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Ama Dablam Expedition (6,812M ) - Autumn 2014

Pyramid shaped Mount Amadablam (6812m.) one of the most stunning peaks in the Himalaya and one of the most impressive mountains in the world, located to the south of Everest and Lhotse is characterized by vertical walls and sharp exposed ridges with the beauty in the class of Matterhorn. It stands above Thayangboche monastery, another pearl of beauty due to combination of its setting and architecture, on the way to Everest Base Camp. Ama Dablam, The Matternhorn of Himalayas, leaves a lasting impression on many as it is perhaps the most stunning mountain along the popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp. However, the expedition demands good skills of rock climbing, ice climbing, sufficient experience of high altitude and technical competency.

Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge. The climb is typically done with three camps along the ridge with camp 3 just below and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam, so that any ice that calves off the glacier typically goes away from the camp. A climbing permit and a liaison officer are required when attempting Ama Dablam, however there are no sure rules as 2006 avalanche proved otherwise killing 6 climbers. As with Mt. Everest, the best climbing months are April-May in spring season and September-October in autumn season. In addition to a standard expedition, Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition offers two special Ama Dablam expeditions combined with the trek to Everest Base Camp or combined with the Island Peak climb. The trek to Everest Base camp extends the program by 5 days but this is a very nice way to acclimatize for the climb and to pay homage to the King of the Himalayas to experience the classic Everest view from Kallapather.

Combining Ama Dablam expedition with Island Peak climb extends the program by 7 days but this is a very nice way to acclimatize for the climb and to pay homage to the King of the Himalayas to experience the classic Everest massif view from the summit of Island Peak, which in itself is a nice visual and albeit easy but pleasant climbing experience.

Our Ama Dablam Climbing Services

In the Base Camp: Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to ensure a good quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the track to the ABC we organize all required accommodation and food.
In the Base camp our cook and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In the base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff. In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, and solar panels to charge your batteries
Full Board: For full board clients we provide personal tent and food, which will be prepared by their climbing Sherpa. We provide UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, camp 2 and camp 3 including food and fuel provisions, and assist the client all the way the summit on this technical climb, where one requires a climbing buddy and a belayer. The climb requires cooperation between teams in setting up fixed ropes. Our camp manager and guides will coordinate work with other teams on the route setting.

Approaches to ABC

Approach to the Base camp is short, sweet and beautiful beginning with the amazing flight to Lukla and following Everest Base camp trail through Namcha Bazaar to Pengboche and peeling off it just past Pangboche
The Basecamp is located at 4200m.

Climbing Routes

The standard climbing route is via the Southwest ridge with typical arrangement of 3 high camps: Camp 1 (5600m), Camp 2 (5900m) and Camp 3 (6200m) with Base Camp at 4500m and High Camp at 5000m.
High Camp is located 150m below the ridge and all other 3 camps are directly on the ridge ensuring a great vantage point for all camps for stunning views.

Testimonials

Pumori Expedition -Autumn 2009

Pumori ExpeditionWe have been Travelling Nepal already 2 times for climbing Ama dablam and Lhotse Expedition in Year 2004 and 2007. We used Snowy Horizon Expedition for Pumori Expedition. We went with some international and local companies before we found Rishi Bhandari of Snowy Horizon Manager in 2009. Comparing to all companies that I used before 2004, the quality service level, commitments and Price, we found Snowy Horizon Treks are first class and very satisfied with professional & experienced crews. All the services from Arrival day to Final departure........Read More

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Ama Dablam 6812m Free Solo

Thanks to Snowy Horizon for a good support and excellent service in basecamp. From there the mission was to go up alone, no fix ropes- no oxygen.  I am Jost Kobusch a 21 years young German climber ( https://www.facebook.com/jostgoforit ).

"People told me that I am crazy and I knew that it was crazy what I am doing but I first realized the dimension of it when I was standing on an altitude of almost 6000m. In front of the yellow tower which has a difficulty of  approximately 5.8/5b+/6- I thought about what the hell I am doing here, is it really just to touch my limits or just to break the world record? But I felt that it was the right thing to do and when my Olympus Mons where standing on the first little spots in the granite wall I forgot about all these questions, I forgot that there was 800m air under my feet, I forgot the world around me. I was just focussing on climbing every move, every holder like it was the only thing I have ever known, there was just no space to think about the deathly consequences of a little mistake. I was in this special place, in this special moment. If you want to feel what I've felt, go out into the mountains yourself - and if you wanna feel a part of it already right know watch my video!

Standard Itanerary Details of Ama Dablam Expedition - Autumn 2014

Oct11/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1340m)

Oct11/Day 02: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing.

Oct12/Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840m) and trek to Phakding (2800m approx 4 hrs walk)

Oct13/Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m approx 6hrs walk)

Oct14/Day 05: Namche Bazaar rest day for acclimatization, you may walk to Everest view Hotel (3800m approx 2 hrs) seen Everest range mountain, back to Namche and visit Hilary and Sherpa museum.

Oct15/Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche(3860m approx 5 hrs walk)and visit monastery.

Oct16/Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Ama Dablam Base camp (4400m Approx 4 hrs walk)

Oct17/Day 08: Base Camp preparation $& rest day.

Oct18/Day 09-25: Climbing period (summit Ama Dablam 6,812m)

Nov04/Day 26: Trek from Ama Dablam base camp to Tengboche(3860M approx 6 hrs walk)

Nov05/Day 27: Trek from Tengboche to manju (2800m approx 07 hrs walk)

Nov06/Day 28: Trek from Manju to Lukla(2840m approx 5 hrs walk)

Nov07/Day 29: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (35M) transfer to hotel sight seen major point in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening

Nov08/Day 30: Final Departure or alternatively, join other activities.

 

Itinerary Details of Ama Dablam Expedition with Everest Kalapatther Trek

Oct10/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1340m)

Oct11/Day 02: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing.

Oct12/Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840m) and trek to Phakding (2800m approx 4 hrs walk)

Oct13/Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m approx 6hrs walk)

Oct14/Day 05: Namche Bazaar rest day for acclimatization, you may walk to Everest view Hotel (3800m approx 2 hrs) seen Everest range mountain, back to Namche and visit Hilary and Sherpa museum.

Oct15/Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche(3860m approx 5 hrs walk)and visit monastery.

Oct16/Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350M - Approx 4 hrs)

Oct17/Day 08: Rest day in Dingbotche, for acclimatization, Trek to Chhukung (4730m -appprox 2 hours watch view of Ama Dablam, Island peak and back to Dingbotche.

Oct18/Day 09: Trek from dingbotche to Lobuche (5018M - Approx 4 hrs)

Oct19/Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep & Acclimatization (5170M - Approx 3 hrs )

Oct20/Day 11: Trek from Gorekshep to Kalapattar (5545M) watch view of Mountains & Trek back down to Pheriche (4280M - approx 6/7 hrs)

Oct21/Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base camp(4400m) which takes about five and half hours.

Oct22/Day 13-29: Climbing period (summit Ama Dablam (6812m)

Nov12/Day 30: Trek from Ama Dablam base camp to Tengboche(3860M approx 6 hrs walk)

Nov13/Day 31: Trek from Tengboche to manju (2800m approx 07 hrs walk)

Nov14/Day 32: Trek from Manju to Lukla(2840m approx 5 hrs walk)

Nov15/Day 33: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (35M) transfer to hotel sight seen major point in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening

Nov16/Day 34: Final Departure or alternatively, join other activities.

 

Itinerary Details of Ama Dablam Expedition with Island Peak Climbing

Oct10/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1340m)

Oct11/Day 02: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing.

Oct12/Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840m) and trek to Phakding (2800m approx 4 hrs walk)

Oct13/Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m approx 6hrs walk)

Oct14/Day 05: Namche Bazaar rest day for acclimatization, you may walk to Everest view Hotel (3800m approx 2 hrs) seen Everest range mountain, back to Namche and visit Hilary and Sherpa museum.

Oct15/Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche(3860m approx 5 hrs walk)and visit monastery.

Oct16/Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350M - Approx 4 hrs)

Oct17/Day 08: Rest day in Dingbotche, for acclimatization, Trek to Chhukung (4730m -appprox 2 hours watch view of Ama Dablam, Island peak and back to Dingbotche.

Oct18/Day 09: Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) which it takes about two and a half hour.

Oct19/Day 10: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) which it takes about three hours.

Oct20/Day 11 – 12: Climb to Island Peak (6189m.)

Oct22/Day 13: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche, which takes about three hours.

Oct23/Day 14: Trek from Dingboche to Ama Dablam Base camp(4400m)

Oct24/Day 15: Base Camp preparation & rest day.

Oct25/Day 16-31: Climbing period (summit Ama Dablam (6812m)

Nov10/Day 32: Trek from Ama Dablam base camp to Tengboche(3860M approx 6 hrs walk)

Nov11/Day 33: Trek from Tengboche to manju (2800m approx 07 hrs walk)

Nov12/Day 34: Trek from Manju to Lukla(2840m approx 5 hrs walk)

Nov13/Day 35: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (35M) transfer to hotel sight seen major point in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Nov14/Day 36: Final Departure or alternatively, join other activities

 

Note:

  • the above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customised according to your available time and requirements.
  • the final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.
  • For further information please read: How to book Trip in Nepal?
  • The price for your selected peak climbing/mountaineering expedition will vary depending on group size, trip category (full board/base camp service), your budget, individualised itinerary, accommodation (budget to 5 star), level of service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors. The price range for the same trip can vary widely so if you would like to discuss yourrequirements with us we will provide you a very competitive price

  • Please e-mail us for up-to-date prices for Ama Dablam Expedition Trip

Full Board Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport (by Non A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • 4 Nights accommodations at 4 Star hotels in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member and Staff including airport tax.
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 30kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Everest.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Ama Dablam
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteer Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags.
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)

Full Board Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be charged extra.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera).
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

Base Camp Service Cost Include


  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • 4 nights 4 star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member and Staff.
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Ama Dablam
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 20kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and kitchen crew up to base camp.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/ Pashmina etc.)

Base Camp Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Climbing sherpa and High altitude food
  • Tend obove Base Camp
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods;
  • Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s)
  • Appropriate food for high altitude.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition offers personal equipment rentals for clients, who have limited cargo allowance with their airfare or do not wish to purchase expensive expedition grade gear but rent it instead.
Clients purchasing Base Camp Services only may choose to hire or purchase high camp equipment.
Please let us know in advance prior to your arrival so that we can meet your needs on your arrival stress free.
The quoted prices are for the duration of the expedition and we provide original North Face, Ozark and Marmot Company Only.

Rental Price List

Item Rental Cost US$ Purchase Cost US$
Expedition Tent US$ 150.00 US$ 300.00
Rucksack (small) US$ 50.00 US$ 150.00
Rucksack (large) US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
Gas Stove US$ 25.00 US$ 100.00
Oxygen bottle - US$ 500.00
Oxygen mask + Regulator US$ 250 (second Hend) US$ 900.00
Sleeping bag US$ 100.00 US$ 400.00
Down Jacket US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
High Camp Goose Down Jacket US$ 200.00 US$ 500.00

 

Climbing Sherpa Fee U$2,000 (if required by client for base camp service user)