Best time for Ama Dablam Expedition
It is crucial to learn about the weather and climatic conditions before commencing on any kind of journey. Especially if it is an expedition journey, it is a matter of life and death where the climatic circumstances must never be ignored.
For the Ama Dablam expedition, although the altitude is less than 7000m, weather conditions can be harsh and gullible to change. The best time for Ama Dablam Expedition is during the autumn season of October to November. During this time, the weather is cold but fairly predictable with clear skies. Spring is another season suitable for the climb when the peak is mostly visible and clear with the temperature not as harsh as other seasons. It can be chilly in the higher elevation during these seasons as well, but the lower areas remain warm. The two seasons are also the peak time for trekking and expedition journeys in Nepal as it offers a diverse range of scenery with moderate temperature.
Food during the Ama Dablam Expedition
Food plays an important role while you're on a voyage, primarily when it's a long expedition like this one. It is very crucial to consume healthy and nutritious food for the success of the expedition journey. We believe healthy and nourishing food to be a pivotal component to the overall success of the expedition.
For the first few days of the journey, up to the Base camp, you'll be having meals at the teahouse/lodge along the trail. You can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Indian as well as some continental cuisines for the first few days. The breakfast usually includes traditional bread, eggs, porridge, soups while lunch and dinner include local dal Bhat (rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables).
As for the expedition, all meals are organized by our experienced expedition cooks. We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali items making sure the food is hygienic and suits your palate. At the base camps, Breakfast includes eggs, bread, porridge, etc. Lunch includes rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, tinned meat, and fish items. For the main meal, you can choose from local or western varieties. During the mountain climbing, the foods are mostly dry including chocolate, cheese, nuts, and muesli items. You could also bring comfort foods from your home like; chocolates, energy gel, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks, etc.
Accommodation during Ama Dablam expedition
You can enjoy the good accommodation facilities for the few first days of the trekking part of the journey. The room comes with facilities like; warm beds, in-room bathrooms, hot shower, charging plugs, Wifi connection, etc in the lower elevation. But, as you move to a higher elevation, the facilities get limited, and the room comes without facilities like; in-room bathrooms, charging plugs, and internet connections. As for the expedition, you'll be provided with a high-quality extreme weather tent for every two climbers. We also provide a heated dining room, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, etc, and more for your comfort at the base camp.
Ama Dablam expedition difficulty
Ama Dablam is considered one of the most difficult climbing expeditions in Nepal despite its low elevation. Regardless of the height, the climb is technically challenging and involves using technical pieces of equipment such as an ice axe, ropes, hammers, ascenders, etc. The climber must be fit and healthy with good strength and endurance level with previous climbing experience in order to commence on this expedition. This expedition journey is not for anyone without climbing experience and skills. Mountaineers should be well-prepared and trained both physically and mentally for the successful summit of the peak.
Training for Ama Dablam expedition
While planning an expedition journey, one must always consider training specifically for the climb for at least a year. As Ama Dablam is one of the technically challenging mountains to climb. You should focus on developing your mountain skills, such as the use of an ice ax and crampon, rope handling, ascending and descending, route finding, etc. Along with that, it is also important to know about avalanche forecasting, high altitude sickness prevention, diagnosis and treatment, snow camping, and survival skills. The training should be done to increase the physical endurance level and expansion of technical mountaineering skills as these skills will come in extremely handy to you during your climb.
Ama Dablam expedition permits
For climbing any mountains in Nepal, you need to meet the prerequisites imposed by the Nepal government. After you meet all the health and other necessary requirements, there are a few permits you need to issue to climb Ama Dablam. The first permit is climbing royalty for Mount Ama Dablam which costs ;
$400 in spring
$400 in autumn
$200 in winter/summer