Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, in the capital – (4,593 ft./1400 m) Kathmandu of Nepal. We will check-in and accommodate at the hotel overnight. We look forward to a pleasant day in Kathmandu experiencing the ancient history and tradition and we will also thoroughly inspect the expedition gears that we would need and use during the expedition. We prepare for our flight to Lukla (9,000 ft./2740m) approximately 40 minutes’ flight. Lukla is the gateway toAmaDablamand is based at the foot of Khumbu “Himal” /mountain; from where we will resume the AmaDablamexpedition.
Don't worry, we'll pick you!
We provide free airport pick up and drop off services by our private vehicles. Upon arrival, you will be warmly and traditionally welcomed by our Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crew. You will be offered “Khata” - A khata is a traditional ceremonial scarf in Tibetan Buddhism or a Marigold garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion) and then be transferred to your hotel. To efficiently carry out this traditional welcome ceremony, we expect to receive your full flight details of arrival and departure in advance by email.
The AmaDablam Expedition is 28 days of the soulful journey! We will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have good public relations with local service providers in the Himalaya region. Accommodation varies during the expedition. We will be accommodating at hotels/tea houses/lodges/tents during climbing in twin sharing basis and this will indeed be effectively managed. All camping equipment’s like tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs, mattresses will be provided. Mountain Hardware – arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets and high altitude tents are readily provided.
The meal package is nutritious, healthy and hygienic. Every day three meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided during the expedition. Hotels, lodges and tea houses provide us with fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious local or international meals. The menu is usually a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine. We highly recommend liquids, green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) at high altitude for health benefits. Our expedition team also have experienced and highly qualified cook and kitchen helper at Base Camp and Advanced Camps. We provide kitchen and dining equipment for all camps. We readily cater to extra dietary requirements and provide fuel, food, fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat at camps during the expedition. Expect nutritious high altitude food! Meals in Kathmandu are not included in the expedition package. However, there is a wide variety of Nepalese and international cuisine – fine dining/meals/snacks/bar and pubs available for you to choose per your taste.
The weather is one of the most important factors for the expedition. It is best suited to climb and trek during the spring and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, the expedition becomes difficult due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature and slippery trails.
January to February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to late February. This is the time of heavy snowfall in the mountain region and can result in extremely cold temperature. During the day time, it’s warm with clear blue sky and glistening Himalayas, however, at the night time, it gets extremely cold. It is not advisable to trek during this time because Mount Amadablam climb and the trek are challenging and the cold temperature, snowfall makes it even tougher!
March to April
The best time of the season for the expedition! The weather is highly favourable. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. The temperature starts increasing from the mid of March and clear blue sky, glistening snow mountains will be seen at their best. There is a high rate of expedition success during this time of the year!
May to June
This would indeed be the second-best season for the expedition. This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Monsoon in this region starts from the end of June until the mid of August. This season of spring and summer makes the expedition much more enjoyable!
July to August
Maximum rainfall! It is not advisable to trek during this season as the trails tend to get slippery and the expedition difficulty level rises. Flights to Lukla is often cancelled in this season due to bad weather and visibility issues.
September to October
This is also one of the perfect seasons for the expedition! It is, in fact, the peak time when tourists flock to Nepal. This season boasts pleasant, favourable weather and a perfect expedition climate. The temperature goes up to 20 °C/68.0 °F in the day time and falls to 5 °C/41.0 °F during the night time. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen along with a clear blue sky, and glistening snow-clad peaks at their best. Another main attraction of this season is the happening aura of the main festivals of Nepal: Dashain and Tihar!
November to December
As winter slowly begins, snowfall gradually covers the Himalaya region making it difficult to trek. Late September and early November is still a busy season for the expedition. Day time temperature is stable and constant and it gets extremely cold during night time. The picturesque view of the clear blue sky and the snow-clad mountains are phenomenal. Please Note: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.
We will be acclimatizing in two places. First in Dingboche village, which is at 14, 468 ft. (4410 m) above sea level. You will be able to see a spectacular view of the farmlands and nature. Traditional Sherpa settlement, nunnery, monastery, “Chortens”- Buddhist shrine, typically a saint's tomb or a monument of the Buddha, Yak and wildlife pastures are the highlights of Tengboche to Dingboche route. This route also has lush trees, birch, conifers and rhododendron forest. Somare village is the lunch spot of this day trek. The walking trail above Somare and Orsho reward the travellers with a pristine view of the Himalayas. Walking along the Imja valley you will finally reach the Dingboche village. Secondly, at AmaDablam Base Camp 14,500 ft. (4,570m) - a wonderful grassy expanse below one of the world's most iconic mountain profiles.AmaDablam base camp allows you to visit Everest viewpoint and Tengboche on the same trip. It is the most preferred range by mountain climbers and the hanging glacier indeed adds to its importance and beauty! Our expedition crew stocks our AmaDablam Base Camp with food, provisions and all the necessary climbing gear and medical supplies while the climbing team members are on their acclimatization hike. We use our AmaDablam Base Camp as the base station for AmaDablam expedition in Nepal.
Altitude and Altitude Sickness
You must have read or heard about altitude sickness amongst mountaineers. It is simply less oxygen in the air and the surrounding atmosphere, which increases with the increase in elevation. It is also called mountain sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Altitude sickness is very common and is likely to happen to anyone during the expedition, hence our team of Sherpas’ are well equipped, experienced and prepared to prevent, deal with and treat this. However, you need to be aware of the symptoms so that you’re able to immediately get help from our Sherpa’s. The common or mild symptoms of Altitude Sickness are:
- Slight Headache
- Tiredness and Dizziness
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Appetite
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Upset Stomach
These common symptoms indicate a warning sign that you are at the risk of developing altitude sickness. Our Sherpa’s will assist you and help you adapt to the altitude, rest, walk slowly, ascend until you feel better and are ready to resume your expedition.
Symptoms of severe altitude sickness are:
- Severe Headache
- Frequent Vomiting
- Rapid Increase in Heart Beat Rate
- Problem in Vision
- Irritable Cough or Persistent Cough
- Difficulty in Walking
- Irrational Behavior
- Confusion or lack of coordination with group members
- Breathlessness even after enough resting
- Difficulty in Sleeping
These symptoms develop very soon if the mild altitude sickness is left untreated. Hence, please inform the Sherpa’s in the expedition team if you are feeling uncomfortable. A Sherpa or two will support and accompany you to descend immediately to avoid potential life-threatening condition like HACE and HAPE. HAPE stands for high altitude pulmonary edema which causes fluid to enter into the lung and HAPE refers to high altitude cerebral edema which leads to fluid collects in the brain. You can resume your expedition with the Sherpa’s accompanying you once you feel better. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal has been warmly catering to acclimatization need of its customers. Our professional guides/Sherpas are specialized in altitude-related situations and take effective care of your health of safety and use the rule of thumb - “high climb and sleep low”. Please consider that some people are more vulnerable than others. It is advised that each client purchases mandatory travel insurance policy inclusive of higher elevation rescue and evacuation coverage. Please also keep in mind that we are not insurance policy sellers and do not conduct this as a business. However, we need the insurance documents to easily and speedily conduct rescue operations if required.
A typical day on the Expedition
Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items.
The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.
Communication, Electricity and battery recharge during Expedition
Mobile phone coverage is available on most of the routes, but this service may not always be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local SIM card which gives a good network to talk to family and friends back home! Sometimes at high altitude, there is no network facility or even electricity and battery recharge facility. Nevertheless, almost all lodges/tea houses on the route to AmaDablam base camp have electricity/power for camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying a small number of extra fees. Most of the tea houses/lodges have hydroelectricity and some have solar panels too. We highly recommend that you also bring your own solar-powered charger.
Extra personal expenses on Expedition
Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu must be paid by self. Expedition members bring personal spending money with them to cover the cost of accommodation and food in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs and other personal expenses. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be easily be exchanged to Nepalese rupees.
AmaDablam Expedition trip grade is ranked as moderate to difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude climbing, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes. Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for AmaDablam expedition. All the members of the expedition must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for expedition members. We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of the insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the expedition based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy. Expedition members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the expedition. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the expedition.
Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport. Expedition members could also apply online for VISA - www.immigration.gov.np. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office. Visa application requires a minimum of 6 months’ passport validity and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which must be paid in cash. Citizens of China along with the SAARC countries are eligible to receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) whose citizens may not receive a visa on arrival so please contact your local Nepalese embassy or find information online - www.immigration.gov.np.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock.
The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
We provide Yaks and Porters for transportation. (2 Trekkers:1 Porter) Maximum load of 20 kg per porter. Expedition members will carry a light backpack for easy access to water, camera, toilet paper, warm layers of clothes and other personal items useful during the trek. Any excess baggage not required during the expedition can be safely kept at Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal office and can be collected after the expedition.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our client’s safety and security. Health and Safety of our clients is indeed the utmost concern for us too. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and extensive first aid training. Altitude sickness is very common and is likely to happen to anyone during the expedition, hence our team of Sherpas’ are well equipped, experienced and prepared to prevent, deal with and treat this. Our expert team of Sherpas will provide you with all the required support, including your acclimatization need. We do extensive research on the weather forecast and use the latest gadgets and technologies for climbing and communication. Expedition members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the expedition. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for medical help etc. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal vouch for your Health and Safety! Our motive is to provide you with a lifetime experience that oozes of satisfaction and happiness. We will fill your heart with stories of adventure and kindness that you would love to share with your near and dear ones back home! We are here to serve the mountaineering enthusiasts for a long-long time and your satisfaction and gratification is what we aim for.
Water during Expedition
We can either buy packed mineral water bottles from local lodges, scarce shops in route to our destination or fill our bottle with boiled water from the tea houses/lodges for a small extra cost. We highly advise you to bring water purification bottles or purification pills/drops.
The number of group members for the expedition starts from 2 to a maximum of up to 14 members. The group will be accompanied by Sherpa leaders and supported by assistant guides and porters.
We strongly believe that our environment must be protected against the adverse impacts of touristic activities. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works have been together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and believe in organizing eco-friendly trips meeting the expectation of both travellers and communities.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team
Our expert team of Sherpas will provide you with all the required support, including your acclimatization need. We do extensive research on the weather forecast and use the latest gadgets and technologies for climbing and communication. Focusing on teamwork we aim to have more mountaineers reach the summit. We are renowned for our best quality service at the highest altitude and this includes the preparation of nutritious meals too. Along with our regular AmaDablam expeditions, Everest expeditions, in the coming years, we will be offering customized and tailored programs too. We vouch for your Health and Safety! Our motive is to provide you with a lifetime experience that oozes of satisfaction and happiness. We will fill your heart with stories of adventure and kindness that you would love to share with your near and dear ones back home! We are here to serve the mountaineering enthusiasts for a long-long time and your satisfaction and gratification is what we aim for.
Tipping is at traveller's discretion. It depends on the good service we provide and does not form part of the wage for guides, porters and crew. Nevertheless, tipping is much appreciated and our guides, porters and crew look forward to it. In Nepalese culture, tipping is accepted and for guests, it is an honoured way of saying Thank you – “Dhanyabad” for the good service provided. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or on the last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that depends upon your perception of service quality, length of the trip, budget and appreciation of work.
Booking and Payment Process
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are an active member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, the book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable! 10 % of the payment is required in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be sent at a later date, but must not exceed over two weeks’ period from booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited and very busy especially during the trekking season. Payment is to be made by bank transfer or western union. The remaining trip cost can be paid in cash or by bank transfer or via credit card upon your arrival in Nepal. Upon your request and convenience, we do put forward details via email about the different modes of payment accepted in Nepal.
After the completion of the expedition, you may want to stay a couple of extra days in Nepal. Depending on your free time; exploring, visiting, sight tour around Kathmandu and other beautiful cities of Nepal like Pokhara, Chitwan can be organized.
After completing the AmaDablam Expedition, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will hold a farewell dinner and provide you with a company digital printed certificate of expedition achievement . We would highly appreciate and look forward to your honest compliment, comment or complaint about the service provided and the team’s performance. The aim is to always strive to give the best and improvised services.