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Shishapangma Expedition 2017

Shishapangma Expedition 2017

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.
Please e-mail us for up-to-date prices for this program.

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.

Expedition Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • 5 nights hotel (4/5 star) in Kathmandu, BB plan
  •  Shishapangma Expedition (North West route) permit, Tibet visa, Travel and road permit.
  • Transportation ; Kathmandu/Zhangmu/Base Camp (and vice versa) by land cruiser/jeep for member & truck for equipment.
  • Full board plan in route to Tibet side, Twin sharing accommodation and 3 times meal per day (BLD-Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • 1 tent per climber of North face or similar for BC and ABC
  • Dining, Kitchen, Store tent, mattress and all camping facilities needed
  • Experienced and professional staff at BC : Base camp manager, cook, kitchen boy
  •  Liaison officer and Interpreter
  • 50kg weight per climber is allowed
  • Equipment allowance, wages, life, medical & life, medical & rescue insurance for all Nepali members.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask & regulator at ABC (if use and pay)
  • Generator/solar panel at Advance Base Camp for lighting and Charging.
  • Satellite phone in payable basis (per minute $ 3)
  • Immediate Rescue co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

Expedition Cost Excludes

  • Air travel and international departure tax.
  • Entry visa and Re-entry visa for Nepal.
  • Lunch & dinner, hotel after 5 nights in Kathmandu.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone etc.
  • Extra yak, per Yak's US$ 200.00 will be charge till to 40 kg load.
  • Insurance for travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost baggage.
  • Applicable permit fee & custom fee for SAT phone, filming camera, communications - equipment (if brought)
  • Garbage Deposit US$ 500.00 (sharing of the total person) and Deposit fee will be not refunded if the clients (climber) don't take back their garbage.
  • Climbing Bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (if you used sherpa), Tips for Base Camp Staff
  • All not mentioned in cost include part

Shishapangma Expedition 2017 Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02-03 : Visa document application, preparation, briefing in ministry.
  • 11th April, 2017 :Day 04 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubesi 1460m
  • 12th April, 2017 :Day 05 : Drive from Syprubesi to Kerung border 2000m. Immigration formalities for crossing border and drive to Kerung height 3200m.
  • 13th April, 2017 :Day 06 : Drive from Kerung to Tingri 4340m to Chinese Base camp 4800m
  • 14th-15th April, 2017 :Day 07-08 : Rest day at Chinese base camp for acclimatization
  • 16th April, 2017 :Day 09 : Trek from Chinese base camp to Middle camp 5220m
  • 17th April, 2017 :Day 10 : Trek from Middle camp to Advance base camp 5400m
  • 18th April - 17th May, 2017 :Day 11-40 : Climbing Period for Mt. Shisapangma 8012m
  • 18th May, 2017 :Day 41 : Trek to Middle camp and drive to Tingri
  • 19th May May, 2017 :Day 42 : Drive from Tingri to Kerung border.
  • 20th May, 2017 :Day 43: Immigration formalities in China side. Then drive to Kathmandu. Leave Tibet
  • Day 44 : Rest and shopping day in Kathmandu
  • Day 45 : Transfer for Final Departure

Shishapangma Expedition 2017 Cost Detail

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02-03 : Visa document application, preparation, briefing in ministry.
  • 31st Aug, 2017: Day 04 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubesi 1460m
  • 01st Sep, 2017: Day 05 : Drive from Syprubesi to Kerung border 2000m. Immigration formalities for crossing border and drive to Kerung height 3200m.
  • 02nd Sep, 2017: Day 06 : Drive from Kerung to Tingri 4340m to Chinese Base camp 4800m
  • 03rd Sep - 04th Sep, 2017: Day 07-08 : Rest day at Chinese base camp for acclimatization
  • 05th Sep, 2017: Day 09 : Trek from Chinese base camp to Middle camp 5220m
  • 06th Sep, 2017: Day 10 : Trek from Middle camp to Advance base camp 5400m
  • 07th Sep - 06th Oct 2017: Day 11-40 : Climbing Period for Mt. Shisapangma 8012m
  • 07th Oct 2017: Day 41 : Trek to Middle camp and drive to Tingri
  • 08th Oct 2017: Day 42 : Drive from Tingri to Kerung border.
  • 09th Oct 2017: Day 43: Immigration formalities in China side. Then drive to Kathmandu. Leave Tibet
  • Day 44 : Rest and shopping day in Kathmandu
  • Day 45 : Transfer for Final Departure

Shishapangma Expedition 2017 Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

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)

Day 02-03 : Visa document application, preparation, briefing in ministry. 

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

Day 04 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syprubesi 1460m

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)

Day 05 : Drive from Syprubesi to Kerung border 2000m. Immigration formalities for crossing border and drive to Kerung height 3200m. 

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

Day 06 : Drive from Kerung to Tingri 4340m to Chinese Base camp 4800m 

After morning breakfast we drive from Krung to Tingri and to Chinese base camp for about three hours.

Day 07-08 : Rest day at Chinese base camp for acclimatization

Rest days for acclimatization in order to cope our body with heights. Walk in the surrounding hills, hang out around. Overnight at Tent, BLD

Day 09-10 : Trek from Chinese base camp to Advance Base Camp 5400m

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.

Day 11-40 : Climbing Period for Mt. Shisapangma 8012m

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.

Day 41 :  Trek to Middle camp and drive to Tingri

Day 39 :  Drive from Tingri to Kerung border.

Day 43:  Immigration formalities in China side. Then drive to Kathmandu. Leave Tibet

Day 44 :  Rest and shopping day in Kathmandu

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)

Day 45 : Transfer for Final Departure

We transfer you to the airport for final departure 3 hours before flight schedule. Farewell and departure.

Note: 

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.


  • Price:

    - The price of each trip differs as per the group size, hotel category, clinet's interest of service and modification in the itinerary
    - Group Discount Available
    - 100% departure guranteed.
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  • Duration: 45 Days
  • Physical
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Type: Expedition
  • Route: Chinese Base Camp via Tingri and Kerung and Return
  • Autumn Departures: 31 August 2017
  • Spring Departures: 11 April 2017
  • Height 8012m

Climbing Details

  • The North West normal route to Mt. Shishapangma takes us up easy angled snow slopes to 35 degrees with one steeper section. The necessary lines will be fixed and placed on the steeper or crevassed sections. Following our acclimatization in Zhangmu & Nyalam, we will arrive at the base camp (5000m) to make ready our final preparations and acclimatization walks. Yaks transport our expedition gear from Base camp 5000m, to ABC at 5,400m. Three further camps will be placed to go ahead en-route.
  • Camp 1, 6,730m : After 6-7 hours walk we reach in camp 2 through crossing many snowy slopes by fixing ropes in the places of crevassed.
  • Camp 2, 7,045m : After 5-6 hours we reach camp 3 via steep ascent leading to very gentle ground below the northwest ridge.
  • Camp 3, 7,400m: From Camp 3, it takes 9-12 hours to reach on the summit. The situation of the groups/climbers physical fitness; and also the favorable condition of the weather depends the climbing ahead.

Extra Services

  • Russian oxygen 4 litters: USD 400
  • Mask & Regulator per set USD 600
  • Satellite phone: USD 1500 per set (Personal use from climber)
  • Film Permit: USD 20,000 (Small Portable movie camera is free)