AMA DABLAM (6856M) & NIREKHA (6169M)

  • Adventure Factor
    courageous
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    mindblowing
  • Fitness / Struggle
    workout
  • Risk
    demanding
  • Travel Comfort
    expedition style

One of the last gems in Khumbu in preparation for a splendid and brilliant finale on one of the most beautiful mountains in the world!

The Nirekha at 6169m is one of the last real pearls in the Solo Khumbu region. Officially, it was first climbed in 2003 and has not had many visitors since then apart from a few private groups. Even though the location is absolutely ideal! Well acclimatized, we reach the Nirekha base camp over a 5300m high pass via a beautiful trekking route in a less frequented part of the Khumbu which passes the Thame valley towards Nangpa La (that leads to the north-facing Cho Oyu base camp in Tibet). The Nirekha is a great six-thousander where we will have lots of fun. And it prepares us perfectly for our next challenge. After climbing Nirekha we’re transferred to the Ama Dablam base camp and again arrive well acclimatized for a direct ascent attempt of the beautiful Ama Dablam. Almost sleek alpine style. However, we do not want to do without our Sherpas who set up the high camp and the route. Though this still remains a different type of high altitude mountaineering. Acclimatizing on a different mountain can almost be considered elegant. And it will exponentially increase the value of your experience. This trip is one of our crown jewels. It doesn’t get any better than this!


Highlights
beautiful, little-known mountain to acclimatize for Ama Dablam
this combination is only available at Furtenbach Adventures
1 sherpa each 2 members

UIAGM Guide
high camp equipment

Or have a look at our Ama Dablam Flash Expedition (Ama Dablam in only 17 days)

Dates:

 

April 21 - May 20, 2019 (30 days from/to Kathmandu)

Booking Code: AMAS19

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October 11 - November 09, 2019 (30 days from/to Kathmandu)

Booking Code: AMA19

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Price: € 8.490

Minimum members: 6


What the price includes:
Organisation of the expedition
UIAGM certified mountain guide
4 nights in upscale hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy, single room optional  
Domestic flights Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu incl. 20kg personal luggage and hand luggage
All transfers (jeep / private shuttle)
Fullboard during whole expedition (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
Drinks at shared meals (no alcoholic drinks)
Double occupancy in hotels during journey to the mountain
Porter / Yak to basecamp and back (25kg personal gear / member)
1 tent each member in basecamp
1 tent each 2 members for approach and high camps
Mat for apporach and basecamp 
High camp equipment (tents, stove, cooking gear, gas, meals)
Fixed ropes, fixing material
1 Sherpa each 2 members
Gear, Insurance and helicopter rescue for all staff members
Medical emergency oxygen
Emergency medicine, pulseoxymeter
Kitchen staff
Comfortable Dome tent in basecamp, shower tent
Satellite communication (WIFI, notebook, solar charging)
Radios
All fees and permits
weather forecast
Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 


What the price does not include:
International Airfare to Kathmandu (ask for an offer - for now it is approx. € 700 ex Europe)
Lunch in Kathmandu
excess luggage for flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
personal insurance
Visum for Nepal (available at the airport aftre arrival, take a passport photo!) 
Personal medicine
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Personal climbing gear
Sleeping bag
High camp mat
Fees for satellite communication

 

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

 

 

The following schedule is planned:
Because of the complex logistics of an expedition, changes to the planned schedule may occur during the trip. The exact schedule depends on weather and snow conditions as well as on the progress of the group on the respective mountain. In addition, keep in mind that we are in a very remote and politically sensitive area where our freedom of movement may be limited at any time due to governmental or environmental restrictions.

Day 1: Arrival and get-together at the hotel in Kathmandu 
Everyone will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel, regardless of whether the journey was booked individually or not. And then we will get off to a comfortable start... check in and get to know the others while enjoying a beer on the terrace and the emerging excitement of belonging to the distinguished expedition team.

Day 2: Free day Kathmandu.

Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Pakding 2650m. 

Day 4: Trek Namche Bazar 3440m.

Day 5: Rest day and explore Namche.

Day 6: Trek to Thame 3800m. It is getting quiete from now on.

Day 7: Trek to Marlung 4210m. 

Day 8: Trek to a camp at the foot of Renjo Pass at 4970m.

Day 9: Trek over the pass (5360m) to Gokyo at 4790m.

Day 10: Sunset at Gokyio Ri (5350m), have a brunch and the continue to Dragnag at 4700m. 

Day 11: Trek to Nirekha basecamp near or on the glacier at 5400m. 

Day 12-13: Climb Nirekha and spare day. The climb follows the gentle glacier t a saddle and then steepens up on the west ridge. Sections up to 60° ice (fixed ropes). After summit we descend from the saddle to the other side of the mountain to Dzonglha at 4900m, where we meet our porters that came over the cho la pass.

Day 14: A short day descending takes us to Periche at 4240m.

Day 15: Trek to Ama Dablam Basecamp 4600m.

Day 16: rest day for members. Our Sherpas begin to set up high camps.

Day 17-25: Climbing period Ama Dablam. We are well acclimatized and start the climb directly with two camps at 5700m and 6400m. No up and downs for acclimatizing on this rocky ridge. Spare days for bad weather or 2nd attempt. 

Day 26: Trek to Namche via Tengpoche

Day 27: Trek to Lukla

Day 28: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 29: Kathmandu or spare day in case of flight problems

Day 30: End of the expedition / transfer to airport

General 
An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ). 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique
The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

Equipment 
Unless specified otherwise in the detailled program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of - 20 to -25 degrees celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Experience 
We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about - or refresh their knowledge of - all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More infohere.

Entry Requirements
Passport and Visa Regulations

Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

 

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure............................... 30%
29 - 20 days prior to departure.......................... 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure.......................... 70%
9 - 4 days prior to departure.............................. 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours).........100%
on the day of departure....................................... 100% of the tour fee.

 

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

 

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

Due to the high package price and long trip duration an insurance offer will be provided directly and individually by the travel insurance company after your booking.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/ Further information are provided after your booking.

 

 

 

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Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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