Ama Dablam Expedition

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Duration : 30 days.
Destinatioin : Khumbu, Nepal.
Trip start/end: At Lukla Airport.
Grade: Technically difficulty.
Season: April/May and Octobe/November.
Highest elevation : 6812m.
First ascent: 1961.
Activities: Trekking & Mountaineering.
Ascent route: South-west (normal) route.
Ethnic group: Majority of the Sharpa community.
Villages: Namche, Thame, Khumjung, Phortse, and Pangboche.
Monasteries: Pema Chholing monastery, Khumjung monastery, Tengboche monastery, and Pangboche monastery.
Cultura: Sherpa culture and Tibaten Buddhisum.
Himalayan scenery : Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Kwangde, Tabuche, Lobuche Peak,Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Island Peak, Peak 38, Ambigachen, Puma Ri, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

The eye-catching mountain Ama Dablam (6812m) is located in the Khumbu region, Nepal. It is a mountaineer’s favorite mountain to climb because the climbing route is technically challenging. It often climbs as good preparation for other peaks with 8000m expedition plans ahead. It is also the trekkers’ favorite mountain to look at when they are trekking. It dominates the Khumbu valley rising from the eastern sky.

The shape of the Ama Dablam is unique in the Himalayas. Ama means mother and Dablam means the sacred ornament box that is used by Sherpa women in the Khumbu region. Some people say Ama Dablam means “mother’s necklace” as well. The hanging glacier from the southwest face represents Dablam.

The Ama Dablam has several climbing routes that are already explored. But, the southwest ridge climbing route is more popular because it is slightly easier and has more beautiful views compared to other routes. We use a mountain guide (IFMGA certified) to fix lines and set up expedition tents at Camp I, II, and III on the southwest ridge. From Base Camp to Camp I is only a moderate type uphill walk. Camps I to II are technical climbs on the narrow edge of ridges of the granite rock formation. From Camp II to III continue the challenge of climbs through rock, snow, and icy mushroom ridge. From Camp III, we climb to the pyramidal shape of the summit of Ama Dablam. Views from the top of Ama Dablam are exceptional in life. Then, we retrace back steps to Base Camp via the same route. Be careful when descending because other climbers can drop debris or rocks while making their way back to the Base Camp.

The walk begins from Lukla to get to Ama Dablam Base Camp. We use the lodge en route to get food and accommodation on the way up to ADBC and so on return to Lukla after completing the Ama Dablam expedition.

Day to day Itinerary:

We take good care of guests from arrival to departure at Kathmandu Airport. Please check the cardboard of High Camp Trekking upon arrival at the Airport. Our company representative helps you transfer to the Hotel in Thamel (tourist center).

All include:- Airport pickups, bed, and breakfast.
We give a briefing about the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek and climbing expedition preparation. You can also buy the necessary equipment in Kathmandu.

All include:- a bed and breakfast.
We go to the domestic terminal after breakfast at the hotel. It's a scenic flight to Lukla, we can see middle hills to panoramic views of snow crown peaks from the left window on an airplane. We go to the hotel for tea or coffee drink and introduce you to porters who carry your luggage for the trip. Leaving Lukla, we walk downhill through Rhododendron trees to reach the Chaurikharka village. We see the Kusum Khang Peak from Thade Kosi and Dudh Kosi River as well. The trial is lined with Mani Mantra carving on boulders, Stupas, and prayer flags before we reach Phakding. We do a side trip to the Pema Chholing monastery in the afternoon.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
Leaving Phakding, we follow Dudh Kosi valley northward to reach Manju village where Sagarmatha National Park hiking passes checks of each trekker. From here, we go downhill through the Rhododendron trees and cross the suspension bridge to reach Jhorsale village where we have a lunch break. We prepare plenty of water for the uphill walk to Namche. We go to Larja Dovan and uphill walk to twin high bridges over the Dudh Kosi River. From here, we go through Rhododendron and pine forests to Top Danda which is the Everest viewpoint before we reach Namche. We see Thamserku, Kusum Khang, and the first glimpse of Mt. Everest en route. Namche is the Sherpa capital and main trade of the Khumbu region. There is a weekly local market of fresh foodstuffs brought from lower villages on Friday and Saturday.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We do a day hike to Everest View Hotel, Khumjung, and Khunde villages. We drink a cup of tea on the terrace of Everest View Hotel with views of Everest and Ama Dablam. Then, we visit Khumjung School and the monastery. There is a Yeti skull at the monastery. From here, we go to Khunde village and descend to Namche. We take a rest or shopping in Namche in the afternoon.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
Today, we are heading to Phortse village via Mong La. The path is easy to Kyangjungma through Tenzin Norgay memorial stupa which has fabulous views of Khumbu valley, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. There is an uphill walk to Mong La from Kyanjungma. We could see Yaks, Naks, Chauri, and wild mountain goats (Himalayan Thar) en route. We take a cup of tea at Mong which has stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam. Then, we catch steep downhill to Phortse Thanga through Rhododendrons and pine forest. After crossing the bridge, there comes uphill to reach Phortse village. It is a less crowded village where we could see Pheasant (the national birds of Nepal), Musk deer, and Himalayan Thar (wild goats).

All include:- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee.
Phortse village is the hometown of the famous Sherpa mountaineers. We go for natural rock climbing in the morning and artificial rock climbing in the afternoon.

All include:- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee.
We go to Pangboche through a high scenic trail. We can see the best views of Ama Dablam and see Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Khangtenga, and Kowande Peak en route. We might see musk deer and Himalayan Thar as well.

We visit the Pangboche monastery in the afternoon.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
From here, we descend to the Dudh Kosi River. After the bridge, we ascend straight to the Ama Dablam Base Camp that is an elevation of 4600m. When we ascend to ADBC, we see Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Thamserku, Kangtenga, and Ombigachen Peak en route. It's a scenic trail even trekkers do a side trip to ADBC from Pangboche.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
The grassy pasture fields of ADBC are an amazing place to take a rest day.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
We hike up to Camp I on the way to Mingbo La and descend to ADBC on this day.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
The guide gives refreshment climbing training covering climbing technics such as rope fixing, ascending, descending, abseiling, and belaying.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
We do climbing training between Base Camp to Camp II several times in this period.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.

When we are taking luxury rest at ADBC, our Sherpa crews fix the line to Camp III and the summit push.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
We check the weather forecast for the summit goal. After getting confirmation of a favorable weather forecast, we climb through the southwest ridge approach to the summit day by day. We take a summit photo and retrace the back step to Camps below us day by day.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
We descend to Namche via the Tengboche monastery.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the tent.
We continue to retrace back steps downhill Dudh Khosi valley and pass Phakding village to reach Lukla. We have a party to say thank you and goodbye to the trek crew at Lukla.

All include:- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. We do shopping in Thamel on a free afternoon.

All include:- Airport pick up, breakfast, and accommodation in Kathmandu.
We do a tour of the world heritage site of Kathmandu.

All include:- a bed and breakfast in Kathmandu.
Our company representative drop you at Kathmandu International Airport on time to fly back home.

All include:- breakfast and airport transfer.
The itinerary can be changed for an interesting side trip and an additional acclimatization day if needed while on the trek and climbing period.

Do you have any questions regarding Ama Dablam climbing? Or would you like to see how it can be customized to your needs? Please DM us.

Cost & Date:

The following cost and dates are per person for online booking. If the expedition departure dates are not matched for you, please DM us and we will happily customize your trip on the date that you need.

Do you have a group (2 to 15 people)? we offer a discount on the package cost.

Fixed departure dates:
Trip Date Trip Name Price Space Left Status -
2 Oct 2024 Ama Dablam Expedition $6500 Per person 15 Open
6 Nov 2024 Ama Dablam Expedition $6500 Per person 15 Open
11 Apr 2025 Ama Dablam Expedition $6500 per person 15 Open
3 Oct 2025 Ama Dablam Expedition $6500 per person 15 Open
7 Nov 2025 Ama Dablam Expedition $6500 per person 15 Open
Cost includes:
  • International & domestic Airport picks up and departure.
  • 4 nights accommodation (standard twin bed room with breakfast) at 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest/Khumbu) National Park hiking passes.
  • Khumbu (Everest) local Govt. Tax.
  • Ama Dablam climbing permit fees.
  • Liaison officer with his all expenses.
  • Expedition crews: Mountain guide (IFMGA ceritified), Base Camp manager (Sardar), high altitude support climbers for food and gears supply at higher camps, Cooks, cook helpers and necessary porters and yaks.
  • Round trip Lukla flight tickets for clients, guides and Liaison officer.
  • Meals for clients: Breakfasts, Luches and Dinners with tea/coffee while on the trek.
  • Normal room with twin beds and sharing bathroom at lodge while on the trek.
  • Camping equipments: expedition tents, dinning tents, shower tent, toilet tent, tables, chairs and kitchen equipments.
  • Food and fuel supplies as long as expedition continues.
  • Solar panel charge backup batteries for light at base camp and charges of battery of electornic devices.
  • High food, Cooking pots, EPI gases and burners for higher camps.
  • All necessary group climbing gears.
  • Group medical kits.
  • Insurance of the expedition crews.
  • Travel and rescue manangment if needed.
  • All government taxes and office service charge.
Cost does not include:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment of clients.
  • Mineral water, coke, Fanta, sprite, fresh fruits, beer, and whiskey etc.
  • Mineral water, coke, Fanta, sprite, fresh fruits, beer, and whiskey etc.
  • Filming (movie shoot) and drone flying permit fees.
  • Summit day bonus and tips for mountain guide and assistance guides.
  • Tips for base camp manager (sardar), cook and kitchen helpers.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc.
  • International flight tickets and Nepal tourist visa.

More info for extra cost:

Please read carefully cost includes and does not include the above. All the meals are included with tea/coffee while on the trek. We do not include drinking or boiled water which you can buy at the lodge; this is $1 to 3 per liter. You can take water-purifying tablets or Seripen for a cheaper solution. Wi-Fi, battery charges, and hot showers are omitted. Wi-Fi is $6 per card. The battery charge is $1 to 4 per hour per device (you can take a power bank for a cheaper solution). The gas shower is USD3 to 7 per head.

In case the Lukla flight is canceled due to weather conditions, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu and Lukla for any extra days. Do not require extra payment for rescheduling Lukla’s flight due to the weather condition. But, there can be less priority for flight cancel passengers on the following day. If there are unexpected circumstances such as normal flight cancellation due to weather conditions, we request you pay for the Helicopter charter flight.

We do insure for all the crews and provide warm enough equipment. We do our best for your safety. Although we suggest you buy comprehensive travel insurance that can cover flight cancellation, medical treatment, and Helicopter rescue emergency evacuation. Please buy the policy that can cover trekking and mountaineering activities up to 6812m for the days you will actually be trekking and expedition.


    Equipment lists:
    • List of personal trekking equipment.
    • Comfortable hiking boot. Three pairs of socks. Sandals.
    • A down jacket, fleece jacket, three T-shirts, two trekking trousers, two drip-dry T-shirts, one long underwear, a woolen/fleece hat, glove, water/windproof jacket and trouser, Sunglass, lip balm, Sun screem (50+), Sun hat, a light scarf, soap/shampoo and trekking towel etc.
    • Sleeping bag (-20 degree centigrade) with hood.
    • Water purifier tablets, 2L water bottle, hiking poles, medical kit and tourch light with spare batteries etc.
    • A few interesting books and a pack of cards.
    • Plastic bag for waste and toiltet papers.
    • A padlock.
    • A day bag (25 to 35L) or rucksack or duffel bag large enough (65 to 75L) size.

    List of Personal Climbing equipment:

    • Helmet
    • 100% UV glacier glass
    • Climbing harness
    • Safety cord
    • Axulary cord
    • 6 meters of 6mm Axulary rope
    • Ascender and Figure 8
    • 5 locking and 5 non-locking carabiners
    • Ice axe
    • Climbing glove
    • Alpine boot
    • Campable steel crampon on the alpine boot
    • Snow gaiters
    • Heavy down jacket and trousers
    • Breathable Gore-Tex jacket and pant
    • Heavy insulating jacket and pant

    Note: We have climbing gear renting facilities for our customers.

    These are the reasons for Ama Dablam expedition with us.
    • We are registered with the Department of Nepal Tourism and have the authority to operate trek and climb in the Himalayas of Nepal. We are the taxpayer of the Nepal Govt. We are a member of Trekking Agencies of the Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). We are a healthy and up-to-date local trekking agency based in Kathmandu/Nepal.
    • You can book the expedition at 40% advance in money and can pay the balance rest of the expedition amount upon arrival in Kathmandu/Nepal.
    • Payment Method:

      Once you agree with the terms and conditions of the Everest expedition; payment is an unavoidable part of the agreement. The following are different methods of trip booking advance payments for your convince.

      1) American Dollar Account:

      Name of the Bank:- Everest Bank Limited, Thamel Branch.
      Name of Account Holder:- High Camp Trekking Pvt. Ltd.
      Account No:- 03500105200138.
      Swift Code No:- EVBLNPKA.

      Note:- Please pay any amount charged to you by your bank for transferring the booking advance in money to us.

      2) If you like to transfer the deposit by Western Union, MoneyGram, and IME, you can use our company owner/manager name: Norsang Lama.
    • Once you book the expedition with us, trip departure is guaranteed.
    • We organize private and group joining basis Expedition. Our package is with all-inclusive prices (no hidden cost). We customize the expedition itinerary based on your interest, holiday length, and activities as you need. Lets us know your holiday length.
    • Our experienced, trained, and professional mountain guide (IFMAG certified) takes good care of the clients. Our guide never tired of your questions about plants, people, and animals and, of course, the mountains and climbing route fixed, etc. You can feel the difference between having a great mountain guide through our agency.
    • We respond to every email/inquiry in less than 24 hours. You can call us anytime at +977-9841876395 (24-hour support team).

    Note:- There are more similar to the names of other agencies in Nepal. Please remember that we are at High Camp Trekking.

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