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Ama Dablam Expedition

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Ama Dablam Expedition or climbing Ama Dablam on 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 requirements, and climbing experience in the Himalayas.

Introduction
Mount Ama Dablam, with a height of 6,812 metres, is the most beautiful mountain in the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Ama Dablam’s name 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.

Ama Dablam Climbing Offer for 2022 and 2023

 

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 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 gets reached over a five-day acclimatising trek through the 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 acclimatised 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 gets 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 acclimatising climb. After a week or so of acclimatising, we will begin our ascent to the summit following the routine procedures. The summit attempt initiates from camp two but may set a possible camp at Dablam as camp III, depending on the situation.

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 refreshments, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will either visit the nearby shrines or rest back in your room. There will be a welcome dinner and introduction with your guide and climbing Sherpa guides. If you arrive late evening, the program goes on 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 06:00, 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 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 on the first day passes through several villages of Sherpa people with a 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. 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 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 as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. This property will surely lure you into making a stop for a cup of tea/coffee or lunch and enjoying the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. Then we descend to the village of Khumjung, where we can optionally visit the 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, Ama Dablam, 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 gradually ascend to Tengboche. You will check into the lodge and visit 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 and 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 Ama Dablam.
  • 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 are 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 the 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, 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 Gorakshep, 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. Put the bags at the hotel and start walking 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 the 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 trekking 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, the east and west summits, 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 for 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 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 organising.
  • 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 to rest, meet, and the final puja ceremony for all expedition members, guides, Sherpa climbing guides, and 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 Kusumkangru 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 of Mongla. At Mongla, 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.

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.

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