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.
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Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
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 on 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 experienced local 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 Tshering and Sonam Bhote.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Luggage transfer
- Permit and entrance fees
- Group porters
- Camping equipment tents
- Camping equipment cooking utensils
The price listed is for 2023 expeditions.
You'll find in the FAQ section the full list of items included and not in the price of the expedition.
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,343m). Then, transfer to hotel.
Briefing meeting. And equipment checks in preparation for the trip.
Early flight to Lukla (2,866m). Then trek to Phakding (2,640m).
Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m).
Rest day for Acclimatization in Namche Bazar. After that, day trip to Everest viewpoint (3,856m).
Hike to Dole (4,200m).
Trek to Machermo (4,410m).
Rest day in Machermo.
Another trek, this time to Gokyo (4,750m).
We’ll trek to the Gokyo Ri view point (5,320m). Then, we’ll hike to Thanknag.
We will trek to Lobuche (4,930m) via chola pass (5,420m).
Rest day at Lobuche. And practice with anchors and ropes.
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).
Training on fix line system, ascending, descending and travers.
Trek to Lobuche peak high camp (5,600m). Then, upon arrival we’ll refresh alpine climbing techniques.
Training at Lobuche high camp, cramponing, ice axe placing and crapas rescue techniques.
Climb Lobuche east peak summit (6,100m). Then, head back to Lobuche.
Rest day at Lobuche base camp.
Trek to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongmala pass (5,535m).
Trek to Island Peak (Imja tse) base camp (5,057m).
Climb Island Peak (Imja tse) summit (6,189m). And trek to Chhukung.
Trek to Pangbuche (3,800m).
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).
Head back to Namche Bazar (3,440m).
We’ll trek back to Lukla (2,866m).
Early flight to Kathmandu (1,343m)
Kathmandu city sightseeing to visit temples and stupas.
Flight to Home Office staff will take you to TIA airport.
Camping and hotel in Katmandu
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.
What happens if I need to stop the expedition and get back to Kathmandu before the end of the tour?
Will Tshering Pandhe Bhote be guiding the expedition?
What’s NOT included in the price of the tour?
How experienced do I need to be to join this trip?
What’s included in the price of the tour?
Do you have a list of equipment I need to bring with me?
Which is the meeting point?
When are you planning this mountaineering course and the ascent of Ama Dablam?
Will I be with other climbers?
What are the 5 peaks climbed during this expedition?
Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment?
What’s the best way to train and get ready?
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:
Chhiring Sonam Lama
DAWA Chhedar Bhote
Wang Chhedar Bhote
DAWA Phinjo Bhote
Phurpu Thilen Bhote
Cook kitchen crew:
All climbing guides have summited Everest several times.
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NNMGA | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA
It was a trip of a life time ! But unfortunately there was a few issues that I will list here : - Before booking, I specifically asked if our guide will really be Tshering Bhote, and you told me "yes". I book the trip, arrive in Kathmandu, and realize that our guide will NOT be Tshering... Not cool... - The "to buy" list we got from you (Explore Share) included ropes of certain diameter and certain length, and when you arrived in Kathmandu, the guide told us right away that it was not suitable ! We had to buy new ones. - Before leaving, I asked if I can rent some of the heavy gear (crampons, ice axe, also helmet) and I was told yes. Once in Kathmandu, they tell you that you cannot rent crampons, you need to buy them. This is not nice because then you don't get much choice in models and in prices... And I didn't allow for this extra weight in my bags too, which then creates problems at the airport on the way back home. But the worst was the helmet : the company lent me a helmet that was broken in many parts. I asked the guide several times to have another one, he didn't want to. I didn't pay for it, but the helmet was not comfortable and made me have sore head, and it was a serious safety issue. - The itinerary makes us climb LOBUCHE EAST first, then ISLAND PEAK, and finally AMA DABLAM last. Which makes sens because AMA DABLAM is the highest and more complicated mountain to climb, so it gives us time to acclimate, to get used to the mountain gear, and to gain confidence hiking in high altitude before trying the big one. But right from day 1, our guide's plans was not to do AMA DABLAM last (but he didn't tell us). Indeed, he forced us to go to AMA DABLAM before ISLAND PEAK, even though we didn't want to. And sad to say that on summit day, the weather was better on ISLAND PEAK than on AMA DABLAM. I later on learned that they always do it this way. So why not telling us right from the beginning and change the itinerary that we receive before booking ? The fact that they receive a summit bonus on AMA DABLAM and not on ISLAND PEAK could explain this... But then the hike is not done according to the hiker's needs and will, which is a shame. - After doing AMA DABLAM, we were then supposed to go to ISLAND PEAK. But to our surprise, our guide stayed in AMA DABLAM to guide another group ! (another summit bonus...). Instead, he asked one of the sherpas to guide us to ISLAND PEAK, along with 2 porters. The sherpa/guide is a really nice guy, trying hard to help, but could barely speak any English and had no mountain certifications at all. The trip advertises, in big block letters and in the trip's title, a guide with big fancy mountain certifications, and we ended up with someone not speaking English and with no certifications, to take us to the second highest mountain of the trip ! Not cool... The guide that I paid for is on AMA DABLAM, also getting paid by another group. How does this work ? - On LOBUCHE EAST, the guide also skipped the crevas rescuing training day. He explained that other people in the group didn't feel so well, that's why he preferred skipping it and doing it later on AMA DABLAM or ISLAND PEAK. The problem is that we never did this training day, even though we finished the trip with a few spare days left. Overall, it was still a great trip. The THG staff is great, nice, positive and helpful people. The cooking was just amazing ! The porters are always smiling, and everyone gets on well, making it a nice atmosphere. It's just lacking some communication between Explore Share and THG I think, and a guide maybe a bit more frank with his clients. Hope this helps ;-)
It was an excellent trip with a good team to take care of us. I just didn't liked 2 things : - Hidden cost that were revealed at the last minute (differents bonus not talked before) - The guide that pushed us too fast even when i was feeling sick and knowing we got plenty of time... Else Tseering and his teams were always there to help and adapt to our need.
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.
Very good acclimatisation program and safe 1:1 climbing as I always was well looked after. Communication regarding weather and conditions were meticulous so we could adapt as we went along, increasing safety.
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.
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!
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!!
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