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Shishapangma Expedition- Autumn 2014

Snowy Horizon offers the bestvalue packages for you to climb the 14th highest Mountain in this world in autumn 2014. That is Shishapangma Expedition Autumn 2014. Autumn is the best season to experience the summit of Shishapangma with the height of 8013m at Central summit and 8028m Main summit. We offer fixed departure for this expedition in this coming autumn featuring our unique safety and quality climbing system.

The Shishapangma expedition is an unique opportunity for aspiring high altitude mountaineers and climbers to extend their experiences into the extreme high altitudes. The Shishapangma climb is highly recommended as a first8000m peak to climb and the major step for aspiring Everest climber.It has got great aspect of being able to offer the escape from the crowds of the busier mountains like Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu. While physiologically challenging 8028m peak the Shishapangma located to the South-east of Chu Oyu is a beautiful climb that sees only a fraction of the traffic of Cho Oyu. It is the only 8000m peak completely within Tibet and towers prominently above the Tibetan plateau. Although Shishapangma lies in a remote area it's within 10 hours by jeep from Kathmandu via the Friendship highway, making it one of the most accessible 8000m mountains.
Shishapangma is also the highest peak in the JugalHimal which borders and it is often considered a part of LangtangHimal. Shishapangma presents one the most challenging and spectacular south faces with technical routes such as famous British route but its north side vertical relief is much tamer than most major Himalayan peaks due to its position on the dry north side of the Himalayan crest and further from the lower terrain of Nepal.

Generally, the uncomplicated terrain of Shishapangma makes it an accessible climb to novice high altitude climberwith low objective dangerswhen approached by standard route via North East Ride. This is our standard offer on the mountain, which we have operated consistently over last 3 years both in spring and autumn season with high degree of summit success. The reason for our success in summiting Shishapangma is our unique safety and quality system and highly trained, experienced, well organised and helpful climbing support team working together including Climbing Sherpas, cooks, helpers and camp manager. All our expedition staff members have agreat team spirit and endless supply of warmth and energy for helping climbing members to reach in the summit.
The climb of Mt. Shishapangma is a serious physiological undertaking and demands fitness, mountaineering skill and self-sufficiency from those considering it. We provide experienced leadership, a comfortable base camp, a strong Sherpa team and ample supplies above Advance Base Camp. It is typical for climbers to use oxygen on summit day, so we include two bottles, plus a Top Out mask for the expedition full-board clients. Snowy Horizon is one of the well-known 8000m Himalayan operators to run Shishapangma, Cho-Oyu and Everest expeditions from Tibet side and many more expeditions to several mountains from Nepal side including the Mt. Everest. We have helped many international climbers to summit Shishapangma and we would like to invite you and welcome you to join our team in autumn 2013 with our departure scheduled on 1st September 2013. 

For this expedition, we will take you on a spectacular overland drive from Kathmandu to Tibet via the Kodari Highway and the Friendship Bridge. The journey will takeyou across the Tibetan Plateau, stop in Naylam where you stop en route to acclimatize, before reaching Chinese Base Camp. From here, we will load up Yaks and trek to Shishapangma Base Camp located below the North East Ride. We will set up our camp at Chinese Base Camp for two nights or more depending on the acclimatization of the members. Base camp will be a temporary one but comfortable with Nepali cook and dining tent before hiking up towards the advance base camp at 5800m.
Shishapangma is usually climbed via Northwest face and North ridge, which is the standard commercial route. This route is considered among the easiest summit routes of all the 8000m peaks, and has often been skied. The greatest challenge of this route is traversing from the Central to Main Summits along a knife-edged ridge and very few climbers attempt it and consider the reaching the ridge as their final summit point.

The climb starts from the Base Camp (5800m) located on the lateral moraine of the Shishapangma glacier. We walk along the moraine and climb 20-30deg skiable snowfield to reach Camp1.

Camp 1 (6200m) is located on flat snowfield with plenty of space for tents. From C1 we cross a small plateau and climb up to Camp2 on anotherskiable snowfield.

Camp 2 (6700m) is also located on a large flat platform. We cross large snow plateau largely flat with some minor up and down slope to eventually reach another 30deg headwall, one which is marginal for skiing due to protruding rocks.

Camp 3 (7400m) is located on a protected and safe rock crowned flat buttress at the bottom of the North ridge.

Summit day is a steep ascend on a snow and rock ridge to the snow knob of false central summit. Most of climbers finish here and do not attempt snowy knife-edge ridge to the real summit less than 15m higher. The view is tremendous from here on Cho Oyu, Everest and number of 7000m satellite peaks surrounding Shisha.

We offer additional support and a Personal Sherpa Option for our climbers. We will exclusively assign to you one of our best Sherpas, who has already summitedShishapangma, Cho Oyu and Everest many times, and who has been trained through the Khumbu Sherpa climbing school, speaks English well. As a small, two-person team, you will be able to take advantage of the "best of both worlds" with all the "horsepower" of the main Snowy Horizon team at your disposal in case of emergency, but also having the additional flexibility afforded by a climbing partner who is committed to climb exclusively on your own schedule, when you want to. Your personal Sherpa will also be available to help carry your personal gear and extra oxygen.

We also offer services for trekkers who wish to accompany the expedition, so please contact us for more information. We have a limited number of spaces for trekkers on this team. If you are strong, it is possible to hike all the way to Camp 1 which is about 6200mas a day trip, without having to spend over night there. If you are looking for a challenging trek, this is the one.

Approaches to ABC

From Kathmandu: Our standard expeditions start from Kathmandu. We cross the border to Tibet in Kodari. After 2 days of acclimatization at 3400m in Nyalam, we take 5hrs Jeep drive to the Drivers Camp at 4900m. Another possibility is to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa/Tibet. From Lhasa it takes 2 days to get to the Chinese Camp.
The ABC is located 18km from the Drivers Camp it takes two days to get to the Base Camp (5400m) 18 km away. From here we execute our climb through 3 camps arrangement

Climbing Routes

Shishapangma is usually climbed via Northwest face and North ridge, which is the standard commercial route. This route is considered among the easiest routes to the summit of all the 8000m peaks, and has often been skied. The greatest challenge of this route is traversing from the Central to Main Summits along a knife-edged ridge.
The climb starts from the Base Camp (5800m) located on the lateral moraine of the Shishapangma glacier. We walk along the moraine and climb 20-30deg skiable and snowboadable snowfield to reach Camp1.
Camp 1 (6200m) is located on flat snowfield with plenty of space for tents. From C1 we cross a small plateau and climb up to Camp 2 on another-ski able and snowboard-able snowfield.
Camp 2 (6700m) ia also located on a large flat platform. We cross large snow plateau largely flat with some minor up and down slope to eventually reach another 30deg headwall, one is is marginal for skiing due to protruding rocks.
Camp 3 ((7400m) is located on a protected and safe rock crowned flat buttress at the bottom of the North ridge.
Summit day is a steep ascend on a snow and rock ridge to the snow knob of false central summit. Most of climbers finish here and do not attempt snowy knife-edge ridge to the real summit less then 15m higher. The view is tremendous from here on Cho Oyu, Everest and number of 7000m satellite peaks surrounding Shisha.

Skiing Possibilities

Most of the climbing is on ice and snow slopes up to 30 degrees with a few very short sections of steeper rock and ice. This makes it a perfect for ski and snowboard descent. The first ski descent of an 8,000-meter peak was on September 19, 1987, when Polish climber Jerzy Kuczka reached the summit of Shishapengma and then skied down.

Is Climbing Shishapangma in Spring Better Then Autumn?

On Shisha like Cho Oyu it doesn’t matter. Each season has is slightly different and has different attractions but for Shisha being lower then Everest the reliability odds of good weather are roughly even.
Spring starts cold and then warms up so acclimatization is tough but the climb can be pleasant with slightly longer days and warmer temperatures. In spring you wait for transition between winter winds and monsoon snowfall. You don’t want to get big a snow dump on Shisha because of objective avalanche danger on its 30deg slopes and the steep North ridge. The visibility in spring is usually not as clear as in autumn. Optimum spring summit usually is in around mid-May.
Autumn climbing is nice and comfortable. It is easy to acclimatize and you basically wait for the weather transition from monsoon to winter, when winds stop before they change direction. There is lots of snow and high objective avalanche danger, so you basically wait for snowfall to stop and snow to consolidate, and hope for no snow dump just before you ready for your climb. The visibility is superb, crisp and crystal clear. Optimum autumn summit is around end of September and early October before winter cold winds set in.

 

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Shishapangma Expedition Itinerary - Autumn 2014

Sep01/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport & transfer to hotel(1350m)

Sep2-3/Day02-03: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing.

Sep04/Day 04: Early in the morning drive from Kathmandu to kodari Border (720m) after immigration formalities you may cross border and then Drive to Naylam(3700m) which takes two hours drive by land coursers jeep over night in Hotel.

Sep05/Day 05: Rest Day in Naylam for Acclimatization

Sep06/Day 06:Drive from Naylam to Chinese base camp (4,800m) which takes about four hours and overnight in Camp.

Sep7-8/Day07-08: rest Day at Chinese Base Camp for acclimatization

Sep09/Day09: Trek from Chinese base camp to middle Camp(5220m)

Sep10/Day10:Trek from Middle Camp to Advanced Base Camp of Shisapangma (5,400m)

Sep11/Day11-38: Climbing period to summit Shishapangma(8012m), Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3, Summit

Oct08/Day 39 : Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp) and trek to Middle camp (5200m) and then drive to Naylam(3700m) over night in hotel.

Oct09/Day 40: Drive from Naylam to Zhanmu to Kodari Border and after immigration formalities from china side, we may collect Nepal visa from immigration office and then drive to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

Oct10/Day 41: Leisure Day and shopping in Kathmandu.

Oct11/Day 42: Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath) and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Oct12/Day 43: Final departure ,or alternative Join other activities

 

Note:

  • the above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customised according to your available time and requirements.
  • the final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.
  • For further information please read: How to book Trip in Nepal?
  • The price for your selected peak climbing/mountaineering expedition will vary depending on group size, trip category (full board/base camp service), your budget, individualised itinerary, accommodation (budget to 5 star), level of service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors. The price range for the same trip can vary widely so if you would like to discuss yourrequirements with us we will provide you a very competitive price

  • Please e-mail us for up-to-date prices for Trip

Full Board Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Chinese Government Royalty (U$4950);
  • Six nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis;
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Full Board hotel en route in Tibet: Zhangmu, Naylam (B/L/D);
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff;
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crew;
  • Expedition Permit to climb Shisapangma along North ridge route;
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager)
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff;
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Emergency Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • Ice falls charges · All tent for camp 1, 2, 3 ·
  • High altitude food for sherpa and member
  • All Necassary camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing Period Per peron
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service Charges

Full Board Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods;
  • Emergency/Rescue Jeep cost US$700;
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides (When you summated you have to pay) as per Mountaineering Association rules.

  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION

Base Camp Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Chinese Government Royalty (U$4950);
  • Six nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis;
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Full Board hotel en route in Tibet: Zhangmu, Naylam(B/L/D);
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff in Chinese Base camp and advance Base camp;
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit for expedition crew;
  • Expedition Permit to climb Cho Oyu along North ridge route;
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager)
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff;
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • All Necassary camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 30kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for climbing crew at base camp and chinese Base Camp.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service Charges

Base Camp Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Ice falls charges · All tent for camp 1, 2, 3
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Climbing Guide(s)
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • Snowy Horizon Service will be "Zero" above Advance Base Camp
  • High altitude food for sherpa and member
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods;
  • Emergency/Rescue Jeep cost US$700;
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION

Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition offers personal equipment rentals for clients, who have limited cargo allowance with their airfare or do not wish to purchase expensive expedition grade gear but rent it instead.
Clients purchasing Base Camp Services only may choose to hire or purchase high camp equipment.
Please let us know in advance prior to your arrival so that we can meet your needs on your arrival stress free.
The quoted prices are for the duration of the expedition and we provide original North Face, Ozark and Marmot Company Only.

Rental Price List

Item Rental Cost US$ Purchase Cost US$
Expedition Tent US$ 150.00 US$ 300.00
Rucksack (small) US$ 50.00 US$ 150.00
Rucksack (large) US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
Gas Stove US$ 25.00 US$ 100.00
Oxygen bottle - US$ 500.00
Oxygen mask + Regulator US$ 250 (second Hend) US$ 900.00
Sleeping bag US$ 100.00 US$ 400.00
Down Jacket US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
High Camp Goose Down Jacket US$ 200.00 US$ 500.00

 

Climbing Sherpa Fee US$ 5,200 (if required by client for base camp service user)

Rental Price List