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Also termed ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’, Mt. Ama Dablam is a popular expedition peak situated in the Khumbu region. The mountain is one of the most dazzling mountains, so beautiful that the Sherpa community call it the
Ama Dablam was first climbed in 1961 by an expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary. Since it stands just south of Everest, Ama Dablam offers breathtaking panorama of Everest, Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8484m), world’s highest, fourth highest and fifth highest mountains respectively.
Alpinist style climbing is best suited for Ama Dablam. The route used to reach the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam is either Southwest ridge, north ridge, or east ridge. Just below the peak is the hanging glacier which is a formidable challenge to any mountaineers. There are also narrow ridges, steep snow slopes along with risk of avalanches. The Ama Dablam Base camp is put up at 4,500m, Advanced Base camp at 5,350m and Camp 1 at 5,700m.
Interested climbers will have to possess technical mountaineering skills or previous climbing experience. Adequate acclimatization and training period will be provided for summit preparation.
Ama Dablam Expedition combines trekking in Everest region and Sagarmatha National Park. During this month-long climbing period, you will have the opportunity to visit Sherpa villages, Tyangboche Monastery and enjoy a scenic mountain flight to Lukla.
● Ama Dablam is perhaps the most beautiful mountain you will ever climb
● Enjoy 360 degree views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from the summit
● Himalayan mountaineering experience
● Trek through Sagarmatha National Park
● Learn about Sherpa culture and Buddhism
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Four nights accommodation at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accomodation in a tea house during the trekking trails.
● Full board meals during trek & climbing period – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa guide, porters and supporting staff.
● Round trip domestic flight ticket(Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.
● Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government for the Ama Dablam Expedition.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar, etc for the Ama Dablam Expedition.
● Liaison officer with all his expenses while on the Ama Dablam Expedition.
● Insurance for all staff
● All camping gear including base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen and toilet tent, etc
● Mountain Hardware high altitude tents while climbing the Ama Dablam Expedition.
● Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on the Ama Dablam Expedition.
● EPI gas and burner for the high climb.
● Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment
● Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.
● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Personal Climbing Gears.
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra days accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Rescue and evacuation
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles
5. Climbing Gears
● Ice Axe
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover
● Water Bottles
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter
8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment
All accommodations for the Ama Dablam Expedition are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this Expedition. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a 3-Star Hotel( could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trek you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.
For the Ama Dablam Expedition there will be a license holder sherpa climbing guide and Porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this expedition for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of climbers in any group is 10 people.
Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for the preparation. Today your climbing guide will give a briefing about the climbing and check your climbing gears. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.
After a full breakfast, we will follow the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hill and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks.
Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach to confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848 m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We will use the full day today for acclimatization. Namche is a modern village full of bakery shops, coffee outlets, entertainment centers alongside ancient Buddhist stupas and maniwalls. You can try out Sherpa cuisine and stop by the Sherpa cultural museum.
Take a short hike to Khumjung village or Everest hotel to get the feel of the weather and climate as well as to beautiful views of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can also visit Hillary School in Khunde village. Spend the evening in the warmth and hospitality of Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
You will move ahead leaving Namche behind. The trail is fairly easy and straight as it follows Dudh Koshi River. One of the prominent places you will come across enroute is Phunke Tenga which is the only visible sign of human presence between here and Tyangboche. You will be surrounded by rhododendron forest on your approach to Tyangboche Monastery which sits just opposite the gorgeous Ama Dablam mountain. Everest, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawache, are other mountains visible from here. The 500 year old Tyanboche Monastery is the largest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. It is headed by a Rimpoche and hosts the popular Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight in Tengboche.
Today we will reach a little closer to our destination as we head towards the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The trekking trails from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp is a gradual uphill with beautiful views of the mountains covered with alpine vegetation. The next day is the big day we start the climbing process.
Today we will prepare to trek back from Everest Base Camp to Tengboche. It will take around 4 hrs to trek from Ama Dablam Basecamp to Tengboche. Stay overnight in Tengboche.
Today we will return to Namche Bazaar by the same route. As before we will follow Dudh Koshi River. You will continue to enjoy beautiful views of mountain peaks, explore gompas and forests. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Retrace your trail back to Lukla. The trail descends from Namche passing through Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. Pass by suspension bridges, mani walls and prayer wheels. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This day will be an extra buffer day just in case the flight from Lukla gets cancelled due to bad weather. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you.
Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flight for your onward journey.