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Shishapangma Exp (8,013M/26,289FT)

  • Trip Code: SISA
  • Trip Duration: 39 Days
  • Destination: Tibet
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Season: spring/autumn
  • Max Altitude: 8,013M/26,289FT
  • Trip Starts/Ends: kathmandu/kathmandu
  • Transportation: Jeep/Climbing
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Guest houses/Tent
  • Trip Grade: strenuous

OVERVIEW

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.

INFO

Fitness requirements: 

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.

Altitude hazards and complications:

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.

Oxygen: 

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.

Personal food:

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.

Flight to Lukla:

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.

Itinerary of Shishapangma Exp (8,013M/26,289FT)

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.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up and Drop: Arrival and Departure from Kathmandu International Airport. Receive at Kathmandu Airport - Hotel transfers - after the trip drop to Airport.
  • Cargo Clearance: International Air cargo clearance of Member's Personal Luggage/ climbing equipment & Payment of Government taxes in Nepal. (Before expedition).
  • Land Transportation (Climbers/Staffs): Drive in a group by Jeep from Kathmandu to Shisapangma Basecamp via Kerong “Nepal-Tibet Border” and while returning after successful summit the Mt.Shisapangma: Drive same way back to Kathmandu by Jeep. (In case, if members have to return earlier than the team due to personal reasons, members have to pay oneself their own transportation costs up to Kathmandu).
  • All the Expedition Stuff and Luggage Transportation: Transportation of All Necessary expedition equipment & Foods for all Climber and supporting Staff from Kathmandu to Shisapangma Basecamp (by Jeep/Truck) then Basecamp to Advanced Basecamp (ABC) by Yak. Likewise returning from Advance Base camp (ABC) to Basecamp (by Yak), Basecamp to Kathmandu (by Jeep/Truck).
  • Climbers stuff and Luggage: Personal baggage and climbing equipment of every climber up to 70 Kg per member for personal baggage during the expedition period carried by Yaks. If luggage exceeds 70 KG then extra Yak is will be required. ($350 USD per Yak and carry 40 KG).
  • Royalty: CMA/TMA permit of Chinese Government and Expedition Royalty to climb Mt. Shishapangma.
  • Tibet Entry Permit: Tibet entry permit and Visa arrangement fee.
  • National Park entry permit: Langtang National Park entry permit.
  • Garbage Deposit and Rubbish Collection fee: USD 1000 per climber as Rubbish collection and Garbage Deposit fees.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 5 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3-star category) 3 nights before and 2 night after the trip on BB Plan on twin Bed Room (sharing basis).
  • Lodging and food during the Trip: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 3 meals in a day including tea and coffee along. Accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Tent (twin sharing basis) during the trip. Single supplement is subject to a charge extra. Well-managed base camp & ABC set up for all involve member and staff in team.
  • High Altitude Service: High Altitude food, cooking pot, necessary cooking EPI gas, tents in Camp I, Camp II, and Camp III both for clients and Staff. Combine climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope throughout the climbing period.
  • Dinner in Kathmandu: Welcome Dinner with climbing staff to introducing each other and Farewell dinner with Nepalese ethnic group culture show/dance in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.
  • Climbing Sherpa: An Experienced and government licensed holder High Altitude Climbing Sherpa each per climbing member. 1:1 (1 Climber: 1 Sherpa).
  • Sherpa’s Allowance and Salary: Equipment allowances, Salary, food, Accommodation and insurance.
  • Route Fixing Charge and Bonus: The team of Experienced Sherpa will fix the rope on the route along with the help of members. The Rope fixing change and luggage Carry Bonus of Sherpas is included. No any extra charge will be applied to the climbers.
  • Base Camo and Advance Base Camp Staff: A full experienced international cuisine well trained Cook for Base Camp and Advance Base Camp and Kitchen Helper as required as group size.
  • Allowances and Salary for Staff: Daily wages, Clothing allowances, Salary, food and essential equipment for all Nepalese/Local staff and Porters.
  • Government Representative: A Liaison officer as the government representative in Tibet with his Equipment, Salary, food, accommodation and insurance.
  • Insurance for all involved Staff: Emergency rescue, Medical and death Insurance for all Nepalese and local involved staff throughout the trip/ Expedition.
  • Base Camp and Advance Base Camp Tent: Each climber will have an individual tent, mattress and pillow. In the Base Camp we will have Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent, Kitchen utensils, Store tents, Toilet & Shower Tent, Tent for Nepalese basecamp staffs and Communication tent.
  • Supplement Oxygen (O2): Each climbers will have 2 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) and 1-oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa, which has to be returned after the expedition.
  • Regulator and Oxygen masks: 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks & regulator for each member and high-altitude Sherpa will be provided, which has to be returned after the expedition.
  • Back up Oxygen and Regulator: The stored back up Oxygen Cylinder, regulator and masks for additional use with appropriate charge on the spot.
  • Generator and Solar Panel: Generator and Solar panel for lights at base camp, to charge battery for laptop and other electronic devices.
  • Walkie-Talkie Permit: Permission will be taken for Walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
  • Walkie-Talkie: Walkie-Talkie for the communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
  • Internet: The internet facility (Thuraya Satellite) will be available at the Basecamp & ABC subject to an appropriate charge.
  • Satellite Phone: Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with appropriate charge.
  • Weather Forecast: Weather forecast report will be updating throughout the expedition period.
  • First Aid Medical Kit: A Comprehensive Medical kit for the group and staff throughout the expedition period.
  • Map: Trekking and climbing map will be provided to each member of the team.
  • Summit Certificate: After successfully climbing the Mt. Shishapangma, A Certificate issued by CMA/TMA.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation.
  • Visa extension procedure services (If necessary).
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Special gifts of Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt. Ltd as a Love of Token.

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return form trekking/expedition then the schedule itinerary).
  • Extra night in Kathmandu (In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking/expedition (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
  • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu.
  • Filming and Drone permit (if special camera/Drone to make documentary or film.)
  • Travel, Trekking and High-Altitude insurance for Clients (Accidental, Medical, Heli Charter for emergency evacuation and Hospitalization charge.
  • Extra Yak and transportation if client return earlier than schedule have to pay oneself.
  • Any Bottled drinks and bar bill.
  • Laundry expenses, hot shower, Internet, landlines phone, battery charger.
  • Personal clothing, Packing items or bags and toiletries.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear (Climbing boots, Crampons, Ice Axe/Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, Tap sling etc (Can hire/buy in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra service, products offers or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Helicopter for rescue (required to make insurance). If needed we are 24 hour ready to rescue and rescued amount will be claimed from your insurance.
  • Satellite permit if required USD 500 per.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per mountaineering. Minimum USD 1000.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkie or satellite phone and internet expenses
  • Any Services/items not mentioned in cost includes. Any extra expenses arising out of various/ unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.

Essential personal climbing gear:

    1. Climbing helmet: 

      For the purpose of crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs, the lightweight Climbing helmet is an essential feature.

    2. Climbing harness:

      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.

    3. Climbing Crampons: 

      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.

    4. Climbing Ice axe:

      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.

    5. Ascender: 

      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.

    6. Headlamp Multi-Led:

      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.

    7. Karabiners: 

      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.

    8. Rappel device: 

      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.

    9. Ski poles: 

      Adjustable types very handy for the approach, are the recommended type and best.

    10. Slings: 

      Three 2m (6ft) and one 3m (10ft).

    11. Masks, hoses, and regulators:

      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.

    12. Altimeter:

      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.

    13. Jet Boil Stove:

      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.

Clothing: 

Clothing should be kept in large plastic bags or any waterproof stuff to keep it dry.

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.

Heads:

    1. A warm and light woolen hat that may cover your ears.
    2. Scarf or neck sleeve.
    3. Face mask.
    4. Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions.
    5. Sun hat.
    6. Balaclava.
    7. Ball cap or brimmed sun cap.
    8. Glacier Sunglass with side shields.
    9. Ski-type goggles (Optional with light and dark lenses).

Hands: 

    1. Light and perfectly fit gloves will be worn when tying knots.
    2. Warm fleece mitt liner.
    3. Another extra glove during trekking and Base camp.

Upper body:

    1. A couple of T-shirts.
    2. Fleece pullovers, medium weight.
    3. Fleece jacket.
    4. Gore-Tex waterproof jacket with hood, better larger to cover the climbing helmet.
    5. Best quality down jacket for chilly days with extra lightweight.
    6. Best quality goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down /duvet suit.

Lower body: 

    1. Pairs of underwear.
    2. Walking trousers for trekking and around camp.
    3. Pair of lightweight thermal bottoms.
    4. Pair of fleece trousers.
    5. Pair of Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof /breathable with full side zips.
    6. Pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet).

Feet: 

  1. A pair of good quality plastic shell climbing boots with inner boots, should not be a tight fit with heavy socks.)
  2. One pair of leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp.
  3. One pair of cross-trainers, running shoes, and /or sandals for Kathmandu and at the campsite.
  4. Three pairs of warm and heavy poly or wool socks.
  5. Pairs of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool.
  6. Plastic bread- bags or Vapour barrier liner socks.
  7. Two pairs of lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool.
  8. Light Icebreaker merino wool or cotton socks for in-town.

Rucksacks/ travel bags, daypack, and Sleeping gear:

      1. One medium rucksack (50-70 liters/ 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
      2. Two large (120 l / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment.
      3. Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Sleeping gear:

      1. For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to -35 C (-30F). In the high camp, you can s sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag.
      2. For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C (-5 F).
      3. At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively, we do not recommend inflatable mats due to the high probability of accidental puncture.

Note. Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin liners, or large plastic bags.

Toiletries: 

      1. Personal hygiene.
      2. Personal hygiene supplies.
      3. Two tubes of lip sun cream, One large tube of skin sun cream (min. factor 30).
      4. Anti-mosquito cream.
      5. One toothpaste /brush set.
      6. One bar of soap or hand sanitizer gel/ 1 small synthetic towel.
      7. Hand wipes.

Medical supplies:

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.

      1. One pocket of skin blister repair kit.
      2. Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor’s prescription.
      3. One small bottle of anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium).
      4. One small bottle of anti-headache pills.
      5. One small bottle of cough and /or cold medicine.
      6. One/two course of antibiotics for stomach infection is available locally at a chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
      7. One small bottle of anti-altitude sickness pills. Diamox. Acetazolamide. For more about this medication. Please contact us.
      8. Do not bring sleeping pills. They are respiratory depressants non-compatible with high-altitude physiology.
      9. One small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter.
      10. Earplugs.
      11. Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

Personal prescription of medications, Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.

Miscellaneous practical items:

      1. A Small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit.
      2. A cigarette lighter, and 1 small box of matches.
      3. A compass or GPS.
      4. A battery-powered alarm clock/ watch.
      5. A digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries.
      6. Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, and large Ziplocs are also useful.
      7. Three water bottles (1 liter) of wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
      8. A plastic cup and spoon.
      9. A small folding knife.
      10. Binoculars (optional).
      11. Four large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks.
      12. Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary.
      13. Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance.
      14. Dollars, Pounds, or Euros cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and to purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
      15. Credit cards, Bank / ATM/ Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
      16. A bathing suit/ swimming costume (you never know).
      17. Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example, paperback books, playing cards, iPod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.
      18. Travel clothes for base camp and in town.
      19. Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open relaxed, positive, and friendly attitude as traveling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.

Note. This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions.

 

  • Trip Code: SISA
  • Trip Duration: 39 Days
  • Destination: Tibet
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Season: spring/autumn
  • Max Altitude: 8,013M/26,289FT
  • Trip Starts/Ends: kathmandu/kathmandu
  • Transportation: Jeep/Climbing
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Guest houses/Tent
  • Trip Grade: strenuous

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