Shishapangma Expedition South Face
What is Shishapangma?
Shishapangma is the 14th highest peak of the world with an altitude of 8012m. This mountain is considered as one of the easiest 8000m mountains to climb. Shishapangma is also the highest peak in the Langtang Himal area. The trademark of Shishapangma is a long, steep, craggy southern face rising over 2000m, makes an imposing sight to all world to climb. The Nepalese name of the peak is Gosaitan meaning “The Holy Place”. The Tibetan name is Xixapangma and it means literally "The Mountain overlooking the grassy plains". Shishapangma is only the peak with the height over 8000m which is totally located in Tibet.
Shishapangma was the last 8000m peak to be climbed. It is the closest 8000m Peak for possible Expedition from Kathmandu even though it lies totally in Tibet. Hsu Ching and his ten-man Chinese climbing team in 1964 had made first successful Shishapangma Expedition reaching to the summit via northwest face of Mt. Shishapangma and it was finally opened to foreign teams in 1980.
Shishapangma Expedition can be made from its South and North faces. This expedition is easier and less technical as well better commercial from Mt. Shishapangma’s North face. Due to a massif 2000m face and few challenging lines the South face of Mt. Shishapangma requires a good level of alpine climbing experience. The south face route is not feasible for the beginners of mountain climbing. There are two separate base camps for Shishapangma Expedition. They are to be used for Expedition Base separately from south and North side. The access to both Base Camps is very convenient by SUV from Nyalam, a considerable and rapidly expanding town and two days of hike to the Advanced Base Camp (5800m) of Mt. Shishapangma.
Shishapangma Expedition 2011 through Snowy Horizon:
Snowy Horizon had organized a successful Shishapangma Expedition Autumn 2011 with total number of 43 members from Hong Kong, China and Romania. The actual no. of expeditors is 12 where as 10 of them were filming group up to advance base camp of Mt. Shishapangma. In this Expedition total 18 members of students and teachers had also participated as the observer of the Expedition up to the advance base camp of Shishapangma.
The Snowy Horizon Shishapangma Expedition Spring 2012 is alsoscheduled to be operated from 8th Apr 2012 till 26th May. This expedition is designed for experienced high mountain climbers expecting to be a leader and product of our renowned Himalayan Expedition Programs but hopping to work being individual participant. This expedition program is also designed for both natures of climbers willing to have only base camp service or full board service for the Mt. Shishapangma as per our offer. However for both types of clients, it is expected that they/he need to be involved in all expects of climbing activity. Previous high altitude Himalayan climbing or a strong resume of alpine ascents accompanied by moderate altitude climbs is required for this program. If you are a first timer to 8000m peaks, we suggest you that Cho Oyuwould be a better choice for you instead of Shishapangma.
Climbing Shishapangma will bring you the great opportunity to escape the crowds of the busier mountains like Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu while challenging yourself on 8000m peak climbing. Shishapangma Expedition is a beautiful climbing that sees only a fraction of the traffic of Cho Oyu just to the South-east.
Elevation: 8,027m (26,318ft)
Location: Langtan Range/Tibet
Coordinates: 28°21'08"N 85°46'47"E
First Ascent: Joseph Hsu Ching (China), 1964
Climbing Season: Late spring and autumn
Expd duration: 44 days (typically)
Climbing duration: 27 days (typically)