• All permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Nepal Government in connection with the expedition.
• All hotel and other accommodation up to and including two nights accommodation on our return to Kathmandu.
• All tents, ropes and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
• Medical safety equipment and supplies.
• Communication equipment (each member will have a radio on the hill), satellite telephone and e-mail facilities, website, weather forecasts.
• All food, fuel and cooking equipment.
• All trucks, jeeps, yaks, base camp workers.
• Base Camp and Advance Base Camp services, cooks, cook boys, tents, seating etc.
• Climbing Sherpa support on the mountain 2 member : 1 Sherpa
• Air travel to Kathmandu.
• Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
• Personal insurance, visas and inoculations.
• Food whilst the team is in Kathmandu.
• Importation taxes incurred by your personal equipment (e.g. satellite telephone and other high-tec equipment).
• Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
• Tips and Sherpa Bonus.
• Additional Helicopter flights.
• Anything of a personal Nature
Day 1: Depart from home country.
Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel close to the famous, bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu , a place with lovely gardens where one can relax.
Day 3: Day enjoying the ‘bombardment of the senses’ that is Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours can be arranged and would include visiting the temples of Bodnath, Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Durbar Square. Simply wandering around the huge array of shops, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in Thamel is a fascinating experience.
Day 4: Fly to Lukla (2800m) Trek to Phakding (2610m). A spectacular short internal flight takes us to this tiny airstrip town and the gateway to the Sherpa Kingdom. After lunch we start our short trek along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla right into the Dudh Kosi valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding. There are good views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face (6367m)
Day 5: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Into the Sherpa capital and the heart of the Khumbu. You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc. and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the ‘Everest Trail’. At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park and can visit the small visitor centre there. Four hours.
Day 6: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar. It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher. You can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest and Ama Dablam viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of the busy Sherpa capital.
Day 7: Namche Bazaar to Pangboche (3930m). We climb steeply out of Namche, turn the corner and are immediately presented with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and our destination, Ama Dablam. Crossing the Dudh Kosi involves a steep descent to Phunki Thanghka and its fine water driven prayer wheels before re-ascending toThyangboche. The famous Sherpa monastery can be visited here and the surrounding panorama is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent Mountain View points in the world. The going is easy now and Pangboche, the highest year round settlement in the valley, is soon reached. Six hours.
Day 8: Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4450m). We leave the busy Everest trail and cross the Imja Khola. Climbing steeply out of the valley and above the tree line we enter the alpine meadows that provide such a fine location for a base camp, no cold and scrappy glacier moraine sites here!
Day 9: Rest Day at Base Camp. Another acclimatisation day spent exploring the alpine meadows and views around camp, packing gear for higher on the mountain and relaxing.
Day 10-25: Ascent of Ama Dablam, South West Ridge. See section entitled ‘The Climbing Day’.
Day 26: Base Camp to Thyangboche (3860m). On the return trek folk have the option of staying in places not visited on the way up, or returning to the more western style luxuries available in Namche.
Day 27: Thyangboche to Monjo (2840m). You will now really feel the warmth and rich air of the forest zone.
Day 28: Monjo to Lukla. The Alpine mountain hut atmosphere of Paradise Lodge in Lukla is the ideal place to relax and celebrate your journeys end.
Day 29: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Back to the comforts of our hotel in Thamel and the enjoyable hustle and bustle. This is a good time to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers. We will dine in one of Kathmandu’s finest restaurants and experience some local dancing styles!
Day 30: Return flight from Kathmandu. The flight usually departs late afternoon so you will have a final morning free in Kathmandu.