Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition

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  • Best views of the world’s tallest peaks- Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,498m), Makalu (8,485m), and Ama Dablam (6,854m).
  • A great sense of accomplishment – since Ama Dablam is harder and more technical than Everest itself.
  • Great insight into the culture and tradition of local Sherpa people.
  • Extraordinary mountain hospitality. 
  • A team of experienced, professional, government licensed Sherpa guides who accompany you from the Day 01 of the trip.
  • A team of Sherpas who are professional in varied situations of altitude sickness, rescue operation, and a highly qualified high altitude chef.
  • Hassle-free expedition – since we will take care of every single requirement.
  • Expedition training at Amadablam Base Camp.
  • 1 Climber: 1 Sherpa for Expedition support and proper care of every team member.
  • Exploration of the infamous Khumbu trekking trail along with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
  • Chance to visit some UNESCO world heritage sites, such as Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupati Temple, and Monkey Temple also known as Swoyambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Well, set-up camps and logistics at camps during the entire expedition.
  • A scenic Trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.

 Ama Dablam Expedition: - A mountain that teaches you a patience, persistence, and gratitude.

Ama Dablam Peak Expedition is not for the faint-hearted: it is very technical and challenging. At the same time, its pyramid shape makes it special and magical to conquer. The climbing route of Ama Dablam comprises many steep sections of ice, snow, and rocks with exposed ridges. However, the presence of fixed lines along with the majority of trail routes somewhat eases the challenge. This Peak stands majestically to the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Everest Base Camp. 

Soaring above Sacred Tengboche Monastery and the ancient Pangboche village, Ama Dablam is one of the most iconic mountains in Nepal. Also known as the “Matterhorn of the Himalaya”, Ama Dablam is popular for its unique pyramid shape. True to its name; the hanging glacier on the southwest face of Ama Dablam resembles the holy ornament box of Sherpa Women, which is known as Dablam – giving its name Ama Dablam. Ama Dablam also means the “Mother’s necklace”, the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother protecting her child. 

Ama Dablam Peak was first climbed by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK), and Wally Romanes (NZ) on 13 March 1961 via the southwest ridge. Many seasoned climbers including our Sherpa guides consider Ama Dablam Expedition harder than Everest – so climbers must follow the strict guidelines of professional guides. 

Though there are many routes to the summit of Ama Dablam, you will ascend the original first route along the southwest ridge. There are 3 high camps before the final summit and camp 3 is nestled just right to the hanging glacier (The Dablam). At Camp 3, you will feel like sleeping in heaven. 

Ama Dablam Southwest Climbing Route Camps:

Base Camp (4,600m/15092ft)

Ama Dablam Base Camp is one of the largest grass base camps located in Nepal. Base Camp is a great place to acclimate your body and practice an ice climb before tackling a final climb. Your Sherpa leader will set camp up a base camp for almost 45 days in both the spring and autumn seasons. The Base Camp offers the dramatic views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, and Kongde. This is the main station to start our bid to reach the summit. Every season 8-15 climbing teams set-ups their camps at Amadablam Base Camp with the dream to Summit Amadablam-the most technical mountain in the Himalayas.

Camp One (5,700m/18,800ft) – 5 hours 

The climb from Base Camp to Camp 1 would be easy for seasoned climbers. Once you leave the base camp follow the grassy ridge path until you reach the rarely used advance base camp, aka Yak Kharka, elevated at around 5,100m. After that, you have to scramble on a short 60 degree inclined rock that is 100m in length. Then you will negotiate a large boulder and ascend on an easy fourth class slab – without no fixed ropes. Eventually, you will get to the narrow Camp 1 with a space of 6 – 7 two men tents. 

Camp Two (5,950m/19,521ft) – 3 hours

The climb from Camp 1 to Camp 2 is the most technical and challenging part of the Ama Dablam Peak Expedition route. You will start your day climbing a fourth-class horizontal rock ridge gaining about 300m altitudes. Then you will climb for a Yellow Tower (6 m) which is graded as French 4th class level. Just above the Yellow Tower is Camp 2 on small ledges. To reach camp 2, at 5,950m, you have to cross the sharp 15-meter pitch with the help of fixed ropes, this is the toughest pitch of the climb. After reaching Camp 2, here you will feel like staying on a big mountain with exposure on either side. 

Camp Three (6,200m/20,341ft) - 2 hours

The climb from Camp 2 to 3 is about 55 degrees inclined and includes walking on mixed terrain of ice, snow, and rocks. The climbing trail is quite easy due to the presence of fixed ropes up to camp3. In course of ascending; you will get dramatic views of Ama Dablam Base Camp, Kusum Kanguru, and Kantega. Then you will cross Mushroom Ridge (6,150m) before pushing up to Camp Three which is nestled just below the summit of Ama Dablam. However many seasoned climbers push summit from camp two, but Mystic Mountain Treks care for their teams and set-up camp three and push summit from camp three for Successful scale of the summit.

Summit (6,812m/22,349ft) – 10 hours 

This is the day you have been desperately waiting for. You have 10 – 11 hours to climb the summit and retrace back to the base camp. First, you will negotiate 40 degrees plus fixed snow-ice and then climb through 30 – 50 degree fluted snowfields to reach the top of Ama Dablam. From the peak, you will get a jaw-dropping view of Khumbu valley and magical Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Makalu, and many other peaks. The biggest challenges of the summit day are snowy conditions and elevation. There is no false summit of Mount. Amadablam.

Outline Itinerary

DayDay Acitivity
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport
Day 02: Sightseeing and expedition preparation day
Day 03: Flight to lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,650m/ 8694 ft)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and Exploration Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Deboche
Day 07: Deboche to Pheriche
Day 08: Acclimatization and Rest day at Pheriche – (4,300m/14,107 ft) 5 – 6 hours
Day 09: Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 10-22: Summit Period to Ama Dablam and back to the Base Camp
Day 23: Trek from Base Camp to Tengboche
Day 24: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 25: From Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 26: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 27: Final Departure

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, first, complete your airport and visa formalities. Then get to the terminal hall where our airport representative from Mystic Mountain Treks will meet you and help you with your luggage and transportation. They will be with you until your check-in procedure ends at the hotel. In the evening, you will join the welcome dinner offered by the company at a typical Nepali Restaurant.

AccomodationOver night at Star Hotel
Meals Dinner

The trip to this beautiful Himalayan country would be incomplete without a visit to the religious and cultural aroma of the medieval city Kathmandu. This ancient city is a great symbol of Hinduism and Buddhism and there are plethoras of sacred heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. A personal driver with a private car will be at your disposal. Today you will visit 4 UNESCO world heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square (ancient royal seat), Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temple), Boudhanath (Largest Stupa), and Swayambhunath (2,000 years old monkey temple). Exploring these sites will offer you a deep understanding of Nepalese culture, tradition, and lifestyle.

In the afternoon, we will introduce you to your climbing guide who will thoroughly check your equipment and provide a brief explanation about the trip. And he will take you to a rental shop in case you need additional trekking/climbing equipment. Till then, all your paperwork will be done and you must clear the dues before the trip starts.

AccomodationOver night at Star Hotel
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

The Mystic Mountain Treks airport representative will drive your entire crew to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport for the Kathmandu – Lukla flight. It takes about 35 min of scenic flight to reach the highest airport in Nepal – Lukla airport. After landing at Lukla, you can take a rest for a while at the Lodge and arrange the bag packs while our climbing guides will introduce your porters. Our all luggage will be distributed to porters which they will carry to the base camp of Amadablam.

The actual trek begins from Lukla – the gateway to the sacred Everest region. After getting your permits checked at Lukla check post, you will descend to Cheplung and then climb to Ghat, alongside the Dudh Koshi Valley with a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18,901ft). The trail beyond Ghat follows slightly inclined terrain for about an hour to reach our first stoppage point – Phakding.

Flight Duration: 40-45 minutes

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4-5 hours

After breakfast, you will walk through the dense forest alongside the Dudh Koshi River and then climb over a scenic ridge to Benkar. Then you will drop down to Chhumuwa and then to Monjo through dense rhododendron, pine, and several suspension bridges. Monjo is the border point of Sagarmatha National Park where trekkers must submit the permit card to enjoy the National Park. After getting a permit checked, you will continue through the dense forest and cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. As you reach Jorsale, you will climb steeply and cross the high suspension Hillary Bridge over the juncture of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River. Then a 2 hrs steep climb through the zigzag route will finally take you to the final destination of today’s trek – Namche.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6-7 hours

Today is scheduled for acclimatization: as you need to climb to a higher altitude, it’s very important to adjust your body to a thin atmospheric level. Namche is probably the best spot for acclimatization and exploration. This prosperous town offers lots to explore: from colorful markets to beautiful mountain ranges and authentic museums. From Namche, you will get to enjoy the unobstructed view of Everest, Thamserku, the sprawling massif of Kongde Ri, and the distinctive summit of Ama Dablam. Today you will visit Sherpa Cultural Museum to explore the vibrant tradition and high altitude floral and faunal species. After unveiling the Museum, you will take a short hike to Syangboche Airport, located just above the town. From here, you can witness the majestic scene of Namche Bazaar town and not mention the huge wall of the Himalayan summit. Also you will walk further to Hotel Everest View – the highest located hotel in the world. Retrace back to Namche for Overnight Stay

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, you will walk beyond Namche and follow the uphill trail through fragrant rhododendron woodlands and several small hamlets. Our trekking guide believes this section is the most scenic part of the classic EBC route. Now you are really in the high mountains: Peaks like Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse start becoming bigger and closer. First, you will walk down to the water driven prayer wheels at Phunki Thenga and then cross the Dudh Koshi near its juncture with the Imja River before climbing steeply for 2 hours through rhododendron forest and dwarf conifer to reach the hilltop village of Tengboche. Here you will pay homage to the sacred monastery and ask for well-being during the expedition period. From Tengboche, you will drop down through the mixed forest of rhododendron, pine, and birch at a leisurely pace to reach Deboche. Overnight in Deboche.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5-6 hours

The trail from Deboche to Pheriche goes through small Himalayan settlements and lush rhododendron and birch forest. As you approach Pheriche, the forest line starts giving way to sparse vegetation. On the way, you will get to capture the astounding views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. First, you will cross the Imja River and continue towards Dingboche. A short and easy walk from Dingboche will take you to the beautiful settlement of Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5-6 hours

Conquering an altitude above 4,000m, you are prone to get attacked by altitude sickness. So you shall take a day off for acclimatization purposes. Acclimatization is very significant for the safe accomplishment of giant peaks like Ama Dablam.

Though it is a rest period, you will stay active throughout the day. You can either hike to the nearby Nagakarsang hill or Dingboche viewpoint: both offer remarkable views of insane peaks looking down on you. After hiking, retrace back to Pheriche and spend the night here. Overnight in Pheriche.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5-6 hours

Today you will hike up to the base camp of the peak you are willing to conquer. As you leave the Pheriche village, you will climb gradually with the sight of mountains covered with alpine vegetation. Getting to the base camp safely means you are just a step behind conquering the mighty Ama Dablam. Take a well-deserved rest for a big day tomorrow.

AccomodationTented Camps
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration3-4 hours

You will spend the entire 13 days to conquer Ama Dablam and get back to the base camp. The climbing journey to the Ama Dablam is quite technical and challenging and at the same time, you have to use climbing equipment frequently. You will need proper acclimatization to summit Amadablam safely. So, you will acclimatize each time you reach the higher camps. Following the strict guideline of your Sherpa leader, your first climb to Camp 1 and stay there acclimatizing your body. Then you will rise to Camp II and III acclimatizing your body accordingly. Finally, you will conquer the summit peak of Ama Dablam and head back to the camp below. Slowly and steadily following the guideline of your Sherpa leader, you will descend back to the base camp on the 22nd day. You will overnight at tented camp throughout the summit process and the food is prepared by our expert high altitude cook – who knows what to serve.

AccomodationTented Camps
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

After the accomplishment of your summit dream, you will retrace back your step to Tengboche. Since the descending trail is quite easy, you will overtake Pheriche and Deboche and settle your night at Tengboche.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4-5 hours

Retrace back to Namche Bazaar via the same route you’ve used previously. On the way, look out for exotic wildlife – Himalayan Thar, shy spotted deer, and birds – including the colorful national bird: the Danphe Pheasant. 5-6 hours journey will take you to Namche from Tengboche. On the way, you will overcrossing the small village - settlement of the Sherpa community.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5-6 hours

Today is a long and tiring day. You will walk down to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. The trail takes a steep downhill route crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and through dense rhododendron and pine forest. The trail retraces the route of National Park up to Monjo and then takes a steep descent to Benkar, Ghat, and Cheplung with a beautiful view of sparkling peaks. From Cheplung, you will make a final 1 hr climb to get back to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5-6 hours

Today is our last day in the Khumbu region. You will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla which takes about 35 minutes. Enjoy the last view of Everest from the window of the plane. You will take an early morning flight after having the last stomach full of breakfast in the Khumbu region. After reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to a hotel with the help of our airport representatives. Overnight in Kathmandu.

AccomodationStar Hotel in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration35-45 Mins

Your extraordinary trip to the summit of Amadablam comes to an end today. The Mystic Mountain Trek’s airport representative will drive you back to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before the flight for your final departure as per the itinerary of flight tickets.


Have a safe journey. Our best wishes are always with you. Hoping we will catch up soon for another Adventurous and Thrilling Journey to the Himalayas. NAMASTE!!!


Cost Include

  • Arrival and Departure Transfer services to and from the airport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at Tribhuvan International Airport by Mystic Mountain Treks while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.
  • All transportation will be through private vehicles and planes.
  • Welcome Dinner hosted by the Mystic Mountain Treks- leading expedition operators in Nepal.
  • All local taxes and entrance fees during a visit to UNESCO world’s heritage sites.
  • Scheduled flights ticket for the climbing teams and guides.
  • 4 Night accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 9 Night accommodation at Tea House Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 14 Night accommodation at Tented Camps during the climbing period.
  • 1:1 Sherpa to Climber ratio and 1:4 leader to client ratio to assist during the summit.
  • 1:1 porter to Climber ratio from Lukla to Base camp and from Base camp to Lukla.
  • Government certified, trained, experienced, qualified, and English speaking Climbing guide.
  • Emergency bottled oxygen cylinder with a regulator at base camp (subjected to charge).
  • Government royalty fees and climbing permit for Ama Dablam expedition.
  • Fresh, hygienic, and delicious food prepared by our high altitude chef at higher camps.
  • Wide variety of high altitude mountain foods for higher camps. 
  • Dining tables, chairs, and all necessary kitchen equipment.
  • Full Board Meals (B, L, & D) during the climbing period.
  • Individual tent at base camp and twin sharing a quality tent for higher camps. 
  • Meals on a Full Board Basis (B, L, & D) during trekking periods.
  • Satellite communication system at base camp.
  • All required equipment for camping at base camp and higher camps.
  • Radio communication between camps can be provided to clients with certain charges.
  • Domestic airfare with baggage cargo
  • Comprehensive Emergency medications carried by the climbing guide.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period.
  • Trekking and Climbing map of Mount. Amadablam.
  • Solar Panel for lights and battery charger.
  • TIMS permit card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee 
  • Government’s Liaison Officer Daily wages and fees.
  • Climbing certificates provided by MoCTCA after successful climbing of Mount Amadablam.
  • Garbage deposit fees.
  • EPI gas and burner for high camps.
  • Walkie-Talkie and satellite phone permit.
  • Weather forecast report from our team during the entire expedition.
  • Our service charge and government taxes are levied in Nepal.
  • Daily wages, allowances along with medical, accidental, and evacuation insurance for all involved staff.
  • Visa extension procedure, if necessary.
  • Flight Ticket Reconfirmation.
  • Farewell Dinner at Friendly environment Nepali Restaurant, hosted by the company.
  • 2 waterproof Mystic Mountain Trek’s duffel bags.
  • Gamow Bag (portable air chamber) is used for the treatment of acute mountain sickness.
  • Mystic Mountain Trek’s Logo printed T-shirt.

Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (except for welcome & farewell dinner)
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Mandatory* Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter, medical, and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal Climbing gears.
  • Summit Bonus for climbing sherpas Minimum $400 per climbing guide.
  • Expenses on personal nature like laundry, bar, internet bills, etc.
  • Filming and Drones permits.
  • Tips not compulsory but highly expected.
  • Any other services or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.

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