Ama Dablam Expedition (6812m) - 29 Days

Mt. Amadablam
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration29 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Maximum Altitude 6812m
  • Activity Mountaineering
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Best Season Spring (April - May) & Autumn (September - November
Highlights
  • Scenic Trekking: The expedition begins with a scenic trek through the Khumbu region of Nepal, offering stunning views of the Himalayan mountains and Sherpa villages.
  • Technical Climbing: Ama Dablam is considered one of the most technical climbs in the Himalayas, requiring advanced climbing skills and techniques. The climb involves steep ice and rock sections, as well as fixed ropes and ladders.
  • Summit Views: The summit of Ama Dablam offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest and Lhotse.
  • Cultural Experience: The expedition provides an opportunity to experience the rich culture and traditions of the Sherpa people, who are renowned for their mountaineering skills and hospitality.
  • Teamwork and companionship: Climbing Ama Dablam requires a high level of teamwork and support from fellow climbers and guides, fostering a strong sense of companionship and shared achievement.
  • Physical and Mental Challenge: The Ama Dablam expedition is a physically and mentally demanding challenge that pushes climbers to their limits and helps them develop resilience, determination, and self-reliance.

Located in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, Mount Ama Dablam that stands 6812m tall above sea level is a prominent Himalayan mountain. In addition to its breathtaking views of other Himalayan peaks like Mount Everest and Lhotse, this mountain is a popular climbing destination due to its steep and technical ascent. The name Ama Dablam literally translates to "Mother's Necklace." Hanging Glacier is believed to represent the Dablam, the traditional double-pendant featuring pictures of the gods worn by Sherpa women and the mountain's long ridges were considered to represent the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child.

An expedition to the 6,812-meter peak of Ama Dablam usually takes between four and six weeks to complete. Above the base camp (4570m) on Ama Dablam, three camps are often put up, but only two are occupied for the night. Southern West Ridge is the normal ascent route. One of the most difficult parts of the expedition is the climb to Camp 1 from the Base Camp. Technical mountaineering competence and knowledge, in addition to physical strength and stamina, are essential for success on this ascent.

Overall, the Ama Dablam expedition is a unique, unforgettable experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who are up for the technical climbing challenges, cultural immersion, and personal growth it offers.

ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a representative from Moon Himalaya Adventure will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening you will have dinner with our guides where you will introduce yourself to each other and talk about the trip

  • Meals:Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

On the second day after having your breakfast our guide will brief you about the Ama Dablam expedition and the gear you need. In case you miss out on some gear you can buy or rent it. You will have a briefing at the Department of Tourism by an officer. If you get time then you can visit the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you have to pay entry fees on your own.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

An early morning flight to Lukla marks the initial step of the Ama Dablam expedition. Once you've arrived in Lukla, you'll begin your hike to Phakding. You'll be making your way along a stone-paved path to Phakding. Phakding is a beautiful village with plenty of hotels and stores.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:35 min flight & trek 3-4 hrs

You will begin your hike along the bank of the Dudhkhosi River after breakfast. Walking up and downhill will get you to Monjo. You'll need to show your permits at the Monjo checkpoint before entering Sagarmatha National Park. Monjo, a sherpa settlement, provides stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. You will be crossing suspension bridges and taking in the breathtaking scenery en route to Namche. After today's walk, you'll finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. You will get a great view of the mountains from Namche Bazar, one of the most beautiful places in the Khumbu region.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

The most needed acclimatization day in Namche even if you feel healthy and fit. You will hike up to the Everest viewpoint on this day. Magnificent panoramic views of Mountains like Mount Everest (8,848.86 m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kwangde (6,011m) and others can be seen from Everest view point.

Acclimatization is done so that your body can adapt to a new environment. Also, it helps you to prevent altitude sickness.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge

After breakfast, you'll begin your hike. You'll be descending and ascending through the rhododendron forest on the way to Tengboche. There are several beautiful mountains that the trail passes beneath, including Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others. Tengboche is the final stop of the day. The presence of many lodges makes Tengboche less called a village due to the presence of many guest houses and lodges. The Tengboche Monastery is a large and famous monastery in the Khumbu region. The monks of Tengboche Monastery perform evening rituals. Anyone can join in the prayer, but recording it in any way is forbidden.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent

For the climbing phase, we do not provide a detailed schedule because that is up to the expedition leader and participants. While deciding how to approach a climb, guides will use their own knowledge and the knowledge of their clients to choose the best course of action.

Climbing skills and the proper use of equipment like the Harness, ascender, or jumper, ATC Guide, ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, etc. will be demonstrated and trained by our guides to climbers at the base camp. The training will also involve the use of ropes for ascending and descending. As a result of this training, there will be a greater probability of reaching the summit point of Mt. Amadablam. From the Ama Dablam BC, we continue up the normal route to Camp 1 (5,700m). In order to acclimatize, you will spend the night at Camp 1 before heading back to Base Camp for the final preparation of the Amadablam summit push. There is a total of three camps between the starting point (base camp) and the peak. Ascent to Camp 1 from Base Camp is difficult and technically challenging. From Camp 1, we use the fixed lines which will be already set to ascend and descend, and we will set up new ropes as needed. Ascending from Camp 2 to Camp 3 involves rough terrain that consists of loose rock, snow, and ice. From Camp 3, the ascent to the peak becomes less technically challenging compared to previous days. After achieving the peak summit, we will head back to the starting point (base camp).

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge

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      Cost DetailsWhat's Included
      • Airport pick up and drop
      • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu.
      • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for client.
      • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the expedition.
      • Accommodation during the expedition.
      • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee.
      • Ama Dablam Eexpedition permit fee.
      • Trekkers’ Information Management system (TIMS) card.
      • Group equipment (Fixed rope, Main rope, Snow bar, Ice screw, Rock Piton)
      • Sleeping Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dinning Tent
      • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for Mountain guide.
      • One expert government license holder Mountain guide (1:1 guiding), Porter (1:1 porter) and Sherpa.
      • Cook for climbing period.
      • Food, accommodation, salary, climbing insurance and equipment of Climbing Guide
      • Food, accommodation, salary and trekking insurance of porter.
      • Food, accommodation, salary and trekking insurance of Cook.
      • First aid kit.
      • All necessary government taxes.
      • Certificate of accomplishment of Mount Ama Dablam.
      • Office service charge.
      • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by client Travel insurance company.
      What's Excluded
      • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
      • Client travel insurance.
      • Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtain upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, requires 2 copies of passport size photos)
      • All kind of drinks (mineral water/coke/fanta and alcoholic beverage) during the expedition.
      • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wifi during the expedition.
      • Entry fees in Monastries, temples, Museum.
      • Your personal expenses, shopping, donation to monasteries and school, wifi, laundry etc
      • Tips for guide, porter and cook.
      • Things that goes beyond cost inclusive.
      Useful InformationGood to Know
      • Physical Preparation: Climbing Ama Dablam requires a good level of fitness and endurance, so it's important to prepare yourself physically before attempting the climb. This may include regular cardio exercise, strength training, and acclimatization hikes at high altitudes.
      • Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness is a common concern for climbers attempting Ama Dablam. It's important to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness, such as drinking plenty of water, resting when needed, and taking medication if recommended by a doctor. At Moon Himalaya Adventure we prepare itinerary with time to acclimatize the high altitude. 
      • Weather: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and conditions can change quickly. It's important to pack appropriate clothing and gear for a range of weather conditions, including warm layers, waterproof jackets and pants, and sturdy boots.
      • Medical History: Please let us know if you have any medical history that might bring complication in your Ama Dablam expedition such as knee or leg sprain, fractures, major surgeries or other serious health concern.
      • Medication: Please inform us about your medicine that you use daily so that our guide can timely remind you about your medicines.
      • Insurance: For Ama Dablam expedition you require travel insurance that covers high-altitude climbing and emergency medical evacuation in case of an accident or illness during the climb.
      FAQsAma Dablam Expedition (6812m) - 29 Days FAQs
      • The best time to climb Ama Dablam is during the spring (April to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is relatively stable. Ama Dablam is most climbed during autumn season.

      • The Ama Dablam expedition is considered a technical climb, requiring advanced mountaineering skills and experience. Climbers must be physically fit and mentally prepared to face the challenges of the climb, including steep ice and rock sections, fixed ropes and ladders, and high altitude.

      • Yes, climbing Ama Dablam requires a technical skill and experience in mountaineering. It is recommended that climbers have previous experience climbing at high altitudes and have completed other technical climbs before attempting Ama Dablam.

      • Yes, a climbing permit is required to climb Ama Dablam. With Moon Himalaya Advenutre you don't have to worry about government procedures we have experienced admin staff who will issue all the required documents to climb Mt. Ama Dablam.

      • Climbers need to bring specialized mountaineering equipment, including climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ropes, and helmets. All climbers are required to have appropriate clothing, including warm layers, waterproof gear, and high-altitude gear.

      • The Ama Dablam expedition typically takes around four weeks to complete, including trekking to the base camp, acclimatization, and the climb to the summit.

      • Hiring a guide is highly recommended for the Ama Dablam expedition, as it is a highly technical climb that requires advanced mountaineering skills and experience. Climbing guide will help you to navigate the challenges of the climb and ensure your safety.

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