Island Peak climbing with Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek & Expedition
Island Peak 6187 m, also known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mt Everest in the Himalaya of Eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Tipton’s party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later named Imja Tse in 1983, but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Mt Lhotse Shar. Mt Island Peak was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse.
Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks of the Khumbu region, given its difficulty and accessibility, especially when supported by a Nepalese climbing Sherpa / Guide. To climb Island Peak, one has the option of starting from a Base Camp at 5087 m starting the climb between 2 and 3 am, or another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5600 m to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, adequate water supply and concern about sleeping at higher altitude may dictate starting from Base Camp. Base Camp to High Camp is basically a hike, but just above High Camp, some rocky, steep slopes require moderate scrambling up through a broad, open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here fixed ropes may be set up by the climbing Sherpa for the strenuous ascent of nearly 200 m to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. On top, while Mt Everest is a mere 10 km away to the north, the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Mt Lhotse, towering 2300 m above the summit.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla 2800 m, 35 minute flight.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440 m about 5 hours’ walk.
Day 5: Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche monastery 3860.m 4 hours’ walk
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche 4200 m 5 hours’ walk.
Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day at Pheriche.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche 4910 m 5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep 5180 m.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5365 m and trek back to Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek to Chhukung 4710 m 6 hours’ walk.
Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 5240 m 4 hours’ walk.
Day 14: Trek to Island Peak High Camp about 3 hours’ walk
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