This climbing Island Peak video is courtesy of Ian and Rosie Deutscher (from Melbourne, Australia) who climbed Island Peak with Trek Climb Ski Nepal in April, 2013. Learn more about our Island Peak expeditions. Rosie and Ian enjoyed perfect weather on their summit day which is a real bonus when it happens! In their climbing Island Peak video (featured below) are spectacular views of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Baruntse and even Mera Peak. They are on the summit with veteran Trek Climb Ski Nepal climbing guides Tika Tamang and Dor Tamang.
Our Island Peak expedition is a 23-day trip which also includes an Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekking first to Everest Base Camp is actually the perfect way to acclimatise in the lead up to climbing Island Peak. You’ll also get the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar at 5550m which is very beneficial in preparing you for the challenge of Island Peak.
The summit of Island Peak is 6189m above sea-level so you need to be very fit in order to be successful on summit day. From Island Peak High Camp you’ll spend the first couple of hours moving up a steep and rocky path. A small amount of rock scrambling is generally involved through this section until you reach the snow. Once you reach the snow you’ll fit your crampons with the assistance of our Sherpa team. From here you’ll travel on a rope across the glacier to the base of the Island Peak headwall.
Watch more Climbing Island Peak video
We could keep describing the route from here but you’ll get a much better understanding of what’s involved by watching some of our Island Peak videos. Our Island Peak summit day video is one of our favourites. A good friend of Trek Climb Ski Nepal put this great account together of his Island Peak climb back in 2011 (most of it filmed by us!).
It’s worth noting that the time you climb Island Peak will determine (in most cases) the quality of the climbing route. In April/May for example you can expect far less snow and ice given you will be approaching the monsoon season. Our favourite time to climb Island Peak is October/November which is post monsoon. There will be plenty more snow and ice up high which makes for much nicer – and easier – climbing.
Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Trek Climb Ski Nepal with any question you might have.