Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dabam Mountain is located south of Mt. Everest in the khumbu region with the Altitude: 6,856m/22,494ft. 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. Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions, literally meaning 'The Mother's Jewel Box'. Because the glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the mountain. In 1961 by following southwest Ward (UK), Bishop (USA) and Gill (NZ) attempted successfully. Ama Dablam Expedition is really challenging. The climbing on the route involves pure rock climbing on exquisite granite followed by mixed snow and rock climbing. The mountaineers have to cross-difficult ice rocks and steep snow climbing one their climbing route. Ama Dablam Expedition also grant you Such vistas of Himalayas of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu , Mt. Lhotse (over 8,000m) and many other mountains Which will definitely astonished you. Supported by highly experienced mountaineers, guides you can quite esealy complete the Ama Dablam Expedition.

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu - Transfer to Hotel
On your arrival, our office representative welcomes you  in a Nepalese style at the airport . Transfer to your Hotel. Hotels in Kathmandu are located some 6 - 7 kms away from the Airport. Rest of the time is free for your own to adjust in new city, culture. Relax and rest.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation or the Trip
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is the most popular cultural heritage site in Kathmandu where living Goddess KUMARI lives. There are numbers of temples, palace complex, museum and other interesting places to explore.
Boudhanath is one of the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal in terms of its height and expansion. Pashupatinath temple is another most popular Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva ( one of the three major Hindu gods).
We take the time to prepare and finalize with official formalities of permits and others. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition and meeting with your Guide. You can also make your last minute shopping of personal items or junk items as you will be flying to the Himalayas the next day.

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla ( 2, 850 m.) & Trek to Phakding (2,652m.)
Early in the morning you will be transferred  the domestic terminal of the airport for the flight to Lukla. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes approximately 30 minutes. The flight is spectacular with beautiful view of the Himalayas.
We start to walk after some time in Lukla to Phakding. You walk for about 2 and half to 3 hrs mostly downhill and easy beginning. While trekking, you head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge in Phakding.

Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazaar ( 3,445 m.)
The trek begins early morning along the Dudh Koshi river. First few hours is not steep upu as the last part. You will be climbing uphill today most of the time though.
Namche, at altitude 11,300 ft (3,445 m), is the largest Sherpa town with vibrant Himalayan culture.  Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. Two consecutive nights will be spent at Namche to acclimatize with the high altitude.

Day 05 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Spend the day at Namche Bazar and around for acclimatization and excursion.
It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche and Pangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk steep up to Syangboche (3,800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated and offers outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. You can explore the Sagarmatha National Park’s headquarter located in a hillock just above the town where small museum can be visited.

Day 06 : Trek to Deboche
We walk today to Deboche, a small town after Tengboche. We pass by several settlements, walk uphill and downhill and cross the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, witness the magnificent views of towering Himalayan peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. After steep climb of about 2 hours after lunch in Fungi Tenga, arrive Tengboche where famous Buddhist monastery is located. Spend some time at the monastery and have a look around the place. Then descend to the village of Deboche which takes about 20 minutes. Stay overnight in Deboche.

Day 07 : Trek to Pheriche (4,300m)
Hike to the village of Pangboche (4,000m/13,120ft) and continue the walk till Pheriche.  overnight stay at Pheriche. You are already in the high altitude over 4000 m. where you can feel difficulties of breathing, feel headache or minor symptoms AMS. Overnight stay in the lodge in Pheriche.

Day 08 : Acclimatisation Day in  Pheriche
Another day for acclimatization. The terrain is most suitable for higher climbing conditioning. Walk up a slope overlooking the high Himalayan valleys. A briefing on altitude and altitude sickness can be attended in Pheriche by medical experts in the afternoon.

Day 09 : Move to Base Camp 4,570m /  14,993 ft
Trek back to Pangboche and cross the Dudh Kosi River. Climb up the trail which takes to the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The Base Camp lies at an altitude of  approx 15,000 ft (4,570m). Spend the day at the Base Camp for acclimatization and further planning.

Day 10-25 : Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam Top 6, 812m / 22488ft
Based on our previous expedition experience, expedition leader with other crew members make the planning and other necessary groundwork for the ascent. A few days may be spent on the Base Camp for organizing food, acclimatization, and practicing rope and other mountain climbing skills.
A typical strategy would look like what follows:
After getting established the Base Camp, move further up to Camp 1 at 5,700m (17,400 feet) along the standard route. Generally, one night is spent at camp 1 for acclimatization and then returning to the Base Camp for the final preparation to scale the summit. There are three camps above the base camp before reaching the summit. The ascent from Base Camp to camp 1 is technically challenging. From Camp 1, follow existing fixed lines. Establish new ropes wherever necessary both for ascent and descent. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is mostly ice and mixed-climbing. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is relatively less technical. By the Day 26, scale the peak before getting back to the Base Camp.

Day 26-27 : Trek Back to Lukla via Tengboche - Namche Bazar - Lukla
Trek back to Tengboche, Namche Bazaar and Phakding finally arriving at Lukla.

Day 28 : Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and rest and relax.

Day 29 : At leisure in Kathmandu
Also a reserve day to accommodate possible delay in Lukla to Kathmandu flight. If the flight is as scheduled, spend the day enjoying Kathmandu's delights on your own. Spend the day for shopping.

Day 30 : Depart Kathmandu
Concluding day of Ama Dablam Expedition. We transfer you to airport for your journey ahead to your sweet home or other destination.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop transfers.
2.    All Meals during the trek and climb (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation as required in Kathmandu and in trek
4.    Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
5.    All transportation as required
6.    Trekking permit / climbing permit
7.    Four nights Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
8.    Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
9.    All temples Entry Permit in kathmandu.
10.  All climbing gears as necessary ( except the personal gears)
11.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
12.  All taxes and service fees.
13.  Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any expenses caused by the
       unforeseen reason & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
3.    Nepal Visa and International airfare
4.    Tips for Staffs and
5.    Others not mentioned above as inclusion

Climbing gear

1.    Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
2.    2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
3.    3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
4.    Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven,
       or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
5.    Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha)
       or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent;
       must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
6.    Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended;
       include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
7.    Adjustable trekking poles.
8.    Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

Upper Body

1.    2 cotton t-shirt.
2.    1 polypropylene t-shirt.
3.    2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
4.    2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
5.    1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur
       or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
6.    Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred;
       R4 Jacket acceptable.
7.    Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best,
       roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
8.    1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing!
       It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams)
       and has a thick insulated hood

Hand Wear

1.    You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten
       overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
2.    2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
3.    1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
4.    1 pair expedition shell gloves.
5.    1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider
       sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist
       so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.

Head Gear

1.    Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
2.    Balaclava
3.    Face mask.
4.    Shade hat or baseball cap.
5.    Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case
       (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
6.    1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
7.    1 ski goggles with UV protection
8.    If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses
       modified to your prescription.

Lower Body

1.    4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
2.    3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
3.    2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
4.    1 pair nylon shorts.
5.    1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
6.    2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
7.    1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
8.    1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
9.    1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips,
       Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
10.  1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
11.  1 pair down booties (optional).
12.  1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
13.  1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
14.  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.

Pack

1.    1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
2.    1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack.
       If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc.
       clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent,
       lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
3.    1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
4.    Small padlock for duffel bag.
5.    1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary
       duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu.
6.    Sleeping Gear
7.    1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down
       and dark colors speed drying time)
8.    Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest
       for extra warmth and comfort

Miscellaneous

1.    1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
2.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful
       to hang around your neck
3.    Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
4.    Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
5.    3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
7.    1 water bottle insulator.
8.    Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
9.    Bowl and spoon. Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
10.  Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
11.  Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
12.  Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
13.  3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
14.  Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection);
       large Ziplocs are useful also.
15.  Bandana.
16.  Camp towel.
17.  Ear plugs.
18.  Hand wipes.
19.  1 small stainless steel thermos (optional).
20.  Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds).
21.  Paperback books, cards, Walkman, etc.
22.  Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps).
23.  Camera. 1 light weight point & shoot on the mountain, 1 large SLR type is optional
       for the trek in and base camp.
24.  Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport.
25.  Passport and passport photos
26.  Airline ticket (Please leave your airline ticket at our office in Kathmandu because we may
      required changing the date of your departure from Kathmandu)

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