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Island Peak Climbing in Nepal

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Island Peak Climbing

The Island Peak Climbing in Nepal is one of the most adventurous climbing activities in the Everest Region. This peak climbing starting from a base camp at 5,087 meters called Pareshaya Gyab and starting the climb between 2 and 3 AM. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 meters to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for the summit day. However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is a hike but, just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the glacier travel, begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 meters to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. On top, while Mount Everest is a mere ten kilometers away to the north, the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m above the summit.

Island Peak, better known as Imja Tse, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The name of the peak is renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but, Island Peak remains the popular choice. The Peak Climbing is an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.

The southwest summit of Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to summit Mount Everest. The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas. The main summit was first climbed in 1956 by Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten and two unknown Sherpa members of a Swiss team that went on to make the second ascent of Everest and the first ascent of Lhotse.

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