High in the Khumbu, close to Everest and closer still to the precipitous south face of Lhotse, the aptly named Island Peak (6189m) rises above a tangled knot of glaciated valleys. With its outrageous location and elegant summit ridge, this peak has been a favourite with KE clients for 2 decades. A week of trekking on the 'Everest Trail' takes us via Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche to Lobuche beside the Khumbu Glacier.
From here, we hike up to Everest Basecamp and make the ascent of the classic viewpoint of Kala Patar, where we enjoy some of the finest views of the world's highest peak. Well acclimatised, we cross the Khumbu Glacier, trek up to the Kongma La (5535m) and drop down to the summer grazing settlement of Chhukung in the valley of the Imja Khola. From Chhukung, we trek up beside the glacial lake of Imja Tsho to Island Peak Basecamp at just over 5000 metres elevation. The ascent of this 6000 metre peak in the shadow of the huge Lhotse face is an ‘alpine experience’ in every sense, offering fine climbing in exposed situations amongst breathtaking scenery. This is one of the best of all Nepalese trek and climb adventures.