Shishapangma Climb

Shishapangma Climb

Shishapangma is a mountain in the Himalayan Mountain range. Its name means “white peak” in Tibetan. It is the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the highest point in the Tibet, Autonomous Region of China. The summit of Shishapangma is on the border between Tibet and Nepal, with most of its mass lying on the Nepalese side.

The first successful ascent of the Shishapangma was completed on October 4th, 1980 by Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander from Italy, via the south face. Their route required climbing high into the Death Zone (altitudes above 8,000 meters/26,246 feet) without supplemental oxygen. They nicknamed their route Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage after another high peak they had climbed earlier that year.

There are two main routes to reach the summit, both of which start from the north:

-The northeast ridge route (North Col – North Face – Northeast Ridge)

-The northwest face route (West Rongbuk Glacier – North Face)

Regardless of which route climbers choose, they will be required to use crampons and ice axes for part of their journey. Neither route is technically difficult, but both are dangerous because of the high altitude. Our climb into the Himalayas is a relaxing and interesting adventure. We stop in medieval-looking towns with dirt streets, experience Tibetan culture, and stop daily to acclimate to the rising altitude by hiking in the beautiful surrounding hills. SummitClimb runs Everest, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Lobuche, Lhotse, Island Peak Climbs every year.

The climbing season lasts from August to September. Climbers will have to camp at least once above Camp 2, at Camp 3, before attempting their summit push. Climbers must register with authorities before attempting Shishapangma and they should bring enough equipment to spend at least two weeks on their climb. Don’t worry SummitClimb team will manage all the paper work for you. Throughout the expeditions we will be taking lots of rest days. Our western leader and group sherpas will set up the high camps and carry the group equipment, such as tents, stoves, and other supplies.

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