Island Peak is suitable for experienced trekkers who want to climb a 6,000m Himalayan Peak. Our Island Peak expeditions also include the classic Everest Base Camp trek. This is one of the most beautiful and iconic routes in the world.
On the Everest Base Camp part of this trek we stay in Tea Houses, but on the Island Peak part, we camp. This gives you the best of both worlds and gives both parts of the trek a very different feeling. We return to a warm Tea House after climbing Island Peak, which is a welcome change after summit night!
Everest Base Camp
Mt Everest (8,848m), the world’s highest mountain is known as Sagarmatha “sky head” in Nepalese and Chomolungma “the mother goddess of the earth” in Tibetan. The scenery is truly breathtaking with mixed forest, flower-filled meadows, glaciers, rivers and spectacular mountainous panoramas throughout. Located in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal our route takes us through Sherpa villages, bazaars and Buddhist monasteries.
After Everest Base Camp we are well acclimatised and ‘trek fit’ to take on the challenge of Island Peak. It’s classified as a trekking peak, but standing at 6,189m Island Peak is a tough challenge. Like most peaks, the crux of the climb is the summit day where we ascend over 700m on mixed terrain. The last two hundred meters to the summit require us to use fixed ropes but it is technically very easy and we provide all the training in days leading up to summit day. The views of the surrounding 7,000m and 8,000m peaks make all the hard work worthwhile!
As well as 19 days in the Everest region we spend two nights in Kathmandu and enjoy time to explore the city.
We did a talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin talking all about this trek, so you can watch it below.