The Amphu Laptsa is a technical pass, which is rarely crossed, only few operators handle this adventure, we are one of them. It yields access to the upper Chukkung Valley. While crossing the high pass we work as a team and times that member/climber initiate a responsibility in assisting accompanited porters up the steep snow and ice slopes and on the 305m technical descent. Numerous rappels and fixed lines will be required. This may be one of the richest skill development opportunities on the expedition. The views from the Amphu Laptsa is amazing, you can see Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Cho Oyu and Island Peak stretch all along the skyline.
The route from Lukla follows trail made by local yak herders; there are small villages, stone huts and high pasture animal’s shades until Khare. The trail is pretty well defined though this is off the beaten path. In winter people and animals do not stay in these high regions. So local people and trekkers would very much less frequent the area through out the trek. Walk slowly and gradually to higher elevation. In the schedule walk in is done slowly and extra day for acclimatization days at Khare is planned before climbing to Mera la (5335m). Visit Hinku Nup glacier to the base of Kantega or help carry some food and equipment to high camp at Mera la. The day at Khare can be used to visit Hinku Nup glacier to the base camp of Kantega. Or, help carry some food and necessary equipment to Mera La. Usually we set up high camp above Mera la (pass) to help negotiate crevasses early in the morning, so next day climb would be easier. Though high camp may not be necessary, but it can only be decided on the site. Mera peak has twin summit. The view from the summit towards the high mountain peaks is the best anywhere.
This is special trek for experienced trekkers, not for faint hearted. Though climbing experience is not required but it would be added advantage if you have done basic climbing course. You travel through extreme land, traverse through snow condition and high pass for over two weeks. If you wish to include Island Peak 6160m, let us know in advance.
The trail from Mera to the Amphu Laptsa pass (5845m) takes you up the uninhabited Upper Hongu Valley. You will pass through the most remote and rugged terrain in the Khumbu region. This area is known as Panch Pokari, a chain of five glacially carved lakes.
After the ardous journey of Amphulaptsa, you trek through the villages of Dingboche, Pangboche and Dibouche. At Thyangboche Monastary, we will spend the morning visiting with the monks and enjoying the views of Everest and Ama Dablam. Enroute explore Namche bazzar which is the economic center of the Sherpas community. We will spend a night and a leisurely morning in Namche, sampling the baked goods, pizza shops and hunting for souvenirs amongst the shops and arrive Lukla for the flight to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, tranfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu- sort out equipment and last minute shopping
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2804m)). Trek to Bom (2862m)
Day 04: Trek to Chutanga (3993 m), a small camp below the Zatrwa La.
Day 05: Cross Zatrwa La (5010m), trek further to Thuli Kharka (4268m).
Day 06: A full day of rhododendran "jungle" on the way to Khotar, a small settlement alongside a raging glacial river.
Day 07: Trek to the village of Tagnag (4465m), the largest village of this area, nestled between Mera Peak and Kusum Kangru.
Day 08: Free day in Tagnag (4465m).
Day 09: Trek to Khare (4940m) at the base of the Mera glacier.
Day 10: Extra day for bad wether.
Day 11: Climb up to the Mera La (5413m), then continue to Mera Peak High Camp (5914m).
Day 12: Attemp Summit of Mera (6654m). Descend to Rad Hora (5243m).
Day 13: Descend from Rad Hora into the upper Hinku Valley and Tulu Dunga (4908m).
Day 14: Trek to Panch Pokhari (5484m), a region of 5 glacial lakes, through Incredible high wilderness.
Day 15: A long day to Amphu Laptchse Base Camp (5548m).
Day 16: A day of technical climbing and descent over the Amphu Laptse
(5845m) to Chukkung.
Day 17: Rest day in Chukkung (4743m).
Day 18: Trek to Pheriche (4280m).
Day 19: Trek to Deboche, trek further to visit the monastery at Thyangboche (3867m).
Day 20: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Day 21: Trek to Lukla (2804m).
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 23: In Kathmandu, free day.
Day 24: Tranfer to airport, depart Kathmandu
Note: Above itinerary shows planned night stops. This may be changed due to weather, technical or logistic condition. Flight to Lukla can be delayed due to weather condition especially during monsoon and in winter season. Full trip dossier available upon request.
Cost: 1 pax US$ 6800 p/pax 2 pax US$ 5800 p/pax 3-5 pax US$ 4950 p/pax 6-9 pax US$ 4200 p/pax SGL supplement: US$160 Cost includes: 01. All meals and accommodation in lodge,tent during the trek 02. Cooking and eating utensils 03. Service of trek guide, cook, kitchen and sherpa assistants 04. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.), food and camping equipment 05. Warm clothing, shoes, blankets and dark goggles for high altitude porters as required 06. Accident and evacuation insurance for staffs and porters 07. Domestic Airfare according to programme- Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu 08. Nationalpark entry permit as per programme 09. Professional Nepali Sherpa climbing guide, Mera Peak climbing permit 10. Arrival and departure transfers. 11. Hotel accommodation on BB as per programme in Kathmandu using 3 star hotel Cost does not include: 01. Personal clothing, climbing gears and sleeping bag 02. Personal accident and health insurance 03. Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips 05. Sightseeing tours and all major meals in Kathmandu 06. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the programme 07. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
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- Price : USD 4200
- Destinations : Makalu and Everest region
- Max Elevation : 6654 m
- Weather : Spring and Autumn - best time to visit
- Trip Duration : 24 days
- Trip Grade : Alpine Climbing
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