Shishapangma Base Camp Trek, is one of the most popular trek in Tibet. Shisha Pangma, known in Tibetan as “the god of the grasslands”, is the lowest of the world’s fourteen 8000 meter peaks. It is also the only 8000-meter peak located wholly in Tibet. After an early attempt, it was first climbed in 1964 by a Tibetan-Chinese expedition and was opened to foreign climbers in 1978. Our trek to the base of the world’s fourteenth highest mountain allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Tibetan Plateau”.
Shishapangma (8046m) is the hidden jewel of Tibet and lies west of Everest, behind the Langtang range. The 18 days trek to Shishapangma base camp is easier than other treks in Tibet as it does not require crossing any high passes. Yet it is as great as any trek in Tibet or even better. Though in rain shadow zone, the monsoon cloud manages to push over the Jugal Himal, bringing some rain most nights from June until early September in this region. Due to the same monsoon the alpine floors here have nourishing lush meadows and an outstanding display of wildflowers during the summer.
You begin your journey from Lhasa(3780m), from where you will be driven to the other two important Tibetan cities of Shigatse and Gyantse. On the way you get to explore the ancient monasteries, palaces, and monuments set amidst the rugged landscape of the Tibetan Plateau.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE / FITNESS
If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. This trip goes to a very high altitude so previous experience of high altitude will be essential. Non hill walkers must come with a reasonable degree of fitness. Acclimatization days involve 3 -5 hours walking, while the main trek up to and beyond Advanced Base camp will involve 7 – 8 hours walking. The effort will however be extremely rewarding and for many an altitude record combined with the satisfaction of being so close and high on Everest.
This is a high altitude trip, and it is recommended that you have previously trekked to at least 4500m. If you have concerns about the effects, don’t worry because our itinerary allows sufficient time to acclimatize. The best way to avoid such symptoms is to walk at a gentle steady pace, drink plenty of fluid and maintain a healthy intake of food. The nearest hospital will be by land and not by helicopter. We will require a copy of your insurance prior to departure. Please also ensure your insurance covers you for walking up to 6500m (some will exclude this option).
Just in case your main luggage goes missing en route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn – in boots cannot. Pack important items in strong plastic bags.
VISAS AND PERMITS
Most EU nationals can purchase Nepal Visas on arrival in Kathmandu. You will need the payment of US$40 ready in cash and two passport sized photographs. All other countries should check with their local embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Our agent in Kathmandu will obtain all the Tibetan Visas as a group during the familiarization day. Visas are not included in the cost of the expedition so allow around $70 for this visa. Please also bring 8 passport photos for use during the expedition.
For the journey in to Base Camp it is essential that you keep any views about ‘Free Tibet’ quiet in public places and especially at check points and border crossings, likewise any political sensitive t-shirts! Failure to do so could result in entry being refused or a substantial delay.
Departure TimeAny Time
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeTrekking equipment
IncludedAll taxes and official expensesBasic guesthouse accommodationBreakfast, Lunch, DinnerCity tourDeparture TaxesDomestic flightsLocal staff and portersPermits and TIMS permitPersonal Guide
Not IncludedAlcohol and cold drinksEntry visaHotelInternational flightsMandatory travel insurancePersonal trekking equipmentTips for trekking staff and driver
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
Day 3: Visa and document collection
Day 4: Fly to Lhasa 3660 m.
Day 5: Lhasa City Tour
Day 6: Lhasa Monastery Tour
Day 7: Rest day in Lhasa
Day 8: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m.
Day 9: Drive to Shigatse
Day 10: Drive to Tingri 4,050 m.
Day 11: Drive to Nyalam 3,750 m.
Day 12: Trek to Draabochhan 4,110 m.
Day 13: Trek to Shingdip 4,560 m.
Day 14: Trek to Shisapangma Base Camp 4,980 m.
Day 15: Trek to Draabochhan 4,110 m.
Day 16: Trek to Nyalam 3,750 m.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu 1,400 m. 123 km.
Day 16: Day in Kathmandu (reserve day).
Day 17: Final departure.