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Ama Dablam Expedition - 29 Days

Ama Dablam Expedition

Trip Overview

One of the most graceful climbing routes in the Himalaya, Ama Dablam expedition from South West Ridge is renowned as a 'must-do' for any mountain climber, with an uncovered rock ridge, dotted with towers and complex climbing leading from Camp One to the summit ice fields.


  • Trekking Days:  14 Days
  • Type of Trek:    Teahouse
  • Max. Altitude:    6,812m
  • Grade of Trek:   More strenuous
  • Main Attraction: Sherpa Culture and Everest view

Travel Highlights

Experience Sherpa villages and panoramic views, and meet locals
Take in panoramic views and prayer flags in the mountain range
Explore rhododendron forests and tiny hamlets
Meet local yak herders, experience teahouse lodges
Visit a local market and pick up cooking ingredients
Learn about Nepalese cuisine and enjoy a meal with a local family as a group


Full itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Trip Preparation Day
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): acclimatization
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Debuche
Day 07: Debuche to Pheriche (4,300m/14,107ft): 5-6 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization
Day 09: Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m/15000ft): 5-6 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam (6856m/22488ft)
Day 26-27: Trek to Lukla
Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 30: Final Departure

Please Note that the above itinerary is a usual outline of what we offer and how it organized as per our experience of two decades. This itinerary can be Personalized as your specific interests, time limit and budget. If you can’t make yet an exact decision, allow us to assist you to plan a trip as you desired.

Lukla Flight: Some time the flight of Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu gets delayed for few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. We’ll do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. Such conditions might happen even in the best season. In such condition, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports and if possible to come with some additional days that may recover such delays at the end of the trip. If everything runs smoothly and still have few days left we even engage you in other optional activity such as shopping, sport etc; we also arrange helicopter on our clients request if it is available and this cost will be additional $500or more on group size and availability.

Due to flight delay or cancellations impacts your onward travel schedule, you're free to opt for an alternative trip to any other region. If you not interested in this trip and would rather than wait for the desired trip, you are welcome to wait as many days to get a flight to Lukla. However, there be no refund and if you lose time waiting at the airport and don't take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation.

We will provide you lunch and hotel in Kathmandu if the flight cancellation happens in before trip however if it happens after the trip you may be responsible for all your expenses and there's no any refundable for the services included in the package that would not use later.

What's Included

  • Airport pick up, drops and all land transportations as per the itinerary by private or tourist vehicle
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu).
  • 3 Star or same standard hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean accommodation in Tea house during the trek
  • All your standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonable local fresh fruits as available
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Quality tents and tented accommodation during the climb and kitchen equipments for camping
  • Guided city tour by private transport as per the itinerary
  • Entrance & monument fees and all applicable government taxes and service charge as per the itinerary
  • The experience and friendly English speaking government licensed trekking and climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • All foods, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine for your guides and porters.
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, mattress while climbing period.
  • Group climbing and mountaineering equipment like ice axe, Ice crew, snow bar, climbing rope.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Trek, Climbing permits, fee and Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) for Everest Conservation & National Park.
  • Four season down Jacket, duffle bag, Sleeping bag and walking pole to use during the trek (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by you or your insurance company
  • Trip achievement appreciation certificate)

What's not Included

  • What's not included?
  • Visa fee for Nepal that issue upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu (and also in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra baggage charges (If you have more than 15 kg luggage shall be paid $1.5 per kg)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen.
  • Personal expenses like as any bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water or shower, etc,
  • Personal climbing equipment, personal climbing guide if requested and optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Any loss arising due to unexpected circumstances that is out of our company control
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for guides, porters and/or driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section

Date & Price

Following start dates are your arrival day in Nepal and End dates are return day from Nepal. The designed dates and quoted costs given below are mainly focusing on travelers who want to join the group; however, the private group trips are available on any date of your choice throughout the year.  Listed costs are for per person including domestic flights and excluding international flights.

If any listed date is not preferable for you, please contact us we cheerily support to make a personalize adventure on your appropriate date.

Start Date End Date Trip Price Status Book This Trip
03 Oct 2019 16 Oct 2019 Contact Us Booking Open Book Now
20 Oct 2019 02 Nov 2019 Contact Us Booking Open Book Now
06 Nov 2019 19 Nov 2019 Contact Us Booking Open Book Now

Note: Autumn (Sep.-Nov) and Spring Season are the high tourist season in Nepal. The trip price may rise. We suggest to all our customers to book your travel trip as earlier as possible to avoid increased price and to get best deal. Please do contact us for any query.

Upcoming Departures Status

Available:  Minimum size of the group on the listed dates is reached, the trip is ready to run.

Booking Open:  The following start date is available for booking. Any single or groups who traveling is welcome to join in this trip.

Join a Group:  One or some traveler(s) have already booked as following given date. Any traveler welcomes to join in this group.

Limited Space:  As many travelers have booked already on given date, now very limited spaces are available, so we suggest you to make your booking faster as possible.

Sold Out: The size of the group is full on a given date; let us know if you still want to make your adventure on this specific date, we can consider it upon your request. So, please contact us as quickly as possible.


Extend Your Adventure

You don't ever want your holiday to end while you're having the adventure of a lifetime. Why not extend your holiday and make the journey last?

You may have many choices to extend your adventure as per your interests, time length and budget before and after trip or throughout your adventure, please inform to our travel expert’s team regarding the programs that you might want to add given below.

Helicopter Tour, Bunjee Jumping, Skydiving over Mt.Everest, River Rafting, Day Hiking, Temple visit, Paragliding, Zip flyer in Pokhara, Wildlife safari, City Tours, Biking Tour, Canyoning in Nepal, Nepal Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking Tour Nepal, Ultralight Mountain Flight etc.


Meal

Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners on trek and a farewell and welcome dinner in Kathmandu.

All breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek will be provided to you. We will invite you for farewell dinners in Kathmandu where we can enjoy an authentic and typical Nepalese food. Typical Dal Bhat and Dhido(made from the flour of millet, wheat, Barley, etc.) are their traditional local cuisine in the most of regions in Nepal and especially in the mountains regions. However, most tea houses/lodges in the mountain region, currently serving a large choice of meal with western friendly cuisines, Tibetan, Chinese, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.


Accommodation

2 nights in hotel in Kathmandu and 26 nights during the trek in the mountain.

You will stay in a standard (deluxe) hotel in Kathmandu and tea house lodge during the trek in the mountain. All the accommodations you will get twin sharing basic and also single supplement will be available on request with extra price in Kathmandu and lower elevations in the mountain. However sometime in the higher elevation may be difficult to get a single room. Normally our company can arrange you an accommodation with attached bathroom/toilet, however, some places in the mountain, you might share your bathroom and toilet as a common.


Acclimatization

This Climbing is measured more strenuous than normal trek to Everest base camp. Climbing up to the higher altitudes too fast causes a serious medical condition enough to result in death. As you ascending up upper elevation, there is less oxygen in the air. Your body needs more time to adapt to such an atmosphere. We advise you to consult with your doctor about your heart, lungs or blood diseases before traveling. If you got a light headache, loss of appetite, stomach disorders or fever are the symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

During your trip in the Himalaya we suggest you that increased altitude gradually, drinks lots of liquids and Garlic soup but avoid smoking, alcohol and using sleeping tablets and overexertion, use preventive medicines, don’t walk alone, don’t climb higher if you get even mild symptoms of altitude sickness and descend immediately if you get worse, never leave anybody alone with symptoms of AMS and wear warmly when trekking.


Important Note

Traveler's safety is the highest concern while traveling with Nature Himalaya, so your leader(guide) has the right to change or cancel any part of the itinerary if necessary due to safety concerns. Your guide might be compulsive to do it all due to a awful weather, the worse health condition of a group member or any natural circumstance. Your guide attempt to ensure that the trip goes as per itinerary plan, however, please be ready to be flexible if needed.

A couple of Rules

Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and especially the local people who make the world the special place it is. The act of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. As well, Illegal drugs are not allowed. Using the drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Similarly, the flying of drones is prohibited in Nepal. Your guide has the right to eject any member of the group if such these illegal activities are found.


Best Time to Travel

Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be organized even in winter season for those travelers who are physically fit on such a coldest temperature.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required in to join on any of our adventures. When choosing a travel insurance policy please tolerate in mind that every client should have medical coverage for repatriation and emergency rescues like helicopter, treatment and the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, and loss of baggage and private effects. If you have Credit card insurance we need the proof of purchase of the trip with a Credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their collaborating insurance firm, the extent of coverage and emergency contact phone number.


Feedback

After your travel, Nature Himalaya wants to hear from you and would follow what you have to say. We’d observe carefully for your any suggestion, comment, testimony and requirement which will be an important summary for us to maintain and enhance our service across the globe.

Let us awareness using the form below the matter what you experienced during our services. As you complete your feedback online within one month, we'll offer you 5% off the price of your next Adventures with us. Nature Himalaya is going to be mailed you an evaluation of your trip on 24 hrs when finishing your trip.


Physical Condition & Experience

It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is needed to adopt this trip. This is a moderate adventure that suitable for most of the travelers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours daily with a light backpack without the help of another person. In some days we'd need to climb up or down even for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher elevations is more physically harder than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive perspective and strong determination, we can complete the adventure successfully. Existing hiking experience would be an advantage; however, no technical expertise is needed for this journey.

Travelers with a pre-existing medical condition like heart, lung, and blood diseases shall inform to Nature Himalaya before booking your journey and additionally we advise that you simply consult your doctor(s) before the trip.


Trip Leader & Staffs

Every trip we organize is accompanied by a professional and experienced guide who is always tending to make your trip an unforgettable and the best trip without any hassle as possible. We also use local guides and porters where we expect more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.

Your guide will give information about the historical, cultural, religious, peoples, social features, ecosystem, flora, fauna, and geography on the places you are traveling through. Your guide tends to make your journey more special by offering suggestions for things to do and see, recommend for great local eating venues and introduces you to local friends.


What to Pack

Climbing gears/equipments
Sleeping gears
Sleeping bag (30 degree DC)
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Body wear (top to bottom)
Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
Normal Hat (optional)
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Shawl or scarf (also useful for dusty conditions and temple visits)
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Windproof rain gear
Windproof rain jacket
Fleece top/sweater
Moneybelt
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves,
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves1 pair of mittens(consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner)
Small travel towel
1 pair of Hiking Shirts/t-shirts
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
1 pair of Sandals (For wearing around camp in the evenings)
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A comfortable medium sized (35-50liters) day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day (with a waist strap or a padded waist belt)
Locks for bags and duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Personal Climbing Gears:
Ice axe
Crampons
Harness
Tape slings (2)
Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
Descender/eight figure
Plastic mountaineering boots
Ascender/Jhumar
Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:
Snow bar
Rope
Ice hammer
Ice screw

Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) and Personal Hygiene
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash

Essentials
Binoculars (optional)
Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal with extra batteries and bulbs)
Watch and alarm clock
Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)

First-aid kit
Extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
Stomach antibiotic: (Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant! )
Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
Anti-diarrhea pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-headache pills
1 skin-blister repair kit
Water purification tablets or water filter
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Extras
Reading book, guide book, etc
Trail/route map
Paper, magazine and pen. etc
Whistle (optional)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
iPod, Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards, music player (for passing our leisure time while we are in teahouses and or camps)

Practical Items
1 sewing-repair kit, a small roll of repair tape
1 compass or GPS(optional)
large Ziplocs
2 water bottle minimum 1 litre (Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.


Travel Tips

Joining Instructions

On your arrival time at the Kathmandu airport, Nature Himalaya representative will be waiting to welcome you with a card with your name. You will be now greeted with a garland made from fresh flower and smile. Then you will transfer to the hotel in our private car. If there will be any changes to the flight schedule, in missing of affiliation flight you are requested to inform us by calling or sending text or writing email or if any reason you are not met at the airport by our representative, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi that available for about 700-800 NPR in front of arrival terminal. Please be aware of people wanting to assist you with your luggage as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi.

After some refreshments, you will be invited to visit our company where our representative can organize a short meeting soon, right through that you will meet other trip participants and will be brief you about specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel with all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, we will leave you a message mentioning what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Arrival Complications

We expect that all our travelers can able to begin their trip as scheduled, however, if you are unable to start your trip as scheduled by any reason, please inform us and also your booked hotel or refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we suggest that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, following the joining directions and you may apply to our counter on your return for a refund of the transfer price if this occurs.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Nepal Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport. you need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25: single entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100. Visa arrangement is on your responsibility before you travel

Trip Notes

Trekking in Nepal is really a marvelous accomplishment, from the Himalayan landscapes to the rich cultural ethos, visit beautiful ethnic Himalayan settlements and villages, the journey to destinations at the beautiful river valleys harboring unique terrains, walk on winding trails passing through heavenly alpine forests and green pastures that are undeniably awe-inspiring!

Trekking can be difficult in some parts, with a lot of uphill and downhill climbing, however, walk at your own pace – slow and steady is the way to go – being fit or unfit isn't the primary control here, it is how you deal with altitude. Do not rush! The only reward for trying to prove something by being first is a splitting headache, vomiting, and nausea! Climb slowly on at a steady pace, pause, standing to rest, don’t sit too much, usually, it's harder to get going again. Don’t care about whether others are ahead! The path is obvious, your guides keep track of where you are. There is plenty of time to walk at your pace regardless of how far behind you'll assume you are.

Bear in mind the sun is strong, wear sunscreen and sunglasses. It is colder than you think, especially in the wind, if you taking off layers while walking make sure to place them on again as soon as you stop or are in the shade, don’t wait to get cold.

Spending Money

Money requirements will vary for every person as per his/her habits spending money. Some travelers may drink more than others ‘whereas other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing drinks, shopping, and tipping.

Money Exchange

Currency exchange rates in Nepal is 1 USD = 110Nepalese Rupees (NPR), however, it may differ every day as per the market demand. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and MasterCard; however, you can find it rarely in mountain regions. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they will charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Tipping

Tipping is expected (however not compulsory) in every hospitality. Tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service and an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides, porters or drivers we use. You may do this on your own, or your guide will offer to gather the money and tip as a group. Tipping range is depending on the standard and length of the service (you may ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture). Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your Nature Himalaya guide did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated.

Trip Specific Safety

We suggest the use of a money belt or neck wallet while traveling, for the safekeeping of your air tickets, passport, travelers' Cheques, cash, and different precious items and we suggest you leave your valuable jewelry in the reception of the hotel while traveling. Most of the hotels we use have a safety safe-deposit which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your baggage. When traveling in a group, please note that your guide has the authority to switch any a part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

During your trip, you will have some free time to follow your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own superior decision when choosing an activity in your free time. If you're doing any water-based activity we suggest only participating when accompanied by your guide. We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water-based activities has a balanced approach to safety.

Local Dress and restrictions variance

In Nepal, you may see some variance at a few young generations about their dress up and feelings However for your own comfort, we suggest modest clothing, covering shoulders; loose, lightweight, long clothing is respectful. When visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites and make sure you wear long pants and open your shoes and keep quiet before coming into the monasteries. When packing try and choose loose, lightweight, long covering which will keep you cool within the typically hot and wet climate in summers.

Emergency Fund

We suggest you have access to at least an additional USD $700 (or equivalent) cash as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when any the potential unexpected situation requires a modification to our planned route. This includes the USD $500 cash emergency helicopter funds that are mentioned in the Important Notes.

Minimum Age

For this trip, you must be eighteen to travel alone and for minors’ travelers with a guardian over twenty-one years old, the minimum age is twelve.

International Flights

We suggest that for much up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline and check in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport. Arrival times and baggage restrictions are going to take issue by airline and may modification at any time.

Porter Carefully

Porters play a very important role in most of the industries, and similarly, their requirements are more special in travel and trekking industry as well. Only the porters carry all the things to the remote regions where are no motorway facilities.  We are firmly dedicated to porter rights. We make sure that all our porter's staffs are well paid well treated and provide the quality level of shelter, clothing, and footwear as per brutal environments demand. Every porter shall be treated in the case of sickness or sudden circumstance injuries with the same care and attention as other team members. As we are dedicating to improve their working conditions, our resources are available to aid them.

Group Size: Max 15, average 12

Nature Himalaya operates all trips for groups of any size as per our clients' request as possible but as per our many years’ experiences we realized a maximum of fifteen peoples and in average twelve is the most favorable size for a successful trip. On this trip, we arrange a guide, assistant guide (4 travelers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) for carrying luggage.

The Trekking Group

This trip will be organized by one guide, assistant guide (5 trekkers: one assistant) and porters for carrying baggage. This arrangement ensures that even if anybody among the group gets sick the trip can still go ahead as planned.  As we've got many years of experience and feelings, a maximum of fifteen and on an average of twelve travelers in a group are going to prefer size for a successful trip. However, we are flexible to arrange this trip on any size even with a smaller or larger group as per the client’s interest and needs.

Solo Travelers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the price of your trip unless noted. Internal flight tickets are issued domestically and can be given to you before the flight departure.

Laundry

Most of the hotels offer laundry facilities with a certain charge. If you want your own laundry, we suggest you bring non-polluting soap.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher to Nature Himalaya Account, or contact us.


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