The standard ascent to Ama Dablam is made via the South-Western Ridge, the same route followed by Ward (UK), Bishop (USA) and Gill (NZ) in the first ascent of the mountain in 1961. The route offers varied and sustained climb with reasonable level of difficulty. Three high camps are set up at strategic points.
Journey to the heart of the Himalayas with Actual Adventure, as we invite you to join us in conquering the illustrious Ama Dablam, revered as the 'Matterhorn of the Himalaya'. This breathtaking ice-coated granite pyramid dominates the sky, standing as a sentinel above the trekker’s trail to the Everest Base Camp. Ama Dablam, which translates to 'The Mother's Jewel Box', derives its name from the glacier gracing its Southwest face, symbolizing a jewel box hanging on a mother’s neck.
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Acquiring the necessary permits is paramount, and at Actual Adventure, we ensure all the requisite formalities are meticulously handled. Ama Dablam’s sacred nature necessitates proper authorization – a lesson learned by the legendary Edmund Hillary who faced the King of Nepal’s displeasure for climbing without permission. We guide you through every step, ensuring a smooth and compliant expedition.
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Our expedition will traverse the South-Western Ridge, retracing the steps of Ward (UK), Bishop (USA), and Gill (NZ) from the inaugural ascent in 1961. This route, rich in history and challenge, offers a varied and sustained climb, striking a balance between thrill and difficulty. Actual Adventure will establish three high camps at strategic locations, ensuring optimal acclimatization and preparation for the final summit push.
With Actual Adventure as your trusted companion, venture into the mystical landscapes of the Himalaya and rise to the challenge of ascending Ama Dablam. Our meticulous planning, permit acquisition expertise, and group joining options for 2024 are designed to provide you with a seamless and enriching adventure, as you etch your name in the annals of mountaineering history, atop the 'Mother’s Jewel Box'.
After your arrival in the afternoon, you will be taken to the Shanker Hotel for relax and refreshment. Hotel Shanker is a 4 star hotel just a 10 minute walk from the Thamel centre.
Take rest, familiarize, and make a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow.
Fly to Lukla of Everest region. The spectacular mountain flight takes approximately 30 minutes from Kathmandu. Witness the fabulous views of the high Himalayan peaks such as, Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam and scores of other trekking peaks. After making necessary arrangement of porters and yaks, trek to Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.
The trek begins early morning along the steep hill to Namche Bazar. Namche, at altitude 11,300 ft (3,445 m), is the largest Sherpa town with vibrant Himalayan culture. Two consecutive nights will be spent at Namche to acclimatize with the high altitude.
Day for rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazar. Also an opportunity to discover the area and familiarize with the Sherpa culture.
Trek further along the Everest route. Pass by several settlements and cross the Dhudh Koshi River. Along the way, witness the magnificent views of the high peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. After making a steep climb arrives the Buddhist monastery of Thyangboche. Spend some time at the monastery and have a look around the place. Then decend to the village of Deboche. Stay overnight in Deboche.
Hike to the village of Pangboche (4,000m/13,120ft). Continuing the trail further up, an overnight stay at Pheriche.
Another day for acclimatization. The terrain is most suitable for higher climbing conditioning. Walk up a slope overlooking the high Himalayan valleys. A briefing on altitude in the afternoon.
Trek back to Pangboche and cross the Dudh Kosi River. Climb up the trail which takes to the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The Base Camp lies at an altitude of 15,000ft (4,570m). Spend the day at the Base Camp for acclimatization and further planning.
Based on their previous Actual Adventures Expedition experience, the expedition leader with other crew members make the planning and other necessary ground work for the ascent. A few days may be spent on the Base Camp for organizing food, acclimatization, and practicing rope and other mountain climbing skills.
A typical strategy would look like what follows:
After getting established on the Base Camp, move further up to Camp 1 at 5,700m (17,400 feet) along the standard route. Generally, one night is spent at camp 1for acclimatization and then returning to the Base Camp for the final preparation to scale the summit. There are three camps above the base camp before reaching the summit. The ascent from Base Camp to camp 1 is technically challenging. From Camp 1, follow existing fixed lines. Establish new ropes wherever necessary both for ascent and descent. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is mostly ice and mixed-climbing. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is relatively less technical. By the Day 26, scale the peak before getting back to the Base Camp.
Trek back to Thyangboche, Namche Bazaar and Phakding finally arriving at Lukla
Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Also a reserve day to accommodate possible delay in Lukla to Kathmandu flight. If the flight is as scheduled, spend the day enjoying Kathmandu's delights.
Concluding day of Ama Dablam Expedition. We transfer you to airport for your journey ahead.
Amadablam Expedition : 6812 M
Facts About Trip
Grade: Moderate to Hard
Best month: March/April/May/ June & October/November
Maxi Elevation Summit: Amadablam 6,812m
Group size: Minimum 2 pax
Accommodation : Lodge accommodation & Camping services
Starts From Flight: Kathmandu to Lukla
End at Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu
23rd Jan, 2023
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