Shisapangma Base Camp Trek

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

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Group Size: Min 2 Pax

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10 Days

Trip Overview

Shishapangma, or "God of the Grasslands" in Tibetan, is the lowest of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter summits. It's also the only 8000-meter mountain entirely within Tibet, and international climbers have only been allowed on it since 1978. Shishapangma, at 8,027 meters (26,289 ft), is a fantastic introduction to high Himalayan peaks that is accessible by ski or snowshoe. In 1964, a Chinese expedition led by Xu Ching climbed it by the northern route for the first time. It's one of Tibet's best-kept trekking secrets, as well as one of the best high-alpine treks in the country.

The Shishapangma base camp trek is an excellent chance to see Tibet's rural farm life, which includes cattle herding and the breeding of yaks, cows, sheep, goats and Tibetan ponies. We have created and organized the Shishapangma base camp trek to take you to hidden valleys and high Tibetan hills located north of the Nepalese Himalayan ranges of Langtang and Jugal Himal, which extends to Tibet sides adjacent to Mt. Shishapangma. It will be an exclusive trip where only a few foreign and local Tibetan’s travel around the magnificent and beautiful locations south of Mt. Shishapangma, which stands at 8,013 meters and 26,289 feet and is the world's 14th highest mountain.

This journey is one of the few in Tibet that does not include a pass crossing, making it a little easier than our other Tibet treks but no less rewarding. Trekking upstream along the Tsongdupu-chu valley from Nyalam provides excellent views of the Langtang Himalayan peaks to the southeast. From June to early September, the monsoon from the Indian subcontinent manages to cross the Jugal Himal, bringing rain on most evenings. The majority of the days will be clear, with nutritious lush meadows and a spectacular display of wildflowers high in the mountains.

March through May is the best period for clear views until late afternoon, when wildflowers are in bloom and the views of the mountains are spectacular. It provides a lovely day with cool mornings and evenings. Another good period for clear views of peaks with short daylight days is October to November. Depending on altitude and overnight stays, it can be bitterly cold in the morning and at night. Tibet, while being under a rain shadow, is less affected by the monsoon's wet and heavy rains in July and August. However, due to its proximity to Nepal's topography and climate, monsoon rain still affects the region and the trekking route on this journey, which is located near the Nepal/ Tibet Mountain ranges of Langtang and Jugal Himal.


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu – Nyalam via Tibet Nepal border

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart at 7 a.m. for a 123-kilometer drive through the lovely Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal-Tibet border. We will drive up a series of extraordinarily steep switchbacks to Nyalam after completing border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration offices. The road passes through a mossy ravine with gushing waterfalls. We will be staying at a guest house for the night.

Day 2: Acclimatization at Nyalam

Tibet's average elevation is almost 3500 meters above sea level; therefore, we will take altitude sickness very seriously. We will spend today in Nyalam to acclimate before continuing higher. We will obviously take advantage of the opportunity to visit Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a modest temple associated with eleventh- and twelfth-century poet-lama and saint Milarepa, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet and the Phukdro ritro.

Day 3: Trek to Drakpochen

We leave Nyalam after breakfast for our first day of Tibetan trekking! We will travel up the Tshongde Phu river valley for a couple of hours before deciding whether to go straight to Draabochhan or take a diversion to Tara Tsho Lake. The pilgrimage route to Tara Tsho (lake) is steep, but well worth it! Tara Tsho is unique in that it has neither inlet or outlet and is estimated to be 40 meters deep. According to mythology, the lake was formed by a block of ice brought here by a lama returning from Western Tibet's holy Mount Kailash. The herders' camp at Draabochhan is where we spend the night.

Day 4: Trek to Shingdip

Today we'll spend nearly an hour climbing to the top of a ridge. We will go parallel to the hill from here, passing through slopes filled with small rhododendrons. This afternoon, we will set up camp at Shingdip, a lovely meadow camp with a giant boulder at the intersection of two moraine valleys. While the Shishapangma Base Camp is close by, it is almost 450 meters higher in height, therefore we will spend the night here.

Day 5: Trek to Shishapangma Base Camp

We will travel west from Shingdip Camp to Shishapangma Base Camp today. We will ascend to a hill and follow it for a while, enjoying spectacular views of Jugal Himal, which towers across the valley to the south. It's well worth the shortness of breath you might experience! After roughly two hours of walking, we will arrive at the Base Camp alongside a gorgeous tiny glacier lake.

Day 6: Exploration Day

While Shishapangma is just out of sight from the Base Camp, we'll have a break after our difficult hike yesterday and then relax today for exploration around the base camp.

Day 7: Trek back to Shingdip

This morning, we will go up to Advanced Base Camp and continue our explorations around Base Camp. On a boulder-plateau an hour above base camp, there are spectacular views of Shishapangma. We take the little backtracking we have in the afternoon, down to Shingdip, where we camp for the night today in familiar surroundings.

Day 8: Trek to Kong Tso

We will get up early this morning to cross the Kong Tso La, a 5180m pass between us and the beautiful Kong Tso, a holy lake associated with Guru Rinpoche and thought to be the Nyalam region's life-power lake. We can see how different this barren alpine landscape is from the lush area at Draabochhan, where we started trekking. In the summer, we'll be surrounded by juniper bushes and Blue Poppy blossoms. Mt Shishapangma and Pholha Gangchen will appear to climb straight up from the lake's shore, making this a wonderfully spectacular camping!

Day 9: Trek to Ngora

Today is a much easy day as we hike down to Ngora settlement. We will pass another beautiful glacier lake before continuing down the valley via alpine meadows. We also have the option to go to Ralo Phuk, the cave hermitage of Ra Lotsawa, a Buddhist scholar and tantric translator who lived in the 11th century. We will discover a good campground on the way down to Ngora and may want to stop by the small red-walled gompa before dinner.

Day 10: Trek back to Kathmandu

We board our luxurious jeeps this morning for the ride down to the border crossing and re-entry into Nepal. We say our goodbyes to Tibet and drive to the Resort in the way for lunch in a beautiful canyon location. If you like, we can arrange for you to visit Nepal's only bungy jumping site, the world's largest swing, and a high ropes course (optional and extra). Otherwise, we'll return to Kathmandu for a farewell meal to celebrate our Tibetan journey!

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All meals during the tour in Tibet side ( meals will be provided from Local restaurants)
  • Guesthouses accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis
  • Tibet special permits, visa letters and entrance fees
  • Transportation in Tibet by new Van.
  • 1 Nepali Guide
  • 1 Tibetan Guide

Cost Excludes

  • Tibet Visa Fee US $ 114 per person cash.
  • Insurance and Emergency Rescue.
  • Personal beverages.


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