Amadablam mountain view
Amadablam mountain view from Thukla

Amadablam Expedition

Trip Code
BNTNP-020
Starting From
USD 6500
Duration
30 days
Group Size
01-15 Person
Max. Altitude
6856m
Activity
Trekking and Expedition
Accommodation
3 star hotel, Lodges and Camping
Meals
All Meals during the trip
Transportation
Private vehicles and Flights
Challenge
Difficult
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Mt. Amadablam(6856m) is a beautiful mountain, located almost due south of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse in the Khumbu region. Ama Dablam, the "Jewel of the Khumbu", is nestled in the clouds above the Tengboche monastery, in the heart of the Sherpa homeland. It is a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls and sharp, exposed ridges. Mount Amadablam forms a lasting impression on many trekkers in Nepal, as it is perhaps the most stunning mountain along the popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp.
 
We ascend the coveted SW ridge route, a technical route with three camps above base camp.The climbing on the route involves pure rock climbing on exquisite granite followed by mixed snow and rock climbing. The last section to the summit involves ice climbing followed by a long steep snow slope up to the summit.
Our acclimatization program is initiated in lower villages which gives you the opportunity of spending time in the homes of Sherpas and learn about the culture of these people.

What's Included?

  • Amadablam Peak permit fee.
  • Airport transfers by private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in a Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis (bed & breakfast).
  • Transportation by scheduled flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for members, staffs, Liaison Officer.
  • Sagarmatha National park entry fee.
  • One High altitude Sherpa per 2 climbing members.
  • Personal gear cargo costs to/from Lukla.
  • Porter costs for members equipments, food and fuel, kitchen and dinning arrangements from Lukla to Ama Dablam Base camp and back.
  • Full board during trek/Climbing/return trek.
  • All kitchen and dinning equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, Chairs and tables at Ama Dablam base camp.
  • Tents at Base Camp and higher camps for members, staff Food and Fuel for higher camp.
  • Common climbing equipment such as ropes, ice screws, ice bar, pitons, etc.
  • Walkie-talkie for each member for use during the course of the expedition.
  • Sleeping tent at base camp for members, staff, and Liaison officer Services of Cook and Kitchen staff at Base Camp.
  • Equipment and daily allowance for Climbing Sherpas, Liaison Officer, Cook, and kitchen staff.
  • Insurance for climbing Sherpas, Liaison officer, Cook, Kitchen staff, and local porters.
  • Garbage disposal charge at SPCC.

What's not Included?

  • Meals(Lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu.
  • Airfare to/from your country.
  • Nepal visa fee(can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, etc
  • International airport departure tax, tourist tax.
  • Oxygen and Mask regulators.
  • Garbage Deposits (our company will deposit)
  • Tips and bonuses for staffs.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. (1340m)

Arrival in kathmandu and transfer to Hotel,(which is close to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurants).

 

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, You will be met by our tour guide for sightseeing tour of 4 different UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. Our first destination is Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple). This place offers a view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Stupa of Swoyambhunath epitomizes Buddhism. Your guide will highlight you with detailed historical and cultural background about the place. Then you will be visiting Kathmandu Durbar square where you can visit Living goddess home, Old Royal palace and Kastamandap temple etc. Our next sightseeing will be at Boudhanath (the Largest Buddhist Stupa in world). This is very quiet and beautiful among them. We will take Lunch here, then we will visit Pasupatinath temple, the cremation center for Hindus. We will be back to Hotel. Free afternoon.

 

Day 03 Arrangement of expedition papers and gears.

Arrangement of expedition papers and gears.

 

Day 04 Fly to Lukla (2850m) and trek to Phakding (2650m) : 4 hour walk

fly out 25 minutes early in the morning with the breath taking view of mountains on the northern side. It is better if you sit on the left side. Lukla is big town with Many Hotels, shopping centers and restaurants. You will meet the trek staffs as porters, kitchen crews or jopkeys at Lukla for supporting the trek. We walk through the town passing the Mane walls and descending to the beautiful sherpa village ChauriKharka. This is very busy trail, passing pack animals, trekkers, locals and trekking crews. Once you fly out from Kathmandu, the land of the Sherpas and everything in it are fresh and new. Representation of Tibetan Buddhism can be seen to Phakding, and along the road run long stone fences that keep the cattle from intruding. We cross 2 suspension bridges before ThadoKoshi and the first view of KusumKangaru Mountain seen from there. The trail gradually climbs up now along the Ghat village. We see very beautiful chortens, colorful Mane stones and monastery. We descend again to the riverbed of the DudhKoshi, comes Phakding.

Day 05 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m) : 6 hour walk

From Phakding, walk forward at a higher altitude on a road that winds through natural forests of pines and cedars crossing many small streams along the right bank of the DudhKoshi river. Far up the valley, the snowy peak of Thamserku (6608m)can be seen. Crossing the suspension bridge over the DudhKoshi river at Benkar, climb up little passing Chhumoa, we arrive at Monjo. There is the entrance of the Sagarmatha national park, the entrance fee is collected or checked when we pay from Kathmandu. When we cross a long suspension bridge and take the road along the left bank, Jorsale lies ahead. From here you enter a forested mountainside and rocky area. After crossing high, winding path you descend to the riverbed of this V shaped valley, the river forks in the right is DudhKoshi and one the left is Bhotekhosi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing the highest bridge over the DudhKoshi the trail zigzags uphill, you emerge to a ridge of TopDanda, offers a excellent view of the Mt. Everest(8848m) and Lhotse(8516m). The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pine forests. Namche bazaar is surrounded by Mountains in 3 sides and open facing to Bhotekoshi on the south. It is Biggest town in the Khumbu valley is a central hub.

 

Day 06 Acclimatization day

Today visit to the view point at National park headquarter in the morning to see the view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and many other snowy mountains as well visiting the National park museum & hike to Everest View Hotel(3860m)can be done.

 

Day 07 Trek to Tengboche (3867m): 6 hour walk

We walk down to Sanasa,there is trail junction leading left to the Gokyo valley and right to the Everest base camp. Descend passing teahouses and pine forests, cross the wooden bridge over DudhKoshi and arrive Phunki Tenga for Hot Lunch. After Phunki Tenga, it is long climb to Tengboche; the first half is especially steep. As you climb through the blue pine and Rhododendron forests. Continue climb the Mountain diagonally until come to a stone gate, which marks you arrive at Tengboche. It is a large plateau and in front is the splendid monastery, where you camp or stay in the Guesthouse. Tengboche is the biggest monastery in this Khumbu area about 50 monks and one of the best place for the sunset views over Himalaya.(5-6 hours walk).

 

Day 08 Tengboche to Amadablam Base Camp(4600m)

Descend a Rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area of Dibuche. Pass the long Mane walls and there is a nunnery. Walk a while and cross the bridge over Imja Khola. Climb up on mountain side looking up at AmaDablam (6812m), Kangtega and Thamserku on the opposite bank. As you ascend the chorten lined area, take the level path to Pangboche, village of famous climbers. Pass through the village and cross a stream, the path leads to a rocky area following the high steep hills. Climbing from here, the hills open up. The Lhotse(8516m)can be seen up ahead, becomes more formidable as we approach at Base Camp.

 

Day 09-25 Climbing period of Amadablam(6812m)

Climbing period.

Day 26 Trek back to Namche Bazzar.

Trek back to Namche Bazzar.(same way)

 

Day 27 Trek back to Lukla (2850m)

Trek back to Lukla through phakding.(same way)

Day 28 Fly back to Kathmandu (1340m)

Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 29 Free day

Free day in Kathmandu and prepation for final departure.

Day 30 Final departure

Transfer to international airport & fly back home.

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Nepal Entry Visa

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.

You can obtain the Nepal visa up on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can apply the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visa. We suggest you to take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.

Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Trekking Season

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.  Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.

A typical day of trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight. We reach the teahouse/ camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for the dinner around 7PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800km from east to west and 90 to 230km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region. Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 metres. Nepal is divided into five development regions and seventy-five districts. Where as high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000m to above 8,848m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards

All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Climate change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood prone in the world. Currently Nepals Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters. Nepals potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers are sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light weight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health issues/Altitude sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.

Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involves high altitude and can be strenuous.Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously. The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, specially above 3,000 metres, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following these advice:

01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 metres for example, the body requires 3 to 4 litres of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 litre a day.

02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.

03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.

04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying travel High Solu facilitators immediately.

05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here. Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 35 millions includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in moulding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Kirantis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchhavis took over Kiranti from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Junga Bahadur Rana backseated the power of monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy. A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahendra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system’, by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities. People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency,corruptions and downfall in national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left whole world in complete shock. Gynendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006 all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally,Gynendra handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal.Then maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, Newroad and DurbarMarg are the most popular Shopping centers.

Foods in Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers.Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican,Thai etc to continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Pokhara also have numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains(trekking routes) also fresh, hygenic and delicious.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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