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Mt. Shisapangma Expedition

“on top of world last 14th highest mountains around great Tibetan plateau”

Activity
Expedition
Trip Destination
Tibet
Trip Location
Shisapangma Summit
Trip Basis
Hotel and Lodge till Nylam town with camping on climb.
Trip Grade
A complete mountaineering adventure
Highest Elevation
8,046 m
Total Trip
36 Nights & 37 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season
April to June and September to November.
Highlights
An adventurous climb on top world’s 14th last highest Mt. Shisapangma. On top of world largest & highest plateau of Tibet with views of dramatic landscapes,
Ascent of last 14th highest peak with grand views across both sides of Tibet and Nepal. An incredible adventure with scenic overland drive with exciting sceneries Adventure from green forest to dry and arid terrain country within high mountains.
Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition leads you to on top world last 14th highest mountain as measured 8,012 to 8,046 m, whatever the height difference still holds as world last 14th highest peaks.
 
Most of the ascent is climbed from North-West Ridge which presents less technical difficulty, it is regarded as one of the most straight-forward 8,000 climbs and its summit is frequently achieved. Regarded as a “holy” mountain by the local Tibetans, located on route to holy
Mt. Kailash, Shishapangma continues to baffle with its proper names, historians cannot fathom her names - Shishapangma, Xixabangma, Gosainthan (in Nepali as seen from Langtang areas and in some place at Kathmandu valley) surveyors seem unable to fix her height (anything from 8,012m to 8,046m). Even the first ascent by the Chinese in 1964 is questioned, due to the lack of photographic evidence and the fact that the summit ridge sports several subsidiary “summits”. Yet, the mountain is perhaps the most accessible of her genre, rising only a few miles west of the Kathmandu-Lhasa Highway.
 
After 16 years before the mountain received its second ascent, by a West German team in 1980, and it has been climbed every year since. The first Britons to climb it were Doug Scott, Alex Mclntyre and Roger Baxter-Jones via a new route on the South Face in 1982.
 
The original North West Ridge route is an excellent objectively quite safe, and the terrain offers good camp sites at the Tibetan Plateau (lying in the Himalayan Shadow) usually provide excellent topping-out opportunities.
 
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition operates this stunning Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions after perfect planning with excellent logistic support required for successful mountaineering expeditions includes full support of veteran and expert Sherpa guides and camping staff to make our adventure to Mt. Shisapangma a great success climb.
Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:            Full preparation for Shisapangma Expeditions.
Day 04:            Drive to Kodari and to Nylam 3, 600 m via Zangmu - 06 hrs.
Day 05:            At Nylam for acclimatization and checking climbing gear. 
Day 06:            Drive to Shisapangma Base Camp 4,900 m - 04 hrs.
Day 07-08:       At Shisapangma Base Camp rest and preparations. 
Day 09:            On route to Advance Base Camp at 5,800m - 05 hrs.
Day 10:            At Advance Base Camp for full and final preparation for the climb.
Day 11 - 30:     Ascent of Mt. Shisapangma (20 days for summit top)
Day 31:            Descend to Advance base camp.       
Day 32:            Descend to base camp.
Day 33:            Pack up and cleaning of base camp.
Day 34:            Drive to Zhangmu 1,700m - 06 hrs journeys.
Day 35:            Drive to Kathmandu via Kodari - 06 hrs.
Day 36:            In Kathmandu rest to revive from the long demanding climb.
Day 37:            Depart Kathmandu for international flights.
Personal mountaineering Gear For SHISAPANGMA Expedition Equipment list
 
 
S. No.
PARTICULARS Q, T.
  1. Sleeping Bag (-30*)training (-40*) Expedition 1
  2. Sleeping Bag Liner) 1
  3. Down or Feather Jacket  (training) (Father suit) expedition 1+1
  4. Gore-Tex Suit 1
  5. Personal First Aid Kit 1
  6. Woolen Hat 1
  7. Fleece Hat 1
  8. Gore-Tex Gloves Down globe 1+1
  9. Thin  Gloves (With Goretax and Fleece) 3
10. Fleece Jacket 1
11. Fleece Trouser 1
12. Rock Climbing Trouser (Flexible) 1
13. Trekking Boot 1
14. Camp Shoe (Sport Shoe) 1
15. Sandal 1
16. Woolen Shocks (Thick) 2 Pair
17. T-Shirt 3
18. High neck 2
19. Rain Punch 1
20. Carry Mattress 1
21. Snow Gaiter 1
22. Thermos 1
23. Snow Glass (100 % UV Protect) Show googols expedition 1
24. Sun Glass (UV Protect) 1
25. Head Torch 1
26. Battery Enough for 30 days – Extra Bulb  
27. Water Bottle 1 Lt.
28. Pocket Knife 1
29. Washing Soap, Towel, Tooth pest, Tooth Brush etc.  
30. Sun Lotion Enough + 30 -40 SPF  
31. Lip Guard sun blog  
                                 
Expedition -Equipment List:
Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermas 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 - 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ciling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members
Oxygen, Regulator & Masks
Day 01:            Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant includes culture program.
 
Day 02-03:      In Kathmandu tour and preparation for Dhaulagiri expeditions.
Two days in Kathmandu for Shisapangma expeditions preparations packing and buying necessary equipments and high altitude foods, final meeting and collecting permits and other documents related with the expeditions. On this day interested people can book for a tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, Kathmandu valley steeped with historical / cultural monuments and world heritage sites.
 
Day 04:            Drive to Nylam 3,450 m via Zhangmu 2,300 m - 06 hrs.
Starting our adventure overland to Shisapangma Expeditions with an interesting drive of four hours to reach the border post at Kodari on Nepal side, with Passport and Visa formalities then heading towards Tibet / China entry points, here our Tibetan guides and driver receives you with short drive to Zhangmu the entry point of Tibet / China.
 
After completion of paper works, visa and permits continue drive following Bhote Kosi River upstream to Nylam town, a nice ride through beautiful forest of pines and rhododendron trees with views of waterfalls.
 
At Nylam transfer in the best available lodge-hotel or guest house for overnight stop with first night in Tibetan soil with high altitude gain.
 
Day 05:            At Nylam for acclimatization and checking climbing gear. 
A free and extra day at Nylam for acclimatization at this high altitude, Nylam a moderate size town quite busy with travelers to Lhasa-Kathmandu or around Tibet including Kailash, at Nylam take a short hike around Milereppa meditation cave (11th C saint and guru) or on route South Shisapangma base camp, afternoon busy checking up climbing gears and with re-packing.
 
Day 06:            Drive to Shisapangma base camp 4,900 m - 04 hrs.
Departing from Nylam morning drive up the side of a gorge, eventually emerging onto the barren Tibetan plateau, the change of landscape is awe inspiring, from the lush lower countryside to arid mountain desert. Magnificent views of Shishapangma and many other mountains make today’s road journey an unforgettable one. After crossing the Laylung-la La (5,050m) we turn off the Lhasa highway and head west along the road Mount Kailash for a further 25 km. Turning south onto an even smaller track, eventually reaching at Base Camp 4,900m, situated close to Yambughangala River which drains the north side of Shishapangma.
 
Day 07-08:      At Shisapangma base camp 4,900 m - 04 hrs.
First two days at Base Camp for acclimatization and preparation and sorting out equipments, organizing loads for the yaks. All members need to be in good shape for the long route to Advance Base Camp and for the summit bid.
 
Day 09:            Trek and Climb to Advance Base Camp at 5,800 m - 05 hrs.
After loading up the yaks with equipment set off with them on the 12 mile/20 kilometer trek to Advance Base Camp (ABC). Initially follow a jeep track to a plateau above the river and them the west bank of the valley to ABC near the snout of the Yambughangala Glacier (5,800m). This is in a very impressive situation, with the giant white pinnacles of the glacier leading up the valley to Shishapangma. Here unloading the yaks and set up the camp which will be the take-off point for the climb. From here on will have to do own load carrying!
 
Day 10:            At Advance Camp
At the Advance Camp for necessary preparations for the long climb to the summit of Shisapangma, here our lead guide and team leaders will provide final briefing regarding the climb with technical know-how and other related information for the successful climb on top world last 14th Mt. Shisapangma from 8,012m to 8,046m high.
 
Day 11 - 30:    Ascent of Mt. Shisapangma (20 days for summit top)
THE BIG CLIMB – We have reserved 20 Days for the Summit bid with necessary camp to set on route the summit, above ABC placing two or three camps depending on conditions, the climb starts with a long traverse leading to a large camping area at 6,400m. From here we traverse further, gaining a lot of height, to reach the shoulder of the mountain and Camp 2 (6,900m). All of the climbing is on scree or snow and presents little difficulty, The North-West Ridge is easily reachable from Camp 2, although may involve snow and ice climbing up to 45 degree steep. Fixed ropes will be placed on all steep/crevassed sections. If a high camp is required, it will be placed according to the prevailing conditions. The summit ridge is very long and it is usual to take a rising diagonal line across the snow slope below it to reach the ridge as close to the summit as possible.
 
Enough time in case of bad weather and slow acclimatization. We intend to have enough time at the end of the expedition to make a complete withdraw from the mountain, removing all equipment and rubbish and taking it back to ABC.
 
Day 31:            Descend back at Advance Camp
After a successful climb with views of both side of the country Nepal / Tibet and then descend back to Advance camp for necessary rest, all loads must be carried down at this time, this includes garbage.
 
Day 32:            Descend to base camp.
This day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb and to organize departure from Shisapangma base camp to Kathmandu.
 
Everything will be packed in plastic expedition drums for the return journey to Kathmandu. If the road is in good condition it is sometimes possible to go to Kathmandu in one day from the Base Camp. 
 
Day 33:            Pack up and cleaning of base camp.
Start packing climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where CPPC (China / Chomolungma Pollution Control) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu. Prepare everything for an early departure the next morning.
 
Day 34:            Drive to Zangmu 1,940 m - 06 hrs.
After exciting time with super adventure on top of Shisapangma morning a pleasant moderate drive to reach at Zangmu border town, from base camp few hours’ drive leads on the main Lhasa / Kathmandu highway at Nylam.
 
After a short stop continue drive heading enjoying views on downhill to Nylam town and back into forested area on leaving high and dry Tibetan plateau, drive leads through green forested area with views of beautiful waterfalls, after few hour drive from Nylam reaching Zhangmu town for last overnight stop in Tibet.
 
Day 35:            Drive to Kathmandu via Kodari - 06 hrs.
Morning as per China Beijing Standard Time (of 2:15 minutes ahead than Nepal standard time) after passport and visa formalities, a short drive leads at Friendship Bridge separating Tibet / China with Nepal territory.
 
At the bridge bidding farewell to our Tibetan guides and driver, then walk into Nepal soil for the drive to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free for individual activities and shopping.
 
Day 36:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A free day with optional sightseeing tour in our interesting cultural tour of Kathmandu valley with world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

This day also to submit reports of the expeditions at concern Tourism department.
 
Day 37:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience on Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.
 
Please Note:
Overland drive to enter Nepal or to reach any Tibet entry point from Kodari to Zhangmu not possible at present, damaged road due to landslide by 25th April & 25th May earthquakes.
 
The road might be open for travel in near future we will keep in touch with us for updates regarding this situation.
The only means of entering Tibet is by air to and from Lhasa or from Kyarong of Langtang region which just opened for foreign visitors.

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