Mt Shishapangma is mostly recommended for an expedition for any mountaineer for the simple reason that it is the easiest peak to climb among 8000 meters high mountains.
Climbing this peak means making your strong base to climb the highest peak Mt. Everest next time. You are also testing your physical strength and stamina. Mt. Shishapangma is the lowest mountain among 8000 meters as its elevation is 8013 meters only.
The peak is one of the highest in the Langtang region. The literal sense of this mountain name- Shishapangma, means the mountain that overlooks at the grassy plains down below. The Tibetan name for this mountain is Xixapangma and Nepalese people usually refer to this peak as “Gosaitan” which means “The Holy Place”.
The expedition to this peak is non-technical with big skiable snowfields and exotic ridge to climb which may pose to be a little risky. You can reach the Shishapangma Chinese base camp in Tibet after taking a roadway ride for nearly five days from Kathmandu.
It follows the acclimatization process at Nylam village where it will take around 2 days to undergo acclimatization. After this, you will reach the middle camp of Shishapangma advanced base camp which is as high as 5500 meters.
This the 14th highest peak which is technically easy but physiologically challenging for a climber. However, the beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Lhotse make you forget your hardship of climb and challenge.
The advanced base camp is located at 5600 meters, the camp II is at 7100 meters, and the camp III is at 7500 meters.
How to get there?
Drive to Kyirong (Rasuwa) for rest and acclimatize. Then drive to Tingri for next acclimatize. Then drive to base camp and then to advance base camp. After the expedition, trek to base camp. Drive to Kyirong from base camp. Then cross the border and drive to Kathmandu for final departure.
The months of September and November are the best time for an expedition to Mt. Shishapangma.
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