Among the 14, 8,000m peaks in the world Mt. Shishapangma is the lowest 8000m coming in at (8013m/26335ft). The peak become famous when Joseph Hsu Ching (China) summitted successfully on 2 May, 1964.Mt. Shishapangma is considered by many to be one of the easiest 8000m mountains to climb, it is a great prerequisite to Mount Everest. Shishapangma creates a great base for 8000m expeditions; we highly recommend this as your first 8000m ascent. This peak is the highest peak in the Langtang Himal. The Tibetan name is Xixapangma and the Nepalese refer to the peak as Gosaitan meaning “The Holy Place” literally translated it means"The Mountain overlooking the grassy plains".
The normal route on Shishapangma is non-technical with big skiable snowfields, spectacular ridge to the summit and little objective danger. Satori Adventure offers clients a safe and interesting climbing experience with Sherpa guides who have trained to western standards, were born in the mountains of Nepal and have had multiple successes on Everest and other 8000m peaks. Satori Adventures operates the Mt. Shishapangma Expedition in spring and autumn. We offer fixed departure groups for spring and autumn each year. Our services also include both full board and base camp logistic services for Shishapangma.
You will be reaching Shishapangma Chinese base camp in Tibet (China) after a 5 day overland trip from Kathmandu, along the way we will have an acclimatization stop in the village of Nylam. After 2 nights acclimatization at the Chinese base camp and 1 overnight stop at the Shishapangma middle camp you will be reaching Shishapangma advanced base camp (5500m), here you will spend about 23 days in your climbing period. Our climbing Sherpa guide and high altitude employees require multiple trips up to camp one, two and three to open the route. This entails fixing rope, and equipping the camps with food and equipment before attempting the summit. From Shishapangma advanced base camp 5600m/18,375ft. To camp one at 6400m/21,000ft it takes about 5 hours. Camp one to camp two at 7100m/23,300ft takes about 4hours. Camp two to camp three at 7500m/24,600fttakes about 4 hours. Camp 4 to the main summit 8,013m 26,289ft and back down to camp two takes around15 hours. The next day you will be descending to base camp. Then we will clean the base camp and drive back overland to Kathmandu.
Many companies will tell you how safe they are and that the quality of their service is beyond all other competitors. For clients exploring their options, it becomes very difficult to determine the difference between agencies. So with that being said, we suggest that you shop around and compare research and experience in the field with different companies and go with whatever agency fits your needs the best. What you can expect from Satori Adventure is safe and private transportation to base camps in a comfortable jeep, experienced base camp and high altitude staff, a nutritious menu customized to our clients preferences and as much fresh veggies as possible. We take pride in preparing freshly cooked meals, with snacks and drinks available 24 hours a day. Satori always provides high quality Northface personal tents, a spacious and comfortable dining tent with functional and comfortable furniture and an efficient heater and pump assisted showers. We use latest model of Poisk brand oxygen and Top out/summit systems of masks and regulators.
Why I Choose Satori for Shishapangma Expedition?:
Shishapangma is usually climbed via the Northwest face and the North ridge, these are the standard commercial routes aka the normal climbing routes. The north ridge route is considered the easiest route to the summit of Shishapgnama. The base camp and advanced base camp is located in the biggest area of Tibetan plateau. From this plateau you will have amazing views of the Himalaya. Satori Adventure will set updvanced base camp for almost 22 days. Most high altitude climbers spend 80% of their time at base camp, quickly making it a home away from home on a long expedition. Satori provides a personal tant to each client which becomes your private retreat, a dining tent becomes the common area and the shower and toilet tent is available at your convenience. Before climbing you are encouraged to participate in a Puja ceremony for good luck.
Camp 1 (6400m) is located on a flat snowfield with plenty of space for tents. This becomes a deposit camp that allows supplies to be ferried up to the higher camps. From ABC it takes almost 3 hours to reach the crampons point, once on the glacier it is another 2-3 hours to reach camp one. Camp one is a great location to see the view of sunrise and sunset. After camp one we fix about 20-30m and 20M of rope on a 55º slope.
Camp 2 is always fixed at about 7100-7150m. Right out of camp one the climbing is flat for almost 30 minutes, after that you encounter fixed lines at 45-50º. Generally the climbing from camp one to camp two is safe but there are some big crevasses that can be difficult to see because they are covered in snow. So we advice our climbers and climbing Sherpa guide to climb on fixed ropes 100% of the time o this section of the route. From camp two you will be able to view Langtang-re if the weather is clear.
Climbing from camp two to camp 3 is strenuous. For one and a half hours you will ascend 150m of fixed line on a 25º snow slope. From here you continue up for another two and a half hour to stair ridge, this is now just below the central summit ridge. From this point continue for a half hour to a col, this is camp three. This space is accommodating for 10-12 two man tents. Here you will rest from 16:00-11:00 before starting your summit push.
Summit day is a steep ascent on a snow and rock ridge to a snow pinnacle that is the false central summit. Most climbers finish here and do not attempt the snowy knife-edge ridge to the real summit that is 18m higher. The view from this particular summit is tremendous, from here you can see Cho Oyu, Everest and number of 7000m satellite peaks surrounding Shishapangma. Most climbers leave for the summit push at about 00:00 and reach the summit between 0700-0900 times. Almost 100% of the climbing route from camp 2 to the summit requires climbing on fixed rope. 98% of climbers descend down to camp three from the central summit. However, for those climbers that choose to summit the real summit the greatest challenge for them is traversin the knife-edge ridge between the two summits. If you are considering traversing the knife edge ridge we recommend that the forecast has 0% chance of wind, snow or low visibility. The ridge would be very risky in bad conditions.
Highest access: (8013m/26289ft.)
First Ascent: Joseph Hsu Ching (China). 2 May, 1964
Duration: 45 (typically) Days
Group Size: 02-10 People per group
Co-ordinates: 28°21'08''N, 85°46’47''E
Location: Jugal/Langtang Himal/Tibet
Country: Tibet, China
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu Airport
Grade: Moderate/Strenuous snow climbs
Accommodation: Three star to five stars as request
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
Best season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
Major Activity: trekking/climbing
Include Activity: Zhangbu, Naylam and Tingri tour
Culture: Tibeten and Sherpa
Mode of Travel: Lodge/Camping
Climbing route: Northwest Ridge/Northeast ridge
Himalayan sights: Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Friendship peak
01 Sep/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (135M/4429ft)
02 Sep/Day 02: Rest and preparation day for assignment & briefing before departure from Kathmandu.
03 Sep/Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Gongkar Airport (3650m/11975ft)Lhasa.Overnight at Hotel
04 Sep/Day 04: Sightseeing around Lhasa with Tibetian English guide, Overnight at Hotel
05 Sep/Day 05: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12957ft, 05-06hrs)overnight in hotel.
06 Sep/Day 06: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (Xigatse) in an altitude of(3,950m/12957ft, 4hrs) Overnight at Hotel.
07 Sep/Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4,350m/14269ft, 05hrs) Overnight at Hotel.
08 Sep/Day 08: Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization.The climbing Sirdar will take you up to a (5000m/16404ft) hill for acclimatization after breakfast.
09 Sep/Day 09: Drive from Tingri to Chinese Base Camp, Camping accommodation.
10 Sep/Day 10: Rest Day at Chinese Base Camp for acclimatization
11 Sep/Day 11: Trek from Chinese base camp to middle Camp (5220m/17125ft.)Camping accommodation.
12 Sep/Day 12: Trek from Middle camp to Shisapangma Advance base camp (5400m)Camping accommodation.
13-09 Oct/D 13-39: Climbing period to summit Shishapangma(8013m/26289), Camp 1,Camp 2, Camp 3, Summit.
10 Oct/Day 40: Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp) and trek to Middle camp (5200m17125ft.) and then drive to Tingri (4,348m/14,268 ft).
11 Oct/Day 41: Drive from Tingri to Shigatse (Xigatse) Overnight at hotel.
12 Oct/Day 42: Early in the morning drive from Sigatse to Lhasa, overnight at hotel
13 Oct/Day 43: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.Overnight at Hotel.
14 Oct/Day44: Free day in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
15 Oct/Day 45:Transfer to airport for final departure
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Satori Adventures offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship Mountaineering Expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All our Full Board clients will have a personal Sherpa Climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.
Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route; Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and wellbeing on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and well being as overriding priority.
High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.
Satori Adventures provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only.In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.
It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Satori Adventures for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Satori Adventures runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.
We are always developing and growing our operational systems to ensure you participate will provide as much as facilities provided. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there are less window days for summit in Everest. In big size of group offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days. We feel like our climbing members are feeling that they are climbing as a family and friends team even on international people. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.
The Satori Adventures methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Everest.
Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition, or many years of mountaineering experience on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experience in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding on Everest.
Satori Adventures Everest expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our Everest expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staff is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.
Satori Adventure focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services. We find this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others.If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.
The approach on its Shishapangma North face ridge Base camp is through the Kodari Boarder of Nepal leading up to Shishapangma glassier. It starts with the drive from Kathmandu to Kodari Border After immigration formalities, drive to Naylam(3700M), to Chinese Base Camp (5,150m). It takes typically 07 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.
When you arrive at base camp, our staff will set up the camp and you will have time to rest and continue to acclimate. Upon completing a Pooja ceremony at base camp, our team of Sherpa’s will begin to open the route to camp I. When this is completed, our guides will begin to take clients and loads to camp I. Depending on your physical fitness and bodies’ reaction to altitude, you may stay at camp I for a second night, or move up to camp II and then descend back to base camp.
Our team will then open the route and fix the lines to camp II and supply the camp with gear, equipment and food. If required for acclimation and if the weather conditions allow, you may sleep a second night at camp II, or proceed up to camp III and then return. During your rest and time at base camp our team will continue to open the route, fix the camp and line and supply food, oxygen, and equipment and prepare for the summit push.
After your camp I and II acclimatization, our climbing guides will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery conditions. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and conditions are good, we will begin the summit push. On the summit push, you will move to camp I, camp II and then camp III before moving to the summit. At camp III you will awake at 0100 hours and begin the summit push.
If due to any reason (bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, incidence) we have to return to base camp before the summit push, but still have climbing time, good weather conditions and climbers are interested for another summit push, we will provide one more opportunity. However, more than 98% of climbers either summit on the first try, or give up the trip after the first summit attempt.
Shishapangma was first climbed via the Northwest Face and Northeast Ridge and face (Northern Route) on May 2, 1964 by a Chinese expedition led by Xǔ Jìng.
2nd Ascent via Northern Route by Michl Dacher, Wolfgang Schaffert, Gunter Sturm and Fritz Zintl (7 May); Sigi Hupfauer and Manfred Sturm (12 May); as part of a German expedition 1980.3rd Ascent via Northern Route by Ewald Putz and Egon Obojes (13 October), as part of an Austrian 1980 expedition.
4th Ascent via Northern Route by Junko Tabei, Rinzing Phinzo and Gyalbu Jiabu (30 April) as part of a Japanese Women's 1981 expedition. 5th Ascent via Northern Route by Reinhold Messner and Friedl Mutschlechner (28 May), as part of an Austrian 1981 expedition.
In 1982 British Route, Southwest Face was climbed alpine style by Doug Scott, Alex Macintyre and Roger Baxter-Jones (all UK), (28 May). Route follows the right-hand couloir on the Southwest Face
In 1987 West Ridge was climbed by Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer (18 September). Kukuczka skied from near the summit. This was Kukuczka's fourteen
In 1987 Central Couloir, North Face was climbed by Alan Hinkes and Steve Untch (19 September).
First winter ascent was by Piotr Morawski (Poland) and Simone Moro (Italy); They summated on January 14.
Satori Adventures was contracted by my climbing team in fall. I climbed and use Satori for my Service in Shishapangma, Everest Expedition and Yala and Naya Kanga peak. The whole crew worked extremely diligent on the mountain, did every job at their best effort and the highest quality. After the climbing trip, for some reason, I had to stay in Nepal alone for several days and had a lot of trouble with visa and airlines. Rishi and his team went out of their way to help me sort out the mess. They took good care of me during those days, made me feel home that I almost didn't want to leave!
My first expedition Nepal/Tibet was life time experience. I was very lucky to climb Shisha-Pangma which was operates by Satori Adventures. They provides is the excellent service, Food was in the Base Camp was really great, Natural meats and vegetables. Our Expeditions staffs were very friendlier, experienced and qualified on their works.
I specially thanks to Mr. Rishi who provided detailed and clear information about expedition and services. Recommended.
Visited Autumn 2013