Ama Dablam South West Ridge

ITINERARY

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Day

 

 

 
   

1

 

Meet Kathmandu, team briefing

 
   

2

 

Gear checks, sightseeing in Kathmandu

 
   

3

 

Fly to Lukla. Walk to Phakding

 
   

4

 

Trek to Namche Bazaar

 
   

5

 

Acclimatisation in Namche
Day walk to Kunde/Khumjung

 
   

6

 

Trek to Deboche.

 
   

7

 

Trek to Pangboche, acclimatisation hike.

 
   

8

 

Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4529m)

 
   

9

 

Set up Base Camp area – acclimatise / rest

 
   

10

 

Day trek to ABC / Yak Camp (5415m)

 
   

11

 

Move to ABC / Yak Camp

 
   

12

 

Move to Camp 1 (5807m)

 
   

13

 

Carry and Fix to Camp 2 (6064m)

 
   

14-20  

 

Summit Window

 
   

21

 

Move back down to Camp 1

 
   

22

 

Return to Base Camp, party!

 
   

23

 

Contingency Day

 
   

24

 

Depart Base Camp to Pangboche

 
   

25

 

Trek to Namche Bazaar

 
   

26

 

Trek to Lukla

 
   

27

 

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

 
   

28

 

Depart from Kathmandu

 

KATHMANDU TO BASE CAMP

From Kathmandu we fly by helicopter or fixed wing plane directly to Lukla and follow the Khumbu Valley to Namche Bazaar.  Acclimatising along the way and relishing in the hospitality provided by our Sherpa friends we reach Base Camp (4529m) and after some rest and preparation we begin the ascent.

Base Camp is now at a comfortable high altitude lodge where the meal preparation is supervised by our Sherpa cooks. AC import a lot of high quality western food to supplement the local produce available.

CLIMBING ROUTE

Once established in Base Camp we move loads to Camp 1 (5,807m) via a long slope to the beginning of the SW Ridge proper. This is where the technical climbing begins and the route follows the spine of the rock ridge leading directly to the Camp III (6,277m).  The very exposed nature of the route makes for exciting climbing yet the climbing is not as steep as one would imagine.  Climbers with moderate technical experience can attempt this route.

The guides and Sherpas will fix rope on the route and stock the camps with provisions and equipment.  Two or three Climbing Sherpas will assist with the load carrying but no more will be engaged in order to avoid clogging the route and spoiling the nature of the climb.

When the fixed line is in place, and the two camps are established and stocked, we will climb back up the ropes and make a bid for the summit. 

On summit day the route weaves between the ice cliffs then follows a snow arête directly onto the 6,828m summit.