Nepal Mera Amphu lapcha trek

Trip Overview

Amphu Lapcha Pass Trekking is one of the most challenging treks in Khumbu region. It requires technically enhanced and experienced trekker to complete the trai . The trek to Amphu Lapcha Pass goes through remoter upper Hingu valley. Amphu Lapcha is to be passed technically to Chukkung Valley. The crossing of the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipment and trekkers must be skilled in the use of this and be organized. After the Mera Peak summit, we head eastwards exploring the less used route towards Makalu and the wilderness of the Hinku valley. We camp at Seto Pokhari, a sacred lake at over 5000 meters nestling above the stunning walls of Chamlang, Lhotse and Everest dominating the horizon. Our next challenge is crossing the tough Amphu Labtsa pass at 5700 meters on our way to chukkung. Finally three days trek down to Lukla via Thyangboche monastery. We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our many days mountain excursion.

 

Mera Peak Trek & Climb, on leaving the forest tree lines leads to arctic zone with ice, glaciers and moraine, starting the climb from High Camp at 5,780 meters, with proper rest and acclimatization in Mera Base Camp 5, 300 meters, the approach to the summit is straight forward climb with less technical challenge than other trekking peaks. Climbing guide will fix ropes and make the path where necessary for safe climb to the top summit, from the top of Mera Peak, offers an over whelming panorama of surrounding high mountains from Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Mt. Makalu all the way to Mt. Kanchenjunga in the far eastern horizon.walk leads through high passes, tranquil forest, summer pasture, and towards moraines and glacial lakes after an adventurous climb to Mera Peak, return journey on the same route back to Lukla, from where we start and short flight back to Kathmandu.it is adventurous journey of life time in the Himalaya.


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Climbing /Team Composition.

 There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required.

this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group.

– porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. it is depend number of porter where and  how long you doing trek.


 Physical Condition & Experience Requirements.

 Previous rock climbing and high altitude trekking experiences will still be an asset.

– There will also be climbing training for members at the Mera high camp..

 The training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

 On the day of the summit, you will be required to walk for 5-6 hours.

– It is important for participants with pre-existing medical condition consult their doctors before taking the trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS       ITINERARY

Day 01:   Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02:   Kathmandu – Lukla (2745m) chuttanga

Day 03:   Chuttange to Chattra

Day 04:   Chhatra to Kothe

Day 05:    Kothe  to Thagnak

Day 06:   Thagnak to Khare

Day 07:    Reat day in Khare for Acclimatization

Day 08:   Khare to Mera High Camp

Day 09:   Summit Mera Peak 6,461mtrek to Kongma Dingma

Day 10:   Kongma Dingma: rest day

Day 11:   Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari

Day 12:   Seto Pokhari to Amphu Labcha Base Camp (South)

Day 13:   Amphu Labcha Base Camp to Chhukung

Day 14:   Chhukung to Tengboche

Day 15:   Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 16:   Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 17:   Fly to Kathmandu

ALTITUDE

1300 m

3050 m

4100 m

3500 m

4300 m

5050 m

5050 m

5,780 m

4,850 m

4850 m

5035 m

5,650 m

4,750 m

3,870 m

3,440 m

2,860 m

1300 m

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Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) in airport:

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Mera- Amphu lapcha pass trek each day program.O/n at hotel.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing:

After having breakfast you explore in Kathmandu.World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the word. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 03: Kathmandu: trip preparation

We rest for most of the day and unpack. We visit your hotel in the afternoon. Our climbing leaders will check our set of climbing equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our coming journey. We also get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. O/N  at hotel.

 

Day 04: Kathmandu – Lukla (2745m): 45 minute flight- chuttanga (3050m): 3-4 hours.

Early in the morning flight to Lukla. This is an approximately 45 minute flight with incredible mountain views north to the Himalayan Range. You will stay overnight in Lukla, the gate way to the Everest region. In the afternoon you can explore Lukla. After Lunch in lukla walk is quite short but it’s a 4 hours ascent through the forest to Chuttanga.  O/N at hotel.

 

Day 05: Chuttange to Chattra (4100m): 6-7 hourse walking.

Feels like yesterday, except you get some downhill as well. You start the morning with a 4 hour ascent to pass of Chattra La at 4300m (La means Hill). From here you can enjoy the incredible mountain views before your 2 hour descent into Chattra. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 06: Chhatra to Kothe (3500m): 5-6 hours walking.

This morning you start off with something different – downhill. The trail descends for about 5 hours through mixed forest down to the river. From here you ascend again for about 1 hour, following the river all the way to Kothe. You will see good mountain views today as well and you get your first view of Mera Peak. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 07: Kothe  to Thagnak (4300m): 4-5 hours walking.

From Kothe the trail follows the river upward all the way to Thagnak, our stop for the night. Along the way you have amazing views of Mera Peak, Mera La Glacier as well as the surrounding mountains. Our stop tonight is a small Sherpa village and you can have fun learning more about Sherpa culture. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 08: Thagnak to Khare (5050m): 4-5 hours walking.

Today’s trail is all about going up. You ascend for about 2 hours to Di Kharka and then you have a steeper climb for about 2 hours to Khare. To take your mind off the ascent, you have amazing views of Mera Peak, Kusum Kangaru and many more. A good day to enjoy being in the alpine zone and get a good rest at khare. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 09: Reat day in Khare for acclimatization to adjust your body with height.

Today is another day to rest and let your body adjust to the altitude. Use the time to check you’re climbing gear or do days hike from Khare. Climbing leader will help us skill our basic climbing techniques and demonstrate the best ways to use our climbing gears like the ice axe, harness, ascender climbing boots and crampons. The training will also include learning the best technique to use the rope for climbing up and down. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 10: Khare to Mera High Camp (5,780m): 6-7 hours.

We walk through a boulder-strewn course on a steep trail to reach the Mera Peak Base Camp. From here, we continue further through the Mera La pass (5400m) to reach the Mera High Camp. Our path is along a rocky trail, which can be hazardous if it has recently snowed, as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. Then set up a high camp while enjoying excellent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, the south face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse. O/N at tented.

 

Day 11: Summit Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190ft), trek to Kongma Dingma (4,850m/15912ft): 10-11 hours.

We wake up around 2 in the morning for breakfast. It’s going to be very cold in the beginning but we get warmer as we continue up the glacier and onto a peculiar ridge and the ascent taking about 5 or 6 hours. The last 100 meters are a steep climb to the summit and then, there you are, standing on top of Mera Peak! On top of Mera Peak you will have magnificent views to the surrounding mountains. After taking your photos and getting your breath back later, we retrace our steps back to the high camp where we rest for a while before descending to Kongma Dingma.  O/N at tented.

 

Day 12: Kongma Dingma: rest day

We take the much needed rest in Kongma Dingma before heading toward hinku valley. O/N at tented.

 

Day 13: Kongma Dingma to Seto Pokhari (5035m/16519ft): 5-6 hours

We head up into the upper yak pastures with small tea house of this incredible remote valley. All morning the extreme edges of Chamlang dominate our left, and the spire of Baruntse comes into view beyond. The valley floor remains broad and straight, only gradually rising to the blind alley of peaks ahead. It is almost a surprise to realize that the two majestic mountains we are heading straight towards are none other than Everest and Lhotse.  O/N at tented.

 

Day 14: Seto Pokhari to Amphu Labcha Base Camp (South) (5,650m/18,536ft): 5-6 hours

This is one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas, not busy trekker’s en-route except if it is a very high tourist season. From Seto Pokhari we move ahead and pass through several lakes that occupy the upper Hunku Basin. After walking past Hunku Pokhari, our trail is next to the magnificent Hunku Glacier. We continue further with another lake close by to our trail then we reached amphu lapcha base camp. O/N at tented.

 

Day 15: Amphu Labcha Base Camp to Chhukung (4,750m/15,580ft): 9-10 hours

We cross the Amphu Labcha La pass (5,845m) then walk across the Amphu Labcha Glacier. Lhotse Shar Glacier and Imja Glacier are nearby. Our trail also half circles the Imja Tsho lake before walking on the main Island Peak trail. Moving further ahead, we are also in the vicinity of the Ama Dablam Glacier before reaching Chhukung. O/N at tented.

 

Days 16: Chhukung to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hours.

Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare and Pangboche  we ascend towards Tengboche monastery which is the biggest and famous monastery of the Everest region.The monastery is blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.  O/N at hotel.

 

Day 17: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 4-5 hours.

We descend through a hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees and cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We descend rapidly through pine forest where we can easily spot mountains goats, pheasants and other wild animals and birds common to the area. We walk on winding trails followed by another walk through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. O/N at tented.

 

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 6–7 hours.

We begin our trek to Namche Bazaar today on a rocky terrain.  It is mostly a downhill trek on a trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We cross several suspension bridges, pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. After reaching Lukla we spend rest of the day taking rest as today will be our last day on the mountains. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu:

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 20:  Final Departure:

Final Departure to your own destination Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal

Equipment List

Member Climbing Personal Equipment

S.No:  Particular.  Qty

(1)  : Summit shoe La Sportiva  alapin boot– 1

(2)  : Crampon – 1

(3)  : Summit Glove (Mitten) – 1

(4)  : Normal gloves – 2

(5)  : Summit Snow goggles – 1

(6)  : Glacier glasses – 1

(7)  : Ice axe – 1

(8) : Harness & tapsling – 1

(9) : Jumer – 1

(10) :  Carabiners (normal) – 3

(11) : Down filled Mattress – 1

(12) : Summit socks – 2

(13) : Normal socks – 6

(14) : Climbing bag (40 ltr) – 1

(15) : Helmet – 1

(16) : Down jacket – 1

(17) : Down trouser – 1

(18) : 8 finger / descender – 1

(19) : Headlamp (Icon or Spot) – 1

(20) : Gore-tex jacket – 1

(21) : Gore-tex trouser – 1

(22) : Fleece liner gloves – 3

(23) : Screw Gate Carabiner – 2

(24) : Balaclava (windstopper) – 1

(25) : Thermos bottle – 1

(26) : Base layer – 2

(27) : Swise Knife -1

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be show high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  • Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • Domestic Flight and All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide by privet car
  • Sagaramatha National Park entry fee
  • khumbu Pasang lhamu Rural municipality
  • Makalu Barun National Park entry fee.
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced high altitude guide and staff and porters services
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication.
  • Oxygen Bottle Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator for emergency .
  • Gamow Bag 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including guide
  • Trekking camping equipment
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.

 

First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape –1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.

 

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant –10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal- aphu lapcha pass.
  •  Activities: Culture, tour and Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •  Group size: 1+
  •  Best Seasons: April to jun & September to November
  •   Meals: Breakfast In ktm & All Meals During The Trek
  •   Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu &Teahouse During the trek
  •   Transportation: Flight/ Drive

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