Island Peak (6,160 m) also known as Imja Tse, is similar to ‘an island in the seas of ice’, though it is the technology a rugged peak for climbing one of the thrilling and paradise peaks for having awesome sceneries of majestic mountains of nearby and so forth and foremost, prepare oneself for having the summit to the higher mountains.
Located in the Khumbu region, Island Peak (6,189 m) also popularly known as Imja Tse Peak, is one the most famous and demanded peaks for climbing in Nepal, especially in Everest Region. 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 as being like an island as he saw from Dingboche, the site today is no different than a long time back.
How popular the Island peak is for climbing, an official data recorded between the years 2006 to 2010 shows it clearly. Within this four years period, as many as 12,000 people had obtained permission. Comparatively, Island peak is technically the most difficult peak for having summit, and therefore, though obtaining consent many people could not ascend to the top of the peak. Therefore, Footprint Adventure recommends you make adequate preparation prior to being on a peak climbing trip. We have carefully designed the itineraries and the whole trip with adequate acclimatization, but the success of the summit depends more on the guide and climbing team as well as the kind of preparation.
Island peak is a part of Mt. Lhotse also known to be Lhotse Shar as well as 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 to the west as well as the Ama Dablam, Mt. Baruntse and Amphu Lapcha to the south-west. Island peak as said above is undoubtedly paradise for utmost adventure seekers at the same time who are willing to see and capture dazzling views of the dramatic mountains, incredible sceneries, numerous glaciers, glacial lakes, and more. Island peak was said to have first been climbed by the British team in 1953 as preparation for climbing Mt. Everest.
It is not that you will only see the mountain vista, and incredible landscapes, you will also have an opportunity to delve into the unique culture, rituals, lifestyles, and at the same time numerous flora and fauna. More importantly, if you wish to, you can sojourn in the beautiful village of the legendary Sherpa, enjoy local dishes and delicacies, and have an excursion around the ancient Buddhist monastery, mani, Chhorten. All these features are explicit enough why the Island peak climbing trip is a special trip in Nepal.
After you have a UNESCO World Heritage sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley, you will then begin the Island peak climbing trip with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Then you begin real trekking through Phakding, you will reach 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 their local dishes and delicacies, and explore the Buddhist monastery. The next day you will continue trekking to Gokyo valley, Thaknak, crossing Cho La pass, you will reach Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp, and retrace down to Kala Patthar, Lobuche, Chhukung and finally reach 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.
Highlights of Island Peak Climbing & Everest Base Camp Trek
- Climbing Island Peak and mountaineering in the incredible Nepal Himalaya
- Sunrise from high on Island Peak
- Beautiful views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, and the Khumbu Icefall
- Sunrise over Everest from Namche Bazaar
- Sunset over Everest from Kala Pattar at 5545m
- 3 weeks spent with our Sherpa staff
- The incredible sense of achievement and personal satisfaction that only adventures like this can provide