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.
Island peak, also known as Imja Tse peak is an extension of the Himalayan ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse shar. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also offers some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region. Located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountain, 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.
The expedition not only takes you to the heart of the mountain, Khumbu region but also offers incredible close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more. Adding to the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan range, the climb also allows you to explore and get acquainted with the unique Sherpa people and their rich culture. So if you are looking for a mountain expedition but have no prior climbing experience, stay calm because Island Peak Climbing might just be what you have been looking for. The climb is physically demanding but not technically challenging and hence any fit and acclimatized person having a strong inclination towards adventure can scale the Island Peak. So what are you waiting for!