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    Shishapangma Base Camp Trek

    Shishapangma Base Camp Trek

    • Destination
    • Durations
      17 days
    • Max. People
    • Trip Mode:
      In Hotels with local lodge and camping on treks
    • Areas of Trek
      South of Tibet great plateau around Mt. Shishapangma
    • People and Culture
      Dominated by Tibetan with ancient Buddhism culture.
    • Mode of transport
      Drive to and from trek and ending at Nylam town.


    “Enjoy walks around hidden trails of Tibet to the base of Mt. Shishapangma.
    Adventure to world 14th highest Mt. Shishapangma with grand views.
    An exclusive adventure on least visited areas of southern Tibet.
    Explore Yak country and visiting rural Tibetan farm villages of great interest.
    Glamorous views of Central Himalaya within Nepal and Tibet borders.
    Exciting overland drive from green forest to arid and barren country.”

    Shishapangma Base Camp Trek 17 days

    ‘adventure to the base of the last 8000er; world's 14th highest peak Mt. Shishapangma’

    South Shishapangma base camp trek within southern areas of vast Tibetan country with the world's highest and largest plateau surrounded by eroded hills and canyons with high snow-capped peaks.

    South Shishapangma base camp trek is a great way to observe Tibet and its rural farm life with cattle herding and breeding of yaks, cows, sheep, goats, and horses known as Tibetan ponies.

    We have planned and designed South Shishapangma base camp trek that leads you to hidden valleys and over high hills of Tibet located north of the Nepalese Himalayan range of Langtang and Jugal Himal that extends towards Tibet sides close to Mt. Shishapangma.

    An exclusive journey where fewer foreign and local Tibetans venture around these scenic and beautiful areas South of Mt. Shishapangma, which Chinese often spells as Xijapangma, which is the last of the world's 14th highest mountains that stands at 8,013 m and 26,289 ft height.

    Chinese Expeditions first climbed the mountain on May 02nd, 1964. Since then, many wide world mountaineers from the North have conquered the main base camp of Mt. Shishapangma.

    We have chosen the South Base Camp due to its remoteness away from the main road of Lhasa highway, where other north-side base camps can be driven on jeeps and four-wheel drive, including trucks.

    South Shishapangma base camp trek starts from the capital Kathmandu taking a high road to reach at Langtang Himal area to reach the border of Rasuwagaddi to Kyirong into Tibet.

    After crossing from Nepal to the Tibet border, another vehicle with a Tibetan guide and the driver takes you to the flat vast Tibetan arid and windswept plateau with views of mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet.

    Drive leads over the high La-Lung-la pass at 5,050 m with spectacular views of Langtang-Jugal with massive Shishapangma and Gaurishankar peaks to reach Nylam town.

    At Nylam, with time for acclimatization, the walk leads beyond town and villages into the pure wilderness of hills, valleys, and mountains, crossing rivers to reach our main highlight and destination at Shishapangma base camp.

    With a marvelous time to explore and enjoy stunning views and scenery, walk back to Nylam town for an overland journey to reach the Nepal border unto Kathmandu to complete our remarkable and fascinating adventure on the South Shishapangma base camp trek. 

    Best Time to visit Shishapangma Base Camp:

    Except for the monsoon wet months from mid-June to mid-September, April to May.

    March to May is the best time for clear views till the afternoon when wildflowers bloom with fantastic views of mountains. It offers a pleasant day with cooler mornings and nighttime. 

    October to November is another best time for clear views of peaks with short sunlight days. Depending on altitude and overnight stops, it can be cold in the morning and night.

    Although Tibet falls within a rain-shadow area less affected by monsoon wet and heavy rains in July and August, this trek is located just near the Nepal / Tibet mountain range of Langtang and Jugal Himal, where monsoon rain still affects the region and the trekking route due to its closeness with Nepal's geography and climate.

    • Day01

      Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

      On arrival received by our staff and guide with transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu, after checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed from jet-leg join in with other members of Shishapangma Base Camp Trek.

      Our guide / leader will brief with information about the hotels-including detail of trekking regarding local lodge, walks, view, history and culture with few important do’s and don’ts while you are with us having enjoyable times.

      Evening includes a nice dinner(includes most popular Nepali foods) in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with local cultural programs.

    • Day02

      In Kathmandu with options for tour and Tibet preparation.

      A free day to prepare for upcoming treks to high Tibet country morning  optional sightseeing tour at places of great interest, explore around Kathmandu world heritage sites for few hours and back at hotel.

      Rest of the day free and trek preparation for Shisapangma Base Camp in Tibet.

    • Day03

      Drive to Kyirong Border 2,890 m enter Tibet -04 hrs.

      From Syabrubesi morning drives leads you on newly constructed road that links Nepal and Tibet by the frontier of Rasuwa-Gadhi (1800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi), on entering into Tibetan soil, received by our Tibetan guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwa-Gadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.

      At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.

      Kyirong famous for religious and historical place, home of 11th Centaury great saint and Guru Milarepa known for his tantric wisdom as well a poet and folk singer, his song are still remembered by local herdsman and villagers.

    • Day04

      Drive to Nylam 3,750 m via Lalung-La pass 5,050 m – 06 hrs.

      From Kyirong onward where Tibetan high plateau begins morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass 5,050m with views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet). 

      After Lalung-la drive leads downhill to reach at Nylam town for overnight stop and to begin our trek, at Nylam transfer to local lodge and guest-house.

    • Day05

      At Nylam rest day for acclimatization and short hike.

      At Nylam with rest day for acclimatization and short hike to interesting monastery and cave of famous Saint Milerppa a poet, singer and tantric Buddhist Guru of 11th Century.

      Enjoy short hike and exploring rural Tibetan farm village and monastery with overnight in Nylam town. 

    • Day06

      Trek to Drabochan via Tara Tsho -05 hrs and camp.

      Trek from Nylam begins towards Tundya Mani a small prayer wheel temple upper part of Nyalm town, where walk leads around shrines, then towards potato fields on the hills. 

      Walk leads to descend at the bank of Tshongde Phu on a wide track, past a hydro station on the opposite shore. 

      After an hour walk a remarkable change in vegetation reaching a river bank with wild flowers and shrubs of rose bushes on the trail, several types of Edelweiss and yellow primroses stretch upward on stems everywhere. 

      As walk progress for an hour as valley broadens with cultivated fields lines both side of the path, then towards high terraces for an hour from the shrine reaching a small stone hut and a large ruined farmhouse at 3,900m.

      From here first views of Jugal Himal over a ridge to the west side as trail from here meanders through a section of thick brush along the sides of old farm house, continue towards a large glacial boulder as trail leads onto rolling moraine hills.

      After half hour from the ruined house crossing a wooden and stone bridge as walk leads right up to the main valley heading west up the creek’s to a pilgrimage place at holy lake of Tara Tsho. 

      After a long climb of few hours on steep path to reach at the shore of Lake Tara Tsho at 4,330m, a large lake hidden until you are fairly close. 

      Each year pilgrims visits here on Saga Dawa festival this lake Tara Thso has no inlets or outlets, and is said to be 130 ft or 40 m deep. 

      The snow capped peaks of Jugal Himal rise impressively beyond the lake, on the far side (north) of the valley is the Shisapangma massif, trek continues from here to camp at Drabochan meadows, after a short climb to a ridge top at 4,510m then continue north to descend, aiming towards a large boulder with prayer flags at Drabochan for overnight camp.

    • Day07

      Trek to Shingdip 4,560m – 05 hrs.

      Our route to south base camp leaves the valley of Drabochan crossing river on a wooden bridge near a big rock, walk heads towards cairns on a ridge top taking an hour or more. 

      From the ridge trails meanders left and parallels to a ridge crest, after 40 minutes of walks entering from the right towards a broad valley coming to a small village of Ngora and its monastery or Gompa, journey continues straight ahead along hills with thick dwarf rhododendrons bush, after an hour and half of good walk coming to our overnight camp at Shingdip at 14,950ft /4,560m altitude.

    • Day08

      Trek to South Shisapangma Base Camp 5,020 m – 04 hrs.

      Today walk lead towards our main goal and destination at South Shisapangma Base Camp, from here about three hours walks to reach our much awaited spot at an altitude above 5,010m.

      Heading west with climb from the main valley, and towards a hill to a crest of the ridge, ion reaching the outskirt of base camp filled with moraine with Nyanang Phu Glacier.

    • Day09

      Enjoy free day and explore around base camp.

      At Base Camp with time for short hike and relax with panorama of Jugal Himal that towers high above the valley, walking on ridge for an hour or more toward a deep circular basin, where short descend brings you to a small saddle with climb further up to the right for a craggy, pyramid shaped peak of dark gray rock. 

      As climb brings at the base camp near below a glacial lake of Shisapangma with views of Jugal Himal is well worth the walk. 

      From here overlooking peaks of Lenpo Ghang 7,083m the highest peak in the range and to the left Guru Krop Ri 6,874m and behind, hidden is Dorje Lakpha 6,990m a prominent double summit visible from Kathmandu Valley.

      Stand beneath towering Mt. Shisapangma, Phola Ghangchhan peak 7,702m, Pungpa Ri 7,445m and Nynang Ri 7,071m. Kung Tsho close to the base of the mountains after facing super view of snow capped high peaks with main Mt. Shisapangma.

    • Day10

      Trek to Shingdip – 04 hrs.

      After a memorable time at South Shisapangma base camp head back on the same route with climb and downhill to reach at large field to Shingdip for overnight stop and camping.

    • Day11

      Trek back to Draabochhan- 05 hrs.

      Today on leaving Shingdip with downhill walks towards near a small suspension bridge over Nylam Chu River for last camp before Nylam, the river one of the major source of Bhote Kosi River that flow towards Nepal.

    • Day12

      Trek to Nylam – 05 hrs with overnight in lodge

      After wonderful time in complete wilderness head back to Nylam taking about five hours walk on much downhill to reach at Nylam for overnight stop.

    • Day13

      Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m camp or local Guesthouse -06 hrs.

      Head back to Kyirong crossing over high and scenic Lalung-la pass with incredible panorama of Central Himalaya with Langtang and Shisapangma to reach at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.

    • Day14

      Cross the border and drive to Dhunche 1,950 m – 05 hrs.

      Morning after completing visa formalities, a short drive brings you back at Nepal side, in Nepal after visa procedure where few hour drive brings you at Dhunche, a large town and headquarter district of Rasuwa and Langtang Himal.

      Dhunche also a starting point to holy Gosainkunda Lake which is two days climb from this town overnight in a nice local lodge.

    • Day15

      Depart Kathmandu for international departure homeward bound.

      Finally all good things must come to an end with grand memories and exciting experience on South Shisapangma base camp trek, as per your flight time transfer to Kathmandu international airport for your flight home or to respective destinations.

      Above itinerary with trip details is just a guide line where walking hours and elevation might differ, some of the walks and driving hours can be changed the area of trekking is pure explorations, a reconnaissance a real challenge and a quest for something new change within Tibet Himalaya

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