Three Peak Climbing in Nepal
Mera, Island, and Lobuche Peak climbing at a single itinerary is popularly known as Three Peak Climbing. This itinerary is the best option to acknowledge the most beautiful trekking peaks of the Himalayas. In fact, they are the most iconic peaks of the Himalayas. Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition has been offering a Three Peak Climbing package for about 15 years. The Three Peaks Climbing is a rare opportunity to witness significantly more peaks of the Everest Region, experience real adventure, and cherish the heavenly beauty of nature.
The Three Peak Climbing adventure is a combination of adventure, excitement, and thrilling experience of climbing three peaks above 6,000 m in the Everest region. Three Peaks Climbing offers tantalizing views of many of the world’s admired mountains, including the world’s roof; Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Makalu, Lhotse Shar Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more surrounding mountain peaks. Besides the climbing adventure, the trekking period inside Everest and Khumbu region offers amazing opportunities for exploring a series of mountains, the authentic cultural lifestyle of Sherpa people, mountain valleys, landscapes, glaciers, and many more attractions.
Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Mera Peak is 6,476 m high. Though it is the highest trekking peak, it requires little or no technical climbing experience. Mera Peak Climbing in general is a moderate climbing and hiking experience. If you are planning to go on this adventure in Nepal, remember that it is not too technical but it definitely requires basic alpine skills.
Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a spectacular peak amid the giants of the Himalayas. It is 6,189 m high and it does not require advanced trekking skills. Therefore, it is equally popular among experienced and novice trekkers. The beauty of this mountain cannot be aptly explained in words. This mountain does indeed look like an island in the snowy field. The views from the top of this mountain are truly wonderful.
Lobuche Peak is a stunning peak located at an altitude of 6,119 m above sea level. From the summit of Lobuche, you will have breathtaking and panoramic views of the Everest Region. The peak is located near the Khumbu Glacier. This trek also offers an opportunity to observe the ancient Buddhist monasteries and view remarkable scenery. This trek also involves numerous peaks over seven or eight thousand meters altitude.
Table of Contents
- 1 Highlights of Three Peak Climbing:
- 2 The difficulty of the Three Peak Climbing in Nepal
- 3 Best Season for Three Peak Climbing
- 4 How Long Does it Take for Three Peak Climbing
- 5 Cost for Three Peak Climbing
- 6 Experience Required for three Peak Climbing
- 7 Fitness Level for Three Peak Climbing
- 8 Gear Required for Three Peak Climbing
Highlights of Three Peak Climbing:
- Climb three stunning peaks above 6,000 m in the Everest region
- Climb Amphu Lapcha Pass
- Unique Sherpa culture
- Alpine vegetation and wild lives
- Ancient monasteries
The difficulty of the Three Peak Climbing in Nepal
The Three Peak Climbing is an ultimate climbing holiday that includes an ascent of three peaks above 6,000 m and climbs Amphu Lapcha Pass at an altitude of 5,850 m. The climb to Mera, Island, and Lobuche peak is physically demanding and technically challenging. These three peaks are the distinct and most popular climbing peaks of the Everest Region. The combination of the three makes this peak climbing a perfect adventure full of thrill and excitement.
Mera, Island, and Lobuche are the best suits for trekkers who want to have a complete thrill and adventure in trekking or climbing. Among the three peaks, the Island peak is relatively difficult with several technical sections. It has several glaciers, crevasses, rock walls, and ridge walking.
Three peak climbing is considered strenuous due to the longer duration of trek/climb in a remote and isolated area that goes above 5,500 m and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5,000 m+ for multiple days.
For the successful climb of the Three Peaks, the climbers must have an excellent physical level. On summit days, the climbers must leave the Base Camp as early as 2 am and will only be back to Base Camp by late afternoon. This grade trip involves the usage of climbing equipment (Harness, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, and Ascender). Previous experience is essential. Overall, the Three Peak Climbing is strenuous.
Best Season for Three Peak Climbing
Peak Climbing in Nepal is a seasonal activity. Autumn and spring are the best seasons for climbing most of the mountains in Nepal. Autumn Season (September, October & November) and Spring Season (March, April & May) are the perfect seasons for Mera, Island, and Lobuche Peak climbing. During these months, the days will be sunny and warm in the Himalayas. The skies will be clear and the atmosphere of the Himalayas will be alluring. Thus, we can have great views of the mountains.
Nevertheless, some adventure-seeking clients who don’t like hustle and bustle during the journey also can choose Winter Season (December, January, and February) months for this trip. Monsoon season (June, July, and August) will be a pretty difficult time for climbing in the Himalayas because of monsoon. During the monsoon, the trails will be slippery, muddy and there will be landslides too.
Autumn and Spring are the ideal seasons for three peak climbing. The temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher and higher. The nights are cold (between 5˚C to -5˚C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10˚C to 20˚C). Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking and climbing during the monsoon seasons and winters are not recommended as the visibility is poor and limited whilst upper parts and high passes will be covered with snow.
Most of the climbers prefer March, April, October, and November for Three Peak Climbing in Nepal. We also recommend you book your trek for any one of the months mentioned above. During this time of the year, there won’t be any disturbances to spoil your trek.
How Long Does it Take for Three Peak Climbing
Mera, island and Lobuche Peak Climbing is one of the longest peak climbing itineraries in Nepal. This package popularly known as three peak climbing lasts for about 28 to 30 days. This climbing itinerary demands climbers with some high-altitude trekking or climbing experience as they have to climb high passes and climb high mountains.
Our three peak climbing starts with an arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be picked up and taken to the hotels by our staff. On the next day, you will have time to prepare for the trek, meet the guides, and arrange the equipment for the successful trek. We will have a scenic flight to Lukla from where our actual trek starts on the third day.
We will start our trek slowly through the untouched and remote Hinku Valley of the Khumbu region. The trail to Mera Peak climbing offers beautiful natural scenarios of flora and fauna, alpine vegetation, river and streams, snow-capped mountains, and world-famous Sherpa lifestyle, culture, and traditions. On the way to Mera Peak Base Camp, you will pass by different beautiful valleys like Ningsow, Chetrekhola, Kothe, Thangnag, Khare, etc.
After proper acclimatization, instruction, and training by our climbing guide in the camp we climb the Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in the world.
After Mera Peak Climbing, we will continue our trek to Island Peak. Frozen waterfalls, glaciers, and jaw-dropping snow-capped mountains give company during the trek, an exciting experience. In the middle of snow-covered heaven crossing Amphu Lapcha pass is a sensational moment offering a 360-degree snow-covered view with huge walls of mountains like Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and many more.
After submitting Island Peak we complete Kongma-La Pass (5,535 m) and trek towards Everest Base Camp before Lobuche peak as climbing three high peaks back to back can be difficult. So, we travel to Everest Base Camp and stay in Gorakshep. And we will return to Lobuche after hiking to Kala Pathar early in the morning and stay in Lobuche Peak Base Camp. After acclimatizing to Lobuche High Camp we will climb one of the famous Lobuche East Peak (6,119 m). After successfully climbing the three renowned peaks in the Everest region and trekking to Everest Base Camp we will descend to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. For this itinerary, you need to walk for about 4 to 5 hours on the daily basis.
Cost for Three Peak Climbing
Mera, Island, and Lobuche Peak Climbing itinerary is a little bit expensive due to its length. The entire climbing expedition lasts for about four weeks and longer than that. Therefore, the expedition costs range between USD 4,500 to USD 5,000 depending upon the season.
The general cost of the Three Peak Climbing in the Everest region covers 4 night stay in Kathmandu with a BB plan, a sightseeing tour including a city guide, all entrance fees, and Private transport. Thereafter, the cost also covers Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight, Climbing permits, trekking permits, and National Park entry fees. In addition to this, all meals during the treks, accommodation fees, guides, and porter costs are also managed within the same cost.
We also offer camping equipment, climbing gear, general first aid, and all government taxes from the same amount.
Even though we are ever ready to provide you with the best services at a competitive price with a 100% success guarantee.
Experience this daring adventure. Here is the detail about the trip.
Experience Required for three Peak Climbing
Mera, Lobuche, and Island Peak is a technical adventure activity in Nepal that requires previous trekking experience and technical skills in peak climbing gears to have a successful summit. The trip is very suitable for adventure-motivated trekkers who have the ability to walk in snows ridges and adventurous trails. Walking in high altitudes might attract high altitude sickness, slow and steady walk would be the perfect solution. We suggest every trekker who is planning to come to Nepal for trekking and peak climbing adventure do daily physical workouts (jogging, hiking, cycling, gym, etc.) before a couple of weeks. We recommend you to undertake Mera, Island, and Lobuche only if you have undertaken other smaller peaks of the same region. Here is the list of the activities that must be done compulsorily before attempting any peak climbing in Nepal:
- Go for a run or hike to hills where you have to do ascents and descents.
- Once a week, do a long walk.
- Swim and cycle.
- You can also go up and down the stairs of a tall building.
- Eat healthy food.
- Keep on doing. If you can, do more yoga related to breathing.
Fitness Level for Three Peak Climbing
One of the common questions people have about the Three Peak Climbing is the level of physical fitness required to climb these peaks. Mera, Island, and Lobuche are the trekking peaks with significant height. Therefore, getting to the summit itself is technical and is a strenuous climb in general. These peaks are basically not for beginners. They are mostly suitable for experienced and physically fit climbers. However, just because you are fit and healthy does not mean you are already ready to scale the peak. Though our itinerary has enough room for acclimatization, you are recommended to go through a series of fitness routines several months before your actual trip.
It is mandatory to begin some sort of physical training for three to four months before your trip. Usually, it is to your advantage if you have done some kind of trekking at a high altitude. However, if you haven’t done any high-altitude trekking previously, you might have to train yourself a bit harder.
The Three Peak Climbing includes ascend or descend several thousand feet on successive days carrying your backpack and gears with you. So it is pertinent that you begin your preparation early, and gradually build your physical and mental condition which is a must for the trip. Here are a few things that will prepare for the adventure:
- Go hiking frequently
- Build your physical strength
- Practice jogging, running, walking, aerobic workout, and other prescribed workout for cardiovascular fitness.
- Follow the safety guidelines
Gear Required for Three Peak Climbing
The gear and equipment listed below are recommended for the Three Peak Climbing. We request you to get all the equipment listed below for a successful trip. We also request you to prepare a checklist and be familiar with the use of these instruments. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.
Clothing and Footwear:
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves (Down), and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Trekking shoes (Full)
- Snow Gaiter
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others that you may require while trekking)
- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
- (Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)
- Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) liter
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Reading materials, notebooks, and pens
Toiletries and hygiene:
- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen, and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit
Personal climbing gears
- Plastic mountaineering boots
- Mountaineering/Climbing Harness
- Ice Axe
- Descender/ 8 figure (Rappelling device)
- Screw gate Karabiners (Lock 2/Unlock 2)
- Prusik loop