Ama Dablam (6,856m) is one of the most iconic mountains in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley. The Matterhorn of the Himalayas, reaching its summit provides an exhilarating climbing experience and a skill-honing introduction to technical high-altitude mountaineering. We hear it every time we reach Namche Bazaar, the trading village where the action starts from. ‘WHAT is that mountain!?’ That mountain is Ama Dablam. The queen of the Khumbu – towering, extreme, striking. One look and you’re captivated.
We acclimatise by trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, enjoying the best this amazing region has to offer before attempting the prize. Our constant companion, Ama Dablam, dominates the skyline and we’ll see the peak from all angles and grow familiar with it. Only when absolutely ready will we begin our ascent following the South West Ridge to attempt the summit.
Graded ‘Alpine Difficile’ this expedition involves every bit of skill, nerve and technique a climber can muster. Our chance of success is improved considerably by incredible Guide and Sherpa support and fixed lines safeguarding the technical sections. We can never guarantee you a summit but we can guarantee you’ll return having experienced the mountain and this unique part of the world to the fullest. And that, in the end, is what adventure is all about!
Day 1 - Depart the UK
Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu
Day 3 - An early morning flight into Lukla, from where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic scenes of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing we meet our ground crew and begin a 3-4 hour trek to Monju (2,835m), our night’s resting place.
Days 4-5 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, rest & acclimatisation
Day 6 - Trek to Deboche
Days 7-8 - Trek to Dingboche, rest & acclimatisation
Day 9 - Trek to Lobuche
Day 10 - Gorak Shep & Kala Patthar ((5,550m)
Day 11 - Everest / Lhotse Base Camp
Day 12 - Descent to Dingboche
Day 13 - Trek to Pangboche
Days 14-16 - Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp, rest & acclimatisation
Day 17 - To Camp 1
Day 18 - To Camp 2
Day 19 - Ama Dablam Summit Day, back to Camp 2
Day 20 - Back to Base Camp
Day 21 - Trek back to Namche
Day 22 - Hike from Namche to Lukla
Days 23-24 - Return to Kathmandu, contingency day built in, or additional time in Kathmandu
Day 25 - Return flight to home country
- International Flights
- Local guides and a 360 Leader (depending on group size)
- Sagarmatha National park fees
- Equipment & clothing for porters & local crew
- Accommodation during trek (tents on camping trek or lodges)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu in doubles sharing with breakfast
- Airport transfers and escort
- All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based
- Dinner of arrival
- Two on one guide to client ratio on Ama Dablam
- Climbing permit
- Liaison officer
- Fixed line
- Climbing Sherpa ratio of 3:1
- Base camp cook
- Staff insurance
- Refuse bond
- 3-course celebration meal at the Roadhouse
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
- Monthly payment plan, on request
- Personal equipment
- Staff/guide gratuities
- Trip Insurance
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages etc.
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals
- Lunch and dinner when city based on return from your expedition
- Airport transfers when not booking on with flights
- Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets
Please note that if international flights are booked, a supplement may be payable if costs increase due to the current situation with Covid-19.
Back on it with 360 again, first time to Nepal, a great next push from Aconcagua into serious mountain terrain. Mind blown again - starting in Kathmandu with an assault to the senses, its such a cool town! I've been back with the old man since for an EBC trek with him, the place is just buzzing! On the crazy flight to Lukla, nice chilled trek to EBC - really easy going with some tougher days, once again all at that 360 pace which keeps you confident and always climbing! Every day a new view that just gets better and better! After EBC we left half the group, after a cheeky night bivvied up Kala Patthar - we then ducked into the valley up to Ama Dablam with the superstar climbing Sherpas of Phurba and Dendi... these guys immediately became like brothers, but don't play s**thead with them... they might cheat a little! Great times on the mountain once again, pushing the technical side way further than Aco... if its the way you want to go, the way 360 can progress you is just seamless, never once doubting a trip, or a move, or a single second... as I've said before I won't go with anyone else. Once again another part of the world with 360 - like I said I've been back here once already - and it likely won't be the last time!
I summited Ama Dablan in 2018 together with 360 expeditions. The whole 360 crew are extremely professional and keen for details and they earned my trust during this trip 100 %. Rolfe let me climb the mountain in a way that i really appreciate and am grateful for. Rolfe and the team welcome you into the 360 family and that feels absolutely fantastic. They make you feel more like a family member than a client. This expedition was the best in my life so far and i am still enjoying it and fell proud about the achievement.