Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu -1,300m
After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. Welcome dinner is held in the hotel and a short brief about your trip is given. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trip Preparation Day
After breakfast, we proceed for a guided sightseeing tour to several historical and religious attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks incudes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. We will also make other preparations for the upcoming adventure. We conduct a pre-trip discussion where you will be introduced to other participants of the expedition and the rest of the team. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m), Trek to Phakding (2,610m)- 40 min flight, 3-4 hours Trek
We take an early morning flight to Lukla above beautiful snow-capped mountains and lush green hills. Lukla Airport has a fantastic setting with a short landing strip which is the gateway to the Everest Region. Then, we walk through the trail that gradually descends through Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and yak pastures. Our trail moves down along the bank of Dudh Koshi River until we arrive at Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we gear up for our trek to Namche Bazaar, which is one of the biggest Sherpa villages in Nepal. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and walk through beautiful pine forests. Then, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and descend to Dudh Koshi River en route to Jorsale. From there, the trail ascends until Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
On this day set aside for acclimatization at Namche, we accommodate our bodies to the lofty altitude. It is recommended to move around instead of just resting. So, we can stroll around Namche and interact with the Sherpa people and learn about their lifestyle and also check out the Sherpa Museum. We can walk up to Khunde Hospital that was set up by Edmund Hilary or to speed up acclimatization, we can hike up to Everest View Hotel that offers splendid views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m), and other mountains. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3,870m) 5-6 hours
After spending a night at Namche Bazaar, we begin our trek towards Debuche. We trek through the Everest route alongside breathtaking views of the mountains like Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), and Thamserku (6608m). The trail is relatively flat until you reach Kyangjuma. One we reach Kyangjuma, we descend down to the Phunki Tenga River and then climb to Tengboche, and finally reach Debuche. Overnight stay at Debuche.
Day 07: Trek from Debuche to Pheriche (4,240m) 5-6 hours
We hike to the scenic village of Pangboche and visit the Pangboche monastery here. We continue our gradual ascent through Somare and Pheriche pass (4270m) until we reach Pheriche. We pass through Sherpa villages where we can get an insight into their culture and traditions. Since we will cross the altitude of 4,000m on this day, we need to ascend steadily on the way to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Day 08: Acclimatization
It is an important day to acclimatize and minimize the chances of being affected by AMS. We will explore the village and climb up a slope above Pheriche to gain a hiking experience in cold condition and a view overlooking the Himalayan valleys. The Sherpa settlements here offer great hospitality and display of their ancestral culture. Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m) 6-7 hours
From Pheriche, we trek back to Pangboche along the Imja River. Crossing the river at Pangboche, we steadily gain altitude as we head to Ama Dablam Base Camp. In a moderately paced trek, we pass through rhododendron and oak forests to reach Ama Dablam Base Camp. The base camp offers gorgeous scenic views of the surrounding landscapes and Himalayas in the northern region. Overnight stay at Ama Dablam Base Camp.
Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
It is the day for acclimatization or rest. We will make all the essential preparations for our expedition on this day. The guides will provide some training on peak climbing techniques and using the gear. We also check the condition of all the equipment. Overall, we make ourselves mentally and physically fit and boost our confidence for the expedition. Overnight stay at Ama Dablam Base Camp.
Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam (6,856m)
From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, we move further up to Yak Camp (5400m) up to where Yaks carry most of our equipment. Then, one and a half hours our walking takes us to Camp I (5800m). From Camp I, we follow existing fixed lines and then establish new ropes wherever necessary. It involves the most difficult rock climbing of the entire route. We reach Camp II (6000m) which is situated on top of the Yellow Tower on a narrow platform. Then, we climb from Camp II to Camp III (6300m) which is comprised of mixed rock, snow, and ice that is loose in certain places. En route, we come across Mushroom Ridge which is a narrow, windy, snowy and mushroom-like ridge with Himalayan peaks in the background. From Camp III, which is located on a small plateau, we continue to the summit with a cold and exposed position. It is a relatively less technical climb, which takes us from "Dablam" (ice cliff) to a slope, then to the center of the face and eventually to the summit (6856 m). From the summit, the splendid views of the snow-festooned peaks in the Everest region; the overwhelming emotions are ineffable and only the ones who have conquered the peak can relive those moments. After summiting the peak, we return back to the base camp. Stay at the tent for the entire climbing period.
Day 26-27: Trek from Ama Dablam Base Camp to Lukla (2,840m)
For the next two days, we trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar to Phakding and reach Lukla. We pass several villages and cross the Dudh Koshi River with impressive Khumbu peaks including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) accompanying us. It will mostly be a downhill trek as we cross several monasteries, villages and suspension bridges. Our enthralling journey in the mountains is completed once we reach Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu
We take a scenic morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu over lush forests, fields, and villages with the superb panorama of the Himalayas. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing during the remaining time. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It will be a contingency day in case the flight from Lukla gets delayed. In case everything goes as per the schedule, you can enjoy the rest of the day strolling around Kathmandu, visit the places you wish and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, we will enjoy the farewell dinner at the hotel with the team along with some cultural performances. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 30: Final Departure
Our representative will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before your flight schedule. We certainly hope that you enjoyed the Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition and look forward to seeing you for another adventure soon.
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