Climbing Ama Dablam Details
Mt. Ama Dablam has been considered the prettiest mountain in the world. High on her Southwest face hangs a glacier resembling a 'Dablam' - the sacred ornament box worn by ladies in the Sherpa community. It was this spectacular feature that got her the name "Ama Dablam". She lies alongside Everest in the heart of the Khumbu valley offering a superb diversion close up view of Mt Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Everest. If you have previous climbing experience and wish to participate fully as a team member of an expertly led expedition to one of the world's most impressive mountain then climbing expedition to Ama Dablam is the best suited. This Mountain is a technically demanding mountain for climbing in Nepal. It is considered an ornament of the Himalayas in Nepal. Although the height is only 6812m Ama Dablam expedition requires steep ice, rock and snow climbing. Normally, three camps are set in Ama Dablam climbing above the base camp (4,570m), however, only two camps are used to spend the nights. The normal route for climbing is South-West Ridge. The ascent from Base Camp to camp 1st is considered one the difficult days of the expedition.
We provide you with all technical climbing and safety equipment.
Experienced British and Nepalese mountain guides
Pictures and footage from your expedition will be available to download from our Flickr account
Return airport transfers and all domestic flights
All meals on the mountain and our own cook
Alexander Adventures trekking t-shirt (Mountain equipment)
Welcome dinner with Nepali culture programs.
Thamel resort Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast basis at 3 Star Hotel.
Experience and professional expert Nepalese / English expedition crews; 1 Base Camp guide, 1 Cook, necessary Kitchen boys, Each person 1 Tent for sleeping, Dining Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattress, Toilet Tent, Mess Tent, Shower Tent, Kitchen tent staff and Liaison officer tent and Kitchen utensil as well as provide hot hygienic continental 3 hot meals B/L/D during the trip till Base Camp.
Crew's equipment charge, daily wages, expedition insurance and other facility will be provided by our agency itself.
Permit fee of Ama Dablam 6812m. Expedition, trekking permit and National Park fees.
Per Person 30 KG. Expedition equipment's luggage or barrels is allowed on the way back to Lukla from Base Camp. (Expedition equipment's luggage or barrels carried by Porter or Yak). (Transportation of all food and climbing equipments to base camp and back.)
UK traning day
Access to trade deal in equpment
Prerequisite (What experience should I have)
All climbers need to have good skills on rock and ice climbing and technically competent. On most parts of the routes there will be fixed rope, however, the climbers should posses skills of climbing through steep rock and hard compact ice. We follow the standard South West ridge route (normal route) to the top, as it is consider the safe route, free from the objective danger such as avalanche and so on. The route we follow begins at Lukla (2850m) and the initial days of the trek pass through the legendary Sherpa country up the spectacular high valley of the Khumbu. Most of the route on the actual climbing is fixed with no icefall or glacier to negotiate, and most of it is concentrated on the crest of a ridge. The climb is relatively safe though exposed and sheep and not really a mountain for debutantes.
We recommend you work towards this trip with the aim of being capable of multiple days out on the hill carrying a pack up to 10kgs. People who are active in the hills generally have few problems on Mount Elbrus, but extra work on the calf muscles and thigh muscles will help. Cardio-vascular fitness can be assisted by swimming, circuit training and working on a HIIT programme. Altitude is not such a problem on Elbrus because of our acclimatisation programme but summit day is still a big jump in altitude and a long day on the hill in the cold. Eating, drinking and sleeping well and keeping healthy at altitude are equally as important. Our programme allows everyone to build their 'mountain fitness' before going high and acclimatising not just to the height but also the climate and new surroundings. Fitness is mental as well as physical, so we like to promote a happy and positive team spirit before rushing to the top!
What should I bring to the adventure?
Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip,but note that not all brands and models are current.
Running shoes or lightweight trail shoes: For travel and easy walking.
Hiking boots: Leather with sturdy mid-sole and a Vibram sole, ½ or ¾ shank. Boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combination. Fit is much more important than brand. Take time to select a pair that fits,and break them in well.
Sport sandals: Excellent for in and around the refuge and tented camps in the evenings. An open-toe model that can be worn with socks is best (Teva or Crocs).
Lightweight socks: Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale, Patagonia)
Medium weight socks: Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale).
Gaiters: For use with light hiking boots. Short and simple gaiters are preferable, such as OR Rocky Mountain Low.
Head & Hand Gear
It is very important that your clothes fit loosely and comfortably so you can layer your clothes appropriately. This is key for maintaining a comfortable body temperature.
Comfortable travel clothes: For around the cities of Fes and Marrakesh. Dress in Morocco is typically modest and casual.
Hiking shorts: One pair (any brand of Supplex short). Will often be worn over lightweight long underwear bottoms.
Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant)
Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Midweight long underwear top: Zip-T neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers (Patagonia Capilene, North Face, Mountain Hardwear)
Lightweight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Midweight underwear bottom: Dark colours are preferable because they do not show dirt (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Short-sleeved shirts/tops: Most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work (North Face Tek Ware, Patagonia Tech Dri, or any brand of synthetic athletic wear).
Fleece or synthetic jacket: Polartec 100 or 200 is good. An even better alternative is a synthetic fill jacket made of Primaloft or Polarguard (Mountain Hardwear, OR, Wild Things, Moonstone, Patagonia).
Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants: Such as Gore-Tex. Jacket must have hood. It is recommended that pants have full-length side zips. These garments should be large to fit over your other layers.
Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic (Patagonia Capilene)
Windstopper fleece gloves: Any brand of Windstopper fleece.
Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor to keep the sun and rain off of your face and neck.
Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton styles. This is an important item with many uses. Large sizes are best. You may also like to have a circular bandana like those made by Buff.
Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears for cool evenings.
Hiking & Camping Gear
Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR. You may want to bring a back-up pair too.
Headlamp: (Petzl or Black Diamond)
Pack cover: To protect your gear on rainy days (REI, MEC, Osprey, Gregory)
Sleeping bag: Minimum temperature rating of 32F to maximum 14F (0 C to -10C)
Water Bottle: Two one-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene Poly bottles)
Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest)
Trekking poles: Useful for going up and down steep, muddy trails in the forest, and general trekking. Adjustable poles are best so that you can strap them on your pack when not in use. Remove the ski baskets (Leki 3-section, Black Diamond)
Swiss Army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight. Scissors are probably the most useful features; you will seldom need the knife blade.
Walking axe -preferably with leash and rubber end protectors
Crampons -10 points are acceptable for this trip, there is no front pointing required.
Harness -preferably alpine style with clips on the leg loops and a comfortable fleece waistband
1 x 120cm sling and 2 locking karabiners -for easy tying into a fixed line
Helmet -optional. There is no danger of rockfall from above, but head injuries can occur in the event of a fall.
Expedition bag/duffle bag for main gear (with padlock)
Rucksack for hikes and summit day, 40 litres should be ample
Light bag for leaving travel clothes in the hotel during the trip
Sleeping bag, 3 or 4 season -the huts can get quite warm and the beds have mattresses
Flask for hot drinks, 1 litre is best
Personal health kit, wash kit and medicines
Trekking poles with snow baskets
Dry bags -selection for keeping clothes and sleeping bag dry(you will receive -25% off Aquapac)
Dirty clothes bag
Headtorch with spare batteries
Snacks from home, energy bars etc
Medical & Personal
Toilet Kit - Toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer (Purell), travel soap, needle/thread and throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small)
First Aid Kit - Ibuprofen/aspirin assorted band-aids, moleskin, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, sleep aids)
Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily
Lip screen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
Zip-loc bags - They can be very useful.
Ear plugs - Useful in the refuge and if someone in a tent near yours snores! Available in most drug stores and hardware stores.
Lightweight travel jacket: Simple wind shirt or light fleece
Travel clothing: For travel days and for time visiting the cities
Swimwear: For hotels
Books or E-reader, journal: (“Rite in the Rain”) waterproof
Binoculars: Optional. High quality, 8x32 or 10x42 is recommended. Camera, Lenses, Video Camera
Waterproof containers for your photo equipment: Two-gallon zip lock bags, shower caps, or manufactured rain covers.
Memory cards for digital camera: Bring plenty, as well as plenty of camera batteries.
Nepal entry visa and Re-entry visa fees (Can be obtained at the airport on upon arrival).
International airport departure tax
Some consulates (usually Midle-Eastern & Eastern) require original visa travel papers. The cost of sending these by courier is not covered.
• Travel insurance
Duffel bag: For flying to Morocco with your belongings. It will come with you during the trek.
Small bag or stuff sac: For easy storage and organization
Day pack: 2000 cubic inches ( 33 liters ) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively.
Location, airports and your arrival, accommodation details