Ama Dablam Peak Climbing booking open with Cost for 2024-2025

Trip Overview
  • Duration 30 Days
  • Difficulty Level Very Strenuous or Grade D (****)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking & Climbing
  • Major AttractionAma Dablam Peak, Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude6,812 m (22,349 ft)
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn


  • Summit one of the World's most Iconic Peak
  • Get a lifetime experience of being at nearly above 7000 m
  • Beautiful views through the Khumbu Valley
  • Encounter Everett's region-rich culture and history
  • Be a member of the intrepid climbers and travelers community from all over the world.
  • Encounter the fineness of Mt. AmaDablam (6,856m/22,494ft) from close.
  • Views of peaks like Lhotse Everest (29,035 ft./8,848m), (27,883 ft/8,498, and Makalu (27,838 ft./8,485 m
  • Local Sherpa people's culture and festivals.
  • Visit Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Heartwarming Nepali hospitality
  • Cross mani stones, Prayer wheels, colorful flags, high suspension bridges
  • Flora and fauna of Everest region at its finest in Spring and Autumn
  • Visit the Ancient monastery in Tengboche (3,867m / 12,687ft)

While Travelling through Nepal, rumors swirl among the mountaineering community. This rumor is about a mythical peak dubbed "the Matterhorn of the Himalayas." Despite standing under 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), this imposing summit is renowned for its technical difficulty drawing climbers from all corners of the globe to brave its steep and unforgiving terrain. But it's not just the challenge that entices adventurers to its slopes. The allure lies in the raw, unspoiled beauty of the climb, with unparalleled exposure that takes your breath away. They call it Ama Dablam, or "mother's necklace." Those who dare to take on this life-altering ascent will be transformed forever.

The challenge of Ama Dablam calls. No matter if you're a seasoned all-round mountaineer or a first-timer. You just have to have a passion for the towering beauty of the Himalayas. If you've already explored Nepal's stunning landscapes and are seeking a new, more demanding ascent than Mera or Island Peak. This expedition is tailor-made for you. Or, if you're simply captivated by the sheer majesty and scale of the mountain and yearn to test your limits against it. Whatever your motivation, the chance to climb Ama Dablam awaits. The world's most skilled mountaineers have hiked beneath this precious jewel for half a century as they neared the towering Everest, Lhotse, and other majestic peaks of Nepal's Khumbu Region. Its elegant contours of rock, ice, and sharply fluted snow have beckoned to them all. While four of the planet's six highest mountains encircle this magical valley, Ama Dablam embodies the essence of a climber's aspirations: The sight of this stunning summit is recognized worldwide among mountain enthusiasts. The landscape of Ama Dablam is genuinely magnificent. And despite its intimidating appearance from a distance, it is consistently less challenging than one might expect. However, it's crucial to possess a strong tolerance for heights and comfort with exposure, as coming unprepared could result in a dangerous and unforgettable setback.

Standing at 6,812 meters (22,349 feet), Ama Dablam may not be the highest peak in the Himalayas. But it is undoubtedly a sight to behold and holds an iconic status. Known as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas," the mountain's stunning profile dominates the skyline between Tengboche and Dingboche. This leaves a lasting impression on trekkers who have been to Everest Base Camp. As Nepal's third most popular expedition peak, climbers usually take the southwest ridge and establish three intermediate camps on their way to the summit. Mike Gill, Barry Bishop, Mike Ward, and Wally Romanes achieved the first successful summit in 1961. However, the mountain has seen its share of tragedies. One such tragedy includes the 2006 avalanche that killed six climbers at Annapurna's Camp 3. In 2008, a chunk of the hanging glacier, part of the namesake "Dablam," broke off, causing some climbers to skip Camp 3 and attempt the summit in one long day from Camp 2.

Ama Dablam is a true gem of the Himalayas that has captivated the imaginations of alpine climbers for generations. Its location directly above Tengboche Monastery on the popular path to Everest Base Camp makes it an ideal choice for the team's ascent. The traditional South West Ridge, renowned as one of the world's most aesthetically pleasing climbing routes, would be their chosen path. The climb would start at camp one, navigating through intricate rock towers, before reaching the infamous and perilously positioned camp two with its breathtaking exposure. Finally, the team would ascend the upper icefields to the summit. They would be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the Everest Massif, including neighboring peaks like Lhotse and Makalu - if the weather favored them.

What to Expect 

For many climbers, the allure of scaling the heights of Ama Dablam in the Himalayas is a dream. It calls them to undertake the expedition. It represents a challenge they are determined to overcome. This helps them prove to themselves and the world that they can reach the summit. This is undoubtedly the primary motivation for most. Likewise, the region's cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty are one of the compelling reasons. 

Although reaching camps II and III and, ultimately, the pinnacle is no easy feat, the journey to the base camp is a delightful experience. The forests that clothe the hillsides present a stunning array of changing colors. Also, the opportunity to encounter farm and wild animals and birds is unforgettable. Friendly Sherpa-run lodges and tea houses offer a warm welcome. This adds to the richness of the experience. Despite the challenges, the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains surrounding Ama Dablam make this expedition a truly worthwhile endeavor.

Ama Dablam (22,501 ft) is not just a mountain to climb for its beauty but also for the rich cultural experience you will encounter. You will get this experience as you pass through remote villages such as Namche Bazaar, Khunde, Deboche, and Pangboche. This allows you to immerse yourself in the unique Sherpa culture. The technical terrain on the mountain's upper slopes will challenge your mountaineering skills. These challenges will make this expedition more remarkable. The climb up Ama Dablam strikes a delicate balance between risk, effort, and reward. This climbing will take your climbing abilities to new heights while providing unparalleled views of the Himalayas.

The base camp is at 4,500m, nestled in a lush green meadow. This place was traditionally used as the grazing ground for yaks herded by the Khumjung village. Moving upwards, at 5,200m, we reach the Advanced Base Camp (ABC). From here, we must establish two more camps before embarking on the final leg of our journey to the summit. To reach Camp I, situated at an altitude of 5,815m, we must tread with caution over exposed rock sections, including the challenging 'Yellow Tower,' and push ourselves further to reach Camp II, which is situated at around 6,000m. This miniature camp is perched on an exposed ridge and can barely accommodate 2-3 tents. The ascent from Camp II to Camp III at 6,400m involves navigating treacherous ice gullies, a corniced ridge, and an ice wall, requiring expert alpine rock-climbing skills. From Camp III, an immaculate 50-degree snow and ice slope beckons us to the summit of Amadablam, making it mandatory for the climbers to be adept in alpine ice-climbing techniques and have experience in scaling mixed terrains while carrying a backpack.

It will be Colder Than You Think:-

At  22,000ft snowy peak beckons adventurers to brave the biting cold of its summit. While seasonal fluctuations in temperature may vary, the frigid nights and the potential for a bitterly cold summit day cannot be ignored. To prepare for this, one must be able to tackle any weather condition. Be it snow or shine, endure long, arduous days on the hill across various seasons. This serves as one of the best training for expeditions of any kind. Previous trekking experiences are beneficial. But not everyone has the time and money to venture on such trips. However, your circulation may be impacted as you climb higher and oxygen levels decrease. This causes you to feel even colder. To overcome this, you must bring high-quality clothing and equipment. Be familiar with, keep a good stock of hand and foot warmers, wear loose-fitting boots, and stay hydrated. Instinctively layering up when required, staying active, and avoiding exposing your hands to the cold is the knowledge that comes with years of experience on the hills.

It Will Be Harder:-

Without prior experience, it isn't easy to anticipate the challenges of climbing. Cultivating a strong climbing and mountaineering resume is necessary. With this, you can prepare yourself better for the unexpected twists and turns that may arise. On Ama Dablam, you can expect a mixture of climbs. There will be climbing difficulty, grade 3 terrain, and alpine-style terrain at an altitude of 6,000m. Adaptability to changing mountain conditions is crucial, especially since you'll exert yourself for several days. Success in reaching the summit depends on navigating the vertical environment and caring for yourself in shifting conditions. If you acclimate well at Camp 1, you're likely to fare similarly at Camp 2, which is only slightly higher, and subsequently at Camp 3. With the determination, stamina, mental fortitude, and positive attitude that come with experience, you can push through and achieve the summit despite potential weather and illness obstacles. This requires digging deep, but with persistence, you'll develop the skills to overcome even the toughest challenges.

It will be slow going at altitude:-  

Yes, you will ascend very slowly. You may see many trekkers who think they may be moving slowly, and you may even find yourself urging them to slow down further. It's reminiscent of the tortoise and the hare fable. Trekkers who charge ahead usually stop every 10 to 15 minutes, whereas those moving more leisurely will catch up and glide past easily. Perseverance and self-management are key on this journey. Simple tasks like adjusting zippers, hats, gloves, applying lip salve, or taking sips of water can all be done while moving. Together completing these tasks during stops can also save precious time. It's also crucial to prioritize self-care upon arriving at the next camp. Remember that staying hydrated is more important than eating. And eating is more important than sleeping. While on the mountain for several days, depleting your resources is easy. So rest, rehydrate, and recover once you return to base camp before your next excursion.

May not Get Enough Sleep:-

Sleep apnoea, specifically Cheyne-Stokes breathing, can be challenging for some individuals. This will occur when going to high altitudes due to pH imbalances in the blood and how the brain regulates breathing during sleep. This condition involves moments of not breathing, followed by a sudden gasp for air when the body has the appropriate level of CO2. This can be unsettling. But it is common on high-altitude trips and is experienced by most people. This is a normal bodily response, and take comfort that you were likely experiencing it at base camp before acclimating. Despite feeling like you haven't slept, it's likely that you've gotten some quality rest during your 12-hour sleep. 

Routes of Climbing 

The summit of Ama Dablam can be reached through eight distinctive routes. Still, the Southwest Ridge Route is predominantly utilized by guides to escort climbers to the top. Whereas the remaining routes are primarily opted for by skilled mountaineers only. We also go to the Ama Dablam through Southwest Ridge Route, ignoring the other seven routes. 

Ama Dablam Through Southwest Ridge Route:- 

Your journey to the summit will begin from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla (2840m). You will cross Phakding (2610m) and Namche Bazaar (3440m) from there. You will take a day to acclimate before pushing towards even greater altitudes. Your journey continues to Tengboche (3860m) and Pangboche (3900 m). From Pangboche, your journey begins with a climb to the awe-inspiring Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m). Upon reaching the Ama Dablam base camp, take a few days to acclimate yourself while the Sherpa team and guides start preparations, such as fixing the route and setting up camps along the SW Ridge. This approach will facilitate a smoother adjustment to the new environment and altitudes, ensuring the team can advance gradually and safely. The Southwest Ridge Route, first ascended in 1961 by a team of U.S. and New Zealand climbers, remains the most popular way to climb the mountain. This challenging route offers breathtaking views at every step and is the preferred choice for most expeditions. 

The climb is divided into several sections. This starts with a hike from Base Camp to Camp I, just over 1,000 meters in elevation. Following a suitable break, embark on a journey towards camp one carrying only essential supplies such as water, food, and a camera. While not particularly strenuous, the day's ascent will be a skill test for all team members. As we begin our Ama Dablam acclimatization, the thin air at altitudes exceeding 5600 meters will undoubtedly have a noticeable impact on us. From Camp I, you will tackle the technical portion of the climb, which includes a two to five-hour ascent from Camp I to Camp II. You will get enough acclimatization days. This section involves climbing over granite blocks and heading to the Yellow Tower. The most challenging part of the climb is from Camp II to Camp III. TThs because you need to hike for around three to six hours to reach Base Camp III. This section starts with an exposed ridge traverse to the Grey Tower, followed by a loose but short multi-pitch climb. The airy traverse leads to Mushroom Ridge and a thin ridge walk. Camp III sits at 6,277 meters, and the final push to the summit takes another four to six hours. This mixed climbing will reward you for your hard work, and you'll enjoy the incredible views once you reach the summit without any false summits to worry about.

The burden of carrying the ropes, hardware, and camping equipment for the high camps will rest solely on the Sherpa team's shoulders. To conserve energy and prevent altitude-related complications, the team leaders and members plan to spend at least two nights at camp one and one at camp two before gradually returning to base camp or Pangboche for a much-needed rest. Meanwhile, the Sherpa team will diligently prepare and stock all the high camps for the final ascent, ensuring the climbing route is safe and accessible for the entire team.

Alternative Routes:-

Although there are eight Ama Dablam climbing routes, the Southwest Ridge Route is the most commonly used by guides leading climbers to the top. The other routes are typically reserved for experienced mountaineers. Some of the alternative routes include:

Lower Route: Successfully climbed for the first time in April 1979, following the Southwest Ridge Route.

North Ridge Route: Became one of the main alternatives to the Southwest Ridge Route after its first ascent in October 1979.

East Ridge Route: Considered more challenging, this route was only successfully climbed after 1983.

Northeast Route: The steepest route and the site of the first winter climb of Ama Dablam in 1985.

Ariake-Sakashita Route: On the west face of the mountain.

Stane Belakrauf Memorial Route: First climbed by Vanja Furlan and Toma Humar in 1996 on the northwest face of the mountain.

Northwestern Ridge Route: This route has only been successfully climbed to the top once, in 2001.

How Can I Prepare For Summit Ama Dablam?

Ascending Ama Dablam demands a solid background in high-altitude mountaineering and alpine-style climbing. You will also need expertise in scrambling, traversing, and navigating steep rocky or icy terrain. The ability to use fixed-line ropes and climbing gear safely is also essential. Furthermore, one must be acclimated to and comfortable with cold conditions. Prior experience climbing peaks of 6000 meters or higher is strongly recommended to ensure adequate preparation for this expedition. Ama Dablam poses unique challenges and potential hazards. This makes it essential for individuals to be thoroughly prepared and confident in their abilities. 

Requirements for Climbing Ama Dablam:-  

For Absolute Beginner:- Suppose you are a complete beginner with no experience in high-altitude trekking. But have an equally burning desire for mountaineers to climb the Ama Dablam someday. If this is your condition, we can begin your journey. Join our Mountain Rock Team and participate in our introductory expeditions to Yala Peak (5032M) and Mera Peak (6476M). These peaks will serve as your first foray into mountaineering. It allows you to test and challenge yourself with high-altitude trekking or non-technical peak-climbing adventures in Nepal or beyond. You must be in good physical condition for these expeditions too. These expeditions will teach you the basics of mountaineering. This will boost your confidence to tackle higher and more technical peaks.

Beginner - Intermediate Level:-  At this level, you should have some knowledge of mountain climbing. Also, you should understand the level of fitness and mental preparation required for expeditions. In the next training phase, you will develop your skills to climb at high altitudes, including some technical pitch sections ranging from beginner to intermediate level. Additionally, you will build upon your basic climbing abilities and learn more advanced specialized climbing techniques. This will include navigating mixed rocky, snow, and ice sections, scrambling and traversing on exposed areas, and jumaring on a fixed-line rope to tackle vertical sections of the mountains. These skills are critical for your progression as a mountaineer. Completing expeditions of this type will give you the confidence to take on even tougher and more technically challenging peaks in the Himalayas or worldwide. We highly recommend expeditions such as Lobuche East and Island Peak for climbers at this stage. These expeditions offer all the technical and physical challenges necessary for climbers looking to progress at the intermediate or higher level.

What Fitness Level is Required:- 

A unique set of skills and abilities is required for an expedition like Ama Dablam. You must possess an exceptional overall fitness level. This fitness level should encompass acclimatizing to high-altitude environments, endurance, strength, and mental toughness. One should also develop resilience to withstand extreme weather conditions for extended periods. Carrying a load of 8-12kgs over multiple days can also be physically demanding. Given the nature of this expedition, previous experience in high-altitude climbing is highly recommended. This helps to prepare for the demands of altitude and terrain. Preparing for the unique conditions of Ama Dablam requires significant dedication and effort. Achieving the required fitness level involves striving for high endurance and strength levels. As a general indication of the fitness level required, individuals should be capable of running a half marathon to a marathon distance or cycling for 5-6 hours. For those who prefer hiking, carrying a load of 25 to 30 kilograms and hiking for six hours or more is a good benchmark.

Additionally, implementing a good strength and muscle endurance training routine is crucial. This can be achieved through various approaches, including participating in CrossFit sessions and kettlebell training. However, this training should be done under the guidance of a professional trainer or coach. 

Skills That Should be Learned:- 

When visiting Nepal, expert guides recommend keeping things simple. However, there are four essential skills you must learn. 

  • First, learn to tie a Figure 8 and stopper knot to secure the rope's end. 
  • Secondly, practice ascending on a fixed line and abseiling with a Super 8 belay device or ATC descender for multi-pitch climbs. Abseiling requires extreme caution since mistakes are not an option. Tying a 'prusik knot' on the main rope is wise as a safety backup. 
  • Thirdly, master climbing, scrambling, and traversing while wearing crampons on snow, ice, or rock surfaces for extended periods.
  • Fourthly, develop the ability to perform a snow arrest and safely regain control if sliding or slipping. Additionally, it is vital to have experience in ice climbing, specifically WI-3 to WI-4, for the Spring Ama Dablam expedition. Whether indoors or outdoors, the Alpine grading scale may serve as a reference for multi-pitch rock climbing up to grade 5-9+/- to 5.10 a,b,c.

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Kathmandu Elevation:-(1,400m/4,593ft)

Overnight:- Kathmandu Hotel

Welcome to the stunning nation of Nepal, nestled in the Himalayas! Upon arriving at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by the Mountain Rock Treks staff. They will transfer you to your respective hotel and provide a briefing about the Ama Dablam Expedition. You will spend the night at the hotel breakfast arrangement.

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 30 Minutes
  • 1,400m/4,593ft

After breakfast, we will hold a pre-trip meeting at your Kathmandu hotel to introduce your trek leader/guide, provide you with our luggage bag and a cap, and answer any questions. You must settle outstanding balances during the meeting and sign the legally binding trip form and non-liability disclaimer. Kathmandu is a unique hub of architecturally stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites with religious and historical significance. After breakfast and the meeting, the sightseeing tour begins with a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. We visited several popular destinations, including Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You'll have free time in Kathmandu to explore and shop before staying at the hotel. Breakfast is included.


  • Hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 1,400m/4,593ft

Lukla Elevation:- (2,860 m / 9,383 ft)

Phakding Elevation:- (2,610 m / 8,562 ft)

Flight Duration:- 45- 60 min

Trekking Duration:- 5-6 hours

Overnight: Tea House

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel after your breakfast. They will then take you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport. After a scenic 40-60 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you'll meet your porter, who will carry your luggage and begin your three-hour trek. The trail passes through a Kani, descends steeply, runs level above Kyangma village, enters Cheplung village, descends through a community forest with a view of Dudh Koshi River, and crosses a suspension bridge before a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. After leaving Ghat, you'll pass a mani wall, Chortens, and prayer wheels, climb to the village of Chhuthawa, and finally reach Phakding.


  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 45- 60 min and 5-6 hours
  • 2,860 m / 9,383 ft

Namche Bazaar Elevation:- (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Trek total distance: 9.4 km / 5.6 mi

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

Overnight: Tea House

Experience a unique adventure today, traveling through the Dudh Kosi Valley to the stunning Sagarmatha National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, marvel at the vibrant prayer flags and charming bridges that span the winding river, where yaks and mules join you on your journey. Climbing nearly a vertical kilometer, reach Namche Bazaar, a village perched high above the Dhudh Khosi and Bhote Khosi rivers' convergence, marking a significant altitude change. Namche, located in the Khumbu region, is a unique tourist hub as numerous Everest Trekking trails intersect here. It offers all amenities ranging from ATMs to internet cafes, shops, bakeries, and cafes. 

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 3,440 m / 11,286 ft

Namche Bazaar Elevation:- (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Overnight: Tea House

Take a post-lunch walk along the vibrant streets, and explore the Sherpa Museum of Culture, Himalayan Climbing, and the local monastery to delve into the rich history of Nepal's mountain expeditions today. This is the first of two days dedicated to "acclimatization." so Stay active during the rest day and not be inactive. Activities include hiking to Thame, visiting Khunde, or exploring Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest region, with various amenities. Trekking a few hundred vertical feet can aid in acclimatization. Guides can take us to the Tourist Visitor Center to learn about Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture, and the region's flora and fauna. 



  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3,440 m / 11,286 ft

Tengboche Elevation:- Tengboche (3,870 m / 12,696 ft)

Trekking Duration: 5- 6 hours

Overnight: Tea House

As we trek along the rushing waters of Dudh Kosi, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the mountains. Our destination for the day is Tengboche, a village northeast of our current location in the Pheriche Valley. We'll follow a smooth, flat path before descending to the valley floor and climbing a hill to reach Tengboche. Once we arrive, we'll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring panorama of peaks, including Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The highlight of the village is a visit to Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. The monastery houses a magnificent 20-foot Buddha sculpture, detailed wall hangings, clothes, and musical instruments. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. At 3,860 m, reaching Tengboche is a unique and unforgettable experience.


  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5- 6 hours
  • 3,870 m / 12,696 ft

Pangboche Elevation:- (3900 m/ 12795 ft)

Trekking Duration: 2-3 hours

Overnight: Tea House

On Day 7 of the trek, you will journey to Pangboche at an altitude of 3900m/12795ft. The trekking duration is expected to be around 2-3 hours, and you will stay overnight at a Tea House. As you leave Tengboche, the trail will take you down to Deboche. Here you will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola. Your path will then lead you through a landscape of thousands of mani stones before finally arriving at Pangboche. For your convenience, all meals will be provided. 


  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2-3 hours
  • 3900 m/ 12795 ft

Ama Dablam Base Camp Elevation:- (4600 m/ 15091)

Trekking Duration: 5 hours

Overnight:- Tented Camp

We retraced our steps along the trail towards the Pangboche bridge and crossed the Dudh Kosi. After that, we will ascend to the opposite side of the river, following the path and ridge until we reach the base camp. The base camp is picturesque, providing an excellent vantage point from which to view most of the route. Located at roughly 4600m (15,000ft), it offers a comfortable haven away from the challenges of the ascent. Our porters will unload their cargo and depart. We will spend the night in a tented camp, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Today we will be journeying toward the awaited expedition to the base camp of Ama Dablam. 


  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5 hours
  • 4600 m/ 15091

Overnight: Tented Camp 

Today is dedicated to preparing for the climb and allowing for some rest. Following breakfast, your experienced guide will conduct pre-climbing training to help you prepare for the upcoming days. Pay close attention to their instructions and tips are essential as they will prove beneficial during the climb. During the training, you can familiarize yourself with the climbing equipment and tools such as Harness, Ascender, Crampons, Karabiner, Ice Axe, and other essentials. Once the training is complete, you can focus on making necessary arrangements for the following day.


  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 4600 m/ 15091

Ama Dablam High Camp:- 5,000 M/ 16,404 ft

Ama Dablam C1 Elevation:- 5,600 m/ 18,372 ft

Ama Dablam C2 Elevation:- 5,900 m/ 19,356 ft

Ama Dablam C3 Elevation:- 6,200 m/ 20,341 ft

Ama Dablam Summit Elevation:- 6812m/ 22,349 ft

Your guides will determine the 10-26 day schedule during the climbing period. The guides will take a flexible approach based on the climbers' and their own experience. 

Ama Dablam Base Camp

Typically, the team will spend a few days at the base camp organizing food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatizing before moving above the base camp. As part of the acclimatization schedule, it is normal to spend at least one night in Camp 1 (5700m) before returning to the base camp, resting, and preparing for a summit push.

Ama Dablam Camp 1:- 

For the Ama Dablam climb via the southwest ridge, after leaving the base camp, the team will follow old grassy moraine ridges roughly eastwards to a broad saddle at 5150m, from where they can see the Mingbo La. After ascending from the Base Cam, you will also cross Ama Dablam High Camp. They will climb quickly northwards from the saddle until the ground steepens at the start of a large boulder field.  The route continues north around the base of the boulder field and then follows cairns upward to the toe of the southwest ridge. At the end of the boulder field, the team will cross slabs and ascend a short gully, allowing access to the ridge proper in a very exposed position. Easy scrambling on the east side of the ridge leads quickly to Camp 1, which has four or five tent platforms. From Camp 1, the team will contour around the snowy bowl (a possible alternative site for Camp 1) until they are below two rock fingers. They will then follow the east side of the ridge, climbing easy mixed ground until a short pitch of "severe" standard leads to the ridge proper. The ridge is narrow in places, with tricky turns on the east side, until the second tension traverse leads to two pitches of. 

Ama Dablam Camp 2:- 

The route continues on the crest of the ridge for a short distance until the team is forced via an awkward step onto the west side of the ridge. The crest of the ridge leads to easily navigable roads, followed by the start of a traverse on the east face, which further leads to the Yellow Tower. This 15-meter pitch, just below Camp 2, is one of the hardest pitches on the climb at HVS (5.8) standard. A short ridge section now leads to Camp 2 (5900m), which has very limited tent space (three or four tent platforms) and is highly exposed. 

Ama Dablam Camp 3:- 

From Camp 2, the team will pass a red rock bluff on the east and, after a step-down, follow the snow ridge directly to a tricky traverse east. This leads to a gully between the Grey Tower and the lower rock buttress. The team will climb the gully until a very exposed traverse line is reached on the west side of the ridge. A short snow slope is ascended, allowing them to get to the start of the Mushroom Ridge. Following this typically involves negotiating some steep snow sections until Camp 3 (6300m) is reached. The route climbs the snow and ice slope directly above Camp 3 and to the right-hand side of Dablam. 

The team will continue to climb Dablam on the right, then move west to gain a small snowfield below the Bergschrund. When you cross Bergschrund, you climb directly to the ice crest above. High-quality camping tents will be provided in each camp, and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 16 Days
  • 6812m/ 22,349 ft

Namche Bazaar Elevation:- (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

Overnight: Tea House

As you leave the snowy terrain behind, your journey will lead you toward Namche Bazaar. As you venture further, the stunning views of Ama Dablam and neighboring mountain ranges will gradually fade. Descending through the rhododendron-clad forest of Sagarmatha National Park, you will arrive at Tengboche village, where you can capture mesmerizing shots of the Himalayan wilderness and ancient settlements. If you missed out on visiting significant monasteries earlier, you could explore them on this day. After descending to the Dudh Koshi River, crossing a suspension bridge, and climbing to Sanasa, you will hike along the hillside over small ridges until finally reaching Namche Bazaar. Take a relaxing hot shower in Namche and indulge in locally brewed drinks, meals, and delicious desserts at the bakery. Spend the night at a tea house in Namche and rejuvenate for the upcoming journey.


  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-6 Hours
  • 3,440 m / 11,286 ft

Lukla Elevation:- (2,860 m / 9,383 ft)

Trekking Duration:- 5-8 hours

Overnight: Tea House

As you bid adieu to the enchanting tourist destination of Namche, your next destination will be Lukla. Along the way, you will encounter several suspension bridges, pristine rivers, quaint villages, and significant monasteries. Once you reach Phakding, take a break for lunch before a trek to the Lukla airport. During your stay at the tea house, revel in the delightful melodies of folk songs, mesmerizing dance performances, and captivating tales shared by your climbing companions and other fellow travelers you may have encountered during your journey.

  • Tea Houses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-8 hours
  • 2,860 m / 9,383 ft

The voyage from Tenzing Hillary Airport to Kathmandu is an awe-inspiring and exhilarating experience. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking panoramic views of mountains from a bird's perspective. Even though the scenic flight is brief, the reminiscence of it will last forever. Once you arrive at the airport, you will be taken to your hotel in the heart of Thamel. After rejuvenating yourself, you can spend your evening exploring Thamel's bustling markets to purchase souvenirs to commemorate your journey.


  • Hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 45-60 Minutes
  • 1,400m/4,593ft

As this day draws to a close, your Ama Dablam Climbing adventure ends, and it's time to say goodbye to our team before heading home. After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport, reflecting on the incredible trek through the Khumbu region and, of course, the exhilarating ascent to the peak summit of Ama Dablam.

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 30 Minutes
  • 1,400m/4,593ft

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Kathmandu accommodations with bed and breakfast according to the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation pick up and drop off service.
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Trekking lodge (tea house) accommodations during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork: Sagarmatha National Park entry permit & Trekker`s Information Management System (TIMS) permit
  • Peak climbing permit and other required fees.
  • Two nights in twin-sharing tent accommodation after Lobuche
  • Camping tent and climbing rope
  • Lukla flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) including airport tax
  • A government-licensed, experienced, English-speaking Sherpa guide
  • Comprehensive medical supplies
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service if needed (paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Use of sleeping bags, down jacket, duffel bag, trekking poles if needed
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • One Potter between two of you.


  • Nepal entry visa
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • International airfare
  • Beverages and desserts
  • Hot shower and battery charging during the trek
  • Personal climbing equipment (can be hired too) 
  • Tips for trekking staff

Essential Info

Cost of Ama Dablam Expedition

Planning a nearly month-long excursion for your Ama Dablam Expedition may leave you anxious about the expenses involved. However, similar to any other trip, the costs of the Ama Dablam Expedition are subject to your preferences and expenditures. Be at ease knowing that we have covered you with the most reasonable prices, relieving you of any worries regarding the costs and expenses. An Ama Dablam excursion can range from USD 6,000 to $8,000. There may be cost fluctuations depending on various factors. These include the duration of the trip, group size, and package inclusions. It's always wise to carefully scrutinize the pricing details and what your guide offers before booking your expedition. Normally, the trip cost includes meals, permits, transport, porters, and accommodations. However, tips for guide porters are typically not included in the price and are expected. The bulk of a porter's income is from gratuities. The itinerary needs to be extended or cut short based on different situations.

Accommodations and Food:- 

Foods:- The long journey is always an exhilarating experience. Particularly when you anticipate encountering diverse environments and lifestyles. But, on a mountaineering expedition, you may be concerned that the food and accommodation must meet your usual standards. Rest assured. We offer the finest food and lodging in the region to ensure your comfort.

During your Ama Dablam Expedition, you will be in for a delightful surprise about food. In the lower regions of the 30-day expedition, you will have access to almost all of the same food facilities as the cities, albeit at slightly higher prices. As you ascend higher altitudes, you will find a well-balanced meal of rice, lentils, and seasoned vegetables, the traditional Nepali meal commonly seen during the trek. Although you may come across some noodles and other varieties, you will mostly be served DalBhat, as it is a balanced meal. During your climbing session, you can access a kitchen crew and other kitchen supplies. Our cooking staff will prepare a balanced meal to keep you healthy and strong throughout the climb. A high-altitude expedition like Ama Dablam climbing demands ample nutritious and hygienic food. We take responsibility for providing you with enough nourishing food. You'll relish three meals daily - breakfast, lunch, and dinner - each day of the expedition. Over 30 days in the expedition region, you'll have many food choices ranging from traditional and local to Asian and Western cuisine. However, food options become limited and expensive as you climb higher. 

Accommodations:- Regarding your accommodation during the 30-day Ama Dablam Expedition, you will be provided standard rooms in the lower regions during the trek. The rooms will have an attached bathroom and a clean mattress, and you will share the space with another trekker. As you ascend to higher altitudes, your accommodation will change. Upon reaching the base camp, you will be staying in tented camps, so bring your sleeping bags as the nights can be cold. Throughout the climbing session, you will spend the night in tented camps. You will be accommodated in tea houses or lodges upon returning to settlements. During your adventure, you will spend three nights in a handpicked Kathmandu hotel with breakfast. While meals in Kathmandu are not included, we will take care of your accommodations for five nights in rooms with attached bathrooms at Phakding, Namche, and Lukla. You will enjoy standard rooms at Tengboche too. The remaining 10-13 days will be spent in cozy twin-sharing tents, fully equipped with all camping essentials, such as tents (dining, toilet, sleeping), tables and chairs, mattresses, and sleeping bags. 

Helicopter Evacuations and Insurance:-

The Ama Dablam Expedition is classified as a difficult trip. It involves high-altitude climbing, posing risks such as altitude sickness and unforeseen events from sudden climate changes. For this reason, all expedition members must have travel insurance and provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Mountain Rock Treks before commencing the trek. The travel insurance policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses up to the highest expedition altitude. Although we do not sell insurance policies, we can recommend insurance companies based on the positive experiences of our previous clients. Unexpected circumstances can still arise, whether you are prepared or not. You could fall ill or experience an unforeseeable incident such as altitude sickness. So it's always a good idea to travel with insurance coverage thane without one. 

In the Everest region, helicopter evacuation is the final emergency option. We highly recommend including this in your insurance coverage. It is the only available transportation in this area. If you experience a major issue, our guides will assess your condition. They will determine whether or not helicopter evacuation is necessary. Otherwise, they will use their expertise to motivate and guide you. If an emergency evacuation becomes necessary, a specific protocol must be followed. We will first call your insurance company's hotline and obtain approval before dispatching a helicopter to your location. You will be responsible for paying for the evacuation in Nepal. But you can file a claim for reimbursement once you return home. Keep all receipts and obtain a certified doctor's approval letter. These will be required as evidence to support your claim. 

Ama Dablam Peak Expedition in Autumn and Spring 2024-2025

Ama Dablam trekking and climbing are most suitable during the spring and autumn. There will only be one expedition in the Autumn and Spring seasons. The monsoon season in Nepal occurs during the summer, making the paths damp and hazardous to navigate. Additionally, trekking becomes challenging in winter. There is extremely cold and heavy snowfall at higher elevations in winter. 

Autumn (Mid-September - End of November):- From Mid-September to the End of November, Nepal becomes a hub for climbers due to the favorable conditions for climbing. The autumn season reveals the breathtaking granite rock formations as the snow and ice melt. The crisp air after the monsoon and melted snow on the peaks create the perfect environment for climbing. With stable weather conditions and shorter days, this season is ideal for all climbers. Ama Dablam base camp and the peak are popular for climbers during autumn. The season usually ends with heavy snowfall towards the end of November as winter approaches. There will only be one expedition in the autumn 2024/2025 season. For This expedition, you must join a group. 

Spring (Mid-March - End May):- During the spring season, Ama Dablam experiences a significant increase in snowfall compared to autumn. This makes it a challenging and thrilling adventure for those seeking to test their endurance and skills. The low crowds and the added difficulty of fresh, deep snow make it an excellent opportunity to conquer the infamous Yellow Tower and navigate the mountain's vertical and exposed sections with minimal traffic. However, spring demands patience, adaptability, and improvisation. Teams may need to tackle unexpected challenges. So, fewer climbers opt for other peaks during this season, except for Everest and Lhotse. Besides, spring is ideal for climbing in Nepal if the weather remains clear. There will only be one expedition in the spring 2024/2025 season.

Off Seasons:- Despite the off-season, the government may still issue permits, but climbing Ama Dablam during this time can be arduous. The trek presents various challenging conditions that make it a difficult feat. The picturesque route is fraught with weather-related obstacles and other challenging situations. The region experiences two off-seasons - Summer-Monsoon and Winter. Explorers will face severe weather conditions in the area, with numerous challenging weather patterns. Heavy precipitation is expected during the summer monsoon season, triggering landslides, avalanches, soil erosion, and other hurdles in the region. Also, the Ama Dablam base camp weather will not be favorable. Climbing ama Dablam independently will not be an option so you must join a group for this expedition. 


  • Q1. Which papers are necessary to obtain a Permit?

    A valid International ID, two recent passport-style photographs, occupation details, residential address, a copy of insurance policy, and proof of mountaineering experience.

  • Ama Dablam stands out as a formidable climb in its own right, irrespective of the other 8000m peaks. While the ambiance may be similar, Ama Dablam's ascent involves considerably greater technicality than the typical routes of 8000m peaks like Everest. Additionally, the climb is shorter in duration.

  • Undoubtedly, climbing Ama Dablam is a high-risk activity that requires adequate experience and emergency planning. 

  • Expert guides typically request your climbing history and demand significant climbing experience, preferably including ascents of Denali or Aconcagua. Nevertheless, nowadays, it's relatively easy for anyone to join a commercial expedition to Ama Dablam without undergoing rigorous screening. 

  • Back to Top During your trek in the Khumbu region, you can take showers using gravity-fed water heated on gas stoves. In the lower villages such as Namche, you can enjoy solar-heated showers in your private rooms in the lodges. As you move to higher altitudes, the washing facilities become simpler but are always available. The showers are less likely to be used in the highest altitudes, where temperatures are colder. However, our Sherpa staff ensures you receive small amounts of heated washing water daily. Additionally, warm washing water and soap are provided for your hands before each meal, and we strongly encourage you to use them.

  • The weight of your backpack will vary throughout your journey. You should use a medium-sized bag (50-65 liters or 3100-4100 cubic inches) to carry your layers of clothing to adjust to changing temperatures throughout the day. The porters and yaks carrying your larger duffel bags may sometimes move slower than you and usually leave earlier in the morning. The items you bring daily should primarily be for inactivity rather than hiking. This may include a jacket and hat for the early morning, a camera and notebook for recording your impressions during breaks, and so on. It is not advisable to bring a smaller pack to carry less weight. Slightly larger packs distribute the weight on your back better and are easier to pack, especially with cold fingers.

  • The best time to climb Ama Dablam is during the autumn climbing season, which runs from October to November. The weather is usually stable during this time, with clear skies and relatively mild temperatures.

  • The climbing period for Ama Dablam varies depending on the itinerary but generally takes around 30 Days. This includes acclimatization periods and base camp preparation.

  • Climbing Ama Dablam requires a high level of physical fitness, endurance, and strength. You should be comfortable with multi-day hikes and carrying heavy loads, as well as be able to handle high-altitude environments.

  • Yes, the expedition will have a team of experienced guides and Sherpas who will provide support throughout the climb. They will assist with setting up camps, carrying gear, and ensuring safety during the ascent.

Client Reviews

  • From Kathmandu to Ama Dablam: The Journey to the Top of the Himalayas

    The trek from Lukla was a well-designed and enjoyable experience as we acclimatized to the altitude. My Guide Aangdawa's relationship with the Tea House owners was evident in how we were treated like family. At base camp, my tent was spacious and comfortable, and the kitchen tent provided delicious meals and plenty of laughter. The bonus of toilet and shower tents made the experience even more luxurious. The climb was thrilling, and the Sherpa crew's support and friendliness made it even more enjoyable. It was a unique experience not to have to set up camp or carry my gear, and the availability of hot and cold water was a welcome surprise. On summit day, the Sherpas' expertise and support were invaluable, and without them, I doubt I would have made it to the top. 

    Evan MasonSingaporeApril 22, 2023
  • Chasing the Summit: An Ama Dablam Peak Climbing Adventure

    Delighted to endorse Deepak- he leads with precision, is an absolute blast to be around, boasts a comprehensive knowledge of Ama's terrain, and takes excellent care of his clients and team. What sets Deepak apart is his approach of empowering the group to set their tempo while maintaining a profound appreciation for the local people of Khumbu.


    Solomon RogersVenezuelaApril 02, 2023
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