Day 01: Arrival KTM & transfer to hotel - 1300m/4264ft
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. In the evening Himalayan Glacier Trekking will organize welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu meanwhile briefing about your adventurous trip will take place. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu
Sightseeing and Preparation for Shisapangma Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnatha and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone's equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa
We fly to one of the highest capitals in the world Lhasa of Tibet. Relish the astonishing views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. In Lhasa, we will be met and taken to a good standard hotel near the city centre. We make Lhasa our base for acclimatization to the high Tibetan altitude.
Day 05-06: Acclimatizing and discovering Lhasa
While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa including the Dalai Lama's Potala Palace. Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritages.
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse - 3,900m/12792 ft :6 hrs
Depart Lhasa for Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city. Reach the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River in India. Drive up-stream for a while before turning southwest through barren desert-like valleys. Overnight stay in a Shigatse hotel.
Day 08: Drive to Xegar - 4,000m/13120 ft :8 hrs
Continue along the Tibetan highway. Views of the Himalaya unfold with a spectacular panorama of peaks including Everest. Stay overnight in a hotel outside the main town of Xegar. If time allows, visit the main town and its hilltop monastery.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day
Acclimatizing well before gaining height toward the Chinese base camp. Visit the main town and a gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery.
Day 10: Drive to Shishapangma base camp
Enjoy the unfolding views High Himalayas including that of the magnificent Shishapangma. Cross the Thang La (5,200m) and turn off the Lhasa highway toward west. After a 25 km drive on the road to Mount Kailash, turn south eventually arriving at the Shishapangma Base Camp (5,000m). The base camp lies close to the Yambughangala River.
Day 10-12: Base camp preparation
Acclimatization and preparing equipments for the climb. Also organizing load for yaks to carry. It's important to acclimatize at the Base Camp properly before moving toward the advance base camp.
Day 13: Move to Advanced Base Camp
Trek to advance base camp (ABC). The yaks carry the load. Follow a jeep track to a plateau above the river and then the west bank of the valley to ABC near the snout of the Yambughangala Glacier (5,600m). It's about 20 km from Base Camp to ABC.
Day 14-39: The Climb
Enough time needs to be allowed for bad weather and slow acclimatisation. Depending upon conditions, two or three camps are set up above ABC. Start climbing leading to a large camping area at 6,400m. Reach the shoulder of the mountain and camp 2 (7,000m) gaining a lot of height. From camp 2, the North-West Ridge is easily reachable. There may be snow and ice climbing. There are fixed ropes are placed on all steep sections. Requirement of a high camp depends upon the weather and other conditions. Climb the long summit ridge which rises across the snow slope below. The West Summit (8,008m) of Shishapangma is quicker to reach than the main summit. After summiting, withdraw from the mountain removing all equipment and rubbish and taking it back to ABC.
Day 40: Return to Base Camp
Get back to the Base Camp. Equipments are carried by yaks. Prepare for tomorrow's departure from Tibet.
Day 41: Depart Tibet
Drive to Nepal. Cross the Friendship Bridge by the afternoon. Camping or lodge stay at the Nepal Tibet border at Tatopani.
Day 42: Arrive in Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu and the welcome delights of the Summit Hotel.
Day 43: At leisure in Kathmandu
Buy souvenirs, hang around, or just relax.
Day 44: Depart Kathmandu
Fly Back Home