Here is what Wanda, Ama Dablam summitter who has been on climbs with other companies has to say:
"What I liked best about this expedition was the focus of independence that was placed on each person. I have been on other "guided" climbs and I never felt like I was gaining much in the ability to become a self-sufficient climber. On this trip, I felt good about the knowledge and confidence that was gained, knowing that I had to take care of myself as well as look out for those on my team. I especially liked they way everyone climbed at the rate that best suited their own fitness level. I never once had the feeling that I was waiting for someone to catch-up or that I was holding up the team.
We were fortunate to be able to assist in the first ascent by a Nepalese woman, and putting the youngest woman on the summit. Maya Sherpa and Camille Kinny on the summit, with Everest on the right. A beautiful day, if a little windy. When we got back to Kathmandu the reporters were at the hotel and the story was printed in the paper. Ama Dablam behind the village of Pangboche (3,860 metres/12,700 feet).Photo Chris Kinny.
There are a couple of things that I feel individuals can do to make this trip an enjoyable experience.
1. Train! I have always found that the more fit I am, the more I enjoy any expedition. Also, research the route and come prepared with the knowledge of what to expect.
2. Come with a relaxed, open mind. The team dynamics on my Ama Dablam trip were great because there were no stringent agendas (personal, or otherwise) I have found that it is the less uptight people that generally have the best experience and now that I think of it, the reason the Ama Dablam trip was free of this aspect was probably because of the personalities of the leaders. They are serious about why they are there, yet it is approached with a "no worries" attitude. I LOVED THAT! And it obviously worked, because every member of our team summitted.
Because we had many Sherpa on our team and we interacted a lot during the climb, I felt this was a cultural experience as well. Many spoke a little English so we were able to converse, ask questions about their lifestyle and customs. They were an integral part of our expedition, hard working and very experienced. I was glad to have had this interaction as it gave that much more feeling to an “international” endeavor.
My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety.
Looking back, if there was one thing that I would suggest to make this trip better it would be more yak cheese pizza at basecamp! Yum, this stuff was delicious.
Overall, this company gets top marks for their operation and that is why I will definitely climb with them again in the future." back to top
Our leader and team member on the mushroom ridge looking down. Photo Dan Mazur. A close up look at tthe infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6150 metres/20,300 feet. Photo Chris Kinny
Here is what summitter Kurt has to say:
"I personally felt the trip was very well organized and executed. I was very impressed that you cared enough about the anchors and ropes to fix them properly. Most other expeditions seemed to not care and were willing to use whatever was currently in place.
The list of good things on this trip is rather extensive:
-Individual and common tents at base camp -Morning tea served to us while we were still in our sleeping bags!!!
-Three excellent meals every day.
-Shower and washing facilities.
-Excellent logistical support for full and basic service.
-Many helpful and friendly sherpas all the way the summit if you need them.
-Personable and knowledgeable leaders.
-Friendly logistical staff.
-Plenty of time to acclimate and accomplish our climbing goals.
-Flexibility to accommodate different member’s needs.
-Low key approach to expedition climbing.
-Audience with the High Lama of Pangboche and another holy man who walked up to BC to bless us all once again.
-The end of expedition family-style party at the home of our local Nepalese agent!!!" back to top
Our advanced basecamp at 5500 metres/18,150 feet. We have a cook here who prepares hot drinks and food to keep us healthy. Camp 3 at 6300 metres/20,800 feet.Photo Dan Mazur
Here is what Stein from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
"Regarding the expedition I have only praise for you!!
Although I guess there were more members than usual, I found that pretty much everything went smooth and efficiently. I found the base-camp staff and the climbing Sherpas at least as friendly and helpful as last year. The organisation of basecamp and the climb itself could not have been done any better given the circumstances!!
Back in Lukla, Kami provided us with the flexibility to return to Katmandu when we wished. In Kathmandu Murari and Deha were helpful beyond any expectations! (And it was nice to chill out at "Yak and Yeti" where the breakfast was worth the price alone!! Murari negotiated a very favourable rate for us!)
The new web site is very good and feedback from family and friends says that they were able to follow the expedition very closely!! BZ!
I have no hesitations in recommending this trip to anyone. All in all I am very satisfied with the trip!!" back to top
Here is what Bjorn from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
Thank you for a fantastic trip! I'm safely back home, already back at work!
Regarding your expedition, all I have is praise! Things very generally well organized, however provided enough slack to allow a lot of personal preferences. Everyone in the staff were good people, the climbing sherpa's were strong and the kitchen staff made great food and took good care of us.
Impressive staff, and I would like to mention the climbing sidar, Kagi, as a person who made lasting good impressions.
I also felt that the schedule of the trip regarding the trek in, acclimatization and duration was good, and well thought out.
Thank you for a great adventure, a spectacular summit, nice people and staff and fantastic weather. back to top
Gyelje Sherpa in the lower part of the grey tower. Checkout camp two on top of the yellow tower in the lower left. photo by Maaike Braat. Camp 2.7 on Ama Dablam at 5950 metres / 19,500 feet. Photo by Maaike Braat
Here is what Joanne from Birmingham, England had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
First and foremost I have to thank you for warming my toes in camp 3 and suggesting swapping my layers around - I'm sure I couldn't have gone a step further if you hadn't helped with the defrosting exercise!!
I really enjoyed the trip and the whole group were great fun to be with. Considering how large the group was, and a number of concerns about this were raised amongst the group, the ascent groups were pretty well organised.
The meals were pretty darned good considering logistics, supplies and camp locations. The lighting was excellent in the mess tent. The cooks were great and so polite and hard-working in all camps.
I was really impressed with the sherpas - Lakpa and Tenzing were great!
Great to have a shower tent and a ladies pee tent (these were about the only places where there were no peeing men in view!!)
Looking for the next mountain to climb!
Hanging out around camp 1 on a sunny day. Joanne from Birmingham and our leader, Dan Mazur, on the summit. Photo Joanne Goodson.
Here is what summitter Eric Elliot had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
"Strictly speaking, this was an "unguided" expedition. However, there was always some "guidance" prior to and during this fantastic expedition. Before my trip, SummitClimb answered many questions that I had by email, clearly and in a timely fashion. What's more, during the expedition, the leader and his excellent Staff, assistant leaders, and extremely competent Sherpas were always available to explain technique and offer assistance to ensure the best possible chance of success.
This does not imply that minor improvements can never be thought of for a very comprehensive, well-coordinated and well-established expedition with optimal flexibility, but everything detailed on the excellent website was accomplished and so nothing more could be expected. Thank you so much! - for your thoughtfulness right from the start, and for sharing your extensive experience with the entire group throughout." back to top
Our Member's feedback and testimonials help us to refine and make our Ama Dablam expeditions a successful and enjoyable experience for our future members.