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Climb Shishapangma - Easy 8000 Metre Peak Expedition

  • shishapangma photos Member on the summit of Shishapangma. Photo McDonald
  • shishapangma photos Climbing near the Gendarmes on a summit attempt. Photo Max Kausch
  • Shishapangma climb Member hiking around Nylam. Photo Max
  • shishapangma photos The Gendarmes on a summit attempt. Photo Dan Mazur
  • shishapangma photos Everest massif seen from Shishapangma. Photo Max Kausch
  • shishapangma photos On the way to Camp 2. Photo Max Kausch
  • shishapangma photos Camp 1. Photo Max Kausch.
  • shishapangma photos Kays leaving ShishaPangma. Photo Max Kausch
  • shishapangma photos Members climbing to camp 2. Photo Max Kausch
  • shishapangma photos Interimcamp at 5,200 meters (17,000 feet). Photo Dan Mazur
  • shishapangma photos Camp 1 after a storm. Photo Max Kausch
  • shishapangma photos Members trekking to advanced base camp. Photo Grace MacDonald
  • shishapangma photos Interimcamp at 5,200 meters (17,000 feet). Photo Dan Mazur
  • Dates and Cost: 29 August - 5 October, 2019 or 5 April to 12 May 2020 or 30 August, 2020 - 6 October, 2020

  • Full Service Cost: $24,450, £18,550, €21,550. Basic Climb Cost: $17,150, £12,950, €15,050. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted March 03, 2019)

  • Add Shishapangma a Cho-Oyu expedition and receive a 20% discount. Climb Cho-Oyu 29 August to October 1, and then climb Shishapangma 2 - 19 October. Spring Cho-Oyu combo also available.

  • Full Service Cost Shishapangma combo: $19,950, £15,050, €17,550; Basic Climb Cost: $13,750, £10,450, €12,050

  • The lowest of the world's fourteen 8000 metre peaks, located in Tibet, near Everest.

  • Make a ski or snowboard descent of Shishapangma during the August – October expedition.

  • Add an exotic and historical trip to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa.


Shishapangma, known in Tibetan as "the god of the grasslands", is the lowest of the world's fourteen 8,000 metre peaks. It is also the only 8000-meter peak located wholly in Tibet, and has only been opened to foreign climbers since 1978. At 8,027 metres (26,289 feet), Shishapangma, is a great introduction to large Himalayan peaks that is easy enough to ski or snowshoe.

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Mount Shishapangma Expedition Climb Cost

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, American, or European leader/coordinator
  • Expert Sherpa from Nepal
  • Transportation and equipment carriage from Kathmandu to base camp and back
  • Three meals each day
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • Two nights stay in Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport Transfer

What is not included?

Our basic service expedition includes:

  • British, American, or European leader/coordinator
  • All internal / domestic flights (weather dependent), buses, jeeps, and porters
  • Transportation and person equipment (boots, climbing equipment, climbing) carriage from Kathmandu to base camp and back
  • Three meals each day and accommodations while traveling to/from base camp
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Two nights stay in Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport Transfer
  • Other services may be added for an additional cost.

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  • Private Sherpa (personal guide/porter) – Carries up to 10 kg (22bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.
  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps

Oxygen: You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen, which is optional on Cho-Oyu. Approximately half of our member choose to use oxygen. Click here for prices

We recommend a three bottle set for Cho-Oyu. The price includes three large 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottles, mask, regulator, hoses, as well as carriage to the high camps by porters. Extra bottles are available for an additional fee. We have a 30% buy-back policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition.

Oxygen supplies may be purchased separately. The same buy-back policy applies.The following may be purchased individually:

  • Mask and Hoses which are guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator.
  • Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle
  • 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottle for high-altitude climbing

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Shishapangma Basecamp

Mount Shishapangma Expedition Detailed Climbing Itinerary

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive in Kathmandu, 1350 metres, 4428 feet. Our staff will meet you at the airport. Go to hotel;

2) In Kathmandu - bring passport to Chinese embassy, for visa. Logistics, orientation, purchasing, packing, visit temples, city tour, shopping. Hotel and meals at members expense (minimal cost);

3) Early morning drive to Rusuwaghadi at 2557 metres, 8389 feet. Hotel.

Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa or if you are coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa on this day. back to top

Driving to Basecamp:

4) Enter Tibet, drive to Gyirong at 2700 metres , 8900 feet, Hotel

Lhasa option: Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.

5) Rest & acclimatization in Gyirong. Walk around the local hills. Hotel;

Lhasa option: Drive to Shigatse. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet.

6) Drive to Tingri (4300 meters/14,100 feet). Hotel;

Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.

7) Rest & Acclimatization in Tingri at 3900 metres/12,900 feet. Hotel;

8) Drive to Chinese Base, 5000 metres/16,400 feet, Camp;

9) Rest at Chinese Base;back to top

Moving to Advanced Basecamp:

10) Walk halfway to advanced base camp, camp at 5200 metres/17,00 feet;

11) Rest day at "interim-camp";

12) Walk to advanced base camp at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. Rest;

13) Rest, training, and organization at advanced base camp; back to top

Climbing Shishapangma:

14) Walk to camp 1 at 6200 metres/20,300 feet, return to advanced base camp;

15) Rest in advanced base camp;

16) Walk to camp 1, Sleep;

17) Explore the route to Camp 2 at 6700 metres/22,000 feet. Return to advanced base camp;

18) Rest in advanced base camp;

19) Rest in advanced base camp;

20) Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;

21) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

22) Explore the route to camp 3 at 7400 metres/24,300 feet. Return to advanced base camp. Rest;

23) Rest in advanced base camp;

24) Rest in advanced base camp;

25) Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;

26) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

27) Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;

28) Walk to camp 3 and sleep there; back to top

Summit Days:

29) Summit attempt;

30) Summit attempt;

31) Summit attempt;

32) Summit attempt, descend to camp 2; back to top

Going Home:

33) Descend to advanced base camp, pack and prepare to depart;

34) Final packing, walk down from advanced base camp to Chinese base,

35) Early morning drive to Gyirong. Hotel.

36) Early morning drive to Kathmandu.

37) In Kathmandu. Final packing, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends.

38) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Shisha Pangma Expedition. back to top

Shishapangma itinerary for combined Cho Oyu expedition:

9-23 October (days 1-3 below are the last 3 days of the regular Cho Oyu itinerary).

1) Arrive in Kathmandu after finishing Cho Oyu. Give passport to Chinese embassy for visa number 2;

2) Rest in Kathmandu;

3) Drive to Gyirong;

4) Rest in Gyirong ;

5) Drive to basecamp;

6) Walk to advanced basecamp;

7) Climb Shishapangma;

8) Climb Shishapangma;

9) Climb Shishapangma;

10) Climb Shishapangma;

11) Climb Shishapangma;

12) Climb Shishapangma;

13) Climb Shishapangma;

14) Climb Shishapangma;

15) Walk down to basecamp;

16) Drive to Gyirong;

17) Drive to Kathmandu

18) In Kathmandu (extra day);

19) Fly home.

Mount Shishapangma Expedition Climb Leadership & Staff

Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organised, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. With expedition leaders Dani Fullier and Don Wargowsky (add links to leader’s pages) you will have an excellent experience on Cho-Oyu.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Mount Shishapangma Expedition Climb - Your Experience & Training

Winter snow walking experience and experience at high altitude is highly recommended. The trip includes brief climbing clinics. We will teach you everything you need to know on glacier near basecamp. To be successful, proper conditioning is critical to your success on Cho-Oyu. Team members are expected to be very fit and in good health. Proper training with a focus on long hikes carrying a backpack is essential.

Mount Shishapangma Climb - Personal & Team Equipment


  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles
  • Abseiling/Rappelling Gloves

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat

    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead


  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner


  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants

    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead


  • Boots

    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent

  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town


  • Down sleeping bag

    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)

  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.

    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)

  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes


  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)

  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 Means
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals

  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)


A 5 bottle set of oxygen is included in the cost of our full service Everest, K2, and Lhotse expeditions. It may be purchased for Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Manaslu. Click here for pricing

Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.



Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.

In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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