Island peak climbing is one of the best options if you want to submit the home of the Himalayas. Island Peak is also known as Imja Tae among the Nepalese. The name ‘Island Peak ‘ was given by the British mountaineers in 1953 because it looks like an island in a sea of ice if it is viewed from Dingboche. The peak is a section of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar, the main area forms an arc of cliffs that advances to the north of the summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle Peak, and Lhotse Shar. The peak is also colloquially known as ‘Imja Tse’.
Island Peak is possibly the best and only opportunity for advanced, intermediate and beginner climbers to take on the challenge of climbing a glacier above 20,000 feet, in the heart of the Himalayas. The trekker will get to relish the view of gigantic mountains such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Gokyo Ri, Pumori, Nuptse, Kala Patthar, Khumbila, Kongde Ri and many other Himalayas seen from the trek route. Along the route, you will get to walk along some of the famous Everest Base Camp treks. The Himalayan peaks draw adventurers and climbers from all over the world and have done for nearly 200 years. The stark rugged terrain, entwined with the culture of local Sherpa people offers such powerful experiences that Himalayan travel is in a class of its own. The trekkers get to take a tour of Sagarmatha National Park which is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. The trekkers will also get to visit the ancient caves, monasteries, villages, valleys, and museums in this trek. This trek also features the hike up to the hotel operating in the highest altitude i.e. Hotel Everest View. Island Peak Climbing is an adventurous trek which will definitely be a thrilling experience for the lifetime.
The peak is located in the Sagarmatha National Park in eastern Nepal.It is standing between Ama Dablam and Lhotse peak. The peak is 6,189m above sea level.
The majestic views of glaciers, breathtaking mountains, the authentic culture and lifestyle of local sherpas in the valleys, exhilarating view of rhododendrons are some of the attractions of Island peak climbing. Similarly, the climbing is done through the Sagarmatha National Park therefore you can see various species of flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough you can you will see some endangered species such as wild yaks musk deer etc.
The month of April, May, October, and November is best for climbing Island Peak. During these months the temperature during night goes from -5degree to -10 degrees celsius whereas during the day the temperature goes from 0 degrees to 15-degree celsius.
Many climbers experience a bit of difficulty in climbing this peak. But the difficulty level depends upon person to person and time of climbing. Before climbing the peak one should be physically and mentally prepared. Technical training and physical training need to be done before climbing.
The journey of climbing the peak starts from Lukla with the plane trip from Kathmandu because it is the only gateway to the peak. You won’t see Island Peak until 6-7th day of trek from Bouche. Though you might see various other mountain peaks including Mount Everest.
Before climbing the peak you need you to be well prepared for the journey. The food and water needed though you will find many tea houses in the way, proper type of clothes , gears, and a positive and determined mind.
There are many tea houses on the way to the peak with basic facilities. You have to adopt the tent accommodation as you begin from base camp. In the higher elevation, you take a room with the twins or a single room by paying extra fees.
To climb the peak you need the permit of Sagarmatha National Park’s too. On the route, there are checkpoints where you have to show the permit to go further. The two permit that you need are Local Area Permit which is fixed i.e.Rs 2000 and Island peak climbing permit varies from season to season
A comfortable trekking boots,
Wind and waterproof gloves,
A fleece or down jacket,
Sock Liners, wool socks,
Torchlight and some batteries,
The trail to the peak of Island is technically difficult so choose the best time and appropriate gears. Similarly, choose the experience and qualified guide for the trip. The positive and determined mind with a physically fit body can take you to the peak.
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