Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition 2020

Trip Overview

One of the most beautiful peaks in the world, Ama dablam or “mother’s necklace” is an iconic peak located in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal, over the famous Sherpa villages of Thyangboche and Pangboche on the trail to Everest base camp. Ama dablam was climbed in 1961 via the South-Western Ridge and is now the standard route for all commercial expedition operators.

The route is a significant climbing challenge with technical sections of snow, exposed route on ice, and rock at relative high altitude. Climbers must have experience with fixed ropes, and be comfortable climbing along very exposed ridgelines. The view from the summit is spectacular, as one can see Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Sishapangma. Ama Dablam also present s a stepping stone to more independent expeditions on big Himalayan peaks.

Expedition Schedule

10 Oct - 04 Nov, 2020/2021
20 Oct - 14 Nov, 2020/2021
30 Oct - 24 Nov, 2020/2021

Trip facts

Duration

28 Days

Height

6812 m-22,343ft

Lat

28.43.37

Long

87.28.13

Climbing route

South-Western Ridge

Ktm-Lukla-Ktm

Gallery

Grade

Grade IV

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day 2: In Kathmandu for official procedures and preparations.
  • Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2860m) and trek to Phakding (2622m). Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar (3340m). Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 5: In Namche for acclimatization.
  • Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3930m).
  • Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4410m).
  • Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche.
  • Day 9: Trek to Chhukung (4730m) - O/N at Lodge.
  • Day 10: Chhukung – Island peak Base Camp (5100m) - O/N Camp.
  • Day 11: High camp 5400m.
  • Day 12: Summit island peak and back to Chukung.
  • Day 13: Trek to Pangboche (3901m) - O/N at Lodge.
  • Day 14: Trek to Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m).
  • Day 15-23: Climbing Mount Ama Dablam (6812m).
  • Day 24: Namche Bazar. Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 25: Lukla. Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 26: Scheduled flight Lukla/Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
  • Day 27: Kathmandu.
  • Day 28: International departure.

Map

Ama Dablam

Cost includes

  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport for int. and domestic flights.
  • Accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights including breakfast.
  • Scheduled flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Island peak permit and shared climbing permit for Mt. Ama Dablam.
  • Porter age of member’s personal climbing equipment Kathmandu-BC-Kathmandu.
  • Transportation of food supply and equipment from Kathmandu-BC-Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and by porters to BC).
  • Fullboard at the local lodges from Lukla-BC-Lukla.
  • All food and fuel for BC and high camps during expedition.
  • Single tent with mattress at base camp for each member. High altitude tent for member and climbing Sherpa.
  • Kitchen equipment, kitchen tent, heated dining tent, chairs and tables at BC.
  • Solar panel at Ama dablam BC for light and charging small electronics. (Eg. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Services of one high altitude Sherpa per climber to carry all food and gear to higher camps. Also assist the member during climb and summit attempts island and Ama Dablam.
  • Climbing Sherpa bonuses.
  • Insurance for climbing Sherpa including Heli evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
  • 1 walkie talkie between client and Sherpa.
  • Required common climbing equipment rope, ice bar, ice screw, etc)/costs contributions towards the rope fixing team.
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at BC.
  • Equipment allowance, wages and insurance for climbing Sherpa, base camp staff and Liaison Officer.
  • Applicable National park and entrance fee.
  • Medical oxygen (1, 4 liter Poisk bottle with mask and regulator) at base camp for emergency. (use of oxygen subject to charges at US$ 550 per bottle).
  • Garbage disposal charges payable to SPCC. (Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee).

Cost does not include

  • International flights to/from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (Can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
  • Meals in Kathmandu. Hot showers during lodge trek.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, communication equipment and commercial filming.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo.
  • Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics (laptops, professional camera batteries etc).
  • Tips/gratitude for cooks and climbing Sherpa at the end of the trip.

Trip Grades

Grade I

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking
  • Light packs (10kg)
  • Elevations often below 2500m
  • Easy terrain
  • Trek duration less than a week in high altitude

Grade II

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag pack (10kg)
  • Elevations from 2500m to 5500m
  • Moderate terrain
  • Nights are spent in lodge or tents
  • Trek duration of two weeks in high altitude

Grade III

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag packs (12)
  • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
  • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
  • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
  • Three high passes above 4500m
  • May involve travel to remote areas
  • Trek duration up to three weeks
  • Average of six hours trek per day

    Grade IV

    • Strenuous trekking and climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (12)
    • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
    • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
    • Terrain might be snow or ice or rock or all mixed including glaciers
    • Few nights are spent in tent at high altitude during peak ascent
    • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
    • Involves travel in remote areas
    • Trek duration of two to three weeks
    • Includes several high passes trek and 6000m peak ascent
    • Minimum seven hours of average trek per day

    Grade V

    • Strenuous climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (15kg)
    • High or extreme altitude with elevation above 7000m
    • Intermediate to advance terrain
    • Nights are spent in tents
    • Moderate to extreme glacier travel is involved
    • Travel in remote areas
    • Usually expedition duration above four weeks
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