Ama Dablam Expedition

Nepal 32 Days 31 Nights

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Overview

The high mountain peaks of Nepal make some best tours in the world. And without a doubt, trekking to the mountains of the Khumbu region is a true thrill. Ama Dablam Expedition will bestow you with a lifetime of memory. 

Ama Dablam is known as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’ and stands tall and proud at 6812m. The amazing mountain, which is considered one of the world’s most beautiful peaks in Nepal, stands in the middle of the Khumbu valley. The peak is unique in itself because of the sharply pointed shape and ascending the peak. Summiting this peak is a dream come true for many climbers. They strive to conquer it and stand on the summit with the views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8481m), and other peaks. The expedition to the Amadablam peak (6,812) is demanding and presents challenges as well as breath-taking views. All climbers need to have good climbing skills to be capable to join this expedition.

With the southwest face representing the sacred ornament box of Sherpa women called Dablam, this is the most visually striking peak in the world. Spending a night in the base camp of such a prolific mountain is obviously the best day of our life.

Ama Dablam Expedition
Ama Dablam Expedition

The 32-day Ama Dablam base camp trek is a rewarding climb. You will explore the exotic Kathmandu city before flying into the remote mountain town of Lukla. Every trek to Everest Base Camp begins from Lukla. First, we walk to the village of Phakding and then to the famous village of Namche. We stop at this spectacular village for a day. Then, we Pangboche before getting to Ama Dablam base camp. From the Base Camp, you can climb to Camp II and reach the Ama Dablam summit the next day. Here, the best views of Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest smile at us. 

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. This trek is the perfect blend of adventure, culture, and nature. At the same time, the well-built trekking region of Ama Dablam is also well developed, serving you with luxury and comfort. If you want a relaxing holiday with some thrill, this Ama Dablam hike is just for you.  

MyEverestTrip has successfully run expeditions around various parts of the Himalayas with a highly qualified team of experts and high-altitude climbers. We provide you with international equipment and guide you throughout the expedition to minimize any mishaps. Once you connect with us, it is our responsibility to take care of you throughout the journey.

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Your Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345m),

O/N at 3 Star Hotel, Meals Provided: Dinner

You will be warmly greeted by our representatives at the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Feel free to enjoy the rest of the day!

Day 02:  Pre-trip meeting & sightseeing around Kathmandu valley,

O/N at 3 Star Hotel, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

This day you will be taken to different world heritage sites listed by UNESCO to explore more about the culture and architecture of Kathmandu. You will also be given detailed information about the plans, precautions, and trials.

Day 03: Official formalities in Kathmandu,

O/N at 3 Star Hotel, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today is the day where you will be taken to our main office so that we can sign on different formalities before we head on the trek. Feel free to stroll around the city during your spare time.

Day 04: Final preparation day in Kathmandu

O/N at 3 Star Hotel, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today will be the final day in Kathmandu. We will check your clothes and trekking instruments before we head toward the trip.

Day 05: Fly to Lukla (2804 m) & trek to Phakding (2610 m)

3 Hrs. O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will fly to the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla, which will take about 40 minutes and then descend slowly bypassing the village of Chauri Kharka and through the small forest and. We walk on a trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at Phakding.

Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m), 5 Hrs,

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We follow the trail through pine forests to Benkar (2700m) and ascend to Chumoa and descend to Monjo Khola. Then, we trail up till we reach Namche Bazaar which is also called Gateway to Everest.

Day 07: Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

Short Everest Trek Season

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will stay here to get used to the environment and trek to a museum showcasing the Sherpa traditions. You will get sight of the beautiful Everest (8848m) and Amadablam (6812m)—the peak you are about to climb. We hike up to Syangboche Airport and explore Khumjung village (3800m) which is the biggest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region.

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m), 5 hrs

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We trek to Tengboche uphill until we pass Phunki Thenka to reach Kyanjuma. Later, we trek down to Monjo and towards the Dudh Koshi River till we reach Tengboche.

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (4350 m), 6 hrs

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner We ascend to Dingboche to see the amazing view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8526m), Nuptse (7861m), and Amadablam (6812m). We cross the Imja Khola and trek uphill to Pangboche Gumba, the oldest monastery in this region. We continue to walk to Shomare and then to Dingboche. As we walk we can see the mighty Ama Dablam in front of us.

Day 10: Acclimatization day

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You will rest in this beautiful place of Chukhung valley. You will be able to experience the Imja River that directly flows east amid stone walls and the valley. You can find an amazing view of the mountain range surrounding the valley. You can take help from the porters to know more about altitude sickness.

Day 11: Trek to Ama Dablam base camp (4600 m), 5 Hrs

O/N at the base camp, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We cross the trails and walk towards Dudh Koshi River. We ascend on a trail that connects us to Ama Dablam Base Camp. The base camp is large and has open grassland at the foot of the base. You will also be given information and safety measures.

Day 12: Acclimatization day,

O/N at the base camp, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Here we acclimatize and get training on peak climbing techniques, climbing gears, using ropes, and climbing skills which can increase our chance of successful peak climbing. You will hike to get used to the altitude. You will also be given detailed information on safety measures.

Day 13-27: Climbing period of Ama Dablam (Ama Dablam climb via southwest ridge),

O/N at the camp, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We move further up to Camp 1 (5700m) along the standard trails, acclimatize, and then return to base camp again. There are three camps above the base camp. The camps above Camp 1 are difficult, and we follow fixed trails. Camp 2 and Camp3 are mostly icy and slippery. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is less technical, and by day 27, we scale the peak and move back to the base camp.

Day 28: Trek back to Namche Bazaar (3441 m), 6 Hrs.

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner After the amazing summit, we trek back to Namche Bazaar. We will see the same villages and mountain ranges but the feeling this time would be different. You will descend downhill and rest throughout the day.

Day 29: Trek to Lukla (2804 m), 6 Hrs

O/N at the tea house, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner We walk for about 6 hours to reach Lukla. This will be our last evening of the expedition which is a good opportunity for a small gathering with the porters and the local people. We will review our expedition.

Day 30: Morning flight back to Kathmandu,

O/N at 3-star hotel, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner This morning, you will board a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which will take about 40 minutes.

Day 31: Leisure day in Kathmandu and cultural dinner,

O/N at 3-star hotel, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After such an amazing and strenuous trip, you will have a leisure day where you can rest and relief your body strains. Later, you will be taken to a cultural dinner at a restaurant.

Day 32: Transfer to the airport for flight departure

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport. You will be taken 3 hours before the scheduled time when you will board a flight to your home country.

Additional Info

Ama Dablam Climbing Routes

The month-long expedition starts from Kathmandu as we fly to Lukla. We gradually ascend uphill in Phakding. We enter the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. We then reach the Khumbu Glacier and descend to Dingboche and move towards Chukung valley and Imja Tse base camp. We attempt the summit after a night at the Ama Dablam base camp located at the southwest ridge. Ama Dablam consists of 3 campsites before reaching the peak. We move further up to Camp 1 (5700m) along the trails and acclimatize and then return to base camp again. Camp 2 and Camp 3 are mostly icy and slippery. We gradually move up and adjust to the environment. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is less technical, and after two weeks, we summit the peak and move back to the base camp. As we move back to our accommodation, we could see the amazing Chukung valley, the villages, and the range of the Himalayas Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), and many other mountains. The journey comes to an end when we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Cost to Climb Ama Dablam

The 32-day Climb to Ama Dablam cost about $3,500. With so many permits, gears, and manpower, mountain climbing isn’t cheap. The cost here includes a Sherpa guide, porter, food, accommodation, flight cost, and permit. YOu might need $500 more for personal expenses and tips. Since this is not an actual mountain climb, but rather a practice peak, the cost of the Ama Dablam climb is low in comparison to other mountain peaks above 8,000 meters.

Ama Dablam climb difficulty

Ama Dablam climb

From base camp to Ama Dablam Camp 1 (5800M) there are not many objective risks. Climbers should cross on rough stones after arriving at camp 1. Straight after camp 1 heading towards Camp 2, there is a fixed-line. Climbers should carry their own backpack as a porter isn’t accessible here. From here onwards the climb begins to get harder and riskier. There are multiple hurdles before reaching Yellow tower.

Ama Dablam Camp 2 (6100M) sits on the highest point of Yellow tower which is a straight 80 – 90 degrees vertical trip. It is a 60ft – 70ft of vertical move at 20000ft level isn’t easy. Camp 2 can house around 7 to 8 tents so during the bustling season it is difficult to find an optimal spot.

Climb to Ama Dablam Camp 3 (6400M) is on the snow and ice that gathers during the spring season. The Ama Dablam route goes from the rear of the tower and climbers should cross on ice or rock chunks. After heading up, there are specific risks of rockfall, particularly when there are other climbing groups ahead. Rocks of the size of a football (soccer) can fall down, so additional consideration is required. The move-up is 70-80 degrees vertical to arrive at the solid edge. Most groups don’t stop at camp 3 and go to the Ama Dablam summit.

Loads of new and old fixed ropes can be found and especially while moving to the summit.  Showing up underneath the pyramid the highest point lies over the Dablam slants. Climbing further up on 55 – 65 degree slants which is the straightforward walk, you can reach submit in 10+ hours assuming from camp 2. The summit of Ama Dablam is wide and expansive. On a sunny morning Mt. Everest, Makalu 8463M, and Baruntse 7129M territories are obviously seen.

Your ascension is half-done as of now. Abseiling down to camp 3 is direct. You must be back at Camp 2 where we plan our camp for the night.

Amadablam weather

 

The information on the weather of Ama Dablam is essential to planning a proper trek to Nepal. Ama Dablam’s climate determines the ease you experience while you are trekking in a particular region. Nepal experiences four kinds different kinds of seasons in the high mountains. Each of these seasons has different temperatures, vegetation, and challenges. However, trekking in different Ama Dablam weather has its own perks. 

 

Winter (December to February): Winter is the month when the Himalayas cover themselves with a thick layer of snow, thus looking more beautiful than they ever did. The snowfalls commence in mid-January and last till December. The night temperature in the Ama Dablam trek can fall below -14 degrees Celciuswhile days are also very cold (-1 degree Celcius). It’s especially harsh in the mornings and nights. It snows for about three days, and the trail is full of snow in late January and February.  

 

Spring (March to May): Without a doubt, these are the peak season for the Amadablam trek. After harsh winter, the temperature starts to rise. In April, the day temperature will be about 5 degrees, while the night can still be on the brink of freezing temperature. However, March still has snow in the higher path. By May-end, even the upper areas are quite harmed. The Spring weather in the Ama Dablam trek is exceptionally stable, with no rain and snow.

 

Monsoon (June to September: The occasional rain in Ama Dablam base camp is experienced. The monsoon begins in mid-June and continues until mid-July. Most of the rain pours in the evening and morning. Still,

the nights are warm, with temperatures above 3 degrees Celcius; the temperature is about 13 degrees during the daytime.

 

Autumn (September to November): Heat, clear sky, and better views of the Himal make Autumn a magical time. The rain stops after the monsoon, and nature is extremely clear. The temperature also remains above the melting point the night. Only in November, the night temperature in Ama Dablam falls below -2 degrees. The day is about 4 degrees. 

Why US

MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for more than a decade, traveling with hundreds of trekkers and travelers all around the world.   

With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planer, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal for ensuring that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.  

So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip. 

Customize your itinerary:

We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the need and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so that we can arrange the rest. 

Our Expert guide: 

Although all travel agency claims to have a good guide, many of them are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its own licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture, and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. Upon special request, we can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal.

Fair and reasonable Cost:

MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked. 

Your safety is our priority:

Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and our team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have insurance of their own. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trip have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.

Responsible and Eco-Friendly 

MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes 

  • We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
  • We cover all the places that have been promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged). 
  • All our guides and porter are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
  • We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry them back with us and send it to the municipality
  • We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal we stay. 

FAQ

How high is Ama Dablam peak?

Ama Dablam, the prettiest mountain globally, is at the height of 6,812 meters, about 20 kilometers from the mighty Everest itself. The Ama Dablam base camp is at the height of  4,600 meters (15,100 feet).

What is the best time for Ama Dablam climb?

March to May is the peak season for mountain climbing. Spring with beautiful blooms of the wildflower and vibrant local makes a high season. The path is all colorful and green for your pleasant stay. Autumn is the perfect time for this rush. However, being a high season, it’s harder to find accommodation. But since our guides and porters make all the arrangements, all you should be doing is a celebration. 

 

Different seasons in the mountains offer an utterly different trekking experience. The breathtaking views of frozen waterfalls and rivers in winter are heavenly. However, Ama Dablam’s climb in winter is not recommended. If you propose a winter trek, only go for a shorter trek on Everest with additional clothes and blankets. In Summer, the rain washes away the cloud, displaying the clear views. The forests get thicker, and locals are busy on their farms. All we’d like for a monsoon trek is a flexible itinerary and boots with better grips. Even then , trekking to Ama Dablam between June to July can be dangerous.

Is Ama Dablam a hard climb?

It’s technical. This means ropes, ice ax, crampons, ice screws, cams, and jumars. The rock climbing can be 5.7 and the ice, WF4. You really need to have ice and rock climbing experience plus some high-altitude experience. My personal experience was difficult but not impossible. Climbing rock and ice of Ama Dabla, is challenging. So. it really helps if you have previous experience of high altitude trekking.

Is an Ama Dablam climb dangerous?

Yes, Absolutely. Only attempt Ama Dablam once you get the proper experience of high-altitude treks. Also, prearrange the logistics for emergency situations. 6 climbers were killed in November 2006 when part of the large distinctive serac (the Dablam) collapsed hitting Camp 3. The Dablam further collapsed in late 2008. As of 2012, teams continue to climb without serious incidents but many choose to bypass Camp 3 and have a very, very long day from Camp 2 to the summit.

What permits do you need to Ama Dablam climb?

By Nepalese regulation, for high elevation trek i.e. above 6000M+ need a special permit and a guide. To get a permit for Ama Dablam climbing you should go through an local travel agency of Nepal like MyEverestTrip. For climbers of all levels, we exceptionally recommend climbing the top with guides. The endeavor of such nature requires strength, experienced, equipment, equipped, and reliable climbing Sherpas.

 

Equipment Checklist

  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Underwear (4)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
  • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Shorts (2)
  • Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
  • Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Toiletries
  • Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
  • Small wash towel
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Footwear appropriate to the trip
  • Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
  • Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)

Map

Amadablam expedition map

What's included

  • Three nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on a B/B basis;
  • Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to the airport. Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period & night intent
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Climbing permit and Domestic flights (KTM-Lukla-KTM) with all surcharges airport taxes for guests and guide
  • Necessary staff during the trekking and climbing period With Experience Guide and Porter. experienced
  • Government license holder Climbing guide during the climbing period as per group size
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • One tent will be available in the Base camp for 2 people on a shared basis;
  • High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp.
  • Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during the climbing period
  • The necessary kitchen crew will be available in base camp
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.

What's not included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower.
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Icefall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with another member) if applicable.
  • Travel Insurance

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    Ama Dablam Expedition Highlight

    1. Climb to the base camp of Ama Dablam on a short and easy trek
    2. Easy, cheap, and culturally rich trekking experience for beginners and expert hikers
    3. Parallel views of the world’s tallest mountain from 4200m above the sea level
    4. Explore the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people
    5. Wander in the world’s best trekking place, i.e., the Sagarmatha region
    6. Authentic mountain climbing experience along with the thrill of hiking
    7. Witness rear flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park

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