can also stroll around the streets of Thamel and experience the vibrant atmosphere. You will return in the evening and stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner
Maximum altitude: 2860m
Our representative will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can board a flight to your home or any desired destination.
The Mera and Island Peak has a height of 6,461m and 6,189m respectively.
Mera and Island Peak Climbing is ideal for beginners who want to experience some peak climbing adventure in Nepal. You should take a certain training routine and learn more about climbing equipment and gears. Hence, with proper guidance, you can complete this peak climbing without any prior peak climbing experience.
A guide or a porter will help you with the navigation along the trail. Guides also come in handy during any emergencies and also motivate you along the trail. Besides that, porters help you by carrying the luggage along the trail.
Mera and Island peak recognized as a popular trekking peak in Nepal is both located in the Everest region. Mera and Island two peaks is famous for trekking peak of Nepal. It is less technical and straightforward trekking peaks having more adventure and enjoy who do not have previous climbing experience. This two peaks perfect for beginner climber to gain experience of peak climbing and high altitude adventure.
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Finally, We have fulfilled our dream climb of Mera and Island Peak. Many thanks to our climbing guide Dendi Sherpa for guiding us to the summit. The feeling when standing at the summit, can’t be described in words. Do only climbers know the real feeling of reaching the summit? Also, the whole Nepal Guide Treks Team who supported and helped in every possible way to enhance our strength for reaching the summit. With our open heart, we recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition for those wanting to do trekking and peak climbing in Nepal.
Clara and Morgane
We were a group of 5 people from Italy and went on Mera and Island Peak Climbing with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions. We have recently completed our trip with successful summit climb of both Mera and Island Peak.
Many thanks to the whole NGT team and our climbing guide – Sonam Sherpa, he always made decisions keeping our health conditions in his mind. If he’d see anyone feeling sick due to altitude or anything – we continue only after everyone felt okay.
Extra-ordinary job done by the crew members !! Thanks to everyone in Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition team !!! We recommend this company to anyone wanting to do adventure related activities in Nepal.
Gilang and Group
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