Shisapangma Expedition(South)

The Shisha Pangma is the 14th highest peak of the world; considered by many as one of the easiest 8000m mountains to climb. Shisha Pangma is the highest peak in the Langtang Himal and is the only 8000m peak totally located within Tibet but it is also the closest 8000m peak to Kathmandu. Its trademark a long, steep, craggy southern face rising over 2000m, makes an imposing sight to all would be climbers. The Nepalese name of the peak is Gosaitan meaning “The Holy Place”. The Tibetan name is Xixapangma and it means literally "The mountain overlooking the grassy plains".
Shisha Pangma was the last of the 8000m peaks to be climbed. The first ascent was via Northwest Face and North ridge and it is credited to Hsu Ching and his ten-man Chinese climbing team in 1964. Shisha was closed to foreigners until it was finally opened to foreign teams in 1980.

Shishapengma can be climbed from both sides South and North. The standard commercial route is from North and it is a easy climb from technical aspect. The South side is a considerable technical effort due to massive 2000m face and has few challenging lines requiring good level of alpine climbing experience and it is definitely not beginners route. The access to both Base Camps is very convenient by SUV from Naylam, a considerable and rapidly expanding town and two days of hike to the Advanced Base Camp (5800m).

Itinerary Details of Shisapangma South Face Expedition

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel transfer

Day 02/03:Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities

Day 04: Early morning departure from Kathmandu to Tibetan border at Kadari (720m); border formalities followed by drive to Zhangmu (1600m); overnight in hotel

Day 05: Four hours drive by Jeep from Zhangmu to Naylam (3700m); overnight in hotel

Day 06-07:Rest and acclimatization in Naylam; hike to the hills above the town 4850m/4.5km and 5140m/6km; overnight in hotel

Day 08: Start trek to the South Base Camp; First intermediate camp at 15km (4300m); camping

Day 09: Trek to second intermediate camp at 24km (5100m) at the base of Ramthang Karpo Ri; camping

Day 11: Trek to Base Camp (5600m) on Shishapangma moraine; camping

Day 12-37:Climbing period to summit Shishapangma(8012m); You may consider one or two acclimatization climbs to 6730m peak above the Basecamp opposite Shisha and to 7445m high Punga Ri; Summit attempt depending on climbers skill and fitness can be from a single day continuous climb to one or two bivvy climb.

Day 38: Preparation to return to Kathmandu; Clean Base Camp and trek 16km to intermediate camp (4300m); camping.

Day 40: Trek 15km to Naylam and drive four hours from Naylam to Zhangmu; overnight in hotel

Day 41: Early morning drive to the border at Kodari; border crossing, immigration formalities, collection of Nepalese visa; drive to Kathmandu

Day 42: Leisure day in Kathmandu(Contingency day)

Day 43: Leisure day, sightseeing in Kathmandu (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath); Fairwell-Celebration dinner

Day 44: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities

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