Ama Dablam Expedition- 29 Days

The ascent of Ama Dablam via the South West Ridge is one of the most beautiful climbs in the Himalaya. What Ama Dablam, at 6812 meters, lacks in height is compensated by technical challenges.  Perhaps the trickiest part of the climb is a 15 meter vertical section, referred to as the 'Yellow Tower', just below Camp II which requires use of the jumar and a foot loop.

Ama means mother and Dablam means jewel. Ama Dablam is beautifully adorned by two ridges of snow joined by a hanging glacier that looks like the jewel, just as the traditional  necklace worn by Sherpa women with a pendant hanging from it. Not only is the mountain itself magnificent, from the summit of Ama Dablam, there are stunning views of Everest as well as Nuptse, Baruntse and Pumari, Lhotse Shar, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

The exciting trek in to base camp winds through the Sherpa homeland above Thyangboche monastery. The trail to Ama Dablam base camp branches off of the well-worn path to Everest Base Camp and follows the original line of ascent on the South West Ridge.   The rocky trail becomes increasingly snowy nearing the approach to the summit of Ama Dablam. 

We follow the original line of ascent via the southwest ridge, which is technically fairly challenging under normal conditions with enough rock, snow and ice to make it a climb.  The amount of snowfall determines the proportions of rock, snow and ice on the trail.  The best time for this expedition is in the late autumn season when the weather is cold but fairly predictable. Early spring is also possible.  The route is less slippery underfoot during colder weather. There are good camp platforms at strategic points. 

Our capable Sherpa climbing team provides technical support and confident leadership.

Advanced Base Camp, 4750m, to Camp I, 5700m (via Advanced Base Camp 5300m)

The view from base camp is incredible:  a stream meanders though the grassy meadows; the massif of Ama Dablam towers above; the valley Mt Taweche opens below. From here, the path winds eastward through grassy moraine ridges and scree (often icy) until reaching a broad plateau at 5150m, from where you can see the Mingbo La pass. From the plateau the trail leads north and climbs steeply to a large boulder field. We set up Advanced Base Camp, 5300m just below the bolder field.  leers an oblique profile

At the end of the boulder field, slabs traverse deep crevices and to access the proper ridge there is an ascent using fixed ropes. An easy scramble up the east side of the ridge reaches Camp I at 5700m, where there are four or five tent platforms.

Camp I, 5700m to Camp II, 5900m

From the Camp I the trail follows an exposed rocky ridge dotted with towering rock fingers. The ridge is narrow at times and more crevices to be traversed on slabs.

Easy ground is followed to the start of a traverse on the east face, which leads to the base of the Yellow Tower. To reach Camp II, at 5900m, there is a sharp 15 metre pitch where fixed ropes are used.  This is the hardest pitch on the climb. Camp II is extremely exposed, and there is very limited tent space (4 platforms).

Camp II, 5900m to Camp III, 6300m

From Camp II, the route is more ‘mixed’ with snow and iced-up rock. The trail skirts an outcropping of red rocks and drops down to follow a snowy ridge, traversing a gorge between the Grey Tower and the lower rock wall.  There are some steep snowy sections of this bottomless snowy ravine to negotiate before the trail reaches the Mushroom Ridge and finally Camp III, 6300m, a sheltered spot on the east side of the ridge.  

Camp III, 5900m to the Summit 6856m

The biggest challenges of Summit day are the snowy conditions and altitude. The trail climbs above Camp III on snow and ice to the east side of Ama Dablam.  You continue to skirt the hanging glacier, or Dablam, to a small snowfield and then the climb heads directly up snow slopes to the obvious ice crest. Ice fields lead up to a highly exposed and magnificent summit.


Trip Highlights


  • A magnificent mountain in the middle of the Khumbu
  • A magnificent summit view including Nuptse, Baruntse and Pumari, Lhotse Shar, Makalu , Cho Oyu, and Mt. Everest
  • Climbing with Sherpa guide who has summited Ama Dablam numerous times
  • Technically interesting route to the summit
  • Experience Sherpa culture

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Expedition Briefing in Ministry of Tourism

Day 4 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 5 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, 3440m

Day 6 : Acclimatization at Namche, 3446m

Day 7 : Trek from Namche to Tengboche Monastery, 3867m

Day 8 : Trek from Thyangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp

Day 9 : Set up Base Camp

Day 10 : 10-24 Climbing period for Ama Dablam

Day 25 : Trek to Namche Bazar

Day 26 : Trek to Lukla

Day 27 : Fly to Kathmandu

Day 28 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 29 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • All local transportation in Kathmandu (Airport-hotel-airport) as mentioned in itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu: 5 Nights with Bed & Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Amadablam Expedition Permit and National Park fees
  • Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu flights with Cargo limit of 50 KG Per person
  • All meals in lodges during Trekking
  • All meals cooked by our trained cook during Camping and Expedition period
  • Camping equipment: kitchen equipment, dining tent, kitchen tent and toilet tent, storage tent, table and chairs
  • 1 top quality Ozark tent per climber during expedition and sleeping mat
  • Qualified and experienced Sherpa climbing guide, Base Camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper, porters
  • Daily allowance, Insurance, equipment allowance for all expedition staff  
  • Daily allowance, equipment allowance, food and tent for Government Liaison Officer (compulsory)
  • Yak porter Lukla to Base camp & Base camp to Lukla
  • Emergency Oxygen and Gamow Bag
  • Satellite phone (Pay calls)
  • Solar panel for batteries charges and lights
  • Climbing food, gas & stove above Base Camp (if you prefer to bring your own, we will adjust the price of the package)
  • Refundable Garbage Fee of
  • Farewell celebration dinner in Kathmandu last night in Kathmandu

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your personal equipment for climbing & trekking.
  • Your personal & medical insurance for expedition.
  • Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu (welcome and farewell dinners are included)
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
  • Permits for Client's personal Radio set or Satellite phone
  • Oxygen Regulator and Mask
  • Personal expenses
  • Bar Bills & beverages
  • customary tips for guide and support staff
  • Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley with all applicable entrance fees as per our itinerary. (Click for tour in Kathamndu)

Advice for tipping and bonus for Sherpa

  • USD 80-150 for general non-Sherpa crew and he/she must stay at base camp
  • USD 100-180 for Sherpa who accompany you up to the base camp
  • USD 200-500 for Sherpa who accompany you up to the top of the summit


Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
17 April, 2017 15 May, 2017 USD $6900 per person Available Book Now

Why Climb Ama Dablam with Annapurna Foothills?

  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions a Nepal-based owner operated company who can make your Ama Dablam Summit a reality for a reasonable price
  • We pay the Garbage Fee of $2000 per person!  Many companies exclude the Garbage Fee, as it is refundable, but often the refund comes after the client’s departure from Nepal! 
  • Climbers get high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by international operators
  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions does not compromise safety
  • We use only the best quality equipment in the market
  • We take care of details which will help you keep both comfortable and healthy your expedition so that every aspect of your expedition will be a pleasant memory.
  • One veteran Sherpa climbing guide accompanies each climber to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather and personal climbing pace
  • Our Sherpa Climbing Guides are veterans of multiple 7000 and 8000 meter summits.
  • Our Sherpas will go ahead to prepare the camps allowing you to take the time you need, and focus on climbing rather than logistics

Single Supplementary US$ 300 per person (Includes single hotel room in Kathmandu and single room/tent on trek)

Return to Kathmandu by Helicopter:

Helicopter flights are available at the climbers own expense. The cost depends upon passenger load and whether the helicopter is already in the Khumbu area or has to come from Kathmandu.

If Luggage Gets Left Behind:

It may not be possible to take all your gear in the helicopter, depending on the number of passengers and weight restrictions.

Besides the fact that at the end of the expedition season, flights out of Lukla are heavily booked, unpredictable weather at the onset of monsoon can result in flights being cancelled. If this happens, priority will be given to passengers rather than their baggage.

If for any reason you get separated from your bags, Annapurna Treks and Expeditions will make every effort to get them to Kathmandu before your departure flight.

If you depart from Nepal before your bags arrive back in Kathmandu, we can get them shipped to you, but this will be at your expense.

Personal Gear

In Kathmandu, there will be a detailed briefing and a chance to check if we have all the necessary gear. There are plenty of shops which supply a complete range of excellent quality trekking/climbing equipment.

For the most part, you will only need to carry the items which you require during the day while climbing. Your Sherpa guide will carry loads (including your sleeping bag and a reasonable amount of your personal gear) between the camps.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 29 Days

Price : US $6500 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 5D

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:6812m

Transport:By Air



Hotel in Kathmandu:5 Nights with Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation during Expedition:All meals in lodges during Trekking & Camping

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