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Shishapangma Expedition

Zambuling Trekking  provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.

It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year. 
It is very important that the climbers who choose Zambuling Trekking  for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt. Sishapangma. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.  

  • Zambuling Trekking  has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Zambuling Trekking  has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why; we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:
  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.
  • We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.
  • The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.
  • The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.
  • Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.
  • Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Zambuling Trekking  or individual (private arrangement) expedition.
  • Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require
  • Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.
  • Quality of food that client requires. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.
  • Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?
  • Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Zambuling Trekking  for any information about in your selected package.

  • Among the 14, 8,000m peaks in the world Mt. Shishapangma is the lowest 8000m coming in at (8013m/26335ft). The peak become famous when Joseph Hsu Ching (China) summitted successfully on 2 May, 1964.Mt. Shishapangma is considered by many to be one of the easiest 8000m mountains to climb, it is a great prerequisite to Mount Everest. Shishapangma creates a great base for 8000m expeditions; we highly recommend this as your first 8000m ascent. This peak is the highest peak in the Langtang Himal. The Tibetan name is Xixapangma and the Nepalese refer to the peak as Gosaitan meaning “The Holy Place” literally translated it means"The Mountain overlooking the grassy plains".
    The normal route on Shishapangma is non-technical with big skiable snowfields, spectacular ridge to the summit and little objective danger. Zambuling Trekking  offers clients a safe and interesting climbing experience with Sherpa guides who have trained to western standards, were born in the mountains of Nepal and have had multiple successes on Everest and other 8000m peaks. Zambuling Trekking  operates the Mt. Shishapangma Expedition in spring and autumn. Our services also include both full board and base camp logistic services for Shishapangma.
    Climbing Route Camps:
    Advanced Base Camp 5600m/18,375ft:
    Shishapangma is usually climbed via the Northwest face and the North ridge, these are the standard commercial routes aka the normal climbing routes. The north ridge route is considered the easiest route to the summit of Shishapgnama. The base camp and advanced base camp is located in the biggest area of Tibetan plateau. From this plateau you will have amazing views of the Himalaya. Zambuling Trekking  will set up advance base camp for almost 22 days. Most high altitude climbers spend 80% of their time at base camp, quickly making it a home away from home on a long expedition. Zambuling provides a personal tent to each client which becomes your private retreat, a dining tent becomes the common area and the shower and toilet tent is available at your convenience. Before climbing you are encouraged to participate in a Puja ceremony for good luck.
    Camp One 6400m/21,000ft4-5hrs:
    Camp 1 (6400m) is located on a flat snowfield with plenty of space for tents. This becomes a deposit camp that allows supplies to be ferried up to the higher camps. From ABC it takes almost 3 hours to reach the crampons point, once on the glacier it is another 2-3 hours to reach camp one. Camp one is a great location to see the view of sunrise and sunset. After camp one we fix about 20-30m and 20M of rope on a 55º slope.
    Camp Two 7100m/23,300ft3-4hrs:
    Camp 2 is always fixed at about 7100-7150m. Right out of camp one the climbing is flat for almost 30 minutes, after that you encounter fixed lines at 45-50º. Generally the climbing from camp one to camp two is safe but there are some big crevasses that can be difficult to see because they are covered in snow. So we advice our climbers and climbing Sherpa guide to climb on fixed ropes 100% of the time o this section of the route. From camp two you will be able to view Langtang-re if the weather is clear.
    Camp Three 7500m/24,600ft3hrs:
    Climbing from camp two to camp 3 is strenuous. For one and a half hours you will ascend 150m of fixed line on a 25º snow slope. From here you continue up for another two and a half hour to stair ridge, this is now just below the central summit ridge. From this point continue for a half hour to a col, this is camp three. This space is accommodating for 10-12 two man tents. Here you will rest from 16:00-11:00 before starting your summit push.
    Summit8013m/26289ft14 hrs:
    Summit day is a steep ascent on a snow and rock ridge to a snow pinnacle that is the false central summit. Most climbers finish here and do not attempt the snowy knife-edge ridge to the real summit that is 18m higher. The view from this particular summit is tremendous; from here you can see Cho Oyu, Everest and number of 7000m satellite peaks surrounding Shishapangma. Most climbers leave for the summit push at about 00:00 and reach the summit between 0700-0900 times. Almost 100% of the climbing route from camp 2 to the summit requires climbing on fixed rope. 98% of climbers descend down to camp three from the central summit. However, for those climbers that choose to summit the real summit the greatest challenge for them is traverse in the knife-edge ridge between the two summits. If you are considering traversing the knife edge ridge we recommend that the forecast has 0% chance of wind, snow or low visibility. The ridge would be very risky in bad conditions.
    Facts of the Trip
  • Highest access:(8013m/26289ft.)
  • First Ascent:Joseph Hsu Ching (China). 2 May, 1964
  • Duration:45 (typically) Days
  • Group Size:02-10 People per group
  • Co-ordinates:28°21'08''N, 85°46’47''E
  • Location:Jugal/Langtang Himal/Tibet
  • Country:Tibet, China
  • Airport:Kathmandu (KTM)
  • Departure From:Kathmandu Airport
  • Grade:Moderate/Strenuous snow climbs
  • Accommodation:Three star to five stars as request
  • Meals:B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
  • Transportation:Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
  • Best season:Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
  • Major Activity:trekking/climbing
  • Include Activity:Zhangbu, Naylam and Tingri tour
  • Culture:Tibeten and Sherpa
  • Mode of Travel:Lodge/Camping
  • Climbing route:Northwest Ridge/Northeast ridge
  • Himalayan sights:Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Friendship peak

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