Island Peak is a mountain located in middle of Chukung Valley in the Everest Region at the elevation of 6,189 meters above mean sea level surrounded by the Imja and Lhotse glaciers. Imja Tse (in Nepali) or Island Peak was known to be first ascent by a British expedition team as part of their training performance in the year 1953. The name came about the fact that it looks like an island when viewed from far, in the middle of the sea of ice. Island Peak climbing trek is one of the major trekking experience in the region and is admired by many trekkers. For experienced mountaineers, this trek will be a worthwhile challenge as they get to utilize their skills while scrambling into the mix of rock and slope ice wall.
On this Island Peak climbing adventure, trekkers will get opportunity to scale some of the most alluring mountains in the Everest region Gokyo Ri and Kala Pathhar. The trek is considered a difficult excursion because it is challenging and secondly the route to base camp is all the way south of the east flank and south-west ridge. Trekkers are advised to halt the expedition in case the guides see any possibility of avalanches during heavy snow fall. The base camp is sometimes set at High Camp but mostly at Pareshaya Gyab between Imja Tse. According to most of the climbers, getting to the summit of Island Peak from the Pareshaya Gyab base camp can complete in just one day, but if you are trekking for the first time, High Camp is best to start the hike from not only because it is safe but also lets you enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Some major peaks in this region are Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse Shar (8,383m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), Makalu (8475m) in the east, Lhotse (8,501m), Amadablam and Baruntse in the south. You will also pass through Chola pass and Kongma La Pass on your way to the top of one of the most popular peaks in the Mount Everest region.
The summit day begins early in the morning. Before you set off for the trail, make sure you get proper instruction and tips from the instructors. They are the one to guide you to the top of the mountain and down back to the base camp safe and alive. You do not need to rush to get to the top. It is highly recommended to move on the same pace from the beginning till you reach the summit. Try to find your rhythm between your breathing and your steps when you are walking uphill on an even terrain, that way you will save up energy to finish the long distance faster without taking breaks. Keep your hip straps loose from the start to make yourself comfortable to breathe and walk easily. If possible take lesser breaks on your journey. Don’t take hiking down for granted. Twists and tumbles are most likely to happen specially in descending part of the trek. Keep your steps short and slow. It is when you reach back to the base camp; you will realize the joy of accomplishing your lifetime experience of Island Peak climbing Trek.