About Short Island Peak Climbing
Short Island Peak Climbing is an interesting and challenging add on climb for any of your Everest region trekking. It starts and finishes at Chhukung village, where Annapurna Foothills experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides will meet you, check your climbing gears and brief about the climb. Before you attempt the climb, however, you must be properly acclimatized. If you have trekked to Everest Base Camp, 5357m, and Kala Patthar, 5545m from Jiri, Phaplu or even Lukla, you will be acclimatized. You might even want to include a nearby pass such as Renjo La, 5338m, or Cho La 5420m 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 Himalaya, 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, 6734m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt. Makalu, 8475m.
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, then we get to Crampon point, where we put on our climbing gears. Couple of places we need to walk on the Ladders to cross the Crevasses 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 one night at Island Peak Base Camp and one night at High Camp for better acclimatization and higher chances of making the summit.
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 acclimatized before they come to Chhukung. Everest Base Camp Trekking, Khumbu Three High Passes Trekking, Gokyo Valley etc. are few treks that trekkers can do to acclimatize before the climb.
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