1 Day 01: Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel& briefing
After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.
2 Day 02: Half day sightseeing and afternoon equipment checking and fitting
In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.
3 Day 03: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,600m)40min flight, 3-4hrs trek
We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Everest3 Passes Trek and Island Peak. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight atPhakding.
4 Day 04: Trek to Namche (3,440m) 5-6hrs
Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
5 Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche to Khumjung/Khunde (3,800m)
Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.
6 Day 06: Trek to Tengboche(3,905m) 6hrs
The trail continues along glaciated DudhKoshi River from Namche. We will follow the scenic route with views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and other peaks and mountains and enter the forest area. Walking through the colourful rhododendron forest, we can get opportunity to view musk deer and colourful Himalayn birds like Danphe and Munal. We will move further to Sanasa village. The trail branches at Sanasa. We will follow the main trail towards Everest Base Camp. Following the escalating path from Sanasa, we will reach Tengboche. Gate of Tengboche Monastery is open after 3pm. We will visit Tengboche Monastery which is the largest monastery in the region.
7 Day 07: Trek to Dengboche (4,410m) 5hrs
Leaving Tengboche, we will enter the birch and rhododendron forest. In couple of hours, we will reach Debuche from where we will lower down to beautiful Chhukung Valley. We will descend to Imja River and follow the raised path to Pangboche. Monastery is Pangboche is believed to be the oldest Monastery in the region. Walking along the Mani walls, we will climb to Pheriche. Walking along Lobuche River, we will reach Dengboche village. Stay overnight in Dengboche.
8 Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche up to 5,100m
Taking rest from trek at Dengboche helps to break the stress. It also helps in proper acclimatization. We will take short walk to Nagarjuna View Point located at Nagarjuna Peak. Enjoy the 360 degree mountain views of Makalu, Lhotse, Amadablam, Island Peak and other mountains. We will return to Dengboche for staying overnight.
9 Day 09: Trek to Chukung (4,743m) 3-4hrs
Leaving Dengboche, we will take brief walk to Chukung. The path is scenic with breath-taking views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kwangdeand other peaks and mountains. Chukung is the entry point for Island Peak. We will explore this tiny village and check our climbing gears. Stay overnight at Chukung.
10 Day 10: Trek to IslandPeak base camp (4,970m) 5hrs
Short trek from Chukung will take us to Base Camp of Island Peak. Heading south from Chukung, we will walk through Lhotse glacier along Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines. We will reach to the southwest edge of Island Peak which will be our camp site. Enjoy the spectacular views of surrounding mountains and moraine valley. We will stay overnight in Base Camp of Island Peak.
11 Day 11: Climb to High Camp (5,600m) 5hrs
After packing our essentials, we will begin our climb to the High camp of Island Peak. The slope continues to narrow and the trail enters a sloped rock channel. We will make our Camp nearby the rock channel. You will need to use crampons on this day. Follow the instructions of your guide properly for safety. The guide will share some quick last minute climbing technique. Stay overnight at High Camp.
12 Day 12: Summit attempt of Island Peak (6160m) and decent to base camp 7hrs
The trail continues to raise up from the rock gully. We need to climb series of short rock steps which will bring us to the right side of the drain. We will follow a ridgeline which will take us to the exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We will need rope on this day. Moving through crevasses, we will climb 40 degree slope by help of rope and follow the ridge up to the summit. We will spend some time in summit enjoying the successful ascend of Island Peak and lower down to Base Camp where we will stay overnight.
13 Day 13: Trek to Pangboche (3,930m)
After making successful climb of Island Peak, we are all set to climb Amadablam. We will leave the base camp of Island Peak and return to Chukung from where we will descend to DingbocheBridge. We will continue walking to small Pangboche village. Visit Khumbu’s oldest Pangboche Monastery. We will stay overnight at Pangboche. Enjoy the views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest and other peaks and mountains.
14 Day 14: Trek to Amadablam base camp (4,600m)
Lowering down from Pangboche, we will arrive at river from where we will take steep climb to CholungcheKharka. We will take steep climb from Kharka to Amadablam base camp (4600m). The path is scenic with panoramic views of Amadablam Mountain (6856m), Lhotse Mountain (8516m), NuptseMountain (7879m), Pumori Mountain (7165m),ThamserkuPeak (6623m), KangtegaPeak (6783m), KusumkangaruPeak (6367), Tabuche peak (6495m) and other peaks and mountains. The trail drops down to river before escalating uphill to AmadablamBaase Camp where we will stay overnight.
15 Day 15 to 25: Climbing Period on Mt. Amadablam
Base Camp (4600m) to High Camp I (5795m)
We will choose the commercial SW ridge route to climb Amadablam. Leaving Base Camp,we will climb through rocks and walk along ridges. We may need to use fixed rope at some point. We will reach to Camp I in few hours.
High Camp I (5795m) to High Camp II (5980m)
Your rock climbing skill is going to be tested on this section. Our journey continues through tapered ridge. We will proceed further with help of fixed ropes. The terrain is mostly covered in rocks and boulders. We will finally reach Camp II which is located on the top of Yellow Tower.
High Camp II (5980m) to High Camp III (6440m)
We need to walk through ice and snow on this section. We will climb snow and ice gullies to reach Mushroom ridge where we will set Camp III. The site is exposed but not technical to reach. Camp III is located in a scenic site with panoramic views of mountains at the backdrop.
High Camp III (6440m) to Amadablam Summit and Back to Base Camp
We have to face the challenges of heavy wind from Camp III onwards. Leaving Camp III, we will follow the route that continues to the right of huge ice cliff. We will continue climbing through ice section to reach the summit. We can enjoy the views of five highest peaks in the world from the summit of Amadablam. We will descend gradually to the Base Camp.
16 Day 26: Trek to Namche 6hrs
From Amadablam Base Camp, we will return back to Tengboche and walk past forest and settlements to Namche where we will stay overnight.
17 Day 27: Trek to Lukla 6hrs
From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.
18 Day 28: Fly to Kathmandu
We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
19 Day 29: Free day in Kathmandu
Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal.
20 Day 30: Int’l departure to home
You will be transferred to the Airport as per your schedule flight for international departure. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
Photos of the Trip
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Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition is more than just a climb. It’s a journey into the heart of the Himalayas. Located in the Khumbu valley of Nepal, only 12 km from the summit of Mount Everest, AmaDablam demands the attention of every passer-by. Soaring ridgelines and super-steep faces guard the summit from all but the experienced climber. From the summit you are surrounded by a vista of peaks like the five of the highest peaks in the world are clearly visible.
Mt. Ama Dablam first ascent (via the SW ridge) was not made until the mid 60’s by a strong NZ/USA team. The north ridge fell to a talented French team as late as 1979. In recent years many parties have successfully climbed the mountain, with nearly all ascents via the original SW ridge route.
Our ascent will also be made via the conventional SW ridge route, a technical route that requires 3500m of fixed ropes and three camps above base camp. The climbing with thisroute involves pure rock climbing on exquisite granite followed by mixed snow and rock climbing. The last section to the summit involves ice climbing followed by a long steep snow slope: often ropes are employed all the way to the summit. The reasons for this are three-fold: safety, speed and success. Due to the technical nature of the route, ropes will be fixed for most of the climb above camp one. A good working knowledge of abseiling and use of mechanical ascenders (jumars) is mandatory; prior experience is required.
Objective dangers on the SW Ridge route is minimal, ice cliffs do not threaten it, the snow slopes are generally stable (with minimal avalanche risk), the rock is of good quality and the mountain is below the reach of jet stream winds. The route is extremely exposed and mistakes with rope work can be unforgiving. For this reason we have a low client: guide ratio and use experienced guides to keep you safely on track. Your guide(s) will be involved in the fixing of rope and the smooth running of the expedition but their primary concerns are client safety, best service and success.
Island Peak “ImjeTse”, 6,160meter has an impressive, highly glaciated West Face, which rises from the Lhotse Glacier. In fact, the mountain extends from the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated only by a small col.
Above this gap is the ridge leading to summit. From base camp, we will ascend a steep, grassy slope and small rocky steps to high camp. It is necessary to climb a steep, exposed 300 meters of snow and ice ramp to the summit ridge; fixed ropes will be used at this point in an otherwise, non-technical snow climb. We will negotiate a final tricky snow pitch before reaching the summit. Again, stunning views of the surrounding mountains can be seen from the peak, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Polu, Makalu, AmaDablam and Baruntse.