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Ama Dablam Expedition

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Ama Dablam Expedition or climbing Mount Ama Dablam in their next trip to Nepal is a dream project for most trekkers who gets the first glance of Mount Ama Dablam while trekking to the Everest region. Ama Dablam Expedition is also taken as an Everest Climbing Preparatory climb for altitude, technical requirement and an experience of climbing in the Himalayas.

Introduction
Mount Ama Dablam, with a height of 6,812 metres, is the most beautiful mountain of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. The name, Ama Dablam, comes from the Sherpa dialect, meaning mother’s Necklace. The World knows the region as the Mount Everest region. However, Mount Ama Dablam is its dominant mountain due to its exposure above the valley to the east of Khumbu.

This mountain is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. Given its mix of steep rock and ice along the climbing route, high above the broad valley of Tengboche, many climbers love to test their technical climbing skills on it. The standard climbing route up this mountain is along its southwest Ridge, requiring three camps above base camp.

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This beautiful mountain was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge as part of the Silver Hunt Scientific Expedition of 1960-61, led by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Our team meet in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. In addition, if some of us require a gear shop, Kathmandu has several local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing selections in its stores. We will have two full days to do last-minute shopping and properly repack the bags to base camp.

The journey to Ama Dablam base camp starts with a short panoramic flight to Lukla. After that, the Ama Dablam base camp is reached over a five-day acclimatizing trek through villages of the Sherpas. But we give some more days to tame our body in the local atmosphere by trekking to Kalapathar and summiting the Lobuje Peak of 6119 metres before approaching Ama Dablam Base Camp, the only best way to get perfect acclimatized before climbing a mountain of 7000 metres.

On the way, we stop at Pangboche Village, which is one of the oldest villages in the Khumbu valley. We will visit the monastery, which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request a puja ritual from a monk at the monastery to solicit the local deities for obstacle less climbing and continue to walk up to Ama Dablam base camp. The final Puja ceremony is celebrated at Ama Dablam base camp for all expedition members and equipment that we take on the mountain.

Once the puja gets performed, the Sherpas begin transporting the equipment, high altitude food, and other supplies to the higher camps. The climbing member will accompany them to Advanced camp, the camp-one and camp-two for acclimatizing climb. After a week or so of acclimatizing, we will begin our ascent to the summit following the routine procedures. The summit attempt initiates from camp two, but a possible camp is probably set as camp three, at the Dablam.

Trip Highlights

Trip Profile

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m. A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. A 5 hours trek.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche

Day 06: Hike to Everest View Hotel and Khumjung 3,790m. A 3 hours trek.

Day 07: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m. A 4 hours trek.

Day 08: Stay at Tengbohce (An acclimatizing free day)

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche 4,410m. A 5 hours trek.

Day 10: Dingboche. A 6-7 hour excursion.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m. A 3-4 hour trek.

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m. A 2 hours trek

Day 13: Trek to Lobuje Peak Base Camp 4,930m. A 2-1/2 hours trek

Day 14: Climb to Lobuje High Camp 5,400m. A 3 hours

Day 15: Summit the Lobuje Peak 6,119 metres. 8-10 hours

Day 16: Trek to Pangboche 3,985m. A 4 hours trek.

Day 17: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp 4,600m.

Day 18-19: Resting, meeting and prepare climbing

Day 20-Day 27: Summit Ama Dablam 6,812m. and back to BC

Day 28: Trek to Pangboche and to Phortse.

Day 29: Trek to Jorsalle. A 5 hours trek

Day 30: Trek to Lukla 2,866m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 31: Fly to Kathmandu. A 40 minutes flight and 20 minutes drive

Day 32: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration

Day 33: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.

There will be a welcome dinner in the evening, and introduced with your guide and climbing Sherpa guides. If you arrive late evening, this will be done the next day.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu 1,350m.

The mountaineering team leader will need to go to the department of the ministry of tourism to sign the document related to the mountaineering permit and responsibilities.

A whole free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. This evening you need to hand over your bags to base camp to us for cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Ama Dablam base camp.
  • Breakfast + Welcome dinner.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m. A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek.

Early in the morning, at 07:30, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 40 minutes. We can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalayas and most of the villages and valleys during the journey. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff to help you with your gears and escort you ahead. After a short tour of Lukla village, you'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where you'll lodge for the night.

A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several villages of Sherpa people with the view of Kongde Peak and Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudh Kunda river.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. A 5 hours trek.

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jor Salle and on to Namche. The entire route is picturesque and full of nature. The surrounding are dense forests and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jor Salle, you continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the trail, reach a resting point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, if weather permits, you can have a glimpse of Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later your further trek, you will reach Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley".

Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all directions, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge together from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, killing any animal is forbidden, so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies, and the local people and hotel/lodge operators from around buying.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum.

Then, if one wishes for a long day excursion, your guide will take you to Thamo, a small traditional village, on the way to Thame, which takes about 2 hours going up and one and half hours to come back.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 06: Hike to Everest View Hotel and Khumjung 3,790m. A 3 hours trek.

Today we move to the village of Khumjung. After breakfast, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusumkangru are some great masses of mountains in the World surrounding us from all directions.

Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we go through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the World, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Ama Dablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. This property will surely lure you to make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee or lunch and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers.

Then we descend to the village of Khumjung, where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m. A 4 hours trek.

This day's trek comprises magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail to Tengboche, You can spot wild animals such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer, the colourful national bird, Danphe, etc.

You will stop for lunch at Punggi Tenga and then continue gradually ascending to Tengboche, where you will check into the lodge and pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery.

From the meadow at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape. Thanks to the generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated as one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 08: Stay at Tengbohce (An acclimatizing free day)

Regular trekkers do not need this acclimatization, but mountaineers require it to tame one's body system to the local atmosphere. The guide will take you higher up toward Kangthega for a nature walk, providing a fine view of Tengboche and Amadablam.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche 4,410m. A 5 hours trek.

The trek takes you first through a seemingly virgin forest and fine mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dibuche. After a rest and visit, you continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrubs. You will arrive at Pangboche village and then continue to Dingboche. You will cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, you will arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with Ama Dablam and Chhukung. If the weather permits, it is advisable to climb up the village to better view the town and surroundings. The evening hike above the village provides better views of the village and its surroundings.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 10: Dingboche. A 6-7 hour excursion.

It is a rest/acclimatization day, but we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful, with Buddhist stupas, prayer flags, and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m) at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the incredibly sheer wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The sheer wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000 metres of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the World. You will take an exquisite lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m. A 3-4 hour trek.

The trek today gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The World's most significant mountain masses surround you, giving you the feeling of thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous Chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Labuche, the base for most trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to scrutinize the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m. A 2 hours trek

We start the trip early in the morning to get the sunrise view from the top of the Kalapathar lookout. From Lobuche, you trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks.

Arrive at Gorakshep and check into a lodge. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here, a 2-hour trek approaches you to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and in one hour, on top of Kalapathar (5,545m) to view Mount Everest and its surrounding.

We put the bags at the hotel and walk toward the top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight mount Everest from its nearest distance. The view from there is indescribable, seeing Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. After taking an essential photograph and admirations, we descend to Gorakshep for a hearty breakfast and a relaxing day and night rest at Gorakshep.

In the evening, we may repeat the Kalapathar for a sunset view. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are breathtaking, so those willing may take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout for a sunset view!
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Lobuje Peak Base Camp 4,930m. A 2-1/2 hours trek

Breakfast and retrace the trail to Lobuche. The path to Lobuje Peak Basecamp is a short walk, 30 minutes from Lobuche, with beautiful views of Mount Ama Dablam and Pheriche Valley. The base camp situates in a small valley opening to the southeast, providing fantastic views and a warm place. Finally, reach our camping and meet with our cook and kitchen crews, spend an excellent rest day, and prepare for climbing up to high camp for the next day.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 14: Climb to Lobuje High Camp 5,400m. A 3 hours

Today we climb to the high camp of Lobuje Peak, which is situated high above a rocky ridge. The route to Lobuje high camp climbs up a grassy gully continuing above the base camp. After setting high camp, we will further continue the climb and fix the ropes on some sections and descend to high camp, which will also help for better acclimatization and save time for rope fixing for tomorrow.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 15: Summit the Lobuje Peak 6,119 metres. 8-10 hours

Lobuje Peak, 6,119 metres, is the second-most famous peak climbed during an Everest Base Camp trek or in an Everest Acclimatizing climb.

The climbing begins very early in the morning with a packed lunch. The first phase of climbing is a rock scramble and steep snow slopes till 6,000m, which many refer to as the summit of Lobuje East. However, the actual summit is much further, with far more challenging climbing. The summit gives stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam and other major peaks of Khumbu Himal. The mountain has two summits, East summit and West Summit, with 6,119 metres and 6,145 metres. A continuous ridge connects them, but West Summit requires descending and climbing a steep slope to the summit. The East Peak is a trekking peak, and the West is an Expedition Peak.

After the ascent, we will directly descend to Lobuje base camp, where our kitchen crews will be waiting for us with some recharging hot items.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 16: Trek to Pangboche 3,985m. A 4 hours trek.

A beautiful day with an easy-going down! All directions are surrounded by great masses of stunning mountains, including the majestic Amadablam, our main target. The village of Pangboche provides one of the best views of Amadablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. We check into our lodge dinner and overnight in the lodge.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 17: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp 4,600m.

After breakfast, we will visit the Pangboche village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. In the monastery, pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request a puja ritual from a monk at the monastery to solicit the local deities for obstacle less climbing.

After the visit, we will take a beautiful and short trek to Ama Dablam base camp. We will arrive at Ama Dablam base camp for lunch with a warm greeting by our kitchen crew, climbing Sherpa guides and liaison officer. Our camping will be ready before our arrival, so check in to the tent assigned for you. After lunch, we briefly meet about the rest of the program, take our duffel bags and bring them into our tents for unpacking and further organizing.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 18-19: Resting, meeting and prepare climbing

We stay at Ama Dablam base camp for two days for resting, meeting, and the final puja ceremony for all expedition members, guide, Sherpa climbing guides and all equipment we take on the mountain. A monk from Pangboche village is invited for a puja ritual to solicit the local deities for a peaceful and obstacle less expedition.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 20-Day 27: Summit Ama Dablam 6,812m. and back to BC

BC to ABC – 3-hours
ABC to C1 – 2-hours
C1 to C2 – 2:30-hours
C2 to C3 – 3-hours
C2 to Summit and to C2 – 12-hours

Day 28: Trek to Pangboche and to Phortse.

We descend to Pangbcohe village and take lunch. After lunch, we'll set off for Phortse village, which offers a beautiful view of Thamserku and Kongde. Tourists less frequent the trail so one can see wild animals and the colourful national bird of Nepal. The magnificent mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village, we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of the Khumbu region and offers an exceptional panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 29: Trek to Jorsalle. A 5 hours trek

You descend to Phortse Tenga, cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There you take a tea break and enjoy the magnificent panorama from this beautiful lookout. The trail further descends to Senasa, below the Khumjung village, where you will make your lunch stop, or one may continue further thirty-five minutes more to Namche.

From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. You are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jor Salle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in the higher altitudes.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 30: Trek to Lukla 2,866m. A 6 hours trek.

From Jor Salle, the trail mostly follows the river, retracing through some small Sherpa villages and arriving at Lukla. At Lukla, spend your last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a one-long-day trek and one-day Jeep ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trekking back to Everest Base Camp!
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 31: Fly to Kathmandu. A 40 minutes flight and 20 minutes drive

Early morning, after breakfast, we walk to the airport for check-in formalities and fly back to Kathmandu. Finally, arrive at Kathmandu airport, where a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival and get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax, or if you wish, you could stroll around the high street of Kathmandu or spend time doing things of your choice, or you can also go shopping for your friends & family as a souvenir from Nepal.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 32: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration

The team leader must visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities. The evening gets celebrated with a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast + Farewell dinner.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 33: Departure

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. Our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport at the indicated time. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), see off formalities, you will go through the immigration and departure.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

Amadablam Exp
NUMBER IN GROUP COSTS PER PERSON
2 - 3 Persons 6,500$
4 - 5 Persons 6,000$
6+ Persons 5,600$
Single room supplement 318$
CITIES ACCOMMODATIONS
KATHMANDU Shanker / Malla
TREKKING En tea house Lodge
KHARE TOP CHUKUNG Tented camp
Other costs:

What is included

  • All airport transport as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu breakfast included.
  • Flight Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu (all tax included).
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry fee.
  • Lobuje peak climbing permit and Mount Ama dablam climbing permit.
  • Liaison officer and all his/her expenses.
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa guide for every two members and all their expenses such as equipment allowance, insurance and daily wages.
  • Required number of porters to transport the expedition material to Ama Dablam base camp and back.
  • Tea house trek service Lukla to Ama Dablam base camp and Ama Dablam Base Camp to Lukla on full board basis.
  • Tented camp service at Lobuje and Ama dablam expedition period.
  • Individual two men dome tent at Ama Dablam Base Camp and two-men sharing tent above Ama Dablam Base Camp.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, dining table and chairs, staff tent, store tent, Toilet & shower tent etc. at Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Cooking set with gas during expeditions, gas and heater in the dining tent, generator/solar at Ama Dablam Base Camp for light and battery charging.
  • Korean fix rope, main rope, snow bar, rock pitons, Ice screw, carabiner etc. for group use for Lobuje Peak and Ama Dablam expedition.
  • Insurance of all local workers.
  • EPI Gas with burner and cooking set for above Ama Dablam base camp
  • Imported high altitude food to use above Ama Dablam Base Camp.
  • A satellite phone with enough recharge for emergency use.
  • Radio walkie-talkie set both for member and climbing Sherpa guide
  • A medical kit box and two cylinders of oxygen with mask and regulator set for medicinal purpose.

What is not included

  • Travel Insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well).
  • Visa to Nepal
  • Summit bonus for Ama Dablam (please allow minimum 500$ per Sherpa), tips for cook and base camp staff and those, not mentioned in above SERVICE INCLUDES section.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
Nepal has the most extensive altitude range of any country on Earth, from 65 meters in the Terai to 8848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude and vast valley have its weather problems. The weather is often stable in the spring and fall, and even the high passes may be free of snow. We can trek up to Everest Basecamp with simple running shoes with good weather. But one needs to be sufficiently prepared for any sudden weather changes. On a sunny and calm day, the temperature remains normal, 8 to 23 degrees, but if cloudy and windy, the temperature may drop to freezing in no time.

The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or mid-February to May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its affluence. The jungles will be lush to the rain forest, the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these months, Japanese tourists and tourists from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, come to vista flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may experience floods and travel is hot, and temperature may, at times, reach around 38 degrees. Still, Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands during this season. During the winter months, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for flora and fauna in the mountains and Terai. During this season, one may find ample rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather predominantly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be under snow cover. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During the day, the temperature rises around 5 to 11 degrees and more if sundrenched. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature is much better than in some European countries, America and Canada, even during the full winter. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

The Altitude Weather in Autumn:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather, even in deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the first week of September while it is still part of the monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres, one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of September and start stable and cold weather after that. A polar Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour, which may delay the summit several days back but normally it is the good time with low moisture. in October of 2014 a strong cyclone moved from the Bay of Bengal and resulted in heavy snowstorm in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region but it is not a common occurrence. For Everest climbing, after the end of the monsoon, the autumn season is regarded as more dangerous because there is a lot of new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter, and the temperature starts dropping from the end of September. This new snow and temperature phenomenon also benefits skiing, snowboarding and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature in the mountain may reach 18 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition this season may get the sheer joy of climbing a virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also the only best mountaineering season in the Himalayas. Ama Dablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli etc., are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,500 metres, categorised as trekking peaks, in this season.

The Altitude Weather in Spring:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and the first best season for mountaineering activities, and especially for Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial due to their long daylight period. In terms of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In the pre-monsoon time, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valleys remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain in the low land, hailing above 1,300 metres and snowing mountains. From mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in the Bay of Bengal, with several minor to significant cyclones affecting the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring, a hurricane named "Fani" developed in the Bay of Bengal, which got predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday, but the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours, 12 hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in the India-Bangladesh border, killing at least 84. It resulted in massive damage to the property and life base while the World was suffering from the Covid-19 virus, and fortunately/unfortunately, all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between them, a kind of local weather get developed and could affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. A Jet stream with intense wind speed could affect climbing above 6,800 metres in the entire Himalayas. Around the end of April to mid-May, the polar jet shifts north and starts to weaken the subtropical jet. Any major cyclonic activities far to the Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas, and the timing of such effect is uncertain. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from their origin. Still, the sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role in disrupting a part of such cyclonic movement, resulting in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on the trek, we stay at Nepalese lodges, which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms/Toilets, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Ama Dablam Basecamp, we sleep in a single tent (big enough for 3-man). At Camp I, and above, we will use 3-man tents on a sharing basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of mountaineering equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need, and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or peak climbing, there are various options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during climbing?
Yes, especially if you are alone or two, we need to join a group to form a minimum number of persons, which also helps to minimize the climbing costs (sharing some expenses). However, each climber will be climbing alongside a climbing guide assigned for one during climbing. The base camp stay is always in an individual tent, and the dining tent, at basecamp, the high-altitude camp such as Camp-I and camp-II require to share, but still, you will have your tent.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes up to 7000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance schemes, so it requires you to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, US $50 for up to 30 days visa. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry most of our equipment, so daily, you need only take a very light day pack that should contain no more than the camera, water bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else you do not need during the trek to base camp needs to pack into a large duffle bag that gets transported directly to Ama Dablam Basecamp.

A smaller kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The porter will carry the kit bag each day and deliver it to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter, as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at C1, C2?
It is dried food where you only need to add water to the bag and eat directly. It saves your time and hassles to cook and carry cooking sets and plates. We serve very healthily and lots of energy-filled quantity food at basecamp and accordingly the dried food for Camp-I, Camp-II and III to promote your endurance in the altitude. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps achieve your goal without much problem.

Can my friend/families accompany me to base camp?
Yes, you can trek together until basecamp, and your friends/families can spend several nights at Ama Dablam base camp. We tailor an excellent trekking itinerary that allows you to trek maximum days with your family/friends. Please let us know your and your friend/family’s requirements at annatreks@gmail.com for any further detail you want.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best to have Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accept US Dollars, Euros, Canadian Dollars, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package; please check the include and exclude section. Still, you need some extra money to bear the costs, such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and a hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 1,200$ per person, including the summit bonus and tips, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy mountaineering gears or other items in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the number of persons travelling together. We fly between Kathmandu and Lukla in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft. If the cancellation occurs due to weather matters, we provide a helicopter flight without a supplementary charge.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. UIAGM certified Nepali Sherpa guides includes in this mountaineering quotation. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have them.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gear, and some branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware are only for sale. One can find or order such as Down Jackets, Down Suites, Down Sleeping bag, climbing boot and all kinds of technical gear. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable to get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution, a health certificate from your doctor certifying that you are fit to undertake any mountaineering activities, Bio-Data of Team Leader/Member, and a copy of insurance.

The document required after your arrival is the copy of your visa, contact number,/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., and to secure your place; we require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum US$ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS TO NOTE

Health Issue:
Personal health is the most critical factor for success and life safety. So we suggest doing body check-ups and consulting with a regular physician. We don’t recommend climbing mountains to those who have Asthma, or their Asthma is not in their control, persons with allergies to cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past, and those who have tonsil problems. And we suggest taking several days of rest and medication if the common cold is on the way to Kathmandu or while in Kathmandu before heading to the mountain.

Emergency Evacuation:
All the emergency evacuation is only possible by helicopter because there is no roads-access. In case of needing an emergency evacuation, from basecamp to the nearest hospital or Kathmandu, the clients are responsible to pay directly to the helicopter company. Your insurance company will cover most costs; however, if the insurance company does not guarantee the payment, it will fall on your responsibility. Chartering a Helicopter costs 2000$ per hour, and each flight to and from BC cost is a minimum of 2,800$. In bad weather, the price may rise, requiring the helicopter several lands on the way to basecamp or while flying back to Kathmandu.

Equipment:
We suggest equipping oneself with comfortable and reliable equipment for personal comfort and safety in the mountains. A lightweight and warm climbing boot, a down sleeping bag to use above the basecamp, and one extra at basecamp. And a down jacket and down suit, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers’ energy and confidence, which are key success factors. All the material is available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us.

Group Split:
If some member leaves the expedition or splits from the group, whatever may be the reason, there will be an extra cost of USD 200 per person to return to Lukla. They get the service of a Sherpa/Porter till Lukla and provide full board service. Lukla Airport:
In the case of bad weather, Lukla is a place like a border, but without a border, so one may need to charter a helicopter or share helicopter costs. The helicopter flight may be joined with other people and divided the costs. The helicopter carries up to 5 people (if the number is less than the cost should be divided based on the number). Generally, if flights get cancelled and require a helicopter, a supplement of USD300 per person per member/Sherpa is applied for flights to Lukla or back.

Baggage allowance:
Each climbing member baggage allowance is 40-kilos per person. Therefore, we request to prepare two separate pieces of baggage containing 20-kilos in each.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 600$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commencing with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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