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Shishapangma, known in Tibetan as “the god of the grasslands”, is the lowest of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre peaks. It is also the only 8000-meter peak located wholly in Tibet, and has only been opened to foreign climbers since 1978. At 8,027 metres (26,289 feet), Shishapangma, is a great introduction to large Himalayan peaks that is easy enough to ski or snowshoe.

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Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organised, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. With expedition leaders Dani Fullier and Don Wargowsky (add links to leader’s pages) you will have an excellent experience on Cho-Oyu.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Mount Shishapangma Expedition Detailed Climbing Itinerary

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive in Kathmandu, 1350 metres, 4428 feet. Our staff will meet you at the airport. Go to hotel;

2) In Kathmandu – bring passport to Chinese embassy, for visa. Logistics, orientation, purchasing, packing, visit temples, city tour, shopping. Hotel and meals at members expense (minimal cost);

3) Early morning drive to Rusuwaghadi at 2557 metres, 8389 feet. Hotel.

Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa or if you are coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa on this day. back to top

Driving to Basecamp:

4) Enter Tibet, drive to Gyirong at 2700 metres , 8900 feet, Hotel

Lhasa option: Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.

5) Rest & acclimatization in Gyirong. Walk around the local hills. Hotel;

Lhasa option: Drive to Shigatse. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet.

6) Drive to Tingri (4300 meters/14,100 feet). Hotel;

Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.

7) Rest & Acclimatization in Tingri at 3900 metres/12,900 feet. Hotel;

8) Drive to Chinese Base, 5000 metres/16,400 feet, Camp;

9) Rest at Chinese Base;back to top

Moving to Advanced Basecamp:

10) Walk halfway to advanced base camp, camp at 5200 metres/17,00 feet;

11) Rest day at “interim-camp”;

12) Walk to advanced base camp at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. Rest;

13) Rest, training, and organization at advanced base camp; back to top

Climbing Shishapangma:

14) Walk to camp 1 at 6200 metres/20,300 feet, return to advanced base camp;

15) Rest in advanced base camp;

16) Walk to camp 1, Sleep;

17) Explore the route to Camp 2 at 6700 metres/22,000 feet. Return to advanced base camp;

18) Rest in advanced base camp;

19) Rest in advanced base camp;

20) Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;

21) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

22) Explore the route to camp 3 at 7400 metres/24,300 feet. Return to advanced base camp. Rest;

23) Rest in advanced base camp;

24) Rest in advanced base camp;

25) Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;

26) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

27) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

28) Walk to camp 3 and sleep there; back to top

Summit Days:

29) Summit attempt;

30) Summit attempt;

31) Summit attempt;

32) Summit attempt, descend to camp 2; back to top

Going Home:

33) Descend to advanced base camp, pack and prepare to depart;

34) Final packing, walk down from advanced base camp to Chinese base,

35) Early morning drive to Gyirong. Hotel.

36) Early morning drive to Kathmandu.

37) In Kathmandu. Final packing, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends.

38) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Shisha Pangma Expedition.

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Includes

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, American, or European leader/coordinator
  • Expert Sherpa from Nepal
  • Transportation and equipment carriage from Kathmandu to base camp and back
  • Three meals each day
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • Two nights stay in Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport Transfer

Our basic service expedition includes:

  • British, American, or European leader/coordinator
  • All internal / domestic flights (weather dependent), buses, jeeps, and porters
  • Transportation and person equipment (boots, climbing equipment, climbing) carriage from Kathmandu to base camp and back
  • Three meals each day and accommodations while traveling to/from base camp
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Two nights stay in Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport Transfer
  • Other services may be added for an additional cost.

Excludes

Our full-service expedition excludes:

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing/trekking equipment and clothing
  • Nepalese and Tibetan visas
  • Gratuities for staff (Click here for more information)
  • Oxygen (available upon request)
  • Add an exotic and historical trip to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa. $2,450
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