Views from Imja Valley and the climbing of Island Peak, a.k.a. Imja Tse (6189 m)
Dingboche (4400 m)
Imja Valley in the morning. Island Peak (6189 m) is the little pimple in the middle where the clouds seem to come from. The one to the left of it is Lhotse (8516 m). The red shrubs belowe are called sea-buckthorn. Local people make a very refreshing drink from it.
A rest stop in Imja Valley. Lhotse's south face is behind.
Ama Dablam (6812 m) from Chukhung
Looking back at Taboche (6542 m) from above Chukhung
2 nameless peaks south of Island Peak
Island Peak, a.k.a. Imja Tse (6189 m)
Island Peak (Imja Tse) from the trail to the base camp. Some yaks (down to the right) are coming back from the camp.
Yaks coming back from Island peak base camp
Approaching Island Peak base camp. The Baruntse-Kali Himal massif ( 7129 m) is the white one in the middle.
Island Peak base camp at sunset
Moon rising over Island Peak base camp
The Imja glacier melts and morphs into Imja Tsho (lake). The surreal silver color of this place comes from mica - a mineral that seems to cover everythjing in the valley.
Looking east from just above Island Peak base camp. Cho Polu (6735 m) is the dome-shaped mountain to the left. Num Ri (6677 m) is the one to the right. Imja glacier flows down at the bottom-right corner of the picture.
A night shot from Island Peak base camp. The peak itself is not visible from here.
Starting the climb of the ice wall of Island peak. Below is the ice plateau. Ama Dablam is to the right. The valley to the left leads up to Amphu Labtsa pass (5780 m)
Climbing the ice wall of Island Peak
The steepest part of the ice wall of Island peak
Island Peak's summit
Looking back from the ridge of Island Peak
Happy on top of Island Peak ;-)
More climbers on the summit ridge of Island Peak
Climbers navigate the crevasses and the plateau below the summit of Island Peak
The crevasses below Island Peak
Climbers take off their climbing gear at Crampon Point (5800 m). This is the place where the summit glacier of Island Peak begins.
Looking south-west from Crampon Point. The trail to the base camp can be seen down on the left side. Ama Dablam is above in the middle. Below to the left are two lakes: Imja Tsho (silver muddy color) and Amphulabtsa Tsho (turquoise).
Descending from Island Peak. Baruntse-Kali Himal massif (7129 m) rises to the south of Imja Valley.