Vicariously summit Imja Tse (Island Peak), a 20,305 ft peak located in Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal.
History of Imja Tse
Imja Tse, also known as Island Peak, is a 20,305 ft peak located in the Himalayas of Nepal. It was first climbed by a British expedition team in the 1953, and then a second time by a Swiss team in 1956.
The peak was named Island Peak because it appeared as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. However, the name was change to Imja Tse at a later time.
Information on Climbing Imja Tse
- A permit and guide is required to climb Imja Tse. The permit should be arranged in advance of entering into the Everest region. Find a good agency or place in Kathmandu that can assist you with this.
- Costs associated with this climb depend on the person, their guide, group, route, and other expenses involved in the trekking experience.
- On average climbers spend 10 days acclimatizing in Nepal before attempting to summit Imja Tse. Included in this time is the days spent preparing for the climb in Kathmandu and also the trek to the base camp from Lukla or Phaplu.
- The climb from the base camp to the summit can take anywhere from 8 to 13 hours depending on fitness.
Fun Facts About Imja Tse
- The main beginning trail to Imja Tse is the same as the Everest Base Camp trail; which means it can be quite populated with tourists for the first part of the trek.
- Imja Tse is on a ridge that extends from Lohtse Star; which is why it does not look like a typical mountain peak.
- The main base camp stands at approximately 5,000 m and sits between Amadablam and Lohtse Star.