8000m peaks - Everest - K2 - Kangchenjunga - Lhotse - Makalu - Cho-Oyu - Dhaulagiri - Manaslu - Nanga Parbat - Annapurna - Gasherbrum I - Broad Peak - Gasherbrum II - Shishapangma

Shishapangma is 8013 m high and located in south-central Tibet, a few kilometres from the border with Nepal. It is the only eight-thousander entirely within Chinese territory (Tibet). The peak is characterized by its long, steep, craggy southern face rising over 2000m, making it an imposing sight to all would be climbers.

The "normal route" is via the North-West Face and North Ridge. This route is considered among the easiest routes to the summit of all the 8000ers, and has often been skied. The greatest challenge of this route is traversing from the Central to Main Summits along a knife-edged ridge.

Shishapangma was first climbed on May 2, 1964 by a Chinese expedition led by Xu Jìng (Hsu Ching).

In 2004, Jean-Christophe Lafaille roused some controversy when he climbed a route on this face, solo, in mid-December, and claimed a winter ascent. Since this was not technically calendar winter, he later changed his claim to an ascent "in winter conditions. On 14 January 2005, Piotr Morawski and Simone Moro made the first ascent in calendar winter.

 

Peruvean Shishapangma Expedition