Ama Dablam 6812m expedition 31 Days
Duration: 31 days
Trip level: expedition (info?)
Maximum altitude: 6812 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge and camping from Ama Dablam base camp to summit
Season: March, April, October, November
Ama Dablam is a beautiful characteristic mountain in the Khumbu region. The unique pyramid shape dominates the views during the Everest Base Camp trek. Ama Dablam is not climbed for its extreme altitude, but more for the intense technical and high alpine climb to the summit. You will fly in the Khumbu region at Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla. From Lukla, you will hike in a couple of days towards Ama Dablam base camp. You will have 15 days for acclimatization and a chance to push for the summit. The climb to the summit is usually done from the southwestern ridge. The views from the Ama Dablam summit are overwhelming. Of course, you will see Mount Everest, but also good close-up views of Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Baruntse and Makalu.
Ama Dablam is a challenging and intense technical peak. You need former experience of climbing before you take on this mountain.
After your arrival, we will have a gear check with you, and make all the necessary preparations for the permits. You will start with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Luka Airport it is a short walk to Phakding. From here on you hike towards Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. At Namche, you will enjoy an acclimatization day with a day hike to the famous Everest View hotel. After Namche, you hike to the Buddhist monastery of Thyangboche. Here can ask for a puja ( blessing) for a successful and safe climb of Ama Dablam. After Thyangboche you will bend off towards Ama Dablam base camp. From base camp to camp 1 it starts with a hike and ends with a tiring long scramble over boulders. Camp 1 is at an altitude of 5700m. Soon after you leave towards camp 2 the intense technical climb starts. The trail follows a rock ridge towards the base of the Yellow Tower. The yellow tower is an infamous vertical 12-meter rock wall. You will need fixed ropes to climb this wall. Camp 2 (5900m) is situated just above the Yellow Tower and it has limited tent space. Straight out of camp 2 you will have to climb the Grey Tower. Also a long vertical adventurous climb. After this you will scramble over mixed rock, snow & ice airy ridges also called the mushroom ridge. Camp 3 is situated just above the “mushroom” at an altitude of 6300m. Camp 3 is the last camp before your final summit push. A successful summit depends on snow and weather conditions. The trail towards the summit follows a 50° snow & ice climbing section. Eventually, you will reach the fluted slopes that will lead to the exposed summit of Ama Dablam. The descent towards base camp is the same route as the ascend. From base camp, it will take a few days to reach Tenzing Hillary airport again at Lukla.
A flight back to Kathmandu ends this epic climbing adventure.
Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu; pick up International Airport Kathmandu
Day 02 Preparations for climbing gear and permits
Day 03 Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 04 Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (0,5 hrs.) and trek to Phakding (2640 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 07 Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Ama Dablam base camp (4570 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09 Resting day at Ama Dablam base camp for acclimatization and preparations
Day 10 – 25 Ama Dablam climb and summit push
Day 26 Trek to Pangboche (3900m – 4 hrs.)
Day 27 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m – 7 hrs.)
Day 28 Trek to Lukla (2830 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 29 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (flight 0,5 hr.)
Day 30 Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 31 Departure; drop off International Airport Kathmandu
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you an extended briefing about the expedition. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-5 nights private room in a 3* hotel including breakfast in Kathmandu
-Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission fee return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Licensed and certified climbing Sherpa. Well experienced and -English speaking (prepares fixed ropes during ascent)
-Government liaison officer (salary, accommodation and equipment for officer)
-Porter and yak service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and climbing gear. Maximum private luggage 25 kg per person
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage and all equipment
-Teahouse room during trek to and from Ama Dablam base camp
-Free use of tent equipment starting from day 10 up to day 25; including one tent per person and a light sleeping mattress; dining tent and heater, tables & chairs; toilet tent; cooking equipment; solar charger; sleeping bag and down jacket
-Full board meals: breakfast/ lunch/ diner, tea/coffee/ hot chocolate/ hot water and cookies and , if possible, fresh fruit.
-Climbing gear including: climbing harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet, climbing ropes, prusik ropes, karabiners, abseil 8 or ATC guide and jumar
-Radio set and satellite phone during climb
-First Aid kit
-Emergency oxygen with mask and regulator
-Salary, food, accommodation, clothing& gear and insurance for the mountain guide, climbing Sherpa and porters
-Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, Ama Dablam climbing fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-High altitude mountain boots (category D/E) and gaiters
-Personal climbing gear
-Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu
-All other beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Cost of satellite phone calls
-Kathmandu city guide for sightseeing
-Personal travel insurance
-( High mountain) Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost of hotel/ teahouse/ flights related to the member terminating earlier than the scheduled itinerary from expedition/ trekking
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like health issues, flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, climbing Sherpa and porters. Climbing Sherpa bonus if summit €500,00 per Sherpa; if not summit €300,00 per Sherpa