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Ama Dablam & Nirekha

One of the last gems in Khumbu and a 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!

See also our Ama Dablam Flash Expedition (Ama Dablam in only 17 days)

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle workout
Risk challenging
Comfort expedition style

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
  • Small group

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

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.

The following schedule is planned:

1. - 5. Day: Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar

1. Day: 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.

2. Day: Free day in Kathmandu
Wer es noch nicht kennt, wird es lieben. Relaxen, Shoppen in Thamel, Kulturprogramm oder einfach den Flair aufsaugen. Jeder wie er will.

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

4. Day: Trek to Namche Bazaar at 3.440m. 

5. Day: Rest day in Namche. Plenty to explore.

6. - 13. Day: Trek to and climb Nirekha

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

7. Day: We continue along the charming and secluded valley to Marlung at 4.210m.

8. Day: Trek to the foot of Renjo Pass at 4970m.We camp at 4.970m.

9. Day: : Trek over the Renjo La pass (5360m) to Gokyo at 4790m. If the weather is good, we will be able to see Everest for the first time, as well as our first aim: Nirekha. Camp at 4.790m.

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

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

12.-13. Day: 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.

 

14. - 25. Day: Ama Dablam

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

15. Day: Trek to Ama Dablam Basecamp 4600m.

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

17.-25. Day: 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 - 30: Return to Kathmandu, journey home

26. Day: Trek back to Namche via Tengpoche.

27. Day: Trek to Lukla.

28. Day: Flight back to Kathmandu.

29. Day: Free day in Kathmandu or spare day, in case of bad weather on flight day.

30. Day: Journey home.

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • 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

 

highlight_off  Not included:

  • 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

 

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

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 email lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

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

 

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

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.

 

 

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Swiss or EU citizens:

Nepal: 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.

 

work  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.

 

insert_chart_outlined  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.

 

perm_identity  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!

 

local_hospital  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.

 

check_box  Experience

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 infos here.

 

 

payment  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.

 

directions_run 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.