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Island (Imjatse)

Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a mountain in the Himalaya of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by Eric Shipton's party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.

 

Imja Tse was first climbed in 1953 by a British team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest. Tenzing Norgay was one of the members of this first ascent team.

 

Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks as it requires nominal mountaineering experience, especially when supported by a Nepalese climbing guide.

 

:: CLIMBING ROUTE

To climb Island peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087m (16,690 ft) called Pareshaya Gyab and starting the climb between 2 and 3 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,300m (17,390 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be setup by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (320 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. On top, while Mount Everest is a mere ten kilometres away to the north, the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Nuptse, towering 1,700 metres (5,500 ft) above the summit.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Full day sight-seeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Pakding

Day 04: Trek Pakding to Namche Bazar

Day 05: Namche rest for acclimatization

Day 06: Trek Namche to Thyangboche

Day 07: Trek Thyangboche to Pheriche

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

Day 09: Trek Lobuche-Kalapathar (5,545 m)-Lobuche

Day 10: Trek to Dingboche

Day 11: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

 

Day 12: Climb the Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp

Day 13: Climb High Camp to the summit (6,160 m)/Return Base Camp

 

Day 14: Trek from Island Base Camp to Dingboche

Day 15: Trek to Thyangboche

Day 16: Trek to Namche

Day 17: Trek to Lukla

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu.

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