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.
1. Name and the fame
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.
2. Demanding yet relenting
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.
3. The beginners delight
For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal.
4. Near to the giant
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.
5. The perfect viewpoint
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.
6. The sherpa connection
Descending from the peak, the route takes into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tengboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.
7. The amazing airport
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.