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Island Peak Versus Mera Peak

Island Peak Versus Mera Peak

15 Feb 2023 damodar pyakurel

About Mera Peak

Mera Peak Climbing is one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal located inside the Everest and Khumbu region and its summit panorama takes in five of the world’s 8000-meter peaks. The highest and technical peak in Nepal offers very close and natural views of Mt. Everest [8,848 m], Lhotse [8,516 m], Cho-Oyu [8,201 m], Makalu [8,463 m], Kanchenjunga [8,586 m] Nuptse [7,855 m], Chamlang [7319 m], Baruntse [7000 m] and much other snow-capped peaks. This peak is suitable for all fit trekkers who dare to dream of standing on the Himalayan summit. Trekking through the famous walking trail of Khumbu valley offers cultural touch with various communities of people of Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, and Rai, mostly Nepalese indigenous caste peoples.

Our adventurous trek starts with a short and scenic mountain flight to Lukla from the Capital city of Kathmandu. On the way, we cross various charming villages – Honku valley, Khare, Tangnag; dense forests, wild animals, glaciers, stunning mountain views, and several mountain streams until reaching Mera Peak Base Camp.

Island Peak

Climbers on the Lap of Island Peak

Island Peak Climbing is an isolated place which is located inside the Sagarmatha National Park which also includes Everest Base Camp [5,357m], Gokyo Ri [5,350m], and Chola pass [5,420m]. The nickname of Island Peak Climbing is Imja Tse which is located between Mount Lhotse and Imja glacier.

Our trek includes Everest and Chola pass trek perfectly with a day-to-day well-programmed itinerary with safe acclimatization. And also designed by our experienced mountain guide to reduce possible technical problems; make your memorable experience for further life. The route is special for those adventure seekers who are with sufficient physical strength; want to put their foot on the popular Everest region trek along with Island Peak climbing and this will be your best entry into Mountain climbing.

Comparison Between Mera & Island Peak

Both Mera and Island peaks are the best trekking peaks in Nepal. They are fairly close to each other. Both of these peaks are located in a remote valley. These two peaks are separated by a mountain chain that divides Hongu and Khumbu Valley. You will have a fascinating mountain view from the summit of these mountain peaks. Amphu Labtsa Pass which stands at an elevation of 5,780m is the highlight of these trekkings. However, there are some significant differences between these two peaks.

Mera Peak is slightly higher than Island Peak. Though Mera is the highest trekking peak, it is straightforward. Island Peak is more technical as it includes more steep ice climbs. Both of these mountains are suitable for climbers. However, Mera is climbable without proper mountaineering skills. Island Peak demands and needs basic mountaineering as well as some technical knowledge.

Mera Peak is high but it has very few challenges like crevasses whereas Island peak has numerous challenging sections so need proper knowledge about Island Peak Climbing. The headwall, the narrow ridge to the top, and the icefalls make it rather difficult. Both of these peaks befit energetically and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience.

Which season is best for Trekking?

Spring and autumn are considered the best time to visit Nepal. And the most suitable time to visit the Everest region is between September and   May. During this period, the temperature is pleasant and most days are dry and sunny. Most importantly, during this period the strong wind and monsoon will not hurdle you. The weather will be calm enough for your ideal climbing.

Most people prefer to visit the Everest region in spring. Monsoon and winter are the offseason for trekking in Nepal. During Monsoons, the trails are slippery, and muddy and thick fog obstructs the views.  Winter brings a lot of snowfall. It is usually very cold and precipitation takes place in the form of snow. Trekking in Nepal is a  post-monsoon activity.

Process for the Permit

Mera and Island both are peak climbing trekking peaks in eastern Nepal.  Both trekking peaks require a permit for climbing. Basically, you need to have Local Area Permit and Mountain Climbing Permit is given by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The cost for these permits differs from season to season. You can easily acquire them in Kathmandu. These permits must be shown to the authorities upon demand at the check-posts there about.

Climbing Success Rate

Island Peak is a little more technical and difficult than Mera Peak. Island Peak has some short, steep snow-climbing sections. Both of the mountains are known as the best even for beginners. The success rate of both mountains goes above 95%. However, the completion ratio of Mera is higher than Island Peak because of the easy route.