Ama Dablam Expedition is one of the most extraordinary adventures in the lap of Himalayan. Ama Dablam is beautiful mountain located almost due South of Mount Everest and Lhotse in the Khumbu region. Literally, the word ‘Ama’ means Mother where ‘Dablam’ means the traditional special-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women in Sherpa Communities “for its peak resembles the same. Commonly known as “Mother’s Necklace.”
Ama Dablam Expedition is considered as one of the hardest mountain expeditions in Nepal and is a challenging trek with occasional difficulties. It is the third popular Himalayas peaks for permitted expeditions. The most popular route for climbing Ama Dablam is the south-west ridge. You will be glad to have chosen this route for the trek as you will enjoy crystal clear view of the Himalayan range including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pummi etc. In recent years, the popularity is increasing day-by-day as it dominates the eastern sky to Mt Everest Base Camp for any trekking and it has been repeatedly scaled by both foreign and domestic trekkers. The ice- coated granite pyramid with vertical walls and sharp shaped leads Ama Dablam’s named the “Matterhorn Mountain” make this mountain the most stunning beautiful mountain along the popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp. In the route you get encounter with the famous Tangboche Monastery which is traditionally visited by climbers in the Khumbu Region. This is certainly a remarkable peak that has a peculiar attraction to any keen mountaineer. From the top of Mt Ama Dablam you have incredible view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse where you can be envisaged. Climbing the Mt Ama Dablam is entirely new way to approach to create a truly remarkable experience in your life.
Why this treks?
Well! The simple reason is that this route can be a lot quieter and equally adventurous where thousands of people die for its experience. Secondly this tour take you close to crystal clear view of Himalayan range including to Mt. Everest – highest peak of the world that you can almost smell it. Thirdly, the people in this area are very innocent and welcoming. Sherpas, specially, consider every tourist as their own guests who are regarded as Gods according to Nepalese culture “Atithi Devo Bhawa”. Meanwhile you will be greeted with a soft voice saying “Namaste” accompanied by the joining of palms together.
That’s why we, Great Nepal Treks and Expedition recommend you to book this trekking program to make your trekking dream come true on the lap of the Himalayas. It takes more than 30 days to complete an endeavor. We are ever ready to support you in making your dream meaningful. Then hurry to be a part of our company and experience the feel of being in safe hands to experience the adventurous of life as well we never let you to feel you are outsider but treated as the family member of Great Nepal. As we ever promote Eco-tourism activities in Nepal.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu- Sightseeing and Preparation
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) 30-45 min flight, 3-4 hours trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (3,440m /11,283ft)
Day 6: Trek to Debuche
Day 7: Trek to Pangboche
Day 8: Rest day for you Pheriche (4,300m) in for acclimatization
Day 9: Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m/15000ft)
Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam (6856m/22488ft)
Day 26-27: Trek to Lukla
Day 28: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 29: Free day Leisure in Kathmandu
Day 30: Final Departure
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Great Nepal Representative will pick you up from the airport. You will then be transferred to Hotel nearby Thamel as per your request or similar category hotel. Upon arrival at hotel, you may relax or go around for shopping.
The early sunrise wakes you up knocking the eyelids and pushes you for delicious and warm breakfast. After while you will be escorted to explore the beauties of Kathmandu :- enlisted UNESCO World Heritage sites like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath – Monkey Temple, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar square. After the tour, you get your equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss about trip at Great Nepal treks and Expedition’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Trek to the Khumbu region begins from Kathmandu where you board a flight to Lukla or the Tenzing-Hillary Airport from Kathmandu. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude and topography. After wonderful 30-45 minutes you will land at Airport where you meet our crew members. With some packing and preparation, you will start short trek to Phakding to acclimatize. Overnight in Phakding.
The real trek starts from Lukla from where you trek to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest and then to the Base Camp, exploring the Khumbhu region “tourist Hub” where you find ATMs, internet café, shops and colorful market. In this Day, the trail will take you along the Dudh- Koshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine forest to your destination, Namche Bazaar. Along the way, you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as Kusumkangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist deities at Benkar and a small gompa at Monjo as well as explore the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en-route. This day you will also cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest bridge. After strenuous uphill walk, you will be in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a guest house in Namche.
This is the day set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that you stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. There are a few options set aside for this day. You can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or you can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. If the weather is clear, you may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. While in the Namche village trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. While in the village we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Today is going to be a busy day. After early breakfast, you will ascend to the path of Debuche passing through beautiful villages and cross the Dudh Koshi River while also enjoying magnificent views of the Himalayan peak along the way like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. After ascending on a steep trail you reach the Tengboche Monastery and spend some time there. Spend the night at Debuche.
You will hike to village called Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the ImjaTse River flowing through the wide fertile valley. From here, we continue further up towards Pheriche, another beautiful village for an overnight stay.
You can capture the sensational mountain vistas & dream landscapes in your eyes, heart and memory for ever. You can feel the touch of nature in every blink of your eyes. You have optimum number of acclimatization to minimize the chances of anyone being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Today you climb a terrain above the Pheriche village. The good aspect of going through this village is that it provides a wonderful chance to savor the natural beauty of the mountains. Also it is well suited to give you a hiking experience in a cold condition. Overnight in Pheriche.
The way to Ama Dablam Base Camp allows you great panoramic view of the snow- capped mountains. We begin by trekking back to Pangboche and crossing the Dudh Koshi River. You will enjoy with the thrills and chills of mountain climbing from teahouse to teahouse following and touching many snow peaks until you reach the Base Camp. The Base Camp is a large open grassy area where you will be spending the rest of the day for acclimatization. Overnight at Ama Dablam Base Camp.
Peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gear such as the ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness, ascender, etc will be brief described by our guides. Meanwhile the training will also include using ropes to go up and down. We strongly believe for your safety so that the training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Nevertheless, a certain risk factor cannot be avoided as with other mountains in the region. There are steep ice sections to be overcome at high altitude so you have to acclimatization yourself.
Most parties attempt the South -West ridge, climbing expedition style, fixing ropes, ferrying loads, and acclimatizing slowly. The climb is typically done with three camps along the ridge. From the Ama Dablam Base Camp you move further up to Camp 1 at 5,700m (17,400 ft) which is technically challenging. Generally, one night is spent at Camp-1 for acclimatization. There are three camps above the base camp before reaching the summit. Camp -3 is usually established just below and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam. You must follow existing fixed lines and then establish new ropes wherever necessary both for ascent and descent. Nevertheless, a certain risk of serac falls cannot be avoided as with other mountains in the region and there are sections of serious exposure which can be particularly challenging. After summiting the peak, you return back to the base camp.
After successful adventurous and thrilling mountain climb, you will back to Lukla trek and have a full relaxed on the hotel in Lukla.
After our long mountain journey, an early morning you will flight to Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, you may do that today. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a Leisure day, if any possible delay in flight to Kathmandu. If everything is favor, then you can explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of Ama Dablam. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your adventure trek with us comes to an end today! A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure to the wonderful country of Nepal.