Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition 2017

Trip Overview

One of the most beautiful peaks in the world, Ama dablam or “mother’s necklace” is an iconic peak located in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal, over the famous Sherpa villages of Thyangboche and Pangboche on the trail to Everest base camp. Ama dablam was climbed in 1961 via the South-Western Ridge and is now the standard route for all commercial expedition operators.

The route is a significant climbing challenge with technical sections of snow, exposed route on ice, and rock at relative high altitude. Climbers must have experience with fixed ropes, and be comfortable climbing along very exposed ridgelines. The view from the summit is spectacular, as one can see Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Sishapangma. Ama Dablam also present s a stepping stone to more independent expeditions on big Himalayan peaks.

Expedition Schedule

10 Oct - 04 Nov, 2018
20 Oct - 14 Nov, 2018
30 Oct - 24 Nov, 2018

Trip facts


26 Days


6812 m-22,343ft





Climbing route

South-Western Ridge




Grade IV


  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day 2: Kathmandu, official procedure and necessary arrangements.
  • Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2860m-9384ft) and trek to Phakding (2622m-8602t). Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar (3340m-10959ft). Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 5: In Namche for acclimatization
  • Day 6: Trek to Pangboche (3930 m-12,890ft).
  • Day 7: Trek to Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m-15,088ft).
  • Day 8-21: Climbing Mount Ama Dablam (6812m).
  • Day 22: Namche Bazar. Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 23: Lukla. Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 24: Scheduled flight Lukla/Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 25: Kathmandu.
  • Day 26: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Cost includes

  • Transfer airport-hotel- airport for domestic flights and int. flights.
  • Airfare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu.
  • Porter age of member’s personal climbing equipment to/from Base Camp (max 45 Kg per person Ktm-BC- Ktm )
  • Transportation of food supply and equipments from Kathmandu-base camp-Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and by porters to base camp)
  • Fullboard accommodation at the lodges during trekking Lukla-base camp - Lukla.
  • All food and fuel at base camp during expedition.
  • Single tent with mattress at base camp for each member.
  • Kitchen equipments, kitchen tent, heated dining tent, shower tent, chairs and tables at base camp.
  • Solar panel at base camp for light and charging small electronics. (Eg. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at base camp.
  • Equipment allowances, airfare, wages for base camp staffs and Liaison Officer.
  • Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison officer and porters including heli evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
  • Applicable national park and entrance fees.
  • Medical oxygen (1, 4 liter Poisk bottle with mask and regulator) at base camp for emergency. ( use of oxygen subject to charges at US$ 450 per bottle )
  • Garbage disposal charges payable to SPCC.( Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee )
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost does not include

  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival)
  • Meals in Kathmandu. Hotel after 4 nights stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal climbing gears above base camp such as high altitude tents, food and fuel, climbing ropes and equipments.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, communication equipment and commercial filming
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo.
  • Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics ( laptops, professional camera batteries etc )
  • Tips/gratitude for cooks and climbing Sherpa at the end of the trip

Trip Grades

Grade I

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking
  • Light packs (10kg)
  • Elevations often below 2500m
  • Easy terrain
  • Trek duration less than a week in high altitude

Grade II

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag pack (10kg)
  • Elevations from 2500m to 5500m
  • Moderate terrain
  • Nights are spent in lodge or tents
  • Trek duration of two weeks in high altitude

Grade III

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag packs (12)
  • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
  • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
  • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
  • Three high passes above 4500m
  • May involve travel to remote areas
  • Trek duration up to three weeks
  • Average of six hours trek per day

    Grade IV

    • Strenuous trekking and climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (12)
    • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
    • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
    • Terrain might be snow or ice or rock or all mixed including glaciers
    • Few nights are spent in tent at high altitude during peak ascent
    • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
    • Involves travel in remote areas
    • Trek duration of two to three weeks
    • Includes several high passes trek and 6000m peak ascent
    • Minimum seven hours of average trek per day

    Grade V

    • Strenuous climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (15kg)
    • High or extreme altitude with elevation above 7000m
    • Intermediate to advance terrain
    • Nights are spent in tents
    • Moderate to extreme glacier travel is involved
    • Travel in remote areas
    • Usually expedition duration above four weeks

    Keshar Mahal, Thamel-29, Kathmandu, Nepal

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