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Mount Shishapangma Expedition

 Expedition Everest Region, Nepal
 42 Days
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 07th Jun - 06th Jun
$1,000
$900 / Person

Trip Facts

Duration

42 Days

Starts In

Kathmandu

Ends In

Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude

8,013 m

Expedition Grade

Comparatively Less Strenuous

Best Season

April and May & October and November

Attractions

Mt. Shishapangma is the 14th highest mountain in the world. Main attraction is the mesmerizing view from the summit.

First Climbed

Shishapangma was first climbed via the Northern Route on 2 May 1964 by a Chinese expedition led by Xǔ Jìng.

Mount Shishapangma Expedition

Introduction

Shishapangma, which stands at an elevation of 8,027 meters (26,335 feet), is often considered to be the safest and easiest peak in the world by climbers. The peak, the last of the eight-thousanders, was first ascended by a Chinese team in 1964. In Tibetan, the name "Shi Sha Pang Ma" translates to "The ridge above the grassy plain," which is an appropriate title for the scenery that greets visitors coming from the north. Gosainthan, derived from the Sanskrit language of India, is also frequently used; it means "place of the saints."

The major peak, 8027 m, is seldom climbed since it is located further from the center summit, 8013 m, and because it is located at the end of a lengthy, exposed, and frequently heavily overshadowed ridge. Shishapangma lies 30 kilometers north of the China-Nepali border in the Langtang Himal (Himalayas). It was the last of the 8,000-meter summits to be conquered in 1964. This was because it was totally within Tibet and because the Chinese government strictly forbade foreigners from visiting the area.

 

Climbing History

  • 1964 – First expedition via Northern Route by a Chinese expedition led by Xǔ Jìng.
  • 1982 – First ascent of “British Route”, southwest face by Doug Scott, Alex Macintyre and Roger Baxter-Jones.
  • 1999 – First Ski descent from the central summit by Edmond Joyeusaz.
  • Date – Expedition Himalaya’s first commercial team successfully summited Shishapangma.

 

Our Shishapangma Special

  • Customizable packages from normal to deluxe
  • Highly qualified and experienced climbing guides and supporters’ team
  • Full-proof documentation so you don't have to worry a bit
  • Every attempt to make your summit dream come true
  • Sightseeing in Kyirong and around
  • Heli flights from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu while returning back
  • Required numbers of porters and yak for Basecamp to Advance camp logistic shuttle
  • The sustainable and environment-friendly operation module
  • Expedition Himalaya is built on the foundation of social principles; we give back to the Himalayan communities as we make it.

 

Climbing Route and Camps

          Especially mount. Shishapgnamga Expedition is normally climbed from North-west Ridge, North-east Ridge, and South-Southwest route. There are two summits of Mt. Shishapgnama. The main summit is climbed via the south, southwest ridge, and the northeast climbing route which is a height of 8,027 m (26,335 ft). The summit can also be climbed from the northwest through the false summit (8,013m/26,289ft.) but you are to ascend almost 250m in the knife-edged ridge – really technical and carries high risks. That is why the northwest ridge is a commercial route and (8,013m/26,289ft.) is taken as the standard summit.

          Our highly skilled, experienced, and pleasant high-altitude sherpa staff will accompany you, with a track record of successful expeditions and high summit success. Our skilled basecamp and advanced basecamp cooks produce excellent, nutritious, fresh, flavorful, and hot drinks at least three times every day.

Advance Base Camp (5600 meters; 18,372ft)

          A scenic trek to the foot of the world's 14th tallest mountain. The ordinary individual who likes trekking may easily complete this walk. Shishapangma Advance Base Camp is located at a height of 5,600 m/18,372ft. After a couple of days rest and preparation at the Advance base camp, you set out for the first camp rotation.

Camp I (6400 meters; 20,998 ft)

          Shishapangma Camp 1 lies at an elevation of 6,400 meters (20,997 feet) and is situated on a level snowfield with plenty of room for numerous tents and little danger of avalanches or rock falls. From the advanced base camp, it takes the climbing Sherpa guide around four and a half hours to get to Camp 1 on Mount Shishapangma, and about five and a half hours. From Advanced Base Camp, the journey across Shishapangma glacier to the crampons point takes roughly one and a half hours. There are a lot of steep ups and downs on the glacier's climbing route. A two-and-a-half-hour ascent up a 25-30-degree slope brings you to a relatively flat section from where it's only around an hour's walk to Camp 1. Before we reach the flat region, our climbing Sherpa sets a rope of approximately 200 meters in the most challenging section of the glacier and another rope of about 150 meters at the end of the snow section.

Camp II (7100 meters; 23,295 ft)

          When climbing from Camp 1 to Camp 2, the typical climber will take roughly four hours. Camp two is situated at the Col of Small Mountain, at an elevation of 7,100 meters (23,295 feet). You should expect your ascent to take anything from a few hours to a few days, depending on factors like your level of acclimatization, the temperature, your level of fitness, and how fast you walk. You'll be able to climb an ice wall with a slope of 40-45 degrees after a 30–45-minute level ascent on the ice. This part is completely attached to the main rope. It takes around 30 minutes of easy climbing to go from the ice wall to the Second Camp on the Col of a small mountain.

Camp III (7350 meters; 24,115 ft)

         The climbing route from Camp two to Camp three consists of around three and a half hours on vertical ice that has a slope of between 10 and 15 degrees.

Summit Push (8027 meters; 26,335 ft)

          Reaching the summit of Shishapangma from Camp three and making your way back to it, or even descending to Camp two, is without a doubt the most demanding and longest journey of this climbing adventure (you will end to camp 2 only if you are of the strong stamina other while you return back to Camp 3). Nearly all climbers (90 percent) go for and reach the 8,013-meter (26,289-foot) fake central summit. The actual peak, at 8,027m/26,335ft, is reached after a further two-hour journey up the icy knife-edge ridge.

Brief itinerary

Day 01                  |              Arrive in Kathmandu at 1330 M

Day 02 - 04           |              Rest / Visa application, document preparation and sightseeing

Day 05                  |              Drive to Rasuwa, Timure 1450 M

Day 06                  |              Drive to Kyirong – Cross border 2700 M

Day 07                  |              Acclimatization at Kyirong 2700 M

Day 08                  |              Drive to Shishapangma Base Camp 4980 M

Day 09 – 10           |              Rest and Acclimatization at Base Camp 4980 M

Day 11                  |               Puja ceremony at Basecamp 4980 M

Day 12 – 30           |             Climbing Period (Multiple rotations and Summit push)

Day 31                  |              Rest, Summit success celebration and final pack up

Day 32                  |              Drive to Tingri 4300 M

Day 33                  |              Drive to Kyirong 2700 M

Day 34                  |             Drive to Kerung – Cross border ‘Friendship Bridge’

Day 35                  |              Fly to Kathmandu via Helicopter 1330 M

Day 36                  |              Leisure Day in Kathmandu 1330 M

Day 37                  |              International Departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01, 02, 03 & 04 Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m) and Rest/Preparation

          Our team picks up expedition members at Kathmandu's airport, so you don't have to worry a bit at arrival. Climbers stay in a 5-star Raddison hotel with breakfast for a few nights before we depart for our journey. The days in Kathmandu are also used for pre-trip visa application and paperwork. After finishing documentation and gears/ equipment preparation, the team can head off to Syabrubesi.

Day 05 Drive to Timure from Kathmandu (1450m)

          We take a private vehicle from Kathmandu to Timure. The 7-8-hour drive is filled with breathtaking landscapes and is thrilling. You can enjoy the best views of the Himalayan Giants en route to Timure. You will pass through Lamtang National Park while taking a shuttle to Timure.

Day 06 Drive to Kyirong from Timure (2700m)

          As soon as you leave your hotel in the morning after breakfast, you'll make the short journey to the "Friendship Bridge" between Nepal and China. After completing immigration procedures, you will travel to Kyirong valley via the Friendship Bridge. You will have the opportunity to observe Himalayan peaks, as well as amazing landscapes of rugged hills, communities, and the agricultural area filled with a variety of crops, which will make our journey more pleasurable and thrilling before we reach our hotel and rest for the night. In Kyirong, you may get Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian cuisine, as well as excellent lodging.

Day 07 Acclimatization and exploration around Kyirong

          Because our bodies require sufficient rest in order to adapt to higher altitudes, we will be taking a day to rest and acclimatize in Kyirong. During this time, you will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area of Kyirong and take in some of the best views that have been viewable from the city of Kyirong.

Day 08 Drive to Shishapangma Base Camp (4980m)

          The journey proceeds from the Lalung La Pass, which is 4,990 meters in elevation, to the Dopzang La Pass, which is 5,150 meters in elevation. From this point, you will abandon the road and go over the countryside to the Chinese base camp, which is located at an elevation of 4,980 meters.

Day 09 – 10 Rest and Acclimatization at Base Camp (4980m)

          Good meals, cozy tents, and other essentials can all be found at our camp (heated dining tents, electricity, etc.). So that our bodies can continue acclimatizing, we relax and get our gear and logistics in order throughout the day. The second day includes of an acclimatization hike above camp, followed by a leisurely afternoon back at the base camp.

Day 11 Puja Ceremony at Basecamp (4980m)

          To ensure a safe journey and successful expedition, a puja ceremony will be held to establish a bond with a sacred mountain. After the puja, a High-Altitude Sherpa professional will show everyone the proper and safe method to utilize the tools and equipment they've brought along.

Day 12 – 30 Climbing period

          During the climbing phase, your primary goal will be to reach the summit of the mountain while at the same time acclimatizing your body as effectively as possible. You may reach the top of the mountain in complete safety with the assistance of your experienced high-altitude team and then head back down. While you are working towards achieving your objective, you will take part in a series of rotations that are designed to help you become used to the new setting. The itineraries will be rearranged in accordance with the forecasts in order to ensure that everyone has the chance to get to the summit with an adequate amount of rest on their days off.

          Before even considering making the ascent to the peak, we rest for at least three days at base camp. We make the descent all the way down to Base Camp so that we can make the most of our time resting and getting ready for the final ascent.

Day 31 Rest, Summit success celebration and final pack up

          We'll spend the day after reaching the summit relaxing and celebrating our accomplishment, while also preparing our possessions to be loaded onto jeeps for the ride back down.

Day 32 Drive to Tingri (4200m)

          If everything goes as planned, we'll get to visit some amazing sights and buy some unique souvenirs to take home as memories of our trip and rest at the hotel.

Day 33 Drive to Kyirong (2700)

          We leave Tingri promptly after breakfast and go to Kyirong, where we spend the night in a hotel and get some much-needed rest.

Day 34 Drive to Kerung – Cross border ‘Friendship Bridge’ (1450m)

          Take enjoy breathtaking landscapes and go across the famous Friendship Bridge on the border between Nepal and China.

Day 35 Fly to Kathmandu via Helicopter (1330m)

          You may take in the vistas of the Himalayan highways and cities as your shuttle bird lands at the helipad in Kerung and flies directly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you may freshen up and unwind.

Day 36 Leisure Day in Kathmandu for relaxation and documentation (1330m)

          You'll have one more day to do any activity you choose in Kathmandu—shop for souvenirs to bring back home, take a stroll through the city, have a massage, or even just rest at a spa. During your free time, you'll have to pay for everything yourself. Depending on your specific requirements, Expedition Himalaya may arrange for a personal guide.

          Your leisure day will be followed by a farewell meal in an authentic Nepali restaurant, complete with a cultural show.

Day 37 Final Departure

          Our employees or an agent will be present to assist you with your departure. You'll be transported to the airport and offered heartfelt goodbyes in accordance with your flight's departure times.

          Before taking off on an international trip, passengers must check in at the airport at least three hours in advance.

 

Cost Inclusion

  • Departure and arrival shuttle to and from the airport and hotels
  • CTMA climbing permit and other costs, such as Tibet visa and travel permit
  • Applicable local and government taxes
  • Surface transportation on private vehicles both in Nepal & Tibet as per the itinerary
  • Bed and Breakfast for 6 Nights’ Accommodation at a Raddison 5-Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Twin sharing basis)
  • Tibet's Best Hotels/Lodges
  • Accommodation on full board (breakfasts, lunches & dinners) during the road transfers.
  • Individual sleeping tent with mattress for base camp accommodation
  • Base camp service (shared with the group) includes a cooking tent with a chef and a kitchen boy, a dining tent with tables and chairs, a shower tent, a toilet tent, a storage tent, a gas heater, and solar electricity for battery charging
  • High-altitude foods during the climb have high calories
  • 3 oxygen bottles (4L) for each member & 2 oxygen bottles (4L) for climbing sherpa
  • 1 climbing Sherpa for 1 climbing member during the expedition
  • Group medical supplies and a walkie-talkie
  • Sherpa's remuneration and load-bearing bonus (this bonus does not include the summit bonus)
  • Required number of porters/yaks to and from base camp and return
  • Climbing equipment, transportation, lodging, food, salary, and insurance for Sherpas and other staff are all provided.
  • Helicopter flight returning from Kerung
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at an Authentic Nepali Restaurant.

 

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking/Climbing gear (also available on hire)
  • Summit Bonus for Sherpa & tips for local staffs ($1200+200)
  • Cost for the daily weather forecast
  • Tips for the staff as a gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Inclusions’
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