Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam expedition is one of the popular expedition choices for those who love to climb mountains. Nepal is the perfect destination for climbing the peaks. It offers a wide variety and multiple choices for mountaineering lovers. Mount Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal, located almost due south of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse in the Khumbu region.

It is a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls and sharp, exposed ridges. The main peak is 6,812 meters (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 6,170 meters (20,243 ft). Therefore it allows for some stunning views during the climb as well as on the summit. The mountain stands above the famous Tangboche Monastery which is traditionally visited by climbers in the region. The literal meaning of Ama Dablam is “Mother’s Necklace“. The name has been derived by the form the mountain takes.

The long ridges extend on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child. And the hanging glacier is referred to as the Dablam. The traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. Although the name has a soft ring to it, Ama Dablam packs a lot of rough terrain for trekkers. Mount Ama Dablam is a beautiful mountain, located almost due south of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse in the Khumbu region. Ama Dablam is also known as the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas“. That is due to its intense features and similarity in terrain with that of the Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland. Mount Ama Dablam forms a lasting impression on many trekkers in Nepal. As it is perhaps the most stunning mountain along the popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp.

Despite the intensity of the path leading to Ama Dablam, it still stands out as one of the most famous and beautiful peaks in the world. Ama Dablam stands proudly, rising above the Dudh Koshi river valley and stands on the way to the Everest Base camp, Nepal.  However, it should be clear to everyone that even with all the scenic beauty and gorgeous landscapes surrounding Ama Dablam. This expedition is a massive combination of a rough terrain trek as well as a strenuous climb. Therefore Ama Dablam expedition requires skilled rock climbing and ice climbing skills, with sufficient acclimatization in high altitudes and know-how of technical equipment.

Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge. Accordingly, climbers normally set up three camps along the ridge while making their ascent to the Ama Dablam peak. Any ice that calves off the glacier typically goes left, away from the camp.  The technical route is via the SW ridge route, with three camps above the base camp. Thus the climb’s usually completed in less than four weeks. The climbing on the route involves pure rock climbing on exquisite granite followed by mixed snow and rock climbing. The last section to the summit involves ice climbing followed by a long steep snow slope up to the summit. 

So, in order to reach the first campsite from the base camp, climbers need to pass through the tough and difficult saddle ridges. Thereafter should turn north, climbing up through a rough rocky path leading up to Camp 1 of Ama Dablam. From Camp 1, a climber has to cross the rocky bowl and climb the Southwest ridge through the lines connecting the other camps leading to Camp 2 of Ama Dablam. The climbing route from Camp 2 mainly includes a steep narrow path mixed with rocks, ice, and snow.

This rugged route leads to a sloppy climb to a snow-covered ground and then passes through steep ice and snow made a tunnel, then along the snowy saddle ridge which finally leads to Camp 3. From Camp 3 to the summit of Ama Dablam, is a steep uphill climb on a path of ice and snow. Then from the summit of Ama Dablam, you can witness the beauty of the mountains. Along with charming scenarios of the Mount Everest (8848m), the Island peak, Lhotse (8516m), Mount Makalu(8463m), the Khumbu Himalayas and the rest of the snowcapped surroundings, Ama Dablam summit allows climbers to breathe in a splendid view after a hectic climb.

The Ama Dablam expedition also includes walking through the Namche village on the way leading to the summit. This walk will take you through the Sherpa village where you will receive warm hospitality from the Sherpas, often known as mighty climbers. Along with the local hot beverages served at tea houses and traditional Nepali cuisine, which is sure to fill your taste buds with some unique Nepali flavors. Although the Sherpa community there leads a simple life and not as prosperous, they provide excellent service with a  homely and welcoming attitude. Furthermore, ancient monasteries are seen decorated with prayer wheels and prayer flags that exhibit the religious inclination of Sherpa people towards Buddhism.

The Main Trip Highlights for your Ama Dablam Expedition:

Ama Dablam is one of the most fabulous mountains in the world.

Experience the stunning panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and others from its summit.

Ama Dablam expedition provides a challenging climbing experience with its breathtaking views of the stunning Himalayan peaks.

Intensive exploration of the Namche Bazar and soak up in midst of the Sherpa Culture.

Experience a heavenly blessed mountain flight to and from Lukla. 

Ama Dablam Expedition 2019

The possession of the Himalayas is the greatest boon Nepal can get from its geographical terrain. It has within its boundary 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world within its jurisdiction.  For hundreds of years, since man first started climbing mountains, mountaineering has reached new heights. Not only in Nepal but all over the world people venture to scale these magnificent landmarks. Before anyone embarks on their journey, it is imperative that one understands what they are up against. Here we will discuss the Ama Dablam Expedition conducted in Nepal. The discussion is classified under the following heads:

  • Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal
  • What to expect in Ama Dablam Expedition
  • What we do for Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Where to stay during Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Daily activities during Ama Dablam Expedition 
  • Cost related to Ama Dablam Expedition

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal

 The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a diversified and cultural hub of Nepal. It is famous for many historical temples and monasteries. It is also one of the main centers for making your way through to the Himalayas. The main language here and all of Nepal is Nepali. The main industry for the economy of Kathmandu is Tourism. Kathmandu alone has over a hundred tourism agencies with guides. Moreover, trekking and mountaineering fall among the most sought out adventure tours of all times. Kathmandu is also a popular spot for party people. It is a modernized version of Nepal and is the most visited city in the country. Apart from the mountains, there are other attractions for tourists coming to Kathmandu as well. 

Ama Dablam expedition is considered to be one of the toughest and the most sought out adventure in the Himalayas. The normal route to climb mount Ama Dablam is the South-west ridge.

What to expect in Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam expedition is considered to be one of the toughest and the most sought out adventure in the Himalayas. The normal route to climb mount Ama Dablam is the South-west ridge. Ama Dablam is a smaller snow-capped peak with a height of 6812 m in the Everest region. It is considered to be one of the toughest as it requires sound technical knowledge and good climbing skills. In this expedition, you will need to cross difficult ice rocks and climb steep snow slopes. We will be taking the party across through 3 camps from the base camps. The terrain leading to each camp is difficult in its own way. However, the final climb of the summit is a relatively peaceful climb with an easier pathway. 

During the expedition, we will be staying at smaller lodges and cozy tea houses. Rest assured the tea houses are comfortable settlements made for trekkers. The hosts in all the lodges are friendly and hospitality is what they deliver. The sherpas helping you with your luggage and the guides who will accompany you are friendly, polite and professional. Our packages are designed to adjust and accommodate any shortcomings. The journey is unforeseen, so we will take every precaution applicable for your own safety. The total duration of the expedition can reach up to 3 weeks on your expedition. 

What we do for Ama Dablam Expedition

Once you request an inquiry, all the details will be communicated with you. The quotation we will send will include all the services covered under the terms and conditions. All costs related to the expedition resulting in the direct involvement will be covered in it. For example, the permit to venture into the region and the entry fees for Khumbu National Park and others will be covered. Apart from that, if any place doesn’t fall within the expedition, it will not be covered. 

On your arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will ensure you have well looked after. There will be briefings on the ‘importance of high altitude adaptation’ on your arrival. Our experts will also guide you through the journey, and help you to get ready for the trek and climb. The working staff and the porters we assign for you are friendly and polite too. If there is any change necessary for your expedition, you can let us know. We will work on a solution and get back to you. We can also adjust the schedule based on the speed and other shortcomings that may arise in due course. Rest assured, you will be in good hands while on your expedition.

Where to stay during Ama Dablam Expedition

 Your first point of contact with Climb High will be at Kathmandu for the Ama Dablam expedition. Please note that your stay will in a 3-star hotel only when you are in Kathmandu. While on the expedition, as we leave civilization and reach higher grounds settlements will become meager. Therefore your stay will be at the nearby lodges and tea houses. The expedition falls on the popular trail leading to the Everest Base camp. And these settlements are built especially for trekkers en route. The hosts are cordial and well behaved. Nevertheless, they are present there to make your stay a memorable one.

As you fly to Lukla airport, your first short trek will lead you to Phakding. Phakding is a small hamlet on the banks of River Dudh Koshi. Scattered around the river banks are several settlements. Your stay here will be at a lodge. As we move further up the trail, we visit Namche next. Namche is the trading hub of the Khumbu region and the capital as well. Your stay here will be at a lodge too. After a day of rest and acclimatization, we go to Tengboche next. Here your stay will be in one of the tea houses. 

Our next halt is a small village of Dingboche where we spend an extra day for an acclimatization session. Your stay will be at a tea house during your time at Dingboche. A trek to Ama Dablam is on the cards next. There will be tents set up on the base camp for the next few days. Therefore, during your stay and training session at the base camp, you will be allocated tents. The tents are strong enough to withstand the freezing weather outside. We will be setting up tents at 3 camps before climbing the summit. 

After you reach the summit of Ama Dablam, we retrace our steps. We travel to Deboche, a small village falling on the Everest trail. Here your stay will be at a cozy tea house. From Deboche we descend further down towards Namche Bazaar again. You will get accommodation in the lodge there. And from Namche, we head down to Phakding to stay at another lodge on the banks of Dudh Koshi. A short trek and we take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Here you will be back to civilization and allocated a 3-star hotel room for your rest.

Daily activities during Ama Dablam Expedition 

Your Ama Dablam Expedition starts from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. On your first day, our staff will reach you at your hotel. You can take a tour of the city while you’re there and witness the rich culture in Kathmandu. In the evening you will be briefed on the importance of high altitude acclimatization. Another day is spent in Kathmandu to finalize the booking permits and gear check. You can also go for the last minute shopping if there is anything you might need on the long journey. Also, make sure you have packed your warmest clothes as it can get pretty chilly at the base camp.

Then we take a flight to the mountainous airport at Lukla. This spectacular mountain landing strip is the gateway for the Ama Dablam Expedition. Not only this, it serves as a gateway for all expeditions, treks and climbs leading to the Everest region. You can view the surrounding mountains in the region as you make a bumpy landing on the airport’s landing strip. Once you land, you will meet the other staff of Climb High who will guide you through the expedition. After a brief break, we start our first trek towards Phakding.

As we make our way down towards the village of Phakding, we come across the river Dudh Koshi. You come across small Buddhist monasteries as you make your way towards the riverside hamlet. There are a lot of scattered settlements here and we halt for the night at a lodge nearby. Your night at Phakding will be a night with the sound of the glacial river flowing rapidly. The next day, we make our way towards Namche. 

We hike along the banks of river Dudh Koshi where we cross the river using high suspension bridges. We also make our way through the Sagarmatha National Park amidst green valleys before reaching Namche. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu region. The Sherpas of Nepal inhabit Namche. The village poses as a trading hub and once a week traders visit the village to trade their goods. Every Saturday, traders from Tibet are allowed to cross the border and sell their wares in the local market. It indeed is a colorful sight.

We spend 2 days at Namche, a day kept aside for acclimatization. And your stay will be at one of the lodges there. It is suggested to not laze around even during the rest day, to keep your body active at high altitude. So in order to honor that, we will take a short hike to Khumjung village. Here you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and the Khumjung Monastery while you’re there. You can also get the best view of Mount Ama Dablam from a viewpoint at Namche Bazaar. We head back to rest at the lodge in Namche. 

The next day, we make our way uphill towards Tengboche. Tengboche is a sacred spot where we have the famous monastery with a splendid view of the mountain ranges. It is also well known for the fact that one Rinpoche, or Lama incarnate, lived here. The same Rinpoche was the one to bless Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they first visited the place. The duo later went on to create history in 1953. We spend a night at one of the lodges at Tengboche. 

We are very close to the primary destination we embarked on. Next, we trek towards Dingboche, which separates the trail leading to the Everest base camp. The trail leading to Dingboche is filled with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains on almost every turn. The temperature at Dingboche is similar to the base camp and it is a good place for an acclimatization session. The first day we rest at a teahouse.

This day is kept aside for acclimatization. As a part of the adaptation process, we will take a hike to Chukkung.  This is a one-stop before we camp at base camp, and it is a vital acclimatization session. We rest for the day getting ready with the next hurdle ahead. The accommodation will be at a tea house. 

The main destination for the expedition is where we are headed. We leave for the Ama Dablam Base camp after breakfast. We take the steep sloping hills of the Khumbu region to make our way to the top. Then we pass zones with a splendid view of the surrounding mountain ranges in the Himalayas as you go forward. It is approximately a 5-6 hour trek to the base camp. As you make your way to the campsite, there is a vast area spread below the foot of Ama Dablam. With the help of our guides, we pitch camp for the night. Thus spend the night in a tent.

You are on the base camp of Ama Dablam. The first day we will keep aside for the preparation for the next few days. We also have an acclimatization session and you can just walk around the huge base camp for the same matter. We will also conduct a last-minute check of the climbing gears before we proceed. As the next few days will involve treading rough terrain using ropes or other equipment, you need to be mentally prepared. We spend the night at the base camp in tents.

The climb for the mount begins. We wake up early and make our way to the first camp. Camp 1 of Ama Dablam. The trail to camp 1 is filled with rugged saddle ridges, which are extremely rough and difficult. Then we make our way to the north climbing up the rocky ground and then through the boulder. After a while, as you continue the trail, we finally reach camp 1. We set up camp here as well, and turn in for the night. Amidst winds of the night which sounds like wild animals howling freely.

Next, we head towards camp 2. In order to reach camp 2, one has to cross the rocky bowl and climb the ridge using fixed lines to cross. The trail is a combination of severe rocks and ridges but will ultimately lead you to camp 2. We set up another camp here. The views are spectacular from where we stand. You can engross yourself in the climax of the height and the magnificence of the place where you stand. We rest for the night in the tent set up there.

Before we attempt the climb, we need to reach the third camp, camp 3. The route to camp 3 is mostly a mixture of steep mixed alleyways of rock, ice, and snow. We also make our way through a steep snow and ice tunnel, then finally along the snow ridge. Thus we reach camp 3 after much slippings and icings. We camp for the night at camp 3. The temperature will decrease rapidly as we approach night, so make sure you stay warm.

The climb of Ama Dablam is here. The following day we attempt to climb the summit of Ama Dablam. It is not a technical climb as compared to the rough terrain you crossed before reaching the final point. Once you reach the summit, you can bask in the view of Mount Everest standing proudly over in a distance. Amidst all the mountain ranges, it is indeed a sight you will never forget. We retrace our steps and make our way back to the base camp and camp for the night there.

The following day, we turn back the same way we came before reaching the base camp. We have a hearty lunch at the campsite before making our way towards Deboche. The trail takes a picturesque turn towards the valley overlooking the mountain ranges. You can see the green valley below as you make your way towards a warmer climate.  After sleeping in sleeping bags for many days, sleep on a bed will be a delight for your body. We thus rest at Deboche for the night.

Your trip takes a downhill path now on, as the steep slopes you passed earlier takes you towards the end of the expedition. We make our way to the colorful village of Namche where we halt for the night. You can mingle with the local sherpas and probably purchase souvenirs to take back home. We spend the night at a lodge in the village.

The next morning, after breakfast, we make our way towards Lukla. It is basically the same route we took earlier along the green valley and forest laden with rhododendron trees. We cross the suspension bridges to get past Dudh Koshi to reach Phakding. From the hamlet, we make our way towards the mountain airport at Lukla. After some rest, we all fly back to Kathmandu and back to civilization.

On your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your respective hotels. In the evening you can take a stroll through the city and view the nightlife in Kathmandu. 

Cost related to Ama Dablam Expedition

The cost related to the Ama Dablam Expedition may vary from location to agency. The cost will also depend on the number of people taking the trip, the facilities one has opted to use during the trek and the duration one wants to take on the expedition. So the services that are included in the cost of your itinerary includes:

  • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
  • Airport tax,
  • Domestic baggage 15kg,
  • All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek,
  • Guide|Trek leader,
  • Porters for the trek,
  • Insurance for guide and porters,
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees,
  • Trekking permit (TIMS),
  • Climb High duffle bag,
  • First-Aid kit,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu – 4 nights,
  • Rescue arrangements,
  • VAT.

Services that are excluded are:

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla, if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance,
  • Soft and hard drinks,
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
  • Meals in Kathmandu,
  • Bottled mineral water,
  • Personal trekking gear,
  • Tips for guides and porters,
  • any other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

A guide to Ama Dablam Expedition

Most of us look to find solace from our daily routine. Having to work throughout the week can become stressful. A trip to the mountains can be a great stress reliever. Doesn’t matter if you are coming from a city or a town. Being in the surroundings of green valleys and beautiful scenery has its perks. Likewise, many people have claimed to have found peace in the region. This blog will serve as a “Guide to Ama Dablam Expedition”. Ama Dablam is a much sought after travel destination. It used to be on difficult stretch and the trail was not a safe one before. But with the growing popularity of the mountains, this has changed. Especially in Nepal, the trail towards the several mountain ranges is in good condition. The guide is classified under the following subheads:

  • Mount Ama Dablam: A History
  • Prologue for Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Experiencing Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Lodges and settlements in Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Where to be on Ama Dablam Expedition
  • When to visit Ama Dablam

Mount Ama Dablam: A History

Mount Ama Dablam is one of the most picturesque and stunning peaks in the Himalayan Range. It is located in the Khumbu region to the southern side of Mount Everest. The main southwest peak is 6812 meters, and the lower western peak is 6170 meters in height. ‘Ama’ in Nepali means “Mother”. ‘Dablam’ is “a necklace worn by Sherpa women”. In unison, Ama Dablam literally means “Mother’s necklace”. The main peak resembles a Mother holding her child when viewed from Namche. Though the name has a warm touch to it, the terrain leading to the summit is pretty rough. Proper physical training and fitness level is required for anyone taking this venture.

The most popular route to Ama Dablam is from the southwest ridge. Campers usually take 3 camps before attempting to reach the summit. Ama Dablam was first scaled by Mike Gill and his climbing companions on the 13th of March, 1961. They were a part of the Silver Hut Scientific Expedition of 1960-1961. The expedition was led by Edmund Hillary. Since then, Ama Dablam has become a popular destination for climbers and requires special permission to take the attempt. 

Prologue for Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition is the third most popular climbing destination in the Everest Region. As we mentioned, the terrain while making the attempt is pretty rough. Ama Dablam expedition requires adequate experience in climbing. However, the trail leading to the base camp is a delight for trekkers. A trip to Ama Dablam takes you on the same path leading to Everest Base Camp. Since it is a popular trekking route, you can find several settlements and lodges as you go further towards the base camp. Even the route is well maintained.

You come across many small and quaint villages on this expedition. The trip also promises to be a magical, apart from all amenities in the mountains. You come across beautiful viewpoints in almost all the corners of the trail. The surrounding mountain ranges also accompany you while you make your trip. And the landscape will assist you in getting the best view of the valleys and mountains and forests, together. 

Mount Ama Dablam is one of the most picturesque and stunning peaks in the Himalayan Range. It is located in the Khumbu region to the southern side of Mount Everest. The main southwest peak is 6812 meters, and the lower western peak is 6170 meters in height. ‘Ama’ in Nepali means “Mother”. ‘Dablam’ is “a necklace worn by Sherpa women”.

Experiencing Ama Dablam Expedition

Your Ama Dablam Expedition begins from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu is one of the many gathering points for people looking to reach the Himalayas. The first 2 days will be kept aside for rest and gear checks. Another day may be kept aside for sightseeing around Kathmandu. The main trek starts from Lukla. We will fly to the hill airport there and the view before we land is just spectacular. As we begin our trek towards Ama Dablam, we come across many villages. The trail falls directly on the popular Everest Base Camp trekking route, so there is no problem for accommodation. You come across many friendly faces as you make your way along the valleys. These people are also well known for their hospitality, and not just their friendly faces.

The porters who carry your luggage (if opted for) are usually Sherpas of the mountains. These Sherpas are some of the toughest people you will come across in the whole world. The trail also takes us through our accommodations. Since we are at high altitudes, you will notice a drop in the density of the villages. Therefore, you won’t see hotels there, but rather smaller lodges and tea houses. On the base camps, we set up tents to sleep in for the night. The views along the way are also something worth mentioning. You come across a few temples and monasteries, not to forget the Sagarmatha National park. To climb the peak, adequate climbing experience is required. The trail may be an easy walk, but the climb is something else. 

Lodges and settlements in Ama Dablam Expedition

Most of the Ama Dablam Expedition, we will be treading on mountain regions. Here the population is lower than an average town or a city. However, the popularity of the Everest Base camp has invoked many settlers to stay and serve trekkers trekking to the Himalayas. So now there are enough settlements to find some shelter when you are in this region. Let us see what kind of accommodation will be provided and in which area.

Kathmandu may be the only place where you will be allocated a hotel while on this expedition. As you leave Kathmandu, your first-night stay is at Phakding. The accommodation provided here will be a tea house or lodge. Accommodation at your next stop Namche will be at a cozy lodge. At Thyangboche as well, you will be allocated a cozy lodge. At Dingboche however, tea houses will be provided. Tea houses are small but cozy settlements, specially made for trekkers. On reaching the Ama Dablam Base camp, we will be spending the nights in a tent.  And that is till we summit and venture to all the camps at Ama Dablam.

After your summit, as we make our way down the valley, we first make it to Deboche village. At Deboche your stay will be at a local lodge or a tea house. Then we make our way back to Namche, where your lodging will be provided in a lodge. From Namche, we make our way to Lukla, where your stay will be at a scenic lodge. The next day we head back to Kathmandu where we will stay at a hotel provided.

Where to be on Ama Dablam Expedition

The next couple of paragraphs will include a brief itinerary for Ama Dablam Expedition. Your trip will commence once you reach Kathmandu. Our staff will brief you on the importance of acclimatization and will conduct a  gear check. You can rest on the first day. Next day you can go sightseeing around Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa of the Buddhists and the Pashupathi Nath temple of the Hindus are religious abodes here. You can pay them a visit and ask for blessings before flying to Lukla. On the 3rd day, we take a flight to Lukla airport after breakfast. 

The airport is amidst the hills of the Himalayas, and the view is spectacular from above. Lukla stands at 2860 meters. You can see almost all the ranges in the distance including the Ama Dablam range. The airport is well known for its bumpy landing strip, but the impact will not be too much on yourself. On reaching the airport, we gather around and begin our trek. A short one at first. We take the hill to reach the hamlet of Phakding scattered on the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. There are several settlements on the banks, and it also falls on the famous trading route. The night we halt at a local tea house or one of the lodges. Phakding is 2610 meters and is a 3 hours trek from Lukla.

Namche Bazaar (3440 m) is our next venue. We head up the valley after walking along the river banks for a few kilometers. Then we will use the suspension bridges to cross Dudh Koshi in certain areas a few times. Here we cross many prayer flags along the way before coming to the steep hill. Once we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, we come to a distant view of Namche. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu region. The village is inhabited mostly by the Sherpas who are very friendly and helpful people. We take refuge at a lodge in Namche. The total trek duration from Phakding to Namche is 5-6 hours.

Acclimatization is essential when you are in high altitudes. One day is kept aside just for the session in acclimatization. Namche is a famous trading hub, where traders from the Tiber are allowed to cross and sell their wares. However, this happens only once a week on Saturdays. But regardless it is a colorful sight indeed. As a part of acclimatization, we take a short trek to Khumjung village. You can also visit the Sherpa Museum to learn about the Sherpa culture. The museum holds exhibits on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and wonderful photography of Nepali culture. We head back to our lodge to rest for the night.

After breakfast, we start our journey towards Thyangboche (3928m). We leave Namche and follow a Tibetan trade route that leads up to Bhote Kosi valley. Then we pass through several farming communities along the way. We also come across magnificent views of the surrounding mountains as we reach higher grounds. Thyangboche is a small village famous for the historic Thyangboche Monastery for its scenic location. You can offer your prayers inside the monastery which is exquisitely built. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay visited the Rinpoche (descendant of Buddha) here before their historic climb of Everest. We halt at a lodge here.

The next day, we make our way towards Dingboche(4410m). A stop before the base camp. The path becomes steeper as we near the village. But the view never stops and only becomes better as we go further. We halt at Dingboche at a tea house. Before reaching the base camp, this will be our final acclimatization session. We spend the next day in the process and take a hike to Chukkung to help us adapt. The temperature at Dingboche is quite similar to that of the base camp. We spend the night here resting for a bigger hurdle to come by soon.

Ama Dablam Base camp(4572m) is next on the list. We have a good breakfast enjoying the view, then make our way towards the Base camp. The trek uphill promotes the best location to click away from your cameras. That’s definitely because the view of the valley and the flowing river beneath it is truly spectacular. Before long the base camp stands, the trail becomes really steep. But finally, you reach the ama Dablam Base camp. Our Sherpas will have already set up tents at the campsite. We rest for the night in one of those tents.

The next day is kept for acclimatization and gear checks. Our climbing expert will give a briefing and training on how best to climb the Ama Dablam Peak. There might be some other trekking party training for the same too. So we will not be alone here. You can spend the day resting or walking around the huge campsite.

We begin our trip to the 1st base camp of Ama Dablam. The path leading to the campsite is a steep ridge which we need to cross. After passing through some boulders we meet our first obstacle. We face our first technical climb of Ama Dablam. Once we reach the top of the stone ridge we walk further till we reach camp 1. Camp 1 is perched on the crest of the ridge at a height of 5761 meters. We camp for the night at the campsite.

The following day, we make our way towards Camp 2 (5944m) which is an exciting climb. The route is fixed and climbers need to connect themselves on ropes to swing across the rocks. Even as you attempt the ascent, make sure you enjoy the view around. It is spectacular. Camp 2 is perched on a narrow ledge with incredible points to view the surroundings. We halt for the night at the campsite inside tents. The nights can be quite chilly, so do keep yourself warm.

A much-awaited campsite is waiting. Early morning, we head for camp 3. The ascent is relatively easier compared to camps 1 and 2. The climbing terrain includes mixed snow and ice with rocks up the massive tower. After climbing the tower, we reach the mushroom ridge. After climbing the ridge, we reach camp 3 at a height of 6401 meters. Much required rest welcomes you at your tents.

Summit day is here. We begin our ascent of the Ama Dablam Glacier from camp 3. The route takes us right around some crevasses which meet with the snow. This takes us to the summit (6812m). Atop the summit, we can endure beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt Makalu at a short distance. After spending some time at the top, we head back to base camp for a celebration dinner. We spend our last day at the base camp.

In the morning we make our way back retracing the steps we took before. While treading down the valley you go through the same terrain towards Deboche. We halt at the lodge there for the night. Early in the morning, we have breakfast with a view. After which we leave Deboche for Namche. At Namche, we halt for the night to rest our tired bones. 

Our next stop is the airport town of Lukla. We pass the suspension bridge to cross the Dudh Koshi once again. Amidst green pastures, we find ourselves on the banks of Dudh Koshi leading to Phakding. We have our lunch there and then move out the very same day towards Lukla. At Lukla, we halt at a lodge reminiscing the trip we just took. We are very close to civilization.

In the morning, we will have our breakfast. Then we assemble and head towards the airport. Our flight will be waiting to take us to Kathmandu. Back to civilization at last. Whether we will miss the mountains or not, the journey has come to an end for now. At Kathmandu, you can choose to rest at your hotel or take a stroll around the city. You can mingle with the folks there. 

When to visit Ama Dablam

Winters and the Monsoon season are practically not the best time to take the trip. The views are cloudy and the terrain might be difficult to navigate. Illness is also prominent during these seasons. Most of the lodges are also closed during winters as the weather is pretty extreme.

So the best season to take the Ama Dablam Expedition is in the Spring and Autumn season. At this time of the year, the weather favors trekkers and the views are also magnificent. Spring is the peak season, and you can find many other travelers visiting the area. 

In Autumn the dust is cleared by the monsoons, and everything has a fresh feel to it. So choose wisely and take the trip.

Everything to know about Poon Hill Trek

A trek to the mountains is one of the most popular wishlist entry on many journals. The feeling of having the cool breeze (even chilly at times) on your face as you make your way up the valley towards the mountains is a wonderful experience. Here we put up everything to know about Poon Hill Trek, under the following headings: 

  • Nepal and Nepal tourism
  • History of Poon Hill Trek
  • Places to stay during Poon Hill Trek
  • Quotation for Poon Hill Trek
  • Best season to visit Poon Hill Trek

Nepal and Nepal tourism

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country which borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west. Bangladesh is located in the southeastern point of Nepal. The widely used language here is ‘Nepali’ and they are known for their bravery and honesty world-wide. Nepal is the home for eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. It is also the home for many historic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries, like the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. 

Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal, and it proves to be the main source of revenue for the Nepalese people. With possession of the eight highest peaks in the world, Nepal is a hot spot destination for tourists, mountaineers, rock climbers, and adventure enthusiasts. Therefore, Mountaineering and other types of adventure tourism and ecotourism are important to the economy of Nepal.

History of Poon Hill

Poon Hill, also known as Ghorepani, is a village in the Myagdi District of the Dhaulagiri Zone of northern Nepal. The literal meaning of the word ‘Ghorepani’ is “water for a horse” in Nepali, where ‘Ghore’ means “horse” and ‘pani’ means “water”. The more commonly used name for Ghorepani is Poon Hill, and Poon Hill lies 17 kilometers from the district of Beni and is at an altitude of around 2874 meters.

This village lies within the territory of the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), therefore every visitor is required to have a National park permit to visit. The place was used as a resting spot by the ancient traders where they found water for their horses, hence the name speaks for itself. Since the construction of roads started the main source of income for the residents of Poon Hill shifted from trading to tourism. Since then, the economy of the villagers at Poon Hill has taken a toll for the better.

Places to stay during Poon Hill Trek

Your pick up point may vary, if you are coming from Kathmandu, you will need to be in Pokhara. But if you are already at Pokhara, then your journey starts from Nayapul, from where you begin your trekking towards Tikhedhunga for the night. From Tikhedhunga, we head towards Ghorepani, through Ulleri. The basic accommodation here is tea houses. Early morning we head towards Poon Hill which is a 6 hours walk.

Then we come back to Ghore Pani and go down towards Tadapani for a night’s stay. From Tadapani, we take the trail through Ghandruk and Landruk till we come to Tolka. After a goodnight’s sleep at Tolka, we walk towards Dhampus. From Dhampus, we take an hour-long drive to Phedi. And from Phedi, another 2 hours drive back to Pokhara. We will have a rest day at Pokhara, where you can go for sightseeing around. Then depending on your itinerary, we head back to Kathmandu.

Quotation for Poon Hill Trek

The trek to Poon Hill is a relatively short but really sweet trip since you will be experiencing the view of several mountains on a short span of time. The trip can either begin from Kathmandu or Pokhara, but the nearest town near the entrance to the trekking trail is Pokhara. Depending on the choice of itinerary, you may land up resting for a day at a hotel in Pokhara. Our journey begins with a 1.5 hours drive to Nayapul from your hotel in Pokhara. 

After you drop off at Nayapul, it’s time to pick up your rucksacks and begin the hike towards Tikhedhunga (roughly translates to “sharp stone” in Nepali). The trek takes about 4 hours and it’s not a difficult trek either. With an elevation of 1540 meters, you will trek along gentle plains and well-maintained path and riverbank trails. You also come across the orange fields while walking along the banks of the river Bhurugundi Khola. Your rest will be at a tea house at Tikhedhunga. 

The next day we head towards Ghorepani village. You can catch glimpses of the Annapurna peaks as you make your way uphill. The total duration of the trek is 7-8 hours. We rise up early in the morning to get a good view of the sunrise at Poon Hill. It is a 45 minutes walk up the valley. On a clear day, the view of the Annapurna is nothing but majestic. After the wonderful sight, we head back down again to Ghorepani. After a brief rest and packing your belongings, we head towards Tolka. The total hike duration to Tolka is 7-8 hours. 

Your journey is almost at its end as we leave Tolka towards Dhampus. You can take in the sight of the green valley and get a magnificent view of Machhapuchhre. From Dhampus, we take an hour drive to Phedi. And from Phedi take a 2 hours to drive back to Pokhara back to your hotel. Finally a rest day at Pokhara, and if your quotation ends in Kathmandu, you will be taken there via a flight.

Best season to visit Poon Hill Trek

A trek to the valley leading to Poon Hill can be taken at any time of the year. However, the best season to visit Poon Hill is Spring and Autumn. It is definitely easier to trek in these parts when there is no rain or snow on the trail. So, when the weather is clear and the temperature is not extreme, you get the most of the views. During the Spring and Autumn seasons, the weather is pleasant. You can enjoy the pastures green and the clear blue sky which go hand in hand to bring out the surrounding landscape.  Even if the days are warmer, the nights can still be chilly. So don’t forget your warmest clothes.

Things to remember for Poon Hill Trek

We try to pry ourselves out of the reach of our busy lives. So we often think of taking ourselves to a far distant place. Away from all the problems. If you are a busy person with a hectic schedule, Poon Hill Trek might be the best package for you. It is a short, as well as a sweet trek in the Himalayan region. Here we have a study of things to remember for Poon Hill Trek and the information is classified as such: 

  • Introduction to Poon Hill Trek
  • Overview of Poon Hill Trek
  • Initiative for Poon Hill Trek
  • Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek
  • The best time to take Poon Hill Trek

Introduction to Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek is one of the shortest trips a person can take. But it is packed with everything nature has to offer from a journey to the foothills of the Himalayas. It is considered a relatively easy trek into the Annapurna region. And one can spend their time amidst the beautiful view of snow-capped mountains around. Also, a combination of different varieties of flora and fauna. Scattered beautifully on the slopes of the valley where the trek takes place. Depending on the speed and time taken by individuals, the trek usually takes not more than 5days to complete.

Overview of Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani trek is also known as the Poon Hill trek. In the duration of your trek here, you will pass through some quaint but beautiful local villages. Rhododendron forests with a variety of birds flying around. And of course the splendid view of Nepal’s most famous mountain peaks. Like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Annapurna South, and so on.

The Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul after a one and a half-hour drive from Pokhara. The quaint yet beautiful villages you pass are inhabited by the Gurung and Magar tribes of Nepal. As you reach higher grounds towards your destination, you will come across the most spectacular view of the peaks. In almost every turn.  At the viewpoint, Poon Hill (3201m) you can emerge yourself in the blissful sight of the open horizon. Which provides the best view of the mountains around and gives a splendid display of the sunrise. 

Initiative for Poon Hill Trek

In the course of our trek, you will come across sightings of many ranges. Namely the Mount Dhaulagiri range, Mount Gangapurna, Mount Annapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna II-III-IV, Lamjung Himal, Barashikhar, Nilgiri. Not to forget Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli and Manaslu ranges. At sunrise, the sun rises up at the horizon and reaches the snow-capped peaks. Mountains mainly Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) along with the other peaks, begin to slowly reveal itself in the light. It is a magical show put on by Mother Nature at her best. And it is the most heavenly sight one can witness all at a glance. That is why this trek is considered to be a wholesome package. For the best views of the mountains and the surrounding hills and valleys have to offer to mankind.

Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek

Our journey starts at Nayapul. If you are coming via Kathmandu, you might need to get down to Pokhara. Then take a 1-hour drive to Nayapul. At the beginning of the trek, we will come across many local villages and tea houses. With lush green hill slopes and rivers adding beauty to the scenery. We also need to cross the Tikhedunga Khola (river) atop a suspension bridge. After which we come across a flight of stone steps. There are more than 3000 steps to reach the top, and you will be handsomely rewarded. Waiting for you at the top is the magnificent view of Mount Annapurna South(7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Thus you can immerse yourself in it as you regain your energy.

Then we head on to Ulleri village for a night’s stay. After a good night’s sleep, we continue our trek mostly through a jungle for most of the day. The sounds of the jungle can be a fascinating experience especially when the birds declare their presence. You also have a very good chance to see many wild birds and animals in the forest. Along with rhododendron flowers blooming in the wild. Moving forward, we reach our primary destination, Ghorepani/ Poon Hill. Here we will halt for the night at a lodge nearby.

To see the beautiful sun rising above the snow-capped mountains, we need to get up early. We make our way up to Poon Hill, and make sure you are wearing warm clothes. It might get really cold up there. It takes almost an hour to reach the top. From where you can witness the magnificent display of the sun and the mountain ranges. This is a spiritual place that provides a majestic scenery of the sun and the mountain ranges. Sure it looks like magic when all the nearby ranges come along. As if to support the sun to rise and help him to reach the sky. After sunrise, after witnessing all the wonderful display by the sun and the mountains we gather around. Then we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

We then continue our journey (which is a 6-7 hours walk) towards Ghandruk(1939m). Taking a steep uphill path first to reach Deurali Pass, which resembles the elevation at Poon Hill. You will come across views of the mountain ranges (we saw earlier) again. While we move on and make our way down to reach Tadapani. We continue our trek after a brief rest and pass through Bhaisi Kharka (Buffalo Pasture). Before we reach the village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the villages with the highest population of Gurung people. You can learn many things about the Gurung culture in the Gurung Culture Museum. We spend our night at a lodge in Ghandruk. 

On a clear morning, one can get to see the view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre(fishtail) and Annapurna III. Up close while you have your breakfast. We head towards Kimche from here which is almost an hour walk through green pastures. Then we take 3 hours to drive back to Pokhara from Kimche. For an overnight stay at your hotel in Pokhara. The itinerary may vary if you choose to go to Kathmandu on the very same day. After which your short but fun-filled trek comes to an end. 

As mentioned earlier, the trek is not a difficult one. And anyone fit enough to walk for a few hours can make the trek. The ascent of the stone steps before reaching Ulleri might be a challenge for some. But you can opt to take measures to train yourself before you embark on this trip.

The best time to take Poon Hill Trek

The best time to visit Poon Hill is Spring and Autumn. That is in September till November and March till Mid June. The weather during these seasons will be warm, sunny with a cool breeze blowing your way at daytime. But can become pretty chilly during the night, so much so the temperature might go below freezing point. When you make your ascent uphill towards Poon Hill, the temperature starts decreasing. So make sure you pack some warmer clothes for the trek. And since the weather is subject to change due to various untold reasons, trekkers are suggested to come well prepared.

A Trek to Poon Hill

A trek to Poon Hill is one of the easiest and shortest treks towards the Himalayas. Blissful sightings of the mountain ranges across green valleys are ample in this trek. Though easy, the trek takes place at a high altitude. Therefore, it is important that we understand some basics about the trip. The following points will shed some light for the trek.

  • Pokhara, Nepal
  • What to expect in Poon Hill Trek
  • What we do for Poon Hill Trek
  • Where to stay during Poon Hill Trek
  • Daily activities during Poon Hill Trek
  • Cost related to Poon Hill Trek

Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is a beautiful metropolitan and the second-largest city in Nepal. It is a city with the Phewa lake in its wake. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna circuit. A famous trekking trail. Located 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, the city of Pokhara is the Tourism capital of Nepal. Many travelers visit Pokhara for the view of Machhapuchhre and the peacefulness of the city. While many journeys here to take the fabled trek to the Annapurna Base camp.  The city is also home to a large number of elite Gurkha soldiers.

What to expect in Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek promises to be a short and easy, yet an exciting trek to the Himalayas. The hill is located in the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means “water for horses”. In this short trek, you come across striking views of some of the most famous mountain ranges. Some of the ranges which can be seen while on this trek are Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Apart from the majestic ranges, we walk among lush green forest bustling with rhododendron trees. You may even be lucky to come across some mountain animals but birds you’ll see plenty. The trail you take is a popular trekking trail leading to the Annapurna Base camp. Therefore, there are plenty of quaint lodges and tea houses you come by during your trek. Poon Hill is also known for the beautiful views of the rising sun.

What we do for Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek is considered to be an easy trek. Compared to other treks in the Himalayas. Therefore, extensive physical training is not necessary to complete the trip. There is no climbing and no scrambling involved. You just need to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Our tour guides will be escorting you while giving you valuable information about the areas you reach. Depending on the pace and the time taken by the group, your routine will be scheduled accordingly. The trail passes through several lodges and settlements in the region. But you won’t have to go over the hassle of booking a room prior to your arrival. On your arrival, a briefing will be done by our experts. You just need a mental presence to take the trip. You can leave the rest to us.

Where to stay during Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill trek promises to take you to many locations to visit and halt for the night. However, the lodges till you reach Ghorepani may be quaint. But are comfortable with hospitable hosts. Your itinerary depends if you are coming from Kathmandu or Pokhara. But your trek to Poon Hill starts from Nayapul, near Pokhara. The hotels you stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be 3-star hotels. As we start our trip, the lodging will be in cozy lodges or tea houses. From Pokhara or Kathmandu, we drive to Nayapul, and we take the trekking route to Ulleri. It takes approximately 5-6 hours to reach Ulleri from Nayapul. Lodging at Ulleri will either be at a tea house or a lodge.

Ulleri to Ghorepani, the main stop, is another 4-5 hours of trek. The accommodation here as well can either be at a lodge or a cozy tea house. After watching the sunrise at Poon Hill, we head down a 5 hours trek towards Tadapani. Here you will be staying at a tea house settlement. From Tadapani, another 7 hours trek takes us to Tolka. Tolka’s accommodation will also be adjusted in one of the cozy tea houses there. Towards the end of the trip, we hike 3 hours towards Dhampus. After lunch, we take a 1-hour drive towards Phedi. Then another drive to reach Pokhara. At Pokhara, you will be amongst civilization, and in a 3-star hotel. And depending on your itinerary, you will fly towards Kathmandu, where another 3-star hotel will be waiting for you.

Daily activities during Poon Hill Trek

Your Poon Hill Trek will begin either from Kathmandu or Pokhara. An extra day will be kept aside for your arrival to Pokhara if you are traveling from Kathmandu. But the trekking route begins from Pokhara. On your arrival at Pokhara, we take a drive to Nayapul. The drive to Nayapul is approximately 90 mins from Pokhara. Reaching Nayapul, we begin our trekking spree. The trek takes 6 hours and our first destination is Ulleri. As promised the walk doesn’t disappoint your eyes. You will be passing through subtropical valleys with green forests. Chirping birds and rhododendron trees fill these forests.

 We also cross the Modi Khola by way of a suspension bridge and continue towards the village of Tikhedhunga. Then we climb the 3300 stone steps leading to the village of Ulleri at 2050 meters. The view along the steps is indeed worth noticing. We halt after reaching Ulleri at a nearby tea house. The next day, we embark on our ascent towards our primary destination Ghorepani. Ghorepani in literal terms means ‘water for horses’. In earlier days, traders used Ghorepani to halt for the night when they crossed paths. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains like the sight of Annapurna South and Nilgiri. 

We halt at Ghorepani (2750 meters) for the night. The night will be a bit chilly compared to the day, even during summers. So do make sure you are tucked in warm. The view from the top of Poon Hill is famous for its sunrise. Hence before dawn, we rise and head up the steep trail towards Poon Hill (3210 m). Along with the sunrise from the hill, you can catch the wonderful view of Mustang and Pokhara Valleys. Then we return down to Ghorepani for our breakfast with a view. After breakfast, we continue our descent towards the village of Ghandruk. On the way, you can witness the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiuchuli mountains. 

You will come across many stone houses as you make your way through the village. The village is mostly inhabited by Gurungs, one of the tribes of Nepal. You can get acquainted with the rich cultural traditions of the Gurungs, at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk (2700 m). We continue our journey towards another village of Landruk through glimpses of the mountains on every turn. Till we reach Tolka, where we spend our night there. The total trekking duration till Tolka excluding stops is roughly 7 hours. From Tolka we leave for Dhampus, which is about a 3hours trek.

 As we near the end of our trek, we head towards Phedi but we take a cab to reach there. It takes about an hour from Phedi. We have our lunch there and then take cabs for a 2-hour drive towards Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your respective hotels. If you came from Kathmandu, depending on the itinerary, you may have to rest at Pokhara for the night. Else you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. A trek to Poon hill, coming to an end.

Cost related to Poon Hill Trek

The cost related to Poon Hill trek is relatively low when compared with trekking to another location. Your expenses might differ because the trip might start either from Kathmandu or Pokhara. And depending on the requirements you may have for the trip, our prices might vary a bit. Therefore in order to know the exact cost, you will have to get in touch with our sales team. However, to clarify the services we provide, here is the list of services that are covered with the expenses. And also the services not covered with the expenses.

List of services included with the cost: 

  • All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek includes hot drinks
  • Trek leader
  • Porters
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Transportation to Kathmandu|Pokhara
  • Flight from or to Pokhara|Kathmandu
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Staff insurance
  • Domestic baggage 15 kg
  • Annapurna National Park conservation fees
  • Trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Climb High duffle bag
  • Rescue arrangements
  • First-aid kit
  • VAT

Consequently, the list of services not included with the expenses are as follows:

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Hard and Soft Drink
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any other expenses in case of any natural disaster

A guide to Poon Hill Trek

A trek to the Himalayas has always been the most sought out adventures for the tourism industry. Since the world became free for passport holders, tourism has taken a massive toll. Consequently, the Himalayas have become the most popular destination for tourists and travelers alike. We have enumerated a list of things as a guide to Poon Hill Trek. They are listed as follows:

  • Ghorepani/ Poon Hill: A History
  • Prologue for Poon Hill Trek
  • Experiencing Poon Hill Trek
  • Hotels and settlements during Poon Hill Trek
  • Where to go on Poon Hill Trek
  • Season to go for Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani/ Poon Hill: A History

Ghorepani is one of the largest villages in the Annapurna mountains of Nepal. It belongs to the Myagdi District in the Dhaulagiri Zone of Northern Nepal. Ghorepani in literal terms means ‘water for horses’. In earlier days, traders used the location to halt for the night. They used to feed their horses while at the village. Hence the name. Poon Hill is a viewpoint at Ghorepani famous for the view of the sunrise from 3210 meters.

Prologue for Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill trek is considered to be one of the shortest and easiest treks in the Annapurna circuit. The trek begins at Nayapul near Pokhara, where your ascent of the steeply sloping hill begins. In this trek, you will come across fantastic views of the mountains in the Annapurna range. Along with the spectacular views you walk through green pastures and lush green jungles. The trail takes you among birds of different colors and Rhododendron trees in the forests.

You also make your way past the Modi River and you have to cross it using a suspension bridge. One of the highlights of the trip is the staircase with 3300 stone steps leading towards the village of Ulleri. You also come across sightings of Annapurna south, Hiuchhuli and Dhaulagiri while on this route. However, the main highlight of the trek is the sunrise from the top of Poon Hill. Poon Hill is located about an hour from the main Ghorepani village. It also is the spot for a magnificent view of Mustang and Pokhara valleys. 

Experiencing Poon Hill Trek

The trip to Poon Hill starts with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. However, our packages include itineraries starting from Kathmandu as well. However, one has to come to Pokhara for the trip. There will be a short briefing from our staff on your arrival and everything will be explained about the trek. Do make sure you have everything you need before you make the trip.

We can organize the trek on a private basis for groups of friends, clubs, charities and any other social groups. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may or may not opt to have a Climb High leader. But still, you can take the assistance of one of our guides and/or porters. If any such assistance is required, you can let us know. And we will prepare your package accordingly. We also have an option to change our schedules depending on the pace and time taken by the trekking group.

Hotels and settlements during Poon Hill Trek

The only two places where you will be allocated to a hotel is at Kathmandu and Pokhara. Rest of the trip takes place away from civilization. Therefore the accommodation will be provided at lodges and cozy tea houses. As you make your way from Nayapul to Ulleri through Birethanti, you will come across many smaller villages. The trekking is on the trail leading to Annapurna Base Camp which is a popular route. So there are a lot of settlements where you can rest for the night.

At Ulleri, your halt will be at a lodge in collaboration with Climb Hill. From Ulleri we travel uphill towards Ghorepani. At Ghorepani, accommodation provided will be at local settlements called tea houses. Tea houses are basically a smaller and simpler version of a lodge and they are really cozy. The hosts in all the lodges and tea houses are friendly and cordial. They will ensure your stay in their rooms are comfortable and memorable. Lodging at Tadapani and Tolka will both be at tea houses under Climb High’s supervision.

Where to go on Poon Hill Trek

As mentioned earlier, your trip can either begin from Kathmandu or Pokhara. When starting from Kathmandu, we will have a day for rest and briefing at your hotel. The next day we’ll take a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we have a day for rest and briefing before starting the trek. Accommodation will be held at a 3-star hotel at both Kathmandu and Pokhara. In the morning, from your hotel in Pokhara, we will take a 90 minutes morning drive to Nayapul. After assembling at Nayapul, our ascent towards Ulleri begins. It is a 6-hour trek through green sub-tropical forest and beautiful valleys.

As we make our way towards Tikhedhunga, we cross the river Modi Khola using a suspension bridge. At Tikhedhunga we rest for a while and make sure your rest well. Because as we leave Tikhedhunga, we need to climb a staircase made of stone steps. The collection of steps total of 3300 steps. But the walk is rewarded with magnificent views of the valleys around till we reach Ulleri (2050m). Here we halt for the night at a lodge. 

The following morning, we ramp up towards Ghorepani village. You can admire the panoramic view of the nearby mountains Annapurna South and Nilgiri along the trail. We travel through lush green forests where birds are abundant. Another thing found in abundance are the beautiful Rhododendron trees. The trail takes us past 2 sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream. The trekking duration from Ulleri to Ghorepani takes approximately 4 hours. Elevation at Ghorepani is 2750 meters.

Poon Hill is famous for the view of the sunset and the surroundings. In order to witness the spectacular sight, we must wake up before dawn and head uphill. We start at 4 am and spend an hour walk to reach the top of Poon Hill (3210m). Poon Hill enables us to see a magnificent sunrise, towering above the views of Mustang and Pokhara valleys nearby. After experiencing an unforgettable sight, we head back to Ghorepani. Breakfast with a view is on the table, so enjoy it. Post breakfast with a view, we trek downhill towards Tadapani. It is a 5 hours trek along a similar terrain as before.

As we make our way towards Tadapani we pass the Deurali Pass. We can get a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from this pass. The trail takes a steep decline as we make our way through a moss-covered forest. The forest has a rich birdlife in its midst and gives us a great sunset view. On reaching the village of Tadapani, we spend our night at a nearby lodge. In the morning, after breakfast, we begin the end of our trip. This time we venture towards Tolka. 

Tolka is a 7-hour trek from Tadapani and it is all downhill from here. The route descends steeply through a rhododendron forest first towards Bhaise Kharka. The forest is not only inhabited by various birds, but you can encounter meeting monkeys as well. A while after you leave the forest, the trail turns steep with rocks and we cross a stream. The crossing leads us out on a ridge towards the village of Ghandruk.  

Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. You can get acquainted with the diverse Gurung culture at the Gurung Museum at Ghandruk. We have a hearty lunch at Ghandruk before making our way past terraced rice fields and subtropical forests. The scenery is splendid in almost every turn you take. We walk mostly on the banks of the river Modi Khola. Going past a flat-steep descent we reach Langdruk where we halt for the night.

The next day, we have a short journey on our hands. We take a 3-hour trek to Dhampus crossing green valleys, past steep sloping hills. After some time we reach Dhampus where you are very close to civilization at this point. We have our lunch and then take a private vehicle to reach Phedi. The drive takes an hour. From Phedi, after a brief rest, we take another vehicle towards Pokhara. It is a 2-hour drive to your hotel at Pokhara.

For trekkers coming from Pokhara, this is where your journey ends. For those who began from Kathmandu, you will be taken to the airport for your flight. Thus ends your journey where you will get back to civilization again. But hopefully, you have captured enough memories to carry with you for a long long time.

Season to go for Poon Hill Trek

The trek to Poon Hill, though short is through steep terrains and high altitude. Therefore the climate in this part of the world is chilly and even cold, especially during the night. Winters can be a rough time to come in this area. The weather reaches a freezing point and most of the lodges can be shut down. The snow may make the scenery beautiful but trekking on the trail can be a really slippery affair. Monsoon is another season which can be a nightmare for the trekkers. The route is muddy, slippery and unexpected, while the views are also clouded. Walking a steep terrain carrying an umbrella or wearing a raincoat can be a horrid experience for you. 

So we have decided. After years of trekking in the region, we have classified the best season to visit Poon Hill.  Spring, the time between March to May, caresses the Himalayan region with warm weather and a cool breeze. The sky is blue and the views are nothing short of spectacular. This is the peak season for a trek when most of the trekkers decide and take the venture. Autumn, which runs from September to November is another good season for the Poon Hill trek. Just after the monsoons, the sky will be cleared and brings a cooling breeze as you make the climb. This makes way for a more spectacular view of the mountains and the surroundings.

Things to remember for Island Peak Climbing

Island peak climbing offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Island Summit. Altogether with an exhilarating trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. In this journey, you will come across many mountain ranges in the Himalayas. That’s because the trekking trail falls on the main trail leading to the Everest Base Camp. Here we will study the main things to remember for Island Peak Climbing and the context is as follows:

  • Introduction to Island Peak climbing
  • Overview of Island Peak
  • What to expect on Island Peak climbing
  • Where do we go during Island peak climbing
  • Itinerary for Island Peak climbing
  • The best time to visit Island Peak

Introduction to Island Peak climbing

Island peak is the popular name for Imja Tse. A British mountaineer gave its name in 1953. The Island Peak stands majestically as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. A Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley). Island Peak is a mountain located in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. This peak is actually an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse Shar. The peak is hardly situated 10 kilometers away from Mount Everest.

Overview of Island Peak

The Island Peak was originally used as a training peak by the pioneers Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary. Before they made their historic ascent of Mount Everest. This route is still being used today. And climbers also use the Island Peak to train themselves for their climb of  Mount Everest. This is mainly because the terrain of the Island peak is similar to that of Mount Everest. And climbers get ample knowledge and practice to make them ready for a much challenging climb. Island Peak climbing may be considered as a physically challenging climb, but it is not a technically challenging ascent.

The climbing of Island Peak assures to give the climbers a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. With a complimentary view of the hillside, glaciers and some famous mountain trails. It is advised that, even though the climb to the summit of the Island peak doesn’t require much technical knowledge. One must have proper physical training at least 4-5 months prior to your trip. If you do not have any previous experience in high altitude climbing, then you will need to train a little extra to come up to the standards. 

What to expect on Island Peak climbing

Standing at a height of 6160 meters above sea level, Island Peak trek cum climb provides a glorious view of the surroundings. And of course towering mountain ranges, while you make your way towards the base camp of Island Peak. The trekking trail towards the base camp of the island peak goes through the main trekking trail of the Himalayas in Nepal and the route promises to be through beautiful valleys and wonderful scenery of the Khumbu region. Therefore, Island peak adventure offers a series of thrilling sceneries of Mount Everest and several other peaks alike. Additionally, you can explore the Buddhist monasteries and shrines as you go along the path.

Hence the climb of Island Peak not only promises to be a pleasant and enjoyable one but also proves to provide some spectacular scenery of the surrounding Himalayas of the Khumbu region. You can witness the breathtaking view of the surrounding ranges including Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8475m) along the east side of Island Peak. Towards the south of Island Peak, you come across the splendid view of Mount Baruntse (7720m) and Mount Ama Dablam (6856m). The pathway along the track also passes through smaller villages of Khumbu, Khunde, and Khumjung inhabited by Sherpas mostly. We will be providing you with the required briefing and equipment’ to ensure a hassle-free trekking experience

Where do we go during Island peak climbing

Almost all the treks and expeditions to the Himalayas start with a Kathmandu visit and then Lukla airport. So your first halt will be at a hotel in Kathmandu. You can gather last-minute supplies which you think you might need for the journey and also have an equipment check. Please make sure your gears are in order and are functioning correctly by getting advice from our experts.

A day is also kept aside for a sightseeing visit to Boudha, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples. After this, we leave civilization towards Lukla airport the hilly airport closest to the Himalayas. The first night’s halt in the mountain region will be at Phakding which is located on the riverbank of Dudh Koshi. It is a small hamlet with a few cozy lodges scattered around. From Phakding we head towards Monjo to go past the Khumbu National Park, then we reach Namche Bazaar where we conduct the first acclimatization session.

The next stop is Thyangboche, the home of the famous mountain monastery, which has a splendid view of the three enormous Himalayan valleys. From Thyangboche, we head towards Pheriche and after descending down a valley, we trek to Lobuche. From Lobuche, we visit the Everest Base Camp and then head towards Gorak Shep. After checking out the magnificent view of the Mount Everest atop Kala Pattar, we head down towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, we take the 5-hour walk towards our primary destination the Island peak Base camp where we rest for 5-hours the night and also have an acclimatization session and prepare ourselves for the climb. After climbing up the Island peak summit we head back towards Pangboche and then towards Namche. After spending a night each there, we make our way to Lukla airport where the plane will take us back to Kathmandu and back to civilization. 

Itinerary for Island Peak climbing

The trip to Island Peak starts with an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. The trail from Lukla, leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2700m), your first overnight here. This is a two-hour trek. 

From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Koshi Valley. (Koshi which means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail leading to Island peak, there is a magnificent forest of Magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river, it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tar. At Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail then follows the river and crosses Dudh Koshi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3440m). 

Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market. The village is the best place to acclimatize to the extreme weather in the region. From Namche, The trail follows the Imja Khola (a River) and gradually ascends to Dingboche (4410m). From here the views are great and the mountain views are outstanding. This is a four hrs walk.

We continue the hike up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at 4730m. The views from Chukkung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island peak (6189m) is of course, marvelous. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley and camp at base camp 5087m. After further rest and gear check at the base camp, the climb continues till we reach the summit. 

This is just a basic pathway that takes 16days to complete including the sightseeing in the capital city,  Kathmandu. For a more vivid trek, the pathway will be adjusted and accommodated as per the requirement.

The best time to visit Island Peak

The monsoon is not the best time to take the adventure as heavy rainfall may become a hindrance and make it very uncomfortable for you during your visit to the Island peak. There are chances of extreme landslides and definitely slippery roads. 

The best time for a visit is the Autumn season (October-November) when you can witness clear blue skies and freshness all around, leading to much magnificent scenery. Spring season (March-May) can be considered as another good season to visit the Island peak. At this time of the year, you can take in the sight of different varieties of rhododendrons blooming and strewn across the hillside and covering it with a mixture of colors.  

On the contrary, Winter is not the best time to make the journey when the weather is too cold for comfort at such a high altitude, plus the snow can block the passes leading to the summit of Island Peak.

It is advised that, even though the climb to the summit of the Island peak doesn’t require much technical knowledge, one must have proper physical training at least 4-5 months prior to your trip. If you do not have any previous experience in high altitude climbing, then you will need to train a little extra to come up to the standards. 

Island Peak Climb 2019

The dream to witness the might and glory of the mountains remain in the minds of many people, around the world. Some are lucky enough to visit the majestic landmarks. And yet some fail to enter the realms of the mighty giants in their lifetime. For centuries, mankind has immersed themselves in unfolding the rush they get when they travel to such places. And thus find the solace one can fathom after being present in such a vicinity. Here we will see what it takes to make it through on a journey so close to the heavens. Specifically, we will learn about the Island peak climb with context to the following features relating to the same:

  • Kathmandu, The Capital of Nepal
  • What to expect in Island Peak climb
  • What we do for Island Peak climb
  • Where to stay when on Island Peak climb
  • Daily activities during Island Peak climb
  • Cost related to island Peak climb

Kathmandu, The Capital of Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the most densely populated cities in Nepal. The city is rich in diversity and culture and has the most number of tourists visiting in any season. Tourism is the main source of income for the country of Nepal. And Kathmandu alone has the most visited sites for tourists all over the world. Kathmandu is a proud city being the main headway to several mountain ranges of the Himalayas. With blissful green vegetation and also being the stronghold of a majority of Hindu temples and Buddhist Monasteries. Kathmandu is also the home of the King and Queen of Nepal, the political stronghold for the whole of Nepal. The city is a modernized version of the country and one can even embark themselves on a massive foodie journey.

What to expect in Island Peak climb

Island peak climbing offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Island Summit. Altogether with an exhilarating Trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. Which falls on the way to the Island peak base camp. The Island peak climb is not a technically difficult climb, but more of physically difficult climbing. This means that a climber need not have the technical know-how of climbing. He or she just needs to be physically fit for the ascent.

And at least take a proper physical training 4-5 months prior to embarking on this journey. The route that we take for this climb is on the main trail for the Everest Base Camp. You will come across green valleys, cozy lodges and many tea houses in this route. And of course, splendid view of the various mountain ranges which constitutes the Great Himalayan Range. Our itinerary can adjust to the pace and timing of the trekkers. A few days will be kept aside for acclimatization as well. So that there is no problem as we make our way towards the base camp which is at a high altitude.

What we do for Island Peak climb

Island Peak climbing may be considered as a physically challenging climb, but it is not a technically challenging ascent. To avoid any issues make sure your gears are checked and in working condition. Plus make sure you got everything you need for the journey. There will be a briefing before we begin the journey. We will also have porters ready if you need assistance in carrying your luggage. You can be assured you are in good hands as the porters are mostly sherpas of the mountain region. Sherpas are considered to be the most friendly people on earth.

You will be accommodated in certain lodges and tea houses on the trekking path. The trail falls directly on the main route for Everest Base Camp trek. So you can be assured there are plenty of cozy lodges to rest the night in. Schedules can also be changed. Changed according to the requirement and time taken by your group. And there will be ample time to adjust to the mountain region as we move onto higher altitudes. Acclimatization is not just kept aside for weather adjustment. But also to make sure you enjoy your time to the fullest while you are on a journey for Island Peak climb. 

Where to stay when on Island Peak climb

You will come across many settlements and tea houses as you move upward. And the trail is on the same route as the Everest Base Camp trek. So the trip is through many historic places and fantastic viewpoints. The first point, however, will be Kathmandu. Where you will have a day or two to rest and prepare yourself for the long journey. Then the next stop will be Lukla airport, from where your trekking journey away from civilization begins.

Your first trek in the mountain region of Khumbu will take you to Phakding. A small hamlet with small scattered settlements on the bank of Dudh Koshi. We travel uphill towards the home of the Sherpas, Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu region. A day is kept aside for acclimatization. After 2 days at Namche, we will head towards Deboche via Thyangboche. Where you can visit the famous mountain monastery, Thyangboche Monastery.

After Dingboche, we travel uphill through Dungla and amidst the fantastic view of the nearby ranges, to reach Lobuche. Then the ascent becomes steeper and rougher and we make our way to Gorak Shep from Lobuche. On the way, we will visit the Everest Base Camp too. From Gorak Shep, we take a short trip up Kala Pattar to witness the most exhilarating view of Mount Everest. Then make our way down to Dingboche again.

We reach the primary destination of our trip from Dingboche to Island peak base camp which is a long journey. After a rest day and practice day at the base camp, we will climb the Island Peak next. Then we move back to Pangboche and retrace our steps to reach Namche once again. From Namche, we will directly take long trek towards Lukla airport, where our flight will take us back to Kathmandu. Thus bringing your long journey of island peak trek to an end.

Daily activities during Island Peak climb

The pickup point for your trip to Island Peak begins with your arrival at Kathmandu. The first thing we take rest at the hotel. Then the next day we go sightseeing. We check out Boudhanath, the world heritage site of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, and also to make a last-ditch shopping for the supplies you might need for the long journey. Then we begin our main journey after reaching Lukla airport from Kathmandu airport. From Lukla, we make our way towards Phakding, where we will halt for the night in the small hamlet on the banks of the river Dudh Koshi.

From Phakding, we make our way up to Namche Bazaar. Sherpas are the inhabitants of Namche. They are some of the friendliest people known for their hospitality. We will spend an additional day here for the acclimatization session. However, adaptation is not the only reason we halt for an extra day. You can be witness to the sight of having traders from Tibet cross the Nepal border to sell their trade. As a result, you may land up taking a few souvenirs back home to remind yourself of this trip. 

We head uphill towards Thyanboche after a much-needed rest and adaptation at a higher altitude. Here at Thyangboche, we can visit the fabled historic mountain monastery commonly known as the Thyangboche monastery. Not only does the monastery stand as a sacred place for Buddhists, but also the viewpoint there is one worth mentioning. Thus after a gasping view of the peaks in the near distance, we head to our night’s stay at Deboche. the next day, we take the trail that leads the path to the broad, gently sloping valley to Phalang Karpo at 4,340m. The trail crosses small streams on boulders. The views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6,440m) are outstanding from along the trail. From Dugla (4,620m) the trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments built in the memory of those who have died in their attempts to climb Everest. 

The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche (4,930m). This is a four / five-hour trek. From Lobuche, the trail gets steeper and rougher, but we reach Everest Base Camp on our way to Gorak Shep. The climb of Mount Everest needs much more expertise and ability than the climb of Island peak. On the contrary, you may come across climbers getting ready for their climb up the world’s highest peak and people gathered to help them through. Or just people who had come there to set up camp for the night. But our halt will be at Gorak Shep. after spending a night at Gorak Shep, it is time for us to climb up to Kala Pattar for the breathtaking view of Mount Everest. 

At a height of 5545 m, Kala Pattar is the best vantage point to have a close look at the mighty Everest and fall in love with the light of the sunrise fall on the mountain.  After heavenly sightseeing, we head on down to Dingboche to turn in for the night. In the morning, we trek towards our main destination the Island Peak Base camp. Island peak base camp is about 5 hours hike up from Dingboche. We take the path up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at a height of 4730m.

The views from Chukkung towards Island peak (6189m) is a sight not to miss. In addition, the great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north of where you stand. From Chukkung, we head up the Imja Khola valley to Island Peak Base camp. Your first day at the base camp can be spent on rechecking your climbing gears for any issues and also to acclimatize to the altitude at the campsite. The next day we climb the Island Peak with the help of our climbing gears and of course the climbing experts. 

After the day’s work is done, we head to the second base camp of Island Peak about 300 meters from the main Base camp. Here we settle for the night and prepare for our journey back to civilization. The following day we make our way towards Pangboche to spend the night there. Then we head back the same trail towards Namche Bazaar, before coming off the banks of Phakding along the river Dudh Koshi to make our way towards Lukla Airport. As you fly back to Kathmandu, you will be leaving the heavenly abode of the mountains behind you and entering civilization. After you reach Kathmandu you will be taken to the Hotel there. A day will be kept aside to visit Bhaktapur for sightseeing and a leisure trip around Kathmandu. 

Cost related to island Peak climb

The estimated expenses related to Island Peak climb depends on the number of days you have chosen to undertake. And also if there are any other extra benefits which are not covered under the normal service provided. The list of services covered are: 

  • Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb
  • Camping equipment (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipment)
  • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks
  • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff, and porters
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • Climbing permit for Island peak
  • Trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Climbing the rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabiners, snow bars, and ice screws
  • Climbing gears
  • Domestic baggage 15 kg
  • Airport |hotel transfer
  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs
  • Equipment for staffs and porter
  • Climb High duffle bag
  • Rescue arrangements
  • First-aid kit
  • Hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • VAT

However, there are certain services not covered in our services and the list goes something like this: 

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla, if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • other expenses in case of any natural disasters.