Shishspangma Expedition

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This autumn join Lakpa Sherpa on an expedition to the 14th highest mountain (8013 m) in Tibet as he attempts to gain his 10th 8000 m summit. Shishapangma is considered one of the easier 8000 m mountains to climb, making it a good choice as a first 8000 m.

This autumn join Lakpa Sherpa on an expedition to the 14th highest mountain (8013 m) in Tibet as he attempts to gain his 10th 8000 m summit. Shishapangma is considered one of the easier 8000 m mountains to climb, making it a good choice as a first 8000 m.



This autumn join Lakpa Sherpa on an expedition to the 14th highest mountain (8013 m) in Tibet as he attempts to gain his 10th 8000 m summit. Shishapangma is considered one of the easier 8000 m mountains to climb, making it a good choice as a first 8000 m. The adventure begins from Kathmandu, Nepal, with a drive to Tibet along the Friendship highway stopping at a few Tibetan towns, then its a one day trek to base camp. On the mountain, we will follow the normal direct North-West ridge route that includes an advanced base camp and 3 higher camps. The most technical part of the route is the exposed knife-edge ridge between the Central summit and the South Summit (8013 m). The expedition is just 37 days, a nice compact 8000 m adventure! Himalayan Ascent operates small group trips with high Sherpa to client ratios to ensure the safety, enjoyment and success of each individual climber.

Although Shishapangma is considered technically less challenging than its 8000 m. peers, the risks on Shishapangma are still great. Using small teams with high Sherpa to client ratios, our experienced guides will closely monitor your safety on the mountain. This will ensure that you get the best possible chance of a successful summit and a safe return, in addition to an awesome adventure. Our team will handle all logistics including transportation between Nepal and Tibet, Chinese permits and visas, provide a comfortable restful basecamp, and all support on the mountain during your climb..

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Country: -› Tibet
Duration: -› 47 Days
Min. Altitude: -› (0m./0ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (8013m./26289ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-6hrs
Nature: -› Camping
Grade: -› Hard
Best Season: -› Mar-May-Jun.


Outline Itinerary

1 December 12- Arrive Paro (by Druk Air) and drive to Thimpu

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

The flight into Paro on Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)


2 December 13- Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast we will visit the House of Incense and House of Paper to see the process of hand making incense and paper from raw product in Bhutan. Most amazing, highest quality incense and paper products can be purchased. We will then visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who ruled the Kingdom from 1952-1972, Changlimingthang Lhakhang and the Handicrafts Emporium. After lunch we will visit the “Textile Museum”; Bhutan’s textiles are unique for their diversity and sophistication; the Textile Museum explores this dynamic craft. Embroidered and appliqué splendid fabric for sacred and ceremonial use is displayed, as well as several exquisite thangkas and altar coverings. Upstairs gallery highlights the diversity of Bhutan’s textile arts and skills featuring masterpieces from the Royal Family of Bhutan. A stop to tour Bhutan’s National Library where you will view hundreds of ancient manuscripts and ancients scrolls. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


3 December 14- Thimphu to Punakha

Morning depart Thimphu and drive over the Docchu-La pass (3,200m) to Punakha. The teahouse at the pass offers beautiful views of the Himalayan range in the distance. This is a 3-hour drive with stops en route. Afternoon visit the magnificent Dzong spanning the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers. This is the winter residence of the monastic body and the Je Khenpo (chief Abbott). Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


4 December 15- Punakha to Trongsa

Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Trongsa via Gangtey is about 6 hours crossing over Pele La Pass (3,300meters) and Yotongla Pass (3,400meters). The Central Road, across the Black Mountains was completed 30 years ago, and it bought about great changes to the people in central Bhutan. We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between west and east Bhutan. If the weather is clear, the Himalayan range can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7,314m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


5 December 16- Trongsa Festival

Today we attend a full day at the Trongsa Festival. What an exciting and exhilarating way to celebrate the day! The Trongsa Dzong was built by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, theThird Desi, in 1648 AD. It is presently the administrative seat of the district and home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong is an architectural wonder. Views from here are extensive creating strategic location of this Dzong. Over the Dzong is the medieval Watchtower. This ancient structure gives unobstructed views of the valley and its Winding River and roads. The watchtower is located strategically above the Trongsa Dzong. Load your camera to capture the intensity of this festival, while your gain merit and religious purification; be immersed into medieval Bhutan and the enchanting Bhutanese culture. Here one can truly appreciate the essence of Bhutanese people and a preserved steadfast culture. Arrays of colourful brocades whirl through the air as the dancers spin and dance the “thunderbolt step”. Masks of glorious demonic demons and animals arouse your senses as purification takes place. The intensity goes on; your spirit will fly. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


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