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Mera La and Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek - 19 Days

Mera La and Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek
  • One of Nepal’s highest trekking trails
  • Crossing of two major high passes-Mera la and Amphu Lapcha pass
  • A stunning panorama that includes 5 of the World’s 8,000m peaks
  • Great trekking experience through an un-spoilt wilderness of massive moraines and glacial lakes
  • A side trip to the world famous Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar
  • Possibility of combining Mera or Island Peak climb

Mera La and Amphu Lapcha Pass trek is Nepal’s one of the challenging off-the beaten-path trails that offers some outstanding Himalayan scenery en-route. The trek starts and concludes at the popular mountain airstrip of Lukla, in the Everest region of Nepal. The trail goes along the remote and wilderness mountain area, dramatic passes of Mera La (5,415m/17,766ft) and Amphu Lapcha (5,800m/19,029ft) making a circular loop back through the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek connects with the Khumbu region at Chhukung. The trek to the Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar is tremendous and visit of the pristine Sherpa villages and monasteries makes the trip memorable over a lifetime. This trip is a high altitude trek and requires a well-supported crew and great stamina.

After crossing the Mera La pass, we proceed towards Amphu Lapcha (Amphu Labtsa) pass dropping down into the uninhabited Hinku (Honku) valley situated to the east. The upper Hinku section is truly a wild valley where it is very unlikely to meet other trekkers. The valley is high and open, fringed with broad moraines and sharp white peaks and a wonderful place to camp. The glacial lakes and views of Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) and Baruntse (7,129m/23,390ft) are significantly attractive here. The crossing of the Amphu Lapcha pass is technically more demanding and adds an excitement of breathtaking views to the adventurous trekkers and climbers. The Amphu Lapcha pass is ascended with the protection of fixed ropes over straightforward ice-fall and the descent requires a short abseil to a broad snow terrace. The pass is tricky owing to steepness although it is at a lower altitude than Mera (6,654m/21,831ft) and Island Peak (6,160m/20,211ft).

Note: Mera or Island Peak climbing can be associated with this trek.

Day 1
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) and trek to Chutanga (3,050m/10,007ft).

Day 2
Trek Chutanga to Tuli Kharka (4,320m/14,173ft) crossing over Zatrwa la pass (4,855m/15,929ft).

Day 3
Trek Tuli Kharka to Tashing Dingma (3,650m/11,975ft).

Day 4
Trek Tashing Dingma to Kothe (4,095m/13,435ft).

Day 5
Trek Kothe to Thangnak/Tangnag (4,350m/14,272ft).

Day 6
Trek Tangnag to Khare (5,100m/16,733ft).

Day 7
Rest day at Khare for acclimatization.

Day 8
Trek through Mera la Pass (5,415m/17,766ft) and Camp.

Day 9
Trek to Hinku/Honku Valley (5,220m/17,126ft).

Day 10
Trek Honku Valley to Panch Pokhari (4,500m/14,764ft).

Day 11
Trek Panch Pokhari to Amphu Lapcha (South) Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft).

Day 12
Trek through Amphu Lapcha pass (5,800m/19,029ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,519ft).

Day 13
Trek Chhukung to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft).

Day 14
Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft), return trek to Gorakshep (5,140m/16,864ft).

Day 15
Trek/Climb Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and return trek to Thokla (4,620m/15,158ft).

Day 16
Trek Thokla to Pangboche (3,930m/12,894ft).

Day 17
Trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,446m/11,306ft).

Day 18
Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft).

Day 19
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes).

Cost Includes:

  • Makalu-Barun and Sagarmatha National Park permits
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge and at our own kitchen
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge/tents in the mountains
  • A Sherpa Group leader, Cook and kitchen crew for camping period
  • Necessary porters
  • Necessary equipment including high mountain Tents, Ropes, Mattresses, etc.
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Regular flights for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu and ground transfers to/from airport
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Personal equipment that may require for high passes such as Ice-axe, Crampons, etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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Trip Facts

  • Fly in/out KTM-Lukla-KTM
  • Minimum 2 Pax
  • 5,800 meters
  • Hard