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Routes in Imja Tse (Island Peak)
|Type:||Alpine, 3800 ft|
|FA:||Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Charles Wylie, Alf Gregory|
|Page Views:||447 total, 13/month|
|Shared By:||Evan Ratzan on Jan 25, 2015|
Summiting Requires Permit and NMA Certified Guide Details
You can trek in the region for free, but a summit requires you to hire a guide certified through the Nepal Mountaineering Association which varies in price seasonally and depending on company.
DescriptionFrom basecamp at ~16,500, the climb begins with a series of switchback traverses past high camp at ~18,000ft on a relatively well packed trail. There is then a short section of 3rd class scrambling up narrow gullies which begins just above high camp, and there were occasional 4th class moves, but was pretty much hiking on stable rock for the majority of the approach.
Eventually, well above high camp you reach a very short ridge traverse of a few hundred feet before you hit glacier, snow, and hard pakced alpine ice which probably varies in its initial altitude depending on the season. From here, you can tie in and alpine simul-climb up to 5800m (~19,000ft) crossing crevasses along the way. At this point, you reach a an open plateau and there is a tall steep headwall ~1000ft of moderate snow that guides will typically put fixed lines on to gain the false summit and then top out. In recent years, a large crevasse has formed in the headwall many people around, but it can be negotiated.