The Three Peaks of Nepal Expedition is an exceptional opportunity to experience Himalayan climbing at its finest. This program is developed to introduce you to the wonders of the Everest region. Here you will ascend to three stunning 20,000-foot (6000+ meter) peaks, which provide some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. You will have the opportunity to engage yourself in the mountain and Sherpa culture while taking on the incredible feat of climbing Mera Peak (6,476M), Island Peak (6189m), and Lobuche East (6119m). Standing atop Mera Peak, you will be rewarded with stunning views of five 8,000m peaks, including Lhotse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga Himalayan peaks.
Island Peak, the most technically challenging of the three peaks, requires climbers to navigate a steel ladder across crevasse openings and climb or descend a 90-degree vertical wall just before or after reaching the summit. Lobuche East is a moderate yet technical climb, and another 6000M peak on our itinerary. The Three Peaks of Nepal Expedition offers moderately technical climbing, with Island Peak being the most challenging climb (graded at 2B). With a strong desire for high adventure and good physical condition, this climb is achievable for anyone.
Our team will support you in developing and advancing your alpine climbing skills as we embark on this fantastic journey and climb three great peaks. Ascending three prominent six-thousand-meter peaks in a single trip provides a remarkable opportunity to experience genuine Himalayan mountaineering.
Mera Peak(6,476m) is Situated in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, just south of Mount Everest. It falls under the category of trekking peaks and is one of the most sought-after peaks in this category. Mera Peak is considered the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Reaching its summit offers a breathtaking view of the majestic 8000m peaks such as Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Kanchenjunga, and many more. In the Everest region of Nepal, Mera Peak is the highest-elevation trekking peak. Its summit offers views of Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Everest, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many others, making it one of the world's most precious skylines.
Sen Tenzin and Jimmy Roberts achieved the first successful summit of Mera Peak on May 20th, 1953. Although technically straightforward, the high altitude of the Himalayas makes Mera Peak a physically demanding challenge, and climbers are advised to undergo prior training. The summit of Mera Peak provides the highest permitted viewpoint from a trekking peak, and it is no wonder that those who attempt to scale this peak consider it one of the most beautiful and thrilling peaks in the Himalayas.
The Lobuche Peak boasts a dual personality, with two distinct summits known as the East and West Peaks. The East Peak stands tall at 6,119 meters, while its counterpart, the West Peak, towers at 6,145 meters. A ridge connects the two summits, but a significant gap exists between them. The East Peak is a popular trekking destination, while the West Peak is reserved for more adventurous expeditions. Lobuche's rocky East face, which forms the south ridge, rises majestically over the Khumbu Glacier's moraines. It casts an imposing shadow over its surroundings. With many established routes and untapped potential for new ones, Lobuche is a mountain that continues to captivate mountaineers worldwide.
Island Peak, known by its Nepalese name Imja Tse, stands at a modest altitude of 6,189m and is a popular destination for climbers of all levels. English mountaineer Eric Shipton gave the peak its name in 1953, as he thought it resembled an island amidst a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Despite its relatively low technical difficulty, it offers a challenging climb. Moreover, it is among the most sought-after peaks over 6,000m. Hundreds of climbers flock to Island Peak each year to test their endurance and stand at the summit, surrounded by the stunning Khumbu range, which includes Nuptse and Lhotse.
The climb to Island Peak is also a rewarding journey through the Khumbu Region, passing through the route to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. This peak is ideal for novice climbers looking to hone their skills at high altitudes and on snow and ice, as it is mostly non-technical. The climb also provides opportunities to experience the Himalayan Sherpa culture. Also, witness the stunning rhododendron forests, and enjoy striking views of the southwest face of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
What to Expect With Lobuche East, island, and Mera Peak
Although we desire to adhere to the itinerary for the three Peak Climbing treks, unforeseen circumstances may require us to alter it. Such situations may arise due to sudden weather changes, unfavorable trail conditions, or a tourist or staff member falling ill. In such cases, we have no choice but to adjust the schedule thus. You'll fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, located at 2810 m. Here you will get to meet the rest of the team. You will also meet your friendly and experienced Sherpa guides. From there, you'll take a pleasant three-hour walk to Phakding, where you'll spend your first night. If you're fortunate, you may even glimpse some snow-capped peaks.
The aspiration is to soar higher, perpetually seeking greater challenges and pushing ourselves to surpass limits. It's ingrained in human nature to explore the unknown and test our capabilities. Undertaking audacious endeavors such as scaling the majestic Himalayan summit demands unwavering resolve and tenacity. The rewards reaped from such awe-inspiring experiences are invaluable, and the extent to which one chooses to challenge oneself is entirely personal.
We highly recommend considering the Khumbu three-peak expedition, attempting two peaks over 6,000 meters, such as Lobuche East and Island Peak, or combining 6,000-metre peaks, like Mera Peak. Spending more than 30 days in the mountains will give you the understanding and patience required for climbing in the Himalayas. It will give you a sense of what climbing in technical and non-technical high-altitude sections feels like. These experiences will be invaluable and help you develop the mental toughness necessary for taking on more challenging and higher expeditions in the future. Completing these expeditions will prepare you to face even more daunting challenges in the future.
Furthermore, there is the matter of the positive aspects. The base camp resounds with celebrating water and warm sustenance while fostering a sense of community in the mountain terrain that motivates and assists its members. There is satisfaction in achieving each milestone and finally reaching the summit, where the power and beauty of the natural environment can humble one. Despite feeling small and insignificant, the accomplishment is still present. Learning from both the favorable and unfavorable occurrences inherent in scaling high-altitude mountains is crucial to reach the peak and relishing the journey successfully. This feat is within the grasp of any ordinary individual, but cultivating the appropriate expertise is exceedingly critical.
Route of Three Peak Climbing
Your expedition starts with a Lukla flight and a short trek to Phakding. Afterward, you approach the renowned Everest Base Camp and travel through the Sagarmatha National Park. Along the way, you pause at various Sherpa settlements in the Dudh Koshi River Valley, including Namche. Following an arduous hike through Everest's base camp and Kala Patthar, you finally arrive at the High Camp of the initial peak you intend to conquer, Lobuche East. The path to the pinnacle demands a semi-technical approach, and you rely on fixed ropes to reach the summit.
After Lobuche East Peak, your next challenge is to conquer Island Peak, which requires retracing your steps to Dingboche and heading towards Chukkung to reach the base camp. However, scaling Island Peak can be rugged due to the need to cross crevasses using steel ladders and a vertical ninety-degree incline just before reaching the summit, which is the most challenging part of the climb.
After a successful summit to Island Peak, your journey takes you to the remote Honku Valley, where you must cross the Amphu Labtsa Pass. Finally, you will conquer Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Compared to the previous mountains, ascending to the summit of Mera Peak is less technical and more accessible. Once you reach the top, you'll get the views of the world's five tallest mountains. You will climb Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu here. As you descend towards Lukla, you'll pass through the ecologically diverse Makalu Barun National Park and the seldom-explored villages of the Hinku Valley. Your journey concludes once you return to Kathmandu.
As mountaineers make their way through the picturesque villages of Khumbu and Makalu/Barun Valley, they will eventually reach the base of each peak where their alpine camping adventure begins. This expedition caters to a wide range of skill levels, from beginner to intermediate, and prior experience is not obligatory. However, climbers must possess exceptional endurance fitness as the expedition spans a month. The route offers diverse challenges, from scrambling on rocks to scaling steep ice and snow, with several campsites scattered across the mountain. Join us as we capture the journey through imagery and embark on the awe-inspiring but demanding journey toward conquering three magnificent peaks in Nepal.
Can I Choose Three Peak Climbing If I Am A Beginner/ Novice Climber?
Yes, you can choose Three Peak Climbing, even if you are a beginner. Mera Peak is ideal for beginner climbers because of its non-technical climbing style. Unlike other peaks, climbers do not need advanced alpine techniques such as fixed-line ropes, ladders, or ice axes. While the ice and snowy surfaces will present a challenge, it is the most difficult part of the climb. Camping at Mera Base and High Camp is a highlight of the expedition. It offers a secluded alpine environment surrounded by snow and mountains.
As climbers ascend to High Camp, the views of the surrounding mountains become more breathtaking. At the summit of Mera Peak, climbers are rewarded with the widest and most beautiful views of the Himalayas, including the 8000M+ peaks. You will see Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Kanchenjunga. Other iconic peaks, such as Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Chamlang, can also be seen in the distance.
Island Peak is classified as a semi-technical climb, so it will be a little harder than the Mera Peak summit. But this expedition can be done by even a beginner climber with the proper preparation. For this peak, you must entail fixed-line ropes during ascent and descent. The most challenging piece of the climb is the summit day, which can be physically and mentally demanding for novice climbers.
The route is also dotted with wide crevasses, necessitating the use of steel ladders already in place from the base camp to the high camp/crampon point. This feature of the climb makes it an excellent opportunity to acquire fundamental mountaineering abilities and grasp the fitness level required for scaling more enormous mountains. The summit ridge is highly exposed, with limited space for climbers to congregate simultaneously. Despite this, reaching the summit brings a profound sense of achievement, and the stunning Himalayan vistas make it a highly rewarding feat.
The Lobuche East Peak, rated as 2B, is comparable to Island Peak, making it a feasible expedition for beginners to tackle along with the other two peaks. Climbers must employ aided fixed-line ropes, be proficient in abseiling techniques, and feel at ease on open terrain. The ascent mainly entails navigating snow, ice, and rock surfaces. Unlike the Island Peak peak, the narrow, exposed ridge offers a view of Everest. The climb is at a 60-70 degree angle, which is difficult for climbers at the novice level. Regardless of your climbing objectives, this could be an ideal mountain to scale.