Your first Himalayan peak?

Island Peak

View from the summit of Island Peak

Gracing the cover of this month’s Trek & Mountain is Nepal’s popular trekking peak, Island Peak. Rising to 6,189m and located in the heart of the Khumbu region, Island Peak is popular for its spectacular views and the opportunity it presents for non-climbers to get the big mountain experience. Our writer, Jon Gupta, led two groups to the summit recently and you can read his guide to climbing the peak – and see some stunning images of the trek – in the January 2011 edition of T&M.

Elsewhere in the issue we have some high-altitude advice from double Everest summiteer Tim Mosedale on the use of fixed lines on big mountains, we have an account of an epic 5,000m hike across six European countries along the E4 trail, and we head to North Wales to practise techniques for negotiating Grade 2 and 3 scrambles safely and efficiently. As usual there’s a bumper crop of gear on test, which this month includes trekking packs, walking poles, kit bags and more. For a complete rundown of the January 2011 edition contents, click here.

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