Island Peak climb of Nepal is the most favored and exciting adventure one can think of embarking on towards the famous Himalayas of Nepal. The journey we undertake will be filled with picturesque landscapes and daunting valleys with views of many mountain ranges including Mount Everest to be seen almost every day of your trek.
Here we will learn everything you need to know about your trip, and they are classified under the following heads:
History of Island Peak
A brief overview of Island Peak
Places you visit on the Island Peak climb
A brief quotation for Island peak climb
Best season to visit Island Peak
Some Questions People are Looking For Island Peak Climb
Nepal is a landlocked country that shares its borders with India, China and is separated by only Sikkim from Bhutan. Even though it is a small country compared with others, it is rich in diversity and is blessed with beautiful mountains and historic holy places. Tourism forms the main source of income for the country of Nepal with religious people and mountaineers visiting the country to explore the most popular places on earth.
Mount Everest is in the Khumbu region of Nepal and is the highest mountain peak in the world, scaled by the famous Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Along the trail leading to Mt. Everest, you will come across several mountain ranges that form a part of the Great Himalayan Range. Nepal is also famous for its many temples and monasteries.
Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, erected to glorify and praise Lord Shiva, is a very famous temple. The Manokamna which is on top of a Huge hill is also a great tourist attraction and attracts people from all over the world. Nepal is also quite popular for the many Nepali dishes prepared by the people there. But most of the tourists traveling to Nepal are there for the Mountain adventures or looking for a religious journey.
History of Island Peak
Island Peak is the popular name for Imja Tse. It is located in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region of Nepal, where all the mountain ranges come together to form the Great Himalayas. The Island Peak was so named by the members of the British Mount Everest Expedition in the year 1953 because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.
However, the peak was later renamed as Imja Tse, but the still, Island peak remains to be the popular choice for viewers. The southwest summit of Imja Tse was first scaled in the year 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to scale Mount Everest. The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised of Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas.
The main summit was first climbed in 1956 by Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten (and two other unknown Sherpas), a member of a Swiss team that went on to make the second ascent of Everest and the first ascent of Mount Lhotse. The peak is still used as a training exercise climb before mountaineers attempt to climb Mount Everest.
A Brief Overview of Island Peak
There is no doubt that the mountain ranges in the Himalayas have drawn adventurers, climbers, and cultural enthusiasts for many decades since the first men to scale the mountains came along. Among all the trekking peaks in Nepal, the Island peak is the most popular as it is suitable for all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. This Island peak climbing offers an exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal.
By finishing the climb of the Island peak, you will be standing on the summit of a peak that faces the other ranges at a height of 6189 meters. Standing on top of the Island peak you can cherish the same unforgettable sensation of achievement as you would on the top of Mt. Everest. The climb of island peak or Imja Tse is not a technically difficult one, but it requires you to be physically fit for the ascent.
Places You Visit on the Island Peak climb
The first point of contact will be Kathmandu, Nepal. Where you will spend 2 days to rest, do some last-ditch shopping and check your gears and also attend a seminar on the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes from our experts.
Then we fly to the hilltop airport at Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport. Once you leave civilization, the first stop will be after a 2-hour trek from Lukla to Phakding. It is located on the river banks of Dudh Koshi and has a number of cozy lodges where you can spend the night in.
From Phakding the next place you visit while on the Island Peak climb is Namche Bazaar, home of the Sherpas. With 2 days spend on acclimatization, we head towards Deboche, after passing through the Thyangboche monastery in Thyangboche.
After spending a night in Deboche, we head towards Pheriche, where climb high completed a restoration project on the nunnery in 2005. A 4-5 hours trek from Pheriche, and we reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, we move towards Gorak shep and also visit the Everest Base camp on the way.
Next, after the ascent of Kala Pattar to see the sunrise and also to see the view of Mount Everest from atop such a daunting height, we go down towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, we climb up the Imja Tse valley till we reach the Island peak base camp.
After a rest and acclimatization session day, we practice climbing Island peak as we check our gears too. After reaching the summit, we head back down towards Pangboche then back to Namche. After Namche, no more acclimatization, we trek back to Lukla airport. Thus after you reach Kathmandu, your trip comes to an end, and these were the places you visit while on the island peak climb.
A Brief Quotation for Island Peak Climb
Day 1: Arrival and reception at a hotel in Kathmandu. Rest day.
Day 2: Sightseeing visit to Boudha, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath and equipment check.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport and then from the airport to Phakding. Overnight halt.
Day 4: Trekking from Phakding to Namche, home of the Sherpas.
Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Trekking from Namche to Deboche via Thyangboche monastery in Thyangboche.
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche, and night’s halt there.
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche from Pheriche, along with the splendid view of the mountain ranges.
Day 9: Ascent of the steeper trail leading the way to Gorak shep, after a visit to the Everest Base Camp.
Day 10: From Gorak shep, we visit the Kala Pattar, then make our way towards Dingboche.
Day 11: From Dingboche, we trek towards our main destination, Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 12: Rest and training day at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 13: Summit day climbing and go further 300m to Base Camp.
Day 14: Trek back to Pangboche.
Day 15: Trek back to Namche.
Day 16: Trek back to Lukla airport.
Day 17: Fly out to Kathmandu
Day 18: Rest day or visit Bhaktapur.
Day 19: Departure.
The quotation above is a basic one, and the itinerary mentioned above is subject to change should there any issues arise. Depending on the speed and the time taken by the trekking party, the trip schedule might be changed. The planning is done in order to give you enough time to adjust to the environment of the mountains and also to get some climbing and trekking practice, so do make full use of the time and space and enjoy your trek to the fullest.
Best Season To Visit Island Peak
Island Peak Climbing is possible to venture throughout the year except during the monsoon season (mid-June till the end of August). Many climbers have successfully attempted their climb even in winter but the extreme cold could be detrimental for some and also the view might be clouded, and it might ruin your trip.
The best and most suitable season for Island Peak Climbing is during spring (March to early June) and autumn (September to November). These seasons coincide with Everest Expedition timing, so along the climbing route, you will encounter many Everest expedition team during the months of April and May.
If you are an amateur mountaineer and want to savor the best climbing experience and view, we suggest you launch the island peak climbing expedition during spring. It is also one of the busiest climbing seasons of the year. The weather during autumn in the mountain tends to be clear and is also considered to be the best season to scale the Island Peak.
In general terms, autumn is the best and the most popular season to visit Nepal and go for any sort of travel, trekking, touring and other expedition around the country. It is the season when Nepal is decorated at its finest with amazing views.
The temperature during autumn moderate; really favorable for trekking and mountaineering. It is possible that the post-monsoon period might get a bit crowded but on the flip side, we assure you the best weather, climbing conditions and the view.
As spring and autumn is the peak season in Nepal, you must confirm the availability and book flights and hotel accommodation in advance to secure the place.
Some Questions People are Looking For Island Peak Climb
Q) How long does it take to climb Island Peak?
Ans) 3 – 4 Hours
Q) Is Island Peak Hard to Climb?
Q) Can you see Everest from Island Peak?
Q) How high is Imja Tse?
Ans) 6,160 m