Ama Dablam expedition

Trip Facts

Duration: 31 Days

Grade: Hard++

Max-Altitude: 6,856m

Camping + Tea House

Country: Nepal

Trip Price
USD 6,300 (min 2 pax)

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Ama Dablam was first climbed in 1961 by a New Zealand and American team. We will follow the same route, South West ridge. A trek via the Khumbu valley provides great views of Ama Dablam.

Once established in BC we will move to Camp 1 (5300m), via a long slope to the beginning of the South West ridge. This is where the technical climbing begins and the route follows the spine of the rock ridge leading directly to camp 3. The very exposed nature of the route makes for an exciting climbing. On summit day, the route winds alongside the ice cliffs, then follows the snow directly onto the 6856m summit.


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Preparation for the trip

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Monjo (2835m)

Days 04-08: Trek to Pangboche via Namche Bazar.
You have five days to slowly walk to Pangboche (4000m), which is the village nearest to base camp. The trek takes you through Namche Bazar and Thengboche, with its famous monastery. The team may choose to trek beyond Pangboche to Pheriche (4300m), or alternatively, to base themselves at Pangboche for a couple of nights and trek to 4300m above the village before moving to base camp.

Day 09: Trek to Base Camp (4570m).
It is a 3.5 hour walk to base camp from Pangboche. Base camp is a large open area, where you will be accommodated in twin-sharing tents.

Days 10-11: Organise food and fixed rope practice.
You will have a couple of days to get organised. There will be a fixed rope session and the team will walk to 5000m on the ridge above base camp.

Days 12-18: Acclimatisation to Camp 2 (5900m)
En route to the summit you will utilise camps at 5300m (ABC), 5700m (Camp 1), 5900m (Camp 2) and 6,300m (Camp 3). Most climbers choose to climb as far as Camp 2 as part of their acclimatisation, prior to a summit attempt. Initially, you will walk to ABC, sleep there, then carry a light load to Camp 1 before returning to BC. On your second rotation you will sleep at Camp 1, with the aim of climbing along the ridge to Camp 2. Some teams have a final rotation, where they sleep at Camp 2.

Days 19-24: Summit push.
The route from BC to ABC is simple walking, unless there is ice and snow on the screen. ABC is located on a large plateau and not all teams use this, as water needs to be portered to it. The height gain from BC to Camp 1 is nearly 1200m, so it is a good idea to split this initially by using an ABC. Above ABC is the infamous talus field, which must be traversed to reach the fixed ropes that lead up slabs to Camp 1. Camp 1 to Camp 2 is typically 70% on rock in dry-ish conditions, with sections of British Grade ‘Severe’. It culminates in a 15m vertical section to reach the top of the ‘Yellow Tower’, just short of Camp 2 (this is normally jumared, using a foot loop). Camp 2 to Camp 3 is mixed rock, snow and ice, which is loose in places, with the hardest part being below the Grey Tower. Above Camp 3 snow and ice on the summit slopes is as steep as 50°.

Days 25-28: Return trek to Lukla

Day 29: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 30: Kathmandu – Free day

Day 31: International departure



(2 pax min)

The trip cost includes:

  • Nepalese government royalty fee
  • All expedition organisational requirements
  • All climbing and trekking permits
  • Air transport within Nepal
  • All team equipment for camping
  • All expedition’s staff, including qualified mountain guides and experienced Sherpas
  • All food while away from Kathmandu
  • Portage of personal gear from BC to yak camp
  • All supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit
  • Access to High Himalayan satellite communication facilities
  • Regular expedition dispatches to our website for families and friends back home to follow the expedition progress


The trip cost excludes:

  • Air travel to and from Nepal
  • Nepalese airport entry visa
  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gift, alcohol (we supply boiled drinking water)
  • Other charges at lodge/tea houses such as showers, Internet access or battery recharging
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Personal travel insurance/medical/trip cancellation/rescue insurance
  • Any rescue costs or early departure from the expedition
  • Excess baggage charges over 35kg of personal luggage
  • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
  • Tips for guide and sherpas
  • Extra hotel at Kathmandu, due to the bad weather cancellation from the domestic flight.

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Departure Dates

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Sep 27, 2018 - Oct 19, 2018 USD 6,300 Limited Book Now

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