This peak offers not just an enjoyable climb, it also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu. If the peak can be likened to an island in a glacial sea, then the mainland forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise in the north. These cliffs eventually soar to the rugged summits of Nuptse (7879m/25850ft), Lhotse (9501m/27870ft), Lhotse middle peak (8410m/ 27590ft; as yet unclimbed!) and Lhotse Shar ( 8383m/27503ft).
To the east, rising above the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar glacier, is Cho Polu (6734m/22093ft), beyond which can be seen the red granite mass of Makalu (8475m/27805ft). To the south of the Imja glacier, icy flutes of Baruntse (7720m/25328ft) and the Amphu peaks, is the eye-catching, lofty pinnacle of Amadablam (6856m/22493ft), which has been likened to a giant seasnake guarding the entrance to the glacial bay in which Island peak stands.