Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), also known as Imja Tse in Nepal, is the most climbed peak in the country. Despite its seemingly formidable altitude, it is one of the most easily attainable peaks in the Himalayas above 6,000m. If you are a novice climber who is aiming for your first real mountain ascent, it is an ideal choice. The climb itself is pretty much non-technical with some alpine skills required such as moderate level of snow and ice climbing. Overall, island peak is a very reasonable choice for a beginner. Here are a few reasons why a beginner should consider attempting the peak.
One of the reasons that island peak is an ideal choice for an inexperienced climber is that the mountain can be ascended if you are reasonably fit and have little or no alpine experience. You don’t need to be an expert mountaineer with years of mountaineering on your resume to attempt the climb—although you still require some alpine training and go through high-altitude acclimatization process. These preparatory measures are offered by the trekking agency before the main ascent to the peak. So even for most beginner level climbers, there should be little problem summiting the peak—provided they have gone through the necessary trainings.
If you are an aspiring would-be mountaineer, but don’t have much clue on what it takes to venture into this exciting field of mountaineering, island peak can be your “first summit” climb. On one hand, you will have a first-hand taste and feel of topping your first successful mountain. On the other hand, this experience can excite and mentally prepare you into other more strenuous mountain expeditions in the future. Additionally, as a rookie, you will have a much better idea if mountaineering is your cup of tea.
Technicality and the details of the climb aside, summiting the peak towering over 6,000m is an achievement in itself! After all, as a beginner you will not find many mountains in the world at that altitude range, where you can succeed with basic mountaineering training. You will not only be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment conquering a mountain over 20,000ft altitude, but can also brag a little about your deed to your friends when you return back home.
The Island Peak climbing offers one travelling through Himalayan Khumbu region of Nepal, a wonderful glimpse into the ways of local Sherpa culture. Along the route to our destination, you can summit Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft), from where you are offered with a majestic view of two of the Himalayan giants: Everest and Lhotse. Then you are headed for the famed trek to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft), where you can meet fellow trekkers of all levels, but who all share a common enthusiasm for the mountains. As someone with a beginner level of mountaineering, what more can you ask for in a single expedition to Island Peak?
All in all, attempting the summit of Island Peak has more than a fair share of excitement it can provide for a first time climber. From the moment you land on Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, to the summit of the Island Peak itself, this climbing trip will leave you with a sense of appreciation and respect for the mighty Himalayas. Even as a novice climber attempting your maiden mountain climb, fear no more, for crossing the 20,000ft barrier of the Island Peak is right within your grasp!