Island Peak (6,160 m.) also known as Imja Tse peak, is similar to ‘an island in the seas of ice’, though it is technically difficult peak for climbing but one of the thrilling and paradise peak for having awesome sceneries of majestic mountains of nearby and so forth and foremost, prepare oneself for having summit to the higher mountains.
Located in the Khumbu region, Island Peak (6,160 m.) also popularly known as Imja Tse peak, is one another most famous and demanded peaks for climbing in Nepal. Island peak, the name in itself is self-explanatory. The peak looks similar to the island of ice. This is therefore why the peak initially was known as Imja peak, and later on was given by British national, Eric Earle Shipton as Island peak, as this peak looked like ‘an island in the seas of ice’. As Shipton depicted the sight being like an island as he saw from Dingboche, the site today is no different than long time back.
How popular the Island peak is for climbing, an official data recorded between the year 2006 to 2010 shows it clearly. Within this four years period, as many as 12,000 people had obtained the permission. Comparatively, island peak is technically the most difficult peak for having a summit and therefore, though obtained permission many people could not ascend to the top of the peak. Therefore, we Footprint Adventure recommend you to make adequate preparation prior to being peak climbing trip. We have carefully designed the itineraries and the whole trip with adequate of acclimatization, but the success of summit depends more on guide and climbing team as well as the kind of preparation.
Island peak is a part of the Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) also known to be Lhotse Shar as well as of Mt. Nuptse, as you ascend up alongside snow-filled rocky and sloppy hills, beating the strong winds and slippery snow filled trails, boulders, and thick fog, as you climb on the top of the island peak, you will feel paradise of snow, amazing scenery of Lhotse Shar, raised stiff tall summit to the north, and the giant Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), to the west as well as the Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Buruntse (6,770 m) and Amphu Lapcha (5,245 m) to the south-west. Island peak as said above is undoubtedly paradise for utmost adventure seekers at the meantime who are willing to see and capture dazzling views of the dramatic mountains, incredible sceneries, numerous of glaciers, glacial lakes and more. Island peak was said to have first climbed by the British team in 1953 as the preparation of climbing Mt. Everest.
It is not that you will only see the mountain vista, incredible landscapes, you will also have an opportunity to delve into the unique culture, rituals, lifestyles at the meantime numerous of flora and fauna. More importantly, if you wish to you can sojourn in the beautiful village of legendary Sherpa enjoy with local dishes and delicacies, have excursion around the ancient Buddhist monastery, mani, Chhorten. All these features are explicit enough why Island peak climbing trip is a special trip in Nepal.
After you have a sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley, you will then begin Island peak climbing trip with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then you begin real trekking through Phakding, you will reach at Namche Bazaar, where you will stop for one day in order to have acclimatization. At Namche, you will roam around the village of legendary Sherpa, enjoy with their local dishes and delicacies, explore around the Buddhist monastery. Next day you will continue trekking to Gokyo valley, Thaknak, crossing Cho La pass, you will reach Gorakshep and retrace down to Kala Patthar, Lobuche, Chhukung and finally reach at Island base camp, after ascending to the top of the peak, you will retrace down to Namche Bazaar, finally at Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu.