Island Peak 6189 meter (imja tse)

 

Climbing of Imja Tse peak altitude of 6169 meter is popularly known as Iceland peak, is one of the popular trekking peak in Nepal for climbing on Himalayas. 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 Himalayas in 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 Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak. For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal in later years. For some mountaineers the peak stands for the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing. Trekking to Kalapatthar or Everest base camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding Island Peak climbing.

The normal route for Island Peak climbing is South East Flank & South-West 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 which adds the joy of Island Peak climbing and helps a safe ascent.

Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free day or sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: 40 minutes Flight to Lukla (2710m) then commence trek to Phakding (2650m).
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche and visit to Syangboche Everest View Hotel and back to Namche Bazzar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Tengbuche (3760m) and rest of the time visit Monastery.
Day 07: Tengbuche - Dingbuche (4310m).
Day 08: Dingboche - Chukkung (4730m).
Day 09: Chukkung - Island Peak Base Camp (5150m)
Day 10: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5481m)
Day 11: Acclimatization day in High Camp incase of bad weather
Day 12: Climb to summit (6189m) and return to Base Camp
Day 13: Base camp - Dingbuche (4310m).
Day 14: Dingbuche - Tengbuche (3760m).
Day 15: Tengbuche - Namche Bazaar (3450m).
Day 16: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2710m).
Day 17: 40 minutes fly to Kathmandu (1310m) and than transfer to the hotel. And rest of the time for shopping
Day 18: Final Depature to your home country.

 


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