Expedition in Nepal

Overview

Mount Ama Dablam Expedition (6812m) is is located in the heart of Khumbu region and lies next to well-worn path to the Everest Base Camp. Amadablam is a small snowcapped peak but vertical walls and sharp exposed ridges makes this mountain one of the most technical and difficult climb for the mountaineers. Ama Dablam was first climbed in 1961 by a New Zealand and American team, and we follow their same route, the South West Ridge. Once established in base camp we move loads to Camp 1 (5300m) via a long slope to the beginning of the South West Ridge proper. This is where the technical climbing begins and the route follows the spine of the rock ridge leading directly to the Camp III. The very exposed nature of the route makes for exciting climbing yet the climbing is not as steep as one would imagine. Climbers with moderate technical experience can attempt this route. On summit day the route weaves between the ice cliffs then follows a snow area directly onto the 6812m summit.

Mount Ama Dablam expedition begins after the arrival of all climbers in Kathmandu, the group will meet up with the staffs of Nepal Adventure Point for introduction and briefing about the trip. The next day is the day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be taken around for a tour of Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan and Swoyambhunath - the monkey temple. This tour will help you to understand about the historical and cultural background of Nepal, Kathmandu valley and the people of Nepal. The next couple of days are for checking equipments, final preparations, packing and other necessary document for Mount Ama Dablam expedition.

After official procedure we have 35 minutes spectacular scheduled flight to Lukla from Kathmandu on a small aircraft will take you to the gateway to the Everest region then commence trek to Phakding and trek towards Namche Bazzar. We will spend two nights at Namche Bazzar for acclimatization. From Namche we take through, Khumjung and Tyangboche then head towards Ama Dablam base camp. 

Normally, three camps are set in the approach above the base camp (4,570m), however, only two camps are used to spend the night. The ascent from Base Camp to camp one is considered one the difficult days of the expedition. We follow old grassy moraine ridges passing through a saddle and then turning to north climbing up rocky ground and through boulders to the ridge where camp I is set up. From Camp I your first real camp is only one and half hours walk above Yak camp. This section is marked by rock cairns and involves boulder hopping and some easy scrambling. You sometimes fix a couple of sections with rope to be used as a handrail. Camp II - Now you are really climbing. This section of the route is usually rocky climbing only, depending on the season. The granite is high quality and the moves fun, challenging and exposed but “do-able”. You follow a narrow ridge, switching back and forth on each side of the ridge. This is the hardest rock climbing of the entire route. In places the exposure is extreme and you are very thankful of the fixed ropes in place. Whilst it is generally easier not to pull on the ropes all the time if you are finding the going getting a bit too hard you can just rest on the fixed rope. You can also use your Jumber to help you over the odd spot of difficulties. Most of the climbing on this section is traversing on rock, so good rock climbing skills will help you move efficiently and quickly over this terrain. Camp II - Now for the hardest snow and ice pitches of the route. We follow a system of steep snow and ice gullies up to join a feature called the Mushroom Ridge. Whilst the ridge itself is not as technical as the gullies leading up to it, the exposure here is palpable. It is a narrow, windy, snow mushroom-like ridge with giant Himalayan peaks in the background. This feature leads us up onto a small plateau at 6300m, which serves the purpose of camp III. Camp III - A cold and exposed position is the start of your summit push. The Sherpas will often use a full climbing rope to tie our tents down as the natural shape of the mountain can at times unfortunately funnel the wind to this location. It is however the only safe flat piece of real estate within range of the summit. Summit day - The initial route is to the right of the huge “Dablam” (ice cliff), up a moderately steep slope, which is often iced. Once past this feature we move toward the centre of the face. After the summit, you will return to Kathmandu and the farewell dinner will be at typical Nepali restaurant enjoying together with Nepali culture show program.

Highlights

* Rim of the Kathmandu valley excursion
* Summit Mount Amadablam (6812m)
* Magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Mt Nuptse, Mt Baruntse, the majestic Ama Dablam and other numerous peaks within Everest and Khumbu region.
* Opportunity to explore the high mountain valleys and several species of endangered wild animals.
* Experience the culture and tradition of warm and friendly Sherpa ethnic tribe community.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1317m)
  • Day 02: Valley excursion, official procedure and other arrangements for Ama Dablam expedition
  • Day 03: Valley excursion, official procedure and other arrangements for Ama Dablam expedition
  • Day 04: Kathmandu fly to Lukla (2886m) and trek to Phakding (2656m)
  • Day 05: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
  • Day 06: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazzar
  • Day 07: Namche Bazzar trek to Tyangboche Monastery (3867m)
  • Day 08: Tyangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4750m)
  • Day 09: Climbing training at Base Camp
  • Day 10:-23: Climbing period of Ama Dablam High camp (5400m), Camp I (5800m), Camp II (6000m) Camp III (6300m) and Summit (6812m)
  • Day 24: Clean up base camp and packing (4750m)
  • Day 25: Base camp trek back to Namche Bazzar (3440m)
  • Day 26: Namche trek to Lukla (2886m)
  • Day 27: Lukla fly to Kathmandu (1317m) 35 minutes
  • Day 28: Leisure day and official procedure to collect garbage deposit
  • Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 30: Departure day

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Climbing
Trip Duration 30 Days
Trip code NAP-AMA - 222
Trip Start/Ends 35 minutes, round trip Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
Maximum Altitude Summit (6812m
Trip Cost On Request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 12 passengers
Accessibillity kathmandu fly to Lukla, after completing the expedition return back to Kathmandu
The Route South West Ridge (First climbed by American and New Zealand team in 1961).
Season May-July / Sept-Dec
Permit Fee Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition USD 400 on Spring season, USD 200 on Autumn season, USD 100 on Winter/Summer
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, teahouse/lodges and tented accommodation during the climbing period.

Cost Included

  • Fee: Royalty fee of Ama Dablam peak permit, national park entrance permit & TIMS card /li>
  • Activities: Sightseeing, trekking and expedition as per the guideline itinerary. /li>
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilizes upto higher camp for members, staffs and common climbing equipment such as ropes, ice screws, ice bar, pitons, etc. /li>
  • Accommodation: 6 night’s hotel accommodation in a tourist class hotel in Kathmandu and 23 nights lodges/Tent during trekking and expedition period./li> • Food: Full board on teahouse/tented [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and expedition upto Ama Dablam base camp and 6 breakfasts and one farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. /li>
  • Staffs: Trekking Leader/Guide, high altitude Sherpa, Liaison officer and necessary supporter for expedition/li>
  • Transportation: Arrival/Departure transfer and surface road-head transportation by land transportation and Scheduled flight Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu for members, staffs, Liaison officer and gear cargo air transportation./li>
  • Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And food, air and road-head transportation, equipments, daily allowance for climbing Sherpa, Liaison officer, cook, kitchen boy, insurance for climbing Sherpas, Liaison officer, cook, Kitchen boy, local porters, Walkie-talkie for each member for use during the course of the expedition, Generator or Solar panel at base camp for power supply and Gamow bag at the base camp.

Cost Excluded

  • International flight and departure taxes
  • Original entry visa into Nepal
  • Lunch and dinner while in city 
  • Bar bills & Beverages
  • Personal travel insurance covering such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Related charges for communication equipment and filming applied as per regulation
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving into Nepal by air/road cargo.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls etc.
  • Oxygen & Mask regulator
  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Garbage fee (Refundable)
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking and expedition crews
  • All monastery & temple entrance fee, while you are in city sightseeing
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Trekking and Climbing Equipment
* Trekking, climbing boots
* Sandals for Camp
* Water bottle
* Swiss army knife
* Flashlight with spare batteries
* Sunglasses and Sun cream
* Personal medical supplies
* Wind proof down jacket
* Woolen T-shirt/base layer
* Shorts / skirt for sunny days
* Thermal long underwear
* Towel
* Day pack, Rucksack or Duffel bag Warm woolen hat
* T-shirts
* A thick pullover/fleece
* Trousers / track suit or long pants
* Warm socks
* Sun protection hate
* Gloves

Personal Equipments
* Harness and Crampons
* Ice-axe and Safety Rope
* Climbing Boots
* Carabineer locks and unlock
* Ascent and Descanter Zoomer
* Expedition quality Sleeping bag and Jacket

Group Equipments
* Fixed Rope – 250m
* Main Rope - 50m
* Snow Bar -5
* Ice Hammer-1
* Carabineer
* Tent (2men)

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Travel Insurance: All participants in a Nepal Adventure Point trek must have travel insurance. This will protect you against the risk of comprehensive expenses which may result due to medical emergencies or accidents. This insurance should include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs.  Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance and it is best to arrange this in your home country.

Rescue and Emergency Evacuation: In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu. If you have no communication equipments, ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, you are required to send name of the sick person and exact location from where helicopter can airlift you.

Note: Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered helicopter.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 5-7 per person a day for trekking and Climbing guide and US$ 4-6 per person a day for the team supporters, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Note: If the Ama Dablam Expedition will be finished earlier than the estimated itinerary or cancelled the expedition due to any reason, the expedition package cost will not be refundable. Incase if some of the member are fallen sick during the expedition tenure and return to Kathmandu personally, they should bear all of the travel expenses to Kathmandu by them self. The company will not be responsible for there sickness and cancelled expenses.

Member are allowed to carry only up to 60KG climbing gears and food along with them and the which includes in the package cost, but if the members climbing gears are more than 60 KG than they should pay extra USD 350.00 for per porter or pack animals load by them selves.

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