Imja Tse is more popularly known by the name of Island Peak, a name coined by Eric Shipton who thought the peak looked like an island in a sea of ice. Later in 1983, the peak was named Imja Tse. The peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as a preparation for climbing Everest and Tenzing Norgay was one of the members of that successful team. Between 2006 and 2010, over 12000 people attempted the summit. Despite its popularity, it is still a tough climb and many people fail to reach the summit. This is often because of insufficient acclimatization, and sometimes because of deep snow, strong winds, or setting off too late in the morning.
The peak is part of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and the enormous summits of Nuptse. Lhotse Shar rise above the summit to the north. To the east lies the looming west face of Makalu and the unmistakable form of Ama Dablam can be seen to the South-West.
Highlights of the trek:
- Scenic mountain flight from spiritual Kathmandu to the gateway of Everest, Lukla.
- Explore one of the most popular peaks of Nepal and be one of the lucky few to scale the Island Peak.
- Wander in the impressive trekking trails of the Everest Region and befriend the friendly locals.
- Try out the exquisite cuisines of the Everest Region, visit enchanting monasteries, and roam around the diverse villages.