Mt. Shishapangma is the 14ht highest peak in the World with the height of (8013m/26,289ft.) and it is the last mountain over 8000meters. It lays in central Tibet and very close from Mt. Langtang in Nepal. A most famous geologist Mr. Tony Hegan explained the meaning of named Shishapangma as as it is in local Tibetan lialect, (Shisha) above a “range”, (pangma) “meadow or grassy plain”, thereby signifying the head of grassy plain. It is called “Gosainthan” in Sanskrit means place of the saint or House of God. Still, popularly it called Shishapangma. The real high of this mountain said (8,027m./26,335ft) though some climbers claim to have reached the summit when in fact they reached the slightly lower central summit at 8,013m which is 14 meter lower of true summit of 8,027m as it consist of three peaks towering together. This mountain was climbed on 02nd May 1964 via northern climbing route led by Mr. Xu Jing of a Chinese Expedition team. Since then Shishapangma has been climbing continuously which is 120km west from Mt. Everest. Although it is the lowest mountain of 8000m peak, it require very good quality of equipment and professional mountaineering skill. If you see the shadow of Mt. Shisapangma in the Peikutso (lake) said you are lucky. As it has previous record, April-May is the best to climb.
To climb a high mountain need an extremely good physical fit shape. Basic physical fitness has to start in your home country. Running, Cycling, Trekking in mountains, and climbing some low-elevation mountains is the best training for Everest and other 8000rs mountains. This type of cardiovascular training increase the lung capacity to deliver a sufficient amount of oxygen to your brain tissues even at an extremely low level of Oxygen. We recommend more days in the base camp for those interested in climbing mountains. Acclimatization and rehearsal on the base camp of the climbing mountain both personal psychological adaptation capacity as well as cardiovascular capacity. Some of those people no matter how fit they are at sea level may not be able to adapt to high altitude, So need plenty of acclimatization days for the adaptation capacity in their bodies.
As altitude increases, the partial pressure of oxygen decreases in your bloodstream. Your lungs will absorb oxygen from the air and deliver it to your blood for distribution to the rest of your body. This is called partial oxygen pressure. If there’s not enough oxygen in the blood, this can lead to High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) or high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). Sustained exposure to low levels of oxygen can cause frostbite and hypothermia. At high elevations due to lower UV absorption by the atmosphere, there is a risk of sunburn too. Also, other hazards include broken bones due to falls, avalanches, or ice falls.
With over 6500m of mountain climbing in Nepal, we recommend supplementing oxygen. Among all the 8000ers mountains, Everest is a unique mountain, which requires more Oxygen than any other mountain at over 8000 meters. We suggest to all our clients climb Everest with at least two bottles of supplemental Oxygen to be secure for emergency use. How much Oxygen one requires is an individual decision, some people climb without supplement oxygen too, and some want one bottle at least. It depends on the previous experience of the climber. We suggest every expedition member must have at least one Oxygen bottle for emergency rescue use to get down from the death zone to at least camp 4 of Mt. Everest. Our experience indicates five Oxygen bottles are usually sufficient for the average climber. All our equipment is easy to use and guaranteed for safety. Does not need any extra tools to use it. If the unused masks, regulators, and oxygen bottles are in good condition, we may consider buying them back at 20% valued cost.
Note: It is recommended to hire a personal Sherpa. Normally you have to carry some or all of your own Oxygen up and down the mountain even on Summit day. Although our group of Sherpas is helpful and will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you will not able to carry your own Oxygen, hiring a personal Sherpa is the best idea for your safety.
Along with positive thoughts, Food is the most important element of our expedition and we will ensure that you are well-fed at all times. Our skillful cooks will prepare three delicious meals a day in base camp, also in Camp I and Camp II on the mountain (Even on Camp II of Mt. Everest.) This will consist of soup, local cheese, sausage, biscuits, noodles, potatoes and porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish. Tea with milk and sugar, dried juice, Milk, and hot chocolate. At high altitudes, you may feel affected by altitude sickness and you will lose appetite so it is important to have flavors you most likely will consume. If there are any religious and cultural specific unusual personal food requirements that might be secure with imported products bring them with you. In this case, You are required to bring your own energetic imported food, energy drinks, and snack.
Even if you can buy in Kathmandu, we recommend you bring a variety of high-altitude food such as Mars, Snackers, Some other types of Chocolate, dry nuts, energetic tube drinks, instant altitude food, pastries, and biscuits. Normally we do not provide snacks and high-altitude foods. We may guide you to buy it in Kathmandu or you may bring it from your home. However a growing range of imported foods, including European and American cheeses, chocolates, and biscuits are now available in Kathmandu, Some of your own imported brands of energy bars and instant food may not be available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our clients purchase their daily snacks in the Mart and Departmental store in Kathmandu. In our regular Itinerary, we have scheduled shopping time too.
Lukla airport (Tenzing Hilari airport) based on 2840m/9,317ft from the sea level. Because of the crucial weather in the Himalayas, flight can’t be 100% guaranteed. There are few chances of flight cancellation because of weather changes. This airport is the shortest gateway to the Mt. Everest region trekking/peak climbing and Expedition. Concerning the time limit of your vacation, we would like to notice that the flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu might get delayed by a few hours or sometimes it may be canceled for one, two, three, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Especially it happens in tourist off-season like January, February, July, and August but sometime such conditions may happen even in the best season throughout the year either at the beginning or at the end of the trip. That is why we notice you are prepared for a couple of spare/buffer days except your exact travel Itinerary while you are entering to Everest region trekking and peak climbing. Of course, helicopter rescue service is available in such conditions upon your request but the 4-5 seater Heli charges around USD 3000.00 (USD Three Thousand more or less) which is a quite hefty amount of money. If In case of flight delay/cancellation at the beginning of the trip and if you will be interested, you may use your buffer days for additional activities like Rafting, Sightseeing, and short hiking around Kathmandu valley as a rehearsal of your long trekking. There are plenty of alternative trips on your choice if the flight cancellation disturbs your travel schedule. In option, you may do similar days trekking in the Manasalu, Langtang, Annapurna, or any other regions or you may wait in Kathmandu until to get a flight to Lukla instead of taking an alternative tour/trek. However, please note that there will be no refund of the package and services if you do not take a similar day’s alternative trekking and lose your time waiting at the airport and do a short trek later because of time limitations. If the flight is delayed/cancelation at Lukla after the trek, you will be responsible for oneself your expenses. Of course, all the time we will be with you to manage any unexpected situation that will appear while you will be with us during your vacation to Nepal.
Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Hotel on BB Basis
We take your original passport to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu for visa/Tibet entry permit. Then we check all the Climbing/trekking equipment and if missing some of trekking gear we buy it near Thamel. If still remaining some time, we may do sightseeing one or two of World Heritage site among Pashupati Nath, Boudha Nath, Syambhu Nath, Kathmandu Durbar Square or Patan Durbar Square. Overnight in a Boutique Hotel on BB Basis
After Breakfast first we do last time checking for the entire legal document to enter Tibet/ Climbing and Trekking equipment and if found still missing some of gear and document we can buy during the sightseeing. Full day sightseeing proceeds to the prominent UNESCO world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It covers the dozens of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceed to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Squar where can visti the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozen of temple concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.
Overnight in a Boutique Hotel on BB Basis
Your Climbing Sherpa Guide and supporting team for this expedition come to your hotel very early in the morning with 4WD Jeep for people and a Truck to carry your expedition goods to Tibet. Rasuwagadi/Kerung the border of Tibet autonomous region of China is just 175km/109mile north west from Kathmandu but it require almost 7-8hrs drive because of its off road condition. Arrive at Kerung and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in guest house at Rasuwagadi Tibet border (2557m/8,389ft.) on full board basis.
After the Immigration and Custom formalities to enter to Tibet we drive to Kyorung height (32, 00m/10,499ft).
Kerung Border to enter Tibet from Nepal is a newly opened International border both for trading and travelling to increase Tourism, trade and people to people contact between the two countries and it will also support in the implementation of the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative between Nepal and China/Tibet after the huge earthquake in 2015. This border is being important as the Chinese government is working to extend the railway line from Sigatse to Kerung. Now the people from some specific countries can Tibet through this border holding Passport and Tibet Travel permit.
Overnight in Guest house at Kyorung in Full board besis.
It is highly recommended to acclimatize your body before heading towards higher area in to the Tibetan plateau. Kyorung height is the perfect place with an altitude of 4,114m/13,497ft as next day we drive to higher to Tingri nearly 4,500m. Kerong is a famous place historically and naturally. The Great saint Guru Milarepa also known for master for tantric wisdom in 11th Century. Naturally at Kyirong view of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang and hundreds of Snow-capped Mountain can be seen from Kyorung. Overnight in Guest house at KyorungOn Full Board Basis.
After Breakfast the climbing Sherpa takes you to a hill station (5000m/16,404ft) for acclimatization and back to Guest house at Tingri(4,348m/14,265ft). Overnight in Guest house on Full Board Basis.
Up and down from Advance Base camp (5,400m/17,717ft) to Camp I (6,400m/20,997ft), Camp II (7,100m/23,294ft), Camp III (7,500m/24,606ft) and summit the Mt. Shisapangma(8,027m/26,335ft).
Overnight at hotel on Full Board Basis.
Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour toChitwan or Bardia National Park or any other trip on your choice in Nepal, Bhutan, and India. Just let us know, we will arrange the trip as per your interest. The cost would be extra for any other activities.
For the purpose of crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs, the lightweight Climbing helmet is an essential feature.
A mountain climbing harness should be simple in design, comfortable when you were and as light as possible with positively foolproof locking features, and easy to put on and take off with gloves in your hand.
Light and stainless steel with anti-balling and the ability to point in toe positively, comfortable and safe to walk into ice, it should be adjustable to fit your boots size.
The ice axe should not too aggressive, It should be a general purpose for ice climbing and versatile light with comfortable to use wearing alpine gloves.
This is a mechanical device such Ascender or Jamar, which must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens used for ascending on a rope.
Headlamps Multi-led is a very essential item in climbing equipment with spare batteries. We recommend multi-led because single bulb light is low reliability and a single point of failure.
We request you to keep with you during your climbing period a Minimum of 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small, and 4 regular.
Even if you lose your Rappel device and you will at some stage, Figure 8, act or similar, be familiar with mounter hitch as it may save a climber’s life.
Adjustable types very handy for the approach, are the recommended type and best.
Three 2m (6ft) and one 3m (10ft).
There are some climbers who do not use supplementary oxygen but most mountaineers use it. It is very essential for the safety of climbers. The regulator must be of very good quality for your safety.
An altimeter is a device used on high mountains to measure altitude, giving the user information on how high they are above sea level. Altimeters are usually barometric, calculating the location’s air pressure to determine the altitude at that point.
Quickly boil water while you cook, grill, or heat food with the Jetboil Flash personal cooking system, which features a fold-and-stow spigot and lightweight aluminum pot with a flip lid. Optimized for efficiency and fast boiling times, the Jetboil flash boils water in an impressive 100 seconds.
Regarding the clothing for our climbers, we recommend those company that understands climber and mountaineers’ needs and utilizes the best Icebreaker quality. The quality of clothing plays an extreme role in your comfort and safety. The woolen quality must be the finest and it should match cotton with softness and polypropylene to moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm even if it might slightly more expensive.
Note. Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits.