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- Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
- Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
- All land transportation as per itinerary
- All meals for members and staff during the expedition.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
- Go for Nepal duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
- National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Trekking camping equipment (tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, all kitchen gear/utensils if necessary
- Trekking map
- Excess baggage charges.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Personal climbing equipment.
- Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porter. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
- Your Travel insurance.
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- Day 02-03
- Day 04
- Day 05
- Day 06
- Day 07
- Day 08
- Day 09
- Day 10
- Day 11-24
- Day 25
- Day 26
- Day 27
- Day 28
- Day 29
- Day 30-31
- Day 32
Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives from Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. Later, in the evening, you will get to explore vibrant streets of Thamel, and end your day with delicious traditional welcome dinner.
In Kathmandu preparation for Amadablam expedition with an optional tour.
These two days are set apart for the preparation of the expedition. You will check and arrange all the gear along with your guide. Likewise, one of the members of the company will also work on your necessary permits and documentation. You will also have the chance to go on a sightseeing tour during which you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, etc.
Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m); 4 hrs.
You will have breakfast and then fly to Lukla. The flight will offer you breathtaking views of the lush hills and snow capped mountains. Upon reaching Lukla, you will begin your trek towards Phakding. The trail to Phakding descends from Lukla and passes through forests path.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m); 5 hrs walks.
Today, you will reach the most famous place in the Khumbu region, Namche Bazar. From Phakding, you will gradually ascend through dense pine forests alongside Dudh Koshi River. You will reach Monjo from where the trail passes of Sagarmatha National Park. This part of the trail will be more challenging due to long steep ascend through lush forests of fir, pine & juniper along with crossing small rivers and streams on a suspension bridge.
Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
It is an acclimatization day for you. You will go on a short hike to nearby places like Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel from where wonderful views of the mountains can be seen. Likewise, you will also explore the Namche Bazar and visit places like Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.
Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m); 5 hrs.
After having breakfast, you will begin trekking towards Thyangboche Monastery. The trail will be easy and goes through small settlement areas while presenting you with superb landscape views.
Trek to Pangboche (3,900 m); 4 hrs.
The trail today gradually ascends to Pangboche. On the way, you will get to see excellent vies of Himalayan Mountains.
Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,580 m); 4 hrs.
Today, you will wake up early and have breakfast. After that, you will move ahead to Amadablam Base Camp crossing Dudh Koshi River. The trail moves up to the base camp, which is a large open grassland at the foot of Mt. Ama Dablam.
Rest Day at Base Camp preparation for the climb.
Today is your rest day at the base camp. Your guide will teach you basic mountaineering skills. He will inform you about the proper use of equipment like climbing boots, harness, ice ax, crampons, ascender, rope, etc. This training will help you boost your confidence.
Ascent of Amadablam (14 days to summit).
You will wake up super early in the morning and begin ascending towards the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam. Gradually, you will reach Camp 1, Camp 2, and Camp 3. From base camp, the trail is technically challenging up to Camp 1. The trail then follows existing fixed lines while enjoying new ropes whenever necessary. The trail from Camp 2 is full of rocks, snow, and ice. Likewise, upon reaching Camp 3, you will push towards the summit. The path is less technical. After summiting, you will return to base camp.
Cleaning up at Base Camp.
This day is set apart for the cleaning activity at the base camp. It is very important to collect our waste and dust before descending and leaving the place. This is the campaign run by us and much other travel agency to protect and preserve our environment.
Trek to Thyangboche; 5 hrs.
Retracing the same trail, you will reach Thyangboch. The most part of the trail will descend through small villages and forests.
Trek to Monjo (2,880 m); 6 hrs.
You will trek through lush forests of pine, fir & juniper, small villages, and crossing several suspension bridges over rivers & streams. The trail will take you back at the starting point of the Sagarmatha National Park, Monjo.
Trek to Lukla; 4 hrs.
After having breakfast, you will descend to Phakding. From here, you will ascend through forested trail and reach Lukla.
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
An early morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will move to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore on your own.
Free day in Kathmandu with an optional sightseeing tour.
These two days are free for you to explore around or just rest. You can also travel to nearby places like Pokhara or Chitwan for more adventure. On the last, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.
Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
Today, one of the members of the company will take you to the Airport ad per your flight departure time and bid you our last goodbye.
More about this tour
Mt. Ama Dablam is more known for its aesthetics than its height. During the expedition, you will go through picturesque villages, beautiful valleys, and dense forests. Likewise, this journey will present you with stunning views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8,201 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Kusum Kanguru (6,367 m), etc. From high Himalayan mountains to rich culture and practices, Ama Dablam Expedition is an ultimate adventurous journey in the Himalayas.
Ama Dablam Expedition landmark
One of the major highlights of the Ama Dablam Expedition is Mt. Ama Dablam. You will scale one of the most stunning as well as the difficult mountain of the Khumbu region during the expedition. Other than this, you will trek through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Site. Likewise, Namche Bazar is also one of the main landmarks of the Ama Dablam Expedition. Namche Bazar is the main Sherpa residence and most famous tourist hub in the Khumbu region. You will visit Everest View Hotel or Syangboche Airstrip from where outstanding landscape view can be seen. Likewise, Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery will present you the lifestyle of the Sherpa people and their history. While Everest Photo Gallery will offer you the most astonishing photos taken by the photographers.
Ama Dablam Expedition will not only present you an adventurous journey and breathtaking views of mountains but also present you the cultural richness of the region. The people here are mostly followers of Buddhism. On the way, you will come across many monasteries, gompas, and chortens fastened with colorful prayers. The entire region is extremely rich in culture, and you will get to experience a different way of life during the journey.
During your Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition, you will trek through small villages and settlement areas where you will get to see the rich culture and tradition of the locals. You will stay overnight in the village where you will get to experience the daily lifestyle of the locals. Sherpa, Rai, Limbus, etc are the main people resides in this region. They have their distinct language, main festivals, beliefs, norms, and values.
Khumbu region is extremely rich in vegetation. The region has numerous species of flora including the most endangered herbal plants like yarsagumba. Likewise, this place is also home to various wildlife like snow leopards, red panda, wild bears, etc. The Ama Dablam Expedition trail goes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is also part of UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. Besides, this trail includes many forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, maple, cedar, juniper, etc. The vegetation ranges from subalpine to alpine zone.
Ama Dablam Expedition difficulty
Ama Dablam Expedition is a difficult journey. The vertical walls and sharp uncovered ridges make this mountain, one of the most technically challenging mountains to the summit. Climbed first in 1961, March 13th by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Michael Gill, Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge, the team was lead by none other than Sir Edmund Hillary. The climbers have to be in good health and physically, mentally & emotionally strong to go on this expedition. Similarly, you also have to have adequate knowledge of ice climbing.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Ama Dablam Expedition will take you above 6,000 meters where chances of getting altitude sickness are very high. Also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), this is a common illness that occurs when you in high altitude. Every day elevation will rise to make the air thinner and thinner, which welcomes frequent fatigue and altitude sickness. However, with enough rest days in between the climbing period and proper guidance, one can easily complete this trek.
The best thing to do to avoid altitude sickness is by keeping yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water and other liquids during the trek. Similarly, carry medicines like Diamox or others to use in case of altitude sickness. If you feel difficulty in breathing inform your guide right away so that he can take proper measures on time.
Transportation and Bag Pack
Ama Dablam Expedition begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, you will trek to Namche Bazar and move towards Pangboche. The trail from here will take you to Ama Dablam Base Camp and high up to the summit.
Below is the list of things that you should carry during Ama Dablam Expedition:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Warm woolen Gloves
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- Ice Ax
- Climbing Boots
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Ama Dablam Expedition
During Ama Dablam Expedition, you will stay in a lodge in lower elevations. From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, you will stay overnight in the camp set by you and your guide. In the lodge, you can choose food from the menu of the lodge, however, during the stay in camp, the meals will be cooked and served by the porters. Our porters are nicely trained in cooking as well.
Best Season to go on Ama Dablam Expedition
The best time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition is in Spring and Autumn. The weather is most stable during this time of the year and is appropriate for the expedition. Still, we can not predict whether in such elevation, therefore we will have enough days in our hand to slowly summit the mountain.
Ama Dablam Expedition Cost
Ama Dablam Expedition cost can change from one company to another and the services you are using during the journey. We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition has come up with our professionally designed and comprehensive package to provide the best affordable Ama Dablam Expedition. Get in touch with us for further information about Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition cost.
Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:
- Passport & Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Extra Photos
- Cash (as per need)
What is done in Base camp?
At the base camp, your guide will teach you basic uses of climbing gear. He will teach you how to properly use gears like harness, rope, ice-ax, etc. Likewise, he will brief you about the route and the issues you might have to face. You will go on a short hike or climb nearby small peaks to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level.
Training and Climbing Strategy (Ama Dablam Southwest Route)
Base Camp (4,600 m/15,092 ft):
The base camp of Ama Dablam is one of the biggest grass base camps in Nepal. You can play volleyball or soccer at the base camp to keep yourself warm. You will spend several days at the base camp to prepare for further climbing. The view of snow-capped mountains from the base camp is mesmerizing. You might see other climb groups as well in each season. The base camp will be set ready for you before your arrival.
Camp I (5,700 m/18,800 ft); 5hrs:
From base camp, it is an easy climb up to Camp I with a few sections of rock scrambling. Further, you will ascend on large boulders and fourth class slab without a fixed rope. On the southwest ridge of Ama Dablam, there are not many places to put a tent.
Camp II (5,950 m/19,521 ft); 3hrs:
From Camp II, the most technical section begins. Ascending along fourth class horizontal rock ridge. At the end of the ridge, you will ascend a Yellow Tower of six meters which is considered French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. Above the Yellow Tower is big Camp II.
Camp III (6,200 m/20,341 ft); 2hrs:
From Camp II, you will ascend along ice and snow terrain. You will use a fixed rope to move further while enjoying it. You will then walk infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6,150 m/20,300 ft. Few climbers also push summit directly from Camp II, but we will rest for a few hours and then push towards the summit. Do know that this area has a high risk of avalanches. Therefore, we will try to reduce our time at this camp as much as possible. The route from the yellow tower to camp three is almost 55º of slope most of the way.
Summit (6,812 m/22,349 ft); 10 hrs:
Ascending on very solid snow-ice (40º+) to the side of Dablam, you reach a fluted snow/ice field (30-50º). From here, you will move towards the most beautiful summit in the world. From the top, you will get to witness spectacular views of several mountains. It will take you around 10 hours to reach the summit and return to the Camp I or base camp.
Extra Personal Expenditure
The package cost does not include your expenditure. It can be anything from taking a hot shower to having some food. As the elevation will get higher you have to pay for little basic services as well as to charge your appliances. Therefore, make sure to carry enough cash with yourself so that you can use it whenever you need it. Also, there are no ATMs available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment.
Safety & Precaution in Expedition
An expedition is not something to be taken lightly. It is a journey, where your life's on the risk if anything goes wrong. There are so many things that need to be taken care of before and during the expedition. From preparing the gears to set the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes.
Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration for safety & precaution during the expedition:
- Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations
- Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey
- Follow the lead of your guide
- Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely
- In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Take plenty of rest and acclimatize your body on the trail