Amadablam Expedition

The Matterhorn of the Himalaya

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Trip Overview

Ama Dablam (6812 m) stands as an iconic and breathtaking mountain, celebrated for its distinctive appearance. With long ridges on each side and a hanging glacier at its center, Ama Dablam resembles a traditional ornament worn by Sherpa women. The ridges symbolize a mother’s protective embrace, and the glacier acts as an ornament, inspiring the name Ama Dablam. Here, ‘Ama’ signifies mother, and ‘Dablam’ refers to the special pendant with images of Gods.

First conquered in 1961 by Mike Gill & Wally Romanes (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), & Mike Ward (UK) via the southwest ridge, Ama Dablam has since become a coveted peak for climbers. The trekking route follows the Dudh Koshi river to Namche, leading towards Tengboche, and then turning toward the Ama Dablam Base Camp.

The ascent follows the regular Southwest Ridge route, with three additional camps above the base camp. The journey from Base Camp to Camp 1 is relatively straightforward, becoming more demanding from Camp 1 to Camp 2 and onward to Camp 3, where climbers navigate narrow ridges adorned with ice, rocks, and snow. The final summit push involves a steep climb on snow and ice slopes. Despite the challenges, the route offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Everest Massif, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and surrounding peaks.

Mt. Ama Dablam is categorized as a technical and challenging mountain due to its steepness and long narrow ridges. Proper acclimatization and experience are prerequisites for embarking on an expedition to this masterpiece. Our team of experienced Sherpas will meticulously set up fixed ropes and guide you to the summit, helping you realize your dream of conquering the extraordinary Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam is ideal for those with solid mountaineering skills, experience at high altitudes, and a passion for adventure. It presents a perfect alpine route, exposing passionate mountaineers to steep rocky and snowy ridges, testing their endurance and skills.

The best seasons for the Ama Dablam Expedition are Autumn and Spring when the weather is moderate, and the views are spectacular. We can organize trips at any time of the year based on your preferences and availability.

  • Season
    Spring/Autumn
  • Destination
    Everest Region
  • Duration
    27 Days
  • Altitude
    6,812m / 22,349ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at TIA, the necessary procedures for obtaining the Nepal Entry Visa at the Immigration counter will be completed. Our representative will warmly welcome you at the Arrivals. Following the meet and greet, you'll be transferred to the designated hotel for relaxation and refreshment.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

We'll attend to official procedures, documentation, and obtain essential expedition permits. Subsequently, it's time for sightseeing around the city. We'll begin expedition preparation—packing, shopping, thorough checks of required items (especially medicines and essentials). Detailed briefings on expedition aspects, gear, trip duration, accommodations, and base camp facilities will be provided. This is also an opportunity for team interaction and introductions.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 Hotel / Lodge

After a delightful breakfast, we embark on an exhilarating flight to Lukla Airport in the early morning. This scenic flight offers captivating views of valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually unfolding mountain ranges. Upon landing at Lukla Airport, our trek to Phakding begins. The trail traverses diverse terrains—dirt paths, stone walkways, and occasional rocky sections. Take in the lush greenery, diverse flora, and fauna along the trail, crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoy the remainder of the day at Phakding.

  • Altitude 2800 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Hotel / Lodge

Moving from Phakding, our journey leads to Namche Bazaar, the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. The trek involves navigating through dense forests, observing wildlife in Sagarmatha National Park, and climbing stairs while mostly ascending. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and relish a delightful dinner. The subsequent day involves a hike to Everest View Point (3900m) and a return to our hotel for acclimatization. Explore the local village area, experience Sherpa culture, visit the Everest Photo Gallery, and the Sherpa Museum in Namche.

  • Altitude 3440 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Hotel / Lodge

Following a day of rest and acclimatization at Namche, our journey leads to the serene Tengboche monastery. Renowned among Buddhists globally, this site offers breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam to the north, while Thamserku and Kangtega stand vividly to the south. Participate in prayer ceremonies and unwind for the day.

  • Altitude 3860 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Hotel / Lodge

From Tengboche, we venture towards the Ama Dablam base camp, nestled in a picturesque meadow, also utilized as Yak Pasture beneath the mountain's west face. The trail involves crossing the Imja River via a suspension bridge and ascending through juniper forests in the quieter Khumbu valley. Embrace the 360-degree panoramic views of Kangtega, Taboche, Thamserku, and other peaks upon reaching the Ama Dablam base camp at 4450m.

  • Altitude 4450 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

After the trek to the Base Camp, we allocate two days for rest and acclimatization before the summit. These days involve short excursions, summit preparations, training on mountaineering gear, and practice with fixed ropes on small cliffs.

  • Altitude 4450 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full Board Camp Service

Between Day 11 and Day 22, we enter the climbing phase for Ama Dablam. Starting after equipment checks and preparation, our journey advances toward camp 1 at 5700 meters through initially simple terrain. However, the trail becomes more challenging, featuring steep and demanding slopes leading to a sharp ridge, eventually requiring navigation across a steep slab. Before making the final push for the summit, we focus on acclimatization through a rotational process. We move from Base camp to Camp I, spending a night there. The subsequent day, we progress from Camp I to Camp II, staying overnight, and then return to the base camp the following day. Camp 2 is positioned around 5900 meters and involves climbing steep ridges and snowy slopes, assisted by fixed ropes installed by our team. The summit ascent itself is relatively straightforward. We begin early in the morning, have breakfast, and ascend on snowy terrain mixed with rocks beyond Camp 2. Reaching the breathtaking peak of Ama Dablam at 6812 meters, we descend to the Base Camp. The subsequent day is dedicated to cleaning up and preparing to depart. It's important to note that we conduct rotations between camps for acclimatization and training purposes. The outlined itinerary provides an overview of the circumstances during the climb.

  • Altitude 6812 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full Board Camp Service

Following the successful ascent of Ama Dablam, we retrace our steps to Namche for an overnight stay at a comfortable lodge.

  • Altitude 3440 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Hotel / Lodge

Descending through enchanting forests and villages, we reach Lukla to rest overnight.

  • Altitude 2840 m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Hotel / Lodge

A scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu marks the farewell to the Khumbu Region and the majestic Himalayas. After landing, relax at the hotel or indulge in evening city sightseeing.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star Hotel

A leisure day in Kathmandu provides an opportunity for relaxation and exploration. Visit World Heritage sites and purchase souvenirs for your loved ones.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star Hotel

With gratitude and cherished memories, we bid farewell. Our representative will accompany you to the airport three hours before your scheduled departure.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A

Includes

  • Transfer services for both international and domestic flights as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast plan, 2 nights before and 1 night after the expedition.
  • Round-trip domestic flight from KTM – Lukla – KTM with a guide.
  • All necessary transportation for the overall expedition.
  • Mt. Amadablam climbing permit, all necessary permits, National Park, and VDC fees.
  • Summit route fixing charge.
  • Garbage disposal and management fees.
  • Three meals a day (BLD) during the trek with an attached bathroom at Phakding, Namche, and onwards.
  • Freshly cooked meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner): Continental, Nepali, Indian, and Chinese with hot drinks, tea, and coffee.
  • One Professional Climbing Sherpa with his equipment allowance, daily wages, and carrying bonus.
  • Government Liaison officer with his daily wages, equipment, food, insurance, and transportation.
  • Supervisory staff at Base Camp, including Sardar, Cook, and Kitchen helpers, with their gear allowance and daily wages.
  • Porters designated for transport to and from the Base Camp.
  • A limit of 30 kilograms for personal baggage per Member.
  • Provision of an individual Tent, Mattress, and Pillow for each Member.
  • Essential communal equipment such as Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Heater, etc.
  • High Camp Services for C1-C2: This includes essential items like a High Tent, Shovel, Rope, EPI Gas, Gas Burner, and High Food supplies.
  • Walkie-talkies for communication between the Base Camp and the Mountain.
  • Wi-Fi service available at Base Camp (charged at $50 per gigabyte).
  • Emergency-use Satellite phone service (charged at $3 per minute).
  • Regular weather forecasts provided throughout the expedition.
  • Availability of Oxygen and Mask regulators at Base Camp (charges applicable as per usage).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for Nepali outdoor staff in case of emergencies.
  • A First Aid medical kit carried by the guide to Base Camp.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner gatherings in Kathmandu with expedition staff, including cultural shows.
  • Government Taxes and Company Service Charge.
  • Ama Dablam summit certificates issued upon successfully summiting the peak.

Excludes

  • Flight tickets for international travel to and from your home country.
  • Visa fee for entry into Nepal, obtainable upon arrival at the airport.
  • Expenses for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Additional hotel stay beyond the initial three nights in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses related to climbing equipment, beverages, laundry, postal services, telephone usage, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Additional charges if personal baggage exceeds 60 kilograms.
  • Insurance coverage, including travel, accident, medical, and emergency helicopter evacuation during the Annapurna Expedition.
  • Costs associated with obtaining permits for commercial filming and drone usage, if required.
  • Special permits for drones and specialized filming.
  • Summit bonus of $800 for the Climbing Sherpa, along with gratuities for the base camp cook and staff.
  • Any supplementary expenses not specified in the Cost Includes section.

Trip Notes

Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region are significantly influenced by weather conditions. While we strive to schedule our trips during the most favorable times, please be aware that domestic flights to Lukla may experience delays or cancellations in extreme scenarios. In such cases, it’s important to note that expenses for additional days, beyond the total number mentioned in the itinerary section, will be the responsibility of the client. However, Taktok Brothers will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you prefer alternative arrangements, such as a helicopter flight to avoid delays, we can facilitate this at a nominal extra charge.

Taktok Brothers shall not be held liable for any compensation for losses due to missed international flights. However, we are committed to assisting you in making necessary arrangements to minimize any inconveniences. To mitigate the risk of missing flights, we recommend maintaining flexible timeframes before and after the trip departure.

Additionally, please be aware that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and challenging geography, where trails may be distorted at times, adjustments to our itineraries may be necessary. However, we assure you that the quality of service will not be compromised under any circumstances.

 

Cost of Expedition

Expedition costs are subject to variation based on factors such as group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, the number of Sherpas allocated, equipment, and the type of arrangement and package customization. We prefer discussing these details with our clients before providing the final cost. Please feel free to contact Taktok Brothers for any information regarding your selected package.

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Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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