About Island Peak (Imja Tse) Climbing
The Himalaya of Nepal are the world’s most exciting destination for climbing. 414 peaks are open to mountain climbing in Nepal and summiting a Himalayan peak can be an adventurous challenge and exhilarating experience of a lifetime.
Island Peak (6,189 mt / 20,305 ft), locally known as Imja Tse, is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. It was first ascended in 1953 by a British team. The mountain is located in an easily accessible location not far from Everest and the trek to Everest base camp. It is often included as a side trip on a trek in the Khumbu if you are fit and looking for something beyond the ordinary. It is usually scaled by Everest climbers as a warm-up peak before attempting the highest peak in the world.
The highland terrain with a spectacular array of snowy mountains, remote Sherpa villages and elegant Buddhist monasteries will be unforgettable. Although Island Peak is the most popular peak for climbing in the Himalaya, it is still a worthy challenge and higher than most summits around the planet.
The summit offers an astonishing view of the surrounding peaks and beyond into remote valleys in Nepal and Tibet. Island Peak Climbing is technically straight forward and can be attempted by all comers, even people without mountaineering know-how and experience, and we will brief you on the use of equipment. Still, it will be demanding and should be attempted only by people fit and acclimatized to high elevation.
The Everest Region is entered by an enchanting weeklong hike from the lowlands or a quick and picturesque flight to the high altitude air field at Lukla from Kathmandu. Our team assembles in Lukla and together we ascend through the famous locations of the region, namely the sprawling Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Pangboche village and more. After ascending to Dingboche, we depart from the main trail and take a side valley trail to Chukung where we meet more crew and refresh our climbing skills. From Chukung we make a day hike up to more remote highlands as we climb to base camp. Along the journey we include adequate rest days to ensure acclimatization. On these days, we take the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area while we become accustomed to the altitude.
The side valley to Chukkung offers many options for exploration and this area has fewer visitors than other areas of the Everest Region. Therefore, it will be a less crowded and a more peaceful experience with accompanying peaks towering in all directions.
Island Peak Base camp is at 5200 mt / 17,050 ft. We spend a night here and very early the next morning we have a warm drink and snack before we push on to the summit. Most people make it to the summit and return to Base Camp in a day. Along the way and on top of the mountain we can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise that lights up the Himalaya!
The Island Peak Climbing timetable is planned by veteran climbers with special attention to season and safety. We always adhere to the highest safety standards and ensure that this trip is designed for comfort and well-being, especially by following a graded ascent with proper acclimatization.
There are no set departure dates for Island Peak Climbing although the best period for reliable weather and views is March through May followed by September through November.
Please contact us anytime with questions and concerns and for booking. Let us know your preferred schedule, and we will arrange a climbing trip according to your timetable.
Island Peak Climbing includes camping and is fully supported. You carry only a light pack, and we arrange a crew of porters and sometimes yaks to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.
There is a lot to explore in the area that can be easily combined with Island Peak climbing. Please let us know if you have the time and interest and would like to extend your journey in this area.
We look forward to guiding you on the adventure of a lifetime to the top of the Himalaya!