Shishapangma is contemplated as our most scenic and secluded tour in comparison with others in Tibet. The elevated height hiking is a little bit plain and the scenery and landscapes on the way can’t be matched with any other Himalayan trek. Other tourist lack in Shishapangma because the place is isolated than other trekking places available which makes the journey even more fascinating.
The weather in Shishapangma is simply beautiful throughout the day and it is mostly rainy in the night, which lets tourist for a marvelous walk through budding wildflowers and green pasture. After the trek, we will be visiting the remarkable city of Lhasa which is commonly named as the heart of Tibet which is followed by numerous monasteries and temples around such as the Jokhang and Drepung. It lets travelers to observe Tibetan Buddhism closely. Visiting these places will be one in millions which leaves you with a sense of amazement.
Shishapangma Trek is the perfect place for examination to high unadorned of nomad which is further to Langtang Himalayan range at the northern side of Kathmandu valley. It is one of the chief peaks exceeding 8000m which is the popular peak among all the other peaks. The place is filled with breathtaking arts, culture, splendid views and incomparable history. We, Visit Nepal Tibet Trek organize the cultural trekking or an artistic tour of 16 days to Shishapangma where we will be staying in a hotel or a lodge. And the best season to go for Shishapangma trekking is from April to October.
After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is all yours and overnight at hotel.
Today, you will be going around cultural heritages enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley – the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the world biggest Sputa, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and amazing Kumari House widely known as Living Goddess in Basantapur of central Kathmandu.
After you leave Kathmandu in an early morning, you begin your drive with a small trip via tempting Nepalese countryside. You will complete all the official procedures as soon as you reach the border. You will be ascending a rope of vertical switchback on our path to Nyalam. Beauty of cascading waterfalls and Mossy gullies surround you all over the way.
It is a day for you to respite in the attractiveness of Nyalam. Today, you rest and suitably adapt for trekking in top heights. To give some enthusiasm to the day, you will be visiting Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a small temple off the town.
You begin your trekking venture today. You start by heading out of the city along the Tshongde Phu river gorge. It is up to you to decide whether you make the first day short and head to the camp at Draabochhan or arrange the pilgrimage trek to Tara Tsho Lake. The magical lake is worth it if you choose the sharp walk down the way. According to legends, the lake was made from a piece of ice that a lama passed along with him from Mt. Kailash. Stone monuments and good looking prayer flags coat the bank of the lake. You will be spending the night in a relaxing encampment at Draabochhan.
It is your second day of the trek which directs you to the top of the point. Budding Rhododendrons and attractive views encircle you as you go after the point. You will spend your night in a remarkable meadow camp in Shingdip. Today you will make your trek a less difficult and get a good sleep because you will be reaching the base camp tomorrow.
You will be heading west today following the ridge once more. The Jugal Himal crest emerges above you as you hike. You will reach the base camp after walking for two hours. The saddest part is that there won’t be any views at the base camp but you will have a lot of time to visit the boulder plateaus and glacial Lakes which offers you a splendid outlook.
After the base camp, you will be descending back to Draabochhan. On the way, incredible meadows, views of Jugal Himal and rhododendrons will be surrounding you.
It is your ninth day and you are following your way back through the Tshongde Phu river gorge. You will be spending your night at Nyalam after another startling day of trekking.
Today, you will be spending your day with sightseeing and driving as you look closer to the extreme difference in the green hills and infertile Tibetan Plateau. Through the day, different high passes and Lalung La will be crossed. When passing the way, the complete Himalayan range and extensive views of Mt. Everest can be seen.
The beauties of the drive go on as you cross Gyamtso La, the uppermost pass of your ride. Different herders and strings of quiet monasteries can be seen on the way. After the long ride, you are staying in traditional hotels in Shigatse which is one of the biggest cities in Tibet.
You are driving a small distance today. Your morning will be spent on exploring the Tashilunpo Monasteries which is the largest functioning monasteries left in Tibet and which will also be our first factual understanding of Tibetan culture. The small city of Gyantse will be our last destination. As you see the Khumbum and Gyantse Dzong, you will be given the chance of practicing more marvelous Tibetan culture. From the ancient Dzong fort, liberal sights of the gorge can be seen. The Khumbum is enclosed by small chapel houses and several Tibetan Murals. You will be amazed by the ancient architecture and Murals even if you aren’t an art expert.
Today, you head to the Karo La Pass. There, a soaring glacier goes up virtually straight up from the path. As you drive throughout the numerous little towns today, many more is seen. Your day will stop in Lhasa at the Dhood Gu Hotel.
In an early morning, you will be visiting to Jokhang Temple. The temple is the most honored holy place in all of Tibet and it is continually busy with spiritual worshippers. You will be shopping in Barkour today which is the most crowded central bazaar of Lhasa. You will be visiting Sera Monastery in the evening. This holy monastery is situated a few miles north of Lhasa. It is a home to several hundred Monks where the debating actions are practiced frequently at 3-4 pm.
Without experiencing the Vital Potala Palace, a journey to Tibet would not be a total satisfaction. It is the Lhasa’s Cardinal Landmark and is a marvel of eastern structural design. It was a home of Dalai Lama and it has been there since the fifth or sixth century. The startling day will end after a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Drepung monastery is there in a hidden rocky point further than the city. It is one of the world’s largest Monasteries where 10,000 monks shifted down and made it their homes. Astonishingly, the most building were left intact during several hundreds of years
It is the end of the journey and you fly back to Kathmandu with so many thoughts in your minds.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph