Fly to Island Peak
The exceptional high altitude Himalayan climbing holidays we suggest follow the route of our famous Mera Peak trip as far as the mountain's peak. Then, once you have descended to the Mera La, we journey eastwards into the mountain landscape of the Upper Hongu Valley. Walking under the towering ramparts of Chamlang, with Lhotse and Everest very much visible ahead, we approach the stunning lakes at Panch Pokhri. From this point, we make the tricky crossing of the technical Amphu Labsta (5700m) and walk into the Imja Valley, where we install our base camp below Island Peak (6189m).
We have two days to ascend this excellent summit which lies close to the imposing south cliff of Lhotse. Walking out on the Everest Trail by means of the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, we finish our circuit trek at Lukla. More than an adventuring holiday, this is also one of Nepal's greatest and most challenging mountain journeys, situated amongst stunning scenery. People who climb Island Peak never forget it.
Island Peak (over six kilometres high), also called Imja Tse, stands as a stunning peak amid the colossi of the Himalayas. If you have always wanted to climb to a Himalayan peak but had considered it as the preserve of the select few then this mountain may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Although no Himalayan peak should be undermined, Island Peak has the potential to offer the fit and experienced hiker a view of the world of mountaineering in the larger ranges.
Once you have climbed the ice headwall and crossing the sharp summit edge, standing on the summit will give you no less than the thrill of Himalayan mountaineering as you absorb the 360 degree view of many of the highest mountains in the world. This is a fantastic trek initially to Everest Base Camp to acclimatise and then a rise of Imja Tse.