AMA DABLAM

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Region: Khumbu (Everest region)
  • Max Altitude: 6,856 meters / 22,494 feet
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: III (Amadablam) II (Lobuche Peak)
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu All meals during Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt hotel / Lodges / Camps
  • Prime Activity: MOUNTAINEERING
  • Minor Activity: Trekking and Cultural
Trip Price:
USD 9760 per person
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Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking domestic flight to Lukla
  • Pre- acclimatisation climbing of Lobuche Peak (6119m)
  • Climbing on one of the world's majestic and beautiful Mountain: Ama Dablam (6856m)
  • View of the world's highest mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nupste
  • Trekking in one of the 'World's top ten destination': the Khumbu trail and Gokyo Lake
  • Importance placed on high quality organisation, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers

Trip Overview

Ama Dablam, 6856 meters above sea level, popularly known as ‘the Matterhorn of the Himalaya’ is part of the eastern range of Nepal and is one of the most impressive, beautiful and stunning mountain in the world. 

Ama Dablam is located in the heart of Everest’s Khumbu region, well-worn path to the Everest Base Camp and is admired by thousands of trekkers and climbers every year. The Mountain derives its name from the glacier lying on its southwest face. The suspended glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the Mountain, hence the name Ama Dablam, literally meaning ‘the mother’s jewel box’

AMA DABLAM WITH LOBUCHE PEAK

Our trekking trip offers the very best of the Khumbu valley (Everest region), which is popular for good reasons: some of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery in the World combines with the famous friendliness and hospitality of the Sherpa people. After several trekking days, the acclimatisation climb of Lobuche Peak 6119 meters that rewards you with a fantastic panoramic view of some giants of the Himalaya: like wise Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Nupste, Makalu, Pumori and many more.

The original line of ascent of Ama Dablam that is its southwest ridge. This route gives a fine and varied climb, sustained at a reasonable level of difficulty and with good platforms to settle the camps at strategic points. Apart from one short section, the Ama Dablam climb is objectively safe.

SAFETY FEATURES

For the safety, good ambience and flexibility, we focus on teams of 4 to 6 climbers, as well as:

  • Supplementary 4-litre Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator and oximeter are part of the emergency kit
  • 24-hrs medical emergency assistance by a doctor specialised in high altitude medicine 
  • Means of communication 
  • Good connections with rescue airlines in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular for the summit of Lobuche peak, the climbing of Ama Dablam
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, with numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, fluent in various languages and last but not least, kind and helpful
  • Warm down sleeping bag and down jacket are also available for each participant for the duration of the Expedition

WHY TO GO FOR AN ADVENTURE?

Wild Yak Expeditions believe an adventure in the outdoors provides various health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life by positive wellbeing. It is scientifically proved that it is essential to make some space from the worldly news, social media and busy life to be productive. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas.

WHY WITH WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team is privileged to welcome you in the Himalaya. We are committed to organising small groups with high-quality services and security, that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambience and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides. Hospitality to our guest and economy to locals is our aspiration.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing of the UNESCO Heritage sites

  • Day 3 : Kathmandu flight to Lukla / hike Phakding (2610m), 3 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 4 : Phakding to Namche (3440m), 5 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 5 : Rest day in Namche / Lodge

  • Day 6 : Namche to Dole (4100m), 6 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 7 : Dole to Machhermo (4400m), 5 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 8 : Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m), 5 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 9 : Gokyo to Dragnag (4700m), 2 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 10 : Lobuche BC (4830m) via Cho La pass (5420m), 6-7 hrs Camping

  • Day 11 : Base camp to Lobuche advance base (5050 meters), 2 hrs / Camping

  • Day 12 : Climb Lobuche Peak 6119 meters, 7-8 hrs

  • Day 13 : Ama Dablam base camp (4500m), 5 hrs / Tent

  • Day 14 : Rest at Base Camp / Tent

  • Day 15 : Base Camp to camp 1 (5700m), 6 hrs / Tent

  • Day 16 : Camp 1 to camp II back to Base Camp, 8 hrs / Tent

  • Day 17 - 20 : Rest at Ama Dablam Base Camp / Tent

  • Day 21 : Base Camp - camp 1 (5700m), 6 hrs / Tent

  • Day 22 : Camp 1 to camp 2 (5950m), 4 hrs / Tent

  • Day 23 : Camp 2 to Summit (6856m), 8-9 hrs / Tent

  • Day 24 : Back to Base Camp / Tent

  • Day 25 : Base Camp packing (extra day) / Tent

  • Day 26 : Base Camp to Namche, 6 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 27 : Namche to Lukla, 5 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 28 : Lukla to Kathmandu, flight back

  • Day 29 : Kathmandu (Reserve/leisure/shopping/ rest day)

  • Day 30 : International flight back to home

Date & Price

The present price includes namely a high experienced Nepali UIAGM mountain guide and Climbing Sherpa Team with several 8000-meter Peaks successes, the  pre-acclimatisation on Lobuche Peak and a stay in the famous 5-star Hotel Hyatt in Kathmandu.

We stay at your disposal for a customized Expedition of Ama Dablam. The WILD YAK Team

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that our Guests know the total costs of their Ama Dablam Expedition in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Accommodation in the famous 5-Star Hyatt Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast, on a sharing basis (4 nights). (Additional charges occur for single room, upon request)
  • 4 dinners in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight to Lukla, and back to Kathmandu (by airplane)
  • Accommodation in lodges/campsite during the trekking, on a sharing basis (attached rooms in Namche, Gokyo and Lukla)
  • Tented accommodation at Base Camp (individual dom tent (except for Lobuche Peak), dining tent, kitchen tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tent)
  • All major meals during trekking and expeditions
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: Nepali UIAGM Mountain Guide, climbing Sherpa Team, cook, kitchen boy(s), including their salary, summit bonus, insurance, rescue insurance, equipment, transportation, food and lodging
  • Liaison officer
  • Transportation of your luggage and the collective material by yaks until Ama Dablam Base Camp, and back to Lukla
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • Fixing route costs
  • Tents (with isolation mattress), cooking stove (primus), butane gas and food for the high camps
  • Handset radios for the communication in the Mountains
  • Satellite phone (personal use on the participants' own charge)
  • Internet facilities (personal use on the participants' own charge)
  • Solar equipment for light and charging of various electronic devices at Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Heater (at certain time of the day)
  • First Aid Medical kit, including Oxygen with mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Travel cancellation and rescue arrangements
  • Weather forecast
  • A hot bag to be warm in the tent at Base Camp (if required)
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • International flight*
  • Cargo fees for international and domestic flights, including local taxes
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Excess of 40 kg of personal luggage for the transport to the Base Camp, and back
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain due to any reason which is not decided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success
  • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc)
  • Lunches in Kathmandu, as well as all meals related to the previous two points
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Additional personal climbing Sherpa (upon request) **
  • Individual beverages
  • Personal expenses (namely phone calls, satellite phone communications, Internet, battery recharge and showers in the lodges, extra porters/yak and any other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips (UIAGM Mountain Guide, Climbing Sherpa team, Kitchen Team, porters/ ’yakman", drivers, City guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted Expedition price.

*We stay at your disposal for the booking of your international flight, please contact us: info@wildyakexpeditions.com

**To book at the latest 30 days prior the departure date. 

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for Ama Dablam expedition because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the climbing partners (climbing Sherpa) .

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION and MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at the famous Hyatt 5-star on a sharing basis, including breakfasts to prepare the best for the present Ama dablam Expedition. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During Trekking: We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouse) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination and program. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. Showers are available at the majority of the lodges. Please note that in the majority of the lodges the toilets are common, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms (depending on availability), in particular in Namche, Gokyo and Lukla in order to enjoy a shower and your rest day.

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisine such as Continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except the coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some specific days.

The individual beverages until Base Camp are on each participant's own charge.

During Lobuche Peak climbing: Pursuant to the present program, we settle campsites at the Lobuche base camp, installing dining and kitchen tent and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. Sleeping tents are provided on a sharing basis with an individual mattress.

In order to make your stay comfortable in the campsites, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities.

Ama Dablam Base Camp: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organised. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from ground and an extra-large thick mattress with soft pillow are provided for each individual tent.

Our triple skin base Primaloft dining tent is heated at evening (by heater) and the ground is insulated and topped up with a Tibetan carpet. Our kitchen is hygienic, clean and equipped with modern utensils and stoves. Likewise the shower tent is facilitated with hot gas system with shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and mirror. The toilet tent is big enough to render a high altitude toilet comfortable, equipped with toilet paper and fresh Odinel. A water bucket with soap and hand sanitizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending the number of participants. Radio, Internet, phone and batteries charging facilities are part of the Base Camp.

During the Expedition, you can enjoy various kinds of food, from the typical Nepali food to all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, European, Indian, Japanese etc.) Fresh bread, cakes and cookies at BC and ABC, along with varieties of drinks, among others, hot chocolate, coffee and fruit juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied as regularly as possible from our kitchen. On request, for higher camps, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) can be provided from our Kitchen Team as well as drinks and snacks.

Light and Generator: Base Camp is equipped with a powerful generator (with less noise but strong power for the altitude) and a solar recharge system.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. For safety our major aspects are:

  • 1 UIAGM Nepali mountain guide for the Group of participants (4-6 people)
  • 2 Climbing Sherpas for the Group
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in Alpine climbing, educated, have numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, are fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
  • Full time Base Camp Manager for Logistic service
  • We are flexible and supportive being a small group of Climbers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 10 climbers in the team
  • First Aid medical box, including 2 oxygen bottles with mask and regulator for emergency
  • 24/24 hours  high altitude consultant in case of emergency 
  • 1 Radio set per 2 participants during the ascents
  • A 24-hour service based radio station at Base Camp
  • Satellite phone (personal communications on each participant's own charge)
  • Weather forecast
  • Pre- acclimatisation climb on Lobuche Peak, 6119 meters
  • Fixing lines by Sherpa Team, where necessary
  • 1 day workshop at Base Camp
  • 1 day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of the personal things which may be effective during the climbing
  • We are associated with the local Helicopter Rescue companies

OUR TEAM

The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

UIAGM Nepali Mountain Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ UIAGM Mountain Guide is a professional authorised mountain guide by International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) with mountaineering experience in guiding around the Himalaya. Our Mountain Guide leads you to the mountain, giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is also helping as interpret with the local population. He is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Mountain Guide plays a vital role in taking care of the clients’ needs, supervising the staff/porters and assuring the safety requirements. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group throughout the Trip.

Climbing Sherpa(s): The number is depending on the size of the group of participants to this Expedition. Our climbing Sherpa team is a professional qualified team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya and deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is the Sherpas' role to fix the tents,  the ropes, where necessary and assist you all the way to the summit.

Kitchen Team: It plays a vital role during the entire Expeditions. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the Base Camp and its surroundings. The Cook's role is also to manage the Base Camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.

Grade

Before we choose the mountain to scale we want to know few important details about the climbing route of the mountain. Considering the experience of the guides and ascenders, we developed a simple and easy to understand grades system, which may help you to choose the Right Mountain to ascend as per your capability.

AMA DABLAM: Grade II-III

  • Fitness: requires excellent body strength, excellent endurance and stamina, excellent efficiency at altitude, excellent mental attitude to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude
  • Technical Skill: Advance Climbing Skill, should be confident climber in blue ice, mixture of Rock and Ice, should know very good knowledge of all the climbing gear, very good knowledge of High altitude medicines, should know survival tactics
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 4000-meter peak climbing experience in the Alps
  • Strength: Should be able to carry 8-10 kg backpack and climb in the high altitude environments
  • Climbing Distance between Camps: 4-10 hrs
  • Summit Distance overall: 10-12 hrs from last camp and back to last camp
  • Number of higher Camps: 3 camps
  • Degree of objective: Medium
  • Steep Sections: long nearly 50 to 100 meters some parts and steepness 35-55degree
  • Ice Climbing Sections: some places about 10 to 50 meters and 35-50 degrees
  • Mix Rock and Ice climbing: Some sections 10 to 50 meters and 35-60 degrees
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 6856 meters above sea level
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 59% to 49%

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