Dual Adventure with Island Peak Climbing and trek to Everest Base Camp

  • Manisha Tamang
  • Last Updated on Jul 25, 2023

The Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and challenging journeys in the Himalayas. As you go, you'll be treated to stunning panoramas of world's tallest mountain, the iconic Mount Everest and other mountain ranges. The Island peak climb provides a unique opportunity to learn about the local culture, enjoy stunning natural scenery, and to discover their physical and mental limits. Anyone interested in seeing the majesty of the Himalayas and testing their limits should give Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek a try.

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About Island Peak and Everest Base Camp

Island Peak stands at an elevation of 6189 m that lies in Khumbu range. It is also known as Imja Tse. It is located in Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The first ascent of Island Peak was made on 1956 A.D since then many climbers have made it to the top of Island Peak. Climbers refer climbing Island peak as of Mt. Everest because the use of ladder to cross the crevasses provides the feeling as that of climbing the Mt. Everest. Whereas, Everest Base Camp is situated at an altitude 5484m. The feeling of standing at the foot of world highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8848.86m) is surreal. 

Why is Island Peak the most popular in Nepal?

During the Everest expedition by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa, they first tested their oxygen at Island Peak. Also, they climbed Island Peak to acclimatize their bodies to prepare for the ultimate Everest Expedition. Since then, many climbers have made it to the summit of Island Peak.

How difficult it is to climb the Island peak?

Generally, the climb is considered a moderate ascent. However, the basic mountaineering skills such as rope handling, ice axe use, and crampon techniques are required. The mountaineering techniques such as use of harness, ascender, descender, crampons and other techniques will also be trained by climbing guide at base camp. Prior experience with high altitude trekking and camping is also recommended, as climbers will spend several days acclimatizing to the thin air and extreme weather conditions.

Which is the best season for Island Peak climbing and Everest Base Camp trek?

The best season is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During these months you can enjoy the clear weather and good view of surrounding. In Spring you can find snow in some part of the region with hills covered with rhododendron flowers which is also the national flower of Nepal. You can see different species of rhododendron flower. Whereas, in autumn you can find pleasant weather to witness the stunning view of Himalayas. Also, during autumn you might get good opportunity to celebrate the greatest festival of Nepal.

Is permit necessary for Island peak climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, you will require different permits.

  • Island peak climbing permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit from Nepal Tourism Board.
  • Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika entry fee from rural municipality.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card from TAAN.

If the trip is done without any of the above permits, then you have to go under legal actions.

What to expect from Island peak climbing and Everest Base Camp trek?

Combination of the two adventures offers a chance to immerse oneself in the local culture and customs of the Sherpa people, who call the region their home. Additionally, the trek and climb provide a unique opportunity to witness some of the world's most breathtaking natural wonders, including the Khumbu Glacier and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

  • Walking through most beautiful terrain including forests, glaciers, and rocky terrain and remote areas of Nepal.
  • Breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse as you travel through some of the world's most stunning mountain scenery.
  • Combination of Island peak climbing and Everest Base Camp trek is a great way to experience the culture of the Sherpa people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of the Everest region.
  • You can see the gigantic Khumbu Icefall and feel the thrill of standing at the foot of the world tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.
  • Reaching the summit of Island Peak is a great accomplishment and a thrilling experience.
  • Climbing Island Peak provides an opportunity to acclimatize to high-altitude conditions, which can be useful for future climbing expeditions.

What is the required equipment for Island Peak climbing and Everest Base Camp?

It is very important to prepare before embarking to the Journey. Here are some required list which is necessary for Island Peak climbing and Everest Base Camp trek.

  • Upper Body: Warm hat, Buff, Sun Hat or Cap, Lightweight gloves or liner gloves, Gore tex Shell gloves, Waterproof outer glove, Light and trekking weight thermal tops, T-shirts or trekking shirts, soft shell or Fleece Jacket, Light and Breathable waterproof jacket with hood, Down Jacket.
  • Lower Body: Thermal base layers, Trekking pants, soft shell wind proof Heavy weight hiking trousers, Waterproof/ Rain pants, Light Hiking shorts, Warm Trekking socks, Thick wool socks to wear during night, Waterproof Trekking Boots, Lightweight sandal.
  • Climbing gear: Mountaineering boots, Crampons, Ice axe, climbing harness, climbing helmet, Carabiners and quickdraws, Ascender and descender devices, Climbing ropes, Prusik cord, Personal anchor system.
  • Other essential items: Backpack (40 to 50 Ltr), Sleeping bag, Sleeping bag inner, Headlamp with extra batteries, Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection, Trekking poles, Water bottles or hydration system, First aid kit, Sunscreen with SPF 50+and lip balm, Personal toiletries and medications, Camera and extra batteries

The journey to Island Peak and the ascent to the peak's highest point may be a genuinely remarkable experience that provides both breathtaking vistas and a sense of personal achievement when completed. It is a chance to push yourself to your limits, both mentally and physically, while also giving you the chance to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas. Overall, the Island Peak and Everest base camp trip provides a rewarding and joyful experience for those who are properly prepared.

Manisha Tamang

Manisha Tamang

Manisha Tamang writes and manages blogs for Moon Himalaya Adventure. She has a Masters of Adventure Tourism Studies (MATS) from Nepal Mountain Academy. She has experience working for a travel company.

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