Sishapangma Expedition

The mountain overlooking the grassy plains

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Trip Overview

Embark on a breathtaking adventure with Taktok Brothers as we invite you to conquer Sishapangma, the 14th highest peak in the world, situated entirely in Tibet. Known as Xixapangma in the local Tibetan language, meaning “the mountain overlooking the grassy plains,” and also referred to as Gosainthan in Indian Nepalese, signifying a holy place, this expedition promises a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

Conquering the 14th Highest Peak: Sishapangma Ascent

The first ascent to the stunning Sishapangma was achieved in 1964 by Xu Xing and his team of 10 climbers. Despite being considered one of the easier 8000ers, Sishapangma presents a technical climb characterized by a long, steep southern face rising over 2000m, offering a jaw-dropping view to all beholders. Numerous successful ascents have been recorded, with most climbers reaching the West/Central summit at 8013m. The main summit, although a few hours away, remains highly technical and challenging. The climbing route involves snow and ice climbs, necessitating crampons and ice axes with fixed ropes along the route.

Expedition Ease: Short Approach and Scenic Base Camp

The Sishapangma expedition is made more accessible due to the short approach to the base camp. The road extends till 5000m, from where the trek commences. Yaks and porters carry luggage to the base camps, making the journey efficient and manageable.

Journey Details: Kathmandu to Base Camp

Our journey to Sishapangma commences in Kathmandu, taking us to the Nepal-China border, Kerung. Crossing the border, we find ourselves in the beautiful old Tibetan town of Tingri. From there, we drive to the Base Camp at 5000m, eliminating trekking time and ensuring a smooth transition to the expedition.

Sishapangma: An Ideal Starting Point for 8000ers

Sishapangma serves as an excellent starter for those venturing into 8000m peaks, catering to alpinists looking to step into high-altitude mountaineering. However, it demands a strong level of physical fitness and endurance. The altitude, a factor never to be underestimated, prompts us to allocate ample time for acclimatization and rest, ensuring the safety and well-being of every climber.

Best Season for Sishapangma Expedition

The optimal seasons for the Sishapangma expedition are Spring and Autumn, where favorable weather and the best of nature await. Uninterrupted roads leading to the base camp during these seasons enhance the overall expedition experience.

Join Taktok Brothers on this exhilarating journey to conquer Sishapangma, where every step is a testament to your strength and determination, set against the stunning backdrop of the Tibetan landscape.

  • Season
  • Destination
  • Duration
    37 Days
  • Altitude
    8,027m / 26,335ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours


Upon your airport arrival, acquire the Nepal Entry Visa before our representative greets you, facilitating your transfer to a pre-booked 3-star hotel. Freshen up and explore Thamel for the evening.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

The Sishapangma expedition traverses Tibet, necessitating Chinese visas and climbing permits. Our proficient team ensures meticulous expedition management. You'll have time to visit Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage sites during preparations.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Embark early, driving to Timure, a serene village in Gosaikunda Rural Municipality. The journey on rugged uphill roads unveils nature's tranquil beauty amid the slight discomfort.

  • Altitude 1750m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge

From Timure, continue to Kerung, a village in Solukhumbu District, a significant trade route between Nepal and China. The adventurous road to Kerung is equally bumpy.

  • Altitude 2700m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge/ Teahouses

Cross into Tibet after Kerung and ascend to Tingri. An ancient settlement, Tingri's scenic meadows, freshwater rivers, and charming villages provide a picturesque stop for acclimatization.

  • Altitude 4300m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge / Teahouses

Proceed from Tingri to the Chinese Base Camp for Sishapangma, allowing an additional day for acclimatization due to rapid altitude gain during the drive.

  • Altitude 5220m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Drive to the Chinese Base Camp, then trek toward the Intermediate Camp after two acclimatization days. Yaks and Porters will carry luggage to the Advanced Base Camp at 5400m, providing full board tented service.

  • Altitude 5400m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Allocate time for training, acclimatization, and summit preparations. Progress involves setting up Camp 1 at 6300m, Camp 2 at 6900m, and Camp 3 at 7300m. A 12-hour climb from Camp 3 requires walking on steep snow slopes. Sherpas support with gear and hot meals to maintain climbers' stamina. The summit rewards climbers with breathtaking views of **Cho Oyu, Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse,** and other towering peaks in Nepal and Tibet. Descend via the higher camps to the advanced base camp.

  • Altitude 8027m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full Board Camp Service

After conquering the 14th highest peak, return to the base camp.

  • Altitude 5220m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Enjoy a luxurious drive from the Base Camp to Tingri, a culturally rich old Tibetan town.

  • Altitude 4300m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge / Teahouses

Overnight stay in Tingri, then journey to Kerung, the Nepal-China border, for a night's rest.

  • Altitude 2700m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge / Teahouses

Retrace the rugged path back to Kathmandu and unwind at the hotel.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Explore Kathmandu's treasures: Bhaktapur, Patan, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, or savor Thamel's cuisine and collect souvenirs for loved ones.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

For those not engaging in additional adventure packages, our representative will ensure a timely airport drop-off, bidding you farewell 3 hours before your departure.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Transportation to and from the airport (Pickup and Drop-off).
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in Kathmandu inclusive of Bed and Breakfast (4 nights initially, 2 nights subsequently).
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner hosted at 8K Bar and Kitchen in Kathmandu.
  • Ground transportation and cargo handling from Kathmandu to Chinese Camp and back.
  • Tibet Entry Visa Fee and the Climbing Permit for Sishapangma.
  • Charges covering highway use and conservation areas.
  • Transport and cargo services for all expedition members and staff.
  • Yak transport from Base Camp to Advance Base Camp and return.
  • Three well-prepared meals with hot soups and beverages provided three times daily during the journey.
  • High-nutrition food provisions for both trekking and the expedition.
  • A professional Climbing Sherpa Guide.
  • Skilled and experienced Cook and Kitchen Helpers.
  • Daily wages, equipment, allowances, and logistical support for all team members, including Sherpa Guide, Cook, and Porters.
  • Medical Insurance coverage for involved Nepali Staff throughout the expedition.
  • Individual branded tents allocated for each expedition member.
  • Branded tents for Dining, Kitchen, Toilet, Hot Shower, and Communication Room, including comfortable mattresses, pillows, tables, chairs, and other necessary equipment at Base Camp and upper Camps.
  • Facilities for using Generators or Solar Panels to recharge batteries and other electronic devices.
  • Provision of 3 bottles of Oxygen (4 liters) for climbing members and 2 bottles for Climbing Sherpa.
  • Branded Top Out or Summit Mask and Regulator for each member and Climbing Sherpa.
  • Reserve Oxygen Bottles, Masks, and Regulators available at the base camp (Extra cost: $550 per bottle if required).
  • Logistics and equipment such as EPI Gas and Gas Burner, Dynamic Climbing Rope, Ice Screws, Snow Shovel, Snow Bars, Carabiners, etc.
  • Walkie-talkies provided for each member and climbing Sherpa.
  • Availability of Satellite Phones for emergency use (Additional cost applies).
  • Daily Weather Forecast service available throughout the expedition.
  • Disposal fee for garbage generated during the expedition.
  • Government Taxes and Company Service Charge.


  • Flight expenses for international travel.
  • Costs associated with Nepal Entry and Re-entry Visas.
  • Expenses for Lunch and Dinner while staying in Kathmandu.
  • Personal, medical, and Travel Insurance needed during the expedition.
  • Charges for Customs Duty and Import Duty on Expedition gear and related items transported through Nepal via Air or Road.
  • Personal expenditures like phone calls, Internet usage, battery recharging, bottled water, hot showers, laundry services, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal equipment for Trekking and Climbing.
  • Permissions required for drone use and specialized filming.
  • Costs for Internet and Data Services throughout the Trek and Expedition.
  • Fee for a Satellite phone permit if necessary, priced at $500 per set.
  • Mandatory $1500 Summit Bonus for the Climbing Sherpa and gratuities for basecamp staff and porters.
  • Any additional service or facility not explicitly stated in the Cost Inclusions section.

Trip Notes

Tailor-Made Options: We understand that each adventurer has unique preferences and time constraints. Taktok Brothers is pleased to offer tailor-made options for our expeditions, allowing you to customize your experience according to your availability.

Early Departure Considerations: Should a member decide to depart earlier than the scheduled itinerary, it is important to note that the member will be responsible for covering all expenses related to transportation from Sishapangma Base Camp to Kathmandu.

Contingency for Chinese Government Actions: In the event of the Chinese Government closing the entrance, an alternative route must be taken. This involves a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back to Kathmandu, incurring an additional cost of $1000 USD. This cost includes a 2-night stay in Lhasa to accommodate the necessary adjustments.

Cost of Expedition

The expedition cost is dynamic and influenced by various factors, including group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, the category of hotel accommodation, the number of allocated Sherpas and equipment, as well as the type of arrangement and package customization. Taktok Brothers prefers to engage in direct discussions with clients to provide a tailored cost based on individual preferences and requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us for detailed information about your selected package.

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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