Island Peak (6189m/20305’), aka Imja Tse is an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of Lhotse shar, situated less than 10km from Mt. Everest. The first ascent was in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, and Charles Wylie plus who were members of the British Mt. Everest expedition team who used it as a training exercise before making the first ascent of Mt. Everest. They later named it Island Peak because it rises out of the valley by itself surrounded by high glaciated peaks rising over 8000m high. Today Island Peak remains a popular mountaineering objective for mountaineers and trekkers exploring the Khumbu region of Nepal.
The route on Island Peak requires the use of crampons and ice axe while being roped up on heavily glaciated terrain. Near the summit steeper slopes are encountered that are normally climbed using an ascender on fixed line. The climbing is outstanding and the views are exhilarating. Island Peak is a magnificent climb for anyone wishing to include a mountaineering objective during their time discovering this fabled region of Nepal!
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