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Ama Dablam Expedition


Ama Dablam which translates in the Nepali language as “Mother’s necklace” is aptly named for the impressive glacier on the Southwest face that resembles a jewel box hanging on the neck of the magnificent mountain. Standing at 6812 metres, the ice-coated granite pyramid of Ama Dablam is a dominant landmark that literally follows you along the popular trail to Everest Base Camp. Fortunately, the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’ which is considered sacred by Nepalese has now been opened up to enthusiasts to appreciate it up close!


We make our ascent to Ama Dablam via the South-Western Ridge, which has become the standard route since the UK /USA/ NZ team first scaled it in 1961. A major highlight of this route is its varied yet sustained climb that involves a reasonable level of difficulty. Our journey takes in three high camps set up at strategic points to ensure safe acclimatisation procedures. We start with a moderate (warm up) climb to Camp 1, followed by a challenging narrow granite ridge where we must negotiate pitches of steep ice and snow slopes. From Camp 2 our route requires more technical climbing skills as we make our way up to Camp 3 and encounter the precarious hanging glacier ('Dablam' or necklace), cross a sharp ridge (snow arete) and crevasse (bergschrund) set between ice cliffs en-route to the summit. Ama Dablam expedition is a challenging technical climb that offers experienced mountaineers the chance to test themselves against the elements. Ama Dablam will provide the seasoned professional with an adrenaline rush like no other. If all of this is not enough, imagine the unforgettable image of being in the thick of the Himalayas with a 360 degree panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak, Makalu and many other snow-capped massifs! At Down to Earth Adventure we take your safety very seriously... Our Ama Dablam Expedition team are highly experienced and include specialist mountaineers, guides and support staff to ensure your peace of mind. We are well-equipped to deal with the challenging conditions of a route marked by snow, ice and rock climbing. Finally, it wouldn't be a Down to Earth Adventure if we didn't showcase the amazing warmth and hospitality of the Sherpa people with whom we have the privilege of sharing this amazing part of the world with. A simply amazing and unforgettable experience.

Trip Fact

  • Price

    USD 6000 FB/3500 BCS

    Minimum 2 pax

  • Very Hard


    Very Hard

  • Duration

    30 Days 29 Nights

  • Activity


  • Max. Altitude

    6817m (Summit)

  • Accomodation


  • Destination


  • Trip Start


  • Trip End


Tour Map

Difficulty level

Very Hard

Very Hard


Peak Climbing and Expedition

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1350m) welcome dinner with group and overnight hotel.

Day 2

Preparation day/ sightseeing in Kathmandu, overnight hotel.

Day 3

Flight to Lukla (2,850m) and trek to Phakding (2,800m), 4 hours, overnight teahouse.

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 6 hours, overnight teahouse.

Day 5

Rest & acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, side trek up to Khumjung village and Everest View Hotel (3800m) and return to Namche Bazaar, 2-4 hours, overnight teahouse.

Day 6

Trek to Pangboche (3930m), 7 hours, overnight teahouse.

Day 7

Trek to Ama Dablam Base camp (4500m), 4 hours, overnight tent.

Day 8

Base camp preparation, climbing and ropes training, overnight tent.

Day 9-26

Climbing period (enquire for more detailed schedule) overnight tent.

Day 27

Trek from Ama Dablam base camp (4500m) to Namche Bazaar (3440m) overnight teahouse.

Day 28

Trek back to Lukla (2860m), overnight teahouse.

Day 29

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, overnight hotel, farewell dinner.

Day 30

International departure/ onward travel.

Package Details

Trip Inclusions


  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu  - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle transfers: International and domestic airports – hotel.
  • Accommodation

  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel, Kathmandu (three star) on a twin share basis with breakfasts included.
  • 13 nights’ accommodation staying at guesthouses on trek.  
  • 4 nights’ accommodation staying at tent.
  • Meals

  • Three meals a day on trek and other meals as marked:   B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Drinking water provided daily on trek.
  • Hot drink provided with every meal. 
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners with group. 
  • Other

  • English speaking guide and Climbing Sherpa, porter service (ratio: 1 porter: 2 clients; carrying 15kg of personal equipment per client).
  • All required permits (including  Sagarmatha national park fees and Island peak climbing permit)
  • Insurance for guide sherpa and porters.
  • Personal Cooking team for 3 day climbing period.
  • Staff provided with protective footwear and clothing suitable for high mountains pass.
  • Staff will carry a medical first aid kit for the duration of the trek.
  • Hot washing water provided daily on trek. 
  • Opportunities to experience authentic local culture and sample traditional foods and drinks.
  • Complimentary waterproof trek duffel bag (to store personal kitbag to be carried by porter), down sleeping bag and down jacket hire for the duration of the trek.
  • Complimentary trek shirt, cap and trek map included.
  • All VAT taxes (13%) are included in the price.

Trip Exclusions


  • International airfares to and from Kathmandu
  • Accommodation

  • Extra night/s of accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. (See terms and conditions for more details)
  • Food / Drink

  • Soft drinks and / or alcoholic beverages on trek must be purchased separately by clients.
  • Some lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary- (see meal inclusions for more details)
  • Some dinners and lunches in Kathmandu (Meal inclusions are indicated by: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Other

  • Nepalese tourist visa (available on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport).
  • Private travel insurance.
  • Personal shopping and expenses.
  • Tips / gratuities for staff.
  • Sherpa Climbing bonus USD 300

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