Ama Dablam Expedition, a climb to 6,812 m (22,349 ft), popularly known as the Matterhorn of Himalaya is situated in the eastern Himalayan section of the Khumbu region inside the Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal which is also one of the most impressive, beautiful, and stunning mountains in the World. Ama Dablam is one of the most spectacular mountains in the world and a true alpinist’s dream. This unforgettable climb in the Khumbu region of Nepal involves a cultural trek into base camp, technical rock, snow, and ice climbing, and stunning panoramic summit views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
Ama Dablam sits in the heart of the Khumbu region, a well-worn path to the Everest Base Camp trek. This stunning mountain massif is admired by thousands of trekkers and climbers who pass through the Everest trail. However, the Mountain derives its name from the glacier position on its southwest face at 6500 meters where the suspended glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the Mountain, although the name Ama Dablam, literally meaning ‘the mother’s jewel box.’
Ama Dablam captures every imagination of the alpine climbers that stands alone in the Khumbu valley towering almost 3000 m above the famous Sherpa village-Tengboche and Pangboche. Considered as one of the technical mot peaks to summit, climbing Ama Dablam is reserved for dedicated alpinists, who have built skills and experience in much more than simply high-altitude walking. The successful climber will have solid multi-pitch climbing experience on rock and ice, and be comfortable climbing technical terrain with a pack on, taking care of themselves in very high alpine camps, and spending days at a time in exposed terrain.
A journey to Ama Dablam Expedition begins from Kathmandu. On the first day of the journey, we land at Kathmandu and the next day we fly to Lukla and begin trekking. In the trekking, we follow the beautiful Everest Base Camp trek trail till we reach Pangboche. Then leaving the EBC trail, we catch the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek route. Reaching Ama Dablam Base Camp, we set a journey gradually to Camp I, and Camp II, and move further for the final summit.
Trekkers/climbers will have teahouse accommodation in trekking, till we reach Ama Dablam Base Camp and above the base camp, we will use camping accommodation during the climbing period. Required tents and all related accessories will be arranged by Outward Adventure Treks and Expedition
Among others Nepal also has four major seasons; spring (March to May), Summer ( June to August), Autumn (September to November), and Winter (December to February). Among them, spring and autumn are regarded as the best seasons for climbing Ama Dablam.
Spring (March to May): Spring is the ideal period for climbing Ama Dablam (6812m) including other 8000m peaks in Nepal. During this period, there are clear skies, unobstructed views, mild temperatures, no or only occasional rain/snowfall, and so forth.
On the way, you will meet the Everest summiteers who are walking towards the Base Camp or returning from there practicing acclimatization, etc. Diverse flora and fauna inside the Sagarmatha National Park make your journey even more special. From the top of Ama Dablam, one can witness the entire Khumbu region including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and a dozen other mountain peaks that are unobstructed.
Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another perfect and most recommended season for climbing Ama Dablam. Numerous climbers chose autumn for climbing Ama Dablam during this period.
We recommend autumn for climbing Ama Dablam in several ways. During these months, you will have favorable weather conditions, astonishing views, and many more. The entire atmosphere looks lush green and all the dust particles are swept away by the continuous rainfall in the monsoon period.
Not only that, all the teahouses are now open, all the mountaineers are gathered and you will have the guide you choose. You can join other groups if you are a solo climber as well during this period. It is the time of festivals and you can see the people with colorful cultural dresses enjoying themselves with family and friends years later and organizing different programs including playing swing, dancing, and so forth.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival (1338m/4390ft)
Day 2: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 m/9384 ft) and trek to Phakding [2,652 m/8,700 ft]: 9 km/3-4 hours
Day 3: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 10.5km/5-6 hours
Day 4: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest view hotel
Day 5: Trek Namche Bazaar to Pangboche (3,985 m/13,074ft): 6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,570m/14,994ft): 3 hours
Day 7: Worshipping Ceremony at Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,570m/14,994ft)
Day 8: Climb to Camp I (5,700m/18,700ft) and back to Base Camp (4,570m/14,994ft)
Day 9: Trek Ama Dablam Camp I (5,700m/18,700ft) and spend overnight there
Day 10: Climb Camp II (6,000m/19,685ft) and hike back to Base Camp (4,570m/14,994ft)
Day 11: Rest at Base Camp (Prepare for ultimate summit push)
Day 12: Climb to Ama Dablam Camp I (5,700m/18,700ft)
Day 13: Climb to Amadablam Camp II (6,000m/19,685ft)
Day 14: Early night summit push (6,812m / 22,349ft) and back to Camp II (6,000m/19,685ft)
Day 15: Contingency Day (In case you could not push summit on previous day due to the bad weather and other conditions)
Day 16: Climb back to Ama Dablam Base Camp(4,570m/14,994ft)
Day 17: Trek back to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)
Day 18: Trek back to Lukla (2,860 m/9384 ft)
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1338m/4390ft)
Day 20: International Flight
Namaste and Welcome to Kathmandu!
Outward Adventure Treks and Expedition welcomes you to this land of the Himalayas. You are here for your great wish to complete; Climbing Ama Dablam rapidly. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by one of our representatives who will offer you garlands at the airport's arrival gate. He will drive you to your hotel in Thamel, the tourist hub in Kathmandu valley.
Once you check-in, you will rest your jet-lagged body and freshen up. If you are landed at the daytime, you will meet your climbing guide in the late afternoon who will brief you about your upcoming adventure and you can go through the gear and equipment list. If needed you will buy/hire from the shop near your hotel (There are plenty of gear/equipment shops in Thamel). Late in the evening, you can stroll around the Thamel, testing Nepali cuisines and observing life.
Spend overnight at the hotel there.
We catch an early flight to Lukla which takes around 45 minutes to land there. Upon landing at there, we sit down for breakfast. We then start our trek enjoying the scenic beauty of the Buddhist monuments on the trail. After 3 hours of walk, we arrive in Phakding, have lunch there, explore around the surroundings and stay overnight in a lodge
From Phakding, we begin upward hike for Namche Bazaar, a bustling city in the middle of Himalayan vistas. It is the gateway of Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the planet. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Namche from Phakding.
This day is specially scheduled for acclimatization. We will hike above Namche and trek in the lower elevation. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.
After an acclimatization, we set another adventure for Pangboche today. It is a small village with beautiful mountain vistas surroundings. As we are in the high elevations gradually, must be careful of the altitude related hazards. Viewing the last golden rays of the sun over Himalayas, we shall wait for our dinner. Overnight will be at small but cozy lodge.
Following the small trekking route, we will head for Ama Dablam Base Camp. It is the foot of our ultimate destination. Our overnight will be at the tented camp there. Our porter crews, cook, and other staffs will coordinate us for our lodging and food.
Puja/Worshipping ceremony is done usually to wish their upcoming journey to be success. We also will organize a small worshipping ceremony for our upcoming journey to be perfect. Cheers!!
For an acclimatize process and practice for real expedition, we will hike up to Camp I and back to Base Camp today.
We hike up to Camp II and back to Base Camp again to be prepared well for summit push.
Our journey begins for final summit. We will follow our well experienced leader and move upward for Camp I. A gradual upward hiking will show the astonishing sceneries of the mountain vistas. Upon reaching Camp I, our guides and porters will fix tents and will make us comfortable for spend overnight.
We begin our journey walking upward to camp II. Preparing well before climbing, we follow our leader maintaining appropriate pace. Reaching the camp, we get rest and prepare well for another big day.
Our dream will come true today. We will step on the top of Mt. Ama Dablam beginning the journey early night. As the weather conditions generally remains unfavorable for walking after mid-day, we will summit early morning and will get back to Camp II.
Trek back to Base Camp
We slowly return to civilization as we venture down the valley and return to Namche Bazaar. Remember to turn around and enamor at the snowcapped peaks for one of the last times as we leave the heart of the Everest Region. Overnight: eco-lodge
Leaving Namche we descend through the forest towards the Dudh Kosi, and continue our return journey crossing and re-crossing the river. It will seem like a long time since we ascended through the villages on our first days of the trek, as we have witnessed many stunning views on our trek into the highest mountain range in the world.
Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a perfect time to celebrate a successful journey and say thanks to the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here.
Catching an early flight, we fly back to Kathmandu today.
This very day marks the end of your adventures in the magical nation of Nepal. We hope that you are genuinely satisfied with our services and expertise. We expect to see you again and share your magical experience again and again. Have a safe journey.
Accommodation and Food
Permits and Taxes
Outward Adventure Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek
A First Aid Medicine bag in each group (carried by trekking leader)
International Flight Cost
Nepal Entry Visa Fees
Extra baggage check-in during the flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) if more than 15 KG, 01 USD per KG extra, can pay directly to the airline.
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek
Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, shopping, snacks, boiled bottle water, hot (Tea/ Coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
Additional costs suffered due to causes beyond our control, such as natural disasters, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, emergency evacuation, changes in government policies, strikes, and so forth
Tips for guides and porters (Tips are expected and appreciated)
The most popular route for climbing Ama Dablam is the Southwest Ridge Route which was ascent first in 1961 by the climbers from New Zealand and the US. Since that day, each year the number of climbers has been increasing each year using this route. This route is a bit technical but offers unprecedented mountain views every step of the way once you march above the Base Camp.
Once you approach the Base Camp of this mountain, the climb is divided into three to four other sections. From the base camp, a section will be reached spending four to eight hours. The altitude from Base Camp to Camp I (5,639m/18,500ft) is just 1000m or 3300 feet which will be achieved in just about 6 to 8 hours.
Once, you are in Camp I, you will prepare for the technical part of your climb. And Camp I to Camp II (6,350m/20,800ft) is just 300m above which takes about three hours. Expeditioners will make their way over granite blocks and head to the Yellow Tower, which features modest 4.11- and 5-Grade climbing.
From the Camp II, you will prepare for the final summit push. Corossing a couple of towers and ridges, you will make your way there. This is a great combination of mixed climbing that will recompense you for the hard work (and any trudging) you had to do in the previous days. Fighting the cold, you don’t have to worry about any false summits before hitting the peak and looking out over the immense landscape below.
From the summit, you will have astonishing sceneries and entire landscapes which will amaze you. While climbing down from the summit, be extra careful as it can be risky. Even though this is the most popular route, other expeditions can drop wreckage and rocks while making their way back to Base Camp.