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At 6,812m above sea level, Ama Dablam is a long way off the highest peaks in the Himalayas, and yet climbing it is regarded as a true achievement among the mountaineering fraternity. The technical rock and ice climbing skills needed to reach the summit mean you can find Everest veterans, or people who’ve made other 8,000m summits, running into difficulty. In these circumstances, having guides who know the mountain like the back of their hands is essential.


What the adventure involves :

An intimidatingly vertical pinnacle of rock and ice in Nepal’s Eastern Himalayas, Ama Dablam takes its name from its striking appearance. ‘Ama’ means mother, as the mountain’s long ridges are believed to look like a mother’s arms, outstretched to protect her children, while ‘Dablam’ is the name of the pendant traditionally worn by Sherpa women, a reference to the prominent hanging glacier dangling beneath the summit.

The mountain is well-known to anyone who’s made the trek to Everest base camp, as it dominates the Eastern skyline for several days of the walk. It’s also one of the most popular peaks in the Himalayas among climbers, but it’s not without its difficulties. 

Royal Nepal Group’s Ama Dablam expedition is a 25-day round trip from Kathmandu, allowing for several weather contingency days, and plenty of time for acclimatization. While some operations establish three camps up the southwestern ridge, we prefer to use just two, avoiding the need to spend a night at the usual camp three spot, just beneath the hanging glacier. We believe this is a more efficient way to climb the peak, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also potentially safer. Camp three is not usually a danger zone, as any calving from the Dablam glacier tends to fall away from it. But in 2006, Ama wasn’t feeling so protective, and a large serac broke off her Dablam, killing several climbers in camp three.

Royal Nepal Group’s guiding team, handpicked by the pair, are not only hugely experienced mountaineers in their own right, but they’re also trained to the very highest levels in alpine rescue and recovery techniques. As part of our expedition planning, we ensure that we have constantly updated evacuation plans in place, and helicopters on standby in case of emergencies. If you want to try tackling a tricky peak like Ama Dablam, you could not be in safer hands.

Not only that, our team’s Nepalese heritage - and ability to straddle the divide between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures, means we can be sure that every aspect of your expedition will run like clockwork, offering you the best possible opportunity to reach the peak.

From the moment you sign up, to the summit, and safely back home again,Royal Nepal Group’s expert team will be with you, every step of the way. 


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu; transfer to the hotel

Day 02

Welcome brief, Gear check and Official formalities in Kathmandu

Day 03

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Day 04

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 05

Rest in Namche. We may go for acclimatisation hike.

Day 06

Trek to Debuche (3700 m) via Tengbouche Monastery

Day 07

Trek to Ama Dablam basecamp

Day 08

Rest day at Basecamp - Acclimatization walk

Day 09

Training Day - Fixed Lines / Traverse / Summarizing the techniques

Day 10

Climb to Camp 1

Day 11

Get to Camp 2 and come back to Camp 1 again

Day 12

Trek from Camp 1 back to base camp

Day 13 - Day 14

Rest Day

Day 15

Climb to Camp 1, rest few hours and get to camp 2

Day 16

Climb to Ama Dablam Summit and back to Camp 1

Day 17

Trek back to Basecamp

Day 18 - Day 20

Contingency Day

Day 21

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 22

Trek to Lukla

Day 23

Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 24

Return to Home country


  • Arrival & Departure: Airport Transfer-Airport/Hotel/Airport
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at a prestige Hotel in Kathmandu on bed & a breakfast Basis
  • Domestic Transportation: Kathmandu/Lukla/ Kathmandu
  • Permits: Ama Dablam expedition permit, National park & Entry Permit
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day while Trekking & at Basecamp for members & Staffs
  • Base Camp Staff: Base camp Cook & Kitchen Assistants
  • Porters: Porters per member up to Base camp & back from Basecamp
  • Heater: Heater for base camp at each Dining and other necessary camps
  • Light: 1 Solar panel for charging battery and lighting at base camp
  • Dinner: 1 Farewell Dinner at a tourist-standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese staff
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa: 1 high altitude expert Climbing Sherpa per member
  • High camp service: Essential cooking gas, cooking utensils, high altitude Sherpa, high altitude tent, high food, and fixing gear
  • Hot drinking water: Facility of hot drinking water as per requirement


  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepalese Visa charges
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from the expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: Travel and High Altitude Insurance / Accident / Medical/emergency evacuation
  • Sherpa summit Bonus: Mandatory – Minimum USD 600+
  • Tips: Please calculate some tips for Basecamp staff and porters
  • The full set of Member's personal climbing equipment & clothing
  • Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed, and all other expenses of personal nature

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