Mount Shishapangma is the 14th of the 14 eight-thousanders with an elevation of 8,027 meters above sea level. It is the only eight thousand meters mountain solely located in south-central Tibet. Due to its location sometimes, it can be problematic to operate the expedition at the last minute because of the sudden restrictions and rules imposed by authorities of the Government of China and Tibet Autonomous Region to the foreign travelers.
The name Sishapangma explained by Geologist Toni Hagen means “crest above the grassy plains” in the local Tibetan dialect. The first summit of Mt. Sishapangma was made by the Tibetan-Chinese expedition team in 1964 and later opened for foreign climbers only in 1978.
For the summit, we follow the northwest ridge with a challenging knife-edge ridge that connects slightly to the lower central-summit. We set up four camps: Advance Base Camp (ABC) at 3340m, Camp I at 6200m, Camp II at 6700m, and Camp III at 7400 m for the summit.
Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel to relax.
Extra days in Kathmandu for expedition preparation and Tibet visa processing
Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa (3640m) and transfer to hotel
Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Drive to Shigatse (3900m), and visit Tashilumpo Monastery
Drive to Tingri (4350m)
Acclimatization in Thingri
Drive to Shishapangma BC (4950m)
At Shishapangma BC
Trek to Intermediate Camp (5400m)
Trek to Advance Base Camp (5100m)
Drive to Kerong
Cross the Chinese Border and drive to Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours before the departure time and the hotel checkout time is noon. In case your flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
Government & Related charges
- Shishapangma climbing royalty fee
- Tibet Visa Fee
- 1 X Chinese Government liaison officer with meals, accommodation, and wages
- Garbage deposit fees
- Highway conservation charges
- Route fixing charge payable to China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) and charge payable to summit route fixing team
- Summit certificate from CTMA after the summit
- Weather forecast report
Service in Kathmandu & Tibet
- International and domestic airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa
- 5 nights in a preferred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing
- 6 nights in a hotel in Tibet with breakfast on twin sharing
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
- Sightseeing in Lhasa with guide and transportation
- 2 X Thamserku Duffel bag per member
Basecamp & ABC Service
- Single tent per member with comfortable mattress at base camp and advance base camp (ABC)
- Tent for climbing and Kitchen crew on twin sharing
- Kitchen, Dining, Shower and toilet tent (communication tent for 8 pax above)
- Solar panel/generator for light and battery charging
- Gas heater for the dining tent
- 3 meals a day, snacks, and unlimited tea and coffee on request
Service at higher camp: ABC, Camp I, Camp II & Camp III (last camp)
- Brand new tent North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew
- Total 5 bottles of POISK oxygen – 3 for members, 1 for Sherpa & 1 for emergency
- Latest Mask and regulator for members and Sherpa & one extra for emergency
- High Altitude food (B, L&D) for members and climbing crew
- Enough Epi gas, gas stove, and cooking pot set for CI, CII, and CIII
- 1 satellite for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa, and basecamp
- Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw
- Transportation of camping equipment’s to basecamp and ABC
- Transportation charge for food, meat, fruits, and vegetables in basecamp and ABC
- Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 climbing Sherpa for 2 members (1:2 ratio) for the summit
- One High Altitude Cook for basecamp and ABC and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp
- 2 Yaks per member to carry personal expedition equipment from basecamp – advance base camp – basecamp
- Equipment’s, daily wages, carrying bonus, and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa
- Equipment’s, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters
- Summit bonus of US$1000 for climbing Sherpa once you make a summit attempt from Camp IV or US$500 if dropped from Camp IV
- Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Shigatse, Tingri, and Kyirong
- Internet facility and personal calls from satellite phone (subject to charge US$ 3/minute)
- Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu
- Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
- Medical evacuation charge if required
- Personal trekking and climbing gears
- Tips for climbing Sherpa and Kitchen team at basecamp
- Service besides mentioned in inclusions example – extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters
- Other personal nature expenses i.e. alcoholic beverages and self-ordered hot drinks during the trek
MOUNTAINEERING GEARS CHECKLIST (7000m to 8848m)
- Down Suit - Recommended Absolute Zero Over suit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
- Down Jacket and a pair of Down Salopettes - Recommended Absolute Zero Parka and Absolute Zero Pants by Mountain Hardwear, or by Rab. - not very bulky
- Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
- Balaclava - Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
- Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers - Recommended anti-sweat
- Fleece Jacket and Trousers - Recommended Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
- Liner gloves - thin and warm
- Down mitts - Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
- Mountain Gloves - Recommended water & windproof
- Gore-Tex Primaloft Glove - Recommended the North Face, or Mountain Hardwear.
- Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Ultra-Soft Running / Hiking Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Mountaineering boot Recommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
- Alpine boot - Recommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
- Climbing helmet - Recommended Black Diamond
- Ski Goggles with UV protection and anti-fog system
- Headlamp - Recommended Black Diamond &Petzl
- Spare batteries - Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
- Harness Set
- Lightweight Harness - Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or MammutOphira 3 Side climbing harness
- Ascender (Jummer) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Abseiling device - Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
- Screwgate Carabiners (2 X large, 2 X small sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
- 1 X tape sling - Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
- Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested
- Classical Alpine ice-axe - Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
- Crampons that fits Mountaineering boots - Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
- 55-65 Liter Rucksack - Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
- Base Camp Duffel – XXL
- 2 X 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag - Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
- 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat - Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
- Swiss Army Knife with a multi-tools system or leathermen
TREKKING GEARS CHECKLIST (2000m to 5000m)
- Sun Hat/Normal cap
- Fleece or woollen hat
- Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Buff Scarf / thin face mask
- Fleece or woollen thin gloves
- Gore-Tex mitten gloves
- Gore-Tex Jacket
- Gore-Tex Pant
- Hiking pant
- Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore-Tex pant
- Anti-sweat T-shirt
- Thermal inner trouser
- Down jacket with hoodie
- Trekking boots
- Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
- Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
- Snow Gaiter
- Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
- 30 Liter Rucksack with cover
- Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Water bottles 1 Liter
- Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
- Waterproof washing kit bag
- Towel - medium size
- Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, toothbrush etc.
- Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
- Handwash& sanitizer
- Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
- Wet tissues
- Trekking poles
- Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
- Baselayer leggings
- Sleeping bag liner
- Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
- Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
- Repair kit – (e.g. needle, thread, duct tape)
Once services are price have been agreed and a booking has been secured then a deposit of 25% of the tour cost is required. The deposit can be made in any one of the four currencies (US$, £ Sterling, € Euros or NPR). The deposit sum required is to be made by cash or Credit/Debit card and any Credit/Debit card payment will carry a service surcharge of 3.5%. The balance (full payment) of the cost of the services to be provided is to be paid two month prior to the departure date of the first service to be provided. Once the full payment is been made, below cancellation charge applies:
- From 45 to 30 days: 30% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- From 29 to 15 days: 70% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- Less than 14 days: 75% cancellation charge of the total cost.
The deposit is non-refundable except owing to cancellation by Thamserku Trekking in which case the deposit will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation by the client/s, only in exceptional circumstances might the deposit, or a part of the deposit, be refunded on a ‘good-will’ basis. Under no other circumstances will the original deposit be refunded. In the event of postponement by a client/s once the deposit has been paid, the deposit paid can be reallocated to a subsequent date (fixed or unfixed) within a 12 month period from the date of postponement advice. In this case prices are subject to review. Once the contracted program has begun no refund will be made or any consideration can be made only under extreme circumstances.
Tipping is generally expected by all the expedition staff at the end for the excellent service they had provided to make your expedition successful. Normally the tips are given at the end of the expedition and this is best done as a group. We recommend that each group member contributes around $1000 - $1500 for the expedition crew at the last evening at the base camp and part of the collection to the climbing guide/ leader in the last day dinner in Kathmandu. You are welcome to give away some of the equipment’s or clothing that you are not going to take back home, you can donate to the local staff, for this your group leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.
Visas on Arrival
For the arrival visa in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, the immigration gets really busy during April, May, October and November; sometimes it takes hour to get the visa. Also, the wait is longer if you stand in the wrong queue. So below is the guideline for the visa on arrival and clearing the immigration at the airport. 1st Queue: Filling the application form. The clients can avoid this queue by filling the online application form (https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) in their home country. A sample of the online application form with the necessary details has been filled (see attached). The clients should put the exact information as seen in the attached file; the hotel name could be different. Once you fill up the form and submit, they will receive another slip (see attached) which they need to print it out and bring along with them. 2nd Queue: Cash Counter. If the clients have online slip beforehand, they can stand directly at the cash counter avoiding the 1st queue. It is advised for the clients to carry the exact visa fee amount (cash) either in US $ or Euro, but not in Nepalese Rupees. 3rd Queue: Immigration. Once the payment is done, the clients need to stand at the Immigration line with the receipt from the cash counter and necessary documents.
Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
Copies of key documents
We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.
The Trekking Day
The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am. After you have packed all your gear into your kitbag, breakfast will be ready. While you are eating, the crew members will make up the loads for the porters. You will often be on the trail by 7.30 am, though at higher altitudes the start is usually later, as we wait for the sun to warm the air a little.
Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines
- Every Thamserku Trekking traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you or send us the scanned copy.
- Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
- Acclimatization to high altitudes (generally for trips over 3500 meters): We take this very seriously, which is why we have one of the best safety records in the Himalaya. We have over 30 years of experience in the region and our success rates on high altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association. We even carry Oxygen, mask and regulator for your safety and peace of mind on all treks proceeding above 4000 meters.
- Our leaders are highly experienced mountain guides. Please follow their instructions very carefully as you ascend to high altitudes: walking slowly rather than hurrying, wearing sunglasses during the day, maintaining a high level of (non-alcoholic!) fluid consumption, not sleeping during the day, wearing adequate warm clothing are all factors of importance. Your leader will brief you fully on these considerations prior to the start of your trek.
- In addition, if you are taking any medications with you which may have been suggested as an aid to acclimatization - Diamox is quite commonly suggested - it is vital that you advise your leader in Kathmandu before you leave for the start of the trek. He will then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of taking this medication, and in particular when you should consider starting it and the duration for which it should be taken. Be aware that many trekkers have no need for such medication.
- The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs.
- Refer to https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php for current exchange rates.
- ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.
- The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.
- Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
If you have booked an arrival/departure transfer or is included in the program price. Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details into Kathmandu by either yourself or your travel agent. Your Group Leader will be at Kathmandu airport to meet your flight and transfer you to your hotel.
If you encounter any problems on or need any assistance, please Contact our Emergency number below:
- 1st Contact: Dawa Sherpa (Expedition Manager): +977-9801333616
- 2nd Contact: Yalamber Rai (Operations Manager): +77-9851131344
- Office Hours only: Thamserku Office: 00977-1-4433886
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