Mount Shishapangma is the 14th of the 14 eight-thousanders, with an elevation of 8,027 meters above sea level. It is the only eight thousand meters mountain solely located in south-central Tibet. Due to its location, sometimes it can be problematic to operate the expedition at the last minute because of the sudden restrictions and rules imposed by authorities of the Government of China and Tibet Autonomous Region to foreign travellers.
The name Sishapangma explained by Geologist Toni Hagen means “crest above the grassy plains” in the local Tibetan dialect. The Tibetan-Chinese expedition team made the first summit of Mt. Sishapangma in 1964 and later opened for foreign climbers only in 1978. For this reason, we follow a different route than what was used by Chinese teams earlier: our climb follows the northwest ridge with a challenging knife-edge ridge that connects slightly to the lower central peak. We set up four camps: Advance Base Camp (ABC) at 3340m, Camp I at 6200m, Camp II at 6700m and Camp III at 7400 m for the summit (camp IV).