Nicknamed Island Peak by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s 1953 Mount Everest Expedition, the mountain properly known as Imja Tse is a perfect introduction to the rigours of Himalayan climbing. At 6,189m above sea level, the peak appears as an island surrounded by a sea of ice if viewed from Dingboche, and offers stunning views of Everest and Lhotse, but is actually relatively accessible. If you’re just embarking on Himalayan climbs, an ascent of Island Peak with Elite Exped is a great place to start.
What the adventure involves
Elite Exped has deep roots in the Himalayas, with the bulk of our guiding team, including our co-founder Mingma David, drawn from the Sherpa communities that surround the world’s highest mountains. We feel at home here, and while many people might not think of tackling a 6,000m plus peak as their first serious mountaineering challenge, our unparalleled experience means we can help you feel at home here too - starting with an ascent of Island Peak.
Our itinerary on this popular mountain is based on the successful expedition plans implemented multiple times by our record-breaking leaders, Nimsdai and Mingma David. From the moment you land in Kathmandu to the moment you depart, we like to allow 18 days, giving you plenty of time to rest and acclimatise, as well as a generous climbing window.