This 31-day program to the summit of Ama Dablam, in eastern Nepal, is a once in a lifetime expedition. We will be happy to be your guide during this incredible journey to the top of one of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalayas!
A team from New Zealand and the US first climbed Ama Dablam in 1961. We will follow the same route, via the south west ridge.
We will take 7 days to trek to Base Camp (4300m) via the Khumbu Valley. This hike will provide us with awesome views on Ama Dablam. You will also get the chance to experience the culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people.
Once at Base Camp, we will move the loads and equipment to Camp 1 (5300m), via a long path that will take us to the start of the south west ridge. The technical climbing starts from this point. The route follows the ridge leading directly to Camp 3 (6300m).
The route is quite exposed but not as steep as one would imagine. Therefore, climbers with moderate technical experience can attempt it.
Contact us if you dream of climbing Ama Dablam or any other peak in eastern Nepal. We will guide you there with much pleasure. You will feel happy and be 100% safe. we will also enjoy sharing our knowledge about Nepal, its culture and our experience as a Nepalese mountain guide.
DAY 1 TO 2:
Flight to Kathmandu
DAY 3 TO 4:
Lukla – Monjo
Fly to Lukla. Walk to Monjo (2,835m)
DAY 4 TO 8:
Walk to Pangboche via Namche Bazaar
You have five days to slowly walk to Pangboche (4,000m), which is the village nearest to base camp. The trek takes you through Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche, with its famous monastery. The team may choose to trek beyond Pangboche to Pheriche (4,300m), or alternatively, to base themselves at Pangboche for a couple of nights and trek to 4,300m above the village before moving to base camp.
Move to Base Camp (4570m)
It is a 3.5 hour walk to Base Camp from Pangboche. Base camp is a large open grassy area, where you will be accommodated in twin-sharing tents.
DAY 10 TO 11:
Organize food and fixed rope practice
You will have a couple of days to get organized. There will be a fixed rope session and the team will walk to 5,000m on the ridge above base camp.
DAY 12 TO 18:
Acclimatisation to Camp 2 (5,900m)
En route to the summit, you will utilise camps at 5,300m (ABC), 5,700m (Camp 1), 5,900m (Camp 2) and 6,300m (Camp 3). Most climbers choose to climb as far as Camp 2 as part of their acclimatisation, prior to a summit attempt. Initially, you will walk to ABC, sleep there, then carry a light load to Camp 1 before returning to BC. On your second rotation you will sleep at Camp 1, with the aim of climbing along the ridge to Camp 2. Some teams have a final rotation, where they sleep at Camp 2.
DAY 19 TO 24:
The route from BC to ABC is simple walking, unless there is ice and snow on the scree. ABC is located on a large plateau and not all teams use this, as water needs to be portered to it. The height gain from BC to Camp 1 is nearly 1,200m, so it is a good idea to split this initially by using an ABC. Above ABC is the infamous talus field, which must be traversed to reach the fixed ropes that lead up slabs to Camp 1. Camp 1 to Camp 2 is typically 70% on rock in dryish conditions, with sections of British Grade ‘Severe’. It culminates in a 15m vertical section to reach the top of the ‘Yellow Tower’, just short of Camp 2 (this is normally jumared, using a foot loop). Camp 2 to Camp 3 is mixed rock, snow and ice, which is loose in places, with the hardest part being below the Grey Tower. Above Camp 3 snow and ice on the summit slopes is as steep as 50°.
DAY 25 TO 28:
Return trek to Lukla
Flight to Kathmandu
Leisure time in Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu.
Price per person:-
1 Person 12600USD
Group of 2 6300USD
. Guiding fee
. Transport during the trip
. Permit and entrance fees
· All arrival and departure transfer services in Kathmandu
· 4 nights accommodation at Kathmandu on B/B basis (total number of nights at arrival and departure)
· Guide, cook, kitchen staffs and porters during the trekking and climbing, including wages, equipment, medical & accident insurances for all staff
· Domestic flight return ticket to the start location of the trek for all Members and staff
· All trekking and camping equipment camp (furniture, kitchen ware, dining tents, etc.)
· Large Base Camp tent (single basis)
· Mountain tents above Base Camp (twin shared basis)
· 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation during the trek, at Base Camp and High Camps
· Climbing permit
· National park fee
· Garbage Deposit
· One Everest summiteer Climbing Sherpa per client (for the summit day) – National Guide / Aspirant Guide
· All costs related to the Government Liaison Officer
· First Aid medical kit for the Members and staff
· Satellite phone for security – available to Members at cost
· Radio set for security during climbing
· Required fixed and dynamic ropes during the climb
· Emergency Oxygen and Mask Regulator
· Government Taxes levied in Nepal
· International flight fare from/to Kathmandu
· Any airport departure taxes which might be applicable at the time of the Expedition
· Visa fees
· Summit/Safety bonus USD 500.
· Tips for climbing, kitchen and porter staff (up to the Member to decide the amount)
· Any costs related to the Expedition terminating earlier than expected (such as additional nights in Kathmandu or changing international flight tickets)
· Any costs related to the Member having left the Expedition earlier than the rest of the group or having decided to spend one or more days in lodges when the rest of the Expedition is in Base Camp.
· Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (except welcome dinner)
· Extra hotel charges at Kathmandu (such as bar and laundry expenses)
· Optional trips or sightseeing tours
· Personal climbing equipment
· Travel insurance
· Personal repatriation and medical insurance (mandatory)
· Emergency evacuation and / or helicopter rescue if required
· Nepal custom duty for import of Expedition goods arriving into Nepal (if applicable)
· Personal expenses
Helicopter transfer from Base Camp to Lukla or Kathmandu is possible at extra cost. High Himalayan Climbing & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can arrange such flight for you at short notice. In order to have the best possible acclimatisation, flying to Base Camp by helicopter is absolutely not recommended.