Mount Ama Dablam Expedition

Trip Highlights

32 days


4 to 5 hours of walk per day while trekking.

How Hard?
Ama Dablam 6,856m (22,494ft) is one of the most stunning peaks in the Khumbu region and one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. 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. The mountain derives its name from the glacier lying on its Southwest face. The glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the mountain, hence the name Ama Dablam, literally meaning ‘The Mother’s Jewel Box’. Interestingly, when a team led by Edmund Hillary scaled the mountain for the first time, Nepal’s King nearly imprisoned Hillary for climbing the sacred Ama Dablam without permission.
  • DAY 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
  • DAY 02 : Pre-trip Meeting and preparation day.
  • DAY 03 : Preparation day – Briefing in Tourism Ministry
  • DAY 04 : FLY TO LUKLA (2,804M) – 35 MINS. TREK TO PHAKDING (2,610M) – 3 HRS
  • DAY 05 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) – 5.5 hrs
  • DAY 06 : Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
  • DAY 07 : Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m)- 5 hrs.
  • DAY 08 : Trek to Dingboche (4350 m)- 6 hrs.
  • DAY 09 : Trek to Ama Dablam base camp (4600 m)- 5 hrs.
  • DAY 28 : Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • DAY 29 : Trek to Lukla
  • DAY 30 : Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • DAY 32 : Departure to your country
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • 5 nights hotel (5 star, Annapurna or similar) in Kathmandu, bb plan
  • Amadablam Expedition permit, Sagarmatha National park and necessary permit fee.
  • Scheduled flight : Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • 40 Kg weight per climber is allowed
  • Necessary porters and mules for carrying equipment & loads
  • Twin sharing accommodation in lodge/teahouse while trekking
  • 3 times meals per day, teas & coffees in trekking & base camp days
  • 1 tent per climber of North face or similar for Base Camp
  • Dining, Kitchen, Store tent, mattress and all camping facilities needed in BC
  • Experienced and professional staff at BC : Base camp manager, cook, kitchen boy
  • Government liaisons officer
  • Equipment allowance, wages, life, medical & life, medical & rescue insurance for all Nepali members.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask & regulator at ABC (use and pay)
  • Immediate Rescue co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Group climbing equipment such as fixed rope, snow bar, ice screw etc.
  • Generator or solar panel for charging & lighting in Base camp
  • Gamow bag (Life saving device in case of altitude sickness) provided
  • Satellite phone on pay call basis (1min = $ 3)
  • Garbage deposit fee
  • Visa Extension fee
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Agency service charge
  • International flight ticket, taxes and visas
  • Lunch & dinner, hotel after 5 nights in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking & climbing equipment
  • Excess personal climber baggage transport Ktm-lua-BC $ 10 per kg one way.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone etc.
  • Insurance for travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost baggage.
  • Applicable permit fee & custom fee for SAT phone, filming camera, communications – equipment (if brought)
  • Climbing Bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (if you use Sherpa), Tips for Base Camp Staff
  • All not mentioned in cost include part

Climbing sherpa: USD 2000 per person
Oxygen Bottles and Mask Set: US$ 350 per bottle (4 Liters)
US$ 250 per mask set. Includes Topout mask and regulator.


  • 27°51′40″N

  •  86°51′40″E

  • 1,041 meter

  • 3,415 feet


Khumbu Himalaya

13 March 1961,

Led by Sir Edmund Hilary

  •  Mike Gill (NZ)

  • Wally Romanes (NZ)

  • Barry Bishop (USA)

  • Mike Ward (UK)


Climbing Detail

  • The standard ascent to Ama Dablam is made via the South-Western Ridge, the same route followed by Ward (UK), Bishop (USA) and Gill (NZ) in the first ascent of the mountain in 1961 AD. The route offers varied and sustained climb with reasonable level of difficulty.
  • Three high camps are set up at strategic points. Camp 1 (5600m), Camp 2 (5900m) and Camp 3 (6200m) with Base Camp at 4500m and High Camp at 5000m.

The climb is moderate up to Camp 1

 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

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