A Special 2014 Heli-Trekking Departure:
The "Other" Base Camp: Ama Dablam
This heli-trekking special departure will be co-led by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, who followed in his famous father's footsteps by climbing Everest in 1996, and Steve Conlon, who founded Above the Clouds in 1982, and has been trekking the footpaths of Nepal since 1972. The timing will have you in the Khumbu, as the local Sherpas call the Everest region, at a time when the skies tend to be clear and the trails uncrowded.
The most popular destination in the Khumbu is Everest Base Camp, but at this time of year it will be empty and have a desolate feel to it. More importantly, the views of Everest from Base Camp are of moderate quality at best. And putting aside the symbolism of Everest for a moment, let's assume a beauty contest where Everest and nine other randomly chosen Himalayan peaks were competing. Everest would likely not make the semi-finals, while Ama Dablam would be the odds-on favorite in Vegas. This trek offers truly spectacular views!
Jamling will certainly share with you stories of both his and his father's experiences on Everest, but of equal value will be his insights into the relationship between these mountains and the Sherpa people who live at their feet. There is a spiritual connection between the two that is difficult to glean from a book, but can be deeply felt and understood while experiencing these moments in the high mountains of the Himalaya with Jamling.
The "Other" Base Camp: Ama Dablam: Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu | Day 2: Explore Kathmandu & enjoy your welcome dinner | Day 3: Fly Lukla, hike Monjo | Day 4 & 5: Hike Namche Bazaar & explore the gateway to Everest | Day 6 & 7: Hike Tashinga & onto Pangboche | Day 8 & 9: Exploring Pangboche & hike Ama Dablam Base Camp | Day 10 & 11: Chopper though the Himalaya back to a lodge on the ridge above Kathmandu | Day 12: Depart
Want to Learn More?
To get a better idea of Jamling's in-depth relationship with this region and the people who call it home, check out the blog he wrote!