The Island Peak is a famous trekking peak in Nepal’s Everest region. The mountain was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. It is an extension of the ridge off the south end of Lhotse Shar, and the combination of the Everest base camp trek and Island Peak climbing is the best trip in Nepal, adored by adventure seekers. Imja Tse provides an enjoyable climb and some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the Summit, the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi-circle in the north. In addition, the views of Makalu (8475m) in the east and Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add to the beauty of climbing Island Peak.
Who is Island Peak best for?
Island Peak is considered a stepping stone for serious mountaineers. Due to its ideal location, the peak is regarded as the best training ground before going on other high-altitude expeditions. Climbers can acclimatize well by climbing Island Peak to improve their endurance, strength and experience before attempting more challenging mountains like Mt. Everest.
The Climbing Route
The climb starts from the base camp at 5,087m and finishes at 5,164m. This route involves some scrambling and exposed climbing with fixed ropes. However, there are no technical difficulties in ascending onto the ridge above the high camp, where some climbers spend their second night. We continue this challenging journey by setting off at midnight with head torches to get underway before dawn breaks and walk up icy steps in total blackness. We pass through a snowy gully exiting onto a vast plain traversing alongside the SSE Ridge before reaching the final peak, which dominates all around it – Island Peak (6,164m). This peak offers breath-taking views of all the surrounding peaks, including Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8463 m), Nuptse (7866 m) and Cho Oyu (8201 m), as well as stunning vistas of Tibet’s lower Kangchenjunga range.