|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmnadu /Kathmandu|
Island Peak (6169m) is also known as Imja Tse. It is one of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal. From Dingboche the mountain is seen as an island peak in a sea of ice. The summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Khumbu region. Seen from the summit, the giant mountains/ Everest, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,516m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8463m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak. For many mountaineers, climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing in the Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalayan expedition later in the year. For some mountaineers, the peak is also used for acclimatization preparation before another mountain ascent. Trekking to Kalapatthar or Everest base camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding Island Peak climbing.
The normal route for climbing Island Peak is the southeast flank and southwest ridge. Normally, the Island Peak base camp is set at Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snow fall. From the base camp, a well-acclimatized party in good conditions can make the summit and return to the base camp in a day. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp that adds the joy of climbing and helps a safe ascent.