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Ama Dablam • Guided ascent of the Southwest Ridge

Khumbu Valley approach • Everest Region

Details

Length:

30 days in Nepal

Climbing Season:

Fall

Climbing Grade:

Cost

$12,900

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Expedition Overview

One of the most fascinating mountains on earth, Ama Dablam when viewed from nearly any angle intrigues the true alpinist spirit. Located in Nepal’s famous Everest Region, this beautiful mountain with its dominating features stands alone near the foot of the Khumbu Valley. The mountain rises nearly 10,000 feet above the Sherpa village of Pangboche, traditionally known as the last year round settlement on the trek to Everest Base Camp. Our post-monsoon expedition climbs the classic Southwest Ridge.

The route is technically challenging yet incredibly rewarding and requires a high level of proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. The mountain is known by its massive hanging glacier that is the Ama Dablam, or “Mother’s Charm Box“ for which it is named.

Ama Dablam Expedition • Southwest Ridge • 30 days

Our expedition begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. We fly to Lukla and trek along the Dudh Koshi River until arriving in legendary village of Namche Bazaar; the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. Over the next few days we are rewarded with amazing Himalayan views and tour the historic Tengboche monastery before arriving in Base Camp at 15,000ft.

The technical rock climbing between Camp 1 and 2 is superb. The entire climbing route is fixed line, climbers use an ascender as they traverse 4th and 5th class rock (up to 5.7) around gendarmes and towers. Camp 2 is perched above the great “yellow tower“ on a narrow ledge with incredible views of the upper mountain. Above Camp 2 the route climbs mixed terrain up a 50 degree snow couloir and an exposed traverse along “mushroom ridge“. Camp 3 rests just beyond the famous hanging glacier. We traverse right of the Dablam Glacier and climb a 40-60 degree snow rib to the summit. From the summit the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu are outstanding

Itinerary

Flight Schedule: USA – Bangkok (BKK) – Kathmandu (KTM)
Expedition begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer airport to hotel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located in the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts.

Day 2 • Kathmandu
After breakfast we start our day with a walking tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next and always a favorite we visit the Monkey Temple known as Swayambunath, situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. The next day we have an expedition orientation and equipment check. This will be followed by a group dinner in one of Kathmandu’s fine restaurants.

Day 3 • Phakding • 8,700ft
We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Lukla. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest towering in the distance. Once in Lukla we are welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our Sherpa staff. The trek into the Khumbu region begins with a few hour walk until we reach a long suspension bridge connecting the two sides of Phakding.

Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft
The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the “Milky River“ many times as we pass small Sherpa farming villages laden with prayer flags and carved prayer stones known as “Mani Stones“. We carry light packs as yaks carry all of our heavy expedition gear. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply through the forest giving us a chance of seeing our first glimpse of Everest before arriving in Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley.

Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft
We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to the Everest View Hotel. Here we’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse face with Lhotse and the distinctive Ama Dablam in sight. On the way down we explore the lively village of Namche with its interesting trekking shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares. As we walk the stone paved streets one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, a local market is held in the center of the village which allows for interesting people watching.

Day 6 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850ft
As we leave Khumjung our trekking route follows the steep hillside high above the Imja Khola. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku increase with every step. We descend to the river, crossing it and begin the steep climb to Tengboche, regarded by many as the hardest day of the approach trek. The afternoon is spent touring the historic monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhist’s. The route drops to Deboche a quite village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest where we spend the night.

Day 7 • Pangboche • 13,100ft
Our trek continues through rhododendron forest until crossing another suspension bridge high above the Imja Khola. The route climbs the sheer valley to the village of Pangboche traditionally known as the last year round settlement in the Khumbu region. Ama Dablam meaning “mother’s charm box“ offers nothing less than spectacular views. We have the chance to meet and receive a blessing from Lama Geshe near to upper Pangboche monastery.

Day 8 • Ama Dablam Base Camp • 15,000ft
We descend to the river, cross a small bridge and then follow the route as it climbs up to base camp. As we trek the Southwest Ridge of Ama Dablam comes into view.

Day 9 • Ama Dablam Base Camp • 15,000ft
Rest and acclimatization day.

Day 10 • Carry to Advanced Base Camp • 17,700ft
Today we carry our personal climbing gear up the large lateral moraine towards Advanced Base Camp. Our ascent of Ama Dablam adheres to a logical acclimatization schedule of equipment carries and alternate rest days. The team will establish a series of three high camps on the upper ridge of the mountain. We spend the evening at base camp.

Day 11 • Advanced Base Camp • 17,700ft
Today our team moves to ABC to spend the night.

Day 12 • Carry to Camp 1 • 18,900ft
We begin our day scrambling up a boulder field near the base of Ama Dablam. We soon reach a series of rock slabs which present the first technical climbing of the route (Class 4). After gaining the slabs we arrive on the Southwest Ridge proper. We establish Camp 1 on the crest of the narrow and exposed ridge. We leave our gear at Camp 1 and return to base camp.

Day 13 • Ama Dablam Base Camp • 15,000ft
Rest and acclimatization day.

Day 14 • Advanced Base Camp • 17,700ft
Once again our team moves to ABC to spend the night.

Day 15 • Camp 1 • 18,900ft
We climb back up the ridge to Camp 1. We spend our first night on the ridge.

Day 16 • Southwest Ridge
Our team climbs high on the Southwest Ridge towards Camp 2. We return to base camp that afternoon.

Day 17 • Ama Dablam Base Camp • 15,000ft
Rest and acclimatization day. We prepare for the next day’s summit attempt.

Day 18 • Summit Attempt • Camp 1 • 18,900ft
We climb back up the ridge to Camp 1.

Day 19 • Camp 2 • 19,500ft
This morning we move to Camp 2. The technical rock climbing between Camp 1 and 2 is superb. The entire climbing route is fixed line; climbers use an ascender and sling as they traverse 4th and 5th class rock (up to 5.7) around gendarmes and towers. We continue climbing the extremely exposed ridge on high quality rock up the great “yellow tower“. Camp 2 is perched on a narrow ledge with unbelievable exposure and amazing views of the upper mountain and surrounding peaks.

Day 20 • Camp 3 • 21,000ft
Today we leave Camp 2 climbing mixed rock and ice up a 50 degree snow couloir and exposed traverse along “mushroom ridge”. Camp 3 rests just beyond the famous hanging glacier that is the Ama Dablam, or “Mother’s Charm Box“ for which the mountain is named.

Day 21 • Summit Day • 22,350ft
The route climbs steeply right out of camp. We climb towards the Dablam Glacier traversing right, around some crevasses and then climb a 40–60 degree snow rib which leads to the summit. From the summit the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu are outstanding. We descend down to Camp 2 for the night.

Day 22 • Camp 3 to Base Camp
Today we make our final descent all the way to base camp.

Day 23-25 • Contingency Days
These days are extra contingency days for weather, acclimatization or a second summit attempt. If we summit early, we can take a side trip to Kala Patar or Everest Base Camp.

Day 26-27 • Namche Bazaar • Lukla
Over the next two days we descend to Namche and Lukla.

Day 28 • Kathmandu
After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. We spend the afternoon resting and exploring the Thamel District.

Day 29 • Kathmandu • Contingency Day
An additional day is scheduled in the event of flight delays departing Lukla and for exploring Kathmandu. The day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal, the Buddhist temples of Boudhanath and the temples in the city of Patan south of Kathmandu are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel.

Day 30 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals.

Details

Land Cost
Price per person: $12,900 (based on 2 climbers w/ American guide)

Lobuche Peak Climb: $1400


Deposit and Payments
$2,000 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
Sagamartha NP entrance fee
Ama Dablam climbing permit and fees
Round Trip Domestic airfare – Kathmandu – Lukla
All scheduled land transportation in Nepal
4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti accommodations in Kathmandu (5 star)
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Tea House Lodge trek and single tented accommodations at Base Camp
Professional English-speaking Sherpa climbing guide, high altitude porters
Base Camp coordinator and expedition cook and staff
Dining tent w/ gas heater and hot shower, toilet tent
Solar charging, communications
Scheduled meals during the expedition
Porter and Yak service
Baggage transport (2 duffel bags 20kg – 44lbs)
All group equipment for the expedition (including tents, stoves, group climbing gear, fixed ropes)


Services not included
International airfare – USA – Kathmandu
Non-scheduled meals
Helicopter service
Communication charges
Snack food during the expedition
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa
Staff gratuities

Gear List

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Heavyweight Balaclava and Neck Gaiter
• Nose Guard or Facemask
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Bring a high quality pair designed for
mountain use. Attachable side shields are necessary, glacier glasses. Plus an extra pair
• Ski Goggles w/ 100% UV protection
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• Climbing Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body.
Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably
over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long
underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide
adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
• Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Two synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Two or Three cotton shirts
for camp or lodges. Two synthetic long sleeve shirts for climbing.
• Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood: Snow and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or
waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
• Expedition Down Parka with insulated hood: 700+ fill down
• Insulated Synthetic Jacket or Vest: Medium weight
• Wind Shirt: A nylon wind shell (not waterproof)

Handwear:
• Synthetic gloves: Two pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
• Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liner: One pair
• Expedition Gloves w/ wrist straps: One Pair

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: Two pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Heavyweight Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Pile/Fleece Pants: One pair that fit loosely and comfortable. These are
essential to be worn over the long underwear bottoms. (full side zips)
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof
nylon that has been “seam sealed”. (full side zips)
• Expedition Down Pants or Suit: Outer shell must be windproof DryLoft©
• Trekking/Camp Pants: Two pair for light trekking or camp
• Climbing Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good
warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
• Gaiters: One pair of high gaiters to keep dirt and snow out of boots.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear:
• Double Plastic Climbing Boots w/ high altitude liners
• Super Gaiters: optional
• Lightweight Socks: Three pair of synthetic liner socks to wear under heavy socks.
• Trekking Socks: Three pair synthetic medium weight
• Heavyweight Socks: Three pair of synthetic socks to wear for warmth with climbing boots.
• Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough
to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy synthetic sock.
• Camp Shoes or sandals: These are to wear in camp or lodges.
• Down Booties (optional)

Sleeping:
• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit
so bring a warm bag (rated to minus 20-40 degrees Fahrenheit).
• Sleeping Pad: Two pads, one closed-cell foam pad and an inflatable THERMA-REST© pad.

Packing and Backpack:
• Backpack: One lightweight medium size (4500 cubic inches) comfortable pack with some
support, adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have a
good waist belt. Carry gear between 35 and 50 pounds.
• Trekking Backpack: optional for trek.
• Duffle/zip Bag: Two large size, transporting gear via yaks or porters.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One medium size, store non-mountain gear during the expedition.
• Travel locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels.
• Bags: (5) large plastic bags (5) large Ziploc bags (2) stuff sacks
• Passport with three extra photos (photo for the Nepal Entry Visa)

Climbing Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible
• Ice axe w/Leash: 55-60cm recommended
• Crampons
• Climbing Helmet
• Alpine Climbing Harness w/ adjustable leg loops
• Carabiners Non-locking: Six lightweight (BD Hotwire)
• Carabiners Locking: Four large pear-shaped, screw gate
• Ascender: Left or right handed
• Prussik Cord: 40 feet, 6mm perlon
• Tube Webbing: 20 feet
• Rappel/Delay device: Figure 8 recommended

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Three, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
• Water Bottle Insulators
• Water Treatment: We recommend you bring two bottles of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”,
crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water.
• Water Flavoring: Lemonade, Tang, Gatoraid, etc.

Personal Health and First Aid
• Small personal first-aid kit and medications
• Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and Lexan spoon
• Personal Items

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Trip Information

International Programs • Nepal

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Kathmandu

Visa/Entry Information: A passport and visa are required. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or purchase 15 day multiple-entry visa ($25), 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100) upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal.

Flight Travel Information: USA – Bangkok (BKK) – Kathmandu (KTM)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide limited rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Rental items include: Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Helmet

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.