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Ama Dablam Expedition - 30 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Trip Grade: Technical Challenging
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About Trip:

Ama Dablam,6,856 metres (22,493 ft)is a highly sought-after, technically challenging peak in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Its iconic appearance is unforgettable for trekkers to Everest Base Camp. The peak is famously viewed from Tyangboche Monastery, and is sometimes referred to as the Matterhorn of theHimalaya.

The mountian was first climbed in 1961 and is currently the third most popular mountaineering peak in the Himalaya. The elevation is relatively lower than other expedition peaks and thus the journey is shorter in length (30 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu). The acclimatization process and other phases of the journey make for a more affordable expeditionthan the higher peaks. Himalaya Hikes is here to assist in making your objective of climbing AmaDablama safe and successful adventure.
Our expedition on AmaDablam follows the usual southwest ridge approach that involves three camps. As a renowned peak in the Himalaya, the exhilarating accomplishment of climbing AmaDablamwill be acknowledged throughout the climbing community. Our expeditions on AmaDablam are organized throughout the year with preferred seasons being Spring and Autumn. Many of our membershave climbedAmaDablam as a ‘warm-up’ peak in the Autumn for an attempt on Everest in the Spring allowing them to refresh and update mountain skills before moving up to Everest.

As challenging as climbing AmaDablam can be, you can leave theplanning and all logistical concerns to us, allowing you to focus on reachingthe objective. We will support you in all ways and ourseasoned team is led by Kungma Sherpa, a veteran of 39 expeditions on peaks over 8,000 m (19 on Everest alone)! He is one of the foremost authorities in the world on Himalayan peaks, and the success rate of these expeditions has been an unparalleled 100% including nearly 90% of members summiting. With Kungma, you are in expert, caring hands, and you can be assured that he has covered every measure to protect your well-being and to give you the best chance of success.
Kungma oversees our experienced crew including the local Tigers of the Snow, Sherpa specialists that will be with you on the climb. Our exceptional team of guides has the skills and experience that can only be gained by living and working on Everest and in the high Himalaya, a mountaineer’s paradise. With Kungma and our expert crew, you can be confident of your health and welfare on AmaDablam!

The expedition itinerary isdesignedfrom experience, planned with careful attention by Kungma and professional climbers to safeguard a gradual rate of ascent with proper adjustment to altitude and environmental conditions.

After arriving in Kathmandu and meeting the team and other participants, we will complete pre-expedition briefings, equipment checks and other final preparations before taking an early morning flight to the mountain airport of Lukla. We then begin our thrilling trek to Base Camp where we meet up with the remainder of our crew. They will have established a comfortable camp and will be awaiting us. From there we begin a journey upward allowing for proper rest and rejuvenation along the way.

Base Camp lies at 4600 m (15,010 ft). Advanced Base Camp 5400 m (17,715 ft)Camp1 is at5700m (18,700ft), Camp2 is at5900m (19,360 ft), Camp 3 is 6300 m (20,670 ft) from where we launch oursummit bid.

Porters The expedition will have porters to carry supplies, a dining tent, sleeping tent and more for your comfort.

Base Camp Accommodation Each individual client will be provided a personal two-man, high-performance tent at Base Camp. From Camp 2 and higher, it will be necessary to share tents.

Meals We consider delicious and nutritious food and beverages to be a key component to the overall success of our expeditions. We charter the food in by flight and take the utmost care in quality preparation. Our skilled High Altitude Chef will be with us for all meals at Base Camp and up to Camp 1. From Camp 2 onwards the climbing Sherpas will take care of all meals.

Trip Highlights

Ama Dablam,6,856 metres (22,493 ft)is a highly sought-after, technically challenging peak in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Its iconic appearance is unforgettable for trekkers to Everest Base Camp. The peak is famously viewed from Tyangboche Monastery, and is sometimes referred to as the Matterhorn of theHimalaya.

Outline itinerary

Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)

Day 02:We take the time get to know the other participants and crew.

Day 03:Flight to Lukla(2,850 m/9,350 ft), trek to Phakding (2,650 m/8,690 ft)

Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,435 m/11,270 ft)

Day 05:Rest & acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 06:Trek to Tyangboche(3867 m/12,887 feet) – 5 Hours

Day 07:Trek to Dingboche(4375 m/14,325 feet) – 5 Hours

Day 08:Trek to Base Camp (4600 m/15,090 ft)

Day 09:Trek to Advance Base Camp (5400 m/17,715 ft)

Day 10-11:Rest Days at Advanced Base Camp

Day 12-24:Climbing Period.

Day 25-27:Trek to Lukla

Day 28:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 29:Kathmandu

Day 30:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home.

Cost Includes:

    Full Board Service Cost Includes: 

    • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both Domestic and International flight as per itinerary.

    • Assistance at the International airport by Himalaya Hikes while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.

    • 4 Nights hotels accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.

    • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.

    • Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.

    • All trekking and mountaineering equipments like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base Camp and camp two.

    • Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc) 

    • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Advance Base Camp

    • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in  available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking

    • 3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be serve at base camp, and camp two.

    • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.

    • Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak to climbing the Mt. Ama Dablam.

    • Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based

    • Trekking Permit (Everest National Park entry fee)

    • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).

    • Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Ama Dablam(6812M).

    • Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;

    • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and at list 02 Times  Summiteer Climbing/expedition Sherpa Guide per client.

    • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.

    • Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.

    • Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.

    • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.

    • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.

    • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.

    • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.

    • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.

    • Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge

    • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.

    • Solar panel for light and battery charger.

    • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 for members and staff.

    • Ice fall charges by SPCC

    • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).

    • Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff

    • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.

    • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.

    • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at Advance Base camp.

    • Trekking and Climbing map of the  Mount Ama Dablam. 

    • EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided  for cooking food, boiling water.

    • Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.

    • Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/Yaks to base camp)

    • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.

    • Complete pre-departure information

    • Flight ticket reconfirmation

    • visa extension procedure services (if necessary)

    • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.

    • Himalaya Hikes T-shirt/broucher.

Cost Excludes:

    Full board service Cost Exclude:

    • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)

    • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.

    • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.

    • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.

    • Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.

    • Any additional staff other than specified.

    • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.

    • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.

    • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.

    • Filming permit (if special camera).

    • Personal climbing gears;

    • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses

    • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears

    • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.

    • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.

    • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.

    • Airfare of international flights.

    • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)

    • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

    • Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)Welcome to Kathmandu, where the gods and mortals intermingle. Our representative meets you at the airport and will usher you to the hotel. The first evening is free to do as you like, perhaps refresh and then explore or rest and relax at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 02We take the time get to know the other participants and crew.We take the time get to know the other participants and crew, with briefings by our Lead and Assistant Guides and gear and equipment checks and final formalities.

Day 03Flight to Lukla(2,850 m/9,350 ft), trek to Phakding (2,650 m/8,690 ft)We have an early morning, scenic flight to the Sherpa village of Lukla. We meet our porters and begin our trek. It is a pleasant and leisurely first day to Phakding, allowing time to explore the nearby monastery. Overnight at Guesthouse.(B,L,D)

Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,435 m/11,270 ft)We hike up the picturesque DudhKoshi valley to the Sagarmatha National Park gate. We have a last climb through pine trees to the Namche Bazaar. The market town has immense views of surrounding peaks and many shops to explore. Overnight at Guesthouse.(B,L,D)

Day 05Rest & acclimatization at Namche BazaarWe’ll exploring Namche and surrounding villages including Khunde and Khumjung over a ridgeline with glimpses of Mount Everest and more. We also visit monasteries and museums for an exciting tour of the Sherpa homeland. (B,L,D)

Day 06Trek to Tyangboche(3867 m/12,887 feet) – 5 HoursWe continue the trek with astonishing views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Thamserku and much more along the way. This section of trail is also a place where Himalayan wildlife is often spotted. We eventually descend to cross the DudhKoshi before a steep climb through pine forests to Tyangboche with lodges and a famous, active monastery. We have sensational views of the surrounding peaks, especially Ama-Dablam. (B,L,D)

Day 07Trek to Dingboche(4375 m/14,325 feet) – 5 HoursThe route makes a gentle descent through pleasant forests near a nunnery. The views amongst Buddhist monuments along the way will be breathtaking . We pass through the Sherpa village of Pangboche and continue climbing to reach serene Dingboche on an open plateau. (B,L,D)

Day 08Trek to Base Camp (4600 m/15,090 ft)We cross the Imja River and climb along the remote trail, leaving behind the tourist pathways.(B,L,D)

Day 09Trek to Advance Base Camp (5400 m/17,715 ft)We climb northward along a ridge and cross a boulder field to reach our Advanced Base Camp where our porters will leave us with our gear.(B,L,D)

Day 10-11Rest Days at Advanced Base CampWe take the essential time for rest and acclimatization and preparing gear with optional hikes to surrounding viewpoints before moving on higher to ground.

Day 12-24Climbing Period.Climbing Period, including gradual acclimatization to higher camps before the attempt for the summit.

Day 25-27Trek to LuklaAfter a warm drink to start the morning, we say final goodbye to our Base Camp home for the past two and a half weeks. We follow in reverse the trek out of the valley to the mountain airport town of Lukla. (B,L,D)

Day 28Fly from Lukla to KathmanduWe take an early morning, scenic flight back to Kathmandu and the rest of the time is available refresh and relax and to explore the city on your own. (B)

Please Note Flights from Kathmandu-Lukla, Lukla-Kathmandu often get delayed and may cause delays from a few hours to a day and more. We will do our best to avoid problems, and re-schedule flights. However, we must inform you of the possibility of delays and even cancellations. We have scheduled extra time for such situations and suggest that you also include 1-2 days cushion at the end of your journey to avoid problems with your final departure from Nepal. We can also arrange helicopter atyour request at around USD 500-1000 per person, depending on demand and capacity. Of course, there is also a good probability that no delays will occur and we will be happy to arrange other activities with your extra time!

Day 29KathmanduFree day in Kathmandu. The evening isreserved for a special celebratory farewell meal at a fine dining establishment.(B,L,D)

Day 30Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home.Our team representative will transfer you to the airport to see you off on your departure home. On your flight homeward, we hope you will remember this adventure of a lifetimeand your experience in the mountains with us with great pleasure. We look forward to joining you on your next journey to the Himalaya!Note:The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.

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Rating: Date: 20 - 03- 2017

I spent very memorable days in the Everest region in Nepal. I used to dream to see this highest peak of the world and now I arrested it in my camera. My guide arranged everything and helped me a lot. He did not let me feel tired and boring. I have read about the Manaslu region and willing to go there with this company again. I like to make a strong recommendation.

Equipments List

Personal Climbing Gears:

  •  Ice axe
  •  Crampons
  •  Harness
  •  Screw gate Karabiners (2 lock, 4 unlock)
  •  Descender
  •  Plastic Mountaineering Boots
  •  Ascender (mitten sized)
  •  Helmet ( Optional)
  •  Mittens (gloves)
  •  5 meters/15 feet of 6 mm climber’s cord


  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers and pants
  • Expedition weight thermal
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts 
  • Running shoe/sandals for Kathmandu
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof jacket/trouser (breathable)
  • Goose –down (duvet ) trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Thermal gloves
  • Thermo rest
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Water bottles ( 3 bottles)
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toothbrush/paste etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group may snore)
  • Deodorants
  • Suns cream for lip/skin
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tissue  roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Reading book & note book
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu after the Trek

The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.

  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag rated to - 20 degrees
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Carry mat

Group climbing gears

  • Snow bar
  • Fix rope
  • Climbing rope
  • Ice Hammer
  • Ice Screw
  • Karabiners

Note: Available to hire/rental through HH

Others :

  • - Digital camera with extra cards
  • - Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • - Passport,2 extra passport size photos
  • - Photocopy of passport and insurance

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