Arrival to Kathmandu From Your Home Country:
Your international flight will bring you to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu’s international airport to commence your Ama Dablam expedition. Depending on current conditions, you will be able to buy your visa on arrival, which costs $100 for 60 days.
Our airport staff will be holding a sign with the SummitClimb company name, load your bags into the van, and bring you to our comfortable hotel in Thamel. Thamel is the main tourist district of Kathmandu, where are located many restaurants and 100s of mountaineering and outdoor shops. Your expedition leader and our Sherpas will check your gear, and depending on what you have brought, they will take you to the Thamel shops and help you rent/hire or purchase any equipment, clothing, boots, or other items you need. Prices are very favourable.
Our team will all meet together to discuss your climb and the plans and procedures and to share some excellent meals together. There will be time for sightseeing at the many interesting cultural sights of ancient Kathmandu city. Also, you may enjoy fine dining experiences, clubbing, spa treatments, casinos, etcetera. There is no street crime in Kathmandu, a safe city.
Approach Trek To Ama Dablam:
Your trek to Ama Dablam begins with an included 30-40 minute fixed wing flight from Kathmandu (1350 metres / 4450 feet) to Lukla at 2800 metres / 9200 feet. 10 Kilos / 22 pounds of luggage is included free. Our company pays for all of your excess baggage over 10 kilos / 22 pounds. Sometimes the flight will be from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes it will be from Mainthali, Ramechap, a regional airport 5 hours distant from Kathmandu. It is also possible to take a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will arrive in Lukla, collect your bags, and then go to the Namaste Lodge for breakfast/brunch. After which, you will walk for 3 – 5 hours downhill to Phakding-Zamfute (2650 metres / 8750 feet), a beautiful tiny village along the Dudh Kosi river, and stay the night at Sonam Guesthouse.
Enjoy the vicinity of welcoming Ama Dablam
The following day, you walk along Dudh Kosi river, cross the famous hanging suspension bridges, and hike up the big hill to Namche (3500 metres / 11,500 feet), Capital of the Sherpa People. In Namche you will be staying in the Hilltop Lodge. The following day is a rest day, and you can take an acclimatization walk to the lovely Everest View Hotel for amazing views of Ama Dablam and Everest and the other majestic Khumbu Mountains.
During your rest day you can checkout downtown Namche with the many bakeries, pubs, and souvenir shops. The following day you will walk to Pangboche (3950 metres / 13,000 feet), which involves hiking down to the river and back up to famous Tengboche Monastery, and then down to Deboche and along the valley to the vast potato fields of Pangboche, which is the nearest village to Ama Dablam.
Finally, after a good nights sleep in Pangboche’s Sonam Lodge, you will hike up through grassy hills and across alpine meadows to Ama Dablam basecamp at 4500 metres / 14,750 feet, which is in a large grassy bowl, with cliffy ridges on one side and gravel and boulder scree slopes on the other.