Island Peak also known as Imja Tse, 6189 meter high, one of the most frequently climbed peaks in the Everest Region. It is easy access to the Island Peak regularly combined with the ascents of other nearby trekking peaks such as Mera Peak, Pokalde, and Labuche East. The name Island Peak is given by Eric Shipton´s party in 1951 because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was afterward renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remained the well-liked choice. Actually, the peak is an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.
Island peak is labeled “Trekking Peak” and originally applied by the Nepalese authorities to mountains that were felt to be accessible without the logistics of a major expedition and didn’t require an extensive knowledge of winter alpine skills. Although the majority of these peaks can be climbed in just one or two days from a trailhead, their technical difficulties and objective dangers vary enormously. Whilst climbing a “trekking peak” is not as challenging as an 8000m summit, these mountains should not be taken lightly: a considerable amount of time often needs to be spent above 5000m, often in difficult weather, on slopes that need a good range of mountaineering skills. Island Peak was first climbed by a team of mountaineers that included Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, as preparation and acclimatization for the first ascent of Everest in 1953.
For Island Peak Expedition, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 meters (16,690 ft) called Pareshaya Gyab and starting the climb between 2 and 3 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 meters (18,400 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, proper water supply and worries about sleeping at a higher elevation 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 will be set up by our mountain guide for the laborious ascent of almost 100 meters to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. On top, while Mount Everest is a mere ten kilometers away to the north, the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above the summit.
But it still provides an exhilarating mountaineering experience to the beginner and expert alike plus breath taking view other neighboring peaks and spring and autumn offers best weather for the expedition. No technical mountaineering experience is necessary to climb Island Peak, simply a high level of fitness the desire to push your limits. Our Guide in Himalaya standard itinerary first follows Everest Base Camp Trek or Everest in Hillary’s Footsteps Trek. But it always is flexible to that can be changed as per your choice and requirements. Our complete package price offers expert guide and excellent services.
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