Tour Details

  • 15 Days(s)

  • professional climbing and Trekking Guide

  • English, Chinese, French

  • 6,812 m (22,349 ft)

overview

Popular as the “Matterhorn of the Himalaya” in Nepal across the world, Ama Dablam Peak stands at a height of 6812 meters and is situated amidst the mighty Mount Everest and the tall peak of Lhotse in the region of Khumbu. This peak is in the form of a meadow so it is called the “Matterhorn “. Again, Ama Dablam means “Necklace of the mother”; this peak was named this because it resembles the arms of a mother trying to protect their child.

Ama Dablam is an excellent peak across the Himalaya which offers an amazing experience of trekking across the diverse terrain, culture, and people. Scaling the Ama Dablam however requires more than courage, it entails skills as well as experience in scaling high altitude. We focus on the safety and fun part of this expedition so we try to keep our team as small as possible so proper attention can be provided to each member and each individual’s needs are taken care of. We have experienced guides, the proper infrastructure, as well as base camp facilities to make this journey worthwhile for you.

Tour Highlights

  • We will set up Camp 1 at the height of 5700 meters; the difficulty level of the trail up to Camp 1 is moderate.
  • We follow the fixed lines that already exist from Camp 1 and the trail becomes challenging as we move to Camp 2.
  • We will witness an icy and rocky terrain as we move from Camp 2 to Camp 3. The path from the Camp 3 up to the summit is not much technical and we descend till the base camp afterward.

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Itinerary

  • 1
  • 3 Star Hotel

As soon as you arrive at the Kathmandu airport, you will be received by one of our representatives from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking from where you will be transferred to your hotel. Afterward, you will be briefed about the trekking journey along with the dos and don’ts on the trek. A tasty welcome dinner awaits you in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • 3 Star Hotel

Early in the morning, after eating a hearty breakfast around eight, w have a meeting at the hotel where we introduce you to your trekking guide. Kindly take this opportunity to sort out all your confusions with questions. You will be provided with a cap and duffel bag here.

Do make sure that you bring along the copy of your travel insurance, three passport size photographs, and your passport. You are required to clear any of your due balance here and sign the trip contract along with the non-liability disclaimer. Kindly inform us before if you will not b able to attend this meeting or will arrive late.

After the meeting, we had out for the Kathmandu tour via private vehicle. We visit the important heritages namely Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and then you will have time for individual activities. Note that Boudhanath Stupa is popular because it is one of the largest shrines for Buddhists in the globe and is revered by people. Similarly, Pashupatinath is a sacred place for Hindus around the world. You can see holy men (sadhus) doing meditation or bathing near the ghats in Pashupatinath. And Bhaktapur is one of the ancient cities in Nepal where you can witness different shrines and pagoda-style temples and a historical fifty-five window palace. Likewise, the lion gate, the art gallery, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla and the golden date are other major attractions of this city.

After this, you can involve in individual activities of your choice and spent time exploring or shopping around Thamel. Overnight stay at the hotel inclusive of breakfast.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

You shall be transferred to the domestic terminal of the airport early in the morning by your guide and then you board on the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. This scenic flight will take around forty minutes. We will be greeted by the porter at the airport in Lukla.

On this day, we will trek for three hours which will be easy and gradual. The trail begins by crossing a ceremonial gatehouse namely the Kani. First, we descend down and then move up the Kyangma village; this place has a big monastery and a school here.

After this, we reach the Cheplung village and then descend down the lush green forest enjoying the view of the river, Dudh Koshi. It is only a short climb from the ridge to the Ghat as we cross the suspension bridge. We walk past a school and some mani walls, prayer wheels as well as Chortens. We finally reach Phakding with a short walk from Chuthawa. Overnight stay at the lodge inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

We walk across bridges over the river, Dudh Koshi as we walk past many villages of Bhenkar, Monjo, and Toc-Toc. We arrive at the entrance of Sagarmatha National park and then we walk for some hours along the riverbed and cross a bridge along the steep path to reach Namche Bazaar.  There is so much to explore in Namche including pubs, restaurants, post offices, banks, and cyber cafes. All three meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.

  • 1 day
  • Guest House

This is one of the day set aside for acclimatization. It is recommended by health experts that trekkers remain active even on days scheduled for acclimatization. We will have a hike to the place named Thame or we visit Khunde or explore the Namch area. We can savor the natural surroundings of this region or visit the shops, internet cafes, bakeries, or cyber cafes. We can enjoy exploring the buzzing market at Namche. Moreover, we can visit the Tourist Visitor Center around Sagarmatha National park where we can see things related to the Sherpa culture, the ascenders of Mount Everest and about the wildlife and vegetation of this region.

All three main meals are provided.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

The trekking path moves along the pristine water of the Dudh Koshi river along with the scenic view of mountain peaks. We will have trekked up to an elevation of 3860 meters upon our arrival at Tengboche. We can visit the monastery here with amazing wall hangings, a sculpture of Buddha along with musical instruments of Lamas. We can go observe the prayer ceremony held here either in the morning or the evening based on the circumstances then. All three main meals are provided.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

We walk down to Debuche as we cross the bridge over the river, Imja and then ascend to Pangboche. Our trek duration is for six hours as we move up. We reach the beautiful Sherpa village named Dingboche savoring the magnificent views of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. We walk gradually to adjust well to the height (4350 meters).

  • 1 day
  • Guest House

This day is scheduled to take rest in order to acclimatize to the higher altitude. We go to the Chhukung valley following the Imja Khola valley to witness the panoramic view of the Lhotse and other peaks. We get back to Dingboche later in the evening. Overnight stay at the guesthouse inclusive of all the three meals.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

On this day, we get back to the bridge in Pangboche and then we walk past the river Dudh Koshi before we ascend the path up to the Base camp. This will take around three and a half hours from where we start at Pangboche. Base Camp is situated in such a point from where we can see a large part of the trail. Our strenuous walk will feel worth the effort we put in as we step on the base camp. The porters will leave us here for up to three weeks and we remain here along with the SHerpas, Sirdar and the culinary staff.

Overnight stay at a tented camp; inclusive of breakfast, lunch as well as dinner.

  • 1 day
  • Campaigns

This is another day for us to take some time to acclimatize to the higher altitude.  We stay at a tented camp and breakfast, lunch, as well as dinner, are provided.

  • 16 days
  • Campaigns

Note that we do not provide a daily itinerary for the period of climbing because this will b decided by the expedition leaders along with the members. A flexible approach will be taken by the guides to decide what matches the climbers’ needs based on their experience. The teams usually stay at the base camp for a few days to organize food, practice their rope skills and adjust to the height before heading to the base camp.

It is normal if you spend at least a night at the first camp (camp 1) because of acclimatization reasons before getting back to the base camp, taking enough rest and then getting ready for the summit push.

Ama Dablam Climb From The Southwest Ridge

After crossing the Base camp, we follow the moraine ridges to reach a broad saddle (5150 meters); here we can savor the view of the Mingbo La. From here we move up northwards till the path becomes steeper at the starting point of a boulder field; blow this field, an advanced base camp could be set up at the height of 5400 meters.

Now the path continues to the north to the bottom of the boulder field and then we ascend up towards the ridge. As we move up eastwards, we reach Camp 1. Note that four or five ten platforms are there.

We move around the snowy area from Camp 1 which would be a possible site for Camp 1. From here, we walk eastwards to the ridge as we climb the easy path. The ridge grows narrow in places such that difficulty level increases as we move forward. As we move ahead, w reach th Yello Tower which is at a fifteen-meter pitch below the Camp 2. This is considered one of the most cumbersome pitches during the climb.

We reach the Camp 2 (5900 meters) from the ridge; Camp 2 has lesser space for tents (just 3 or 4 tent platforms). Because of this, many times, it is used just to store the equipment and trekkers rather move from cap 1 to Camp 3 at once.

We follow a snow ridge on our climb from the Camp 2 to later transverse eastwards. We even move up a snow slope for a short period of time to step o the Mushroom Ridge. We scale some steep snow areas until we reach Camp 3 (6300 meters).

Now, we ascend the slopes of ice and snow above the Camp 3 ad to the right of the Dablam. We scale the Dablam on our right and move along the west to reach a snowfield which lies below the Burgschrund. We cross this Burgschrund and then head to th ice crest. We then have a marvelous climb to the main summit.

(Note that high-quality tents are provided for each camp)

Overnight stay at the tented camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch as well as dinner.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We descend to Namche Bazaar which is going to take around six hours. If we get lucky, we may get to Namche Bazaar when the market is buzzing; no matter what we can always find delicious food, espresso, chocolate cake and yak steaks here. This is the market where the porters from lowlands with supplies meet the Sherpas and Tibetan folks to trade supplies for home and villages. Savor and celebrate the completion of your expedition.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse; includes breakfast, lunch as well as dinner

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

We get back to Lukla after trekking for around six hours. The whole group will have enough time at hand to talk about the trek and reflect on it as a group along with the achievements made. We will also have time to see the markets.

Overnight stay at the guesthouse; inclusive of breakfast, lunch as well as dinner

  • 35 minutes
  • 3 Star Hotel

On this day, we board on an early morning flight to Kathmandu after the long trek. Upon reaching the capital, Kathmandu, you will get enough time to get your well-deserved rest. You can go for souvenir shopping or for exploring the town afterward if you like. You will be accompanied by our guide for shopping as well as the tour. A tasty farewell dinner awaits you at the end of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel inclusive of breakfast.

  • 3 Star Hotel

This day marks the end of your adventure with us in Nepal. You can exchange email ids and organize the photographs on this day. Our representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking shall accompany you to the airport, three hours before the scheduled flight time. You head to your native land or to your next destination from here.

Breakfast is provided.

What’s included/excluded

Cost Included

  • Essential royalties and permits
  • Deposit for garbage
  • Important entry permits to National park
  • Airfare for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Food and accommodation facility while trekking and back
  • Three-night accommodation facility at Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
  • Licensed guide with experience
  • Culinary staff for Base Camp
  • Porter for climbing (1 member for 1 Porter)
  • Yak alongside porters till base camp and back
  • A liaison officer for you
  • Salary, insurance, and allowances for all the staffs
  • Heli insurances and climbing gears for the group
  • Important equipment for Base Camp
  • Regular set for oxygen mask
  • Walkie talkie for the SHerpas


Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flight
  • Nepal VISA fee
  • Dinner and lunch at Kathmandu
  • Essential personal equipment and personal insurance
  • Emergency heli-evacuation and satellite phone
  • Expenses for personal items like laundry, phone calls, batteries, bar bills, hot shower, heater and so on
  • Tipping to staff
  • Internet facility while trekking
  • Charges for additional baggage (For more than 15 kilograms of baggage, the cargo charge is approximately $ 1.5 per kilogram)

cancellation

Kindly contact us for cancellation of the tour.

Good to know

Insurance

Travel insurance along with a good emergency evacuation insurance is kept mandatory as they cover the cost for evacuation from the higher elevation via any mode of transportation. We also recommend the travelers to have the cancellation insurance just in case you have an accident before the departure or your trip gets canceled due to external events.

Experience and Fitness level

Good physical condition is important for your own safety and the accomplishment of the trekking journey.  Before the trek, w advise trekkers to at least do running, swimming or cycling like activities and also climb smaller peaks that require you to use crampons under different conditions.  

Make sure, you are exposed to different conditions and have steep descends for long times and are able to carry an average of 30lbs baggage.  It is better if you have ice and rock climbing experience which will make it easier to scale the alpine trail.  Get familiar with using your gear, crampon, jumars, knots, and ascenders. Note that we review the portfolio of each climber individually to assist them in taking up this trekking journey.

Food

You will be able to perform better if you have an adequate amount of food. Because people face appetite loss in higher elevations, our guides will assist you with easily digestible, rich food.  At the base camp, our culinary staff will set the menu.   We recommend you to bring along energy bars, dry fruits, and other energy generating snacks.  We cater to your dietary needs and can provide vegetarian menus on request.

Accommodation

You shall stay at deluxe hotels while in Kathmandu and you will stay at guesthouses and local lodges while trekking.  You will slep in tented camps while in Base camp. Kindly note that luxury accommodation is not available in the higher ranges especially in the Base Camp area so do not keep your expectations high. The accommodation facility while trekking is based on twin sharing basis and is not as lavish as it is in Kathmandu.

Emergency Rescue

For precaution, a person suffering from high altitude sickness is transferred to a lower altitude for rest and in the worst condition, you will be transferred down by a helicopter or land transportation.

Weather Forecast

For a reliable weather report, w recommend to use Austria or Meteo Swiss; we can help you get in touch with them. You will get accurate quick forecasts on weather through SMS or email and you can prepare accordingly.

Important Personal Gears

  • Down suits- One-piece
  • Shoes for the summit- one pair
  • Walking shoe- One pair
  • Crampon-one pair
  • Gloves for summit-one pair
  • Normal gloves-one pair
  • Snoq goggles- One
  • Glacier glasses-one piece
  • Gore-tax trouser- One-piece 
  • Base layer (woolen)-  Two sets 
  • Water bottle normal- One-piece
  • Ice axe- One-piece 
  • Harness- One-piece 
  • Jammer- One-piece 
  • Carabineers' (normal)- three pieces 
  • Sleeping bag (-40C)- One-piece 
  • Down-filled Mattress- One-piece 
  • Summit socks- two pairs 
  • Normal socks- three pairs 
  • Climbing bag (40 liters)- One-piece 
  • Helmet- One-piece 
  • Down jacket- One-piece 
  • Down trouser-One piece 
  • 8 fingers/descended- One-piece 
  • Headlamp- One-piece 
  • Gore-tex jacket- One-piece
  • Fleece jacket- One-piece 
  • Fleece trouser- One-piece 
  • Fleece liner gloves- Three pairs 
  • Screw Gate Carabineer- One-piece 
  • Wind stopper- One-piece 
  • Thermos bottle- One-piece

In The Case Of Expert Advice

If you need to talk to an expert to talk about things related to climbing and clear your confusions,  you can meet our experts at Sherpa Expedition trekking and put forward your queries.