Shisapangma (the word means ‘the big grassy field’) is the highest mountain wholly within Tibet – and Tibet’s only 8000 metre+ peak, just making the grade at 8012 metres!
Until recently it was eclipsed in fame by the Himalayas’ other high peaks, being tucked behind the Jugal Himal range and therefore mostly concealed from the Nepal side.
This peak was first climbed from the north side in 1964 by an expedition group from China and is now scaled by six or seven parties annually.
Our trekking route from Nyalam gives stunning views of the Jugal Himal, the upper peaks of the Langtang Valley, and Shisapangma’s south face. The trek begins overland from Kathmandu to Nyalam, where we allow a day for acclimatisation to the higher altitude. After the rest day we continue by road to the pass of Nyalam Thong La (5100 metres), before branching westwards and continuing along a grassy road that takes us to the base camp.
This is an elongated series of meadows wedged between the ridge and the river draining from the Yambukangala glacier, the main ice floe on this side of the mountain.
There is a long, but rewarding hike between base camp and the advance base camp, where we see the snout of the glacier with its uneven surface of frozen ice waves. Another bracing hike follows the crest of the ridge directly across the river from base camp, providing outstanding views of the entire Shisapangma and Peiku Lake region.
Base Camp is so far from the glacier that it is not possible to trek to and from advance base camp within the same day.
A trek to Shishpangma can be combined with visits to Lhasa, Everest Base Camp (north face) or Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
Travellers can fly to Lhasa – where they may spend a few days sightseeing and acclimatizing – either from Kathmandu or from mainland China.
After visiting Lhasa they travel to Gyantse via Yamdruk Tso (the Turquoise Lake), Shigatse, Sakya and finally to the north face of Everest Base Camp. There is a one-day trek to the base camp, followed the next day by travel to Shisapangma Base Camp.
After trekking for two days in the Shispangma area, we travel to Kathmandu via Nyalam and Zhang-Mu.
Those wishing to combine a trek to Shisapangma with a visit to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar can visit Shisapangma first. After the trip to Mount Kailash and the lake, they can return to Kathmandu via the same route OR travel to Lhasa and fly back from there.
The ideal seasons for trekking in the Shisapangma area are April to June and October to December.
The duration of this trek can be varied and the following itinerary is just one example:
Day 01: On arrival in Kathmandu, we meet you at the airport and transport you to yourHOTEL.
Day 02: Free time.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Our guide meets you at the airport and transports you to Lhasa
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing tour including Potala Palace, Jokhng temple & Norbulinkha
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing tour including Norbulinkha Palace, Sera Monastery & Drepung Monastery
Day 06: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m)
Day 07: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900 m)
Day 08: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Lhatse (3950 m) via Sakya Monastery
Day 09: Jeep tour: Lhatse to Lao Tingri (4350 m)
Day 10: Jeep tour: Lao Tingri to Peiku Tso (Lake)
Day 11: Jeep tour: Peiku Tso to Shisapangma Base Camp (4700m)
Day 12: Trekking in Shisapangma Base Camp
Day 13: Trekking in Shisapangma Base Camp
Day 14: Trekking in Shisapangma Base Camp
Day 15: Jeep tour: Shisapangma Base Camp to Peiku Tso Lake
Day 16: Jeep tour: Paiku Tso to Zhang-Mu
Day 17: Overland journey, Zhang-Mu to Kathmandu; overnight at HOTEL
Day 18: Free time
Day 19: Fly out from Kathmandu