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Ama Dablam Climbing – Adventure of a Lifetime

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28 days
Availability : Sep-Nov and Mar-May
Lukla
Kathmandu
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 18
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Ama Dablam, standing majestically at 6812 meters in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas, is more than just a peak; it is a symbol of accomplishment and beauty. Often hailed as the Mountaineer’s Mountain, climbing Ama Dablam is considered a prestigious feat within the mountaineering community. This journey unfolds on one of the longest routes of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

The Cultural Tapestry

Discover the profound connection between Ama Dablam and Sherpa culture, where the mountain is shaped like a typical Sherpa woman’s jewellery. The extensive ridges flanking both sides and a suspended glacier in the centre narrate a rich cultural tale. The Sherpas view the glacier as an ornament and interpret the ridges as a mother’s loving embrace, inspiring the mountain’s name—Ama Dablam. “Ama” symbolizes motherhood, and “Dablam” references the unique necklace representing the Gods.

Embarking on the Expedition: The Historical Ascent

The Ama Dablam Expedition is a technical climbing endeavour in Nepal’s Khumbu region, positioned almost south of Everest and Lhotse. The mountain’s historical significance dates back to March 13, 1961, when Sir Edmund Hillary led a climbing team to conquer Ama Dablam via the Southwest Ridge. Since then, it has become a lasting achievement and is often called the Matterhorn of the Himalayas.

Gateway to Everest: Lukla Arrival

The expedition commences with an exhilarating flight to Lukla Airport, the gateway to the Everest region. Positioned in the Khumbu region of Nepal, Ama Dablam reigns over the Dudh Koshi River Valley, greeting trekkers on their way to Everest Base Camp. The journey to Ama Dablam is a pilgrimage through some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.

The Technical Challenges: Dablam’s Steep Ice Wall

As climbers ascend the iconic Ama Dablam, they encounter the technical challenges embedded in its icy and rocky terrain. The steep ice wall, aptly named “Dablam,” becomes a focal point, demanding a profound understanding of ice climbing techniques. Climbers need to bring courage, technical knowledge, and mountaineering expertise to conquer this formidable peak.

Permits and Duration

Before embarking on this awe-inspiring adventure, climbers must obtain climbing permits from the government of Nepal. The Ama Dablam expedition typically spans 4-6 weeks, ensuring climbers have adequate acclimatization, training, and ascent time. It’s a meticulous journey where preparation and perseverance pave the way to the summit.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Ama Dablam expedition is more than a climb; it’s a 28-day odyssey that challenges the spirit and rewards the soul. As climbers stand atop this majestic peak, they not only conquer a summit but immerse themselves in the grandeur of the Himalayas—a journey etched with the echoes of accomplishment and the awe of nature’s masterpiece.

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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu & Lukla Airports

Departure Time

Between 7 – 9 am

Price Includes

  • Sightseeing in KathmanduExperienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in KathmanduHotel Kathmandu Suite Home - 3* hotel in Thamel- with bed and breakfast Plan.
  • PermitsClimbing and Local Permits
  • Flights Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Meals and AccommodationAll meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period.
  • Ground TransfersHotel / Airport pick up and drop by private tourist vehicle
  • Support of Human ResourceSupport of Climbing Guide, Trek guide, and required number of porters

Price Excludes

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meals, drinks, and any other personal expenses.
  • Extra expenses due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, snowfall, etc.).
  • Tips to guide and driver.
  • Personal climbing equipment and clothing.
  • Rescue Evacuation Cost.

Complementaries

  • T-Shirt
  • Farewell dinner
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel Transfer

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our dedicated team will warmly welcome you. A 30-minute drive will take you to your hotel in the city, where you can check in and rest after your flight.

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Expedition Preparation

Begin your exploration with a Kathmandu sightseeing tour, uncovering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit revered places like Pashupatinath, the peaceful Bouddhanath Stupa, and the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square. You may also discover Patan Durbar Square and the Monkey Temple if time permits. Return to the hotel, where fellow trekkers and climbers will gather for a detailed briefing on climbing preparations. Connect with your companions and prepare for the upcoming adventure. Receive information about peaks, trails, and the Ama Dablam Mountain exploration regions.

Day 3Fly to Lukla [2800m/9184feet] [35 min flight] and Trek to Phakding [2640m/8659ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]

Embark on a thrilling early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering stunning views of the Himalayas. Land at Lukla Airport and commence your trek to Phakding in the Khumbu region. The trek follows the Dudh Koshi River, passing through picturesque landscapes and small villages. Arrive in Phakding overnight, allowing initial acclimatization before the ascent.

Days 4Trek to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

Trek through the scenic route from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, crossing suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. Check-in with the Sagarmatha National Park officials in the village of Monjo for trek permits. Challenge yourself with steep uphills as you ascend to Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching Namche, enjoy the mesmerizing views of Everest and surrounding peaks. Immerse yourself in the local cuisine and the lively atmosphere of Namche Bazaar.

Day 5Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Take a day to acclimatize in Namche Bazaar, reducing the risk of altitude sickness. Explore the narrow valleys, visit local shops, and experience the unique Sherpa culture. Embark on a short hike to higher altitudes, learning about local flora and fauna. Return to Namche for a pleasant night.

Day 6 Trek to Tengboche [3867m/12683ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]

After a day of rest in Namche Bazaar, resume your trek to Tengboche. Navigate stone steps and narrow trails, enjoying views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Descend to Phungi Thanba, cross Dudh Koshi, and ascend to Tengboche. Visit the Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.

Day 7Trek to Pheriche [4300m/14104ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

Trek through the beautiful topography, passing Pangboche village and its ancient monastery. Descend to Pheriche, exploring views of Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam along the way.

Day 8Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp [4800m/15744ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]

Embark on the journey to Ama Dablam Base Camp, which is amidst alpine landscapes. The base camp, at the foot of Ama Dablam, provides spectacular insights into the mountain region. Receive detailed information about the expedition route and preparations.

Day 9-22Summit Mt. Ama Dablam [6812m/22343ft] and Return to Base Camp

Engage in climbing training and acclimatization at Ama Dablam Base Camp. After thorough preparation, equipped with mountaineering gear, start the summit climb. Strategically ascend to higher camps, adapting to lower oxygen levels. Experience the technical challenges of Ama Dablam, climbing higher with experienced guides. Enjoy breathtaking views from the summit, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Descend safely to the base camp, overcoming challenges on the return journey.

Day 23Trek to Tengboche [4-5 hrs Trek]

Descend from the base camp to Tengboche, retracing the trekking route. Explore historical and cultural aspects of villages along the way. Rest and relax in Tengboche.

Day 24Trek to Namche Bazaar [5-6 Hrs Trek]

Further, visit Namche Bazaar, witness the Himalayas, and enjoy the vibrant market. Rest in cosy teahouses and soak in the atmosphere.

Day 25Trek back to Lukla [5-6 hrs Trek]

Retrace your footsteps from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, observing different landscapes and Himalayan views. Upon reaching Lukla, reflect on the incredible journey.

Day 26 Fly back to Kathmandu

Experience a short and thrilling flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Reflect on the Everest region adventure, recover, and rest in your hotel. Explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets, shop in local markets, and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 27Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Celebrate the success of the Ama Dablam expedition with a leisure day in Kathmandu. Explore historic Durbar Squares, savour local cuisine, visit the International Mountain Museum, and relax at the Garden of Dreams. 

Day 28International Departure

Bid farewell to the Himalayas with a joyous heart. Our staff will transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your home flight.

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