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Trekking Peaks

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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Nepal’s Greatest Trekking Peaks

Ready to take you’re trekking to the next level? The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has designated 33 trekking peaks that can be tackled without an expedition permit. All of the trekking peaks are less than 7000m (22965 Feet) and most can be summated by anyone with a moderate experience level in mountaineering for a relatively small fee. Want to go above 7000m? You will need to pay quite a bit more as these peaks qualify as expedition peaks. Actual skill levels required for climbing trekking peaks vary quite a bit. Some of the designated peaks require significant mountaineering or climbing skills and others are just physically challenging and don’t require any particular mountaineering skill. Keep in mind that Yala Peak (5520m) which of all the trekking peaks has the lowest elevation is still almost as high as Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Africa or Denali (6194m) in North America. Tackling any trekking peak is a serious endeavor and requires proper acclimatization, equipment and physical conditioning. Here is quick overview of just a few of the 33 trekking peaks in Nepal.   Island Peak (6160m) Island Peak or Imja Tse named for floating its appearance of floating like a ship in a sea […]


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