Twelve year old Oisin McDevitt is no regular school boy given the number of records he has broken for conquering some of the world’s monstrous mountains. Oisin McDevitt broke another record on 24th October, 2014 – this time for the speed he got to the top of one in the Himalayas. McDevitt climbed 6,200 metres to the top of Island Peak on the flanks of Everest in just four and a half days, something very few adults have managed to achieve. Himalayan Glacier organized the overall trip which was spearheaded by Mr. Chhewang Sherpa, one of the finest climbing leaders from Himalayan Glacier. McDevitt was accompanied by his father and an acquaintance during the expedition. Read More
Home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, it is only apt that Nepal is called ‘the Home of the Gods’. Conquering the majestic Himalayas can be a far-away dream of a lifetime to some while it could simply be an extreme sport, an exhilarating pursuit that offers the ultimate challenge of strength, endurance, and sacrifice for others. For those who harbor an interest in the Himalayan climb, these Short-Peak Climbing will steer beginners through their first ascent:
Island peak is the most popular peak as it offers all novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience and is often considered as the first step for any climbers prior to their summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya. Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also offers some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region.
Known as the Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal has 1310 mountains which range from over 5500 meters (18,090 ft) to 8848m (29,028ft) above sea level making it a popular destination for mountaineers all over the world. Among 33 officially opened trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular peak as it offers all novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience and is often considered as the first step for any climbers prior to their summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya.
When we think of mountaineering, people wearing heavy jackets full of down, waterproof and breathable trousers, hiking boots etc come to our mind.
However, this may sound you wacky but it is true that two escapades are aiming to conquer Mt. Island peak (6189 meter) of Nepal, on their business suit this winter at a time when the mercury has fallen below minus 25 degree Censius, but with a cause.
The young adventurers from Australia, Danny Roberts-Clarke and David Grech, are attempting Mt. Island, also known as Imja Tse, with a mission to donate an orphanage with the fund they raise.
Talking to The Rising Nepal, David shared that the idea for suited escapades came from a trip to Nepal in 2012 to visit Everest Base Camp.
“It was during this trip that it became clear to me. I am so fortunate to have the time and opportunity to partake in these amazing things while so many others will never get the chance. From that moment onwards I decided that for every unique adventure I took part in, I would do my best to raise money or awareness for a local cause.”
He said that they had been to the Base Camp on their business suits for 19 days of trekking. “We had 3 business suits, 2 business shirts 5 ties and a briefcase,” he said.
“I hope to use this inaugural suited escapade to inspire others to challenge themselves whilst also showing that in doing so we can always help those in need.”
Asked about the risk during the adventure, he responded, “At 6,189 metres in the Himalayan winter with temperatures reaching -25°C a thirst for adventure and a worthy cause is all that is driving them.”
These two escapades are going to donate $ 40,000 to a children school in Pokhara, Kaski.
“We are raising money for a new building to house around 30 children in Pokhara, so that they may have a safer and healthier environment in which to live, learn and grow,” he said.
These young students have already participated in scores of charity works in many countries, including their homeland Australia.
Lauding their charity and adventure works, Danny said that it was their duty as a foreign tourist, whose flights may have cost more than a local’s yearly salary, to give back to the local people.
This demonstrates how much of an impact local charities supported by others can make in a community that needs their help.
Nepal is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. My father worked there as a guide for some time before I was born, and had always planned to take the family to see his spiritual home. We never got that chance, as he passed away in 2006 from a brain tumour, Danny said.
“This journey will bring me closer to him, and let me experience the place he loved so much,” he said.
Source & References
Pokharel, Y. 2013. Two escapades aim at conquering Island Peak on business suit, but with a beautiful cause. The Rising Nepal, [online] 22 December. Available at: http://trn.gorkhapatraonline.com/index.php/2012-10-16-04-54-48/6265-two-escapades-aim-at-conquering-island-peak-on-business-suit,-but-with-a-beautiful-cause.html [Accessed: 24 Dec 2013].
Are you interested to know something interesting things about Island Peak (6189m) in the Khumbu region of Nepal? The peak also recognized as Imja Tse adds the beauty of Everest region. The combination of Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climbing is probably the best adventure trip in Nepal. Besides, Island Peak Climbing fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climber, who has been seeking the thrill of adventure climbing. The 7 things you would like to know about Island peak is given here.
- This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.
- Among numbers of trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular that offers exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking for novice climbers and trekkers alike. The climbing is physically demanding but not technically challenging.
- For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal.
- Island peak is an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse shar, situated at less than 10 kilometer away from the Everest.
- Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak.
- Descending from the peak, the route takes into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.
- The journey to Island Peak begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrip in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Khumbu region.
I wanted to thank Himalayan Glacier for the unforgetable trek that you provided 6 clients (me included) to Island Peak in October, 2011. My first contact with Himalayan Glacier was Tony Monaco. I could tell right away that I had called the right company to arrange and guide the trek. Tony helped me with every questions with great patience, and he was the reason that I settled on Himalayan Galcier. Please pass that on to Tony, with my thanks. Also, I wanted to ask you to thank our guide, Ashish, for me. He was always kind, and helpful, and I could not imagine having a better guide. The assistant guides (Mekhraj and Mingma) were also top-notch, as were the porters (whose names I forgot). Please tell Tony, Ashish, Mekhraj and Mingma
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I return recently from Nepal, were I did the program Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo &Everest Base Camp – 22 days, with Dorji as a guide and climbing guide Tenji in Chhunkung.
Your trip were excellent and all guides and porters have done an excellent work. Dorji and porters always pay attention in everything and were very professional. I can say that Dorji should be a climbing guide, because he were very good on climbing Island Peak.
I really hope that Himalyan Glacier continuos to do work in sense of give better conditions of work, better salaries and help porters and guides during low seasons, because guides and porters always do a excellent work with a smile in them faces. Never forget that porters and guides are the face of companies near costumers.
I am very glad to had Dorji as a guide and had the porters that he choose as my porters. They were very kindly and help me very much.
Thanks for everything.
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU VERY MUCH, we both had an amazing time and the everything that could possibly be done for us was done.
It has been amazing service from Himalayan Glacier from start to finish
Beforehand, all the help and communication for booking and preparing was superb,
But most of all i would like to tell you how good Deu and our porter Nabine were
I have never met 2 people so willing to help, always with a smile and always wanting to help.
Thier help with Emmas birthday cake and with champagne for our engagement will forever be remembered.
Thank you again and please pass on all our thanks to Deu and Nabin
Kerrin & Emma