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Himalayas 5 peaks technical climbing course + Ama Dablam ascent

Reach the summit of Ama Dablam with IFMGA Guide Tshering and his team. Learn mountaineering skills and put them to practice on this technical climbing course through 5 peaks of the Himalayas, plus the ultimate Ama Dablam ascent.

Private

Himalaya

35 Days

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Discover 5 peaks in the Himalayas.
  • Practice different mountaineering techniques.
  • Ascend the fantastic Mount Ama Dablam.

Description

Join this technical climbing course in one of the most iconic places for any mountaineering adventure: the Himalayas. It will take place over five different peaks. Thus, it will give you the opportunity to practice different techniques.

This technical mountaineering course is similar to an IFMGA/NNMGA course. We will cover climbing in different terrains, including rock, snow, and ice. Also, we’ll learn about crevasse rescue. And we’ll go over navigation techniques.

Additionally, we’ll review different uses of ropes, knots and bolts. Finally, we will practice placing rock and snow anchors, and varied belaying techniques. The course is perfect for climbers with previous mountaineering and/or trekking experience. 

During our expedition, the climbing objectives will be Island Peak (Imja Tse), standing at 6,189 meters. Also, we’ll climb Lobuje East (6,100m) in the Khumbu Valley.  And we’ll ascend Chhukung Ri and Kala Pathar too.

But, the fun doesn’t stop there! We’ll also visit the base camp at Everest. And, we’ll explore the Gokyo Lakes.

All these magnificent peaks will offer challenging yet attainable objectives. So they are an ideal combination for those getting involved on their first expedition.

Finally, we will ascend Mt. Ama Dablam (6,814m). Due to the difficulty level, on top of the IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide, this expedition is also led by local experienced sherpas. So you’ll be in expert hands. And you will be able to practice everything that you learned in a safe environment.

This is also a great program if you are training for more difficult climbs such as Everest, as it will give you plenty of practice and altitude experience.

If you want to join this incredible adventure, don’t hesitate and send me a request. It would be my pleasure to be your guide in the Himalayas. Looking for a shorter adventure? Check out this Bimal Nagar 2-day rock climbing tour.

 

Photos courtesy of Thsering and Sonam Bhote.

Prices per person

Price last updated by the guide on: Aug 26, 2022

Group of 1

USD 9199 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

The price listed is for 2023 expeditions.

INCLUDES: On top of the guide fee, hotel/airport transfers, 4 nights- bed and breakfast accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin- sharing basis whilst in Kathmandu, and en route to the Himalaya Five Peak technical climbing course with Ama Dablam and on the return; full board accommodation in lodges on trek; transport from Kathmandu to Himalaya Five Peak technical climbing; course with Ama Dablam; all peaks fees and administration fees; all local staff fees with insurance; all costs for IFMGA/NNMGA Certified Mountain Guides and well train experience climbing Sherpas with insurance; all group equipment, such as tents, cooking stoves, ropes, climbing equipment, group first aid, Radio communications, Oxygen for medical purpose and mats; himalaya Guides group First aid kits.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: personal climbing equipment; Visa fees original entry visa into Nepal (this can be obtained at the airport upon arrival); air travel to and from Kathmandu; drinks. Laundry, Postage, Telephone calls, emails and other items of a personal nature; any costs associated with you leaving the expedition early; any costs associated with arriving back in Kathmandu early, for example, having climbed the mountain ahead of schedule; personal medical and travel insurance and cancellation insurance (most have emergency helicopter evacuation); lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu; personal spending money, tips and sightseeing tours; minimum USD 800 summit bonus per climbing Sherpa; USD 250 tips for local support crews.

Tshering Pandhe Bhote always supervises and organizes the tours, however, he is not always the lead guide on the expedition. His team of local guides all have local certifications and have summited Everest several times.


Itinerary

Day 1: Katmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu (1,343m). Then, transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Preparation

Briefing meeting. And equipment checks in preparation for the trip.

Day 3: Lukla-Phakding

Early flight to Lukla (2,866m). Then trek to Phakding (2,640m).

Day 4: Namche Bazar

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m).

Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazar - Everest view point

Rest day for Acclimatization in Namche Bazar. After that, day trip to Everest viewpoint (3,856m).

Day 6: Dole

Hike to Dole (4,200m).

Day 7: Machermo

Trek to Machermo (4,410m).

Day 8: Acclimatization in Machermo

Rest day in Machermo.

Day 9: Gokyo

Another trek, this time to Gokyo (4,750m).

Day 10: Gokyo Ri - Thanknag

We’ll trek to the Gokyo Ri view point (5,320m). Then, we’ll hike to Thanknag.

Day 11: Lobuche

We will trek to Lobuche (4,930m) via chola pass (5,420m).

Day 12: Lobuche

Rest day at Lobuche. And practice with anchors and ropes.

Day 13: Everest Base Camp

Trek to Everest BC (5,364m) and Kalapathar (5,550m) viewpoint for an amazing sunset.  Then we’ll head back to Lobuche (10-12 hours).

Day 14: Lobuche

Training on fix line system, ascending, descending and travers.

Day 15: Lobuche peak high camp

Trek to Lobuche peak high camp (5,600m). Then, upon arrival we’ll refresh alpine climbing techniques.

Day 16: Lobuche

Training at Lobuche high camp, cramponing, ice axe placing and crapas rescue techniques.

Day 17: Lobuche east peak summit

Climb Lobuche east peak summit (6,100m). Then, head back to Lobuche.

Day 18: Lobuche

Rest day at Lobuche base camp.

Day 19: Chhukung

Trek to Chhukung  (4,730m) via Kongmala pass (5,535m).

Day 20: Island Peak

Trek to Island Peak (Imja tse) base camp (5,057m).

Day 21: Island Peak - Chhukung

Climb Island Peak (Imja tse) summit (6,189m). And trek to Chhukung.

Day 22: Pangbuche

Trek to Pangbuche (3,800m).

Day 23 to 30: Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856m).

Ama Dablam is one of the most stunning peaks in the Himalaya and one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Situated in the heart of Everest’s Khumbu region, it lies directly above Tengboche Monastery on the well-worn path to Everest Base Camp and is admired by thousands of trekkers and climbers every year. This expedition offers a superb, technical climbing experience in a magnificent setting, with numerous cultural and scenic diversions.

This itinerary is open depending on weather conditions and the group’s availability and acclimatization. Mt. Ama Dablam has 3 camps: Camp 1(5,700m), Camp 2 (5,900m), Camp 3 (6,300m).

Day 31: Namche Bazar

Head back to Namche Bazar (3,440m).

Day 32: Lukla

We’ll trek back to Lukla (2,866m).

Day 33: Kathmandu

Early flight to Kathmandu (1,343m)

Day 34: Kathmandu city sightseeing

Kathmandu city sightseeing to visit temples and stupas.

Day 35: Flight home

Flight to Home Office staff will take you to TIA airport.

 

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Details

Accommodation

Camping and hotel in Katmandu

More info

The itinerary is not a fixed program. Things can change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions and the acclimatization and response of the group. We want to ensure your safety more than anything.

Don't forget to bring:

Headwear

1 - Fleece or woolen hat 1 - Shaded hat 2 - Balaclava 1- Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shield and a hard sided storage case. 1-Ski goggles with UV protection

Hand wear 2 pair liner gloves thin wool or thermal 1 pair warm gloves fleece 1 pair expedition shell gloves 1 pair Gore-Tex mitten gloves

Upper body wear 2- Inner vests 2- T-shirt 2- Highneck with long sleeve 1- Fleece Jacket with wind stopper 1- Thermal warm jacket for 3rd layer 1- Waterprob Jacket with hood 1- Down jacket 700+ down filled

Lower body wear 2- Under wear 2- Nylon pants for trekking and around camp 2- Fleece or Thermal trousers 1- Fleece warm pants wind stopper 1- Waterprob pants 1- Down pants 3- pair liner shocks 2- Pair trekking shocks 3- Pair climbing and mountaineering thick shocks 1- Pair sandal or camp shoes 1- Pair trekking boot

Miscellaneous 2- Sun lotion 118ml (SPF 30 to 50) 2- Lip balm 4.8 g (SPF 30) Both stick with enough long cord or strap to hang on your neck 1- Foot powder antibacterial 75g 1- Head lamp (Petzl Tika-Zipka or Black diamond) Enough batteries AAA or AA size 1.5 volts 1- Lighter high performance in cold temperature 1- Diry book for personal memoranda 1- Pen or pencil 2- Water bottle 1000ml (Nalgen or Sigg brand) 1- Pee bottle 1000ml wide mouth. 1- Small stainless steel thermos 1- Pair of Ski pole

Wash kit 1- Wash bag

Meeting point

Kathmandu

Equipment you will need to bring

Helmet

Ice axe

Harness

Crampons

Belay device

Other gear: Mountaineering boots, sleeping bag, Carry mate and Tharmorest, Snow gaiters, 8m prusick cord 6mm, Double length tap sling 2m, Ascender device, Non screw gate Karabiners, 4 Screw gate Karabiners, quick draw, ice screw.


About the guide

Hi! I'm Tshering, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.

I have been climbing since 1996, starting on the 8000m mountains in the Himalaya. I'm one of the few IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guides (Instructor) from south Asia, gaining my qualification from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) & Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).


I have successfully guided on Mt Everest on multiple occasions, and other 8000m peaks such as Mt Cho-oyu (8,201m) (3 times), Sisha Pangma (8,013m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,515m) and many more.


I have have also a strong international climbing experience and extensive knowledge of the logistics, planning and group dynamic that are also very crucial to successfully lead adventures in the Himalaya and around the world. I guided in New Zealand, Norway, France, Scotland, Thailand, Bhutan, Pakistan, India and Tibet. I'm also a rescue expert and a technical trainer for the mountain guides training.


I very much like guiding my clients in remote places, where no tourist goes. I like also discovering new routes and peaks. Please have a look to the different trekking and mountaineering expeditions I propose and contact me if you want to discuss about them. I can of course also guide you in more 'classic' routes, just get in touch with me and let's talk about your wishes!

My team of guides consists of:

Climbing guides:

Chhiring Sonam Lama
Pasang Lama
Dukchung Lama
Pekma Lama
DAWA Chhedar Bhote
Wang Chhedar Bhote
DAWA Phinjo Bhote
Phurpu Thilen Bhote

Cook kitchen crew:
Jusbir Tamang
Sonam Bhote
Tenzing Bhote
Guru Bhote

All climbing guides have summited Everest several times.

Languages

Norwegian | Nepali | English

Certificates

NNMGA | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA

Residence

Kathmandu, Nepal


What people are saying about this trip

David Gahan

5.00

November, 2022

A truely amazing experience that I would recommend for anyone serious about climbing AMA Dablam. You need a very high level of fitness & mental strength to climb ama Dablam, it is not a beginner peak. Research the climb, gear required & treking around the Khumbu area before you desire to do this course so you are under no illusions prior to leaving for Nepal. If you have done the research, have all the right gear and have trained appropriately I guarantee you will love this. I recommend purchasing Uphill Athletes 24wk mountaineering training program to get you into mountain shape.

Mattias Gunnarsson

5.00

December, 2021

I had an amazing experience with Tshering’s experienced and highly qualified team including guide Sonam Shalaka and Sherpa Thomas Vechayba. I really enjoyed the concept of acclimating for Ama Dablam by doing the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes and climbing a number of peaks along the way, including Lobuche, rather than the typical repetitive climbs from base camp. It is always my preference to climb with local guides who intimately know the mountain and local customs and this was a perfect example of the benefits of that rather than going with a large group of westerners. Explore-Share always does a great job of facilitating those connections. This was an outstanding experience all around and I would gladly recommend Tshering and his team for any mountaineering experience in the Himalayas.

Charlotte Gevaert

5.00

November, 2021

I would definitely recommend booking with Tshering’s company, Top Himalaya Guides! He is very welcoming and due to his extensive experience with the mountains, he can help you with all the arrangements and any questions or other service requests you have. Due to his recommendation, we were able to change my itinerary to something that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on! He also provided excellent staff, my guide Namja was very experienced and qualified, which made me feel super safe in the mountains at all times. I can only look back on an incredible trip! Already looking forward to the next!

Matt Hook

5.00

January, 2020

I can't say enough about Top Himalaya Guides (THG)! Extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides with a genuine passion for the mountains. Our lead guide Sonam did a great job of managing expectations and ensuring that we stayed healthy and happy throughout the expedition. We were fortunate to summit all of our objectives including Ama Dablam, which was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend THG for any Himalayan experience and will definitely be using them again when I return to Nepal!!

John Jansen

4.00

December, 2019

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