About Short Island Peak Climbing
Short Island Peak Climbing is an add on package for any of your Everest Region Treks. It starts and finishes at Chhukung village, where Annapurna Foothills Treks experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides will meet you, check your climbing geras, and brief about the climb. Before you attempt the climb, however, you must be properly acclimatized. If you have trekked to Everest Base Camp, 5357 m, and Kala Patthar, 5545 m from Jiri, Phaplu or even Lukla, you will be acclimatized. You might even want to include a nearby pass such as Renjo La, 5338 m, or Cho La 5420 m or Kongma La Pass for good measure.
Island Peak captivates the interest of experienced and aspiring climbers alike. Standing on the summit of Island Peak, 6189m, you are surrounded by the entire Khumbu range, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar. To the East, are the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, Cho Polu, 6734 m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt.Makalu, 8475 m.
Island Peak Climbing is rated ‘challenging’; and a good level of physical fitness is essential, with previous climbing experience a huge benefit on the mountain. Its highly glaciated West Face rises from the Lhotse Glacier up to a technically straightforward ridge; this is a perfect place for novice climbers to develop the skills of climbing on snow and ice at high altitudes. From Chhukung village, the trail follows the moraine of the massive Lhotse Glacier, then the Imja Tso Khola (river) to Island Peak Base Camp, 5100m.There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach high camp, 5500m.
After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, the we get Crampon point, where we put on our climbing gears. Couple of places we need to walk on the Ladders to cross the Crevases section. Then we walk on the flat section before the final push..There is a 300 meters ice headwall and a snowy summit ridge before we get to the summit of Island Peak, where magnificent views await us.
The customized Island Peak Climbing takes 2 Nights and 3 Days , making it one of the shortest and least expensive climbing packages offered. We suggest spending 1 night at Island Peak Base camp and 1 night at High Camp for better acclamatization and higher chances of making the summit.
Planning to climb Island Peak in 2020 and 2021 ?
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This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost is 1000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 02 - 06, the cost per person will be only $850 USD which includes Base camp, High Camp full board service, Climbing Guide, porters, Personal Climbing Gears as mentioned in the list.
The 5 Days Island Peak Climbing is totally customizable. Trekkers can start the climb from Chhukung village. It is highly suggested that the trekkers are well acclamatized before they come to Chhukung. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Three High Passes Trek , Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek are few treks that trekkers can do to acclamatize before the climb.