Mount Shishapangma Expedition

The Shishapangma is the only completely eight-thousand-er stretch out on Tibetan soil; it is the 14th highest mountain in the world. Tibetans refer to Shishapangma as “the big grassy field”. The lowest of the world's fourteen 8,000 meter peaks, located in Tibet, near Everest. This mountain came to the exposure after Chinese open Tibet to the western world 1978 A.D. until then it was unknown to the western mountaineers. Shishapangma is an exquisite mountain that vaunts awe striking vistas along with the Himalayan range. The mountain has two summits, the commonly climbed Central summit that the Chinese say is 8013m (7,999m on old maps) and summit, 8,027 m (26,335ft). Our Shishapangma Expedition commences with overland route drive from Tibet Border Zhangmu and returns the same route from Zhangmu Border (Tatopani) to Kathmandu.
Trip Code: MSE22
Starts: Base Camp
Finishes: Base Camp
Duration: 45 Days
Difficulty: Very Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Oct
Elevation: 8013m/ 26289.4ft
Trip Views: 707
Activities: Mountaineering
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 20
Lunch: 17
Dinner: 17
Private tranportation
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 1 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 12 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Mount Shishapangma is also called Gosainthan which means "Place of the Saint" or "Abode of Shiva".
  • Mount Shishapangma was first climbed via the Northern Route on 2 May 1964 by Chinese Expedition led by Xu JIng (Joseph Hsu Ching).
  • The expedition to attempt the mountain from the south was a British Team in 1982.
  • Shishapangma is the world's 14th highest peak and is the ideal peak as a first eight-thousander.
  • The expedition to Mount Shishapangma was opened to foreign climbers in 1978.
  • Proffers the superb Himalayan views of Mount Everest, Mount Cho Oyu, Gurla Mandata, Lhakpa Ri and many other peaks along with the beautiful valleys, Potala Palace and Tibetan monasteries.

Why this Trip

  • Sishapangma is the lowest of the world's fourteen highest mountains making it easier to climb than it's another family of 8,000 meters.The best part of climbing this mountain is the short approach to Base Camp and gentle nature of the ascent; making for one of the most rewarding climbs within a reasonable timeframe

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  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
  • • 5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in the Everest region.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
    Landing in the city of temples you will be delighted. We will pick you up and take you to the hotel where you can relax yourself. About the discussion of the tour, we will do it at the dinner table.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pick up
    • Welcome dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Today our city guide will take you to the important places with in the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. You’ll be acquainted with historical &cultural places as well as the Hindu and Buddhist shrines. You can also shop for the outfits and gear for the trek.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Full day sight-seeing around Kathmandu
    • Shopping arrangements
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO TIBET
    Cross the border On third day, soon after the breakfast we head towards Tibetan border; after finishing border formalities we drive to Zhangmu (1600m) where we stay overnight in hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Zhangmu
  • placeDAY 4 : DRIVE TO NYALAM
    After spending one night at Zhangmu we head towards Nyalam. It is situated at 3700m which takes two hours’ drive by jeep. We give our drive a riest and stay overnight

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Nyalam
  • placeDAY 5 : REST AT NYALAM
    On fifth day we take a break from travelling and rest for a day. The main purpose for taking a day off is to acclimatize our bodies to the higher altitude. Meanwhile we hike to the hills above the town 4850m/4.5km and 5140m/6km. Staying overnight in hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO SOUTH BASE CAMP
    Today we start trekking to the South Base Camp; First intermediate camp at 15km (4300m); we spend overnight in Camp

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : REST AT BASE CAMP
    Day 7 to 9 is to rest at the base camp. We spend the rest day by preparing our equipment and organizing loads for the yaks to carry up the mountain. These are also important days for our acclimatization, which will make our body capable enough to survive in higher altitude.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION AT BASE CAMP

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : ACCLIMATIZATION AT BASE CAMP

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO ADVANCE BASE CAMP
    After finishing the loading of the equipments for the yaks to carry up to the mountain we resume our walk and hit the trail towards Advances Base Camp. We walk approximately 20km before we reach ABC. Upon reaching the ABC we unload the yaks and set up camp. Staying overnight at tented camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : REST AT ADVANCE BASE CAMP
    It’s time again to take a day off for the rest and acclimatization. The expedition leader and the experts will teach you skills and techniques required to use the equipment and tools. Today is the perfect day to mentally prepare yourself to embark on thrilling adventure.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : DAY 12-36 (CLIMBING PERIOD)
    This is the actual climbing period of Shishapangma and providing detailed plan of day to day wouldn’t be convincing. The Sherpas will carry the needed equipments,food , and clothing. The climbing itinerary depends on the expedition leader and the pace of the team.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 37 : CLEANING THE MOUNTAIN
    It’s our ethics to clean the mountain and making sure we leave behind footprints not rubbish. Somehow it takes many days to clear all the camps, and remove all waste from the mountain. We spend overnight at Tented Camps for 2 days.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 38 : CLEANING THE MOUNTAIN

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 39 : CLEANING THE MOUNTAIN

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 40 : RETURN TO ADVANCE BASE CAMP
    We start our way back to Advance Base Camp following the same route we used while climbing up. Overnight stay at ABC.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 41 : RETURN TO BASE CAMP
    We further walk down to the Base camp and reach there at afternoon. Our Overnight at Base Camp;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 42 : DRIVE FROM BC TO NYALAM
    Our trekking part has finished now we will take jeep to Nyalam. Overnight stay at Nyalam;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 43 : DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    Soon after the breakfast we depart for Kathmandu crossing the Tibetan border. We reach Kathmandu in the evening. Transfer to a nice hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kahmandu
  • placeDAY 44 : LEISURE DAY IN KATHMANDU
    Today is a leisure day because you’ll need deep rest after the strenuous climb to the mountain. We will manage massages and spa according to your wish. We will enjoy resting after the strenuous expedition.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Trekkers' Massage and Spa
    • Guided Sightseeing
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
    • Yoga retreat (Optional)
  • placeDAY 45 : DEPARTURE
    This day you will join us for a sip of coffee or a friendly lunch according to your schedule. Hoping to meet you soon we will bid you goodbye and see you off to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souviner
    • Farewell lunch or coffee
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
    • Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport.
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period.
    • Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent, etc.)
    • All camping equipment in Base camp.
    • 30kg baggage allowance during trekking (with porter).
    • 20kg baggage allowance returning from Base Camp.
    • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
    • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee).
    • Local Permit;
    • Shishapangma climbing permit with Chinese Government Royalty (U$5200 per person); Tibetan official Liaison officer for Shishapangma Expedition fully paid
    • Jangbu-Nyalam-Chinese Base Camp and VV all accommodation, meal, and transportation (B/L/D).
    • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, chairs, and tables, etc.
    • Food during expedition period for expedition members and staff cooked by our cook.
    • Experienced climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staffs sharing with the team.
    • Cargo and duties clearing assistance service; 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (Optional).
    • Insurance, wages, meal allowances for private Sherpa and sharing base camp staffs.
    • Ice falls charges and all tent for camp 1, 2, 3 sharing with private Sherpa.
    • Necessary staff during the trekking and climbing period With Experience Guide and Porter.
    • Necessary experienced Government license holder Climbing guide during the climbing period as per group size.
    • The facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all trekking staff.
    • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available).
    • High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp.
    • Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during the climbing period.
    • The necessary kitchen crew will be available in base camp.
    • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and Government Taxes.
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary).
  • Complimentary
    • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2 worth $ 100).
    • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on the second last day.
    • Swotah Special Nepali Gifts.
    • Victory Party.
    • Sim card service(zero balance).
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).

     

  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is at free will so it’s not included for Kathmandu.
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
    • Airfare international flights.
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
    • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower.
    • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.
    • Personal climbing equipment.
    • All kind of Personal Expenses.
    • Icefall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with another member) if applicable.
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit;
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section;
    • Personal climbing guide if requested;
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended;
    • Tips for guides and porters (It’s encouraged to tip);
    • Additional oxygen cost
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg);


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other over 8000m high mountains ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate “Shishapangma” as 7.
  • 6. Who can climb Shishapangma ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the Guide’s/Sherpa’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley. And we transfer to Zhangmu and Nyalam by private transportation and back.
  • 11. What is the best season for Mount Shishapangma Expedition ?
    March to April and Mid-September to October are the best season for Mount Shishapangma Expedition.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your guide know about your problem and subsequently. As soon as we are informed of a situation, we will send emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be then transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement, so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the trip days ?
    Most of the time, it is not possible. But in emergency cases, you can. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company.
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take around 3-4 weeks to climb it and to return only a few days. So to complete this mountaineering, you need at least 45 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    Yes, our Sherpas are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It is not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic communication while we are on this expedition ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it is possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying certain amount directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trips ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.

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