Ama Dablam (6,812m)

* Adventure on one of the Most Striking Peak in the Himalaya

Ama Dablam, considered the most beautiful mountain in Nepal, is a great challenge at 6,812 meters. A great introduction to climbing at altitude; it offers exposed climbing from all sides and a terrific view from the summit.

The Trek to base camp is one of the most stunning, with acclimatization days trekking in the Khumbu you see some of the worlds most famed mountains. We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek through Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche Monastery - before setting up base camp.

The majority of the route is fixed with rope to allow safe passage and tents will be placed in the camps by the Sherpa climbing team. This allows you the greatest chance of success and makes sure the whole experience stays fun.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation. O/N Hotel.
Day 04: Fly Kathmandu / Lukla. Trek to Phakding. O/N Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar. O/N Camp.
Day 06: Rest and acclimatization at Namche. O/N Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche. O/N Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Pangboche. O/N Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 10: To Climbing Period.
Day 22:
Day 23: Cleaning up at Base Camp. O/N Camp.
Day 24: Trek to Pangboche. O/N Camp.
Day 25: Trek to Namche. O/N Camp.
Day 26: Trek to Lukla. O/N Camp.
Day 27: Fly Lukla / Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 28: Free day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
Day 29: Free day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
Day 30: Transfer to airport for departure.
 Departure Dates   Availability
 04 Oct-02 Nov  Available
Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.via respective airlines.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't and other related information, a half day tour of Kathmandu can be organised on request. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel for our interesting tour.
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  A free day to allow the team members for guided tour at places of interest in Kathmandu on request, a leisure day which we require as well to obtain the necessary permits for this expedition to Ama Dablam.
Day 03:

A day in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  Another extra free day in Kathmandu, which allows the expedition member more time for shopping and as well finish the paper works.
Day 04:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

  Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the most spectacular flights in the world. The sixteen seater Twin Otter, Dornier or similar type of plane takes us east into the heart of Sherpa country, giving us views of the peaks of the Khumbu region, including Everest and Ama Dablam. The landing on the tiny airstrip at Lukal is, to put it mildly, exciting! Soon after landing we will set off along the famous trail to Everest Base Camp. From Lukla (9,184 ft / 2,800 m) we walk north-west and decent to the river at Phakding (8,698 ft / 2,652 m) through attractive fir forests.
Day 05:

Trek to Namche Bazaar. 3,440m. 5-6 hrs. O/N Camp.

  From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m, from the village of Benkar, cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the last bridge trail climbs up with great views of Everest and Lhotse on a clear day. Finally reaching Namche after about six hours walk. Namche is the most prosperous and largest town in the Khumbu. It is the capital of the Sherpa population, a people who closely resemble the Tibetans in looks and culture. Namche is a vibrant town with many shops and several restaurants and hotels. Superb mountain scenery makes an impressive back-drop. We are likely to feel breathless from the altitude, as Namche is 11,300 ft / 3,445 m. above sea level. To assist acclimatization we spend two nights here.
Day 06:

Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.

  Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 07:

Trek to Thyangboche. 3,863m. 5 hrs.

  From early in the morning we will have superb views of Ama Dablam , a short climb leads to the top of Namche ridge, from here the trail winds with a gradual walk till we descend through moss and rhododendron forest towards the river. We cross the Imjatse river at Phungitenga and climb to the saddle at the top of a hill. Here lies Thyangboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area. Unfortunately the original monastery for which Thyangboche is famous was burnt to the ground in 1989 and is presently being rebuilt. The village lies at the base of Kangtaiga and the spur of this ridge affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu, including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
Day 08:

Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m. 2-3 hrs.

  After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deboche walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, a little further from here the route diverts into two ways, the upper one going to the upper Pangboche village, where the old Monastery is located, the gradual low route is the straight forward main trail to Dingboche Pheriche and beyond. It will be better to go the upper trail, for more view and to visit the upper Pangboche village 3,900m and its Monastery, which had a Yeti scalp, and a skeleton believed to be Yeti's hand, it was stolen in the early '90's, and has never recovered back again, like the monastery in Khumjung this Monastery is believed to be older, after the visit to the Monastery overnight camp at lower Pangboche, where you can see the path leading towards Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 09:

Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp. 4,570m.O/N Camp.

  Pangboche, which will be the last village for couple of weeks, our route diverts from the main trail down towards the Imja-tse river, after crossing the small wooden bridge, the path continue up the valley towards Ama Dablam Base Camp for about two hours before turning right up a smaller valley which leads to Mingbo, our Base Camp. This is a very pleasant spot from which the majority of our route is visible. It is at an altitude of about 15,000 ft / 4,570 m. and will be a warm and comfortable escape from the rigors of the climb. Our porters will deposit their loads and leave us here for the next three and a half weeks, with only our cook, staff, sirdar and liaison officer remaining.
Day 10-22:

Ascent of Ama Dablam.

It is impossible to predict the exact day by day itinerary for this period. The team will be broken down into climbing groups who will work on the mountain for several days before returning for a rest at Base Camp. While one group is pushing out the route and fixing ropes, another may be carrying loads up to higher camps.

From Base Camp follow old grassy moraine ridges roughly eastwards to a broad saddle from where one can see the Mingbo La. From the saddle turn north and climb up rocky ground and finally through boulders to the ridge below Pt. 5705 which is the site of Camp I. There are four or five tent platforms.

From Camp I Cross a rocky bowl (tricky if snow covered) until below two rock fingers, then move on to the ridge proper. Climbing the ridge involves rock climbing of Severe standard with steps of VS (USA 5.6) Camp II is at the top of a yellow tower, which gives one of the hardest pitches on the climb at VS / Hard VS (5.8).

From Camp II Skirt a red rock bluff on the east and follow a ramp line to a gray tower. Move into the ramp (some stone fall danger) and climb to an amphitheater. Continue up a broad gully formed between the grey tower and the lower rock buttress and climb a snow slope to 'Santa's Grotto' at the start of the mushroom ridge. Possible bivvy site. Follow the mushroom ridge to a crevasse in the upper face, which offers another good bivvy site. Climb the snow / ice slope to the right of the face, then follow mixed ground to the top of the highest hanging glacier. An ice crest now leads in a magnificent position to the summit. Grand Views! We all need to be back at Base Camp by Day 22. At this point the porters will arrive for our walk out to Lukla.

Day 23:

Clean up at Base Camp. O/N Camp.

  Today all the climbers and the Sherpa staffs will be involved cleaning and sorting out the gear and the mess at the base camp, un bio-degradable waste to be brought back to Namche Bazzar for proper disposal.
Day 24:

Trek back to Pangboche. 3-4 hrs. O/N Camp.

  Today an easy walk on the downhill slopes towards the Imja-tse river, after the wooden bridge a short climb towards Pangboche village. Afternoon at leisure for hike and relaxation.
Day 25:

Trek back to Namche Bazaar. 5-6 hrs. O/N Camp.

  Retrace the journey back to Namche Bazaar for the overnight stop, time permitting we might move the camp few hours walk down to Monjo, which is worthwhile for the last day walk to Lukla.
Day 26:

Trek to Lukla. 6-7 hrs from Namche.

  Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Day 27:

Fly Lukla-Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 40 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to Hotel.
Day 28:

In Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 29:

In Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.

  Another free, leisure day which allows for sorting and packing the expedition gear.
Day 30:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 6 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porters using local standard lodges for Lukla / Pangboche / Lukla part on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Climbing Permit & National Park Fees.
 7.  Service of Climbing Sherpa/s (2 members : 1 Climbing Sherpa) assisting in fixing ropes, setting up camps with their equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
 8.  Group Climbing equipment – Climbing Rope, Fix Rope, Snow Bars.
 9.  Service of Government Liaison Officer with his equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
 10. HA Tents, Food, Fuel above base camp.
 11. Garbage Disposal and Garbage Deposit charge.
 12. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  All sorts of personal climbing equipment.
 8.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 9.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 10. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Ama Dablam (6,812m)
  • Trip Duration : 30 Days
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous/Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Climbing Trips
  • Highest Altitude : 6812 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov