MT. AMA DABLAM EXPEDITIONS

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32 Days
Apr-May, Sep - Oct
Adventurous/Challenging
Overview
  1. Adventure on top Mt. Ama Dablam with sweeping panorama of Mt. Everest and other peaks.
  2. Explore traditional and impressive Sherpa villages of great interest in the harmony of Buddhist culture.
  3. Walk along high scenic hills within dense forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia- oaks and pines trees.
  4. Around World Heritage Sites Sagarmatha National Park enrich with rich and flora / fauna and scenery.

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Introduction

Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions leads you to an adventurous thrill on top of magnificent and most stunning peaks in the Himalaya, Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions where adventure takes you in the heart of Everest and Khumbu region.

Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions, where adventure starts next to well-worn path at Pangboche the last permanent village on route Everest Base Camp, majestic Mt. Ama Dablam towers above 6,814 m and 22,355 ft high, one of the highest 6,000 m and most beautiful looking peaks to look as well for adventurous climb to its summit top.

Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions which is getting popular and as well admired by thousands of trekkers and climbers every year. This Expedition offers superb climbing experience in a magnificent setting, with numerous cultural and scenic diversions within Sherpa country interwoven with Buddhism religion and age-old heritage similar to across the border Tibetans.

The mountain’s impressive beauty has made it a highly coveted prize for climbers, since its first ascent in 1961 by an Anglo-American- New Zealand team and it has been climbed frequently and by many different routes.Where our route begins to Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions from the original South West Ridge, offering superb climbing experience, sustained at a reasonable level of difficulty and with good camp platforms at strategic points along the route.Apart from few short sections, it is objectively very safe where the route of the climb description is included in our detail itinerary.

Starting our overwhelming and wonderful adventure Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions, taking a smooth scenic flight from the capital Kathmandu to land at interesting Sherpa town at Lukla where its airport named Tenzing & Hillary tribute to late legendary mountaineers. From Lukla walk follows on a nice scenic trail past nice farm villages of Ghat-Phakding and Monjo to enter into Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese while Sherpa calls Chomolungma) and then on high hills to reach the famous Namche Bazaar a large village or a town.At Namche enjoy rest day for acclimatization and browse around the market with well-stocked stores, shops, many restaurants, hotels with banks, post office including facilities of ATM.

After Namche on pleasant scenic walks towards Thyangboche Monastery a charming spot surrounded by tall alpine woodland with a spectacular panorama of mountains of Mt. Everest and close views of magnificent Mt. Ama Dablam. Slowly walk leads to our destination at Ama Dablam base camp after trekking past Pangboche village, at base camp with ample time preparation and practice for final ascent on top Ama Dablam.

Enjoying the scenic views with successful climb return journey on the same route back to Lukla after a great adventure of a lifetime experience on Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions.

HIMALAYA EXPEDITION - AMA DABLAM (5)

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02-3: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 07: Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08 Trek to Ama Dablam base camp 4,580 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Rest day at base camp for acclimatization and preparation.
Day 10-24: Climbing duration and ferrying gear to respective camps on route
ascent to Mt. Ama Dablam and back at base camp after an ascent (15 days).
Day 25 At base camp cleaning up and packing.
Day 26: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 06 hrs.
Day 27: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 28: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 29: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 30-31: In Kathmandu rest and submit expeditions report to concern department.
Day 32: International departure for home ward bound.

Itinerary

Day 01:    Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
 

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, received by Himex guides and staff with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other climbing members and staff.

Here our chief guide and group leader will brief you regarding treks and climb on Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition, with welcome group dinner in lively Nepalese Restaurants includes folk cultural program of all Nepalese cultures.

   
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Expeditions.
  Reserved and two full days in Kathmandu for final preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipment, meeting and to collect permits from concern Government department for the expeditions.
On this day where one can take an optional sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities, where you will be soaked within culture and historical sites most of the monuments listed as World Heritage Sites.
   
Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,886m and walk to Phakding 2,640m – 04 hrs
  Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for sweeping 30 minutes scenic flight in a smaller aircraft to Lukla with panorama of snow clad mountains with Everest in view during airborne.On reaching at Lukla airport named Tenzing & Hillary Airport, after sorting out gear and getting refreshed start walk to Phakding for overnight stop, as the route leads towards many Sherpa farm villages with great views, and the slowly walk reaches you at Phakding village for first overnight in Khumbu region.
   
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
 

Morning walk starts walking on the bank of Dudh Kosi River, crossing bridges to reach at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village, after checking inside the Park walk leads to last village at Jorsalle.

From here walk leads to cross last high bridge and then with uphill walk for few hours heading towards Namche Bazaar, here with two nights in this prosperous large village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu, where one can find facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with busy colorful Saturday market.

   
Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
 

Namche an ideal place for acclimatization, on rest relax or take a short hike up to the park museum which houses great range of information from mountaineering, flora- fauna with Sherpa cultures and Buddhist religion.

From here enjoy grand panorama of high snow capped mountains with Mt. Everest and stunning peak Ama Dablam, other optional walk up to Everest View Hotel for another beautiful views of surrounding mountains.

   
Day 07: Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via Thyangboche – 06 hrs.
 

After a pleasant rest at Namche, morning walk on gradual winding trail into rhododendron woodland with views of Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tharmarserku and Kwangde peaks.Walk leads to a descend reaching at Imjatse River in Phunge Tenga, after a refreshing stop climb for few hours into a cool serene forest to Thyangboche Monastery.A scenic spot with grand views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Tharmarserku, Kwangde and Mt.Everest, a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here. Mountaineers take blessing from high lama or priest for successful climb and safe expedition.

After a tour of the monastery with fabulous views of mountain, walk continues downhill into lovely birch-rhododendron and pines forest, nice and pleasant area and then our route leads to cross a bridge over Imja Khola.

From the bridge climb to reach at Pangboche village for overnight stop with last day in the comfort of a lodge before heading towards Ama Dablam base camp with camping during the climb. This is the last permanent village before Ama Dablam and route to Everest Base Camp, from here onward tree lines drops for short rhododendron and juniper bushes. At Pangboche with time to visit the upper high village and its oldest monastery offers grand views of surrounding snow capped peaks.

   
Day 08: Trek to Ama Dablam base camp 4,580 m – 04 hrs.
 

From Pangboche our true adventure starts with a descend towards Imjatse River after crossing a small wooden bridge, then with steep climb for an hour to reach a large grazing field with some Yak herders hut and shades.

Walk continues for another few hours with gradual up till Ama Dablam base camp is reached on a large grassy field beneath towering Mt. Ama Dablam, our first nights camp is set on a large wide field.

   
Day 09: Rest Day at Base Camp preparation for the climb.
  A necessary rest day at base camp for final preparation for the climb and onward adventure, here with time for hike to advance camp and to high hills for grand views of beautiful landscapes and mountains or just relax and enjoy the surrounding views in complete serenity.
   
Day 10-24: Climbing duration and ferrying gear to respective camps on route
ascent to Mt. Amadablam and back at base camp after an ascent (15 days).
 

We have reserved maximum of 15 days for the climb to the summit of magnificent looking Mt. Ama Dablam, during these 15 days where all climbers and staff will be busy reloading and dividing gears for the final bid to the summit and returning back at base camp after a successful ascent.

It is hard to predict exact day by day itinerary during this period for the final conquest where team members will be divided into groups which involves working on the mountain route for several days before returning at Base Camp for rest.

While other team will push onward fixing ropes another group carrying loads up to higher camps, where a veteran climber Ray Delaney climbed from this South West ridge with Joe Simpson in April 1990.

The description of the route will be as follows from the Base Camp follow an old grassy moraine ridges roughly towards east into a broad saddle where one view Mingbo-La. From this saddle turning north to climb up a rocky surface and then finally into boulders reaching a ridge below Pt.5, 705 which is the site of camp I, where four to five tents platforms available for camp.

From Camp I:
Crossing a rocky bowl (tricky in snow covered) until below two rock fingers, then moving ahead to a ridge proper, and then climb to a ridge which involves rock climbing of severe standard with steps of VS (USA 5.6) or Camp II is at the top yellow tower, which gives one of the hardest pitches on the climb at VS/Hard VS (5.8) or French grade of AD to TD + quite tough of technical difficulty but approachable using high mountaineering skill.

From Camp II:
Climb leads to skirt a red rock bluff on the east to follow a ramp line up towards a Gray Tower, and then moving into a ramp with some stone fall danger on this section of climb to an amphitheater.

Continue climb up on a broad gully between the Gray Tower and then towards lower rock buttress and climb to a snow slope reaching at ‘Santa’s Grotto’ which is the start of Mushroom ridge, here for possible bevvy site.
Following a mushroom ridge towards a crevasse in the upper face, which provides another good bevvy site, as climb leads to a snow/ Ice slope to the right of the face, and then following a mixed ground to the top of the highest hanging glacier, where Ama Dablam got its name as Mother with Jewel Box. An ice crest now leads all the way to its magnificent position right to its summit.

Enjoy the Grand Views! From the summit of all Khumbu Himal range of peaks with Mt. Everest towards North with array of mountains including world 5 th highest Mt. Makalu in the east direction. After feeling in high spirit after the conquest, where all climbers need to be back at the base camp by Day 24-25. At this point all our porters and Yaks will arrive to collect the gears for return walk to Lukla.

   
   
Day 25: At base camp cleaning up and packing.
  Where all team-members should be at Base Camp for final re-grouping, including guide and staff, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after a great adventure and climb on top Ama Dablam.
Start packing all climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where SPPC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu.
   
Day 26: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 06 hrs.
  Morning after a successful ascent on top Mt. Ama Dablam, return journey to Pangboche and then towards scenic Thyangboche, as morning leads on downhill to Imjatse River with steep climb to reach at Pangboche village.
After a refreshing stop at Pangboche continues walk downhill to a bridge and then back into lush green vegetation and tree lines as walk leads to climb of few hour to reach at Thyangboche monastery for overnight stop in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge facing views of Ama Dablam and Everest.
   
Day 27: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
  Walk continues retracing on the same trail from Thyangboche with descend to Imjatse River at Phunge Tenga, after crossing a bridge then with steep climb for an hour to reach at near level path with pleasant enjoyable walks all the way to Namche Bazaar for short stop. From Namche on downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, and then with few short ups and downs to reach at Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then walk to Monjo village for overnight stop in this lovely village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance.
   
Day 28: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
  After Monjo rest of the journey is easy on the last and final trek to Lukla, after a memorable adventure and climb on Mt. Ama Dablam, last day walk leads on gradual winding trail passing Phakding and Ghat village then with last uphill climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, evening party and last dinner at Khumbu area.
   
Day 29 Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
 

From Lukla flight starts from early morning to Kathmandu in fine clear weather, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

On reaching Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.

   
Day 30-31: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
 

With full two days reserved as contingency or a spare day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla, which can occur due to bad weather conditions on this free days enjoy relaxing or join in for sightseeing tour.
On this day where our leader and guide will submit the reports of Mt. Ama Dablam Expeditions to concern Nepal Government Tourism department.

   
Day 32: International departure for home ward bound.
  After a grand adventure and experience around high Khumbu with successful climb on top of the world, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to your respective destinations.
   

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:

  1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 6 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
  2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
  3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
  4. Internal flight Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
  5. Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porters / yaks Lukla / Base Camp / Lukla sector
    and Camping arrangement at Base Camp and higher camps on full board basis.
  6. Applicable Climbing Permit & Conservation Fees.
  7. Service of Climbing Sherpa/s (1 member : 1 Climbing Sherpa) assisting in fixing ropes, setting up
    camps with their equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
  8. Group Climbing equipment – Climbing Rope, Fix Rope, Snow Bars.
  9. Service of Government Liaison Officer with his equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
  10. HA Tents, Food, Fuel above base camp.
  11. Garbage Disposal and Garbage Deposit charge.
  12. Supply of Oxygen (1 member : 5 Cylinders) with hiring charge of mask & regulator sets.
  13. Supply of Walkie Talkie and Base Station for communication purpose.
  14. Supply of Satellite Phone for communication purpose on emergencies.
  15. Supply of Medical Kit and Gammow Bag to be used in case of emergency.
  16. Load ferry bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpas.
  17. Climbing Route opening charge.
  18. Transfer of Expedition Loads to / from Base Camp.
  19. Insurance for Nepalese crew.

Our price does not include followings:

  1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
  2. Nepal entry visa fees.
  3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
  4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  5. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
  6. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
  7. All sorts of personal climbing equipment.
  8. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
  9. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
  10. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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