There are hundreds of mountains all over the world. But, only a few leave remarkable impressions on people as Ama Dablam does. Once you see Ama Dablam, it will remain in your memories for a lifetime.
Ama Dablam translates to “Mother’s Jewel.” It gets its name from the locals who believe a glacier on its southwest side looks like “Dablam,” which is a traditional Sherpa jewel and “Ama,” meaning mother.
The pinnacle of the peak has a striking appeal. Not just with its beauty, Ama Dablam attracts hundreds of climbers every year with its technicality too. It is a dream of every climber to summit Ama Dablam. If you have some previous experience and wish to be a team member of an expertly led expedition, Ama Dablam is the best choice for you.
Ama Dablam stands close to the top 8000m peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many more ranges. It is the jewel of the Khumbu region. So, once you reach the top, the view from there is simply unbelievable.
Although the peak is only 6812 meters, it is comparatively more challenging than some peaks above 7000 meters—Ama Dablam demands for high physical fitness and toughness. You can only scale Ama Dablam if you have proper climbing skills both on rock and ice. Steep rocky routes with rocks and compact ice make it harder while climbing this peak.
Ama Dablam is one of the highest summited peaks for expeditions purposes as it is a “must-do” for any professional alpinist. For our expedition, we summit through the south ridge that is less prone to avalanches and fairly challenging with the proportion of rock, snow, and ice. There will be 3 camps set, besides the basecamp, at varying altitudes.
Basecamp: The Ama Dablam base camp is at an altitude of 4750m. Here we set up the most advanced camps of all.
Camp I: Camp I is ideally set up at 5700m on the east side of a ridge.
Camp II: Camp II is at the altitude of 5900m and a bit more exposed than other camps with limited tent space.
Camp III: Camp III is set up at 6300m, making it easy for the summit push.
Short History of Ama Dablam Expedition
The first-ever expedition of Ama Dablam was on the 13th of March 1961. The team of the Silver Hut Scientific Expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary, including Mike Gill(NZ), Barry Bishop(USA), Mike Ward (UK), and Wally Romanes (NZ) summited the peak via the southwest ridge.
Why You Will Love Ama Dablam Expedition
- Ama Dablam is a jewel of the Khumbu region among numerous 8000-meter peaks and still manages to steal the attention with its beauty.
- On reaching the top, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable panoramic view of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Pumori, and many more.
- You can test your climbing abilities – physical strength, mental toughness, and technical skills of ice climbing, as well as rock climbing.
- With us, you will be joining a team of experts who are knowledgeable about climbing and passionate too.
- The trek for the expedition takes you through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, one the world’s highest altitude national parks.
Is Amadablam Expedition Right For You?
- Ama Dablam is simply one of the gorgeous mountains on earth. Standing atop at this mountain gives a surreal feeling of accomplishment and pride.
- If you have experience climbing both on rock and ice, this expedition can be a great one for you to enhance your skills and add to your portfolio. However, without some prior climbing experiences of ice and rock climbing, it’s impossible.
- This expedition is cheaper compared to others in any of the visible surrounding mountains from Ama Dablam. The permit from the Nepal Government costs 400$ for Spring and Autumn, whereas it costs $200 for Winter and Monsoon.
- Three camps at well-planned altitudes make it easy for you to scale the summit.
Amadablam Expedition – Outline Itinerary
|Days||Itinerary||Altitude(in meters)||Duration(in hours)|
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu||1400 m||-|
|Day 02||Trip Preparation Day||1400 m||-|
|Day 03||Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding||2652 m||40 min flight and 3-4 hours trek|
|Day 04||Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3440 m||5-6 hours|
|Day 05||Namche Bazaar acclimatization||3440 m||-|
|Day 06||Namche Bazaar to Debuche||3770 m||5-6 hours|
|Day 07||Debuche to Pheriche||4,300 m||5-6 hours|
|Day 09||Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp||4570 m||5-6 hours|
|Day 10||Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp||4570 m||-|
|Day 11-25||Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam||6856 m||-|
|Day 26||Trek to Namche Bazaar||3440 m||5-6 hours|
|Day 27||Trek to Lukla||2800 m||3-4 hours|
|Day 28||Fly back to Kathmandu||1400 m||45 mins|
|Day 29||Leisure day in Kathmandu||1400 m||-|
|Day 30||Final Departure||1400 m||-|
Amadablam Expedition Itinerary (30 Days)Expand/Close
Altitude: 1400 m
This day marks your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon arriving, our representatives will greet you and guide you to your hotel. Once you reach the hotel, you can plan what you want to do for the rest of the day.
The ideal thing is to rest as you might be facing problems of jetlag. Or you can choose to go for a walk and explore the city spaces nearby. In the evening, you will be served delicious Nepali cuisine for dinner.
- 3-star or a 5-star hotel for accommodation
- Delicious, tasty and authentic Nepali cuisine
You will have the day to prepare for a month-long expedition that follows. Since you will be out on an adventure for a month, you will need to equip yourself with everything you need during this time. In case you have missed anything from the packing list, you can look for it here in Kathmandu.
Besides, this can be an excellent opportunity for you to explore the bustling streets and surrounding old market places in Kathmandu.
- Explore the local market in Kathmandu.
- Last-minute preparations for the trip.
- Briefing on by the ministry and receiving a permit.
You will have a compulsory briefing session today. We will be providing you with all the permits and required documents you need during the expedition. Besides that, you will have an interactive session with other team members, including your guide, who will join you for dinner. You can discuss and clarify any queries about the itinerary and plan accordingly.
Altitude: 2652 m
After an early breakfast, we leave quickly for the first flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla airport is an exhilarating one. Mainly because it passes overlooking the great Himalayas, despite it being a short flight, it is an experience of a lifetime to land in one of the world’s most dangerous airports.
Right after you land at the airport, there will be a short break followed by a short hike for 3-4 hours to Phakding. The trail to Phakding is mostly downhill through the forests of rhododendron and pine trees. Phakding is a traditional Sherpa village with many hotels and lodges.
- Exciting flight overlooking the grandeur of the Himalayas.
- A short walk through forests and villages.
- Witness the traditional Sherpa culture and enjoy the beautiful villages.
Altitude: 3440 m
On the first full day of the journey, you will trek through one of the world’s highest altitude national parks, the Sagarmatha National Park. You can expect to encounter wildflowers, exotic flora and fauna, high-flying birds, wild animals, etc.
You can also enjoy the picturesque villages, their people, their culture, and the traditional lifestyle that follows. After walking for 5-6 hours, you will finally reach Namche Bazaar, our final destination.
- Witness the wilderness in one of the world’s highest national parks.
- Explore the centuries-old tradition and culture of the Sherpa people.
- High-quality hotel for accommodation.
Altitude: 3440 m
Reaching Namche Bazaar means you’re already above the 3000m altitude mark. So, it is a perfect spot for acclimatizing. Namche Bazaar is the most developed settlement and a gateway to the Everest region.There’s a lot to see and experience in Namche, and passing this small town without spending some time here is a mistake.
While in Namche, you can visit monasteries, museums, local markets, restaurants and cafes, and many more interesting places. Namche Bazaar is one of the oldest and most vibrant places in the Khumbu region.
- Get something from the local market.
- Take a hike up to the viewpoint of Sagarmatha National Park in Namche.
- Immerse yourself in the traditional Sherpa culture and experience it first hand.
- Visit historical places like museums and cultural centers.
- Stay at a well-facilitated lodge.
While acclimatizing, do not sleep during the day time. It can have adverse effects on the acclimatization process. Drinking alcohol is also not suggested during acclimatization. You can celebrate once you have completed the expedition.
Altitude: 3770 m
You will start seeing the mighty Himalayas present themselves with awe-striking views. The walking on this day begins with a slightly steep uphill climb. It later flattens out, making it easy for trekkers to walk on.
This day is considered to be most rewarding for trekkers. You will pass through small villages, dense forests, and Imja Khola before finally arriving at the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region, Tengboche.
A short trip to the iconic Tengboche monastery allows you to pay homage to the mountain gods. Almost everyone going for an expedition takes blessings and positive energy from the monastery for a successful ascent. Further 30 minutes walk takes us to Debuche, which is our destination for the day.
- Cross multiple suspension bridges with prayer flyers wrapped around them.
- Walk along the Imja Khola in a comfortable trail surrounded by views of mountains.
- Visit the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche Monastery.
Altitude: 4300 m
After an early breakfast, we start our walk for the day. The trail is fairly easy as it descends to Imja Khola and continues uphill to the village of Pangboche. On reaching Pangboche, we take a break and have our lunch.
You will notice the change in landscape gradually as trees start to disappear, and Alpine shrubs take over. The landscape becomes rocky, and since the altitude mark crosses 4000 meters, those who have not properly acclimated may have minor difficulties in walking.
The walk continues until we reach the village of Pheriche. Pheriche is at 4300 meters with few hotels and views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and such.
- Excellent and close views of surrounding peaks.
- The rocky landscape gives a true feeling of being in the mountains.
- Visit HRA medical post.
We will have this day for acclimatizing before heading out to the basecamp. Acclimatizing above the 4000-meter altitude can help our body adapt better.
Pheriche being a small settlement of mostly hotels, does not have a lot to offer besides the priceless view. This place is a heaven for you as the views are truly exquisite if you’re interested in photography or videography.
- Priceless views of several peaks, including Nuptse, Lhotse, etc.
Altitude: 4570 m
This day you diverge from the standard route leading to Everest Base Camp and proceed towards the route to Ama Dablam Base Camp. You will frequently encounter yak pastures on the way.
You will reach the Ama Dablam Basecamp after you gently make it through the trail. The meadow right beneath the most beautiful mountain makes up for a great scene.
Our team will already have set up tents before you reach the base camp. So, once you get there, you can rest without having to worry about accommodation.
- Majestic views of Ama Dablam, including many other peaks like Lhotse Nuptse, etc.
- Grassy meadows with yak grazing is a common but equally beautiful sight.
Altitude: 4570 m
Once we are at the basecamp, we spend a day for acclimatization and preparation. Starting climbing right away can be a bad decision without proper preparation. First, you start with training sessions on how to use the right equipment at the right time.
Likewise, there’s a briefing session to determine the climbing approach and the roles of the guides and members of the expedition team. The briefing follows some team exercises for enhancing communication within the team, which is vital while climbing.
Altitude: 6812 m
Scaling Ama Dablam is not an easy feat. Within the next 15 days, you will frequently be performing ascending and descending exercises across three different camps set up at different altitudes.
While the lower half of Ama Dablam is considered easy to climb, the upper half is extremely narrow with rocks and snow. You will learn rock and ice climbing skills within the 15 days before reaching the summit.
You will be making a round trip to Camp III before pushing for the final summit to get familiar with weather conditions, altitude, wind behavior, and such.
On reaching the top, the view you see is simply magical, with peaks above 8000 meters, such as Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. surrounding you. Besides that, views of valleys and glacial lakes make for a gorgeous background too.
For any professional climber, reaching the summit of Ama Dablam is a major accomplishment in their career. It shows their endurance and determination, along with their technical skills.
By the 25th day of our journey, you will be down at the base camp with a profound feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.
- Unforgettable views of the major peaks like Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc..
- Good facilities for food and accommodation at camps
- A well-trained team of guides and Sherpas.
- Clean up the base camp before leaving.
There will be a cleaning session before leaving the basecamp. We will properly dispose of decomposing waste and carry the non-decomposing waste back. As a company, we realize our duties and responsibilities to keep our mountains clean and encourage our clients to be a part of this culture.
Altitude: 3440 m
After a successful ascent, this is the day when you return from the basecamp. Particularly on this day, you will cover the distance from base camp to Namche Bazaar. Since you will be descending, it will now be a lot easier for you to walk.
Walking through the trails with the surrounding view that is out of this world, you will reach Tengboche and later Namche in no time. Once you reach Namche Bazaar, then the day is called off.
You can celebrate your successful ascent in Namche Bazaar as there are plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants serving quality food and drink.
- Easy walk through surrounding rocky but plain trails.
- Extraordinary views of mountain vistas.
- Celebration of success at Namche Bazar.
Altitude: 2800 m
This day is the last day of walking in your month-long expedition. You walk the same trail that led you here in the first place. Passing through the villages with traditional houses and forests of rhododendron and pine trees, you make your way to Lukla.
If you wish to tip staff members in the team, this is the day to do that as you will be leaving the team for your flight to Kathmandu the following day early in the morning.
- Last day of enjoying nature at its best.
Altitude: 1400 m
On this day, after an early breakfast, you will be on a flight to Kathmandu. The flight is 45 minutes of heavenly experience passing above the Himalayas overlooking some of the world’s highest peaks standing tall.
- Spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas.
Altitude: 1400 m
Sit back and relax or go or out and explore, you’ve got an entire day just for you. Do whatever you want to. You can take the day to explore World Heritage Sites or traditional marketplaces. You can also try Nepali food varieties, enjoy some good music in pubs and bars, and more.
- Enjoy the comfort and luxury of the hotel.
- Explore around and treat yourself to city luxuries.
Altitude: 1400 m
This day is the final day of your stay in Kathmandu. Our representatives will drop you at the airport and wish you a wonderful journey ahead.
Amadablam Expedition Cost
Cost Includes and Excludes
- Arrival and departure cost on domestic and international flights
- Food and accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
- All the meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast) During the Trekking and climbing of Ama Dablam Summit and back
- All of the transportation service from initial and endpoints of Ama Dablam Expedition
- Climbing Sherpa guide for the expedition
- Ama Dablam Expedition Group climbing equipment like climbing rope, ice ax, ice screw, ice bar, etc
- All the required permits for Ama Dablam Expedition
- High altitude meals
- All of the insurance and expenses of Liaison officer (Government of Nepal)
- All necessary camping and kitchen equipment provided including base camp tents, dining tent with table and backrest chair, kitchen with all utensils, toilet with commode, etc
- High altitude tents and the crucial gadgets like EPI gas and burner for the high climb
- Warm clothes and trek gear for Nepali staffs including porters
- Life and medical insurance of all the staff and porters
- Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and Gamow Bag along with the comprehensive first-aid kit
- Communication devices like a walkie talkie and satellite phone in case of emergency
- Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while climbing Ama Dablam
- Agency service charge
- Farewell dinner with Nepali song and dance
- International airfare as well as airport tax
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Medical and personal high-risk insurance
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
- Bar and beverage bills
- Personal climbing gears and equipment
- Emergency rescue evacuation
- Climbing bonus and tips for Ama Dablam Base Camp staffs and personal expenses
- Calling fees satellite phone, communication gadget, and commercial filming while on Ama Dablam Expedition.
- Garbage deposit USD 3000 (sharing of the total person), and the deposit fee won’t be refunded if the climbers don’t take back their garbage to Kathmandu.
Why Nepal Social Treks for Ama Dablam Expedition?
Well Qualified Teams
We at NST are focused on building a well-qualified team of experts in the field of mountaineering. As a result, we have managed to gather a group of hardworking, passionate, dedicated, and well-organized members. To be specific, our guides have 5 years of experience in mountaineering, where they have scaled Everest at least 3 times.
Our guides are associated with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) or Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and certified for providing world-class service in the mountains.
To date, NST has successfully organized and executed 100+ expeditions on peaks, including Everest, Manaslu, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other 6000m+ peaks over time.
Higher Success Rates
NST has maintained the trust of the clients and lived up to our reputation by delivering higher success rates than the competitors. Our well-qualified and experienced guides with their tactical approach have helped us in achieving this feat.
We have a 1:1 climber to guide ratio for expeditions above 7000 meters, providing higher support and safety for every individual climber.
At NST, we are committed to enhancing your experience in every way possible. Firstly, we do not make false promises to our clients. We deliver what our packages promise, but we also tailor packages, if needed, to meet client’s demand.
We commit to using the latest technology when it comes to the safety and security of our clients. While on expeditions, communication and weather-related technology are vital. Harsh weather conditions and interrupted communication can cause serious problems in the mountain. Likewise, unreliable information about the weather can even cost a life in the mountains. We realize the importance of accurate, latest technologies and hence ensure you the best service.
Excellent Food and Accommodation Facilities
We receive clients from all over the world. Every client comes from a different background and culture. So, we need to realize this diversity and provide service accordingly. We make sure we get food products from abroad for you. Likewise, accommodation facilities range from 5-star hotels to tents, including tea houses, lodges and all depending on the time and place.
According to the Tourism Department of Nepal, anyone who wants to climb Ama Dablam has to pay the minimum royalty fees per person of $400 to the Nepal Government during Spring and Autumn season. In contrast, the same fee is $200 during the Winter and Summer seasons.
Though Ama Dablam is smaller in altitude compared to many other mountains in Nepal. It is one of the hardest mountains to climb. It is so because it demands high technical skills of rock and ice climbing. Its structure is what makes this peak a challenging one to climb.
We have added a comprehensive list of gears suggested for the expedition. This list includes everything used for the Everest expedition. We do not underestimate the peak of Ama Dablam as it is equally challenging in terms of technicality and weather conditions. Hence, we recommend you to get everything that we have mentioned above.
Ama Dablam is a comparatively small mountain when compared to other mountains above 7000 meters. However, one should not mistake it for an easy peak. It is technical with a rocky surface covered with snow and ice. Unlike other mountains, climbers climbing Ama Dablam should be well-trained for ice climbing as well as rock climbing.
For your expedition, you will be using the popular southwest ridge, which has the highest success rate and is easy comparatively. You set up three camps while taking this traditional route.
Here are some of the personal trekking gear that you can carry during Ama Dablam Expedition:
Waterproof Stuff Sacks (large and small)
Trekking Shirt – Pack 4 to 5 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves.
Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer.
Fleece Jacket – Pack a lightweight fleece jacket for the lower region.
Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants.
Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek.
Lightweight, long underpants – pack 2-3 pairs.
Mid-weight long underpants- pack 2-3 pairs.
Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather at the trek’s upper reaches.
Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather.
Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 4 to 5 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear.
Gaiter (For Winter)
Sun Protection Hat
A Pair of Inner Gloves
A Pair of Outer Gloves
Heavy gloves (mitten)
Sleeping Bag for Base Camp
Down Sleeping Bag – 20 to -40 degree celsius for extreme conditions
Thermarest Mattress (Cell Foam and Inflatable)
UV Protection Sunglasses
Water Purification Tablets
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
These are some of the important climbing equipment that you should carry while taking on the Ama Dablam Expedition: