Ama Dablam expedition in Nepal
Description of Ama Dablam expedition in Nepal
2022: 20 Oct
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetOur main idea is to share the love to the mountains that will create a balance between nature, culture, locals and adventurers. This trek is a visit card of the Himalayas and our concern is to keep it clean. No matter what style you are travelling - do not litter is a must. We educate not only porters how to respect nature but also locals, and very often, tourists. Having guides and porters don't mean we will pick up every plastic or paper. Let's cooperate and take care of the environment. There are special areas where we can utilize the trash.
Sagarmatha National Park is rich on pure spring water. Consult with our guides where you can refill your BPA-free bottles with water instead of buying bottled mineral water in plastic. Save some money and save wildlife and nature. We demand to think about mountains as your own home and take care of it.
The only source to have energy in this region - solar panels. All tea houses, lodges and guest houses use only them as it is the best solution. You can bring your own solar panel to charge your gadgets while trekking. Fortunately, sunny weather is very common during the season.
It is a walking/trekking tour which doesn't include driving. We'll have a 35mins flight there and back to avoid 2-days bus ride which we believe compromise a lot for the environment.
On some parts of the trek, there are chances to meet wild animals. Do not feed them with food, do not approach them and don't throw anything into them, don't make any sounds to attract their attention. Remember - they are at home and we are their guests. Be respectful to them.
During the trek, we'll eat organic food that is seasonally grown by our local farmers. Vegetarian and vegan options are possible and highly encouraged.
The only source in the Himalayas to charge your devices are solar panels that are very popular due to its ergonomic solutions and harness to the environment. On this altitude and path chances to meet wild animals are low, but chances to observe birds are very high so please don't try to bring their attention by throwing stones or whistling. However don't leave any food, don't feed wild animals or stray dogs, if meet deers which are living in this region, don't approach them and give them the way.
On our way, we'll meet quite a big amount of yaks. In general, they are very peaceful animals, but to be on a safe side, please give them the way and take a side closer to the walls, mountains or trees, don't stand on the cliff or ridges. Do not take any selfies and don't ride yaks as, like all animals, these majestic creatures can hurt you if they feel in danger. Same, we will meet wild buffalos on higher altitudes. Don't come close and don't tease them.
All the hotels we choose carefully for supporting eco-movement: solar panels, electric stoves and ovens where possible, recycling garbage, locally grown food etc.
PeopleThis trek is all run by sherpas as it is their region. Sherpas are not porters how people mistakenly think about them. They are people who were born on a high altitude and capable of things we, low altitude born people, cannot. We feel it's our responsibility to make the world know about this naturally strong and durable ethnic group. They are the ones who can breathe in a thin air, who can carry your luggage as porters, who can take you up to Everest and show you the incredible world of the Himalayas. We'll stay in guest and tea houses run by them, we'll eat food prepared by them so feel free to have a talk with them and support their business. We highly encourage interaction between nationalities. Not all of them speak perfect English or familiar with Western culture but when we communicate we educate each other. Your guide is always happy to translate and assist where needed as he is also a sherpa and knows local traditions and language the best. The strongest Sherpas with huge experience work as professional mountaineers, guides and lead climbers on the top of the Himalayas as they are not sensitive to altitude and more durable on high mountains.
For most locals, the only income in the mountains can be running a guest house, little shops with snacks, restaurant or handcrafting. So when you purchase anything it goes directly to them and then they can support their families during the year. Bargaining is a cultural thing in Nepal but remember when you buy your trekking sticks or a buff for 1 dollar, there is no income for a seller and it hardly covers the expenses for materials. We believe every business deserves to be paid accordingly. If you doubt the prices consult with your guide - he is there for you always in any aspect.