Please note that you go to altitude VERY quickly on this itinerary. We strongly suggest that you
acclimatize prior to the road trip, or take Diamox and painkillers if you know you acclimatize
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu 1350m
We meet you at the airport, look for a sign with your name on
Days 2-3 in Kathmandu
Two free days in Kathmandu for relaxing, packing and preparing. You can leave any gear which you
don't need during the expedition at the hotel.
4 - drive Zhangmu ~2400m
Leaving smartly, we take a private bus along the Friendship Highway to
Kodari where we pass through Nepalese customs then cross the Friendship Bridge
and climb to Zhangmu, the Chinese border town. The hotel is a curious throwback
to the communist era, and the food distinctly ordinary.
5 - drive Nyalam 3750m
Our Land Cruisers and truck climb their way up the precipitous
"road to hell" as the Chinese literally call it. Although it is rough and
menaced by landslides, it is also starkly beautiful in
the deep gorge.
6-7 - rest day Nyalam 3750m
We relax for two days to aid acclimatization. You are welcome to explore the
village and to climb west towards Shishapangma South Face Base Camp, a tough but
rewarding day trip. Any extra nights here will be charged at CTMA rates.
8 - drive Shishapangma Base Camp 5000m
Half a day of driving brings us to 'Chinese' base camp. The views of
Shishapangma are wonderful from this grassy camp near a stream.
9-10-11 - stay Base Camp 5000m
We spend several days acclimatizing and preparing our equipment for the yaks to
carry to Advance Base Camp. There are some superb day trips possible. For anyone who needs to stay
longer than 4 nights here we will leave some tents here.
12 - trek ABC ~5600m
It is a long days trek to ABC (Advance Base Camp). Yaks do the hard work while we
trek carrying only day packs. Everyone will be feel the altitude and probably the gear will arrive
late, apologies in advance.
13-14 - ABC
We set up ABC in an ablation valley. We have a puja, a ceremony to show
respect for the mountain. The puja is held on an auspicious day decided by the sherpas, you should
contribute Rs1500 each for the flags and person who presides over the ceremony.
15-40 (25 days) climbing Shishapangma
Good luck! You are responsible for yourself while above ABC. We provide a walkie talkie, you need
to bring AA batteries, they take six at one time.
The expedition finishes either when the last of the members has returned or on hte dates below.
If you leave earlier then if you are a group of 3-4 then there should be no extra charge. If you are
another number there WILL be an EXTRA charge. The Liaison Officer's decision is final.
41 - packing ABC
Please ensure you have removed everything from the mountain. Our ABC rubbish is
piled up for later removal by the Chinese authorities.
42 - trek BC, drive Nyalam/Zhangmu
We pack everything else for the yaks to hump down. The idea is to trek to BC
then get the truck and Landcruisers there in the afternoon, heading to Nyalam or
even Zhangmu. Back to thicker air!
43 - drive Kathmandu
We should arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon or evening ready to enjoy the good
Day 44 - Kathmandu
Time for a good relaxing and shopping and to celebrate the expedition.
Day 45 - departure
Reliable, value service
Walkie talkie included
Extra yak charges included
Hotel Shakti, Thamel
tel: 441 0121, 442 9508
Local office contact
Tel: +9771 400 1066
Nabin Trital: +977 98510 04278
Pasang Nuru: +977 98130 91051
Our service includes
5 nights hotel in Kathmandu, single with breakfast
All group transportation by private vehicle
Chinese visa and all travel and climbing permits
BC and ABC services
1x walkie talkie (AA batteries not included)
At BC and ABC all meals and large single tent
Solar charging for cameras etc
Our service excludes
Puja costs, allow Rs1500
Crew tips, allow $150
Early departure from BC (~$500 per Landcruiser)
Mountain rescue costs, emergency evacuation
Insurance, Nepal visa, meals in Kathmandu
Personal climbing equipment
tents, meals or service above ABC
International flights to Kathmandu, equipment rental, alcohol and soft drinks, laundry,
tipping and other items of a personal nature