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Amadablam Expedition

No mountain in the world captures alpine climbers’ imaginations like 22,525 foot Ama Dablam. It stands alone in the Solu Khumbu (Everest) valley, towering almost 10,000 feet over the famous Sherpa villages of Thyangboche and Pangboche. With no easy route to its summit, climbing Ama Dablam is reserved for dedicated alpinists, who have built skills and experience in much more than simply high altitude walking. The successful climber will also have solid multi-pitch climbing experience on rock and ice, and be comfortable climbing with a pack on and taking care of themselves in very high alpine camps.

This expedition is in many ways the culmination of Alpenglow Expeditions’ teaching system and mission. On Ama Dablam our expectation is that each climber takes real responsibility for the success of themselves and their teammates. Team-members will assist in setting camps, carrying loads, setting and cleaning the fixed lines, and cooking and melting snow in high camps. Summiting the peak will be a success you have truly earned, and can be, if you choose, an ideal stepping stone to more independent expeditions on big Himalayan peaks.

On our expedition we will climb the Southwest Ridge. The route of the mountain’s first ascent, the Southwest Ridge offers every type of climbing, and from Camp 1 up is always incredibly exposed and interesting. From Basecamp to Camp 1, the route is a long moderate climb up a morainal ridge, giving excellent views of our entire route.

From Camp 1 to 2 we encounter the route’s crux rock climbing sections. There are interesting technical traverses combined with countless easy fifth class moves and some short harder pitches of up to 5.9 climbing. On all of this climbing, you will be truly climbing each move, using fixed ropes only to protect yourself. This is not a route of jug-hauling!

Camp 2 to 3 offers the route’s most challenging ice climbing, with sustained pitches of steep ice and mixed terrain. The final section into Camp 3 is the famed mushroom ridge, a mostly horizontal traverse across cornices tenuously stuck to a knife-edge ridge.

From Camp 3 to the summit, the route lessons slightly in technical difficulty, climbing straight-forward 50-70 degree ice and snow around the hanging glacier (the Dablam) and up the summit face.

An expedition to Ama Dablam will test all of your mountaineering skills, and a summit is one to be very proud of. Climbing this peak also provides a taste of true Himalayan expedition life. You will be supported by one of the best Sherpa staff in the Khumbu. After an 8 day trek through the villages of the Everest Valley, we will have a full Puja blessing ceremony, and then settle into life in a very comfortable basecamp, complete with cook, heated dining tent, individual sleeping tents, and even a shower! We have found these amenities to be essential in having a well-rested and strong team of climbers during our summit push. Beware of operators who offer Ama Dablam climbs with less support!

Day    Description
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Prepared Expedition and Briefing in Ministry of Tourism
Day 04: Lukla and trek to Phakding - Camp or Lodge
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Camp or Lodge
Day 06: Namche -Acclimatization - Camp or Lodge
Day 07: Namche -Thyanboche Monastery Camp or Lodge
Day 08: Thyanboche -Ama Dablam Base Camp, Camp
Day 09-24: Climbing period for Ama Dablam 6812m
Day 25: Base camp - Namche -Camp or Lodge
Day 26: Namche - Phakding -Camp or Lodge
Day 27: Phakding - Lukla -Camp or Lodge
Day 28: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 29: Kathmandu
Day 30: Final Departure
Day    Description
Day 01: Island peak - Ama Dablam Expedition
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Prepared Expedition and Briefing in Ministry of Tourism
Day 04: Lukla and trek to Phakding - Camp or Lodge
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Camp or Lodge
Day 06: Namche -Acclimatization - Camp or Lodge
Day 07: Namche -Thyanboche Monastery Camp or Lodge
Day 08: Thyanboche - Dingboche
Day 09: Dingboche - Island Peak Base camp
Day 10: Island Peak high Camp
Day 11: Island peak 6089m. Summit and back to Chukkung
Day 12: Chukkung - Dingboche - Ama Dablam Base
Day 13-28: Climbing period for Ama Dablam 6812m.
Day 29: Base camp - Namche -Camp or Lodge
Day 30: Namche - Phakding -Camp or Lodge Day 31: Phakding - Lukla -Camp or Lodge Day 32: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu and transfer to hotel Day 33: Kathmandu Day 34: Final Departure
Cost: Group joining basis (Minimum group size 4 Persons)
Itinerary A = Per Person USD 3900.00
Itinerary B = Per Person USD 4800.00

Per climbing Sherpa USD 1900.00

Cost includes:
  • 5 Nights accomodation in Kathmandu with bed and Breakfast( 3 star).
  • Itinerry A. Permit fee of Ama Dablam 6812m. Expedition
  • Itinerary B Ama Dablam and Island Peak Permit
  • Food for Trekking and expedition period
  • Expedition crew: Base camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper
  • Porters or Yak porter Lukla to Base camp and Base camp to Lukla
  • Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu flights with Cargo 50 KG per member
  • Equipment allowance, daily allowance for Liaison officer, expedition crew
  • insurance for Nepalese expedition crew.
  • 1 tent for 1 person for Expedition
  • Mat, dining tent, Toilet tent, Mess tent, Store tent, Table and chairs trekking for the expedition
  • Local transportation in Kathmandu (Airport-hotel-airport)
  • Emergency Oxyzen, Mask and regulator
  • Fare well din


Cost does not include:
  • PERSONAL equipment for climbing and trekking
  • Personal and medical Insurance of expedition
  • Climbing food, Gas and stove above Base camp
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Walki Takie permit and personal satellite phone permit
  • Oxygen and Mask -regulator
  • Personal expenses
  • Bar Bills and beverage


Garbage Deposit USD 2250.00 (Sharing of the total person) and Deposit fee will be not refunded if the clients (climber) don't take back their garbage to Namche Bazaar and Kathmandu.