Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition

Key Infomation

  • Duration:25 Days
  • Trip GradeTechnical Challenging
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude6,812 m
  • ActivityTrekking and Expedition
  • Group Size10 max
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Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Ama Dablam stands as a majestic and intimidating peak, inviting adventurers and mountaineers from around the world. Ama Dablam characterizes itself as the unique pyramid-shaped mountain in the foothills of the Himalayan Range of Eastern Nepal.

Standing at an elevation of 6,812 meters above sea level, this mountain is not popular for its height but for the aesthetics it holds. Ama Dablam, popularly known as the Matterhorn of the Himalayas is one of the most technical but gorgeous mountains in the world. The name "Ama Dablam" translates to "Mother's Necklace," reflecting the peak's unique shape that resembles a mother's embrace and the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.

The southwestern ridge of Ama Dablam is the popular side for the most ascension of Ama Dablam. Mike Gill, Bary Bishop, Mike Ward, and Wall Romanes were the first ones to have summited Ama Dablam in 1961 via Southwestern Ridge, one of the classic Ama Dablam Climbing Routes.

Embarking on the Ama Dablam Expedition, your journey begins in Kathmandu, a vibrant gateway to the Himalayas. After a welcome dinner with your climbing guide, you will then take on a scenic and thrilling lifetime flight to Lukla, initiating a trek through the enchanting Sherpa Settlement, Namche Bazaar. The journey intensifies as you trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570 m), an important hub where preparations accelerate and technical training prepares you for the next difficulties. The surrounding landscapes of Tengboche and Pangboche can be the best backdrop for acclimatization treks, setting the base for your ascent. 

The heart of the climb lies in the Southwest Ridge, its defining feature, the Yellow Tower requiring a blend of rock and ice climbing prowess. Established camps, including Camp 1 and Ama Dablam Camp 2,  become essential waystations for your gradual climb, offering a break from the formidable terrain. The strategic Camp 3 becomes your launchpad for the summit push, an ascent marked by the grandeur of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

After reaching the Ama Dablam Summit, your descent retraces the camp 1 and 2 respectively providing an opportunity to reflect on the challenges you've conquered. Back at the Ama Dablam Base Camp, tucked against the Himalayan background, the atmosphere feels thick with solidarity and joy. 

Your expedition then comes to an end as you return to Kathmandu, leaving you with long-lasting memories of success over Ama Dablam and a strong connection to the cultural tapestry woven into the fabric of the Himalayas. The expedition, a synthesis of technical mastery, physical endurance, and cultural immersion, is a testament to your personal and communal accomplishments on the breathtaking slopes of Ama Dablam.

We have specially customized the Ama Dablam Itinerary for you to allow optimum options for building fitness and acclimatization so that you will easily be able to cope with high altitude sickness. However, this itinerary can be easily customized according to your preferences and needs. To book your Ama Dablam expedition, feel free to contact us here.

Ama Dablam Expedition Highlights

  • Scenic and dramatic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport,
  • Acclimatize in picturesque Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazaar and Tengboche,
  • Navigate the iconic Southwest Ridge, including the renowned Yellow Tower to summit Ama Dablam,
  • Establish camps strategically along the ascent, including Camp 1 and Camp 2,
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu from the summit,
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture and hospitality,
  • Engage with professional guides with extensive Himalayan experience.

Best time to Climb Ama Dablam

Spring (April to May)

Spring stands out as the  Best time to Climb Ama Dablam. During this time of the year, the weather tends to be more stable, presenting climbers with clear skies and mild temperatures. These optimal conditions are instrumental in navigating the challenging technical sections of the peak. With temperatures relatively warmer compared to the winter months, spring provides a comfortable environment for climbers to conquer the various rock, ice, and snow elements of Ama Dablam. Additionally, as the season marks the end of the cold winter period, the snow and ice conditions are more stable, contributing to safer and more manageable climbing conditions.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is regarded as the second-best season for ascending Ama Dablam, offering its own set of advantages. During this period, the weather remains stable, with clear skies providing excellent visibility for the ascent. While temperatures in autumn are cooler than in spring, they are still favorable for climbing, ensuring that climbers can navigate the technical challenges of the peak comfortably. The autumn months are characterized by crisp weather, and the post-monsoon conditions lead to stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Additionally, the post-monsoon period contributes to a cleaner mountain environment, reducing the risk of avalanches and enhancing overall safety during the climb.

Ama Dablam Climbing Difficulty 

Climbing Ama Dablam is a strenuous and technically difficult activity, noted for the complicated mix of rock, ice, and snow characteristics of the Southwest Ridge Summit. The route contains difficult aspects such as the Yellow Tower, a remarkable rock feature that necessitates advanced rock and ice climbing abilities. 

Climbers are supposed to use the fixed ropes to cross exposed and steep terrain while acclimating to high-altitude conditions. Ascending to the summit requires the strategic building of higher camps, which adds another element of complexity. Unpredictable weather conditions, such as unexpected thunderstorms and powerful winds, add tremendous challenge to the expedition. Ama Dablam Expedition requires not only physical fitness but also a high level of technical ability and experience in Himalayan mountaineering.

Fitness and Training for Ama Dablam Expedition

Preparing for the Ama Dablam Expedition demands the approach to good physical fitness and training, given the peak's unique combination of technical climbing challenges and high-altitude conditions. A strong cardiovascular foundation is very important, which can be achieved through regular cardio exercises like running, cycling, and hiking to enhance physical endurance.

Strength training is equally important, focusing on the core, legs, and upper body to build the muscular strength required for sustained climbing efforts. Technical climbing skills, including proficiency in using climbing gear and navigating rock and ice, should be honed through practical experience and, ideally, participation in climbing courses. 

Acclimatization to high altitudes is a vital component of training, which includes exposure to higher elevations via treks or climbs to reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses during the expedition. 

Strength training, such as extended hikes with a loaded backpack, prepares climbers for the physical demands of long days on the mountain. Interval training, flexibility exercises, and mental conditioning contribute to a well-rounded preparation strategy.

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Itinerary

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This is our regular itinerary, If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle. You'll have the opportunity to settle in, rest, and perhaps explore the surroundings. Overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

This day you will get to interact with your climbing leader which involves a detailed briefing about the Ama Dablam Expedition, covering essential information such as safety protocols, itinerary specifics, and expectations. Gear checking ensures you have all necessary equipment, and paperwork completion includes permits and documentation. Overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Ramada Encore
  • MealsBreakfast and Welcome Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m). On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610 m). After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

  • Accommodation Trekkers Lodge & Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time30min flight & 3-4hr trek
  • Maximum Altitude2,650m

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

  • Accommodation Ad Friendship Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,440m

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up to the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.

  • Accommodation Ad Friendship Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,880 m

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We  have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.

  • Accommodation Hotel Everest View or Budhha Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,985 m

Embark on an exhilarating trek that takes you through a kaleidoscope of landscapes, from lush alpine forests to rugged terrains. As you trek through the mesmerizing terrain, the iconic shape of Ama Dablam gradually becomes larger, signaling your approach to the much-anticipated Base Camp.

Upon reaching the campsite, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring surroundings, and partake in initial discussions with your climbing leader and fellow climbers. This marks the initiation of detailed preparations for the impending ascent.

  • Accommodation Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,600 m

Embrace the serenity of Ama Dablam Base Camp as you revel in a well-deserved acclimatization and rest day. Utilize this time for physical recuperation and acclimatization to the increasing altitude. Engage in light activities to maintain your fitness levels and approach on a carefully planned warm-up hike to higher altitudes. This steady approach ensures that your body gradually adjusts to the demanding terrain and prepares you mentally for the challenges ahead.

  • Accommodation Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude4,600 m

The  Expedition unfolds as you commence the ascent towards the Ama Dablam summit, following the intricate Southwestern Ridge. Navigate through technical sections, negotiating the interplay of ice and rock among the high-altitude environment. Contiue the climb  through designated camps, including the establishment of Camp I and Camp II. Each camp serves as a strategic acclimatization point, preparing your body for the increasing altitude. The culmination of this awe-inspiring journey is a challenging push from Camp III to the summit, a moment of achievement that is both physically and mentally rewarding. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the summit before descending carefully, retracing your steps through lower camps.

  • Accommodation Base Camps
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time11 days
  • Maximum Altitude6,812 m

Start off your return trip by trekking back to the bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. The descend allows for the sharing of summit stories, savoring the friendship formed during the adventure, and appreciating the hospitality of the locals at Namche Bazzar.

  • Accommodation AD Friendship
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,340 m

Continue the descent, tracing the familiar trails that led you to the base of Ama Dablam. The journey back to Lukla is a reflective one, offering moments to absorb the significance of the expedition and the resilience displayed in conquering one of the Himalaya's iconic peaks.

  • Accommodation Old Town Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,840m

Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains in the Everest Region as  the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. You will then transffered to your hotel, freshen up or take rest. At the evening, stroll around the vibrant thamel area, buy souveniers for your relatives.

  • Accommodation Ramada Encore
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time35 min flight
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

This day is also marked as the rest day for you. However, we could also oranize day tours in Kathamdnu upon request. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance performances.

  • Accommodation Ramada Encore
  • MealsBreakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Today is our final Day of your Island peak climb with EBC trek. A representative from Footprint Adventure treks will transfer you to Kathmandu Airport. Please note that you have to be at Airport before 3 hours of flight time.

    What's Included

    • Airport pick-up and departure during international and domestic arrival and departure
    • 4x nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Ramada Encore 4*)
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu with a climbing guide in a Nepali restaurant 
    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight transfer 
    • Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking and base camp 
    • Facility of hot and cold drink water in the base camp and normal water during the trekking 
    • All required permits, National Park entry, and expedition royalty for the government 
    • Summit rope fixing charge 
    • Garbage disposal and waste management fees
    • Government Liaison Officer with his daily wages, equipment, food, insurance, and transportation
    • Base Camp cook and Kitchen assistants during the expedition time 
    • Porters up to and back from Base Camp 
    • Walkie-talkie per member and climbing staff as per the requirement
    • Satellite and cell phone network available at the Base Camp (chargeable as per use)
    • Availability of the daily weather forecast during the entire expedition
    • In case of emergency, an Oxygen and Mask regulator is available at base camp (USD 60 for use)
    • 1:1 Sherpa per member with his equipment, allowance, and daily wages
    • Tea house accommodation during the trekking and camping accommodation in climbing 
    • Sleeping tents, dining tents, Kitchen tents, toilets, and chairs at base camp 
    • High camp tents for members and sherpas, essential cooking stuff and foods and gears 
    • Solar panels for charging batteries and power bank in base camp 
    • Farewell dinner with climbing sherpa and office team in the Kathmandu 
    • Trip accomplishment certificate, duffel bag, and trip map from company side 
    • All the government taxes and company service charges are as per the package in the price-inclusive section.
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu 
    • Nepalese Visa charges
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner 
    • Extra night in Kathmandu due to the delays of flights and weather consequences 
    • High Altitude travel insurance 
    • Personal climbing gear and equipment 
    • Summit bonus: Minimum 600 USD for expedition leader (mandatory)
    • Also, calculate some extra tips for base camp staff and porters (mandatory)
    • Any other items that are not listed in the inclusive.

    Dates & Price

    Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
    dateApril 20, 2024 - May 14, 2024StatusGuaranteedpriceUS$6490

    Additional Info

    Flights and Transportation

    All your pickups and drops will be handled by a private vehicle . Whereas, a 30-minutes of scenic and thrilling flight takes you to Lukla, where you will start your journey for Ama Dablam Expedition. Similarly, you will also return back to Kathmandu via Lukla after the completion of your expedition.

    Note: During the peak season, the flight to Lukla happens from Ramechhap Airport ( also called Manthali Airport) which takes a 5hr drive from Kathmandu to Manthali and a 15 min flight to Lukla. Due to the heavy air traffic at Kathmandu airport, we must travel to this small airport to fly to Lukla.

    Expedition Grade and High Altitude Sickness

    Ama Dablam is considered a technically challenging climb with an expedition grade in the category of "difficult." Due to the challenging nature of the Southwest Ridge route, climbers are expected to have expert rock and ice climbing skills. 

    Altitude-related issues, such as acute moutain sickness, are important considerations during the Ama Dablam Expedition. Acclimatization days are strategically planned into the itinerary to allow climbers to gradually adjust to the higher altitude and thinning air. Expedition teams are well-equipped to monitor and resolve difficulties related to high altitude sickness, with guides trained to spot signs and manage the steady ascent to reduce health hazards.

    Weather 

    The weather plays a critical role in the success of an Ama Dablam expedition. The best time for climbing is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. Spring, from April to May, offers stable weather and clear visibility, making it the primary climbing season. Autumn, from late September to November, provides similar favorable conditions. Winter and monsoon seasons bring harsh weather, snowfall, and increased risks, making climbing during these periods challenging and less common. Climbers need to be prepared for variable weather conditions, sudden storms, and temperature fluctuations, requiring flexibility in the expedition schedule.

    Permit

    As you will be trekking and climbing in the, Sagarmatha National Park for the Ama Dablam Expedition, you need the following necessary permits to climb the region:

    • Sagarmatha National Park entry Permit : Rs. 3,000 per person
    • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee: Rs. 2,000 per person
    • Ama Dablam Climbing Permit: $400 during Spring and Autumn, $200 during winter

    If you book your expedition with Footprint Adventure, we will obtain all the necessary permits for Ama Dablam Expedition for you.

    Recommended Physical Training

    • Start your exercieses 30 days before your expedition date :
    • Hiking once a week: 4 to 5 hours within a minimum of 15kg of backpack 
    • Running at least 5 km every morning 
    • We also recommend cycling and swimming as per your convenience and availability.

    Training We Provide At Base Camp 

    Our Base Camp training covers essential climbing skills for Ama Dablam, including rappelling, traverse maneuvers, Duck Wall technique, classical/flat-footing, and ice climbing. Safety devices are emphasized, along with traversing, fixed lines, and diagonal ascent/descent techniques. The program ensures that the climbers are well-prepared for the varied terrains and challenges posed by Ama Dablam's ascent.

    FAQs

    Q1. Is Ama Dablam a hard climb?

    Yes, Ama Dablam Expedition is considered a strenuous and challenging climb. It offers a combination of technical difficulties, including steep rock faces, icy slopes, and exposed ridges. It is highly recommended to get advanced rock and ice climbing skills to negotiate the features of Ama Dablam.

    The Ama Dablam Expedition Cost can vary based on factors such as the guiding company, level of support, and services included. On average, climbers can expect to pay between $6,500 to $7,000 or more. This cost typically covers climbing permits, guide fees, logistical support, accommodations, meals, and other essential services.

    The duration of an Ama Dablam Expedition typically spans around 2 to 4 weeks. This includes acclimatization treks, technical training, the ascent to the summit, and the descent. The itinerary allows climbers to acclimate to the altitude and navigate the challenging terrain of the peak.

    The difficulty of Ama Dablam compared to Everest is subjective. Ama Dablam is famous for its technical climbing obstacles, exposed terrain, and the requirement of advanced rock and ice climbing skills. 

    While Everest represents high altitude and physical obstacles, Everest is typically regarded as more technically challenging. However, The decision between the two is frequently influenced by a climber's skill level, experience, and personal preferences.

    The autumn and spring seasons in Nepal (April to May and September to November) are the best times to climb Ama Dablam. The best weather and climbing conditions are present during these months, which feature constant temperatures, vibrant skies, and generally dry circumstances.

    The climbing route gets easier to reach throughout the spring as the weather progressively warms up and the snow starts to melt. The days are longer, giving climbers enough of daylight and beautiful vistas of the surroundings.

    Autumn is the most preferable season for Ama Dablam expedition as the weather is stable, with warm temperatures and good visibility. The post-monsoon season, which falls in the autumn months, is also when the sky is typically clearer following the rainy season, providing breathtaking vistas of the mountains.

    Porter allows for a maximum of about 25 KG in luggage. We will supply one porter for each pair of hikers. The weight limit for the flight to Lukla is up to 10 kg. Excess fees apply for taking additional baggage.

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