Island Peak Base Camp
Located in Chhukung Glacier, the Island Peak Climbing lies between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountain. Well-known by another name Imja Tse, Island Peak is elevated at 6189m. The story behind the alternative name of Island Peak is the presence of this peak in Imja Valley.
The climb to the Island Peak gives birth to novice climbers and is of 18 days. Your journey to Island Peak not only provides you with the tag of trekker but you will also be blessed with another satisfactory title, climber. If you have the craving for peak climbing in Nepal, you can start with this one.
The wild form of the trail of the Island Peak Climbing offers the epic scenery of snow-covered landscape and glittering mountain vistas of the Everest region which is alternatively called as Khumbu region.
The climb to Island Peak is not only meant to reach the soaring height of Island Peak. The climb takes you far beyond that. Before making the actual scaling of Island Peak get ready to behold the elegance of the world-famous Everest Base Camp. The journey of Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is going to imprint a great image of Nepal on every climber joining this adventure.
Everest Base Camp with mountains on Backdrop
Join this exotic peak climb and greet your eyes with astonishing glacial and mountain views while standing at the foot of Everest. To enrich your experience, a Kalapathar trek is most recommended. Standing at Kalapatthar, at an altitude of 5644m, stare at the mountain vistas of Mt Everest, Lhotse, and many others with defiance.
Though you might have seen the filmed glimpse of the Everest region in several Netflix shows and other movies, relishing a first-hand glimpse of the Island peak, Mt. Everest and other mountain vistas leave a remarkable impression on your mind and soul.
As a climb to the Island peak is pretty strenuous than that of the hyped Everest Base Camp trek, the journey will first take you up from Dingboche to the foothill of Everest leaving the Chhukung valley trekking trail. The reason behind this is the acclimatization need which will be balanced when Everest Base Camp Trek is acquired before Island Peak Climb.
To climb Island Peak with ease, make sure to carry required climbing gear like harness, cramps, Ice Axe, comfortable climbing footwear, and so on. During the climb, you are likely to get caught by acute mountain sickness so remember to carry required medication like Diamox. With full enthusiasm, determination, and endurance complete the Island Peak Climbing and collect redolent experience in Nepal.
Wondering about the difficulty level of Island Peak Climb?
If you are thinking of “how difficult is the Island Peak Climb?” Let me make it clear that the climb is not that hazardous. Reading this very line, don’t misunderstand that the climb is easy and requires no great physical condition and preparation.
Of Course, the climb of Island Peak to needs a great level of fitness and endurance capacity. Further having past trekking or climbing experience will add additional ease to your climbing journey. Besides, knowledge of using climbing gear is much needed for climbing Island Peak Nepal.
However, if you don’t know how to use the simple ice axe, don’t worry, your climbing guide will train you with all the required things. Never think of climbing Island Peak without a guide.
For a better experience, Autumntime and Springtime are the best Island Peak climbing season.
Way to the Island Peak Base Camp
If you are in Nepal, you just need to take a flight from your home country to Kathmandu Nepal. As you arrive in Kathmandu, spend the pleasing night at the tourist hub of Nepal, namely Thamel. Thereafter, to reach the apex of Island Peak in the Khumbu region from the buzzing Kathmandu valley you have to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are mostly available in the morning time when the weather conditions are normal and out of any weather risk. Admiring the mountain vistas as well as the aerial view of the valley and scenery, you will land at Tenzing Hillary Airport. With the tag of the world’s most dangerous airport, the airport is also the one, what makes Nepal famous worldwide.
If you want to escape Lukla Flight, trekking routes are available. For this, you have to take a drive from Kathmandu to Jiri or Phaplu from where you will have to follow the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route followed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. However, it demands an extra day. Thus Lukla's flight is great. From Lukla continue the trek to Phakding.
According to your wish, you will either spend the 1st night in Khumbu either at Lukla or Phakding. Continue the journey from Phakding to the commercial hub of the Khumbu region and gateway to Everest treks, Namche Bazar. Here at Namche, you will make your first meeting with your Sherpa guide who will assist you on the entire Island Peak Climbing.
Enthralling view of Namche Bazar
As you are on the journey to the higher elevation, you will need to have proper acclimatization rest. Therefore, spending an extra day is a must to cope with changing altitude. On this day, you will have the choice to do Everest View Trek or take a stroll around Khumjung and Khunde. To spend the night descends to the Namche.
After the great initiation at Namche continued the trip via Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Retrace the way up to Dingboche. From Dingboche, your trek to Island Peak commences.
Continue the trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp where you will stay for a night. Island Peak Base Camp is the one where your guide will train you for climbing. The following day, you will achieve the vertex point of the Island peak.
Thereafter return to Lukla retracing the same route. Celebrate the achievement at Lukla and return to Kathmandu by the world-famous helicopter flight, Lukla to Kathmandu flight.