Ama Lapcha Pass Trek - 26 Days

Ama Lapcha pass trek - the panoramic views of Himalayas, ancient monasteries and different community with majority Tibetan Sherpa people...

Ama Lapcha Pass Trek

Ama Lapcha pass trek goes through wilder upper Hongu valley. Ama Lapcha is to be passed technically to Chukkung Valley. The crossing of the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipments and trekkers must be skilled in the use of this and be prepared. It holds the views of Himalayas and hearty scenery of lakes Hongu lakes and Panch Pokhari lakes.

Trip Facts:

Activities: Trekking  
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination: Ama Lapcha Pass
Trip Duration: 26 days
Max. Altitude: 5780 meters
Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15
Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.
Trip Grade: Strenuous plus
Daily walking Hour: Approx. 5-7
Cost: Please contact us

Trek Map:

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Ama Lapcha pass Trek - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive day at Kathmandu
Warm welcome you at Tribhuvan Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. Our trek manager will give you a pre trek briefing and introductions to your trek leader and staffs, and make arrangements for your back pack. The evening is free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu
Morning breakfast at hotel and a full day guided tour of the amazing city sights and scenes of Katmandu valley. You will visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, the famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath and the largest Stupa in Nepal Boudhanath Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m)
Morning flight to Lukla, and get your first real peak of the Himalayas on the flight, arriving at the Lukla airstrip deep in the Khumbu region. The remainder of the day is spent preparing for the expedition and becoming acclimatized to this altitude

Day 04: Lukla - Chutok (2780m)
Experience your first of many breakfasts in the mountains whilst the Spirit team organizes the porters to carry the luggage and gear and then we commence our adventure. A 5-6 hour trek takes you through Surke where local legend says that this area was once a lake; hence the soil is really fertile. You then reach your next destination of Chutok

Day 05: Chutok to Pangkongma (2850m)
About 5 hour's pleasant walking to reach our destination, Pangkongma. On the way we cross over Chutok La (2945m) and take a steep decent of 300m to reach our campsite

Day 06/07/08: Pangkongma, Khure and Tuli Kharka (4290m)
Today we trek north along the ridge of the river Hinku Khola. It takes the whole day but you are rewarded with fantastic views of 6500m peaks, Sanu Himal, Mojang Himal and Mera Himal. An early start is required for us to reach our campsite at Tuli Kharka where we camp at the edge of the snow line

Day 09/10: Tuli Kharka, Tashing Ongma and Tangnag (4350m)
Comparatively an easy 5-hour trek today is in order today where we remain between 4300m and 4500m in elevation. The following day is another short day as you trek in the shadow of Mera Himal along the ridge of the Hinku Khola. Tangnag is a summer grazing area with the simplest of lodges and shops starting to develop

Day 11: Acclimatization Day at Tangnag
An acclimatization day is very essential here; it is in a superb setting surrounded by stunning peaks. There is a huge moraine in the north of Tangnag where a beautiful glacial lake, Sabal Tsho is dammed which is definitely worth a visit. A cairn (5270m) on the flanks of Kusum Kangguru can also be rewarding and beneficial for acclimatization

Day 12: Tangnag and Khare (5025m)
We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to our camping spot, Khare

Day 13: Khare - Mera Base Camp (5350m)
A nice short trek allowing for as much acclimatization time and/or a day walk as we make our way to Mera Base Camp. Reaching the pass Mera La (5,415m) allows us to see spectacular views; we then descend 100m towards the Hongu side and set up base camp in the moraine below the ice.

Day 14: Base Camp to High Camp (5750m)
Making our way to Mera High Camp 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. We establish a high camp and from here the views are outstanding, with Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and more piercing the skyline.

Day 15: Summit of Mera Peak and back Mera Base Camp
We commence our summit day in the early light and end up with a 100m ascent with rope and ice climbing to reach the summit. The magnificent views of Pumori (7161m), Lhotse (8516m) Makalu (8463m), Lobuche (6145m), Cho Oyu (8201m) are spectacular from the summit. We then retrace our steps to Mera Base Camp.

Day 16: Descend into the Hongu valley
From the Mera La we descend into the Hongu valley. After about 3 hours we stop for lunch by a lake and then continue to the Hinku river, which we follow for another 3 hours to yet another spectacular campsite by the 'White Lake'/Lampokhari (5,000m) near Chamlang.

Day 17/18: Trek up the Hongu valley
We venture further up this spectacular high-altitude valley, following the bank of the Hongu River. Directly ahead, is the Amphu Labtsa, with Lhotse and the Everest group beyond and Ama Dablam just to the left from our campsite we have an excellent view of the Amphu Labtsa and are completely encircled by beautiful mountains? Altitude: 5,300m.

Day 19: Rest day below the Amphu Labtsa
A rest day for exploration and to prepare the route over the Amphu Labtsa.

Day 20: The Amphu Labtsa (5,780m)
The approach to the pass is over glacier and around stunning ice flutings and formations and presents no real difficulty at first. Steeper sections (40º) lead up to the top of the ridge where incredible views across to Island Peak and Lhotse can be enjoyed. The interesting part is the descent down the opposite side into the Imja Valley. A steep descent (with one short abseil) on snow and ice will be safeguarded by approximately 250 meters of fixed ropes, until easier ground is reached. A loose path is followed into the valley below. Looking behind, you won't believe where you have come from! A pleasant path now descends a moraine ridge curving leftwards by the side of the Imja Glacier. We camp by a stream near the snout of the Imja Glacier at 5,000m.

Day 21: Chhukung to Tengboche: 5-6 hours
The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche (3,870m/12,697ft) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu.

Day 22: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Walk down from the rear of monastery and continue down until you reach Phunki Tenga. Climb up gradually through a forest. Once you are out of the forest, you will be walking along a ridge from where you can see down on your left some of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring, the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. Reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft), for overnight.

Day 23: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. You can have a good time with two local alcoholic beverages 'Chang' or 'Rakshi.' Feel free to dance with your crewmembers in the Sherpa way.

Day 24: Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning fly to Kathmandu .Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Explore day in Kathmandu-1,350/4,428ft
A full day on leisured. Eveing farewell dinner with cultural show. Overnight at hotel. This one extra day we use as a reserve day just in case if you need one extra day on trip or some time flight to/from Lukla can be cancelled or delay so always good to have this one reserve day after your trip.

Day 26: Extend your holiday or back to home
Transfer to airport, fly back home or you can extend your holiday combining some trip to National Park, River rafting, etc… Please ask us for more details.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Lodge) during the trekking period
  • National park permit
  • Domestic airfare (if necessary)
  • Domestic airport tax (if necessary)
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipments:-

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse trekking in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Luggage:

1) 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trekking. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
2) 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat
2. A Bandana
3. Sunglasses
4.Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
3. Underwear
4. 2 Long shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. Down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-aids
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4. Deodorant
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

How can I book this trip?
When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 15% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. For the details, please Contact us.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Ama Lapcha Pass Trek?
Ama Lapcha Pass trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 6 -7 hours daily.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Ama Lapcha Pass Trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday trips are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
In Kathmandu, we do provide standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking, we provide you local lodges which is called Tea house. Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route.

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
 All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trekking holidays in Nepal is a exiting and adventure trip. We trek up to 6000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Well, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Normally, most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Diffidently, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Mission Eco Trek with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Can I extend my holiday?
Ama Lapcha Pass trek can extend and there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.
-2 nights / 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari
-2 full day sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu valley
-1night/2 days Trisuli or Bhote Kosi river rafting
-08 days overland tour to Tibet
-Everest mountain flight.

Acclimatization

Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

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Travel Insurance

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

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Contact Address

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P. O. Box: 19795, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tell.: 00977-1- 4442922
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