Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition
Mount Ama Dablam, at 6,812 metre, is the most beautiful mountain of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. The name of the mountain comes from the Sherpa dialect, and means "Mother's Necklace"; the long ridges on each side are like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier can be thought of as a dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.
The world knows the region as that of Mount Everest, but actually Mount Ama Dablam is its dominant mountain, due to its exposure above the valley to the east of Khumbu.
This mountain is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. Given its mix of steep rock and ice along the climbing route, high above the wide valley of Tengboche, many climbers love to test their technical climbing skill on it. There have been a number of accidents but the most serious one may have been due to global warming, when on 13 November 2006 part of the dablam of Mount Ama Dablam broke loose and killed three climbers from Europe and three Sherpa climbing guides in their sleep in Camp III.
The standard route up this mountain is along its South-west Ridge, requiring three standard camps above Base Camp.
This beautiful mountain was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge. They were well-acclimated to altitude, having wintered at over 5,800 metres near the base of the peak as part of the Silver Hut Scientific Expedition of 1960-61, led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
The expedition team will meet in Kathmandu, the capital City of Nepal, a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. It is suggested to come with at least 3 free days at Kthmandu before the expedition is started for to provide enough time for to gear-shop! The city has a good selection of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing in its stores. After ensuring every possible requirement is properly packed, we start our journey to basecamp.
The Basecamp of Amadablam is reached over a 6-day leisurely trek through villages of the Sherpas. We’ll begin by taking a 40 minute flight to Lukla and then another 5-day trek visiting its several villages on the way.
Before reaching to Base Camp we will stop at Pangboche Village ad visit the monastery, which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and request a special blessing from the highly regarded local lama (monk), Lama Geshi. We accept good wishes in the form of a khata (a scarf with the eight lucky signs displayed by Buddhist during all religious and farewell ceremonies) from the lama and continue our walk up to Basecamp where our Sherpa staff will be waiting us.
There a final ceremony will be celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on mountain. Once the puja is performed the Sherpas and members will begin their work of setting camps above the base camp, fixing rope in technical parts and transporting of high altitude food etc.
Doddument required for booking: Passport Copy (scanned in color), 1 passport size Photograph (recently taken, Bio-data, contact detail such as Email, Telephone numbers (both at work and home), name of the emegency contact person.
Day 01: Departure for Nepal overnight in boarder
Day 02: Arrival in KTM & transfer to hotel
Day 03: Half day sightseeing and evening equipment preparation
Day 04: Kathmandu; final preparation for trek
Day 05: Fly to Lukla and 3 hours trek to Phakdingma
Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 07: Namche: Rest day/Side trip to Syangboche/Khumjung-Khunde/Thame
Day 08: Trek to Tengboche visit Tengboche monastery and continue trek to Pangboche
Day 09: Visit Lama Geshi for a Puja ritual before starting trek. Puja and trek to Amadablam Base Camp (4,600m)
Day 10: Rest and BC management
Day 11: Puja ceremony (a most important ritual, no Sherpas climb mountain without Puja)
Day 12-24: Mount Amadablam climbing period
Day 25: Trek to Pangboche
Day 26: Trek to Namche
Day 27: Trek to Lukla
Day 28: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 29-30: In Kathmandu
Day 31: Departure from Kathmandu
Day 32: Arrival at home
US$ 6800 per person
All airport-hotel – airport transport
Custom clearances as required
Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
6 (six) nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
Domestic flight to and from Lukla including all taxes
Excess baggage charge to and from Lukla
Mt Ama Dablam climbing permit fee, National Park fee and TIMS registration
Necessary number of porters/yak to carry load to & from base camp
Equipment allowance, Insurance and insurance of Liaison officer
Necessary number of potters and yaks
Sherpa climber: (1:1) personal climbing Sherpa to each client
Wages, equipment allowance, insurance, high camps load ferry bonus and summit bonus etc of Climbing Sherpas
Best quality tents at Base camp with sleeping mattresses
Best quality dinning tent (Carpeting inside) with heater at Base Camp
All necessary kitchen & camping equipments during the trekking & climbing
Portable comfortable wooden toilet at base camp
Shower facility at base camp
Imported high quality high altitude tents for the higher camps
All necessary climbing hardware gears except personal gears
Fresh and organic food and beverages at Base Camp and imported quality high altitude food (individual packet)
Enough numbers of EPI gases with burner for high camps
Walkie-talkie set to each client with radio base station & accessories
Satellite phone for the emergency purpose (Personal call $ 4 per minutes)
Solar panel/Generator with accessories at base camp for recharging & power supply
Necessary climbing hardware gears with fixed ropes except the personal gears
POISK Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose at base camp
Insurance of local team members
Celebration meal in Kathmandu
Travel insurance (Should include the helicopter evacuation as well)
International air tickets
Nepal entry visa and Visa fee (30 days USD $ 40, 100 days USD $ 90)
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Personal climbing equipments
Cost of emergency evacuation
Expenses of personal natures