Amadablam Expedition with Gokyo Lakes and Lobuche Peak Climbing is combined trekking, peak climbing and expedition that takes us to almost every part of the Khumbu region. Trekkers will get every taste of Khumbu and Gokyo valley throughout the journey. Climbers will not get much difficulty as they get plenty of chances to walk in the high elevations and mountain passes such as Cho La.
Mt Ama Dablam
Mount Ama Dablam is a beautiful mountain in the eastern Himalayan range in the Solukhumbu district of Province no. 1, Nepal. There are major two peaks; the main Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft) and the lower western peak (6,170m/20,243 ft). Ama Dablam literally ‘means Mother’s Necklace’ where the long ridges on each side seem as the arms of Ama (mother) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought as the Dablam, the pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.
Ama Dablam covers the eastern sky for those who travel towards Everest Base Camp. Due to its soaring ridges and steep faces, Ama Dablam is sometimes referred to as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalayas’ and it is also featured in one rupee banknote of Nepal.
Classified as one of the technical mountains, Ama Dablam was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK), and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge. They were well-acclimatized to altitude, having wintered over at 5800 meters near the base of the peak as part of the 1960–61 Silver Hut expedition, led by Sir Edmund Hillary. After this hundreds of people have summited the peak of this mountain and the number of adventurers wishing to climb it is increasing in increasing way each year.
Gokyo Lakes are the pristine freshwater lakes inside Sagarmatha National Park, that sit at the altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level. The name Gokyo Lakes was taken from Gokyo Ri peak (5484 m) which lies just above the lakes. Popular as the world’s highest freshwater lake system, Gokyo Lakes comprise 19 lakes altogether and among them, six are the main lakes of which Thonak Lake is the largest. The lakes are designated in a Ramsar Site in September 2007 that covers wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) area in total.
The teahouses for the visitors who wish to explore Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri, wish to pass Chola and take the long adventure of Everest High Passes lie on the eastern shore of Gokyo Cho, also called Dudh Pokhari, the main lake of the entire lakes system. Other lakes Gyazumpa Cho, Thonak Cho, Tanjung Cho, and Ngojumba Cho lie nearby the main lake. Trekkers wishing to explore those lakes take the alternative hike of Gokyo Ri of their second day in Gokyo Valley. Gokyo valley is a peaceful, fresh, and glacial valley that offers panoramic views of different mountain peaks, glaciers, and lakes.
Lobuche also spelled Lobuje, is one of the mountain peaks that sits nearby the Khumbu glacier and just above the settlement of Lobuche. There are two main peaks; Lobuche east and Lobuche West. Lobuche East is kept under a trekking peak and Lobuche West is classified as an expedition peak. As the easier, trekking peak, the East peak is climbed far more frequently than the West peak. As there is a long, deeply notched ridge, though a steep drop and considerable between two peaks, climbing both peaks at a time is impossible.
Upon reaching the top of Lobuche, trekkers get the jewel of the Himalayas which offers perhaps the best summit view in the world. Magnificent sceneries of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and many other peaks are visible vividly from the top. This is the best climbing practice before high mountain peaks such as Ama Dablam, Manaslu, and Everest.
Our journey to Ama Dablam via Gokyo Lakes and Lobuche Peak Climbing begins with a wonderful flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Following the classic route to Everest Base Camp, we hike to Namche Bazaar.
Now, leaving the way to EBC, we choose the Gokyo Valley trek route and continue the journey towards Dole, Machhermo, and ultimately to Gokyo valley. Exploring the entire valley and Gokyo Ri, we hike towards Chola and further to Lobuche peak. After climbing Lobuche peak, we trek to Ama Dablam to summiting it. After the successful expedition of Ama Dablam, we hike back to Namche and further to Lukla to end our trekking/climbing adventure. But your trip will be ended after the international departure from Kathmandu.
The route will be Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche Bazaar – Dole – Machhermo – Gokyo Valley – Thagnag –Cho La – Dzongla – Lobuche – Pheriche – Ama Dablam Base Camp – Namche Bazaar – Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1338m/4390ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Fly to Lukla [2,860 m/9,384 ft] and trek to Phakding [2,610m/8,562ft]: 9 km/3-4 hours
Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 12 km/5-6 hours
Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest View Hotel
Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Dole [4,200 m/ 13,780 ft]
Day 7: Trek Dole to Machhermo [4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]
Day 8: Machhermo to Gokyo Valley [4800 m/15,744 ft]
Day 9: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day – Hike Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft]
Day 10: Trek Gokyo Valley to Thagnag (4,690 m/15,387 ft)
Day 11: Trek to Thagnag to Dzongla (4,855m) via Cho La Pass (5,420m)
Day 12: Trek Zong La to Lobuche Peak High Camp (4,950m/ 16240ft)
Day 13: Early Morning Summit to Lobuche Peak (6119m/20,070 ft) and trek back to Pheriche (4250m/13943ft)
Day 14: Contingency Day in case of bad weather
Day 15: Trek Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m/15,100 ft)
Day 16: Rest Day at Amadablam Base Camp - Worshipping Ceremony
Day 17: Climb Ama Dablam Camp I
Day 18: Ascend to Camp II
Day 19: Early night Summit Push and back to Camp II
Day 20: Contingency Day at Camp II
Day 21: Descend to Base Camp
Day 22: Trek Ama Dablam Base Camp to Namche Bazaar
Day 23: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 24: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 25: Rest Day at Kathmandu
Day 26: Final Departure
Welcome to Kathmandu!
As you descend to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, randomly scattered myriad
of houses among the lush paddy fields appear mesmerizing to the eyes.
One of our airport representatives will be waiting for your arrival at the exit point of the airport.
He will welcome you with a beautiful smile and Namaste, and then accompany you towards your
hotel, where you may ease up your jet-lagged body.
We catch an early flight to Lukla which takes around 45 minutes to land there. Upon landing at
there, we sit down for breakfast. We then start our trek enjoying the scenic beauty of the
Buddhist monuments on the trail. After 3 hours of walk, we arrive in Phakding, have lunch there,
explore around the surroundings and stay overnight in a lodge.
From Phakding, we begin upward hike for Namche Bazaar, a bustling city in the middle of
Himalayan vistas. It is the gateway of Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the planet. It takes about
6-7 hours to reach Namche from Phakding.
This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport
(3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View
Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way
back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.
Acclimatizing is crucial while walking/trekking in the higher elevations. It helps us to be
adjusted in the thinner air which prevents us from Acute Mountain Sickness.
Leaving the way of Khumbu valley, we head towards Gokyo valley today. After leaving Namche
Bazaar, we leave the main trail of the Everest Base Camp and follow the way of Gokyo Valley.
Leaving behind the lustrous hills, pine backwoods we reach Dole viewing the astonishing
sceneries of the mountain massifs.
Here we are in Himalayan valley. After a yummy breakfast, we head towards Machhemro. The
mountains are clearer and clearer each moments. The mesmerizing first and last rays of the sun over the horizon seem panoramic. Viewing them, we reach at Machhemro and spend overnight
We will reach at Gokyo valley today. It is a beautiful valley with numerous lake system (mainly
there are five pristine lakes to visit). Upon reaching there, we get some rest and go out for
visiting the lake sides.
It is another acclimatizing day in our trek / climb. After early meal, we head towards Gokyo Ri, a
beautiful mountain top with the astonishing sceneries of the high mountain massifs, lakes of
Gokyo valley and glacier. It will be a practice hike too for our upcoming mountain pass of Cho
Leaving Gokyo valley, we head towards Khumbu valley. We shall reach the small village of
Thangnag today. It is comparatively a short hike and we get plenty of rest for our Cho La Pass.
One of the three high mountains passes of Everest region is Cho La pass which we are crossing
today. After getting breakfast we follow the footsteps of our well trained trekking leader and
head towards Cho La. Chola offers 360 degree panoramic views of the mountain peaks – Mt.
Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse and many more. Crossing it, we descend to Zong La and spend
Leaving Zong La, we initially head towards the village of Lobuche today. After that, we further
march to Lobuche Peak High Camp for overnight stay and prepare for final push.
It is another big day. We will be well prepared for Lobuche peak expedition early. Our Sherpa
leader will guide us and we shall follow every steps. Climbing some hours, we shall reach at the
top of Lobuche Peak, another dreamed destination. Viewing the mesmerizing mountain peaks
and deep valleys below, we head back to Lobuche high camp, base camp and further to Pheriche,
a popular stop after Everest Base Camp Trek.
This is because, in case we could not summit previous morning due to the weather and climatic
conditions. If everything is well, we shall head towards Amadablam Base Camp at the same day.
Initially we hike down for some hours and leave the main trail of Everest Base Camp Trek and
head catch the way of Amadablam Base Camp. It is a 6-7 hours journey and we will have
different experience of diverse villages, vistas and sceneries.
We shall have our first full day here in Ama Dablam base camp, and we will do our puja
ceremony in the morning. It is done to wish our expedition to be success. We will have a Lama
come up from Pangboche and conduct the ceremony. After lunch, we will walk up on an
acclimatization hike about 1,000 ft. above base camp for acclimatizing hike. We shall have an
astonishing views of the surrounding peaks. Then, we will walk back down. We are just looking
forward to dinner here tonight in camp.
Our real journey begins today. We will follow our well experienced leader and move upward for
Camp I. A gradual upward hiking will show the astonishing sceneries of the mountain vistas.
Upon reaching Camp I, our guides and porters will fix tents and will make us comfortable for
Our second day of the expedition begins walking upward to camp II. Preparing well before
climbing, we follow our leader maintaining appropriate pace. Reaching the camp, we get rest and
prepare well for another big day.
Our dream will come true today. We will step on the top of Mt. Ama Dablam beginning the
journey early night. As the weather conditions generally remains unfavorable for walking after
mid-day, we will summit early morning and will get back to Camp II.
(In case of bad weather conditions while climbing. If everything is favorable and as expected, we
will hike back to Base Camp today.)
We will get back to Amadablam Base Camp today.
This very day marks the end of your adventures in the magical nation of Nepal. We hope that
you are genuinely satisfied with our services and expertise. We expect to see you again and share
many beautiful moments as we did during this escapade. One of the representatives from
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