CLIMBING ISLAND PEAK
The Island Peak trek/climb is the ideal first Himalayan climb. And a wonderful experience to climb to an altitude of over 20,000 feet. Island Peak was named by Eric Shipton, a British mountaineer and explorer. Shipton described it as an Island in a sea of ice. It is known to the Sherpas as Imja Tse.
Basic mountaineering experience such as glacier travel, ice-axe arrest, use of ascender and descenders are REQUIRED. Mountaineering skills will be reviewed by our climbing Sherpas prior to your climb.
Mighty Himalayan peaks Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse and Thamserku are the feature of this journey. On the Island Peak climb trip, you will be surrounded by some of the highest and most dramatic mountains in the world.
The Island Peak Trek begins with a 25-minute flight to Lukla. Trek through Sherpa villages of Namche and Pangboche to the Everest Base Camp. The first challenge is the climb of Kala Pathar (literally, black rock) at 18,195 ft. Then traverse to the Imja Valley and attempt to summit Imja Tse. Return to Lukla via Khumjung, one of the largest Sherpa villages. And also the site of the famous Khunde Hospital and the Khumjung school, both legacies of Sir Edmund Hillary.
You will be staying in local lodges for the “Trek” portion of this trip but will be sleeping in tents and eating meals prepared by camping crew for about 2/3 nights (base camp on Island Peak).
Our 23 day, 22 night program allows you optimal time to acclimatize before your summit bid of Island Peak. You will first be trekking to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp which are about 1,000 feet (300 meters) higher than Island Peak Base Camp. So by the time you get to Island Peak, chances of altitude sickness will have been minimized.
If you are looking for a challenging trek but lack the basic climbing skills, consider our Everest Three Passes Trek.
Besides your regular trekking gear, you will also be responsible for some technical mountaineering gear such as ice-axe, ascender, descender, carabiners, climbing helmet, mountaineering boots etc. Much of this can be rented in Kathmandu we advise that you bring your own boots that have been broken in. Plastic boots are good but NOT required. Good water proof leather boots are a better option (La Sportiva’s Evo, Cube etc.). We will provide group gear such as fixed lines and anchors.
WHY TREK WITH US?
All our Island Peak Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. With over 30 years of experience, most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We employ the most professional and friendly staff.
We are also proud to give back to our community through 3 Summits For Nepal managed by Crystal Mountain Treks staff. Contact us to learn more…