Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek 13 Days
Island peak climb also known as Imja Tse peak climb situated at 6189 meter/20176 feet above the sea level, this peak is one of the attractive destination for peak climbing in Everest with EBC trek, admired by many trekkers. From ‘Dingboche’ in opposite direction of Everest Base Camp trail, we can see a mountain like pyramid, this pyramid structured mountain called Island Peak. Normally South East Flank & South-West Ridge are the major route for ascending to this peak, the Island peak route changes seasonally,however. Usually the island peak base camp is at "Pareshaya Gyab" (5,087m) near Chhukung village. Between Imja Tse and Imja Glacier, very few people stay at the island peak base camp, while climbing island peak. Imja Glacier is the Glacier of island peak, lake is also called Imja lake where the valley is famous as Imja Valley.
Due to its climatic and environmental nearness to Mount Everest, most of the climbers of the Everest do this peak before they go for Roof of the World, to pay respect to mother goddess EVEREST. We have experienced team of climbing guide who are also trekking guides and kind kitchen staff for this climbing adventure.
View from Island Peak Summit
Nice part of Island peak summit is that, you will see mountains like Mt Lotse, Mt Baruntse, Mt Amadablam, Mt Makalu,Mt Shirtse and many other - really near to, on the close sight. Climber will sight few eight thousanders peaks of Nepal like; Mt, Makalu in the far whereas Mt Lotshe will be very close. Beautiful and scenic Himalaya range of Khumbu with lots of uncountable mountain peaks; like mt Barunste, mt Ama Dablam, Thanserku, Kangtega, Pokalde and lot other are beautiful from the summit of Island Peak. In fact, extended part of South end of Lothse towards Mt Sirshtse makes Island peak. With stunning view of neighboring mountains, and sufferings on the ascend towards the top gives thrilling adventure on this famous peak climbing with Everest base camp trek, in the Khumbu region.
Best time for Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek
Island peak lies in route to Everest base camp, so information about Everest base camp trek are similar for this peak climbing activity in Nepal. Spring is the climbing season for Everest and accordingly the best season for Island peak climbing is in the month of March to May. Island peak is climbed all around the year, however.
Best time for Island peak climbing is considered as Spring and Autumn season. Spring in Nepal is from March to May and Autumn season in Nepal is from September to early November. Comparatively among Spring and Autumn, peak climbing in Nepal is widely accepted in spring. The reason behind, spring months chosen as the best month for climbing in Nepal is because; Spring season comes right after winter and the amount of snow on the mountain will help climber to ascent to the summit. Island peak climbing is also summit-ed in winter & monsoon. Winter is freezing cold but still clear and also there is high chance of snowing in the winter. Winter in Nepal is in the month of November to February. Monsoon is okay with temperature but, because of the cloudy sky and frequent change in the weather, it is not highly recommended.
Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek Vs. Lobuche peak
Island peak is en route to famous Everest base camp trekking and accordingly lobuche east peak or lobuche west peak also lies in the Everest base camp route. At this context, both of these peak climbing in Everest can be climbed alone in a single trip to Nepal. This comparison is to help you to choose one of the best fit for you and avoid time consuming email conversation, to kill your time.
1. Physical Requirements/ Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek Difficulty
The level of difficulty and tips for successful Everest base camp trek is explained here. In regard to the island peak climbing difficulty; Island peak climbing do not require your previous climbing experience. General knowledge of climbing suffice the requirement for island peak climbing. It is a long walk on ice, with long boots and climbing gears, in high altitude. Island peak do not have technical climbing, in general. But because of frequently opening crevasses, some route of island peak might demand crossing on horizontal ladder, in case of wide opened ice crevasse.
In contrast, Lobuche peak (east) has vertical climb and the west peak of lobuche has sharp ridge climbing. With that being said, Lobuche peak is technically harder than island peak. Lobuche peak climbing has rock climbing until its high camp. But the location of Lobuche is 100 times better than Island peak, for Mount Everest view & neighbors.
If you are looking for less technical mountain in Everest Region then Mera and island peak climbing are something you need to google, before you book any peaks in Nepal. Mera peak is a highest trekking peak in Nepal. However, Mera and island peak are considerably easy peaks in Everest trekking region situated in completely opposite direction, bench marking Lukla airport.
2. Island peak top view Vs. Lobuche peak summit view
From the top of island peak you do not see Everest, but still the view of Mt Lothse is very close and Mt Makalu is clear on sight. Both Lotse and Makalu are 8 thousander peaks of Nepal Himalaya. As you climb right next to Mt Lothse, Island peak has great view of the Imja river valley, Mt amadablam and series of Khumbu Himalaya range.
Whereas, Louche peak is located right in-front of Everest and by the side of Pheriche river valley. From the top of Lobuche peak, you can see Mount Everest on your equal level, Khumbu glacier in full length and the outstanding river valley - as an aerial view. From the top of Lobuche you can see 4 major mountains ( above 8K ) as Mt everest herself, Mt Makalu, Mt Choyu, Mt Lothe and the entire range of Khumbu Himalaya.
Solo trip to Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek
Solo trekking tour to Island peak and EBC makes you feel comfortable with your own pace of hike & customization, as per your level of strength. Everest base camp is trekked before climbing Island peak, in general. So, as a solo trekker, you will have very flexibility to customize the trekking and climbing timeline, as per your body reacts with altitude and cold.
However, in the solo trip, the price for island peak climb with Ebc trek will be higher than group join tour. You will pay for your guide, accommodation and porter without sharing the cost. But as a solo climber there are lot you get; a climbing guide will be all yours - it will be like Everest expedition, where every climber has a assigned sherpa - even though, Island peak is not considered as expedition. In Nepal, climbing above 7000 meter is considered as an expedition, so you can not call island peak climbing as an expedition activity.
Altitude of Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek
Summit height of Island peak is 6189 meters or 20176 in feet. From the summit of Island peak the view you witness is a bird eye view of Imja valley.
In this Island peak climb package, ebc trek is also included in the itinerary, which means the altitude profile of Island peak trekking is best suit for proper acclimatizing yourself, before the summit assault. Lukla at 2800 meters is the starting height of island peak route, which goes all the way to 5545 meters at Kalaptthar sunset hike and again descend to 4300 meters to Dingboche, before attempting Island peak. Saying that, when a climber attains nearly the height of Island peak high camp, even before starting the climb; surely helps her/him physiologically and physiologically.
Is Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek Possible in December?
Yes, it is possible. In the winter Everest region get snowfall very frequently and if there is heavy snow, you might not be able to summit. In case of snow storm you might need to terminate the climbing part of island peak climb with ebc trek. Thick snow on route to Island peak is not only dangerous but also, it is really hard to walk in deep snow.
It is not recommended to trek Island peak in Winter. December is a peak month of winter in Nepal. But for your kind information, people do winter expedition of Everest ( as a challenge), so what is wrong with Island peak climbing with Ebc trek in December?
Cost for Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek
Major part of island peak climb and ebc trek cost are; Island peak permit fee ( for your information, island peak permit cost fluctuates according to the season), climbing guide, hiring a trekking guide & porter, renting climbing equipment, food and accommodation. Number of days you want to acclimatize, before you trek to the base camp of island peak, in a tailor made island peak itinerary - determines the price for island peak.
In general, island peak climbing cost always includes trekking guide for Everest base camp trek and climbing guide for Island peak climb. Kitchen staff, food, accommodation, camping, climbing equipment for the group are included in the general price. Local climbing companies in Nepal has better rates than international expedition agencies. In our case we will be able to arranging a Local guide from Everest region, but it is always suggested to do so.
Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek itinerary
In the itinerary for Isnald peak with Everest base camp trek, trekkers attains height of kalapatthar before climbing Island peak. This itinerary of EBC fist and climbing later accommodate climbers to acclimatize properly and digest the environment of Everest region. Itinerary of Nepalgram for Island peak and EBC trek is designed for all level of adventurer. So, follow your guides tip - do not rush when you can and also do not give up quick. Steady pace of trekking towards the base camp, utmost care of yourself from cold and hygiene, good diet, less stress, right decision, limited push - are major tips for island peak climbing in our itinerary.
In spite of big okay, on island peak with EBC trekking customization - we suggest you this as the best itinerary for Island peak climbing. This itinerary, not only helps trekkers to get to Everest base camp in a single trip of peak climbing and Ebc trek in Nepal but also acclimatize to its best.
Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek In April
Island peak in spring is the best and April is a peak month of spring season in Nepal. Right after the winter, the amount of snow on the route of Island peak helps climbers to ascend easily. Stable snow is always helpful for descending from the summit of Island peak, which is a long day climbing down to base camp and trek back to Chhukung.
During April, temperature is mild, sky is clear, trekking trail is dry, and the sunshine is perfect. Less wind during the island peak climb is always helpful alike less cold. In-spite of crowded trekking trail on this famous ebc route, spring and autumn season are the best. Autumn season in Nepal is from September to November and the peak of autumn season is October. In autumn the crowd in the trekking trail is even higher, which might be annoying, that is why we suggest EBC trek in April - the best of Spring.
April being the best doesn't mean, you can not climb Island peak in autumn or other season. You absolutely can assault the summit of island peak in other season but if your holiday fits - make it April - the best month for Island peak climbing as well as everest base camp trek.
Highlights for Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek
Island peak summit with bird eye view of Imja valley is the top highlight of Island peak climb. However, you will get to the base camp of tallest mountain in the world - Mount Everest, visit star hotel at Khmjung village, attend ceremony at tengboche monastery, visit Pangboche and more.
Apart from the view from the top of Island peak with 8K peaks like Makalu & Lotshe, you will climb up to Kalapatthar at 5545 meter above the sea level. The outstanding view of Everest base camp, Khumbu ice fall, Khumbu glacier and the infinite mountain chain of Himalaya with sunrise or sunset, from the kalaptthar summit is amazing. Pointing out Hillary step & south col of Everest - from Kalaptthar, before your small expedition to Island peak is not just beautiful but also enthusiastic.
As all of our Nepal tour packages are ready for customization, we can surely tailor made this specif climbing trip in Nepal, as per your interest & request. Please feel free to ask any question you may have.