Mera La and Amphu Lapcha Pass trek is one of Nepal’s challenging off-the beaten-path trails that offers extraordinary Himalayan scenery. 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) or Amphu Labtsa making a circular loop back through the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek then 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 requires a well-supported crew and great stamina because of the high altitude and its remoteness.
After crossing the Mera La pass, we proceed further towards Amphu Lapcha pass dropping down into the uninhabited Hinku valley situated to the east. The upper Hinku (Honku) 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 Amphu Lapcha pass is technically more demanding and offers 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 lower altitude than Mera (6,654m/21,831ft) and Island Peak (6,160m/20,211ft).
Extension of 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
- Trekking 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