Climbed the normal route, from high camp. Unfortunately the bad weather did not allow to enjoy spectacular views.
Island Peak is becoming a bit of a circus. There were more than 70 people on the mountain, with over 30 on the summit at the same time. The climbing itself is easy and straightforward, and the headwall shouldn't require a fixed line at all - it is only 40-50 degrees and a fall would stop quickly in a snow basin that didn't seem crevassed. Gorgeous views of the Lhotse-Nuptse wall from the top.
We started our climb at 2 am after a snow storm the night before, which made navigating the first part on the rocks a little tricky. But that was the least of my problems, sadly, upon reaching 6,000 m (ok, it was actually 5,980 but rounding is ok no?) I had to retreat. I had been fighting a terrible cough (which turned out to be bronchitis)which made breathing difficult. Anyway, the climb was still beautiful (between all the dramatic huffing and puffing) and the scenery unbelievable!
Climbed Island after completing the Annapurna Circuit. It was my first time above 20,000ft. One of the best mountain experiences of my life. Thanks Ben for inviting me!!
06:00AM on top waiting for sun, thanks to Makalu, we had to wait another 30minutes to get sunshine in to our faces :)
We did it with my friend Rene together with Lopsang Sherpa and Vidji Sherpa.
SUMMIT !!.More Pictures of the Island Peak ascent
It was my first 6000m in a hard day from base camp. The views from the summit and the final ridge were impressive. We went a group of 5 people and all of us reached the summit. For two of us was the highest peak in our life...at moment. A day to remember long time.
Very long day with all the deep snow, reached the summit at 11 am , watched avalanche after avalanche on lothse and the surrounding peaks as we moved up the summit ridge..
Nice climb in perfect weather!
Left BC (5100m) at 2:30am, topped out at 8:24am after a bit of a bottle neck at the base of the face (my personal little Hillary Step). Great views and just a week after Mera.
I'll be back Nepal!!!
Amazing amazing climb. We trekked the Annapurna Circuit to acclimate, then back to Kathmandu, then Lukla, etc.. Blue ice on the fixed lines, a spectacular summit ridge, and some strong wind on the descent. The only party on the mountain. Overall a beautiful climb with amazing views. After 30 days in Nepal, I came home over 15lbs lighter!
A fun, interesting and challenging climb! The mountain was totally different from last fall and we hit both rock and blue ice on the slope. The weather was crap but the snowfall stopped for a minute for our summit pictures. I'll go back...
Started (with my wife) at 2am and summited at 9h30am. First 6000m
It was a very nice trek in Khumbu (3 weeks) and ended by a 6000m.
Wow - What a climb! Started from high camp at 3:30 a.m. Reached the summit a little bit later than planned but enjoyed the summit in bright sunshine, a clearblue sky and no wind at all. No other people except from my dear friend/guide Saran was there. It was so beautiful & peacefull. Absolutely fantastic!
Start from Base Camp at 2 o'clock night and summit at 7-30. Climbed in duo with Samduk Dorje Tamang (Everest 2-times summiter). We are first atop in this day. About 15 people was summited after.
Very strong wind on summit ridge.
My first real peak which was more than 4000m high so it was really rewarding expirience.
Attempted to climb Imja Tse as a grand finale to a trek to the Everest Base Camp with a good friend and a guide. Unfortunately a change in the weather meant we didn't make it to the summit but the whole trip was still fantastic and a good ending to the 5 months I spent in Nepal doing volunteer work.
Been there again, but two times is enough. All 4 of my group made it, no wonder after 19 days of acclimatisation including Mera Peak and Amphu Laptsa.
Too sick and not able to climb the last meters but a great scenery.