Island Peak, also called Imja Tse, in the local Sherpa language is one of the most preferred peaks among the mountains over 6000 m altitude. This unique-shaped peak got its name as “Island Peak” from the members of the British Expedition for its resemblance with an Island in the middle of the sea of Snow and Ice when viewed from Dingboche. It lures and draws the attention of every mountaineer who passes through the Everest Region.
The first ascent to Island Peak was made by Tenzing Norgay, Charles Wylie, Charles Evans, and Alf Gregory in 1953. Since then, hundreds of successful ascents have been made to Imja Tse. Island Peak is also among the top priorities of aspiring climbers as it is relatively easier than 7000 m peaks but does not disappoint in terms of satisfaction and sense of achievement when reached on top.
Island Peak is the perfect option for those who have some experience in high altitude and want to expand their horizons in the Himalayas. Although it is an easy start in the Himalayas, it still demands some endurance as climbers need to cross some crevasses including sections of snow and ice. However, it is an excellent opportunity to learn mountaineering skills and prepare for the 7000 and 8000m peaks.
The trekking route to Island Peak follows the same as the Everest Expedition till Dingboche. From there, climbers to Island Peak turn towards Chhukung while climbers of Everest, Lhotse, and other peaks turn towards Lobuche up to the Everest Base Camp. The overall trail is spellbinding and unique. The grandeur of mountain vistas right in front of the eyes and the breeze of the snow gives you the ultimate satisfaction of being in the Himalayas. You will equally be mesmerized by the beauty of floras and faunas in the Sagarmatha National Park along the route.
The best season to climb the Island Peak/ Imja Tse is during Autumn and Spring Seasons that fall in the months of September to November and March to May. These seasons make it favorable for climbers as the routes are clear and undistorted while the views are clear and transparent providing the true essence of the beauty of nature.
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