Ama Dablam Expedition-30 Days
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Popularly known as the 'Matterhorn of the Himalaya', the overwhelming ice-coated granite pyramid of Ama Dablam dominates the sky above the trekker's trail to the Everest Base Camp. The mountain derives its name from the glacier lying on its Southwest face. The glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the mountain, hence the name Ama Dablam, literally meaning 'The Mother's Jewel Box'. Interestingly, when a team led by Edmund Hillary scaled the mountain for the first time, Nepal's King nearly imprisoned Hillary for climbing the sacred Ama Dablam without permission.
The standard ascent to Ama Dablam is made via the South-Western Ridge, the same route followed by Ward (UK), Bishop (USA) and Gill (NZ) in the first ascent of the mountain in 1961. The route offers varied and sustained climb with reasonable level of difficulty. Three high camps are set up at strategic points. The climb is moderate up to Camp 1, then it gets challenging up along the narrow granite ridge. Negotiating pitches of steep ice and snow slopes, the route gets more technical from Camp 2. From Camp 3, skirt around the hanging glacier or the Dablam, cross snow arete (A sharp ridge) and bergschrund(A gap or crevasse at the edge) between ice cliffs, and scale the summit.
Day to Day Expedition Itinerary
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- Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu.
- Day 2: Preparation day in Kathmandu.
- Day 3: Fly to Lukla.
- Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar.
- Day 5: Rest & Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
- Day 6: Trek to Deboche.
- Day 7: Trek to Pheriche (4,300m).
- Day 8: Acclimatization above Pheriche.
- Day 9: Trek to the Amadablam Base Camp.
- Day 10-25: Ascent of Ama Dablam.
- Day 26-27: Trek back to Lukla.
- Day 28: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Day 29: Rest and preparation for Departure from Kathmandu.
- Day 30: Depart Kathmandu.
What's Included :
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Four nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast
- Round trip flight Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu with 30KG cargo per climber
- All trekking and Ama Dablam climbing permit fees
- Liaison officer and all his expenses
- Experienced climbing Sherpa (s) for the group
- Trekking and teahouse arrangements to/from Ama Dablam Base Camp and full board basis at Base Camp
- Food and fuel above Ama Dablam Base Camp
- All group camping equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair and kitchen utensils etc
- Single tent for use at the Base Camp (with foam mattress provided)
- Base Camp Sherpa (s) and Cook crew
- Insurance for all Nepalese staffs
- Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice screws, rock, and snow anchor protection etc
- Walkie-talkie radios, satellite telephone, etc.
- Solar charging at Base Camp
- Necessary Porter or Yaks support from Lukla to and from Base Camp
- Emergency equipment like medical oxygen, Gamow bag, base camp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits etc
- High-altitude camp equipment and supplies, and Sherpa support on summit day
- Climbing Sherpa will establish camps, carry group equipment (including sleeping bags and pads), establish the route, etc
- Porterage of group equipment to Advance Base Camp and Camp 1
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- All government taxes and agency service charge
What's Not Included :
- Personal climbing clothes and equipment
- International roundtrip airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Excess baggage charges if you have more than 30KG luggage
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and passport photographs)
- Tips for Climbing Guides and other staffs
- Climbing Sherpa summit bonus
- Personal communications (Satellite phone, phone, fax, email)
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Personal Climbing Sherpa (must be arranged before the expedition)
- Porterage of personal equipment to beyond Base Camp
- Nepal Custom Duties
- Personal travel /medical/cancellation/rescue insurance
- Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
- Helicopter or charter flight
Health & Experience Requirements:
Our Ama Dablam expeditions are led by professional and experienced mountaineers and guides supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Besides, there are fixed ...read more »»
We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary ...read more »»
Since you will be in the remote countryside area, you will be experiencing the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 ...read more »»
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch rest and ...read more »»
Base Camp to Camp 1
(4,570m to 5,700m)
The Ama Dablam Base Camp is a broad, grassy plain at an altitude of 4,570m/14988ft. Camp 1 lies at 5,700...read more »»
The post-monsoon season from October to January is considered the best time form Ama Dablam Expedition. The lower valleys observe pleasant days, and it varies from cool to very cold ...read more »»
Our Ama Dablam expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers
who have scaled the mountain several times supported ...read more »»
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
- HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
- High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa
- Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
- Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
Equipments & Packing List
While packing for Ama Dablam Expedition certain equipments are essential.
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Most of the expeditions to Ama Dablam are operated during the pre and post monsoon seasons. However, we also operate the expedition in early winter season for those who wish to avoid the high traffic during the pre and post monsoon seasons.
Trip Start Dates & Price
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