Duration: 28 Days
Max. Altitude: 6, 856 m
Group Size: Minimum of two people
Location: Everest region
Accommodation: Hotel, teahouses and camps
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek & expedition
Best season: Autumn. Possibility of summit is very high in the autumn season.
A summary of the Ama Dablam Expedition: 25 nights/ 26 days
Day 1: Kathmandu 4,383 feet / 1,336 meters
Representative from EWT will receive you at the airport and take you to the hotel. Welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Today you get rid of the jetlag, pack and prepare for the trek. Our guide will check your equipment to make sure you are all set.
You will also have time to enjoy the beauty of Kathmandu, an amalgam of glorious past and modern-day chaos.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding 8,563 feet / 2,610 meters
The trek starts on gradual slopes with 4-5 hours of walk to Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar 11,290 feet / 3,440 meters
A trek along the Dudhkosi, a river white like milk, crossing the many swinging suspension bridges we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, we cross the famous uphill towards the Gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Rest Day at NamcheBazaar
Rest day on mountains mean staying active all day but sleeping back in the same altitude, not higher. Rest day at Namche is time for an early start to one of the highlights of the Everest Region, a hike to Syangboche. This short hike takes you to the vantage point where the majestic Himalayan giants including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Ambadablam unveil. You return to Namche, the bazaar with internet café, bakeries, museum, various shops with western climbing equipment and local artifacts.
Day 6: Thyangboche 12,664 feet / 3,860 meters
Destination for today is Thyangboche which is home to the famous monastery perched on the highest altitude in the world. Time to get blessings and awaken the internal journey. Hiking Distance: 5 miles
Day 7: Ama Dablam Base Camp 15,000 feet/ 4,572 meters
The uphill trek along the river offers breathtaking view of Ama Dablam that towers ominously above us. From the village of Pangbouche we descend down to the Dudh Kosi and cross a small bridge and then follow the trail as it climbs up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,000 feet). You will be greeted by our Sherpas, porters and cooks who would have already established our camps. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing and watching climbers descend from the upper snow face of the Dablam Glacier.
Day 8: Rest day and acclimatization day.
Day 9: Advanced Base Camp 17,700 feet/ 5,395 meters
We climb towards the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) where you can witness the magnificent 5000 m peaks. We return to the Base Camp for the night and we will use this strategy for acclimatization.
Day 10: Hike to ABC and stay the night.
Day 11: Camp 1 18,900 feet/ 5,761 meters.
Today’s hike is a challenging one taking us through a ridge bringing us along the base of Ama Dablam. We will spend the night at ABC.
Day 12: Rest day at ABC
Day 13: Acclimatization climb and back to ABC
Day 14: Climb and night stay at Camp 1
Day 15: Climb on the ridge towards Camp 2 before descending back to Base Camp.
Day 16: Rest day
Day 17: Acclimatization climb and back to ABC
Day 18: Camp 2 19,500 feet/ 5,944 meters
We begin our summit attempt moving to Camp 2. The climb from Camp 1 to Camp 2 is an exciting rock climb on the route. The entire route if fixed and climbers will be connected to the rope via jumar and sling. Camp 2 is perched on a narrow ledge with an incredible exposure and view of the upper mountain and surrounding peaks.
Day 19: Camp 3 21,000 feet/ 6,401 meters
From Camp 2, we make an ascent on snow, rock and ice to Camp 3 situated to the side of the massive Dablam hanging glacier.
Day 20: Summit day 22,350 feet/ 6,812 meters
We begin with the steep climb towards the Dablam glacier. The route traverses around some crevasses and then meets up with the 40–60 degree snow rib that leads to the Summit! At the top there are beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. We then descend down to Camp 3 for the night.
Day 21: Base camp
Day 22: Thyangboche
Day 23: Trek to Monjo 9,301 feet / 2,835 meters
Day 24: Trek to Lukla
Day 25: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 26: Final departure from Kathmandu
Note: Please keep extra days in case of bad weather/ health reasons that might hinder our attempt for Summit. If all goes as well, we can take a side trip to Everest Base Camp if you want.