Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek is a mix of trekking adventure to the base camp of Everest and top of Isalnd Peak. The trek to Everest base camp before climb to Island peak allows you to acclimatize better. So, you can complete island peak climbing with comfort. Though, it is a physically demanding trekking in Nepal, it can climbed by those who are physically sound.
The Island peak is also called as Imjatse Himal, due to its location within beautiful valley of Imjatse near Dingboche and Chukung settlements. The island peak with height of 6,189 m / 20,305 ft is sandwiched between Lhotse and Nuptse mountains and close to Lhotse Shar and other high peaks. So, that it is a great and popular trekking peak of Nepal Himalaya to enjoy marvelous scenery by reaching the top of stunning Island Peak.
The climbing grade of Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek is PD + which means ‘Per Difficule’ . This grade system is taken from famous French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems which is widely used world-wide on alpine climb.
Our great adventure begins taking a sweeping flight to land at Lukla from Kathmandu. And then start walk towards famous Namche Bazaar after going through several villages around Dudh-Kosi River. At Namche enjoy rest day that is managed for acclimatization with short hike to scenic view points. From Namche walk with marvelous views of Mount Everest(you can check our blog Where is Mount Everest located), Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam and other lesser peaks. Continue walk entering cool shade of alpine woodland to reach at scenic Thyangboche, with time to visit its interesting Buddhist monastery.
Then walk continues on leaving tree lines for sheer wilderness of barren and windswept landscapes to reach at famous Everest base camp right beneath world’s number one Mt. Everest. After short time in Everest base camp, climb on top of high rocky Kalapatthar for amazing panorama of mountains with close views of Everest and Mt. Pumori.
Next step is walk towards Imjatse valley to reach at Island Peak base camp. We have managed extra day at base camp for final preparation and practice climb to Island Peak Climbing. At base camp get ready for the final bid to conquer the summit of Island Peak. Remeber a straight-forward climb to island peak definitely encounters some technical sections. Now you will finally reach on top after a arduous climb but this effort worth the views and high spirit.
Facing breathtaking panorama of surrounding giant mountains is always an exciting moment. And then descend safely to the base camp after a great experience and adventure on top of Peak. With feeling high return journey leads to the end of Imjatse valley in Dingboche to reach Pangboche village. And then on same route back to Lukla for super short flight to Kathmandu to end your trip.
Best Seasons to climb Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek:
Nearly all months of the year except the monsoon. Monsoon starts from mid June to mid September.
March to May is best time for clear views till afternoon where wild flowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains. A day will be pleasant with cooler morning and night time.
Another best time for trekking to Everest base camp and climbing to Island peak starts from October(peak month for Festivals in Nepal) to December.The main reason is you get crystal clear views of peaks but short sunlight hours. It can be freezing cold in the morning and night time.