Ama Dablam Expedition Detail Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
From this day onward, we will be preparing for the Ama Dablam Expedition you need to get the permit to summit Ama Dablam we will be helping you in that matter. You need to provide us with the documents of your experience in mountain climbing which is most to get the permit to climb Ama Dablam. After getting your documents we will check and review it while briefing about the expedition to you. You should be in touch with us so that we can inform you if any kind of extra shopping is needed.
While we prepare with necessary formalities you will spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for a trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and answer your questions if you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing today include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world. After the tour is completed you can also do last minute shopping to buy gears for the expedition.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding:
We get ready early in the morning for our flight to Lukla. We are going to set our foot on the marvelous Everest region. A short and beautiful flight lands us at Lukla airstrip where incredible mountain views welcome us to the charming mountain region. As soon as we come out of the airport, we get ready to begin the trekking journey. We are trekking to Phakding today on a gentle and easy trail that takes us past chhortens, mani walls, prayer flags, etc. to let us know that the region has a big influence of Buddhism. We reach Phakding on the bank of Dudh Koshi River to stay overnight.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar:
We are going to enter Sagarmatha national park on our trek to Namche Bazar today. As we hit the trail from Phakding, we follow the river and cross in many different places over suspension bridges. Once we check at the national park checkpoint at Monjo, we continue walking towards the destination. Although the trail today gives us the pretty tough challenge of traversing uphill trail, we go on a gentle pace to ease the challenge. Bustling Namche Bazar welcomes us for the overnight stay.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar:
Today we will be giving our leg time to rest and prepare for the rest of the expedition. Namche Bazaar is an ideal point to take an additional overnight stay to acclimatize. Thus, we are going to explore around Namche Bazaar and return back here to stay overnight. We enjoy breakfast and set out for the day. We hike up to the Everest View Point. This incredible hike brings to a point that brings the epic Everest to our view for the very first time on the trip. We enjoy captivating views of the mountains and spend time exploring the surroundings before descending back to Namche Bazaar. We wander around this beautiful Sherpa village for the rest of the day and adjust with the climate.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche:
Today we will embark on our journey to the famous monastery of Everest Region, Tengboche Monastery. The first section of the trek goes uphill and becomes gentler before it descends to a mountain stream. After crossing the stream, it goes steep uphill towards Tengboche. Tengboche is a small and beautiful settlement that has great views of mountain peaks. The Buddhist monastery there, famously known as Tengboche Monastery, is a rich example of Buddhist cultural traditions prevalent in the region. We explore the monastery and surrounding and spend overnight here.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche:
We wake up for a lovely morning and relish our breakfast with the view of mountains given that it’s a fine morning. We are trekking to Pangboche today so we embark on the adventure walk of the day. Hiking out of the Tengboche village, we follow the downhill trail amidst the high mountain, reaching Debuche. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola, we will take a steep ascent to reach Pangboche.
Day 8: Trek from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp:
Today we will move towards Ama Dablam. Leaving the Pangboche, we take a steepy ascend far from the river and follow the trail and ridgeline to arrive at the base camp of Ama Dablam. After some time of walking fromPangboche, Ama Dablam begins to appear closer and becomes vividly stunning. You can also see the spectacular views of Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), Lobuche peak (6090) and other peaks forming a magnificent Himalayan panorama. Once we reach the base camp of Ama Dablam, we will observe the breathtaking views of pristine peaks along with the hanging glacier. The Ama Dablam Base Camp is an idyllic spot from which the majority of the route is visible. From the base camp, the view of the Ama Dablam and the hanging glacier is simply mesmerizing and spellbinding. As our crew member establish a tent, you can go explore around the base camp to explore the wilderness. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
Today is the day off to acclimatize your body to adjust with high altitude environment and climate. During the rest time, our guide will show you the proper way to use climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness, ascender, etc. They will also inform you about the possible risk and the preventive method to avoid during the summit. This training will help you to boost up your confidence and maximize the possibility of a successful summit of Ama Dablam. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10 - 12: Climbing Period of Ama Dablam:
From here onwards the expedition of Ama Dablam begins. The day to day itinerary is not provided by the company because at the higher altitude, the climate is unpredictable which may affect the expedition. The expedition schedule of Ama Dablam is determined by the expedition leader and the team members. The expedition leader determines the best possible way to approach the summit based on what fits with climbers and their own experience. Normally, one night is spent at Camp 1 for acclimatization and before 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.
Camp One (5700 Meter / 18,800ft):
From Base Camp of Ama Dablam camp, 1 is 5 hours further but the trail is mostly easy. Along the trail, you will notice a short section of casual rock scrambled about 100m in length. To reach camp 1 you will need to climb some large boulder and climb an easy fourth-class slap. You will not be provided with any fixed rope in place. The camp 1 is not as flexible as base camp due to which you need to adjust with other climbers and share your tents. There’s roughly place for six to seven double tents while the same amount for single tents.
Camp Two (5950 Meter/ 19,521ft):
Camp two is elevated at 5950 meters and climb from camp 1 to camp 2 is the hardest during this expedition. The climbing includes fourth class horizontal rock ridge around several pinnacles and gendarmes, huge exposures with massive drop-offs on both sides of the ridge. You will find great quality granite during your climbing sessions. At the end of your climbing sessions, you need to climb the yellow tower for 6 meter which is French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. Once you climb the yellow tower you will arrive at Camp 2.
Camp Three (6200 Meter / 20,341 ft):
The climb to camp three includes ice and snow terrains make it a bit challenging. There is a various point where you will find fixed ropes for climbing purpose. The climb from camp 2 to camp 3 shifts over to mixed, ice and snow terrain. You will have great views of Ama Dablam base camp, Kusum Kanguru and Kantega while climbing through rough terrains of ice and snow. It is now time to traverse the infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6150 meters/20,300 feet. Looking up at camp 3 (6300 meters/20,800 feet), with the Dablam above. Some strong climbers push for the summit from camp two. The route from the yellow tower to camp three is almost 55º of slop most of the way.
Summit (6812 Meter / 22349ft):
To summit Ama Dablam from camp three and return to camp two takes every climber about 10 hours. While summiting you will be dealing with some pitches of dramatic but very solid snow-ice(40º+) while climbing to the side of Dablam. Once you finish these pitches you will reach a fluted snow/ice field (30-50º) leading you to one of the world’s finest summit. From the summit, you can see Khumbu and the astonishing panoramic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Shisapangma and Makalu.
Note: The given day can vary depending upon the weather condition.
Day 13: Trek Back to Namche Bazaar:
After successfully conquering the peak of the worlds most beautiful Mountain, today we head back to Namche Bazaar. Leaving the Base Camp after breakfast, we take a downhill trail through some magnificently carved mani stones to the Imja Khola. Crossing the steel suspension bridge, we climb uphill to Debache and then a short steep climb through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendron reach Tengboche. From here, we trek along the Dudh Koshi river. Passing magnificent rhododendron forest, waterfall; we eventually arrive at Namche Bazaar. Once we arrive at Namche Bazaar- the main trading town, we can take a walk around the town or rest at the hotel room.
Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla:
We trek all the way back to Lukla today to finish the Expedition Journey. We trek past Monjo and Phakding villages; encounter the Dudh Koshi River along the trail and eventually reach Lukla. As the final day of the trek, we can celebrate the beautiful adventure.
We see off our trekking potters here today thanking them for all the help they provided to make our trip possible.
Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:
We wake up early for our flight back to Kathmandu. We say goodbye to the serene and magnificent mountains and board the flight to come back to the city civilization. The rest of the afternoon in Kathmandu will be at leisure. Walking around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding a massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.
Day 16: Leisure and contingency day:
After arriving at Kathmandu, we need to rest as our body has gone through rough climbing and dry air. We need to get fresh air and for that, you get the leisure day at Kathmandu.
We are taking you for the farewell dinner and to celebrate the successful summit of the World’s most beautiful Mountain - Ama Dablam Expedition tonight.
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure:
On the last day of our trip, representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks will drive you to the airport according to your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.
We hope that you enjoyed the Ama Dablam Expedition and hope to see you for another adventure soon.