MT. SHISAPANGMA EXPEDITIONS

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43 Days
Apr-May, Sep - Oct
Adventurous
8,013m
Overview
  1. Adventure on top world’s last fourteen highest Mt. Shisapangma within Tibetan high plateau.
  2. Sweeping panorama of Tibetan plateau with range of mountains views that straddles both countries.
  3. Overland journey on old Trans-Himalayan Salt and Caravan Route of Nepal & Tibet / China.
  4. Adventurous walks to Mt. Shisapangma Advance Base Camp within remorseless fields of ice and glaciers.
  5. Explore traditional and impressive Tibetan villages of great interest in the harmony of Buddhist culture.
  6. Drive along high scenic green hills of Langtang Himal within great Central Himalayan peaks.
  7. Journey within world highest and largest plateau of Tibet-China with ever present views of mountains

Introduction:

Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions, located wholly within Tibet, China the last 14 th Eight Thousanders mountains stands at the height of 8,013 and 26,289 ft high first climbed by Chinese Expeditions lead by Mr Hsu Ching and his team of nine companions in May 2 nd 1964, since then the mountains has been summated by wide world mountaineers.

Before Chinese opened Tibet to western mountaineers in 1978, little was known about Mt. Shisapangma, one and only 8,000m peaks that located entirely within Tibet; which is a mere distance close to Nepal border, shrouded behind the great, but less high, with adjoining border range of Langtang peaks. 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 Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions, ascent from the North-West Ridge presents least difficulty.On the contrary, it is now 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, situated on route to Mt. Kailash towards Western Tibet, where Mt. Shisapangma located southern rim of Tibetan vast plateau, the name Shisapangma for Historians cannot fathom its actual pronunciations, Shisapangma, Xixabangma or Gosainthan in Nepalese, where surveyors seems unable to fix her height (anything from 8,013 and 26,289 ft to 8,012m/ 8,046 m high).

Even first ascent by the Chinese Expeditions in 1964 is questioned, due to the lack of photographic
evidence and the fact that the summit ridge sports several subsidiary “summits”. It was 16 years after the mountain received its second ascent, by a West German team in 1980’s 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.

Mt. Shisapangma Expedition opened for climbers with experience of alpine routes grade AD and who have been to 5,500m without ill effects. If you wish to discuss your suitability or the expedition in general, please contact us at our Office.

Yet, the mountain is perhaps the most accessible of her genre, rising only a few miles west of the Kathmandu-Lhasa Highway where Himalaya Expeditions leads you to its summit with successful triumph supported by expert and highly professional Sherpa Climbing guides on Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions.

 

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02-3: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions.
Day 04: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m via Trisuli and Dhunche – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m (Kyidrong / Dzonga) County camp or in local Guesthouse.
Day 06: In Kyirong rest day for acclimatization.
Day 07: Drive to Shisapangma Base Camp 4,900m – 05 hrs.
Day 08-11: At the Base Camp acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 12: Towards Advanced Base Camp 5,800m – 06hrs.
Day 13: Reach the Advance Base Camp with free afternoon.
Day 14-35: 22 Days of Climbing Period to the summit and on route ABC.
Day 36: Return to Advance Base Camp.
Day 37: Return to Base Camp.
Day 38: Cleaning up Base Camp.
Day 39: Drive to Kerung -05 hrs.
Day 40: Cross the border and drive to Dhunche town 1,950 m – 06 hrs.
Day 41: Drive to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.
Day 42: In Kathmandu free day at leisure for individual activities.
Day 43: International Departure.

Itinerary

Day 01:    Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
  In Kathmandu, we will stay at the Hotel. Team members will be accommodated on a twin sharing basis.
If you prefer, you may have a single room for which a supplement at extra payable.
   
Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu.
  The priority for the day will be to check everyone’s equipment to make sure that it is equal to the conditions one can expect on Shisapangma Climb. Afternoon free for any last minute purchases that you may need to make from the well stocked climbing shops in the city.
   
Day 04: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hrs journey.
  Starting our adventure with an overland drive towards North West of Kathmandu past farm villages and towns with grand views of snowcapped peaks and then reaching at cooler areas within Langtang Himal in Dhunche 1,900 m high, a main and headquarter town of Rasuwa district around Langtang area, populated by Tamang people the hill tribe of Nepal.
From here downhill for two hours with overnight at Syabrubesi, the door to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and as well to Tibet border.
   
Day 05: Drive to Kyirong County 3,950 m -105 k.m via Rasuwagadhi 1,800 m.
  From Syabrubesi morning drive on newly built road linking Nepal / Tibet border to Rasuwagadhi (1,800 m / 15 km / few hour drive from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.
   
Day 06: In Kyirong rest day for acclimatization.
  A necessary and important rest day for acclimatization before heading towards higher areas into Tibetan vast plateau, this village provides a perfect place with an altitude of 3,950 m as next day drive leads above 4,500 meters and much higher over passes.
At Kyirong relax and enjoy the views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that straddles the border of Nepal and Tibet.
   
Day 07: Drive to Shisapangma Base Camp 4,900m – 05 hrs.
  From Kyirong onward where Tibetan high plateau begins as morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on the junction of Mt. Kailash route and towards main Lhasa and Kathmandu Friendship Highway.
On reaching vast Tibetan windswept plateau offering views of Langtang and Shisapangma peaks, and then heading further east on smaller track to reach Shisapangma Base Camp at above 4,900 m, situated close to Yambughangala River which drains the north side of Mt. Shisapangma. From this scenic spot drive leads on good road towards Old Tingri from here excellent view of Mt. Everest and of Mt. Cho-Oyu, at Old Tingri transfer to local Guest House for overnight.
   
Day 08-11: At the Base Camp acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
  First four days at Base Camp spent preparing out equipment and organizing loads for the yaks. Rest days at base camp also important days for the acclimatization, as one can feel the effects of living at nearly 5,000 meters, where all members need to be in good shape for the long route to Advance Base Camp.
   
Day 12: Towards Advanced Base Camp 5,800m.
 

After loading up the yaks with all our equipments and then set off following the Yak trails on 20 k.m or 12 miles trek to reach at ABC (Advance Base Camp). Initially following a jeep track to a plateau above a river and then heading towards west bank of the valley to reach at ABC near the snout of Yambughangala Glacier above 5,800 m, an impressive location with giant white pinnacles of the glacier leading up the valley towards top of Mt. Shisapangma.

Here unload the yaks and set up the camp which will be the take-off point for the climb. From here on we will have to do our own load carrying!

 

   
Day 13: Reach the Advanced Camp.
  On reaching at Advance Base Camp with necessary preparation for the long haul to the summit with time to relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounding with views of snow capped peaks.
   
Day 14-35: 22 Days of Climbing Period to the summit and on route ABC.
 

The climb from above ABC requires 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 II at 6,900 m. All of the climbing is on scree or snow and presents some difficulties, as the North-West Ridge is easily reachable from Camp II, although it 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.
Plenty of time has been allowed 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 36: Return to Advance Base Camp.
  Return back to Advance base camp for necessary rest. All loads must be carried down at this time, this includes garbage.
   
Day 37: Return to Base Camp.
  All expedition members and equipment will need to be back at Base Camp by today, ready for the departure next day. Once again, yaks will be used to transport all expedition equipment from ABC to Base Camp.
   
Day 38: Cleaning up Base Camp.
  At the Base Camp clean up and packing, rubbish to be dump at designated dumping site, rest to be brought back to Kathmandu for proper disposal.
   
Day 39: Drive to Kyirong in local guesthouse – 06 hrs.
  A long drive today to reach at Kyirong frontier town, journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau taking a newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach the border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.
   
Day 40 Drive to Dhunche town 1,900 m – 05 hrs.
  Farewell to our Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts leaving Tibet with short drive to the border post of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi, here on completing visa and custom formalities then enter into Nepal border at Rasuwa Gadhi, here again following and completing immigration forms and continue drive on rough dirt road for a while to reach at Syabrubesi village, after a short refreshing break journey continues on winding uphill to reach at Dhunche town for overnight stop.
   
Day 41: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel – 05 hrs.
 

After a great time in Tibet with an adventure on top Mt. Cho Oyu back into green vegetation and tall trees, catch the views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, as morning drive leads downhill reaching around warmer areas of rice fields and terraces past Ramche, Mani-Bhanjyang and Trisuli Bazaar.

From Trisuli Bazaar few hour drives brings you back at Kathmandu, then check into your hotels.

   
Day 42: In Kathmandu rest and submit expeditions report to concern department.
  A free day in Kathmandu, reserved in case of delay on drive due to road conditions, with spare day enjoy individual activities and shopping, as well to submit expeditions reports to concern Government department.
   
Day 43: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, our staff transfers you to airport for final departure from thecountry of Himalayan Wonders with grand memories and experience on Mt. Cho-Oyu Expeditions.

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 5 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
4. Hotel / Guest House accommodation in Tibet as per itinerary on full board basis.
5. Transportation by private vehicle.
6. English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the trip in Tibet.
7. Camping arrangement as per itinerary backed by Nepali Crew at Everest BC, Interim Camp, ABC and
Higher Camps on full board basis.
8. All applicable Climbing Permit and Entry Fees.
9. Yak & Yakmen to carry loads between BC-ABC- BC.
10. Transportation Kathmandu – Tibet Border – Kathmandu by private non AC Vehicle.
11. Service of Nepalese Climbing Sherpas (1 member : 1 Sherpa) with their equipment allowance, daily
wages and insurance.
12. Royalty payable to Tibet Government for Nepalese staff.
13. High Altitude Tents, Rations, EPI Gases, Pots and Pans for High Altitude Camps.
14. Walkie Talkie for communication purpose.
15. Supply of Satellite Phone for emergency use.
16. Supply of Medical Kit for emergency use.
17. Tibet Visa Fees.

Our price does not include followings:

1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
6. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be
entertained for any unused service.
7. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods,
strike etc.
8. Personal clothing and all sorts of personal climbing gear.

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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