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15 Days Shishapangma South Base Camp Trekking

Location
Southeast of Nyalam
Passes
None
Grade
Strenuous
Season
Spring & Autumn (April-June and Oct.-Dec.)
Accommodation
Tented Camp
Trekking Time
5 Days
Duration
15 Days

Overview

Shishapangma [8,046 meters] is probably the least known of the world's fourteen 8000-meter peaks, despite being only 80 km. north east of Kathmandu. The round-trip trekking to Shishapangma will cost you five days. It is one of Tibet's best kept trekking secrets, and it is also one of Tibet's finest high alpine walks. Shishapangma Base Camp trek is one of the few treks that does not involve pass crossing, which makes it a bit easier than our other treks in Tibet, but none the less rewarding.

This route from Nyalam by trekking upstream through the Tsongdupu-chu valley offers fine views of the Langtang Himalayan peaks to the southeast.The monsoon from the Indian subcontinent manages to push over the Jugal Himal, bringing some rain most nights from June until early September. Most days are clear and we will have nourishing lush meadows and an outstanding display of wildflowers high into the mountains.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 01 Arrive at Lhasa for acclimatization by air or train

Today's highlights:

Airport/train station transfer to hotel, Acclimatize to the High Altitude.

Details:

Fly into Lhasa or arrive in Lhasa by train. Local guide will meet you and transfer you to Lhasa. On the way, you can appreciate the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet and highest river on the earth with an average altitude of 4,000 meters), originating from Jiemayangzong Glacier on the northern Himalayas.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Prayers are praying at the entrance of Jokhang TempleToday's highlights:

Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Street

Details:

The cardinal landmark of Lhasa, Potala Palace, is a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. Potala Palace is a place where you can appreciate the Tibetan culture, religion and art of architecture as well.

Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple to pray for their now and future. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques.

Barkhor Street, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.

Day 03 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Monks are debating in Sera MonasteryToday's highlights:

Norbulingka, Lama Debating in Sera Monastery

Details:

Norbulingka used to be the Summer Norbulinka, palace for the Dalai Lamas where they handled political affairs, and practiced religious activities. The whole park has more than 370 rooms of different sizes, and lawns, shaded by green trees and embrided by various flowers. With the clear water, and the flowers and trees around, it is known as the "park within the park".

Sera is one of the greatest Gelugpa monasteries. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, one of the eight disciples of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect, covering an area of 114,964 square metres. The structure is imposing, picturesque in disorder, and splendid in green and gold. It is a typical Tibetan architecture. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.

Day 04 Lhasa-Yamdrok Yumtso-Gyantse

Yamdrok Yumtso LakeToday's highlights:

Yamdrok Yumtso, Karola Glacier, Palkhor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Nunnery

Details:

About hundred kilometers, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake.The sacred lake of Yamdrok Yutso is revered as a talisman, supporting the life-spirit of Tibet. It is said that should its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable. Down to the Lake to have a picnic or hike. On the way to Gyantse, have a look at the Karola Glacier. Visit the Pelkhor monastery for its famous Kumbum Pagoda. Besides Pelkhor, we will also visit a Nunnery to watch the chanting.

Day 05 Gyantse-Shigatse

Today's highlights:

Dzong Castle, Shalu Monastery, Family Visit, Tashilhunpo Monastery

Details:

In the morning visit the historical city Gyantse, you will have great chance to appreciate the Old Town's sunrise at Dzong Castle. After some time spent in Shalu Monastery drive to Shigatse. On the way to Shigates have a mountain village family visit for a glimpse of everyday Tibetan life.Vsit Pachen Lama's seat palce, the great Tashilumpo monastery, a very big and complex monastery in Tibet

Day 06 Shigates-Shegar

Today's highlights:

Sakya Monastery

Details:

On the way to Shegar, en route visit Sakya Monastery.

Day 07 Shegar-Mt. Everest Base Camp

Highest mountain in the World-Mt. EverestToday's highlights:

Rongbuk Monastery, Mt. Everest Base Camp

Details:

Drive to the highest monastery of the world, the Rongbuk monastery. Upon arrival, take carriage or hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp. You can appreciate the spectacular Himalayan and the highest mountain in the world-Mt. Everest.

Day 08 EBC-Nyalam

Today's highlights:

Mount Everest

Details:

Get up early to appreciate the morning views of the Everest, you will have great chance to see the sunrise at EBC if you are lucky. Drive to Nyalam to prepare next day's trekking.

Mount ShishapangmaTrek Chart

Day           Places to Trek              Altitude 
09       Nyalam-Draabochhan          4110M
10      Draabochhan-Shingdip         4560M
11   Shingdip-South Base Camp     4980M
12    Base Camp-Draabochhan       4110M
13      Draabochhan-Nyalam          3780m

Day 14 Nyalam-Zhangmu

Today's highlights:

Milarepa Cave, Border Town-Zhangmu

Details:

Visit Milarepa Cave. Drive over the Himalayas and down to border town of Zhangmu. Enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan Range.

Day 15 Zhangmu-Kathmandu

Today's highlights:

Transfer from Zhangmu to Nepal border, Transfer from border to Kathmandu

Details:

Drive to the Friendship Bridge of the border and go through the China customers. Our guide will see you off at the Kodari of the China side. The driver and guide from Nepal will be waiting for you at Nepal side of the Border to pick you up.

Tips for sHISHAPANGMA Trekking

1. The weather is changeable, as well as the temperature;

2. Lots of places are damp, so equipped with the waterproofed camera;

3. No food supply after Nyalam, make sure you have enough stuffs for eating, wearing, and taking. 5 days is comparatively long for trekking, a professional cook is necessary;

4. During the summer monsoon season, this region is subject to heavy rains, snow, and unsettled weather. The ideal seasons appear to be April-June and Oct.-Dec.

5. Respect the people here (mostly Sherpa) and respect their local custom;

6. Drink lots of water before departure;

7. No alcohol;

8. Avoid catching cold and bring some medicine;

9. The region is extremyly cold, bring enough clothes to keep warm.

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