Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Duration30 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging and Technical
  • Max Altitude 6812 M
  • Group Size 20
  • Starts kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
Ama Dablam Expedition Highlights
  • Climbing the 6,812-meter Ama Dablam, known as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas," is a prestigious achievement.
  • The journey offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Trekkers pass through traditional Sherpa villages, experiencing their rich culture.
  • Reaching base camp is an adventure, with beautiful valleys, diverse landscapes, and local wildlife.
  • The climb is challenging, with rock and ice sections, crevasse crossings, and steep slopes, testing one's skills.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for high altitude adjustment and allows for side excursions and cultural exploration.
  • The trip begins in Kathmandu, Nepal's lively capital, with its historical sites and bustling markets.
  • A scenic flight to Lukla offers breathtaking Himalayan views. The trek includes the awe-inspiring Khumbu Glacier.
  • Completing the Ama Dablam expedition grants you a sense of victory and a moment of pride that will be treasured in your memory for life.

Standing deep in the Khumbu region of Nepal's Koshi Province, surrounded by the giant Himalayas, lies the mighty Ama Dablam. Unlike its towering neighboring peaks, Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam stands at 6,812 meters and has a distinctive pyramid shape. Hence, it earned the nickname "Matterhorn of the Himalayas" due to its prominent sharp ridges and similarity to Mount Matterhorn of the Alps. For trekkers on a journey of the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, this majestic peak's presence remains constant while offering magnificent views. Besides that, in Sherpa culture, this mountain is called "The Mother's Necklace" as the sharp ridges of the mountain resemble a mother's arms protecting and embracing her child. Likewise, the hanging glacier's shape resembles a Sherpa woman's traditional pendant, which has Buddhist deities' figures. Apart from that, this peak attracts global climbers for the famous Ama Dablam Expedition.

The Ama Dablam Expedition will begin with following the same epic route the first climbers conquered in 1961 – the southwest ridge. It is an unforgettable adventure that stretches for a whole month, with most of that time dedicated to acclimatization.  Why? Because of altitude sickness and bone-chilling temperature risk. It's all about getting climbers' body get ready for the ultimate challenge that awaits!

This epic journey commences in Kathmandu, Nepal's vibrant capital city. After sorting out permits and grabbing all the gear needed, a scenic flight whisks you away to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. This charming village nestled in the Khumbu region is where the real adventure begins.

From Lukla, the trek to Ama Dablam winds through breathtaking valleys, across rickety suspension bridges, and past traditional Sherpa villages adorned with colorful prayer flags. Lush forests give way to the mighty Khumbu Glacier, a glimpse into the raw power of the Himalayas. And above it all? The mighty picture of Mt. Everest will constantly entertain you throughout this memorable journey.

Ama Dablam Expedition Itinerary

Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
  • Day 02:Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing and Preparation
  • Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2800m)
  • Day 04:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
  • Day 05:Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (Rest Day): Hike to Everest View Hotel (Optional)
  • Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3870m)
  • Day 07:Trek from Debuche to Pangboche (3930m)
  • Day 08:Trek from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4450m)
  • Day 09:Base Camp Preparation; Rest Day
  • Day 10:to Day 20: Rotation: [Base Camp – Rotation (Camp I and Camp II) – Base Camp]
  • Day 21:to Day 25: Summit Push: [Base Camp – Summit (6812m) – Base Camp]
  • Day 26:Descending to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 27:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
  • Day 29:Leisure Day in Kathmandu City
  • Day 30:Transfer to the International Airport for final departure

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by or Nepal Hiking Adventure representative, and he will assist with luggage collection and customs clearance. A comfortable private vehicle will then take you to your booked hotel located in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1320 M
  • Time:30 Min Drive to hotel

After a relaxing first night in Kathmandu, Day 2 is making preparations for your Ama Dablam expedition.  The morning provides a perfect opportunity to explore the city at your own pace.  For those seeking last-minute gear, Thamel, the tourist hub, beckons with its stores offering sales in outdoor and climbing equipment. Alternatively, you can unwind in a local cafe, soaking up the atmosphere.  A short walk to the Asan market allows you to experience the vibrant local culture.

The afternoon transitions with a detailed expedition briefing. The team leader will thoroughly explain the itinerary, covering logistics, safety procedures, emergency protocols, and all essential information for a successful climb. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and ensure you fully understand the journey ahead.

Following the briefing, the climbing guides will perform a thorough equipment check to verify everyone has the necessary gear and that it is in proper working order. Moreover, climbing and entering some restricted regions require permits which our company will handle; you simply need to provide some necessary documents. By the end of the day, enjoy a wonderful meal and prepare for the upcoming adventurous Ama Dablam expedition. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:breakfast
  • Max Altitude:1320 M
  • Time:Free Day

Day 3 marks the official start of the trek.  Anticipation builds as you take a scenic flight to Lukla (2800m), the gateway to the Everest region. The sight of the majestic Himalayas unfolding beneath you is an unforgettable experience. Upon landing on Lukla's unique tabletop airstrip, a brief adjustment period is necessary due to the higher altitude.  Once acclimatized, you'll meet your local crew of porters and staff, ready to begin the first leg of the trek.

The moderate trail winds through charming villages set in verdant valleys. As you walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River, you may encounter yak caravans and friendly locals, offering a delightful introduction to rural Nepal. The day's destination is Phakding (2610m), a picturesque village nestled among pine forests. Here, you'll check into your comfortable teahouse and enjoy a well-deserved rest, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:2610 M
  • Time:30 min fly and 3 hours walk

Another day of your epic Ama Dablam expedition takes you deeper into the heart of the Khumbu Valley, gradually gaining altitude with each step. The well-maintained trail follows the Dudh Koshi River, offering a captivating panorama. Peaks like Thamserku (6,608m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,367m) pierce the clear blue sky, their snow-capped summits glistening in the sun. As you ascend, the vegetation thins, revealing dramatic landscapes sculpted by millennia of glacial movement. The stark beauty of the Himalayas unfolds before you, a true display of nature’s power. Colorful prayer flags, fluttering in the breeze, add a vibrant touch to the rugged terrain, carrying the hopes and prayers of countless trekkers who have traversed this path before you.

During the trek, you'll experience the thrill of crossing several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. This iconic landmark offers heart-stopping views of the raging Dudh Koshi River far below. The highlight of the day is undoubtedly reaching Namche Bazaar (3,440m), a bustling Sherpa trading town often referred to as the "gateway to Everest." Here, you'll experience a vibrant atmosphere.  Numerous shops, cafes, and bakeries cater specifically to trekkers, providing a welcome respite and a chance to stock up on supplies. Enjoy the crisp mountain air and soak in the unique energy of this high-altitude settlement, a fascinating blend of Sherpa culture and modern amenities.

Your comfortable teahouse boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, providing the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the scenery.  Importantly, Namche Bazaar serves as your first acclimatization stop.  Therefore, staying in a comfortable teahouse for a night allows your body to adjust to the higher altitude before continuing your trek towards Ama Dablam Base Camp.  This crucial acclimatization period helps to prevent altitude sickness and ensures a safe and enjoyable journey ahead.

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3440 M
  • Time:5-6 hours walk

Today is the acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3440m). It is an essential step for climbers for adjusting to the higher altitude before undertaking steeper climbs. Hence, a proper acclimatization helps prevent altitude sickness and ensures a smoother journey ahead.

Begin the wonderful day at Namche with a cup of traditional tea or coffee while enjoying the Himalayas. Then, start exploring the bustling streets of Namche Bazaar and delve yourself in Sherpa culture by browsing shops filled with traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and mountaineering gear. Don't miss out on tasting local treats like yak cheese (khuwa) or bakery products.

In the afternoon, you can take an optional hike to the Everest View Hotel (3880m). This highest permanently staffed hotel in the world  that offers mouthwatering delicacies with breathtaking panoramas of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and the entire Khumbu Valley. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3440 M
  • Time:2 hours hike and rest day

With energized and refreshed body after a day of acclimatization, day 6 marks the trek towards Debuche (3870m). The trail gradually ascends along the Dudh Koshi River valley, offering captivating views of the surrounding peaks. The route showcases diverse landscapes, from vibrant rhododendron forests and serene yak pastures to charming Sherpa villages like Khumjung and Tengboche. Along the way, you will spot the iconic Tengboche Monastery, majestically seated on a hilltop.

The final ascent to Debuche involves a steeper climb through a moraine landscape. Upon arrival, check into your comfortable teahouse and enjoy the tranquility of this high-altitude village. Debuche is the last major settlement before Ama Dablam Base Camp, providing stunning panoramic views as a reward for your efforts. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3870m
  • Time:5-6 hours walk

Begin your day 7 with another hike from Debuche (3870m) to Pangboche (3930m), a picturesque village nestled amidst a dramatic glacial landscape. This hike typically takes around 3-4 hours, as the trail ascends gradually along the Dudh Koshi River valley, unveiling spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. As you climb higher, the lush vegetation gradually transitions to a rugged, high-altitude environment. As you trek, keep your eyes watchful for the awe-inspiring Ama Dablam as it dominates the horizon with its dramatic pyramid shape.

The path winds through moraine fields and yak pastures, dotted with traditional stone huts used by herders. You may encounter yak caravans transporting goods between villages, offering a glimpse into Himalayan traditional life. Arriving in Pangboche (3930m) marks the day's highlight. This charming village is renowned for its stunning scenery and welcoming locals. Teahouses dot the landscape, providing basic amenities and breathtaking panoramic views of the Khumbu Valley. Finally, Pangboche serves as a final destination for today before continuing towards Ama Dablam Base Camp. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3930 M
  • Time:5 hours walk

Today marks a significant milestone on your expedition as you trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4450m), a journey typically taking around 4-6 hours. The trail continues its ascent through a challenging, high-altitude landscape, winding through moraines and scree slopes. Above you, the majestic Ama Dablam stands tall, a constant and awe-inspiring presence guiding your journey. As you navigate the final stretch to base camp, be prepared for steep sections that require careful footing and balance.

Upon arrival at Ama Dablam Base Camp, prepare to be greeted by breathtaking panoramic views. Surround yourself with giants – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the commanding Ama Dablam dominate the horizon. The base camp itself is a collection of tents nestled in a dramatic glacial setting. Once settled into your designated tent, take a well-deserved rest after the demanding trek. Over the next few days, focus on acclimatization and preparing for the technical ascent of Ama Dablam. This crucial period allows your body to adjust to the altitude and gear up for the challenging climb ahead. 

    After trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp at 4450 meters on Day 8, Day 9 offers a much-needed break. This rest day serves two important purposes. Firstly, it allows your body to get used to the high altitude. Taking gentle walks nearby and drinking plenty of water is crucial for getting used to the altitude. In addition, the meals provided by the base camp staff are designed to give you the strength for adjustments to the altitude and prepare for the climb ahead.

    Secondly, Day 9 is all about getting ready for the challenging climb ahead. In the afternoon, you'll organize your climbing gear carefully and attend a detailed meeting with the guides. During this meeting, you'll go over important details like the specific route, safety rules, using ropes, and what to do in an emergency. It's also a good time to bond with your fellow climbers and the expedition team. Sharing stories and experiences helps build a strong team spirit, which is really important when you're making the final push to the summit. Lastly, make sure to rest. Day 9 isn't for doing anything too strenuous. It's a critical time to adjust to the altitude, prepare, and get mentally ready. Hence, by taking full advantage of this rest day, you'll be well-prepared for a successful and safe Ama Dablam Expedition.

      Days 10-20 are crucial in your Ama Dablam expedition. During this time, you will set up camps, go through acclimatization rotations, and prepare carefully for the final summit attempt. This involves repeatedly climbing to higher camps, spending nights there, and then returning to Base Camp to rest and recover. Though it might feel repetitive, this routine is essential for proper acclimatization and is key to successfully reaching the summit of Ama Dablam.

      This crucial period involves a rotation cycle that starts with a climb from Base Camp to Camp I, which is at 5900 meters (19,356 feet). The climb is somewhat difficult and requires good fitness and basic climbing skills. Once at Camp I, you'll spend the night to help your body get used to the higher altitude. Your guides will help set up the camp and give tips on how to sleep and eat well at this height.

      The next day, you'll head back down to Base Camp to rest and recover. This step is crucial as it helps your body recover from the climb and regain energy before the next round of climbing. This pattern of climbing up and then coming back down to rest helps your body gradually adapt to the thin air.

      Depending on the plan and weather, you might also climb to Camp II at 6100 meters (20,013 feet). After adjusting at Camp I, the climb to Camp II is steeper and more challenging, requiring more advanced skills. If planned, you'll spend a night at Camp II to help your body adjust further. Your guides will focus on keeping everyone safe and provide advice for dealing with the extreme altitude. After this, you'll go back down to Base Camp to rest again.

      The number of times you go through this cycle and whether you include Camp II depends on your leader’s decisions, the weather, and how well the team is doing. Each round of climbing helps you get better at the route and more confident for the final climb to the top. Safety is very important. Always follow your guides' instructions, use ropes carefully, and climb safely. Use your rest days at Base Camp to drink plenty of water, eat well, and sleep enough. These steps are key for adjusting to the altitude and staying healthy during the expedition.

      By sticking to the rotation schedule, focusing on getting used to the altitude, and keeping safety in mind, you'll be well-prepared for the final challenge of reaching the summit of Ama Dablam.

        Finally the climax days of your Ama Dablam expedition—the summit push. This is the hardest and most challenging part, requiring you to be in top physical shape, mentally strong, and very determined. The timing of the summit attempt will depend on the weather and how well the team has adjusted to the altitude. Day 21 starts with an early wake-up call, marking the beginning of a crucial day. Begin with a light breakfast prepared by the Base Camp staff, making sure to stay hydrated and pack high-energy snacks for the demanding climb. The climbing guides will perform a final equipment check to ensure everyone has the necessary gear and clothing for the summit attempt. They will also review the climbing route, safety procedures, and emergency protocols. Listen carefully and ask questions to fully understand the plan.

        The summit push usually starts before dawn to take advantage of cooler temperatures and clear skies. You’ll need headlamps to navigate the early part of the climb in the dark. The ascent includes steep snow and ice slopes, exposed ridges, and sections where fixed ropes are necessary. Your climbing guides will be there to help and ensure your safety throughout the climb.

        Depending on the strategy, you might spend a night at Camp II or higher, with guides making this decision based on weather and team progress. Reaching the summit of Ama Dablam at 6812 meters (22,349 feet) is a huge personal achievement. You'll have breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. However, because of the high altitude and tough conditions, any celebration will be brief. The descent requires careful navigation and controlled techniques, with guides leading the way to ensure a safe return to lower camps or directly back to Base Camp.

        Following the descent strategy, you may opt to spend an additional night at a lower camp before making your way back to Base Camp. Upon reaching Base Camp, a sense of relief and accomplishment will likely wash over you. Take a moment to rest, relax, and indulge in a hearty meal prepared by the Base Camp staff. As you prepare for the trek back to Lukla in the coming days, cherish the memories of this remarkable Himalayan adventure alongside your fellow climbers and expedition staff.

          The joy of reaching Ama Dablam's peak lingers as you head down from Base Camp on Day 26. Take a moment to soak in the amazing Himalayan views that unfold before you. Notice the gradual change in plant life as you return from the high, rocky areas. Reaching the bustling town of Namche Bazaar again feels like a warm welcome home, a chance to celebrate your incredible achievement with your fellow climbers. Share stories, reminisce about the tough parts you conquered, and enjoy the satisfaction of your shared success.

            A mix of happy and sad feelings awaits on Day 27. As you trek back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar, it's time to say goodbye to the majestic Himalayas. The familiar path might bring back a flood of memories, reminding you of the incredible journey you started weeks ago. Every turn reveals a sight that fuels you to keep going, a reminder of your determination. This evening, celebrate your successful expedition with your team in the lively town of Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region.

              After all the excitement of the Ama Dablam Expedition, Day 29 lets you take a big exhale. It's your time to truly relax and dive into the amazing heart of Kathmandu. This energetic city is like a giant playground for your senses.  History buffs can geek out on a tour of ancient temples, like Swayambhunath Stupa. It is an ancient Buddhist stupa which sits on a hilltop with incredible city views.  The afternoon brings a different kind of fun.  Walk with the locals and wander through the lively maze of Thamel. It is a shopper's paradise packed with unique souvenirs like pashminas and prayer wheels. 

              Feeling a bit stiff from the trek? No problem! If relaxation is calling your name, treat yourself to a pampering spa treatment using traditional Nepali herbs.  As the sun starts to set, wind down your adventure with a calmer experience. Find a comfy cafe, sip on a cup of local chiya (tea), and watch the world go by. It's the perfect chance to think back on your unforgettable Ama Dablam expedition. Finally, Kathmandu promises a delightful day of discovery for – exploring history, finding cool souvenirs, or just plain chilling out.

                As with all adventures, even the most amazing ones, our journey must come to an end. Day 30 marks the completion of your Ama Dablam expedition. A smooth transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport ensures a stress-free departure from Nepal. As you embark on your journey home, carry with you the memories of breathtaking landscapes, challenging climbs, and the immense personal victory of conquering Ama Dablam. This experience will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you, a testament to your strength and perseverance.

                  Detailed Itinerary of the Ama Dablam Expedition

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                  How Difficult is the Ama Dablam Expedition?

                  An Ama Dablam expedition is a dream come true for many climbers, but it's no walk in the park.  First off, the high altitude is a major obstacle.  The air gets thinner as you climb, making even simple things tough. You'll need to acclimatize. It means taking special hikes and resting often to let your body adjust to the lower oxygen levels.  Second, the climb itself is technical.  Think rocky scrambles, icy sections, crevasses to hop over, and steep slopes that require good balance and strong muscles.  Previous climbing experience and the right gear are must-haves.  Third, the Himalayas are a tough place.  It's cold, windy, and the weather can change in a flash.  You'll need warm clothes, protection from the wind, and the ability to adapt to whatever Mother Nature throws your way.  

                  Finally, the Base Camp is far from any hospitals or stores.  This means you need to be self-sufficient, work well with your team, and have a reliable support crew with the right supplies.  Even though it's challenging, reaching the summit of Ama Dablam is an incredible accomplishment. The views are stunning and the feeling of success is unbeatable. Lastly, the bonds you build with your fellow climbers will last a lifetime.


                  The Ama Dablam expedition is a dream expedition for many climbers, and with good reason. It offers breathtaking scenery, a challenging climb, and the immense satisfaction of reaching a summit above 6,800 meters.  While the climb is demanding, it's achievable for experienced climbers with proper preparation.

                  At Nepal Everest base camp trekking Company Pvt. Ltd., we are committed to helping you achieve your dream of summiting Ama Dablam. Our experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the expedition, and our meticulous planning will take care of all the logistics.  We'll help you obtain permits, provide top-notch equipment, and ensure you have everything you need to focus on the climb itself.

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