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Ama Dablam Expedition

An Ama Dablam Expedition is also commonly known as "Mount Ama Dablam Expedition." This term describes a climbing expedition to Mount Ama Dablam, a strikingly beautiful peak located in the Himalayas of Nepal. Climbers and mountaineers embark on Ama Dablam Expeditions to reach its summit, testing their technical climbing skills and experiencing the breathtaking landscapes and challenging conditions of this region.

Ama Dablam, standing at 6,812 meters, is situated in the eastern region of Nepal within the Khumbu region. It is also referred to as Amai Dablang and is renowned as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas." This peak holds the distinction of being the third most sought-after Himalayan summit for expeditionary purposes. It is located in the Mahalangur sub-range of the Nepalese Himalayas.

The name "Ama Dablam" translates to "Mother's Necklace" in English. The elongated ridges on both flanks are symbolically regarded as the arms of a mother (Aama), enveloping and safeguarding her offspring. The hanging glaciers are reminiscent of a "Dablam," signifying a traditional double pendant adorned with the image of a deity, a cherished accessory worn by Sherpa women in Nepal.

Historically, Ama Dablam was conquered for the first time on March 13, 1961. The successful ascent was achieved by a team comprising Mike Gill from New Zealand, Barry Bishop from the United States, Mike Ward from the United Kingdom, and Wally Romanes, also from New Zealand. This feat was accomplished via the Southwest Ridge route.

Among the various routes available, the Southwest Ridge stands out as the most popular and frequently traversed. This path typically necessitates the establishment of three camps along the ridge. Camp III is strategically positioned just beneath and to the right of the hanging glacier. Ama Dablam presents itself as a formidable ice pyramid, characterized by steep vertical walls and prominently exposed ridges.

Ama Dablam's silhouette is a masterpiece of natural architecture - a steep pyramid of ice, flaunting vertical walls that command respect, and exposed ridges that dare the adventurous spirit. The ascent to its summit demands not only technical prowess but also an unwavering commitment to conquer both the physical and mental challenges that this grand Himalayan giant presents.

Ama Dablam Expedition

Climbing Routes on Mount Ama Dablam Expedition

Starting Price

USD 7,000.00

Duration

37 Days

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge and Tent

Max. Altitude

6,812m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Walking/Day

Trekking Grade

Group Size

2-15 Person


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrive in Kathmandu

    Upon arriving in Kathmandu, a warm welcome awaits you as our representative from Ethic Himalaya will be there to receive you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. To begin your journey on a delightful note, we have arranged a special welcome dinner in the evening. This memorable dinner will showcase an array of authentic Nepalese cuisine, accompanied by a heartwarming welcome drink to embrace you into the local culture.

  • 02 Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

  • 03 Expedition briefing at Department of Tourism

    Today, all teams will partake in a formal expedition briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. During this time, we will also have the opportunity to rest and become familiar with the local surroundings. These days are allocated for finalizing official procedures and necessary arrangements. A comprehensive briefing regarding the expedition's nature, required equipment, and team composition will be provided. This period can also be utilized for any last-minute personal shopping, given that our departure for the mountains is scheduled for the following day.

    In the late afternoon of the day before our mountain departure, our climbing leader will conduct a thorough inspection of our gear and equipment. This marks our final chance to acquire any missing items in Kathmandu. Moreover, we will have the privilege of getting to know our fellow expedition members, guides, and crew members. The overnight stay will take place in Kathmandu.

  • 04 By a Private Helicopter: KATHMANDU - LUKLA (2850m). Trek to PHAKDING (2650m, 3hrs).

    Your day will begin early as you head to Kathmandu airport to catch a flight to Lukla. Assuming the flight departs on time, you will be treated to fine weather and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks during the flight. Once you land in Lukla, the trail starts at a Kani or gateway. As you set off, you'll begin walking down gently descending trails and pass by rolling farmlands that extend over a wide promontory with views overlooking the Dudh Koshi River canyon. The snow-capped peak at the head of the valley is Kumbila (5,716m), a mountain considered sacred to the Sherpa community. On the way to Phakding, you'll come across a huge boulder inscribed with Tibetan religious mantras, predominantly "Om Mani Padme Hum". After around 3 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Phakding.

  • 05 PHAKDING - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3450m, 5hrs).

    We will continue our trek northward, following the Dudh Koshi River until we reach Jorsale, where we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From Jorsale, it's only a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi). After that, we will begin a steep ascent that will take approximately 2 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center that hosts a weekly Saturday market. This leg of the journey will cover a distance of about 10.5 km/6.5 miles and take around 5 hours to complete on foot.

  • 06 Acclimatization day in NAMCHE.

    Today is a rest and acclimatization day, and it is particularly important as we will be gaining altitude quickly in the coming days. We will take this opportunity to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. To aid the acclimatization process, we will embark on a 3-hour hike to Syangboche (3,760m), which offers a stunning panoramic view of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This hike will also provide us with an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and customs.

  • 07 NAMCHE BAZAAR – TENGBOCHE (3865m, 5h)

    The well-maintained trail is smooth and effortless, offering a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest before descending into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka. From this point, the trail gradually ascends the right flank of the valley, leading to the revered Tengboche Monastery (3,865m). As the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, Tengboche holds immense significance for trekkers and locals alike. Despite the long ascent, the panoramic views of Mt. Amadablam and, on clear days, Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks more than compensate for the effort.

  • 08 TENGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE (4,358m, 5hrs)

    We will start our trek by descending for approximately thirty minutes through a verdant forest to reach the riverside. After crossing the river, we will embark on a gradual ascent to Pangboche, which is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, situated at an altitude of 3,985m/13,074ft. Along the way, we will be treated to stunning views of the alpine scenery and pass by grazing yak herds. In the afternoon, we will continue our ascent through picturesque alpine meadows until we reach Dingboche, our destination for the day.

  • 09 Acclimatization

    This phase of the expedition holds significant importance. Dingboche proves to be an ideal location for acclimatization due to its altitude. Spending several days here allows for proper adjustment to the high elevation. The team leader will arrange daily excursions to the neighboring hills, gradually facilitating acclimatization. By venturing onto the nearby hills, we will gradually expose ourselves to higher altitudes. It is recommended to adhere to the acclimatization routine that has previously suited you best, ensuring maximum adjustment before reaching the base camp.

    While staying in Dingboche, an opportunity to attend a high altitude acclimatization seminar is available at a hospital operated by the Himalayan Rescue Association in nearby Pheriche. The journey to Pheriche and back serves as valuable acclimatization training as well. As part of this acclimatization process, we will also ascend a ridge situated behind the village. This vantage point offers views of six of the world's tallest peaks, including Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The overnight stay will be in Dingboche.

  • 10 DINGBOCHE – LOBUCHE (4,928m, 4hrs)

    Following breakfast at the lodge, we will begin our trek by making our way through the valley until we reach the bottom of the hill. From there, the trail will ascend steeply as we make our way toward Dugla. After Dugla, we will continue our climb up to the ridge, which is marked by several memorials honoring the Sherpas who lost their lives on the glacier of Mount Everest. From the ridge, the trail will gradually climb up to Lobuche, where we will spend the night.

  • 11 Hike to Everest BC (5,380m). Overnight at Gorakshep (5,164m)

    Today presents a formidable challenge, yet the rewards are bound to make it a standout moment of the trek as we journey towards Everest Base Camp. With an early start, we embark on an undulating path along the western edge of the expansive Khumbu valley and glacier. Roughly 2 to 3 hours into our trek, the trail descends onto a sandy basin leading to Gorakshep. Following a light lunch, we undertake a 5 to 6-hour round-trip trek to Everest Base Camp, returning to Gorakshep for our overnight stay. Beyond the sandy flat of Gorakshep, the trail ascends the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, a two-hour ascent followed by a descent onto rocky glacial moraine. Meandering through captivating ice seracs, we reach Everest Base Camp, offering breathtaking close-up views of the Khumbu icefall. A brief pause is followed by retracing our steps back to Gorakshep.

  • 12 Hike to Kalapathar (5,545m). Back to Lobuche Base Camp (4840m)

    Following an early breakfast, our morning unfolds with a rewarding ascent to the summit of Kalapathar. The 2 to 3-hour walk proves its worth as we are rewarded with spectacular vistas, encompassing the magnificence of Everest and the Khumbu Ice Fall, as well as the towering Himalayan giants like Pumori, Changtse, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Ample time is allocated atop Kalapathar to allow for contemplation, inviting you to immerse yourself in the grandeur of the mountains and the intricate beauty of the ice formations. After descending from Kalapathar, we reconvene at the Gorakshep teahouse for a nourishing lunch. Our return journey takes us past Lobuche Base Camp, allowing us to retrace our steps through the breathtaking landscape we've come to embrace.

  • 13 Lobuche BC to Lobuche High Camp (5,770m)

    Starting from Lobuche Base Camp, we embark on our trek towards Lobuche High Camp. Initially, we traverse a relatively flatter terrain, but as we progress, the path becomes steeper and rockier. Making our way through the rocky moraine path, we eventually reach the High Camp. Here, we set up our camp, take a well-deserved lunch break, and rest in preparation for the climb. The ascent to around 5,770m involves scaling rock surfaces, and beyond that point, we encounter icy sections where we may need to use ropes. The extent of rope usage depends on the season and the presence of crevasses. Fixed ropes are typically employed, with man ropes used as necessary, depending on the judgment of the climbing leaders. Our overnight stay is at Lobuche East High Camp, where we gather strength for the challenging climb ahead.

  • 14 Summit Lobuche East Peak (6,119m). Back to Pheriche (4,265m)

    Today marks the long-awaited and cherished day of our summit attempt. With an early start, we set out on the challenging journey towards the pinnacle of Lobuche East. This lesser-known peak offers unparalleled panoramic views, even rivaling those of other renowned peaks like Island Peak. Upon reaching the majestic summit of Lobuche, a breathtaking vista unfolds before us, revealing the grandeur of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and a multitude of other Himalayan giants. We take time to celebrate this remarkable achievement and capture cherished memories through photographs. Eventually, we begin our descent, making our way back to Pheriche, where we can bask in the fulfillment of conquering Lobuche East and relish the unforgettable memories of this extraordinary expedition.

  • 15 Pheriche to Pangboche (3,985m)

    Continuing our journey, we'll travel from Pheriche to the village of Pangboche. Along the way, we'll pass through the scenic Khumbu River valley and charming Sherpa settlements like Orsho and Shomare. Eventually, we'll arrive at Pangboche, known for hosting the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. From this village, you'll be able to relish the breathtaking views of iconic peaks like Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga, Kongde ridges, and the Imja Tse River.

  • 16 Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m)

    Departing from Pangboche, we will make our way towards Amadablam Base Camp. The journey entails a scenic trail that descends to the river before ascending sharply to Kharka. This trail provides up-close views of prominent peaks like Amadablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, Pumori, Cholatse, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, and Amphu Gyabjen. As we continue, the striking presence of Amadablam Mountain becomes more prominent. Upon reaching the Amadablam Base Camp, we will be treated to vistas of numerous awe-inspiring peaks and hanging glaciers. This is where we will rendezvous with the rest of our crew at the Base Camp.

  • 17-18 Rest and Preparation Day

    Over the following two days, our primary focus will be on acclimatization to the high altitude and making preparations for the forthcoming summit expedition on Mt. Ama Dablam, scheduled in a little over 2 weeks. This period of rest at the base camp is crucial for ensuring our gradual adjustment to the altitude. Simultaneously, we will utilize this time to clean, rearrange, and ensure the readiness of our equipment and personal belongings. Our overnight accommodation will be once again at the Amadablam Base Camp. As part of the Sherpa tradition, a puja Ceremony will be conducted to seek blessings for the successful ascent of Amadablam. Additionally, we will conduct an extensive climbing clinic around the base camp to further hone our skills before embarking on the final push to the summit.

  • 19-30 Mt. Ama Dablam Climbing Periods

    Base Camp (4,570m / 15,000 ft): This is where climbers begin their journey. The base camp serves as the starting point for acclimatization and preparation. Climbers spend time here adjusting to the altitude and preparing their gear.

    Camp 1 (5,700m / 17,400 ft): After spending some time at the base camp, climbers ascend to Camp 1. This part of the climb is technically challenging and helps further with acclimatization. Climbers typically spend a night at Camp 1 before returning to the base camp for final preparations.

    Camp 2 (6,400m / 21,000 ft): Once climbers are acclimatized and prepared, they move up to Camp 2. This leg of the climb involves ascending mixed terrain of rock, snow, and ice. Camp 2 is an important point for climbers to rest and acclimatize further before proceeding higher.

    Camp 3 (6,800m / 22,300 ft): From Camp 2, climbers continue to Camp 3. This section can be challenging due to the mixed and potentially loose terrain. Camp 3 serves as the final acclimatization point before the summit push.

    Summit Push: The final stretch from Camp 3 to the summit is described as relatively less technical, but it's still a significant challenge due to the altitude and potential fatigue. Climbers need to be cautious and well-prepared for the demanding conditions.

    Descent: After successfully reaching the summit, climbers descend back to Camp 3, then continue their descent to Camp 2 and eventually back to Camp 1. The descent can also be physically demanding, and caution is necessary to ensure safety.

    Return to Base Camp: Once climbers have descended back to Camp 1, they make their way back to the base camp. This marks the completion of the expedition.

    Ama Dablam's ascent involves a combination of technical climbing skills, physical fitness, and acclimatization to high altitudes. The use of fixed lines and established ropes assists climbers in navigating challenging terrain. However, it's important to note that climbing any mountain, especially one as technical as Ama Dablam, comes with inherent risks, and climbers need to be well-prepared, experienced, and equipped with the necessary skills and gear to ensure a safe and successful ascent.

  • 31 Base Camp Clean Up

    Upon successfully summiting Mt. Ama Dablam, we diligently undertake the responsibility of responsible travelers by meticulously removing all accumulated waste. Amidst a blend of elation, physical fatigue, and a profound sense of accomplishment, we proceed to methodically restore the base camp area. With a combination of gratification, bodily exertion, and the unmistakable feeling of triumph, we then transition into the process of preparing for departure. This involves systematically organizing our belongings, conducting a thorough campsite cleanup, and ensuring its pristine condition as we anticipate the forthcoming phase of our expedition.

  • 32 Ama Dablam Base Camp to Tengboche

    The trail takes you through diverse terrains, from rugged areas to peaceful views. Starting at the Ama Dablam Base Camp, you'll gradually journey to Tengboche, known for its spiritual significance. Along the way, you'll encounter the harmony between nature and the local Sherpa culture, adding vibrant traditions to your journey. This trek merges challenges of high-altitude trekking with spiritual connections, passing through rhododendron forests and crossing mountain passes, culminating at the revered Tengboche Monastery. Each step not only reveals the beauty of the Khumbu region but also a strong link to its rich heritage. This expedition showcases personal strength and the majestic allure of the Himalayas, leaving lasting memories for those who choose to explore this remarkable route.

  • 33 Tengboche to Monjo (2,835m)

    Embark on an awe-inspiring trek from Tengboche to Monjo through the stunning Himalayan landscapes. Descend through lush forests for about 2 hours and enjoy the tranquil riverside. Then, embark on a two-hour ascent to a magnificent hill with breathtaking panoramic vistas. The pleasant walk leads back to Namche Bazaar, retracing the familiar path. Finally, continue the descent to the picturesque village of Monjo, immersing yourself in the cultural charm of the Everest region. This unforgettable trek promises an enriching experience for all adventurers seeking the beauty of the Himalayas.

  • 34 Monjo to Lukla (2,860m)

    From Monjo, the trek continues with a descent through the stunning Dudh Koshi valley, passing by picturesque villages like Phakding, Ghat, and Cheplung. Upon reaching Chaurikharka, we begin the final ascent of the trek, making our way to Lukla. Once at the lodge in Lukla, you can unwind and cherish your last evening in the delightful company of the Sherpa guides and the exceptional porters who have been instrumental in making this journey memorable. It's an ideal opportunity to appreciate their support and camaraderie while reflecting on the incredible experiences you've had during your trek.

  • 35 By a Private Helicopter: Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, we'll take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. To avoid any potential weather-related delays, we'll be traveling via private helicopter, which will offer a scenic flight of approximately 35 minutes. This will give you one last opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains you've recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you wish.

  • 36 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city as many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

  • 37 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Included in package cost
  • Airport Transfer: Private vehicle airport pickup and drop.
  • Welcome Dinner: Enjoy an authentic Nepalese dinner with Expedition staff.
  • Accommodation: 5 nights twin-sharing room in Kathmandu hotels with breakfast.
  • City Tour: Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with English-speaking guide.
  • Domestic Flights: Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • Transportation: All required transport for staff and members.
  • Trekking: Lodge trek from Lukla to Base Camp, then back. Food at Base Camp during the Expedition.
  • Climbing Permits: Lobuche Peak and Mt. Amadablam Expedition permit.
  • National Park Fees: Entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Porterage: Personal climbing equipment portered Kathmandu-Lukla-Base Camp-Kathmandu (up to 60 kg per person).
  • Staff: Base Camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper, Liaison officer.
  • Equipment Allowance: Daily allowance, equipment allowance, and flight tickets.
  • Climbing Support: 1:1 climbing Sherpa, High-Altitude Sherpa, Basecamp Cook & kitchen assistant.
  • Tents: 1 tent for 2 persons for Expedition, Necessary VE25 North Face High Tents.
  • High Camp Services: Essential gear, cooking utensils, high-altitude tent, and food.
  • Food and Fuel: Food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during the expedition. Cook and kitchen staff at Base Camp. Common Climbing Equipment: Ropes, ice bars, ice screws, etc.
  • Emergency Gear: Oxygen, satellite phone, gas heater, generator.
  • Insurance: Medical and emergency rescue insurance for Nepalese expedition crew.
  • Air Cargo: Transportation of cargo to and from Lukla.
  • Agency Service: Service charge by the agency.

Please note that this package provides comprehensive services for your Amadablam Expedition, including transportation, accommodations, meals, climbing equipment, and support staff, ensuring a safe and successful journey.

Not included in package
  • International Flights: Flight tickets to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Visa: Visa fee for entering Nepal.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra Accommodation: Additional nights in Kathmandu for early arrivals, late departures, or early returns from the expedition.
  • Personal Equipment: Climbing and trekking gear for personal use.
  • Garbage Deposit: Lobuche Peak and Mt. Ama Dablam.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel, high-altitude, accident, medical insurance, and emergency evacuation coverage.
  • Communication Permits: Walkie Talkie and satellite phone permits.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenditures.
  • Climbing Sherpa Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (estimated at USD $600+).
  • Tips: Please consider tipping for Basecamp staff and porters.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Cost of emergency rescue evacuation if required, and other personal expenses.
  • Beverages: Costs related to bar bills and beverages.

Please be aware that the mentioned expenses are not included in the package and should be accounted for separately when planning your Amadablam Expedition.


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Ama Dablam Expedition is a high-altitude mountaineering endeavor that involves ascending the iconic Ama Dablam mountain in the Himalayas. This expedition offers experienced climbers the opportunity to test their skills and endurance on one of Nepal's most renowned peaks. Ama Dablam is located in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, within the Sagarmatha National Park, which is also home to Mount Everest and several other notable peaks.

The expedition involves navigating through various technical climbing sections, including rock, ice, and mixed terrain, making it a challenging and rewarding climb. Participants undergo rigorous training, acclimatization, and preparation before attempting the ascent. The views from Ama Dablam's summit offer panoramic vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, making the expedition not only a physical achievement but also a memorable adventure in a breathtaking mountain environment.

Ama Dablam Expedition is tailored for individuals with a specific set of skills and attributes due to the challenging nature of the climb. It is most suitable for:

Experienced Mountaineers: This expedition is best suited for climbers with previous high-altitude mountaineering experience. Familiarity with the physical and mental demands of high-altitude environments is essential.

Technical Climbers: Participants should possess proficient technical climbing skills, including expertise in rock and ice climbing techniques. Ama Dablam's varied terrain requires climbers to navigate through challenging sections using ropes, crampons, and other climbing equipment.

Physical Fitness: Climbers must be in excellent physical condition. The expedition involves strenuous trekking, vertical ascents, and endurance challenges. Regular cardiovascular and strength training is necessary to prepare for the physical demands.

Altitude Acclimatization: Given the high altitude of Ama Dablam, climbers should have prior experience with altitude acclimatization. Familiarity with the effects of high altitude on the body and strategies for gradual adaptation is crucial for success and safety.

Mental Resilience: Climbers must possess strong mental resilience to cope with physical challenges, exposure to extreme weather conditions, and the potential for altitude-related issues. Patience, determination and the ability to make informed decisions are essential traits.

Team Players: The expedition is often conducted as a team effort. Participants should be comfortable collaborating with fellow climbers, guides, and support staff, as teamwork and mutual support contribute to a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Risk Management Awareness: Understanding the risks associated with high-altitude mountaineering and being able to follow safety protocols is vital. Prior experience in assessing and managing risks in mountain environments is beneficial.

It's important for individuals considering the Ama Dablam Expedition to honestly assess their skills, experience, and physical condition before committing to the climb. The safety and success of the expedition rely on each participant's preparedness and suitability for the challenges posed by Ama Dablam's terrain and altitude.

Ama Dablam Expedition is best undertaken during specific seasons when the weather and climbing conditions are most favorable. The recommended periods are:

  • Spring Season (April to May): This is the pre-monsoon season, known for its relatively stable weather and clear skies. The temperatures are generally warmer, and the snow conditions are manageable. Spring offers excellent visibility and a reduced risk of avalanches, making it an optimal time for the expedition.
  • Autumn Season (September to November): The post-monsoon season is another ideal window for the Ama Dablam Expedition. The weather becomes stable after the monsoon rains, leading to clear skies and good visibility. The temperatures are relatively mild, and the trails and climbing routes are well-defined due to the previous climbing season's traffic.

Both spring and autumn seasons provide climbers with the best chances for successful ascents and stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan landscape. The months outside of these seasons can present more challenging conditions, such as harsh winter cold, deep snow, and increased risk of avalanches, which can significantly impact the safety and feasibility of the expedition. It's important to plan the expedition within the recommended seasons to optimize safety and the overall experience.

The duration of the Ama Dablam Expedition can vary based on several factors, including the chosen route, climber experience, acclimatization schedule, weather conditions, and the specific itinerary designed by the expedition operator. However, a standard expedition timeline typically spans around 3 to 6 weeks.

It's important to note that these timeframes are general estimates and can vary based on individual and group pacing, weather delays, and other unforeseen circumstances. Expedition operators typically design itineraries that account for these factors while prioritizing safety and successful summit attempts. Climbers should be prepared for a flexible schedule and potential adjustments due to changing conditions.

Yes, participants in the Ama Dablam Expedition are required to obtain several permits and permissions from the Nepal government and local authorities. These permits are essential to ensure compliance with regulations and support the conservation efforts in the region. The necessary permits include:

Climbing Permit: This is the primary permit that allows climbers to attempt the ascent of Ama Dablam. The climbing permit is obtained through the Nepal government's Department of Tourism or its authorized agencies. The permit cost varies based on the climbing season and the number of climbers in the team.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: Ama Dablam is located within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Climbers are required to obtain an entry permit for the park. This permit contributes to the conservation and management of the national park.

Khumbu Rural Municipality Fee: Some expeditions may require a fee payment to the local Khumbu Rural Municipality, contributing to the development and maintenance of the local infrastructure.

Ethic Himalaya will assist you in obtaining all the necessary permits and permissions. We shall provide clear information about the permit costs, procedures, and any additional fees associated with the climb. Keep in mind that permit requirements and fees may change over time, so it's recommended to check with the appropriate authorities or your chosen expedition operator for the most up-to-date information before your expedition.

Ama Dablam is considered a technically challenging peak in the Himalayas, demanding a high level of climbing proficiency and technical skills. The difficulty level can vary based on the chosen route and the conditions during the expedition. Some key points about the technical difficulty of Ama Dablam include:

Mixed Terrain: The climb involves a mix of different terrains, including rock, ice, and mixed sections. Climbers should be adept at both rock and ice climbing techniques.

Rock Climbing: Ama Dablam's rock sections can be particularly challenging, requiring climbers to navigate exposed rock faces using various climbing techniques such as free climbing and aid climbing.

Ice Climbing: The mountain's ice sections include steep ice slopes and couloirs. Climbers must be skilled in using ice tools, crampons, and proper techniques for safe ice climbing.

Mixed Climbing: Many routes on Ama Dablam involve "mixed" terrain, which means a combination of rock and ice climbing. This requires adaptability in using both rock and ice tools effectively.

Rope Skills: Climbers need to be skilled in rope techniques, including belaying, rappelling, and ascending fixed lines. Rope management is crucial for both safety and efficiency.

Technical Equipment: Familiarity with technical climbing equipment such as harnesses, helmets, ice axes, crampons, and climbing protection is essential.

Glacier Travel: The approach to higher camps may involve glacier travel, requiring knowledge of crevasse rescue techniques and roped team travel on glaciers.

Route Finding: Climbers need the ability to read the mountain's changing conditions and choose the best route while considering factors like weather, snow conditions, and the terrain's technical challenges.

Altitude Challenges: Ama Dablam's high altitude can amplify the technical difficulty due to reduced oxygen levels. Climbers must manage their energy and focus while dealing with the physical effects of altitude.

Exposure and Conditions: The mountain's steep terrain and exposure to extreme weather conditions add to the challenge. Wind, cold, and rapidly changing weather can impact climbing decisions and techniques.

It's important to note that the level of difficulty can vary from season to season and depending on the specific route chosen. Climbers must have prior experience in alpine and high-altitude environments, possess advanced technical skills, and undergo proper training to ensure their safety and success on the Ama Dablam Expedition. Choosing an experienced expedition operator with skilled guides is essential for navigating the technical challenges of the climb.

Prior acclimatization is vital for safety and success during the Ama Dablam Expedition due to high altitudes that have lower oxygen levels. This can lead to altitude-related illnesses if not managed properly. Acclimatization is the gradual adjustment to higher altitudes, allowing the body to adapt to reduced oxygen. Ama Dablam's 6,812-meter elevation poses challenges due to thin air. Acclimatization reduces risks of altitude sickness, such as pulmonary or cerebral edema. Importance of prior acclimatization:

Reduced Altitude Sickness Risk: Acclimatization boosts red blood cell production and adjusts the body to lower oxygen, minimizing altitude sickness risk.

Enhanced Physical Performance: Proper acclimatization improves oxygen use, endurance, and energy, aiding climbers' physical abilities.

Safer Ascent: Gradual acclimatization lowers chances of altitude-related emergencies, preparing climbers for higher camps and summit attempts.

Expedition itineraries include acclimatization hikes and nights at higher altitudes, helping climbers adjust before summit attempts. Expedition operators prioritize acclimatization protocols, ensuring a safe and successful climb. Climbers should heed experienced guides, focus on gradual acclimatization, and prioritize their well-being for a rewarding expedition.

Yes, technical training is typically provided as an integral part of the Ama Dablam Expedition preparation. Climbing Ama Dablam involves navigating challenging terrain that requires specific skills and techniques. Expedition operators recognize the importance of ensuring climbers are adequately trained to handle these challenges. Here's what you can expect in terms of technical training:

    Pre-Climb Training: Before the expedition begins, participants often undergo pre-climb training sessions. These sessions are designed to refresh and enhance climbers' technical skills in preparation for the ascent. They are conducted by experienced guides and instructors who are well-versed in the climbing techniques required for Ama Dablam.

    Glacier Travel: Depending on the route, climbers might encounter glacier travel. Training in glacier travel safety, roped travel, and crevasse rescue techniques are essential to navigate these sections safely.

    Rope Techniques: Climbers are trained in various rope techniques, including belaying, rappelling, ascending fixed lines, and securing oneself on steep terrain.

    Rock and Ice Climbing: Technical training covers rock climbing techniques, such as using harnesses, helmets, and protection gear, as well as ice climbing skills involving ice axes, crampons, and secure footwork.

    Equipment Familiarization: Training includes becoming familiar with the technical climbing equipment required for Ama Dablam, such as ice tools, carabiners, slings, and protective gear.

    Safety Protocols: Climbers are educated about safety protocols specific to Ama Dablam's environment. This includes understanding how to minimize risks, make informed decisions, and respond to emergencies.

    Team Dynamics: Training might also emphasize teamwork and communication skills, as climbers often work together to ensure safety and success.

    Expedition operators recognize the importance of ensuring climbers are well-prepared and confident in their technical abilities. The training provided ensures that climbers have the necessary skills to navigate Ama Dablam's varied and challenging terrain, contributing to a safer and more enjoyable expedition experience.

Ama Dablam Expedition involves inherent risks due to its high-altitude and technical climbing challenges. Climbers must be aware of these potential risks and prioritize safety throughout the expedition. Here are some of the main risks associated with the expedition:

Altitude Sickness: The high elevation of Ama Dablam increases the risk of altitude sickness, including symptoms like headache, nausea, fatigue, and in severe cases, pulmonary or cerebral edema.

Extreme Weather: Unpredictable weather conditions, including sudden storms, blizzards, and extreme cold, can pose significant challenges to climbers.

Avalanches and Rockfalls: The mountain's steep terrain increases the risk of avalanches and rockfalls, particularly in certain sections. Proper route assessment and timing are crucial to minimize exposure to these hazards.

Crevasse Falls: Glacier travel sections might have hidden crevasses, which can lead to falls and injuries. Adequate training in glacier travel safety and rope techniques is essential.

Exposure and Hypothermia: Climbers are exposed to sub-zero temperatures, wind chill, and frostbite risks. Proper clothing and shelter are vital to prevent hypothermia.

Altitude-Related Illnesses: Besides altitude sickness, climbers are at risk of other altitude-related illnesses like high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE).

Fatigue and Overexertion: The physical demands of the climb, combined with altitude stress, can lead to fatigue, which increases the risk of accidents and poor decision-making.

Equipment Failure: Technical gear malfunction can compromise safety during climbing. Regular equipment checks and proper maintenance are essential.

Communication and Rescue Challenges: Remote locations and challenging communication conditions can hinder timely rescue operations in case of emergencies.

Personal Health Factors: Pre-existing medical conditions and personal health factors can exacerbate risks at high altitudes.

To mitigate these risks, climbers should prioritize proper acclimatization, receive technical training, adhere to safety protocols, listen to experienced guides, and make informed decisions based on the conditions. Choosing a reputable expedition operator with a strong safety record and experienced guides is crucial for minimizing risks and ensuring a safer and more enjoyable Ama Dablam Expedition.

Preparing for the Ama Dablam Expedition requires careful planning, physical training, and mental readiness. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you prepare:

Physical Fitness: Focus on cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and flexibility. Regular aerobic exercises like hiking, running, and cycling will build stamina. Strengthen core muscles, legs, and upper body for the demands of climbing.

Altitude Acclimatization: If possible, engage in altitude training or prior high-altitude climbs to adapt your body to reduced oxygen levels. This minimizes altitude-related risks.

Technical Training: Enhance your climbing skills through courses and practice. Develop proficiency in rock, ice, and mixed climbing techniques, ropework, and rescue skills.

Gear Familiarization: Become acquainted with all technical equipment required for climbing, including harnesses, helmets, ice axes, crampons, ropes, and protective gear.

Mental Readiness: Cultivate mental resilience, patience, and adaptability. Prepare for exposure to extreme conditions, long climbs, and decision-making in challenging situations.

Health Check: Undergo a thorough medical examination to identify any pre-existing health issues. Address concerns with your healthcare provider and ensure you're physically fit for high-altitude climbing.

Travel Arrangements: Plan your travel to Nepal, including flights, visas, and accommodations in Kathmandu.

Permits and Logistics: Confirm permit requirements and logistics with your chosen expedition operator. Ensure you have all necessary permits, gear, and documentation.

Training Climbs: Undertake practice climbs or treks to simulate expedition conditions and build confidence in your skills and physical abilities.

Equipment Checklist: Follow the expedition's equipment list meticulously. Ensure all gear is in good condition and suits the conditions of Ama Dablam.

Climbing Attire: Assemble appropriate clothing layers for extreme cold and changing weather conditions. Test your clothing system during training climbs.

Mental Preparation: Research the mountain, its challenges, and past expeditions. Develop a positive mindset, focus on your goals, and visualize success.

Hydration and Nutrition: Learn about high-altitude nutrition and hydration. Plan a balanced diet and practice using high-altitude foods during training.

Team Dynamics: If part of a group, establish good communication and camaraderie. Teamwork and mutual support enhance safety and success.

Travel Insurance: Ensure comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Environmental Respect: Familiarize yourself with Leave No Trace principles and ethical mountaineering practices to minimize environmental impact.

Final Preparations: Double-check all arrangements, complete necessary paperwork, and ensure you're mentally and physically prepared.

Remember that the Ama Dablam Expedition is a significant undertaking that requires dedication, training, and respect for the mountain environment. Prioritize safety, follow the guidance of experienced guides, and approach the climb with humility and determination.

We're dedicated to providing outstanding services that create a unique journey of a lifetime. Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is fully committed to ensuring your journey is smooth and enjoyable, putting forth sincere and diligent efforts. All services will be delivered according to the agreement made during the booking. However, it's important to note that our operations are governed by our own policies and the Tourism Authority regulations.

By agreeing to our booking terms and conditions, you're acknowledging and accepting certain risks, and taking responsibility for your actions and participation. Flexibility and an open mindset are essential. Your expedition might involve extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and last-minute itinerary changes that are beyond our control. Adjusting to high altitudes might pose a risk as well. Many of our trips take place in remote regions, where regular emergency services and medical facilities may not be accessible.

In case of a severe injury requiring hospitalization, it's important to understand that evacuation might take a few days due to the remote nature of the area. Helicopter evacuations are common in Nepal, but their availability can be affected by weather conditions.

Please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for changes or cancellations due to circumstances like government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, floods, avalanches, political unrest, flight cancellations or delays, sickness, accidents, vehicle breakdowns, and other unforeseen events. Any extra costs incurred in such situations will be your responsibility.

To safeguard against these potential challenges, we strongly recommend having travel insurance that covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal belongings. You'll need to provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; without it, you won't be able to join the expedition.

Our aim is to prioritize your safety, comfort, and enjoyment, but it's important to acknowledge the inherent risks associated with travel, particularly in remote and challenging environments.

Expedition Manager/Guide: Our Ama Dablam Expedition will be overseen by an experienced mountaineer who has successfully summited Everest and boasts extensive expertise in the climbing field. With a track record of managing over forty expeditions above 7000m, achieving a remarkable 90% success rate, he brings a wealth of knowledge. Leading our Ama Dablam Expedition is a Nepalese UIAGM/IFMGA Guide.

1:1 Sherpa to Client Ratio on Summit Day:Ensuring your safety and success, our Sherpa guides are all seasoned Everest summiteers with extensive high-altitude expedition experience. We maintain a dedicated 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio on the critical summit day. Our Sherpa guides possess a wealth of know-how in climbing challenging peaks at high altitudes.

Experienced Climbing Sardar/Guides:Our climbing sardars and guides bring years of climbing experience across various peaks in Nepal and beyond. They've dedicated substantial time to conquering peaks nationwide and internationally. Equipped with basic and advanced mountaineering training, first aid skills, and crisis management expertise, our guides adeptly handle diverse situations. Fluent in English, they enthusiastically share their profound understanding of rock and ice climbing. Their engaging approach ensures your involvement and understanding, while also ensuring a smooth, safe, and enjoyable journey through the Himalayas. Our entire high-land team is well-versed, equipped, and insured to address any unforeseen events. Their personal experience, local insights, technical proficiency, and good humor enrich the climbing experience.

In essence, our expedition leadership and support team possess a deep reservoir of experience, ensuring your Everest journey is not only secure and successful but also educational, enjoyable, and culturally enriching.

Our primary focus is on maintaining small expedition groups, especially in high-altitude ventures like Ama Dablam. This approach fosters better coordination and cooperation among participants. Our expeditions typically consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 climbers per group. This limited size allows for more personalized interactions among team members and closer engagement with your Sherpa guide.

In the context of a grand mountain like Amadablam, the benefits of a small group are significant. We operate with a cohesive team of climbers, supported by experienced Sherpa guides who have all successfully summited Ama Dablam before. Our commitment to a smaller team size means we enroll a maximum of 8 climbers in each group. This ensures an optimal environment for your journey, where you'll have access to a Nepali UIAGM/IFMGA Expedition leader, an Expedition Manager, and the assurance of a 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio.

The small group approach allows for effective communication, enhanced safety, and a more intimate connection with your fellow climbers, guides, and the mountain itself. By prioritizing a limited number of participants, we strive to provide a more enriching and successful Ama Dablam experience for each individual.

To meet the needs of our clients seeking high-altitude climbing assistance, our Sherpas receive compensation encompassing equipment allowance, daily wages, food provisions, and comprehensive insurance coverage. Furthermore, a Sherpa bonus, commonly referred to as Tips, is an integral aspect of the Mountaineering system. This practice is designed to foster greater motivation among Sherpas for successful summit endeavors. For the convenience of our clients, the specific Sherpa bonus amount is outlined within each mountain program. This information serves to provide transparency and clarity regarding the contribution that supports and motivates our dedicated Sherpa team members.

During a tea house trekking experience, your breakfast and dinner will be provided at the guesthouses or lodges where you stay. For lunch, you'll dine at trailside restaurants. The traditional Nepali dish, Dal Bhat Tarkari (rice, curry, and lentil soup), is available in every guesthouse. You'll also find a diverse range of food options at all the guesthouses along our routes, including rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups. Many of these establishments even offer Western cuisine. Additionally, soft drinks, snacks, wine, and beer are commonly available at both guesthouses and trailside restaurants.

Meal offerings vary depending on the camp location. At Base Camp, we go the extra mile by importing a variety of food items from Kathmandu. This results in delightful surprises such as sushi nights, freshly-baked muffins, yogurt for breakfast, and even pizza! Our culinary offerings are aimed at enhancing your dining experience.

We place a paramount emphasis on offering delectable and nourishing cuisine, recognizing its pivotal role in the overall triumph of our expeditions. Our approach involves airlifting provisions, where we meticulously uphold standards of quality and hygienic preparation. At the Base Camp, our adept High Altitude Chef orchestrates every meal. Throughout the trek, your meals will be thoughtfully provided at the teahouses or lodges where accommodation is arranged. In Kathmandu, we provide exclusively breakfast, allowing you the utmost flexibility in selecting your lunch and dinner options and companions. This tailored approach ensures your culinary preferences are catered to while maintaining the highest standards of taste and nutrition.

It's important to communicate any specific dietary needs, restrictions, or allergies when booking your trip. Our teams in the field will make every effort to accommodate your requests. However, it's worth noting that certain local limitations might prevent us from offering an extensive variety of alternative menus. For treks that require significant energy expenditure, we recommend planning ahead by possibly bringing extra supplies like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates. This proactive measure helps ensure you have an adequate caloric intake to sustain your energy levels throughout the journey.

Within Kathmandu Valley: For transportation within the Kathmandu Valley, we arrange private vehicles based on the size of your group.

During Trekking: Throughout the trekking periods, our efficient porters will carry your daily baggage. Each group of two members will have one designated porter.

Domestic Flights: When required, we facilitate domestic flights between Kathmandu and Lukla. Renowned airlines such as Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air, and Goma Air typically operate these flights. However, please note that flight schedules are subject to climatic and operational considerations.

Porters during Trek: While trekking, you'll only need to carry your day's clothing and essentials. Our porters will handle the transportation of your baggage.

We want to emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts. This is a mandatory requirement for both front and rear seats in all vehicles used during the trip, in adherence to the country's regulations. By participating in the trip, you commit to complying with this obligation. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages resulting from non-compliance with this provision.

Climbers participating in Ama Dablam Expedition are required to possess a robust climbing resume and moderate technical proficiency. Proficiency in rock-climbing and cramponing is crucial, as is the ability to ascend and rappel while carrying a pack. Given the prolonged exposure to challenging conditions, prior experience in summiting a 6000m peak is mandatory. A high level of physical fitness is paramount, with the capability to sustain peak performance for extended periods at high altitudes.

Central to this endeavor is an unyielding determination and an unwavering aspiration to conquer the mountain. Familiarity with traversing snow, rock, and ice while carrying equipment is essential. Mastery of rope techniques, ice axe maneuvers, crampon usage, and familiarity with equipment like ascenders (Jumar) and descenders are prerequisites. Adequate training well in advance, ideally six months before the expedition commencement, is strongly advised. Engaging in activities like cross-fit, uphill backpack walking on exposed terrain, and other physical exercises can significantly enhance your preparedness.

Consulting a medical professional to assess your physical readiness and devising a well-rounded plan encompassing training, diet, and rest is imperative. Ultimately, mental fortitude proves pivotal, as a resolute mindset forms the bedrock of a successful climbing venture.

At the time of booking, it's imperative to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical limitations, or mental and physical states that could impact your fitness for travel or participation. This notification is crucial to ensure your safety and well-being during the journey.

Failure to communicate such conditions to the Company, if they subsequently lead to cancellation, will result in the imposition of 100% cancellation fees on the Client. Open communication about your health and well-being allows us to provide appropriate support and make necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and secure travel experience.

Ama Dablam Expedition typically involves daily walking for 4-12 hours. To ensure your preparedness, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of walking or jogging exercises every day for a period of 3 months prior to the Expedition. This preparation is essential to acclimate yourself to the physically demanding conditions of high altitudes and remote terrains that you'll encounter during the expedition.

For a successful and enjoyable Ama Dablam Expedition, a robust set of attributes is essential. This includes strong determination, the ability to withstand challenging conditions, a significantly high level of fitness, and overall good health. Participants are responsible for covering medical and evacuation expenses as needed. Consulting a doctor for vaccinations and other medical necessities before the trip is vital.

It's worth noting that Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming your trip booking. By diligently preparing physically and ensuring good health, you enhance your chances of a fulfilling and successful Ama Dablam Expedition.

Our meticulously designed Ama Dablam expedition itinerary takes into account every essential factor. An integral part of our itinerary includes the ascent of Lobuche East (6,119m). This inclusion serves multiple purposes: enhancing acclimatization, affording climbers the opportunity to practice climbing techniques, and minimizing the time spent navigating the icefall.

Lobuche climb significantly contributes to improved acclimatization, allowing climbers to adapt more effectively to higher altitudes. It serves as a valuable practice ground for honing climbing skills that are indispensable for scaling higher peaks. Moreover, by experiencing the Lobuche climb, the need to traverse the icefall is reduced.

Following the Lobuche climb, a rotation strategy is implemented for acclimatization purposes. This involves establishing and spending nights at higher camps, such as Camp 1, 2, and 3. This strategic approach further aids in acclimatization, preparing climbers for the ultimate summit bid.

The comprehensive integration of the Lobuche climb and the acclimatization rotations aligns with our commitment to ensuring the safety, success, and overall satisfaction of our climbers during the Ama Dablam expedition.

For the entirety of the Ama Dablam Expedition, our group will have access to a satellite phone designated for emergency use. While the cell phone network remains accessible during the trekking phase and at the base camp, its reliability can be influenced by varying weather conditions. Should you require personal communication, the option to utilize the satellite phone is available at a rate of $3 per minute. This ensures a reliable means of communication, particularly in urgent situations.

Travel insurance is an obligatory requirement for all our travelers and should be arranged at the time of booking. Your travel insurance policy must encompass coverage for personal accidents, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation. We recommend a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category of cover.

It's crucial that your travel insurance includes provisions for accidents, injuries, illnesses, medical expenses, and even pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, emergency repatriation, which may involve helicopter rescue or air ambulance services, should be covered. The policy should also account for personal liability.

We advise considering insurance coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, as well as the loss of luggage and personal belongings for comprehensive protection. It's essential to carry documented proof of your insurance and present it when requested by our company employees or suppliers.

Please note that we retain the right to cancel or suspend your participation in a trip or related activities, even after the commencement of the journey, without refund, if you fail to furnish proof of insurance upon request. Your travel insurance serves as a safeguard for both you and your fellow travelers, ensuring that you're adequately covered in unforeseen situations.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for any injuries, health issues, emotional challenges, or other conditions experienced by clients during the trip. Additionally, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Therefore, we strongly recommend that clients acquire comprehensive insurance packages that cover a range of aspects, including medical emergencies and helicopter evacuations if necessary.

Prioritizing your safety and well-being is paramount to us, and having adequate insurance in place safeguards you against unforeseen circumstances. It's essential to be prepared for any eventuality by securing the appropriate insurance coverage, ensuring that you're protected throughout your journey with us.

Participation in the Ama Dablam expedition requires a comprehensive set of qualifications and attributes:

  • Extensive Mountaineering Experience: Substantial prior mountaineering experience is necessary to navigate the challenges of the expedition.
  • Adjustment within the Team: Effective teamwork and collaboration with Sherpa staff are crucial for a successful climb.
  • Himalayan Trekking Experience: Prior high-altitude trekking experiences in the Himalayas contribute to acclimatization.
  • Self-Control and Safety: Demonstrating personal responsibility for your safety and well-being is imperative.
  • Physical and Mental Fitness: Maintaining both physical and mental fitness is essential for coping with rigorous demands.
  • Chosen Route: The chosen route—Nepal or Tibet side—impacts logistics and requirements.
  • Weather and Temperature: Adapting to unpredictable weather conditions and varying temperatures is necessary.
  • Physical Preparedness: Adequate physical fitness is vital to endure the strenuous journey.
  • Mountaineering Skills: Proficiency in mountaineering techniques and skills is essential for safe climbing.
  • High Altitude Sickness: Being aware of and prepared for high altitude sickness is crucial.
  • Appropriate Clothing and Equipment: Proper clothing and gear ensure comfort and safety in diverse conditions.
  • Experienced Climbing Guides: Having experienced climbing guides by your side enhances safety and decision-making.

In essence, joining an Ama Dablam expedition entails a combination of skills, experience, preparedness, and an unwavering commitment to safety and success. It's a monumental endeavor that requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure a fulfilling and secure climb to the world's highest peak.

Please ensure you bring the following items for a comfortable and safe trip:

    Daypack:

    Remember to bring a medium-sized daypack for carrying your daily essentials. Look for one with a waist strap or padded waist belt for added comfort.

    Climbing Gear:
  • Ice Axe: Opt for a lightweight ice axe with a pick that sticks well in glacier ice. Attach a wrist leash for steeper terrain.
  • Crampons: Make sure your crampons are sharp and fit your boots perfectly.
  • Harness: Choose a harness with easy-to-use buckles for cold conditions. Gear loops and adjustable leg loops are beneficial.
  • Helmet: Ensure your helmet accommodates a warm hat underneath.
  • Carabiners: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. Consider one with a "key gate." Include other hardware like ascenders and slings.
  • Rope Rigging: Pack rigging material including nylon slings and perlon. Include backup options like prussic loops and rappelling tools.
  • Climbing Backpack: Opt for a durable and comfortable medium-sized internal frame pack for carrying your climbing gear.
  • Climbing Clothing: Prepare for various weather conditions with:
  • Insulated parka for extreme cold.
  • Lightweight waterproof-breathable jacket with a hood.
  • Waterproof pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers.
  • Fleece or soft-shell layers for insulation.
  • Comfortable climbing pants.
  • Synthetic base layers.
  • Mittens and gloves for different conditions.
  • Warm hats, neck gaiters, and buffs for protection.
  • Adequate sunglasses and vision correction.
  • Footwear:
  • Double Climbing Boots: Ensure your crampons fit these boots well.
  • Approach Boots: Suitable for trekking and approach up to Camp 2 if necessary.
  • Gaiters and Micro Spikes: Bring gaiters and traction spikes for snowy conditions.
  • Climbing Socks: Three to four pairs of climbing socks for comfort.
  • Other Essentials:
  • Headlamp: Get an LED headlamp with extra lithium batteries for cold weather.
  • Water Bottles: Carry two wide-mouth insulated water bottles and a small Thermos for cold mornings.
  • Water Purification: Pack iodine tablets or crystals for water purification.
  • Utensils: Include an insulated mug, bowl, spoon, pocket knife, and lighter.
  • Sleeping Bag: Choose a warm sleeping bag suitable for -20°C. Down options are light and compressible.
  • Sleeping Mats: Consider a stuff sack to prevent punctures.
  • Trekking Gear:
  • Trekking Poles: Collapsible poles for balance and knee support.
  • Trekking Clothes: Lightweight hiking pants, shirts, and appropriate undergarments.
  • Approach Boots: Comfortable shoes for trekking.
  • Sleeping Bag: A lighter bag rated to -10°C is sufficient for trekking.
  • Sleeping Pad: Consider a lightweight sleeping pad.
  • Travel Items:
  • Duffel Bags: Two rugged and waterproof duffel bags for equipment. Label them clearly.
  • Daypack: Bring a smaller backpack as a carry-on and for trekking.
  • Travel Wallet: Keep your important documents secure.
  • Passport: Ensure it's valid for at least 6 months, and bring extra passport photos and copies.
  • Camera: Don't forget your camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Personal Care: Pack personal care items like toiletries, bathing suits, and basic travel essentials.

By following this checklist, you'll be well-prepared for your journey while ensuring comfort and safety during your climb.

Expedition members are required to provide passport copies, passport-sized photographs, a health certificate, and personal bio-data for trekking and climbing permits prior to arriving in Nepal. You can send these documents to us through mail or a post box. The documents needed include:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Health certificate
  • Personal bio-data

Please make sure to prepare and send these documents ahead of time to facilitate a smooth process for obtaining the necessary permits for your expedition.

Ethic Himalaya is well-prepared to handle any emergency situations that may arise during the expedition. Our guides are trained in first aid and possess the skills to address common ailments that can occur during a trek. Additionally, our main office in Kathmandu maintains direct communication with our guides each day, whenever possible.

Prior to arriving in Nepal, it's imperative for every client to have their own insurance that covers emergencies. All our staff members are also insured for emergency situations. In the event of an extreme emergency requiring helicopter evacuation between altitudes of 6,000m trekking peaks, we can arrange for helicopter rescue. Depending on your insurance coverage, these costs may be covered.

For accurate climbing weather forecasts, we recommend using reliable sources such as Meteo Swiss, Austria, or other similar services. We can assist you in establishing contact with these sources. Weather forecasts can be sent to you promptly through SMS, email, or phone to aid in your summit attempt.

We strongly advise you to obtain trip cancellation insurance and air ambulance/helicopter rescue coverage. Some insurance policies may not include or limit coverage for activities like trekking and climbing. It's essential to choose a policy that offers sufficient protection and covers the activities involved. During the trip, you must carry proof of insurance, such as your insurance certificate. Failure to provide proof of insurance may result in being unable to continue with the trekking/climbing trip without entitlement to refunds for services not provided. Your insurance must include emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue services.

If you encounter any issues during your Ama Dablam Expedition, it's important to address them promptly. Kindly notify both the hotelier and our company immediately if you have a complaint while still on-site. This allows us the chance to rectify the situation in a timely manner. We cannot reasonably accept liability for problems that are brought up after you've returned to your home country without giving us the opportunity to address them on the spot.

If the complaint cannot be resolved at the time, you should provide us with written notification within 30 days of completing your trip. This allows us to thoroughly investigate and address your concerns. Please note that failure to adhere to this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against our company. We value your feedback and aim to ensure the best possible experience, so please communicate any issues promptly and in accordance with the provided guidelines.

To ensure a smooth travel experience, all esteemed clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from the anticipated return date. For your convenience, Nepalese visas can be acquired through two means: either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are structured as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 15 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 30 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 100 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension : Should you require an extension of your tourist visa, please note the following guidelines:
  • The minimum extension period is 15 days.
  • The extension fee is USD 45.00 for the initial 15-day extension, with an additional charge of USD 3.00 per day for each extra day.
  • In situations where the extension is requested for less than 150 days, a late fine of USD 5.00 per day will apply.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: Click here for Nepal Tourist Visa Online Application Form

We encourage all travelers to adhere to these visa and passport guidelines to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable journey to Nepal. Your compliance with these regulations is greatly appreciated.

Our outlined itineraries and programs are subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. These circumstances could include weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden illnesses, and similar events.

Customization and Cancellation: We are pleased to tailor the program to suit the preferences of our clients. In case your trip needs to be canceled due to unavoidable situations like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate conditions, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will offer an alternative trip of similar quality. This alternative trip option will be reserved for your use within one year from the original trip's scheduled departure date.

Before Departure: If a significant change is made to the itinerary before departure, we will promptly inform you if there's sufficient time before the trip starts. A major change is considered to be one that impacts at least one day out of every five on the itinerary. When a major change occurs, you can choose to accept the modified itinerary, receive a refund for the land portion of the trip, or opt for an alternative tour.

After Departure: In situations where circumstances or events beyond our control arise after the trip has started, we retain the right to modify the itinerary. Should such emergency changes be necessary, any additional costs related to altering the itinerary will be your responsibility. Please be aware that we are not liable for any incidental expenses incurred due to changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight expenses.

For an Ama Dablam Expedition booking, a non-refundable deposit of USD 2,000 per person per trip is required to confirm your reservation. If you're making the booking within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid either before your arrival in Nepal or upon arrival before the trip departure.

To secure your booking, the non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its authorized Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is stated in this section, the company will inform you during the booking process. You have the option to make booking deposits through bank transfer or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Kindly refer to the instructions on the booking form for payment details.

For the Amadablam Expedition in Nepal, the final payment can be settled upon your arrival in Nepal. You have several options for making the final payment:

  • Bank Transfer: You can choose to make the final payment through a bank transfer.
  • Travel Check: Payment can also be made using a travel check.
  • Cash: Cash payment is accepted as well.
  • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard): If you prefer to use a credit card for the final payment, you can do so. However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applied to all card payments. This surcharge is applicable to payments including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and any other miscellaneous purchases.

It's important to be aware of the 4% surcharge when making payments via credit card, and this policy applies uniformly to all payment types.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates for our expedition if they are as initially displayed in our marketing materials and website. This adjustment can occur due to various external factors beyond our control, such as changes in exchange rates or government actions. In many instances, fluctuations in domestic flight fares are driven by increases in fuel prices. Despite these potential changes, our commitment is to provide you with the most up-to-date pricing for our expedition, and we make every effort to ensure that the current prices are reflected accurately.

Once your deposit has been paid, your trip will be confirmed, with the balance of fees owed due 90 days before your trip's starting date. If you choose to cancel your participation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: The deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 14 to 9 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 8 to 2 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price will be charged.

Please note these cancellation policies when considering changes to your trip plans. The fees are based on the proximity of the cancellation to the scheduled departure date.

We reserve the right to cancel an Expedition up to 30 days before the scheduled departure. Additionally, if external factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other unforeseen events make it impractical to carry out the planned itinerary, we may cancel a trip before departure. In the event of a trip cancellation by us, you have two options:

  • Transfer of Amounts Paid: You can transfer the amounts you've paid to an alternative departure date.
  • Full Refund: Alternatively, you can opt to receive a full refund for the amounts paid.

In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be provided after deducting any unrecoverable costs. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any additional expenses you may have incurred due to your booking, such as visa fees, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flight expenses. It's important to note that varying cancellation conditions might apply to different types of trips; your booking consultant will inform you if any differences apply.

If you wish to transfer your booking to a different expedition or transfer it to another participant, please notify us at least 30 days before the planned departure date. A fee of USD 2,000 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, permits, or airlines). If you provide notification within 45 days of the proposed departure date, the refund policy applicable to cancellations will be applied. Transfers to a third party are permissible if the transferee meets all trip requirements, and transfers to a different departure are only possible within the current validity period.

Should you need to make amendments to any other arrangements associated with your trip, an administration fee of USD 1,000 per booking per change will be incurred. This fee is separate from any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. Please note that no amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of the departure date.

The cost stated on our website for the Ama Dablam Expedition pertains to group joining. However, this expedition can also be arranged as a private trip if desired, based on the number of participants, with a minimum of seven participants as per your request. Should you wish to undertake this expedition individually or with your own group of friends, family, or colleagues, kindly reach out to us. We can organize a private Amadablam Expedition according to your preferred dates, accommodating any specific requirements you may have. It's important to note that our costs are influenced by several factors:

  • Group Size: The trip cost is contingent upon the size of the group.
  • Accommodation Category and Budget: The type of hotel accommodation and your budget will impact the cost.
  • Itinerary Modifications: This trekking and expedition itinerary can be customized to suit your timeframe and preferences.
  • Additional Services: If you intend to include extra services, the price can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Specialized Personnel: The presence of an IFMGA Guide, extra personal sherpa, and oxygen availability can also affect the cost.

To arrive at a tailored cost that meets your requirements, we'll engage in a discussion to assess the factors mentioned above and reach a mutual understanding. This will enable us to provide you with an accurate cost estimate for your private Mt. Amadablam Expedition, ensuring that all your preferences are considered.

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