30 DaysKathmandu to Kathmandu Grade:
Activity: Mountaineering expedition
Maximum altitude: 6812 m
Location : Khumbu region
Accommodation: Hotels & Lodge on trek
Best Season: Sep-Jan
Ama Dablam Expedition is a popular expedition in Nepal which takes you to one of the classic routes to Mt. Everest base camp. This was the same route which was followed by Tenzing Norgey Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary back in 1953 when they made successful summit to the highest peaks of the earth, Mt. Everest. Popularly known as the Matterhorn of the Himalaya, the overwhelming ice-coated pyramid dominates the sky above the trekkers trail.
You can also combine Ama Dablam expedition trip to the Everest base camp trekking. It starts with the preparation in Kathmandu, flying to Lukla and beginning the climbing after arriving Ama Dablam base camp and ends with descending down followed by travelling back to Kathmandu. Besides having expedition to the Ama Dablam and having adventurous trips, you will have amazing views of the Mt. Everest and a numerous of other majestic mountains namely Mt Lhotse (8,516m.), Mt. Nuptse (7,855m.), Mt. Pumori (7,161m.), Mt. Changaste (7,550m), Mt. Lingterin (6,679m.), Mt. Thamserku (6,723m.), Mt. Cholaste (6,335m.) among others. These all the features have made Ama Dablam expedition the most popular and most loved trips among the clients of Nepal Adventure Team in Nepal.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m
Day 02:Preparation day in Kathmandu
Day 03:Arrangement of the equipments
Day 04:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding-2622 m
Day 05:Trek to Namche Bazaar-3340 m
Day 06:Acclimatization day in Namche
Day 07:Trek to Tengbuche-3750 m
Day 08:Trek to Pangboche-3930 m
Day 09:Trek to Ama Dablam base camp-4600 m
Day 10:Pre-climb training, Mt Ama Dablam-6812 m
Day 11:(Upto day 25)Climbing Mt Ama Dablam
Day 26:Climb down to Namche Bazaar
Day 27:Trek to Lukla
Day 28:Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 29:Rest in Kathmandu
Day 30:International departure
Passport & Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Getting a visa must be the easiest one though. You just have to go to the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country or it can also be obtained upon your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport. To get a visa, you need to bring 2 pp size photos, visa fees and valid passport.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100
For more information, please contact Department of Immigration.
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
Means of Transport
Airplane, bus or car and walking. All the cost is already included unless otherwise noted.
Travel insurance is a must when you travel abroad. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen.
We have arranged for the single traveller to climb as well though advised with a group. He will get a personal accommodation while he can also join the other groups.
Foods and Accommodations
Everything is arranged throughout so foods and accommodation will be the best suiting your needs. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for guests in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, youll be staying in the best quality hotel basically on twin-sharing basis. On trekking,accommodations are simple yet comfortable on mountain lodges. Toilets and bathrooms need to be shared while you have to pay for the hot water bath.
During the climbing days, hygienic fresh cooked food will be provided by our own expedition cooks. In addition, dry foods including chocolates, cheese, nuts and muesli items will also add up.
Health and Fitness required
Ama DablamExpedition is categorized as very strenuous difficulty level. Previous experience is not compulsory but with past rock and ice climbing it will be easier for you to climb since this expedition needs high physical and mental fitness.
First Aid Kit/High Altitude Sickness
Nepal Adventure Team strongly suggests that you have your own personal first aid or medical kit. This trip takes you to a height above 4000 m within few days but the slow walks and regular stops between the walks will help you acclimatize on high altitude saving you from the high altitude sickness called AMS(acute mountain sickness). Gaining altitude without proper consideration of AMS is fatal. Hence, rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche is really necessary for the acclimatization.
Your Guide and Porter
The leader should have a significant knowledge in the climbing and trekking so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you, clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nepal Adventure Team can proudly say that our guides(climbing, assistant, trekking guide) are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced and licensed. They have undergone through a whole lot of trainings to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.
Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow maximum weight of 30 kg to be carried by one porter. We make sure that they are well paid and well treated.
Best Time to Travel
The spring time from Sep-Jan is the best time for the Ama Dablam Expedition. However, be known that the weather is not completely predictable. Temperatures can drop as low as minus 25C during the period. Theres the possibility of snow, wind and cloud too. As you get higher, the oxygen will deplete subsequently.
Equipment and Packing Lists
After booking with Nepal Adventure Team, please pack necessary items as listed:
1. Travel documents: passport, visa(if you have), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 4)
2. Bank card or credit cards, travellers cheque, etc
3. Sleeping bags, expedition quality rated to at least -40°F and another to at least -20° F.
4. Large and small towels.
5. Toiletries and water bottle.
6. Self-inflating pads-2.
7. Sun /snow glass.
8. First Aid/medical kit.
9. Rucksack / backpack.
10. Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
11. Torch / Flashlights with plenty of spare batteries.
12. Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
13. Scarf / face mask(for dust and wind).
14. Personal hygiene stuffs; trash bags too.
15. Any other extras you feel is necessary like binocular, cameras, books, journals, and more.
Ice axe with leash, designed for mountain climbing use. Sizes for different person heights: under 5’7” use a 60cm tool; 5’7”- 6’1” use a 65cm tool; over 6’1” use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).
Ice specific crampons. With or without anti-balling plates.
Carabiners: 3 locking, 3 regular, 2 twist lock and 1 small screw gate locker; standard ovals recommended.
Alpine climbing harness which should fit over all clothing and pretty comfortable.
Climbing helmet, sizing adjustable.
Ascender; right and left.
Adjustable 3 Section Ski or Trekking poles. Highly recommended.
Ski goggles; 100% UV and high quality.
Balaclava: Both heavyweight and lightweight.
Warm woollen hat
Each pair of lightweight and heavyweight synthetic gloves
Expedition shell gloves-1 pair
Expedition shell mitts-1 pair
Hand and toe warmers: 3 sets of each
Casual shoes for town days
Double Plastic Climbing Boots with altitude liners.
Fully Insulated Over boots or gaiters or both.
Wool or synthetic socks- 4 pairs, Liner socks- 4 pair
Trekking socks- 5 pairs
Lightweight/heavyweight underwear, few pairs
Shirt and pants-1-2 pairs
Soft shell jacket
Insulated synthetic pants
Expedition down parka
Insulated synthetic jacket
Hard shell jacket and hard shell pants; waterproof and breathable.
Trekking and climbing has been long established in Nepal,so the itineraries are modified and moderated in such a way that you can take it easy and slow. DO NOT RUSH AND ENJOY. There is plenty of time and guide will keep track of you all the time. It might be a bit harder or a bit more colder but you will get used to it.
Every traveller is different and they spend their own way. Some spend on food and drinks while other on souvenirs. Either way, consider your own spending habits and also tipping, emergency fund($200), etc before you pack up and leave.
Trip Specific Safety
Your guide is always there for your safety concerns and looking after your valuables. But you have to be equally careful. Carry some sort of wallet or belt for your important documents and money. The hotels have the safety deposit box where the lock is recommended before passing the luggage.
A Couple of Rules
Possession or using of any illegal drugs is totally intolerable. Its because of the law that respects the local people and their culture. The group will be expelled in such case.
Nepal Adventure Team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favour of the local people and the surrounding environment. Our clients too, have an important role to
a. respect the local laws, custom and their beliefs
b. always ask for permission before doing something in the local or consult to the leader
c. keep the area same as you found it as, wherever you go and dispose of rubbish
d. support local skills to encourage positive sides of tourism.
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The groups safety is very important for us. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Even though every effort is made to go as planned, a little change might occur in the itinerary because of weather conditions, health condition of a person, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The leader will try to ensure the trip runs as planned, but please be prepared to be flexible just in case.
The whole trip is customizable so as to fit your requirements. Please contact us for further info.