Ama Dablam Expedition

Duration: 32 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Peak Climbing
  • Transport: As per Itinerary
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner(BLD)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
  • Group Size: min.1
  • Max Elevation: 6,812 m

Highlights

  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park and reach Namche Bazar
  • Experience rich culture and tradition of Sherpas
  • Spend the night in picturesque Gokyo village
  • Explore stunning Gokyo Lakes
  • Reach the top of Mt. Ama Dablam
  • Get to see breath-taking scenery
  • Witness panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountains

About Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition is a splendid journey that leads to the beautiful top of Mt. Ama Dablam. Climbed first in 1961, 13th March via southwest ridge, Mt. Ama Dablam is one of the most attractive mountains in the Khumbu region that has attracted hundreds of climbers from all around the globe. Standing 6,812 meters above the sea level Mt. Ama Dablam offers a once in a lifetime journey that offers a stunning landscape and breath-taking views of the Himalayas. Located south of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Ama Dablam has a pyramid shape with sharp exposed ridges from all sides.

The word Ama Dablam means Mother Necklace. The appearance of the mountain is described in this way; the long ridges on each side are like the arms of the mother protecting her child, whereas the hanging glacier resembles double-pendant containing the images of gods worn by Sherpa women. During climbing, you get to see the rich culture and lifestyle of the locals. Likewise, you will also visit many ancient stupas and monasteries on the way. The trail will likewise take you to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, where you spend the night in fine Gokyo village and explore stunning Gokyo Lakes.

Itinerary

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You arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of our team members will welcome you and take you to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, you get quickly briefed about the day program and rest for a few hours depending on your arrival. Later, in the evening, you will meet other team members over a welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

After having breakfast, you begin your guided sightseeing tour. As it is morning time, the rush is low. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath. Later, in the day, you prepare for the trip. You check all the documents and gears and do final packing.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Lukla is the starting point of our trek. To reach here, you will take a short thrilling flight. The flight offers distant views of Himalayas. Upon landing at Lukla, you meet with other team members and head towards Phakding. From Lukla, the trail descends along with a stream and passes through Cheplung village before reaching Phakding. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Crossing Dudh Koshi River multiple times over bridges, you reach Benkar village. Further, you cross more bridges and reach Monjo village. The trail from here goes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is the habitat of numerous flora and fauna. The trail from the park is steep and difficult. Namche Bazar will welcome you with a stunning view of Lhotse, Everest, Tawache, and other mountains. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

This is an acclimatization day. The day is designed to let your body adjust with the increasing altitude. You will explore Namche Bazar and visit places like the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. You will also go on short excursions to nearby places like Everest View Hotel or Khumjung village. There are so many things to do and look around in Namche Bazar. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

The trail steeply moves towards the north-west and lead you to Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Khosi). Trekking through lush forests of rhododendron, you pass through a lovely waterfall and cross Kyajo Khola. From Thamo village, you ascend and reach Tesi Lapcha Pass. Further, trek for around an hour and a half to reach Thame.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

The trail today is peaceful. You trek and reach Tangmote and descend passing through a huge chorten. From here, trekking on a trodden trail, you pass by many mani walls and reach Yellajung. Further, the trail ascends and passes through several small villages and lead you to Lungden.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today, it is going to be a challenging day. The trail ascends towards Black Lake. From here, you walk on stone steps and reach Renjo La Pass. From the top of the pass, you get to see the awesome landscape. Later, you designed to beautiful Gokyo Valley for night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today is a rest day. You go on a short hike to Gokyo Ri to acclimatize your body and witness excellent mountain views. From the viewpoint, you see views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and several other mountains along with stunning Gokyo Lakes. You return to the village after exploring around.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

From Gokyo, you will trek alongside a river and pass through rocky paths. The trail gradually drops down to Machhermo offering superb scenery.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Trekking through small villages and lush forests, you head towards Pangboche. Here, you will visit the Pangboche monastery, where you will get to see the head of the Yeti. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

The trail ascends to Ama Dablam Base Camp. You climb through rocky steep paths. On the way, you get to see views of numerous Himalaya mountains.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

From day 14, your climbing period begins. Over 12 days, you will be gradually ascending towards the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam establishing different camps as per the need. Your team leader will teach you basic climbing skills and fix rope every time requires. After a successful summit, you descend to Pangboche.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

From Pangboche, the trail descends to Imja Khola and ascends through lush forests towards Tengboche. From here, you descend through dense forests of juniper and rhododendron and cross a bridge over Dudh Koshi to reach Sansa. The trail then passes through another forest and takes you to Namche Bazar.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

After having breakfast, you begin descending through the national park. Crossing several small villages and streams, you reach Phakding for night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Leaving Phakding behind, you ascend through forests path along a stream and reach Lukla.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today, you fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the last views of the Himalayas. Upon landing at Kathmandu, you head to the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

It is an extra day in Kathmandu. You can rest and visit nearby tourist spots. Don't forget to do shopping. In the evening, you will meet all the team members for the last time over farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today, you will fly back to your home or your next destination. Our team member will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye.

What's Included

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to both airport as per itinerary
  • Three-star or similar hotels for accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast basis
  • Experienced and government-licensed trekking guide during the trekking & climbing period
  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu 
  • walkie talkie per member and climbing staff of per required 
  • Experience and well trained Cook and kitchen assistant at Base Camp
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea/coffee) during the journey
  • Welcome & farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant 
  • All food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the venture
  •  porters for during the trek 
  • Garbage disposal and management fees
  • All necessary permits
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Amadablom
  • All wages, equipment, medicals, and accidental insurances for involved staff
  • 1:1 climbing sherpa and summit rout rop fixing charge
  • government liaison officer with his daily wages, food, insurance and equipment
  • Satellite and cell phone network available at base camp chargeable as per used
  • Emergency sufficient Oxygen, mask, and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual sleeping tent
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • First Aid medical kits
  • Trekking and climbing map 
  • Complete pre-departure information
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation
  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Free Ascent Trails T-shirt, cap or duffel bag

What's Excluded

  • Airfare of international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the welcome & farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking
  • Any personal expenses like laundry, charging, etc
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc
  • Extra transportation out of the itinerary program
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue
  • Filming permit (if any special camera or walkies-talkies are taken on the journey)
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone & Internet expenses
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules (minimum US$ 1500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide)
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff 
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other item not included in the “COST INCLUDES” section

Useful Info

What to expect during Ama Dablam Expedition?

Ama Dablam Expedition is an adventurous journey that will let you experience something like never before. If you are an adventure lover then Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition is a perfect package for you. Panoramic views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), and many others will give you accompany throughout the trail. To be part of this excellent journey feel free to contact us anytime.

Why go on Ama Dablam Expedition with us?

We are a team of professional climbers and trekkers who have mapped almost every trail of Nepal. We have led countless numbers of groups to their destination successfully. We provide the best service and affordable prices. Moreover, we are also a big believer and follower of eco-friendly treks and tours. With us, you will not only venture through the region, but also get to know in-depth about the region, and help to promote the economy of that place, as we work closely with the locals.

Ama Dablam Southwest Route

Base Camp (4,600m)

Ama Dablam Base Camp is a huge grassy area, where you can enjoy a good soccer or volleyball game under the bright shiny sky. The base camp is the place where you are going to spend most of the time to acclimatize to the altitude before moving towards the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam. From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, you get to witness fantastic views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Konge, Mt. Taboche, etc. Our team will arrange all the tents and necessities on the base camp for your comfortable stay.

Camp I (5,700m)

From base camp to Camp I, the route is easy with short rocky sections. You will walk for around five hours from the Ama Dablam Base Camp to reach the Camp I. You will also cross an easy fourth class slab without using a fixed rope. Upon reaching Camp I, you will see there are not many spaces to put tents, therefore you will share the sleeping tent.

Camp II (5,950m)

Leaving Camp I behind, you approach Camp II, which will be at 5,950 meters. This part of climbing is the most difficult one and includes technical climbing. The trail moves on along a fourth class horizontal rock ridge. As you move higher the exposure to cold and sunlight become drastic. Further, you will ascend the Yellow Tower, which is considered French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. Above the Yellow Tower is you Camp II. Likewise, you get to see panoramic views of several Himalayan mountains while ascending towards Camp II.

Camp III (6,200m)

From Camp II, it is a mixed terrain that leads to Camp III. The distance from Camp II to Camp III is not huge, and you only have to walk for a couple of hours. While ascending, you will see the majestic views of Kusum Kanguru, Mt. Kantega, and other snow-capped mountains. Crossing the Mushroom Ridge (6,150 m), you will ascend to Camp III. We will try to minimize our time at Camp III as much possible, as it is an avalanche-prone area.

Summit (6,812m) 10 hrs:

We will begin pushing towards the summit as soon as all the members of the team feel confident. From Camp III, it will take around 10 hours to reach the summit and descend to lower camps. Crossing two dramatic yet easy solid snow-ice (40º+), you reach the side of the Dablam. From here, you gradually ascend and approach the fluted snow/ice field (30-50º). Further, you will ascend and reach the finest summit of Mt. Ama Dablam that will welcome you with breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Shishapangma, and many others.

Ama Dablam Expedition difficulty

Ama Dablam Expedition is a difficult climbing journey. The route to the top of the mountain involves snow and ice climbing crossing several crevasses and ice walls. The trail also includes rocky slabs, rugged boulders paths, and steep sections. Likewise, you will cross the Yellow Tower, which is considered French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. You have to be in good health, possess strong physical fitness, and prior trekking & climbing experience to go on Ama Dablam Expedition. As you have to walk 5 to 6 hours a day, strong stamina and will-power are also needed.

Similarly, the Ama Dablam Expedition also includes chances of altitude sickness. Therefore, you have to make sure your body is properly acclimatized with the elevation before pushing towards the summit. As we have planned our itinerary professionally, we will make sure of all these things. We take a very careful ascent profile with ample rest days and take all necessary measures to aim to prevent AMS.

Read below to know more in detail about altitude sickness symptoms & preventive measures:-

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Do not gain more than 500 meters in a day
  • Try to spend the night in lower altitude
  • Acclimatize properly at a lower altitude
  • Inform your guide immediately if any of the symptoms you see
  • Do not push yourself

Ama Dablam Expedition cost

Ama Dablam Expedition cost depends on how long your journey takes place. The cost includes your lodging, food, permits, and expenses of the guide. As we will carry every small thing that is needed for our survival during climbing, the cost increases. For more detailed information, you can check our cost includes and exclude sections. Feel free to get in touch with us anytime if you have more queries.

Best time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition

Spring i.e. March to April is the preferred time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition. The winter has made the trail perfectly firm for us to walk on. Similarly, the weather is more stable at this time of the year, which is very essential for the summit. Likewise, the lower part of the trail gets bloomed up with numerous vegetation and colorful flowers, making the trail extremely beautiful.

Accommodation & Food during the Ama Dablam Expedition

The lodge will be the main accommodation in the villages. You get basic facilities in the lodge. The rooms are usually small and come with double beds and a shared washroom. Likewise, during climbing, you stay overnight in tents. We will provide all tents. Our tents are high-quality and considered best to use in the Himalayas. We offer a single sleeping tent to all the crew members along with a common dining tent and washroom tents.

In the lodge, the meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. You will find a wide range of options on the menu. Nepali, Indian, Continental, and Tibetan are the main cuisines that can be seen on the menu. You will be given three meals a day. If you feel hungry any other time, you are free to munch on your expenses. Likewise, boiled water is available in the lodge. You can refill your bottle every time it gets empty, paying a small fee. Don't buy plastic water bottles as it will be very expensive and increase waste. While camping all the meals will be cooked and served by our team members. We will offer you hygienic, delicious, and nutritious meals.

Tailor-Made Options

Along with offering our fixed Ama Dablam Expedition itinerary, we offer tailor-made options also. You can choose your departure date and customize the itinerary as per your demands. This will help us to meet your requirements and allow you to have your dream journey. Contact us anytime to share your thoughts with us, and we will make sure to design a perfect Ama Dablam Expedition itinerary that will match your all needs.

Environmental Practices

We try our best to run sustainable & eco-friendly treks and tours everywhere. As we spend lots of our time in nature, it is very important for us to conserve and protect it. From recommending not to use plastic water bottles on the trail to cleaning the base camps while returning from the journey, these small steps that we are taking do make a difference. Moreover, we try best to reduce wastage on the trail by carrying more eco-friendly things with us.