Island Peak - Mt. Imja Tse Climb

Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton's party who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known by its Nepali name of Imja Tse. Island Peak is an extension of Lhotse Shar, and is located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers, standing at 6,189m / 20,305 ft. Island peak is the probably the most popular trekking peak of Nepal as it falls en-route to Everest Base Camp.

The journey to the summit of this peak starts with the class and dramatic flight to Lukla. From here we follow the footsteps of the legends Tenzing Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to Everest Base Camp. We are now in the land of the famous climbing people, Sherpas and will be passing through pine forest, Sherpa villages, monasteries, gushing rivers fed by the Himalayan glaciers, crossing hanging bridges to arrive at the bustling Sherpa 'capital' Namche Bazaar. From here we head towards the famous Thyangboche monastery which has a backdrop of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Amadablam, Mani walls, chortens and fluttering prayer flags with views of magnificent Himalayas. From here we continue our ascend crossing the Imja Khola to arrive at Pheriche and  steady ascent further following glacial moraines to Lobuche and then to our lodge at Gorak Shep. From here we hike to the famous and historic site of Everest Base Camp and also climb Kala Pattar (5,545m / 18,193 ft.) to get some mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.

From here we head back towards Lobuche and further down to Thukla. From here we take the left hand trail to the village of Dingboche. Well acclimatized to high altitude we now head to Island peak base camp. We set a high camp at an altitude of 5,600m before heading for the summit. The climb itself takes the north face glacier in a steady rise to the summit ridge which leads, in an exposed and exciting situation, to the top. From the summit fabulous views can be enjoyed of many Himalayan giants including the immense south face of Lhotse and the huge peak of Amadablam. After the summit return back to Lukla via Thyangboche and Namche Bazaar to take the flight back to Kathmandu.

Two Base camps, panoramic views of the massif and magnificent Himalayas from Kala Pattar and reaching the summit of Island peak at 6,189m makes this an unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 02: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly Lukla (2,880m) & trek to Phakding (2,652m)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,447m)
Day 05: Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Thyangboche (3,863m)
Day 07: Pheriche (4,220m)
Day 08: Acclimatization at Pheriche
Day 09: Lobuche (4,931m)
Day 10: Gorak Shep (5,160m) / Kala Pattar & back
Day 11: Day trip to Everest Base Camp (5,360m)
Day 12: Dingboche (4,350m)
Day 13: Chhukung (4,570m)
Day 14: Pares Gyab (Island peak Base Camp) (5,150m)
Day 15: Attack Camp (5,600m)
Day 16: Summit Island Peak (6,189m) & back to Chukkumg
Day 17: Contingency day
Day 18: Thyangboche
Day 19: Namche Bazaar
Day 20: Lukla
Day 21: Lukla / Kathmandu by Flight
Day 22: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 23: Final departure

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb to May & Oct to Dec
Time Period: 22 Nights / 23 Days
Trek Period: 18 Night / 19 Days
In Kathmandu: 04 Nights
Flights: 2 Ways (Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu)
Trek Type: Strenuous
Highest Altitude: 6,189m
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek
Trek Cost: Details of cost upon request

Features

National Park: Sagarmatha National Park (1,148 sq. kms)
Mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Amadablam, Nuptse, Tawatse, Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.
Rivers: Bhote Kosi, Dudh Kosi and Imjatse Khola
Villages: Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, etc.
Tribes: Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

Maps

Map of Island Peak - Mt. Imja Tse Climb