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Mt. Amadablam Expedition

  • Duration:
    30 Days
  • Max-Altitude:
    22,349ft/6,812mm

Trip Introduction

Popularly known as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’, the overwhelming ice-coated granite pyramid of Ama Dablam dominates the sky above the trekker’s trail to the Everest Base Camp. Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. The main peak is 6,812 meters (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 6,170 meters (20,243 ft). Ama Dablam means “Mother’s necklace”; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the Dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.

Ama Dablam was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge. They were well-acclimatized to altitude, having wintered over at 5800 meters near the base of the peak as part of the Silver Hut Scientific Expedition of 1960-61, led by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge (right skyline in the photo). Climbers typically set up three camps along the ridge with camp 3 just below and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam. Any ice that calves off the glacier typically goes left, away from the camp. However, a 2006 avalanche proved that this is not always the case. A climbing permit and a liaison officer are required when attempting Ama Dablam.

The route offers varied and sustained climb with reasonable level of difficulty. Three high camps are set up at strategic points. The climb is moderate up to Camp 1, then it gets challenging up along the narrow granite ridge. Negotiating pitches of steep ice and snow slopes, the route gets more technical from Camp 2. From Camp 3, skirt around the hanging glacier or the Dablam, cross snow arête (A sharp ridge) and bergschrund A gap or crevasse at the edge) between ice cliffs, and scale the summit.

Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01
    • Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
    • Day 02
    • Expedition Preparation Day in Kathmandu
    • Day 03
    • Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding
    • Day 04
    • Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283feet), 5-6 hours
    • Day 05
    • Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 feet), Acclimatization Day
    • Day 06
    • Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
    • Day 07
    • Tengboche to Pangboche
    • Day 08
    • Pangboche to Amadablam Base Camp
    • Day 09 -24
    • Amadablam Climbing Period
    • Day 25
    • Amadamlam Base camp to Tengboche
    • Day 26
    • Tengboche to Namche bazzar
    • Day 27
    • Namche bazzar to Lukla
    • Day 28
    • Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 29
    • Free Day in Kathmandu
    • Day 30
    • Final Departure
    • Day 01
    • Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
    • Day 02
    • Expedition Preparation Day in Kathmandu
    • Day 03
    • Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding
    • Day 04
    • Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283feet), 5-6 hours
    • Day 05
    • Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 feet), Acclimatization Day
    • Day 06
    • Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
    • Day 07
    • Tengboche to Pangboche
    • Day 08
    • Pangboche to Amadablam Base Camp
    • Day 09 -24
    • Amadablam Climbing Period
    • Day 25
    • Amadamlam Base camp to Tengboche
    • Day 26
    • Tengboche to Namche bazzar
    • Day 27
    • Namche bazzar to Lukla
    • Day 28
    • Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 29
    • Free Day in Kathmandu
    • Day 30
    • Final Departure
Cost Include:
  • All transfer from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
  •  Accommodation 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3-star hotel)
  •  Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Back to Kathmandu,
  •  Amadablam Expedition Climbing Permit.
  • Garbage Deposit
  • Government Liaison Officer.
  • Guesthouse, accommodation during trekking
  • All Meals (Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the Trek and Climbing Time in Base Camp.
  • Sagarmatha Conservation Fee.
  • Single/Double tent at the Camp with mattress
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide
  • Cook and Kitchen Staff for the Base Camp
  • Required Number of Porter.
  • Group Climbing Equipment’s (Fixed rope, Main rope, Ice hammer, Snow Bar, Ice screw)
  • Tents for Base Camp- High Camp-Camp 1 & Camp 2
  • Kitchen Tents, Dinning Tents and Toilet Tents in Base Camp.
  • Insurance for all of the team staffs (Nepali)
  • Emergency medical kits
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.
Cost Exclude:
  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring two passport photographs and cash on USD Denomination) International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Personal, Travel and rescue insurance
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Excess baggage charges for Air travel
  • Extra night stay in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the trip(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu if you return early from the trip
  • Extended activities and destinations
  • All cold drinks during the trek (mineral water, cola, beer and Bar-bills)
  • Hot Shower During the Trek
  • Battery Charge ( All electronic devices) WI-FI (internet)
  • Tips for Guide and Staff
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter (in case needed)

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