- Duration:30 Days
- Primary Activity:Expedition
- Group Size:2 - 25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Strenuous
- Meals:All meals included in expedition
- Accomodation:Hotels / Tea-Houses / Camping
- Max-Altitude:6856 m.
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Ama Dablam Expedition: 30 Days
Popularly known as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’, the overwhelming, ice-coated granite pyramid of Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,494ft) dominates the sky above the trekker’s trail to the Everest Base Camp.
This 30-day Ama Dablam Expedition begins in Kathmandu with sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then, we fly to Lukla and begin our lifechanging expedition. We trek in the beautiful Everest region before beginning our summit of Ama Dablam.
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. The route offers a varied and sustained climb with a 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 as we climb steep ice and snow slopes towards Camp 2. From Camp 3, we skirt around the hanging glacier or the Dablam, cross snow arete (a sharp ridge) and bergschrund (a gap or crevasse at the edge) between ice cliffs, to successfully scale the summit.
This expedition requires excellent fitness levels, stamina and a strong determination to succeed! Are you up for the challenge of a lifetime?
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m.) | Trek to Phakding (2,652m.) | 3-4 hours.
Early morning transfer to a domestic 40-minute scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), the destination where our trek will start. After reaching Lukla, you will have time for tea and to relax before we start. We begin our trek through the Sherpa village and cross several tributary streams with beautiful views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m). When you arrive, you can take an optional short hike to a nearby monastery or just explore the area. Overnight stay at Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) | 5-6 hours.
From Phakding, you will trek through beautiful forests along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river on high suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. For here, you will ascend pretty steeply to Namche. If the weather is clear, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak from this point. Option to visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu Region (3440m). We stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. This is the first of two scheduled “acclimatization” days”. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, a bakery, and local markets. Namche is an ideal place to spend a day for rest to acclimatize with the higher altitudes before heading off towards Khumjung. To prepare you for the tough climbing in the days ahead, you can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or you can take a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding views of the Everest Mountain range. Stay overnight in lodge. (B, L, D)
We trek further along the Everest route and pass through beautiful villages and cross the Dudh Koshi River while also enjoying magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along the way. After ascending on a steep trail, we reach the Tengboche Monastery and spend some time there. Later, we descend to Deboche to spend the night.
(B, L, D)
Day 07; Debuche to Pheriche (4,300m/14,107ft) | 5-6 hours
We hike to another village called Pangboche on our way to Pheriche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley.It is also home to one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region. From here, we continue further up towards Pheriche, another beautiful village for an overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Acclimatization
This day is set aside just for acclimatization. This will help minimize the chances of anyone being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). To help us acclimatize, we will climb a terrain above the Pheriche village where we can see gorgeous views of the Himalayas. Stay overnight in Pheriche. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m/15000ft) | 5-6 hours
We begin today’s trek by walking back to Pangboche and crossing the Dudh Koshi River. Next, we ascend on a trail that will take us to the Ama Dablam Base Camp. Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains and means “Mother’s necklace” in Nepali. The long ridges on each side are like the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier is thought of as the Dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. We will set up camp and stay overnight at Base Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
Today is set aside solely for acclimatization and training to prepare ourselves for the expedition. Our expedition leader will help us polish our basic climbing techniques and demonstrate the best ways to use our climbing gears like the ice axe, harness, ascender climbing boots and crampons. The training will also include learning the best climbing techniques with rope. Stay overnight at Base Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam (6856m/22488ft)
From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, we move further up to Camp 1 at 5,700m (17,400 ft) along the standard route. Generally, one night is spent at Camp 1 for acclimatization before returning to the Base Camp for the final preparation to scale the summit. There are three camps above the base camp before reaching the summit. The ascent from Base Camp to Camp 1 is technically challenging. From Camp 1, we follow existing fixed lines and then establish new ropes wherever necessary both for ascent and descent. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is comprised of mixed rock, snow and ice, which is loose in certain places. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is relatively less technical. Finally, we will successfully summit Ama Dablam Peak. After celebrating, taking lots of pictures and soaking in the views of our achievement, we return back to the base camp. (B, L, D)
From Base Camp, we make our way back down through beautiful forests, where we’re sure to hear the familiar bells of yaks grazing nearby. Keep an eye out for musk deer as we head through the forest as they’re often seen here. As we descend, the air becomes richer, the air temperature warmer and the sounds of raging rivers louder. We’ll stop for lunch beside the Dudh Khosi River before ascending towards the picturesque village of Khumjung and past a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalaya Trust. We stay overnight at Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 27: Khumjung Village – Lukla via Phakding (2, 840 m.) | 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, our trail moves downward through many small Gurung villages along with Dudh Koshi River. Once again you can see the lush greenery with panoramic views of the mountains and local Sherpa villages as we go through Phakding. Upon arrival at Lukla, you can explore Lukla and enjoy a nice dinner and maybe a beer to celebrate! We stay overnight stay at Lodge (B, L, D).
Day 28: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D)
Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu
This is a reserve day to accommodate any possible delay in the Lukla to Kathmandu flight. If the flight is as scheduled, we spend the day enjoying Kathmandu’s delights. If there is someplace you wish to visit during your stay in Kathmandu, we can do that today. Alternatively, take the day to do some last-minute shopping in Thamel, have a massage or relax in your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Day 30: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
For the Cost of 30 Days Ama Dablam Expedition: Contact Us
- Airport pickup and drop off
- Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Fare
- Kathmandu sightseeing (as mentioned in itinerary)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the expedition
- High-quality tents for camping
- Full-board meal during trek
- All permits, National park fees, and garbage deposit fees
- Well-experienced and linguistic guides and porters
- Oxygen equipment for medical use (7 bottles per team)
- Mask regulator
- Portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
- Well-equipped medical kit to counter any kinds of mountain problems and injuries
- Orientation about expedition
- Farewell dinner at the end of the journey in Kathmandu
- International airfare
- Nepal Entry VISA Fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry, and alcoholic beverages, mineral water bottle, snacks, soft drinks, etc.
- Travel/medical insurance
- Tips and gratitude to guides, porters, and drivers