Ama Dablam Expedition is one of the technical expeditions in Nepal. Located south of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Ama Dablam is also known as Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Mt. Ama Dablam is one of the most gorgeous mountains in the world. Standing 6,812 meters high from the sea level, this mountain has got a unique pyramid shape. The word Ama Dablam means, Mother's Necklace. The long ridges on each side of the mountain is like the arms of mother 'Ama' protecting her child whereas the hanging glacier is known as the Dalam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. There is one more belief that says, on the southwest face of Ama Dablam mountain, you will see a hanging glacier, which resembles the sacred ornament box used by Sherpa Women known as Dablam that gives the name Ama Dablam to this mountain.
- Thrilling flight to Lukla.
- Walk along the banks of the beautiful Dudh Koshi river through Sagarmatha National Park and reach Namche Bazar.
- Experience rich culture and tradition of Sherpas.
- Trek on challenging path to reach the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam.
- Witness irresistible beauty of the Himalayan landscape from the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam.
- Observe surreal views of snowy mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kongde, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02-3In Kathmandu preparation for Amadablam expedition with an optional tour.
Day 04Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m); 4 hrs.
Day 05Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m); 5 hrs walks.
Day 06Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 07Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m); 5 hrs.
Day 08Trek to Pangboche (3,900 m); 4 hrs.
Day 09Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,580 m); 4 hrs.
Day 10Rest Day at Base Camp preparation for the climb.
Day 11-24Ascent of Amadablam (14 days to summit).
Day 25Cleaning up at Base Camp.
Day 26Trek to Thyangboche; 5 hrs.
Day 27Trek to Monjo (2,880 m); 6 hrs.
Day 28Trek to Lukla; 4 hrs.
Day 29Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 30-31Free day in Kathmandu with an optional sightseeing tour.
Day 32Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
What to Expect
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Tented accommodation during the climb
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- English-speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
- Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
- G for Nepal trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Ama Dablam climbing permit
- Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
- Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment(s)
- Medical kit (carried by your guide)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee (bring accurately USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
- Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section
Mt. Ama Dablam is more known for its aesthetics than its height. During the expedition, you will go through picturesque villages, beautiful valleys, and dense forests. Likewise, this journey will present you with stunning views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8,201 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Kusum Kanguru (6,367 m), etc. From high Himalayan mountains to rich culture and practices, Ama Dablam Expedition is an ultimate adventurous journey in the Himalayas.
Ama Dablam Expedition landmark
One of the major highlights of the Ama Dablam Expedition is Mt. Ama Dablam. You will scale one of the most stunning as well as the difficult mountain of the Khumbu region during the expedition. Other than this, you will trek through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Site. Likewise, Namche Bazar is also one of the main landmarks of the Ama Dablam Expedition. Namche Bazar is the main Sherpa residence and most famous tourist hub in the Khumbu region. You will visit Everest View Hotel or Syangboche Airstrip from where outstanding landscape view can be seen. Likewise, Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery will present you the lifestyle of the Sherpa people and their history. While Everest Photo Gallery will offer you the most astonishing photos taken by the photographers.
Ama Dablam Expedition will not only present you an adventurous journey and breathtaking views of mountains but also present you the cultural richness of the region. The people here are mostly followers of Buddhism. On the way, you will come across many monasteries, gompas, and chortens fastened with colorful prayers. The entire region is extremely rich in culture, and you will get to experience a different way of life during the journey.
During your Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition, you will trek through small villages and settlement areas where you will get to see the rich culture and tradition of the locals. You will stay overnight in the village where you will get to experience the daily lifestyle of the locals. Sherpa, Rai, Limbus, etc are the main people resides in this region. They have their distinct language, main festivals, beliefs, norms, and values.
Khumbu region is extremely rich in vegetation. The region has numerous species of flora including the most endangered herbal plants like yarsagumba. Likewise, this place is also home to various wildlife like snow leopards, red panda, wild bears, etc. The Ama Dablam Expedition trail goes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is also part of UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. Besides, this trail includes many forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, maple, cedar, juniper, etc. The vegetation ranges from subalpine to alpine zone.
Ama Dablam Expedition difficulty
Ama Dablam Expedition is a difficult journey. The vertical walls and sharp uncovered ridges make this mountain, one of the most technically challenging mountains to the summit. Climbed first in 1961, March 13th by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Michael Gill, Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge, the team was lead by none other than Sir Edmund Hillary. The climbers have to be in good health and physically, mentally & emotionally strong to go on this expedition. Similarly, you also have to have adequate knowledge of ice climbing.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Ama Dablam Expedition will take you above 6,000 meters where chances of getting altitude sickness are very high. Also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), this is a common illness that occurs when you in high altitude. Every day elevation will rise to make the air thinner and thinner, which welcomes frequent fatigue and altitude sickness. However, with enough rest days in between the climbing period and proper guidance, one can easily complete this trek.
The best thing to do to avoid altitude sickness is by keeping yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water and other liquids during the trek. Similarly, carry medicines like Diamox or others to use in case of altitude sickness. If you feel difficulty in breathing inform your guide right away so that he can take proper measures on time.
Transportation and Bag Pack
Ama Dablam Expedition begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, you will trek to Namche Bazar and move towards Pangboche. The trail from here will take you to Ama Dablam Base Camp and high up to the summit.
Below is the list of things that you should carry during Ama Dablam Expedition:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Warm woolen Gloves
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- Ice Ax
- Climbing Boots
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Ama Dablam Expedition
During Ama Dablam Expedition, you will stay in a lodge in lower elevations. From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, you will stay overnight in the camp set by you and your guide. In the lodge, you can choose food from the menu of the lodge, however, during the stay in camp, the meals will be cooked and served by the porters. Our porters are nicely trained in cooking as well.
Best Season to go on Ama Dablam Expedition
The best time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition is in Spring and Autumn. The weather is most stable during this time of the year and is appropriate for the expedition. Still, we can not predict whether in such elevation, therefore we will have enough days in our hand to slowly summit the mountain.
Ama Dablam Expedition Cost
Ama Dablam Expedition cost can change from one company to another and the services you are using during the journey. We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition has come up with our professionally designed and comprehensive package to provide the best affordable Ama Dablam Expedition. Get in touch with us for further information about Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition cost.
Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:
- Passport & Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Extra Photos
- Cash (as per need)
What is done in Base camp?
At the base camp, your guide will teach you basic uses of climbing gear. He will teach you how to properly use gears like harness, rope, ice-ax, etc. Likewise, he will brief you about the route and the issues you might have to face. You will go on a short hike or climb nearby small peaks to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level.
Training and Climbing Strategy (Ama Dablam Southwest Route)
Base Camp (4,600 m/15,092 ft):
The base camp of Ama Dablam is one of the biggest grass base camps in Nepal. You can play volleyball or soccer at the base camp to keep yourself warm. You will spend several days at the base camp to prepare for further climbing. The view of snow-capped mountains from the base camp is mesmerizing. You might see other climb groups as well in each season. The base camp will be set ready for you before your arrival.
Camp I (5,700 m/18,800 ft); 5hrs:
From base camp, it is an easy climb up to Camp I with a few sections of rock scrambling. Further, you will ascend on large boulders and fourth class slab without a fixed rope. On the southwest ridge of Ama Dablam, there are not many places to put a tent.
Camp II (5,950 m/19,521 ft); 3hrs:
From Camp II, the most technical section begins. Ascending along fourth class horizontal rock ridge. At the end of the ridge, you will ascend a Yellow Tower of six meters which is considered French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. Above the Yellow Tower is big Camp II.
Camp III (6,200 m/20,341 ft); 2hrs:
From Camp II, you will ascend along ice and snow terrain. You will use a fixed rope to move further while enjoying it. You will then walk infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6,150 m/20,300 ft. Few climbers also push summit directly from Camp II, but we will rest for a few hours and then push towards the summit. Do know that this area has a high risk of avalanches. Therefore, we will try to reduce our time at this camp as much as possible. The route from the yellow tower to camp three is almost 55º of slope most of the way.
Summit (6,812 m/22,349 ft); 10 hrs:
Ascending on very solid snow-ice (40º+) to the side of Dablam, you reach a fluted snow/ice field (30-50º). From here, you will move towards the most beautiful summit in the world. From the top, you will get to witness spectacular views of several mountains. It will take you around 10 hours to reach the summit and return to the Camp I or base camp.
Extra Personal Expenditure
The package cost does not include your expenditure. It can be anything from taking a hot shower to having some food. As the elevation will get higher you have to pay for little basic services as well as to charge your appliances. Therefore, make sure to carry enough cash with yourself so that you can use it whenever you need it. Also, there are no ATMs available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment.
Safety & Precaution in Expedition
An expedition is not something to be taken lightly. It is a journey, where your life's on the risk if anything goes wrong. There are so many things that need to be taken care of before and during the expedition. From preparing the gears to set the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes.
Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration for safety & precaution during the expedition:
- Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations
- Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey
- Follow the lead of your guide
- Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely
- In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Take plenty of rest and acclimatize your body on the trail