Trip Overview

Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 m) is one of the most iconic and beautiful mountains due to its appearance. The mountain possesses long ridges on each side and a hanging glacier at the center, making it resemble a traditional ornament worn by Sherpa women. The ridges are also referred to as the arms of a mother protecting her child and the glacier as an ornament, hence giving the name Ama Dablam, where ‘Ama'; means mother and ‘Dablam’ means the special pendant with the picture of Gods. 


First ascended in 1961 by Mike Gill & Wally Romanes (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA) & Mike Ward (UK) from the southwest ridge, Ama Dablam has since then become one of the most preferred mountains for climbers. The trekking route follows the Dudh Koshi river to Namche leading towards Tengboche and turning toward the Ama Dablam Base Camp.


The climb follows the regular Southwest Ridge route with three more camps above the base camp. The route from Base Camp to Camp 1 is easy and less demanding but the technicality and difficulty slowly start rising from Camp 1 to Camp 2 till Camp 3, as climbers need to traverse narrow edges on the ridges with Ice, Rocks, and Snow. The final summit awaits after a steep climb on snow and ice slopes. Despite its difficulty, the route is mesmerizingly picturesque and offers panoramic vistas of the Everest Massif along with Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks in the periphery. 


Mt. Ama Dablam is classified as a technical and quite difficult mountain for its steepness and long narrow ridges. Proper acclimatization and experience are required to go on an expedition to this masterpiece. This expedition is an assessment of your strength, endurance, and passion in the Himalayas. Our team of experienced Sherpas will set up properly fixed ropes and lead you to the summit to fulfill your dream of summiting the extraordinary Ama Dablam. 


Ama Dablam is ideal for those who have sound mountaineering skills and have the experience of high altitude and an inspired spirit for adventure. It is the perfect alpine route for passionate mountaineers as it exposes you to steep rocky and snowy ridges testing your endurance and skills. 


The best seasons for Ama Dablam Expedition are Autumn and Spring when the weather is moderate, and the views are spectacular. We can organize trips any time of the year as per your requirement and availability.


Please contact our office for more information. 

Max. Altitude 6812 m
Trip Grade Moderate To Challenging
Best Seasons Summer, Spring, Autumn
Group Size 1-15 Person

Trip Itinerary

  • 1
    Arrival In Kathmandu And Transfer To The Hotel

    Upon your arrival at the TIA, you will need to fulfill some official procedures to obtain the Nepal Entry Visa at the Immigration counter. One of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you at the Arrivals. After meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest. There you can freshen up and rest. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals N/A
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 2
    Expedition Briefing And Preparation

    On the second day, we will fulfill all our official procedures including necessary documentation, obtain permits, and other formalities needed for our expedition. Then you will have time for sightseeing around the city.

    The next day, we will start our preparation for our expedition. We will now pack our bags, do some necessary shopping, re-check everything that we need (Especially medicines and essentials). Briefings will be made about every aspect of the expedition and all gears and equipment, trip duration, accommodation, facilities at the base camp, and all related to the expedition. It is also an opportunity for you to communicate and introduce yourself to your fellow climbers and teammates.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 3
    Fly To Lukla And Trek To Phakding (2800 M)

    After an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport early in the morning. The flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually mountain ranges. Even though the flight is only for half an hour, it does not fail to mesmerize you now and then. As we land at Lukla Airport, which is already exciting, we start our trek to Phakding, our destination for the day. After obtaining the permit for the region, we will slowly move through the settlements on a mixed trail of dirt, stone pathways, and some rocky sections at times. This is an easy start, so make sure to enjoy all the greeneries, floras, and faunas as you walk. The trail takes you over several suspension bridges and along the Dudh Koshi river.  Enjoy the rest of the day at Phakding.

    Altitude 2800 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 4-5
    Trek To Namche Bazaar And Acclimatize (3440 M)

    After Phakding, we move towards another beautiful destination, Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial point of the Khumbu region. Passing through the dense luscious forests of pine, juniper, Rhododendron, looking out for animals in the Sagarmatha National Park, climbing the stone stairs, enjoying the rages of rivers at some points, and mostly walking uphills are the major activities of the day’s trek. This trek will be long and tiring as we start gaining significant elevation. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and enjoy our dinner. 

    The next day, we will go around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture. The major attraction is the Everest View Hotel, from where stunning views of Everest massif and other peaks can be seen. We can also go on a hike to the Khumjung village which houses a monastery with the head of the Yeti. We can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Museum while in Namche.

    Altitude 3440 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 6
    Trek To Tengboche Monastery (3860 M)

    After a day’s rest and acclimatization at Namche, we then approach one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of this Expedition, the Tengboche monastery. Tengboche monastery is one of the most popular monasteries among Buddhists around the world. The views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam are visible towards the north while Thamserku and Kangtega stand towards the south with striking views. We will also join in some prayer ceremonies and rest for the day.

    Altitude 3860 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 7
    Trek To Ama Dablam Base Camp (4450 M)

    After Tengboche monastery, we head towards the base camp of Ama Dablam which is situated in a beautiful meadow also used as the Yak Pasture beneath the west face of the mountain. We cross the Imja River over a suspension bridge and hike up to Pangboche simultaneously leading the trail uphill through forests of junipers, the high-altitude tree lines. The route lies in the quieter region of the Khumbu valley. Embracing the 360 degrees view of the mountains like Kangtega (6783 m), Taboche (6542 m), Thamserku (6618 m), and many more, we reach Ama Dablam base camp at 4450 m.

    Altitude 4450 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 8-10
    Rest Days

    After a long trek up to the Base Camp, we allocate two more days for rest and acclimatization before heading to the summit. During these days, we go on short excursions and prepare ourselves for the summit. We will also conduct some brief training related to the mountaineering gears and equipment and also practice walking with fixed ropes on small cliffs.

    Altitude 4450 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 11-25
    Climbing Period Of Ama Dablam

    After the equipment check and preparation, we head towards camp 1 (5700 m) through easy terrain. But the trail gets technical with steep and difficult slopes before a steep ridge and requires tackling a steep slab. 

    Camp 2 is set up at around 5900 m. We will need to climb past steep ridges and snowy slopes with the help of fixed ropes set up by our team. 

    The summit climb is an easy one. We wake up early, have our breakfast, and climb up on snowy slopes mixed with rocks above Camp 2. 

    We will ascend the peak of marvelous Ama Dablam (6812m) and return back to the Base Camp. The following day will be allocated for cleaning up and preparation to leave. 

    (NOTE: We will conduct rotations between the camps for acclimatization and training purposes. The mentioned itinerary is an overview of the circumstances during the climb.)

    Altitude 6812 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 26
    Trek Back To Namche

    After the successful ascent of Ama Dablam, we retrace our path to Namche and rest overnight in a comfortable lodge.

    Altitude 3440 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 27
    Trek Back To Lukla 

    From Namche, we walk downhill through the enchanting forests crossing the villages of Monjo and Phakding to reach Lukla to rest overnight. 

    Altitude 2840 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 28
    Fly Back To Kathmandu

    From Lukla, we take the exciting flight back to Kathmandu viewing and bidding farewell to the Khumbu Region and the majestic Himalayas. After a flight of about 25 minutes, we land at the airport and get back to the hotel to rest and relax. You can go sightseeing around the city in the evening.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 29
    Free Day In Kathmandu

    It's a free day in Kathmandu for you to relax and explore around. You can take this opportunity to visit different World Heritage sites and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 30
    Final Departure

    With gratitude and lots of beautiful memories, we will have to bid you farewell to our valued clients. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled departure. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
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  • International and Domestic Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in Nepal
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu on bed/breakfast
  • Schedule flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for members. 
  • Schedule flight for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for Liaison Officer   
  • Member personal climbing equipment Kathmandu-Lukla-Base Camp-Kathmandu (max 60 kg
  • Full Board  food,  lodging during trekking to base camp and back to Lukla after Expedition
  • A professional  climbing Sherpa guide per member during  summit attempt and during climbing 
  • 7 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.)per member with top-out Mask and Regulator.
  • Climbing Sherpa  oxygen 3 cylinders ( 4 liters ) per Sherpa  
  • Transportation for all staff KTM-Base Camp-KTM,
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.)
  • Clean Mountain bags
  • Availability of Solar Power at Base Camp and higher camps.
  • Availability of Satellite Phone available at Base Camp ( with nominal charge per use)
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge
  • Daily Weather Report Services
  • Medical consultation services at the Base Camp with the (HRA) clinic 
  • High Altitude tents: Single Tent in the Base Camp while in upper camps, the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during Expedition as per the schedule
  • Services of cook and kitchen staff at Base Camp and Cook at higher camps.
  • Kitchen tent, Stores tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp and higher camps, 
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officer, and local porters as well as Equipment,
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers. 
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staffs, and Liaison Officer Tents
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. ( phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening, 
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter or Yaks to Base Camp 
  • Heaters in the base camp in the dining tent 
  • Fresh vegetable  supply from Namche bazaar or Kathmandu 
  • Special high foods for members and sherpas as per requirements of your choice in Kathmandu;
  • Summit and Higher Camp Route fix charge,
  • Applicable National Park fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by  Nepal government,
  • Emergency oxygen  during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps,
  • First Aid kit ( For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly)
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber while climbing,
  • Garbage deposit  Shipment Charges 
  • Company service charge
  • Oxygens cylinder and mask regulators,
  • Route fixing charge


  • International flight tickets from/to your country
  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival,
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • An extended stay in a hotel after 6-nights in Kathmandu
  • Your Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Extra cost incurred due to Personal members baggage exceeding 60 k.g,
  • Buy special Insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation by helicopter in case of need during the Lhotse Expedition
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if needed,
  • International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.;
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc,
  • Climbing Sherpa summit Bonus for Ama Dablam $500,
  • Any other extra expenses other than mentioned in the Cost Includes section,
  • Any unforeseeable risks that can arise during the mountaineering,


Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.


Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge. 


Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure. 


Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required.  But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.


Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!


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