Amadablam Expedition 30 Days

Trip Code : KAT/AMA 01
Accomodation : Lodge and Camping
Duration : 30  Days
Grading : Difficult
Max Altitude : 6812 M
Activity : Climbing
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Lukla-Namche-Pangboche-Basecamp
Best Season : Spring / Autumn

Overview

Mount Amadablam(6812 Mtr) is one of the most beautiful peaks in the world and  one of the superior choice of the mountaineers and most impressive mountains in the world. It is lies in the home of mount Everest in the Khumbu region to the south of Mount Everest and Mount  Lhotse. The expedition to Mount Amadablam  offers a superb, technical climbing experience in a magnificent setting, with numerous cultural and scenic diversions. It was first summitted in 1961 since then  every year it has been frequently  climbed. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Various historical and cultural ancient Gombas , Monasteries, Chortens (Stupas) and mani walls
  • Trekking and mountaineering
  • Flight to and from Lukla with beautiful himalayan range
  • Summit of Amadablam (6812 Mtr/22344 Ft)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400 Mtr/4592 Ft)


  Our airport representative  with name board will come to welcoming you in airport and transfer to the hotel. You will be notify that we have a  welcome dinner in typical nepali restaurant with nepali cultural dances.
 

Day 2: Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition briefing and preparation


  After the breakfast our city tour guide with luxury vehicle will come to pick you up for the city sightseeing of some UNESCO world heritage sites for  half day. After that we will have full briefing about the expedition and trekking up to Amadablam Basecamp. Evening time is free for shopping  and leisure.
 

Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800 Mtr/9184 Ft)


  We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m) with beautiful views of Himalayan ranges if the weather permited.and start the first day trek with full of energy and enthusiasm.Heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). The place where we going to stay tonight is lower than the airport we landed.We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night. 
 

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3,440Mtr/11283 Ft)


  Heading towards the Namche,  we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards.Todays walk takes us  along the river through forest with some views of mountains as well until lunch. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale.Jorsale Last point before Namche where we have lunch.There is the check point of Sagaramatha national park,from that point the SNP area begins. A final bridge brings us to the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, if weather permited we get the chance to see the summit of Mount  everest hiding behind Lhotse and Nuptse. After steep climb of 2 hours and ascents of 300 mtr climbing brings us to Namche. Namche is the main gateway of mount Everest and it  is the  trading center  of Khumbu.It has weekly market on friday afternoon and saturday Morning but the shops,supermarkets,trekking shops,Bakeries are open for all day.
 

Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar (rest day)


   Today is rest day and acclimatization day.After breakfast will go for hike 300 Meter  back down again for overnight stay. We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche to the Hilary viewpoint in Khunde height of approx 4100 Mtr,From where most spectacular view of Mount Amadablam,Thamserku,Khangteka etc. can be seen. Descending through forest we come to Khunde, where we have lunch,visit the Khunde Monastery and Edmund Hillary hospital.After lunch, we walk down to Khumjung where  we visit khumjung  Monastery to see the Yeti's Skull and the Hillary school. Khumjung Monastery is one of the oldest monastery of Khumbu, it was badly destroyed by recent earthquake but is now being constructed. Then we will head one towards Hotel Eversest view.about 30 minutes of gradual climb,we reach in Hotel Everest view, from where we have 360 panoromic view of beautiful mountains as Mount Everest,Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse,Amadablam, Thamserku,Kongde etc. Steep descend down to namche takes 1 hour.
 

Day 6: Trek to Tyangboche (3,860 Mtr/12660 Ft)


We start our walk with steep climb up to chorkhang, then straight  until Kyangjuma in steep down hill. Our trails descends down to the deep dudh koshi Gorge to  Phunki Tenga which takes 1.5hours from Kyangjuma,where there is suspension bridge to cross the Dudh Koshi river , Then we have steep climb  until Tyangboche. Tengboche is the spiritual  and training center for new monks  of the Khumbu .It is surrounded by spectacular mountains, including Kangtega and Thamserku.
 

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche(4410 Mtr/14464 Ft)


  We descend down to Deboche following the trail trough rhododendron  forest. From Deboche trail goes gradually up until suspenson bridge over Imja Khola.Steep climb about 40 minutes brings us at Pangboche, which is highest permanent settlement of Sherpa people in khumbu region.Ascending  along  the  Imja Khola (river) with stunning close view of Mount Amadablam , Mount Lhotse and Nuptse. . In Pangboche  we will go to visit one of the oldest monastery in Khumbu and visit to Lama for take the blessing  before step on the mountain. Continue walk of one hour  we get to Shomare  for lunch break,from here tree line is over, following the trail all way  on  pastureland  until small bridge over the  river flown from Khumbu glacier. About 40 minutes of steep climb brings us in Dingboche valley.This is the second largest  town with hotels and lodges after Namche, which is properly closes for 2 months in summer.
 

Day 8: Rest Day in Dingboche (4410 Mtr) and hike to Ngangkarsang Peak(5083 Mtr/16672 Ft)


   We spend another day in Dingboche for acclimatization. We climb up to Ngangkarsang Peak (5083 Meter) to be adjust well in altitude and great views of Mount Makalu,Cholatse,Taboche,Amadablam and so on.We come down for lunch , today going to be late lunch, so recomanded to carry some snacks bar.After lunch free time to relax,Showers and coffee with cakes.
 

Day 9: Trek to Chukkung (4750 Mtr/15580 Ft)


   To head on towards for Island peak summit for acclimatization before Amadablam.We ascends the valley gently up  towards chukkung with view of Island Peak,giant mount Lhotse and Nuptse. It takes just 2 hours to get to Chukkung.After the quick lunch we head on chukkung Ri (5545 Meter).From there we can have view of Amphu Labtsa pass, Island peak, Mount shartse and Mount Amadablam.
 

Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5150 Mtr/16892 Ft)


   After late breakfast , we head on towards the basecamp, steep climb about 1 hour  then walk on  pretty flat pastureland  about 1.5 hours  takes us in Island peak basecamp.In the right side there is big Imja glaciel lake.After the lunch we will have some basic trainings  about climbing as technique of using the gears, methods of walking on ice snow and ladder. Today  we will have early dinner in order to wake up in the midnight.
 

Day 11: Summit (6189 Mtr/20300 Ft) and Trek to Chukung (4750 Mtr/15580 Ft)


  We  wake up by 12 AM, have breakfast at 12:30 then we begin to ascend up. Straight steep climb up from basecamp to  crampon point on rocky, terminal moraine. It takes about 3.5 hours.  From then we use our proper gear with crampon.After steep climb on snow  about 400 mtr  in approx 2.5 hours , we get to summit of island peak. Takes maximum 3 hours to get down to basecamp. After get down to basecamp our trek continues to Chukkung.
 

Day 12: Trek to Ama Dablam Basecamp (45000Mtr/14760 Ft)


  We descend down following the imja valley  for 1 hour, then we turn  left to cross the imja river via  small wooden bridge. Our trials  goes through  the bushes of seabucthorn  for one hour and  crossing huge landslide , then straight gradual up all the way to Amadablam basecamp. Amadablam basecamp is located in pretty flat pastureland with amazing views of mount Taboche, Mount khangteka, Mount Ambigaichen and very close view of Mount Amadablam.
 

Day 13: Check the all gears and Rest Day


  

Day 14-25: Climbing Period ( Ama Dablam Summit (6,812 Mtr/22343 Ft)


  Before push to the summit, We do some rotation as belows.
  • Climb to highcamp
  • Climb to Camp 1, Sleep in High camp
  • Climb to Camp 2, Sleep in Camp 1
  • Back to Basecamp
  • Camp 1
  • Camp 2
  • Camp 3
  • Summit and back to  Camp 2
  • Basecamp
  • Rest day

Day 26: Trek to Namche bazar (3440 Mtr/11283 Ft)


Trek to Namche bazar (3440 Mtr/11283 Ft)

Day 27: Trek to Lukla (2610 Mtr/8560 Ft)


Long walk down to  Lukla before flying to Kathmandu.

Day 28: Flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel


Today we have a early breakfast in order to catch the flights,sometimes weather doesn’t permits, should be patient for the waiting. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Kathmandu.
 

Day 29: Rest day and free time for shopping & Relaxing


We have free time for rest and relax. you can take your own time for shoppinp,sightseeing and relaxing.Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day.We will have the farewell dinner in typical  Nepali restaurant  with nepali cultural music and dances to celebrate the successful completion of the expedition
 

Day 30: Transfer to Airport for final departure for homeland


You will be transfer to airport for the final departure for homeland

What's included

  • Airport pick and drop to/from Airport
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • 4 Nights accommodation in Five star hotel in Kathmandu in BB basis
  • Flight Fare to/from Lukla
  • Lodging and Fooding all nights during the trek and climbing period.
  • Group equipment for climb cooking gear, fuel, stoves, ropes, all forms of rock, ice, and snow protection, radio communications, oxygen delivery system and oxygen cylinders, medical supplies, etc.
  • High altitude sherpas,porters, liason officer,and all staffs
  • All permit fees and government taxes.
  • Sat phone available at Base Camp, but nominal charge for use
  • High altitude tents for all members and climbing Sherpas. All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition. Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp. All kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables and chairs, and cooking utensils for Base Camp.
  • Insurance for climbing Sherpas, cooks, Liaison Officer, and local porters. Equipment allowances and wages for climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys and Government Liaison Officer
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, climbing Sherpa, BC staff and Liaison Officer.
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics (eg. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar powered light at each tent per member at Base Camp.
  • Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Base Camp).

What's not included

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • • Personal gear, clothing and sleeping equipment (see gear list).
  • Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
  • Insurance and Trip cancellation
  • Beverages Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks.
  • Nepal entry visa Fee( can be obtained at the airport upon arrival)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation, and lost luggage.
  • Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics ( laptops, professional camera, batteries, etc. ).

Good to Know


1) Physical Fitness
Climbing the mountain above 6000  is one of the challaning and technical job. so before climbing the big mountain One should be physically fit  . It is long hiking and climbing so without any training you will not be able to achieve your goal. So some basic physical fitness like  squat, Mountain climbers ( which can be done in home),running,biking , stair climbing,and swiming will help lot to do trekking  in the mountains, so it is highly recommanded  2/3 months prior to your departure for the trekking but for mountaineering  one should take training of climbing, and one should climb some small peaks and mountain for proper acclimatization as well as to be adjust with gears, snow etc.

(2)Foods and Drinks
While in the mountain,  it is highly recommanded you to drink plenty of fluids like water,soups, teas  as well as foods. We will provide the sufficient and hygiene food as per your choice in whole trek.In the basecamp during the climbing period, there will be well facilities of food, drink and many other snacks. You dont have to buy anything extra.

(3)Drinking water
One should drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day in order to get  hydrated the body which helps lot to be away from altitude sickness.You can buy the bottled water all the way  cost from Rs 80 ( Which is equivalent to 80 cents )to Rs 400 (which is equivalent to 4 USD), but the bottled waters are not highly recommanded because as we are environmentally sensitive and also expensive. We highly recommend you to carry the reusable water bottle and  buy boiled water in lodges/teahouse which also makes your sleeping bag very warm while going to bed, to use sterpin or take chlorine or iodine tablets  to purify the drinking water.While in Climbing we will have our own kitchen crew, so we will have properly treated water to fill up the bottle.

(4)Best time to Travel
Spring ( Mar-May)and Autumn ( Sep- Nov) are  known as best months to trek in Nepal becuase of the stable clear dry skies which permits to enjoy the spectacular mountain views but mostly lodges, hotels and trails are busy and crowded. Spring season is pleasant and suitable with warm tempreture for trekking and climbing the big mountains as well, so Everest  basecamp will be full of tents and looks like small tented city. Untill end of october, the tempreture will be mild cold. Weather will be stable with clear blue sky, dry and at the same time one of the popular religious festivals  named Manirimdu festival will be held in Tyangboche Monastery.
Winter and summer are also good if you would prefer less crowdy, and ready to face the some challanges like snow, cold, and rain.Even in winter weather will always be clear but the these three months are coldest month of the year and sometimes snow falls. In Summer, It is very good to do trekking, tempreture will be warm, those who are keen to botanist, summer is the best but the due to unstable weather the views of mountains are very rare.
Both the Spring and Autumn season are good for peak climbing, in spring little crowd than AutumnBut in Autumn there will be much more climbers in Amadablam.


5) Altitude Sickness
For the Amadablam climbing  we do proper  acclimatization  trip to  Island peak, that will be proper acclimatization  for Amadablam climbing.Trekking in Everest region is one of the highest trekking in world.In high altitude , the mass of oxygen will be less, so everyone feels difficult to breath as well as mild headache, dizziness etc.This is one of the biggest challanges in mountain.In the altitude, there are many rules to make our body adaptable to the  altitude. Acclimatization is one of the important factor  to adjust our body get used to the altitude. All our itineries are designed with proper acclimatization  day in every 1000 mtr climbing.The most important rules that we have to follow in altitude is walk slowly, keep drinking plenty of  fluids as water , soups etc to make our body hydrated, and keep our body warm. Our staffs and guide will always do their best  as they can, eventhough incase of any sickness,injury one should avoid their rest trip and should come down.

(6)Travel Insurance
It is compulsory to buy the proper travel insurance policy with genuine insurance company, it should cover the emergency helicopter evacuation as well as medical treatment incase of severe injury or sickness and Policy  should include coverage at the altitudes up to 7000 Mtr.
(7)Bag pack and duffel bag
Only the neccesary things should be packed and the stuffs which are not neccesary on trek and climbing will be stored in hotel in Kathmandu.All the  climbing gears should be managed by oneself according to instruction by company. Except trekking gears all the climbing gears are  transported before your arrival in basecamp.
(8)Internet Connectivity and cell phone Signal
As per your arrival in Kathmandu airport, there you can buy nepalese Sim card ncell or you can buy anywhere around city. In everest region Ncell signal works untill panboche way to everest basecamp and some part of Thame valley for both phone call as well as internet connectivity. Above that, there is good facility of wifi with purchasing data card of Everst link.If you buy the biggest data pack in Namche which is in 50 GB cost of Rs 3000 ( equivalent to 30 USD)it works whole area of Everest region perfectly except Thame valley which is just for trekkers.For the expedition team , there will be different types of internet  data cards are available which are more expensive as well but it works perfect even in basecamp.so You can enjoy with  social media or connects with your family, friends or loved one while on climbing.

(9)Flight to Lukla
Lukla Tenzing hillary airport  is only one airport to get to the Everest region, The mountain weather is always unpredictable and flights always depend on weather, Mostly time of spring and autumn will be good and there will be regular flights . If the weather became bad flight will be delay and our pre planned trip can be extend. So we always should keep 2/3 days extra incase of irregular flight.Another option is to take helicopter, for that less visibility  than aeroplane will be work. But helicopter cost is doubled than regular aeroplane cost which is not included in our trip cost and should be bear by oneself.
These days due to the high air traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport, domestic flights to/from Lukla is operated from Manthali airport which is 135 KM away from Kathmandu, we have to start early from kathmandu by road to catch the flight from Manthali.


(10)Sanitation
while in trekking in mostly places toilet are  common and need to use the same toilet  using by everyone else. Mostly place there may not be available of hand washing water, so highly recommend to take hand sanitizer by yourself and most importantly toilet papers or wet tissue paper should always  be in your day bag. In  climbing period, there will be toilet tent and all the toilet papers as well as washing water will be available.

(11)Government permits and National park permit
To enter in Everest region and climbing the peaks and Amadablam  you have to buy Sagaramatha national park permit, local government permit and climbing permit ,All the permit cost will be included in trip cost.Your company will arrange and manage everything.For the permit You have to provide some passport photos and copy of passport.

(12)Guiding and staffing
In everest region average walk per day is 6-7 hours. Leisurely and pleasant guiding will definitely take you to destination.  More you gaining altitude more hard to walk, toughest and longest  day will be the day of  summit day ,  you have to wake up quite early in the morning in order to summit before sun hit.Your experieced sherpa  guide  will always be there to help you in every moment.Guide is the key factor for the every challanging in mountain so one should follow the instruction of guide pleasantly.

(13) Budgeting
 Budegeting depends upon many factors specially in Kathmandu where there are too many choices.Hotels in Kathmandu include in trip cost on basis of BB plan. So average expenses per day in Kathmandu will be Rs 2000 for lunch and Dinner, if you prefer some other activities as  drinks, to do massage, or to go in bar/pub Rs 5000 ( equivalent to USD 50 ) is enough. On the trek, all the meals and hot drinks will be provided by company, Extra expeses as Hot shower, battery charging, wifi, boiled water for bottle, extra snacks  bars, Soft drinks and hard drinks should borne by  oneself,In average Rs 2000(eqivalent to 20 USD) is enough on the trek. Finally  few tipping is highly recomended and compulsory in the last day to your guide and porter as per your budgeting.

13)  Medical kit
 
Your company will  manage the proper medical kit with varieties of medicenes but those who are having  medicene for particular cause  since over the period of time, you are requested to  bring  yourself.

14)  Clothings and gears

Primary/Travel Items
  • Passport and Photocopy of Passport /Some extra passport photos for Nepal visa on the arrival
  • Travellers Cheques
  • Credit Cards
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Clothing

Head Wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Warm Synthetic wool Hat
  • Head Band/buff/Face mask/balaclava
  • Head lamp and Spare Batteries
  • Nose guard

Eye Wear
  • Sun Glasses
  • Glacier glasses
  • Googgles

Hand Wear
  • Lightweight   Synthetic Gloves
  • Heavyweight Synthetic Gloves
  • Soft shell gloves
  • Hand Warmer
  • Mittens

Body
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Long Sleeved shirts
  • Short Sleeved Shirts
  • Wind Jacket
  • Down Suit
  • Down Jacket(Light Weight)
  • Down Jacket(Heavy Weight)
  • Soft shell Jacket
  • Hard shell Jacket

Down Wear
  • Trousers(Light Weight)
  • Trousers(Heavy Weight)
  • Wind Paints
  • Lightweight Underwear
  • Heavyweight  Long underwear
  • Lightweight Nylon paints
  • Down Pants
  • Soft shell pants
  • Hard shell pants
  • Insulated synthetic pants

Foot Wear
  • Light weight synthetic  socks
  • Climbing socks
  • Climbing boots
  • Trekking boots/Light hiking boots
  • Running Shoes
  • Insulated Camp boots(for Basecamp)
  • Gaiters

Accessories
  • Sunscreen  and Lip Balms
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Dairy and Writing Material
  • Camera with spare batteiries
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun Glass
  • Personal Toilet Equipment
  • Water Bottles
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Small Towels/Soap/Shampoo

Climbing Gear
  • Down Suits
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Carabinersr(Regular)
  • Carabiners(Locker)
  • Descender
  • Ascender
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Water Bottle
  • Duffol Bag
  • Trekking Back Pack(40 Ltr)
  • Climbing Back Pack (50 Ltr)
  • Sleeping Bag(-40) for higher camps
  • Sleeping Bag(-20) for Basecamp
  • Thermarest
  • Thermos
  • Trekking Poles
  • Pee Bottle

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