Nepal – Twin Peaks Mera+Island Peak
Mera and Island Peaks are two famous peaks in the Himalayas. Climbing the two peaks combined with crossing the spectacular and challenging Amphu Laptsa pass in a single season is demanding yet thrilling. This twin peaks challenge lets you explore the diversity of activities like trekking across dense forest, panoramic views of mountains, peak climbing, hanging in rope and crossing challenging crevasses.
About The Climb
The trek begins and end in Lukla. We take the regular route to Mera Peak through the lush forests of rhododendron and pine up to Mera base camp via Tangnang, while higher up there are the uninhabited alpine areas of the upper Hinku valley. After the Mera Peak summit, we head eastwards exploring the less used route towards Makalu Base Camp and the wilderness of the Hinku valley. We camp at Seto Pokhari, a sacred lake at over 5000 meters nestling beneath the stunning ramparts of Chamlang – Lhotse and Everest dominate the horizon. Our next adventure is crossing the challenging Amphu Laptsa pass at 5700 meters before arriving at the Island Peak base camp. After attempting to climb to Island Peak summit, we return to base camp. We take the same route as our Island Peak climb to return to Lukla.
There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts
Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.
Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.
Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.
Past climbing experience is not essential, but you should have a strong trekking background, and have previous high altitude trekking experience. You will be required to trek above 4000m most of the days; having trekked above 5000m is an advantage. Used of crampon, harness, and knowledge on abseil and rope-up skills are good to have, but not essential. We will organise a pre-trip familiarization session; additional training at the base camp will be conducted by our guides.
Equipment and Gear
Winter clothing (thermal base layer, down jacket etc) is required be it that you climb in Spring or Autumn.
You will also need the following equipment for the summit attempt:
- Crampon compatible high altitude boots / double layer boots (or plastic boots);
- Climbing harness
- Sewn slings
- Ascender & abseil device
- Locking karabiners
- Walking ice axe (optional)
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read more about the layering system to better prepare you for your climbing & attire needs as well as for choosing the right equipment for your climb.
- Group size: 6-12 people
- This twin peaks trip is part of our annual Mountain Climbing Challenges event. To promote mountain climbing and to encourage people to challenge themselves physically and mentally, we have initiated and introduced a few mountain climbing challenges into our calendar each year. These Mountain Climbing Challenges trips are accompanied by a team leader. To read more, click on this link: Mountain Climbing Challenges
- You can also form a private or join an international open group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude at Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Kathmandu||-/-/D||1330m|
|Day 2||Day tour & final preparation in Kathmandu||B/-/-||1330m|
|Day 3||Domestic flight to Lukla. Trek to Phuiyan||B/L/D||2796m|
|Day 4-13||Approach trek to Khare - Mera Peak Base Camp. The trek starts from Dudhkoshi Valley, crossing Pangom La pass (3140m) to Hinku Valley and the phenomenal lake junction of Kholakharka before reaching the base camp.||B/L/D||Khare - 4940m|
|Day 14-15||Base Camp - High Camp - Summit (Mera Peak, 6476m) - High Camp||B/L/D||High Camp - 5800m|
|Day 16-18||Climb to Amphu Laptsa base camp through Kongmading and Seto PokharI||B/L/D||5000m - 5300m|
|Day 19||Cross the Amphu Labtsa pass (5630m)||B/L/D||5000m - 5300m|
|Day 20-21||Trek to Island Peak Base Camp / Rest day||B/L/D||4970m|
|Day 22||Base Camp - Summit (Island Peak, 6189m) - Base Camp||B/L/D||4970m|
|Day 23-25||Trek to Lukla (via Namche)||B/L/D||Lukla - 2860m|
|Day 26-27||Fly to Kathmandu/ spare day||B/-/-||1330m|
|Day 28||Depart Kathmandu (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
- Round trip airfare, airport departure taxes for domestic (KTM-Lukla-KTM) flight (max 15kg check in baggage)
- All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
- Half day city tour in Kathmandu
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu & during trek (teahouse/tent )
- Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
- Camping equipment and crew: sleeping tent (twin sharing), dinning tent and kitchen crew
- Climbing gear: ropes, mountaineering boots, harness, ascender, slings, abseil device, karabiners, ice axe and helmet.
- Trek support: Trekking guide, climbing guide, assistant guide and porters (1 porter to 1 trekker)
- Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.
- Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
- Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; National Park entry fee
- $100 contribution to D2N's Nepal Scholarship
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee (Visa On Arrival: USD40 for 30 days visa).
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping (Budget around 10 to 15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6500m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the trip:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Nepal, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.
Fair Treatment to Porters
Our porter to trekker ratio is 1:1. This is to ensure fair treatment to the porters that each porter does not carry an excessive heavy load for the duration of the trek. The 1:1 ration also helps to create more jobs for the locals who work as porters for a living.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.