Starting on 31 August 2019, Expedition Base will be offering an expedition to Shishapangma, also known as Gosainthan, via the south side of the mountain.
Many climbers go to Shishapangma with strong ambitions of reaching the true summit via the normal route only to be thwarted by conditions on the long, final ridge to the summit.
With a greater chance of success to reach the true summit via the more direct route on the south-west face, Expedition Base will be leading a trip to the south side of the mountain and invites experienced mountaineers to join this expedition.
Minimum team size: 4 persons
Maximum team size: 8 persons
Shishapangma is the only 8,000m peak that sits wholly within Tibet (China), located in south-central Tibet (China). Cho-Oyu and Everest both sit on the border with Nepal. It is the 14th highest peak in the world and is the lowest of all the 8,000m peaks.
The standard route is to climb Shishapangma from the north side, along the northwest ridge. Via this route, a majority of climbers only reach the lower central summit, and are unable to reach the true summit, often due to the conditions of the long ridge leading to the true summit.
The route of this expedition will be from the south side, up the southwest face, along the 1982 ‘British route’ (the right hand couloir) or a variation to this route (as determined by mountain conditions). This is a more technical route than the normal route, and an exhilarating one, but a more direct route to the true summit.
This trip will be professionally led by one of the world’s leading high altitude mountain guides and mountaineers, Lakpa Sherpa.
The trip will start and end in Kathmandu (Nepal) and the team will cross the border from Nepal to Tibet (China) by land at Kyirong (the border crossing that opened in September 2017, around 70kms from Zhangmu, the old border crossing). From the border, the team will travel to Nylam and then travel to Shishapangma’s south base camp.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
This trip is for experienced mountaineers. The trip will involve challenging trekking, advanced mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 8,848m, depending on the mountain. You can expect to experience some serious heights, some ledges, and exposure to steep terrain. For this trip, you want to have an advanced level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own- body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4-5 times per week for the period of around 6-12 months before this trip, building on your already sound fitness. Weight training is also strongly recommended. Training on uneven terrain is strongly recommended. By registering for this trip, you likely already know what you need to do but wherever we can help, we will.