Popularly known as ImjaTse, Island peak is located on Khumbu Region in the eastern part of Nepal with an elevation of 6,189 m/ 20,305 feet. It is actually an extension edge descending off the southern end of Lhotse Shar. This peak was named “Island Peak” by Eric Shipton’s group in 1951 AD since it looks like an island in a sea of ice when seen from distance. Later, in 1983 AD the peak was renamed to ImjaTse but for the mountaineers, Island peak remained the popular choice. So, now it holds both names. The Island peak is considered as the main mountaineering peak in the Khumbu region.
Highlights of Island Peak Climbing
- Breathtaking and wonderful mountain flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport (one of the top 10 daring airports in the word).
- Exploring the rich culture, values and traditional norms of the largest settlement of Himalayan Sherpa Namche Bazar.
- Exploring the oldest religious spot in the Khumbu region Tengboche Monastery.
- Spending nights in tents in the base camp of lsland peak as well as Sagarmatha National park sheltering wide varieties of plants and animal life.
- Walking through the glacier and climbing Island peak and from the high elevation having a 360 degree of surrounding peaks.
Island Peak Climbing Route
Your journey to the Island peak starts with a flight from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Then you will walk ahead passing through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Chhukungen route takes to the base of Island peak after hiking through rough mountainous terrain. Ahead, a challenging 40-45 degree incline climbing is waiting for you if you wish to reach the summit.
Can you see Everest from Island Peak?
Island peak with a height of 6,189 m is an appealing peak in the Khumbu region. Climbing up towards Island Peak summit through the glaciers, a magnificent 360-degree view sweeps in providing a breathtaking view of neighboring peaks including AmaDablam, Mera Peak, and Lohtse. But you won’t be able to see the summit of Himalayan behemoth Mount Everest as it is tucked behind Lohtse.
Essential packing for Island Peak climbing
- Headwears: Climbing safety helmet, Glacier glasses, Headlamp, ski goggles, Neoprene face mask, warm neck, and head covers.
- Hand wears: Exploration gloves, Synthetic gloves, and hand warmers.
- Footwear: Hiking footwear, camp boots, tennis shoes, over boots, altitude liner, woolen socks and liner, trekking socks and vapor barrier socks
- Personal equipment: Hiking bag packs, toiletry bag, gears and also other items according to your needs.
- Climbing gears: Crampons, Ice axe, Alpine climbing harness, ascender, carabineers, belay device and adjustable 3 Section Ski.
- These are general info’s, furthermore, requirements can be arranged by discussing with the trekking guide to make your climb much more painless and easy.
How difficult is Island Peak?
Climbing Island Peak is challenging, yet you can make it less complicated by investing more days on the trip in and on the mountain. You have to acclimatize to the reduced levels of oxygen lower down on the path. The summit statistics reveal the majority of people are not summiting Island peak. If you make a decision to climb Island Peak on a 10 expedition you are making it a more hazardous and difficult endeavor. This actually reduces your probability of success. On the trek, you will be carrying a backpack with 5kg to 7kg so you require to be physically fit. Generally, you are required to be able to do multi-day hiking for 4 to 6 hours on the mountainous terrain with a weighted backpack. If you don’t live in the area with hills nearby then you can rely on a basic variety of training to prepare your body for the journey like treadmills, cycling, swimming, weights, etc.
Island Peak Death Rate
Island top towering at 6,189 m is considered relatively easy and safe mountain to summit and can be attained by regular mountaineers and yearly there is numerous successful summit of the island peak. Being a typical peak, it has a very low death rate and the death which seldom occurs are mostly due to human negligence.
How long does it take to climb Island Peak?
A typical Island peak Climbing lasts for expedition lasts for 19 days. Here are the 19 days itinerary for Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (Altitude: 1350m, Meal: Dinner)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840m. Phakding: 2610 m. Flight time: 30 minutes Trek time: 3/4 rs. Meal: breakfast, lunch &dinner )
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (Altitude; 3440 m. Trek time: 5/6 hrs. Meal: Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 05: Trek to Dole (Altitude: 4200 m. Trek time 5-6 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m. Trek time: 4-5 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m. Trek time: 4-5 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 08: Morning Excursion to GokyoRi, Trek to Thagnak (Altitude: GokyoRi: 5483m. Thagnak: 4700 m. Trek time: 4/5 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 09: Trek to Cho La pass 5,367m to Dzongla (4830 m): 7 – 8 hours (Altitude: Cho-la pass: 5330 m. Dzongla: 4830 m. Trek time: 6/7 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 10: Trek to Gorekshep, excursion to Kalapatthar and back to Gorekshep (Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5550 m, Gorakshep: 5140 m. Trek time: 6/7 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5357m and back to Lobuche (Altitude: EBC: 5357m. Lobuche: 4910 m. Trek time: 5/6 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 12: Trek to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma-la pass (5535 m) (Altitude: Kongma-la: 5535 m. Chhukung: 4750 m. Trek time: 6/7 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 13: Island Peak base camp (Altitude: 5,200m. Trek time: 3/4 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 14: Climbing training course and preparation (Altitude: 5,200m. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 15: Island Peak Summit (6,189m) back to Chhukung (Altitude: 6,189m. Trek time: 8/9 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 16: Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m. Trek time: 5/6 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2840m. Trek time: 4/5 hrs. Meal: breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350m. Flight time: 30 minutes Meal: breakfast & dinner)
Day 19: Departure (Altitude: 1350m. Meal: breakfast)
How much does it cost to climb Island Peak?
Keep in mind entire climbing fees and royalties deepens on the climbing season. Normally, the permit fee for group up to 4 climbers is $350 and $ 40 per additional person. There will a compulsory deposit of $250 to ensure compliance with the garbage regulation. These entire costs are included in the Island peak climbing package.