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Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition

32 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Intermediate

    As this grade is technically challenging, climbers should be comfortable on 45 to 60 degree slopes, climbing on exposed ridges and/or 5.8 rocks. You should have a well rounded past history of climbing experience. This includes climbing some notable mountains such as, or equivalent to, the West Buttress of Denali or the Polish Glacier on Aconcagua. Peaks of our advanced beginner are best recommended for practicing this grade of mountains. Baruntse, Cho Yuo, Ama Doblam, Pumari are belong this category.


  • Trip Code: ATH358
  • Best Season: Spring (March, April, May, June) and Autumn (September, October, November)
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Destination: The Summit of Ama Dablam
  • Trip Route: Ktm-Lukla-Namche-Tengboche-Ama Dablam Base camp–Ama Dablam Summit-Tengboche-Namche-Lukla-Ktm
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trekking and Tented Camp from Ama Dablam Base Camp and above
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Max. Altitude:
    6,856 m /22487.68 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hrs walking per day, 10 hours and above on climbing days
  • Trip Category: Climbing
  • Trip Highlight

    • Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodhnath
    • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
    • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
    • Visiting Tengboche Monastery
    • Exclusive small team with a high guide to climber ratio
    • High Sherpa ratio – 1 Sherpa with every two climbers
    • Lead by experienced guides who have stood on the summit of Ama Dablam and other 8000 meters peaks
    • Best Sherpa, support staff and logistics

Ama Dablam 6,856m (22,494ft) is one of the most stunning peaks in the Himalaya and one of the most impressive mountains in the world. It is located the heart of Everest's Khumbu region, it lies directly above Tengboche Monastery on the well-worn path to Everest Base Camp and is admired by thousands of trekkers and climbers every year. This expedition offers a superb, technical climbing experience in a magnificent setting, with numerous cultural and scenic diversions.
Like the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, Ama Dablam epitomizes all that is grand about the mountains. Its striking features have become a familiar figure to the public through its adoption as the logo of 'Perpetual', an international assurance company, and numerous posters and books throughout the world. Such impressive beauty has made Ama Dablam a highly coveted prize for climbers. Since its first ascent in 1961 by an Anglo-Americansn-New Zealand team, it has been climbed frequently and by many different routes.

Our route will be by the original line of ascent, the South West Ridge. This gives a fine and varied climb, sustained at a reasonable level of difficulty and with good camp platforms at strategic points. The climbing provides interest on rock, snow and ice and although of a fairly technical nature, in normal conditions it is never very difficult. Apart from one short section, the climb is objectively very safe.
If you have the necessary experience and wish to participate fully as a team member of an expertly led expedition to one of the world's most impressive mountains, this could be the trip for you!

You can take our Ama Dablam Expedition as a training program for your Everest or any 8000 meters peaks expedition.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01 - Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 - Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.  Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 - Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04 - Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 05 - Fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804 meters) from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding (2610 meters)-3 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 - Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 - Trek to Deboche (4350 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 - Acclimatization day. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 11 - Trek to Ama Dblam  Base Camp (4600 meters), 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12 - Today is a rest day and acclimatization. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Days 13 to 27 - Climbing period of Ama Dablam.
  • Day 28 - Trek back to Namche Bazar (3441 meters), 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 29 - Trek to Lukla (2804 meters), 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 30 - Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 31 - Leisure day in Kathmandu. We will arrange farewell dinner for the team. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 32 - Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Experienced Required

The Ama Dablam climb is not for novice mountaineers. It will require members to be comfortable ascending and descending steep terrain on fixed ropes. A high technical standard is not mandatory because primarily the local Sherpa guides will be leading the climb and fixing the route. However, this is not a mountain to visit and then discover that you are not comfortable with exposure.

You must have solid rock climbing and cramponing skills and be able to climb and rappel with a pack on. You’ll be jumaring on fixed ropes. There are several short, steep sections of near vertical ice and rock on the spectacular ridge between Camp 1 and Camp 3 that require strength and technique. Most importantly, you need good common sense and the ability to learn and adapt. Ama Dablam is usually climbed un-roped, using fixed ropes, so it is common for climbers to move together but at the same time be semi-independent on the mountain between camps. We will provide a walkie-talkie to all climbers so they can stay in contact.

Our 'Ama Dablam expeditions ' is not a "guided" . "Guiding" and being "guided" implies the intimate supervision and care of a "client" by a "Guide" who can be responsible for the direct and immediate control of safety. We believe on mountaineering, such a direct duty-of-care, implicit in the traditional guide-client relationship.

Important Note

The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please note that because of climbing High Mountain, it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.

Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing as long as it takes for us to be successful.

Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent. 

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla 

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. 

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler's cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$1000 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website