Ama Dablam Expedition

Climb to Ama Dablam (6812m) - Mt. Everest region, Himalayas, Nepal

Ama Dablam is one of the most stunning peaks in the Himalayas and one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Situated in the heart of Everest’s Khumbu region, it lies directly above the Thyangboche Monastery on the well-worn path to Everest Base Camp and is admired by thousands of trekkers and climbers every year. This expedition offers a superb, technical climbing experience in a magnificent setting, with numerous cultural and scenic diversions. Our route will take us along the original line of ascent, the South West Ridge.

It provides a fine and varied climb, sustaining a reasonable level of difficulty, with good camp platforms at strategic points. The climb provides interesting rock, snow and ice sections, and although it is of a fairly technical nature, in normal conditions it is never very difficult. Apart from one short section, the climb is very safe, overall. The route description is included in the detailed itinerary.

The expedition will be professionally led by a team of competent mountaineers who have enough experience to climb one of the world’s most sought-after mountains, without undue risk. This approach ensures that team members are suitably experienced, reasonably self-sufficient and capable and willing to move between camps, unsupervised. You will still have a high level of support, starting with strong, confident leadership; this will maximize your chances of success without undermining the quality of your accomplishments. If you have the necessary experience and wish to fully participate as a team member in an expertly led expedition to one of the world’s most impressive mountains, this could be the trip for you!


Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

We arrive in the morning and are taken to the hotel.

Day 2

Flight to Lukla

The 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the most spectacular flights in the world. A sixteen-seater Twin Otter takes us eastward, into the heart of Sherpa country, giving us views of all the peaks of the Khumbu region, including Everest and Ama Dablam (remember to sit on the left-hand side of the plane!). The landing on the tiny airstrip at Lukla is, to put it mildly, exciting. Soon after landing, we set off, along the renowned trail to Everest Base Camp. From Lukla (2,800 m), we walk north-west and descend to the river at Phakding (2,652 m), where we camp for the night.

Day 3

Walk to Namche Bazaar

Setting off early in the morning, we follow the river before climbing the steep hill to Namche Bazaar. Hopefully, we get our first views of Everest and Lhotse as we approach Namche. We reach the town after about six hours of walking. Namche is the most prosperous and largest settlement in the Khumbu region. It is the capital of the Sherpa population, a people who closely resemble Tibetans in appearance and culture. Namche is a vibrant town with many shops and several restaurants and lodges.

Day 4

Rest day at Namche Bazaar

Today, team members have the opportunity to look around Namche and walk to the Everest View Hotel (3,900m).

Day 5

Trek to Deboche

From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Koshi river and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Thyangboche and have cake at the bakery before dropping down to the river and the village of Deboche (3,700m) a little further along the trail, where we will stay in a relaxing lodge.

Day 6

Trek to Pangboche

It’s a 1.5 hour walk further up the trail to the village of Pangboche (4,000m). Pangboche is situated directly below Ama Dablam and many of the Sherpa’s who work on the mountain every season are from this village.

Day 7

Acclimatisation above Pangboche

To ease our acclimatisation, we can walk up the slope towards Nangar Tsang (5100m) for great views up the Khumbu and Imja Valleys.

Day 8

Move to Base Camp

We trek back down the trail to the bridge at Pangboche and cross the Dudh Kosi before climbing up the far side of the river and follow the trail and ridgeline up to the base camp (3.5 hours from Pangboche). The base camp is an idyllic spot from which the majority of the route is visible. At an altitude of about 4,570m it provides a comfortable escape from the rigors of the climb. Our porters deposit their loads and leave us here for the next 3 weeks, with only our Sirdar, Sherpa and Cook staff remaining.

Day 9-20

Ascent of Ama Dablam

We do not provide a prescriptive day-to-day itinerary for the climb, as this will be decided by the expedition leaders. They will take a flexible approach based on their own experience, previous EST expeditions to the mountain, and the make-up of the team. Typically, the team will spend a few days at base camp organizing provisions, practicing rope skills and acclimatising before moving above base camp. It is normal to ‘tag’ or spend at least one night in Camp 1 (5,700m) as part of any acclimatisation schedule, before returning to base camp, resting and preparing for the summit push.

Day 21-23

Descend to Lukla

Trek to Lukla

Day 24

Lukla - Kathmandu

Flight Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 25


Leisure time in Kathmandu or departure day‚ depending on your return flight ticket.

Day 26


Transfer to the Kathmandu airport for your flight home.

Dates & Prices

October 15th, 2023
Spots available: 3 5025 €, Per Person


What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking & climbing. Here’s what’s included:

  • Accommodation in hotel 4* (3 nights / BB)
  • Flight ticket  KTM – Lukla – KTM
  • All transfers to/from Kathmandu airport
  • Lodge accommodation in the Himalayas (Full board)
  • Accommodation in tents, base camp (Full board, one member – one tent)
  • Expedition equipment in BC and high camps
  • During climb: tents, food, gas, stove, etc. above Base Camp, with complete Sherpa service
  • Equipment transportation Lukla – BC Ama Dablam – Lukla
  • Taxes for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Climbing permit for Ama Dablam
  • Support and assistance from climbing Sherpa’s / 1 climbing Sherpa – 2 clients /
  • Climbing Allowance for Climbing Sherpa’s
  • Walkie Talkie permit
  • Support and professional  guide during the ascent

The cost does not include:

  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepali visa
  • Personal insurance
  • Water and other beverages during the trek through the Himalayas
  • Taxi services in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees for temples and museums

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance, Nepali visa and cover other personal expenses.

What’s the hiking to BC Ama Dablam like?
This is one of most beautiful places in Himalaya. All the time in front of you, Mt. Everest raises the river Dud Koshi hook in its canyon, while smiling faces greet you with “Namaste” at every turn. Daily we walk from village to village about 6 hours. During the walk to the BC we will have two acclimatization climbs in order to be ready for the final climb on Ama Dablam.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need a high level of fitness level. We recommend the previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 5000 above sea level. Your professional guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. Experience guide will be with the group all the time. Climbing skills are desirable and previous experience at grade V (UIAA scale).

What do I need to bring with me?
All expedition equipment will be provided (BC tents, ropes, ice screws, fully equipped BC and high camps…). For the rest of your trip, we recommend you bring:

  1. Backpack (approximately 50 l) for the ascent
  2. Sleeping bag
  3. Trekking trousers
  4. Gore-Tex jacket and Gore-Tex trousers
  5. Transport bag for equipment
  6. Hiking shoes (trekking to BC)
  7. Climbing boots (BC to the top)
  8. Socks (thermal + cotton)
  9. T-shirts (cotton)
  10. Base layer shirt and thermal long underwear pants
  11. Woolen cap (or polar)
  12. Hat (sun protection)
  13. Polar jacket
  14. Gloves (polar & down gloves)
  15. Towel and toiletries kit
  16. Sunglasses + sunscreen (SPF 50)
  17. Crampons
  18. Trekking poles
  19. Ice axe
  20. Harness, 3 “prussic” rope (6mm, 3m), 3 lock carabineers, and a rope ascender (jumar)
  21. Head lamp with spare batteries
  22. Water bottle x 2, thermos x 2
  23. Climbing helmet
  24. Down jacket & down pants

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional  guide and support by local Sherpa guides.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and freshly cooked hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese, chicken and Yak meet, local tea, honey, eggs, rice, pasta and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this expedition is October and November.

What’s the weather like?
Early spring and late autumn are the best periods to visit Khumbu region. In spring average temperature is around 18; Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and colors are stunning. During the ascent average temperature is around – 20 degrees Celsius.

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 12. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of four or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.