Have you ever considered what it might be like to stand atop a Himalayan giant? At 6189m, Island Peak is an ideal first time mountaineering experience in the Nepal Himalaya. An Island Peak climb is an exhilarating experience that will get you up close and personal with Lhotse (4th highest mountain in the world) and Makalu (5th highest mountain in the world). You’ll enjoy incredible views of Ama Dablam and numerous other 6000m and 7000m peaks along the way. With Trek Climb Ski Nepal, you can also combine a trek to Everest Base Camp with your Island Peak climb.
We often get asked when is the best time to undertake an Island Peak climb. There are 2 main climbing seasons in Nepal – spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November). Island Peak is a popular climb during both these seasons but our favourite time of year is October and November. Why? Post monsoon (June, July and August) there is plenty of snow above 6000m and the climbing routes are well covered and generally very consistent. You’ll find little or no ice up high on Island Peak and very little exposed rock. In March, April and May, whilst the weather is stable and days and often clear the snow condition on Island Peak up high is far more marginal. Lots of rotten ice on the “wall” up to the ridge and usually a very narrow track leading to the summit. Whilst this doesn’t prevent the summit from being achievable, the climbing conditions are nowhere near as “nice” as you’ll find them later in the year.
An Island Peak climb with us
Watch a video of one of our expeditions climbing Island Peak in March 2011. While the route is generally very good, you’ll see the condition of the snow and ice is fairly marginal on the steep wall on the way up to the ridge. This won’t stop you from getting to the summit but it is far more exhausting to climb and for those attempting their first 6000m peak , these conditions will tax your energy levels bigtime.
An Island Peak climb is one of our favourites and a has become a very popular expedition. Climb Island Peak with us in October or November and we guarantee your Sherpa leader will have Everest summit experience – not to mention probably 20 – 30 summits of Island Peak!
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