During the spring and summer, Nepal is generally quite warm. Daily average temperatures are 22ºC and 30ºC, respectively. Of course, higher up in the mountains it gets colder. Rain is not infrequent during the spring and during the summer the monsoon season begins, when the country receives a lot of rain. During the autumn, the skies clear and the country is a bit cooler than during the spring.
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Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is Nepal’s only international airport. There are no direct flight there from Europe, North or South America, but it is will connected with the rest of Asia.
The best time to climb Everest is from April to May. However, the overall mountaineering and trekking season is from April to May and September to November. For ski touring, the best time to visit is from February to April.
About one million people visit Nepal every year. The main pulls are mountaineering, hiking and enjoying the country’s unique culture. As a result, its capital and largest city, Kathmandu, can be quite crowded and multicultural during the high season. However, once you get out of the city and into the wilderness, you will feel like you’re all alone. Trips here are generally immersive. The country is very mountainous and poorly connected by roads, so most mountaineering expeditions include days of hiking to the target and climbing up it. Due to the high levels of tourism, pollution is a growing problem in this small country. Remember to always bring back what you’ve brought in.
After a year and a half of planning, a new attempt was made on Ama Dablam. This time a third person joined the climbing party. Acclimatisation on Lobuche gave us a foretaste of what the numerous pitches on Ama Dablam’s steep terminal slopes would feel like. Good weather conditions and a swift Alpine style climb to C1, C2 and finally the summit concluded this project. Thank you so much Jyamchang for guiding us up there! The timing of the climb (before Autumn’s commercial expeditions), choice of porters and additional logistics were once again very professional.
Thanks for the email. After the initial confusion, climbing was great and Sonam was an amazing guide! Both Eveline and myself had a wonderful time and wish we could have kept climbing!
Thanks for making our trips to Nepal even more unforgettable!!
As some famous mountaineer once said about his Sherpa climbing partner, Jyamchang belongs to a new generation of Nepali guides who really love to climb. For them, mountaineering isn’t just about business. And that’s the reason why we got along very well whilst attempting the ascent of Ama Dablam in April 2017.
We were lucky enough to be able to meet beforehand in Chamonix for a thorough check-up of the equipment and a briefing on the various logistics. I found him to be that kind of straight-to-the-point, smiling and organized person I was hoping to have as a guide and partner for an ambitious climb above 6000 meters, which I had only performed once before (on Island Peak).
We met at the airport in Kathmandu and joined a good friend of mine and his trekking guide, who accompanied us during the acclimatization trip across the 3 passes and on to EBC. This gave us plenty of time to get our bodies accustomed to altitude. Jyamchang and I performed a daily health check-up to monitor the effects of altitude, a routine which I found to be very professional.
We had agreed during our first Skype discussions that we were going to climb alpine style. That is minimum logistics, no fixed ropes etc. The idea of climbing a difficult mountain such as Ama Dablam without these facilitating artefacts strongly appealed to me, and I appreciated that Jyamchang pushed for this approach of the climb. This was not just pulling the client to the top of the mountain and then collecting the summit bonus.
Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions the day before summit day, we were unable to reach the summit. However, I found that Jyamchang’s attitude during the difficult descent with rapidly degrading weather conditions, and another party that we had to help descend, was again showing a professional and competent approach to the mountain environment.
All in all, we had a great time in the beautiful surroundings of the Khumbu valley and may be climbing together again in a future expedition. I can strongly recommend Jyamchang for trekking and climbing elsewhere in the world (Jyamchang also guides in Norway).
Martin, 32 – Belgium
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