With the characteristic pyramid shape, Mount Ama Dablam stands at 6812 Meters (22349ft) and is considered one of the most beautiful mountain crests in the whole world. Every trekker who visits the Khumbu Region gets hypnotized by the magnificence of this Mountain Peak. Located in the Khumbu region to the south of Everest and Lhotse, climbing the Ama Dablam will be one of the most beautiful feelings for the keen mountaineer.
Ama Dablam means “Mother’s necklace”- the long ridges on each side look like an arm of the mother protecting her child. And the hanging glacier resembles a “Dablam”, traditional jewelry containing pictures of god, worn by Sherpa women. During your Ama Dablam expedition journey, you will pass through some of the most fascinating Sherpa villages of the Khumbu Region. You can also explore the Buddhist monastery and experience the immense influence of Buddhism on the lifestyle of people there. Besides the Sherpa and Buddhist culture, this expedition journey offers you the ultimate adventure experience in The Himalayas as the route is loaded with Chortens, gompas, majestic forests, and unlimited mysteries to unfold.
Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. Ama Dablam was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK), and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge. They were well-acclimatized to altitude, having wintered over at 5800 meters near the base of the peak as part of the Silver Hut Scientific Expedition of 1960-61, led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
For the Ama Dablam Expedition, Southwest ridge is considered to be the most appropriate trail to reach the pinnacle of the Ama Dablam. This route provides exhilarating rock with exposed ridge, snow, and ice, climbing all the way to its summit via the Dablam glacier. Besides that, an expedition through the Southwest ridge ensures optimal acclimatization and preparation for the summit. The climb is typically done with three camps along the ridge with camp 3 just below and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam, so that any ice that calves off the glacier typically goes away from the camp.
Despite all the pleasant parts, it is quite stressed that, the expedition journey requires a demanding climb as all the skill along with the endurance capacity of a mountaineer is examined. Climbing to the top of the world's most adored pinnacle requires a dedicated mountaineer who has built up solid skills in rock climbing and ice climbing along with experience in high altitude and general technical competency.
The Ama Dablam Expedition journey begins with a connecting flight to Lukla (2850 meters) from Kathmandu. After we arrive at Lukla, a gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek; we then begin our journey towards the Ama Dablam Base Camp. As we slowly ascend, we walk through the Sherpa village, making our way through the alpine forest of pine and rhododendron, pass the small gompas and chortans, and consequently arrive at the base camp of the Ama Dablam. During our trek to the base camp, we take our time to properly acclimatize our bodies before the actual climbing period. We at Himalayan Scenery Trek and Expedition will make sure that your dream of conquering the pinnacle of Ama Dablam, is a reality with the highest priority on quality as well as your safety.
All of our guides and Sherpa have summited Ama Dablam and other Himalayan peaks countless times. This maximizes your safety and your opportunity to climb Ama Dablam successfully.
For the Ama Dablam Expedition, we will follow the standard climbing route via Southwest ridge with the typical arrangements of three high camps: Camp 1 (5600m), Camp 2 (5900m), and Camp 3 (6200m) with Base Camp at 4500m. All camps are arranged at the ridge of the mountains so that you can enjoy the heavenly views of the surrounding, which will also be the source of motivation to reach the pinnacle.
Ama Dablam Southwest Route Camps
Base Camp (4600 Meter/ 15092ft):
Ama Dablam Base Camp is one of the base camps which features huge grassland located on the high Himalayas of Nepal. You can enjoy playing volleyball and soccer at the base camp. Form the camp you can get the great views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche and Kongde. Usually, the base camp is sunny due to its location. Here at the base camp the sun is out early and stays late into the day. During the spring and autumn seasons, there are a handful of trekkers i.e. approximately about 5 to 7 teams. You can get great views of Mountain peaks and the grassland is more beautiful during this season.
Camp One (5700 Meter / 18,800ft):
From Base Camp of Ama Dablam camp, 1 is 5 hours further but the trail is mostly easy. Along the trail, you will notice a short section of casual rock scrambled about 100m in length. To reach camp 1 you will need to climb some large boulders and climb an easy fourth-class slap. You will not be provided with any fixed rope in place. Camp 1 is not as flexible as base camp due to which you need to adjust with other climbers and share your tents. There’s roughly place for six to seven double tents while the same amount for single tents.
Camp Two (5950 Meter/ 19,521ft):
Camp two is elevated at 5950 meters and climbing from camp 1 to camp 2 is the hardest during this expedition. The climbing includes a fourth-class horizontal rock ridge around several pinnacles and gendarmes, huge exposures with massive drop-offs on both sides of the ridge. You will find great quality granite during your climbing sessions. At the end of your climbing sessions, you need to climb the yellow tower for 6 meters which are French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. Once you climb the yellow tower you will arrive at Camp 2.
Camp Three (6200 Meter / 20,341 ft):
The climb to camp three includes ice and snow terrains making it a bit challenging. There are various points where you will find fixed ropes for climbing purposes. The climb from camp 2 to camp 3 shifts over to mixed, ice, and snow terrain. You will have great views of Ama Dablam base camp, Kusum Kanguru and Kantega while climbing through rough terrains of ice and snow. It is now time to traverse the infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6150 meters/20,300 feet. Looking up at camp 3 (6300 meters/20,800 feet), with the Dablam above. Some strong climbers push for the summit from camp two. The route from the yellow tower to camp three is almost 55º of slop most of the way.
Summit (6812 Meter / 22349ft):
To summit Ama Dablam from camp three and return to camp two takes every climber about 10 hours. While summiting you will be dealing with some pitches of dramatic but very solid snow-ice(40º+) while climbing to the side of Dablam. Once you finish these pitches you will reach a fluted snow/ice field (30-50º) leading you to one of the world’s finest summits. From the summit, you can see Khumbu and the astonishing panoramic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Shisapangma, and Makalu.
For the Ama Dablam Expedition, the climber ought to have good skills in ice and rock climbing and should be able to climb and rappel with the pack on. As the approach to climb the Ama Dablam, you will encounter a route that contains crux rock with countless harder pitches of up to 5.8 climbing, along with sustained pitches of steep ice and mixed terrain. A climber needs to climb 50 -70 degrees on straightforward ice. So, having decent skills in mountaineering is mandatory. As the expedition of Ama Dablam test all the mountaineering skills of the individual, the experience of mountaineering will be a plus point. Although we pursue the Southwest ridge route to climb up to the peak of the Ama Dablam, which is quite safer than other routes; however, there is a very low possibility of danger such as avalanche.
In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, safety is the topmost priority and we thrive to provide you with the safest mountaineering experience possible. With the highly experienced guides and Sherpa who have successfully conquered various Mountains, we assure you that you are in a safe hand and we give our best effort to make you climb fruitful without compromising safety. As per your safety concern, as we push toward the higher elevation, we will plan the ascend, monitor the daily weather forecast, check the ascent profiles as well as focus on other safety majors which may end up being deterrents in our successful expedition. Moreover, all the necessary medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio and satellite communication will be carried out by the team throughout the expedition period.
As you prepared for your expedition journey, don’t hesitate to contact our office. With the experienced guide and Sherpas, we provide all the necessary information regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, and the approaches of the Expedition. You can directly visit our office located in Thamel or call us at +977 – 9851083619 (Ram Krishna Timalsina). We are available on WhatsApp and Viber. You can also drop us an inquiry at [email protected] We will get back to you in 2 to 3 working days.
- Day 1:Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel:
- Day 2:Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
- Day 3:Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding:
- Day 4:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar:
- Day 5:Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar:
- Day 6:Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche:
- Day 7:Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche:
- Day 8:Trek from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp:
- Day 9:Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
- Day 10 - 12:Climbing Period of Ama Dablam:
- Day 13:Trek Back to Namche Bazaar:
- Day 14:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla:
- Day 15:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:
- Day 16:Leisure and contingency day:
- Day 17:Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by Tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle.
- 4:1 Experienced private climbing Sherpa guide during the trek and climb
- Flight tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu to the climbing member and his guide.
- All camping equipment’s like camp furniture (table, chairs), kitchenware, kitchen, dining, guest, shower and toilet tents in Advance Base Camp
- Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during the trek, freshly cooked 3 meals, tea or coffee by Snowy professional cook in Base Camp.
- High-quality Climbing tents for all camps.
- Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.
- Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.
- Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing
- Wages, equipment’s, medical and accidental Insurances for Sherpa guide and other staffs.
- High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas- above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high-altitude food yourselves)
- Required base camp and high-altitude food for climbing member and all involved staffs. Climbing Sherpas (4 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on the climbing day)
- Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period.
- A well-stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
- Oxygen equipment for medical use only.
- A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
- Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
- Farewell dinner for members in Kathmandu.
- Solar panel for light and battery charger in Base Camp.
- All our government taxes and vat levied in Nepal.
- Himalayan Scenery Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
- Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Travel insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
- Items of personal nature and laundry expenses.
- Expenses of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phone, and internet expenses.
- Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gears.
- Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
- Any additional staff other than specified.
- Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
- Special Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.
- All personal climbing gears.
- Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
- Tips for the guides and porters. (Tips are Expected)
- Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section
In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails traveling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster, or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concerns. All the alternations or changes to the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.
Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla:
Tenzing Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, is the small but busiest airport situated in a wonderful valley fenced by high mountains. This airport has been carved into a mountain ridge and sites by a perilous three-kilometer drop. Because of the high location, the weather around here is erratic and is likely to be changed every few hours resulting in flight delays and cancellations.
Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the only modes of transportation to and from Lukla Airstrip. However, because of the unpredictable weather of the high mountains reason, there is always the risk of flight cancellation or delays. In some cases, the flights are delayed or canceled for 2 or more days. The long delays in the flight schedule may hinder your trip. However, we Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, help you Charter a helicopter to or from the Lukla Airstrip, in case of flight cancellation or delays due to harsh and unpredictable mountain weather conditions. We will provide you with the best service to make sure that you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connection.
To charter a helicopter to or from the Lukla Airstrip, you will be charged approximately 2500 USD to 4,000 USD per Helicopter. The helicopter conveys 4 to 5 passengers at a time, so the aggregate chartered fee can be shared amongst the passengers (USD 500 to USD 3000 is applicable per person). The cost of this service is payable directly to our office, and later this can be submitted to the travel insurance company for reimbursement. Our company will provide you with all the required documentation for the claim.
Team composition is important to ensure the safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
- HST Accredited Climbing Leader
- High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa
- Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such as Porters, Yaks, and Yak man
- Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
Hotel and Accommodation on Ama Dablam Expedition:
Trek to the Himalayas is one of the favorite destinations for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers all around the globe. Although the Himalayan region of Nepal is the most popular trekking destination in the world; there are a lot of things people don’t have a clue about. While trekking to the high mountain region, you will not find the hotels and accommodation you see in the city areas. The hotels and accommodations around the high Himalayan have fewer services and facilities. The hot shower may turn out to be simply a bucket of lukewarm water and the toilet may be a latrine behind the hotel. The private room can be a wooden cell with no furniture except a bed, mattress, and curtain in place of the door. So, while trekking to the mountainous region of Nepal, you need to be ready to stay in the less fancy and minimum facilitated hotels.
On the expedition Journey to Mt. Ama Dablam, we provide you with a 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are in Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your journey to Base Camp of Mt. Ama Dablam, we provide you with the basic lodges and tea houses for your accommodation. The room of these lodges and tea houses are less fancier with just a bed, a pillow, and a blanket. The lodges on the trail to Ama Dablam are always crowded and in some cases, you may have to share a room with other trekkers or may have to sleep in the dining room. We put every effort to make your trek as cozy as possible. However, you need to stay flexible in some cases. We will accommodate the groups in the local lodges available each day. We send the porters ahead of us to pre-book the room for the next day (rooms cannot be pre-booked in all places).
During the Expedition, we will be staying in a tent. All the food is prepared by our expert cook. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. However, a single room will be provided on request and by paying a single supplement of USD 390.
In Kathmandu besides the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan for the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.
Food and Beverages:
All the food and Beverages included on the package to Ama Dablam Expedition are provided by the company itself. The food is provided in the tea houses or lodges on the trail. We will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnight. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for lunch. We highly recommend you bring the water purification pills, to cleanse the water and drink during the trek. During the trek, there are options for buying bottled water and boiled water as well.
During the expedition period hygienic and freshly cooked food will be served to you. All foods are prepared at the camp by our highly experienced cook.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful expedition, we will provide a farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines.
We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick-up and sightseeing tours around Kathmandu. We likewise provide the flight to and from Lukla Airstrip for the
Luggage and Backpack:
The main luggage of yours will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen, and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave things that are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. The weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.
Guide and Porters on Trek:
We provide you with a well-trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek. Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg from each trekker). We provide one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide an additional guide for your trip.
Leaders and Staff Management:
Climbing Leader and Staff Management are one of the most critical parts of the Expedition journey determining the success, enjoyability, and memorability of the trip. A highly experienced, skilled, and courteous climbing leader will make the expedition journey smooth and easy. At Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, all the expedition crew members along with the climbing leader are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following training:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, Ice Climbing, and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
Personnel Expenses are largely influenced by your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities at the cost of your Ama Dablam Expedition. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get a significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy souvenirs for the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips, and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to the staff. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10%of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.
Rescue and Evacuation:
Nepal is a country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seekers all around the globe. In spite of the fact that Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover and thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with a serious hazard. The most exciting, and joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like a sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection, and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing on your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive in Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit the Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at +977 – 1 – 4438648 or +977 – 9851083619. We are available on Viber and WhatsApp.
- Destination Nepal
- Trip Difficulty Technical Challenging
- Trip Style Expedition
- Accommodation Lodge + Camping
- Group Size 01 - 12
- Max Altitude 6812 Meter
- Transportation: By Air
- Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + Fruit
- Best Season: Spring (April - May) & Autumn (September - October)
- Trip Begins: Kathmandu, Nepal
- Trip Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal