Island Peak & Lobuche Peak Acclimatization Climbs
Dingboche or Chukhung are the closest settlements to Mt. Everest and a central point for us to make two local climbs to further help us acclimatize.
Island Peak Left Photo by Kogo
Island Peak (or Imja Tse) is about 6200 meters (~20,300 ft.) 10 miles south of Mt. Everest. It is the most popular of the Nepal trekking peaks. To better acclimate to the altitude, we will climb from the Pareshava Gyab Base Camp at 2 or 3 AM. The climb is more like a hike though there is some scrambling required to ascend a gully. Above that will require glacier travel, up a steep snow and ice slope. The final 100 meters (330 ft.) is a strenuous climb that requires fixed ropes.
Lobuch Peak Right
Lobuche (6,145 meters/20,161 ft.), is northwest of Island Peak and southwest of Everest. It will provide a second preparatory climb for the team prior to moving on to the Everest Base Camp.
Acclimatizing April 25-30
The 12 days climbing these two peaks, along with five days resting at the Everest Base Camp should have us acclimatized for our attempt of Mt. Everest