International Mount Shishapangma Expedition 2018

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

02 Sep to 013 Oct 2018

Trip facts


42 Days







Climbing route

Normal North Ridge

Entry - Exit




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 Shegar/Thingri (4350m-13,920ft)- O/N Hotel.
  • Day 8: Drive to Shishapangma base camp (4950m-16.236ft).
  • Day 9-10: At Base Camp to acclimatize and preparing loads to ABC.
  • Day 11: Trek to intermediate camp ( 5100m-16,728ft).
  • Day 12: Trek to advance base camp (5540m-18,171ft).)
  • Day 13-36: Climbing period.
  • Day 37: Trek to base camp and drive to Shegar/Thingri (4350m-13,920ft)-O/N Hotel.
  • Day 38: Drive to Shigatse O/N Hotel.
  • Day 39: Drive to Lhasa transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 40: Departure to Kathmandu.
  • Day 41: In Kathmandu.
  • Day 42: Final departure.

Cost includes

  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
  • Mt. Shishapangma peak permit fee. Tibet visa fee.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu for 5 nights.
  • Hotel accommodation on fullboard in Lhasa,Shigatse and shegar/thingri on room sharing.
  • Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Transportation of staffs food supply and equipments from Kathmandu- Base Camp – Kathmandu.
  • Airfare Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
  • Members transfer Lhasa-base camp-Lhasa.
  • 40 kilograms (1 yak) per member to carry personal expedition baggage from base camp-advance base camp-base camp.
  • High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposit fee.
  • Dining tent with heater, Kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, chairs and tables.
  • Solar panel at advance base camp for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Food and fuel at base camp and advance base camp during expedition.
  • Spacious single tent with insulated floor and mattress for each member at base camp and advance base camp.
  • Services of Nepalese cook and kitchen boy.
  • Equipment allowances, daily wages, insurance, food and tents for cook, kitchen boy and Chinese Liaison Officer.
  • Emergency oxygen and mask at advance base camp.
  • Satellite phone for emergency available at advance base camp.

Cost does not include

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Lhasa. Hotel after 5 nights stay in Kathmandu.
  • Usage of emergency oxygen is subject to charges at US$ 450.00 per bottle.
  • Personal climbing gear above advance base camp such as high tents, food and fuel, rope fixing and climbing equipments.
  • 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 and Gratitude for staffs after end of expedition.

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

    Keshar Mahal, Thamel-29, Kathmandu, Nepal

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