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9 Tips to Summit Island Peak

Island Peak or Imja Tse (6,189m / 20,305 ft) lies in the center of the Everest Region of Nepal and is the most popular of Nepal’s 33 designated trekking peaks. It’s a great summit for first time climbers who are looking for something a little more challenging then the Everest Base Camp Trek and a good peak to start with for those with more mountaineering ambitions in Nepal. The peak was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss Team and was named in 1951 by Shipton’s party, who viewing it from Dingboche described it as “Island in a sea of Ice.” The summit itself sits almost in the middle of a large valley and is surrounded by giant peaks with Everest to the North, Makalu to the east and Ama Dablam to the west. What follows are nine tips to get you.


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Island Peak or Imja Tse (6,189m / 20,305 ft) sits in the center of the Everest Region and is a great peak for first time climbers and for those with more mountaineering ambitions in Nepal. The summit stands by itself in the middle of a large valley and is surrounded by giant peaks with Everest to the North, Makalu to the east and Ama Dablam to the west. What follows is an interview with Xavier Gaston Hervé Koenig who our records indicate he is the first Mauritian ever to have reached the summit. He did it with us in October 2016.


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Crossing Thorong La - Annapurna Circuit

Crossing over Thorong La Pass is both the highlight and the biggest challenge of completing the Annapurna Circuit. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit has changed a lot over the last twenty years as roads have replaced trails along a significant portion of the traditional trek. The stretch of the trek from Manang to Mulktinath over the pass is the last stretch of the circuit that remains completely roadless.


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The 14 Most Beautiful Peaks of the Himalayas

Wondering what the most beautiful peaks are in the Himalayas? Here is a quick look at what I think might be the top 14. I had to skip a few peaks like Mt. Siniolchu & Pandimin Sikkim and Changabang & Bhagirathi II in the Garwhal Himalayas since I didn’t have any photos on hand to do them justice. If I didn’t include your favorite in the list please leave a comment and when it comes time to update this post I’ll look to include it. This list is in no particular order.


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The 15 Best Treks of the Himalayas

Wondering what the 15 greatest treks in the Himalayas are? Home to the world’s highest mountains most trekkers head straight for Everest Base Camp and while it’s a great option the opportunities for adventure abound among the peaks of the Himalayas of which over 100 exceed 7000m or 24000 feet.  Here is a quick rundown of 15 great treks from Bhutan to India starting with Nepal.


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