Shishapangma officially know as Xixiabangma is the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the eight-thousanders mountains. It was the last 8,000 meter peak to be climbed, due to its location entirely within Tibet and the restrictions on outside visitation to the region imposed by the Chinese during the 1950s and later. The mountain has two summits, the commonly climbed Central summit that the Chinese say is 8013m (7999m on old maps) which we have reached four times. Naturally, we will be aiming to climb to the higher true summit, 8027m (26,335ft), let’s see if we can get there!
Before the Chinese opened Tibet to western mountaineers in 1978, little was known about Shishapangma. The only 8,000m peak to lie entirely in Tibet, it lies tantalizingly close to the Nepalese border, shrouded behind the great, but less high, border peaks of Langtang. Enterprising individuals sought mere glimpses of it during the period that other 8,000m peaks were receiving their first ascents! It is perhaps not surprising that it was the last of the 8,000m peaks to be climbed. Not that its ascent by the North-West Ridge presents any great difficulty. On the contrary, it is now regarded as one of the most straightforward 8,000m climbs and its summit is frequently achieved.
Regarded as a ‘holy’ mountain by the local Tibetan population, and lying on the route to Mt. Kailash, Shishapangma continues to baffle us. Historians cannot fathom her names – Shishapangma, Xixabangma, Gosainthan. Yet, the mountain is perhaps the most accessible of her genre, rising only a few miles west of the Kathmandu-Lhasa Highway. It was 16 years before the mountain received its second ascent, by a West German team in 1980, and it has been climbed every year since.
Mountaineering expedition price varies depending on group size, expedition category (full board / base camp service), your budget, itinerary design, accommodation (budget to 5 star), level of service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides, base camp staffs, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors.
The price range for the same trip can vary widely. Our prices are competitive one as we believe in more time visit than once.
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RAMDUNG EXPEDITION is delighted to offer the world-class service in the Shishapangma Base Camp and other higher camps of this mountain. Our service covers since arrivals in Kathmandu, Hotel accommodations, drive to Base Camp, Yak transport till Advance Base Camp and vice versa.
We welcome and receive you in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer you to the Hotel for overnight stay. At evening we will host welcome dinner program in typical Nepali Restaurant. Hotel (BD)
These day we are busy for briefing about expedition, documentation, visa application, last minute shopping and preparation for departure to expedition. We’ll also introduce to our Nepali crew coming with you for expedition. Hotel. BLD
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi. Hotel (B,L,D)
Early morning drive from Syaprubesi to Kerung border. After finishing immigration formalities for crossing the border it is 2 hours jeep drive till Kerung Height. We stay overnight at hotel. BLD
After morning breakfast we drive from Krung to Tingri and to Chinese base camp for about three hours.
Rest days for acclimatization in order to cope our body with heights. Walk in the surrounding hills, hang out around. Overnight at Tent, BLD
After loading up the yaks with all the equipment, we set off with them on the 20km (12 mile) trek to the advance base camp. Initially we follow a jeep track to a plateau above the river, and then the west bank of the valley to ABC (advance base camp) near the snout of the Yambughangala Glacier (5600m). This is in an impressive location, with the giant white pinnacles of the glacier leading up the valley to Shishapangma. Here we unload the yaks and set up camp, which will serve as the take-off point for the climb. From here the Sherpas will do most of the load carrying. Overnight at tented camp.
Enough time needs to be allowed for bad weather and slow acclimatisation. Depending upon conditions, two or three camps are set up above ABC. Start climbing leading to a large camping area at 6,400m. Reach the shoulder of the mountain and camp 2 (7,000m) gaining a lot of height. From camp 2, the North-West Ridge is easily reachable. There may be snow and ice climbing. There are fixed ropes are placed on all steep sections. Requirement of a high camp depends upon the weather and other conditions. Climb the long summit ridge which rises across the snow slope below. The West Summit (8,008m) of Shishapangma is quicker to reach than the main summit. After summiting, withdraw from the mountain removing all equipment and rubbish and taking it back to ABC.
Today you’ll have free in Kathmandu. You can have sightseeing in the cultural heritage inside Kathmandu, buy souvenirs and thankas to take back home or anything as the day is free and easy. Overnight at hotel (B)
We transfer you to the airport for final departure 3 hours before flight schedule. Farewell and departure.
Due to the Nepal-Tibet border closure from Zhangmu due to 2015 earthquake, the expedition logistic procedure has been shifted to Kerung border at Rasuwagadi. The above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customized according to your available time and requirements. The final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extended depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.