I have just returned from my 10th Island peak expedition and 9th summit of this challenging and changing peak. Once again it was not easier for our team but all fought off mild altitude sickness, sun burn, coughs, chest infection, lack of sleep and we put everyone on the top. Another 100% success on our Island peak climbs.
As you can see from our itinerary, our plan is to go for the summit on day 15/16 if you go on our climb that includes our Everest base camp trek. We can also develop specific itineraries for you and your team and will give you the best chance at making the summit. We have world class climbing Sherpa’s, quality western guides, and we know how to help you train and prepare to be successful. READ MORE about our approach to climbing Island peak.
After you have decided to join one of our team, the most important thing to consider is coming with excellent physical conditioning and technical skills needed for your climb. We can help you with this so get in touch today.
Our team came well prepared on this occasion. We had two mountain rescue team members, rock climbers and everyone had been on a mountain training courses. We do run courses in Scotland if you are interested in developing your mountaineering skill set. We ran some training in Chuckung, where we had everyone jumaring, abseiling, crossing ladders and preparing the challenge ahead.
After leaving Chuckung, we trekked 3 hours into Island peak base camp, where we stayed for two nights in base camp and one additional night in high camp. No matter what you read in blogs on the internet, the reason most people do not use a high camp on Island peak is access to WATER.
If you come to the mountain and have a good acclimatization schedule, have respect for the mountain, and stay at high camp, you will be giving yourself the best chance at success. We just put a full team on the summit. We have a lot of staff with us on our trips, which allows us to stay at high camp and water is not an issue. Lots of companies are just cutting corners and not giving you the best chance at success. Don’t be fooled when you are booking your expedition and make sure you have the right team in place. Once you pick the right team and do your due diligence in your training, and come physically prepared for the journey ahead, this is a wonderful and physically, very taxing mountain to summit!