Our Ama Dablam most beautiful mountain on the planet people says, but for us it is goddess mountain of Khumbu, very beautiful mother mountain. Ama Dablam demands a high level of skill and the whole team need to highly experience climbers. The route has a little bit of everything – granite rock, steep snow, and ice with multiple camps on the mountain. This 30-day expedition is a true classic and a must do for any technical alpine climber. And also for people those who wish to get training before aiming higher peaks in future. This peak will definitely give you much more lesson and knowledge about fear of unknown.
More the 60 years now best mountaineers from around the world have walk under this mother mountain as they climbed and approached Everest, Lhotse and the other great peaks of the Everest Region of Nepal. Its graceful lines of rock, ice, and steep snow has pulled at each of them. Four of the six highest mountains in the world ring. This photo describe it well.
Our route on Ama Dablam will be the Southwest Ridge, as it was climbed by the first ascent team led by Barry Bishop in 1961. This classic route is technically challenging. Namaste Nomad sherpas and guides will lead the route and fix lines where they are useful. We will approach Base Camp from Dingbuche and the climb slowly, enjoying the Khumbu region and allowing our bodies to acclimatise. Our Ama Dablam expeditions always ascend one of the region’s 6000 “ Trekking Peaks ” in preparation for the Ama Dablam climb. This demanding climbing requires commitment and skill, and offers the thrills of airy exposure.
Arrive in Kathmandu. We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Briefing in the afternoon, meeting our Nepali team.
Our first day in this famous city will be spent touring major temples and sites. Kathmandu is a rich cultural destination. Last chance to buy some gears before leaving to Lukla next day. In addition we will be completing any last minute Expedition Permit for our climb. And evening we will go for Nepali dinner.
The flight to Lukla. This spectacular mountain landing strip is the gateway for expeditions, trekkers and Sherpa people to the Everest Region. Today we will do some kilometre hike up to Phakding village, nice straight village path, passing trekker and ponies.
Today we hike along the Koshi river, entering Sagarmartha National Park just after lunch. By mid afternoon we enter Namche Bazaar. Namche is small, scenic beyond belief, and surprisingly cosmopolitan. A mixture of Tibetan traders, tourists from around the world, expedition climbers, proud Sherpas, monks, Nepalese civil servants, dust, mud, colorful costumes and yaks.
Rest day, Namche Bazaar. In Namche we are acclimatizing while we prepare the logistical details of our Expedition. We stay indoors in a classic Sherpa style lodge, one that is operated by an old friend of ours. We can take a 10-minute walk to the National Park overlook just above our lodge. Our view of our objective, Ama Dablam, from this vantage is world famous.
Khunde via Thame. This is a day to get some exercise and visit Sherpa friends. We will cover some distance and move briskly for conditioning. We might visit the Monastery at Thame or the memorial for Hillary’s wife above Khunde. We will spend the night in Khunde, sleeping at 12,800 feet.
We arrive at Tengboche. This sacred and inspiring spot is the home of the same Rinpoche, or reincarnate lama, who blessed Hillary and Tensing when they approached Everest in 1953, and Barry Bishop and the team who would make first ascent of Ama Dablam 8 years later. We will receive our blessings as well, and reflect quietly from the most famous mountain monestary in the world.
The classic hiking day of the Khumbu. Ama Dablam towers above us as we walk up the Imja Khola valley. We pass through Pangboche, where the trail crosses the river leading to Ama Dablam Base Camp, and continue on to Pheriche village.
Day 9 – 11
Before moving to our Base Camp we take advantage of another day of acclimatisation at Pheriche. There is excellent terrain in this area for climbing higher for conditioning and two nights at this elevation will aid our acclimatisation.
Today we will try to go unto labuche village hight upto 5000mtr, we will do some pass climbing to get used to with altitude.
We will do early departure to Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorekshep.
Early morning we will tackle the kalapatther hight unto 5500Mtr, then back to Dingboche
Today we take it all slow and get fully rest.
Rope training, team briefing, final check of equipments, personal gears, food supply, weather window, medical check of all team members how everyone is feeling.
Today we are heading towards base camp of Amadablam, meeting our sherpa teams and rest.
Exploration day and hiking up to dance base camp and return to base camp to new home above 15,700 feet at the base of the West Face of Ama Dablam will be a place to relax and prepare for the climb. The view above us of the “Dablam”, the hanging glacier adjacent our route and high above us will be exciting.
Day 19 – 20
Hike to Advanced Base Camp and Rest day exploration little higher. These 2 days are for opportunity to see the weather window, if we get good weather by now, we will tackle mountain from next day if not we will move ups holy and safely.
Move to Advanced Base Camp, (17,700′)
Move to Camp I ( 18,700′) The climb involves moving carefully on 4th class terrain and through boulders. We return to Advanced Base Camp for a 4th night.
Move to Camp I.
Day 24 – 27
Once we have occupied Camp I we can decide based on weather, coordination with other teams, and our “gut feelings” when to begin our summit push. The route from Camp I to Camp II is a beautiful rock route around gendarmes and towers, exposed, with fantastic views and good quality rock. The terrain is 4th class and 5th class rock climbing with the crux a 5.7 section at the ” Yellow Tower” leading to Camp II, a thrilling spot, large enough for our tents and our dreams as we settle down for a climber’s night of rest.
The route to Camp III is mixed climbing including an ascent of a 50 degree snow couloir and a traverse along the “mushroom ridge.” Camp III itself is at 21,000′ beside the famous hanging glacier that is the Ama Dablam, or “Mother’s Jewel Box” for which the mountain is named
We might have already have reached the summit by day 28, otherwise we will have 3 more alternative days to summit.
Day 28 – 30
Alternate Summit days
Return to Base Camp and Sherpa Party to celebrate.
Base Camp to Namche Or Thame, its depends how weather play out from day 18th to 24th, if we manage summit early we will have good time in between the sherpa villages, slowly decent toward Namche.
Namche to Lulka
Lukla to Kathmandu
International departures from Kathmandu
This trip is one of the highly rated expedition, not less thrilling than Everest altho it is shorter and the low height so not much to worry about thin Air. Altho we supply oxygen and all facilities will provided.