Situated in the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal, the pyramid of Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The peak is 6,812m and is known as one of the most impressive mountains in the world for its aesthetic beauty and the pure exposure confronted high on its flanks. It can be seen dominating the eastern sky of Mount Everest.
Due to its technicality, it is common to encounter high altitude and the Everest veterans having problems with the technical difficulties encountered on the crux pitches of this climb. Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) climbed Ama Dablam for the first time on March 13th, 1961 through the south-west ridge. Climbers usually set up three camps along the ridge with camp III just beneath and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam. While attempting Ama Dablam, a liaison officer and a climbing permit are mandatory. Ama Dablam is the third most popular peak for permitted expeditions and the most common route by far is the south-west ridge. Similar to Mount Everest, the best months for climbing are April-May (before the monsoon) and September-October.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel (1,300m)
Day 2: Welcome brief, Gear check and Official formalities in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 5: Rest in Namche, acclimatisation hike
Day 6: Trek to Ama Dablam base camp (4,450m)
Day 7: Rest day at Basecamp – Acclimatisation walk
Day 8: Training Day – Fixed Lines / Traverse / Summarizing the techniques
Day 9: Climb to Camp 1
Day 10: Get to Camp 2 and come back to Camp 1 again
Day 11: Trek from Camp 1 back to base camp
Day 12: Rest Day
Day 13: Rest Day
Day 14: Climb to Camp 1, rest few hours and get to camp 2
Day 15: Climb to Ama Dablam Summit (6, 812m) and back to Camp 1
Day 16: Trek back to Basecamp
Day 17: Contingency Day
Day 18: Contingency Day
Day 19: Contingency Day
Day 20: Contingency Day
Day 21: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 22: Trek to Lukla
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 24: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 25: Return to home country
- Arrival & Departure: Airport transfer-Airport/Hotel/Airport
- Accommodation: 4 nights at a 4* Hotel in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast Basis-Double Room
- Domestic Transportation: Kathmandu/Lukla/ Kathmandu
- Permits: Ama Dablam expedition permit, National park & TIMS permit
- Waste Management: Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit Fees
- Fooding & Lodging: 3 meals a day while Trekking & at Basecamp for members & Staffs
- Cargo Clearance: International Air cargo clearance of Member’s Personal Luggage & Payment of Government taxes
- Liaison Officer: 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
- Base Camp Staff: Base camp Cook & Kitchen Assistant
- Porters: Porters per member up to Base camp & back from Basecamp
- Staff’s Remuneration and Allowances: All Nepali staffs’ & porters’ daily wages, equipment, food & clothing
- Insurance: All Staff’s Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance
- Member Luggage: 40 Kg per member for personal baggage
- Base Tent: VE25 North face or Kaila’s tents for base camp per member
- Base equipment : Base camp foam mattresses, dining, Kitchen, Toilet & Store tents, hot shower, Tables & chairs & Cooking gears
- Heater: Heater for base camp at each Dining and other necessary camps
- Light: 1 Solar panel for charging battery and lighting at base camp
- Dinner: 1 Farewell Dinner at a tourist-standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese Staff
- High Altitude Climbing Sherpa: 1 Climbing Sherpa per member
- High camp service: Essential cooking gas, cooking utensils, high altitude Sherpa, high altitude tent, high food and fixing gear
- Air Fare: International flights to/from Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry Visa fee
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu Hotel stay and hotel cost for more than 4 nights in Kathmandu
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from the expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance :Travel and High Altitude Insurance /Accident/Medical/emergency evacuation
- Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, Personal equipment and shopping
- Sherpa summit Bonus & Tips: Please set aside some tips
- Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed and all other expenses of personal nature
- No Bottle Beverages
- Any other item not listed in “cost includes” section.
I was amazed how humbled elite team, and Elite Himalayan Adventure Leader been responsible in every step during the expedition. Over an above safety of individual were always the main priority by the expedition leader from beginning till the end. I wish Elite Himalayan Adventure Leader and Sherpa team all the best.