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Sishapangma also called Xixapangma meaning "the mountain overlooking the grassy plains" in the local Tibetan language, is the 14th highest peak in the world situated entirely in Tibet. Also, The Indian Nepalese name for this pea is Gosainthan meaning a holy place.
The first ascent to this stunning peak was made in 1964 by Xu Xing and his team of 10 climbers. Despite being the easy 8000er, Sishapangma was the last 8000er to be scaled. The climb is quite technical and is characterized by a long, steep southern face that rises over 2000m, a jaw-dropping view to all beholders. There have been numerous successful ascents to the peak but most climbers only make it to the West/Central summit at 8013 m. The main summit lies a few hours away from the central summit but is too technical and difficult. The climbing route goes through the snow and ice climb requiring crampons and ice axes with fixed ropes along the route.
The Sishapangma expedition is even easier because of the short approach to the base camp. The road is available till 5000m from where the trek actually starts. The luggage is carried by Yaks and porters to the base camps.
Our journey to Sishapangma starts at Kathmandu taking us all the way to the Nepal- China border, Kerung. Then we cross the border and stay in the beautiful old Tibetan town of Tingri. We then drive to the Base camp at 5000 m, eliminating the trekking time.
Sishapangma is an excellent starter for 8000er and is suitable for those alpinists who are looking to step into high altitude mountaineering. However, it requires a strong level of physical fitness and endurance. The altitude should never be underestimated, therefore we allocate enough time for acclimatization and rest.
Best season for Shishapangma Expedition
The best season for the expedition to Sishapangma is Spring and Autumn as the weather is favorable and nature is at its best. The roads that lead to the base camp are uninterrupted during these seasons.
Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to obtain Nepal Entry Visa at the counter. After these procedures, one of our representatives will meet and greet you and transfer you to the pre-booked 3-star hotel for you to rest. You can freshen up and enjoy your evening in Thamel.
Expedition to Sishapangma takes us through Tibet which is why we need to obtain VISA for China and also require permits to climb Sishapangma. Although we do have an incredible logistics team in Tibet, we will still ensure perfect management of each and every aspect during the expedition. In the course of preparation, you will have enough time to go sightseeing around different world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Our journey starts early in the morning after a warm and fulfilling breakfast at the hotel. We will drive to Timure, a small village in the Gosaikunda Rural Municipality. The drive will be quite tiring as we travel on bumpy roads up the hills, but nature’s beauty will deviate the pain towards tranquillity and peace.
After staying overnight in Timure, we will then resume our journey to Kerung. Kerung is a village in the Solukhumbu District and serves as a trading route between Nepal and China. The road leading to Kerung is equally adventurous and bumpy.
After Kerung, we will then cross the border and enter Tibet, the autonomous state of China. We continuously drive uphill and finally reach Tingri. Tingri is an old settlement in Tibet that used to be an important trading point for farmers in Nepal and Tibet. The beautiful meadows, rivers with fresh water, and picturesque villages make Tingri a beautiful place to stop and acclimatize.
From Tingri, we drive to the Chinese Base Camp for Sishapangma and stay 1 more day for acclimatization. We must allocate some good time for acclimatization as we will be gaining high altitude within a day as we drive instead of trekking.
We will be driving only to the Chinese Base Camp. After acclimatizing for two more days, we will then trek towards the Intermediate Camp. Our luggage and logistics will be carried by Yaks and Porters to the Advanced Base camp. At the altitude of 5400 m, we will set up our Advanced camp with full board tented service.
The climbing period will be utilized for proper training and acclimatizing for the summit Push to Sishapangma. We will allocate enough time to train with the climbing equipment. The climb above the advanced base camp follows the glacier on an easy slope where we set up Camp 1 at 6300 m. Then, following the glacier, we reach our campsite at camp 2 at an altitude of 6900 m. Camp 3 will be set up at 7300 m which will help us for the summit push.
The climb to the summit from camp 3 takes about 12 hours and requires walking on steep snow slopes. Our extraordinary team of Sherpa will facilitate all the required gear and equipment. We will serve hot meals and high-altitude food to keep you in good shape for the climb.
Upon reaching the summit, climbers will be rewarded with mesmerizing views of Cho Oyu, Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and other giant peaks in Nepal as well as Tibet.
Then, we descend to the advanced base camp through the higher camps.
After a glorious victory over the 14th highest peak f the world, we will descend back to the base camp.
From the Base Camp, we will take a luxurious drive to Tingri, the beautiful old Tibetan town rich in culture and traditions.
After staying overnight in Tingri, we then take a ride to Kerung, the border of Nepal and China, and rest overnight.
Following the same rugged, rocky path that we took earlier, we drive back to Kathmandu and relax in our hotel.
Kathmandu is a beautiful city with numerous attractive destinations. There are many heritages listed in the World Heritage List as well. You can go sightseeing around Bhaktapur, Patan, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, or even roam around in the streets of Thamel trying some exotic cuisines. You can get beautiful souvenirs in Kathmandu that you can take back home for your loved ones.
If you have not signed up for any other Add-ons Adventure packages, it’s time to bid you farewell. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure.
Expedition costs vary depending on factors including: group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact 8K Expedition for any information about in your selected package.
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