Ama Dablam Expedition

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

To the south of Lhotse and Mt. Everest lies the well known Mt. Amadablam (6812 m) with a scenic beauty. This peak lies beside Everest in the center of Khumbu Valley. This peak seems as a lady wearing her necklace and considered as “Mother and her Necklace”. From Namche Bazaar which is the gateway of Mt. Everest; exploring the Pangboche monastery, Tyangboche monastery; and panoramic scenes of dozens of majestic Himalayan Panoramas. This journey is a once in a life time opportunity for you if you want to conquer the majestic and breathtaking beauty of mt. Amadablam.

To ascend Mt. Amadablam, we will start the ascent way via the classic southwest edge. The climb will necessitate a strong climbing skills and previous experience of walking at high elevation. We will firstly fly to Lukla and then trek to Amadablam base camp passing all the way through Namche bazaar and Tengboche. From the base camp that lies at the height of 4500m, we will set at least 3 camps in the peak slopes. Our very much experienced Sherpa guides will fix the ropes and help out whenever needed. From the high camp, we'll make the last way up to summit next to steep and snow-topped slopes. We will go up along a nicely uncovered ridge providing matchless and stunning views from one of the world's most in demand peaks.

To ascend Mt. Amadablam, one needs to start the ascent way via the southwest edge. The climb will require a strong climbing skills and a past experience of walking and trekking in high altitudes. This journey begins when you take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then you will trek forward to Amadablam Base Camp.

This 35-day Amadablam Expedition designed by Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will let you have the unforgettable experience ever. The best season to go for the expedition is spring and autumn. We offer ample support with yummy meals. We'll aid you with number of Sherpa guides to ensure the probability of success and for your safety.

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at the altitude of 1,350m/4,428 feet.

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu you will be welcomed by one of our representative from GHHT-Ganesh Himal Hiking Team who will drive you to the respective hotel. Later in evening the GHHT will be hosting a welcome dinner in one of the best Nepali restaurants of Kathmandu which serves you delectable Nepali cuisine with seasonal vegetables and many more. We will spend our night in Kathmandu hotel rating at two or three star hotel.

Dinner is included.


Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu and trip preparation

Today on second day after breakfast we will began our trip where we will be touring some of the historical heritage sites of Kathmandu which is listed in UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Firstly we will began with ancient historic Durbar Square where the earlier king used to reign over this country- Nepal and now this Durbar- Palace has turned into a museum where you get   to explore pre historic king dynasty and many more and surrounding the square there are some temples which showcases ancient arts and architecture. Next will be sacred site named Pashupatinath temple which is the oldest and one of the holiest shrine of Hindus and even this site is also the place for cremation site of Hindus and after that we will head to Swambhunath temple which is positioned at the hillock and simply this temple is known as monkey temple. After that we will head to Boudhanath Stupa which is holiest shrine of Buddhists where you will get to observe more than 50 monasteries surrounding the stupa where you will find Buddhists devotees doing Kora- pilgrimage round around the stupa. Later after touring we will head to GHHT office where we will be introducing you to other fellow participants who will be joining you along and our experts will check all the climbing equipment’s. We will spend our night in Kathmandu in same hotel.

Breakfast is included.


Day 03: Fly toward Lukla {2,800m/9,184ft} then trek towards Phakding {2,652m/8,700ft}: 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

On the third day of our journey we will drive towards the airport and take a flight to Lukla. During our flight over stunning hills and breathtaking snowcapped peaks and within 40 minutes scenic flight we will reach at Lukla airport. We will be meeting our other crew members in Lukla and from there we will commence our trek towards Phakding, today we will be trekking only for few hours so that we are well adapted to the altitude. We will spend our night in Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.


Day 04: Phakding toward Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283ft]: 5-6 hrs.

Today after having our breakfast we will continue our trek where our path passes via lush pine forests as well as also trek along with the Dudh Koshi River. With few hours of trekking we will getting the glimpse of mount Thamserku which is at the altitude of 6608 meter and continuing trekking via thick juniper, fir and pine forests and then we will cross the suspension bridge and then we will arrive at the main town of Sherpa people named Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 05: Namche Bazaar {3,440 m/11,283 ft.}: acclimatization

Today is day kept aside for acclimatizing where we will just adapt the altitude but most health expert’s advice that instead of taking rest for full time we must do a short hiking where we will properly adapt the altitude. There are some option for short hike where you can either wander around the Namche Bazaar where you will come across Sherpa people and explore their culture and their lifestyles. We can even hike to Everest view hotel to capture the close view of Everest including with other several peaks on the way one can we will be also visiting local museum  which display history of Everest region and diverse flora and fauna of Everest region.

Those who wish to hike for longer hours we can hike to Khumjung village which approximately take 5-6 hours where we will be visiting the Edmund Hillary School and also visit the famous Khumjung monastery where Yeti scalp is placed. We will spend our night in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 06: Namche Bazaar toward Debuche

Today we will be continue our trek to Everest trail where we will be passing by warm welcoming villages and then we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi River along with enjoying the mighty mountain Everest including with other peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse. After that we will ascend on steep trail and reaches at Tengboche monastery and then we will relax and spend some time exploring the monastery. After that we will descend down to Debuche where we will be spending our night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.


Day 07: Debuche toward Pheriche [4,300m/14,107ft]: 5-6 hrs.

Today we will be hiking to Pangboche village on the way towards Pheriche. The village Pangboche is one of the beautiful village of the Everest region which is bounded by mighty mountain Everest and other peaks like Thamserku, Kangtaiga and Ama Dablam and the range of Kongde and the serene Imja river flowing via wide lush valley. We will continue our trek to Pheriche which is one of the stunning village where we will spend our night there at Pheriche.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 08: Acclimatization

Today once again we will be acclimatizing the altitude which will help to minimize from suffering from altitude sickness. We will today ascend a terrain over Pheriche village which will be perfect for acclimating the altitude. We will be climbing uphill where we will be rewarded with stunning view of Himalayas. We will spend our night in Pheriche.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.


Day 09: Pheriche toward Ama Dablam Base Camp {4570m/15000ft]: 5-6 hrs.

Today we will start our trek by hiking back towards Pangboche and then we will cross the Dudh Koshi River and then we will climb on the path which leads us to Ama Dablam base camp.  The Ama Dablam base camp is the huge camp with ide grassland which is beneath the mount Ama Dablam. We will spend our night at Ama Dablam Base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre climbing training at Ama Dablam Base Camp

Today our climbing experts guide will be giving you a training how to summit the peak and how to use the climbing equipment’s like harness, climbing ropes, ice axe, crampons etc. This training will lift up your confidence and help in successfully summit the peak. We will spend our night in Ama Dablam base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam {6856m/22488ft}

Today from Ama Dablam base camp we will hike to camp 1 which is at 5,700 meter along the normal track.  Before returning to base camp we will spend one night at camp for proper acclimatization and prepare for summiting the peak. There are total three camps before reaching the summit. The climb from base camp to camp I is technically challenging and from camp I we will be following the exiting fixed line and form a new rope anywhere required for ascend and descend. The climb from camp 2 towards camp 3 embraced of varied rock, ice and snow. The climb from camp 3 towards summit is comparatively less technical. With lots of effort summiting the peak we will be rewarded with great view of Himalayas. After enjoying spending some time in summit we will retrace back to Base camp. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 26-27: Trek toward Lukla

We will trek back toward Lukla through Tengboche, Namche Bazaar and Phakding.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 28: Fly back toward Kathmandu

Today early morning we will take a flight towards Kathmandu and reaching at the Kathmandu airport our guide will drop you at the hotel, you can relax and refreshed up. In evening the GHHT will be hosting a farewell dinner as well as also celebrate for successfully completing the expedition to Ama Dablam peak.  We will spend our night in Kathmandu. 

 Breakfast and dinner are included.


Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu

This extra day is kept for any such unforeseen situation like delaying flight towards Lukla or any other situation might occur so, this extra day can be used it. If none of the above situation occurs then we can use this day’s by wandering around the Kathmandu city or you can do some souvenir shopping. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Breakfast is included.


Day 30: Final Departure

Today your adventure journey Ama Dablam peak climbing come to an end. Our representative from GHHT will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule, on the way you can plan for your next adventure.

Breakfast is included.


 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Accommodation

Accomodations

3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together.

During the days of climb you will be staying in local tea houses or tented camps as available. In tented camps you will be provided with a team of local chefs and Sherpa helpers. Meals available will be local Nepali meals.

Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on day's weather. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. It is advisable to carry wet wipes as an alternative.

 

Meals

In tented camps, you will have a team of local porters, helpers and chefs and will assist you in the cooking process. You will be served with Nepali Meals during the trek. Tented camps can be wonderful experience and opportunity for you to enjoy the trek.

 

During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.

All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.

 

 

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous. We have to stay a night in the camp or tent as we build when we are in such are and we are in camping or tented house

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 18 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 18 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 35 Days

Difficulty: Strenous

Activities: Climbing, Trekking & Expedition

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Climbing

Country: Nepal

Price: USD 7,583

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Aug to Nov & Feb to May