“Be prepared and get set for the famous trekking peak climbing on Island Peak “The Imja Tse” for acclimating, and explore and experience the beauty of Mt. Ama Dablam with your best climbing skills, taking the support of the trained and summiteers climbing Sherpa team of “Team Snowy Horizon”.
Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition offers a special Ama Dablam expedition combined with the Island Peak climbing. Ama Dablam Expedition with Island Peak climbing extends the program by minimum 4 days but this is a very nice way to acclimatize for the climb and to pay homage to the King of the Himalayas to experience the classic Everest massive view from the summit of Island Peak, which in itself is a nice visual and albeit easy but pleasant climbing experience. Island Peak has an impressive, highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. Previous experience and acclimatization are the most important facts for climbers on their upcoming trip. When you climb Island Peak first, even if you are first-time climbers above 6000m or due to lack of time unable to climb you wish to climb, Island peak reminds your knowledge and becomes more experienced. It ultimately makes you courageous to start the Expedition of Mt. Ama Dablam.
Mt. Ama Dablam is located in the Khumbu region to the south of Everest and Lhotse. As you would expect, that allows for some stunning views during the climb as well as on the summit. The mountain stands above the famous Tyangboche Monastery, which is traditionally visited by climbers in the region. It should be stressed that, despite all the pleasant parts, this is in general a demanding climb and participation in an Ama Dablam Expedition demands solid skills in rock climbing, ice climbing, sufficient experience of high altitude and general technical competency. There are steep ice sections to be overcome at high altitudes and there are sections of serious exposure, which can be particularly challenging.
For the Ama Dablam Expedition, all climbers need to have good skills in rock and ice climbing and be technically competent. We will fix ropes and make use of the existing infrastructure (if any), however, the climbers should possess the necessary skills of climbing through steep rock and hard compact ice without them. We follow the standard Southwest ridge route (normal route) to the top, as it is considered the safer route with lower objective dangers of avalanches. We begin the approach as usual in the region from Lukla (2860m) and then slowly trek through the Sherpa villages along the trail. We take our time to properly acclimate before we reach base camp and begin the climbing period. We at Snowy Horizon pride ourselves in executing this expedition with a focus on quality as well as safety. As always, the package can be flexibly adjusted to your requirements (in case you want some additional acclimatization time beforehand, etc.) you can feel free to contact us any time for suggestions and advice. We’d be happy to take you on this Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition adventure with our great team.
The approach to the Base camp for Ama Dablam Expedition is short, sweet and beautiful beginning with the amazing flight to Lukla after a few hours drive from Kathmandu to Manthali airport of Ramechhap and following the Everest Base camp trail through Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche and peeling off it just past Pangboche. The Base camp is located at 4600m.
18 Oct: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
19 Oct: Day 02: Briefing and drive to Mulkot (570m-95 Km.-3 Hrs.) (Way to Ramechhap); hotel.
20 Oct: Day 03: Drive to Manthali (475m-1 Hr.), fly to Lukla (2837m) trek to Phakding (2610m-3 Hrs.); lodge.
21 Oct: Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3450m-7 Hrs.); lodge.
22 Oct: Day 05: Rest in Namche Bazaar, hike to Hotel Everest View (HEV) for acclimatization.
23 Oct: Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tyangboche (3870m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
24 Oct: Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4390m-6 Hrs.); lodge.
25 Oct: Day 08: Rest and acclimatization in Dingboche, explore hiking.
26 Oct: Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
27 Oct: Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160m), explore Everest Base Camp (5300m) and back; lodge.
28 Oct: Day 11: Explore sunrise at Kala Pattar (5545m) and trek back to Dingboche; lodge.
29 Oct: Day 12: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m-4 Hrs.); lodge.
30 Oct: Day 13: Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5100m), camping.
31 Oct: Day 14: Climb to Island Peak summit (6160m) back to base camp; camping.
01 Nov: Day 15: Trek from Island Peak BC to Pangboche (3985m-7 Hrs.); lodge.
02 Nov: Day 17: Trek to Ama Dablam Base camp (4400m-2 Hrs.), camping.
03-11Nov: Day 18-25:Climbing period to summit Ama Dablam (6,812m).
12 Nov: Day 26: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
13 Nov: Day 27: Trek to Monjo (2800m-7 Hrs.); lodge.
14 Nov: Day 28: Trek to Lukla (2840m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
15 Nov: Day 29: Fly to Ramechhap, drove to Kathmandu (5 Hrs.), transfer to Hotel; farewell dinner.
16 Nov: Day 30: Contingency or leisure day in Kathmandu; hotel.
17 Nov: Day 31: Transfer to the airport for your final destination.
18 Apr: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (B&B) (1350m)
19 Apr: Day 02: Rest, last-minute shopping, preparation and briefing in Kathmandu.
20 Apr: Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m); trek to Phakding (2600m/4hrs); lodge.
21 Apr: Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/7hrs), lodge.
22 Apr: Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche; hike to Everest View Lodge; visit Hilary Museum.
23 Apr: Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/5hrs), lodge.
24 Apr: Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4250m/5hrs), lodge.
25 Apr: Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (5018m/4hrs), lodge.
26 Apr: Day 09: Acclimatization at Lobuche; visit Pyramid research facility
27 Apr: Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep (5170m/3hrs), lodge.
28 Apr: Day 11: Trek to Kalapather (5554m), back, and after breakfast trek to Lobuche, lodge.
29 Apr: Day 12: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/5hrs); lodge.
30 Apr: Day 13: Trek to Chhukung (4730m/4hrs); lodge.
01 May: Day 14: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m/3hrs); camping.
02 May: Day 15: Climb to Island Peak (6189m); return to Base Camp; camping.
03 May: Day 16: Trek to Pangboche (4000m/5hrs); enjoy Sherpa culture; lodge.
04 May: Day 17: Trek to Ama Dablam Base camp (4400m/4hrs), camping.
05 -13 May: Day 18-26: Climbing period to summit Ama Dablam (6,812m).
14 May: Day 27: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/6hrs); lodge.
15 May: Day 28: Trek to Monjo (2800m/7hrs); lodge.
16 May: Day 29: Trek to Lukla (2840m/5hrs); lodge.
17 May: Day 30: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, farewell dinner.
18 May: Day 31: Transfer to the airport for final departure.