"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."
Here is what Stein from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
"Regarding the expedition I have only praise for you!! 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!!"
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.
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."
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."
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!"
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."
Mount Ama Dablam Climb Personal & Team Equipment | SummitClimb
These photos were taken on our recent successful Ama Dablam expedition where we put 12 members and 5 Sherpas on the summit in all safety. Photos in Ama Dablam slideshow: Chris Kinny, Dan Mazur, Guan-Jang Wu, Joanne Goodson, Tom Lannamann, Scott Darsney, & Valerie Hovland. For caption information, please visit our Ama Dablam photo gallery.
Our expedition features rock and ice climb training, Sherpas, hotels, domestic flights, basecamp, yaks, porters, ropes, tasty meals on trek, in basecamp and high camps, group climbing equipment, tents, radios and satphones.
Leader: Dan Mazur , 5 Succesful Ama Dablam expeditions.
2011 expedition success: 10 out of 11 members on the summit.
Climb Asia`s most famous technical but climbable rock, ice, and snow peak.
We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
Trek to base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized `teahouses` and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
Stay in our comfortable basecamp, located on a warm and green grassy plain.
Dates and Cost:
10 October to 7 November (29 days in Nepal).
Flexible dates: We also offer the option to begin and the trip anytime between 10 October and 1 December.
NEW LOW PRICE!: Full Service Cost: $5950, £3650, €4550; Basic Climb Cost: $2450, £1550, €1850. Currency conversions 21-Feb-12.
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Recent news: Our autumn Ama Dablam Expedition has just returned from a fun and successful expedition. Please click here to view news of our expedition.
Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Ama Dablam and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):
1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
Cotton underwear briefs;
1 pair fleece, polar, or pile trousers;
1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags. back to top
Ama Dablam boot/shoe requirements:
Plastic double (Koflach-style) boots with a removable liner. Must fit comfortably with one thick and one thin sock and vapour barrier liner;
1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent;
Note: Some people would like to bring single boots for Ama Dablam. We don't really recommend single boots for this expedition. Ama Dablam is really too cold for single boots. Frostbite is not an option on our expeditions. If your single boot has a special super-warm insulated liner and fits two thick pair of socks and a vapour barrier liner comfortably it might work. But, most people would never buy a single-boot so large. Did you?
Attention: All climbing boots must fit your crampons perfectly before leaving home.
2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
2 pair light weight trekking socks, poly or wool;
2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
1 pair down booties (optional);
vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
1 pair leather, top-quality trekking boots ("broken-in" please) .You will use these boots to climb to camp 2 on Ama Dablam;
1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp. They are also great for trekking to basecamp on wide, flat trails in some areas.
For high altitude, 1 down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down clothing inside the tent;
1 additional sleeping bag for basecamp (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
3 closed cell foam kari-mat for use in basecamp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu.
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags. back to top
Rucksack and Travel Bags-
1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle bags for gear. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor's prescription:
Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, Moleskin, mole foam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb;
Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in basecamp, advanced basecamp, and camp 1.
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 2 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-4 kilos is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country.Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
Base Camp Items. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
Travel Clothes for basecamp and in town.
Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.
* This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.