What’s so special about Island Peak?

Everest needs no introduction, but what makes expeditions around Island Peak such a magnet?

Officially called Imja Tse, this 6,189 m (20,305 ft) mountain is in the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, in eastern Nepal. It earned its popular name when members of the 1953 British Mount Everest expedition likened it to a beguiling island in a sea of ice.

Trekking in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp is now a much-sought-after experience. For those seeking an even greater challenge, the technical requirements of Island Peak are ideal. Whereas many trekking expeditions in Nepal are possible without specialist equipment or intensive preparation, Island Peak requires more planning.

For this reason, Island Peak has a difficulty rating of Alpine Grade PD+. It generally requires 20-day expeditions, beginning from Kathmandu.

The view from the top is of course, unrivalled. The summit ridge reveals the splendour of Ama Dablam, the south face of Lhotse and Baruntse and Makalu in the distance.

Island Peak nature, culture and adventure

The geographical magnificence to be found on a combined Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Climbing trip is matched by other unspoiled wonders.

Sagarmatha National Park is a Natural World Heritage Site. Expect to see mountain wildlife, flora and fauna at its most abundant; beginning with lush forests on lower slopes and giving way to hardy alpine plants as you ascend. BirdLife International endowed the park with the status of Important Bird Area.

Trekking and climbing in this region also offer wonderful glimpses of village life, Nelapese culture and fascinating Buddhist monasteries. The welcome is always warm.

Fitness for Trekking and Climbing

As this combination is demanding, though it doesn’t require vast climbing experience it does demand a good level of fitness. The basic level would be experience and confidence trekking with crampons and an ice pick.

Nepal Mountain Trekkers will go through detailed preparations and Health & Safety requirements for Island Peak with you when you contact us for more information. However, we make sure all relevant equipment and climbing gears are available and thoroughly safety checked.

Our excellent working relationship with local Sherpas means you can enjoy the climb without carrying heavy equipment and you have unique insights into any risks offered by major crevasses and the likelihood of an avalanche.

Best time for Everest Base Camp and Island Peak expeditions?

One of the reasons this combination is so wonderfully inviting is that it is possible for us to apply for climbing permits year round, and provide unforgettable experiences to suit your itinerary. After saying that, the optimum time to explore Everest Base Camp and Island Peak is September-December and March-May when the weather tends to be most favourable.

For more details of the best mountaineering expeditions "double act", call us today.