Popularly known as Island peak (Imja Tse 6189m) climbing is one of the most popular adventure for the beginners of the mountaineering in Nepal which is done along with the Everest Base Camp trek.
The climbing offers very little technical aspects. Hence, it is one of the most popular choices among the 6000m. Hundreds of climbers each year seek permission to climb this peak.
The peak stands tall with modest height of 6,189m. It was an English mountaineer Eric Shipton who named it as an Island Peak in 1953. He named it as an island peak because it resembled an island in a sea of ice seeing it from Dingboche. In 1983, Island Peak again got its new name as Imja Tse.
The Island peak climb can be accomplished in 16 days. The trip begins after landing in Lukla airport. Climbing begins after spending few days and nights for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
It takes four to five days to reach the Base camp of Island Peak. Here in the base camp climbers have to familiarize themselves with the climatic condition before actually pushing themselves to the summit.
The ascent to the peak starts along a ridge where climbers use foot traction device popularly known as crampons along with a rope to elevate upwards.
The way across the glacier is easy with occasional fractures in them. After reaching the top, magnificent view of Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse and Ama Damblam are seen.
Tenzing Norgay was the first climber to ascend to the top of this peak who was a part of British Team preparing for the Everest Triumph in those days.
After reaching on the top, you descend through Everest trail to return to the Lukla airport to fly back to Kathmandu for final departure.
Itinerary of the Island peak:
|1||Arrive in Kathmandu|
|2||Rest day in Kathmandu|
|3 – 8||Fly to Lukla and trek up to Dingboche 4252m, rest day|
|9 – 11||Trek to Chukkung 4730m. Optional climb of Chukkung Ri or Pokalde peak with camping. Back to Chukkung.|
|12||Island Peak base camp at 5100m, preparations.|
|15-17||Trek back to Chukkung and back to Lukla|
|18||Fly to Kathmandu.
Depart for home on minimum day 19.
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