Popularly known as the island peak named by the Eric Shapton’s party in 1951 due to its geographic representation as an island standing on a sea of ice when seen from Dengboche, Island peak got its local name in 1983 to Imja tse, which is actually an extension of a ridge of Lhotse Tsar. It was first climbed by a swiss expedition team as a practice climb to Mount Everest and Lhotse. It can be accessed through two routes. One can start from base camp at 5,087 meters at Pareshaya Gyab starting the climb at 2-3 am in the morning. The other one is to take the High Camp at 5600 meters and reduce keeping a lead time and strength for summit day. However the adequate supply of water and enough sleep to cover the distance seem to be of paramount importance if one decides to start from base camp. Base camp to high camp is a hike of rocky steps and moderate scrambling leading up to a gully, at the top of which glacial ascent begins across icy slopes. The ascent to the summit is a very strenuous climb due to steep climbing requiring fixed ropes set up by professional guides for the final 100 meters ascent to the summit. At the summit one will find Mount Everest playing hide and seek just ten kms north behind Lhotse towering just in front of you.
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