Sishapangma also called Xixapangma meaning "the mountain overlooking the grassy plains" in the local Tibetan language, is the 14th highest peak in the world situated entirely in Tibet. Also, The Indian Nepalese name for this pea is Gosainthan meaning a holy place.
The first ascent to this stunning peak was made in 1964 by Xu Xing and his team of 10 climbers. Despite being the easy 8000er, Sishapangma was the last 8000er to be scaled. The climb is quite technical and is characterized by a long, steep southern face that rises over 2000m, a jaw-dropping view to all beholders. There have been numerous successful ascents to the peak but most climbers only make it to the West/Central summit at 8013 m. The main summit lies a few hours away from the central summit but is too technical and difficult. The climbing route goes through the snow and ice climb requiring crampons and ice axes with fixed ropes along the route.
The Sishapangma expedition is even easier because of the short approach to the base camp. The road is available till 5000m from where the trek actually starts. The luggage is carried by Yaks and porters to the base camps.
Our journey to Sishapangma starts at Kathmandu taking us all the way to the Nepal- China border, Kerung. Then we cross the border and stay in the beautiful old Tibetan town of Tingri. We then drive to the Base camp at 5000 m, eliminating the trekking time.
Sishapangma is an excellent starter for 8000er and is suitable for those alpinists who are looking to step into high altitude mountaineering. However, it requires a strong level of physical fitness and endurance. The altitude should never be underestimated, therefore we allocate enough time for acclimatization and rest.
Best season for Shishapangma Expedition
The best season for the expedition to Sishapangma is Spring and Autumn as the weather is favorable and nature is at its best. The roads that lead to the base camp are uninterrupted during these seasons.