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PRICE INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 12 people
Max-Altitude: : 6812m
Duration: : 29 Days
Walking Days: : 11 Days
Activity: : Expedition
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
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ACCOMMODATIONS
We will be staying at Hotel Manaslu, Moon Light hotel or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu:  and guesthouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

MEALS
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

PHYSICAL CONDITION REQUIREMENT
Discovery Mountain Trek can offer advice and recommendations about health requirements but it is the individual responsibility of each trekker to acquire any necessary documents and medical care. The information on the technical sheet provided is indicative, it is your responsibility to check with the authorities concerned for the exact requirements for your chosen destination at the time of travel. If you do not obtain any necessary medical consultations or travel documents and are not allowed to enter a country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and procedures of police, customs and health at all times throughout your trip.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek is in spring (February to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

GUIDE & STAFF ARRANGEMENT
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful Guide and crew member who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of Discovery Mountain Trekking Guide’s  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local Staff, who have knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

PORTER CARE
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. International Porters Progress Group.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s  trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

ACCLIMATIZATION
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

EQUIPMENTS LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain Trek inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag: -30° or -40° (*) 
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

 FROM HEAD TO TOE

  • A cap or sunhat
  • 3-pair of thermals
  • long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long-sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material.
  • A light fleece or equivalent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
  • A breathable windproof, water proof jacket (Gore-Tex…)
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s down Jacket (*) 
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s half T-shirt (*) 
  • Light weight waterproof over trousers
  • Suitable shorts
  • Walking trousers
  • A pair of high rise walking boots: best quality
  • Thick down Jacket and down trousers for high altitude: Dangri
  • A pair of sandals or equivalent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
  • Thick walking socks
  • 2 pair of warm gloves: 1 thick and 1 thin
  • Warm hat and scarf

DAY BAGS/ SHOULDER BAG

  • 1 medium shoulder bag: 50-70 liter cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables,

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Water bottle 1 and half litter
  • Hot bag
  • Head light
  • Female hygiene products
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

MEDICAL

  • Small personal first-aid kit simple and light
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

Booking Terms
Booking your trip with Discovery Mountain Trek accept with terms and conditions of sale. Every trekker is required to complete the form of registrations. At the time of registration, Trekker’s are expected to pay a deposit 25% of total cost to complete your booking. Please note the trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed name lists of participants, same as passport, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue/ Expiry dates & profession. You need to send us passport copy, photo identity and e-ticket by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.

Cancellation Policy 
If any reason you have to cancel your trip, we Discovery Mountain Trek require written confirmation of your decision. The amount you have paid to us will be refunded according to the following terms:

  • Cancellation more than 35 days before your departure date: $60 will charged
  • Cancellation more than 35 to 19 days before your departure date: your deposit, 25% will charged
  • Cancellation more than 18 to 10 days before your departure date: 50% will charged
  • Cancellation more than9 to 05 days before your departure date: 75% will charged
  • Cancellation less than 4 days before your departure date: 100% of the total will charged

I reserve the right to revise pricing rates declared under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declared forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed & booked by deposit.

RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain Trek. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Lukla, Jomsom, phaplu, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal.

 

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Accommodation during the trek in lodge with all meals:breakfast,lunch, Dinner, Tea, Coffee).
  • Accommodation during camping : with all meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea, Coffee).
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking and Mountain Head guide.
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
  • Discovery Mountain’s down jacket (to be returned after your trip completion).
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, Mattresses, Climbing rope, Ice screws and Snow bar.
  • High Altitude Tent, EPI gas, Cooking pot, High food for member and Climbing Sherpa.
  • Cook, kitchen staff, assistant guide and other support staff whole on your Expedition.
  • Government liaison officer his insurance, allowance, food and tent.
  • Personal equipment and insurance for climbing Sherpa and guide.
  • Climbing gears, fixed rope and main rope during the climbing period as required.
  • Gamow bag, Oxygen, Musk and regulator for your safety and security.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP and TIMS).
  • Ama Dablam Expedition certificates issue by Nepal Government.
  • Domestic airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage fee: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Energy Supplies : Dry fruits, Snickers, Mars, Bounty.
  • Solar panel for battery charge and light in dinning tent.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trekking assistant guide).
  • Heater provided at base camp in the dinning tent.
  • satellite phone use payable per minutes $5 dollar.
  • Assistant guide (3 participants : 2 assistant guide).
  • Porter service (1 participants : 4 porters).
  • Wakie Talkie service with permit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Ama Dablam Expedition permit.
  • Garbage deposit fee.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Summit Bonus for Climbing Sherpa and Climbing guide.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in the case of early return from the mountain.
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, mineral water, boiled water, shower.

ADVICE FOR TIPPING

  • $120 to $170 for staff who stay at base camp.
  • $240 to $300 for assistant Sherpa.
  • $500 to $700 summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
Date of departure Date of return
21/09/2019 17/10/2019
03/10/2019 29/10/2019
11/10/2019 06/11/2019
21/10/2019 16/11/2019
21/03/2020 16/04/2020
05/04/2020 01/05/2020
11/04/2020 07/05/2020
21/09/2020 17/10/2020
03/10/2020 29/10/2020
11/10/2020 07/11/2020
21/10/2020 16/11/2020

 

Details

Ama Dablam Expedition
At 6,812 meters, Mt. Ama Dablam in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal is named after a glacier that runs down its side. It is unmistakably that particular peak which largely looms over the trail to Everest Base Camp and one that looks like a pearl pendant shooting upwards into the sky. As magnificent as it is, the summit offers stunning views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks of the Himalayas.

Beautiful and equally striking from a distance, the ascent is one of the most rewarding ones in Nepal. Climbing Mount Ama Dablam requires a very good level of expertise. During the ascent, one can expect challenges – particularly at “Yellow Tower” – a 15-meter vertical clearing. This and several other challenges demand a skilled climbing guide (with confident leadership), plus a good level of experience and strength in part of
the climber. The ascent begins from the south-western ridge, with gradually increasing demand of stamina until reaching the third camp. The climb up to Camp I is easy and as you move up Camp I and Camp II, the intensity and difficulty increase significantly. Past Camp III, the challenge increases as you go around the glacier, cross a ridge and a crevasse, and finally get to the summit.

Two interesting stories are widely popular about the mountain – the first one is that it looks like a jewel box due to the shape of a glacier found on its south-western face. A second story is that mountaineer Edmund Hillary was nearly imprisoned for climbing the sacred peak – but probably he didn’t know about the sacredness, and official climbing permits might not have been so ubiquitous back in the days!

In the modern day, the journey takes you via Tengboche Monastery, branching off from the main trail to Everest Base Camp. It grows rocky on the way up until snow begins to appear near the mountain itself. When you reach the base, the actual ascent begins via the south-western ridge. The ascent is lined with rocky terrains and snowy ridges, deep furrows and rock walls that are awe-inspiring, and ravines that challenge you to the extreme.

The best time for an expedition to Ama Dablam is in late fall when the weather is fairly predictable. The second best time is in early spring. Please enquire and book with us at least two months prior to your arrival in Nepal.

Gushing mountain-rivers with crystal clear waters, skies with a colour that is hard to find in the colour-charts, views that are rare elsewhere, and experience of feeling that can’t be described. These are some of the rewards you take from Ama Dablam Expedition from Discovery Mountain Trek.

Itinerary

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)

After your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, we will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the evening around Thamel

DAY 2 :Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu valley that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you will be given a brief about the expedition to Mt. Ama Dablam.

DAY 3 : FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA & TREK TO PHAKDING (2610m) 35M FLIGHT 3/5H TREK

After breakfast, get on a pre-booked 30-minute flight from Kathmandu. This scenic flight will take you to Lukla, where your trekking guides will receive you at the airport. An easy trek of around three hours will bring you to the village of Phakding at the banks of Dudh-Koshi river, where you will stop for the night.

DAY 4 :TREK FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE (3440M) 5/6H TREK

Begin an early trek along Dudh-Koshi, criss-crossing it several times. Today the destination is Namche Bazaar, the fabled village in the heart of the mountains. The trail is initially lined by views of Mt. Thamserku, and on a really clear day, even Mt. Everest is visible in the distance. As you reach closer to Namche, you will find the trail winding up with approaching views of Everest-Nuptse Wall, Mt. Lhotse and several other peaks. Once at Namche, relax in a hot bath, surf the Internet, enjoy a cup of cappuccino and then call it day.

DAY 5 :ACCLIMATIZATION DAY – NAMCHE

Take a day off at Namche and enjoy the quiet lifestyle in stark contrast to your regular routine. In the morning, have a hearty breakfast with views of magnificent peaks. Later in the day, take short hikes in and around the town – and savour the beauty that is Namche. This is an important day of rest as it will help you acclimatize at the altitude and help you warm up the muscles for an exciting expedition ahead.

DAY 6 :TREK FROM NAMCHE TO TENBOCHE (3870M) 5/6H TREK

After breakfast, we begin the trek on our way to Tengboche, a beautiful Khumbu village. Splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks, are the primary attraction of your trek today. The trail is lined with alpine forests on the way to the village, which is the home to Tengboche Monastery – an iconic monument in the mountains and the subject of several movies and documentaries.

DAY 7 : TREK FROM TENBOCHE TO PANGBOCHE (3900M) 5/6H TREK

Begin early after a quick breakfast to capture the scenic panoramas. Today’s destination Pangboche is yet another beautiful Sherpa village located very close to Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in a lodge or you can choose to camp outside with excellent views of Ama Dablam and other mountains.

DAY 8 : TREK FROM PANGBOCHE TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4570m)

Looking forward to an exciting trip ahead, today you will begin from Pangboche in the morning. Crossing the scenic Imja-tse River, you will take an uphill trail to arrive at the foot of Mt. Ama Dablam. Here, take some time to pause and gaze upon the beauty of the towering mountains. This is the the Ama Dablam Base Camp.

DAY 9 :A DAY OF REST AT THE BASE CAMP

After a few days of continuous trek, you need to acclimatize some more before taking on the challenge of the summit. Today, save up on energy but don’t forget to take tiny hikes around – as today you will be mentally and physically preparing for a climb up a majestic peak in the coming weeks.

DAY 10 - 21 :ASCENT OF MOUNT AMA DABLAM

During these days you will be preparing the equipment and getting ready for the ascent. Hours quickly stretch into days as you group together and crunch up the workload. Some will fix ropes and others will carry the equipment to higher lands. The climb from Base Camp to Camp I is relatively easier. However, as you more towards Camp II the trail gets more rocky and more slippery and this is where your prior experience and shrewdness come into play. Further, reaching Camp III is more strenuous, demanding a proper coordination of the team members. Crests, furrows and crevasses become more common as you get higher; but don’t forget to enjoy the views momentarily. Once at the top, you will have an unforgettable view of the highest mountains on Earth.

DAY 22 :RETRUN TO BASE CAMP & PREPARE TO LEAVE

With porters arrived in the area, make sure you leave no equipment behind. Also do not forget the trash – but the guides and porters will check in re-check before getting ready for the trip back.

DAY 23 :TREK BACK FROM AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP TO TENGBOCHE (3440M) 6/7H TREK

It will seem like an easy trek of a few hours that will bring you back to civilization. Tengboche is where you will rest for the night – eating decent food and hot drinks!

DAY 24 : TREK BACK FROM TENGBOCHE TO NAMCHE (3440M) 5/6H TREK

After about three weeks, you’ll be back at Namche. Here, you’ll have the luxury to pamper yourself a bit in hot baths and espressos, have a few pints of beer or munch into your favorite pizza! Enjoy the night relaxing at the laps of the mountains

DAY 25 :TREK BACK FROM NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2840M) 7/8H TREK

As you come towards the end of the program, you will enjoy the scenic trek back to Lukla. A night in Lukla can become more memorable if you spend it with your fellow guides and crew with whom you submitted one of the greatest mountains in Nepal!

DAY 26 :FLY FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

Go to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla in the morning, and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The scenic flight is around 40 minutes, a whisk that will bring you back to bustling Kathmandu.

DAY 27 :FINAL DEPARTURE

After breakfast, or on the scheduled time of check-in, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.