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Shishapangma B.C.

Tibet

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.

ALTITUDE
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).

USEFUL TIPS
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.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
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.

17 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure Time

    Any Time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking equipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    Hotel
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel.
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Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
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Day 3: Visa and document collection

Today we need to collect your Chinese Visa from the consular section between 09:00 hrs. to 11:00 hrs. Afternoon you are free on your own.
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Day 4: Fly to Lhasa 3660 m.

Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatize to Lhasa's high altitude.
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Day 5: Lhasa City Tour

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market. Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly; Optional: With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD) Stay overnight in Lhasa.
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Day 6: Lhasa Monastery Tour

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
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Day 7: Rest day in Lhasa

This day is for you to spend it as you wish. Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang.
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Day 8: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m.

Moving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.
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Day 9: Drive to Shigatse

Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, taking a 90 km drive, you will arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet that lies at an altitude of 3900 meter.
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Day 10: Drive to Tingri 4,050 m.

Shigatse was previously both a stronghold and a monastery city. At the western tip beneath Mt Drolmari, lies Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is the major attraction of Shigatse. Today you shall get to visit this ancient monastery, which is also the seat of the Panchen lamas and one of Tibet's four great monasteries.
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Day 11: Drive to Nyalam 3,750 m.

Nyalam lies at a distance of about 152 km. from Tingri. You cross several high passes including the Lalung La (5050m) from where (if weather permits) you can get breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan range including the Mt. Everest- a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau.
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Day 12: Trek to Draabochhan 4,110 m.

You begin your trek from Nyalam. Moving along the Tsongde Phu river valley a couple of hours later, you come across a diversion, one leading to Draabochhan and another leading to Tara tsho. After a further short trek you reach the herder’s camp at Draabochhan, where you camp for the night.
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Day 13: Trek to Shingdip 4,560 m.

Today you start out by climbing for about one hour to the top of a ridge. From the summit you walk parallel to the ridge, along the hills and reach Shingdip, a beautiful meadow with a large boulder near the junction of converging moraine valleys. The south base camp is only two hours away, but it has an elevation of nearly 4,500 m.
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Day 14: Trek to Shisapangma Base Camp 4,980 m.

From Shingdip, you take a cross-country route towards the Base Camp. Today also you climb up to a ridge and follow it for sometime, with Jugal Himal towering across the valley to the south. After two hours of walk you reach the base camp by a little glacial lake. Shishapangma is out of view from the base camp, but you have plenty of time to head further up towards the advance base camp and explore around.
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Day 15: Trek to Draabochhan 4,110 m.

On your walk down to Draabochhan today, you will get pleasing views of Jugal Himal, pretty alpine meadows and dwarf rhododendron trees on the hills. After a long descent you again reach the herder’s camp in Draabochhan.
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Day 16: Trek to Nyalam 3,750 m.

trek back to the lower and fertile ground in the Tshongde Phu river valley, and soon reach Nyalam.
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Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu 1,400 m. 123 km.

A few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi river brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu. After driving 5 hours for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.
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Day 16: Day in Kathmandu (reserve day).

Rest day in Kathmandu. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to enjoy with our trek leader and a few Himalayan Treks EU staff to mark the end of our trip in Nepal.
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Day 17: Final departure.

Our representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before our scheduled flight.

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Shishapangma Base Camp Trek

Tibet 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.

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