(31 NIGHTS/32 DAYS)
Ama Dablam(6,812m) (22,349 ft.) is known as a granite pyramid covered in ice and it is climbed via the southwest ridge. The expedition can take up to 32 days, but the sightseeing, climbing and trekking adventures would keep you entertained and interested in the trip. The dominating peak is the third most popular Himalayan peak for expedition, and the first ascent of the mountain was made in 1961 by Ward, Bishop and Gill. All three them belonged to different countries. The Everest trail on the route is breathtakingly beautiful and the vegetation around the local villages, the spectacular landscapes and the famous Namche Bazaar leaves you with an unforgettable memory of the Himalayan ranges of Nepal.
The Ama Dablam expedition 32 days tour begins in Lukla and gradually becomes difficult as you get closer to the mighty summit. There would be three high camps set up and the actual challenge of the climb begins after Camp 1. There are steep ice slopes and technical difficulties that require expert climbing skills to reach the second camp. Around Camp 3 climbers admire the views of the hanging glacier of Dablam, the snow ridge and the amazing crevasse. The Ama Dablam Expedition 31 Night / 32 Days tour is among the toughest expeditions in Nepal, however once you’re at the summit, the ecstatic feeling of victory would be worth the strong efforts.
ARRIVE AT KATHMANDU AIRPORT (1345 METERS)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying your name signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
PRE-TRIP MEETING & SIGHTSEEING AROUND KATHMANDU VALLEY
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit BoudhnathStupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After BoudhnathStupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King BhupatindraMalla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.Overnight at Hotel.
OFFICIAL FORMALITIES IN KATHMANDU
Formal briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. The expedition leader will check that everyone’s equipment is in working order. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
FINAL PREPARATION DAY IN KATHMANDU
Final opportunity for last-minute purchases. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
FLY TO LUKLA (2804 M) & TREK TO PHAKDING (2610 M)- 3 HRS
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the three hour trek to Phakding (2610m).
TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3441 M) – 5 HRS
We begin the five-hour trek along the banks of the DudhKosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche (3441m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at guesthouse.
NAMCHE BAZAAR ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.
TREK TO TENGBOCHE MONASTERY (3860 M)- 5 HRS
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the DudhKosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. After five hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed. Overnight at guesthouse.
TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4350 M)- 6 HRS
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the ImjaKhola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We will set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4350m). Overnight at guesthouse.
This is another day set aside for adapting to the high altitude. We may take a trip to Chhukung Valley by way of the ImjaKhola Valley to see the view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall. Return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at guesthouse.
TREK TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4600 M)- 5 HRS
We trek back down the trail to the bridge at Pangboche and cross the DudhKosi before climbing up the far side of the river and following the trail and ridgeline up to the base camp (three and a half hours from Pangboche). Base camp is located in an idyllic spot from which the majority of the route is visible. At an altitude of about 4600m (15,000ft), it provides a comfortable escape from the rigors of the climb. Our porters deposit their loads and leave us here for the next three weeks, with only our Sirdar, Sherpas and culinary staff remaining. Overnight at tented camp
Today is another day for acclimatization. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 to 27
CLIMBING PERIOD OF AMA DABLAM
We do not provide a day-to-day itinerary for the climb period, as this will be determined by the expedition leader and members. Guides will take a flexible approach based on what fits with climbers’ and their own experience. Typically, the team will spend a few days at the base camp organizing food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatizing before moving above the base camp. It is normal to ‘tag,’ or spend at least one night in Camp 1 (5700m), as part of any acclimatization schedule before returning to the base camp, resting, and preparing for a summit push.
AMA DABLAM CLIMB VIA SOUTHWEST RIDGE
After leaving the base camp old grassy moraine ridges are followed roughly eastwards to a broad saddle 5150m from where we can see the Mingbo La. From the saddle we ascend easily northwards until the ground steepens at the start of a large boulder field. We may place an advanced base camp at 5400m below the boulder field. The route continues north around the base of the boulder field, and then follows cairns upward to the toe of the southwest ridge. At the end of the boulder field, slabs are crossed and then a short gully ascended, allowing access to the ridge proper in a very exposed position. Easy scrambling on the east side of the ridge leads quickly to Camp 1. There are four or five tent platforms.
From Camp 1 we contour around the snowy bowl (possible alternative site for Camp 1) until we are below two rock fingers. The east side of the ridge is followed, climbing easy mixed ground until a short pitch of “severe” standard leads to the ridge proper. The ridge is narrow in places, with difficult turns on the east side, until the second tension traverse leads to two pitches of “very severe” standard. The route continues on the crest of the ridge for a short distance until we are forced via an awkward step onto the west side of the ridge. The crest of the ridge is regained and easily navigable roads followed to the start of a traverse on the east face, which leads to the Yellow Tower. This 15 meter pitch, just below Camp 2, is one of the hardest pitches on the climb at HVS (5.8) standard. A short section of ridge now leads to Camp 2 (5900m). Camp 2 has very limited tent space (three or four tent platforms) and is extremely exposed. It is sometimes only used to store equipment dump, with expeditions choosing to go from Camp 1 to Camp 3 in a single push.
From Camp 2, the climb skirts a red rock bluff on the east and, after a step down, follows the snow ridge directly to a tricky traverse east. This leads to a gully between the Grey Tower and the lower rock buttress. We climb the gully until a very exposed traverse line is reached on the west side of the ridge. A short snow slope is ascended, allowing us to reach the start of the Mushroom Ridge. Following this typically involves negotiating some steep snow sections, until Camp 3 (6300m) is reached.
The route climbs the snow and ice slope directly above Camp 3 and to the right hand side of Dablam. We continue to skirt Dablam on the right, then moving west to gain a small snowfield below the Burgschrund. The Burgschrund is crossed and then the climb heads directly to the ice crest above. This is followed by a magnificent climb to the summit.
TREK BACK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3441 M)- 6 HRS
We descend six hours to Namche Bazaar (3441m). If we are lucky, we’ll arrive at market time in Namche. Regardless, there is always fabulous food to be found, including delicious espresso, yak steaks, and chocolate cake with frosting! This market is where lowland porters bearing supplies meet the highland Sherpa and Tibetan people who have journeyed over high passes from many miles away to trade food and supplies for their houses and villages. Enjoy and celebrate your expedition. Overnight at guesthouse.
TREK TO LUKLA (2804 M) – 6HRS
We return to Lukla (3404m), where the trip began, after a six-hour trek. We will take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and the personal achievements of all who took part. You will also have plenty of time to explore the town. Overnight at guesthouse.
MORNING FLIGHT BACK TO KATHMANDU.
On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you will enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, one of our representative will assist you to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
LEISURE DAY IN KATHMANDU
This is also an extra day in case our Lukla flight is delayed. If we fly out of Lukla on time, we have a full day to relax and enjoy the various delights of Kathmandu. Once back in Kathmandu, we will host an evening barbecue as a chance to celebrate the expedition, say farewell, and thank the Sherpas and team members for their support and friendship throughout the trip.
TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT DEPARTURE
Our airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
|Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$||Suppliment|
|1||2-3||4-6||7-9||10-14||15 & ABOVE||Single Room||Half Board||Full Board|
Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara
|Pax Travelling||Vehicle Type|
|2 – 3 ADULTS||Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car|
|4 – 10 ADULTS||Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.|
|11–14 ADULTS||Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.|
|15–21 ADULTS||Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated|
|22–30 ADULTS||Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated|
|31–35 ADULTS||Deluxe Coach -40 Seater|
|HOTEL WE USE: KATHMANDU|
|5 STAR DELUXE||HYATT REGENCY, SOALTEE CROWN PLAZA, YAK AND YETI, AND HOTEL RADISSON|
|5 STAR STANDARD||HOTEL ANNAPURNA|
|4 STAR DELUXE||HOTEL SHANGRI-LA, THE MALLA HOTEL, HOTEL HIMALAYA|
|4 STAR STANDARD||VAISHALI, HOTEL GRANND ROYAL SINGI, GYANGJONG HOTEL SHANKER, AND HOTEL SHERPA|
|3 STAR||HOTEL MARSYANGDI, MOUNTAIN HOTEL, TIBET HOTEL|
|2 STAR||KATHMANDU GUEST HOUSE, TIBET GUEST HOUSE AND THE COURTYARD HOTEL, NORBU LINKA|
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