Mt. Shishapangma Expedition 2023

Trip Overview

Mt. Shishapangma is the 14th highest peak in the world, and the only 8,000m peak lying entirely 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 was first climbed in 1964 by a Tibetan-Chinese expedition and was opened to foreign climbers in 1978. The Northwest Ridge, our climbing route, offers a direct route to Shishapangma’s Central Summit. A challenging knife-edge ridge connects the slightly lower Central Summit to the mountain’s South Summit at 8,013m -26,289 ft.

The climbing route is straightforward, and the objective hazards of the climb are minimal. Advanced Base Camp (ABC) will be established at 5540m-18,171ft, Camp I at 6200m-20,300 ft, Camp II at 6700m-22,000 ft. and Camp III at 7400m-24,300 ft.

Expedition Schedule

23 Aug to 03 Oct 2023

03 Apr to 14 May 2023

Trip facts


42 Days







Climbing route

Normal North Ridge

Entry - Exit

Lhasa - Kyirong



Grade V


  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2-3: In Kathmandu for Tibet visa processing.
  • Day 4: Fly Kathmandu Lhasa (3650m-11680ft), transfer to Hotel
  • Day 5: Lhasa: Sightseeing.
  • Day 6: Drive to Shigatse (3900m-12480ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 7: Drive to Thingri (4350m-13,920ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 8: Rest day in Thingri for acclimatization.
  • Day 9: Drive to Shishapangma BC(4950m-16,236ft).
  • Day 10-11: At BC to acclimatize and preparing loads to ABC.
  • Day 12: Trek to Intermediate camp (5100m-16,728ft).
  • Day 13: Arrive at ABC (5540m-18,171ft).
  • Day 14-15: At ABC for puja ceremony, acclimatization and climbing preparations.
  • Day 16-38: Climbing period.
  • Day 39: Drive to Kyirong border (2700m-8856ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 40: Short drive to the Nepal-Tibet border and drive to Kathmandu.
  • Day 41: In Kathmandu.
  • Day 42: International departure.


Mt. Shishapangma

Cost includes

  • Mt. Shishapangma peak permit fee. Tibet visa fee.
  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
  • Airfare Kathmandu-Lhasa one way.
  • 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu for 5 nights.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lhasa, Shigatse, Thingri and Kyirong on room sharing basis.
  • Sightseeing in Lhasa with guide and transportation.
  • Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Member’s personal luggage transfer from BC - ABC - BC.
  • Kitchen equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent with heater, toilet tent, shower tent, chairs & tables.
  • Solar panel at ABC for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Food and fuel at BC-ABC during expedition.
  • Spacious single tent with insulated floor and mattress for each member at BC-ABC.
  • Services of one high altitude Sherpa between 2 climbers to carry all food and gear to higher camps. Also assist the member during climb and summit attempt.
  • Climbing Sherpa climbing and summit bonuses.
  • Insurance for climbing Sherpa including evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
  • High altitude tents, food and fuel for all members and climbing Sherpas.
  • Common climbing equipment (Required rope, ice bar, ice screw, etc) fees for rope fixing.
  • 2 oxygen bottles (4Lts) per climber and 1 oxygen bottle for Sherpa with mask and regulator (For use only).
  • Walkie-talkie for each member and Sherpa partnered team.
  • Services of Nepalese cook and kitchen boy.
  • Equipment allowances, daily wages, food and tents for cook, kitchen boy and Chinese Liaison Officer.
  • Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison officer and porters including emergency evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
  • Satellite phone for emergency available at ABC.
  • High way and conservation charges.
  • Garbage deposit fee.
  • Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost does not include

  • International flights
  • Meals at the hotel/lodges in Kathmandu and in Tibet. Personal climbing gears.
  • Personal calls made through satellite phone subject to charges at US$ 3 per minute.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone US$ 1000.00, communication equipment and commercial filming US$ 20,000.00 payable to CTMA.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo.
  • Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics (laptops, professional camera batteries etc).
  • Tips/gratitude for cooks and climbing Sherpa at the end of the trip.

Trip Grades

Grade I

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking
  • Light packs (10kg)
  • Elevations often below 2500m
  • Easy terrain
  • Trek duration less than a week in high altitude

Grade II

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag pack (10kg)
  • Elevations from 2500m to 5500m
  • Moderate terrain
  • Nights are spent in lodge or tents
  • Trek duration of two weeks in high altitude

Grade III

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag packs (12)
  • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
  • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
  • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
  • Three high passes above 4500m
  • May involve travel to remote areas
  • Trek duration up to three weeks
  • Average of six hours trek per day

    Grade IV

    • Strenuous trekking and climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (12)
    • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
    • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
    • Terrain might be snow or ice or rock or all mixed including glaciers
    • Few nights are spent in tent at high altitude during peak ascent
    • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
    • Involves travel in remote areas
    • Trek duration of two to three weeks
    • Includes several high passes trek and 6000m peak ascent
    • Minimum seven hours of average trek per day

    Grade V

    • Strenuous climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (15kg)
    • High or extreme altitude with elevation above 7000m
    • Intermediate to advance terrain
    • Nights are spent in tents
    • Moderate to extreme glacier travel is involved
    • Travel in remote areas
    • Usually expedition duration above four weeks

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