Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:25 Nights 26 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 6812m

About Ama Dablam Expedition

The ascent of the mighty Mount Ama Dablam via the South West Ridge is one of the most beautiful climbs in the Himalaya of Nepal. What Ama Dablam, at 6812 meters, lacks in height is compensated by its 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.

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 trekking to base camp winds through the Sherpa homeland above Tengbouche 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 an interesting 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. Spring season is also possible. The route is less slippery underfoot during colder weather. There are good camp platforms at strategic points. Our competent Local Sherpa climbing team provides technical support and confident leadership during your Ama Dablam Expedition. 

Our Ama Dablam Expedition Approach: 

Advanced Base Camp, 4750m, to Camp I, 5700m

The view from base camp is incredible: a stream meanders though the grassy meadows; the massif of Ama Dablam towers above; the valley Mount 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. 

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 meter 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.

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 popular Mushroom Ridge 6300m, a sheltered spot on the east side of the ridge.  

Summit Day: Ama Dablam 

The biggest challenges of Summit day are the snowy conditions and altitude. The trail climbs above 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 then meets up with the 40–60 degree snow rib followed by the magnificent summit. Amazing views of Everest, Nuptse, Baruntse and Pumari, Lhotse Shar, Makalu ,Cho Oyu from the summit awaits. 

Planning to climb Mount Ama Dablam in 2021 and 2022 !!

We have a Guaranteed Departures for Ama Dablam Expedition. We have few spaces available to join. We are looking forward to make a small group for this expedition. If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun and it is a great saving too. Please get in touch for further details. 

Highlights of Ama Dablam Expedition

  • 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 our Local Sherpa Guides who has summited Ama Dablam numerous times
  • technically interesting route to the summit
  • experience Sherpa culture and people 
  • well set up camps and logistics duringyour Ama Dablam Expedition
  • climb one of the most stunning mountains in the Himalaya of Nepal. 


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. It will be your call to either relax in your room or explore around the city. 

  • Hotel
  • 1,300m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300m/4,265 ft

An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2804m takes only 35 minutes. On arrival in Lukla, a guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 2,610m/8,561 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Namche Bazaar, known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest trail. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,440m/11,284 ft

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of local Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,440m/11,284 ft

On reaching Tengbuche, our guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here. You will get to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or tomorrow morning depending on how the trekking day went. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,864m/12,677 ft

The trail descends through a beautiful forest, then crosses the Imja Khola (river) and passes through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures where the yak graze, to the beautiful Ama Dablam Base Camp.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 5 hrs
  • 4,570m/14,989 ft

We will allocate approx. 14 Days for the climbing duration. We will do one rotation climb up to Camp III before pushing for our summit of Ama Dablam. Health and safety, acclamatization, planning, team work is absolutely crucial. Of course we have to move with weather conditions on the mountain as well.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

We trek down and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche after continuously to Namche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,440m/11,284 ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 2,810m/9,219 ft

You will take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300m/4,265 ft

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

What's included

Ama Dablam Expedition  2020 and 2021 !!

Full Board Cost: $ 6500 Per Person 

Base Camp Service Cost Only : $ 3800 Per Person 

  1. Airport – Hotel- Airport transportation
  2. 4 nights' Accommodation in standard Hotel Holy Himlaya   in Kathmandu- bed and breakfast basis
  3.  National Park fees and Expedition permit
  4. Camping equipment: sleeping tent and foam mattress, Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Toilet tent
  5. Dining Tables, Chairs and Kitchen equipments
  6. Three meals a day during the trek and camping (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  7. Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  8. Annapurna Foothills Tshirt
  9. Base Camp Manager, Cook, Kitchen boys and Porters for your trip
  10. Camping and Kitchen equipment
  11. Daily wages for Porters and all Nepali staff
  12. Insurance for Porters and all Nepali staff
  13. Equipment for Porters and Nepali staff
  14. Government Liaison officer, his all allowance, food, tent
  15. Nepali culture show with dinner
  16. All the land transportation mentioned in the itinerary
  17. Gamow Bag and emergency oxygen
  18. Satellite phone service (pay calls)
  19. Welcome dinner with Nepali culture show
  20. Celebration Dinner last night in Kathmandu
  21. Solar panel for batteries charges and lights
  22. Garbage Fee
  23. Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu flights with Cargo 50 KG Per member

(01 -23) Base Camp Services

(01-27) - Full Board Service


24. Above Base Camp, High Altitude Tents, High Altitude Meals, EP Gas burner and cooking pot for members  

25. Ama Dablam summiteers Climbing Sherpa 

26. Walkie Talkie Permit

27. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope required during the climb. 

What’s Excluded

  1. Your personal equipment for climbing & trekking.
  2. Your personal & medical insurance during the expedition.
  3. Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu 
  4. Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
  5. Permits for Client's personal Radio set or Satellite phone

Advice for tipping support staffs and Summit bonus for Climbing Sherpa


  1. USD 100-150 for support staff / helpers who stays at base camp
  2. USD 250- 300 for base camp Head Cook 
  3. USD 250-400 for Sherpa/Base Camp Guide who manages the base camp 
  4. USD 500-800 for Climbing Sherpa who accompanies you up to the top of the summit


start date20 Oct, 2020end date14 Nov, 2020Available$6000

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Ama Dablam Expedition. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Ama Dablam Expedition is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Why Climb Ama Dablam with Annapurna Foothills?

  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a Nepal based Sherpa community operated company who can organize your Ama Dablam Expedition smoothy for a reasonable price.
  • Climbers get high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by the international operators.
  • Annapurna Foothills does not compromise on safety.
  • We use only the best quality equipments and logistics for our expeditions. 
  • We look into attention to details carefully. So that every aspect of your expedition is covered and you will be a pleasant memory of your trip. 
  • Our veteran Sherpa climbing guides accompanies climbers to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather.
  • 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

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.

Personal Gears:

In Kathmandu, there will be a detailed briefing and a chance to check if we have all the necessary gears and equipments. There are plenty of rental 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 guides will carry loads (including your sleeping bag and a reasonable amount of your personal gear) between the camps.