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Mera and Island Peak Day 11 - Hongku Valley to Amphu Labsta Base Camp

A final steady day before the big crossing of the Amphu Labsta tomorrow.

Hiking Difficult

4.8 km
371 m
59 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
5.2 km
High Point
5.5 km
Mera and Island Peak Day 11 - Hongku Valley to Amphu Labsta Base Camp Map

This is a stunning day of trekking past beautiful mountain lakes and beneath some of the Khumbu's wildest mountains.


Start the day by soaking in the sun as it swings around to the south and warms your camp. Once you get underway with the hike, head north-east past the final few small Hongku lakes to reach the end of the huge one which fills the northern end of the valley. Pass to the left of this and then climb the steep moraine which exits the Hongku valley and climbs north-west, heading directly for the Amphu Labsta.

At the top of the moraine you reach another huge lake with staggering views to the Amphu Labsta and a beautiful cirque of mountains which are subsidiary peaks of Ama Dablam. This lake is part of the Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes) which are a pilgrimage site for followers of Shiva. Cross underneath the toe of the lake and then follow the right hand side of it to a flat spot set back from the lake, almost directly under the Amphu Labsta.

The campsites around here are utterly beautiful and each one you find seems to look better than the last one. Eventually you'll have to plump for one and set up the tents!

The crossing of the Amphu Labsta col which you will tackle tomorrow is one of the most serious days on the whole expedition and arguably features the most difficult mountaineering, so get a good night's rest in preparation for a big day.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

in March, April, May, October, November and December


  • Alpine
  • Picturesque

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