Ama Dablam Expedition

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Trip Overview


The Ama Dablam Expedition is a thrilling and challenging mountaineering journey that takes adventurers to the majestic heights of Ama Dablam, one of the most iconic peaks in the Himalayas. Standing tall at 6,812 meters (22,349 feet), Ama Dablam also offers a captivating blend of technical climbing, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural immersion. The expedition typically begins in Kathmandu, Nepal, where participants also meet their experienced guides and fellow climbers. After necessary preparations and a thorough briefing, the team embarks on a picturesque flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. From there, the trekking portion commences, leading through lush forests, quaint Sherpa villages, and across suspension bridges over roaring rivers.

Ascending Ama Dablam: Conquering Heights, Experiencing Culture, and Embracing Challenges

As the journey progresses, the team also gradually gains altitude and reaches the renowned Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, a crucial acclimatization point. Here, climbers spend a few days adjusting to the thinning air and exploring the local culture. The expedition then also continues towards Ama Dablam Base Camp, traversing rocky trails, glaciers, and steep ridges, providing a taste of the technical challenges that lie ahead. Upon reaching Base Camp, climbers prepare for the rigorous ascent. They undergo specialized training, including instruction in glacier travel, rope work, and high-altitude climbing techniques. The climb itself demands a combination of skills, from scrambling over rocky sections to navigating through icefalls and negotiating challenging snow slopes. Throughout the expedition, climbers are also rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramas of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, among other towering peaks. The summit push typically involves several camps, including Camps 1, 2, and 3, strategically positioned along the route. As climbers progress, they face increasing physical and mental tests, including high winds, extreme cold, and reduced oxygen levels. Reaching the summit of Ama Dablam is an exhilarating achievement and offers a sense of accomplishment like no other. The view from the top is a well-deserved reward, featuring a 360-degree vista of the Himalayan range that stretches to the horizon. However, it's important to note that the Ama Dablam Expedition is a challenging endeavor that requires excellent physical fitness, mountaineering experience, and the ability to withstand harsh mountain conditions. Proper acclimatization, teamwork, and expert guidance are essential for a safe and successful expedition.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Ama Dablam Expedition is an unforgettable adventure that combines the thrill of mountaineering with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. It offers a unique opportunity to test one's limits, immerse in Sherpa culture, and witness some of the world's most spectacular landscapes.

Trip Highlights

The highlights of climbing Ama Dablam and trekking in the surrounding region include:
  • Technical Climbing: Ama Dablam is considered one of the most technically challenging peaks in the Himalayas, requiring advanced mountaineering skills and experience. Climbing the peak offers a true test of physical and mental endurance for experienced climbers.
  • Stunning Views: Climbing Ama Dablam offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, as well as the Khumbu Valley and traditional Sherpa villages.
  • Cultural Experience: The trek to Ama Dablam takes you through several traditional Sherpa villages, where you can experience the unique culture and traditions of the Sherpa people. The region is also home to several ancient monasteries and other cultural landmarks.
  • Sagarmatha National Park: The trek to Ama Dablam passes through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to several rare and endangered wildlife species, including the snow leopard and red panda.
  • Adventurous Trekking: The trek to Ama Dablam is a challenging and adventurous trek that involves crossing high mountain passes, traversing glaciers, and hiking through rugged terrain.
  • Base Camp Experience: Ama Dablam Base Camp is a bustling hub of activity, where climbers from around the world gather to prepare for their ascent. The base camp offers a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other climbers and share stories and experiences.

Overall, climbing Ama Dablam and trekking in the surrounding region is a challenging and rewarding adventure that offers a unique combination of technical climbing challenges, stunning natural beauty, and rich cultural experiences.


Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

We shall start our journey to summit the Ama Dablam peak from Kathmandu with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. On arrival to Kathmandu, you can get your on-arrival Nepal Visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport itself.

Visa can be prepared beforehand by filling the online form so you don’t have to wait and fill it on arrival at the airport. But you can also skip that and get your visa done at the airport easily within a few hours.

For your Visa to get approved you need to have all the important documents like your valid passport and some passport photos with cash. The Visa fees depend on your time of stay. For the Ama Dablam Expedition, you will require a Visa for a month.

You must be tired from the flight and all this hassle. So our company will provide you a private vehicle pick up service to transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. You will be provided with a great hotel where you can rest up and prepare yourself for a great day tomorrow. You will be provided with breakfast in the morning.

Meals: BB Plan

Day 02: Sightseeing & Climbing Preparation at Kathmandu


Starting off the second day with a warm breakfast at the hotel, we shall head towards the beautiful city of temples, Kathmandu today. Today is a sightseeing day and also a preparation day. Our staff shall prepare for your adventurous and memorable Ama Dablam expedition while you enjoy the beautiful views of the city.

Spending a day in Kathmandu, many tourists love to sightsee. With the traditional houses and the beautiful blend of culture, Kathmandu city has so much to offer you. The historical sites along with the religious culture of the city have many destinations to be explored. But today, we shall keep it simple and provide you with a tour of the city with the world heritage sites listed under UNESCO.

You can experience and explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the people in the city during this lovely sightseeing. We will provide you with a professional guide for the sightseeing tour along with a private vehicle so you can enjoy yourself.

Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phakding

 4-5 hrs Trek  Lodge

Our official trek has finally begun today. Starting our Ama Dablam Expedition itinerary, we shall fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The mesmerizingly beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Lukla will have you on the edge of your seat with excitement. The beauty of the flight is surreal.

As you head to Lukla, the 40 minutes flight is exciting from the get-go as you see the surreal views of the Valley firsthand from the sky. Soon, you will be able to see the gorgeous mountains peeking at you from the north with their glowing snow caps. You will soon reach Lukla.

After reaching Lukla, you have entered the Khumbu Region. This means you will need your Local Area permit for the entry. You can fill the form and get your Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Entry Permit. Traveling with the trekking company, we will have the permits prepared beforehand.

As you head towards the beautiful settlement at Phakding, the trekking trails will have a lot to offer you. This is the start of our trekking for the Ama Dablam Expedition. The trekking trails filled with the beauty of nature expressed in forms of waterfalls, suspension bridges, rivers, and the lush forests will take you by surprise.

After walking through these beautiful trails for around 4-5 hours, you will reach Phakding. The settlement provides you with a friendly environment and many accommodations and food facilities. So we shall spend the night here.

Meals: BLD

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft]  

5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

As per our Ama Dablam expedition itinerary, today we shall head to Namche Bazaar. One of the most popular stops for trekkers in the Everest Region. With a wide variety of cultural diversity and the unique marketplace crowded by travelers and the Sherpa vendors, Namche has become a great destination for people trekking in the region.

The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar takes around 6-7 hours of walking uphill and downhill through various different terrains. The trail leads you to the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park.

After some hours of walking from Phakding, you will require a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit to go on any further. Your trekking company will have the trekking permit and the entry permit ready for you. Walking any further means you comply with the rules of the Sagarmatha National Park and will not break these rules.

The journey ahead is filled with exotic flora and fauna with great views of the mountains getting closer to you. Following the trail of the beautiful surroundings in the national park, you will cross the longest suspension bridge known as the Hillary Suspension bridge. Soon after crossing the bridge, you will see the prayer flags and the cultural vibes will entrance you leading you to the beautiful settlement at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 3445 m

Trek distance: 9.4 km

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration day at Namche Bazaar


The Ama Dablam Expedition itinerary calls the fifth day of our expedition as the acclimatization day. This is an important day for the expedition to be carried out smoothly and safely.

Acclimatization is an important part of our Ama Dablam Expedition and is not to be skipped under any conditions. It is important for you to let your bodies get adjusted and adapt to the changing high altitudes. Lack of acclimatization can cause altitude sickness so be sure to properly rest and adjust to the altitude.

During this free day, you can enjoy exploring the Namche region. The beautiful settlement at Namche Bazaar has many things to do. The marketplace at Namche is a popular attraction among the trekkers as there are a unique and wide variety of goods. Also, the unique cultural display attracts foreigners.

You can also explore and learn about the 900 years old monastery in the settlement of Namche Bazaar. This is a great opportunity for history and culture lovers to learn about this historical site.

You can also take a short hike up to the Syangboche viewpoint at the airstrip if you want to. The hike is around an hour or two. The beautiful sight from the viewpoint is worth the climb. After exploring the area, you will return to the Namche Bazaar settlement and spend the night here.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 3445 m

Trek distance: 1-2 km

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche

 5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

After our acclimatization and exploration at Namche Bazaar, we shall now continue on our expedition. Starting from Namche Bazaar, we shall head towards the National Park Museum through the ridge.

Walking through the rising trail of Khyangjuma, we will head towards the Tengboche settlement. You can see the Buddhist prayer flags floating about in the distance. As we close in, we can see the Tengboche monastery.

This is also known as the Dawa Choling Gompa. The Tengboche monastery is popular among travelers for the religious aspect as well as for being the viewpoint of the Tengboche region. The morning sunrise view of the mountains in the region from the Tengboche monastery is a blissful experience.

Passing through the Tengboche monastery, a short descend will lead you to our destination for the day. Through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron, pine, and birch, we will reach Deboche where you will spend the night at a lodge.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 3820 m

Trek distance: 6.6 km

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Day 07: Trek from Deboche to Pheriche

 5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

After a long trip from Namche to Deboche through the religious monastery. Today we shall head to Pheriche. At the altitude of 4300 meters, Pheriche is a small village with great views of the mountains in the region. This region is mostly filled with farms and yaks.

The trails from Deboche to Pheriche lead you to the small village through lush forests of Rhododendron and birch. However, the forests slowly decline as you reach Pheriche.

Passing through the trails with great views of the peaks like Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse, we shall head towards the Imja River. Crossing the Imja River, you will head towards the Dingboche settlement. A short walk from Dingboche will lead you to the beautiful settlement of Pheriche. Enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains along with the village itself with stone houses and farms with yaks, you will stay the night at a lodge in Pheriche.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 4300 m

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization/Rest day at Pheriche.


Reaching at an altitude of 4300 meters, there are higher chances of altitude sickness. So today, we shall take a rest day for acclimatization. As stated before, acclimatization is very important for a smooth and safe accomplishment of the Ama Dablam Expedition. The 27 days Ama Dablam Expedition can be smoothly completed if there are no issues like altitude sickness.

As a rest day, you are allowed to freely explore. You can also take a short hike to nearby hills and enjoy the beautiful view. One of the short hikes popular in this region during acclimatization is the Nagakarsang hill hike or the Dingboche Viewpoint hike. Both destinations provide you with excellent views of the magnificent mountains looking down on you.

After the hike, you will return back to Pheriche and spend the night here.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 4300 m

Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Amadablam Base Camp

 3-4 hrs Trek  Tented Camp

Today we will reach a little closer to our destination as we head towards the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The base camp of Aba Dablam Peak is located at an altitude of 4800 meters. The base camp is the gateway to summiting the Ama Dablam peak.

As we leave the beautiful settlement at Pheriche, be sure not to get blinded by the beautiful sight of the Ama Dablam peak so close to you. The trekking trails from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp is a gradual uphill with beautiful views of the mountains covered with alpine vegetation.

Reaching the Ama Dablam Base Camp means we have successfully accomplished half of our Ama Dablam Expedition without any issues. The next day is the big day we start the climbing process.

Tonight we shall spend the night at the base camp of the Ama Dablam peak in tented camps.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 4800 m

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

Day 10-22: Summit Mt. Amadablam and back to Base Camp  

13 days  Tented Camp

Today we shall start the summit of the Ama Dablam Peak. As per our Ama Dablam expedition itinerary, we shall spend a total of 13 days starting from today on the summit of the Ama Dablam peak and back to the base camp.

The climb to the summit of Mount Ama Dablam is a technical climb and is more challenging than others. So, you should be properly prepared. Also reaching an altitude of 6812 meters is a long journey not to mention a high altitude. You will need proper acclimatization to safely summit the peak. You will be acclimatizing each time you reach a high camp.

Following the standard guidelines and the trails, we shall first make our climb to Camp I and have an acclimatization day for health reasons. Since the ascent is technically challenging the professional guides will guide you through to the first camp.

After acclimatizing for a day at Camp I, we shall now head towards Camp II. with proper guidance you will be able to cross the second and third camps easily as they are less technical. Finally, you will summit the glorious peak of Ama Dablam. After exploring for a few hours, you will now head back to the Camp below. Slowly and steadily with proper preparation and guidance, you will head back to the base camp on the 22nd day.

You will speed the night in tented camps throughout your summit journey. The company will provide you with kitchen tools and staff to provide you with nutritional food for the climb.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 6812 m

Duration: 13 days

Day 23: Trek from Base Camp to Tengboche

 4-5 hrs Trek  Lodge

Now that we have completed our goal of reaching the summit of one of the highest peaks of Nepal, Ama Dablam, we shall make our way back. From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, we shall head towards Tengboche.

The descent is pretty easy and interesting. As you walk downhill from the Base Camp, you will head down retracing your steps into the settlement of Pheriche., as you pass by Pheriche, you will see the beautiful fields and yaks grazing.

Walking downhill from Pheriche, you will slowly start to notice the dense forests of Rhododendron and Birch. Slowly moving downhill, you cross the beautiful valley of Deboche where we stayed the night on your uphill climb. Soon you will reach Tengboche and spend the night at a lodge in Tengboche.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 4570 m

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

Day 24: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar  

5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

Retracing our steps, we shallow head downhill to the infamous marketplace at Namche Bazaar. Filled with the laughter and joy of the travelers and the peddlers, we shall yet again head back to Namche Bazaar and make some more memories.

After walking for 5-6 hours on the ragged roads, we will reach Namche Bazaar and spend the night at a lodge in Namche.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 3860 m

Trek distance: 5.9 km

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Day 25: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla  

5-6 hrs Trek  HOTEL

Today is a long day. We shall head straight to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. Walking through the various beautiful settlements align the way, we shall reach Lukla.

The trekking trails of Namche to Lukla take you through many waterfalls, suspension bridges, and the Bhote Koshi River. You will have to cross the Bhote Koshi River thrice to finally reach the beautiful settlements at Lukla.

We shall spend the night in Lukla for our return tomorrow.

Meals: BLD 

Maximum Altitude: 3440 m

Trek distance: 21 km

Trek duration: 9-10 hours

Day 26: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu  

30 min Flight  Hotel/Resort

Today is our last day in Lukla or in the Khumbu Region. The last day of our trek starts as we have a heavy breakfast filling our stomachs with the last meal of the Khumbu Region. Soon we will board on the scenic flight back to Kathmandu. The flight with the picturesque views will seem more memorable as you have been to the summit of one of those big mountains you see from the window.

The 40 minutes flight will soon take you to Kathmandu and you can rest up to rejuvenate yourselves.

Meals: Break fast and Lunch

Maximum Altitude: 3445 m

Trek distance: 1-2 km

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

Day 27: Leisure day in Kathmandu


Today is officially the last day of our Ama Dablam Expedition. We shall end our last day in Nepal with a leisure day for you to enjoy touring the city on your own terms. You can enjoy your day doing the things you love, be it a food hunt or sightseeing. Beautiful things to see and good food to eat are the best ways to spend your leisure day.

At night, you will be provided with a farewell dinner to commemorate our beautiful journey together.

Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 28: International Departure as per flight schedule

Our representatives of Friendship World Trek will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule. You need to get into the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. Friendship World will bid a memorable farewell to you.

Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Arrival Departure Transportation
  • Kathmandu Hotel – 5 Days
  • Kathmandu – Lukla Flight ticket (Flight from Manthali Airport during peak season)
  • Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition Permit (Royalty)
  • Liaison Officer Cost for Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit
  • Essential climbing Equipment in Base Camp and Above the Base Camp
  • Food Accommodation during the trekking
  • High altitude Food for Expedition Period
  • Experienced Private Climbing SherpaGuides for the Expedition
  • Baggages /Luggages carrying by Mules or Porter Up and Down till Base Camp
  • Required fixed and Dynamic ropes for Climbing
  • Insurances, Wages, Meals and Allowances for
  • Expedition Sherpa, Porters, and Base Camp Staff
  • Solar system for Battery Recharging in the Base Camp
  • Icefall rope fixing charges, tents at camp I, II, III
  • 1st aid Medical Kits for the group and the staffs
  • Walkie-Talkie and Satellites Phones for communication (if you want to use them for personal work, charge $4 per unit)
  • Services Charges and Government Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Duffle Bags for Packing gear and your items

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in kathmandu
  • Climbing gear for each climber
  • Sumit bonus (USD 700) per client only on successful climbing (1000 USD above 8000m)
  • International Flight Cost
  • Personal Insurance
  • Tips for Guide and Porter
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