The Island Peak Climb (formally known as Imja Tse), is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The majestic peak stands at a towering 6189 meters and offers incomparable views of Ama Dablam and Lhotse. Protruding from a choppy sea of ice and snow-clad peaks, Island Peak is a must for any adventure lover visiting the Everest region. This awesome package combines a visit to Everest Base Camp (5364m) as well, combining one of the most legendary mountaineering spots in the world with a thrilling climbing expedition.
Island Peak is not as high as other climbing peaks in the country, but it is a bit more technically challenging than most. However, with proper training, which we happily provide, you will successfully summit this spectacular peak. Have the adventure of a lifetime with us and summit Island Peak soon!
The first five days of the journey, we follow the Everest Base Camp trekking trail, starting with a standard, though anything but average, flight to Lukla. Trek up to Namche Bazaar, the largest town that the trail passes. Here, bakeries, trekking shops, and guest houses line the foot-trafficked streets. A little bit further lies Tengboche Monastery, the religious center of the Khumbu region. Throughout the trek, you will notice the vibrant spiritual energy, but the spirit of Buddhism is especially alive in Tengboche.
From Tengboche, we head up the desolate, lunar-like Chhuking Valley. Greys, blues, and whites of all shades paint the scene. Our anticipation builds as we near Island Peak Base Camp. When we arrive, our Sherpa guides give you the lowdown on the process of summiting Island Peak, as well as make sure the gear is in tip-top condition. During this 2-night preparation period, we sleep in a tent. There is nothing that says adventure more than sleeping in a tent at 5000 meters under the Himalayas.
The time comes to summit Island Peak. We wake up around 2 in the morning and start in the dark of night. Just above High Camp, a few rocky parts necessitate some scrambling. When we get to the steep slope, fixed ropes are set up by our guide for the ascent of almost 100 meters to the summit ridge. Walk along the thin ridge with steep snow walls on each side. The climb is difficult due to the steepness, but the view from the top is simply unbelievable. The memory of climbing a Himalayan peak will be cherished forever.
The adventure is still not over. We descend and climb back up to Everest Base Camp, a pilgrimage destination for trekkers and mountaineers across the world. Eventually, it is time to say goodbye to the mountains and descend back to Lukla. We hope to see you on our Island Peak Climb soon!
To take the Island Peak Climb, you must have previous trekking experience and a moderate degree of fitness. Most important, though, is your will and determination to make it to the summit.
Book the Island Peak Climb all throughout the year. Though the climb is available anytime, certain seasons provide the best weather. During autumn (September to November), skies are clearest and mountain views are best. The spring season is also a suitable time to take the journeyl. If you have any questions, please contact us!