Ama Dablam is known to be one of the most spectacular mountains in the world, and a true alpinist's dream is a great challenge at 6,856 meters rises above the Dudh Kosi River valley on the way to Everest Base Camp lies directly above Thyangboche Monastery in Nepal. Ama Dablam is a great introduction to climbing at altitude; that offers exposed climbing from all sides and a terrific view of Everest, Makalu, Pumori, Lhotse and many other beautiful mountains of the whole Khumbu Region. This unforgettable climb also involves cultural trek in the Khumbu you see some of the world’s most famed mountains to the legendry famous Sherpa village. We place three camps along the beautiful Southwest ridge where we have dramatic and exposed views of the Himalayas.
Our Ama Dablam expedition begins with a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, following the trail to Everest Base Camp and separates between Tyangboche and Dingboche leading towards Ama Dablam Base camp. We spend few days at Basse Camp and start the ascent via the South West Ridge which was the same route used by the early first ascenders. The climb is fine and varied, sustained at a reasonable level of difficulty and with good camp platforms at strategic points. The climbing provides interest on rock, snow and ice and although of a fairly technical nature, in normal conditions it is never very difficult. Apart from one short section, the climb is objectively very safe. Ama Dablam involves at least 40-45 degree climb. We set up three camps above base camp and depending on the situation sometimes only two camps are set, but there are only limited space on Camp II therefore, Camp III important as well.
One of the reasons for high summit success rates on Ama Dablam expedition has been the versatility that our itinerary and climbing strategy allows for in terms of personal acclimatization and good logistical support.
Why should you choose Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition for your Ama Dablam Expedition
Ama Dabam Climb Full Expedition Service includes:
FULL BOARD SERVICE UP TO SUMMIT
Full Board Service Means:
Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition offers Full Board Service up to Summit for our entire range of flagship Mountaineering Expeditions to all 7000m to 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All our Full Board clients will have a personal Sherpa Climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.
Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route; Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and wellbeing on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and well being as overriding priority.
High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.
We have noted few probable points related to Ama Dablam Climb expedition whether they could help you further prepare the expedition.
Length of Ama Dablam Climbing
Ama Dablam Expedition total duration is 35 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu), this duration is planned for the overall expedition such including administrative formalities, approach to/from Base Camp, acclimatization at Base camp, and above Base camp for the summit attempt etc….The daily waling /climbing / ascent duration depends on each camp basis, such as during approach to Base camp an average ascent duration is 7-8hrs, whereas the ascent during on the Summit day will be longest of the expedition 9+ hours depending on each climber. The above average duration is just generalized, but the actual climbing duration depends on each climber.
Administrative Formality / Climbing permit
We need to obtain a separate climbing permit for Climbing Mount Ama Dablam through the Ministry of Tourism and as a professional Ama Dablam Expedition organizer company we take every administrative formalities for Clibming Ama Dablam seriously so that the member / client could enjoy a hassle free Climbing of the mountain. We process the climbing permits 2 months in advance, therefore you are requested to send the relevant documents (please print them, fill up, scan them & send us by e-mail along with a scan passport photograph):
If you are a member of the Ama Dablam Expedition : Need to Member Bio-Data
For Leader of the Ama Dablam Expedition need extra documents: Leader Documents
Risk & Release for for each Ama Dablam Expedition member: Need to Assumption of Risk & Release
Difficulty of Ama Dablam Climbing
This is another major question frequently asked. And the answer to this is rather simple; the difficulty of any mountaineering depends on your previous climbing experience, physical fitness, mental preparedness etc… Ama Dablam Climbing is of course a bit difficult in terms of the technical parts (sometimes to 40-45 degree climbing). There will be fixed ropes on the technical parts, so if you are bit careful about using your personal equipments such as you must not forget to cliff on your safety karabiners on fixed lines, step up your crampons carefully etc, the climb is not difficult, but for altitudinal adaptation, though the expedition is well planned in terms of proper acclimatization, at the same time it is important that you must have at least some previous climbing / mountaineering experience and proper use of technical gears such as crampons, jumar, ice-axe etc., also physical exercise by running, long walking, cardio vascular exercises. It is also important that you have general check up with your doctor before coming on the expedition.
At an Emergency
ASIANA NEPAL TREKS & EXPEDITION prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation during Ama Dablam expedition. Our guides / Sirdars are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that are associated with the Ama Dablam Climbing / mountaineering. When a serious emergency does occur, then outside help is needed and such rescues are expensive therefore every climber should have his or her own insurance arranged before coming to Nepal. It is advised that you buy the Insurance Policy right from the home Country through a reliable Insurance company covering medical, accidental and rescue evacuation. Please ensure with your insurance company whether they really cover the risk for such high altitude mountaineering expeditions..
Food safety & the types of food
Food safety to keep our Ama Dablam expedition members is priority for us; therefore we brief you about the food safety before departure on an expedition. All food we take for Base camp use are freshly bought from the market, properly checked the date validity or freshness before dispatch to Lukla and all our cooks and kitchen staffs are trained in cooking varieties of hygienically prepared foods and good taste.
During approach to / from Ama Dablam Base camp you will have your breakfast and dinner at your teahouse. We stop for lunch at one of the various trailside restaurants. And snacks are always easy to find. During your stay at Base Camp our well trained and experienced cook will prepare fresh and tasty meals and snacks. We will have plenty of food including the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice, curry, and lentils), noodles, rice, potatoes, vegetables and soup and Nepalese versions of western food such as pizza and French fries too. There will be also various types of snacks such as biscuits, chocolates, nuts etc also special cakes prepared by our cook with plenty of drinks such as tea, hot chocolates, coffee, juice etc… And for the Full board expedition service food for higher camps above base camp will be various types of light / energy foods such as chocolate bars, dry fruits, biscuits, tea, coffee, sugar, whole meal packed food etc….
Drinking water during Ama Dablam expedition
During approach from Lukla to Ama Dablam Base camp and Back to Lukla all teahouses have boiled water that is quite safe to drink. Your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek to Base Camp, though you may also buy bottled water on the trail, but we do not encourage much on this as the plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. During your stay at Base camp the water source is either from a small stream or snow melting that our cooks boil and 100% safe to drink or cooking. Above Base camp in the mountains the water source is from snow melting which is safe for drinking as well.
Equipment you should bring
Choosing the right equipment is very important especially for climbing. All group climbing equipments for Ama Dablam Climbing such as ropes, tents, snow bars, ice-screws, shovel, cooking pots are provided from Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition for full board expedition service, whereas you need to have enough personal clothes to stay warm and good gears for climbing or cool yet not over packed. Usually you will have warm days and very cold nights. Detailed information about the personal gear is available on request or briefly explained about the gear list section of the page.
Extra money to bring
Without knowing your proper service selection of the expedition either Full Board expedition service, Base camp service or any other services, it is next to impossible to justify the correct amount you would need to bring, but there will be always only little money that you can bring for personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, personal equipment etc... Therefore, we advise you on this after your chosen expedition service.
Experience of our guides / staffs
ASIANA NEPAL TREKS & EXPEDITION has some of the most dependable and experienced guides / Climbing Sherpas. All of our guides / Climbing Sherpas have spent years climbing mountains and Ama Dablam Climbing experience with many times to the Summit, so you can be confident in our staffs.
Accommodations & toilet facility
We provide twin sharing hotel accommodation for Ama Dablam Climb expedition climbing members in Kathmandu. During your approach to / from Lukla -Base camp you need to share room with other people as there are no single room facility in lodges. At Base camp you will be provided a single tent with thick mattress and pillow to make your sleep comfortable and at Camp I and above Camps, you need to share tent with another member who will be also warmer. There will be also a separate toilet and shower tent facility at Base Camp.
Our approach is to raise environmental awareness among Climbers making the Ama Dablam Climb an Eco-Ama Dablam Expedition. We also give information to our valued clients on how to minimize maximum damage on the environment. We clean up and bring all our garbage back from Ama Dablam Base Camp and from the mountain as far as possible produced during the expedition. Yearly we invest 3% of our net profit for the above purpose and furthermore, in participating in various social works in Nepal. We always heartily welcome and enchant your comments and suggestions for a better way to serve our customers, environment and nature.
Ama Dablam Climb
Elevation: 6,856m / 22,494ft.
Climb the world’s most impressive mountain
Coordinates: 86° 52' 02'' E - 27° 51' 39''N, located in Khumbu Himal, Nepal
Duration: 30 days Grade: 3 (needs good level of physical fitness & at least some technical mountaineering / climbing experience)
First Ascent of Ama Dablam: 13th March, 1961 by Barry Bishop, USA, Mike Gill, NZ, Mike Ward, UK & Wally Romanes, NZ via the southwest ridge
Starting from: Lukla Ending at: Lukla
Ama Dablam Climb fixed departure expedition
|1||16-Apr||3-Oct||Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.||Hotel|
|2||17-Apr||4-Oct||Kathmandu at leisure/Administrative formalities||Hotel|
|3||18-Apr||5-Oct||Fly Kathmandu-Lukla (2840m) & trek to Phakding (2630 m).||Lodge|
|4||19-Apr||6-Oct||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m)||Lodge|
|5||20-Apr||7-Oct||Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.||Lodge|
|6||21-Apr||8-Oct||Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m).||Lodge|
|7||22-Apr||9-Oct||Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4576).||Camp|
|8-28||23-Apr-12-May||10-29 Oct||Ama Dablam Climbing period using 3 camps above BC||Camp|
|29||12-May||30-Oct||Withdraw Base Camp||Camp|
|30||13-May||31-Oct||Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m).||Lodge|
|31||14-May||01-Nov||Trek to Monju (2815m).||Lodge|
|32||15-May||02-Nov||Trek to Lukla (2840m).||Lodge|
|33||16-May||03-Nov||Fly Lukla / Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.||Lodge|
|34||17-May||04-Nov||Kathmandu at leisure.||Hotel|
Important: This day-to-day Ama Dablam Climb expedition schedule should be taken only as a general guide. Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things as: changes to make the expedition more successful, in terms of the acclimatization process and training etc…
FULL BOARD up to TOP SUMMIT SERVICE COST included climbing guide: Group Size: Minimum 12 people required 01 – Person US $ 7,500 (Inclusive of all taxes) Cost Included Full Board Services:
- ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: Pick up and drop off services for both international & domestic flights as per the itinerary
- HOTEL ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights Hotel in Kathmandu one double room with breakfast basis
- WELCOME DINNER: A welcome dinner with Office Staff in a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu
- TRANSPORTATION: Kathmandu to Base Camp to Kathmandu transportation cost for our overall expedition crew for the entire expedition and trekking
- CLIMBING PERMIT: Expedition Royalty and Climbing Permit Charge by Nepal Government to climb Mount Amdablam expedition
- ROUTE FIXING CHARGE: Amadablam summit route fixing charge
- TRASH: Stool shipment and other garbage disposal fee
- MEALS: Fresh Meals on full board (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) with Hot Drinks/ Tea/ Coffee/ fresh meat & fresh vegetable during the climbing and trekking days
- LIAISON OFFICER: Government Liaison officer and his daily wages, equipment, food, insurance, and both way airfare
- COOK AND KITCHEN HELPERS: Experienced and well-trained base camp cook, Camp-2 cook and Kitchen helpers
- PORTERS: Porters up to the Kathmandu to Base Camp to Kathmandu and return from the base camp
- STAFF WAGES: All wages, equipment, food, accommodation, and insurance for all staffs in trekking and expedition
- MEMBER PERSONAL BAGGAGE:Maximum thirty kilograms per member as a personal baggage
- BASE CAMP TENT:North face, Kailas, Red Fox or any other branded tent and each expedition member will have an individual tent available at the base camp
- BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT:Dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, hot shower tent, communication tent, mattress, pillow, table, chair, and other required equipment
- ELECTRICITY: Generator at the base camp and solar panel at C2 for light or charging any electronic devices
- HEATER: Heater at the base camp for a member and staff
- COMMUNICATION:Communication device like Satellite Phone & Willkie-Talkie in case of emergency.(USE PAY)
- Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) & Gamow Bag along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
- Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on mount Everest Expeditions.(USE PAY)
- INTERNET AND CELL-PHONE: Internet service, satellite and cell-phone network available at the base camp (chargeable as per use)
- MEDICAL SERVICE:HRA medical camp provides emergency medical services with certain charge
- WEATHER FORECAST:Availability of the daily weather forecast during the entire expedition
- OXYGEN:O2 Poisk oxygen 3 bottles allocated for member and 1 bottles for each climbing Sherpa (if needed)
- MASK AND REGULATOR: Will be provided Top Out or Summit mask regulator for each member and climbing Sherpa
- BACKUP OXYGEN AND MASK REGULATOR: In case of emergencies, sufficient oxygen and mask regulator available at our base camp
- HIGH ALTITUDE TENT:North Face, Kailas, Red Fox or any other branded tent from Base Camp to C1, C2 and C3
- GENERAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT: EPI gas and gas burner, dynamic climbing rope, ice screws, snow shovel, snow bars, carabineers etc.
- CLIMBING SHERPA GUIDE:One professional climbing Sherpa per member
- CLIMBING SHERPA ALLOWANCE: Equipment that requires advance payment, daily wages, carrying bonus and summit bonus and insurance
- EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE FOR STAFF: Equipment allowance for Base Camp cook, camp two coo, and kitchen helpers
- INSURANCE: insurance for high altitude climbing guide, cook, and staff
- RESCUE INSURANCE: Emergency Helicopter rescue arrangements, Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing guide, cook, and staff
- FAREWELL DINNER: Farewell dinner with expedition staff in a Nepali typical restaurant with the cultural show in Kathmandu
Full Board Services Cost Excludes
- International flight ticket, taxes and visas
- Lunch & dinner, hotel after 5 nights in Kathmandu
- Personal trekking & climbing equipment
- All expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone etc.
- Insurance for travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost baggage.
- Applicable permit fee & custom fee for SAT phone, filming camera, communications - equipment (if brought)
- Extra yak charge