Island Peak offers everything you could want and makes for an outstanding first Himalayan summit which can easily be combined with the full Everest trek.
In 1952 legendary explorer Eric Shipton traced the Imja River on his way to the remote Barun gorge in-between the mighty mountains of Baruntse & Makalu. During his journey, he described a mountain resembling an island amongst a sea of ice, giving recognition to Island Peak, or Imja Tse (6,189m) a beautiful trekking peak that we know and love today.
Dwarfed, by the massive walls of Lhotse, Baruntse & Ama Dablam, the mountain floats between the Imja & Lhotse Glaciers, its south face rears as a rocky triangle. The mountain was first climbed by an expedition comprising of Tenzing Norgay who climbed Island Peak in 1953 as a training exercise in preparation for the Everest Climb. Their climb up to southeast flank and the south ridge from a camp at Pareshaya Gyab remains the normal route of ascent.