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Organization: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the organization provided by Dan Mazur. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. He has been leading and organizing successful and safe overland, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions for over 20 years, to Tibet, Nepal, Tadjikistan, Pakistan, India, China, Africa, and North America. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link
Tibetan-English Speaking Guides for the Group: (we are also able to provide Tibetan French and German speakers). Our trained guides will explain everything in extensive and historical/geographical detail to you, as they lead you on your trek and explain the goings-on as you drive through villages, trek to the base of Shishapangma, and through the Tibetan plateau.
Professional Drivers and Licensed Tourist Transport: All of our vehicles in Tibet are licensed by the Tibetan Government and operated by trained Tibetans at the wheel. In Nepal we use government licensed drivers and transport as well.
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our trek includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to advanced basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. While trekking, we DO NOT ask our full-service members to carry a heavy rucksack. We employ employ local herders and their yaks to carry your personal items, group equipment and supplies (photo right by Samuli Mansikka: Our friendly and helpful staff of sherpas, cooks, and porters. They carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trip).
Cooks and Food: On the road we eat in the local restaurants as available. In basecamp and advanced basecamp our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. back to top
The Happy Tea Shop of Tingri serves hearty meals, freshly prepared. (Photo D.L. Mazur)
Safety: Our treks are allowed access to our extensive medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top
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1) Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 metres/4,300 feet). Transfer 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) In Kathmandu - pick up passport from Chinese embassy. Option for more purchasing, packing, touring, exploring, shopping. Hotel. We may choose to depart Kathmandu for Tibet on this day;
Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, but this could change) or if you coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa this day. back to top
4) Early morning drive to Rusuwaghadi at 2557 metres, 8389 feet. Hotel
Lhasa option: Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.
5) Enter Tibet, drive to Gyirong at 2700 metres , 8900 feet, 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 at 4300 metres/14,100 feet. Hotel;
Lhasa option: Drive to Lhaze. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the Changmoche Monastery.
7) Rest & Acclimatization in Tingri at 4300 metres/14,100 feet. Hotel;
Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.
8) Drive to Chinese Base, 5000 metres/16,400 feet, Camp;
9) Rest at Chinese Base;
10) Walk gently in the hills surrounding Chinese base. Meet other international climbing teams and visitors; back to top
11) Walk halfway to advanced base camp, camp at 5200 metres/17,000 feet;
12) Rest day & Acclimatization at "interim-camp";
13) Walk to advanced base camp at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. Rest
14) Explore around the camps, meet international climbing teams, view the 14th highest peak in the world, etc. Camp in ABC; back to top
15) Yaks transport equipment to Chinese base. Members walk down to interim camp or ABC, drive to Tingri;
16) Drive from Tingrito Kathmandu;
17) Celebration Banquet. Packing and final shopping in Kathmandu;
18) Say Good-bye to your new friends, Departure for home. back to top
Shisha Pangma, known in Tibetan as "the god of the grasslands", is the lowest of the world's fourteen 8000 metre peaks. It is also the only 8000-meter peak located wholly in Tibet. After an early attempt, it was first climbed in 1964 by a Tibetan-Chinese expedition and was opened to foreign climbers in 1978. The peak originally carried a Hindustani name: Gosainthan. Our trek to the base of the world's fourteenth highest mountain allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Tibetan Plateau, and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free trails providing stunning views of surrounding high peaks of the Himalaya (photo right by Dan Mazur: The view of Shishapangma near basecamp, 14th highest mountain in the world).
This easy, peaceful and interesting trek to Shishapangma maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Tibet, Nepal, China, Africa, and many other fascinating mountain destinations around the world. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Tibet. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the terrain, people, customs, temples and shrines in each picturesque village you pass through. back to top
The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days to explore the Tibetan plateau, and enjoyable stops along the way to basecamp for experiencing Tibetan culture. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable.
At low elevation, the temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At higher elevations, the temperature can vary from 16°c to -15°c (60°f to 0°f). At night we stay in warm, comfortable hotels for most of the drive to basecamp. The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to strong at basecamp and ABC. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. back to top
The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu (you could also start in Beijing). You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean, hot-water hotel, at minimal cost and sample some of the very reasonably-priced tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine, available at the hundreds of local restaurants. During your free days in Kathmandu, while your Chinese visa is being processed, you shall finalize arrangements, purchase and hire the bits of equipment you might be missing at the hundreds of mountain-climbing and trekking equipment shops in the neighborhood (with low prices, as well), and take time out for trinket hunting, with suggested visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient cities of Patan, and Bakhtapur. If you are concerned about the altitude and have purchased Diamox (acetylzolamide), which is inexpensively available with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu, this might be the time to begin taking it. back to top
Some members wish to add an optional trip to Lhasa before reaching basecamp. If this includes you, most members will fly to Kathmandu first, then to Lhasa. Some people prefer to fly to Lhasa from another city in China and we can also assist you with these arrangements. For those flying from Kathmandu, you take a 1 hour and 45 minute flight in a jet over Mt. Everest and the spine of the Himalaya, arriving in Tibet's capital city. In the past, we have had some fabulous views out of the plane windows during this flight.
At 3650 metres/12,000 feet of elevation, Lhasa was established around 600 AD on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The heart of the city is centered around the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet. Our simple hotel is not too far from the famous Potale palace, Jokhang palace and the renowned Barkhor Market, where you can shop for exotic handicrafts and religious art from all across Tibet, China, and Buddhist India.
After flying to Lhasa, upon arrival you will rest for 2 nights and one day. It's important that you use the rest day to get acclimated to the high altitude.
Buddhist pilgrims from Amdo region circumambulating the Jokhang Temple in the Barkhor market. Photo: J. Otto.
It is a three day drive from Lhasa to basecamp. From Lhasa, you will set out in government cars across the Tibetan plateau to meet the rest of the team in Shishapangma basecamp.
The following morning after your day in Lhasa, you will drive to Shigatse at 3650 metres/12,000 feet, the second largest city in Tibet, with a famous Monastery. The road winds along the massive Brahmaputra River, past traditional warren-like Tibetan farm towns. In Shigatse, you can have a look around and try to visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet. Monks in maroon robes seem to be everywhere, going about their daily chores, praying, and practicing ceremonial music performances.
After Shigatse, you will make the scenic drive to the ancient city of Lhaze (Lhatse), at 4000 metres/13,100 feet . At the western end of town is the small Changmoche Monastery, which you may visit while there. You can see interesting views of the surrounding Tibetan plateaus and hills.
From Lhaze, it is another scenic drive to Shishapangma basecamp, where you will meet up with the rest of the team. back to top
The Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, where more than 700 monks live and worship in the Buddhist religion. (Photo: J. Otto)
A Tibetan farmer brings his goods to market on the road near Lhaze. (Photo D.L. Mazur)
Early in the morning you set out in a bus for the last Nepal town of Kodari at 1,770 meters/5,800 feet. If you are concerned about the altitude and have purchased Diamox (acetylzolamide), which is inexpensively available with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu, this might be the time to begin taking it. For more information about Diamox, please click here (photo right by Tunc Findik: This is a spectacular view of Tingri, the last town we stay in before heading to basecamp. In the background you can see Cho Oyu, the world's 6th highest mountain).
You clear Nepalese customs and immigration, then hire local porters and vehicles to carry your bags across the Bota Kosi River on the Friendship Bridge, to Zhangmu, the gateway town in Tibet. Upon entering Tibet, the clocks immediately go forward by 2 ¼ hours. Your liaison officer will meet you in Zhangmu. After clearing Tibetan customs and immigration, a Chinese bus takes you up the windy road through the rolling hills to Nyalam town at 3,750 meters/12,400 feet, and a basic "hotel". The smaller towns in Tibet are generally simple and rustic places, and this one is no exception.
The topography here is quite interesting in that you are perched in the transitional zone where the Tibetan plateau rams into the Himalaya, then drops into the forested valleys and jungles of Nepal, and finally out into the Gangetic plain of the Terai and India. You stay over one extra day and night in Nyalam, to help adjust to the altitude. During your rest day in Nyalam, you might wish to hang out in the Tashi Amdo teashop, and enjoy a variety of pleasant treks on the hillsides, as well as explore some interesting small Buddhist gompas (temples). back to top
Bouldering in Nyalam on our rest day (Felix Berg). On the road to Tingri, Himalayan Giants in the background (DL Mazur). Our sturdy Tibetan trucks carry the equipment, here being loaded by our Sherpas (Tim Spear).
The following morning, after what for many is a relatively sleep-free night, you drive to Shishapangma base camp at around 5,000 meters/16,400 feet. The drive follows a dirt road and has spectacular views of the Himalaya. You will rest several days in Chinese base, to allow for packing and acclimatizing. back to top
You then spend two days moving up to the "advanced basecamp" at 5400 metres/17,700 feet. It is a beautiful trek to the base of the 14th highest peak in the world. This trek is very accomplishable by the average person who enjoys walking. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing, only walking on moraine trails. Advanced basecamp is located on the north foot of the mountain.
Advanced base camp lies on the north foot of the mountain at 5400 metres/17,700 feet (sinclair, hume, pappenfus collection). Our interim camp at about 5200 metres/17,000 feet. Our team is about halfway between basecamp and ABC (Dan Mazur). Our team in advanced basecamp (Dan mazur).
After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make a short return trek and drive to Tingri, have a nice meal in the restaurant and stay in the hotel. The following morning, you are up early, and drive all the way down to Zhangmu, hire porters to carry everything over the Friendship Bridge, then catch a bus into Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top
At our celebration upon return to Kathmandu. We had quite a welcome home party for the members and staff, who placed these silk scarves, known as "Kattas" around our necks, to honour us and wish us good luck in our return journey to our homes. Arnold, Maya, and Ryan, our leadership team. Roland, Caroline, and Jacques (Caroline and Jacques were married shortly afterward), the Belge and two French. back to top
Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Dan Mazur (photo by Aldas Baltutis).
Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Angel Armesto & 5 time Cho Oyu summiter Dan Mazur
Dan has been trekking in Tibet since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Cho Oyu, Everest, K2, and many other "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety.
Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Shishapangma more than 7 times and led treks to Shishapangma Basecamp, Everest Basecamp and overland Tibet tours countless times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya, as well as to many remote and unique trekking destinations (photo right by Sam Mansikka: Our friendly and helpful staff of sherpas, cooks, and porters. They carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trip).
During our trek they will be carrying group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas. They are also there to provide help in the extreme case that there is a sick member. Many of them hail from the areas we will be trekking through, personally knowing the route, villages, and people we will experience on our visit. They have an intimate knowledge of the area, making our trek more authentic and rewarding for our members and less of a common tourist experience.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.
Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera.
Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.
Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our treks to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.
Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Shisha Pangma basecamp. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness.
It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.
Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etcetera. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you. back to top
We hope that you will arrive for your Shishapangma Basecamp Trek in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.
Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for a Shisha Pangma Basecamp Trek and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):
Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Shishapangma Basecamp Trek Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.
Where should I purchase my equipment?Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Frequently Asked Questions.
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription.
On the trek we supply plenty of food for you and cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
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This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety. back to top
Below are some short video clips taken from our recent Shishapangma Basecamp Trek. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.
|A look at our comfortable advanced basecamp, located at 5400 metres/17,700 feet on the north foot of the mountain (Sean Burch). 1:10 minutes (10 MB).|
|Our comfortable base camp at 5000 metres/16,400 feet (Sean Burch). 0:25 seconds (4 MB).|
|A view of the vast Tibetan plateau and the surrounding Himalayan Giants, including Shishapangma (Sean Burch). 0:35 seconds (5 MB).|
|A view up the mountain from ABC of the route to the summit (Sean Burch). 1:20 minutes (11.5 MB).|
|The ice-fall that climbers cross through before reaching camp 1. From ABC the glacier extends to a flat area with many serac formations that trekkers may wish to explore (Sean Burch). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).|
|The drive from Kathmandu (Tim Boelter). 0:45 seconds (6.5 MB).|
|A few scenes of the ancient and colourful city of Kathmandu, where the trip begins (Scott Darsney). 0:25 seconds (3.5 MB).|
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