Ama Dablam is one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the world. Known for its aesthetic appeal, Ama Dablam is mostly chosen by experienced climbers for its technical challenge (5D Category) and short climb duration.
The standard climb route follows the South West Ridge, the same route used by the first expedition team in 1961. Three high camps are set up at strategic points. The climb is moderate up to Camp 1, afterwards it gets challenging. The route gets more technical from Camp 2 for its steep ice and snow slopes. Camp 3 and upwards, the route skirts around the hanging glacier or the Dablam. To scale the summit, you must cross snow arete (a sharp ridge) and bergschrund (a gap or crevasse at the edge) between ice cliffs. A total of 12 days is kept at hand for completing the climb.
To familiarize with the mountains, we do an easy Island peak climb, lasting a day or two, before summiting the Ama Dablam.
Note:Sagarmatha National Park and Island Peak climbing are the highlights of this trip. You will get to experience the Sherpa lifestyle, culture and meals along with climbing one of the most popular small peaks in Nepal.
Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Challenging
Requires prior experience of high-altitude climbing. The altitude may get over 6500 m and may require great climbing skills, such as; cramponing, ice-axing, harnessing etc.
Service Level: Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!
Arrive in Kathmandu/Transfer to Hotel
Kathmandu City Tour / Trip Preparation
Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding 2610 m
Trek to Namche 3,440 m
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Trek to Tengboche 3,860 m
Trek to Dingboche 4,410 m
Trek to Chhukung valley
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
Summit Island Peak & Trek back to Chhukung
Spare Summit Day
Trek to Pangboche
Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp
Trek to Pangboche
Trek to Namche Bazaar
Trek to Lukla
Fly back to Kathmandu
Arrival airport pick and drop.
2 complimentary dinners
3 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
Entire land commute during the trip
Domestic flight fare, airport tax and domestic transfer.
Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
(B,L,D) Meals during the trek.
Expedition permit fee/peak permit/royalty
Climbing Guide (Licensed & Experienced), Enough porters and staffs
Private High-Altitude Tents/Gamow Bag/PAC Chamber
Kitchen cookware and staffs
Duffle Bag (50+ ltr)/Extra baggage/Cargo fee
Garbage disposal deposit
Sleeping bags and down jacket for Base Camp purpose
Private tent/High Altitude Tents at Base Camp with mattress
Dining tent at Base Camp with gas heater
Toilet and shower tent at base camp
Quality high altitude frozen dried food and individual packet food
EPI Gas with burner for high camps
Satellite phone and payable for personal use ($3 p.minute)
Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose at base camp
Daily wages, equipment bonus for staff + liaison officer
Local team members insurance
Climbers’ Certificate (Issued by Government)
Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
Visa & Processing Fee
International flight fares
Meals other than during the trek and dinners in Kathmandu
Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
Personal gears and equipment
Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
Group Climbing Gear- We provide
Rope, Harness, Ice-axe, Carabineers, Crampons
F-8, Jumper, Helmet, Ice-Bar, and Ice-screw, Climbing permit
Tent, foam mattress, sleeping bags, PAC
Bottled Oxygen, masks etc
Extra climbing Sherpa: US $2,800
POISK 4ltr Oxygen : US $480
Re-fill 4ltr Oxygen : US $290
Mask Set : US $550 (Purchase) / US $250 (Rental)
No refund can be made for any unused services
Summit bonus min. $500 per Sherpa for the expedition
All the necessary evacuation will be led by the Sherpa guide and group assistance. The helicopter evacuation is only available from the base camp
The group must trek in/out at same date, if otherwise changed pre-hand.
Great experience!! I did the Island Peak Climb, everything was very well organized and our climbing guide was one of the most experienced! They reply very promptly and give competent answers! ~Olivia Hoffman (Switzerland)
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.
Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.
Arrival in Kathmandu At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program.
Kathmandu Sightseeing Kathmandu is the main cultural hub of Nepal and the historical city. The sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with the best tourist guide of the town will offer you a chance to visit Pashupatinath- the largest Hindu Temple of Nepal. After the exploration of Pashupatinath you will walk along the busy streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath. A large domed shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. After a heavy lunch, the tour will advance to the Patan Durbar Square. The exemplary wooden and stone craftsmanship at the site makes a place the prominent attraction for tourists and shows the historical side of the Malla kingdom and Newari lifstyle. The tour will end with a serene trip to Swayambhunath, the most important landmark of Buddhism in Nepal.
Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding Lukla is the gateway to Everest Base Camp. After a scenic half an houyr flight to Lukla Airport, the journey will begin. The first day of the trek will be more like a warm up. It will take you to Phakding village, just above Lukla. You can spend the rest of the day enjoying the local scenery.
Trek to Namche Bazaar The trek will ascend up to the Dudh Koshi Valley. After a few hours of hike, you will arrive at entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. The next and the final stop will be at Namche Bazaar. Namche is the highlight of the trek. The village bustling with people and lodges feels more like a city.
Acclimatization Day Higher the altitude, thinner the air! You need to gain altitude slowly and steadily so that we get enough time to acclimatize en route. Today, you hike to Syangboche village, just above Namche and return back to Namche to spend the rest of the day.
Trek to Tengboche The trek follows the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. After few hours of steady uphill hike, you’ll reach the most anticipated destination, Tengboche. The monastery located at Tengboche s the highest in Nepal, and is holds a special place for the Sherpas living in the Khumbu region. If you arrive here in Autumn, you may even get to witness the Mani Rimdu festival.
Trek to Dingboche Dingboche is a next village from Tengboche. Passing through the typical Sherpa villages like Pangboche and Shomare, you reach Dingboche in a matter of few hours.
Trek to Chhukung valley Today, you have a shorter day. After breakfast, you head further east and walk 2-3 hrs uphill to reach the Chhukung village. You can spend the rest of the day here and prepare for the climb next day. It’s important that you acclimatize and grasp much knowledge about the weather, snow and climbing skills.
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp Today, you head upwards, passing besides the Lhotse Glacier. A zig-zag route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the south western side of the Island peak. You’ll reach the Island peak base camp and rest overnight.
Island Peak Summit/Trek back to Base Camp It’s a Big Day. Summit days are always overwhelming. You start early, probably around 2 am and start climbing up. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. A guide will fix the rope and assist your for climbing. The final ascent isn’t much difficut and provides an exciting feeling. You can spend some time at the top a return back the same way. The day ends at the Base Camp.
Spare Summit Day An extra day is kept to ensure you summit the peak if you are unable to do so the first day.
Trek to Pangboche Pangboche is a small Sherpa village located close to Tengboche. You will trek down and again up after crossing the river. It takes couples of hour to reach Pangboche before the dark.
Rest/Acclimatization Day Today is the rest day. You will prepare for the climb.
Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp The Ama Dablam base camp from Pangboche is closer. You will reach the base camp early and start preparing for the climb next day. Your Sherpa guide will assist you with all the information.
Climbing Day I The 12 days time period is kept solely for the expedition, including spare day. The overnight is arranged in a tent throughout the expedition, along with necessary staffs, gears and equipment.
Climbing Day II
Climbing Day III
Climbing Day IV
Climbing Day V
Climbing Day VI
Climbing Day VII
Climbing Day VIII
Climbing Day IX
Climbing Day X
Climbing Day XI
Climbing Day XII
Trek to Pangboche You will trek from Ama Dablam to Pangboche after completing the expedition. As you’ll be coming down, it’ll be easier.
Trek to Namche Bazaar From Pangboche, you head back down the same trail towards Namche Bazaar. Even though, you don’t reach the base camp, the magnificent view of Everest will be visible through the journey. You spend the night at the Namche along with other trekkers.
Trek to Lukla Lukla will be the final stop of your trek. A final leg of the trip, you might overcome with mixed feelings. It’s a day to throw a small party. The evening and the night will be marked with celebrations that will include a lot of singing and dancing. You will spend the night at Lukla and fly out early morning.
Fly back to Kathmandu You can take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. One of our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Later the evening, we will treat you with a complimentary dinner, a set of exquisite Nepalese cuisines.
GROUP/SOLO TRIPFor any group trek in Nepal, there must be at least two trekkers and the maximum of ten or more. For a group of lesser than 10, we name it “Small Group.” We will easily organize private trip for the solo travelers as well. If any selected date is demanded by you, we will register the date and open bookings for other to join in the meantime, hence, organizing a group trek. GUIDES, TRIP AND SAFETY It is very essential that you are accompanied with an experienced and qualified leader for the safety and success of your trip. We employ the local & experienced trek guides in Nepal for the same, who are trained and licensed from the Government of Nepal and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association. Each trip employs a minimum of one trip leader. Such arrangement ensures if any of our guide/assistant falls ill or if any trekker falls ill and needs to get back, they can do so without interrupting the trip. MEALS & ACCOMMODATIONS Each trip offers ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu and standard lodges/tea-houses en trail. The Hotels in Kathmandu are attached with Bathroom, A/C, 24 hours hot/cold shower, and the tea-houses are equipped with minimal modern amenities, clean and comfortable rooms. A breakfast will be offered while your stay in Kathmandu, along with complimentary dinners before and after the trek. The trek, however, offers full board meal services and includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner; along with Tea- Coffee). The choices of meal during the trek are limited however you can find a meal of your liking at almost every tea-house.
UPGRADE ACCOMMODATIONIf you wish to upgrade the accommodation in Kathmandu, this is very much available, upgrade accommodation at ★★★★ hotel in Kathmandu would cost US $40 on top per night and the ★★★★★ upgrade would cost a total of US $70 per night! LOCAL WEATHER & TEMPERATURE The weather conditions in Kathmandu are difficult to predict in advance. During the day it can be nice and warm, however, the nights may get colder.
ALTITUDE & ACCLIMATIZATION There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time acclimatizing. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude sickness. All of our itineraries are designed to accommodate proper acclimatization and preparation during the trip to ensure sound health. If you follow our lead, you can avoid Acute Mountain Sickness easily. Trekking above the 3,000 meters may attract AMS or other similar medical conditions. At this height the Oxygen available is comparatively lesser than the sea level. The higher you go, the lesser the Oxygen you may find. ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS) Mountain Sickness can be a very serious and potentially life threatening condition. You need to be aware of the symptoms, and act as prescribed by your trip guide. Some people may attract AMS at 3,000 meters, while others can easily ascend above without being affected. A person’s susceptibility to this does not appear to be dependent upon fitness. A clear way to reduce AMS is to ensure you maintain your intake of liquids, or descend immediately when you are aware of the illness.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL INSURANCETravel Insurance is mandatory for the entire tourists visiting Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, medical expenses, theft, medical emergencies and rescue. You can choose an Insurance provider of your liking or take our recommendations on the same. A copy must be provided to your local operator before commencing the trek, and the local agency will help claim the insurance on your behalf! MEDICAL CHECK & IMMUNIZATION Proper medical check and immunization is important to safeguard yourself from any medical accidents during the trip. Proper immunization is important to protect yourself from infirmities or venerable diseases. Common Viruses: Hepatities A, B; Tetanus; Diptheria; Measles; Chicken Pox; Influenza; Malaria; Japanese Encephalitis. VISA INFORMATION All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). Visas can be obtained from the Nepalese embassy prior to travel or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Do Carry multiple Passport-sized photographs.
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency.
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency.
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency.
You must pay visa fee in cash (payable in any major currency but Traveler’s Check) at the TIA for visa processing.
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