Ama Dablam Expedition

Introduction

The alluring looks of Mt. Ama Dablam pulls a number of mountaineers to it every year, but the climbers need to use all technical skills of mountaineering because it is technically very challenging to summit this peak. Climbers mostly use south-west ridgeline to ascend it, which is its normal climbing route. Except for the base camp, climbers set up 3 other camps to reach its summit. If the weather is fine, it is possible to reach its summit and climb down to the base camp within four/five days.

If you want to take up the ultimate challenge and the ultimate thrill of Himalayan peak climbing, then be prepared to negotiate steep snow-covered slopes and ice-covered rocks. The first leg of the ascent from the base camp to the first high camp is possibly the toughest, requiring you to climb up through several low ridges formed by glacier debris. Then you should turn north, and after passing through rock walls and huge boulders, you will reach the destination.

The next part of the journey, from the first high camp to the second high camp, is pretty similar. You will pull yourself up through rocks and at least a ridge following the fixed lines. From here onwards, climbing becomes even more challenging. You need to pass through vertical gulleys (the tunnel-like formations caused by prolonged erosion) filled with rock, ice and snow. Finally a snow covered ridge takes you to the third high camp. Again, continue on steep ice and snow, moving up a hanging glacier. When you stand on the top, you will feel generously rewarded for your efforts. The Ama Dablam summit serves magnificent views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak, Makalu, and a number of other peaks jutting out into the sky. It is literally an unbeatable Himalayan panorama of the most varied, most varied and the highest Mountain region (the Everest Region) of the entire world.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 14 nights and 15 days

Total Duration: 17 nights and 18 days

Difficulty level: Strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 6182 m, Mt. Ama Dablam

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Documentation and sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla (2750m) - Phakding (2610m)

Day 4: Phakding to Namche (2440m)

Day 5: Rest at Namche

Day 6: Namche - Tengboche (3860m)

Day 7: Tengboche - Pangboche (3900m)

Day 8: Pangboche - Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m)

Day 9-25: Climbing days

Day 26-29: Ama Dablam - Tengboche - Namche - Lukla

Day 30: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 31: Departure from Kathmandu

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
We will receive you from the airport in Kathmandu, and drive you to your hotel. In the evening, we will have a meeting in our office in Thamel.

Day 2: Documentation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
You can enjoy a day tour of Kathmandu city while we prepare the documents required for mountaineering in Nepal.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla (2750m) - Phakding (2610m)
Today we fly to Lukla. It is a greatly scenic mountain flight. Then we will trek ahead to a beautiful Sherpa village Phakding. The trek takes about 5 hours.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche (2440m)
This day involves many ups and downs along the Dudh Koshi River. The final leg consists of about two hour’s ascent bringing you to Namche.

Day 5: Rest at Namche
All trails to Everest region lead to Namche, so this hillside amidst superb mountain sceneries has become an advanced town. For your benefit, you can visit nearby villages like Khumjung and Thame and see the native land of Sherpas. When you return in the evening, you will be better adjusted to the high altitude.

Day 6: Namche - Tengboche (3860m)
We keep negotiating ups and downs on your way to reach this spectacular village in the Khumbu Region. You will have attractive views of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam and other peaks from this village. The village also houses Tengboche monastery, which has gained a wide renown for Mani Rimdu festival.

Day 7: Tengboche - Pangboche (3900m)
Pangboche is another beautiful Sherpa village in the high elevations of Everest region. As you reach ever closer to Ama Dablam, you will see more and more of its majestic beauty.

Day 8: Pangboche - Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m)
Today reach the foot of the mountain which you want to climb. This will be a greatly scenic trek with numerous peaks gleaming upon you.

Day 9-25: Climbing days

Day 26-29: Ama Dablam - Tengboche - Namche - Lukla

Day 30: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 31: Departure from Kathmandu

Guidelines

Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
You need mountaineering training and experience to climb Ama Dablam.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • All Climbing Gears
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Climbing Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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