Ama Dablam Expedition route (southwest route)
Base Camp (4,600m)
The base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam is the biggest grass base camp in Nepal. To spend the day, climbers play different sports like soccer, volleyball, etc. We will establish all the tents on Ama Dablam Base Camp before your arrival. You will spend many days on the base camp to acclimatize yourself before heading towards the higher camps.
Camp I (5,700m)
From Ama Dablam Base Camp, you walk for around five hours to reach Camp I. Walking on a rocky 100m long path, you reach at a slope of 60º, where we will set Camp I. Before reaching Camp I, you encounter fourth class slab. As there are not enough places to set many camps on Camp I, you will share a tent with a fellow group member.
Camp II (5,950m)
Camp I to Camp II is the most technically difficult part. You walk for around three hours to reach Camp II. Walking on an easy fourth class horizontal rock ridge, you climb Yellow Tower and reach Camp II. The exposure to sun and cold increases from here onwards.
Camp III (6,200m)
From Camp II, it is a short distance to Camp III. Walking on mixed terrain of ice and snow, using fixed rope along the entire route, you reach Camp III. You will also cross the Mushroom Ridge (6,150 m) before reaching Camp III. As it is an avalanche-prone area, be careful.
The day begins mid-night around 11:00-12:00 pm. You begin pushing towards the summit. Before the main summit lies a false summit. From Camp III, you cross two easy snow-ice (40º+) and gradually move to the summit of Mt. Ama Dablam.
Ama Dablam Expedition difficulty & Altitude Sickness
Climbing Mt. Ama Dablam is considered strenuous than climbing Mt. Everest in terms of technical climbing. The route to the summit involves many steep ascends and descends through snow walls, crevasses, moraines, etc. You have to be in good health and physically strong to go on the Ama Dablam Expedition. Likewise, the previous climbing experience is also needed to climb Mt. Ama Dablam.
Altitude sickness can be a major issue you have to look out for during the Ama Dablam Expedition. The trip leads to a high elevation, which can trigger altitude sickness if not given proper attention. Enough acclimatization days in between the trek with plenty of water and good food is needed to avoid altitude sickness. With us, you can trek without any worry as we have designed our Ama Dablam Expedition itinerary with ample rest days.
Best time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition
Spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition. The weather mostly remains stable with pleasant climate and clear views during this time of the year.
Accommodation & Meals
The lodge is available in the villages to spend the night. You get basic facilities in the lodge with twin-shared rooms and usually a common washroom. Likewise, while climbing, you stay overnight in camps, which is carried by the crew members. We offer high-quality tents designed for harsh the Himalayas climate. Every member of the groups will get a single sleeping tent with a shared dining tent and washroom tent.
In a lodge, meals will be served as per their menu. You get three meals a day. You will find a good variety of dishes on the menu. Likewise, while climbing, all the meals will be cooked and served by our trained crew members. We will give you delicious, hygienic, and nutritious meals.
Communication & Electricity
You can get a cellular network in lower elevation. As the remoteness of the region increases, the communication facility will get limited. Likewise, electricity is available almost everywhere. Locals in the higher elevation mainly depend on solar power, therefore charging electric appliances and hot showers can cost you a few bucks. While climbing, we will carry fuel and lights with us.
Travel insurance is necessary to join the Ama Dablam Expedition. You need to get travel insurance from your country as foreigners are not allowed to take travel insurance in Nepal. As the entire Himalayan region is far behind the modern advancement in communication, transportation, and basic health facilities, having travel insurance in hand while traveling will be a reliable option for you. Your travel insurance should cover emergency evacuation, hospital bills, medical bills, flight cancellation, and loss or theft of property. You have to take our insurance in your country.
Guide & Porter
On Ama Dablam Expedition, you will be accompanied by an experienced and professional team of Sherpa guides and porters. Our guides and porters are well-known with the trail and the environment up there in the Himalayas. The Sherpa guide will be government registered and well-trained in many areas from first aid, survival to climbing rocks, etc. Likewise, you will be accompanied by porters who are also well guided and cook delicious meals for you.
During the Ama Dablam Expedition, we will make sure not to harm the fragile Himalayan environment by adopting several sustainable measures. We will carry eco-friendly supplies on the journey. Likewise, we will not use plastic water bottles and clean the camps while returning. Moreover, we also run a small organization that funds education to children of mountain villages.