Guided Climbs on Nepal’s Imja-tse (Island Peak) 20,305 ft.
ISLAND PEAK: 6189m
Don’t be mislead by the appellation, the Trekking Peaks of Nepal can certainly offer their share of challenging mountain climbing. Mountain Trip offers a range of objectives in a variety of regions in this culturally diverse country. All of our expeditions are combined with a trek in to the mountaineering objective and so are also accessible to fit trekkers who might like to join us as we stroll amidst stunning landscapes and sample the rich mountain cultures.
We love leading trips to the Khumbu region of Nepal, where climbers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves on the 20,305’ (6189m) Imja-tse (Island Peak). This is a great choice for those wishing to experience high altitude mountaineering in a dramatic setting. One of the world’s great alpine walls, the South Face of the 8,516 meter giant Lhotse, provides a spectacular backdrop to our climb.
We combine the Island Peak climbing expedition with a trek through the Khumbu region to Everest Base Camp. Beginning at the airstrip in Lukla, we will explore the Sherpa trading center of Namche Bazaar and the religious and cultural center of the Tengboche Monastery.
Further on, we will stop and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic in Pheriche as we further our acclimatization with some of the most spectacular hiking on the planet. Above Pheriche we hike along the massive Khumbu Glacier as we make our way toward Everest Base Camp. A memorable objective in its own right, we will make an acclimatization climb of 18,300’ Kala Pattar, a stunningly situated satellite peak with views of Everest, Nuptse and Pumori before briefly re-tracing our route back toward the village of Dingboche.
From the idyllic stone houses and fences of Dingboche we hike under the beautiful Ama Dablam toward the village of Chukkung en route to our 16,690’ Island Peak expedition base camp. Our Island Peak ascent climbs the narrow Southwest Ridge to the breathtaking summit surrounded by the majesty of Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and the holy peak of Cho Polu. After savoring the rewards of our efforts, we descend to our Base Camp and ready ourselves for the journey back to Lukla.
Participants in the Island Peak climbing expedition should have some basic mountaineering experience and be good physical condition. Though we will only be hiking with daypacks, trekkers also need to be in good shape as the mountainous terrain that creates such majesty in the Khumbu region lends itself to rugged hiking.
Island Peak is another great “entryway” into climbing big mountains. It is a wonderful blend of a rich cultural experience, relatively high altitude, non-technical mountaineering, and adventure. Aspiring climbers should be in good physical fitness, as summit day is challenging. No prior glacier experience is necessary, as we have plenty of time to cover the basics while acclimatizing.
Follow Up Climbs
Aconcagua – This is a great entry into higher altitude mountaineering and a good stepping stone before attempting peaks like Denali, Vinson or Himalayan behemoths because, while the length of the trip is similar, it is overall somewhat easier of an ascent, and therefore a good indicator of whether or not you will enjoy spending two to three weeks on a colder mountain.
Denali West Buttress –The West Buttress is physically more demanding than and a significant step up from an ascent of a trekking peak in Nepal. In many ways, they are very different experiences, because of the amount of time you spend camping in the snow, and the altitude of Denali feels much higher than that of Island Peak, due to Denali’s proximity to the Arctic Circle. If you view mountain climbing as a continuum of accumulated experiences, gaining altitude experience on an Island Peak ascent climb is a great step before heading up to Alaska.
Guided Island Peak Climbing Expedition Itinerary
Island Peak Guide Tips