Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peak in Nepal located at Khumbu valley or Everest region. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton. Island peak is very famous Nepal Mountaineering Association peak among the 33 NMA peaks. Island peak derives its name as the mountain looks like a sea of ice from along with one of the most enjoyable climbing occurrence.

Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to summit Mount Everest which included Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay, with seven Sherpas.

To climb Island Peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 metres (16,690 ft) and starting the climb between 1am or 2 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 metres (18,400 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and 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 guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing.

Scaling of the Imja Tse or Island Peak gets rewarded by some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Once on the summit, see that the giant mountains, Amadoublem, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north, views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south.

This peak is more charm for climbing. For many mountaineering enthusiasts, climbing the Island Peak marks the preparation for a full scale Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years. For the serious mountaineers, Island Peak also peak serves the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing.

Everest base camp trek combined with Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers.

Asian Hiking Team’s a local travel agency organize Island peak climbing, trekking starting from Lukla all the way to visit Everest Base Camp continues trekking to Island base camp, summit the peak then end trek in Lukla.

If anyone is looking Island Peak climbing part only, we have Sherpa guide and climbing store in Dingboche so that we operate climbing 2 nights 3 days camping with equipment, necessary document, camping arrangement with essential staffs. So that you can contact us to do Island peak climb only as well. 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfers to Hotel (B).

Trekking/Climbing Start

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m.) by flight and trek to Phakding, 2652m, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar, 3440m. Overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 04: Namche Bazaar Rest for Acclimatization. Overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche 3867m. overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 06: Thyangboche to Pheriche 4343m. overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 07: Pheriche to Lobuche. 4930m. overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 08: Lobuche to Gorepshep continues EBC, overnight Hotel/Lodge in Gorep-shep (B/L/D).
Day 09: Gorepshep to kalapatter and trekking Dingboche 4243m. overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 10: Dingboche to Chhukung 4800m, Overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 11: Chhukung to Island peak (Imja Tse) Base Camp, Tented Camp (B/L/D).
Day 12: Island B.C to Island Peak summit 6198m. & back to Island B.C. Tented Camp (B/L/D).
Day 13: Spare days for climbing (B/L/D).
Day 14: Island B.C to Tyangboche. overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 15: Tyangboche to Manju 2760m 5/6 hours, overnight in Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 16: Manju to Lukla, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight then transfer to Hotel (BB).

Trekking End

Day 18: Last minute, transfer to Airport for your onward journey (B).

Note: The trekking itineray subject to change as your time frame. It is also possible to start from Jiri or Salleri directly drive from Kathmandu.