Ama Dablam Expedition

Easy, Funny and rocky mountain climbing

Duration Duration 21 Days
Meals Meals
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lodge during trek
  • Tent during climbing
Activites Activities
  • Expedition
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
Price Reduced US$ 6879 Price Starts From US$ 5950
Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Difficult
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
6812 Meter
Activities Activity
Mountaineering
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
2 - 8 People
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Flight
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
6-7 hours trek/climbing

Overview of Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition will bestow you with a lifetime of memory. The true peace of mind lies within nature itself. Himalaya, the best creation of nature, is home to spiritual power. Exploring and winning over the Himalayas range in Nepal is a true sense of adventure and success. These high peak mountains of Nepal also make some of the best tours in the world. And without a doubt, trekking to the mountains of the Khumbu region is a true thrill.


Ama Dablam Expedition Highlights

  • Climb to the summit of the so-called world’s tallest peak during Ama Dablam
  • Parallel views of the world’s tallest mountain from 6812m above the sea level
  • Explore the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people
  • Wander in the world’s best trekking place i.e. Sagarmatha region
  • True mountain climbing experience along with the thrill of hiking
  • Witness rear flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park

In the Ama Dablam Expedition, we can see Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest. Besides the Himalayas view, the unique Buddhist culture and the lifestyle of the mountain people will keep you delighted. These people practice their century-old traditions in the rawest form and lead a peaceful life within the mountain. The unique mountain landscape and the biodiversity of the Khumbu region will also keep you occupied. This very trek is the perfect blend of adventure, culture, and nature.

About Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam, also known as the prettiest mountain in the world, is the best in the Everest region. Mount Ama Dablam at 6,812 meters above sea level is about 20 kilometres from the mighty Everest itself. With the southwest face representing the sacred ornament box of Sherpa women called Dablam, this is the most visually striking peak in the world.

Moreover, there are three camps including the base camp of Ama Dablam. Spending multiple nights in the mountains, we live the best days of our life.

Ama Dablam expedition is a fun solid rock & snow climbing expedition. With the fixed ropes, Crampons, and axes, the journey is going to demand some technical knowledge. With good physical fitness and some training, both novices and expert climbers alike. Mike Gill, Barry Bishop, Mike Ward, and Wally Romanes first climbed the Ama Dablam peak in 1961 via the Southwest Ridge.

An Expedition Route

The 21 days Ama Dablam expedition itinerary is easy to accomplish and a rewarding climb. You will explore the exot­ic Kathmandu city before flying into the remote moun­tain town of Luk­la. The trek to Everest Base Camp begins from Lukla. First, we walk to the village of Phakding and further trek to the popular town of Namche. We stopped at this spectacular village for a day. Then, we walked to another village of Dingboche before the Ama Dablam base camp.

Here, we stop for a day or two to get some training for the mountain climb. The porters will set the camps and prepare the food so that you can focus on the climb. When the weather is stable we walk to camp 1 and then camp 2. Your tour is led by certified/ experienced guides and Sherpas. They will help you fix the ropes and ascend the steep rock.

Lastly, trekking to the submission will be our ultimate target. On the same day, we headed back to the lower altitude. Climbing down to the base camp, we then get to Namche Bazaar and finally to Lukla. Finally, a flight from Lukla brings us to Kathmandu, the ending point of our trek.

Sitting at 8848 m, Mt Everest, the very best peak in the world, makes the best trekking destination. Such attraction of tourists has made the locals build these small tea houses that serve the basic yet comfortable stay in mountains. But the majority part of our nights in the mountains will be in Tent. So let’s learn about the Ama Dablam Expedition in detail.

Ama Dablam Expedition Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Altitude: 1400m

    After you land at the Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will welcome you to Nepal. A short drive from the airport then takes you to the hotel in Thamel. You will be staying in a 3-star hotel in the vibrant city of Thamel. After checking into the hotel, you have a whole day by yourself.

    In the evening, we all gather for a gaggle briefing of the Ama Dablam Expedition. Then, you will be introduced to the crew and we shall all enjoy the welcome dinner in a Nepalese restaurant. After dinner, you can enjoy the nightlife of Thamel or get to bed early.

    Overnight in Kathmandu

    Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    This is our relaxing day in the city of Kathmandu. Moreover, our mission for the day is to get the climbing permits and explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu. Also called the city of temples, Kathmandu has many world heritage sites that are worth exploring.

    In the morning, we visit Swayambhunath which is known as the Monkey temple. On the silent hilltop, the entire valley is visible from the Stupa. Then, we visit the Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. Within the area, there’s a lot of architectural heritage that holds great importance in Nepalese history.

    Then, there’s the Boudhanath stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal. You can often see Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhists chanting mantras on the premises. Lastly, we head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the homes of the former kings of Nepal. Here, we can see the palaces, temples, and the home of living goddesses.

    In the evening, we went back to Thamel to go shopping. Ask your guide to help you shop the trekking gear. Later, you can enjoy the night on your own.

    Overnight in Kathmandu

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

    Altitude: 2,550 metres

    Duration: 3-4 hours

    We’ll start the Amadablam Expedition with a morning flight to Lukla (2,840m). First, we drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport and catch the flight to Tenzing Norgay airport, a gateway to the Khumbu Region. This is often an exciting flight that bestows us the very first glimpse of Everest within the distance.

    In Lukla, we’ll meet the rest of the crew and depart immediately for our first night within the mountains. In the first part, we slowly walk on the trail to the village of Phakding. This is the easiest part of the trek as we mostly head on the levelled trail. We headed to the village of Phakding which is situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi. On the short walk, we enjoy the very first views of the Everest region.

    Overnight in Phakding

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Altitude: 3,440 metres

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    We begin the day after a warm breakfast in the tea hotel. On the trail, we first walked to the village of Monjo which is about 2 hours of walk. We further continue the trek passing a couple of impressive bridges including the Hillary suspension bridge.

    The views of the mountains often accompany us during the entire trek. We get some insight into the culture of the famous Sherpa people. This can often be challenging due to the increasing altitude. About six hours of walking finally brings us to the Namche Bazaar.

    Namche Bazaar is a big town on the premises of Khumbu. Namche used to be the trading centre for the Tibetans in the mountains. For the evening, we crash in the cosy remote houses that are operated by the people of Namche.

    Overnight in Namche

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

    As we are already dwelling in the very high altitude, we will occupy Namche for an additional day. This allows us to properly acclimatize at such an elevation. But we will not waste an entire day in the hotel. As we wake up with the amusing sunrise views from the village, we enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

    An additionally excellent option is to enjoy the stunning vista along with the panorama of the peaks from Everest view hotel. For that, we hike to the hilltop in the morning. Also, we visited the local museum and a school that was made by Sir Edmund Hillary himself.

    A stay in Namche is an excellent way to witness the lifestyle of the Sherpa people. In the evening, we enjoy some cake in the Namche bakery. There are some finest restaurants and guest houses in Namche for our accommodation.

    Overnight in Namche

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6: Trek to Phortse

    Altitude: 3,700m

    Duration: 6 hours

    After being fueled by the warm Breakfast in Namche, go for an additional day of trekking on the Everest Base Camp. The breathtaking Himalayas such as Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam are visible right before our eyes.

    Walking in the thick forest of Pine, Oak and Rhododendron, we walk further inside the Khumbu region. After a brief walk, we reach our destination i.e. Phortse. This village is understood as the foremost beautiful paradise within the Everest region. We crashed in one of the tea houses for the night.

    Overnight in Phortse

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7 – Trek to Dingboche

    Altitude: 4,400m

    Duration: 6 hours

    After breakfast, we walked parallels to the canyon of Imja Khola River. The pristine blue waters right from the mountain will melt our hearts as well. From here, the walk to the village of Pangboche is rather steep. Pangboche has been called the most important settlement of Sherpas within the region.

    Enjoy an excellent opportunity to watch a typical Sherpa village while you have lunch here. After some hours, we again joined the path that leads us to the rather difficult landscape. Thanks to dry and deserted mountains, we now walk outside the forest into a different landscape. After some hours, we will reach Dingboche, another beautiful settlement in the mountains.

    Overnight in Dingboche

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: We can use the via Tengboche but that adds a day to our Itinerary.
  • Day 8: Acclimatization

    After the hard walk, our body needs some rest before we walk further close to the mountains for Amadablam Expedition. Today, we stop in the village of Dingboche. After breakfast, we head for the acclimatization hike on the nearby hilltop. The stunning views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse from the top of Chukung Ri are something that cannot be missed. After enjoying the views and some brief rest, we get back to the Dingboche. Then, it’s lunchtime.

    For the evening, you can either rest in the hotel or we shall wander around the village of Dingboche. Get to bed early as we have a tough day ahead of us.

    Overnight in Dingboche

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp

    Altitude: 4,570 meters

    Duration: 4 to 5 hours

    Today we leave the classic trail of the Everest base camp and choose a backcountry route far away from the village for the Amadablam Expedition. After breakfast, we start to walk on the tiny yak herder settlements that revolve around the bottom of Ama Dablam.

    The uphill walk along the river offers some of the prodigious views we have yet witnessed. As we move closer, the southwest ridge of Ama Dablam gets clear. After a short downhill walk, we prepare for the tough climb to the base camp.

    The Ama Dablam Base camp lies beyond the grassy valley at the bottom of the mountain. We arrive at the camp early so that our porters can set the camp and prepare the food. In the evening, we will explore the nearby areas and have a wonderful time with our guests.

    Overnight in Ama Dablam Base Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Day of rest in Base camp

    We walk up with the views of the spectacular mountain all around us. After the breakfast break, we can climb the nearby hills to acclimatize our bodies before the real climb. Then, we let our bodies have enough rest and rejuvenate from all the hectic walks in the mountain. The Sherpa will also make the prayer for our successful climb.

    In the daytime, we practice a sophisticated fixed-line training course that is made by our Sherpa. They teach you to climb the cliffs and rocks that come on the way to the summit. We spend more than half of the day practising all the techniques.

    We shall learn to clear the jumbling vertical lines, rappelling, arm-wrapping, and using anchors and ropes. In the evening, we all gather to enjoy a warm dinner. Interact with your crew and listen to their stories of previous climbs so that you can be mentally prepared for the trek. Later, we will pack our bags and get everything ready for the morning.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: We might stay in the base camp for an additional day in the case of bad weather or a medical emergency.
  • Day 11: Walk to the Yak camp and back

    Altitude: 5,182 meters

    Duration: 4-6 hours

    It is normal to spend at least one night in Yak camp to acclimate your body before the final push. So, we wake up in the morning and head to the yak Camp. After a brief moment at the top, we walked back to the base camp.

    Overnight in base camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: As per the need of your body, we might further climb to camp I and get back after a night there. Your Sherpa will recommend the best rotation to make your climb easier. The experienced climbers might not need any rotations.
  • Day 12: Rest in base camp

    This is the final day before you are ready to climb further up the mountain. Also, the Sherpa will give you some additional training. Make sure you feel well- both physically and mentally before we begin the real climb.

    Overnight in base camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Climb to Camp 1

    Altitude: 5,639 meters

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    We leave the base camp in the morning after breakfast. The first part of our climb includes the trek to the Yak camp (this can be our stop for the night if you cannot climb to camp 1). After some brief moments here, we now head to the Southwest Ridge.

    This portion turns from a plateau to a real knife-edge to bring us closer to the camp. Now, the climb moves on the easy sandy trails before it gets on the outsized talus field. Crossing over the huge granite boulders, we climb the final 200 meters on fixed lines.

    The tents of Camp 1 are perched by the Sherpas in the fantastic airy position over the rock platforms. Our first night in the middle of the mountain is going to be quite thrilling.

    Overnight in Camp 1

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14: Climb to camp 2

    Altitude: 5,944 meters

    Duration: 4 hours

    We begin the second day of your mountain climbing quite early. Here, you get the first taste of technical mountain climbing right after leaving camp 1. We clip into the fixed ropes that are set by our Sherpa and climb to camp 2. The climbing is going to be incredibly thrilling with short steps and countless fourth to easy fifth-class moves. The Yellow Tower which is renowned as the crux pitch of the climb is additionally found here.

    We shall settle quite early in the day as our porters prepare the food and bed for the night.

    Overnight in Camp 2

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15: Climb to Summit and Return to Camp 2

    Altitude: 6,812 metres

    Time: 8-9 hours

    Get ready for the most important day of your climb in the evening. We leave the second camp quite early and aim for the summit before the weather gets worse. Today’s climb is technical and needs constant guidance.

    Although some parts of the trail are easy, handling yourself at such an altitude and the cold temperatures is hard. We climbed the steep snow and ice to the summit. As we reach the top, the staggering view of six 8,000-meter peaks will be smiling down on such. Almost five hours of trek to the summit will be worth the mind-blowing views from the top.

    After a brief moment at the summit, we climbed down to camp 2. Although the descent feels easier, it’s when most of the accidents happen. Make sure that you walk very carefully and listen to every word from the guide.

    Overnight in Camp 2

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Back to base camp

    Altitude: 4,570 meters
    Duration: 2 to 3 hours

    We wake up with the pleasing feeling of a successful climb to the summit. After the hot breakfast, we get our bags ready. Cleaning our camp, we begin the descent towards Camp 1. Walking slowly on the technical slabs we quickly get to camp 1.

    After some rest here, we further retract the path to the Yak Camp. Since this is the same path you initially climbed, you will be well aware of the dangers. In the mid-day, we will find ourselves in the base camp. Have some rest as our team prepares the food and the tent. We celebrate the success of the Ama Dablam Expedition.

    Overnight in the base camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17: Extra Day

    As you should know, the weather in the mountains is quite unstable. Also, we cannot climb Ama Dablam in too much snow or strong wind. Before heading for the summit, we make sure that the weather is in our favour.

    Similarly, we cannot ignore the chances of a medical emergency. Suffocation and weakness are very common in such altitudes. We reserve this day for the Ama Dablam Expedition. for any such unfortunate cases.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Altitude: 3,440 metres
    Duration: 6-7 hours

    We leave bottom camp as we hike to Capitol Hill and then to Pangboche. This is the hardest part of today’s journey. After some rest in Pangboche, we continue to trek down the valley. Moreover, walking in the thick forest we walk to Thyangboche, which houses the largest monastery in the Khumbu region.

    We will visit the monastery as we stop for lunch. Then, we continued the walk in the enormous sink to the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing a suspension bridge, we get to Sanasa. Now, walking along the hillside, we finally reach the village of Namche Bazaar.

    Overnight in Namche Bazaar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 19: Trek to Lukla

    Altitude: 2,850m

    Duration: 6-7 hours

    This is the final day of trekking in the mountains for the Ama Dablam Expedition. Now, we wake within the premises of the spectacular Khumbu. Then, we shall descend for an hour before we get to the high bridge. Along the Dudh Koshi river, we retrace our path to the village of Phakding.

    Now, we stop here for some moments before we get lunch and make the final two-and-a-half-hour walk. After we reach Lukla in the late afternoon, we further enjoy one final dinner with the entire crew. The crew will leave us in the morning. Enjoy your final night spent in the proximity of the mountains.

    Overnight in Lukla

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu

    Altitude: 45 minutes

    Duration: 45 minutes flight

    You will wake up early for breakfast and head to the Lukla Airport. We shall schedule your flight to Kathmandu quite early in the morning when the weather is still clear. This also gives us an entire day to explore the city of Kathmandu.

    Moreover, you can stroll around your hotel at Thamel and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones. In the evening, we shall gather for the Farewell dinner on behalf of the team where we celebrate the successful accomplishment of the Journey.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 21: Departure

    This is your last morning in Kathmandu, our Ama Dablam Expedition. ends here. We shall drive you to the airport as per your flight schedule.

    Wish you a wonderful journey back home.

    Meals: Breakfast


Includes/Excludes

What's included
    • All land transportation
    • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight
    • One Expedition Guide and support staff (Porter)
    • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu, Local lodge during trek and tent during an expedition with Breakfast
    • Lunch and Dinner during trek and expedition
    • Climbing Equipment like a rope. Ice Axe etc
    • Ama Dablam Expedition Permit
    • All applicable taxes
What is excluded
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Expenses like internet, laundry, phone calls etc
    • International airfare and visa fee
    • Tipping for guide and support staff
    • Summit Bonus for Ama Dablam Expedition supporter
    • Personal Trekking and climbing equipment

Accommodation

Accommodation is at three-star hotels in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing and BB basis.  However, accommodation is at tea houses with three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner during Ama Dablam Expedition.

Transportation

Your package includes flights in the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector. Transfers and sightseeing will be in private air-conditioned vehicles. 

Departure Dates

We have daily departures for this trip, so we recommend that you book it according to your schedule. We will customize the tour/trekking package to your specific needs. We are concentrating on the private trip, taking into account numerous elements such as COVID, trekkers' physical fitness, available time, and budget. Because these elements may or may not be compatible with the individual traveler.

Similarly, during the trek/tour, we will be pleased to supply you with pre/post accommodation as well as other supplementary services such as a domestic flight and an additional porter. Please fill out this customized form for your convenience.

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