In this trip, we decided to combine two experiences; to go along great nepalese expeditions and to contemplate Everest from the energy of its basecamp. For the one who want, the ascent of a 6000m is an option.
This way, the group will be mix. Perfect to mix the passions and the objectives that can be different between partners! For some, Everest basecamp trek and the visit of this awesome valley will be a memorable experience. For other, the ascent of the Island Peak will be a bigger challenge that will push them beyond their comfort zone.
Island peak is one of the most known and accessible summit in Nepal. Its location in the Everest valley, its great beauty and its low technical level makes the mountain a really good choice for alpinists who want a first challenge in Nepal. View from the Island peak is breathtaking. You can contemplate the Lhotse (8511m and 4th highest peaking the world), the Makalu, the Barunste, the Nuptse, the Ama Dablam and the Lobuche.
The Island Peak (Imje Tse) 6189m was named in 1952 after its isolated position in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an island in the middle of a sea of ice. The mountain was rename “Imje Tse” in the 80’s, but its original name stayed the most popular. The Island peak got an impressive West face, compose of a huge glacier that join the one on Lhotse.
In Fact, the mountain is like an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse only separated by a tiny col that lead to the summit. From basecamp, we will need to ascend a steep slide to the advanced camp. After that, we will start early in the night to ascend a long and steep snow/ice ramp that lead to the summit ridge. We will use fix ropes to ascend the last part.
Two extra days have been added to prevent bad situation such as the flight from Lukla to Katmandu, so we make sure we do not miss our flight home from Katmandu.