Ama Dablam and Parchamo

Highlights

Located in the heart of the Khumbu region of Nepal, Ama Dablam (6858 m) is one of the world’s most spectacular mountains. Our climb Ama Dablam Nepal expedition provides a challenging and technical climbing experience along with superb panoramic summit views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu.

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On the way to Camp I on Ama Dablam

Your previous experience

All participants joining this expedition will possess the necessary level of altitude and technical climbing experience required to be successful on this mountain. We will provide excellent leadership, support and all the logistics required to maximise your safety and chances of success. Our climbing route will be via the South West Ridge which provides a sustained level of difficulty, exposed flanks and a good variety of snow, ice and rocky terrain. Although this climb involves a number of technical challenges, in normal conditions it’s not overly difficult. The vast majority of the route is objectively very safe. Our unique itinerary combines our climb of Ama Dablam with a ‘warm-up’ ascent of Parchamo (6187m) which we access via the remote Rolwaling valley.

Climb Ama Dablam with us

Our adventure begins in Kathmandu where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley and two nights at The Radisson Hotel. From here we drive to Jagat then commence trekking into the remote Rolwaling valley. The next 8 days we’ll spend trekking and gaining important altitude until we reach the Tesi Lapcha Pass at 5730m. The Tesi Lapcha is the traditional Sherpa pass connecting the Solu Khumbu to the Rolwaling, and it’s saddle is home to the usual location for Parchamo High Camp. From Parchamo High Camp we’ll start early in the morning and summit Parchamo, then trek down to Ngole at 5100 metres. From here we’ll trek to Thame and then Namche Bazaar where we’ll freshen up and enjoy some of the best food and hospitality in the Khumbu courtesy of the Namche Bazaar Hotel. Two days later we’ll arrive at Ama Dablam Base Camp fully rested, acclimatised and ready to climb Ama Dablam.

Our itinerary allows a further 8 days to climb and summit Ama Dablam which is a generous timeframe.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by Trek Climb Ski staff to your accommodation at The Radisson Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks hosted by your Sherpa guides and leaders.

Day 2
A fantastic buffet breakfast at The Radisson followed by a morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Our staff will be available in the afternoon to assist any guests that may need to make last minute purchases.

Day 3
After an early breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Jagat at 1395m. Here we commence camping. Overnight at Jagat (1395m).

Day 4
Today we trek from Jagat to Simigaon at 2025m. After a gentle 2 – 3 hours walk we leave the main valley and continue east by the Tama Kosi (river) to Chhetchhet. After crossing the river, the path gains altitude up an impressive slope until we reach Simigaon. Simigaon is a Sherpa and Tamang village and is marked by its buddhist monastery, perched high above lodges in front of Mt. Gaurishanker. Overnight at Simigaon (2025m).

Day 5
This is the day we enter the beautiful Rolwaling valley. Through rhododendron and bamboo forests, the path climbs steadily to Kelche, a small village of Sherpa huts and tea-houses. After a short break we descend back to the river and reach our campsite on the Rolwaling Khola. Overnight beside the Rolwaling Khola (2860m).

Day 6
Our route today climbs gradually up the forested valley with excellent mountain views all day. Tonight we stay at Beding and from here we can see the Rolwaling’s highest summit – Melungtse at 7181m. Beding is an old and small Sherpa village and the home of many Everest climbers. The old Buddhist monastery is located in the centre of the village and is well worth a visit. Overnight at Beding (3690m).

Day 7
Today we enjoy an acclimatisation day in and around Beding. We’ll hike part way up the Malung-La pass (5616m) and take in stunning views of more than 20 snowy peaks, streams and glaciers. Overnight at Beding (3690m).

Day 8
Our walk to Na Gaon today at 4185m is not too taxing. Na Gaon is situated just below the Tsho Rolpa glacier in a beautiful mountain valley with Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m) and Yalung Ri (5630m) towering above. Overnight at Na Gaon (4185m).

Day 9
Today we’ll walk 2.5 hours up the rocky moraine to arrive at the Tsho Rolpa glacier lake. Our campsite is situated directly at the front of the lake and overnight we’ll frequently hear the glacier cracking and groaning. Overnight at Tsho Rolpa glacier lake (4522m).

Day 10
An exciting move today as we head to Ramdung Base Camp at 4900m, just below Yalung La. This is a lovely grassy area near a small lake that is fed by clear streams. Overnight at Ramdung Base Camp (4900m).

Day 11 – 13
The next 3 days we spend trekking from Ramdung Base Camp to the Tesi Lapcha (pass) at 5755m. We enjoy incredible views along the way and the feeling of remoteness is a constant. Crossing the Drolambu Glacier is a solid undertaking and we need to fix ropes to assist our porters – and us – in order to scramble up the 160m rock, snow and ice wall onto the Drolambu Glacier proper. On day 13 we arrive at the Tesi Lapcha and then descend to Parchamo High Camp at 5520m. Our efforts to reach this point are rewarded by stunning views of Tengi Ragi Tau (6938m), Bigphera Go Shar (6729m) and a myriad of peaks stretching to the Tibetan border. From Parchamo High Camp, Parchamo sits directly in front of us, our next challenge waiting.

Days 14 – 15
A 3.00 am start has us heading slowly up the glacier towards the steep face of Parchamo. With fixed ropes in place we negotiate some crevassed terrain and icy sections. Above this the route flattens and we ascend gently to the summit of Parchamo at 6187m. From Parchamo summit we enjoy spectacular mountain views across the Rolwaling and Khumbu valleys and all the way into Tibet. 8000m giants Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu are all clearly visible. A long descent from Parchamo to Thengbo follows. Thengbo is a tiny Sherpa village situated in a beautiful grassy valley surrounded by small streams. Overnight at Thengbo (4300m).    We include an extra day in our itinerary here to allow for an additional summit attempt if necessary due to weather.

Day 16
Today is an easy and gentle walk downhill to Thame. Here we visit the local monastery and enjoy some great local produce. Thame is a beautiful Sherpa village and is on the main route for the Tibetan traders and their yaks as they head to the markets at Namche Bazaar having crossed the Nangpa-La (pass). Overnight at Thame (3871m).

Day 17
Today we trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar at 3440m. We enjoy the fantastic hospitality of Maya and Dorje Sherpa at the Namche Hotel – which is home to the finest food in all of Nepal, not to mention the best hot showers in the Khumbu! Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and is a vibrant and bustling town with a variety of markets, shops and bakeries. Overnight at Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 18
Trek from Namche to Deboche (3840m)

Day 19
Trek from Deboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp

Days 20 – 27
Climbing Ama Dablam

Day 28
Trek from Ama Dablam Base Camp to Namche Bazaar

Day 29
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Final night party with your guides and porters

Day 30
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and re-check into The Radisson Hotel. Final night celebrations with your guides and fellow climbers

Day 31
Trip concludes. All guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective flights home

What's included

3 nights accommodation at The Radisson Hotel (or equivalent) in Kathmandu with breakfasts

Welcome dinner and drinks with your Sherpa guides and leaders

All ground transfers in Nepal

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)

Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (includes taxes)

Private bus transfer from Kathmandu to Singati

All National Park entrance fees and trekking permits

Ama Dablam and Parchamo climbing permits

All meals while trekking and climbing

All camping facilities while trekking and climbing

Lodge accommodation in Namche Bazaar and Lukla

Exceptional leaders and guides

Porters to carry all personal and group equipment

Porter’s insurance

Emergency medical kit and gamow bag

Down jacket, sleeping bag and mattress

All necessary personal climbing equipment (includes harness, ice-axe, boots, crampons, prusiks and carabiners)

Complimentary Trek Climb Ski Nepal kit bag

All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees

 

Note: Tips for porters and guides are NOT included

Accomm + meals

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This trip includes 3 nights staying at The Radisson (or equivalent standard) Hotel in Kathmandu. We will be camping on this expedition but will be staying in lodges during our nights at Namche Bazaar and Lukla.

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