• Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition

Trip Overview

Mt. Ama Dablam is one of the greatest attractions of the Everest Region which contributes a lot in showing the true beauty of nature from the trekking trail to EBC. The name has been derived from Sherpa community language where "Ama" means "Mother" and "Dablam" refers to a pendant type necklace worn by Sherpa women. Moreover, it's often said that watching this mountain makes feel like a mother is protecting her child with a long arm.

Despite being just 6812m high, climbing this mountain requires a good level of rock and ice climbing skills. If you are a novice climber, climbing few easy peaks like Mera Peak or Island Peak is advised.

Highlights

  • Climb one of the most beautiful peaks of the Everest Region.
  • Witness the Sherpa culture and lifestyle from close.
  • Enjoy the majestic views of mountain peaks including Mt. Everest from the Ama Dablam peak.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permit preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

You will be picked up by your guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight time to make sure you will reach the domestic airport on time. Make sure you already have your breakfast by the time your guide reach your hotel lobby.

After a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla, your guide will arrange local porters there to help you with your luggage throughout the trip. Today is the first day of the trek. So, intentionally you will be having a short trek today to get used to the altitude. You will be descending to Chaurikharka first and then head up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue north following the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and Jorsale. From here you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. Here your guide will complete the check-post work whereas you can enjoy some time clicking pictures. After lunch here, you will get to cross two rivers viz. Imja River and Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) River followed by a steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the main village in the Khumbu area and is renowned for a central market area of this region. It is an important trading center with a weekly Saturday market locally known as "Haat Bazaar". 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Restday in Namche.

Today is the first acclimatization day of your trek. So, you can rest and relax in your lodge. Optionally, you can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

Or to speed up the acclimatization process, you can hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artefacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

After breakfast in Namche, you will follow the trail to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here, you will start getting amazing views of the Khumbu peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing through several small villages and tea shops, you will descend to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga where you can have lunch. It's good to have adequate rest and collect your energy for a steep climb to Tengboche. No matter how much you get tired of the trail, the beautiful sights of Rhododendron, beautiful birds and superb Himalayas views will make you forget your tiredness in a matter of seconds.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m)

Wake up early morning to explore the Tengboche Monastery and the places around. The monastery at Tengboche looks even more spectacular in the morning with mountains at its back. Continue your trail down to Deboche and cross the Imja river. Afterward, climb up passing the Mani stones to reach Pangboche by lunchtime.

After few moments of rest, continue your trail towards Ama Dablam BC from Pangboche. As you trek further, Ama Dablam appears closer and becomes vividly stunning. Once you reach the base camp, you will see its stunning peaks along with its hanging glacier.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Restday and climbing preparation day.

Today will be your free day for special training session provided by your climbing Sherpa. You will learn about different climbing techniques and use of climbing gears like ice ax, crampons, harness, ropes, etc. while ascending and descending the trail. This will help you boost up your confidence for great adventure starting from next day. Feel free to ask your Sherpa about any confusion and get some time to practice using all equipment.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09 - Day 25: Climbing Period with Ama Dablam summit (6812m).

For the next 17 days, you will depart towards the peak with special crew members and Sherpa for the summit. Following the footsteps of Climbing guides, you will move ahead taking all extra precautions required during the trip. As you go higher, you will set up several camps until you summit. The first camp will be set at 5700m and the route to reach here from Base Camp is technically quite challenging. From Camp 1, you will ascent the trail using existing or new ropes where required. The trail from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is comprised of rock, snow, and ice which can be loose in certain places. So take extra care and follow the Sherpa's footsteps. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is relatively easy and less technical. After the successful peak summit, retrace your path back to the Ama Dablam BC.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Trek from Ama Dablam BC to Namche.

After hearty breakfast at the BC, head off to Pangboche and continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. You will get to enjoy the peaks of Kongde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku once again on the trail. From Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, you will get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2800m)

Today is the last day of your trekking day. You will cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. Following the same trail which you used before to climb up to Namche, you will reach Lukla in about 6 to 7 hours.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 29: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy a short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 30: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

30 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Challenging
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Mountaineering
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses, Camp
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Maximum altitude: 6812m
  •    Group size: 4 - 12
  •    Best Season: Spring/ Autumn

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