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Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek is one of the challenging but rewarding treks in Khumbu region. It covers the natural and cultural wonders of the three Himalayan valleys of Eastern Nepal. It takes you along Sagarmatha National Park premises in the beginning and ending. That means you might sight the animals and birds of the Himalayan region.
The silvery mountains from Langtang region to as far as Kanchenjunga region are the prizes of this trek. Karyolung Himal (6,511 m), Lumding Himal (6,111 m), Mera Peak (6,189 m), Peak 43 (Kyashar Peak: 6,769 m), Kusum Kangaru (6,367 m), Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,812 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) are the Himalayas seen during this trek. The Sherpa ethnic villages of the Dudh Koshi River Valley including the Rai and Tamang communities of Inkhu-Hongu Valley are really amazing. The local monasteries and mani walls added with the colorful prayer flags and wheels make this trip more memorable.
Amphu Lapcha Pass trek leads you through Pangboche Monastery and Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche is the largest monastery and Pangboche is the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region. Likewise, the Sherpa Capital, Namche Bazar is also one of the must-visit places while trekking in Nepal. Although located in the Himalayas, you can find all the modern amenities in this Sherpa town.
Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek Customization
Without any doubt, this trek is always a customizable trip. Since it starts and ends at Lukla, you can extend it to Everest Base Camp trek; Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass trek and even Everest Three High Passes trek respectively. Likewise, you can also do Amphu Lapcha Pass trek with Mera Peak climbing. It is so because it follows the route of Mera Peak climbing.
Besides, after crossing Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845 m), you trek down to Chhukung Valley. Chhukung Valley is a place for making preparation of Island Peak climbing. Therefore, you can do Amphu Lapcha Pass trek with Island Peak climbing as well. Last but not the least, this trek can be connected with Panch Pokhari Lakes trek as well. For customizing this trek, you should be sure about the budget, duration and desire to face the challenges of trekking in Nepal. If you are in a dilemma about what to do, you can contact us, and we will surely assist you to make the right decision.
Amphu Lapcha Pass trek Difficulty
Amphu Lapcha Pass trek is another challenging trek in the Khumbu region. It requires previous trekking experience because of its technical aspects. And, if you have experience of peak climbing in Nepal, it will be an added point.
Talking about the daily trekking duration, you have to walk for about 6/7 hours along the high-altitude trails. Most of the time, you will be walking and sleeping above 4,800 m. It means there is a high possibility of altitude sickness. Likewise, Zatrwa La Pass (4,600 m) is a little challenging to enter into Inkhu-Hongu Valley from the Dudhkoshi River Valley. Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845 m) is the most difficult section of this trek. You need to use climbing gears to cross this high pass of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range.
Yes, there is not any restricted area en route to this trek. However, a solo trekker in Nepal cannot do this without a professional trekking guide. The experienced Sherpa guide fixes the rope before climbing the challenging section. Next, it is completely a camping trekking except in Everest region. Due to the lack of infrastructures of tourism, this section is least frequented by international trekkers.
It is obvious that when it is the least traveled section of the Himalayas, the condition of the trails is also not very well. This is to say, it is less maintained than the trails of Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek. To fight back with the Amphu Lapcha Pass trek difficulty, you need to book this trek with an experienced trekking agency. Taking some preventive methods; preparing physically and mentally can really help you beat this off-the-beaten Path trek in Nepal.
Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek Map
Amphu Lapcha Pass trek map begins from the Dudhkoshi River Valley. Then, it moves along the other two more Himalayan Valley of Eastern Nepal. By leaving the traditional route of Everest Base Camp trek, it diverts from Lukla to Chutunga Village. It is the same track that is followed for climbing Mera Peak (6,474 m). Moving ahead, you will enter into Inkhu-Hongu Valley via Zatrwa La Pass (Chhetra La Pass: and climbing Island Peak (4,600 m). Then, you will move ahead through Thulikharka, Thangnak, and take a break at Khare.
Actually, Khare acclimatization is kept for Mera Peak climbing purposes. Therefore, if you are not planning this peak climbing in Nepal, you can further cut short the itinerary. Leaving the trail to Mera Peak, you divert towards Kongme Dingma, Seto Pokhari, and Amphu Lapcha Pass Base Camp.
The following day, you will cross Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845 m) and enter Chhukung Valley. You know Chhukung Valley is the place for preparing Island Peak climbing. Island Peak (also called Imjatse Peak: 6,189 m) is one of the 1,310 trekking peaks of Nepal. Trekking down along the EBC trail, you will walk across Tengboche Monastery and Namche Bazar to reach Lukla. In this way, after exploring the three Himalayan valleys, you return to Kathmandu by plane. The starting and ending point of the Amphu Lapcha Pass trek is Lukla, Tenzing Hillary Airport.
- One of the most technically challenging trek in Khumbu region
- Exploration of three Himalayan valleys
- Crossing Zatrwa La (4,600m) and Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845m)
- Astounding view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) and many more
- Flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
- The oldest and the largest monasteries of Khumbu region
- Scenic flights to and from Lukla Airport
On your arrival day, the member staff of NTR welcomes you at the Kathamndu Airport. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel. In leisure time, you can visit Thamel Bazar on your own.
Guided tour around Kathmandu Valley with our tour guide. The Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa will be visited. All of these are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In the evening, the team leader gives you all the info about Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek itinerary.
After breakfast, you catch up with the morning flight to Lukla. The aerial view of the snowcapped peaks, green forests and lush valleys are really wonderful.
From Lukla, you walk along the trail that goes through the small farmhouses. Relishing the lovely scenery of hills and valleys, you will end up the trek at Chutunga. Chutunga is a small mountain village amidst the pine and rhododendron forests.
Following the steep trail along the Kalo Himal Ridge (Nau Lakh), you move towards Thulikharka. This ridge separates the Khumbu region from the Inkhu Valley of Makalu region.
Moving through the steep uphill track, you will cross the highest pass of this trek. From the top of Zartwa La Pass (Chhetra La Pass: 4,600m), you will have a wonderful view of the Dudh Koshi River Valley, Karyolung Himal (6,511m) and Lumding Himal (6,111m). Finally, you trek down to Thulikharka to end up today’s journey.
After breakfast, you move along the Inkhu Valley by witnessing the morning view of Peak 43 (Kyashar Peak: 6,769m), Kusum Kangaru (6,367m) and Mera Peak (6,474m). Walking along the dense forests of pine and rhododendron, you reach Mausam Kharka.
From here, you walk past Gondishung amidst the yak pastures. Here, you will visit a 200-years-old local monastery and walk further to reach Thangnak. It is a small mountain village having some stone huts serving for the trekking with food and accommodation.
Following the moderately easy track, you ascend towards the Charpate Tal (a lake in square). By enjoying the south face of Mera Peak, one of the popular trekking peaks of Nepal, you move towards Khare. Here, you will set up a tented camp to spend the night.
Actually, this acclimatization day is provisioned for making the final preparation to climb Mera Peak (6,474m). Here, the Sherpa guide or team leader gives the refreshment trainings to use the climbing gears to the trekkers. Therefore, if you don’t plan Mera Peak climbing, it is not necessary to keep this spare day.
Today, you begin the trip as early as you can as the trail today is a bit challenging. Following the icy trail, you will traverse pass the Mera Glacier.
Moving further along the uphill and downhill trails, you will finally reach Kongme Dingma. This is a dry place suitable for camping site. It is the junction to divert towards Mera La Pass (5,350m) for Mera Peak expedition.
Walking along the glacier moraine and rocky trail, you move further towards Seto Pokhari (meaning “white pond”). As the trail is slippery, you should be careful while moving ahead. You will set up the tented camp somewhere nearby the group of 5 glacial lakes of different sizes and shapes.
From Seto Pokhari, you will move higher along the short steep track. Crossing the frozen river, glaciers and moraine, you will reach Amaphu Lapcha Base Camp South. It is here you stop today’s journey.
You will prepare yourself to cross the highest pass of this section. The guide or team leader studies the overall situation of the weather to be sure if or not it is safe for climbing across. Sometimes, it is necessary to use the climbing gears as well.
The Sherpa guide will fix the ropes to avoid any unwanted incidents while doing Amphu Lapcha Pass trek with NTR. Keep yourself high in mental and physical health. Drink enough water and have enough hygienic food and sound sleep.
Today is the most challenging moment of the entire Amphu Lapcha Pass trek. By leaving the Hinku or Inkhu Valley, you will traverse towards Chhukung Valley via Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,845m). Walking carefully following the instructions of the team leader, you will reach the top of the pass.
From here, you will witness the amazing view of the Imja Tse Valley and the Inkhu Valley including the snowcapped peaks of the region. After enjoying the alluring mountain scenery, you will descend through the help of the ropes.
Then, the trail leads you across Parsya Gyab nearby the Imja Glacier and Island Peak Base Camp, you will reach Chhukung at the end of the day.
From Chhukung Village, you will gradually descend towards Tengboche via Dingboche Village. You will see Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) on the way.
In Pangboche Village, you will visit the oldest monastery of the entire Solukhumbu region. Then, finally, you end up the trip at Tengboche Village. Here, you will visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of Khumbu region.
You begin today’s journey after having breakfast. Following the rugged trails downhill along Sagarmatha National Park, you arrive in Namche Bazar. It is the largest trading center of Everest region, so, it is also called the Sherpa Capital. You can find all the modern amenities here in this Himalayan town.
Walking across the dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park, you descend towards Lukla. On the way, you will also walk past some Sherpa villages as well. By crossing the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River Valley, finally, you will arrive in the gateway to Everest Base Camp trek.
As this is the last day you are going to spend in Everest region, try to make as memorable as you can. Enjoy the Sherpa food items and stroll around the Sherpa villages to know more about their lifestyle, culture and tradition.
After enjoying the sunrise view of the snowy mountains of Everest region, you will fly back to Kathmandu. During the 30-minutes’ trip, you will witness the amazing landscapes surrounded by the silvery peaks.
After you land at the Tribhuvan Airport, the crewmember of NTR takes you to the hotel. In the evening, you will be invited to farewell dinner at a restaurant around Thamel Bazar. Relish the typical Nepali food items and cultural performances while having dinner.
Today, you have come to the end of Amphu Lapcha Pass Trek. Therefore, the representative escorts you up to the Tribhuvan International Airport according to the flight time.
You know the cost of any trek or tour package depends upon some responsible factors. Duration, services, trekking type, mode of transportation, number of guides or porters, etc. are some of them. As this trek can be customized, you should decide which package to book via a local tour operator. Among them is Nepal Trekking Routes having a long history of conducting organized treks in the Himalayas. Contact us via www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com for more details.
Amphuu Lapcha Pass trek is a technically challenging trekking in Nepal. Therefore, you need some of the climbing gears like crampons, ice-axes, hand lines, ropes, etc. Moreover, the agency that you book this trip with will give you all the information about what to bring and what not. Click @ www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com for this.
As most of the trails of this trek lie above 4,800m, it is almost impossible in winter. In summer, the trails may be slippery and muddy due to occasional rainfalls. Therefore, the best time for Amphu Lapcha Pass trek is spring and autumn. In these seasons, the weather and temperature of the Himalayas are fine and favourable. The amazing view of the Himalayas and green forests are really incredible!
Trek itinerary depends upon some factors like the route, destination, means of transportation and acclimatization days in the course of travelling. Talking about Amphu Lapcha Pass trek itinerary, it can be customized to different locations of Khumbu region. Therefore, you need to do research to find out the best suitable package of trekking in Nepal. Visit www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com for a complete guide about Amphu Lapcha Pass trek.